Wow. As if you could narrow it down...Most of my favorites seemed to be included in my scanning of the thread. But, and please forgive me if this one is included in the previous posts and I missed it...
Eclipse, p 609-611
When I woke up, there was no disorientation. I opened my eyes--finally dry--and met his anxious gaze.
"Hey, " I said. My voice was hoarse. I cleared my throat.
He didn't answer. He watched me, waiting for it to start.
"No, I'm fine, " I promised. "That won't happen again."
His eyes tightened at my words.
"I'm sorry that you had to see that, " I said. "That wasn't fair to you."
He put his hands on either side of my face.
"Bella...are you sure? Did you make the right choice? I've never seen you in so much pain--" His voice broke on the last word.
But I had known worse pain.
I touched his lips. "Yes."
"I don't know..." His brow creased. "If it hurts you so much, how can it possibly be the right thing for you?"
"Edward, I know who I can't live without."
I shook my head. "You don't understand. You may be brave enough or strong enough to live without me, if that's what's best. But I could never be that self-sacrificing. I have to be with you. It's the only way I can live."
He still looked dubious. I should never have let him stay with me last night. But I had needed him so much...
"Hand me that book, will you?" I asked, pointing over his shoulder.
His eyebrows pulled together in confusion, but he gave it to me quickly.
"This again?" he asked.
"I just wanted to find this one part I remembered...to see how she said it..." I flipped through the book, finding the page I wanted easily. The corner was dog-eared from the many times I'd stopped there. "Cathy's a monster, but there were afew things she got right," I muttered. I read the lines quietly, mostly to myself. " ' If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.' " I nodded, again to myself. "I know exactly what she means. And I know who I can't live without."
Edward took the book from my hands and flipped it across the room--it landed with a light thud on my desk. He wrapped his arms around my waist.
A small smile lit his perfect face, though worry still lined his forehead. "Heathcliff had his moments, too, " he said. He didn't need the book to get it word perfect. He pulled me closer and whispered in my ear, " ' I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!"
Sorry, I know it's a long quote, but it kind of takes the whole thing. Maybe it isn't romantic in the traditional sense, but I absolutely love what happens here. Edward just spent the night holding Bella while she wept for loosing Jacob. Here, more than ever I think, Edward would walk away if he thought that's what Bella wants. But, Bella knows, now more surely than ever, exactly what she wants. Both Bella and Edward have decided, chosen each other. What ever else happens, it will happen to both of them.
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