Chapter 7: Catching Up

Edward's POV:

I scooped Bella into my arms, bridal style, and took off into the woods laughing. I was still irritated that Rose was being so stubborn and prejudice. I have loved Bella almost my entire life. How difficult was that to see?

I ran for a couple of minutes to make sure that my family wouldn't overhear us before I sat her down.

"Edward," she sighed. I smiled at the way my name sounded on her lips, but I frowned at her next words. "I don't want you to fight with your … family," she grimaced at the word, "because of me."

I sighed. "Bella I will fight anyone for you. I love you and if being with you meant I would leave, I would in a human heartbeat. Now, why don't you tell me the meaning behind your grimace."

She groaned. "Please don't ask; it will sound horrible."

"Bella, please tell me."

"I … Fine! I just …" she struggled for words. "I don't understand how you could just replace your family — your real family…"

I smiled softly. "Honey, there's nothing wrong wondering that, but I didn't replace my family, not in that sense. Sure, I think of Carlisle and Esme as parents and the rest as siblings, but my biological family will always hold a special place in my heart. I am shocked that my parents moved. I would have thought that they would still be here."

Tears filled her eyes. "Bella!" I said frantically. What was wrong? Was she hurt?

"Edward, they didn't move … they're … dead. They passed away a few months after we both … uh … disappeared. They died from the Spanish Influenza that hit town … along with both my parents. I was keeping tabs on them every week to make sure that they were okay, and when I came back to check on them …" she shook her head sadly. Her shoulders were drooped in grief.

I stared at her. Both her parents and mine were dead? They died a few months after our disappearance? I felt like crying, but I had to keep myself in check. My Bella needed me. I needed to be strong for her.

She stared up at me, the tears in her eyes fell down her cheeks. I was shocked that she had the ability to cry and that she was actually crying. In all the years I have known her, she only ever cried when she was angry. To see my beloved like this pained me more than anything.

"Bella, love, don't cry. Everything's fine," I said quietly as I pulled her closer to me. "It's okay. I love you."

She smiled up at me sadly. "I know everything is fine … I just," she sighed, "miss them. Once they were gone, I got my house and ran. I stayed as a wolf the whole time, never changing forms … till now. How much has changed? What is the date?"

I looked at her, not knowing how she was going to take it. "Today is September 21 … 1978."

She stared at me, shocked. She then looked at my clothes. "Yeah … a lot has changed. Seriously, what in the world are you wearing?"

I looked down at my long-sleeved, button up and bell bottom jeans. Alice had paired the outfit with a leather jacket. I guess it looked crazy to her because of the time she missed. She was still used to seeing girls in long dresses.

I laughed. "You just wait! You have to get new clothes if you plan on acting human. Plus, Carlisle wants to question you. Don't worry, just about how your life as a werewolf is going." I winked at her.

I threw my head back and laughed as she let out a loud groan.

A/N: Sorry that this chapter is really short. I will try to make them longer. Tomorrow is the end of the break, so I won't be updating that much anymore … at least for 2 or 3 weeks. Exams are coming up. Hope you all have a great day. ~JerinAnn