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storyline - Heart/Crystal beachin' (final chapter)

prompt - blend

The rest of the summer was a whirlwind of good times. Between working shifts at the Seashack, partying with the gang, and spending quality time with Edward, Bella rarely had a minute to herself.

Not that she wanted one. She'd have plenty of down time when she got back home, even if she did start school at UW a mere two weeks after.

The day that Bella and the girls flew back, Edward stayed with his girl so that they could watch the sun rise together. They'd gone skinny dipping the night before, frolicking in the starry surf only to come to shore and make love on the damp, squeaky sand. Bella wished she could bottle up the sand and bring it home. Maybe bottle Edward up and bring him home, too.

Bella had never known how perfect life could be until she met Edward. He sat beside her as the sun rose over the horizon, watching the deep oranges and yellows blend with the fading grey of dawn.

"This has been the perfect summer," sighed Bella, swallowing back the lump in her throat.

"Don't sound like you're saying goodbye," Edward said, squeezing her hand. "You know I'll be up there every chance I get, right?"

Bella nodded. "And I'll come see you in between."

Edward leaned closer, and soon they were involved in a heavy duty lip lock.

Parting is such sweet sorrow, yo.

-Two weeks later-

Bella sighed, putting her cell phone down. Edward's number had gone straight to voicemail; it had been doing that all day.

"You okay, babe?" Rose asked, breezing by. She, Alice and Bella were brand new roommates with another friend of theirs, Charlotte. They'd moved in the day before and had spent the majority of the time since settling in and putting things away.

"Yeah, I'm good…"

"Still not picking up?" Alice paused, her expression sympathetic. "He's probably settling in to his new place, too…"

Bella threw herself in to her tasks after that, not wanting to dwell too much on Edward, even though secretly he was never far from her thoughts.

The doorbell rang, and she wiped her hands on her overalls before going to answer it.

"That's probably the pizza," Alice called. "Hold on, lemme grab my wallet."

But it wasn't the pizza guy. Bella gasped and vaulted herself in to Edward's arms.

He chuckled, catching her and holding her tight.

"What're you doing here?" Bella asked, even more surprised when Emmett and Jasper stepped in to view. They grinned their megawatt smiles.

"Surprise, B," Emmett said. "Or should I say, neighbor?"

Bella's heart skipped a beat. She gazed at Edward as her friends came out to greet the boys. Apparently everyone had known about this – everyone but Bella.

"We transferred," Edward said, shrugging. We live a floor below you."

"Seriously?" Bella shrieked.

"Seriously, girl." Edward smirked, pushing Bella back inside. "So…show me your bedroom."

Bella smiled coyly, leading the way. "Whatcha wanna see my bedroom for?"

Edward chased her the rest of the way and slammed the door behind them, locking it.

"I need to shower!" giggled Bella. "I've been cleaning all day."

"Then let's shower together," he suggested, already peeling his clothes off. "Let me love you down."

"Oh for sure," she sighed, pressing her suddenly nude body to Edward's. "I'm so glad you came. You're my heart."

"And you're mine." Edward nodded, squeezing Bella's buns. "For serious."