Aftershock in Japan (teaser)

Summary: Over one year has passed since a natural disaster brought them together. Edward decides to settle down, but Bella is still excited about the challenges and possibilities of her new career. Now a seaquake threatens to break them apart. One-shot for the Fandom Fights Tsunami campaign. EPOV.

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I came home and she was putting clothes into a suitcase. The first thing that came to my mind was "fuck my life, she's leaving me". I could feel it in the pitch of my empty stomach. She was the best thing that had ever happened to me. And she was leaving. I had no idea what to do.

At least one last time, I thought.

So, I approached her from behind. She breathed deep. We weren't touching, but I could feel her heat. By the goose bumps on her skin, I knew she could feel me too. My fingers followed a path along her skin from her arms, over her shoulder, to the nape of her neck. I stepped closer; she had stilled what she was doing.

I leaned down and whispered over her ear, "please, girl … don't. Bella …"

I wish I could say more, but that would not be possible without chocking and making a fool out of myself. Since I was trying to convince her to stay, not to run away for good … I decided to shut up.

She turned to face me, but did nothing to get rid of my grip.

"Edward, we had this conversation earlier. I don't want to add anything more to hurt-"

Smashing my lips against hers, I kissed her. I didn't want to hear the words I was sure she was going to say, words to finish me, to break me in pieces, words that would hurt us even further. No way back.

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A/N: The complete one-shot will be part of the Fandom Fights Tsunami compilation. There's still time to donate and get yours. Go to fandomfightstsunami (dot) blogspot (dot) com for more information. I'll post this o/s and the last part of the story here after June 29th.