She's Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack. I'm not dead, promise. This took so much longer than I thought it would because Bella shifted something in her mind and she, well you'll see, by the way, this was not completely my choice. Bella made me do it. But I think all of you are really going to enjoy this chapter. I know I'm enjoying writing it. I borrowed part of this chapter from a scene in Buffy the vampire slayer season three. The episode Bad Girls.
Me;Rah(stretches.) Emmett, why are you giggling?
Em;(Massive case of the giggles) No..... thing.. (Gasp.)
Jasper;Hey Becky, holy crap have you seen your face?
Me;(Shakes head slowly) Nooooo, why? (Gets up to see mirror and shrieks because face is covered in black sharpie.)
Em;(Breaks into laughter)
Me(In a low and deadly tone) Emmett, you have thirty seconds to get your ass out of here before I set you on fire.
Em;(Slowly backing up.) S...sorry. I wasn't thinking. Don't set me on fire. (Turns and and bolts through the wall, leaving an Emmett shaped hole.)
Me;(Giggles and pulls off the ruined face mask.) Way to easy. (Smiles at herself in the mirror)
Me;Thanks I gotta go.(Makes to leave before Jasper grabs her.)
Jasper;If you're going to write more Fanfiction you know what you have to say.
Me;Chills, I don't own Twilight. I know that.
"That's cute, the little kid think she can win in a fight." The vicious woman I dubbed red headed bitch cackled in her child like voice. I struggled furiously and jabbed my foot out, desperate to get free. But as always, I couldn't break free, I screamed and struggled as hard as I could.
"I think the little one deserves some punishment, don't you dear?" She said, turning to face the vampire next to her. It hadn't taken me too long to figure out what they were. I was terrified, I knew what punishment was. They shoved me in a room with my parents, my dead, eyes still open, parents. I shrieked and struggled even harder as they opened the basement door and threw me down the steps. I landed in something slightly wet feeling.
I opened my eyes and looked down. I had landed face first in Renee's decomposing body, and she was looking right at me. I shrieked again and scrambled off her, desperate to get away. I huddled in a corner as far away from them as I could and struggled not to cry. Out of nowhere, Renee moved and got up, she walked toward me, flesh falling off her body in disgusting chunks.
"Come here Bella, come to mommy." She said as she held out her arms for me. I started screaming.
With a scream to wake the undead, I jolted awake, the image of my dead mother still walking towards me fresh in my mind as I sat up, trying to quell my racing heart. Why did I sleep when I knew I was going to have nightmares? It was kind of stupid and I pride myself on not being an idiot.
Of course, I was hanging with a vampire later so that goes in a big check in the idiot column. But this vampire aroused constant curiosity so I talked to him. And then it struck me, I trusted him. I trusted a damn vampire, this was one for the record books. I smirked at the irony. The girl who hates vampires' trusts one. It made sense in a weird way, vampires were not often patient creatures. Yet Edward had yet to do anything that made me uncomfortable. He was kind, I could see that. For some reason he inspired a longing for something I couldn't understand.
I would find Edward, I liked him, and I made the choice and stuck with it. Once I made a choice it was very rare something changed my course. The question was, where to take him? I felt like going for a swim, I smiled as a burst of inspiration hit me. A few days ago I'd come across a massive pond that drained into the river at some point and but it had a massive waterfall and an underground chamber. The water was always crystal clear and I had a feeling that the sun was going to make an appearance today.
My choice made I got up and took off into the woods, and was joined by the enormous russet colored wolf. I stopped and looked at him. He stopped and got down to my eye level.
"So, werewolf?" I questioned, he nodded.
"Never met a wolf like you before." I said in a conversational tone. He shrugged and I smiled,
"Not much of a talker are you?" I asked. He shrugged and gave me a wolfy grin.
"Care to run with a human?" I questioned happily. He nodded enthusiastically.
