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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.


2. Chapter 2

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I forced myself to take a deep breath; there was always the chance that he wouldn’t recognize me. I mean, sure, I was the same height, had kept the same hairstyle, and had pretty much the same body type even if I was more muscular. And yes, Edward was a vampire who had a photographic memory that could easily recall the color of his shirt 5 years and 6 days ago, but still… Oh who am I kidding, he’s going to remember me, and I am so screwed.

I gestured to Edward to follow me, and like the Oscar worthy actor that I knew he was he followed me away from the police car without even the barest hint of recognition in his eyes. I took another deep breath and started the basic questions I had learned early in my training.

“What’s your name sir?”

I could have been imagining it, but I could swear I saw Edward roll his eyes, “Edward Cullen ma’am.” I opened my mouth to ask my next question, but Edward cut me off, “I believe that if you know my name I can ask the same courtesy of you can I not?”

I really did roll my eyes, “Special Agent Swan Mr. Cullen. Where were you last night at approximately 11:30?”

“I was out camping with my family. They all retired early, but I decided to take a late night hike.”

“Couldn’t sleep Mr. Cullen?” I couldn’t resist.

“I’m a bit of an insomniac Special Agent Swan. I often have trouble getting myself to sleep.”

“Alright, as you were alone during this hike I doubt asking if anyone can verify your story will be very useful, will it?”

“Not the bit about the hike, but the hiking part can be easily checked, I can leave you with the cell phone numbers of my father and sister who can verify my whereabouts until 11:00.” Edward answered with a hint of a smirk, “I think you’ll find that given the location of our campsite and the location of the victim, it would have been quite impossible for me to have killed her at 11:30.”

“Mr. Cullen, let me tell you one thing about myself, given the events that have happened in my life previously I’ve given up on believing in the impossible.”

“And what events might those be Special Agent Swan?”

“That’s not really any of your business Mr. Cullen. Unfortunately, I’m only a junior agent, so my boss is going to want to question you himself. You will be escorted back to NCIS headquarters where you can inform your family what has happened, I’m sure they’re quite worried about you. Also, I’ll need those cell phone numbers so I can verify your story.” With that I gestured to the police officer to come and take Edward back to the car, informing him that this would be an NCIS case and that the suspect should be escorted back to our building.

After Edward was gone I walked back to Gibbs to make my report. “The suspect claims he was camping with his family and went out alone for a midnight hike. I got the contact information for his family and I’ll set up an interview with them just as soon as we get back to the office.”

“That’s fine Swan, but the real question is do you think he did it?” Gibbs asked after a long draw on his coffee.

I hesitated. I knew that Edward could not have killed the woman, because if he had there would be no crime scene. Also, Edward would never have to rape a woman, he was far too good looking for that. I knew that the Cullens had done quite a few cover-ups in their time and they had yet to be caught to the best of my knowledge. Plus there was the blood all over the dead petty officer which I knew wouldn’t have been there if Edward had murdered the victim, even if he had been too lazy or slow to clean up after himself.

“Well, the evidence all points to Mr. Cullen being our man sir, but I don’t think he did it.”

“And why not Special Agent Swan?”

“Well, he was very open about the fact that he was out alone and no one could verify his whereabouts for the time when the crime was committed. I haven’t been here long, but in my brief experience the guilty ones usually get someone to lie for them from the beginning. Also, he didn’t seem at all nervous about the possible murder charge hanging over his head, of course he could be a sociopath, but still he just didn’t feel like a killer. How was he connected with the crime anyway sir?”

“Local Leo’s picked him up wandering around the woods a little while after the body was found at 3 AM. They say he was the only one around within a one mile radius. I’m going to have Tony and Ziva check in with the officers who found him later today.”

“Sir I just have one more question, then I’d like to get back to the office to set up those interviews.”

“Go ahead Swan.”

“If there was no one around, who found the body?”

“Now you’re starting to think like one of my agents. The cops had a drug dog with them when they were patrolling the area. The dog had to go to answer natures call when he apparently smelled the body.”

“Alright sir, I’m going to head back now if that’s alright with you.”

“Take McGee with you, see if he and Abby can get anything of the victim’s cell phone.”

I grabbed McGee and we started driving back towards headquarters. Once we got there I headed straight for my desk to call the Cullens.

Alice answered on the first ring, “Hello?” There was an underlying hint of excitement in her voice that I didn’t understand.

“Hello, am I speaking with Alice Cullen?”

“Yes this is she. Would this be Special Agent Swan?”

“Yes ma’am, I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions later today, perhaps with your father, regarding the whereabouts of your brother Edward Cullen last night.”

“Yes of course! Anything that will make you realize Edward is not a killer. Would you be able to meet us in about an hour at our campsite?”

“Yes Miss Cullen, that would be fine, I’ll see you then.” We hung up just as Gibbs walked back in with Tony and Ziva.

“How’s that interview coming Swan?” He asked.

“I’m going to meet the sister and the father in an hour.”

“Good, take DiNozzo with you, I don’t like you going alone.”

“But sir, you said that Tony was going with Ziva to meet with the officers who found our dead petty officer.”

He gave me a look that was utterly Gibbs, “And now I’m saying that Tony’s going with you. Do you have a problem with that Swan?”

“No Sir,” I said, “I’ll go get him and we’ll be on our way.”