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Moving On

Edward is still separated from the rest of his family. He goes back to Bella and finds things to be very different in Forks. So, he returns to his family and finds that that has changed as well. Has Bella really moved on? Should Edward? What happens when they see each other again? I wasn't sure how to rate it yet, since I'm still thinking about how I want the story to go. I own nothing (except for the new characters)


3. The Return

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I felt the streets grow quieter and I knew that night had fallen. I crawled out of the hovel that I had, for the last few months, been calling home. I felt desolate and tired. I hadn’t spoken to anyone in my family for weeks. Every thought that went through my head was of Bella and I couldn’t make them stop. I tried walking down crowded streets, where people thought constantly of everyday worries. I tried to drown out Bella with the thoughts of everyone else, but I couldn’t. This morning, as I did every morning, I wrestled with the part of me that wanted to return to Bella. The only difference today was that the rational part of me lost. I made up my mind to return to Forks and get Bella back.

I was not sure whether I should go let the others know that I was going back. That would make them happy. No one had wanted me to leave her in the first place. I decided against it. I was sure that Alice would see it, but I just didn’t want to get my hopes up prematurely. She might have done what I wanted her to do and moved on.

I pushed the thought from my mind, hoping that I was ridiculously paranoid. I stood up and went to hunt. Wait for me, love. I’m so sorry. Please wait for me.

I don’t know how long it had been since I made the decision to come back to Forks, but I soon found myself going down the familiar paths to Bella’s house. I could not contain my excitement. I was finally going to see her. I was going to see Bella. My Bella.

The house was quiet when I arrived. I walked around it a few times, before I stopped under Bella’s window. I jumped up and tried to open her window. It was locked. Of course it would be locked. I forced it open, breaking the latch that was holding it down. The room looked exactly the same, if a little too neat. I stepped inside and looked around. It looked the same, but it smelled different. It was Bella’s scent on everything, but it was wrong. It was freesias, but sweet… like a vampire.

I sat on the bed contemplating that thought. Bella smelled like a vampire. Is it possible that she just had a vampire in here with her? I kept asking myself that question even though I knew the answer to that. No. Bella was a vampire and she had not been here for a couple of weeks. How could this have happened?

I stood up and walked over to the loose floorboard and lifted it up. Inside was everything that she thought I had taken from her. From the looks of it, she never found them. I picked them up and put them in my pocket. I replaced the floorboard and went back to the bed. As soon as my head hit the pillow, I knew. Carlisle.

I hurried out of the room, and started to make my way back to the house that we had lived in. My car would still be there. I never took it with me. When I got to the house, there was no sign that any of my family had been back recently. Because of this, I didn’t bother going in. I ran straight to the forest to hunt. It was quick. There was deer and elk everywhere since no one was around to eat them. After I had finished, I went into the garage, picked out my Vanquish and pulled out. Carlisle and Alice, I know she was in on it, was going to get a piece of my mind. It was then that a thought occurred to me. Would Bella be there with them?

I could see the house from the distance. I hadn’t called anyone yet to inform them of my arrival. Thunder roared in the distance and I heard an unmistakably loud sound. They hadn’t changed. They were playing baseball. I drove up to the house, knowing they wouldn’t be there and waited for the next bat. When it came, I followed the sound to large open field. The fact that this was exactly how James, Victoria, and Laurent had found us that day did not escape my mind.

As soon as I stepped out of the cover of the trees, Alice was running towards me, with her arms wide open. “Edward! Oh you’re back!” In her mind, Edward! Oh you’ll never believe what’s happened!

Before I could start being angry with her, she was clinging to me, I can’t believe you’re back! I missed you so much. Soooo much. Behind her, I could see Esme and everyone else waiting patiently for us to come to them. I could hear in their thoughts that they wanted Alice to have her time with me. Suddenly, I realized there was someone else with them. I couldn’t see her since she was standing beside Rosalie with Emmett in front of her. I tried to find her thoughts among my family’s but she didn’t seem to be thinking about anything. Unless I just couldn’t hear her. I tried to single out her voice as Rosalie’s head bent down towards her. I should let you all welcome him. Introduce me later so he’s not overwhelmed. It was velvety like a vampire should be, but calm and quiet. It had to be her. It just had to be. Who else could it be?

“Alice. Is that… who is that?” I couldn’t bring myself to say her name. This was it. I was going to see her again.

“Oh Edward! You’ll love her. Really. Come one.” She tugged at my hand as she started to run back to our family. Esme stepped forward and enclosed me in her arms.

‘My son. You’ve come back to us.”

She let me go and Jasper came forward to greet me too. Rose and Emmett were last. I still couldn’t see her and as I was exchanging hellos with Rose and Emmett, Alice pushed past us to grab her.

“-Ella, stay. You don’t need to go anywhere. You’re going to see him eventually anyway. Come on.”

I only caught the tail end of what Alice was saying, distracted by my thoughts about what I would say to her after all this time. I felt myself getting more and more anxious. Jasper sent a wave of calm with a confused look in his face. Something wrong Edward? I shook my head and allowed his power to was over me and that was when I finally came face to face with her.

She was extraordinarily beautiful, like Rose, but a softer, less aggressive sort of beauty. The kind that doesn’t make people feel intimidated. I tried to hear her thoughts again, but it was like something was blocking. It wasn’t completely silent like Bella‘s was, just muffled to the point of incomprehensibility. Bella’s was silent.

Bella. This person was not Bella. I felt all the hope that had been building under my fury break down. I was never going to see her. She was gone. She was a vampire, but she wasn’t with me. She was gone from me forever. My only comfort was that she wasn’t completely gone from the world. If she was here, I could still see her sometimes, maybe become friends.

I was pulled out of my thoughts by Alice tugging at my arm.

“Edward! Camilla was asking you a question!”

I looked at her face again, that kind and innocent face. I hated her for not being Bella. I hated her for being around to make me think that Bella was here. I knew that it was unfair, but I did. I hated her. I turned away from her and went up to Emmett and Jasper.

“Hey Em, Jazz” I slapped them both on the back and pushed them in the direction of the house. ‘Wanna show me the new house?”

Behind me, I could hear my family’s thoughts’ Alice’s and Rose’s thoughts were angry, Carlisle’s was confused, but Esme’s was the one that stood out the most. Edward, how could you? Camilla is a part of our family now. How could you just dismiss her like that? You will apologize to her later.

I already knew that. She didn’t have to tell me. I was going to once I stopped hating her so much.