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Only Human 26

Only Human 26

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Chapter 26
Title:
Only Human (26/27)
Author:
Amethyst Jackson
Rating:
M/NC-17
Category:
Drama, Angst, Romance
Pairing:
Edward/Bella 
Summary:
A wish sends Bella back in time to Chicago, 1918, and to a human Edward.
Disclaimer:
 
 All this genius belongs to Stephanie Meyer. I’m just having a little fun.
 
I hadn’t expected anything to change. I had assumed I would open my eyes to the same Chicagoskyline I’d been looking at all along. And yet, when I opened
my 
eyes this time, I wasn’t inChicago. I wasn’t outside. I was in a room, a very familiar room, with
a long table which had eight seats around it.
 
The
Cullen’s’ dining room table. And I was sitting at the end of it, just where I’d left.
 I leapt from the seat before the idea had fully registered and went running into the living room.
“Edward!” I cried. “Edward!”
 
Before I could begin to fear that they’d gone away in my absence, he was there before me,
disheveled and tense and beautiful. I threw myself into his arms even as he scooped me up,clutching me to his chest where I was happy to stay.
“Oh, Edward! Edward, I was so scared; I didn’t know what I should do, what you would want…” Ibabbled, once again reduced to tears as I buried my head in his shoulder. He didn’t seem to hearmuch of anything, only continued to murmur again and again, “Thank God, thank God…”
  Within seconds, the room was full with the Cullen family. I heard them all, their cries of relief,their touches to my arms in greeting 
they might have hugged me, had Edward shown any intention of letting me go. For now, I was too caught up to pay them much attention.
“Let’s give them some time, shall we?” I heard Carlisle’s voice say over the chatter, quieting the
room instantly. Edward took that as his cue to move us up the stairs, up to the bedroom that hadfor a long time been as much mine as his.
“You came back,” he sighed into my hair as he pushed the door open and kicked it shut behindhim. “You came back to me…”
 
“I was so afraid I wouldn’t be able to,” I
sniffled; content to be held for as long as he refused to put 
me down. “I didn’t know how…”
 
“How did you get back?” he asked as he finally set me down on the edge of the bed. He didn’t gofar, lingering at my side. “I couldn’t see that part.”
 
“I made another wish,” I said, unable to take my eyes off his face. “I guess that was what did it…or
per
haps I was simply done there and the wish I made triggered something…I don’t know. Onemoment I was there, and the next, I was back in the dining room. …What do you mean, youcouldn’t see that part?”
 
He didn’t seem capable of not touching me now as his fin
gers trailed over my face, my neck.
“Every moment you were in my past, new memories formed –
not replacing the originals, but 
creating a new layer. I saw everything up to the point that I caught the flu…then everything went dark.”
 My breath caught in my th
roat. “You know everything that happened, then.”
 
“Yes,” he nodded slowly. I waited for more, but he didn’t offer anything, and his eyes gave away 
nothing.
“How…how do you feel about all of it?” I asked him, uncertain. It 
felt  
like he still wanted me,loved me, but I was afraid to take anything for granted.
 
He frowned thoughtfully, staring me down with golden eyes. “I feel…conflicted. Grateful. Jealous.Frightened.”
 
“Frightened?” That surprised me. What did
he 
have to be frightened of?His hands fell away fr
om me as he looked down at his lap. “Yes, frightened. While I could seeeverything, I had no way of knowing for sure how you felt, how much of what you said was true…Icouldn’t be sure if you would still want to come back to me, knowing…knowing what could
have
been.”
 
I shook my head in disbelief. “You thought I would want to stay? Edward…I love you. Every part 
of you
 
past, present, and future. What I want hasn’t changed at all. I won’t settle for anything lessthan an eternity with you.”
 His eyes turned h
opefully back to me. “I just…I couldn’t help fearing that you would prefer mehuman. That you would want to have the life and the family that I can’t offer you now, or that you would find it…physically preferable…”
 
I laughed aloud in relief. He didn’t hate
 
me; he’d been back here swept up in his own insecurities.“Oh, silly vampire. Don’t you know you haven’t changed at all?”
 
“I should hope there have been a few changes in 90
-
odd years,” he said wryly.
 
“A few,” I agreed as I sidled closer, “But all the thin
gs that matter are the same. Did you really 
think I could let go of everything I have here that easily? That everything we’ve survived to get tothis point would be for nothing?”
 
“I didn’t know what to think,” he admitted. His fingers trailed gently through my hair. “I had no way to ask you.”
 
“I’m sorry,” I sighed, resting my head on his shoulder. “It must have been awful for you, watching that for months and not knowing…”
 
“Actually,” he amended, “It was only a few days for me.”
 I blinked, glancing up at h
is amused eyes. “But I was in the past for over two months.”
 
“From my calculations, each day that you were gone lasted an hour for me. You were missing for a little less than three days.”
 
I gaped. “Well…I guess that’s good, then…”
 
“I think it’s good,” he sighed, pulling me against him. “I couldn’t have watched that for months…”
 

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