-Epilogue-

"A falling star fell from your heart and landed in my eyes

I screamed aloud, as it tore through them, and now it's left me blind

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out

You left me in the dark

No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight

In the shadow of your heart

And in the dark, I can hear your heartbeat

I tried to find the sound

But then it stopped, and I was in the darkness,

So darkness I became

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out

You left me in the dark

No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight

In the shadow of your heart

I took the stars from our eyes, and then I made a map

And knew that somehow I could find my way back

Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too

So I stayed in the darkness with you

The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out

You left me in the dark

No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight

In the shadow of your heart"*

I wrote. I wrote with a flourished passion. Every word for Edward. Every song that played softly in the background, a testament to my love for him.

I stayed in constant contact with Charlie.

He came to the house that first day. It was a small comfort in the storm that was raging through me. I wouldn't leave Edward, even though Charlie assured me he would stay while I hunted. I couldn't go. I couldn't walk away from him. I had promised that I would be there for him. He needed me. Even if he couldn't speak the words.

I knew, somewhere inside, he was aware that I stayed. I would never leave him.

It had been seventeen hours. His body would arch, the sound of his teeth grinding, low pants of breath. His heart was strong. Pounding loudly in my ears. Though I knew he was in pain, I was selfishly consoled by the sound.

"Sky black and blue

Blue turn to red

There's quiet in the streets now

But it's screaming in your head

I ain't a fool

But I've got my doubts

Say it doesn't hurt

It doesn't matter anyhow, anyhow..."**

My entire body went into a chilled stillness as my name ripped through his throat. I was so sick to know that I couldn't stop it. I had started it and I couldn't take it away.

I rested my hand on his bare forearm. His fingers twitched.

He knows you're there. Just be there.

Without a second thought, I curled myself into him. I pressed my lips to his shoulder. I spoke softly, calmly and slowly.

"Edward, I promise, I won't leave. I love you. You're so strong and I can hear your heart. You aren't alone. I swear to you, you will never be alone. Never."

I felt the sob in my gut. It moved quickly to my chest. I choked it back before it came out in an audible gasp. I couldn't let him down now. I had to be certain he was as comfortable as possible.

I sang along to the words playing through the speakers. I never moved from his side. He seemed to have calmed.

"And I'll carry you all the way,

When you say you're fine

But you're still young, and out of line

When all I need's to turn around,

To make it last, to make it count

I ain't gonna make the same mistakes

That put my mama in her grave

I don't wanna be alone."***

When his back arched from the bed and his gasps became hard pants I did the only thing I knew to do.

My hands went to his pained face and I remembered. I pushed as hard as I could to get through to him. I had to connect with him. I wanted him to see, to remember. I wanted to give him any comfort I could.

I put everything I had into him.

-My eyes focused on his exposed throat, his jaw. I didn't allow the smile that threatened my lips to show. I didn't want him to come any closer. "You know those things will kill you, Superman."-

-"I'm sorry," I managed to get out, "I... don't think we've met. Rather, I think we have... just not... formally?"-

-I looked back up at him and for the first time, in a very long time, I prayed.-

-"Chicago. 2007. Grant Park," I teased. Her eyes signaled she wanted more. "Muse, Kings of Leon," I continued, her expression brightened, "Pearl Jam, The Black Keys, Snow Patrol,"

"Blue October," I grinned, knowing her fondness for them ran deep. "You've seen them live, right?" I asked, already planning the date in my mind. "Your turn."-

-I sat up and silently moved across the room. I couldn't stop myself. I drifted to my knees at his side and just listened. Took him in, unashamedly, with my eyes. I was allowing myself to become dangerously close.

I reached out, brushing the back of my fingers over his jaw. It was almost shocking. His scruff was softer than I would have thought. Just, one more time. I leaned closer, my lips inches from his cheek. I let out a silent breath and cupped his moved. I pulled back. I sat on the floor. I sat and watched as the darkness lightened into a new day. I never wanted to leave.

