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.
20. Chapter 20
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The next fact I was cognizant of was the fact that it was morning and as was becoming my habit, I was running late. The second thing I realized was that I had once again woken up without Edward’s arms around me. This caused me to feel some manner of displeasure until I leaned over and found a note on Edward’s pillow.
Love, Alice had a vision, and told me you would be needing a few things from home soon, I went to go and get them. I’ll be back in time to go to work with you, Carlisle had an emergency at the hospital and cannot come with us.
I smiled to myself, a whole day with Edward… and Tony, McGee, Ziva, and Gibbs… but no Emmett, so I guess there were a few positive things going on. I got up, got dressed, and went downstairs for breakfast, which was mercifully being prepared by Esme in the absence of Edward. I still didn’t like them jumping through hoops for the human, but I’d grown somewhat used to it and learned that resistance was futile. Also, Esme seemed to have a better idea of what the human body could reasonably consume without exploding.
I was just finishing up the most delicious blueberry muffin on the face of the earth when I felt two cold arms wrap around me and icy lips on my neck.
“You’d better be Edward or you’re going to have some serious explaining to do.”
“Well then, I suppose it’s a very good thing I’m me isn’t it?” Edward said from behind me, his lips moving to find mine. I would have been perfectly content to continue on with our morning activities as they were progressing, but I caught sight of a clock at that exact moment and my responsible side kicked in.
“We’d better get going, I don’t want to piss Gibbs off.” I tried to get up and get going, but Edward wouldn’t let me.
“Wouldn’t you rather stay home today Bella? You could call in sick.”
I groaned, “As a matter of fact, I would most definitely prefer that, however I’d also like to keep my job and the only way I’ll be able to manage that is if I get going. So let’s get moving.” This time he let me up, but he didn’t look happy about it, and I could tell from something in his demeanor that his annoyance wasn’t due entirely to the fact that we’d stopped kissing but I decided it was better not to question him about it.
We were on our way in to NCIS when my cell phone rang. I picked up to Gibbs barking out orders, “Swan bring in an overnight bag, you’re going undercover.” In true Gibbs fashion he promptly hung up.
I looked over at Edward who just pulled a small duffle out from the seat behind him. “Alice?” I asked.
“Alice,” he confirmed.
“This wouldn’t have anything to do with why you didn’t want me to come in today, would it?”
He sighed, “I don’t want to put you in a position of risk.”
I almost started laughing, but I held myself back, “Edward, I’ve gone under cover before. Gibbs sends me into colleges quite a bit because of my age. It’s nothing to worry about.”
“Bella, it is most definitely something to worry about! You cannot kill a vampire with a gun.”
“I know that Edward, I’m not stupid, but I figure for part of the operation Gibbs is going to want one of you to be near me. Also, I have a feeling if Victoria comes after me, she’ll waste some time messing with me.”
Edward shook his head,” Bella, Victoria messing with you will likely result in several broken bones at best, at worst, you’ll die a very painful death.”
“I know that Edward.”
He just stared at me like I was insane.
“Edward it is worth it for me to get hurt so that she doesn’t kill anyone else. If I can distract her you can get to her. She’s cocky. If she thinks there’s only one of you, she won’t feel threatened and she might slip up. I don’t want any of you to be in danger, but she needs to be stopped.”
Edward didn’t speak for the rest of the drive. I think he was trying to come up with some way to force me to say no to Gibbs. Apparently he couldn’t because we soon pulled into the NCIS lot and went in to get my assignment.
We entered the squad room and Gibbs handed me a folder and a garment bag without speaking. I assumed I was supposed to get changed into the Navy uniform and familiarize myself with the file. Half an hour later I returned to the squad room fully briefed on my new character.
I was now Elizabeth McKinley, from upstate New York. I had a brother who was in the Army, who was currently stationed in Iraq on his second tour. My father was also a military man, but he’d died during my freshman year. My mother had moved to Florida to be with her sister after my brother and I had left for college. I had a bachelor’s in history from UCONN and I had joined the Navy two years ago. I was twenty four, and unattached to anyone in the DC area. My credit card statements showed regular payments and a fairly routine schedule. My favorite pizza was Barbeque Chicken. My service record was clean except for a minor misdemeanor the previous year when I tried to access a restricted area while I was intoxicated. I had come in to the military after a couple of broken bones, but nothing that would prevent me from performing my duties. I was currently stationed at Quantico.
“Listen up Agent Swan, because I’m only going to tell you this once,” Gibbs started, “Tonight at 23:30 you’re going to be in Rock Creek Park just off the beaten path, you’ll be wearing that uniform, and looking to go camping. Mr. Cullen will be approximately five miles away from to the north. DiNozzo and Ziva will be nearby in case you need back up, but you need to be fairly isolated in order for this to happen, so if this sicko attempts to attack you, defend yourself , or I’ll have your badge. Any questions?”
“No sir.” I responded.
“Good, McGee will give you the specifics about your location.”
I turned to McGee who put an image of the park up on the plasma and gave me further directions. After McGee was done I left to get started on my hike. As the elevator doors were shutting Gibbs yelled out, “Don’t forget rule number nine!”
In the car Edward finally spoke again, “Rule number nine?”
“Gibbs rules,” I said, surprised no one had thought of the rules while in Edward’s presence, they were almost always playing in the back of my mind, “Number nine is ‘Always carry a knife’.”
“You always have a knife on you?” He seemed surprised.
“I usually have at least two,” I responded.
He nodded slowly, “I can’t decide whether I’m happy about that or mad at you for being around sharp objects.” I laughed. “Tell me more about these rules.”
“Well, I always thought they were rules everyone at NCIS knew until Tony explained that they were specific to Gibbs. I think that there are over a hundred, but I don’t know them all yet. You sort of get them as you violate them or as Gibbs thinks you need to know them.”
As I finished speaking we pulled into Rock Creek Park.
“Ready to go for a hike?” Edward asked, grinning at my look of contempt.
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