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Old Times...New Beginnings

Summary:
Edward left. Renne took Bella back to Jacksonville. Edward and the Cullens come back to Forks, but Bella is already gone. Now, sixteen years later Bella is 34 years old and has two twin children. Bella and her children come back to Forks to take care of Charlie. What will happen when the Cullen's meet her and her family? Can Bella and Edward still love each other? How will her kids react?


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15. Chapter 15

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It had been five days.

Al hadn’t come home.

“Bella,” Edward called from the kitchen, “have you heard anything yet?”

“No,” I sighed, “Jeremy has been down at La Push for three days and still says that no one has seen Joshua or Al…or the Uley kids for that matter. I don’t know what to do.”

I sat on the couch in an exhausted heap. I hadn’t slept for four days and every night I would lie in bed with my fingers curled around the phone, the last chance of hope I had at the end of the day. Edward had been coming and going from his house to mine, trying to see if Alice had seen anything. She hadn’t had any luck, which means Al had to be over the line, it was the only explanation.

Carlisle had put up notices at the hospital and Esme and Rosalie were out driving throughout the city. Emmett and Jasper were going through the woods that were on their side of the border line, but had no luck. I wanted to go to La Push and talk to Jake, but I had to stay here, I had to be here when she came home. I knew…some how, some way, my little girl would come home.

“Bella,” Edward was at my side, “Alice can’t see the Joshua, but if they’re over the line, she’ll be able to see Al. That’s all we can hope for right now.”

“Alright…”

“Bella, love, we will find her, I promise. The whole family is covering the city. We will find her.”

“She’s a tough girl, she’s smart too. Al wouldn’t let anything happen, I know her.” I rubbed my temples with my fingers.

“How about you get some rest? I can handle everything, and you haven’t got a decent night’s sleep.”

“No. I need to stay up and make sure I’m awake when anything happens.” I yawned.

“Bella, I will let you know if something happens, I promise. Now sleep, my love.”

I nodded my head and laid my head on his shoulder. I slowly closed my eyes and settled into an uneasy sleep.

* * * *

“Bella,” I heard an urgent voice, “Bella, love, wake up.”

“W-what?” I looked at the clock; I’d been out for six hours. I stretched and Edward was grabbing my coat by the door. “Edward, what is it?”

“Carlisle found Al, or well, she found him is the better term.”

“What happened?”

“I’ll explain on the way. Come on, let’s go.” I ran into his car and he was flying at high speed towards the hospital. “Joshua drove her to the hospital, she was unconscious and Carlisle immediately took her into a room. I don’t know what happened, but Carlisle’s taking care of her.”

“Oh my God…” I whispered. What could have happened?

We sped into the parking lot of the hospital. I immediately got out and ran into the building. There was a receptionist with shoulder-length blonde hair, deep red lipstick, and plenty of eyeliner reading a magazine at the front desk, I almost ran right into the woman and she looked at me with a raised eyebrow.

“Yes, ma’am?” she popped her gum.

“I need to see an Alice O’Leary, right now.”

She typed on the computer and popped her gum once more. “Sorry, sweetie, that wing of the hospital isn’t taking visitors right now.”

“No, I’m not a visitor, I’m her mother…I just found she’s here. Please…I have to see her.” I was hyperventilating by that point.

“Sorry, but I can’t let you back there. You’re just going to have to wait until tomorrow.” She continued reading her magazine, and popped her gum, and this time it seemed there was a strong sense of arrogance to the little piece of gum.

“Look lady,” I snarled, “My daughter has been missing for five days, I just found out she’s in the hospital with injuries. So if you don’t open that door and let me see my daughter, I am going to personally shove that gum where the sun most certainly does not shine!”

She just looked at me with a shocked expression and then narrowed her eyes, “Security, we have an issue at the front desk.” She spoke into the loud speaker.

“You listen to me; I need to see my daughter right now!” A guard came up from behind me.

“Is there a problem, Mindy?” he asked.

“This lady refuses to leave and is becoming a disturbance.”

