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We Meet Again

When the Cullens vote to keep Bella human instead of changing her into a vampire, she knows something has to be done. Edward promised the Volturi he would make her a vampire, after all. Bella goes to drastic measures to keep the Volturi from Forks.

INSANE! I am insane for starting ANOTHER story. What is it, a hundred stories? Believe it or not, this story originated from one I did quite a long time ago. More than a year now, I believe. I have rewritten it, so now it is much more loverly :) If you happen to be one of the few who read it way back then, don't ruin it for the new readers. I hope you enjoy! -- Savannah

2. Too Much

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It was a week later, while staring out the front window of my house, that I got the idea. As soon as I thought of it, tears sprang to my eyes. It would be unforgivable, but it would save the entire Cullen family.

Edward was sitting on the couch, watching me intently. When tears started to fall down my cheeks, he was at my side in an instant. I had to be quiet. Charlie was in the other room watching the game.

“What is it?” he asked. He sounded so concerned, I thought I was crazy for even thinking of hurting him. I told myself that it was for his own good, though, and answered his question.

“You, Edward,” I breathed.

He looked so hurt, I was tempted to apologize and tell him that I loved him more than anything. His golden eyes peered down at me.

“But... why?” His voice sounded as if it were going to break.

“Let's go for a walk,” I sighed. I got up, and headed towards the door. Edward had my jacket in his hand just a second later, and slipped it over my shoulders.

It wasn't raining, surprisingly. The heavy clouds overhead hinted that the momentary cease in rainfall wasn't going to last long, though. I took Edward's hand and led him to the little forest trail, the only opening in the dense wall of trees behind my house. I tried not to think of why that was so ironic.

We walked in silence for a few minutes. I couldn't think of what to say. I knew what I had to do, but I had no idea how to word it. Finally, I just stopped walking.

“Edward,” I began uncertainly. I avoided eye contact. I knew that if I looked at him I'd crack. I also knew I had to act fast. Alice would see what I was planning, no doubt, and wouldn't hesitate to stop me.

He waited patiently for me to talk. I bit my lip.

“You hurt me too much. When you left, I was broken, Edward. I can't stand looking at you anymore. It reminds me...” I had to stop. The lump in my throat was making it impossible to go any further with my speech. I waited a minute, and then continued. “I can't pretend that your family's vote hasn't affected me... it has. I don't know if I can be around you anymore.”

When I finally got the guts to look into his eyes, I cringed. I knew I wouldn't like what I saw. He looked absolutely tortured.

“I understand, Bella. I knew I had hurt you too much. I'm so sorry.”

“And... Please don't keep an eye on me, Edward. I just need to be left alone,” I croaked.

“Bella, that's irrational. You may not want me, but I do need you to be safe,” he said, a note of finality in his voice.

“No! Leave me alone, Edward!” My voice trembled. “You don't know how it feels, having someone watch you twenty-four hours a day!” What I didn't tell him was that it was one of the best things in my life. I loved knowing that my Edward was just a second away.

His jaw dropped open. “Is... it this what you really want?” His voice cracked.

I nodded, unable to speak anymore.

Edward sighed loudly, and I resisted the urge to cup his face in my hands and tell him it was all going to be okay.

He tilted my chin upwards and looked straight into my eyes. He was looking for something there, some sign. I knew he wouldn't find it. I was breaking my own heart while I broke his.

“You're not even lying,” he breathed.

Yes! I screamed in my head. Yes, I am! It was one of the only moments I had even thought about wanting him in my head. He'd tell me that I was being foolish.

I had to keep telling myself that it was for his good. I wouldn't do it if it wasn't what was best for him. The Volturi didn't need to come to Forks. That'd be a silly waste of time... and it'd be very dangerous for the Cullens. No, I'd do what was right.

Just because it was right didn't mean I wasn't totally, and irrationally upset on the inside.

He held my face there for a second, just staring into my eyes. A minute went by, and it was as if there were no sounds in the forest. Even the animals were quiet.

Finally, he spoke. “Bye, Bella. I love you,” was the last thing Edward said. He kissed my forehead quickly, and sprinted away. Just like last time...

Only this time, it was my fault. I had sent him away.

“I love you, too,” I whispered to the darkness.

I stumbled my way out of the forest in a daze. I knew I had to act fast if I wanted to outrun Alice.

When I pushed the door open, I had to quiet my sobs. I didn't want Charlie to ask questions. But, true to form, Charlie always appeared at the most inopportune moments. He waltzed in from the living room a second later.

When he saw the look on my face, his expression went from content, to absolutely horrified. “Bella...” he said cautiously.

“It's nothing, Charlie... I fell down on the way in,” I lied. He saw right through it.

“Bella, don't lie to me. What just happened?” he asked.

“Nothing, Charlie! I'll get over it! I'll talk to Jake and he'll just make everything all better!” I yelled. I felt bad as soon as the words left my mouth. I never yelled at Charlie.

He frowned. “Let me know if you need anything.”

I nodded, and trudged up the stairs. I had to start packing as soon as I could. My truck was no match for the cars that the Cullens had, and I knew that if they caught me, my entire plan would be ruined. The Volturi would end up coming to Forks, and then my entire family would be put in jeopardy.

I was packed and ready to go in less than fifteen minutes. I knew that, no matter how grounded I was, Charlie wouldn't be upset if I told him I was headed over to Jake's house. It was almost pathetic how much he wanted Jacob and I to be together. I just hoped that Charlie wouldn't question the overnight bag slung over my shoulder.

I ran down the stairs, and paused at the door. I could hear Charlie in the kitchen.

“Where are you going, Bella?” he called. “You're grounded, you know.”

“I just need to see Jake,” I replied.

“Oh... well, okay then. Drive safely.”

“I will, dad.” I paused. “And I love you.”

After a moment, Charlie said he loved me, too.

I threw my bag into the back of the truck and hopped in. I would push the poor thing as fast as it would go, which was only about fifty-five. I'd have to make multiple gas stops, but I didn't mind in the slightest.

The emergency credit card that Edward gave me the day before he left was heavy in the pocket of my jeans. I always felt guilty when he spent money on me, even if it was for his own good... or if he did it unknowingly.

As I drove out of Forks, my anxiety was getting worse and worse. The Cullens would be safe forever, but it would cost me my life. I was headed to Volterra, and there was nothing that Edward, or any of the Cullens, could do to stop me.