AN – As always a huge thank you to the people that took the time to review the last chapter: gemma loves edward, Flora73, ADADancer, 1sparklygirl, cullengirl08, vampiregurl, ShelbieVogue and VampLove617.
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Sorry this chapter has been so long awaited, my life seems to have taken over these past few weeks and I have had mild writers block on this story, I would write a paragraph and then re-read it and end up deleting it because it didn't look right. This being said I hope you all enjoy what I finally was able to write.
"Are you ready to leave Bella?" Edward asked me in a comforting tone.
We had all packed our suitcases this morning, as we were leaving Forks today and going to Phoenix to visit Renee, I just hope the reception we receive from Renee will be a damn sight more welcoming than Charlie.
"Bella" Edward prompted me, I shook my head and it was then I realised I had not answered his question.
"OHHH, Yeah I'm ready." I whispered, while shifting from one foot to the other.
Charlie hadn't been in touch, we had been here a whole two weeks and I hadn't heard anything from him, the letter I had written to him obviously meant nothing to him.
I doubt I will ever see him again and the sad aspect is, is it didn't bother me as much as I thought it would.
Maybe that was because I had been dwelling over it for the past few days….resigning to the fact that I wouldn't see him again. Or maybe it was just simply the fact that even though I had lost someone very important to me, I had gained so much more in the Cullen's – a whole family who…dare I say loved me…..just the way I was….
"Bella" Edward was stood in front of me with both his hands cupping my cheeks, I must have been so wrapped up in my thoughts I hadn't even heard him approach.
"Are you OK?" He asked me before kissing my forehead and nose.
"Yeah, I'm fine, I…..I was just thinking." I stuttered slightly dazzled as his breath fanned across my face.
I sighed contently before giggling involuntary. "Do you think when we are both seventy years of age you will still have the power to dazzle me?" I asked curiously.
"I don't know, but I hope you still have the ability to take my breath away and make my breathing hitch."
"I take your breath away?"
"Frequently…whenever you're in close proximity my heart begins to race….." He took hold of my hand and held it to his chest, over his heart.
"My breathing quickens until it catches in the back of my throat and I have to remind myself to breathe in and out again."
I swallowed as he paused to take a breath. "But when I kiss you…..that is the most intense feeling I have ever experienced in my entire life. My whole body slowly begins to tingle, my senses heighten, the world seems to spin on its axis and my heart feels like it's a blaze until it suddenly reaches a peak and for one insane moment I think my whole body may explode but it doesn't….instead my head then whirls and I just melt into your body."
I was slightly speechless at his revelation, but at the self same time I felt so powerful. I couldn't believe that I had the ability to ignite all these sensations he was describing…I thought it was only Edward that held a power over me…I would never of even known that I could make him feel that way.
I must admit I felt slightly smug, which must have been reflected in my facial features as Edward commented…...
"You don't have to look so pleased with yourself." He whispered before placing his lips to mine.
My head was sent whirling as Edward's lips locked with mine and I seemed to forget Alice, Jasper, Emmett and Rose were waiting downstairs for us to leave as I tried to claw at his shirt feeling rather aroused my his current revelation…..I wanted him…..
"Bella" The way his voice huskily whispered my name wasn't doing anything to calm my apparent desire to ravish him where we were standing.
"As much as I would love to…..to…" He sucked in a rather huge breath and blew out very slowly.
"You have no idea how hard this is for me to stop this from going any further, but…."
I interrupted him before he could continue any further. "I know, we have to go, we have a flight to catch." He smiled at me while tucking a piece of hair behind my ear.
"Have you?..." I stopped myself not knowing whether to ask or not.
"Have I?" He shook his head from side to side obviously wanting me to elaborate.
"Ever…" I wriggled my eyebrows. "On an aeroplane?"
He laughed… "No…Have you?"
"No…..I….I always thought that the toilet would be far to tiny for two people to be able to have sex comfortably but….You never know I mean once you get in there it could open up…..like Doctor Who's tardis, and be much bigger on the inside than what it looks on the outside.
He threw his head back and laughed…..I mean really laughed. "What are you laughing at?"
