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 mumbled stretching my legs under the covers of the bed.
"What a perfect way to wake up." I commented sighing contently.
I felt him smile against my skin and then pull away from me. I whimpered softly and opened my eyes to see where he was going.
He chuckled. "I'm just going to get you some breakfast. I thought you might enjoy breakfast in bed on our last day here."
I frowned dropping my head. We had to go back today. I knew I was being irresponsible, but I just wasn't ready for reality yet. I felt him sit back down on the bed and cup my face in his hands as he searched my eyes for answers.
"Bella, love, don't be sad. We still have today."
"Are you sure you don't want to stay just a little longer?" I pleaded reaching up and placing my hands over his to keep them in place.
"Bella, you know there's nothing I want more, but..."
"I know, I know. We can't run away from our problems." I said bitterly.
He took a deep breath and slowly let it out staring at me with pained eyes. "Bella..."
I closed my eyes and cut him off. "I'm just scared." I breathed barley above a whisper.
"Scared? Scared of what?" His voice was thick with concern.
"Scared, that this is all we'll have. That we won't ever get the chance to be like this again." I cried desperately as I searched his face.
He gently caressed my face with his thumbs and smiled slightly. "We made a deal remember?"
"I know. I'm just worried that we'll get so wrapped up in everything that we'll keep putting it off, and putting it off, and putting it off..." I trailed off sullenly.
"Well let's make plans right now. Today is Monday correct?" I nodded my head expressionlessly and waited for him to continue. "Why don't we plan to do something by Friday the latest. We could go somewhere, maybe Port Angeles." He shrugged. "It's not too far away, but far enough so that we would be alone. I could take you out to dinner and we could get a hotel room and spend the night together just the two of us. We could do whatever you want, read, watch old movies, whatever makes you happy."
I bit my lip as I considered his plan and then smiled hugely. "Fine, it's a date. But we leave Friday afternoon no matter what is happening."
He tightened his eyes ever so slightly and sighed. "Bella you know I can't promise that."
"I know. That's the problem." I mumbled to myself looking away.
"Bella, love look at me. I swear that no matter what is happening I will make time for us. We may not be able to go away, but whatever we do I will make special for us. Do you trust me?"
"Of course." I replied quickly. I trusted him above all others.
He kissed me sweetly on the lips smiling. "Then it's settled. Nothing to worry about." He got up then and left for the kitchen returning within minutes with a simply breakfast of cereal and toast. I ate silently staring out the window at the ocean as the sound of the water soothed me.
As I plopped the last bite of toast into my mouth Edward turned to me stroking my hair. "What would you like to do this afternoon?"
I shrugged not entirely sure myself as I swallowed. "Did you have anything in mind?" I asked.
"We could take one last walk along the beach. I know how you love the water." He suggested smiling at me.
"That sounds nice." I verified as I got out bed with my dishes in hand.
He swiftly appeared at my side grabbing my dishes from me and kissing me on the forehead. "I'll take care of these. You go get ready."
I smiled and headed towards the bathroom. I took a quick shower and dried my hair as fast as I could, not wanting to waste a single moment. I decided to wear a pair of short shorts Alice had suggested I bring, just in case I wanted to enter the water, and a hunter green tank top.
Edward was again waiting for me, wearing his own pair of shorts and a simple beige short sleeve shirt. We again walked hand in hand down to the beach, silently this time as I licked my lips occasionally enjoying the salty taste I found there.
We made our way down to the surf and walked along as the waves licked at our legs before they broke along the shore. The water was still rather cold, but for some reason it didn't seem to bother me. I waded in to just above my knees and closed my eyes. I felt the sand move under my feet as the water pulled back out to sea, hugging my arms to me. I inhaled deeply relishing in all the different smells of the ocean. I could smell the salt, the seaweed that slid by me as it washed ashore, and so many other things I could not identify. I reached up and grabbed hold of my necklace rubbing it gently with my thumb, my own personal picture of the sea.
I turned to Edward then smiling, knowing he was staring at me. He had an odd expression on his face, one I could not easily identify. "What is it?" I asked after a few moments of silence.
"You really love the ocean don't you?" It was more of a statement than a question.
I smiled nodding. "It's just so peaceful." I mused.
"Maybe I should buy this place. That way we can come back wherever you want. It could be our own little vacation spot. It's secluded enough..." He said trailing off calculating.
I rolled my eyes. "Edward, don't be absurd. You don't need another house."
He shrugged indifferently. "It's my money. I can spend it any way I choose. The others can use it whenever they want. It might be nice to have."
