A/N: I'm currently watching Twilight haha :) But this is the last chapter! I hope everyone enjoyed it!
"Any minute now," a quiet, melodic voice said from somewhere behind my head. Was that Alice?
I heard a long sigh that sounded more tortured than relieved. "I can't believe this . . ." another voice said, closer than Alice's. Edward had to be within inches of me, his perfect voice was so clear.
"I'll give you two a minute," Alice said, her quiet footsteps slowly disappearing.
I felt strange . . . as if I had been in a great deal of pain that had suddenly ceased. It was exhausting, but at the same time relieving. I'd give anything to just sleep now, but something told me in the back of my head that sleeping wasn't an option anymore.
Struggling to compose my foggy mind, I attempted to open my eyes. It took quite a bit of effort, but I managed just fine. The first thing I saw was Edward, his face buried in his hands in pure anguish.
I reached up and touched his face. "Edward," I whispered. My voice was raw, my throat was on fire.
His head jolted upright, allowing me to look directly into those mesmerizing topaz eyes. I hadn't seen them in so long . . . I felt immediately healed.
"Bella," Edward breathed. He took my hand, his expression a mixture of torture and relief. "I am so sorry . . . I should have been there. None of this would have ever happened if I hadn't left. I am so, so sorry." He closed his eyes as he kissed the top of my hand. "I was almost too late . . . I don't know what I would have done if . . ."
"Please, don't," I said. I couldn't bear to see him like this, so upset and guilty. "I'm still here."
"I know." Edward breathed deeply. "However, wish that the circumstances were different."
"So I'm one of you?" There was a slight excitement in my tone that I could tell Edward found disapproving.
"Yes. I didn't have any other choice," he said, strained. "If I had waited any longer you would have been dead."
I swallowed, trying to extinguish the fiery burn against the walls of my throat. Instead, the burning increased. My hands reached up to clutch my throat, knowing that wouldn't do anything. The only thing that would help was something that made my stomach turn. Blood.
Edward noticed immediately. "You're thirsty," he sighed. "We should probably . . ."
"No, no, wait." I grabbed his arm before he stood up. "That can wait."
His posture relaxed as he leaned closer to me. I stared at him, taking in his perfect features that seemed like nothing more than memories for so long. My mind was so jumbled and I could feel nothing but hopeless confusion. I couldn't make sense of him really being here, so desperately worried. "What happened to -"
"Jail. All of them. Emmett and Jasper held them captive before the police got there to make sure they didn't run off. Not to mention it was a good distraction so Carlisle could get you away from the scene." Edward seemed to notice what I was going to ask next just by my expression. "Yes, the other man is in jail, too."
Alex was gone, behind bars. Someone I didn't need to worry about seeing ever again. The look on Edward's face gave it all away. "You know about that?"
Edward's face grew grim, but there was a spark of anger in his eyes. "Alice saw it and I found him. It took everything in me not to snap his neck where he stood . . ." He took a second to compose himself. "I can't think of anything to go through that's worse than that . . . I should have been there."
I spoke before thinking. "You could leave me again. That's worse than anything in the world."
He didn't respond to that. He simply bowed his head back into his hands, causing me to feel ashamed of myself for causing him even more guilt and pain.
"Why did you save me?" I finally asked, breaking the silence.
"Because I love you." Edward was looking straight into my eyes again. His eyes flashed in a peculiar way, as if he were disgusted with himself. "I can't live in a world where you don't exist."
Confused, I sat up on the bed that I had been lying on. I found myself speaking through clenched teeth. "But you said-"
"I lied," he interrupted. "I thought for sure I would be the death of you, Bella. I had to give you the chance of having a normal, human life. A life without me in it."
I stopped breathing. "What?" I whispered.
"You believed everything I said so easily. It killed me to lie to you and hurt you so badly. That wasn't what I wanted." He shook his head, guilt-ridden. "It was excruciating."
