Summary: The best traditions start with a memorable experience. I’d been a vampire only half a year when it happened, and I thought it would be just us, forever. Sometimes things don’t turn out the way we expect. Edward/Carlisle. Canon. NC-17.
This story was written as prompted by Frenchbeanz aka MySlashyFriend in the Make the Yuletwi’d Gay slashy fic exchange. It’s a pre-Esme Edward/Carlisle story, set during the first Christmas Edward spent as a vampire, and shows how their intimate relationship began (because it so did happen).
This is my canon, and in the same canonverse as my other Edward/Carlisle one-shot, The Polar Opposites of Joy and Loss. Firelight is pre-Esme, Polar Opposites is post-Esme. Like Polar Opposites, I’m not ruling out a continuation, so alert the story (or author alert me!) if you’re interested.