"Edward, be serious. You don't even know if the owners are willing to sell it."
He shrugged again. "Everyone has their price."
"You can't be seriously considering this?" I questioned skeptically.
"Edward this is a house, not a trivial piece of clothing. You need to really think this through."
"Are you saying you would never want to come back?" He challenged raising an eyebrow at me.
"No. But I bet you can rent places like this just about anywhere. You don't need to buy one." I said sternly.
He was at my side in a flash taking me in his arms. "True. But I have grown rather attached to this place."
He leaned down and kissed me deeply taking my breath away. Before I knew it I was stretching up on my toes to better reach his lips as I wrapped my arms around his neck. He pulled me closer to him, lifting me off my feet as one hand wound in my hair. His lips parted from mine briefly as he whispered my name, and again captured my lips with his in another unbelievable kiss. I was panting heavily as he set me back down in the cold water, my body a flame, welcoming the cool waves as they washed over my legs.
"I love you." I whispered in between gasps for air as I rested my hands on either side of his neck, his hands at my waist.
"I know." He said smiling crookedly at me then chuckling.
I raised my eyebrows at him and reached down and splashed a huge wave of water up at him taking him by surprise. He froze for a brief second in shock. I took advantage and ran for the shore as fast as I could, trying not to fall, laughing the whole way. I didn't make it far.
Just as my feet touched the shore I felt strong stone arms wind around me and lift me up. I kicked furiously trying to get free but he only held me tighter in his arms. He was carrying me bridal style back into the water. A look of panic shot across my face as I looked into his eyes. There was a mischievous smile there, and I knew what he was planning. He was going to drop me in.
"Edward." I pleaded as he slowly walked deeper into the water. "Don't."
He didn't listen. He just kept walking into the water until it was up past his knees. The water lapped gently at my feet, and I stiffened in his arms.
I looked him straight in the eyes warningly. "Edward don't you dar..." I gasped as the frigid water swirled around me. He actually dropped me in! I couldn't believe it! I surfaced gasping for air as the cold temperature took my breath away.
He reached down scooping me once again in his arms and flew back up to the house where he sat me down on the edge of the hot tub. He turned it on and pulled me into the water with him setting me on his lap. I relished in the warm water glaring at him, as he wrapped his arms around me smiling.
Once completely warm I stood up from his lap and folded my arms across my chest. "I can't believe you did that." I said harshly.
He did not respond. He stood up slowly in front of me looking down at me hungrily. He leaned down kissing me in a movement so fast my eyes widened in shock. I didn't respond at first, being angry and stunned. But as his lips worked recklessly against mine I soon gave in surrendering myself to his kiss. He knelt down in front of me pulling me down with him so that the water was just below my shoulders. He cupped my face in his strong hands tracing my features greedily as I slipped my hands under his shirt at his back caressing each muscle there.
I shook my head slowly back and forth needing air and gasped as he released me, only to turn his attention to my neck. I brought my hands back around and ran them violently through his hair pulling him closer to me. I inhaled deeply enjoying the smell of the salt water mixed with his scent, as my breathing grew more uneven.
He stood then caressing my face softly with both hands reaching down to cradle me in his arms. His eyes were black fire as he climbed out of the hot tub and carried me into the house. I leaned in slowly kissing the smooth milky skin of his neck as I trailed my fingers along the back of his neck and through his hair. I watched him flex his jaw as the front door shut behind us. He walked us quickly down the hall and set me on our bed. I propped myself up on my elbows pleading with my eyes for him to join me as he stood at the edge of the bed staring down at me.
Wordlessly he removed his soaked shirt and threw it across the room as he slowly crawled up my body causing me to quake all over. With each touch my body burned, and yearned for more. I pulled his mouth to mine and kissed him with all the love and desire I had in me. I ran my hands greedily over his chest as I soaked in every plane of his body. His bronze hair dripped a mixture of fresh and salt water onto my face as he lavished my eyes, checks, jaw, and nose with kisses. I felt his hand run down the length of me, around my hip, down my thigh and stop briefly at my knee as he hitched it around his hip and pulled me tight to him. Moaning, he rolled us around switching our positions with me now on top.
I stared down at him as I caressed each of his features with my fingers. He rested his hands at the small of my back closing his eyes sighing contently. I dipped my head and slowly planted soft kisses on different parts of his face saving his lips for last.
This kiss was sweet, very sweet, not hungry as the others before. He opened his eyes and time seemed to stand still as we stared lovingly into each other's eyes, lost in the moment. His fingers traced the planes of my face, and ran lovingly through my hair as mine too copied his every move.
