Set at end of Eclipse Bella is desperate for alone time with Edward. They have had little time together with planning the wedding, and avoiding further dangers. She arranges for the perfect minivacation. Will Edward go along? What will happen?
Not mine, but as always hope you enjoy it :)
"Morning." I murmured still having yet to open my eyes.
"Barely." He answered wrapping his arms around my waist and pulling me on top of him.
"Hmm." I mumbled confused, creasing my brow. I opened my eyes for the first time and noticed that it was still very dark.
"It's only four in the morning Bella." He said answering my unasked question.
"Oh." I replied quietly, blinking a few times.
I felt him shake beneath me and looked down to see him smiling. I leaned down and kissed him briefly on the lips before I buried my head in the crook of his neck and sighed.
We lay there for a long time holding each other saying nothing, just enjoying the silence. I felt so at peace when I was with Edward like this. There was nowhere I would rather be than in his arms. I felt so safe and protected in his embrace. I knew nothing could harm me there, and the things of the world seemed to slip away. Nothing mattered in times like these. It felt as if we were the only two people in the world, and I was ok with that.
I sat up abruptly having an idea. I looked down at Edward and smiled at the confused expression on his face.
"Does the hot tub work?" I asked.
"I think so." He replied smiling knowingly.
"You get it started, I'll go change." I said as I leaped from his arms and raced for the bathroom. He was gone before I had time to even shut the bathroom door.
I giggled as I pulled a brush through my hair and brushed my teeth. I pulled the bathing suit Alice had bought for me out of my bag next. It was a deep red bikini that had a heart shape where it met in the middle in front. It was basic as far as bikinis went, but fit my body shape perfectly. I wrapped a towel around me self consciously, not feeling brave enough to walk around Edward, in essentially a bra and underwear, and opened the door.
He was waiting for me in his own bathing suit. It was dark forest green in color and went to his knees. His chest was bare and his beauty once again caused me to gasp. He smiled and took my hand leading us out back.
I suddenly felt very nervous, as we got closer to the hot tub. Never had I been so scarcely clothed in front of Edward before. I chewed anxiously on my bottom lip as we stopped in front of the water. It was steaming and churning furiously. I was getting very cold as the bitter breeze off the ocean swirled around me, and the water looked very inviting.
Edward sensing my hesitation got in first and turned to smile at me. "I won't look." He promised as he closed his eyes.
I blushed, but secretly thanked him as I swiftly discarded my towel and climbed in next to him. The water was unbelievably warm, and felt amazing as it bubbled around me.
"Mmm." I breathed as I sunk down deeper into the water closing my eyes allowing my legs to float in front of me.
"Comfortable?" Edward asked with a smile in his voice.
I smiled and turned to look at him, "Not quite."
Before he could say anything else I sat up and moved to his lap wrapping my entire body around him tightly. My legs locked behind his back as my arms wound around his neck securing me to his body. I rested my head on his shoulder and kissed him tenderly.
"Now I'm comfortable." I whispered as I continued to kiss his shoulder moving slowly to his neck. I felt him tense slightly beneath me, but I did not stop my assault.
"You're so warm." I commented between kisses. I started planting soft kisses up his smooth neck in search of his mouth lowering one hand to massage the back of his neck while the other twisted in his hair.
"Bella." He whispered ever so softly just before our lips met. My body felt like it was going to explode as his lips hungrily devoured mine. It was strange feeling him so warm against me. His hands ran up my back and twisted in my hair as he held my face securely to his. I pulled away needing air and arched my body back giving him easy access to my neck. I heard a soft growl escape his chest as he lowered his head and began caressing me with his lips. One hand moved to my back to support me while the other ran down my neck and in-between my breasts to rest at my waist. I jumped slightly in his lap at the new sensation and heard him hiss at my sudden movement.
"Edward." I breathed needing to taste him again, bringing his head back to mine. This time I slowly moved my tongue along his lips outlining their perfect shape as he held my face in his hands. I pulled away and looked him deep in the eyes. We stared at each other for a long time panting frantically.
"I love you." I managed to say as my eyes welled up with tears, "so much."
He dropped his head to lean his forehead against mine. "Forever, Bella, love. Forever."
He gently wiped my tears away with his thumbs as he continued to stare into my eyes. There was so much love there it rendered me speechless. We had only one more day alone before reality would come crashing down upon us. I pulled my face out of his hands and wrapped my arms around his neck burying my face there as silent tears fell down my cheeks.
"Shhh, Bella. What's wrong?" He was rubbing soothing circles into my back as he held me closer to him.
"I don't want to go." I said so softly if he hadn't been a vampire he might not have heard me.
I looked up quickly leaning back with pleading eyes. "Can't we just stay here forever? You could buy this house, and no one would have to know about it. We could spend everyday wrapped up in each others arms, no worries, no problems, just us." I dropped my head and whispered almost silently, "I don't want to go home."
