“What about Jacob and Embry?”
I frowned at Edward. “What about them?”
“You were talking about being wrong about them being soul mates.”
I fidgeted and looked at my hands. “Err… well, it seems like I accidently confused a friendship bond with a soul mate bond.”
He frowned. “How did you discover that?”
“Well, when I went to the wolves to thank them, Sam told me about the imprinting. And that’s when I first noticed that Jacob and Embry had different colours.”
“Ah, yes. The imprinting. I’ve heard about that.”
I smiled. “My job would be a lot easier if the everyone was able to imprint.”
“Wouldn’t it be quite boring for you?” he asked.
I shrugged. “At least, no one would have died from my hands then.”
“Did you kill someone?” he asked. “I don’t believe that.”
“Well, it was the very first time I used the meadow. I did not know yet they had to be in the meadow at the exact same time.” I sighed softly. “They never woke up again.”
Suddenly, I found myself in his arms. “It’s not your fault. You didn’t know.”
I buried my face in his chest. I felt content being here, with him.
“How long have we been here already?” he asked, as he played with a tuft of hair that had fallen in my face.
“Time doesn’t really exist here. It passes quicker here than it does there. I would guess we’ve been here for two days already.” I looked up at him. “But we still have time left.”
“Good. I like being here with you.” He leaned in, brushing his lips against my forehead.
“Thank you,” I sighed.
He leaned back. “For what?”
“For being so understanding,” I said.
“Bella, I already felt something for you the moment you stepped into the cafeteria.” He sought out eye-contact before continuing. “You are beautiful, smart and the most selfless person I’ve ever met.”
I stared into his vivid green eyes, getting myself lost in them quickly. I lifted my hand slowly and he smiled encouragingly. My hand made contact with his cheek and I traced his lips with my thumb.
“I’m scared,” I whispered.
“I will always protect you,” he said immediately.
“That’s not what I’m afraid of,” I said. “Do you understand what you’ll get yourself into? My world is far more dangerous than yours and it will kill us both if something happens to either of us. I travel a lot and I don’t know when or for how long we will see each other. And then there is Iraz, who’s…”
He laid a finger on my lips, stopping my rambling. “Stop it right there, Bella. We will figure it out. Don’t worry so much.”
He broke me off by pressing his lips to mine, surprising me. I gasped and he took the opportunity to deepen the kiss. My hands shot into his wild, untamed hair as we kissed. I don’t know how long we kissed, but it felt too short to me.
“I love you,” I panted as soon as we broke apart.
I sighed as I sat in my office, finishing paperwork.
It was Sunday. Edward and Bella had been gone for two and a half days now.
Esme had told me everything. I was overjoyed that Edward and Bella would be together by the time they’d wake up. But I was also concerned. I knew Bella travelled a lot to share her gift with the world. Did this mean Edward would leave us soon, to travel with her?
I shook my head to clear it. Don’t be so selfish, I told myself. Edward has been with you the longest of them all.
Maybe that’s why I was so afraid of losing him.
I stood up quickly and left my office to find my lovely wife. I needed some support from her.
I found her working in her garden. Alice was with her as they both worked on a bouquet with beautiful red roses.
“Bella will love these once she wakes up,” Alice smiled.
“Alice, can you go get a vase for these?” Esme asked.
Alice nodded and went to the house. Esme looked at me. “What’s wrong?”
“Do you think Edward might leave when they wake up?” I said softly.
Her face softened. She stood up and wrapped her arms around me. “It’s his choice, Carlisle. If he wishes to travel with her, than we will support him in that.” She kissed me softly. “Don’t worry so much, dear.”
We both turned our heads as we heard glass break. I ran towards the house, into the kitchen. Alice was standing there, her eyes wide and looking into the distance with the vase broken into a hundred pieces on the floor in front of her.
“Alice?” I asked.
She blinked once and looked at me, her face filled with horror. “They’re coming,” she choked.
My expression matched her. “Who’s coming, Alice?” I asked, even though I had the feeling I already knew.