All Twilight characters belong to Stephanie Meyer.

"I'm going to miss you terribly," Bella feels Edwards arms tighten further around her as he breathes deeply of her scent, "but truly Edward, I'll be perfectly safe. Carlisle will be here and the pack will be patrolling." He has his nose pressed into her hair and it seems to her he's trying to get as much of her scent as possible to hold him over in the coming absence.

Edward stiffens and starts to pull back, "Maybe I should..." but Bella cuts him off when she presses her index finger to his lips.

"No Edward, you promised this trip to Alice. After all she and the rest of your family have sacrificed for us they deserve this break. Victoria's vanquished, the Volturi know the date has been set and I have the cell phone you insisted on my borrowing if I need to call for help. I'll be here with Carlisle at night, so I'll be perfectly safe."

Finally, Edward sighed and gave her a smile. "Alright love, I'll throw myself on Alice's fashion sword, but if you end up needing a single stitch while I'm gone, I'm wrapping you in bubble wrap next time."

Laughing, Bella kissed him goodbye and watched as he climbed into one of the waiting cars with his family. The engine gunned and it wasn't long before they were down the driveway and out of sight. Feeling a hand on her shoulder, she looked up at Carlisle.

"We had better be going too or you will be late for school. Allow me to walk you to my car."

Lifting his hand from her shoulder, he extended his elbow to her offering an old fashioned escort to the Mercedes.