It was silent for a long time as my tears fell softly into the raging water below. I could feel his eyes on me, but I refused to look up afraid of what I might find there.
"Bella, love." He whispered softly. I did not respond. He gently cupped my face in his hands and looked me in the eyes. "Oh, my sweet Bella." He said as he took in my sad eyes.
"Don't be sad love, there's still time."
"There's never enough time." I replied sharper than I intended.
I watched as he pursed his lips trying not to smile. "Our problems would only follow us if we tried to run away. You know that." He added giving me a knowing stare.
I sighed heavily. "Yeah I know."
"Plus there's always Alice." He said trying to lighten the mood. "She would never allow us to disappear. No matter where we would go she would find us."
I laughed once and smiled. "You're probably right." I conceded.
"Have I told you how beautiful you are? You are officially never allowed to go anywhere in swim wear unless I am directly by your side." He muttered raising an eyebrow at me daring me to protest.
I blushed; feeling embarrassed again and rolled my eyes. "You know I could say the same for you." I knew he was just trying to distract me, but I didn't care.
"I never plan to go anywhere you aren't, so it's a moot point." He replied happily. Obviously pleased he had side tracked me.
"Let's make a deal." I suggested getting back on topic.
"A deal?" He asked arching one eyebrow at me.
"Yes a deal. Let's decide right now to always plan alone time together at least once a week." I stared at him with pleading eyes as I continued, "I can't go back to the way things were. I don't want to. It's too hard. I miss you too much. Even if it's just a few hours we have to promise to make time for us no matter what. Deal?" I questioned extending my hand to him.
He smiled my favorite crooked smile and grabbed my hand easily. "Deal."
"Good." I sang as I threw my arms around his neck and hugged him close to me fiercely.
We sat in each other's arms basking in the warmth of the water as the sun rose over the horizon. I marveled at the touch of his warm skin against mine as he continued to gently run his hands along the bare skin on my body. It was unlike anything I had ever felt before, and caused me to shiver involuntarily. I, of course, returned the favor in kind caressing his bare chest and back. It was amazing how our lips seemed to mold together whenever they touched. I longed to deepen our kisses, but knew of the dangers and tried to behave. Soft moans escaped our lips as we explored each other's bodies.
Totally lost in his embrace I ran my hands down his back and slipped my fingers under the band of his trunks running them along the length, while rocking ever so gently in his lap. He let out a low hiss and arched his back as his chest pushed harder against me. I felt Edward tense beneath me and push me away. "Bella." He said in a low, hoarse, reproving voice. "I can't control myself when you do things like that. So unless you have changed your mind..." he trailed off wistfully.
"Sorry. I wasn't thinking." I panted blushing.
He closed his eyes briefly groaning as he ran one of his hands through his hair. He shook his head slowly back and forth and whispered, "You are going to be the death of me. I don't know how much more of this I can take."
"I'm sorry." I said again as my breathing slowly returned to normal.
He grabbed my face almost roughly in between his hands and looked me in the eyes. "Don't be." He smiled then and winked. "You are only human after all."
"Very funny." I scowled softly hitting him on the shoulder.
"Let's get you fed. You're going to turn into a prune if you stay in this water any longer."
He got out first and picked my towel up off the ground holding it out for me as I got out feeling braver around him dressed in swimsuit. His eyes washed over me as I wrapped myself tightly in the towel as the cold breeze once again attacked my skin.
He grabbed me and pulled me close kissing me softly on the lips. "You are absolutely striking." I blushed as his eyes burned into mine. They were filled with so much love and longing. Too soon he let go of everything but my hand, and together we walked back to the house.
I stared at Edward as his skin sparkled with each ray of sunlight that bounced off his skin. His beauty was unbelievable. He was the one who was striking. His beauty was unmatched by any other in the entire world, and he was mine. I smiled at the thought as we entered the small cottage.
"You go change, and I will make you something to eat." He insisted walking into the kitchen.
I smiled happily and complied. I quickly dried my hair. Again I decided to keep it simply and wore a dark blue short sleeve shirt with a pair of light tan Capri's. I could smell eggs, bacon, and toast as I walked down the hall and my stomach growled in anticipation.
"Not a minute too soon." He laughed as he placed the food on the counter.
I glared at him as I sat down on the stool and hungrily began to eat. It was perfect of course, and absolutely delicious.
"What did you want to do today?" I asked as I scooped another mouthful of eggs into my mouth.
He smiled reaching out to caress my cheek, "What would you say to a little shopping?"
I swallowed hard clearing my mouth. "Shopping? What kind of shopping?" I asked suspiciously.
