What happens to Bella when Edward and the family has to go to Volterra again, this time only for a week, but what if they don't come back?
2. Chapter 2
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I stared back in absolute terror. The stranger stared curiously at me, he began walking towards me, but he stopped short, and backed up a few steps.
"Can I help you?" I managed to ask. He looked surprised at me.
"Um. I'm sorry, do you live here? I was under the impression that the Cullen's owned this estate."
"They do." I answered immediately. "How exactly do you know of that information?" I asked suspicously.
"I'm an old friend of Jasper's." He replied. My blood seemed to freeze. Jasper's old friends all lived in Mexico. "My name is Jaques Windhorsten and you are?" he asked.
"Bella Swan." I answered. "I'm afraid that they are all out hunting."
"Oh, really do you know where? I may go join them." I nodded, trying to remember where exactly they all went.
"Um...in the northern woods." I choked out. He nodded curtly.
"Thank you for your help Miss Swan." he mumured before darting out the back door. I didnt' move for several minutes. Once I was sure that he was gone, I sprinted to my truck, slamming the front door shut behind me. I slammed down on the accelorator and tried to get La Push as quickly as possible. What a time for my ancient truck to only go about fifty. Tears were streaming down my face as I pulled up to Jake's house. I didn't even bother with attempting to grab the boxes of clothes, before running as fast as I could to the house.
I threw open the front door and ran into the family room. I saw Jake sitting on the couch, he looked up at me in alarm, when he heard me enter the room. I threw myself into his arms, sobbing.
"Bella what's wrong what happened?" he asked petrified.
"Vamp" was all I could muster. I clutched at him, and he pulle dme tighter against him. I buried my head against his chest, tears taking over me.
"They're back?" he asked incredulous at this reaction from me. But I began rapidly shaking my head.
"New one......not cullen...." I whimpered. Jake stiffened beneath me.
"He was at your house?" he hissed.
"No.....the Cullen's..." I answered.
"Bella. Why were you at the Cullen's house?" he asked sharply.
"Returning stuff...pictures....ring...." I looked up at him confused. Jake looked equally confused.
"Ring? What ring?" he asked, and then it dawned on him. His gaze shot to my hand, but he didn't say anything about it. "Sam'll need to know this." He said suddenly. I froze, utterly terrified.
"Jake, don't leave me alone." I whimpered.
"Bella, I wouldn't dream of it. I'm taking you with me. Do you think you can stand?" I nodded, and I tried, but my legs gave out. Apparently I had used all of my adrenaline on trying to get to Jake. He easily caught me and said. "Apparently not." he lifted me into his arms and I instantly buried my face once more into his chest.
We were at Sam's and Emily's place in what seemed like seconds. I didn't even try to look up from Jake, to see who all was there.
"So, wait, what's going on?" Emily asked, her voice lined with worry.
"There's a new bloodsucker hanging around." Quil said. I cringed at the phrase, and hid my face even further. His voice softened at what I could only guess as to being Jake sending him death glare. "Apparently Bella has already been introduced to it."
"Bella, did you get a good look at his eyes?" Sam asked gently. I began shaking my head against Jake's chest. I heard him sigh and then he began to start giving orders. "Embry and Quil I want you guys to check out the coast tonight....it continued with pairing everyone off, until he got to Jake. I immediately tightened my grip on Jake's shirt and a small moan escaped my lips.
"Bella, he's staying with you tonight." Sam said. I relaxed a bit at this news. "You guys should just stay here with me and Em tonight." I felt Jake nod and then everyone began to move out.
"It'll be okay, Bella." Seth said, patting me on the shoulder, before leaving. I never did look up. I was so afraid, afraid of what would try to kill me next and who would get hurt in the process. Eventually I drifted off to sleep in Jake's arms. But I could still hear some of the exchange between Sam, Emily and Jake.
"Do you want to put her in the guest room?" Emily had asked softly.
"No. She's fine. I don't want to risk waking her." he murmured. "She really scared me when she ran inside the house today. She looked as if she'd been shot."
"Why would she be so afraid of a vampire?" Sam asked. "She was engaged to one. Well, one good thing has come of this. If they ever do come back, I don't think that she'll go back to him."
"I have no idea as to why she'd be afraid of him." Jake answered. "Although, she did say something about him claiming to be a friend of Jasper's. But I'm not sure as to which one he was."
"Jasper was the one from Mexico." Emily piped up, her voice suddenly afraid. "Where they had the armies. It's no wonder she was terrified." Jake's arms immediately tightened around me.
"Wow." Jake said.
"Wait. Where exactly did she run into him at?" Sam asked suddenly.
"The Cullen's house." Jake answered glumly.
"What was she doing there?" Sam asked sharply.
"She said that she was taking her stuff back. She said something about an album, and a ring."
"The engagement ring?" Sam asked incredulously.
"Yea." Jake answered.
"Wow." Emily whispered. "Well you've got your answer right there."
