Paralyzed

A Moonlit Dance

It was irrational in his point of view, but not in mine. I wanted to become better for him. I wanted to be able to walk. For him. In the second, the pain that the doctor mentioned became negligible. No matter what it took, I would walk again. I would walk for Edward

Bella POV

When Alice and I arrived home from the doctors, nightfall was steadily falling upon the city, the stars already beginning to shine. Smiling at the beauty of the world above us, I stared up from my wheelchair that Alice was pushing. "Ali?" I called her name.

"Hm?" she answered her tone pensive.

"Thank you," I muttered softly.

"Why are you thanking me? I didn't do anything special."

"But you did. You were the first outside of my family that I really got close to and I want to thank you for that. It's hard to be friends with a paralyzed girl who needs constant supervision."

She let out a bell-like laugh, her gaze still fixated up on the stars. "I sometimes wonder if we were meant to meet and become like sisters. I wonder if there's someone up there who's playing and toying with us like puppets, controlling us. Maybe that's why things happen the way they do. Maybe it was meant to be."

The two of us sat in silence for a little while on the front porch of Emmett's house simply absorbing the rustling of the leave in trees that the soft breeze caressed gently and the distant honking of horns from the city. I was the first to break the comfortable silence between us, "hey, why don't we have a family night? It's such a nice weather outside… I can feel the spring coming now. Besides, we haven't spent that much quality time together since a few weeks ago."

Alice's face brightened instantly and she instantly started bouncing up and down. "That's a brilliant idea Bella! I know that the guys aren't doing anything today and I bet that Rose is free! I'll just bring a couple lamps and flashlights out here and you can go get the food, the blankets, the music and we can even get the portable TV out here and watch a couple movies! Oh, and we can also get pillows and nail polish and paint your nails!"

I arched my brow. "Al, you do know that it's going to be a little get together not a full blown party right? Why the hell do we need food? We can just chill."

She rolled her eyes at me. "It's Emmett with us. Do I need to say anymore? I'd think that it was self explanatory. And for the polish, yours are getting chipped. It's a time for a new coat." I let out a giggle at her explanation since it was so… Alice.

"Whatever you say Alice," I said, amused as she pushed me into the house, opening the door. As expected, we were the first one to arrive. Edward must be held up at the interview or taken a detour to do some things that I had held him from since we had spent every single second together. Emmett and Jazz had already told us that they were going to be discussing the upcoming games' playbook with the coach tonight so they should be coming in any second now and as for Rose, being a Victoria Secret's Angel took up a lot of your time, according to her.

I rolled into the house and took out my cell phone. I flipped it open and called Edward who picked up after the second ring. "Hello?" his perfect voice rang through and I smiled involuntarily. "Bella?"

"Hi Edward."

"What's up Love? Is there a specific reason that you're calling me?"

"Yeah, Alice and I wanted to have a bonfire or family get together thing tonight and I was wondering when you'll be coming home. I miss you a lot," I added and I could practically see him grinning crookedly.

"You miss me? Really? What do you miss most about me? My kisses or my hugs?" he said and I rolled my eyes.

"Don't get too egotistical jerk," I muttered. "I take that statement about missing you back. But seriously, when are you getting back?"

"I'm almost home Angel, just a few minutes away from the house. Are the others there already?"

"Nope, it's just me and Alice right now. Ali's getting all the things set up and I'm supposed to be taking care of the food. Em's going to be there so I think that a lot of chips and sweets will do."

"Is it going to just be us or are you going to invite anybody else?" he asked and I cocked my head to the side though I knew that he wouldn't be able to see me.

"Why would I invite anybody else?"

"Well you've been mentioning a guy named Avery for a while now and I want to meet him. You obviously like him so I met as well meet your friend," he said and I smiled widely.

"Edward you're a genius! I love that idea!" I squealed in a fashion very unlike me and I heard him laugh into the phone.

"I'm almost home Love. Meet me outside. I've missed you so much."

