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Chapter 30

Leah

As I walked down the narrow steps leading into the plaza or should I say the heart of the feeding grounds of the Volutri my heart started pounding fast. I saw the last person who I thought I would ever really want to know staring straight at me, which made me turn bright red. I just prayed that they couldn't read my thoughts like Edward. Boy he sure did keep me in check with my thoughts.

"You have kept me waiting for a long time, my love," replied the vampire before me.

"Forgive me!" I mumbled as I stepped forward a few steps.

"How is your family?" he questioned softly grasping my hand.

"I talked to my brother a few days ago, he said all was fine. That the Cullen's, Jacob and he all moved to Astoria to start over," I said staring at the beautiful sunset.

"Leah, I'm sorry that your life was so drastically changed by our meeting," my soul mate muttered. I turned to look at him moving my warm hand to touch his cool face.

"I don't! I wouldn't have been happy with Anthony if I realized that I hadn't really imprinted on him. I would have eventually found myself longing for something more and I wouldn't have known what I really was looking for. I envy him for figuring it out before I did," I replied slowly moving my hand to rest upon his chest right where his heart should be.

It was in that moment that I finally understood what unconditional love really meant. My whole heart belonged to this man standing right in front of me. There was no way that anything else really mattered to me as long as he would stand beside me forever. It didn't matter that he was a monster the one thing I really detested because it didn't seem to matter to him that I was a smelly dog as the Cullen's referred to me sometimes. No what only mattered right now was our love and how we would move on from here.

(BPOV)

Oh, man I really hate College more than High School. The professors here really are boring and dull at that. I was wondering how Leah was doing because I really missed her. I hated the whole imprinting thing turning on her like it did. Anthony didn't seem too worried about her saying she'll be alright, but I somehow feel like there should be something that could be done for her. I was happy when Jane said Leah was on the phone earlier. Seth said she seemed good and was close to finding her destiny. I was pulled out of my thoughts by my name being called.

"It's from Pride and Prejudice," I say after Edward whispers the question to me.

"Are you still worrying over Leah," he asks smugly. I just nod my head trying to really pay attention to the lecture. The next hour and a half seemed to just drag on. Then again I wasn't looking forward to my next class because it was with Alice. How in the world had I let her talk me into it? "You weren't thinking clearly and she snuck it up on you," came his velvet voice again smugly.

"I wouldn't be teasing Bella," Alice said as we were exiting the lecturing hall with the rest of the students. She was wearing a brightly flowered dress with huge sunglasses.

"What's up with the get up?" I questioned.

"Oh, it's going to be bright out later and I want to work on my tan," she replied skipping ahead pulling Jasper with her.

"I think she gets stranger by the day," I whispered half joking knowing very well she heard me as did Emmett and Rosalie who were already waiting for us at the Fashion design studio. Yeah, the pixie owed me big time. I hated fashion and now I was going to have to endure the nest three hours listening to a boring teacher lecture on Vera Wang and Jimmy something or another.

"Don't worry little sister. Edward has his coming when we get him to swimming pool," Emmett said as he began pulling Edward away from me. Only Alice and the two guys knew what the next class was for Edward because they owed him for a bet he lost thanks to Jake and Seth interfering with Alice's visions.

"So what do they have in store for my dear husband," I asked following my sisters into the studio.

"I can't say!" Alice exclaimed. I just looked at her. "I would love to tell you, but Edward can still hear and I promised Emmett and Jasper the surprise of doing the chore themselves. I will tell you how it turns out once they get the item done," she said with a wicked smile on her face.

(?POV)

I hated having to leave so soon after meeting her, but I was needed back in Volutri to help with the changing of the rules and eating behaviors. I left her there in Forks even after I felt that pull on my soul. It was tearing me apart flying so far away from her.

"Brother is there something wrong," Aro asked as he sat beside me in the small airplane. I just reached over to close the window blind, and my hand skimmed his hand as he too reached to close the blind. He saw everything within my mind about the events and how I was being drawn away from our family just like Jane had.

"It's nothing!" I snapped as I pulled my hand to rest in my lap. The rest of the plane ride seemed to go in slow motion. I was all too thankful when it touched down in Italy and I was able to get free of such close confinements. For the next month I went out in search of rogue vampires to pass out the new law about killing humans. I had only been home a week when she arrived in Volutri. I was the only one home since everyone else had gone on vacation.

I heard her breathing before I saw her, as I smelled her far sooner than she probably would like to know. I left complete seeing her before me, mostly though I felt whole.

"You have kept me waiting for a long time, my love," I replied as my eyes met hers causing her to blush a slight rose color.

"Forgive me!" she mumbled as she moved forward a few steps.

"How is your family?" I questioned softly grasping her hand. She had a nice warmth to her.

"I talked to my brother a few days ago, he said all was fine. That the Cullen's, Jacob and he all moved to Astoria to start over," she said turning to look at the beautiful sunset. I though would gladly give up ever seeing another sunset if I could stay beside her for all of eternity.

"Leah, I'm sorry that your life was so drastically changed by our meeting," I muttered. She turned to look at me moving her warm hand to touch my face. I loved the feeling of her skin against mine it was like cold and hot.

"I don't! I wouldn't have been happy with Anthony if I realized that I hadn't really imprinted on him. I would have eventually found myself longing for something more and I wouldn't have known what I really was looking for. I envy him for figuring it out before I did," she replied slowly moving her hand to rest upon my chest right where my heart should be.

I felt weird. At her touch it almost felt like my heart was beating as she held onto my shirt. Her touch sent a fire to my very being. I could never leave her, nor could I allow her to leave me. I was unconditionally in love with her. She was my soul mate, and it didn't matter one bit about her being the wrong creature for me. For in this moment she was the only creature I would ever want standing before me watching the sun sink beyond the borders of the sky.

Review: Be kind and let me know what you are thinking. I would love to know if you can guess which vampire stole Leah's heart.