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Warnings: Lemons, so NC-17
Summary: Bella is on her honeymoon when a storm hits and she is tossed off the boat along with her husband. When she awakens on a desert island she is rescued by a beautiful angel with crimson eyes. Lemon included.
Honeymoon in Paradise by readingmama (@vampiremama).
"Wow Jake this is amazing!" I said gushing over our tiny cabin.
"Anything for you, my wife" he replied collecting me in his massive arms.
I took a moment to look at his face. He was a good foot taller than me standing at six foot seven. His dark copper skin looked beautiful in contrast to my pasty white.
Jacob and I had been married for six days. He had booked a surprise honeymoon for us and I was ecstatic. I had never left our tiny town of Forks and with our limited funds I never really expected to. Jacob ran a small mechanics shop in La Push, the reservation he grew up on just outside of Forks. At twenty years old I was already teaching high school at Forks High, but we weren't exactly rolling in the dough.
Is how this brilliantly creative one-shot by readingmama begins. It’s a sweet tale of love, even when things get tough and the focus is directed elsewhere. Bella is excited to spend the time with her husband, enjoying her first time out of Forks and eager for the chance to spend it with the man she loves.
But the story quickly takes a drastic turn, and things don’t look so good for our happy couple.
"Come on Bells, it's not safe out here," he said just as lightening lit up the sky as if to illuminate his point.
"Okay, on the count of three we run," I said preparing myself for the sprint.
On three the lightning struck again and I jumped before running. Jake kept close to me but kept pulling me closer and closer to the rail. Before I knew it both of my feet shot out from under me and Jake made a motion to grab for me. It took only seconds but it played out in slow motion. One of Jacob's hands grabbed the railing as my body slid out underneath the bars. Jake let go of the bar to grab me but we both ended up tossed into the water.
The waves crashed over us as I tried to keep my head above water.
"Jake!" I screamed, looking frantically around for my new husband.
"Bella!" I heard but couldn't see.
I felt a weight hit my shoulder and I thrashed my body around in panic. I whipped my body around to see Jake grabbing hold of me.
"Just hold on," he said.
The waves were so high that I could no longer see the boat. I started crying in the realization that it would likely be hours before anyone knew we were missing. And then it would be too late. We would surely drown by then.
Jacob is nowhere to be found, and Bella fears the worst when she washes up ashore, however, she soon has more pressing matters, such as survival. And this leads to our introduction to Edward.
Beautiful wasn't a strong enough word for him, he was luminescent. His wild copper hair stuck out in every direction. His skin was unusually pale and flawless. He wore only a small loin cloth and I could see the definition in his back as he led me through the forest. I wanted him to turn around; I wanted to see my angel's eyes.
I stumbled a few times before my angel let out a huff. My head was still pounding and I was losing consciousness again. I felt myself fall but I never hit the ground. Cool arms swept me up as blackness enveloped me again.
Vampmama, keeps Stephenie’s vampire characteristics, with Edward sparkling in the sun and having blood red eyes, but she also brings a tenderness that offsets his strong, dominant, fierce character, in a good way.
It’s ironic and a little funny though, that Bella thinks she’s dead, and considers Edward to be her ‘angel’. The last thought before I passed out again was how strange it was that my angel would have eyes the shade of blood.
And then, we share Bella’s guilt, as she dreams and remembers her husband, still lost at sea. She’s conflicted and upset, and doesn’t know how to feel. On the one hand, she feels guilty over the fact that she’s not mourning her husband’s death, but at the same time she’s enjoying being with Edward.
"Bella," he said lowering himself down to where I sat.
"Yes Edward," I replied breathily.
"Do you like it here with me?" he asked. The question was unexpected and it took me off my guard. I didn't answer at first because I wasn't sure of the answer.
Did I like it here with Edward? I hadn't thought of it up until now. I had just assumed that I was stuck here with no way off the island and I had become content with that realization. But when I thought about it, I was rather happy with Edward. I enjoyed his company. He had talked to me about my life, he wanted to know everything. The only topic he did not talk to me about was Jake. He knew little to nothing about my husband and I was ok with that. That seemed like a different life, one that I needed to leave in the past. But was I happy here? If someone came to rescue me right now would I want to stay with Edward? The answer to me was clear.
"Yes," I answered, completely sure. His face broke out into a smile that lit up his eyes.
"May I ask you something else?" His voice was suddenly unsure again.
"Anything," I prompted.
"May I kiss you?"
And as Bella comes to terms with her budding feelings, other urges are unlocked and given into, in a scene that’s beautifully written and tender.
And then Edward gets a little shock, as do we.
He pulled out and rolled over as not to crush me. He took a deep breath in and then bolted into a sitting position.
"Are you alright?" he asked.
"Of course Edward, all that screaming was a good thing you know," I said feeling partially delirious.
"But there was no blood," he stated confused.
"Blood?" I asked confused and then it dawned on me, "that only happens when you're a virgin. I was married to Jake."
"Married?" he asked.
"Yeah," I said trying to think of how to explain it, "like a mate, he was my mate."
Edward's eyes darkened and he refused to look at me.
The thought of my angel abandoning me here to live without him caused my body to wretch. Edward felt me movements and gingerly set me down.
"What is the matter?" he asked. I looked at him incredulously. "Bella?"
"You are… g-going to… leave me h-here. What did I do wrong? Please… don't leave me a-alone," I choked out between sobs. Edward grabbed my face between his hands and his face softened.
"No, no sweet girl. I won't leave you here, I love you and I would do anything to protect your honor."
I was confused by his statement. He loved me? And what did running halfway around the island have to do with my honor? I heard a throat clear and I looked up startled.
The closing to this fic may seem cruel or blunt to some, but it is a fair, well thought out response that leaves you satisfied, and then it ends on a sweet soothing note.
"How did you know that I would be your mate? I mean how did you know that Jake would bring who you needed?"
"I didn't," he responded, "I asked Jacob to bring me a pretty girl with brown hair and big eyes. I asked him for a girl pure and sweet. I did not know at the time but I asked for you. If he had brought me anyone else I know now that girl would have been dinner." I shivered at the thought. "I was prepared to wait for the right one, no matter how long it took. I was lucky enough to receive you on the first try."