I bit my lips and smiled and wheeled myself back out, grinning the whole time. I heard the Volvo's quiet purr as it pulled up to the driveway and my Adonis stepped out, my favorite crooked grin gracing his face. He ran up to me and picked me up and I buried my head into the crook of his neck and inhaled his wonderful scent. "Mm… I've missed you Angel," he whispered, kissing me chastely.

I smiled and kissed his nose. "I'm your angel now, am I?" I teased and he chuckled.

"Yes you are since you're beautiful, kind, selfless, and perfect in everyway that only an angel can be."

"Then how am I in your arms right now?"

"You tripped and fell from heaven of course," he replied, laughing and I gasped mockingly.

"I didn't fall but I tripped?" I asked him, raising my brow. "I'm not that clumsy you know, especially not now since I'm in a wheelchair."

He grinned in a cheeky manner. "Emmett's stories tell me otherwise. And I don't care if you're in a chair right now. You're still probably just a clumsy as before so you tripped from heaven and into my arms."

I huffed at his response, internally swearing at my brother for telling Edward about my ineptness. "If I'm your angel then you're going to be Copper."

He scowled at the nickname that I had chosen for him. "Copper?"

"Mmhm."

"Why the hell is my nickname Copper?"

I kissed him softly and said softly, "have you never noticed how your hair is a shade of bronze and copper?"

"The color of my hair determined the nickname?"

"That's not all. A penny's the same color as your hair," I stated and he frowned even more and was about to object when I shushed him with my finger. "A penny is supposed to be lucky, Edward," I said softly. "You're the best thing that ever happened to me. I love you so much that it hurts to be away from you. Whenever I look at you, I can't help but feel like I lucked out and when you're around, I feel like I can do anything in the world. I was so lucky to have found you… you're my lucky penny Edward. I love you so much," I whispered.

He smiled and kissed me gently and lovingly. "So I'm Copper 'cause I'm your lucky penny?"

I bit my lips and nodded my head shyly. "If I called you Penny, it'd be awkward since Penny's a girl name already. I prefer that you be called something more masculine sounding."

"I think that you got it all wrong. I'm the one who lucked out not you. You deserve so much more than just me."

"You're the only one for me Edward. You're my Copper. I love you more than my own life," I said before bringing my lips down to his, as our lips moved in synchronization, the moonlight shining down upon us and the stars twinkling above.

We stayed like that for a few minutes, whispering sweet nothings to each other and kissing until a cough interrupted us. Looking annoyed, Edward turned to glare at whoever interrupted us to find Alice staring at us, an amused look on her face. "I was standing here for a while now. I'm surprised that you didn't notice me."

"Alice, we don't sneak up on Jazz and you making out at home," he said, annoyed at his little sister and she rolled her eyes.

"I was just here to let you know that we have to finish setting up for the get together. Avery called the house and asked to talk to Bella so I invited him to it and the others said that they should be here in a few minutes." I nodded at my best friend and Edward carried me into the house as I giggled the whole time, relishing the feel of his strong body pressed against me.

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…...Few minutes later

"Bella, pass me the chips, will you?" Emmett asked, grabbing for the bowl of Lays as I rolled my eyes at him.

"Em, you've already devoured half the food that we carried out here!" I exclaimed, passing him the bowl anyways. If I didn't, he would probably throw a fit, whining constantly until I finally caved.

He shrugged. "It's not like fat, so I could care less. Want so Avery?" he asked my other brother who took them.

"Chill Bella, Emmett is right. He can eat as long as it doesn't slow him down or make him lose his football skills. Seriously dude, if you lost them, I would literally kill you. I've seen too many players for the Steelers turn out to be the biggest disappointment in my life," he muttered and I sighed.

"Avery, that's not very nice," Ava, a nice girl with thick, lush black hair and striking blue eyes, other wise known as Avery's girlfriend scolded him as the rest of us girls scowled at him as well.

