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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.


21. Chapter 21

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I sighed and got out of the car. I hated going on undercover missions on a normal basis, and now I was separating from Edward, and we didn’t know what we’d do if we came across Victoria. I mean, we couldn’t bring a body back to Gibbs because she’d pull herself back together, and we definitely couldn’t bring her back for questioning, so she would have to die and Gibbs would always think there was a killer still out there.

Edward misread my misapprehension as fear and said, “Love if you don’t want to do this we can get back in the car right now and go tell Gibbs –

“What Edward? That I can’t go undercover because the person we’re trying to catch is actually a vampire and I’m nervous about how he’ll react when I bring back a bag of ashes for Abby to analyze? That rule number nine won’t do me any good in this case? No, it’s better if we just deal with the actual danger and then Gibbs can fire me.”

Edward looked a bit taken aback by my tone, but he made a very wise decision not to mention it. I knew there was something I liked about the man.

At that moment I heard Tony’s voice in my ear “Alright Bells, we’re all in position, time to say goodbye to Eddie.” I snickered at the grimace that appeared on Edward’s perfect face at the nickname.

“Alright Tony, I’ll be set in about half an hour.” I turned to give Edward a good bye kiss, and was pulled into a kiss that took approximately half of the time I’d allotted for my trip into the woods, so I hitched a ride on Edward’s back and arrived with five minutes to spare.

“I’m all set Tony.” I said into my microphone, “Edward, you good?”

“I’m all set up as well Bella.” Edward’s voice said in my ear relieving tension that I didn’t even know I was holding.

“Alrighty then,” Tony said “Well, all we can do is wait, so just sit back and relax Bella, Edward keep sort of walking around, but don’t get too close to Bella or the killer may not strike. Bella if this creep pops up you know what to do, we can be there in less than two minutes, just give the signal.

“Got it,” I said, and I started setting up a tent that would be my home until Victoria decided to strike. I went into the tent and pulled a worn down copy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I was just getting to the bit where Oberon realizes how much Puck screwed up, and tells him to put everything right when my pocket vibrated.

The text from Edward read: You’ve got company, I’m on my way.

My heart started racing as I realized Victoria was on her way. I fought every instinct that Gibbs had instilled in me as I took the earwig out of my ear and the microphone off my jacket, carefully wrapping them in a bandana I’d stuffed into my bag.

It was then that I discovered that waiting for a vampire to attack is much different from waiting for a human assailant. For one thing, Humans almost always made noise, especially in the woods, vampires don’t. Another difference was that with humans I usually had some time to react. Victoria would slit my throat before I even realized she was behind me.

I suddenly felt two cold arms grab me from behind, and I looked up to see Esme behind me. This was all part of the plan. We’d realized that Victoria was unlikely to come anywhere near Edward if she could help it, but out of all the Cullens, Esme was the least threatening. Esme was supposed to distract Victoria long enough for the rest of the Cullens to come and take care of the situation. Having her with me made me feel much calmer, but I couldn’t help myself as my fingers brushed against the scar on the palm of my hand, a cold reminder of what the enemy I was about to face could do.

Esme motioned for us to go outside the tent, so we could better see Victoria coming towards us. I followed her, and before I knew it there was a red blur streaking out of the foliage straight towards me. Esme shoved me behind her and I mentally calculated the approximate time it would take the rest of the Cullens to join us.

As I watched Esme engage Victoria I hoped my calculations were far longer than the Cullens would actually travel. I may have accepted the fact that I was part of the family, but I didn’t want Esme laying her life down for mine anymore than I wanted Charlie or Renee to.

It felt like hours had passed before Jasper jumped out of a tree fifteen feet to my left, and landed behind Victoria, even though it was probably less than a minute. I was nervous and every part of my body wanted to run, but my legs refused to move, which in retrospect was probably a very good thing. As long as I was still I was a slightly less of a distraction.

Esme seemed to be falling back towards me as Jasper continued to go at Victoria. It seemed like he was forcing her back, but they were moving too fast for me to be sure.

And then in the time it took me to blink, Victoria was gone and Jasper was running after her.

“No,” I whispered.

“Just wait,” Esme whispered back, “This isn’t over.”

And she was right the next thing that came into my field of vision was Victoria’s hair flying towards me again, but this time there was a bronze haired man, who was apparently holding her by the throat.

That was the last thing I saw before my face was shoved into Esme’s shoulder, presumably to keep me from seeing what was about to happen. Apparently you can take the girl out of the small town where she had blood issues, but you couldn’t take the hyper protective tendencies out of the girl’s family.

I expected to hear screams or some sign of a struggle, but they didn’t come and before I could fully process that fact I was wrapped in Edward’s embrace as he whispered “It’s over” repetitively in my ear.

I looked at him questioningly, wondering where Victoria was being cremated.

Apparently he understood my query, because he said, “Emmett showed up with Alice just in time to take her remains just far away enough that nothing could be connected with us, but close enough for them to pull you out of the op.”

I nodded into his shoulder unable to find my vocal chords. I don’t know how long we stayed like that, but out of nowhere Edward jumped up and ran to my tent, returning with my ear piece and mic.

“Swan? Are you there?” Gibbs’s voice came over the device.

“Yeah boss, I’m here.”

“Swan, you need to get out of there, there’s a forest fire about a half a mile away, and we don’t know if it can be contained.”

“Alright boss, I’m on my way out.”

I turned to Edward, “Did that just go as well as I think it did?”

Edward grinned, “Don’t get too excited love we still have to convince him to drop the case.”

Oh. Right.