Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Kelly Scriven would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Melody of my Heart

By Kelly Scriven

Romance / Fantasy

Prologue

The silence in the room was unbearable.

He couldn't tell how long he had leaned over her, murmuring encouragements as he tried desperately to get her heart to beat. It could have been minutes; it could have been years. All he knew was that he had to keep going, had to make the blood and venom in her veins spread through her body. He worked tirelessly, never breathing, never stopping, his eyes fixed on her face as it rested peacefully beneath him. Just a little more, he was certain of it. Just a little more and the venom would take over, reviving her heart, and she would gasp air into her lungs so that her life could begin again.

Finally, fingers brushed against his shoulder and a voice whispered his name.

"Edward…"

He hissed at the sound, wrenching his arm away. His rhythm was interrupted, and he gave a miniscule pause before falling back into rhythm. One, two, three, four, five… He stopped the count before it got too high, afraid to find out how high it would go. A hand grabbed his arm, tugging, and still he continued to pump the silent chest beneath him. He didn't dare stop. He didn't dare look away from her beautiful face, the whole reason for his existence, for fear she would fade away like some long-forgotten dream.

Hands covered his own, and his mother spoke to him gently. "Son, I'm so sorry." Esme's voice cracked, and with it, so did his heart. She was right, of course. It had been too long. He didn't need to hear her thoughts to know Carlisle had already come to the same conclusion. If the venom was going to save her, it would have taken over by now, but her body was just too weak.

She had always been so fragile.

When Esme's hands tugged at his arm this time, he let himself go, turning into her waiting arms. She was shorter than he, but he huddled into her embrace and allowed himself to be her child this once, seeking comfort no one could truly give. A keening sound broke through the reverent silence, and after a moment he realized it came from himself. He cried dry tears into his mother's hair, plans already forming in his mind.

He would be with her, his Bella. That, or he would burn for eternity, paying for his sins as he surely deserved to. What greater sin was it than to take such an innocent, beautiful life from the world? His already-damned soul had committed its final crime, and he was ready to atone.

Pulling away, he turned back to the empty shell that had once been his Bella. His attempts to change her had closed her wounds, and he saw past the caked blood on her skin, seeing her as she once was, as she might have been if he had not been so foolish. Brushing her hair out of her face, his fingers ghosted over her lips, turned up in a peaceful smile. He leaned down to kiss her one last time before turning to flee out the door.

He was stopped short by a small figure blocking the doorway.

"Edward, don't," Alice told him, her voice firm. Her eyes were full of pain, but there was some other spark there as well. He opened his mouth to respond, to explain to her that there was no other way, when a new sound fell upon his ears. His eyes flitted downward, and he found Alice cradled a baby in her arms, legs kicking and face screwed up in massive yawn.

His baby. Her baby. Their Renesmee.

Guilt blossomed in his chest as he took in her perfect face, lips smacking together as her eyes opened to squint at the world around her, perhaps for the first time. Edward watched her, listening to the gentle thrumming of her heart, and realized what he had been about to do would have left her without both her mother and her father. His heart broke again, shattering this time as he thought of this tiny child alone, without him to tell her every little detail about her mother. It would be far worse a sin to leave her now.

He would have to find some way to carry on. She would be his reason for living.

With a nod, Edward stepped forward, accepting his daughter into his arms and clutching her to his chest.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

LouiseJ2: I enjoyed the detail you went into with regards to the case. It made the UNSUB appear believable. The crisis in the middle of the story was my favorite part, very dramatic but not over the top. I feel like sometimes pairings can be overdone but I liked that some of the relationships were a little...

BlakDreams: Wait is this over already?? I really love this story but I'm not sure, is this story already over?? Hm... if it's over I'm a kill myself cuz I loved it!! AGGHH!This story has a perfect storyline and everything I love itttt! Oh my god!

Felisa Yoder Osburn: I really enjoyed the story. Civil War stories are some of my favorites and the intertwining of the past with current times was wonderful. I look forward to reading the next stories.

Sara Grover: Being that this is your first story and I assume first draft, a lot of little mistakes are common, we all have made them; little things like your instead of you're, missed capitalization, missing punctuation, etc. As for the plot, I have a lot of questions and I did leave comments on certain sect...

JWalker: I loved this story from start to finish! It flows at a really nice pace and the story world feels so real. The fight sequences are a treat especially when Isanfyre is training to become a warrior. I found the names really cool and thankfully easy to pronounce. Personally I have always struggled w...

Jenn Deering: This is a go-to story for when you're needing a little happiness in your life. It's well-crafted, and characters are true to their show-selves. The pace is right, there are minimal grammatical errors, and the plot is fresh.

Hudson: Your story was fantastic Erin! The Rising Sun was one of the first stories I read on Inkitt, and I have to say I don't regret the three to four days I spent pouring through the story.Probably the biggest strength I see in your writing is your characterisation of Eliana, Oriens, and the rest of th...

Kalyan Shobhana: There is not a moment in this book where you think...let me stop now. this book cast a spell that compels you to finish it. in the end...you just hope and pray that may it turn out to be a series and the author keeps writing more and more. Let's just say this books makes me want to be selfish ,so...

Melodie Prins: firstly there better be a second book because I definitely would read that it an instant. This book was amazing and had me hooked by the first chapter I can't wait for a second one (fingers crossed). I feel in love with Scott instantly and found myself wanting to read more of his life and wanting...

More Recommendations

Oru Manna: Within this tale is a cast of characters with intensely unique voices and personas; each one radiating their own desires so clearly, you would think they were all written by different people. Their behaviors, their speech patterns, even their thoughts are so independent of one another, it really ...

catd69: Karim is a very talented writer. When I started reading his journey it took me into the book and I was in the story till the end. I've never felt this way with any other writers stories. If you want to read a gripping adventure, this will be the one book I would suggest you pick.

Michelle Shane Hammatt: Well written fiction. I couldn't put it down and read it until I was finished in one sitting. Can't wait to see what the author has in store for us next. The characters were real and you felt like you were watching the story being played before your eyes.

Nymeria: Really can't get enough of this story. It flows well, it captivates the reader from page 1, and throws you into such a well-written, well conceptualized world that you'll believe it's real. Everything in the book is meshed together really well. From character backgrounds to plot twists, you can t...

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!
King's Lament

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!
Spectra - Preview

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."