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The Power of Love

Summary:
Exactly how strong is the bond that Edward and Bella share? Join Bella and Edward as they embark on a journey where their love is challenged. Watch as Bella and Edwards' roads cross and divide. Can they each handle their mistakes? Will Edward abandon Bella or will their love survive the hardships life has to offer? This is set right after Edward leaves Bella in New Moon and begins with Bella in a deep depression.


Notes:
Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight or any of the characters in this story. This story is written for fun. I am an enthusiast and a fanatic of the lovely Stephenie Meyers. Also please be patient. This story is already written. The first 5 chapters are short; they are glimpses that help set up the story. As the story progressed it seems that the chapters get longer and longer. Also this story is told from various points of view. Each view will be posted to avoid confusion.


15. Alice's Vision

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A crashing picture comes colliding into my perception. I see Alice step out of the car, gasping, "Edward!" Her face contorted in agony, she exclaims "Oh Bella!".

My eyes close at the catastrophe in front of me.

Bella crumpled to the muddy ground. She was crying her face was stained with dirt and rocks, her hair disheveled and unkempt. Her face buried into her knees and she curled up into a ball, pulling her knees up to her chest she began to rock. There was a fire ablaze in the town behind her in the distance. Tall grass surrounded her as she just sat, in what appeared to be a state of shock in the middle of a swamp. A heavy snarl resonated in the background. Bella's ears perked up and her head bobbed up. A crocodile crept up towards my angel. He crawled in a menacing way, approaching Bella. His pointed snout bared his teeth even though his jaw was closed. His belly dragged against the ground as he slithered closer. Bella looked at the tan colored reptile and sighed. She curled up more and placed her head back down, sobbing harder.

An explosion came from behind her, probably from the city in flames. She shuddered at the loud noise but kept her head down completely uncaring for the threat that lurked in the pit of mud, now only yards away from my precious. The fire continued and then fazed out.

Alice looked over at me as I tried to decipher what I had just seen. I couldn't exactly see Bella's face since her hair had been pasted all over her forehead and cheeks. Rage built up inside me. My Bella was alone and in despair with nothing but disaster surrounding her. I couldn't be there for her. She was so far away. All I wanted to do was protect her from everything, my fragile angel.

I glanced up at Jacob, my eyes a deep onyx, and growled, "How could you just leave her?"

As soon as I said those words, instant regret swam over me. Bella wouldn't be alone if I had never left her in the first place.

Jacob looked at me, now trembling, "What's it to you? You left her to die."

I wasn't completely sure what he meant by that. Surely Bella had been hurting. I would know, I couldn't function without my angel. But, to say that I left her die? The only threat that I had left her with was Jacob and his gang. And honestly I didn't know that he had become a werewolf. Besides it's not like she had had a previous friendship with the mutt.

"I left her here in Forks with Charlie, to protect her from evils like me, like you. I tried to be strong and let her lead a normal life. I couldn't stay away. When I returned she was gone. But I see none of it has done any good, look at the trouble she's in now!"

Jacob looked at me quizzically. He hadn't seen what I had seen however he seemed to believe that Bella would be in some kind of trouble. I wondered what danger exactly Jacob believed Bella would encounter.

"You knew she would get into trouble and you left her, far from home, with no one to help her. You knew she would attract danger and now she is lost in the swamp with a crocodile swimming in her direction. Why? Why would you just dump her in the swamps?"

He continued to tremble. "I may not have been there for her but I didn't leave her surrounded by danger."

I knew that it wasn't Jacob's responsibility to care for my Bella. But I couldn't find her. I tried. I had been looking for her, to save her from herself. I wanted her so bad, perhaps I really wanted to save myself. Only an angel could do that. I recalled Alice's previous visions where Bella is floating in the air with a white light surrounding her. I remember seeing her lifeless body on the forest floor. I had thought she had died. I couldn't make sense of it. Emmett had believed that she had been transformed. I didn't agree. Something was missing. And what was that strange white light? It was difficult to decipher. All I know is that those visions had my head spinning already. And now there is a new one with her in the swamp. Did the other not happen? I'd never bet against Alice but I am not sure how else to interpret these visions.

I knew what I had to do. I had to find her my salvation. I wouldn't give up. This time I would be there for her. This time I wouldn't abandon her. I shuddered at the thought of impending doom.

But what if I was too late.

I had to hurry, no more wasted time with the stupid dog.

I looked over at Jacob, "I am going to her. Where in Florida is she?"

Jacob scowled, "I don't know. She asked me to leave, so I did. What makes you think she'll take you back?"

In my head I smiled knowing that my Bella had pushed this dog's love away. She had been with him but she obviously hadn't chosen to stay with him. She scooted him away. But the damn mutt was right, what if she didn't want me back? But then why would she have invited me to meet her in Jacksonville? And why had she not been in Jacksonville?

So many unanswered questions so little time. I looked over at Alice, "I am going back to Florida."

All of sudden my five senses piqued. I felt a rush of emotions enter my body. I fell to the ground, holding it for support. I steadied myself and let the vision come. I saw Alice from my periphery run up to me screaming, "Edward! What is it? What's wrong?"

The world spun a 180 and I was in the swamps of Florida. I could see lush green vegetation all around. I could hear the wild life cackling in the background. Loud deep resonating snarls, birds flying above in the scorching heat. I felt the bright sun beat down on my skin, I looked down and saw brown mud sticking to every inch of my pale skin. I could smell the nasty wasteland that surrounded me, then I saw her, my Bella, her eyes again covered by masses of clumped hair. All I could make out were black orbs where her eyes should be. Her skin looked ghostly pale. She cried out in despair, "Edward, where are you! I need you. Please don't leave me!"

In the background I could sense the heat from the fires in the city. As I inhaled the smoke wafted into my nose. I looked back into the direction of the town I saw a sign , broken and weathered, Everglades National Park. Paired off to the side of the road existed another sign that said route 41.

My Bella appeared before me again, this time she was standing, anger resonated from every pore of her body. Her voice deepened and her hands were radiating an orange glow. "Why don't you want me anymore?"

I jumped up in a daze and said, "Bella needs me now. I have to go to her!"

Alice immediately responded by gracefully leaping in the Volvo, telling me mentally, I'll drive you to the airport.

We left Jacob standing there, helpless in the dust our car had kicked up.