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London Escapade

Twilight/Instant Star crossover.

Copyright goes to Stephenie Meyer and Epitome Studios/CTV/The-N and all the other lovely TV producers who gave us Instant Star and Jommy.

6. Chapter 5

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The weeks passed by in a drag, each day progressing more slowly than the previous. It was the same basic routine: Get up, check her bandages, eat breakfast, talk with the detectives about finding Chris, sleep, have her daily check up, eat lunch, talk with Ali and Sadie on the phone, watch TV, eat dinner, and then relax with Tommy until they both faded to sleep. At first, Jude had been very careful to keep the boundaries between her and Tommy so that their interactions were strictly friendly. Once Ali was back in Toronto, however, the lines began to blur as they always had and Jude found herself acting as much like a couple with him as they ever had, only this time without the title. It was nice, the pressure free time they spent together, neither expecting more than friendship but excited nonetheless when it went beyond.

The day started out the same as usual, with Jude waking up to Tommy sleeping in the chair beside her, still holding her hand as he had been when they had fallen asleep. For a day or two, Tommy had taken to sleeping in the bed with her, but one of the nurses had walked in to find them in the bed together, and had quickly alerted her superiors, which ended the tradition almost as soon as it had started. Jude loathed the words “hospital policy”.

“Morning,” Tommy mumbled, giving her hand a squeeze. He rubbed the sleep out of his eyes lazily before standing up to stretch.

Jude giggled as he tried to fix the mess his hair had become last night. “Sleep well?”

He scowled. “No, actually.” Jude waited for him to elaborate, but he didn’t. Instead, he walked briskly into the bathroom of her private room and stayed there for several minutes. When he reappeared, his hair was slicked carefully back with tap water.

“What’s wrong?” Jude asked, her face turning down in a frown. “I’m sorry you have to sleep in the chair. I’d gladly offer you the bed, but…”

“No, no. It’s not that. I just… I have a bad feeling. Like something is going to happen. I don’t like that guy still being on the streets, Jude. They should have found him by now. They should have done something. You’re going home tomorrow, and I’m scared to death that when we walk out those doors, he’s going to be there. I can take him myself, if I have to. But if he’s got a weapon…” Tommy trailed off and his face became pensive.

Jude flushed in dismay and anger. “Don’t even think about it, Tommy. If you so much as bring any weapon near me or my daughter, so help me God I will kill you myself.”

He scoffed. “You can’t even walk right. Your leg is still encased in plaster.”
“But it won’t be for long, and as soon as it’s off it will be you in the hospital instead of me.”

Tommy looked at the floor before nodding and sighing, “Fine.”

“Promise me, Tommy. Promise me you won’t do anything stupid.” Jude made him hold her gaze as she waited with baited breath for a response.

Eventually, he looked away. “I promise. I don’t like it, but I promise.”


“I don’t even look good in that dress, Alice, and you know it. And me walking in heels? That still isn’t the best idea.. We live in the middle of the forrest! One of these days the old Bella could come back, and I’d trip over a tree root…”

Alice tapped her foot impatiently and scowled at her sister-in-law who was currently attempting to run from the only designer store she had gone into since their vacation had begun. “You know that isn’t going to happen. Stop being ridiculous. All I wanted was for some sisterly bonding time, but all you’ve been doing is whining about how you miss Edward and Nessie.”

“You try having a kid,” Bella quipped. “Then you’ll see what it feels like to be away from them for periods of time.”

People passing by on the sidewalk whispered in a foreign language as the two continued their quarrel. When one stopped and decided to take a picture of the two gorgeous women, Alice had had enough.

“I am going to march you back in there and get that dress and those shoes! If you don’t cooperate, I’ll call the travel agent and make the vacation even longer, and you’ll be away from them for even more…” Her sentence trailed off abruptly. Having gotten used to this, Bella no longer asked what was going on. She merely waited for her pixie-like sister to explain what she had ‘seen’ this time.

When she didn’t answer, however, and her expression became panicked, Bella felt the need to intervene. “Alice… Alice what is it? What did you see?”

“We need to get home. Now.”

Her tone of voice made Bella anxious. “What happened?”

Alice grabbed Bella by the hand and began dragging her back down the street towards their car at a speed that would have seemed outrageous had anyone been paying attention. Luckily for them, they weren’t, and the both of them made it back and into the car in record time for having to maintain their careful façade. Then, in complete in utter silence, the two drove to the airport. Bella was anxious and if she hadn’t been long since dead, she would have sworn she felt her heart beating in her chest. Already, she was shaking, and although she felt tempted to ask Alice again what had happened, she knew it wouldn’t do any good. Alice would explain when, and if, she was ready. Bella only hoped it wasn’t too late.