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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.


18. The Hunt

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Our eyes were blazing red after our meal. I couldn't believe the exhilaration the rush the power that came after the feeding. I could still feel the blood curdling scream that came from the woman. My Bella and I had been hunting humans for the past month. So far, one per week. I can honestly say that I enjoyed it. I took pleasure in taking these people lives. I felt like it was my calling.

The first time it was a lot easier than I would have thought

Bella and I ran full speed into the town that drew us. We crept quietly in the night. Unseen and in the dark, we climbed up the side of the red brick high rise that the older man lived in. We stood steadily perched on the windowsill. The window in front of us was closed and locked. Bella closed her eyes and an energy protruded from her body. She clenched her jaw and the energy seemed to saunter out of her. Then I saw the lock move on its own accord. Bella had moved it. A breeze had suddenly picked up and Bella's hair floated around her head. Bella was still covered in mud. She had pieces of it caked to her cheeks. But Bella's eyes were radiant and red. Her pale skin shone in the ivory moon. An orange glow consumed her from the inside out. She took her fingers and placed them on the glass sliding it open. She slithered into the room and I followed without hesitation. A sharp burst caught my nose. This was a smell so strong so alluring I couldn't control my thoughts. I had to have it. Bella glowed even brighter as she inhaled the scent to the capacity of her lungs. Bella glanced over at me with her hungry eyes and smacked her lips. Just as I was convinced that reason had deserted me for certain, I heard his thoughts. They came to me in full force. These thoughts were stronger that the ones I typically sensed. These were like the ones I had of Bella. They contained a slew of all five senses. I understood why fate had brought us to this man's doorway.

I returned Bella's stare as she realized that I finally comprehended. She smiled seductively and crawled up over towards the big Victorian bed that the man slept on.His dreams, more like nightmares loomed over his head. She gently pulled the blankets off of the old man. No blankets, the window was wide open and the man shivered at the burst of cold air. Bella had now crawled onto the bed, sitting over the man spreadeagle. His breathing quickened and stuttered and his wrinkled eyelids fluttered open. A gasp caught in his throat. He finally found his voice and focused his full attention on my Bella, "Well, hello there young lady? What can I do for you?" An obscene amount of visions of this old bag violating my angel came flooding into my mind. I had no reservations about taking his life. Bella bent down, pulling his chin up and out of the way. She licked her lips hungrily and opened her jaw, the man had now idea what was ahead. She sunk her teeth into to his neck and let out a moan as she drank from his elixir. With one hand raised she motioned for me to come.

As you wish.

I joined her on the bed and bit down on this man's chest. An ecstasy so surreal entered my body. I continued to drink as did Bella. I felt so powerful, rejuvenated and alive. Even more importantly, I felt a sense of achievement of satisfaction. We finished him off in a matter of minutes. Any tension that had existed previously had now dissipated into nothing. I felt at peace.

What an odd sensation to have after feeding.

After we had fed, Bella took a shower and freshened up. She came out wearing a black wife beater and a dark blue bagging sweats. She had rolled up the bottoms and cleaned off her airwalks. She had spent quite a bit of time in the bathroom. I guess that there was a lot to clean up. Her hair had been blown dried. It was long and black with streaks of blonde framing her face. My beautiful Bella, bouncing her hair as she walked over to me. I was still skating on clouds from the high I received after feeding.

"Edward, Edward are you ok?" Concern consumed Bella's face.

"Bella, what is going on?" I had still had this haze of happiness lingering over my head. I couldn't shake it. Everything we just did felt right.

"Bella I don't understand. Why don't I feel like I did before? I have hunted humans and it never felt like this. The hunt. The thirst. The after effect." I looked at her as confusion swam in my eyes.

"Edward, you've seen it. You've had the visions. I can't control it. I have to do it. The more I ignore this calling the more agony I feel. Edward, I need to know that you are with me. I can't control what is happening to me. Maybe I don't want it to stop. All I know for sure is that I don't want anything if I don't have you. I am ashamed because of the way you look at me now. I destroy things."

"Bella, I am not sure what is going on. But I have a theory."

"Uh-oh! More theories?"

"Bella, I think that your powers have something to do with what is going on. I could hear that man's nightmares. You could feel his aura. He was a very bad man. Old age didn't slow him down. He was down right sadistic."

"I know". Bella lowered her head in shame.

"So then why did I find you in such a mess?"

"Because I am doing this all alone. I have had to this all without you. I turned with out you. I hunted without you and I became a mess and collapsed and you weren't there to pick me up. Edward I missed you" Bella collapsed in the tan arm chair, pulling her knees up to her chest and rocking ever so slightly.

I walked over to her and put my had on her shoulder and began twirling my fingers in her hair.

"The worst mistake I ever made was leaving you. No words can explain what I was thinking. I wanted to protect you. It was hopeless to have thought that. How could I protect you when I couldn't even take care of myself? Bella I was a mess without you. I will never leave you again." I picked her up off of the couch and pulled her close to my chest. She snuggled in immediately. She took her hands and reached them up my neck, her icy fingers sending sparks through my skin. She cradles my chin with one hand and places the other behind my head. She pulls me forward and my lips meet hers. We locked lips for what seemed like an eternity. Both of our breaths quickened and my hands began to explore. This was all uncharted territory. The only thing holding us back was us.

She pulls back for a moment and peers into my eyes, "I have, do and will always love you."

Her eyes glisten with the light peering in from the dawn. She had more to say, "I will always be afraid that you will leave me. What you put me through was pure agony. And now here I am a huntress of the night. Do I repel you? Will you still love me when the guilt comes to consume you? My biggest fear has always been that you would leave."

"And here I am. Bella I am sorry. I want to make it up to you."

"But what about what's happened here?"

"Bella, you were young. You had no power, no control."

"Edward you are wrong this is so much more. I know that you feel it too." She began to raise her voice.

The full force of her eyes shifted towards me. I could anger rising with in her as balls of orange flames sprouted from her fists.

"Bella calm down. Yes, I feel it too. We need to call Carlisle. He can help up figure this out."

I picked up my phone and turned it on. I flipped it open ready to call home when it hit me again. The most amazing scent ever. Bella was already crouching in a cat like stance as the vision came flooding at me.

On the phone I could hear Alice's voice so far away and distant.

"Edward are you there? Edward. What is going on? I can't see anything. Did you find Bella?..."

I reached for Bella's hand and we both took strides towards the window. Together we leapt out and landed with a thud 30 floors below. I could barely see straight the power of the image consumed me.