He chuckled. "Don't worry Bella. I'm not Alice. I won't force you to do anything, and I will not buy you anything you don't want."
"I don't want anything." I affirmed sternly.
"Please. There's a really nice bookstore in town, and some other shops that look intriguing. I promise not to go over board. Come with me. Let me spoil you just this once. Please." He begged as he walked over to where I was sitting.
He raised his hand and gently traced my collarbone causing me to tremble. I watched as he bent his head to the level of mine and moved his lips across my jaw ever so slowly. My breathing grew uneven as I tried to resist. He captured my face in his hands and kissed me deeply, causing me to become putty in his hands.
"Please." He breathed against my lips. Before I could answer he once again crushed his mouth to mine in a kiss so persuasive before I knew it I was nodding my head in agreement. It didn't matter what he wanted as long as he continued kissing me like that. I wrapped my arms around his neck as he lifted me from the stool and led me to our room. He set me down on the bed and slowly backed away. I sat up about to protest when he smiled down at me and pecked me quickly on the lips.
"I need to change and get cleaned up. I'll just be a moment."
I folded my arms angrily as I watched him fly around the room. "You are such a cheater." I mumbled. I heard him laugh as he flew into the bathroom to get ready. In less than five minutes he was changed, showered, and at my side ready to leave.
"We haven't even cleaned up the kitchen yet." I muttered trying to stall.
He rolled his eyes at me as he dragged me off the bed. "It will be there when we get back. Don't worry."
I slipped a pair of flip-flops on my feet and grudgingly walked with him to the car. He held my door open for me and I slid in silently.
He turned the key in the ignition but then stopped turning to look at me. "If you really don't want to do this Bella we don't have to."
I looked up at him to see a saddened expression across his face. I hated myself for acting like such a brat and making him feel that way. "No it's ok. Let's go." I said trying to sound more upbeat.
"Bella." He muttered seeing through my pretences.
I looked down fiddling with a piece of my hair. "I just hate it when you spend money on me, that's all."
He sighed and turned the car off opening his door to get out. Guilt flooded over me knowing how I had disappointed him. "Wait." I said before he had gotten out. I suddenly had an idea that would make us both happy. "I have a solution. A compromise of sorts."
He looked at me intrigued as he sat back down and shut his door waiting for me to continue.
"Why don't we agree on a dollar amount? No matter what, you can not spend more on me than what we agree on right now."
"Sounds fair. But you have to be reasonable. Nothing too low." He insisted.
I brought my hand to my mouth and gently tapped my lips as I mentally calculated what a few books and dinner might cost. "How about a hundred dollars. That includes lunch." I added quickly.
He scoffed, "Bella, please remember this is a tourist town. Everything is twice as expensive here. Lunch alone could cost a hundred dollars."
"Then we will have to be frugal."
"500." He shot back eyeing me carefully.
I shook my head, "Too much."
He sighed. "300?"
"Still way too much. There's nothing I could possibly want that would cost that much money."
"Bella you said you were going to be reasonable."
"Ok. How about 200?"
"Edward." I whined. He smiled down at me awaiting my response. I didn't want to see him disappointed again and reluctantly agreed.
"Fine. 250. But not a penny more." I persisted harshly.
"Agreed." He muttered happily as he started the car and raced towards town.
He was right the town was absolutely charming. I had only been there once our first night and it had been too dark for me to really appreciate. I saw the bookstore he mentioned earlier and got excited as we parked in front. I greeted Edward happily as he opened my door for me and offered me his hand.
The bookstore was rather large compared to the size of the town and I instantly began browsing through the books. Edward seemed happy enough to just watch me as I carefully chose a few to look at.
I frowned up at him after a while, "Don't you want to look for any books for yourself?"
He shrugged. "It's fascinating watching you try to choose which books you want to read." He admitted sheepishly.
I blushed and pushed him towards a different isle. "Go find something for yourself to read."
He smiled and kissed me gently on the lips as he disappeared around the corner. I went back to my hunt and a few hours later decided on five books that looked promising. Edward had long since returned to me with a selection of his own. I carefully looked over each of his selections noticing a few that I had been interested in, but had put back. I eyed him suspiciously as we approached the counter.
"That's a hefty stack of books you have there." I commented as we inched closer to the register.
He shrugged again as the line moved forward once again.
"In fact there seem to be a few there that I myself was interested in at one point, but decided against."
He smiled at me. "We must have similar tastes."
"That must be it." I agreed, before I continued. "Because I know you would never break your promise to me and buy me something I didn't want."
"You are correct." He confirmed.
I crossed my arms across my chest. "/The Locket/ Edward, The Locket is for you! Come on."
