December 25, 1999
Washington-Dulles International Airport

It’s impossible for me not to be introspective.

It’s the end of a relationship and the end of a millennium. It’s a holiday commemorating the birth of a savior, and despite the fact I don’t consider myself a Christian, I know I’ll forever associate this day with my own salvation. As I make my way to the ticket counter, I can’t help my awareness that it is the first day of the rest of my life—a life without Edward Cullen.

“I’d like to purchase a ticket, please.”

“Where to?”

I can’t leave him entirely. On impulse, I choose the town in which he was raised, the same town to which he’d sworn he’d never return.

“Chicago,” I say. “One-way. I won’t be coming back.”

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  1. on 01 Mar 2010 at 3:31 pmJennie

    do you have a description of what this story will be about?


  2. on 01 Mar 2010 at 6:15 pmAzucena

    You do so well with His Girl Friday. Pride will get you everytime.


  3. on 02 Mar 2010 at 3:37 pm@LeeDornfeld

    I'd love it if you continued this story! It has a lot of potential.


  4. on 05 Mar 2010 at 11:04 amsilvana

    ooohh nice story—-
    that where she says that she’s not available … ouch edward!
    then… JUST OVER IT…. more OUCH xD
    that hurts…. it even hurt me hehe
    looking forward to read the rest of the story!!


  5. on 08 Mar 2010 at 3:26 pmElizabeth440

    For as much as I love Youngward, I'm as equally enthralled by your adults Edwards in this and in My Life to Be. There is a sensuality and savvy in them that make them incredibly appealing, yet the earnestness is there as well.

    Please continue this story, the set up is so intriguing. There is so much longing and unsettled business that as a reader, you simply want the flight to last forever.


  6. on 21 Mar 2010 at 4:29 pmsnježana

    will you continue with this story? I think that will be very interesting, so different. Please, will you consider to extend that wonderfull one chapter? thank you.
    I am very fond of all your story.
    greeting from croatia
    p.s. sory for my english


  7. on 04 Apr 2010 at 4:15 ambgwillis1281

    Just had a chance to read this. I really liked this. I would love to see where this could go but even on its own its terrific. I like this Bella and this Edward.


  8. on 14 Apr 2010 at 11:51 pmMelissa

    Why do we (we being people) do things like this. Things that we thought would make us feel better bc we are "over it" but it still hurts. *sigh* I am guilty of this myself and was left thinking "what if….."


  9. on 25 Jun 2010 at 10:10 pmMaria

    I know you have tons of commitments, but please consider continuing this story! Pretty please?


  10. on 08 Jul 2010 at 7:19 pmSarah

    I like! Is this intended to be a one-shot or a multi-chapter story? It has great potential!


  11. on 10 Jul 2010 at 4:59 pmluckyduck0076

    I loved this! I wish it was a multi-chapter story, but I don’t know what else you would write about. I wish that it did go another decade, and then at that time they got together. When is the age you have to be to be the president? If Edward Cullen was president somewhere, would you tell me? I kinda wanna live in that world. I think he would be the president of a world with all girls dying to be with him. And the boys would all try looking like him, otherwise the guys would be trying to kill Edward Cullen. So sad :(


  12. on 30 Jul 2010 at 3:19 amLori Vernon/2loveybunnies

    I’ll never understand the martyr syndrome and why Bella just cut off her nose to spite her face! Damn, was it really worth it? I know this is a one-shot, but you really should continue this, even as a novella or short story! So much potential and it’s really good!


  13. on 23 Aug 2010 at 11:19 pmSharon

    How very sad. She is still bitter.


  14. on 26 Aug 2010 at 10:44 pmLiz

    neither do 30, and it still hurts


  15. on 29 Aug 2010 at 3:47 pmNina

    I really like your site and I would love to read your words should this story continue, I am intrigued so far. I love all your work.


  16. on 01 Sep 2010 at 2:21 amparrotchic

    I really like this introduction and look forward to more of the story. I just finished “Art After 5″ again and enjoyed it even more than the first time I read it. Having more of Rose and Emmett’s story from the “Art After 5″ universe would be great. Do you ever plan to expand on those characters?


  17. on 06 Sep 2010 at 2:14 pmizziey

    i find myself torn; part of me hopes that you continue this story, part of me feels certain that this story is complete without the HEA.


    Colleen reply:

    It will be continued. Someone won it for FGB. As for whether the full-length has the HEA, that remains to be seen.


    Kpeery1 reply:

    @Colleen, Glad I checked out your website. It’s very viewer friendly Anyway, I loved this story and even though you said the “HEA remains to be seen” (had a bit of heartfail reading that) I’m praying (might resort to begging. Haha) these two can find their HEA together. It’s been awhile since a story has affected me the way this story has. I adore it.


  18. on 10 Nov 2010 at 8:42 pmCarol Hansen

    I missed this one, but ok, only 6 chapters to catch up with.
    Love the start as she is off to Chicago. Cannon? Vampire or human? Yeah, I should go back to the archives to get answers, but no, I’m off to the good stuff!


  19. on 08 Jan 2011 at 5:46 pmJulie

    That’s the shortest prologue but I just love it!