"What?" Sam and Jake asked together.
"She's moving on. Or at least trying to." Emily answered. "You guys have had to notice that ring. Besides, girls don't just go around throwing away fiances, especially not ones like Bella. It takes something pretty powerful to make them break up."
"You mean like the groom disappearing?" Sam asked.
"No. I doubt that it would stop her. You saw what happened last time." Jake answered.
"Exactly. I think this has much more to do with Jake and Charlotte." Emily said.
"Charlotte? Who's Charlotte?" Jake asked confused.
"Oh. I thought that she'd talked to you about it. Apparently she wants to name the baby after Charlie." Emily's was full of chagrin.
"Wow. That's a gorgeous name." Jake whispered. I was falling even deeper, and by this time I was gone. The rest of the conversation was lost to me, and I slept fitfully until the next morning.
Over the next couple of days Jaques didn't reappear, so Sam and Jake deemed it safe to continue moving me out of Charlie's old house. I had Jake empty Charlie's old room, I couldn't bear walking in there. Occasionally as he packed, he would simply ask specific questions. We had decided that we could get rid of all of Charlie's clothes, but keepsakes would stay, like his badge. Eventually, we got the house ready to sell, and we did get it sold, to a lovely couple expecting a baby.
It was on that last day of packing that my resolution was shaken to its very core. Emily and I had just finished packing and loading the contents of the kitchen into our trucks. She had just driven off, with me promising to follow, I had just wanted to say goodbye. I had walked up to my now empty room, and pushed the door open gently, half expecting him to be standing there, shaking his head in laughter. But of course he wasn't, it was just an empty room, full of empty promises and hopes. I made sure to peer into Charlie's room one last time, before heading back downstairs. It was there, in my tiny little kitchen that I got the nasty shock.
"Bella?" That smooth, velvety voice washed over me, impairing any movement from me, I couldn't even lift my eyes to see his face. This was a dream, wasn't it? "What is going on?" he asked, obviously confused.
Somehow, my brain connected with my mouth and allowed me to speak. "I'm moving." I mumbled.
"Why?" he asked. I didn''t answer. "See, originally, when we got home, I figured that you were just moving somethings into the house, but then I saw this. I looked up and saw him holding out the ring. Hurt filled his voice, mixing with utter confusion. "Please enlighten me." I took a deep breath and looked out the window, refusing to get sucked into those gorgeous eyes of his.
"I can't marry you." I whispered.
"Bella, it's okay, we can go to Vegas." he answered quickly. But I shook my head, tears starting to form.
"No Edward, I don't want to get married." I answered hoarsely.
"You realize that if you drop your end, so do I?" he asked gently.
"I don't want you to keep your end." At this, I felt him freeze, not understanding. I had been begging him to change me ever since James' attack.
"I'm sorry, I don't quite understand." he said. I swallowed, and tried to breathe.
"Edward, when I say that I can't marry you, I mean, that, as well as, see you." I said, tears starting to fill my eyes. How was I lying this well? I thought. Well, techniquely it's not lying.
"Why?" he hissed, through obvious pain.
"Because..." I said calmly, "becuase I"m not in love with you anymore." At that note, my voice had cracked, and he had looked up at me, staring at me disbelieving.
"Bella." he said, so sharply that I swiftly turned my head. But I quickly diverted my eyes to his chest. "Bella look at me." He said, in seconds he was standing not two inches away, and he gently cupped my mouth, pulling my face upwards. I watched him with wide, fearful eyes, as he bent his head to meet my lips. Ice, pure and utter ice. I tried to stay immobile, the one time that I actually tried, and it was no use. My arms wrapped around his neck pulling him closer, he had backed me against a wall, our lips moving in an odd motion together.
I was in pure bliss, in Edward's arms, until that thought had to creep up.
And what about Jake's arms?
That made me freeze, well, that and not being able to breathe. He finally released me, and I started gasping for air. He had a smug smile on his face as if he knew he had won. I pushed him away, of course, without it actually doing something.
"Bella, you have always been a horrible liar, you know." Edward said teasingly. But I just started shaking my head, when he realized what i was trying to communicate, his voice became cryptic. "Love, I go away for a week and half and you're moving away, saying things full of nonsense. What is going on?"
I froze. A week? That's all he thinks went by a freakin week?? With that I exploded.
"Edward you've been gone for five months!!!" I shreiked. "It's August!!" This time, he froze. "Don't you dare try and tell me what to do, you are such a hypocrite! You can leave whenever you want, because it's safer for me, but when I finally come to my senses, you deem that I'm lying and joking?" Tears, were pouring down my face, as I stared at him for the last time.
"Bella I'm so sor--"
"Don't!" I hissed, tears pouring down my face. "You cannot fix this Edward, so don't even try." I looked at the clock.