"You're one of a kind Bella Swan and it amazes me how you can make me fall even more in love with you with each passing day."
I was about to lean in for another kiss only a horn honked from outside which was then followed by a…. "Hurry up…..We've got to get moving."
I grabbed my suitcase and made for the stairs, I however didn't get very far as Edward placed his hand on my shoulder to hold me still and then reached down to relieve the suitcase from my grasp.
"I can…." I was about to protest, only Edward threw me a I'm carrying the suitcase and that's final look.
"Morning" I chirped at both Jasper and Alice as I jumped in the back of his SUV.
I had been really bright and cheerful these past few days, ever since Edward had organised the surprise date in the meadow nothing had been able dampen my spirits.
Not even thinking about Charlie had dampened them…..I was blissfully happy and I think…no I know it was all due to Edward.
We hadn't spent a lot of time with Alice, Rose, Jasper or Emmett either these past few days…..
Edward and I had been going out and spending the day together by ourselves, and I had cherished every single moment of our time alone.
Yesterday afternoon he had even taken me to our meadow for a picnic, at first the weather looked like it was going to behave itself and be wonderfully sunny but by the end of the day it did in fact rain and we did get terribly wet, it was however still one of the most wonderful days of my entire life.
I smiled as my thoughts drifted back to yesterday…
"You may want go back inside and get a jacket; I don't want you to get cold." Edward whispered in my ear as I was climbing up into Emmett's truck.
I shook my head from side to side…"It's OK if I get cold I can just borrow yours…and I like that idea a lot more than taking my own."
He chuckled lightly in my ear and kissed my forehead – which was something he seemed to be doing every minute of every day lately. He always liked to be touching me with great care and tenderness and it made me feel so loved my heart felt like it would burst.
I was beaming from ear to ear as he edged around the truck and jumped in the driver's seat.
He was taking me to our meadow for a picnic – which was quite a surprise at first as Forks isn't really a picnic resort considering the fact that it normally does nothing but rain.
I offered to make and prepare the food as Edward was a terrible cook only he wouldn't let me, instead he asked Rose and Alice and they seemed only delighted to help prepare the food for such a sweet gesture.
I bounced up and down in my seat with a hundred thousand mega watt smile plastered all over my face.
"You look positively glowing Bella." Edward stated clearly amused by my bright and cheerful mood.
I couldn't help but be ecstatically happy, being away from Seattle and the constant living nightmare which was Jacob Black had really lifted my spirits these past few days and I was really enjoying my alone time with Edward.
It was nearly two hours later when we reached our meadow – due to my terribly slow walking and lack of balance, Edward was however wonderfully patient and held my hand for the entire hike - and it looked even more beautiful in the sunlight. The flowers danced in the gentle breeze and the grass seemed to shimmer and sparkle in the light of the sun.
Edward gently let go of my hand so he could set the blanket down on the slightly damp grass. Once he had set it in place he leapt onto it and gently guided me down next to him with his arm tucked around my frame.
Alice and Rose had prepared enough food to feed an entire army, but we somehow managed to eat most of what was there and I was absolutely stuffed by the time we had polished most of it off.
Once we had finished eating I lay down and placed my head in Edward's lap…..He pulled out a copy of Persuasion by Jane Austen from the picnic hamper…
"Would you like me to read to you?" He asked with an impish grin.
"I'd love that." I replied before he turned to the first page.
"'Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage…' "
As Edward read with great eloquence and articulation I let myself revel in the love story of Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth.
He made the story come to life and I found myself falling into the world of Jane Austen, as I watched Edward's lips carefully read every word…
" 'The resolution of doing so helped to form the comfort of their evening…' "
I looked up at his face after a few seconds of silence…..
"Don't stop." I all but begged as he closed the book and rested it at his side.
He laughed….. "That's the end of chapter six and it looks like it may rain soon, I think we should start to head back."
"Please just one more chapter." I pouted not wanting the afternoon to end.
He chuckled before replying….. "I promise that I will carry on reading to you tonight….when we go to bed."
I debated for a long moment before replying….."I can live with that."
