Chapter Thirty-Three

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Damn you, ever-nagging plot bunnies ... I just can't get this one out of my head. I am focusing on one story, but I wanted to get a foundation on this new one. So, here we go ... This will be similar to Buying Love, Friends with Benefits, Mafia Princess and The One That Got Away, with shorter chapters and weekly updates: I'm planning on keeping the update schedule with this one ... Sunday updates, Wednesday teasers.

He's awake. Thank goodness for the fae's resiliency. If he had had that injury as a human, he'd be dead. Just saying ... We're going to be back with Edward for the next chapter. We're also winding down. No, there will not be a sequel. I'm thinking that there will be a grand total of thirty-five chapters? Some citrusy action next chapter and only citrusy action, the fallout from the battle and finally, the epilogue.

Chapter Thirty-Three

EPOV

I was caught in a dark, confusing limbo. I registered pain but wasn't able to do anything about it. I felt freezing cold, even colder than normal. I felt hollow, lost and confused. Memories of the battle assaulted my mind and remembering my fight to the death with Jacob Black was in the forefront.

Every slash of his paws was ingrained in my memory as they tore through my skin like wet tissue paper.

Every painful bite of his powerful jaws radiated through my body, with sinews and ropes of muscle being pulled from me, causing me agony.

However, the death blow of Jacob's teeth ripping my throat out made me shiver in torment. I felt as he tried to end me, but I threw him over the cliff. I vaguely remembered seeing his body land on the rocks below, naked and with a rocky spear through his stomach with my ice sword through his heart.

I collapsed as Jake took his final breath and Bella pressed her bleeding wrist to my lips, trying to revive me. It took every ounce of strength to drink from her vein and I felt its healing properties make its way through my body, but I felt myself drift. My body was protecting itself, shutting down. After I heard Bella's anguished cry, I drifted off and I stayed in this limbo.

While floating in that gray haze, I was vaguely aware of the passage of time. I could sense when the healers as they came to work on my battered, bruised and broken body. I smelled Bella, her tears, but could do nothing to comfort her. My body was stuck, unmoving.

After each healer came to work their magic on me, I fell deeper into hibernation. It wasn't a coma because I was somewhat aware. It was not sleep because I was not resting, but I was unable to wake up. It truly was limbo.

All I wanted was to be warm.

Not warm.

Blazing hot, almost scalding.

I needed Bella. I needed her body against mine.

I needed to feel.

My nose twitched, and I smelled Carmen, along with food. It made my stomach clench. I was hungry for the food, but hungrier for warmth, Bella, with a side of food. However, when Carmen left, I finally felt that desired warmth. It was focused on my torso. My mind registered the heat and I was becoming more aware of my surroundings. I could feel Bella's emotions, her pain and her own emptiness. Her mental voice invaded my unconsciousness. It was weak and very much worried. Experimenting with our connection, I reached out to her, pleading for more of her skin, her body, her warmth and I felt her body heat more, along with her arms tightening around me. Her lips kissed my jaw and I told her to drink from me. I could hear her trepidation in taking my vein, but it would complete the circle of healing. Her teeth pierced the fragile, new skin at my neck. She gently sucked a bit from my vein before sealing the wound with her tongue.

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