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Although the sun was setting there was some sun light filtering through the trees, giving the area a mystical and peaceful feeling. I didn't want to ever leave this little bubble we'd created. Out here there wasn't anyone to judge us, to look at us or to hide from. Not that I hid anyway. The people of the local town had always been accepting of me, and I hoped now, they'd be okay with Edward and me, together.
We stayed in the meadow, facing each other on the grass until the sun started to fade behind the trees. I dozed in Edward's arms as he rubbed small circles along my back. I was startled awake by the ringing of a cell phone. Edward untangled us, sitting up and reaching into his back pocket to answer the call.
"Hi Mom," Edward spoke into his phone, taking a hold of my hand and lacing our fingers together again.
I watched Edward begin to frown and bite his lip as he listened to his Mom on the other end. A look of panic came over him and I mouthed, "What is it?"
He shook his head slightly while answering his Mom, "Yes, of course, we'll be right there. No no, you go and I'll meet you there. Okay, thanks. Love you too. Bye."
"Edward, what is it? What's wrong?" I asked as he stood up, offering his hand to help me.
"It's Bella. Something's happened at the hospital and we have to go, right now." We started walking briskly through the forest back to his house. I tripped and stumbled a few times, but Edward was right there holding my hand and guiding me.
"Do you know what happened to her?"
"They're not sure how it happened but she's had some type of reaction to the trial medications and her heart gave out. They had to perform CPR. She's still unconscious, but she's back to breathing on her own." He stopped walking and turned to face me.
"Do you want me to drop you off at home on my way to the hospital?"
"Edward, no, I'm coming with you. You're my boyfriend now, you said so. I want to support you, no matter what happens." I squeezed his hand to show that I was there for him. He placed his arms around me, pulling me against him in a brief hug. I pulled back and kissed him lightly on the lips. "Edward, I am here for you. Let me help, okay?" I pleaded with my eyes as well as my words.
"Thank you Jasper, that means a lot. Come on, let's go. I need to see her."
We raced back through the trail and jumped into Edward's car. He drove to the hospital, and I was sure if Charlie had seen him on the road he would have pulled us over. It didn't matter though; I could see the anguish and determination on Edwards face. If anything happened to Bella he'd be broken.
Pulling up outside the hospital, Edward parked his car in the nearest spot and jumped out, running towards the front entrance. Struggling to catch up I let him go on without me. He stopped at the automatic doors and looked at me, waiting.
"You go ahead; I'm a little beat from our Meadow visit. I'll meet you up there."
"Thanks Jasper," he said as he turned and disappeared into the hospital.
I knew I'd be able to find out where Bella was. It wasn't a big hospital and I knew just about everyone that worked there. Walking down the hallway I saw Jessica standing at a nurse's station talking to her Mom. Racing up to me, she threw her arms around me in a bone crushing hug.
"Jess – can't breathe."
"Oh sorry, sorry, I couldn't help myself."
Letting go of me she grabbed my hand and led me to the hard, grey plastic chairs that lined the wall.
"I've missed you. We hardly ever see you anymore."
"I know Jess, I'm sorry. What can I say? I'm in love."
"Eeeee, I'm so excited for you. You guys finally declared your love for each other?"
"Oh Jas, that's awesome. Hey, what are you doing at the hospital? Aren't you supposed to be having dinner at Edward's?"
"Yeah, I was but we got a call about Bella. Something's happened to her, speaking of. I should go and find him and make sure everything's okay."
"Oh right, right, go. Call or text me if you need anything okay? We need to see you at the diner again, soon."
Rising, she gave me a huge before leaving down the hallway. She pressed the button of the elevator before turning and calling out to me.
"Oh and Jasper?"
"I'm so, so happy you're finally in love. You really do deserve it."
"Thanks, that means a lot coming from you. I'll call okay? She nodded, before walking in to the elevator.
I found out from Mrs. Stanley that Bella was in the Marcus Wing of the hospital, so I made my way over to the elevators to take me to the 3rd level. I knew I probably wouldn't be allowed in Bella's room, because I wasn't family, but I could be there waiting for Edward if he needed me.
The chairs in the lounge were a lot more comfortable than the plastic ones downstairs. I thought that was rather considerate of the hospital. The lounge was decorated in warm earthy tones with single and double sofa chairs placed around the room. There were even tables full of magazines and books in between the chairs. The flat screen television on the rear wall was on, but the volume was down low, with text scrolling across the screen. No one else was in the room at the moment, so I made myself comfortable and sent Edward a text to tell him where I was.
