AN: This story takes place after the dreadful birthday party. Edward is upset but still determined to protect Bella.


I laid on my bed, dressed for school but not motivated to go downstairs. It was Friday, the last day of school for the week. Edward had climbed out of my window 20 minutes ago and would be pulling up momentarily to drive me to school. I wished we didn't have those pretenses anymore. My arm was healing nicely now, just a small jagged scar and one very apologetic Jasper. Edward never left my side when we were with his family. Actually he barely left my side at all.

Charlie was leaving today for a conference in Vancouver Canada. Alice, Rosalie and Esme were supposed to babysit for me because Carlisle, Emmett, Jasper and Edward were going camping this weekend, at least as far as Charlie knew. What he didn't know was that they were all heading out to hunt in California, all of the Cullens except Edward. It was going to be Edward and I alone all weekend.

"Hey Beautiful. Are you coming to school today?" he said appearing silently in my room.

"I guess so." I said holding my hand out to him so he could pull me up. He kissed each fingertip and then lightly kissed my palm before pulling me up and into his arms. My heart beat at it's maniacal racing pace as it always did when he kissed me. I pulled him in closer and wrapped my arms around his neck. His tongue traced a path on my lower lip before they willingly parted for him.

"We are never going to make it to school at all if you keep kissing me like that." he said, laughing softly.

"Who needs school?" I said burying my head in his chest and inhaling his scent.

"You do silly girl. It's your first time as a senior." he said kissing the tip of my nose. He pulled me up into his arms and carried me down the stairs only setting me down at the door so that the neighbors didn't see him carrying me to the car.

I grabbed his hand and we ran out into the rain towards his car.


School dragged on at it's usual slow pace, the only thing that made it bearable was the beautiful god-like creature that sat next to me in every class, and of course the little pixie that charmed us all. Alice was in 3 classes with us and sat with us at lunch. She was so excited to go on this hunting trip, apparently Jasper had somehow managed a surprise for her and she kept looking to see what it was. So far with no luck.

As soon as the last bell rang we dashed to the parking lot and climbed into the Volvo. All of us anxious to get started with our weekend plans.

Edward dropped Alice at the base of the driveway and drove me home. He dropped me at the door and I rushed upstairs to pack my bag. As I raced back down the stairs I dropped my bag by the door and went into the kitchen to cook dinner. I was so excited to get going I threw together a quick pot of spaghetti and a salad. Just as I was putting the food on the plates Charlie came home.

"You know Bells, you must be a mind reader." he said, "How is it that you always manage to get dinner on the table just as I get home."

"No mind reader Dad. You're just predictable." I smiled at him.

He grinned at me and sat at the table digging into the food. We ate in silence as always. As I was clearing the plates he said, "I should be home late on Sunday. Are you staying with the Cullens until Sunday night or Monday?"

"Ummm Monday I think. Edward and the boys aren't back until Tuesday so it's just us girls." I told him, knowing it would be sunny on Monday and Tuesday. Sometimes having a friend with a built in weather detector was very convenient.

"Okay Bells, I better hit the road if I am going to make the ferry." he told me.

"Bye Dad see you Monday." I said. I finished cleaning the kitchen. No sooner did I hear Charlie's tires leaving the driveway and Alice was at the door.

"You better be ready!!! This surprise stuff is killing me." she yelled, bouncing up and down.

"Of course I'm ready. Let's go." I said. For once I was just as excited as my hyper little best friend.


The Cullens were already to go by the time Alice got me back to their house. Jasper sprung the first part of his surprise on Alice as soon as we walked in the door. 2 plane tickets.... destination Paris.

"EEEEEKKKK!!!!" Alice screamed, "How did I not see this?"

"I bought them for Jasper and Mary Whitlock. Not for my nosy pixie wife Mary Alice Brandon Hale Cullen ..." he said smirking at her.

"Wow 3 days in Paris!! I haven't been there in months!!!" she smiled jumping up and down.

"Uhhh we'll actually be there for 2 weeks. It is our anniversary you know." he told her

"Of course I know but I just didn't expect..... oh Jasper." she sprung into his arms and wrapped her legs around his waist hugging him tightly.

"I never thought I would see a day when Alice would be speechless." said Emmett

We all laughed except for Jasper and Alice who were so caught up in their own little world that Emmett's comment was completely ignored. Alice and Jasper ran out the back door to Carlisle's Mercedes and drove off into the night. Carlisle, Esme, Rosalie and Emmett headed out the front door as Edward snaked his arms around my waist.

"Don't do anything I wouldn't do little brother." Emmett called

Edward growled and I looked up at him and asked, "Is there anything Emmett wouldn't do?"

Emmett laughed as I heard them disappearing into the night. We were finally alone.

"What do you want to do?" I asked him.

He said nothing but grabbed me in his arms and raced up the stairs to his room.