"I've got to go. Just leave me alone. Please." I whispered. "Oh, we already sold the house. They're moving in tommorrow." I pulled the door shut, and sprinted to my truck. I yanked my cell phone out that Jake had insisted on getting me, and began dialing Alice's cell.
"Hello?" Her cheery voice exclaimed.
"Alice?" I choked out.
"Bella? Bella what's wrong?" she asked freaking out.
"Listen, just to let you know, that there was another vampire at your house. He claimed that his name is Jaques, and that he is an old friend of Jasper's." I heard her sharp intake of breath. "But, Alice, swear to me one thing."
"Okay," she said hesitantly.
"What ever vision you have had of me recently, or for that matter, ever again, if you ever do, don't tell Edward." I whimpered. "Please Alice."
"Okay, I won't but why?" she asked.
"I can't tell you, but you'll probably find out soon enough. Please, Alice,. I will always hold you close to my heart. To me you are a sister.. oh, and tell Rosalie that she was right." I closed the phone, before Alice could take anything out context. I finally reached the treaty line, feeling instantly safer.
I walked slowly into the house, wondering what in the world I had been thinking. I realized that the majority of the pack was in the living room, but I didn't care. I was on the verge of falling apart. Jake, walked up to me looking concerned, and I collapsed into his arms. I pulled him to me, and just started kissing him, like I wouldn't ever get the chance to again. Jake, being Jake, didn't pull away, but instead pulled me closer to him, as Embry and Quil began booing. Jake, seemed to be showing off for their benefit, but their calls fell on deaf ears for me.
I had no idea what would happen, once Edward found out, and I wasnt' going to let any moment pass, that could be spent with Jake. Eventually though,Jake and I had to break apart and talk to the rest of the group.
"Oh, hey, remember us did ya?" Jared asked cheekily.
"I'm sorry, who are you?" I asked, blinking. He sent me a hurt gaze and clutched his heart.
"That hurts Bella. I thought we were friends!" he mourned, I began giggling at his mocking.
"Okay, so where have you been Bella?" Seth asked.
"Oh. Can you guys help bring in the last of the stuff?" I asked, suddenly remembering all the boxes sitting in my truck. They all immediately began grumbling, but they started climbing to their feet and filed outside. Jake made a move to follow, but I clutched his hand.
"Bells, what took you so long?" he asked, once we were alone. I didn't even answer, I just simply grabbed him by the collar and kissed him again. His arms encircled my waist, making me unable to move, not that I wanted to.
"So this is what you two do, while your friends unload stuff for you?" Embry's voice said laughing at us, as we broke apart. "Typical."
"Jake do you have a bat?" I asked. Embry looked at me confused, as Jake erupted into laughter. "Huh?"
"Embry, I suggest that you run." Jake advised, as Embry saw what he was referring to.
"Oh..Bella you wouldn't would you?" he asked.
"I dunno, I broke my hand, hitting him. I won't make that mistake again, Jake where's the bat?" I tried to move, but of course, Jake's grip on my waist was too strong. Instead I found myself being hoisted into the air.
"Jake put me down!" I yelped, giggling. Everyone piled into the small room, as Emily, Kim, and I began to cook. We had almost finished dinner, when my cell phone rang. Unfortunately, it was in the family room, next to Jake.
"Hello?" Jake asked, laughing. But all at once, the laugher died. "No. She's not." and then he hung up. I was obviously about to start panicking. He walked into the kitchen and stared at me. I avoided eye contact and eventually found myself being hugged.
"Bells? We need to talk." Jake whispered into my ear. I nodded, and allowed him to tow me out to the garage. I was terrified as to who was on the phone. I sat there, waiting for him to implode. "Bells, that was Alice." I instantly breathed a sigh of relief. "She apparently wanted to talk to you about a conversation that you two had an hour ago."
I swallowed, my relief, and then just decided to go with the truth. "I called Alice." I whispered.
"To tell her not to have any more visions about me." Coming out of my mouth, it didn't really make sense to either of us.
"Bella, I thought that she couldn't control her visions." Jake reminded me gently. I wrapped my arms around my waist, shivering in the cool night.
"I told her not to share any of them, if she ever got any more." I said reluctantly.
"Oh. But why?" he asked obviously confused.
"Because they're back. That's what kept me today, after Emily left, Edward showed up, and started asking me why there was a box of stuff at his house, and why the ring was in there." I explained, looking at my feet.
"What'd you tell him?" Jake asked quietly. I looked up into his eyes, they were full of fear, something I had rarely ever seen from Jake.
"I told him it was over." At this, there was a sharp intake of breath. "He didn't really seem to believe me. Which I suppose is understandable, but then he seems to think that they'd only been gone for about a week and a half." I rambled. But Jake had started chuckling. Before I knew it, I was in his arms, and he was kissing every inch of my face.
"Bells of course he didn't understand, I doubt that he was very happy about learning the truth." Jake chuckled. "You are an amazing person, and the bloodsucker is in love with you. LIke he'd take it well."