My lips touched his gently. So warm against my own. I sighed softly as his eyes closed and he gave in to me. He tasted spicy. His lips parted and it took everything inside of me not to moan when his tongue brushed across my lips.

I don't ever want to leave.-

As I spun through moments in time, his body relaxed against the sheets. His face softened. Already changing, the color, the feel. If he was beautiful before, he was heart stoppingly stunning now.

Everything about him was going to be magnificent.

-"Bella," I tilted her chin up so that our eyes met again, "I don't care if you're from another planet. I can't lose you."-

-"You're my favorite everything and it scares me."-

His lips moved silently, and I spoke to him.

"You are everything. You are everything that has ever meant a damn thing. There was nothing before you, Edward. You have given me every hope. Every wish. Every desire. I want to be good for you. I want to be good to you."

-I took his hand in my own, and slowly raised them together into a flood of sunlight. His fingers twisted through mine, the light reflecting off my skin in a bright glimmer.-

-"I know that I want you... because," I closed my eyes, unable to face the threat of rejection, "I love you."-

"And I love you. I loved you from the moment I saw your emerald green eyes across the computer lab." I let out a sigh, pulling my hands from his face and resting them on his arm.

"I want to take this from you, I want to take this changing pain and crush it for you." I laid back into him. I continued talking softly. Rambling on about nothing and everything. I just prayed it helped.

"You are going to be stronger than me." I smiled at the thought. "It will be your turn to be careful, Edward." I laid there, my eyes never left his face. His jaw was tight again. I sang quietly.

"There's something that I can't quite explain

I'm so in love with you, you'll never take that away

And if I've said it a hundred times before, expect a thousand more

Well expect me to be calling you to see

If you're okay when I'm not around, asking if you love me

I love the way you make it sound

Calling you to see do I try too hard to make you smile? To make us smile"****

I stayed in that bed, day changed to night and day returned.

His body arched and he moaned. His heart sped up. His fingers were moving over the sheets. Tiny jerking movements. He was close.

I rested a hand against his cheek. His temperature matched mine. We were even, minus the speed at which his heart was running. I silently wept inside. For the things I would miss and the for the love that I was able to keep with me forever.

-"To find some way for us to stay in one place for as long as possible. But, Bella," I held her gaze. "It doesn't matter where you are in the world. Where we are," I corrected. "We will be there together. I'll follow you anywhere. And if you let me?" I raised my eyebrows, "I'll lead."-

-"But it scares me more to lose you, than to love you."-

The internal battle he was fighting caused his body to stiffen. I knew he would be awake soon. I knew very soon, he would see me again. I would see him. I wanted his eyes to open.

Once again, I attempted to calm his mind. Keep him comfortable.

-"Marry me," I compelled, my lips moving along her jaw, her throat, across her shoulder.-

-"You know, 'Find the Human', is going to be a lot more... interesting, when you aren't."-

"I love you."

My voice murmured over and over. Just as his had when we had made love on our wedding night.

"I need you."

And I did. The intensity of my need for him had only grown since I had known him. I needed him with me. I needed his words. His touch. His friendship. His love. I needed it all.

I was willing to risk everything I had to have just him. I would wander this planet for the rest of my existence with nothing to my name, so long as I had him.

My body thirsted for his. My silent heart wept for his. My mind desired his.

One more thing, I wanted one more thing. He needed to see.

-"When do you want to marry me, Edward?"-

-"Right now. Today. Tomorrow. Yesterday. Every minute of every day."-

I pulled back as his heart sputtered. Thumped once.

"I love you, Superman."

And then, everything went silent. As if someone had pressed stop on my ipod.

His eyes opened.

My insides clenched.

He met my gaze.

"Edward?"


A/N
I'm quite certain I know what you're thinking... 'Off with her head!"... "That's it!" ... "No way!"
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*Florence + The Machine, Cosmic Love

**Augustana, Hey Now

***Augustana, Sweet and Low

****Blue October, Calling You