Another Word for Lonely
Thank you to Oh Mike, How will I go on for the amazing Banner!!! Go read her stories :) Bella's a half Vampire and half human, daughter of Aro, a secret that is to be kept at all costs. She moves away, disgusted from her life in Volterra, to Forks to start fresh. There, she runs into the Cullen's, who don't have any idea what she is, or who she's the daughter of. What happens when she falls for Edward, and Edward for her? And what will happen when Aro summons her back home? Who is in danger, Bella or the Cullens? AU Slightly OOC BxE
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I had hardly slept after my encounter with Jane the night before, opting instead to catch up on some reading. Edward had made good on his promise to stay away tonight, and I was grateful for that. I needed time to think and clear my head, to process everything that had happened last night.
I had taken my time getting ready this morning; I took a shower, made breakfast, did some laundry. I didn't want to face teh facts that I had to talk to the Cullen's about what danger potentially lies ahead for them. I had debated within myself of whether I should alert them, or just wait it out and see what happens. As of right now, I had decided to tell them, but who knew what I would end up doing later.
My phone buzzed and I walked over to see who it was.
'Good morning love. Will you be coming over soon? Yours Forever...E.'
'Good morning. Miss me much? I'll be over as soon as I change! Forever...B.' I replied. I quickly ran up the stairs, looking for something to wear, finally deciding upon blue jeans and an over sized grey sweater. I was feeling down, and my choice of wardrobe reflected that.
I grabbed my purse and keys and headed for the door when my cell phone rang.
"Hello?" I answered, wondering who was calling from a blocked number.
"Aro knows Bella," I heard Demetri say quickly on the line.
"Demetri? What are you talking about? What does he know?" I asked afraid.
"About the the Cullen's and...you. Jane called, stating that she was on her way back home but had urgent news for him. She told him that you have begun a relationship with one of them, and that they know your secret. He's not happy Bella." Demetri explained. This was the exact thing that I worried would happen.
"Demetri, they don't know anything. They are ignorant of my beginnings and where I came from. Jane knows that, why didn't she tell him?!" I said outraged.
"You know why Bella. Look, I've managed to keep him calm thus far, but I think it best if you call him...now. Explain to him whats going on, get him to see reason. Maybe it would be wise to come back and visit for a couple days."He offered.
"I'll call him right now, but I'm not sure about a visit. I can't leave them unprotected Demetri."
"Bella...can I ask you something?" He whispered, our phone call drawing to a close.
"Are you... are you really involved with one of them?" He asked quietly, and I internally was beating myself. Of course this news would hurt him, he had at one time had hope for the two of us, had he not?
"Yes, it's true. I'm sorry, I should have told you. I couldn't help it, we were just drawn to each other, we had no way of stopping it." I said.
"It's okay, I understand. He's your soul mate, you need him. I'll talk to you later Bella. Good luck." And then he hung up.
I was beyond the normal levels of anxious. I had to call Aro. I had to talk to him and calm him down before he did something rash. I instantly dialed his private number, surprised that he picked up on the first ring.
"My darling Bella! What a wonderful day it is that I may be able to speak to my talented daughter." Aro spoke through the phone. I almost wanted to gag.
"Aro, it is nice to speak to you." I answered.
"Darling dear, call me father of course." He said with an edge, but still polite.
"Of course...Father. What may I ask has led me to call you today?" I asked fearing the worst.
"I have heard the most peculiar thing from Jane, my dear, and would rather have liked to have heard it from you."
"May I inquire as to what it is you speak of father?" I asked, trying to figure out his motives.
"She has informed me of your close relations with a certain coven of Vampires. I am concerned about the status of our little secret my darling."
"I assure you father, our secret has not been told. Yes, they were suspicious of my origins when I first moved here, but I lead them to believe I was but another race, not a hybrid. They easily believed the ruse. But they are ignorant of the fact that I am your daughter and that I am from Volterra. I give you my word as a daughter my lord." I tried to explain.
"Ahh, I see. You can assure me that they are entirely ignorant of our secret? If I come to find out that that is not the case, I am afraid I would have to take care of it, and I would dearly hate for that to happen." He said sinisterly.
"Very well then. This all was just a misunderstanding then." He sighed.
"Yes, I'm sorry father."
"Oh and Bella...I would dearly love a visit from you soon dear. Maybe just in time for the festival this weekend?" He asked. I knew that when he asked that question, there was no denying. I had to go, and as much as I did not want to, it would only cause problems if I didn't.
"Of course father, I shall see you soon." I said, hanging up the phone. I wanted to cry. I wanted to huddle up in 6 blankets with a carton of Ben & Jerry's and cry. Now that Aro knew of my relationship with the Cullen's, it meant that I was his pawn. I was now forced to follow his every command, and if I did not, then he could hurt them. He knew it, I knew it, everyone knew it. Jane knew exactly what she was doing when she told Aro, and I hated her for it even more.
