AN: Last chapter! Back to BPOV.
The pain was excruciating. I tried not to make too much fuss about it though; I locked my jaw together so I couldn't scream. There was still a fragment of my mind concentrating on the fact Edward was holding my hand and I didn't want him to see me in pain; he would feel guilty enough as it is.
Time passed. I don't know how much time passed all I do know is I must have slipped in and out of consciousness a lot during my change. I heard voices during that time but couldn't concentrate on them for long enough to work out whose voices they were or what they were talking about.
The fire in my veins stopped but the burning in my throat wouldn't go away; it took me a while to understand that was the thirst. Thirst for blood. I could still feel something attached to my hand, logic told me it was Edward holding my hand as he had been for the past three days but it didn't feel like Edward's hand, it wasn't cold or hard and it definitely wasn't any stronger than my own. I could hear buzzing, chattering, doors opening, clocks ticking and although I knew none of it was coming from this room, it was so loud I could barely believe I wasn't standing next to it.
I couldn't smell anything which I thought was strange since my sense of smell had been the strongest of my senses while I was a human. It took me a while before I realised I wasn't breathing. I took a deep breath in and couldn't even begin to describe the scents I inhaled. I tried to recognise the different aromas but the only one I knew straight away was Edward.
Tentatively I opened my eyes, unsure of what I might see and how my change might have affected my sight. At first I thought someone had put extra lights in the room then I realised my eyes had just got more sensitive. Every tiny detail was defined, the whole room seemed to be in day light but I knew the room had no windows and somehow I knew it was the middle of the night.
As my eyes got used to their surroundings I looked straight at Edward. There he was sitting next to me, holding my hand, he didn't look as though he had moved a muscle, and I realised that was probably not far from the truth. He had a look on his face that I knew all too well, he was upset with himself, he didn't want to change me into this but he didn't have a choice. I tried to read his face, but all I could see there was that look, maybe he didn't want me now I wasn't human, and maybe it was only my blood that had appealed to him. But he had done it, he had managed to stop, he had turned me into a vampire.
Just as I was concentrating on his face I realised mine was probably full of confusion and disbelief. I smiled at him, not a very big smile but it was all I could manage.
"Bella? Are you alright?"
"Yes," Even my voice was different. It reminded me of Alice's' voice almost song-like.
His face broke into a small lopsided smile and he leant down and kissed me.
"Me too, let me teach you how to hunt." This was the first time I had looked into his eyes, they were black, jet black. I wondered what colour my own eyes were at that second.
He pulled my hand towards him; he had been holding it all this time. I looked at our hands and noticed the only difference was the size, they were the same colour, almost white but slightly off, it was difficult to describe. It wasn't a colour I recognised.
As I stood up I was aware of a mirror standing in the corner of the room. It was facing the other way. I was just wondering if I was ready to see myself, when Edward let go of my hand and walked toward the mirror.
"What are you doing?" I asked, unsure if I was ready to see myself.
"Don't you want to see the new you?"
"I don't know."
"Well it's up to you."
My curiosity got the better of me and I walked over to stand next to Edward, looking at him the whole time, I was still too nervous to look at myself. I was still staring at him when he put his arm around my waist and pulled me closer to him. I took a deep breath, I'm not sure why, it's not like I needed the air, and turned my face so I could see my reflection. I was almost expecting not to have a reflection. I saw Edward first, he looked slightly different, although this wasn't because of any change he had gone through, I was because of my change, now that my sight was that much clearer I could see all the details I had missed before. I saw his head move and felt him kiss the top of my head. That was when I noticed my own reflection staring out at me, looking completely stunned. That wasn't the Bella I knew. Her skin was so pale, so unnatural and even in this minimal light I could see slight sparkles coming off her skin, almost a glow. Her red lips were such a contrast to the pale skin. They were nearly as shocking as the eyes. I couldn't believe it was me, I didn't want to look but at the same time I couldn't look away.
