We Only Part to Meet Again
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A/N: Ohmygoodness! Thank you guys so much for all of the reviews! And I'm only updating this story so quickly because I really did leave it at an unfair cliffhanger, but after this I probably won't update again until Friday:) But enjoy the chapter!
Chapter Two: An Old Flame
EDWARD DID NOT SEEM TO NOTICE ME AT FIRST.
He sat down next to me in a fury, obviously barely taking in his surroundings. He used to do that a lot back when he was human. He ran a hand through that tousled bronze hair that I used to adore so very much, and he stared up in front of him, at Rose and Emmett. He paused for a minute before speaking, collecting his thoughts.
"Who's this?" he asked, gesturing to Emmett. His voice sounded so magical, so alluring, but there was that hint, that small bit, that he had kept with him from his human life. I didn't care how impossible it was; this was my Edward. He was here, he was alive, he was with me, somehow.
"Emmett." Em said, reaching a hand out to Edward. Edward shook his hand, and Rosalie smiled.
"He's my mate, Edward." Rose said happily, still draped over Em. Edward tried to look happy for them, and even gave them a small smile. Yes, that was the Edward I knew; always thinking of others before himself.
"I'm very happy for you two," Edward said, but I could tell that it came out strained. Edward was clearly upset, and he couldn't maintain the 'cool and collected' look for long. He never could.
Edward turned to me, then. The forefront of my mind was still in an absolute shock. I could not believe that my Edward, who had been dead, was here, alive. But he was, and it showed when the shock entered his face from looking at me.
"W-Who are you?" Edward murmured. I could tell what he was thinking; he was thinking about how on Earth I was a vampire. He was wondering what I was doing in Forks. He needed to know that I was real.
"It's me," I whispered, staring into Edward's golden eyes. I knew that if I stayed with him now, that was going to be the thing I missed most about him; his green eyes. "Bella."
"Bella?" Edward mused. "But that's...not possible. Bella's dead!"
"Bella?" Alice asked, looking between Edward and me. "Like - Like you're Isabella? Oh my God, Edward, I didn't realize-"
"No." I told Edward, completely ignoring Alice. "No, Edward, you were dead! They told me that you died!"
"I went to your house!" Edward growled. Both of us were getting angry, for different yet very similar reasons. Edward continued. "And you're parents were crying over your body!"
"I had to do that!" I defeneded. "Don't you think it hurt me to do that to them? But I was a newborn, and I couldn't stay with them! And I couldn't just go missing, they would never quit looking! I had to that for them. They deserved to say goodbye."
"What about me?" Edward asked, tortured. "I believed that you were dead for a century!"
"I believed that about you!" I said. "I went through the same thing, Edward! They came from the hospital and told me that you had died! It was the worst time of my life!"
If I had still been human, my eyes would have been filled with tears. I didn't know why I was getting so angry...I guess it was more hurt. I was sad and I'd felt alone for so long...and suddenly, Edward is just thrust back into my life? It seemed to me like a beautiful nightmare, one from which I would never wake up. The taste was so bittersweet; Edward was here, but there's no way that it was real, so he'd have to leave me again. And there was no way my poor heart could take that.
"Bella..." Edward whispered brokenly. "Come with me. We need to talk."
"No," I murmured. "You're not here, you can't be real! You're dead, this is impossible!"
"Bella!" Edward whispered, more urgently than before. The heartbroken look on his face killed me more than I ever dreamed it could. "Bella, please...please, just talk to me...talk with me, we need to talk...it won't be long, I just, I have to know -"
"Alright," I said quietly. "Five minutes. Let's go outside."
I was trying to maintain a grip on everything. I was nervously chewing my fingernails; one of many traits I had taken with me to this new life. I used to do it all the time when I was nervous as a human. Edward seemed to notice, and any doubt that he had felt about my reappearance seemed to vanish; he knew it was me.
"Bella," he said, running towards me with vampire speed. He cupped my face in his hands, and I jerked it away. I couldn't look at him - it would be too real.
"Bella, love-" he tried again, and I flinched. I visibly flinched, as though he'd stabbed me. I'd forgotten how much I'd missed hearing him call me that. "Please, look at me." he begged.
Reluctantly, I looked into his eyes. For a moment, we were young again, and human. We were lying in a field, in a clearing. It was in the center of the woods that had once existed behind my home. Suddenly, I seemed to fall into the memory...
"Edward!" I giggled, slapping his hand away from my knee. "Stop it, that tickles!"
Edward grinned mischeiviously, his emerald green eyes twinkling with youth and love. "I love you...do you know that?"
I'd anticipated as much, but it was different hearing the words. He'd never said them to me before. I looked into his eyes, and said, "I love you, too."
