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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 :)

9. Vacation

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“Laurent?” I asked. His eyes were closed. He wasn't breathing. I was still on his lap, and his arms that were securely twined around me made it impossible to move. I needed to get off of him as soon as possible. A thirsty vampire was not always the best thing to have around.

I didn't know what had possessed me to kiss a vampire that occasionally ate a person or two. He said it himself, he had accidents sometimes. I didn't want to be his next accident. I tried to move as little as possible. After he opened his eyes, it was still awhile before he spoke.

“Why did you do that?” he breathed.

“I... I don't exactly know,” I answered honestly.

“By telling you how I feel, I didn't want to make you feel obligated to do anything, Bella. Those are just my silly feelings You don't have to do anything,” he explained.

Obligated? I didn't feel obligated to do anything. I kissed him because... because I wanted to. He had been so kind to me, after all. After Edward – I could think the name now – left, I didn't think that I could ever, ever kiss another person. It scared me a little bit that it was instinct that guided me. I just needed to kiss him.

“I didn't do it because I felt obligated,” I said. I was still confused, but I just knew I didn't do it just because he wanted me to.

“Why then?” he whispered.

“I just don't know,” I repeated.

“It's funny,” he mused. “I'd never thought of you humans as anything more than... well, snack. Not that I think that of them now, but it's interesting. I can see why sometimes our kind can be attracted to you.” He lifted my chin with his finger and looked into my eyes. “Yes, I can see why it happens.”

“Laurent?” I asked.


“I don't want you to feel uncomfortable. I don't exactly know what it does to you to be this close to me. Do you need to hunt?” I didn't want him to lose control. I imagined it would be pretty painful.

“Actually, I think I might have to. You have made me rather thirsty. Has anyone ever told you how good you smell?” he asked. “It's mind numbingly delicious.” He grinned.

I smiled wryly. “I've heard it once or twice.

“I'll be back in a couple of hours,” he said. He sat me on the bed, kissed my forehead, and was gone.

As soon as he left, I felt abandoned. I didn't like being alone. In fact, I avoided it whenever I could. Being with people other than Laurent was okay, but I felt the safest when I was around him. The others worked, but Laurent was just the best. It was probably because he was the one who save Forks and me from Victoria. I'd always feel somewhat safe with him.

I stayed alone for as long as I could, but I eventually made my way to the kitchen. I hoped someone was in there. I was hungry.

As I walked in, I heard an, “ow ow!” It was Eleazar.

“Oh, shut up,” I sighed. I thought that the Denali clan would be all proper and polite, much like Carlisle. Eleazar was as much a guy as Emmett was, he just happened to say wise things every once in awhile. He was either making me laugh hysterically, or making me so annoyed that I needed to leave the room.

Eleazar was sitting in one of the chairs at the island. I opened the fridge and searched for something to eat.

“How was it?” he asked.

That was the thing about living with vampires, no privacy.

“I don't think that's any of your business,” I replied curtly. I pulled out all the makings of a sandwich out of the fridge.

“Everything that happens here is everyone's business,” he countered.

I sighed. “It was good, okay? Happy now?”

He grinned smugly. “It's so easy to get things out of you.”

“How does it feel to take advantage of an innocent girl, Eleazar. I mean, just because it's easy to get information out of me, doesn't mean that you should,” I said. I finished making my sandwich and sat in the chair beside him.

“I find it knee-slappingly hilarious, easy as pie, and quite entertaining, actually,” he answered. He folded his hands under his chin and watched me intently.

I began to feel self conscious. “Is there something on my face?” I asked nervously.

“No, it's just funny to watch people eat food.”

“You must be a riot at parties,” I said sarcastically.

“Actually, you would be surprised,” said a voice from the doorway. It was Laurent, back from his hunting trip much earlier than I thought he would be.

Eleazar grinned at me smugly. I was expecting him to start making kissy faces and making fun of us like a five-year-old would.

“How was your trip?” I asked, ignoring Eleazar's attempts at embarrassment.

“It was... good,” he replied. “Eleazar, can I talk to you?”

They didn't even leave the room. They talked to each other so fast, I hardly even had a hope of hearing. Their words blurred together into a nearly silent hum. I was glad they didn't leave the room. I still didn't want to be alone. Even being separated by a wall was a little too much for me.

When they finished, even Eleazar looked shaken.

“What's wrong?” I asked, putting my plate in the sink.

Laurent looked at me, indecision clear in his eyes. “Bella, I don't want to scare you,” he said slowly.

My legs went weak. “It's Victoria, right? She's here and she's ready to get me. Please don't get yourselves hurt, please!” I pleaded. I gripped the edge of the counter tightly.

“Bella, Bella, calm down. Calm down,” urged Laurent. He was at my side in an instant. “It's not Victoria. It's... something else.”

“What else is there? Go get it, you can do it. Just get it, and then we don't have to worry anymore,” I ranted. I was close to collapsing.

Laurent wrapped his arms around my waist, keeping me balanced for the time being. “We can't... exactly do that.”

Why?” I breathed.

“There are things out there that have the power to destroy us, Bella. That isn't Victoria running around out there. It's a pack of werewolves.”

“Werewolves?” I asked skeptically. “Next you'll be telling me that a dragon lives in the next town over. Oh, and don't forget those mermaids that live in the lake.”

“Bella, I'm being serious. We need to get you out of here. You know, just in case they come looking for us. We don't need you here if it comes down to a fight. We're just going to go on a little extended vacation.”

“To where?” I asked.

“Carmen and I have a house back in Spain. You and Laurent will stay there while we sort things out here. It's just a safety precaution, Bella. Please understand,” said Eleazar. His joking manner from minutes ago had vanished.

“Okay,” I breathed. “When are we leaving?”

“Fifteen minutes,” answered Laurent.

I had no idea how vampires came up with plans so quickly, but it was starting to look like a very handy thing.