"Let's go then." I yelled and took off at a fast pace. This run felt amazing, the wolf ran beside me until I saw the point where he had stopped yesterday and decided to test a theory. I crossed over the line and turned around. Sure enough he stopped and looked at me.
"What's wrong?" I asked as I bounced on the balls of my feet. He whined and I cocked an eyebrow. I shrugged my shoulders.
"Sorry wolf boy, I have a date with a vampire." I said and took off as the wolf barked angrily. I moved my legs as fast as I could out of pure joy. I laughed out loud as I got closer to Forks High. I was going to get my vampire friend and hang out with him. But first I had a stop to make, I changed direction towards the pond and dumped my back pack. Stopping I briefly fixed my braid before I turned back and I smiled as I burst through the tree line surrounding the parking lot. I caught a glint of bronze hair in what looked like a biology room. This was probably a stupid idea but I couldn't bring myself to care so I bounced up to the window and opened it.
"Hi," I said cheerfully to Edward, the aforementioned vampire looking shocked.
"Hello?" He asked in a shocked tone. I smirked at him.
"You bored?" I asked surveying the room. Just a bunch of people, nothing special that I could see.
"Earth?" He questioned.
"That's my name. Don't overuse it." I said to him with a grin.
"What are you doing here?" He asked.
"I was bored, wanted to go swimming, thought I'd see if you wanted to join me." I told him in a matter of fact tone.
"Who are you?" The teacher asked suddenly. I cocked my head, considering on how to answer that question. I debated on saying fuck buddy, but decided against it, settling for friend.
"I'm a friend of Edward's" I said and glanced at the board behind him, noticing the problem behind him and seeing the incorrect answer. "That answer is three not four by the way." I finished with a smirk.
"Well, friend you can go away, you are disrupting my class." The teacher interrupted. I rolled my eyes.
"Look," I checked his nameplate. "Bob, I'm pretty sure none of them were paying attention in the first place and I'm also sure you're pretty boring." He gasped at the insult. It turned back to Edward,
"So, you coming or not?" I asked. He looked indecisive. "Look at it this way, you can spend the afternoon here being bored to tears. Or you can spend it with me, possibly skinny dipping." I finished with a smirk. A few guys looked at me with lust and Edward grimaced before grinning and standing, slinging his bag over his shoulder. He headed for the door when I spoke again.
"Nope, not the door. The window." I gestured to it with a wicked grin.
"I can't climb out the window." He said in a disbelieving tone. I shook my head mischievously.
"It's the only way." I grinned at him. He sighed and walked towards the window.
"Cullen if you climb out that window then I'll call your parents." Bob said and I beat Edward to his response.
"Tell 'em the brunette named Earth stole him." I said with a smirk and gestured to Edward. "Get your ass out the damn window." He smiled at me and proceeded to clamber out the window. The second he was down we started walking towards his car. I grabbed his hand without thinking and was shocked at the sparks that shot through my body at the icy touch. I covered it quickly.
"Nope, we're running." I said and tugged his hand in the direction of the forest. He nodded.
"Could I at least dump my bag and leave the keys for my siblings?" He asked and I nodded, I couldn't wait to show him the place I we were going. It was one of the most breathtaking places I'd ever seen and I've seen some gorgeous places in my time.
"Hurry up though," He seemed reluctant to release my hand so I walked with him, pulling my hand free when we reached the car. He stowed his backpack and pulled another out of the trunk, slinging it over shoulders and slammed the lid shut. The second he was done I took off across the parking lot.
When I didn't hear his footsteps following I stopped at the edge of the tree line and turned around.
"You coming?" I asked him with a grin and he nodded, bolting after me, with a giggle I took off into the forest. I heard his footsteps as he stayed with me. I grinned at him as we got deeper into the forest and I relaxed a little. We ran along the river's edge for a little while.
We came upon a thicket and Edward stopped.