I must have dozed off, because the next thing I remember is the feeling of a tickle on my cheek. Swatting it with my hand I start to roll over before abruptly falling to the floor. I was still slightly out of it as I was treated to the sound of a laughing Edward. It was a welcoming sound to hear him again but I still gave him a mock scowl.
"Oh, my fall over was funny was it?"
"Yeah, it kinda was. But it was also really cute."
He offered his hand, helping me up.
"She's okay, stable. Hey, thanks for coming with me to the hospital. It means so much to me." Reaching out I grabbed his hands in mine, letting him know it was no big deal.
"She wants to meet you, is that okay? She's not able to talk a lot, but she's really anxious to 'know the boy that's making me smile,' her words, not mine."
I blushed and swiped my hair out of my eyes. "I'd love to meet Bella, if it's not too much trouble."
He squeezed my hand and held it in his as , he led me out of the waiting lounge and down the short corridor. Pausing at the door, he turned and smiled at me one more time before pushing the curtains aside and walking through the open entrance.
Edward hadn't really prepared me for how Bella would look. She was very thin and her brown hair was bunched into a ponytail hanging down the side of her neck. I could tell that when she wasn't sick her hair would have been the same amazing auburn as Edwards. She was sitting up in the hospital bed, oxygen tubes attached to her nose and a drip attached to her wrist. Esme was sitting to the right, reading a magazine.
I stood behind Edward, nervous about intruding on such a personal family moment. Esme looked up and smiled.
"Hi darling. Jasper, thanks for coming."
"Hi, Mrs. Cullen."
"Esme, please. Call me Esme."
"Oh, sorry, Esme."
"So you're the infamous Jasper," I heard coming from the bed. Edward led me over and leaned down to kiss Bella on the cheek. He brushed the hair off her face, like he'd done with me, and my heart melted at how caring and thoughtful he was. I could instantly see the connection he had with his twin.
He tugged on my hand, pulling me closer to him and Bella.
"Bella, this is Jasper."
I smiled shyly.
"Hi! I've heard so much about you., I'm so glad we're finally getting to meet. Sorry about the circumstances."
"Oh Bella, no, don't you be sorry. I'm really sorry that I have to meet you this way. It's really is nice to meet you, though. Edward has told me heaps about you, too."
I was rambling. I always rambled when I was nervous. I could feel myself starting to go red with heat. I flicked my hair down to cover my eyes a little. Edward nudged my side with his shoulder and winked at me. I immediately felt myself calming down.
"Way to go bro, he's a cutie," she said, giving Edward a mischievous grin. "So Jasper, I heard you and Edward found our meadow?" There was a glint in her eyes and her mouth curled into a little knowing smile. I felt privileged to have been allowed into their special world.
I looked over to see Edward giving his sister a look I couldn't quite interpret. It may have been embarrassment, but I found that hard to believe with Edward.
"We did. It was amazing."
"Isn't it?" she agreed.
That was all it took for us to bond. We spent the next hour talking about how wonderful the meadow was and sharing stories about Edward. It was so fun and I immediately felt like I had known Bella forever. Mrs Cullen had left the room soon after we had arrived, to go home and take a shower.
I didn't realise how long we had been there until Bella yawned. Edward gave me a look to ask if I was ready to go and I nodded back. Our ability to communicate without words made me so giddy with love.
"We'd better get going Sis. You need to rest." He stood and leaned over, kissing her on the cheek and squeezing her hand.
"You'll come back soon, won't you? Make sure you bring him along. I like him," she said giving me a wink.
"It was so great to meet you Bella. I hope you can get some rest. I'd love to come back and visit with you. I need to hear more stories about Edward growing up."
She let out a little laugh. "I tell you what. You keep my brother smiling, and I'll tell you anything you want to know."
"It's a deal."
With that, we said our goodbyes and left for the night. It was really late so I told Edward I'd find my own way home and check in with him in the morning.
"Thank you so much Jasper. I can't believe how everything's turned out. I'm worried about Bella, but being with you makes it so much easier."
I stroked his cheek, something uncommon for me to do. I leaned in and gave him a quick kiss where my hand had just been.
"Edward, I'm here for you. In any way you need me. I'll see you tomorrow."
"Good night, Jasper."
"Night." I gave him a little wave as I turned to walk out of the hospital and headed home to dream of the crazy, beautiful boy and our meadow.
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