I walked up the steps tot he Cullen's house slower than usual. I took my time taking each single step, feeling the loss of happiness I swam in only hours before. I lazily pulled my hand up to knock, only to have it opened before my hand felt the cold hardness of the door.
"Hi Bella!" Alice squealed as she pulled me into a bone crunching hug.
"Hi Alice. You're happy to see me." I pointed out.
"I've missed you." She said pulling away.
"You saw me last night."
"I know, I just have a funny feeling...you know? So Edward's in his room, he has something for you!" She said, bouncing up and down.
"For me? What is it?"
"Don't you dare tell her Alice!" I heard Edward yell.
"It seems that I can't say. You'll love it though!" She said, bouncing away from me towards the back where I could hear Jasper waiting, no doubt to go hunting. I walked p the stairs to Edward's room, my mind going crazy at what could be waiting for me when I got there. With my hand on the handle, I slowly opened the door, immediately getting hit with new furniture smell.
"What's this?" I asked confused.
"It's a bed Bella, obviously." He laughed.
"I know it's a bed, but why? You don't sleep." I said annoyed.
"Yes, but you do." He said smiling.
"Umm...what?" I still wasn't getting it. For being half vampire, I could be really dense sometimes.
"This way, you could stay here some nights instead of having to go home. I just thought you'd be more comfortable here than on the couch." He shrugged his shoulders.
"You got a bed...for me." I said blushing. "Thank you Edward."
"You're welcome Bella. I just want you to be comfortable, I even went grocery shopping and stocked up on that horrid cereal of yours, the peanut butter one."
"Awww... you shouldn't have."I said as I bounded to him and kissed his cheek.
"It's no problem. How was your night last night after the dance? Miss me?" He said smirking.
"Nah... I had soooo much fun without you." I said sarcastically, emphasizing the 'so'. "Actually, I didn't sleep at all."
"Why not love?" He asked, as we both sat and cuddled on the new, and uber comfy, bed.
"Restless I guess. Did you know Angela Webber has a crush on Ben Chaney?" I asked him, remembering last nights details.
"Why didn't you tell me?"
"I didn't know you liked to know the latest gossip like other self-obsessed shallow high school girls." He chuckled.
"It's not gossip if no one knows! Why didn't you tell me, we could have been matchmakers this whole time!"
"That's why. I knew you would have wanted to meddle."
"I'm not meddling, I'm just saying that a few comments and suggestions at the right time could have created happiness for two of my friends." I said, snuggling into his side even more.
"Friends? I thought you considered most of the students acquaintances?" He had a point, I hadn't thought too highly of the student body upon arrival.
"Angela and Ben are different...She's always been really sweet with me, and she trusts me. I want to be worthy of her trust, I want to be her friend. And Ben...well he hasn't hit on me, so that's a plus. Please? Help me set them up?" I begged, looking up at him from under my lashes.
"Bella, I can't deny you anything when you look at me like that." He said, kissing my forehead.
"Remind me to remember that." I said laughing.
"Are you ready for Seattle this weekend?" Edward asked, quickly tuning my mood sour.
"It was this weekend? I...uh, gotta talk to you about that... I can't make it." I said hesitantly.
"Why not, you had been so excited to go?" He asked, confusion laced in his features.
"I have to go somewhere this weekend. I'll only be gone a few days."
"Go somewhere? You hadn't mentioned this before, what is it for?"
"I have some business to attend to out of town." I really hoped he would drop this line of questioning. I began to let my eyes wander around the room, focusing on small objects to take my mind off of this conversation.
"What business Bella?" I could hear notes of worry and irritation leak into his voice. I began to let my eyes read all the cd cases...
"Just stuff. You know, I did have a life before I moved here." I said, surprised at how cold it sounded.
"I knew that, sorry. You don't seem to be too excited about this 'business'..." He observed.
"I'm not, but I have to take care of a few things that can't be pushed aside. I'm sorry, but I can't tell you more than that." I said.
"I want to come with you. I don't feel right with you going alone." He said, his arms tightening around me.
"You can't come Edward. I have to do this alone." I said.
"I won't let you go alone Bella." He said. "I know you think you can handle everything on your own, but your worry about this trip only strengthens my resolve to go with you. When do we leave?" He asked.
"I leave in a few hours. You stay here." I said matter-of-fact.
"No, I'm going with you. Remember, I'm faster than you are. You won't make me stay Bella. This is for your safety."
"If you know what's good for you Edward," I said, sitting up and scooting away from him to the edge of the bed, "You will drop this and stay here while I take care of my business...alone." I was thoroughly irritated now. Who did he think he was to demand that he come along? I was trying to protect him here!
"I am coming with you Bella. Don't fight me on this." He said, sitting on the edge of the bed as well. Fine, he wants to play dirty, then so will I.
"Fine. I'm going to go pack and I'll meet you here in 30 minutes. Don't be late or I'm leaving you." I said stiffly. I got up and began to walk out the door.
"Bella...I'm only looking out for you, you know that right?" He sounded so worried. I turned around and gave him a small smile.