"Jake, I didn't tell him about you. I was just trying to get out of that house. I assumed he'd figure it out." I knew that Jacob wouldn't exactly enjoy this answer, but it was the truth.
"Bella, why did you choose me?" he asked suddenly. And I wasn't exactly sure, I mean, I didn't really know the specifics. Something had just clicked.
"Because you were there. You never left, and then suddenly one day it just clicked over in my mind." I whispered. "Jake, I can't explain it. But I just do." He grinned at me, and grabbed me in his arms. "This is what I want. You." I murmured against his chest.
"I love you sooo much Bells." he whispered into my ear. "You are my life." I looked up into his eyes, knowing that every word was true. We evenutally had to go back into the house, but once we reached it, I knew that something was wrong. Sam was pacing, and everyone was ultra tense.
"It's close by." he hissed. I shrouded into Jake's side. "We've got to go now. I'm afraid that I'll need him on this one, Bella." he said gently to me. I knew that the decision was made, but I wasn't happy, I was downright terrified. Everyone began to leave, and I buried my face into Jake's side.
"Bella, I will be right back. You will be fine, you, Kim and Emily will be safe, right here." he whispered, before kissing me, it was also full of confidence, and happiness, taking away all of my worry and fear. I looked at him and nodded. But once he was gone, I slid to my knees, and curled into a ball, until Emily and Kim moved me to the couch. Before I could make it there, I sprinted into Jake's room, and found one of his old hoodies, one that he had worn before the transformation. I found it buried in the back of his closet, and shrugged into it, inhaling the musky scent. I walked back out into the family room where KIm and Emily were.
They looked at me, as if they'd done exactly the same thing as I had. We all stayed in the room, unmoving, terrified with worry. It was ages before one of us finally spoke.
"Emily, Bella? What exactly does it mean? Why is someone looking for the Cullens, when they've been gone for so long?" Kim asked, her voice shaking. "Wouldn't they realize that they weren't here?" Emily shook her head shrugging, both turned and looked at me.
"They get curious, and want to know how they can have a coven so large, in a permanant residence. But this one, this Jaques, he's different." I whispered. "He's a friend of Jasper's."
"What does that exactly mean?" Kim asked. "Jared hasn't really explained, beyond the fact that he's not like the Cullens, but what's it mean?"
"He isn't a vegetarian. What's worse, he's from Mexico; down there, campires have been creating newborns, for years, creating armies, to take over feeding grounds." I whispered. Kim looked terrified at the thought.
"But why is he still here, if the Cullen's aren't. Wouldn't he have realized that they weren't here after a while?" It was then that it hit me. He was here, because of me....he probably hadn't been back to the house, to realize that they were in fact here. But wait, why wouldn't he have gone back? If he had presumed that I had lived there, unless he went back before, the Cullens had reappeared. Had he tracked me?
"Bella? Bella what's wrong?" Emily asked softly. I stared at her with wide, terrified eyes.
"I think it's after me." I whispered.
"But why?" Kim asked.
"I lied to him. I told him that the Cullens were off hunting. What if he wants to find them, even though they're back.....I'm so scared...." I put my face between my knees, sobbing. A hand was placed onto my back, rubbing circles, in order to attempt to calm me down.
"They're back?" Emily asked, surprised. I whimpered in reply. "When?"
"Today. He showed up today." I whispered.
"Who? Edward?" she asked softly. I nodded my head slightly, shrinking even further into Jake's hoody, allowing his scent to engulf, me, leaving me feeling safer. "Does Jake know Bella?" she asked quietly.
"yes. We were out in the garage, when I told him." Tears had taken over my eyes. "Em, I'm so scared." She pulled me into a hug, and began whispering soothingly into my ears.
"Bella, you listen to me. You have nothing to fear. Edward would never hurt you." I stared, at her disbelieving. "You know that's true."
"But what if he hurts Jake?" I whispered. But she shook her head.
"As I said, he wouldn't hurt you. Bella, if he hurt Jake, he would destroy you, and Edward wouldn't do that." I nodded, I was just soo afraid, of all the what ifs. I hated what ifs. They were so totally what if, nothing set in stone, nothing you could change, nothing to you could, see if the outcome would have been better. Kinda the point of a 'what if'" But Either way, it was a nightmare for me.
Eventually, all three of us fell asleep, on the couch together, huddled, out of fear and worry, for Jake, Sam, Jared, and the others. All of us, terrified, that someone wouldn't come back.
I awoke several hours later, in the middle of a thunder storm. I untangled myself, and got up from the couch, walking towards the kitchen. I knew there was no way that I was going to be able to go back to sleep, until I knew that Jake was perfectly safe. I yanked open the fridge door, and found a two liter of vanilla coke. I poured it into a glass and leaned against the counter, sipping it slowly, trying to calm myself down. I was on my second glass when I heard a heavy knock on the front door.
