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How did people do this—swallow all their fears and trust someone else so implicitly with every imperfection and fear they had—with less than the absolute commitment Edward had given me? If it weren’t Edward out there, if I didn’t know in every cell of my body that he loved me as much as I loved him, I’d never be able to get up off this floor.

But it was Edward out there, so I whispered the words “Don’t be a coward” under my breath and scrambled to my feet.