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Coming Back to You

Summary:
Edward isn't able to stay away. He comes back after 6 1/2 months, before Bella jumped. But, when he comes into Bella's room in the night, someone else is already there! CHAPTER EIGHT - LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!!!CHAPTER NINE - EPILOGUE


Notes:
I was always a little bugged that Bella had to go clear to Italy to get Edward to come back to her. I really wanted him to come in her window one night after she laid there crying herself to sleep. Anyway, this is sort of what I thought could happen.


8. THE CLIFF

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THE CLIFF

I looked down at my watch and saw that it was close to 10:30. By now, Edward would know that I was gone. I shook my head. I was aware of Edward's issues with jealously and anger. I'm sure Alice knew by now, and I prayed that whatever Edward was planning, that he had not seen Jake kissing me. He would be furious.

I could hardly control my fear, not for me, but for Edward. He would come to save me, and he could be killed. That day in the meadow, Jake and the others had killed Laurent with hardly any effort. One on one, I was confident of Edward's abilities, but he could never fight them all by himself. If he went back for his family, there was a chance that one of them would be killed. What if something happened to Esme? Or Alice? I loved them all. I couldn't bear for any of them to be hurt. My angel just came back to me, I thought, I can't lose him now.

I had been ordered to sit on the only couch in the room, with Paul and Embry standing guard. I was shivering. Before Jake came to my room, I had just changed into my pajama bottoms and tank top, thinking I would soon be in bed with Edward. Sam had thrown me a blanket, but I had refused it.

I wanted so badly to see Jake, but I didn't think at this point it would make much difference. Jake took things harder than I'd expected. Apparently, I still had a lot to learn about the whole werewolf and vampire hating each other thing. I should have never told Jake I wanted to be a vampire. That was really stupid. Jake loved me, and I had hurt him. I had no idea that his feelings for me were that strong. My heart ached for him. I had lost my best friend.

I thought back to Romeo and Juliet. Paris falls the play said. What if Edward killed Jacob tonight. I closed my eyes, trying to shut the thought out of my mind.

Sam had gone in the bedroom to talk to Jake. What could they be talking about, I wondered. I really needed to know what their plans were for me. Suddenly, I realized that with Sam out of the room, that this would be my only chance to get some information. I would never get anything out of Sam.

"Paul," I said, "Why does Sam want to keep me here?"

He looked hesitantly at Embry, wondering if he should talk to me. Embry shrugged his shoulders and made a gesture as if it was no big deal if he answered my question.

"We are trying to run the bloodsuckers out of town," Paul spat.

"What does keeping me here have to do with making the Cullens leave town?" I asked.

"Oh, you're not staying here, said Paul, "You are about to go on a long trip." Paul and Embry laughed like they were the only ones in on a funny joke.

My heart started to beat a little faster.

"Where am I going Paul?" I demanded.

Embry stared at me. He was no longer laughing. "All you need to know is that it is somewhere the Cullens will never find you."

I was finding it hard to breathe.

"Where am I gong Paul?" I repeated.

The door to Jake's room opened and Sam came out alone. He walked down the hall and said, "Paul, I am going to check and make sure we are ready to go. Do not answer any more of her questions." Sam walked outside and shut the door.

Sam never once looked at me. I looked at the clock. It was almost 11:00. I should be lying next to Edward in my bed right now. There was no way they could take me someplace where Edward would never find me . . . .was there?

A heard a car pull up outside. Sam was coming back to the front door and talking in an anxious voice. Then I heard him say, "Emily, you shouldn't be here. Just stay out here, and I'll get what ever it is you forgot. Stay out. . ." Then Emily was in the house. She was surprised to see me.

"Bella, what are doing here?" It's so good to see you!"

Once she walked in, she could feel the tension in the room. She stopped and looked around. When I didn't answer right away, she looked back at Sam standing behind her and said, "Sam, what's going on?"

Sam was very nervous. He stole a look outside and closed the door. "Emily," he said, "You have to get out of here."