I approached, it quickly, wondering if one of the guys had brought news of Jake, Jared, or Sam. But after I had thrown the door open, I stared in horror at the figure standing not two feet in front of me. Gray eyes, stared back, with a wicked grin on his face. Jaques.
"Hello again, Bella." He said, stepping closer. The crystal glass slipped from my fingers, as a scream hurtled from my throat only to be silenced by the thunder. All at once, a silvery mist, washed over me, and I instantly saw black.
I awoke in a small darkened room. I was stretched out on some type of cot, with a thick blanket layed over me. I hazily heard voices, ones that were soft and velvety, ones that I had never heard before.
"What is the meaning of this Jaques?" An angry, beautiful tone hissed. "Do you have a death wish?"
"Relax. She's a gift. We'll hand her over tommorrow evening, after they arrive." The calm response was. Who's a gift? I thought, terrified that I already knew the answer, and who was Jaques? "Remember, how he lost his fiancee? Well, I saved her, and this way we can show them that we are friends." I immediately calmed down.
They were good. The voices had saved someone, so that they could get married. I hope they do better than my parents did. I drifted off, my head throbbing angrily, screaming in anguish. The darkness overtook me, blinding me.
The next time, I awoke, I was in a different room, a much better lit room. When had I been moved? Better yet, where was I and whom had moved me? I sat up, groaning, my head felt as if it had been split into a million pieces, and then shadily resown again, with out anestisia.
I was extremely thankful for the hoodie that I was wearing. At this thought, I nearly fell of the couch in fright. What happened to the parka I had been wearing over top of my tank top? Where in the world, had I gotten this hoodie, that I was swimming in? I had to admit, that the scent of the owner was amazing. It was like a musky, outdoorsy smell, kinda mixed with pine.
I stood up and began walking around the large room that I was in, realizing, of course, that it was a ball room. I walked over to a pair of french double doors, and tried to open them. Unfortunately they were locked, and to add to my misfortune, I began to hear voices coming down the hallway.
"Yes, we have a surprise for you that we think you will rather enjoy." a voice said, happily. As they drew closer, I began to panic more, I dashed over to a large window and began to try and throw it open. But of course, it was locked, and I was out of time. "Ah, yes, here she is."
"You do realize that we are vegetarians?" a new voice asked.
"Yes, she's not for eating. She's a gift." The other explained. That's when I completely freaked. They're giving me away???
"Bella?!" A voice said incredulously. I froze, utterly terrified, how did these people know my name, let alone, my preferred name? Not to mention, that they hadn't even seen my face. I couldn't move, and slowly, the owner of the voice walked around to face me. A small girl, no more than sixteen or seventeen, peered up at me, with a dark pixie haircut. She grinned at me, after looking at me rather confused.
"What are you doing here?" she asked curiously. I didn't move. I had no idea as to who she was, or what she wanted. I just stood there silent. "Bella?" she asked again. But she seemed to stiffen, staring over my shoulder. I turned around and saw them. All of them; utterly beautiful strangers, like the girl standing beside me. One, in particular caught my eye. He was the tallest among the ones he was near, his hair a gorgeous bronze color, and topaz eyes. But what drew my gaze was the intensity of his; a mixture of what seemed like love, hurt, and confusion was in his eyes, and they were fixed on me. I turned around to see if he was looking at the girl behind me, but she was on my left.
"Bella?" his voice was gorgeous, as was the rest of him. He took a step forward, causing me to shrink backwards. Even with his beauty, I was still terrified, I didn't remember anything about my trip. I had just walked on a plane, and awaken here, without anything, of my own, as well as new clothing.
He looked even more confused as to why I was cowering away from them. I was still backing up, into a corner, desperately wishing that I was at home in Florida. We stared at each other, unable to break the bond. In seconds he was somehow standing two feet in front of me, rather than across the entire room, as he had been seconds ago.
"Bella, what's going on?" he murmured, urgently. "Why are you here?" I was, of course, frozen. I stared at him and only him, trying to shrink back even further, into the wall. "Come on, talk to me."
"Who are you?" I whispered. My words, seemed to be like a long, knife that I had just plunged into him. Pain seeped from every pore, his eyes, stared into mine, disbelieving.
"Bella, I'm still the same person, I'm sorry, but you know that I would never have left to begin with if it wasn't life threatening." I began to slide away from him, down the wall.
"Who are you?" I hissed, a little angry now. "All of you and how do you know my name?" At my question, the largest one, erupted into laughter. I flinched, at the loud sound. Eventually, he was silenced by a look from a tall, gorgeous blonde.
"Emmett, I don't think that she's joking." she whispered, a terrified look on her face.
"Rose, what do you mean?" he asked perplexed, as if he thought at any moment, I would hop up and yell 'gotcha'.
"Look at her. Does, that look like the Bella you know? No. That looks like her, when we first met. Only intensified, to show true human fear." At hearing this, the two, beautiful strangers, closest to me, turned back to the rest of the group.
