Author's Note: This chapter is dedicated to Edward and Bella only, so bare with me. + I will be posting other chapters up BUT I have an amazing idea for a new Twilight fanfiction so.. I don't own Twilight, Stephanie Meyer does.
Chapter Nine: Our Private Reunion.
I carried on running through the thick woodland, my body aching to see him, my fingers twitching impatiently, wanting to run through his tousled bronze hair. My eyes scanned the tops of trees and the forest floor, trying to find Edward. Had I passed him? Had he gone back to the house? He couldn't of. His scent was still lingering strongly on the air, getting more potent the farther I ran. He's got to be here somewhere. I abruptly stopped, sniffing the air once more. His smell was everywhere. I narrowed my eyes, knowing his deceptive ways. He didn't want anyone to find him so he'd covered large areas with his scent trail, which would confuse anyone running after him. I growled angrily, knowing I could of passed him and not even realised.
I sighed, knowing I had to resort to my special abilities to find him. Relationship identification allowed myself to be drawn to anyone I had a strong bond with and Edward, my soul mate had the most powerful connection to me, so it wouldn't be hard to find him. I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and relaxed my body. An instant tug pulled me to the left and I allowed myself to follow it, knowing every step would be one closer to Edward. My surroundings suddenly changed, trees were snapped in half and large dents were in the ground. Either this was new territory or Edward had demolished this area of nature. I walked carefully over overturned logs, scanning the forest as I felt the pull get weaker. It stopped instantly as soon as I was directly under a high oak tree and I peered up.
Edward was sat on the branch, his back leaning against trunk of the tree, his gorgeous eyes were closed and his soft melodic voice was humming my beautiful lullaby. I smiled slightly remembering the first time he played it to me, it was so caring and romantic, just like Edward. I placed my feet gently on the trunk and put my hands in the rigid grooves that covered the bark of the tree, trying not to make a sound. I silently crept up the trunk, listening intently to Edward's breath, noting the slight hitches.
I quietly leaped on the branch that Edward was sat on and positioned myself across from him at the far end of the branch that wasn't against the trunk. I stared at him for a while, marvelling at his beauty. Time never made me immune to it and I gladly revelled in it. I peered at his sculpted cheekbones, his kissable lips, his untidy bronze hair that I ached to run my hands through. I always hated the silence between us, always afraid we would have nothing to say.
"Nature didn't deserve what you did to it." I accused lightly, putting my hands in my lap and waiting for his reaction.
My lullaby immediately stopped and his topaz eyes flew open, locking on mine and softening instantly. His mouth opened to answer but no words seemed to come out, he looked so human that I had to check that I couldn't hear a heartbeat. He rarely broke out of his refined facade and seeing him look so gormless made me laugh uncontrollably.
"Do I look that terrible?" I teased, feigning hurt into my voice. His eyes looked at me with disbelief and I wondered for a spilt second if I actually did.
"Bella. You've never looked terrible." Edward growled, his eyes remaining soft. I rolled my eyes at his answer, I never understood the attraction he held for someone as plain as me.
"Bella?" He asked, his voice suddenly serious and slightly anxious. He ran a hand through his tousled hair, something I'm sure he did out of nervousness.
"Yes?" I replied, turning my head slightly to the side in question. What was he going to say?
"What I accused you of back at the house was.. inexcusable, unforgivable." He struggled for the word that summed up how he had reacted, his eyes burning with atonement.
"Edward, no apologies." I warned, locking gazes with the God that sat before me.
"But Bella.." He argued, his voice rough.
"Don't make me shut you up." I threatened, a smile playing at lips at his sudden fearful reaction. His eyes were argueing with me, wondering whether he should try and carry on his apology.
"Bella. Please.." He began but I flitted down the branch until our faces were a few inches away, distracting him instantly.
"If anyone should be apologising, it should be me." I whispered, letting my head hang slightly. I was ashamed I left, ashamed how weak I was, ashamed at how much pain I put the family I loved in.
"Bella. If you value my sanity, do not-" Edward began but my finger on his lips shut him up, they parted slightly and quivered at our contact.
"Edward, let me finish." I scolded, smiling slightly as he shut his lips firmly.
- Listen to My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion as you read this next part-
" I wish you understood how much it hurt to leave, how much suffering it caused me to say goodbye to you. Please remember that I never forgot you. I wrote you letters and put my heart in each one, thought about how much I loved you, wondered whether you had found someone else, remembered memories of us as I lost conciousness from blood loss. You were my saviour, Edward. You kept me alive, protected me and I treasure every second I spend with you. Your my angel and I hope somewhere in you, you'll find the strength to forgive me. I understand if you don't want me anymore because of the way I am. If you've got someone new, then I hope your happy, because if your happy then I am. I love you with my entire eternal life and if your not in it then there is no point in living. I'm sorry, my love." I explained with my head in my hands, shaking my head at the memories.
I felt Edward's comforting arms wrap around me and pull me into his lap where I belong. I leant into his chest and rested my head on his shoulder, allowing his familiar scent to calm me down. Edward's arms stayed around me, protecting me from the harmful world, his lips pressed gently on my forehead.
"Bella. Life without you is no life. I never blamed you, my angel. Never. I forgive you, always. No matter what you do. Never forget that your my life, Bella. I will never replace you, no one can ever be you. I love you Bella, with my entire being, with my entire existence." Edward whispered in my hair, hugging me tighter with every word. I eased in his arms immediately. He still wanted me, he still loved me.. My world was complete.
"I'm sorry for being such a poor excuse for a-" I mumbled into his neck, kissing it softly. He'd never know the extent of my apology.
"Bella." Edward warned as he put his finger under my chin and lifted it up.
"Do not say those words ever again, do you hear me?" He growled as we inched our faces close together. His breath washed over my face and I couldn't control myself any longer.
"Edward, if you don't kiss me in the next 5 seconds I might possibly go crazy." I stated before his lips were crashing onto mine.
The relief was exquisite and I molded myself to his body, unhappy with the space between us. My fingers knotted into hair and I pushed him closer towards me, allowing the magnified electricity to jolt through us. A low moan escaped his lips as he let his control drop. His hands wrapped around my waist and pulled me in even tighter, our lips parted for a second as we gasped for air.
"I love you Edward Cullen." I breathed, looking into his deep topaz eyes.
"As I love you, Bella Swan." He replied, kissing the edge of my jaw hungrily.
"I was hoping to change that." He pulled away and looked at me, confused.
"Change what, Bella?" Edward asked, incredulous.
"My last name." I shrugged, kissing his corner of his lips making his breath catch in his throat.
"To what?" He asked suspiciously, his eyes narrowing slightly.
"To Cullen and the only way to get it to that is to marry a certain someone." I answered, stroking his cheek with the back of my hand.
Edward peppered my neck with hungry kisses, growling into the base of my throat.
"Gosh, I love you Bella. Did I ever tell you that?" He breathed, kissing the top of my head.
"I'm sure you've said it before." I teased, pulling myself closer to him and resting in his arms. This was were I belong and this is where I would stay.
In Edward's arm forever.
This is the end of the story my fellow fanfictioners! But I will be posting chapters of the wedding and other events that happened in this story! Love you all and thank you for reading!