"Not until you tell me what you're up to, Sam," She demanded.

There was a line of perspiration on Sam's forehead. He was getting very angry. He started to say something when Emily said, "Look Sam, you want me to go, then quickly tell me what is going on. You are obviously trying to hide something from me. Now I realize that you wanted me gone tonight. You suggested I go to my mother's for a reason. You lied to me, tell me now, or I go nowhere."

Sam was very agitated. "I can't talk right now, Emily, they might be listening."

Emily stared at him with a look of complete bewilderment. Than in a stern voice she said, "In the bedroom now!" She began marching down the hallway.

Paul and Embry looked at each other and shook their heads. They knew that Sam was in for it.

They went into a different room than the one Jake was in. I could hear yelling. Sam kept trying to make her be quiet. All of the sudden, I heard Emily yell, "You plan to frame the Cullens for Bella's murder?"

I shot a look at Paul and Embry. They stared back at me and my eyes narrowed. Paul put up his hands and said, "Hey, we're not really going to kill you. We're just sending you far away, and then framing your bloodsucker boyfriend for the whole thing."

I made my voice sound as steady as possible. "Where are you taking me Paul?"

He pointed a finger at me and said, "Sam won't tell us because he doesn't want your vampire sweetheart reading our minds, and even if I knew I wouldn't tell you."

Emily came storming out of the room. She stared at me and said, "Bella I'm so sorry." She smiled a weak smile. The corners of her mouth pulled down in a grotesque way on one side of her face. She came across the room and put her hand out to me. "Come on Bella, I'm taking you home."

For a moment, I felt relief, and then Sam came and gripped her shoulders and said, "No Emily, she isn't going anywhere!"

Emily pushed his hands off and yelled, "The Cullens have never done anything to you! They are not like Victoria!" Her face softened and she put her hand on his cheek and said, "Sam, I am on your side. I love you with no conditions, you know that." She glanced over at me and said, "No one understands Bella better than I do. She loves him Sam. We are both willing to pay a price to be with the one we love."

Sam's head went down. He knew what Emily meant by paying a price. He touched the side of her face that was deformed and scarred. He brought her forehead over to touch his own. He was about to say something when the front door swung open. The moment between Sam and Emily had been so intense that we all jumped at the sound.

Jared came flying through the door as he yelled, "They're here! The damn bloodsuckers are in a jeep and a truck, and they are coming fast! Sam looked at Emily with a helpless, desperate expression. Then he yelled, "Paul, Embry and Jared, I want you outside and standing in front of this house." They were out in less than a second. They waited until they were out the door, and then they immediately changed into three very large werewolves.

Sam turned to look at Emily and terror was on his face. "They came sooner than I expected . . . Emily, I want you to go back in the bedroom and close the door and lock it. Then I want you to hide in the closet. Don't come out until I come for you!" He yanked her toward the bedroom and yelled, "Jake, It's time!" Emily took one look back at me, but she knew this was not the time for her to defy Sam.

Sam waited until he saw Jake come out of the room, before he bolted out the door and changed himself.

I was shaking from fear. I was so scared my teeth were chattering. I turned my head to see Jake take two steps down the hallway. He stopped and looked at me. His eyes were boring into my own. He never took his eyes off me. There was a large ripping sound and then he changed into a werewolf. His eyes were not so different. They still carried the same hurt and anger as he walked down the hall while he continued to look at me. He came and stood next to the couch. Here he would have the advantage of being able to see the front door and the large window that was directly across the room from me.

It wasn't until he was in position that he finally turned his gaze from me. I shrank back from him. He was as big as a horse, but much more powerful. The muscles in his haunches flexed. I could hear a growl simmering deep in his throat. I saw the saliva build in his mouth as if he anticipated the taste. He put his weight on his powerful back feet as if he were ready to pounce, and he bit down so hard that I could hear the gnashing of his teeth. His russet fur was standing on end, as if every part of him was flexed and ready.

