Author's Note: This story is a Breaking Dawn AU. It is canon through their honeymoon with one exception. Bella doesn't get pregnant. She and Edward enjoy their honeymoon and return. This is a story exploring what would have happened if Bella had not had Renesmee. It will be in Bella's point of view. Enjoy.
Disclaimer: I don't own anything Twilight.
Chapter One: Home Again
I was startled out of my peaceful dream by a jolt of turbulence. I gasped, grabbed Edward's hand, and squeezed it tightly. I closed my eyes again and moaned softly. He chuckled quietly.
"What's so funny?" I asked through clenched teeth. The plane shook again, and I gripped his hand so hard, my skin was white against my knuckles.
I felt his breath against my cheek, and I breathed in his sweet aroma. Edward placed a tender kiss on my temple. "You, of course."
I frowned. "You do remember the fact that I am a danger magnet, right? With my luck, the plane will go down in flames," I muttered lowly. "Does that sound funny to you?"
To my slight irritation, he laughed again before nuzzling my neck, making me shudder. "Bella, do you honestly believe I would let you be harmed, plane crash or not?"
I looked at him. "Harmed? I think you mean dead, Edward."
Edward raised an eyebrow.
"You could get us out of a plane crash," I said skeptically.
He shook his head. "Oh ye of little faith. Of course I could. I am…special, after all. I'm not saying it would be fun, or that I wouldn't worry about your safety, but I would still manage to get us out of there in one piece. So relax," Edward leaned forward so his cold lips barely brushed mine. His hand trailed down my neck, shoulder, and arm, then paused at my hand, tracing patterns in my palm.
"Relax," I panted. "Right."
I imagined Edward pulling me into his arms, kicking a man sized hole into the wall of the plane, and leaping into the air, landing gracefully on the ground and speeding us away before the plane crashed onto the ground. I shuddered.
After that, Edward and I found ways to occupy my attention until the plane was safely on the ground. "See?" he had said with my favorite crooked smile. "We made it."
Alice and Jasper were waiting for us at the airport. Alice was bouncing on the balls of her feet, her eyes bright and her smile wide with excitement. I laughed as she pulled me into a tight hug. "Edward! Bella! I'm so glad you're back! How was it?"
I smirked at her. "Don't you already know?"
She grimaced. "Actually, a little too much," she smiled again. "But it looks like I packed you the right items."
My face flushed a bright tomato red, and she laughed. Edward snaked his arm around my waist, and I leaned against him with a small sigh.
"Looks like your honeymoon wasn't long enough," Jasper raised his eyebrows suggestively.
"Leave her be, Jasper," Edward said with a grin.
"I wasn't talking to her," Jasper replied with a smirk.
We piled into their car and began the drive back to Forks. I snuggled close to Edward, and our hands intertwined. I caught Alice staring at me from the mirror. "What?"
She smiled and shook her head. "You're glowing, Bella."
I blushed again. "I'm very happy," I mumbled, and Edward kissed the top of my head affectionately.
I waited for Alice to laugh or make some sort of embarrassing comment, but it didn't come. Edward stiffened in the seat beside me, and I looked up to see his eyes fixed on the back of Alice's head. Jasper shot her a wary look.
"Alice?" I asked, with no response. I turned to Edward. "What is it? What does she see?"
Edward's face, which was soft and loving only a few moments ago, was stiff. He shook his head and gave me a small, unconvincing smile. "It's nothing."
I glared at him. "That's what you said last time, about Victoria, before you whisked me off to Florida. Don't lie to me again."
He winced. "Alright. But let's wait until we get home. The others need to hear this."
"Ok," I agreed, and squeezed his hand. Alice snapped out of her vision, glanced at Jasper nervously, then stared at the road. Butterflies squirmed in my stomach, and I tapped my foot restlessly. For once, the vampire driving speed of one hundred and ten miles per hour was too slow.
The atmosphere in the car, which had been relaxed and happy, was now unbearable to be in, and I waited anxiously until we pulled into the drive.
We got out of the car and Edward slipped his hand into mine as he called out softly, "Everyone? We need to talk."
We followed Jasper and Alice into the living room, where Esme, Carlisle, Rosalie, and Emmett were already waiting. They wore mingled looks of happiness and wariness.
"Bella, Edward," Esme smiled. "I'm glad you're home."
I smiled back at her.
"Edward?" Carlisle questioned. "What has happened?"
"Alice had a vision," Edward said, and the family grew serious.