"Where are we going?" He asked in a tone that said he wouldn't move until told him. I rolled my eyes and grabbed his hand, tugging him along. Surprisingly he moved with me as I pulled him towards the path I'd made. There were only one way into this place, climbing through about ten feet of brambles and a bit of unpleasantness then climbing a tree where the branches were about 7 feet up. I could only do it because I was so good at climbing. Then you had to hop from tree to tree. Even though it was a lot of effort it was worth it. I knew I was the only who had been in this place in a long time. I got down on my hands and knees, crawling through the thicket. I was poked a few times and I still kept going.
"Maybe I should go first." Edward suggested from behind me and I stopped, turning to look at him.
"Na huh. I want to see your face when you see this place. It's worth it, I promise," I giggled. "Oh and one more thing. No flying to get there. We're traveling my style." I finished and turned to keep crawling. A few seconds later we were in front of the tree and I latched my arms and legs around the trunk, by now I could hear the rushing that meant we were close to the waterfall. I shimmied up the tree, grabbed the branches and swung myself up, aligning myself and leapt from branch, acting like the monkey I was. I wanted to laugh as I turned to look at his expression of shock, so I could move like a monkey. So what? I've been doing this for almost 11 years. It's what I do. Finally I pulled into the last tree and jumped onto the ground. Edward stood in the tree behind me and I rolled my eyes at him, motioning for him to get down. He leapt down and I smirked and gestured to the bush in front of us. It hid the treasured place I was about to show him.
"Are you ready?" I asked gesturing, he nodded warily.
He turned his face up as I unsnapped my shorts and long enough to slid them down my legs as I kicked off my sneakers and slid off my tee shirt, exposing the black tank top, being careful to cover my bite scars, I wore under it and grabbed him pulling him through the bushes. I turned to watch his face as he saw what I could consider a perfect home. The waterfall was quiet, it was about a thirty foot drop and it emptied into a massive, rippling pond, a set of dark green trees and bushes ringed the pond. There was a small, sandy beach about 6 feet long on the far side and I knew there was a massive underground chamber beneath the water's edge. It was quiet and peaceful here, the only sounds the ones of nature.
"Whaddya think?" I asked him quietly. His eyes looked around and he smiled at me.
"It's beautiful," He said in an awed tone. I nodded
"I know, I found it a few days ago." I said quietly. I noticed his hand was still gripping mine and I smiled before deciding to cut the moment short and took off towards the cliff. I built up a damn good bit of speed and I didn't slow as I dived head first into the massive pond, screaming on the way down. My scream was cut short as I was pulled into the waterfall.
The water closed over me and I relaxed even more. I stayed under for a few more seconds before touching the bottom and propelling myself upwards. I shot out of the water and crowed with delight.
"Get your sparkly, vampire ass in here Cullen!" I yelled at him. He was standing on the rocks and looking down at me with an expression of horror on his face.
"Are you alright?" He yelled and I nodded.
"I'm awesome, now jump you pansy." I yelled back at him and smirked at his thoughtful face. He sighed, removed his shirt and jeans, leaving himself only in boxers and floated down into the pool, landing with barely a ripple. I snorted
"Pansy ass." I told him and splashed him. He laughed and splashed back, I grinned and dove beneath the water, of course it didn't matter, the water was crystal clear but it was still fun. I swam as fast I could under crystal water then smiled as I realized the nagging feeling I had was right. The sun was going to come out and that meant Edward was going to sparkle like a diamond. I smirked again and let out a squeal as he grabbed my ankle suddenly. Quickly I swam towards the bottom of the pool then shot upwards, exploding out of the water once more. I could hear him chasing after me though. But this didn't bring up any fear, just fun. I'd let down all my guard with this vampire, and I just hoped it didn't come back and rip my throat out.
Edward splashed me and I laughed, throwing my head back and belting it out to the Heavens, long and loud. Edward looked at me with his jaw agape,
"What?" I asked still smiling.
"Nothing, I've just never seen you smiling or heard your laugh before. It's nice," He said, I smiled at him.
