Fifty two hours had passed since we had left Forks and we still had a couple of hours or so to go. The speed Edward and all the other Cullenswere driving at meant we cut off a lot of time if we had just kept to speed limits. If I had still been a human I probably would have been so uncomfortable.It wasn't the easiest thing to do when you had to sit in a car. Legs would probably go numb then you would get pins and needles would be reallybe the bees' knees. Luckily for me I was now a newborn vampire meaning I could sit still for hours on end and not get even the slightest bit uncomfortable.If I had been human, we would have constantly been stopping for bathroom breaks or food stops plus I would have been completely bored.I was quite content with the hunting I had done before the trip and knew Edward and I would be hunting again when we reached Alaska.For the past fifty two hours I had just been listening to music, playing the game 'Draw Something' against Emmett and Alice, texting Rose andoccasionally Emmett and Alice, and playing games on my iPhone. I was grateful Edward had a car charger otherwise my phone would have been long dead by now. When we had left Forks, Edward put on his Debussy CD but after it had been played for what left like the fiftieth time I had lowered the volume and put in my headphones. Of course I had only put in one ear so I could still talk to Edward and it showed I wasn't being antisocial and ignoring him; letting him drive in silence.I had just put my iPod on shuffle and let the music play. I occasionally sang along quietly, letting the time fly by.I was listening to Bruno Mars' 'Runaway Baby' when I was interrupted by my phone ringing with the song 'I know a song that will get on your nerves'.I saw Edward's eyebrow rise and his lips move into a smirk. I instantly knew who was calling me.
"Emmett what do you want!"
"Bellsy boo I'm so bored! Alice is reading that boring magazine of hers; Vogue something, Jasper is driving and my Rosie is asleep. This sucks! I'm so bored and I've noticed you're not sending back your drawings on 'Draw Something'. Please talk to me Smelly Belly!"
I groaned in frustration and watched Edward chuckle out of the corner of my eye. I turned to glare at him but he just smiled lovingly at me. With him looking at me like that I couldn't hold the glare for long.
"Emmett, find some way to entertain yourself!"
"But I tried that and failed! Please Bellsy boo, I need you!"
I thought back to Emmett's early words.
"Em...you know that vampires can't sleep right? I mean you've only been one nearly eighty years but I'm sure you knew that. You must have realised you've been without sleep for nearly a century right?"
There was a pause on the other line.
"Of course I knew that Bella! ROSALIE, WAKE UP! I MEAN OPEN YOUR EYES! YOU'RE NOT ASLEEP! Thanks Bella."
"My pleasure. Bye Emmett."
"Bye Bellsy boo."
I pressed the end call bottom and put my heads in my head. I heard Edward's musical laugh as I just groaned.
"I don't know how you've put up with him for so long."
"Me neither love, me neither."
"My respect for Rose has dramatically increased!"
A second later, my phone vibrated in my hand. I opened the new message from Rosalie.
Thanks girl! I need all the help I can get at times ;) xxx
I laughed to myself before hitting reply.
I'm here for you Rose! Xxx
I pressed send and clicked the music button on my phone, selecting shuffle. 'Somewhere Only We Know' by Keane started playing. I started smiling to myself when an image of the meadow came into my mind; mine and Edward's place which only the two of us knew. Memories of the two of us just lying in the meadow entered my mind. They were some of the best memories from my human life. The lyrics started with: 'I walked across an empty land; I knew the pathway like the back of my hand'. It completely fit with the description of the meadow and how Edward and I could get there.
"A million dollars for your thoughts my love?"
I turned and smiled at Edward. Of course he would feel offended by using the phrase with the word 'penny'.
"I'm just thinking about the meadow."
Edward smiled at me before reaching over and taking my hand in his and bringing it up to his lips to place a kiss there.
"I'm guessing you're thinking the meadow is the somewhere only we know then?"
I frowned for a moment before remembering, no matter how low the volume I had, vampires had excellent senses including hearing so he would be able to hear the song perfectly just as well as I could.
"Well it's true. The meadow is the place just for the two of us. It's the place where we really showed our true selves to one another and let 'us' happen."
Edward smiled at me.
"You know when I showed you how I sparkle in the sunlight? I agree about showing our true selves. It was the first time we could really just talk without having to worry about who was listening. I had wanted 'us' to happen but I guess the time in the meadow did help me reflect on whether it would be right or wrong to be with you."
I frowned at Edward's choice of words. It felt like he was tainting our relationship.
"Right or wrong?"
"Yes Bella. I had to decide to whether our relationship was right or wrong for us to consider."
"That's the difference between us Edward. Our relationship to me was just about love."
I could sense Edward knew he had screwed up. I felt hurt like the suggestion he had to decide and that he took it upon himself to make that decision. In 'Pride and Prejudice' Elizabeth Bennett had been furious when Mr Darcy first proposed and basically insulted her by stating it went against everything he had wished for. By the end of the novel he had realised his mistake and he wanted to be with Elizabeth because he loved her; not caring about whether it was right or wrong to be in love. I was suddenly glad I wasn't human otherwise my eyes would be filled with tears and my face would be turning red from anger.