"The Volturi have made a decision," Alice said, her golden eyes on me. I gasped and grabbed Edward, who pulled me tighter in his arms. "They were not pleased to hear that Bella was still human, and have become impatient. If they haven't received news that Bella has been changed within the next two weeks, they are sending a party here to…"
"To kill me," I whispered.
"That's not going to happen," Edward said tersely.
"Well there's an obvious solution, isn't there?" Emmett shrugged. "Bella was going to be turned anyways, so let's just do it. Problem solved."
"We, we had changed our plans," I muttered. Their eyes turned on me. "I wanted to stay human for awhile. We were going to Dartmouth in the fall."
Silence hung in the air. I took a deep breath, "It's fine. It doesn't matter. We'll just change me. I can always go to college later. It's not like I won't have enough time," I smiled weakly.
"No," Edward turned me around, looking miserable. "It's not right. You shouldn't be forced into this, no one should."
"But what can we do, Edward?" I asked. "The Volturi will destroy us if we don't do this, if you don't change me. I already made the decision to become one of you. So it's happening sooner than I thought, big deal. I'm ready for this. I'm ready for us."
Edward still looked unhappy, but I continued on, turning to Alice. "We still have a week or so to do it, right?"
She nodded. "But the sooner the better."
"It's settled then. We'll do it on Saturday," I said firmly. Saturday. That was four days from now. Four days and I would become a vampire.
"If you'll excuse me, I'm going to contact the Volturi and let them know we have a date set," Carlisle said, heading out of the room. Alice blinked, stared at nothing, then smiled.
"That's a great idea, Carlisle," she called after him.
Esme took my hand and pulled me onto the couch. She smiled. "So, how was Isle Esme?" she asked, apparently eager to change the subject to something lighter.
I grinned. "Absolutely wonderful. It's so beautiful there."
"Yes it is," she gazed at the doorway where Carlisle had exited, no doubt imagining her time there. I blushed. "I'm glad you enjoyed yourself."
Emmett laughed, a big booming sound. My face flushed. "So, how was he, Bella?" he asked suggestively.
"Emmett!" Esme said sternly. Rosalie rolled her eyes and slapped the back of his head.
"Ow!" he said with a grin. "What did I do?"
"Just being yourself again," Rosalie folded her arms. "Try and be a bit more couth, will you?"
"Fine," he said, then winked at me. My face burned with embarrassment. Edward was the one to rescue me.
"Bella and I are going to unpack," he said, heading upstairs.
"But the suitcases are still in the—" I stopped speaking as he shot me a heated look. "Oh."
Emmett laughed loudly, and Jasper joined in.
"Come on, let's hunt," Esme herded them outside. "Give them their privacy."
I could have died with humiliation, but another hot look from Edward drove it all away. I blinked and I was on the white bed in his, now our, room.
"I only have four days left as a human," I said breathily, gazing into his almost black eyes. "Four days as myself. Four days until I won't want this as much as I want blood. Edward, I need you to make this the best four days of my life."
He growled and captured my lips in a searing kiss. His hand grabbed my thigh as I wrapped my legs around him. His other hand ran all over me. Edward's cold lips trailed down my throat, my collarbone, and when my shirt got in the way, he tore it off of me.
I gasped and writhed under him. "Edward, I need you," I moaned.
I looked into his eyes, and I was back at Isle Esme, safe and wanted in his arms. Everything was perfect. Everything was bliss. All there was, was him and me, as one, making love.
We held each other tightly as we came down from our high. Edward leaned his head on my chest and breathed deeply.
"What are you doing?" I asked between breaths as I ran my fingers through his hair.
"Savoring the moment," he said with a gentle sigh. "Logging away every heartbeat." His hand pressed against my chest. "Every breath." His cold fingers brushed against my lips. "Every sigh and sound." He kissed me. "Every smell. Everything about you in this moment, I will remember forever."
I kissed him back. "I love you, Edward," I whispered between kisses, placing my hand tenderly on his cheek. "I want to be with you, forever."
"Forever," Edward agreed, and placed his cold hand over mine. "Forever."
Well, that's it for chapter one! I know it is kind of short, but it seemed like a good place to stop it. So I have about forty pages of this story typed up on my laptop, and a vague outline for the whole thing. The forty pages needs to be revised, and I need to make sure it flows right and all that, so basically, just because I have it typed up, does not mean updates will come soon. Plus I am starting back at classes this week, so I'll get less time to work on this. But hopefully I'll be able to keep on updating until the story is finished. I really like it, and I hope you do to. That's enough of me rambling. I LOVE reviews, and would LOVe to know what you think.