A.N. – This is just a prologue to the story, to set it up. I realize it's a bit boring, but please give it a chance, the story picks up around the end of the second chapter, and I have lots of action planned for later on. That is, if people are even reading it. But I won't know if you read unless you review! So please let me know what you think! I love constructive criticism!
Disclaimer- I am obviously not S.M. or else I'd have much better things to do with my time like write an entire novel about Emmett!
Edward and I sat in the meadow in the mid-day sun. It was beautiful out, and my knight sparkled in the beaming rays. If this moment could go on forever I wouldn't mind one bit.
Despite his protests, I had skipped school to spend the day with him, and I was glad that I did. It was gorgeous out here.
"Bella.." my love spoke as he prepared to tell me something that I could tell he didn't want to say.
"Yea?" I asked.
He rubbed the back of his neck as he spoke, "Carlisle... wants us all to go hunting this weekend, in Alaska."
I was confused. "Ok?" I was hoping he would go on and he obliged.
"He says that we need to...reconnect, as a coven. And hunt together. I don't really have a choice in the matter."
"Um- ok." I kept my eyes on his downward gaze, "Well, when are you leaving?"
He breathed an unnecessary sigh, "Tonight," his eyes met mine for the first time since he had spoken, "I'm sorry, I would have told you sooner, but I didn't want to ruin our time together." he ran his fingers down my cheek as if to say he didn't want to leave me as much as I didn't want him to, "I only found out this morning."
"Don't be sorry," I told him, "I get that you guys need to hunt. And I get it that you need to spend time together as a family. It's ok." I assured him, offering a tiny smile in hopes of cheering him up, though I'm not sure if it had any effect, "When will you be back?" I asked him.
"Most likely Sunday afternoon," he planted a small kiss on my forehead, "maybe tomorrow night, if I'm lucky, but I doubt it."
"Ok." I thought for a moment, "Well I'll probably call Angela and Jessica then, they've been wanting to hang out, but I'm always busy."
Just as I was sure his lips were on the verge of a smirk, his face broke into a scowl. "Bella I'd really prefer you to just stay home with the chief while I'm gone." I shot him an annoyed look. "I just want to know that you're safe." he pulled my waist into his, "and no offense, but your friends don't have the greatest sense of safety when they're out having fun."
My brow furrowed as I spoke, "Edward, I never see them anymore. Every time they ask, I ditch them to be with you. I don't want to lose friends just because you have an opinion about them. I'll be fine; I'm calling them." I declared.
He waited a minute before his response, and again took an unneeded breath. "Bella, as much as it kills me to say this," he paused, "I'd rather you spend the weekend with the wolf than hang out with those girls." his next words came strained, "At least I know he'll protect you."
I looked at him bewildered; I can't even believe you're saying this right now. "Are you serious? You're really going to sit here and tell me who is and isn't ok for me to hang out with when you're not here?" I was growing angry at this point. "Edward, I'm not a child. I can do whatever I want to I don't need your permission." I stood up and started to walk away from him, but he was no sooner standing in front of me, blocking my path.
"Listen, I really don't mean to make you feel like you can't do what you want to, I'm just trying to make you realize that your wellbeing is my highest priority." He reached for my hand but I pulled it away. "Bella. Don't do this. I'm sorry." His eyes searched the ground for something to say. "Look... If you want to go do something with your friends, fine. But call me." I nodded, "I want to know when you leave, where you're going, and when you get home, ok?"
"Don't you think that's a little much?"
"No. I don't." His face was serious.
He seemed satisfied with my agreement. "Ok, let's go get you some food." He held out his hand for me.
The mention of food brought my impending hunger to the front of my mind. "Sounds good." I took his hand and he swept me away into the forest.
A.N. - Please read and review! This is just a preface to get the story started; I plan to post the next few chapters tonight. I proofread a few times, but (sadly) I'm only human. Please let me know what you think of the dialogue and characterization. While I know that some of my characters will be a little OOC, I don't think their TOO far off, but let me know I may be wrong. Thanks!
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