"First time I've ever heard that one." I said as I swam over to the waterfall and started climbing the rocks to get up to the waterfall. Edward floated up next to me,
"Need a ride?" He asked, holding out his arms. I rolled my eyes at him desperately trying to keep my eyes from his pecs.
"I was climbing things before I could walk, I never need help." I said as I pulled myself onto the top of the cliff. With another triumphant smile I plonked my ass down in the middle of the river. Edward sat down next to me, staring out water.
"This is what you do every day?" He asked and I nodded.
"I run, I live, I laugh, I steal, I sleep, I eat, I be. My existence is a simple one that I have no rhyme or reason to complicate." I said, looking at him. This was hard for me, I hoped he understood that because, honestly I didn't hang around people. I didn't talk, I once almost 4 months without saying a single word and I was okay with that. This vampire, this guy made me different.
"It seems simple." He said, never removing his eyes from mine.
"It is, no one tells me what to do with myself. I live the existence I was born to live." I said and looked around. I was waiting and sure enough the sun peeked through the clouds and turned Edward into a brilliant diamond. When I was younger the sparkling of a vampire terrified me and now I realized it didn't. Not with him, it was strange, I'd spent so long being scared of them, running. And now I sought one out and hung out with him.
"I have to get out of the sun." He said and I shook my head.
"No one comes here. If they did, I would have known. People destroy places like this, they come her, they leave litter. They screw it up." I told him. "But if you really want out of the sun, I know a place of pretty close to here." I said and he shook his head,
"Are you sure no on comes here?" He asked and I nodded.
"Okay." He said.
"Just like that?" I questioned and he nodded.
"Can I ask you a question?" He asked and I nodded warily, I wasn't going to tell him about my past.
"Why?" He asked and I sighed. I knew he was asking about my sudden change in heart.
"Truth be told I don't know. I woke up and I thought about it and I guess I'm trusting you Edward. And I am really hoping that doesn't come back and tear my throat out." I said to him carefully. He nodded slowly and said
"It won't, I promise." He said and we stayed that way for a while. I loved his eyes, they were a warm shade of gold. I guess he really was a vegetarian. Finally I got sick of serious and stood.
"C'mon, stand up. This time you're jumping. On the count of three." I said as he stood carefully. I grabbed his hand and tugged, we stood at the edge of the waterfall and I took a deep breath, ready to jump.
"1,2,3!" I yelled and we jumped, still holding hands. I shrieked as we were soaked by the waterfall and Edward's hand got even colder but I didn't mind. The water closed over both of us and I opened my eyes. Edward was still easy to see moment we stayed underwater, just swimming around. Neither of us touched the other but something in me felt different in a way I couldn't explain. Eventually I needed air so I swam upwards and we stayed behind the waterfall.
"That was amazing." I nodded, smiling at his expression. After a thought I glanced at the sky and noticed the sun was going to be going away soon. I wanted him to see the rest while sun was shining.
"Want to see the rest?" I asked and he nodded.
"Wait, are you hungry?" He questioned out of the blue and I nodded. He grinned at me
"I'll be right back." He said, rising out of the water and disappearing. He was back in a minute with the back pack firmly attached to his shoulders.
"Lead the way." He said and I nodded, inhaling as deeply as I could before sinking below the surface of the water and swimming towards the very back of the water fall. I dove deep and latched my fingers around one of the rocks. I braced my feet on the ground and pulled, the rock moved with me and smiled. The tunnel was wide enough for one person at a time to swim comfortably and I'd estimated it at about 30 feet. So I twisted and turned upside down, swimming directly under Edward and to the rock, which he had left open. I didn't want to take a chance on someone possibly finding out about this place. I swam back in front and I heard the gentle sounds of Edward following me. I swam easily and by now I could see the end of the tunnel.