I was dizzy with fear. I could feel the nausea build in my stomach. Edward could never come here to this. I wanted to scream, but I was frozen.

For one terrifying minute there was silence. The only sound was from my pounding heart and Jake's panting beside me. Then I could hear the far away rumble of a motor. Oh please Edward, go backplease! I silently begged. I looked out the large window and saw the glow of headlights coming from the road. The vehicle was moving very fast. It was Edward's jeep. I remember thinking that at this speed the jeep would never be able to stop before hitting the house. I tensed and curled my legs up underneath me.

The jeep screeched as it turned slightly towards the house and then accelerated. My eyes were wide. Jake crouched lower on his haunches, his muscles coiled ready to spring, and I saw his eyes narrow as the jeep careened towards the house. Then, just seconds before hitting the house the jeep slammed it's brakes.

A dark figure on top of the jeep came flying straight at the house. The front window came crashing in and I realized the dark figure was Edward.

He had tucked as he was flying through the window, his back to the house, but as he flew, he turned so that he landed in the middle of the room crouched and ready to fight. Edward's lips were curled high above his glistening, bared teeth. A ferocious, feral snarl ripped from his throat.

Jacob was instantly flying through the air. He was snarling and snapping so loudly that I had to cover my ears. Edward moved to the side and grabbed Jake as he flew by and slammed him into the wall. The wall crunched with the weight as Jake pushed off the wall with his feet and was immediately coming at Edward again.

Edward braced for the hit. As Jake came slamming into his chest, he grabbed Jake by the snout and turned, flipping him over his shoulder and slamming him into the wall behind him.

Jake was furious. He let out a high pitched snarl opening his jaw as wide as it could go and came at Edward again. This time he came low and cut off Edward at the legs. Edward went flying to the floor with Jake on top of him. I screamed as I saw Jake's razor sharp teeth inches from Edward's neck. Edward had a hold of his neck and was slowly pushing him back.

Jake had dug his claws into Edward's arms and was pinning him down, when Edward bent up his legs under Jake's middle and pushed off, launching Jake up to the ceiling with a crash. Jake came down on his feet and Edward was already running at him.

Edward crouched down and hit Jake squarely sending them both crashing through the kitchen table and into the stove. The stove went flying wildly to the side, and I saw Jake kick it as he struggled to right himself, sending the stove crashing into the opposite wall.

Edward was on him again and I heard a sickening snapping sound as Edward grabbed the kitchen table and slammed it into Jake's chest. For one moment Jake was pinned between the wall and the table. As Jake struggled for breath, Edward stole a glance at me. Then Jake was up again.

Jake was clearly injured, but more furious than ever. He bolted past Edward and headed for me. Once he reached me, he whirled around, putting himself in a protective stance between me and Edward. Jake was clearly sending the message that I was not leaving with Edward and that he would now be protecting me.

Edward crouched down low and let a low growl come from his throat. His eyes were a dark with anger. He said in a low voice, "She doesn't love you Black, let her go." Jake snarled and drew back ready to pounce. Then Edward said, "She doesn't pull away when I kiss her."

Jake growled and launched himself at Edward. In a lightning fast motion, Edward grabbed him again by the snout and hurled him into a wall. The wall crushed under the force. Edward did not let go, but sent Jake's head smashing onto the floor with a sickening crunching thud.

Something in the hall caught my attention, my eyes grew wide. Flames were coming from the room Jake had been in. There must have been a small kerosene lamp burning in there, many of the homes out here had them. Edward and Jake had smashed in almost every wall in the main part of the house. The common wall between that room and this one was badly damaged. The lamp must have been knocked to the floor and started the fire. I let out a cry of alarm when I saw it and Edward turned his head. He looked at the fire and then at the hoses that were dangling out of the wall where the stove had been and came flying at me. He grabbed me and threw me on his back in one fluid motion and went screaming through the back door. Jake was still lying motionless on the floor.