I finally managed to look away from the mirror and decided it was time for me to go on my first hunt. Edward handed me what looked like a long piece of black material as I held it up I realised it was one of the cloaks I had seen that day, one of the things that had held my attention and confused me at the time. I put the cloak on, and looked up to see Edward wearing a similar one. He passed me my rucksack; honestly I had forgotten I had it. I was about to ask him why we couldn't leave it here when he kissed me. It wasn't like any of the kisses I remembered from before. He wasn't holding back, he didn't need to now; there was no danger of him hurting me.
We made our way out of the building. I was tentatively taking shallow breaths just to try to get used to the scents. As soon as we were outside however I stopped breathing altogether. We made our way to the edge of the town, Edward leading the entire time. When the town was out of sight Edward started to run. I didn't think it was particularly fast and I was able to keep up with him easily. He sped up slightly; I could still match his pace. I stopped looking at Edward for a moment and noticed how fast the trees were going, how fast I was going, since the trees couldn't actually move. Although I was sure I was going faster than I ever had before, including in a car, it still felt slow to me. I gave it all I had and zoomed ahead of Edward, as I rushed off I heard a melodic laugh. After a minute of running at top speed I glanced over my shoulder, I couldn't see Edward anywhere. As I turned around again to see where I was going I saw a huge tree standing in my way, although it would have been easy to avoid it, I wanted to try something, so I bent my legs and flew halfway up the tree and landed elegantly on a branch. From my position I could see Edward running toward me. Silently I moved through the branches back toward him. I could tell he was following my scent; he was going the exact same route I had gone. Just as he was getting close to my hiding place I swung round the branch so I was just hanging there from my arms. I have no idea how but I knew exactly when to drop out of the tree. I timed it perfectly and landed on his back. Without a seconds hesitation he swung me around so we were face to face and kissed me again. I have a feeling he was making up for lost time.
When he had finished he put me back down on the floor. I had to catch my breath after that. I took a deep breath. There were so many different scents out here lots more than in the room back at the Volturi castle. But I couldn't smell blood; I took another sniff, still testing the air out. Edward was hanging back slightly I could tell he was waiting for me to do something silly. I caught the scent of a bear, don't ask me how I knew it was a bear, instinct I suppose, but I was off after it. I have no idea how fast I went, but I am sure I broke the speed limit in every country on earth. The smell was getting stronger and I knew I was getting closer, it was so amazing I got slightly carried away and leapt over a bush and landed on a branch half way up a tree, I must have been at least 5 stories high but from up here I could see for miles. I spotted the bear and I was left with 2 thoughts going through my head, get that bear and I wonder if Edward is ok.
I tried not to think what I was actually doing. I wasn't sure if vampires could be sick, but I didn't want to test it now. I just let instinct take over again. When I had finished I looked up to see Edward standing a few feet away from me looking as beautiful as ever.
He explained that Aro thought it would be best for me to stay with the Cullen's while I got used to the vampire ways. I wanted Edward to come with me. What would I do if I came across a town? I'm sure I wouldn't be able to control myself. Most importantly although I wouldn't ever tell Edward, I didn't want to leave him again, we had so much time to make up and although we now had forever I didn't want to spend one second of it away from him. He assured me that as soon as Aro thought I was ready he would come and get me and we would be together again. Edward is very persuasive, and Aro is not one to argue with, so it was with a great reluctance that I agreed to go. After all it would be nice to see the Cullen's. Edward told me that I would be able to find them around Asia about 5000 miles away from where I stood at that moment. 5000 miles away from Edward.
I stole one last kiss. Then I was off to find my new family, I was excited, I hadn't seen them in so long. I would miss Edward but I knew it wasn't forever, I would see him again soon, and most importantly, I knew he loved me.
AN: Well that's all for the moment guys. I will get an epilogue up at some point but it will talk a while. There have also been rumours of a sequel. All I will say is watch this space. ;)
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