Eternity Is Forever

"Eternity is a long time," Edward insists.

All Bella can do is nod and try her best not to wrap her hands around his throat and shake him. "Yes, it is," she says through gritted teeth. "You think I don't know that?"

"All I'm saying is this isn't something you should go into lightly."

"You think I'm an idiot."

"Yes. You are. I've spent my entire existence as a vampire wishing I could be human again. And here you are, so ready to give up your life, and for me of all things."

Bella looks pale. Her eyes are liquid, her nose as pointed and yet soft as ever, her lips in a miserable pout. "Is that really what you think of me?"

Edward fiddles with his shirt sleeve.

"I love you," she tells him. "I love you, Edward. Isn't that enough? Isn't that a good enough reason? If it isn't, maybe we shouldn't be doing this. Do you even love me?"

His eyes glint angry gold, and in the next moment, he has her pinned against the wall. "Don't, for one minute, question my feelings for you," he says. "If I didn't love you, I wouldn't be so insistent that you know the choice you're about to make."

Bella swallows. He can hear the beating of her heart, faster than usual, frantic.

"You're still a child," he says, knowing it will insult her, hoping that it will chase her away. If she's smart, she'll turn around and leave now. She will fall in love for a normal human boy and have a normal family and a normal house and a normal life.

"And you've spent your life repeating high school over and over," she throws back.

"Exactly. Is this the life you want for yourself? Don't you want to grow old, to get a real job, a career? To have a family? You'll miss out on all of that if you stay with me. If I turn you."

"I'll have you," she says.

"You'll spend your life moving around. You can't just settle down, because after a few years, people start to notice that you're not aging."

"I'll have you," she says again.

"But is that enough?"

Bella remains silent.

"Eternity is a long time," he reminds her. "Let's not rush this."

"I suppose there's plenty of time," she slowly agrees. "But this isn't over. Not yet."