I started to get chilled, still lying in my wet clothes on top of his bare chest. I shivered involuntarily and sighed disappointed, knowing what he would say next.
He grinned at my expression. "Why don't you change into something dry?" He sat up with me in his arms. He set me down on the floor caressing my face one last time with the back of his hand along my cheekbone before he turned to leave the room giving me privacy.
I sighed as I entered the bathroom. I brushed through my wet hair and changed into a warm ivory sweater and jeans. I opened the door expecting to find him waiting for me, but he wasn't there. I slowly walked down the hall to find him in the kitchen, already changed with a sandwich in his hands.
"Eat." He commanded softly, smiling at me, as brought the plate of food to the living room table. I sat down obediently and ate my sandwich in silence.
As soon as I was done he pulled me close to him wrapping his strong arms around me. "We need to leave soon." He whispered. "Do you want me to pack for you?"
I shook my head back and forth; glad he couldn't see the sad expression on my face. I quickly hid my disappointment as I turned in his arms smiling. "I can do it."
I got up slowly pulling him with me and walked back to our room. I blushed as I froze taking in the condition of the bed. It was absolutely soaked, the sheets in total disarray. If someone had walked in they might have thought something had happened there.
Edward chuckled as he walked past me picking up his soaked discarded shirt, and throwing it carelessly into his bag. I blushed deeper.
I walked into the bathroom and within a few minutes had everything packed and was ready to go. Edward had finished long before me. He stood leaning against the door casing, arms folded in front of him, watching as I checked everything over a few times ensuring I forgot nothing.
I turned nodding confirming that I was ready to leave. Edward grabbed my bag from me and slung it over his shoulder as he took all our things out to the car. I walked slowly behind him stopping to admire the view one last time from the deck. I felt Edward wrap his arms around my waist as I stood starring off into the distance. After a long moment I sighed deeply and turned in his arms. He smiled down at me and I stretched up on my toes to peck him on the lips.
I reached for his hand and smiled. "Thank you, for this weekend." I said sincerely. "I love you."
He reached his hand up to my face and rested it there. "No. Thank you." He leaned down and swung me up into his arms walking me the car. He set me down as he opened my door for me and I slid inside.
I reached up again clutching my necklace in my hand as he started the car and pulled away. We drove in relative silence as I sat daydreaming; remember all the magical moments of our weekend.
I visibly tensed as we drove down the windy drive to the big white house. Edward placed his hand on my leg and rubbed soothing circles with his thumb. As the house came into view I saw Alice dancing excitedly on the steps awaiting our arrival.
I closed my eyes taking a deep breath as I forced myself to smile as she opened my door pulling me out.
"Oh Bella I'm so glad you're back." She chirped excitedly talking too fast for me to catch all she was saying.
I turned and looked longingly at Edward as she pulled me up the stairs and into the house. He smiled at me and mouthed the word, "Friday," turning to retrieve our belongings from the trunk of his car. Emmett said a quick hello as he whizzed past Alice and me on his way to see Edward. Somehow I knew he was up to no good. I heard Edward growl menacingly as I was dragged up the staircase to Alice's room. I smiled. Whatever Emmett wanted, or said, it had not pleased him.
As soon as we were in Alice's room she shut the door and began assaulting me with questions about how my weekend had gone. I thanked her for the clothing she insisted I take along, and began giving her a rough outline of my mini-vacation. She smiled hugely as her eyes fell to the new piece of jewelry around my neck. She took it gently in her hands to admire more closely.
"It's very nice." She commented. "How did he convince you to let him buy it for you?" She asked genuinely curious.
I shrugged feeling a little guilty again. "He didn't have to. I fell in love with it, and so he bought it for me. It's all the colors of the sea. The perfect reminder." I mused holding the pendant tightly in one of my hands as I stared past Alice at the wall behind her.
After a brief moment I returned my gaze to her to see her smiling hugely at me, her eyes sparkling.
"It sounds like you two had a wonderful time."
"Yeah." I said blushing, remembering. "We really did."
She giggled, and I pushed her playfully causing her to fall back onto the bed, as I blushed deep red, joining in with her laughter.
She stayed laying back on the bed propping herself up on one elbow. I too fell back onto her bed to join her.
"Will you two be going back?" She asked.
She frowned. "I thought..." She started then stopped short shaking her head. "It doesn't matter." She smiled.
"Alice." I began raising my eyebrows at her. "Did you see something?"
She looked away quickly shaking her head.
