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No Way Out

Summary:
Edward left Bella and never came back, Victoria never came after her, but a monster of the mortal kind did. Now Bella is an NCIS agent trying to solve the most difficult case of her career.


Notes:


11. Chapter 11

Rating 5/5   Word Count 771   Review this Chapter

I left interrogation and then went immediately to find Gibbs. It took a solid ten minutes of debate, but I finally got him to realize that I was the best person to check out Jasper’s story as I had established a relationship with the Cullens.

Never in my life had I driven with anything resembling the driving habits of the Cullens, but I’m sure in my haste to inform the Cullens about the most recent development in the case I must have broken twelve separate speeding laws, but I didn’t care. I almost ran into the door of the house, but Edward must have heard me coming because he opened it before I could injure myself, and he caught me in his arms.

“Whoa, where’s the fire love?” He was almost laughing, but one look at my face stopped him, “What’s wrong?”

“We’ve got problems.” I quickly told him about what was going on in the case and his eyes got darker with every word. He pulled out a cell phone and started talking with extreme speed, presumably to Carlisle. He was on for about two minutes when he hung up.

“Right, well, you’re certainly not going back to work anytime soon.”

That made me mad. I wasn’t in high school anymore! I knew how to fire a gun, not that that would help me if I was going to be having problems with Victoria, but still. “Oh really Edward, How exactly do you plan to stop that from happening?”

“Well, there are several ways, but I believe the most pleasant would be for you to simply agree. Of course I can always resort to ‘dazzling’ you into it.”

I almost laughed, “Alright, go ahead and try to dazzle me into getting your way.”

His eyes smoldered, his breath filled my senses and his voice was smooth as silk as his lips that were suddenly very close to my own said, “Stay with me.”

I leaned into his embrace, brought my lips up to his own so that they were just touching his and whispered, “Nice try,” before taking a couple of steps back to assert my point.

Edward looked shocked, “I don’t dazzle you anymore?”

He looked so confused, and I just had to laugh, “It isn’t that you don’t dazzle me anymore. It’s that I’ve had to learn how to put up defenses to people from being able to influence me. If I didn’t know what you were going to do it probably wouldn’t have worked. You were a little too cocky Mr. Cullen.” I leaned up and gave him a quick peck on the lips, but Edward was still distracted.

“So you’re saying that if I still want to dazzle you I can’t let you know?”

“Yep, but I think we need to talk about something a little more important than your ability to dazzle me. For example, what the hell are we going to do about the red haired sadistic vampire intent on destroying your family?”

He sighed, “We aren’t going to do anything. I’m going to be shadowing you as you obviously feel the need to continue working for some reason, and you are going to go about your day as if this didn’t happen,” he paused, “And you know, they’re not just my family, they’re your family too.”

I was momentarily stunned; I’d always thought of the Cullens as family, but I didn’t think that they still thought of me that way after the amount of time we’d spent apart, and now I faced a new dilemma. My old family was being investigated by my new family, and I was caught in the middle. I knew that the Cullens were innocent, but I had no way to prove that to my team, and I couldn’t disappoint them by not doing my best for fear of uncovering more incriminating evidence against the Cullens. I finally truly knew how Juliet felt.

“Look, how long is it until your boss expects you back?” Edward asked.

“He doesn’t, I’m done for the night.” I replied.

“Good, so stay here and we’ll try to come up with something. Just, don’t leave tonight, I don’t think it’s safe, and I will not lose you again, I don’t think that I can take it.”

I knew I shouldn’t have done it, but I looked into his eyes, and the fear I saw there, fear for my safety, moved me so that before I knew it I was nodding and leaning into his arms. He picked me up and carried me to the couch where we waited for the rest of our famil