Summary – Edward and Bella have been friends since they were seven years old. On Edwards 17th Birthday, he comes down with the Spanish influenza. He is admitted to hospital, but later dies. Bella, who had secretly loved Edward, didn't know how to go on.
Bella was changed jut days later by someone who couldn't bring themselves to kill her. Many years later, as Bella sits in that same biology class her and Edward used to sit in, the new kid walks in. His familiar bronze hair and chalky face is too much for Bella to ignore. Is it Edward, or is her mind still playing those cruel tricks on her again…?
Time – Story begins on Edwards 17th birthday, 1918.
POV - Bella Swan. It will be Bella's Point Of View for most of the story, but some parts will be Edwards. A/N will be at top of page if change of POV occurs.
I am not Stephanie Meyer. All I own is the unhealthy obsession with her books and her characters, :)
I'm not crazy,
I'm just a little unwell,
I know that right now
You can't tell.
Unwell – Matchbox 20
I knocked on my best friends door, one hand holding his present, the other quickly brushing down any creases that might of formed in my clothes. I don't know if Edward had told anyone about his birthday, and secretly I hoped he didn't, for then it would just be my best friend and myself. The way I liked it.
I waited a few seconds when he answered the door. He smiled largely. "Hey Bella." He said, giving me a quick hug. I hugged him back. "Happy Birthday!" I said, handing him his present.
His smile went up a little, but for some reason it didn't quite touch his eyes. "Thanks, Bells." I looked around. The house was empty, except for Edwards parents, Elizabeth and Edward Senior, and his little sister, Tanya. Tanya was only around 13 years old, and was quite tall for her age. She towered over her mum, but came just under 2 inches to her older brother.
"No party this year?" I said curiosity in my voice. Yes! I secretly screamed in my mind. He shook his head. "I cancelled it. Didn't feel like having many people over. I'm actually not feeling the best." He said.
My smile faltered. "I can go, if-if you want" I said pointing the door and taking a few steps. His hand grabbed mine.
"No. You're the only one I wanted over. What kind of birthday would it be without my best friend of 10 years exactly over?" He smiled.
I smiled. Edward and I had met on his 7th birthday. I had moved next door to him when I was living with Charlie, my dad, and was invited to his party. We have grown up together ever since, and have always been the best of friends.
"You remembered." I said, turning to him. He looked offended. "Of course I remember! I even got you a present." He said, smiling and walking away. He signaled to his room, so I quickly said hello to his parents and Tanya, and walked up the stairs.
It was raining outside, not unusual weather for Forks. But today was a little more heavy then It had been over the last few weeks, and If I didn't know any better, I would of thought it would flood If it continued.
I turned into Edwards unusually messy room. He always liked to keep his things tidy, but today he was a little out of the ordinary. He was standing at his desk, playing with something in his hands.
"Come over here, put out your arm and close your eyes." He said. I smiled and did as I was told. I walked to his desk, eyes tightly shut and arm raised.
I felt him fiddle with my wrist and tightened something. "Open" He said.
I opened my eyes, and adjusted them. I looked down at my wrist. There was a blue friendship bracelet now wrapped around it, tightened so I fit perfectly. I looked at Edwards hand and noticed he had the same one on his arm, but green.
"There friendship bracelets. Tanya helped me pick them out." He said. "Oh Edward, there beautiful." I said, moving mine around to face the right way. There was something written on them, so I looked closely.
In gold writing was written, "10 years already, but so many more to come. Best friends forever." I had tears in my eyes. I wrapped my arms around him, hugging him tightly.
"Thank You Edward. I'll never take it off." I said. He smiled largely, then looked at the present I had given him that now sat on the desk. "You know I'm not one for presents" He said, but grabbed it anyway.
"I know, but it's sort of a 10 year anniversary and birthday gift." I watched as he unwrapped the paper gently. When he was done, he pulled out the gift.
It was a gold frame, with a drawing in it. It was one of the very first drawings Edward and I did together, and it was one of us two. Under the drawings of two people, it's said in messy kindergarten writing 'Best Friends Forever". I had found it only weeks earlier, in a box that was under my bed. The gold frame was quite expensive, but it was for Edward. I got a silver frame aswell for myself, and had found another picture.
Edward gasped. "Bella, it's wonderful. I love it a lot. Thank you." He said, pulling me into a tight hug. "That's okay." I said, smiling at him. It was then I really noticed his face.
He face was quite pale, more pale then usual. His cheeks looked flushed, like he had the flu or was just getting it. "Are you sure your alright?" I said, touching his cheek. It was hot.
He looked up at me. "I don't know. I just woke up this morning, and I didn't feel the same. I should be okay though." I shook my head. "Get some rest, our finals are coming up, you know. You need to be in good shape for them." He was going to protest, but when I mentioned finals, he changed his mind.
"Thanks Bells, you always know just what to do." "What are best friends for?" I said, forcing a smile. I wanted him to get better, but I would have liked to spend the day with him.
"I'll see you tomorrow, yeah?" he said, walking me out the door. "Of course! I'll be over around, 10? We still haven't finished that assignment."
I said after saying goodbye's to his family. "Sounds good."
I turned quickly in the door frame. "Happy Birthday!" I said, kissing him on the cheek lightly. He seemed surprised, but let it go. I seemed to be doing that a lot latterly, letting my feelings get the best of me. "Happy 10th Anniversary!" He said, hugging me goodbye. "You to." I smiled.
