I froze, not looking up. I wanted to hear what she would say to Carlisle, and some instinct told menot to interrupt.
“Save him!” It was the strongest her voice had been all day, but anyone could hear what it cost her.
Carlisle’s voice wouldn’t have sounded flustered to anyone unused to hearing it. “I’ll do everything in my power,” he told her.
“You must! You must do everything in your power. What others cannot do, that is what you must do for my Edward.”
I clutched the edge of the cot, knowing for the first time exactly how much time I had. Carlisle hadtold me that Elizabeth had died less than an hour after making her request. She had lost consciousness and never recovered. After she died, he would take Edward from the hospital.I looked up to Carlisle, whose eyes were somber.
“There’s not much time left,” I whispered.
“No,” he agreed. “Are you prepared for this?”
“There’s no way I could be prepared,” I sighed.
“No, I don’t suppose there is. I’m going to make my rounds. I’ll be back as soon as possible.”
wanted to ask him to stay; I was afraid to be left alone to face Elizabeth’s impending
death. I could only hope he would return before that moment.
I held onto Edward’s hand as I listened to Elizabeth’s ragged breathing. The inhales and exhales
grew quicker and quicker as she struggled to take in enough oxygen. It was painful to listen to. I
clutched Edward’s hand tighter, though he took no notice. Suddenly, I felt desperately alone. I
would have given anything to have my unbreakable Edward with me now.I thought the time would pass quickly, the way it does when a dreaded event approaches, but eachminute felt like an hour, filled with the sounds of suffering.
When she suddenly gasped for air, I felt as though my heart had stopped. I said Carlisle’s name
aloud, hoping he would hear wherever he was. It took him a minute to return, to remove himself from whatever he was doing. By the time he arrived, limited to a human pace, it was all over.Carlisle leaned over her, checking for a pulse. When he found none, he turned back to my tear-streaked face and placed a hand on my shoulder.