"I bet you're happy now I'm a vampire. You don't have to worry about right and wrong or maybe you still are. Hang on...the night of my birthday...in my room; you said you were thinking about right and wrong. I'm guessing that's what persuaded you to leave me."
To my surprise, Edward suddenly slammed on the brakes bringing the car to a complete stop. A second later I was sitting in his lap, his hands holding my body and head against his chest.
"Isabella Marie Swan I love you with all that I have. I made a stupid mistake by letting right and wrong rule my life. I was a masochistic boy who let the fact I was a vampire rule my life and try to keep me away from the one woman I could I ever love. I'm so sorry love."
I slowly wrapped my arms around Edward's neck and held myself close to his body. We just absorbed one another's presence for a few minutes before Edward leaned down and planted a kiss on my lips. I slowly responded and we kissed for another few minutes, sharing our love for one another. I pulled away and smiled at Edward.
"I guess we better get back on the road."
Edward chuckled and helped manoeuvre me back to my seat. I watched as he started the engine and once again we were hurtling down the road at over one hundred miles an hour. I picked my phone up from my floor where it had fallen from Edward picking me up to find I had four messages. They were from Esme, Alice, Rosalie and Emmett.
Carlisle and I hope you're all right dearest Bella xxx
Ignore my stupid brother! I'm sorry I couldn't get him to stop talking. It's okay as I've seen a vision of you guys kissing so all good xxx
Edward is such an idiot. If you feel like punishing him, don't put out for a period of time. Works a treat with Emmett ;) xxx
Edward's full of shit Bellsy boo. Shame vampires can't go to the toilet ;) and I know we can't sleep! Love you little sis xxx
I smiled at my texts but decided to not reply as I didn't want to get into the whole issue again. I was glad Edward was like Mr Darcy in the fact he knew he was wrong and that love conquers all. I slotted one of my headphones back in my ear and smiled to myself when 'Forever' by Chris Brown came on. Sure I didn't like the guy but I was reminded that Edward and I had forever in front of us to be together. I turned and looked at the window, watching as the surrounding countryside zoomed by us. I glanced over to see the speedometer was at one hundred and twenty miles an hour. I rolled my eyes and turned back to look at the window.
"We'll be there soon love. We'll be able to go for a hunt once you've met our extended family."
Ah the extended family. I hadn't heard much about them at all.
"Edward, can you tell me about them? How many are there? What are their names?"
I noticed Edward tensed slightly at my question but he smiled at me as if he was trying to reassure the two of us.
"Well there are five members of the Denali coven. There's Eleazar and Carmen, who are mates and three sisters Kate, Irina and Tanya. Eleazar has the ability to vaguely identify gifts of other vampires so seeing you in person he will be able to one hundred percent tell you what you gifts are."
"Oh right. Hang on, wasn't Irina Laurent's mate?"
"Yes I heard that the two of them were mates. Bella don't feel guilty in any way. The wolves, dare I say it, did the right thing by killing him. He was trying to kill you and was in league with Victoria."
"I suppose you're right."
I tried to remember things Edward had told me about the Denali coven in my human life. The one that stood out the most was Tanya. I seemed to remember being told that she had feelings for Edward.
"So what about Kate and Tanya? Do they have mates?"
I noticed Edward tense up even more.
"No, they haven't found anyone yet."
"Has either of them ever thought they've found their mate?"
Edward glanced at me and while I tried to give an innocent look, I knew that he knew I knew.
"Bella, Tanya used to have feelings for me and as we were both single and alone thought we could be together. I never gave her any impression that I returned those feelings. When I went to Alaska after I ran away from you the first time we met, she thought I was finally returning those feelings but I quickly and gently let her down. She actually encouraged me to go back and face whatever made me run from my family and Forks."
"I believe you Edward. Does... does she know about me?"
Edward once again reached for my hand and brought it up to his hands, kissing his knuckle individually.
"Of course she does. The moment we were together I felt like shouting to the world that I was in love with Bella Swan and that she was mine. I informed the Denali coven about you and all of them, including Tanya, expressed their congratulations for the two of us. I did ask them not to spread the word about the two of us to the Volturi as I knew what would have happened the moment if they had found out a vampire was dating a human. Well you saw that for yourself in Italy."
"I love you Edward."
"I love you too my Bella."
I leaned in and kissed my fiancé lightly on the cheek. We kept our hands entwined as Edward continued to drive. I just sat back in my seat and closed my eyes, letting my mind wander. It hadn't been that long when I felt Edward kissing my hand again.
"We're here my love."
Even though I had been 'sleeping' I was glad I didn't feel the human experience of waking up as I would have felt groggy and looked a mess. I looked at the scenery in front of me. There was a house similar to the Cullen's, hidden in the forest too. I suddenly spotted five vampires: one man and four women, just as Edward said.
A/N: I am so so sorry for not updating. I was shocked to realise it's nearly been 9 months! I have had some writer's block for this story. I had the story planned out but particularly struggled with this chapter. Hopefully this will never happen again.
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