Title: A Million Blinking Promises (That It'll All Be Okay)

Author: Girl Who Writes

Characters: Alice/Jasper

Word Count: 275

Rating: PG

Genre: Angst, Romance

Summary: And he pulls away from her, her eyes wide and confused as he tries to piece himself back together.

Notes: Thank you to everyone who has read, reviewed, left kudos and reviewed, I'm very grateful! Sorry for the delay in these last chapters - I couldn't get the wording and the word count to work together, and then I got bogged down in university work (last semester of third year, whoot!) and other potential fic ideas. Not sure which one to post next. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this chapter and thank you for reading.

Disclaimer: Twilight belongs to Stephenie Meyer; I make no profit from this fan-based venture.

They leave Philadelphia eleven days after they meet.

It feels like a brand new lifetime, walking away from the horrible little room in the worst part of Philadelphia. But for some reason, he looks upon it with affection – the spidery cracks on the ceiling, the smudged windows, the crack in the plaster behind the bed.

They pack their things in one old bag – the dress she was wearing the day they met, a spare shirt for him, a pouch of money, her notebook and comb. Everything else is discarded, though he's almost sad to see her hat and gloves go.

As they leave the city it rains, and he holds the umbrella over them both, recalling the last rain he saw. It feels as long ago as the Monterrey battles – unforgettable but undeniably in his past.

She laughs as she splashes the puddles, her arm tucked around his - unwilling to let go of him but taking such joy in the weather, droplets clinging to her eyelashes. The few people on the street stare - a tiny girl, her threadbare skirt twirling around her knees, her stockings and shoes soaked through. A solemn man, her arm tucked around his.

To them he is holding her up, instead of holding tight; letting her take him wherever she wishes to go, anywhere her heart desires, as long as he is at her side.

Suddenly her arms are wrapping around him, her face pressed to his chest and her joy dips into relief-delight-love.

"I'm just so glad I finally found you," she whispers.

There are no words as he wraps his arms around her.

They don't need any.