"Spill Alice." I commanded knowing she was hiding something.
She grimaced. "I'm not sure if I should."
"Come on just tell me." I pleaded.
"Well..." She said considering for a brief moment then smiled. "Now this is not for sure of course. But I could have sworn I saw him buying it." She explained.
I looked back at her shocked. "He wouldn't." I whispered. There was no way he was being serious this morning, or was he?
"It looks absolutely charming." Alice soothed. "I see us all getting a lot of use out of it."
I sighed knowing the battle was lost. We spent the rest of the evening catching up as she relayed some of her ideas to me for the wedding. She showed me the wedding invitations she had picked out. They were a little too fancy for Forks, but I smiled in approval making her happy. I didn't really care and my mind often wondered to Edward. I missed him already. Friday seemed like an eternity away. We paused only briefly as my stomach growled demanding to be fed.
We walked down the stairs where I found Edward and Emmett engaged in a wrestling match outside. I couldn't make out who was winning, but I was secretly rooting for Edward. With the food left over from our trip I made a sandwich and joined Esme and Alice in the living room. Alice had arranged for me to spend the night convincing Charlie that we needed to discuss wedding plans together.
I smiled as Edward entered the room, looking disheveled as Emmett followed. He smiled at me and raced to my side taking me in his arms. I hugged him back not wanting to let go.
He ran his fingers along my check and sighed. "I need to hunt tonight. I'll be going with Emmett and Jasper."
I nodded. I could tell by the circles under his eyes that it was time. His eyes were almost black, and I felt a little guilty for not encouraging him to go sooner.
He leaned down and whispered in me ear. "I'll be back before you wake in the morning."
I smiled reaching up on my toes to kiss him on the lips. He kissed me back briefly and smiled his crooked smile before he left the room to hunt with his brother's.
I yawned and excused myself for bed trudging up the stairs not looking forward to sleeping alone. I opened my bag Edward had brought up to his room for me and found that all my clothes were wet. I frowned, and then smiled as I got an idea. I grabbed my toiletry bag and walked over to his closet selecting one of his black long sleeve shirts. I smiled inhaling his scent as entered the bathroom.
I took a long shower removing all traces of the ocean water. I dried off quickly and slipped into Edward's shirt. It was huge on me, but very comfortable. I left only my socks on needing no pants since the shirt feel below my knees. I rolled the sleeves several times so that my hands could poke through.
I walked back over to our bags suddenly not feeling as tired, and grabbed a book to read. I took a blanket, and a few pillows from the bed covering up on the couch as I settled into a corner, sighing contently.
I suddenly felt a cool breeze and snapped my eyes open in alarm feeling myself being lifted in the air. My heart was beating frantically and I quickly looked up disorientated. Edward was starring down at me smiling. I relaxed as he placed me on the bed. I must have fallen asleep in the couch.
"I though you liked this bed?" He cooed as he climbed in next to me.
"I do." I said as I pulled myself closer to him.
"Then why were you sleeping on the couch again?" He questioned.
I looked down sheepishly. "I was reading. I must have fallen asleep."
"Ah. I see." His eyes swept over my apparel and he tugged lightly at the collar of his shirt I was wearing raising an eyebrow at me.
I blushed. "My clothes were all wet." I explained.
"Hmm." He said pursing his lips trying not to laugh.
"I can change if you like." I muttered quickly not sure if he approved of me wearing his clothing.
"No. No. Please don't. You look very..." He paused briefly searching for the right word as his eyes raked over me. I blushed as his eyes again met mine and I saw the fire burning there. "Sexy actually. You should wear my clothing more often."
He leaned down and kissed me earnestly, and pulled away all too soon. "You should get some sleep. I didn't mean to wake you." He reached over me and pulled back the covers. I reluctantly got in knowing I would lose the battle if I argued. He tucked the covers in around me and began humming my lullaby.
Just as sleep was starting to wash over me I remembered something I wanted to ask him. "Edward?" I asked sleepily.
"Yes, love." He whispered.
"Are you really going to buy that house?"
He shrugged around me. "Why?"
"Alice sees you buying it." I explained.
He sighed. "I had considered it." He admitted after a brief pause.
I knew then that the house would soon belong to the Cullen's. I rolled my eyes, but said nothing.
"I love you." I breathed into the silence after a long pause.
"I love you too." He said, "Now go to sleep."
I yawned, and I felt him shake around me. "Just one last thing."
"I can't wait until Friday."
Again I felt him shake around me. "Me too love, me too."
He began humming my lullaby and I was soon fast asleep as the tune flowed around me.