Chapter 5 – For eternity
(Thank you everyone for the nice reviews, I'm glad you like my story. This is the final chapter! I hope it won't disappoint you. I don't own any of the characters and the underlined passages are from the books, only that I changed them a little, and instead of Bella POV is Edward POV)
I was staring on the window as the plane took of from the airport. I'd chosen this way because I preferred to endure my pain, rather than risking my family to catch me and lose my last chance of being with her. The flight seemed so long, but I finally managed to arrive to Italy, then to Volterra. On my way, I've been thinking about what I could do if Aro would refuse me – which was possible, because of the respect Aro had for Carlisle. The only way I could make them angry was to expose myself and what I was in the city they've protected for so many centuries. The easiest thing was to hunt – to bite a human, of course – but I hated the idea of disappointing Carlisle in my last hours of life. The sky was clouded, so there was no way I could walk in the sun, to make my skin sparkle. Maybe I could do something to prove my strength and speed and they'd catch me immediately.
I reached at their residence – their castle would be a better word – took two deep breaths, then knocked at the door. I was almost anxious. I was so close to happiness, I could almost touch it. It was just a matter of hours until I was going to see my love again and be with her forever.
A smiling woman – obviously human – opened the door, throwing me a confused glance.
"Hello. My name is Edward Cullen. I am here to see Aro, if this is possible."
"Do you have an appointment?" she asked; her expression showed me clearly that she already knew my answer.
"As a matter of fact, I don't." I replied, my voice harsh.
"Then, Mr. Cullen, I'm afraid you'll have to wait a while."
"I insist. What I have to say to Aro cannot be delayed and I can assure you that it is something important." I remembered that my Bella had told be once that I could dazzle people without even thinking about it . I tried to do it now, but this brought her image in my head again and another strong ache pierced my whole body. I gave up, waiting for the secretary's answer; it was obvious she wasn't affected by my… talent.
"I will see what I can do. Follow me."
She took me into a huge hall, pointed to a sofa, then went at a big wooden door and knocked twice. After a moment, the door opened and the woman entered. I went to the sofa and sat down, waiting. She returned fast, smiling, her eyes brilliant.
"Mr. Aro sends his greetings and says it's a huge honor to have such a guest, but asks you to be patient and wait for a little longer, because they have a little… problem to solve. I'm sure you understand."
I just nodded in response. This was what I was afraid of. Waiting. I closed my eyes, trying to take Bella's image, lying motionless in a coffin, out of my head. When I opened them again, there she was, in front of me… smiling her brilliant smile, her face just as I remembered it, like the one of an angel fallen from the skies. There was something wrong, though… her eyes were in tears. As shocked as I was, the instinct of protecting her was stronger than ever. I stretched one hand towards her, to comfort her, to touch her face and feel the wonderful heat of her skin again. She wasn't supposed to cry. My angel had to be happy. I burned with desire to take her in my arms, to protect her and promise that nobody will ever hurt her. As my hand was only one inch away from her face, she just vanished. She disappeared, and panic overwhelmed me. Why was she running away from me? Had death changed her feelings? Had she forgot about me?
Then I realized that I was still on the sofa, alive, and probably going insane. As I was conscious that I had a few hours to wait, I decided that I would better spend them with her. What could be more perfect than spending the last hours of your life with the one you truly love? I sank again into my sea of oblivion, remembering the first night we'd spent together into her room. I'd hold her into my arms, feeling her soft touch on my skin. She'd said she loved me in her sleep.
She hid her face against my shoulder.
"I love you", she whispered.
"You are my life now." I answered simply.
There was nothing more to say for the moment. I rocked us back and forth as the room grew lighter.
I also remembered the moments spent in our meadow. Those were unforgettable, since we had our first kiss. She was afraid that I was going to hit the trees when I was running; that thought made want to laugh, even now, when I was grieving for her loss. All those touches, her soft fingers against my marble skin, seemed so real that they sent vibrations of pleasure through my whole body.
