Pairing: Edward/Jasper
Genre: AU
: When a vampire finds his mate, it's a very powerful connection. What will the vampire choose when his morals conflict with his desire?
Word Count: 238
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Scanning the crowd, I see him. He is here again. Across the floor, the music is blaring, beating...thump, thump, thump. I have seen him here nearly every weekend for over a year now. We have never made contact, but I feel he knows that I lurk here. He rarely looks up at me as I watch him dancing, leaning on the bar, and talking to his friends. He is carefree with his laughter and his affection. Controlling my instinctive response to protect my mate, I hold back the growls that threaten to release from me when I see someone approach him. Now is not the time.

We have never made eye contact. But I know he has felt my presence. His proximity to me is intoxicating. His scent beckons me to his side. In the shadows of the club, I bide my time. Watching, waiting, knowing I cannot approach him; I would never approach him. He is there beyond my reach. I would never take him. In all my one hundred years, I never knew what I wanted, what I needed until finding him. But I cannot, will not, take him. I would never condemn him to this life unless it is absolutely necessary. Still, I continue to watch and wait for my time. And when the time is right, when there is no other choice, I will make him mine. Without a doubt, he will be mine.