So this is sort of long, but I just came across it while rereading Eclipse, and it stood out to me...
...."I don't think you realize how much easier it will be for me, Bella." he said, the echo of his humor still there in his voice, "when I don't have to concentrate all the time on not killing you. Certainly, there are things I'll miss. This for one..."
He stared into my eyes as he stroked my cheek, and I felt the blood rush up to color my skin. He laughed gently.
"And the sound of your heart," he continued, more serious but still smiling a little. "It's the most significant sound in my world. I'm so attuned to it now, I swear I could pick it out from miles away. But neither of these things matter. This
," he said, taking my face in his hands. "You
. That's what I'm keeping. You'll always be my Bella, you'll just be a little more durable."
Ahhh, SO cute
And it continues, haha, love this chapter....page 276-277
“You see, Bella, I was always that boy. In my world, I was already a man. I wasn’t looking for love - no, I was far too eager to be a soldier for that; I thought of nothing but the idealized glory of the war that they were selling prospective draftees then - but if I had found…” He paused, cocking his head to the side. “I was going to say if I had found someone, but that won’t do. If I had found you, there isn’t a doubt in my mind how I would have proceeded. I was that boy, who would have - as soon as I discovered that you were what I was looking for - gotten down on one knee and endeavored to secure your hand. I would have wanted you for eternity, even when the word didn’t have quite the same connotations.”
He smiled his crooked smile at me.
I stared at him with my eyes frozen wide.
“Breathe, Bella,” he reminded me, smiling.
Again, so cute here. I love when he says "Breathe, Bella"