My Date With a Vampire

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Chapter 4

BPOV

As I stepped out of Edward's shiny Volvo, I took in the scene of Lake Olani. He had been right--- it was beautiful at night. The boats on the lake were covered in strings of twinkle lights, illuminating the dark water and complementing the full moon in the starry sky. Edward led me to a secluded bench beneath a weeping willow tree, with a perfect view of the lake and the sound of chirping crickets all around. Of course, none of these characteristics were as breathtaking as the already god-like Edward in the moonlight.

"Wow, this is just---just---," I stammered.

"Gorgeous, is it not?" he asked, his eyes dancing. All I could do was nod.

"I come here all the time at night. It's most beautiful around 2 AM."

That caught me a little off guard.

"Aren't you asleep at 2 AM?"

He chuckled before saying, "No, Bella, I don't sleep. It's a vampire thing."

"Oh."

We sat in silence for a few minutes, taking in our surroundings more thoroughly. I had to consciously remind myself not to gawk at Edward, but I sometimes couldn't stop myself. His reddish-brown hair was lit up by the moonlight, as were his golden eyes. He wore a forest green sweater that subtly revealed the shape of the planes of his chest, and a pair of khaki pants.

"Bella, do you ever wonder about fate?"

Edward's voice yanked me out of my trance.

"Er, fate?" I asked.

"Yes, fate. Do you think things happen for a reason?"

"Some things," I replied, "Like, I believe in karma and all of that 'what goes around, comes around' stuff. I think that if you do good things, good things will happen to you too."

"Ah," he whispered. "And, do you think we were meant to be together?"

"I think so," I answered quietly.

Edward sat there gazing up at the stars, mulling that over.

"Do you?" I prompted.

"Of course. But as much as I love you, Bella, I can't help but feel that I'm not the right person for you. I feel like I shouldn't be anywhere near you."

"This again!?" I exploded, "Look, I know you won't hurt me! I know you can control your thirst! I trust you completely, Edward! We've been over this! Why can't you just believe me and move on!?"

"Bella, Bella…" he hushed.

"No Edward! I will not be quiet! You obviously don't understand how much… how much I need you in my life! I honestly have no idea how I could survive without you."

Then, to my horror, I burst into tears. Edward held me and rubbed my back as the tears escalated into sobs, shushing me and whispering that everything would be okay. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, I pulled myself together.

"Sorry you had to see that," I apologized, "I normally don't let myself fall apart like that. I guess I just feel… really comfortable around you. Like I can be myself."

"I feel the same way about you. Well, emotionally comfortable, that is," he added, wiping away one last stray tear rolling down my cheek.

I gazed up at the stars again and said, "Out here, staring up at the stars, it seems like anything's possible."

"How so?"

"Well, it's like, if all of these stars could form from gas into these beautiful masses, then anything can happen. It's just so beautiful."

"It's not the most beautiful thing out here," he remarked, tucking a lock of my hair behind my ear.

This moment was just so perfect. Here I was, just another average girl next door, snuggled up against the most godlike, perfect being that ever lived, and he just called me beautiful. I could lie here forever, just gazing into Edward's golden eyes under the cover of the weeping willow tree and the sparkling blanket of the stars above.

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