"Ohhh you can, can you?" He smirked as his hand wrapped around the back of my head so he could lift my head towards him and then place a gentle kiss to my lips…
The hike back to the truck seemed to take ages – much longer then the hike to the meadow – but I think that had something to do with the fact that it had started to rain when we were about halfway there.
I couldn't help but cry in relief when the truck came into sight…..by this point we were both soaking wet and even though Edward had surrendered his jacket to me I was still a little chilly.
But as we approached the vehicle, Edward held his arm out towards me and held me firmly in place…
"This is going to sound really odd…..and I know that it's probably more of a woman's fantasy rather than a man's but I have…." He paused and shifted from one foot to the other uncomfortably.
He looked slightly nervous and I was puzzled as to why.
"I have this…..this…desire to kiss….to kiss you in the pouring rain…" He quietly trailed off and cupped my face with his hand.
"After what happened between us…..When we weren't talking all those years ago…"
My mind fluttered back in time…..everything that happened those three years ago, didn't feel real, it felt like a bad dream, a bad memory that no longer existed.
"I would have this reoccurring dream. We were both back in Forks….and we were friends again – best friends – I asked you to meet me here, right at this spot." He pointed to where the truck was parked emphasizing his words.
"It was pitch black and pouring with rain, your hair would sparkle with water droplets and there would be a fresh smell in the air as if the rain was washing the past away. I'd tell you what an idiot I'd been, I'd tell you I loved you…..and then…"
I plastered my lips to his before he could continue, I didn't need to know anything else, I needed him to feel my lips on his and in turn feel his lips on mine.
"Did I fulfil all your fantasies?" I asked as we both parted.
"More than." He replied before once again crashing his lips to mine…
I was brought back to the present as Edward started to play with my hair while placing soft kisses all over my face and neck.
It was then that I noticed Jasper had already started the engine and as I looked out the window I also noticed we had probably been driving for the last fifteen minutes judging by where we were.
"Do you both think that you could keep your hands off each other for the ride back to Seattle?" Jasper asked from the driver's seat with a hint of amusement in his tone of voice.
"Not possible Jasper." Edward replied grinning from ear to ear.
"Fair enough." Jasper grinned back at Edward in the rear-view mirror as I rolled my eyes at Alice.
"Are you looking forward to visiting your Mom Bella?" She asked in a mild tone of voice.
"Not if it's going to be anything like my visit to see Charlie." I responded rather glumly.
Alice's question had slightly shattered my happy, ecstatic mood and brought many underlying fears to the surface of my mind.
Alice smiled at me affectionately - as she saw my face drop just a little - and reached through the two front seats to rest her hand on mine.
"I'm sure everything will be fine Bella…Renee's your Mother….I mean…..What I'm trying to say is a Mother and daughters bond is supposed to be…..unbreakable."
"I know….it's just…..I'm happy….I'm TRULY happy." I said emphasizing the word truly.
"And I have just managed to come to terms with Charlie's abandonment…..I don't think I could handle it if my Mom decided to write me off as well."
"Bella….." Alice started but decided to close her lips and not finish what she had intended to say.
Edward had started to rub soothing circles on my back in an attempt to sooth me.
I know I was being ridiculous, I had been the happiest I had ever been in my life all this week, but now that we were finally going to see Renee and it was finally happening I had started to worry all over again.
Alice's words repeated in my head…. 'a Mother and daughters bond is supposed to be…..unbreakable."
I just hope that Alice is right and that Renee forgives me for not listening to her over Jacob Black.
It was amazing how one man could cause my family so many problems in such different ways.
AN – What did everyone think? It didn't quite turn out how I wanted it to but I hope everyone enjoyed regardless and didn't find it slightly boring….I know there wasn't much happening and I hope no-one found the chapter pointless or a waste of time? I also know the chapter was quite short but if it was going to be any longer then there is no way I would be updating until another couple of weeks and I feel you have all waited long enough.
There will be quite a lot drama in the next up and coming chapters and I hope to make the next chapter a lot longer. I will try and update as soon as I can but my life is really quite hectic at the moment so please be patient when waiting for the next chapter.
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