Burntcore's Choice: Photo 1
I looked around and gazed at the stark but amzing vista before me. Everywhere, as far as the eye could see, was snow and ice. The hills, the valleys, the dunes, the mountains, all were frozen. It was a strange metaphor for my existance, for I was also frozen. I was forever frozen at seventeen. But, just as these hills and valleys change, I change. I changed. Bella changed me.
I felt the cold, but it didn’t affect me. If I had been human, I would have already started to succomb to the elements. The deep rooted cold was almost as pleasant as the heat of the sun from Bella and my first honeymoon on Isle Esme. The two extremes reminded me I was still alive, even if I was techincally an undead creature.
Her footsteps behind me soothed me, as always. Her presence always grounded me, no matter what was going on in the world. She humbled me. I always thought I was the strong one, when she was human. She has proven me wrong time and time again. Now that she was like me, she was strongest of us all. Physical strength was dominated by Emmett, but she, she was unbeatable by her heart and her spirit and her capacity to love.
“So intense you are, Edward.” Bella said. Her voice was barely above a whisper, but in the quiet of this desolate place, it was like a vibrant shout to the heavens.
I smiled softly at my wife of five years. “Yes, I suppose.”
Her small hand curled up into mine, braiding our fingers together. I looked over her and couldn’t decide which sight was more breathtaking: the frozen tundra at our feet or this dazzling woman in front of me.
I wasn’t just saying she was dazzling because she’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, but she was literally dazzling in the sun. The special feature of our skin that set us apart from humans, the one feature that I held in contempt for so long, was beautiful on her. Her skin sparkled like she was dusted with diamonds.
“You’re dazzling me again,” she murmurs, smiling up at me.
“I would say the same, love,” I replied.
Bella sighed happily and looked out over the frozen landscape.
“This is amazing, Edward. I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy this as a human, especially not in just jeans and a sweater. I’m so glad you brought me here.”
I smiled and pulled her gently in front of me so I could rest my hands on her waist. “There are a few advantages to our nature, this is true.”
“How did you find this place?”
“Canada? Well, I looked at this thing called a map. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?” I tease, snickering.
Bella gives me a dark look.
“Har har, funny man. The Ayles Ice Shelf isn’t exactly on the top ten best tourist destinations, even for vampires. So how did you find this place?”
I smiled again and pulled her against my chest. If I thought hard enough, I could remember how her heartbeat felt against my body.
“Just in my travels. It was once connected to Ellesmere Island but broke off a few years ago. I would come here to think without having to hide. The only other creatures here are the wildlife and they stay away from our kind.”
Bella nodded slightly. “It’s peaceful here. I can see why you would like it.”
“And now I wanted to share it with you,” I continued. Slowly, I leaned down and ran my nose down the side of her neck. “Happy anniversary, Mrs. Cullen.”
I saw her smile from the corner of my eye. “Happy anniversary, Mr. Cullen,” she replied.
“There is another advantage to this place, you know,” I added, as my hands drifted up from her waist to cup her breasts.
Bella leaned into my body, her back arching. “Mmmm, is that right?”
“Yeah, it is,” I told her as I kiss her shoulder and massage her delicate flesh under my fingertips.
Bella moaned softly and ran her hands down my hips.
“It’s peaceful and private,” I whispered, as my hands ran down her stomach to her waist. “No one for miles.” My fingers continued downward, unbuttoning Bella’s jeans.
She shimmed easily out of her jeans and spun around, quickly making work of my shirt.
“Sounds all kinds of perfect,” Bella purred as she pushed my shirt off my shoulders and started on my pants.
The rest of our clothes were quickly discarded around our bodies as I showed my wife how much I loved her.
I personally enjoyed hearing how our passion-filled voices echoed off of hills of Ayles Ice Shelf. Although I hoped that it wouldn’t cause any more ice to break free from Ellesmere Island. Alice said we’d be fine.
So I let my wife show me how much she loved me, until the moon chased the sun across the sky and beyond.