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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.


6. Chapter 6

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I let it ring two more times before I leaned over and answered it, “Hello?”

“Swan? How’re things going with Cullen?”

“Fine Gibbs, we’re just having a little discussion.”

“Discussion? Bella are you sure you’re alright?”

“I’m fine Gibbs, but I gotta go, the pizza’s here.”

“You bought him pizza? Bella, people suspected of murder don’t deserve pizza.”

“It’s not for him, it’s for me. I’ll see you tomorrow.” I hung up the phone.

To Edward’s credit he was silent the entire time I was on the phone, and his face was completely blank to the untrained eye, but I knew him better and could see the burning emotion in his eyes as he waited for me to speak. Unfortunately at that moment my voice decided not to work, and I just stared back at him.

“I seem to have startled you; I didn’t want to bring it up that way. I had a plan you know.” It seemed he could take the silence no more.

“A plan?” I choked out.

“Oh yes, it was very good if I do say so myself. I was going to watch you after I’d been cleared to see if you had any emotional attachments to anyone. Then I was going to have Alice or Esme invite you over to catch up, while I would be sitting around the house, they were going to leave you alone with me. Then I was going to start playing your lullaby and ease you into the idea of being friends. Then, if you seemed like you wanted it, I would have told you I still loved you.” He seemed very proud of himself.

“Hmm, it was good until the friendship bit.”

“What was wrong with that?”

“I wouldn’t have let myself be friends with you. I wouldn’t be able to take it. I imagine it would be like going window shopping, it would be fine to look at and visit, but you can never take it home. So I would have made up some kind of excuse about being your friend, probably saying I couldn’t be around you because you were a suspect for a while, and then I would have gone about my life and you would have gone about yours.”

“Bella, I could never just go about my life. Even if you refused my friendship, I would have been around. You wouldn’t have seen me, but I would have been there, watching you, like the worst kind of stalker, just to make sure you were safe.”

“More like an angel.”

“I’m not going to get into that debate with you again; you know how I feel about my soul, or lack thereof. In any case you still haven’t responded to the fact that I told you I love you, and I’m not going to let you change the subject again. If you don’t feel the same way, tell me and I will accept your decision, I know it is my fault for leaving you. But if it is possible that you still feel anything for me, if you are still able to, let me know, and I promise I will be everything I can to you.”

I stared at him for a moment. I knew I still loved Edward, but could I let myself let him back into my life? After all the pain I’d felt for him? After all the sleepless nights? After all that I had missed because even the most insignificant experiences in high school and college dredged up memories of him that I thought were better forgotten? The answer was obvious, “Edward, I love you more than you will ever know, but I don’t know if I can trust you to keep your promise to me. After all, last time you said that you would be there as long as I wanted you, and look where that led. I can’t take my heart being destroyed a second time, I won’t live through it.”

“Bella, I will never hurt you again, I know you can’t understand that right now, but I need you to believe me. I need you.” And with that he move with all of his vampire speed toward me and suddenly his very hard lips were pressed up against my very soft ones. And before I knew it I was kissing him back. I knew I that the instant he touched me my body left my control, and when he tried to pull away I clung to his shirt trying to hold him despite the fact that I knew I couldn’t.

He laughed softly against my lips, “I’m glad to see that you’re so enthusiastic love, but you do still need to breathe.” I sucked in oxygen, which relieved the pain in my chest that I had not noticed until he mentioned my needs.

Once I had myself under control I spoke, “Edward, as much as I would love to spend the rest of eternity doing that, and possibly more I just can’t right now.”

“I understand, I thought I might be taking things too fast for you, but I just couldn’t help myself. I will give you whatever space you need. I’ll do whatever… why are you laughing?”

“Because the idea of you taking things to fast is hilarious to me. I always felt that things were moving too slow. Edward, I was referring to the fact that you are currently the only suspect in a murder investigation I’m conducting.”

“Oh,” he looked confused for a moment, but then a huge grin broke out across his face, “So you really don’t mind it if I kiss you?” He kissed my cheek, “Or hold you?” he pulled me against his iron chest, “Or love you?” His lips moved to mine.

When he finally let me go I answered him, “Nope, in fact, I’d really mind it if those things didn’t happen.”

He laughed, “However first thing tomorrow morning we have to go back to being the agent and suspect who never met until I can clear your name.”

“I suppose I’ll be able to manage that, after all, we have tonight.”

“Yes we do.”