"But . . . why?" My voice was shaking, along with my entire body. I was almost as infuriated as I was shocked. The pains and hardships of this past year and a half had all been for nothing . . . absolutely nothing. It was all because of a lie.
"I couldn't bear knowing the reason that you were in danger was because of me, Bella. Every time I was even remotely close to you, your life was always on the line." Edward took a deep breath, like a human would when they were trying to keep themselves from crying. "But obviously that wasn't the case this time. I only made things worse."
"It never made sense for you to love me . . ."
"I always have loved you; that's never changed."
If my heart was still beating, it would have doubled in pace. "You love me . . ." I repeated, my voice drained of life. I felt so stupid.
"Very much." He reached forward and cupped my face in his palm. "After all of this, I'll never leave you again. I promise."
I didn't reply, for I was still in a considerable amount of shock. I had to be dreaming . . . there was no way this was all happening.
Edward took my silence offensively. His face was pained. "Unless, you want me to leave. And in that case I will go, if that's what you would want," he said, his voice uneven, strangled.
"No, don't," I begged, reaching out for him. "Please don't leave me."
He leaned towards me, his expression showing that he was thinking hard about something. "Alice tried to keep a lot of things from me . . . but they crossed her mind pretty often over the past couple of days . . . why did you do all of this to yourself?"
My guard shot up. "What do you mean?
"You know exactly what I mean, Bella," he said, his voice cross.
I sighed, defeated. It's shocking that I still hadn't learned my lesson not to argue with someone as persistent as him. "I don't really know . . . after I lost Charlie and my mom, I knew I didn't really have a reason to live. After you left, the only reason I wanted to live was for my parents' sake, not mine. I had no one to live for . . . so eventually I just stopped trying."
Edward sighed. "I guess I can sort of understand that."
My eyes widened. "R-Really? You're not upset?"
He snorted and rolled his eyes. "I'm not upset, I'm furious. But I can still understand."
I ducked my head down, ashamed of the behaviors I had resorted to out of weakness. "There's something else . . . and this may make me sound a little crazy." He stared at me, waiting. I took a deep breath before speaking again. "Whenever I was about to do something reckless or just ridiculously stupid, I always heard your voice in my head. It was completely clear as if you were standing right next to me, trying to keep me safe. That's the main reason I kept doing things that would potentially hurt me. I was always scared that one day, I wouldn't be able to remember your face or the sound of your voice. I didn't want to let go . . . but I think that's maybe because I knew that you loved me all along. I guess I never really believed that you truly didn't want me."
Edward was silent for quite a few minutes. Of course, I was completely speechless. I wasn't sure if I should say anymore.
Finally, he spoke up. "I can't read your mind, so I guess that I will never, ever understand how it works. I can safely say you are one of the most stubborn and confusing people that I have ever met in my entire 100 years." He paused. "But I am so madly in love with you anyway."
My favorite crooked smile spread across his beautiful face. He leaned in, and hesitated as if I were about to object to him kissing me. My hands lifted up and clasped behind his neck as our lips met. We both knew we no longer had to be careful anymore, which deepened the kiss. My fingers twisted in his unkempt hair as his lips grew harder on mine. The taste of him was ten times more dizzying after such a long time without it. My entire body filled with happiness, knowing I actually had his marble body this close to mine again.
To my dismay, he pulled away, a mischievous smile on his face. However, there was a small hint of sadness in his eyes as I discovered what he was thinking. I could no longer blush, for there was no blood pulsing through my veins. My heart couldn't skip beats when he as little as touched me. I was no longer hopelessly fragile, and he didn't need to fight to save my life for any reason whatsoever.
But as for me, I could care less. He was here, and would be here forever.
"As much as I enjoyed that," Edward breathed, his golden eyes smoldering. "I'm sure my family would love to see you with your eyes open."
"I never thought this would happen again," I sighed, my voice sounding completely dazed.
Edward smiled. "Never say never." He leaned in and kissed me again, just as passionately.
A/N: I may do an epilogue, but I don't know yet. Hope that it was decent! Review and let me know how I did!