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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 :)

5. Monster

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“Hello, Irina,” said Laurent, running his hand through his dark hair.

Irina wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him. I felt awkward immediately. Irina laughed.

She pulled away then, and gave him a swift slap across the face. “How dare you go on an adventure and not bring me along?” she asked. Her voice was high, almost piercing. Her black hair fell just below her shoulders. She was dressed elegantly in clothes that were obviously expensive. “I forgive you, though. Who's the girl?”

Laurent turned his back on her to face me. He rolled his eyes, I stifled a smile. He took Irina's hand and pulled her to stand in front of the couch.

“Irina, this is Bella. Bella, this is Irina,” he said, gesturing to each of us. Irina stuck out her hand and I reached up to shake it.

“So, what is she doing here?” asked Irina like I wasn't sitting right in front of her.

“Have a seat,” Laurent said. She sat down on the far side of the couch, leaving Laurent to squeeze in between us.

“So?” droned Irina.

“I'm protecting her. She is wanted by Victoria. Victoria feels like she has to kill Bella for revenge,” explained Laurent.

“Revenge? How strange. Bella, why does your name sound familiar?” Irina questioned.

“She was with the Cullens for awhile. She was Edward's mate,” answered Laurent, rescuing me from saying the name.

“Oh, you're that Bella.” I noticed her face fall a little when she found out who I was. Her tone became a little nastier. She was probably expecting me to be prettier, thinner. I could hardly blame her.

“That's me,” I murmured.

“Why isn't Edward doing your protecting?” She sounded a bit smug when she asked.

“He-he left. He told me he didn't want me anymore. His brother Jasper tried to kill me, then he left.” The words burned in my throat as I spoke them. I was surprised that she didn't know the story already.

“Edward is so great!” she exclaimed, surprising me. “He is kind, caring, smart.”

She seemed oblivious to the fact that Laurent looked... well, awkward when she described Edward. It sounded like she had the hots for him....

I felt the edges of the hole inside me simmer. It had been awhile since it paid me a visit, but the hole was definitely still there. I felt empty inside, very empty.

“Hmm... excuse me for a minute,” sang Irina. She hopped off the couch and let herself out of the room.

I pulled my arms around my stomach and tried to breathe without gasping. I shut my eyes and focused on the darkness. I felt Laurent scoot closer to me. He rubbed soothing circles on my back with one hand. His other hand took one of my arms from around my stomach. He grabbed my hand and squeezed it reassuringly. He was holding me together for that moment.

“Shh,” crooned Laurent.

“I'll. Be. Okay,” I managed to blurt.

“I'm sorry about her. She is very... forward.” When he said forward, his voice became darker. It was easy to see that he didn't enjoy being with her very much.

“No problem,” I breathed. We stayed like that until right before Irina came back in the door. He must have heard her coming because he slid right back to how he was before she left.

“Good news!” she exclaimed, clapping her hands.

“What?” asked Laurent.

“I just talked to Kate, Carmen, and Eleazar. You can come stay in Denali with us! Isn't that great?” she asked. I assumed the people she was talking about were the others that lived in Alaska with her. I never heard much about them, only that they were vegetarians too.

Laurent looked at me, trying to figure out an answer from my expression. It was blank. “Okay, we'll stay with you. It's like more help with Victoria, yes?”

I nodded, still a little too blurry-eyed to speak. Laurent sounded reluctant when he agreed, almost like he'd rather fight Victoria by himself. He didn't want to be rude, though.

“Can I take a shower before we go?” I asked. I had a feeling that I needed a bit of freshening up. I probably looked like a monster, actually.

“Do whatever you need to do,” said Laurent.

“Thanks,” I said, standing up. I pushed past Irina and made my way to the bathroom. I picked up a set of clothes before I went in.

I locked the door behind me. When I looked in the mirror, I realized I was right, I did look a bit like a monster. Slap some scales on me and I'd be good to go scare some innocent children.

I turned the shower on as hot as it could go. The steam cleared my head and allowed me to think about the events that had happened the past few days.

Jacob and Charlie were probably frantic. I bet they had every single person in the town of Forks looking for me. I shuddered, a sudden feeling of emptiness hitting me. I needed a family, my family. I would find a way back to them someday.

Renee was definitely going to panic. I hoped Phil would keep her somewhat in line, but I couldn't be sure. He was pretty young to be taking care of mom.

Once I was all squeaky clean, I turned off the shower and stepped out. I managed to run a brush through my hair and brush my teeth. I slipped my clothes on and was ready to go.

I got out of the bathroom and found Irina and Laurent talking to each other. They were sitting very close to each other on the couch, but the conversation did not look like a friendly one. The tension in the air was so thick you could cut it with a knife. I had a feeling I had just walked in on an argument.

“We'll finish this conversation later,” said Irina loud enough for me to hear. I pretended I didn't hear her anyway. I didn't want to get in the middle of their personal problems.

I packed all my stuff together and we were checked out of the hotel in less than ten minutes. Laurent carried my bag for me, much to Irina's dismay. I had a feeling she was jealous of me, which was totally ridiculous. She was beautiful, and not to mention a vampire. There was nothing about me for her to be jealous of. Laurent was just being friendly, that's all.

Irina got into the passenger seat, leaving me to climb into the back. Laurent hopped in the driver's side.

“How did you get here?” he asked, backing out of the parking space.

“Stole a car,” she answered simply. “I wanted to see you so badly, I needed to get an extra fast car,” she said. She smiled a seductive smile.

“Oh, lovely,” said Laurent.

I sighed, tired of all the travel. I zoned out once Laurent and Irina started talking about the pros and cons of fast cars. I needed to be in one place for more than a day, and I needed that place to come soon. If not, I was sure to lose it entirely.