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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 :)

18. Girl Talk

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Just twenty hours later, the front door flung open and Alice and Jasper ran into the house.

“Bella!” shrieked Alice.

I was in the kitchen, eating some of Laurent's amazing food. Laurent was there, too, watching me like he always did.

When I heard her voice, I jumped out of my chair, tripping over my feet in the process. Laurent caught me right before I hit the ground.

“Thanks,” I breathed. I wiggled away from him and sprinted to the entryway.

Alice was standing there, her arms held wide. I ran into her grasp, forgetting once again that vampires are as hard as granite. The breath was knocked out of me, but I didn't care. I had missed her severely, and loosing my breath was just a small price to pay.

“I missed you so much!” I cried, wrapping my arms around her waist.

She laughed, and I realized how very much I missed the sound. “You too, Bella.”

When I finally let go of her, I turned to Jasper. I knew it wouldn't be smart to hug him, so I stuck out my hand. He chuckled, grabbed it, and pulled me into a hug.

“I can control myself, Bella,” he said, giving me a quick squeeze.

Carmen and Eleazar entered the room just a second later.

“Woo! You better watch her, Laurent. It seems she has her eye on another prize!” exclaimed Eleazar, clapping his hands.

“Carmen, you better watch him... it seems he's going to be thrown through a wall in a minute,” replied Laurent with his most pleasant tone.

Jasper laughed and gently pushed me towards Laurent.

Alice intercepted me. She grabbed my hand. “Bella, we have so much to talk about!” she gushed.

Laurent, Eleazar, and Jasper all groaned at the same time.

“Girl talk,” whined Eleazar.

Alice's girl talk,” elaborated Jasper.

Laurent started laughing hysterically. “Oh my God,” he gasped. “Bella has to girl talk.”

Jasper and Eleazar started joining in immediately. I didn't blame them. I was not the type of person who liked to talk about boys, clothes, makeup, fashion... everything that Alice loved to talk about.

“Guess who's not getting any tonight!” sang Carmen.

Jasper and Laurent laughed even harder as Eleazar tried to plead with Carmen.

“So!” exclaimed Carmen over Eleazar. “I believe we have some girl talking to do.”

We went upstairs, where we could only barely hear Eleazar. We were in the room the Laurent and I slept in, lounging on the bed.

“Bella, I had no idea you and Laurent were together,” started Alice. She wasn't nearly as excited as she was downstairs. “How did that even happen?”

I sighed and started playing with the blanket. I had seemed like so, so long ago since Laurent took me away from Forks.

“Victoria was going to Forks to get me, so Laurent saved me. He took me to Denali, and we stayed there for quite awhile,” I said, avoiding her gaze.

Victoria was out to get you and you didn't even call us?” yelled Alice.

“There were enough of us in Denali to handle it, Alice,” said Carmen.

Alice took a deep breath. “And then what happened?”

“The werewolves came, which I think you probably know about already, and we decided to go to Spain. I didn't know at the time that Jacob was one of them,” I explained.

“Jacob Black? I thought they had all died out,” she murmured

“Yes, Jacob Black. So, anyway, we came here for a while... and then Laurent went to go check on the Victoria situation. Right after he got back, you called and said that Victoria was coming with some friends. That's about it,” I finished.

Alice shook her head. “That's not what I asked, but thanks. I wanted to know how you and Laurent got together!” She was grinning widely.

“Oh my God, Alice... Eleazar and I have walked in on them a few times. Talk about passion!” exclaimed Carmen.

I buried my face in the bed. I knew my face was tomato red.

Alice squealed. “Oh, spill it, Bella!”

With my face still in the bed, I yelled, “Laurent!”

He was in the room just a second later.

“What are you doing?” exclaimed Alice. “This is girl talk!”

“But...” said Laurent.

“Stay!” I gasped.

“Leave!” commanded Carmen.

I had never seen Laurent so confused.

“Hey, Bella, when was the last time you had cramps?” asked Alice.

“Bye, Bella,” said Laurent quickly. He left the room as quickly as possible.

“You suck,” I groaned.

“You cheated!” laughed Alice. “You can't call him in to save you! Now, how did it happen?”

“I don't know!” I answered honestly. “The more time we spent together, the closer and closer we got. It just kind of happened.”

Alice grinned. “Hot!

I laughed. “How is that in any way hot?”

“The more time you spent together! Alone time, I bet!” she giggled.

“Laurent, you are so in trouble!” I called. I knew he wasn't going to rescue me for Alice and Carmen, no matter how hard I begged him.

“What did you say? You love me to pieces and never want me to leave? Sounds good!” he yelled back.

“You don't get to leave yet,” said Carmen. “You have hardly told her anything!”

Carmen was the one who ended up telling Alice all that Eleazar and I had done. When she was finished, I was almost positive that my face would be red for the rest of my life.

When Alice stopped squealing about how cute we were together, she sighed. She tended to have little mood swings sometimes, and it was a little hard to keep up.

“What about Edward?” she asked.

“He came back and tried to take me away from Laurent... I told him I didn't want to go,” I whispered.

Alice nodded. “I figured it was something like that.”

It was then that the door cracked open. “I'm here to save you now, love,” said Laurent. He walked in, ignoring the protests of Alice and Carmen. He pulled me off the the bed and led me out of the room.

“Thanks,” I murmured.

“It seemed like it was about time,” he replied, kissing my hand.

I nodded. If there was one person I didn't want to talk about at that point, it was Edward.