A few seconds and a little bit of burning lung later, I felt it and I shot up to the surface. I inhaled a lungful of air and swam leisurely around to a ledge and pulled myself out of the water to sit down on it. Edward swam up next to me and sat down next me. Pulling the backpack off his broad shoulders, he handed it to me. I pulled in lungfuls of air as I looked around the rainbow stained chamber. It was enormous, tiny cracks filled it with rainbows, shimmering against cool pools of water that were emptied and refilled into the pond. There were various spots like this to set all over the cavern. I had yet to full explore this place and I was looking for a way to get my backpack down here without getting wet. I wanted to sleep in this place.
"How do you find places like this?" Edward asked, "I've lived in Forks for years and never known it."
"I know what to look for, I always have. Nature's little treasures aren't that hard to find." I said with a warm smile, leaning my head back against the rock wall.
"I guess I can see some point in it." Edward said softly. I turned my head to look at him.
"I wouldn't give up the way I live for almost anything." I said with another smile.
"So you like being homeless?" He asked and I shook my head at his stupidity.
"Ever hear the phrase, home is where the heart is?" He nodded. "I haven't been homeless since I was 6 and even then I was still physically close to what use to be my heart. So no, I'm not homeless, my home is with my heart and it lives in the forest." I finished.
He was quiet for awhile as we sat in the cabin and I eventually got bored with staying still and slid into the water. I sank under it and flitted around under the crystal surface. It was peaceful here, I felt Edward gently touch my ankle and I rose to the surface, ever so relaxed. I turned to find him looking at me, as if by instinct my tongue came out and whetted my lips, his suddenly dark eyes tracking the movement.
We stared at one another as unfamiliar feelings poured through my body. Then very slowly Edward began to move towards me, my heart accelerated and I moved backwards as he did. He suddenly looked like a predator, but not in a way that made me fear. Something that sparked excitement deep within me. I bit back a gasp when my back touched a rock and Edward kept moving forward, his dark eyes never leaving mine.
He placed his arms on the rock on either side of my head, caging me and he kept moving closer, his exhaled and I forced myself not to drift away on whatever emotion was pulling me. He was so close now all I would have to do was tip my head a little and his beautiful lips would be covering mine. The thought beautiful woke me from my stupor suddenly and I inhaled sharply.
School truly had reached a new level of dull. I went through all my classes that day in truly beyond bored stupor. By the time biology rolled around I had decided to skip my next class and go see if I could find Earth. As if the girl herself had heard my thoughts she popped up at the newly opened window. Her cheeks were flushed, her brown braid a little askew, but I instantly noticed her eyes. The chocolate orbs were sparkling, it was an expression I had never seen before. I half expected her to start smiling.
"Hi," She said in a cheerful tone.
"Hello?" I asked in a very shocked tone. She smirked at me.
"You bored?" She asked in a non-nonchalant tone, as if she wasn't leaning over the window in my biology class.
"Earth?" I asked, still trying to figure out if it was really her.
"That's my name. Don't overuse it." She said, her smirk growing.
"What are you doing here?" I asked, completely ignoring the humans around us.
"I was bored, wanted to go swimming, thought I'd see if you wanted to join me." She said, simply. As if this was an everyday occurrence.
"Who are you?" Mr. Banner burst into the conversation, Earth cocked he head as she turned her gaze from mine.
"I'm a friend of Edward's" She said after a moment of silence, glancing at the board behind him. "That answer is three not four by the way." She said with a smirk. I knew she was right, but how did she know that? Just another piece of the Earth puzzle, I supposed.
"Well, friend you can go away, you are disrupting my class." Mr. Banner said rudely and once more those big brown orbs rolled.
"Look," Earth glanced at his nameplate. "Bob, I'm pretty sure none of them were paying attention in the first place and I'm also sure you're pretty boring." He gasped indignantly at the insult and she turned back to me.
"So, you coming or not?" She asked me, every part of me wanted to go but I hesitated. She noticed it, "Look at it this way, you can spend the afternoon here being bored to tears. Or you can spend it with me, possibly skinny dipping." She said with a smirk and every male thought in the room made me grimace before returning her smirk with a grin and standing, slinging my bag over my shoulder. I walked quickly towards the door when Earth spoke up.