"What happened?" the male, who had kept apologizing to me, growled. "What did you do?"
"Nothing. You were upset that you lost your fiancee, so I simply went and rescued her for you, in order to show you that we are friendly." A tall thin man answered.
"How, and where?" An older, blonde man asked.
"The wolves had her. The entire pack seemed to be holding her hostage. So, I had a friend, go distract them, and I simply knocked on the door and when she answered it, I knocked her out with baby's breath."
"You used baby's breath?" the blonde man hissed.
"Do you know how dangerous that was? You could have killed her!" he yelled. I sank to my knees, cowering, in terror. Why are all of these people screaming. Why can't they just let me go?
"Wait, Carlisle what's wrong with the plant baby's breath?" the one with the pixie hair asked.
"As a flower, nothing Alice." he answered. "But as a mist, it is highly dangerous. It was used as a means of putting patients under for surgery in the sixteen hundreds. It caused thousands to lose pieces of the memories, and I'm not talking about little fragments. I mean, large chunks, such as years at a time. It's a wonder it didn't kill her. Even more died from it."
"So that's why she doesn't remember us?" The large, one named Emmett, asked.
"Exactly. Bella, how old are you?" Carlisle asked.
"Seventeen." I whispered. I heard a sharp intake of breath.
"No." The one closest to me hissed. I tightened my frame even more, upon hearing the anger in it. But all at once, I was no longer cowering into the floor, I was being lifted, quite easily, by the one, who seemed so hurt by me. Although what I had ever done to him, escaped me. I'd never met him before. I tried to get free, but his grip, was strong and protective, and I was unable to move.
In seconds, we were in front of a silver volvo. I stared at it with wide eyes, where were they taking me? "Alice, you drive, Jasper, I'll need you too." The smooth voice came out with a hint of anger, as he swiftly climbed into the backseat, with me still in his arms. Sadly, it was a two door car, so I was completely trapped. I scrambled to the other side of the car as soon as he released me. Once we were moving that was.
"Bella." I looked up slowly, at the handsome stranger sitting next to me. "My name is Edward Cullen. This is my sister Alice and my brother Jasper." I nodded slowly.
"My name is Bella Swan." I said quietly. He nodded, as if he were just learning this information.
"We've lived in Forks, for the past few years." My eyes lit up at this information.
"So we are in Washington?" I asked. "Can you just drop me off at my house? I actually live in forks."
"Bella, we can't at the moment. It's very complicated. But don't worry, you'll understand all in good time." Alice piped up. I began to hyperventilate. I was being kidnapped, and passed around to others. Great.
"Jasper." Edward murmured. All at once, I began to feel extrodinarily calm. It was weird, and yet all I wanted to do was freak out. Then I began to feel sleepy. I yawned, and let my eyes slide closed.
I awoke, much more groggily this time. It was more of a natural sleep than the apparent panic induced one before. I was lying on large, gorgeous bed. I slowly sat up, taking in the well lit room. It took me a few moments to register that there was a figure standing in the corner, in a shadow. After a moment or two, as teh sunlight faded from the room, the figure stepped closer.
"Good morning, Bella." He murmured. I nodded, as he sat down at the end of the bed. Edward, was gorgeous, and I could not stop staring at him. But, what did he want, I mean, why would any of them want to kidnap little ole me?
"Hi." I finally managed. "listen, the minute my dad realizes that I'm not on that plane, you guys will get caught." I said. "He's a cop, so don't think you won't." But, surprisingly, at my words, Edward didn't seem to get worried, or laugh, instead, he seemed to get really sad.
"I know that what I'm about to tell you, will not make any sense, what so ever. But just so you know that it's all true." I stared at him, confused.
"You are Isabella Marie Swan. You hate parties, and of course, people calling you Isabella. You prefer blending in, than standing out, and you moved to Forks in your sophmore year."
"Yeah, big deal, you've researched me." I muttered. "And I just moved here, so that's kinda obvious."
"Bella, you are not seventeen anymore." he murmured, looking deeply into my face. My breath caught as I realized what he had just said.
"That's ridiculous," I hissed.
"Bella, you are nineteen years old, you've graduated high school and you decided to wait a year before college." I stared at him, dibelieving.
"Why would I skip out on college?" I asked suspiciously. But he surprised me yet again, by looking down at his hands. "I mean it's not like anything would have changed the plans that i had made. Besides Charlie and Renee would kill me."
"Because we were engaged." I jumped, nearly falling off the bed. He caught me in seconds, and I was frozen, unable to move. Thankfully, after a moment or two, I was able to regain my mental state, and dragged myself away.
"Yeah, good one." I said, "There's one problem with your plan there, I would never get married, to anyone." And I wouldn't, but when my words washed over him, I immediately wished that I had never said them. He looked as if someone was stabbing him.
"That's what you said when I gave you the ring." he whispered. I looked up shocked. I rapidly began shaking my head. I instantly began shaking my head, and then I looked at my hand.