With deliberate slowness, my hands slid down the sides of her neck. She shivered, and I catched my breath. But my hands didn't pause as they softly moved to her shoulders, and then stopped.
My face drifted to the side, my nose skimming across her collarbone. I cam to rest with the side of my face pressed tenderly against her chest.
Listening to her heart.
"Ah." I sighed.
"I'm not used to feeling so human. Is it always lime this?"
"For me?" she paused. "No, never. Never before this."
I held her hands between mine. They felt so feeble in my iron strength.
"I don't know how to be close to you." I admitted. "I don't know if I can."
She leaned forward very slowly, cautioning me with her eyes. She placed her cheek against my stone chest.
"This is enough", she sighed, closing her eyes.
In a very human gesture, I put my arms around her and pressed my face against her hair.
"You're better at this than you give yourself credit for." She noted.
"I have human instincts – they may be buried deep, but they're there."
We sat like that for another immeasurable moment.
"I was thinking, while I was running…" I paused.
"About not hitting the trees, I hope."
"Silly Bella." I chuckled. "Running is second nature to me, it's not something I have to think about."
"Show-off." She muttered again.
"No", I continued, "I was thinking there was something I wanted to try." And I took her face into my hands again.
The feeling of her soft lips against mine was something impossible to describe. As I was enjoying the moment in my mind, like I was living it again, a voice interrupted my happy vision.
"Mr. Cullen? Mr. Aro says he's ready to discuss with you."
I opened my eyes, blinked once then realized what she'd just said to me. I was getting closer with every second. I jumped to my feet, anxious and nervous.
"No, Edward, don't!" I screamed, horrified. Edward's image, going to the Volturi and asking them to die filled my head; I couldn't focus on hunting or on my pray anymore. How could he possibly do this to me? He'd promised me he won't do anything reckless! Oh, this was all my fault! I shouldn't have left him alone! I didn't knew how I was going to stand his death too; I was already falling apart. Jasper, who was close to the place I was hunting, heard my scream and ran to me as fast as he could.
"Alice, what happened? What happened, love?"
He took me in his arms, holding me tight, while I was sobbing without being able to pause; shock took control over my mind.
"It's ok, love, I'm here. Tell me what's wrong. Shh, calm down, my love. It's killing me to see you like this."
"Edward…" I mumbled, still in shock. "Edward!"
He threw me a confused glance.
"He's going to Italy, Jazz! He's leaving us!" I continued, watching his expression becoming a mask of horror.
"This is all my fault! I took Bella away from him, and now I'll take him away from all of us!" he said, terror overwhelming him.
"No, Jazz, don't blame yourself! It was just an accident." I tried to comfort him, patting his arm. I softly kissed his lips, then took his hand into mine.
"Let's go home. He left us a letter." I hissed, angry with him for leaving me forever.
"But we must go for him! We must stop him!"
As much as it ached me, I shock my head at him. He looked at me, disoriented, and worried that I was losing my mind.
"No, Jazz." I said, my voice just a whisper. "It was his decision. He can't live without her, as I couldn't live without you. If we stop him now, we'll destroy him forever."
He nodded, then followed me back home.
As I entered into the big, lightened room, three vampires greeted me, one of them enthusiastically – Aro – one looking bored – Marcus – and one confused and disoriented – Caius. I tried to pass to the purpose of my visit, because Aro kept asking me about Carlisle's life and kept marveling about how he could survive drinking only animal blood.
"I must admit, I'm impressed", he said. "I didn't think he would be able to resist for so long. And working as a doctor in a hospital, smelling human blood every day and not falling into temptation… it's impressive."
"Aro." I said, my voice clearly ending the conversation about Carlisle's life. "I came here today to ask you a favor."
"Interesting, young Edward. And what kind of favor do you want from me?"
"I am here to ask you to kill me." I said, and saw their eyes popping wide.
"What on world could possible make you ask me this?" he answered, surprise into his voice and thoughts.
"I think I would better show it to you." I replied, offering him my hand.