He sighed and smiled warmly at me. "It's true that I saw you admiring it first. It's something you seemed interested in, and therefore I became interested. I'm always interested in everything you do. I could not buy the same books as you, so I bought a few I saw you considering heavily and then discard. As you know I have endless time on my hands, and am always looking for something to fill my time." He explained easily. "I am clearly not breaking any rules, and have no spending limit on what I purchase for myself. If you chose to borrow and read anything I buy, that will be your decision and it is not something I should be penalized for." He stared down at me with a victorious grin plastered across his face. I scowled up at him. He was cheating and he knew it! If there was ever a loophole to find in an agreement, Edward was sure to find it.
"Fine." I grumbled as he reached the counter and placed our selections before the cashier. "You will have to tell me if they are any good."
He flashed me his crooked smile as he handed his credit card to the cashier. "Will do."
I rolled my eyes and turned my head away. "Cheater." I mumbled under my breath, knowing Edward probably heard me.
We walked to the car and I watched as Edward placed our purchases in the trunk and quickly returned to my side. We then started to walk along the boardwalk deciding which stores to enter, and which to avoid. We stopped at a little cafÃ© for lunch where I had an amazing cup of clam chowder. It was getting late and so far I had accumulated a few shells, five books, and a CD from a new band Edward suggested I try listening to, all in all not a bad trip. I was ready to go back when Edward started pulling me towards a jewelry store. I froze unwilling to move.
"No." I said dragging my feet as he pulled me along.
I shook my head, "No. It's not necessary." I insisted.
He sighed. "Must we go through this again?"
"What?" I asked as he stopped and stared down at me.
"I am clearly within my limits. I have kept a careful tally in me head of every purchase, and I have only spent 125 dollars on you today. We stipulated before we even left the house that I was allowed to spend 250 dollars. I still have half that amount left and would like to get you something small to remember this trip by, possibly a charm for your bracelet. I obviously can not go over board with only 125 dollars to spend, so you have nothing to be concerned about." He finished seriously.
"Fine." I agreed with poor grace. He chuckled at my expression and towed me into the store.
It was small, but very nice. I looked around at all the jewelry not seeing anything I really wanted. At the last display case I gasped as my eyes fell upon the most unusual, yet beautiful pendant I had ever seen. It was small and in the shape of a heart. It consisted of many different kinds of opal, all colors of the sea. Edward caught me admiring it and instantly asked to look at it. I turned it over in my hands as the sales women explained what kinds of opal it consisted of, and how rare a piece of jewelry like this was. I knew then that it was going to be too much and hesitantly put it down sighing.
Edward looked at me and placed his hands on either side of my face. "Do you want it?"
"It's too much." I said as I shook my head.
"That's not what I asked."
"We made a deal." I hedged.
"Bella. Do you want it?" He said sincerely.
"I don't have a chain for it. We'd have to get one spending even more money. It's ok. I don't need it."
"That's not what I asked." He said again this time more forcefully.
"Yes." I whispered feeling slightly guilty for wanting something so trivial.
"Then it's yours." He breathed leaning down and kissing me softly on the lips.
"Edward." I started to protest, but he had already turned back to the sales women.
"We'll take it, and we'll need a chain to match please." She offered me five different chains to chose from, and I tried to pick the least expensive looking of the group. Knowing my luck I probable chose the one that cost the most. I cringed against Edward's arm as she announced the finally tally, 853 dollars and 29 cents.
I was silent as we left the store, feeling terrible for allowing Edward to buy me something so expensive. I was silent as he opened the car door for me and helped me inside. I was silent the entire ride back to the house, until Edward could take it no longer.
He shut the car off and turned to me, "Please tell me what's wrong before I go insane."
I looked up at him and muttered the only thing I could, "850 dollars."
He sighed, "Bella. That's not really that much for a nice piece of jewelry."
"850 dollars Edward! Do you know how many hungry children could be fed with that much money? I don't even think my truck cost Charlie that much."
He pursed his lips as he tried not to laugh. "Bella please, just accept it. Forget the price and enjoy it for what it is."
I took a deep breath and smiled. "It is pretty, and really unique."
"Yes it is." He agreed.
I looked down at the small package lying in my lap and took out the box inside. The sales woman had graciously strung the pendant on the chain so that it would be ready to wear as soon as I wanted. I opened the box and pulled the necklace out admiring it once again, and turned to Edward smiling.
"Will you help me put it on?" I asked biting my lip.
He smiled hugely pleased I was accepting his gift so willingly. "Gladly."
I lifted my hair from off my neck as he brought the chain over my head and around my neck. As soon as he had it clasped he leaned down and kissed my bare skin before I again let my hair fall down freely.
"It looks lovely on you." He confirmed as he appeared at my door to help me out.
We spent the rest of the evening looking through the books we had bought and reading different passages to one another. I ended up falling asleep in his arms in front of the fireplace as his voice once again lulled me to sleep.