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.
3. Chapter 3
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DiNozzo and I headed down to the campsite about five minutes later. The instant we got into the car he started in on me.
“Alright Bells, what’s wrong?” He asked.
“What do you mean? Nothing is wrong Tony.” There was no way he could know the emotional turmoil I was going through, I was carefully making sure I was beyond composed.
“You’re too stiff Swan, it’s a surefire way to tell you’re not doing so hot. So give it to me, what’s got you down?”
Out of all the members of the team I would never have taken Tony for the most observant. Sure, he was good at a crime scene, but he seemed like he was a wreck in the emotional department himself. I sighed, “It’s nothing Tony, this case is just reminding me of some stuff from back home, and it’s just wearing me down.”
“Like what?” Tony was always asking questions.
“I had an old boyfriend who liked to go camping with his family, and going into the woods just reminded me of Forks, it’s really nothing.” Somehow Tony always managed to get everything out of me, I suppose that was part of why Gibbs kept him around.
“If you say so Bella, but you know we’re all here for you right?” I realized then that some of the people on my team were a good comparison to the Cullens. Tony was definitely my Emmett while Abby was my new Alice. I was closer with the two of them than any other member of my team. Tony was always looking after me like a little sister, most likely a result of not having any family around him. He was a great guy, we tended to spend most of the holiday’s together because neither of us had anywhere else to go. “So anyway, you’ve dated?”
I restrained myself from giving him a smack like the ones Gibbs was so famous for and answered him, “Yes Tony, I have dated. It just hasn’t gone so well. I had one serious boyfriend who I was absolutely in love with, but it just didn’t happen. Ever since then I haven’t gone out on that many dates, it’s just not something I’m that into right now.”
“Well for crying out loud kid! You’ve gotta get moving! You’re what? Twenty-five? You’re only young once, take advantage of it!”
“Tony! I’m twenty-one! Statistically speaking I shouldn’t even been considering marriage for another two years at least!”
“Whoa! Who said anything about marriage? I’m talking about having fun! Getting yourself out there! You’re really only twenty-one? Didn’t you finish college already?”
“Yeah, I got done early. There wasn’t much for me to do besides study so I picked up a bunch of extra credits.” We stopped talking while Tony drove.
We pulled up to the campsite and Tony started to get out of the car, but I put a hand on his wrist to stop him. “I think we should split them up. You know, make sure the stories mesh.”
“I don’t know Bella, Gibbs wouldn’t be too happy if he knew I let you be alone.”
“Tell you what, you let me do this on my own, and if the sister’s hot I’ll let you interview her and I’ll take the dad.” I could tell he was thinking it over, but I knew I would win. When women were involved Tony usually took the path that lead him to them.
“Fine you win.”
We got out of the car and walked over towards the Cullens. I could see Alice and Carlisle through the tent they’d set up, I assumed it was specifically for our benefit. Tony apparently also saw Alice because he whispered to me, “I love you so much right now Bells!”
We got out of the car, “Hi, I’m Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo, this is Special Agent Swan. We’d like to thank you for agreeing to meet with us on such short notice.”
“Don’t even think of it!” Carlisle smiled at us, “We want to do anything we can to clear my son’s name, I’m sure you’ll see this is all just a misunderstanding. Would you like to conduct your interview outside or would you prefer to do it in the tent?”
“Actually, if you don’t mind, we need to split up. Standard procedure in situations such as this.” If nothing else Tony could BS with the best of them.
“Of course,” Carlisle replied, “I wouldn’t dream of doing anything to interfere with your investigation.”
I smiled to myself, “Tony, why don’t you and Miss Cullen go in the tent, Dr. Cullen and I will go for a walk around the area.” Tony looked wary, but did as I asked and I gestured to Carlisle to follow me.
When we were a good twenty yards away I spoke, “So, how have you been Carlisle?”
He smirked, “Oh, same old same old, you know how it is, how about you Bella, or should I be calling you Special Agent Swan?”
I laughed a little at that, “Carlisle I wouldn’t have you call me anything but Bella, as I’m sure you know. I’ve been alright, it’s been a strange few years.”
“I’m sure it has.” We walked in silence for a bit before I remembered I was here for a purpose.
“So, what story are you and Alice giving us?”
He laughed to himself, “What do you mean story? It’s the truth, with a few minor alterations of course. The family was very tired from the day’s hike so most of them decided to go to bed early. Alice, Edward and I decided to make sure the fire went out alright. At around 11PM Alice and I decided to turn in as well, but Edward mentioned that he was going to go for a little walk to clear his head so he could fall asleep. I tried to get him to stay, but he insisted. Of course, our campsite is about three miles away from the site where the victim was found so my son could not possibly have gotten to the dead girl in order to kill her. He was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Carlisle said this with such conviction that I had to keep myself from laughing, “Bella? You do know that Edward didn’t do this right?”
“Of course I do, Edward would have hidden his tracks much better. Also I’m assuming he wouldn’t have needed a knife to make sure his victim was silent forever. The problem now is simply convincing my boss that Edward is not the guilty party. Gibbs doesn’t like coincidences.”
“Your boss seems like a smart man. I don’t really believe in coincidences either.” We walked a bit deeper into the woods before I remembered that Tony was probably almost done questioning Alice, and that we’d need to get back to the campsite.
“We’d better turn back, DiNozzo will kill me if I keep him waiting too long.”
I turned to go, but Carlisle put a gentle hand on m shoulder to stop me, “Bella,” he began, “do you think you could come back and visit us again sometime soon? I know Esme is dying to make sure you’re well fed and such, and Alice is probably about to spontaneously combust because she didn’t get to say two words to you. I understand if you don’t wish to of course, but I would consider it a personal favor if you would.”
I sighed, “Carlisle I would love to come back to see everyone. The problem is that as long as Edward is a suspect, I can’t come see you without making it look like I know as much as I do. I will try though, and I might be able to see Esme and Alice when this is all over, but until then my hands are sort of tied.”
“I understand, come on, let’s go see just how much Alice messed with that friend of yours.”
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