We left Edward grabbing Bella up after her tearful confession of apology and love...
You guys alright? You get in my place ok? – E
We're good – not coming home? – J
No, taking B home. Breakfast tomorrow? All four of us? – E
Sure – where? – J
There. We'll bring stuff to eat after 9 – E
Sounds good. Things okay? – J
Yes. Things are more than okay. Tomorrow. – E
'night – J
You're exhausted, and so am I. Emotionally spent. I offer to take you home and you can barely separate yourself from me enough to nod "yes." It's awkward, walking back to my car with our bodies so tightly clinging together, but I wouldn't care if it took us an hour to go two blocks. You're real, you're here, and you're holding on as tightly as I am…finally.
At your place, we're quiet. You and I say nothing as we brush teeth and crawl into bed. You burrow into my chest and wrap your whole self around me. I stroke your neck and your hair, and we fall asleep easily. The strung-taut tension my body has felt all week has disappeared, allowing a near-boneless feeling of lightness to settle in its place.
At dawn, just as the black-blue turns to purple-gray, I wake to find you watching me. I open my mouth, but before I can speak, you shush me with a finger to my lips.
"I didn't feel like I deserved you," you say. It is a knee-jerk reaction for me to argue with you, but your expression is peaceful and happy, and so I let you go on. "I didn't…but I do now. But I can promise you I'll never take you for granted. I know what I stand to lose, and so I promise I will always do everything I can to keep deserving you."
"I'll do the same," I say.
"I can't promise you I won't ever have another moment of insecurity or that I'll never freak out if someone makes an age joke," you say, smiling. "But I swear I'll never run, I'll never hide, and I'll never give up. None of those things will ever be more important than you. No one else's opinion will ever be more important than yours."
"And yours," I add, warning.
"And mine," you add. We stare and hold. An ache that eclipses any of the pained ones I felt in your absence blooms in my chest. It's an ache of a heart so full it might burst. Before I can pull you in, before I can speak another word, you lunge into me and kiss my lips, pulling back to look in my eyes while tears shimmer in yours.
"I love you. I love you, Edward. So, so much, I love you," you say, smiling and crying.
"I know, I know, I do…I love you so much, Bella," I say, kissing you in between words.
"Be with me," you say around our kisses. "Be with me, please, please…"
"Yes, always," I say, rolling to cover your body with mine. I take your mouth deeply and slowly now as I squeeze your body more tightly to mine. Only when we absolutely need a breath do I pull back. You pull your shirt over your head while I remove mine. We come together for more kisses as we both work to remove our underwear. The sudden, frantic energy of this need is sparking and crackling in the air between us.
As I move inside you, we both cry out in pleasure, joy, relief. There is no longer anything else between us in this bed – no fear, no uncertainties, no doubts. You've always let me inside your body, but now I know for certain I'm inside your heart.
We stop by FROST doughnuts, even though it's a little out of the way. We load up on two of practically everything in the case before heading back to my apartment.
You reach for my hand in the car, and you don't let go until we have to get out. There is an easiness I sense in you now; the underlying tension and fear I always felt simmer under the surface with you is gone.
We walk into my apartment and Alice tackles you with a squeezing hug without warning. When I see your eyes close and your arms squeeze and hold her to you, I know you're forever a part of this family.
Not sure what's up next...perhaps a second attempt at meeting his parents? Not sure. Winding down, folks!
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