I'm working on some plot issues with Broken, but the next update should be no later than tomorrow. So here's the prologue of my next story - Between Heartbeats. Let me know what you think please!

Bella's POV:

The possibility of dying never even crossed my mind that day.

I wasn't thinking about anything in particular. I was glad to be finished with Jessica's latest shopping excursion, though I had enjoyed Angela's company. I'm pretty sure I was thinking about what I was going to fix for Charlie's supper. Dying was the farthest thing from my mind.

It all happened quickly at first. The deer jumped across the road. I slammed on the brakes and my truck began to skid. I would have been okay if the grass on the side of the road hadn't been wet. I might have been all right even then, if it hadn't been for that steep embankment.

That's when things slowed down – everything, including my heart. Every beat pulsed through my brain. Time ceased to exist.

Thud.

It all happened in seconds – the seconds between heartbeats.

I saw the windshield erupt into a delicate web of cracks, each tiny detail registering in my brain.

Thud.

A leaf, pinned between the ground and the window for a split second. I could see every vein that webbed across its diamond shape with crystal clarity. The sharpest shade of green…

Thud.

I'm sorry I've been a brat, Charlie, I'm sorry I didn't reply to your email earlier, Mom, I'm sorry I've been difficult, Edward, I'm sorry I haven't said I love you nearly enough, I do love you, all of you…

Thud.

My world exploded into a thousand multicolored shards. Darkness mixed with light, overtaking it. Something dark and red obscured my vision, and then…nothing.

Thud.