Prologue

We were standing in front of security check in at Sea-Tac, my carry-on bag slung over my shoulder, ticket in hand. A faceless mass of people hurried past us, moving forward, coming home, going away, carrying on, as if the world wasn't falling apart around them, as if this moment wasn't the end of everything.

"Bella, all you have to do is ask me to stay and I will." Please, please ask me to stay.

"You have to go, Edward. Your life is waiting, everything is waiting for you. She is waiting for you."

I could see the tears she was holding back, her slightly too pink cheeks betraying her emotions, and her breath stuttered minutely on the exhale. Our almost 17 years of friendship allowed me to see the chinks in her carefully constructed armor. To anyone else, she was as calm and collected as always, the mask firmly in place.

"I love you, Bella. I'll always love you."

"I know," she said sadly, as she kissed my cheek, gave me one last tight hug and walked away.

I watched her until she turned a corner and was out of sight. She didn't turn around, she never does. I decided that this would be the last time I watched her walk away, and it would be the last time I confessed my love. She was right, my life was waiting for me; I couldn't make it wait anymore. Steeling my resolve I walked to security check-in and this time I didn't look back.


A/N: This is my first work of fiction, I appreciate all constructive input. I'm extremely excited that you, dear reader, have decided to take a chance and read my little tale. Hopefully you'll stick around for the ride. I own a lot of things: 3 tattoos, 3 kids, some pets and a husband. I don't however own Twilight. Much love and gratitude to Nitareality for the beta and Jules for the pre-read. If there's any mistakes, they're mine (and any extra commas absolutely belong to me, despite the staged intervention, I remain a comma addict). This is the extremely short prologue, Ch. 1 will be posted very shortly. I'll be updating once a week, probably on Sunday evenings. It's completely outlined and will be 12 chapters long, including this prologue. ~Kimberly

Edited 12/22/10 for punctuation