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Suspicions

Summary:
Bella's world takes a sudden frightening turn as suspicions become reality. Takes place just after New Moon as Bella struggles to decide between two conflicting worlds. Complete for now, sequel to come soon as well as Edward's POV of the story called 'The Fall'


Notes:
This is my first story so I'm really looking for some constructive criticism here! Thanks for reading my story.


2. Chapter 2

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Suspicions Chapter II

“Victoria.”

I stared at Edward, my eyes wide with fear. I was vaguely aware of her mouth hanging open and immediately shut it again. I felt slightly nauseous as I felt all the blood drain from my face. That’s when the panic hit me.

“Edward! We have to go back! Charlie’s still there, Charlie’s still in the house! I can’t leave him there Edward, not again!” I screamed, hysterical, unable to control the panic that threatened to consume me. Flashbacks filled my head, horrible memories of the last time Victoria had been a threat… running from James.

“Bella, we can’t do anything. We are to stay here right now.”

Edward held me in place by my shoulders, softly so not to hurt me but still unwaveringly firm. I struggled against his grip regardless. Edward tightened his grip and I looked up into his eyes. The fear of the situation was plain to see in his eyes and I could see my own fear reflected back at me.

“Alice and Carlisle have gone to get Charlie out and Emmett and Jasper are out searching for her now. You need to stay here with Esme and Rosalie. Victoria is searching for both of us Bella. I can’t let anything happen to you, not again. I can not lose you again.”

The pain at the thought of losing me caused Edward’s beautiful face to seem so pained and sorrowful that just looking at him caused me to feel as though my soul was shattering to pieces – as if I could never be happy again. I struggled to find my voice, to comfort Edward who looked in agony, struggling to control himself. I decided to say the one thing I knew would break him out of his melancholic state.

“I’m not letting you go out there alone,” I said, challenging Edward, “the only reason she’s a problem to your family at all is because of me. Because of me, Edward. If you think I’m just going to sit here and wait while you and your family are in danger than you are seriously mistaken.”

The result of my words, though my voice was shaky and not entirely convincing, was instant. Edward’s jaw grew firm as he clenched his teeth and his eyes narrowed as he focused on the tasks at hand. He looked toward the staircase.

“Esme, can you please take Bella to my room and sit with her there? I’m going out to find Emmett and Jasper so we can take care of this once and for all.”

I whirled myself around in shock, losing my balance and nearly taking out a small table to my left if Edward hadn’t held out a hand to steady me. I hadn’t even known Esme was in the room. I gave myself a quick mental scolding at my shock. I was in a house of vampires, they’re fast and quiet, the personification of stealth. I should know better by now. I was comforted to see Esme. While the others had an air of tension around them, Esme seemed only to be warm and supportive, comforting like a mother. I looked above her shoulder and saw Rosalie standing there and was relieved to see that her eyes only showed concern instead of her usual glare. Unlike the others who had grown to accept me, Rosalie was still a little more than cold to me. We were slowly building bridges and establishing a tolerable relationship but the situation with Jasper on my last birthday hadn’t helped progress anything.

“Go on Bella,” Edward said as he gently nudged me towards the stairs, “go with Esme and Rosalie. Don’t leave my room. Just stay safe and listen to some music. And don’t worry about us. We can handle this okay?”

The look he gave me nearly caused my heart to stop. It was so affectionate and warm that I could feel myself blush as though we’d been caught in a passionate embrace rather than a conversation. I knew that Edward was dazzling me but right now I was okay with that. I was okay with anything that meant I didn’t have to think about the danger happening right now.

I was so lost in Edward’s gaze that it took me a few seconds after he turned away to realize that someone was coming through the door. It was Carlisle quickly followed by Charlie. I was shocked to see Charlie and when he entered the house he was obviously shocked to see me.

“Bella!? What are you doing here? Do you know what time it is? You’re supposed to be in your room sleeping.”

“Edward ran to get Bella when he heard about the robberies, Charlie,” Dr. Cullen said soothingly and convincingly towards Charlie, “He was concerned that she might get hurt or scared and thought it best if she stay here with all of us. He just didn’t know if he should alarm you at this time of the night as you are sure to have a busy day coming up after all this crime.”

Carlisle winked at me and I made a mental note to thank him for saving me then. Charlie seemed a bit irritated and confused by my presence and he cast a wary glance towards Edward as Carlisle led him up the staircase.

“This way Chief Swan,” Carlisle directed, “the paintings that have gone missing were in my study on the second floor…”

“See, everything’s taken care of,” Edward reassured me as he not so subtly guided me towards the foot of the stairs where Esme and Rosalie were now standing, “head upstairs with them. Stay in my room. I’ll phone you when it is over.”

When it’s over – the words sent a shiver up my spine. I wanted to protest but Edward had rushed out of the door back towards my house. Back towards Victoria and the inevitable battle that stood before him.