"30 minutes." I said, and walked out to my car.
I drove straight to Seattle, I had a good 30 minute head start, so I prayed that I would make it before he did. Hopefully he would realize I had left him before I could get to my plane. I had called the private hanger that housed my jet, and it was being prepped for flight as we speak. It was another perk of having your 'family' live across the Atlantic, you got your own personal jet to visit them.
My phone began to buzz and vibrate as I neared the city, not surprising me to see that I had upwards of 30 missed calls from Edward and his family. I wouldn't answer, I would only lose focus if I did and I needed it as I pushed the limits of my car's speeding abilities.
Finally, signs for the air strip were passing me by and I knew I was only moments away from my plane. I swerved and zigzaged my way to the airport, not pausing at the checkpoint, knowing I had already paid them off. The sky looked somber with its grey slouds looming above me, a light drizzle of rain cascading over my windshield. I finally saw the hanger that I needed, with a sleek small jet awaiting its passenger. Just like one would see in a Fast & Furious movie, I swiveled and drifted my car to a stop, putting the hand break to effect. The second the car stopped moving I was out and in the cabin, swiftly closing the door as I yelled the Captain to start moving.
I could faintly hear the sound of a car coming towards us, it sounded like a Porsche, a yellow Porsche. I walked over to a seat and strapped myself in, not wanting to look out the window just yet. I still feared that they would catch up to us, and my plan would have failed, but I soon felt the wheels lift from the ground, and before I realized it, we were in the air. I swiftly looked out the window to the car now below us. I could see a devastated Edward and a worried Alice rush from out of the car, looking up at me from the ground. Guilt crashed into me, knowing that I had lied and mislead them. I had ran away from Edward, refusing to bring him with me. But he wasn't ready for my life, he was not ready to learn my truth, my secret. I placed my hand on the window, looking apologetically at them. The last thing I could make out of their tiny bodies was Edward's out streched arm towards me, as if trying to touch my hand on the glass.
i sat back in the plane chair and relaxed as I neared my 'home'. I tired to sleep but the anxiety of the day refused to let my nerves calm.
I felt a vibration in my pocket, surprised to see that I had not forgotten my cell phone in the car.
'I love you Bella, but did you really have to run? E.'
'I'm sorry. There's alot you don't know Edward, I'm not good.'
'You are good Bella. If you would just talk to me...'
'I have to do this alone. I'm dangerous Edward...'
'More dangerous that a full fledged Vampire?'
'Okay...the people I know are dangerous. Please, don't follow me.'
'I love you, and I trust you; But you are putting my trust to the test Bella.'
'I promise I will be back in 3 days max. Please trust me on this?'
'3 days. Where are you going?'
'I can't tell you.'
'Fine, I'll go into the command center and find out.' He would immediately know the truth upon asking, he could pluck out the answer from their heads, despite the large sum I used to pay them for secrecy.
'Don't! Please trust me!'
"What's in Italy Bella?'
"Nothing. Stop asking questions. You're not ready for the answers.' I was becoming nervous. What if he suspected the truth?
'Who are the dangerous people you are visiting Bella...?' Uh oh...
'No one. Please stop...'
'Are you going to see the...Volturri?'
'Who?' Play dumb Bella!
'You can't seriously be going to the Volturri!!!!'
'Don't you dare follow me.'
'I'll be there in 10 hours.'
I had enough. I was on my way to visit with my father, a man that I didn't doubt would kill Edward the moment he knew he was in Italy. If Edward found out my secret, he would die. He couldn't go to Volterra. He couldn't walk right into his death. So I did the only thing I could think of, knowing it would break my heart in the process, but if this is what it takes to save him, then it must be done. I dialed his number, praying to god that he would pick up the phone. He answered on the first ring.
"Bella!" He breathed, relief in his voice. "I'm coming after you, whatever business you have with the Volturri, I'll help you. They're dangerous Bella, you can't just go alone into the lion's den."
"Edward. Stay in Fork's. If you arrive there, we're over."I said, trying to stifle the tears that were threatening to come loose.
"Wh..what?" He sounded torn and confused.
"I said we are over. I...I will pack up and move away, you'll never see me again."
"I don't believe you. If this is some attempt to stop me from going to Volterra, I'm not buying it." He said angry.
"It's the truth. If I find out you followed me, I'll disappear so quickly that you'll never find me. Listen to me...I'll be back in 3 days, at which point I'll tell you everything, but for the sake of your safety, and my sanity, stay in Forks."
"My safety!" He scoffed.
"Trust me, I'll be fine." I said.
"And you'll tell me everything when you come back?"
"Fine, I will stay. But I want you to update me every 12 hours. If not, I'm hopping on a plane and coming to get you." He said.
"Okay...Edward?... I love you." I said.
"I love you too. Please be safe Love. Come back to me."
"I will." I said, closing the phone. I hugged it to me, cradling the object to my chest. All I had to do now was live through this weekend and make it back to Edward...