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Without You

Summary:
Bella is on her own when she finds the clearing. When Laurent finds her there, her werewolf saviors are nowhere to be found. Is Laurent a good guy, or will his bad side overcome him? Thanks a jillion to MRSBellaCullenBlack for the wonderful banner!!! :D


Notes:
So, I had this story on here for a little bit... but then I deleted it. I totally forget why, actually. So, if you've read it already, you don't have to review... until I put up new updates, that is :)


12. Check Up

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“Jake!" I exclaimed, sitting up straight. I woke up out of a dead sleep. Jake was a werewolf. He was one of the ones in Denali, I knew it.

“Bella?” I could see Laurent's pale profile beside me.

“Jake is one of the werewolves!” I ran my hands through my hair. “He's looking for me!”

“Bella, calm down.” Laurent put an arm around me.

“They're going to keep looking! They'll find out about you, about where you live. They'll think you kidnapped me! They have to get out of Denali,” I ranted.

Laurent got up and turned on the light. He reached in his pocket and brought out his cell phone. I watched closely as he dialed the Eleazar's number.

"Eleazar, Bella knows the wolves. What has happened?" asked Laurent. He paused while Eleazar answered. I held my breath.

"Yes, I'll be sure to tell her. Bye." Laurent snapped the phone shut, turned the light back off, and came over to sit next to me again.

"What is it?" I asked quickly.

"He says that the wolves left, and there aren't any signs that they are returning. He says you shouldn't worry about him or the family."

I sighed. I missed Jacob severely. The edges of the hole, which I had not noticed since I had been with Laurent, were starting to burn in my chest.

"Tell me what you need," said Laurent.

"Can I use your phone?"

Laurent looked at me, an eyebrow cocked. He handed the phone over.

I dialed Jacob's number. I hoped that he was the one who would answer. I didn't know what I'd do if it was Billy.

It rang twice. “Hello?” asked Jacob.

“Jake,” I breathed. I missed him more than I thought. When he said hello, I started to shake.

“Wait, Bella? Bella!” yelled Jacob.

“Yes, yes it's me.”

“Where are you! Are you safe? Who has you? Can you say? Are you being held against your will?” The questions came out in what seemed like one breath.

I paused, still processing the sound of his voice. It had been ages since I had been able to hear him speak. He was my best friend, and when I was without him, I felt incomplete. He was the sun in my life when it seemed like there was only darkness.

“I'm fine, Jake. But... I have a question.”

“Bella, you need to tell me where you are. Once I see you, we can talk about everything. Please, just tell me where you are. We'll go and get you, no matter how far you are.” The pleading note in his voice made me tear up.

“No, Jacob. I didn't call to tell you where I was.”

“Bella!”

“No, I'm sorry. I just need to tell you that I know what you are, and that you need to stay away from Denali,” I explained.

“You... you know what I am?”

“Yes... Remember that story you told me on the beach, way back when I first met you? You told me then, only you didn't know it. You thought it was all nonsense. It's not, is it? You're a werewolf.”

“I am,” he whispered. “But how did you know?”

“I just do. I need you to know that I am very safe. I am with friends, and they are taking very good care of me, okay?”

“The Cullens,” he snarled.

“No, Jacob,” I said, the same amount venom in my voice that was in his.

Who?

“Friends. Please do not worry about me. I left because it was unsafe for everyone if I was in Forks. Don't tell Charlie I called.” I felt a lump rising in my throat. “I don't want to worry him anymore than I already have.”

“Do you know what he thinks, Bella? Do you know what he's gone through?”

“Jake, please,” I whimpered.

“He thinks you're dead, Bella!” cried Jake. “He thinks you're dead!”

The tears that had been building in my eyes spilled over. My voice shook as I spoke. “Just tell him I'm okay if you think it's best. I love you Jacob.”

“Love you, Bella.” I heard his voice shake, too.

“Bye,” I whispered.

“Bye.”

I snapped the phone shut.

Laurent's arms were open and ready when I dropped the phone. I buried my face into his shoulder and cried. I loathed Victoria for making me leave my home. I wasn't happy there, but I was getting close. My days were bearable, anyway. I saw Jacob every single day, and he was the one person that made me happy.

Laurent kissed the top of my head. “I'm sorry, Bella.”

“It's not your fault I'm a danger magnet,” I sighed.

The phone buzzed on the comforter, and Laurent answered it.

“Yes, Eleazar?”

The conversation that followed was very brief. It was over in seconds.

“What?” I whispered.

“The Cullens contacted Eleazar,” he answered.

My heart thumped in my chest. I felt like I was going to throw up. A sob stuck in my throat.

“What did they say?” I croaked.

“The small one, Alice, wanted to know where you were. She did a run by Forks and saw you weren't there, so she checked up on you. She saw you on a plane with me... it startled her, to say the least,” he explained.

“And?” I managed to gasp.

“Eleazar told her that you and I were just taking a vacation. He didn't let her know about Victoria. He feels that she is our problem now, and he can be very defensive. He doesn't think he needs help, and he would never ask for it. She was shocked when she heard about where we were at first, and didn't really believe him, but she accepted it. She left after that, knowing you were safe with me. Eleazar assured her that I was of no threat to you.” The way he said the last sentence, with a little bit of resentment, confused me.

“What?” I asked.

“He... he told her that we kissed,” answered Laurent reluctantly.

“He what?” I screamed. “Then Edward will get what he wants! He wanted me to move on, and I just haven't!”

I pushed Laurent away and buried myself in the sheets. It was his fault, all of it. He was the one who took me away from Jacob, he was the one who made Charlie worry, he was the one who made Edward believe I had moved on.

“Bella, please,” murmured Laurent. I could hear that he was hurt. “You can't tell me you still love him with all of your heart. I was thinking that, just maybe, there was a piece of it for me.”

I sighed. The time I spent with Laurent was enjoyable. It distracted me from all of the other things that were threatening to squash me. He was charming, polite, fun to be around, handsome... almost perfect. He made me forget the things that I wanted to.

“There is a part,” I whispered. “I'm sorry I made you feel bad.”

He scooped me into his arms. “It's okay, Bella.”

“Laurent... I,” I stuttered. My cheeks flushed bright red, and I hid my face in his chest.

Laurent tilted my chin up with his finger. His eyes peered into mine, searching for any hint of uncertainty. There wasn't any.

I wrapped my arms around his neck, and kissed him. He pushed me lightly onto the mattress and climbed on top of me. This time, his lips came down on mine, with a little more force than last time. I wrapped my fingers in his hair and pulled him closer. With each kiss, I felt a little more whole. Laurent was a new part of me, a part I never wanted to lose. I knew that he wouldn't leave me.

“I love you, Bella,” Laurent whispered between kisses.

“I... I love you, too,” I replied back. The loud thumping of my heart in my chest proved it.

I was caught off guard when Laurent froze.

“What is it?” I breathed.

“A Cullen,” he answered.