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Without You

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

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 :)

14. Visit

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During the weeks that followed, Laurent and I did everything from hiking, which he promised he'd never make me do again, to just sitting in the castle and enjoying the day.

Once, three weeks after Edward showed up, Laurent and I wanted to go down to the beach. The only swimsuits available were ones that belonged to Carmen, and they were all quite skimpy. I'd never felt more exposed in my life.

I stepped out of the bathroom in my borrowed bathing suit, and couldn't help but notice Laurent look at me hungrily.

“You look wonderful,” he admired.

I blushed the same color as the swimsuit, a deep crimson. I didn't take compliments well at all, and Laurent knew that.

He laughed and embraced me. “You're so funny, Bella,” he breathed in my ear. He kissed my neck, my cheeks, and finally my lips.

He was always very careful when he was kissing me. I was lucky to get one kiss every two days. After awhile, I figured that he was teasing me. He seemed to have no trouble controlling himself while he was kissing me, so I didn't know why he waited so long between each one.

I kissed him back as passionately as I could. Kisses were so few and far between, I decided to make this one extra special.

To my surprise, he lifted me up and set me on the bed. He climbed on top of me, playfully kissing my stomach, my forehead, my cheeks. I pulled him back to my lips, eager to pursue the direction he seemed to be heading. I slowly started to unbutton his shirt. My heart fluttered in my chest.

Before I finished unbuttoning, though, the door opened. It was Carmen and Eleazar.

I blushed even deeper than before. Laurent and I were always caught in compromising positions by people that shouldn't see them.

“I'm glad you like that suit, Bella,” said Carmen, smirking.

Laurent rolled off of me, his shirt halfway unbuttoned, and looked questioningly at the two of them.

“We came to keep you company!” laughed Eleazar. “I guess we should have waited an hour or so.”

“Oh, this is your house! You can come and go as you please,” said Laurent, grinning slightly. I could tell he was dying to talk to Eleazar. They were like two teenage boys when they got together. They laughed at the dumbest jokes, told the silliest stories, watched sports, all of that guy stuff. They were best friends.

“Laurent, why don't you go tell Eleazar... guy things?” I finished lamely.

Laurent laughed again. “Good idea, Bella.” The two of them left the room without another word.

“So you told your first vampire to go away for another vampire?” said Carmen as soon as the door closed. She loved gossip. “You just can't get enough of us , can you?”

I shrugged.

She sat beside me on the bed. “So have you guys gotten much use out of this yet?” She patted the covers fondly.

I gaped at her. “I'm actually... no, we haven't,” I stuttered.

“Bella Swan, you can't tell me you're a virgin!” she gasped. “Although, I guess Edward always was a bit on the prude side. Still, though. Haven't you and Laurent been together for quite some time now?”

I covered my face with a pillow. I was almost certain the heat radiating from my cheeks would set it on fire. I was so embarrassed.

“Oh, you stop,” she laughed. “I'm just teasing. You look great in that bathing suit, by the way.”

“Thanks,” I mumbled.

Carmen and Eleazar went swimming with us later that day. By the time we got to the beach, the sun was starting to go down. The sea glowed orange by the fading light of the sun. The water was only a little cold, and I got used to it before long.

“I'll race you,” said Carmen, challenging Laurent. “Two miles out, then turn around?”

Laurent grinned slyly. “Ready... go!”

Eleazar watched them go for a minute, the turned to me.

“So, have you gotten any use out of the bed yet?”

“Your wife asked me the same question!” I exclaimed.

“Great minds think alike,” he replied, shrugging.

“Well, if you must know... no, we haven't. And It'd be just great if you two wouldn't bring it up anymore. You know how I am,” I murmured.

“You are the most fun to tease, Bella. Sometimes I just can't help it,” he laughed.

I shook my head, and waited for Laurent and Carmen to return. They finished the whole race in just under three minutes. Laurent won by a foot, and Carmen was beyond irritated.

“He cheated!” she exclaimed.

“I didn't!” gasped Laurent.

“How did he cheat, love?” asked Eleazar.

“He... he swam very fast?” she offered.

“Oh, I'm terribly sorry. Next time I'm racing someone, I'll have to remember to go a little slower. I forgot about the whole slow part of a race. Can you forgive me, Carmen?” said Laurent sarcastically.

I stifled a laugh.

“Like you... wouldn't... never mind,” sighed Carmen, exasperated. “I'll win next time, though.”

“I'm sure,” said Laurent.

Later that night, as I was getting ready for bed, I heard a knock on the bathroom door. Carmen and Eleazar were out hunting. The plane ride made them a bit thirsty.

“Come in!” I called.

It was Laurent.

“Want to know something funny?” he asked, hopping onto the counter.

“What's that?” I started brushing my teeth.

“Carmen and Eleazar both asked me about... about that bed in there,” he said, pointing towards the door.

I almost choked on my toothpaste. “They did that to me too!” I exclaimed after finishing my teeth.

Laurent almost looked angry. “That's rather rude of them, isn't it?”

“They're just nosy.”

“Still,” he insisted.

“Oh, don't be upset about it. I'm sure they didn't mean any harm,” I laughed.

“They did the same thing to Irina and me. They asked about the bed, started dropping hints, all of that,” he sighed, and turned his gaze to me.

“What do you mean?”

“Just don't listen to what they say. We'll go at this relationship at our own pace, and we won't be pressured into things we aren't ready for,” he answered.

“I didn't say I wasn't ready,” I said before thinking. I blushed right away.

Laurent laughed quietly, sadly. “I'm not, Bella. I...” He swallowed. “I wish I was, but I'm not.”

I didn't know what to say.

Laurent grinned. “And now they've gone and made us have an awkward moment. They are very rude, aren't they?”

“The worst,” I laughed.

“We heard that!” yelled Eleazar from the front room.

“I'll be ready someday, Bella,” whispered Laurent. “I promise.”

It was a promise that I, surprisingly, really wanted him to keep.