Aro had a similar gift with mine; he could read minds, but he needed physical contact. Also, he could read every thought that ever passed to that person's mind. He stretched one hand towards me and touched my skin. After about ten minutes, a mask of surprise stretched across his face.
"I see." He nodded, compressive. "The attraction this human girl's blood had towards you is incredible, and still, you resisted."
"My love for her was too big. I could never hurt her."
"But still, La Tua Cantante! What a waste!"
"I don't see it like this."
"If you haven't had showed me this, I would've never believed such thing existed. And the power of your love… impossible to understand." He nodded again.
Marcus and Caius watched him in disbelief.
"Young Edward, though I understand your reasons, you cannot ask me to destroy an old friend. Carlisle means a lot to me and I cannot take the life of a son of his."
"I imagined this will be your answer. You give me no choice, then. My decision is final, and I will do whatever it takes to make it reality. I'm sure you saw that too."
He watched me for a moment, surprise into his eyes, then finally spoke.
"If this is what you really want, then let me talk to my brothers."
I nodded then waited, trying not to pay attention at their words. My only thought was I am going to see my love again. Wait for me, love. I love you.
After about fifteen minutes, Aro spoke to me again.
"I've tried to explain to my brothers everything that you showed me, but it wasn't easy. Such an appealing smell and burning desire is impossible to describe. Still, I think they understood pretty well your reasons; and we've decided, that if this is your final decision, then we'll help you."
A huge grin lightened my face, Bella's beautiful face filling my mind again. It didn't hurt me anymore thinking about her; I was so close…
"We will use Alec, though", Aro continued. "I have no wish in hurting you. It will be better if you don't feel anything."
"Thank you, Aro. I am sure my father won't have nothing against you."
"I sure hope so." He replied, then asked Caius to bring Alec in the room.
Alec's power was very strong, and extremely useful. He could make you forget everything, take your sight and senses, so they could kill you without pain. As soon as he entered into the room, I closed my eyes and waited…
As soon as I opened them again, I was in our meadow. I looked around, disoriented. Was I dead or alive? I hadn't felt a thing.
Then, as I was staring around, she came to me, wearing that beautiful blue top, smiling a breathtaking smile, her face brilliant and more gorgeous than ever. I marveled over her beauty. She came closer to me.
"Is it really you?" I whispered. "Are you real this time?"
"Yes." She answered, her voice ringing like a bell. So beautiful.
I stretched my hand to touch her face. Her skin was so soft, maybe softer that before. And the heat… wonderful.
"I've almost forgotten how this feels." I said, my voice still a surprised whisper.
She smiled again for a moment, then her expression became sad. My heart ached at the memory of my vision; what if she vanished again?
"What's wrong, love?"
"I… I've been waiting for you, Edward. My biggest desire was for you to come to me. But… your family. They'll suffer so much."
"They understand, love. They know I can't live without you. You're the light and the brilliancy in my world; how could I live without this?"
Smile returned on her face, but a shadow of pain was still in her eyes.
"Alice." She whispered.
"She has Jasper. She knows we're both happy now."
"Yes. Both whole. I felt like a part of me was missing." She admitted, blushing a deep reed and looking down.
I touched her cheek.
"You have no idea how much I missed this."
Her fingers traced the lines of my face, sending vibrations through my whole body. I could hear her heart beats and her pulse racing through her veins. Nothing had changed – everything was the same. She put her hand into mine, showing me the ring I'd gave her when I said my goodbye.
"You've never told me about this." She accused me, but I could guess the smile in her voice.
"I wanted to do it different", I said. "But there was no time left."
"Now we have time." She replied. "And if you want to know, the answer had always been yes. I want to be yours forever. Yours and nobody else's."
"Mine. Always. For eternity."
I smiled, then leaned towards her. I touched her lips, marveling again over how soft her skin was. I kissed her, gently at the beginning, then more fierce, as I've never did before. I'd finally found my peace. This was my piece of heaven.
(As you can see, I haven't brought Bella back, but still did something to make them be together for eternity. I hope you enjoyed it. Review please!)