The guard looked at me and rolled his eyes. “Ma’am, what is the problem?”

“My daughter is here. She’s been missing and I just found she’s here…I need to see her right now! I need to see…” I crying by this point and had my fists clenched.

“Larry, it’s alright,” I heard a familiar voice, “I know her. I called; she can come see her daughter.” Carlisle put a hand on my shoulder.

I followed him into a hospital room with Edward behind me. He opened the door to the room and I rushed in. I saw Al, sleeping, in the bed. Josh was next to her with a hand on hers and another hand on his face. He looked up at us with pain-filled eyes.

“What did you do, dog?!” Edward had grabbed his neck and lifted him up in the air.

“I-I never…she…I-I don’t know. I don’t know.” he looked at the floor.

“Edward,” said Carlisle, calmly, “put him down.” Edward looked at him for a moment and then dropped him to the floor.

“I’m sorry…” he whispered, “I don’t know what happened. Todd said I-I imprinted. I passed out after it happened, I don’t even remember most of what happened. I am so sorry.” He put his hands on his face and sobbed heavily.

“What’s wrong with her?” I asked avoiding Edward’s disgusted gaze.

“Right now, she is sedated; there were slight head injuries, nothing severe. A slight concussion was all. She has injuries from the left shoulder to the bottom of her back. Luckily, nothing pierced the spinal cord, so there is no permanent damage. But there will be a scar, not a bad one, very faint, if there are no complications.”

“Complications?!” I nearly yelled.

“Bella, Bella, there won’t be. I’m only talking about how the scars heal; nothing

more. Al will be fine.”

I went over and sat at the edge of Al’s bed and watched her. She looked so peaceful, so calm. I sighed with relief knowing my little girl was alright, I didn’t want to leave her side ever again.

“Bella,” Edward’s soft voice said, “Esme called Jeremy, he’s at our house now. All is well.”

“Thank God.” I looked at Joshua, “Thank you…for taking care of her. I’m proud of you.” I ignored Edward’s growl.

“I think you should go now. We need to examine some X-rays, let her rest a bit.” Said Carlisle softly.

“Thank you so much,” I hugged him tightly and he hugged back.

Edward drove me to his house that night. It was only five o’ clock, but I was tired and felt almost sick to my stomach. But I was relived, nothing was wrong, Al would be fine, that’s all I needed to feel better.

“Bella,” Esme hugged me as soon as I walked into the house, “I hope you’re alright.”

“I’m alright now, Esme thanks.”

“Bella!” Emmett was over at the couch with Jasper and Jeremy, “this one’s got

some guts, I can tell you that!” he nudged Jeremy.

“Yes,” Jasper added, “he went into the woods and walked for four hours over the cliffs. That’s where we hunt, where the bears and mountain lions live for the season. I must say, he wouldn’t give up.”

Jeremy just looked tired and extremely pale. I could tell he was on the verge of getting sick if he didn’t settle down. He smiled slightly at me and shrugged.

“She’s alright?” he chocked out. His voice was thick and would break every other syllable.

“Everything’s alright.”

“Good, Josh, he’s alright?”

“Yes, he’s holding up.”

“Good, because I am going to kick his ass when he gets back…imprinting or not.” I laughed shakily.

“Bella,” Jasper was at my side, “I must give your son the most credit here. He was extremely brave…and persistent.” He chuckled, “I am terribly sorry…for every thing.” He smiled lightly. I knew though, he wasn’t only talking about Al, he was talking about sixteen years ago, I shuddered, remembering.

“Love,” Edward whispered, “I think you and Jeremy should get some rest. He can use the spare rooms.”

“Okay, Jeremy, you can use any of the spare rooms’ upstairs, get some rest alright?”

“Thanks,” he said.

I went upstairs while Edward rubbed my arm and hummed my lullaby. I was drifting off to sleep in a matter of seconds. I smiled, content. We were all going to be fine, we were all safe. Everything was going to be alright.

I only wish things like that last long enough.