"Nope, not the door. The window." She gestured to it with a grin that could only be described as wicked.
"I can't climb out the window." I said disbelievingly, some sense of my propriety was still in place.
"It's the only way." She grinned again and shook her head mischievously, I was gripped by some very strange urge I didn't understand as I sighed and walked towards the window.
"Cullen if you climb out that window then I'll call your parents." Mr. Banner said in an irate tone, I was about to respond to that because I knew Carlisle and Esme would be ecstatic about Earth doing this.
"Tell 'em the brunette named Earth stole him." Earth beat me to it. "Get your ass out the damn window." She finished and I climbed out of it. Propriety thrown quite literally out the window. The second my feet touched the ground I headed towards my car, intent on getting rid of my bag. Earth's hand shot out of nowhere to grab mine. Sparks coursed through my entire body as our hands touched and I didn't want to let go. Earth didn't seem to notice it as she spoke,
"Nope, we're running." She said, tugging me towards the forest.
"Could I at least dump my bag and leave the keys for my siblings?" I asked and Earth nodded.
"Hurry up though." She said. I was far to reluctant to let her go so I pulled her with me. When we got to the car she pulled her hand free and I left my bag and the Volvo keys and a note for Alice. I slung the other backpack filled with food over my shoulders, after the stunt Rosalie pulled yesterday I was unwilling to risk my chance of missing Earth.
The instant I was finished Earth took off across the parking lot while I stood rooted to the spot. She noticed I wasn't following and turned around at the edge of the tree line.
"You coming?" She questioned with a grin. I nodded and set off at a run across the parking lot. Earth turned as well and took off into the trees, relaxing as soon as we were in the forest. I kept up with her and ran for a little while.
Running with Earth was quite different from chasing her. When I chased her I could hear her adrenaline pumping through her and smell her fear. Her run was intent on escape but now it was different. Her long brown braid bounced and she picked up her feet as she weaved through the trees, she was wild creature, something that would never be tamed. She seemed altogether happier as we moved. I knew I would cherish this memory for forever, running with her was an unsung privilege.
Eventually we came upon a thicket and she stopped, I could hear the river and a waterfall somewhere and I realized I had never been here before.
"Where are we going?" I asked, slightly uneasy about this. Earth rolled her eyes and grabbed my hand, tugging me forward. I couldn't help but move with her, she was a force of nature at the moment and I couldn't ignore it. As long as she knew where we were going I was okay. Earth got down on her and knees, crawling through the thicket with me following. As much as I tried not to I couldn't help but notice her supremely well toned figure.
She gave a small wince as a bramble poked her and I spoke up.
"Maybe I should go first." She stopped, turning and looking at me.
"Na huh. I want to see your face when you see this place. It's worth it, I promise," she giggled, a noise I never thought I would hear from her. "Oh and one more thing. No flying to get there. We're traveling my style. This worried me a little, but I kept going. This was amazing, the fact that she had sought me out and was in the lead. Maybe sometime soon she could meet my family.
We arrived in front of a tree and she leapt onto it as if she were a monkey. She easily moved from tree to tree like she had been born to do it. I wondered just how much practice she'd had doing it. I followed her with a little less agility, finally we came to the last branch and by now I could hear the waterfall clearly. A tall hedge blocked the way and Earth turned to me as I stood in the tree, unsure f I should get down. She rolled her eyes and motioned for met to get down so I did.
"Are you ready?" I nodded warily, still a little unsure of this and quickly looked up as Earth took off her clothes, leaving herself in a tank top and underwear. She grabbed my hand and pulled me through the bushes.
I was awestruck by this place. It was beautiful, the water fall crashed into a large pond, a small shoreline about 30 feet below it. The sandy beach was quiet and there were no sounds other than nature. Earth turned to look at me and spoke softly.
"Whaddya think?" She asked and I smiled at her.