"If that's true, then where's the ring?" I asked, suddenly, surprising the both of us. He immediately got up, and walked slowly over to me, holding out a tiny black box. I took it from him and opened it up, my breath catching. It was gorgeous; a gold band twisted up to meet, with millions of tiny diamond facets in the center. "If we were engaged, why wasn't I wearing it?" I whispered.
"You broke it off." he whispered. I continued to stare at the ring, it terrified me, but yet again, it was just as beautiful as him.
"why?" I was dying to know.
"Wish I knew." I stopped, had I really hurt someone that much? No. It wasn't possible. I slowly closed the black box and gave it back to him. When he was putting it away, I sprinted. I had to get out of here. There was no way that any of this could be true, but before I could even reach the door, he was standing in front of it.
"How did you do that?" I asked, terrified. He gave a grim smile, and shook his head.
"Oh, this will be fun to explain." I stared at him warily as he held out his hand. I shakily took it, and allowed him to tow me out of the bedroom. Edward led me out the back door and all the way down to a lake, that was visible from the house.
"Bella, when we first met, you were highly suspicious. You were far to smart for your own good, and of course, I couldn't stay away from you. I'm...we're all vampires." he said. I looked into his eyes, unable to look away. The idea itself was ridiculously impossible, but I knew that he was telling the truth, or at least he thought he was.
"Is that why you're so fast?" my voice was barely audible. Either from shock or fear, or simply a combination of the two. He nodded slowly, and then continued the explanation. After he finished, I realized that I had somehow moved closer to him. In fact I was so close, that if I tilted my head, I could kiss him.
Oddly enough, the idea, was compelling. Before I could comtemplate the idea any further, I went on to the balls of my feet and gave him a soft kiss on the lips. But I wasn't prepared for what happened next. Edward's arms instantly slid around my waist, as he deepened the kiss, and my arms moved involuntarily around his neck.
"Wow." I managed, after gasping for breath. I stared up into his eyes, they were full of turmoil and bliss. Before either one of us could say anything else though, we had started kissing again. My hands slipped up into his hair, as he pulled me closer. Eventually he pulled away, and then explained, about self control. I nodded sadly as the information passed through me. Eventually we walked back up at the house.
"Bella, would you like to take a shower?" Alice asked immediately upon me entering the house. I nodded, realizing that I hadn't showered ever since I had awoken, in captivity. After she showed me how to work their shower, and where to put the clothes that I needed washed, I closed the door after hearing her say, "Edward, we need to talk."
As I removed my hoody, I felt a cold metal on my wrist. I looked at it and saw a silver bracelet with two charms; one a dark colored wolf, made from wood, and a diamond heart. I reached for the wolf, so I could see it better, and the second my fingers touched it, I jumped as I saw an image of a tall, native american before me. He was gorgeous, and was helping me put it on. I stared at his eyes, before my gaze drifted to the bracelet, His eyes were piercing full of an admiration, one that was rather strong. It took me a moment to realize that it was love. But just like Edward's eyes, this stranger's held a shard of pain, although I had to no clue as to what.
As the memory faded away, I got into the shower, and began over-examining what I had just rememebered or seen, or whatever had just occured. Eventually I dried off and put on the spare clothes that Alice had given me, and pulled the hoody that I had woken up in, over my head. I walked downstairs, not knowing where else to go, and went down towards the family room.
"Edward you have to be extremely careful!" Alice's voice hissed. "I mean, what if she was living with Jake? I mean, he's going to be angry enough when he finds out that her memory is gone, but if she got back together with you under these circumstances..it won't be pretty." I heard Edward sigh.
"Alice, I understand." he muttered, sounding drained.
"She ended it for a reason. We may not know what that reason was, but obviously it was big, because you know how she was. Belligerent, stubborn. When you tried to leave the first time, she nearly killed herself. It would have to take something pretty powerful to change her mind."
I leaned against the wall, sliding to my feet, I slammed a hand over my mouth to keep from crying. How could I have hurt Edward so badly? I felt horrible, but what kept nagging me was Jake, and why in the world would I be living with him.
After a bit, I was able to pull myself to my feet and I walked towards the back door. I had taken a few steps outside, when I realized that no one was following me. I decided to head out to the front. I started walking down the driveway, and had made it to the road, without anyone following me. The minute I was out of sight from the house, I started sprinting. I did of course trip myself, but luckily I somehow managed to catch my foothold, before landing on my face.
But all my progress had come to halt, when I ran smack into a wall. I was falling when a pair of hands caught me. That was when I realized, that I hadn't collided with a wall, but with Edward.
"Bella, where are you going?" he whispered. I tried to break free, but of course, I wasn't able to.
"I just want to go home!" I said, starting to cry. "I'm sorry, that I don't remember anything, but Charlie is going to kill me, if I spend anymore time without calling him, or coming home." He pulled me into his arms, and I buried my face into his chest, allowing my tears to soak his jacket. I didn't even try to break free, as he picked me up and started running back to his house. I just wanted to go home.
