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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.


8. Chapter 8

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The second body was later identified as petty officer Lynn Samuels. She shared several things with our other victim, including eye color, general body type, a coffee addiction, and a distinct lack of evidence on her body. Tony thought it was a serial killer, Ziva thought it was a maniac, McGee thought it was a good book plot, and Gibbs thought we weren’t working fast enough.

I didn’t know what I thought. On the bright side there was no way Edward could have committed the murder, he was in lock up at the time. On the other hand, there was a killer out there targeting women who had brown hair and brown eyes without an athletic figure on the loose. I knew I fit that MO, but I also had learned that there was usually some kind of less obvious thread tying victims together.

I was contemplating this idea when out of the corner of my eye I caught a flash of blonde hair coming out of the elevator. Jasper Hale was being led over to my team’s area by two NCIS officials.

“Agent Swan, this man was pulled over by the police by the area where the latest victim was found, we were instructed to bring him to Agent Gibbs. Can we leave him in your custody?”

“Yes, thank you,” I replied. The other agents left, and I was alone with Jasper, or as alone as I could be surrounded by other teams. “What the hell happened Jasper,” I whispered tensely, “I know you know better than to go anywhere near a crime, especially one where Edward was accused of murdering a woman.”

“I know Bella, but I was just there to pick up a couple of things that Alice had left at the campsite, I didn’t go anywhere near the place where you found that girl. You know I didn’t do it right?”

“Of course I know you didn’t do it, if you’d killed her there wouldn’t be any evidence,” I started, but I was cut off.

“Is that a fact Agent Swan?” Gibbs was right behind me.

Shit, I thought to myself; talk fast Swan, “Errr, yes sir. When I went to bring Mr. Cullen to pick up his things last night I met the rest of his family. I noticed that Jasper has a degree in forensic science, I imagine that if he had murdered someone, there wouldn’t be any evidence left.” Note to self, make sure the Cullens manage to forge Jasper a diploma for forensic science and hope to God that Alice sees this now.

Gibbs just gave me a look before motioning for Jasper to follow him, as Jasper walked towards interrogation Gibbs called back to me, “Swan, take Mr. Cullen home, I’m done with him.” I practically ran up the stairs to interrogation to pick him up.

Once we were in the car I filled Edward in on my lies. He whipped out a sidekick and was silent for about five minutes.

“Alright, Jasper has officially graduated from Duke with a degree in forensic science. Now, are you thinking what I’m thinking?”

“That’s its way too much of a coincidence that both you and Jasper have been accused of killing women within the last couple of days?”

“And I thought I was the mind reader. Was the second victim stabbed as well?”

“Yeah, same kind of knife too. Unfortunately, this particular knife isn’t exactly unique, it’s one of the top knives purchased my hunters, and the company doesn’t put serial numbers on them, so there’s no way to trace them.”


“Yup, who would want to do this to your family?”

“I can’t think of any humans, no one has slipped up in almost fifteen years, but you said your forensic scientist pulled a few fingerprints off the body and no vampire would leave them. Have you gotten a match yet?”

“No, but I really think that anyone who’s deranged enough to kill two women just to get back at you is deranged enough to hold a grudge for more than a decade and a half.”


We were silent until we pulled up in front of his house. I could tell that this would be a two glass night.