"Bye" He said, smiled and then shut the door.
I put my hands over my head, and began to ran. The rain was really coming down now. I lived only three blocks away. We had moved from next door to Edward a few years ago, but not very far.
I got back to the house, said hello to my father, and began my essay that was due in a few days. Before I knew it, it was time to prepare dinner. I made dinner for my father and I, and we ate in silence.
"How was Edward?" Charlie asked. "He's okay, he was feeling a bit ill before I left, though. Must be getting the flu." I said casually.
Charlie looked a little worried.
"Hope he is okay, that Spanish Influenza is getting a lot of people nowadays. Hope it doesn't effect him." He said.
I shook my head.
"Edward will be okay." I said as I finished my dinner. I went back up to my room, and got ready for bed. I looked at my piles of homework I had to complete tomorrow, and frowned. "Looks like I'm going to be doing a lot of catching up." I said, then smiled. "Edward will help."
I got into bed and turned to my bed side table. It was were I had put my picture of Edward and I. I kissed my finger. "Goodnight Edward." I said, putting my fingers over his face. I fell asleep soon after.
I woke up in darkness. Something had woken me. I looked around and saw nobody around. I sat up. Something was not right. Something was wrong. I looked around my room, making sure nothing had fallen or anything, when I saw the picture on my table. Edward's face was all I saw.
"Edward." I gasped, and jumped out of my bed. I didn't know what was wrong, but something in my stomach told me there was something. Something big. I got dressed quickly and ran down the stairs, two steps at a time. I didn't bother telling Charlie. Everything would be alright, I'd be back soon. I just had to check Edward was okay.
I opened the door, and shut it behind me. The roads were very wet, and the rain was still very heavy. I put my hands above my head and ran the three blocks to his house. When I got to his door, I banged on it, loud enough so everyone could hear.
After 2 minutes, there was still no answer. I banged on it once more. Finally, someone opened the door. It was Tanya. Her face was covered in tears, and she looked terrified.
"Tanya, it's me, Bella." I said, relieved someone had opened the door.
"Bella?" She asked in a quiet voice.
"Yes. Please let me in." I asked. She opened the door for me, and closed it behind me. There was no one else in the house, I could feel it.
"Tanya, where is everyone? Where is Edward?" I asked her, anxiously. She was silent for a moment, and then she was in my arms, crying.
"They are at the hospital! Edward's sick, he's very, very sick!" She cried. My body went stiff. I looked down at Tanya, and out the window of the door. The hospital was about 10 blocks away, a half an hour run. I had to do it. I had to get to the hospital.
"I'm sorry Tanya, I have to go." I said, lifting her off me. She cried and cried, but opened the door for me anyway. As soon as I could get out, I was running. Water splashed around me, and I was stumbling everywhere, but not falling over. The last thing that was needed was for me to be in hospital aswell.
I got to the hospital within half an hour, soaked in rain and mud covering my shoes and the bottom of my clothes. Nurses looked at me strangely. I looked around. Then I saw Edward's mother. She looked at me. No surprise was on her face as she ran over to me, crying into my arms like Tanya.
"Bella, I knew you'd be here. They don't think he will make it through." She cried hysterically. Before I could say anything, she was pulling me into the room that he was in.
Nothing, nothing, could prepare me for what I had saw next. My best friend, lying on a bed near other patients, looking pale and extremely sick. Doctors surrounded him, I could only just see him.
"Edward!" I didn't even recognize my own voice as I choked his name. Doctors looked my way, and then went back to him.
I couldn't feel the rest of my body. I was numb. I wanted this to be a dream. I wanted to wake up and be happy.
Edward's mother, Elizabeth, was crying into his father, Edward Senior. Mr. Masen seemed lost, he was staring at Edward but he seemed far away. Finally, Doctors moved away from the bed, slowly. When they all left, one stayed. He was pale with golden eyes, and was absolutely beautiful. He signaled for us to come together because he had the verdict.
"Hello, my name is Dr. Carlisle Cullen. Edward has got Spanish Influenza, but it's hit him fast. I'm so, so sorry, but he will not make it through the night." He said with apologetic eyes.
I stopped breathing all together. My legs felt shaky. I soon realized the ground was approaching me fast, and it wasn't until I felt the cold doctors arms catch me that I realized I was falling.
His arms were cold. To cold, like ice cubes. If I wasn't in such a daze, I would have been curious. Elizabeth was sobbing into Mr. Masen. But I had no one. All I ever had, was Edward.
I walked over to stand next to him, pulling his hand into mine. His eyes fluttered open, he seemed so lifeless.
"Bella…" He breathed, his voice croaky and barely hearable. Tears flowed from my eyes, down my cheeks.
"Edward." I said, squeezing his hand.
"Bella, i…I love you." He breathed, his eyes closing again. My heart ripped inside and more tears flowed.
"I love you to. Forever." I said, leaning down to kiss him on the cheek. I rested my forehead on his cheek when his breathing began gasping sounds. After 2 minutes of struggling to breath, he squeezed my hand one last time before he was completely lifeless.
My best friend had died.
I don't know when I started screaming, but doctors soon came running in. Elizabeth was crying even harder, and doctors were trying to pull me away. I fought against them.
I held Edwards hand, because I knew he would do the same for me.
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