"What? I'm telling the truth!" he defended himself as Emmett laughed boisterously.

"It's cool man. I don't plan on sucking anytime soon though." Suddenly, the music on the radio changed to a slower song and Edward looked at me, his loving green eyes filled with pure adoration and I smiled up at him. He took my hand and lifted me up and my arms wrapped around his neck as my dead legs hung uselessly.

"What are we doing?" I asked him when he moved us to the garden where the lights of the porch weren't as strong. The others were still laughing and having a good time, none of them paying any attention to us.

"We're dancing," he whispered to me, his lips grazing my ears, causing me to shiver slightly. He held me up with his strong arms as I pressed myself close to him, swaying to the beat of the music. He started singing along, his beautiful voice serenading me.

(Italics=Edward, Bold=Bella, Underline=Both)

I remember what you wore on the first dayYou came into my lifeAnd I thought heyYou know this could be something'Cause everything you do and words you sayYou know that it all takes my breath awayAnd now I'm left with nothing

'Cause maybe it's true, that I can't live without youWell maybe two is better than oneThere's so much time, to figure out the rest of my lifeAnd you've already got me coming undoneAnd I'm thinking two, is better than one

I smiled up at him and for started to sing involuntarily to the song that I knew so well. I remember every look upon your face,The way you roll your eyes, the way you tasteYou make it hard for breathing'Cause when I close my eyes and drift awayI think of you and everythings okayAnd finally now, we're leavingAnd maybe it's true, that I can't live without youWell maybe two is better than oneThere's so much time, to figure out the rest of my lifeAnd you've already got me coming undoneAnd I'm thinking two, is better than oneI remember what you wore on the first dayYou came into my lifeAnd I thought heyMaybe it's true, that I can't live without youMaybe two is better than oneThere's so much time, to figure out the rest of my lifeAnd you've already got me coming undoneAnd I'm thinkingOooh I can't live without you'Cause baby two is better than oneThere's so much time, to figure out the rest of my lifeAnd I've figured out with all that's said and doneTwo, is better than oneTwo is better than one

Yeah, yeah

The music faded into an different song, but the two of us didn't give a damn, we remained to the beat of the faded song, swaying gently. I looked up at the man that I fell in love with so quickly and he looked back at me. "I love you," we both confessed at the same time and we heard a collective 'awww…' in the background.

Edward swirled around to see a teary-eyed Alice and Rose as well as the guys who were smirking at him and mouthing to him 'Romeo!' The girls caught them and glared harshly. "Shut up Emmett!" Rose snapped. "You know, you could learn from Edward here, you know. He knows a sense of what's romantic and what's not." Em hung his head and I giggled along with the rest of the girls.

"Oh guys, that was so sweet," Ava said, leaning against Avery, looking like a picture perfect couple.

"That was the first time that I've heard you guys sing a duet. It was so sweet, it made me cry… that's not cool Bella! You ruined my makeup!" Alice joked, causing us to all laugh as we made our way back to the front porch.

"This feels so right," I said, sighing, looking up at my Copper and my family. The others nodded, all looking up at the stars. Suddenly, a bright light streaked across the sky and all the girls squealed.

"A shooting star!" Alice cried out. "Quick! Make a wish Bells!" she said and I shook my head.

"I don't have anything to wish for Ali. I have everything that I need right here where I should be. I have the man of my dreams, the best friends that I could possibly ask for, my real and 'adopted' brother, and so much more… It'd be plain greedy to ask for more than I already have. I'll pass on my wish," I said softly, snuggling into Edward who held me closer.

"I pass too," the others said, looking up at their significant others and smiling contently. I had meant every single word of what I had said to them. It was true that I didn't have a mother or a father and that I couldn't walk, but I couldn't bring myself to wish for those things when the stars that granted me so much more than I probably deserved… I was happy and content without the wish upon a star simply having a late night gathering with the people who loved me. I was truly a lucky girl.

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