I didn't even notice when we reached the house, I kept my face buried in his shirt, trying to figure out what in the world was going on. Eventually I fell asleep in Edward's arm, as he hummed some tune. It was really pretty, and rather familar.
I woke up alone and found a holey pair of jeans and a tank top sitting next to me. I threw the clothes on, and realized that I was freezing, so I pulled the hoodie over my head, after looking at the bracelet on my wrist for a few seconds. I ran my fingers through my hair, not bothering to rifle through Edward's room to find a brush.
Eventually I made my way downstairs, I was about to head into the kitchen when I heard another arguement.
"HOW COULD YOU ALICE?!" Edward yelled.
"He had a right to know." she replied acidly.
"THAT'S NOT THE POINT! HE COULD DESTROY ALL THE PROGRESS THAT' SHE'S MADE!"
"Edward, what progress? She doesn't remember anything! He could help bring it back. Besides she has a right to know everything! Not just our side of the story." I slowly slid into the dining room, not wanting to hear the rest of the arguement.
"Hey Bella." I jumped at the sound of Jasper's voice.
"Hi." He was sitting at the end of the table, reading a book. Within seconds, I began feeling extremely calm. "Can I ask you something?"
"Sure," I waited, as Jasper set his book down, before continuing.
"Who's Jacob and why does Edward hate him?" I asked. Jasper grinned at me, and then looked at the door.
"Bella, you would ask that." he said grinning. "Unfortunately, I cannot answer either question, because, one somewhat answers the other, and as for that question, it's not my story to tell." I sighed.
"Story of my life at the moment." I said, sadly as Jasper just laughed. The doorbell went off moments later, and then Jasper stood up.
"Come one, we've been summoned." I stared at him incredulosly.
"How'd you--" I began.
"Remember, I can sense feelings and at the moment someone is rather unhappy."
"So, we're going towards the unhappiness?" I asked hesitantly. Jasper began chuckling and led me towards the door.
"Jacob, we don't want to alarm you, but there's another coven." I heard Alice say, as the door loomed closer and closer.
"Are they like you?" I heard a deep voice ask.
"Not quite. They themselves are rather unique. We haven't quite gotten to know them yet, becuase, well, we're a bit put out with them at the moment." Alice answered tightly.
"Why?" he asked suspiciously. "Does this have to do with Bella?" I jumped at the sound of my name. Before they could say anything else, Jasper prodded me forward, and through the doorway. The room was silent for a moment, as I stared at the newcomer. He was gorgeous, but not in the way that the Cullens were.
"What are you doing here?" he asked suddenly. I shrugged my shoulders, how was I supposed to answer that?
"Bella, this is--"
"Jake." I whispered, finishing Alice's sentence. She raised an eyebrow in surprise. I shook my head, answering her silent question.
"Okay, yes, we've met, what is going on?" Jacob asked acidly.
"Well, that coven decided to kidnap Bella. Sadly, they used a lethal form of the plant Babies Breath. We're lucky that she isn't dead, however, she is missing a large chunk of memeory."
"How large?" Jacob asked.
"The last thing she remembers is walking on a plane to come live with Charlie." Alice answered.
"Has she been to a doctor?"
"Carlisle looked her over. Nothing was out of the ordinary, but she was sick for a little bit." Jacob's face changed from a look of confusion to a look of sheer horror.
"I'm taking her to a doctor now." he said. I jumped in surprise.
"She's not going anywhere with you." Everyone jumped as Edward strode into the room.
"You don't really have a say now do you. Where were you for the past five months?" Jake demanded. "Or did you forget that little tidbit."
"Bella, it's up to you." Alice whispered.
"I'm going to go with Jake." I answered. I wanted his side of the story. I didn't dare look at Edward, I could see him out of the corner of my eye, and he appeared like I'd just shot him. Jake on the other hand, looked estatic.
I stepped out into the sunlight, feeling a sense of freedom, that I hadn't in awhile. I walked over to Jake's car and climbed in.
"Where are we going?" I asked, quietly.
"The hospital." he answered roughly.
"Why?" I asked, nervously.
"You're pregnant. I kept my mouth shut around the Cullens, because you obviously didn't tell him, when you broke up with him." my mouth dropped open. "I'm sorry, Bells, I didn't want to just blurt it out, but with the whole, you being sick, I freaked out."
I nodded slowly, trying to comprehend what he had just told me. I had no idea that this could have happened. But apparently I was nineteen, I probably had changed in three years.
"Were we living together?" I asked slowly.
"Yeah. You moved in about six months ago. Let me start at the begining." I nodded, by the time we got to the hospital I had learned that Edward had left me, and that was when I began to hang out with Jake.
Thankfully, the doctor said that the baby was fine. Jake led me back out to the car.
"So where are we going now?" I asked.
"Home." he answered.