Hi, everyone! I am very excited to announce that this is my very first story! I would love reviews, so please don't hesitate to review! I appreciate all the feedback I can get. So, here you go, it's the first chapter of Before I Leave.

Oh, and you will need to know Bella is human. The Cullens are vampires.

-Mary Alice-

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Chapter One: The Angel

Bella's Point of View

I felt the tears stream down my face, a warm, salted river trickling along down the bones of my cheeks. I was too upset to wipe them away. Dr. Carlisle Cullen had just delivered the news. I had six months left to live. Only six months! There was so much I could never do now! I could never rock in a chair beside my husband, our hair thin and gray, with our grandchildren laughing as they played on our lawn. I would never be able to celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary. I wouldn't even make it to 25! I was still only 18, turning 19 next month. I would never be an adult, though I'd been forced to grow up in many ways. Cancer had changed me. I could never have a child—I was 3 months short. I sighed, for all I ever wanted was the perfect life. I prayed for a miracle silently. That was when he walked in.

Up on seeing him, my first thought was, Oh, god! I died! This must be an angel! Oh, god! This is going to kill Charlie! But the angel with bronze hair spoke to me, and I smiled, despite the recent events.

"Hello, Isabella. My name is Edward Cullen. I am Carlisle Cullen's son." I didn't know what to say. The angel claimed to be my doctor's son. I responded rather dumbly.

"I didn't know he died." This earned me a very confused look from the angel.

"What?" Was the Edward the angel playing dumb?

"You are an angel, taking me to God, right?" Angel Edward gave a chuckle, and I frowned. "I was serious." He laughed some more.

"I know. But we are both still alive. Why on earth do you think you are dead?" I gave him a look that said, oh, like it isn't obvious! But for him, I don't think it was obvious.

"Well, for starters, you don't seem human." I saw Edward—apparently not my angel—had become rigid when I said this. I mentally noted to ask about that, but I continued. "What I mean, is you are inhumanly beautiful, and you seem different. But a good kind of different. Angel-like, even." He relaxed, and smiled.

"You think too much of me, and you've only just met me. You'll see I'm not all that angelic as soon as you really know me." He was being very modest, I could tell. Without thinking, I replied,

"Oh, I really doubt it! You are perfect!" He laughed again.

"So let me tell you why I am here. My father did tell me about you, and it is regrettable I only have a short while to know you. But I am here because, I know that your mother recently perished—again, I am terribly sorry—and I thought you might like a friend?" He gave me this warm, happy smile that crooked sideways in a very cute way. I didn't really know what to say. Instead, I nodded, taking in his every feature. He had topaz eyes, which seemed strange. His hair was messy and tousled, glimmering a bronze shine. He had very aligned features, and he was quite the charmer, very handsome and gentleman-like. We talked for hours, laughing and getting to know each other.

"Um…Edward?" I asked him, quietly.

"Yes, Bella?"

"Well, I have some things I want to do in 6 months. As my friend…can you help me?" He suddenly became serious.

"Of course, Bella. Of course." He wrapped me in a hug when he saw hears rolling down my cheeks. I didn't want to let go. But I did. "Why don't you write them down?" I took his advice, and pulled out a paper.

Before I leave, I want to:

Graduate High School

Go Cliff Diving

Sleep Under the Stars

Dance in the Rain

Fall in Love

I read the list over before handing it to Edward. He smiled at me, and wrapped his arm around my shoulders. I smiled back. There were other things…less attainable things. I told Edward that.

"What else is there? Go ahead and add it!" I was reluctant, but I took back the paper.

Have a Child

Celebrate my 25th Wedding Anniversary

I handed the paper to Edward again, tears in my eyes.

"Oh, Bella," he sighed, and wrapped his arms around me in a tight embrace. I sobbed.

"That can't ever happen! It can't, Edward! I'll probably never fall in love either! Never! Not in 6 months! Edward!" I cried in his arms, until I fell asleep.

Some time during the night, I awoke. I didn't open my eyes, but I thought I heard him mutter,

"Graduate High School? Check. Go cliff-diving? Check. Sleep under the stars? Check. Dance in the rain? Check. Fall in love? Maybe. Have a child. I don't see how that can work. Celebrate my 25th Wedding Anniversary? Only if she loves me." He sighed, before leaving the room. I fell back asleep wondering what on earth he meant by the last bit.

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What did you all think? I hope you enjoyed it, because I have a great idea!

-Mary Alice-