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No Way Out

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.


12. Chapter 12

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We didn’t have to wait very long, but by the time the rest of the Cullens arrived there really wasn’t much to be done to take care of the situation. Sure, we could brainstorm all we wanted but without any concrete idea of what Victoria was going to do we couldn’t establish a course of action. My brain was running through months of procedure learned at NCIS and more importantly everything I had learned from Gibbs. The man may not have been involved in the supernatural, but he was the best investigator I’d ever met including the Cullens.

It was funny, I had spent so much of my time idolizing the Cullens while they had been away from me, but after a few months with Gibbs could identify the faults I hadn’t seen when I was with them earlier. The biggest problem was that they depended far too much on their extra abilities. Not that they shouldn’t use their abilities, but they put too much weight on Alice’s sight and Edward’s mind reading, it wasn’t good. Of course, they probably didn’t face situations like this often.

We were all sitting in the living room, I was seated comfortably on Edward’s lap, when my cell phone rang. Reluctantly I sat up straighter checked the caller ID and answered, “Hey Abbs, what’s up?”

“Hey Bella, where are you?”

“I’m on my way home Abby, Gibbs said I could go after I got the alibi for Jasper, I was going to call him in a couple of minutes to let him know, why?”

“You forgot didn’t you?”

I thought back, but with the stress of the day I couldn’t remember whatever I was supposed to be doing, “Errr, apparently I did, I’m sorry Abby, what were we supposed to be doing tonight?”

Abby sighed, “I guess with the case it may have slipped your mind, we were supposed to go get dresses for the dinner next week, remember?”

At the mention of dresses Alice sat up a bit straighter, I had to suppress a groan, “Geez Abbs, I completely forgot. I’ll meet you at the mall in half an hour alright?”

“Sure Bella, but there better be some kind of caffeinated encouragement as an apology for your abominable behavior.”

I laughed, “Of course Abby.”

The instant I hung up I was spun around and suddenly looking into the eyes of a very pissed off vampire. “What?” I asked going for innocence.

I could tell that Edward was trying very hard to keep his temper in check, “I believe we agreed you wouldn’t be going anywhere tonight.”

“Technically we just agreed that I would stay here tonight, no one said I wasn’t going out.” Edward just glared at me, “Oh come on Edward! What was I supposed to say? Sorry Abby, I can’t go out tonight, I’m spending the night with the family we’re currently investigating for several murders, but it’s alright I know they didn’t do it. How do I know that? Oh, well that’s simple, they’re all vampires who are being set up by another vampire who is seeking revenge for the death of her mate. Funny story about that by the way, the reason she wants to frame the Cullens is because I was dating one of them in high school and the mate of the vampire setting them up decided I would be a decent snack and decided to make an attempt on my life, but my boyfriend killed him. So now that same boyfriend is being a little overprotective and doesn’t want me to go out tonight, but how’s Thursday work for you?”

Edward was silent for a moment before saying, “No, I wouldn’t have wanted you to say that, I was thinking something more along the lines of ‘Oh, I’m sorry Abby, but this case really has me drained, I can’t come out tonight.’”

“Well, it’s a moot point Edward because Abby is expecting me in twenty-five minutes, so I’d better get going, I won’t be more than a couple of hours I promise.” I tried to get up, but found myself incased in Edward’s arms.

“I’m coming with you,” he said.

“No you’re not,” I replied, “Abby’s seen your picture she’ll recognize you in a second. Look, I’ll be in a very public place, I’ll be absolutely fine.” He still wouldn’t let me up, and then I said three words which I would later regret, “I’ll take Alice,” which caused the small pixie like girl to emit a high pitched squeal and jump up to hug me.

Three hours later I returned to the Cullen home laden with bags of clothes that I hadn’t paid for despite my best efforts. It had started out small with Alice reminding me that I didn’t have any clothes for the next day and my consent for her to buy me one pair of pants and one sweater that were fairly inexpensive by her standards. Of course both Alice and Abby had picked out sever ensembles for me to try on despite my protests that I really didn’t need anything else. Then to my utter horror Abby told Alice that I still only owned one skirt and that I usually wore the same general ensemble to work most days and what she described as, ‘the worst fitting jeans and tee shirt combinations I have ever seen on another human being,” on my days off. After that I had been forced to play Bella-Barbie for both of them. The result of my shopping trip, or torture experience as I described it, was ten new sweaters, six tank tops, eight blouses, four skirts, seven pairs of jeans, three pairs of pants, eleven other miscellaneous tops that I was unable to classify, six dresses, five sets of pajamas, and two evening gowns one of which was to be worn for the dinner the following week. And this was after I had called Edward and had him talk Alice down, of course I suspected that he hadn’t actually told Alice to go easy on me, but actually told her to purchase me a new wardrobe. Stupid rich, overly generous vampires.

Still I was more than happy with the dresses that had been found for Abby and I. Hers was black with a corset bodice and a skirt that floated away from her body, it was utterly Abby. Mine had a vaguely Japanese feel to it but it was floatier. It was ice blue, and the slit was far more daring than I would have picked out on my own.

I walked into the Cullen house nodded at everyone waiting in the living room and went up the stairs to Edward’s room where a large bed had miraculously appeared. I just shook my head and went into the bathroom to change into my pajamas. When I came back out Edward was waiting for me and I climbed in with him. After snuggling into his side I whispered his name.

“Yes love?” he asked.

“You and I are going to have a very long talk about this bed in the morning, and it will not be a particularly pleasant one for you.” I mumbled.

“Whatever you want love,” he laughed and then he started humming my lullaby, and I fell asleep immediately.