"It's beautiful," Though the word didn't cover it for this place, or for her suddenly.
"I know, I found it a few days ago." She said and I realized I was still holding her hand. I didn't let go for a moment and she didn't either. Then she pulled her hand free and took off towards the falls, she didn't stop running until she jumped head first towards the water. She screamed on the way down and I jogged to the edge of the cliff.
She was under the water and just seemed to be relaxing for a moment before shooting back up to the top of the water and throwing her braid back and making a noise that spoke of happiness.
"Get your sparkly vampire ass in here Cullen!" She yelled at me with a grin on her full lips, I was worried about her.
"Are you alright?" I yelled in concern.
"I'm awesome, now jump you pansy." She yelled and I frowned thoughtfully before removing clothes and instead of jumping in as ordered I floated down, landing without a ripple. She snorted.
"Pansy ass." She said, splashing me. I laughed splashed her back. Earth ducked under the crystal clear water. She swam away from me and I had to follow her. After a few seconds I caught up to her and grabbed her ankle, she let out a muffled squeal and she twisted out of my grip, swimming to the bottom of the pool and shooting out of the water. I began to chase her through the water. I managed to splash her again and she laughed, a wide smile covering her face as she threw her head back and belted it out. To say I was stunned, was understating it. It was like music, sweet, happy music. I wanted make her laugh for as long as I could.
"What?" She asked, smiling at me as I realized I was staring.
"Nothing, I've just never seen you smiling or heard your laugh before. It's nice," I said and she smiled again.
"First time I've ever heard that one." She said as she swam over to the waterfall and started climbing the rocks to get up to the waterfall. Without a thought I floated up next to her.
"Need a ride?" I asked, holding out my arms and she rolled her eyes.
"I was climbing things before I could walk, I never need help." She said as she pulled herself atop the cliff and sat down in the middle of the river with a smile.
"This is what you do every day?" I asked as I sat down next to her, she nodded at me.
"I run, I live, I laugh, I steal, I sleep, I eat, I be. My existence is a simple one that I have no rhyme or reason to complicate." She said softly and I could see the allure in that. A simple existence, no rules to follow, just relaxing and being free. I couldn't help but wonder about the downsides of this though. I got the sense that me talking to her about it was tough.
"It seems simple." I said, just looking at her eyes, wishing I could hear her thought, they must be interesting.
"It is, no one tells me what to do with myself. I live the existence I was born to live." The sun suddenly showed through the clouds and I bit back a sigh. I had to leave.
"I have to get out of the sun." I said, worried about exposure. Earth shook her head.
"No one comes here. If they did, I would have known. People destroy places like this, they come her, they leave litter. They screw it up." She said to me. "But if you really want out of the sun, I know a place of pretty close to here." What she said did make sense but I shook my head.
"Are you sure no on comes here?" I asked to be sure and she nodded.
"Okay." I said, I trusted her.
"Just like that?" She asked and I nodded, but something in me was curious at her change of heart, yesterday I couldn't get near her and now, I was sitting right next to her.
"Can I ask you a question?" I asked carefully and she stiffened a little, looking at me warily nodding.
"Why?" I questioned, we both knew I was referring to her sudden change in heart. She looked me full in the face.
"Truth be told I don't know. I woke up and I thought about it and I guess I'm trusting you Edward. And I am really hoping that doesn't come back and tear my throat out." And in that moment I saw all the vulnerability in her eyes and I understood that this was going to be hard on her, something in her past had made her terrifyingly aware vampires and our nature. For some reason I was filled with a violent rage at the realization.
"It won't, I promise." I assured, swearing to myself I wouldn't hurt her. We looked at each other for awhile before Earth finally stood.
"C'mon, stand up. This time you're jumping. On the count of three." She said and I complied, standing up carefully and trying not to smile when she grabbed my hand.
"1,2,3!" She yelled and we jumped, we were pulled into the waterfall and I laughed. We sank below the surface and swam around for awhile, we didn't touch one another but I wanted to grab her and hold her tightly. Eventually though we surface behind the waterfall.