“Come with me Bella,” Esme said softly, placing her hands on my shoulders and guiding me up the stairs. Rosalie’s eyes remained on the door Edward had just raced out of and didn’t say a word as we walked past her.

When we got to Edward’s room, Esme closed the door and then stood awkwardly, not really knowing what to do, and eventually sat down on the black leather couch.

“It will be fine, I’m sure of it,” she reassured me, “my boys are strong and when they work together they will have no problems.”

I nodded absentmindedly as I walked towards the wall where shelf after shelf contained the largest personal CD collection I had ever seen. I lightly ran a finger along the CDs as I looked at the titles without ever reading them. I had paused on one CD that I found unexpected in the frame of the CDs it was grouped with when the phone rang. I wanted to answer it but Esme was of course faster. She didn’t say much and soon the call was over.

“There’s been some complications,” she said as she looked at me, her expression careful so as not to upset me, “the wolves have shown up searching for Victoria and do not seem to care which vampire they find. Alice and the boys are having a difficult time with them and are coming back to the house. The wolves are too young, too reckless. They aren’t in control yet. It’s better for us to wait here in the house.”

The last part seemed to me more as though Esme was sorting out the situation and her thoughts out loud rather than trying to reassure me. Nevertheless, the thought of Edward, Alice, Jasper, and Emmett returning brought relief and happiness back to me.

Soon enough I could hear the front door open. I rushed to leave, careful to step over the golden rug so as not to trip on it, but Esme blocked the door.

“Let me go down first Bella. I want to make sure it’s safe and it’s the others. Not anyone… unexpected.”

I tried not to pout and be difficult but I knew my disappointment at being treated so fragilely was visible in my eyes. I didn’t have to wait for a call that it was safe as Edward nearly bowled me over rushing into the room. Well, maybe that was my own balance at the surprise of Edward’s appearance, but still…

“What happened?” I demanded.

“Your friend and his gang of puppies showed up as soon as we were about to close in on Victoria. She fled back into the forest and we decided it would be best to come back here rather than chase her and have to worry about them too.”

I could feel resentment and anger growing inside me with how he referred to Jacob and the other werewolves.

“Jacob is my friend Edward,” I said sternly, “he is just trying to get rid of Victoria because she’s a threat.”

“They’re too young Bella,” he replied, “they haven’t got their rage and instincts under control yet. As soon as Victoria fled several of them turned towards us. They only see vampires. They don’t make any distinctions. Luckily I don’t think any of them can act against us until the treaty is broken but I still don’t think we can trust them.”

He looked at me and I knew he could see the hurt on my face knowing that my best friend and my boyfriend were enemies by nature and knowing I had realized that I would have to choose and how much that would tear me apart. Edward cast his eyes towards the floor.

“I’m sorry Bella,” he said softly, genuinely, “but if it comes down to a fight, I’m going to have to defend myself. I can’t be held responsible for what happens if it comes to that. You know that right?”

I nodded slowly and stepped closer to Edward, wrapping my arms around his waist and resting my head on his chest. He wrapped his cold, strong arms around me and held me close. In my heart I knew what I would choose in the end. It was undeniable.

But that didn’t make it any easier.

Edward lifted up my chin, hesitating as usual to prepare himself, then kissed me softly. My heart raced and I struggled to remind myself to breathe. I went to put my arms around his neck a pull him in closer – to hell with Edward’s ‘proximity rules’ now – but he had already positioned himself so that I couldn’t move my arms in his embrace. I sighed in slight disappointment but allowed myself to become lost in his kiss. I parted my lips, wanting more, aching for more, but as usual Edward grew still and gently, but firmly, pulled away from me. I lightly gasped, trying to catch my breath and was pleased to see that Edward also seemed slightly breathless. That was always the sign of a good kiss.

“So, I was thinking,” I said, looking up to his warm, honey coloured eyes, trying to make my own brown eyes smolder the way I knew his could, “it seems like such a pain, everyone always worrying to keep me safe and me not being able to do anything about it…”

Edward sighed as I looked eagerly, maybe too eagerly, at him. He closed his eyes as his face took on the same mix of light irritation and sadness he always got when the subject was brought up – though I could see that this time the corners of his mouth were twitching a bit, fighting to keep from smiling.

“Not tonight, please, no more talk of this tonight.”

“But I’m tired of always being the damsel in distress,” I insisted, refusing to back down so easily, “I want to be able to help, to save you even.”

“I gave you an option Bella,” he said smugly as he gracefully sprawled out onto the couch, appearing exhausted even though we both knew better.

At the memory of the proposal it was my turn to look irritated.

“You know I can’t do that yet Edward.”

He smiled smugly as he rested his head back on the couch, eyes closed. He reached for me and pulled me towards him so that I was resting against him on the couch.

“Then we wait.” He said.