It was a blur, but I could see the rest of the Cullens battling the werewolves in the forest next to the house. I saw Rosalie jump about 50 feet onto the back of Paul and send him flying. They had managed to keep the rest of the werewolves from interfering with Edward's rescue. As Edward was running, he yelled "I'm out!" He was far away, but I knew his family would hear it. They all started making their way towards the jeep and the truck. We were soon too far away for me to see anything in detail. I had just turned my head back to kiss Edward on the neck when I heard a terrible explosion. I looked back to see the house completely engulfed in flames.

"Emily!" I screamed.

Edward turned his head to me in a puzzled expression. My hand flew to my mouth and I felt tears on my cheeks. I could hear distant screams and growls. Edward stopped for a moment. In all the commotion, I couldn't see anything except Sam, who was illuminated by the fire, running into the flames.

Suddenly Edward stiffened and began to run. I looked back to see four werewolves running straight at us. Four werewolves, that meant Jake had made it out. I was ashamed at the relief I felt. Edward had a good headstart, but I knew they were extremely fast. I saw Edward's teeth clenched as he accelerated more and more. Things were going by in an extreme blur, I could hear him grunting as he ran from the exertion. Then Edward stopped.

We were on the edge of a cliff. I recognized it as the one that I had seen Sam and the others jumping off that day. In the darkness, I could hear the faint sound of waves far below. Edward backed up about 10 paces; I could hear hoof beats and snarls coming swiftly behind us. I let out a small cry of fright as I stared out into the blackness. Edward breathed out, "Hold on as tight as you can. Don't let go and take a deep breath when I say." He didn't wait for me to respond, Edward began to run and then he jumped.

I could hear the frustrated growls behind us as we launched off the cliff. I couldn't help it, I screamed and then tucked my head in and waited to hit the water. It took forever. I couldn't imagine anyone jumping off this cliff for fun. They would have to be either crazy or desperate, I thought. The only sound was the wind swirling around us in the darkness. Then I heard Edward's urgent voice, "Now Bella!"

I sucked in all the air I could just as Edward dove under the water. The shock of the cold almost caused me to let go, but immediately I felt him start to pump his arms and legs to make distance between him and the shore. He was gliding under the water as gracefully as any fish. The speed was amazing. I could feel his muscles expand and contract with every stroke. My lungs began to burn and I was panicking for the need of air. Instantly, Edward was at the surface, and I drank the air greedily into my lungs.

Edward looked back to see if he was being followed. I remembered Jake telling me that vampires had the advantage in the water, because they don't have to breathe, but not with me on his back. Edward listened intently for several minutes and then he relaxed. He took me off his back and brought me around to face him. His arms went tightly around me and he asked, "Are you all right?"

I answered back by wrapping my arms around his neck and kissing him hard on the lips. When we finally parted, I couldn't clearly see his face, but I could tell he was smiling.

"Thank you for saving me," I whispered.

"It's only fair after you saved me," his velvet voice purred.

"What do you mean?" I asked.

He breathed into my face and said, "You saved me the moment you told me you still loved me."

I kissed him again and Edward said, "Your lips are almost as cold as mine. I need to get you out of this water and get you warm."

He swam towards the shore in the opposite direction of Sam's house. We circled around to a cove that was hidden by trees that grew right to the shoreline. When we got out of the water, I could just make out Emmett's truck waiting in the trees.

Edward picked me up and carried me to the truck and gently laid me in his lap in the front seat. The heater was already on and a blanket was quickly wrapped around me by Rosalie. I turned back to smile at her and she smiled back.

Once we were on the road, through chattering teeth I said, "That's two nights in a row guys, thank you so much. But if it's all right with you, I would really like to not have any battles for awhile."

"Are you kidding?" Emmett wailed as he drove. "Life was really boring until you came along Bella!"

Alice and Rosalie sighed hard in the back seat as Emmett screeched onto the main road and we headed back to Forks.