"That was amazing." I said as Earth nodded, smiled at me again and glanced up at the sky.
"Want to see the rest?" She asked and I nodded then had a thought.
"Wait, are you hungry?" I asked and she nodded bemusedly. I grinned at her. and shot of the water to grab the food filled back pack.
"I'll be right back." I said, and shot of the water to grab the food filled back pack, returning to her a moment later.
"Lead the way." I said and she nodded before taking a deep breath and sinking below the water. We swam under some rocks and she moved a rather large one and swam into the hidden tunnel. I followed he, rising to the top of the tunnel and prepared to get us out if need be when she swam directly under me, her black tank top moved a little and I caught a small flash of silver on her skin before it was covered again and she closed the rock, leaving us in somewhat darkness as I followed her. Her strokes were smooth and confident, just like her running and I was beginning to understand her. She had lived like this for so long she had unflappable confidence in her abilities. And it seemed to me her confidence was well deserved. I caught some light at the end of the tunnel and Earth moved a little faster.
Finally we emerged into an enormous underground chamber that had rainbows bouncing off some parts of it. Earth pulled in a few breaths and swam over to a large ledge, pulling herself onto it with ease. I sat next to her and pulled the pack off my shoulders, handing it to her and she took it without complaint, taking some food out and eating it.
"How do you find places like this?" I asked to break the silence. "I've lived in Forks for years and never known it."
"I know what to look for, I always have. Nature's little treasures aren't that hard to find." Earth said with a warm smile, leaning her head back against the wall. I bit back a smile at how she'd said it, it was true, this was a place to be treasured. If any humans other than her found it they'd ruin it almost instantly.
"I guess I can see some point in it." I said quietly and her head turned to look at me.
"I wouldn't give up the way I live for almost anything." She said, smiling again. I could see her lure of it but I truly could grasp it.
"So you like being homeless?" I asked and held back a wince at the way I had phrased my question. She shook her head at me with a smile, like the way one does when explaining something to a small child.
"Ever hear the phrase, home is where the heart is?" I nodded. "I haven't been homeless since I was 6 and even then I was still physically close to what use to be my heart. So no, I'm not homeless, my home is with my heart and it lives in a forest." She finished calmly and I understood a little more. After a few more minutes of silence Earth slid off the ledge and under the surface of the water. Something unknown gripped me and I slid in and gently swam to Earth and touched her ankle, she rose to the surface quietly and stared at me, her pink tongue coming out to sweep her lips as I watched the movement.
We treaded water, staring at each other as I checked my self control. The unknown urge I felt was rising withing me once more I recognized, it came not from the vampire in me but from the man I'd long ago stopped being. I stared at Earth in the low light of the cavern and she stared right back as I inched closer. I was letting the man in me loose(this is so weird to write because I'm a girl.) Earth's large brown eyes never moved from mine as I moved carefully closer and I could hear her heart flying as her chest rose and fell. I backed her up so she was against a rock and kept inching closer to a point where I was almost drowning in her sweet, wooded and floral scent. Her breathing got more ragged as I got closer but I smelled no fear. Her sweet breath washed over me as I planted my hands on either side of her head and got even closer. Her dark orbs sparked in the much muted light and I was a hairs-breadth away from her full lips when she opened her mouth and inhaled sharply.
For the record, that was not my idea. They did it, not me. But it works out okay and for those of you who thought this chapter would be boring, I have one thing to say. HA!!!!!!! Forgive my gloating.
Now, I know it's been a long time since I updated but I wrote steaminess. That's first time I've ever written something like that and I had to listen to Vampire Heart by HIM about ten times before I could do it. So i you guys would be kind enought to tell me how it was I would really appreciate it.
Em;(Somewhere in Canada) Still running, HA she'll never catch me.
Me;(At home) Smiles with pride at chapter and stretches.) Hm I wonder where Emmett is.