Rating: PG-13, but I will mark chapters with more mature content with the appropriate rating.
Genre: Romance; AU; All-Human
Characters/Pairings: Bella/Edward; other cannon pairings
Short summary: Seven years have passed since Edward and Bella last saw each other. They grew up as children and even became good friends. Once they entered high school, Edward became distant and eventually severed all ties with her. Confused and hurt, Bella moved on with her life in Seattle. Through it all, Bella had her older brother Emmett to get past the estrangement. Now, with Edward's imminent return to Seattle to help out with his sister Alice's wedding, Bella can't help wondering what drove away her brother's best friend all those years ago.
Any warnings: None
Disclaimer: These characters belong to Stephanie Meyer.
The final chapter will be posted in 2 parts. Please also read the author's note at the end of the chapter.
-Nominated for Best Novel-Incomplete for the Eddie and Bellie Awards February 2009
URL (if not posted here): Chapter 21: Part 1: A Long Time hosted @ FF.net