"That's too mundane," he decided, and I looked at him in confusion. What was too mundane?
"What's too mundane?" I inquired, taking his soft, warm hand in my own.
"I love you. And I love you too, for that matter." he said. "We're not like everyone else, are we, Bella?"
I shook my head no, unpinning several curls from my head. Not that I cared at the moment - Edward didn't, either. We didn't play be the rules of our society, we never did. And I doubted we ever would.
"Then we need something special, something just for us." he decided.
"What did you have in mind?" I breathed.
He sighed and shook his head. "I don't know...it will come to eventually, though. I know it."
I giggled, and said, "Oh, Edward, you're so insane!"
He simply grinned at me, and stared into my eyes. I could feel his hot breath in my ear, and he seemed to search my face for any sign of doubt. When he found none, he stated, "I love you, Isabella Swan. I will love you until my dying day. Do you understand me?"
"Yes," I said curtly, unable to find the strength to say anything more sophisticated. Edward had a way of making me forget things easily.
It was then that Edward pressed his soft lips to mine for our first kiss. It was beautiful and passionate and everything I'd ever hoped for with him. When it was over, he murmured, "Bella, love-"
I came back to the present day, and stared at my Edward again. So very much had changed since our carefree human days. But the changes didn't matter at this moment. For at this moment, Edward was in my life again. He was standing there, right in front of me. We could be together again. I didn't wait for him to say anything else - I threw myself into his arms.
Edward wrapped his arms tightly around me, and breathed in the scent of my hair. I pressed myself to him closely, and we just held each other for the longest time. We didn't say anything, but we didn't really have to. It was all understood - we'd always had that power with each other. To know what the other one was thinking. It had just been more proof for us that we were soulmates. Now, that proof was intensified. We'd finally found each other again.
"How?" Edward asked me, after we finally pulled ourselves out of our hug. He still held onto me, though. I think he did that for the same reason that I refused to let go of his hand. I was afraid that this wasn't real - that it was some cruel joke of fate. That any moment now, he'd fade away into nothing...
"They came and told me that you were dead," I said softly. Unlike many other human memories, the day that I lost Edward was crystal-clear in my mind, like it was ingrained into the tissues of my brain forevermore. "I cried for days. I did not move. I did not sleep. I did not do anything. And then, I wanted out. I couldn't stay at home, where I saw you everywhere I looked. So I took to the forest. But I got lost. And there was a man there, who I now realize was a vampire...he changed me. But he was gone when I woke up. I haven't seen him since."
"And you told me earlier," Edward recollected. "That you pretended to be dead for your parents' sakes?"
"Yes," I said tearfully. "I knew that I could no longer be with them after what had happened. But I knew that I could not just leave them hanging. And so I plotted the perfect murder - my murder. It was strange - I expected that becoming a vampire would cause an uncontrollable lust for blood, but I found that I could control myself quite easily around humans. Later, when I transformed Emmett, I was rather surprised when he was so wild. It wasn't until then that I realized how unusual my case was.
"But we're getting off topic," I continued. "I pretended to be dead, in the middle of the street. I let the police find me, and they took me to my parents. There was a small funeral service, and then I was buried. I dug my way out later, and I ran from Chicago as quickly as I could.
"Now what about you?" I finally asked. "How on Earth did you survive, Edward? When they told me that you'd died?"
"Carlisle found me," Edward answered automatically. "You remember Dr. Cullen, don't you?"
"Of course," I said fervently. Dr. Cullen had been such a kind man to me, throughout the entirety of Edward's condition. Dr. Cullen had seen me many times, and had promised to do whatever he could for Edward and his family. And that's when it struck me -
"He was a vampire, wasn't he?" I guessed. "Carlisle changed you."
"Yes," Edward said. "And I raced to you quickly, even though I was hardly what you would call 'controlled'. But when I happened upon your name, I discovered that you'd been killed. And I saw your parents, crying at the funeral service...I was so angry that I just...ran. And I didn't stop. For a year, I detatched myself from Carlisle. When I finally came to my senses, and ralized that you wouldn't want me hurting innocent people, I returned to him."
"I can't believe all that's happened," I whispered. Emmett would definitely be getting an earful later, that was for sure.
"I know." Edward agreed passionately. "But the main point is that we're together again, love."
"I've missed you calling me that," I admitted, breathing in his scent. So wonderful.
"I've missed you," he murmured.
And then, he pressed his soft, icy lips to mine, and the old flame that was once our burning and passionate love was rekindled.
I know that this was shorter than the other chapter, but I strictly wanted this to be the reunion chapter. Now that all that sappy lovey-dovey stuff is done, time for some of that Family/Adventure/Humor/Romance/Etc. stuff! Yays! So leave me your thoughts in a review and I hope to see you back again real soon!