If I could spend one day with any fictional character . . .
As I rubbed the sleep from my eyes, I noticed I wasn’t alone and I definitely wasn’t in my small, sparse bedroom. Too much sun filtered in through the towering windows and there was a thick grove of sage-green trees outside them. An extremely attractive man sat on the side of the bed quietly smirking at me. I stared back at him, surprised and speechless.
“Toto,” I thought. “We’re not in Kansas anymore.”
His twinkling, golden irises and his disheveled copper-colored hair seemed familiar, but I couldn’t quite place him. My head felt much too heavy, sort of hazy, like I was still in the middle of a dream.
He shifted slightly as I slowly sat up, causing the intense sunlight to hit the side of his cheek. A tiny fraction of shimmering glitter blinded me for a split second and my eyes started to water.
All of a sudden, it clicked.
“They’re right,” I said. “Vampires who sparkle are ridiculous.”
Edward Cullen threw his head back and laughed.
We were in the meadow, sun drenched and resting after the long walk, when I hesitantly asked him a question that had been plaguing me for some time.
“Edward, why are you so selfish and stupid?”
The vampire’s muscles twitched, and a mixture of shock and hurt settled upon his face. He removed the hand that had been nestled in mine and mechanically pushed his body further away from me.
I instantly regretted my decision. I had loved him from the moment I’d read his brief description upon the page. Not a day had gone by when I hadn’t thought about him in some way. I knew I needed to be honest with him, but I hated to see him hurt.
“Edward, you must know how controlling you can be with Bella. If you don’t stop being such a moody, brooding killjoy, you’re going to lose her forever.”
We argued for hours, exchanging cruel words and malicious glances. I explained his mistakes in detail, from his over-protective, overly dramatic scenes to his various insecurities. I detailed the varying ways he made Bella doubt herself and their relationship, times when his fear and doubt shadowed everything else. Eventually, his ears turned pink and he blushed, finally giving up.
“You’re right,” he said. “I shouldn’t have made such a consequential choice for Bella. I know now we are meant to be together. We were made for each other. We’re soulmates.”
Bella appeared then, sparkling and smiling, placing a loving hand on her husband’s shoulder. Edward knelt before her, begging for forgiveness. They held each other as they cried, pushing the past and the pain away.
“Love is all that matters. Love is what makes you strong.”
That night the family gathered around the hearth, sharing stories and anecdotes from their lives as immortal vampires. I played checkers with Emmett as I listened to their melodic voices, laughing at Emmett’s attempts to cheat. He was a sore loser and Rose had to reach over several times to reprimand him for being mean to the human.
“Stop it, Emmett.”
“Ow! Rosie, that hurt.”
Alice managed to kidnap me sometime later. I knew it was pointless to resist, so I simply said, “Go on, Little Pixie. Give me a makeover.” Her excitement boiled over so fast, I easily found myself enjoying her whirlwind, tenderhearted personality. As she worked, we talked about anything and everything in between. She was particularly fascinated by my description of fan fiction, ships, and OTP’s.
“Wow. So, people really write about us?”
“All the time.”
“That’s so cool!”
I was sitting next to Edward, my head on his shoulder, listening to him play Clair de Lune, when Carlisle asked to speak with me. My time was almost up and I wasn’t sure what would happen next.
We sat in his study, each of us trying to find the right words to say. I was so nervous my hands began to shake. Carlisle looked at me sympathetically, knowing how momentous of a moment this was for me. A few awkward minutes later, I gave him my request.
“Are you sure about this?”
Carlisle didn’t seem too surprised by my statement. He looked resigned, but amenable. After all, he’d been through this before.
I nodded and closed my eyes.
“Yes, I’ve been waiting for this all my life. You’re the only one I trust.”
Time seemed to slow as his sharp teeth sunk into my flesh. Instantly, I felt my blood begin to burn and I screamed.
What? Did you think one day in Forks was going to be enough? No way! I want to be a vampire. I have a long list of things I need to accomplish. I want to get rid of the Volturi and setup a democratic system of government. I want to find my own vampire soulmate. I need forever.