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The Lost Tracker

Summary:
"Bella, I don't want you to come with me." As I spoke those words, I felt my stone heart shatter. Her mind and emotions unraveled in a spiral of chaos. With my face frozen emotionless, I watched her fall apart. What was Edward doing after he left Bella? +spoilers+


Notes:
Edward is on his own in the wild, with nothing but never-fading memories, a broken heart and a murderous vampire on the loose, to keep him company. What will he do?


3. Chapter 3; Welcome

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“Hello, Tanya,” I replied coolly, regaining some composure by standing from my crouched position and licking the remaining blood from my lips. “As a matter of fact I was looking for somebody.”
“I know,” she said, her overly-confident eyes turned to the sky to survey the clouds. “Your family told me, Mr. Tracker.” She gave me a smile as she raise her eyebrow.

“Alright, I am poorly attempting to track someone. Why did you know where I was?”

“I’m sorry, Lovely, but you’re just no good at it,” she wrinkled her nose as she chuckled. “I can smell you a mile away, and you leave a clearly visible trail.” She nodded her head towards the broken brush and animal carcass. I said nothing. “Why don’t you come back to Denali with me? Your family misses you. I miss you too,” she added with a wink.

When I averted my eyes awkwardly, she gave a loud ringing laugh and thought, “How’s Bella?” I scowled at her and clenched my fists at my side.

“She’s just fine, thank you, and I think I’ll accept that offer.” Maybe seeing would help me with this tracking block.

“I thought you’d accept. Follow me. We’re not too far.” And with that, she set off at a dead sprint, running towards setting sun.

We didn’t speak as we ran, but she did think. She knew I was listening of course, which was probably why she’d taunt me with questions about Bella and remind me of my last visit to Denali.

The air quickly became frigid and cold as we came upon a mountain. I grinned to myself as I thought of the mountain lions I was sure to find around here. The moon was high in the sky before we came to a steady jog. She led me down a windy yet familiar path which ended in a large house, much like our house in Forks. There were large windows on the eastern and western walls, as well as sky lights, so as to let in as much sunlight as possible. The pleasure of sunlight wasn’t as unattainable here in the mountains. Few people found their way this deep in the forest.

Together we walked up the porch steps and before we even made it onto the wooden wrap-around porch, Alice was at the door with the rest of my family close behind.

“Edward!” she yelled as she jumped to me in a ballerina-like way and wrapped her arms around me in a tiny hug. I could tell she was being careful not to upset me because she kept her thoughts focused by reciting poetry.

She finally let go when two beefy arms pulled her off.

“Hey, bro! Good ta’ see ya’!” boomed Emmett while shaking my hand and pulling me into a hug. Then Esme was there smiling widely, her eyes soft with love.

“Set him down Emmett. Let’s all go inside so Edward can tell us about his tracking experience.”

We all filed in and I shook hands with Carlisle and Jasper, hugged Rosalie and nodded politely at each of the Denali clan.

“Well? Did you catch her? I know you’re a great tracker,” Emmett chortled sarcastically.

“No, I didn’t catch her-”

“HA! Of course you didn’t! Why don’t you bring me and Jasper? We’ll smash some skulls for ya’! Huh, Jasper?” He nudged Jasper who nodded with a smirk.

I knew very well that their tracking skills could cast a awesome shadow upon mine, but it wasn’t their place to bring this woman down. I didn’t even know for sure if it was my own place.

“Maybe I will some day if you two are good boys.” I said laughing with them. “But then again, I don’t know if I want to do that again…I can’t really focus on her when…” My voice started to trail off, and the silence sank in. They were each staring at me, thinking thoughts I didn’t want to hear.

“So, do I get a room here?” I asked, more brightly than I felt. Tanya spoke up.
“Of course you do, love. Right next to mine,” she purred. “I’ll show you to it.”

“No,” I said flatly. Then, when I realized how cold that sounded I added with a tap at my temple, “I can see it already. There’s no need for you to get up.”

“I’m already up.” She smiled wickedly and started up the stairs. I followed her with a sigh.