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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.


6. First Encounters

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Chapter 6: First Encounters
We had only been driving for a day however it felt like an eternity. Emmett, Jasper and I decided to run through Forks to see if any evidence of Bella could lead us in the right direction. Emmett ran by the Cullen house, Jasper stopped into Bella's home and I went to our meadow. We had intended on meeting back up at Fork's High School. I zipped past the trees, lept over the sparkling stream and headed through towards the clearing. I stepped through the last pair of arched trees and gasped in awe as I saw the beams of light sneaking through the canopy creating just the right ambiance. I pictured my Bella standing there, basking in the sun, her ivory skin bright and vibrant in the light, her dark caramel hair healthily cascading in waves down her back. She looks up at me ever so slightly and I caught a glimpse of her taupe eyes beckoning me to come close. With small strides I made my way to where she stood distinctly in the center of our sacred place. The ray seeping through the leaves and branches seemed to be guiding me in that direction.

As I arrived to where she stood the light became overpoweringly bright and all the colors washed out. I blinked and saw that my Bella was gone. She had only been a hallucination. I peered down and saw a small mound of dirt obviously disturbed. The area around did not show any signs of harassment. I bent down in order to investigate the odd pile. I began to dig with my hands and quickly was stopped by a wooden box. I pulled it out of the ground and hugged it close to my body. The box had just recently been buried. It's structure was small 2x4 in size. It was a deep red cherry that smelled of peonies. In opening the mini-chest, flower petals burst out. A familiar scent sauntered out attacking my nose.

Bella.

I peeked through the petals and found a CD in a case with writing.

Bella's Lullaby... I gasped.

I dug through the remaining petals and found the picture of Bella and me and the tickets that my parents had gotten for us.

Jacksonville.

How did these items get here? I had left them hidden in Bella's room. Why were they buried here? Who put them here? And why did it smell like Bella?

I raced over to Bella's house. I climbed up the tree and jumped into Bella's room through the open window. I was astonished to see how empty the room appeared. The dresser and desk were covered with white sheets, the bed and rocking chair gone. My eyes glided towards the floor boards and found a missing plank of wood destined to guard our treasures, our memories gone. The hole in the floor was dark, yet I caught a glimpse of white under the floorboards. I leaned forward and tugged at the paper tucked under the floor. It was several sheets of paper with writing on it. Some of the sheets appeared to have been stained by water or some sort of liquid substance. Perhaps tears had landed on the papers. As I glazed over the written words on the scraps of notebook realization hit me.

It was Bella's handwriting.

Her words pained me. I sunk to the floor as I read her torturous sayings.

She was so sad, heart broken and alone. She had been struggling just to breath.

What had I done?

The last note seemed to have a different attitude. It appeared that Bella had made a decision to find me. I can't believe that she had believed that I no longer cared for her. She had been devastated because she believed the I had discarded her like I would garbage. She thought she wasn't worth it. These notes described pitifully the horror that my Bella had felt the few days after I had left her.

She sounded suicidal.

The last note described a renewed Bella. However it was dated months after the first notes. I was concerned as to why these had been buried together and also why they were left exposed with the floorboard missing. At that moment Jasper walked in.

"I thought we were meeting up at the school" He questioned me.

"Look what I found". I pointed at the notes in the floorboard.

Jasper looked down at the contents in the floor and read through the notes. His face crumpled up into an agonizing frown.

"She's so sad". He commented.

"But why is this here?" I brought up my question to him.

"She must be trying to tell you something. Was this floorboard missing when you got here?"

I nodded. Jasper relaxed and a wave of calm spread through the room. My shoulders dropped and I caught site of the missing floorboard. It was jutting out from the half opened closet. In a haze I crossed the room and was beside it. I cradled the board in my arms and scrutinized it from head to toe. I flipped it over and saw one word scratched in its surface.

Jacksonville.

Another clue.

I looked up at Jasper and exclaimed "We need to get Emmett and get to Jacksonville now."

Jasper smiled at me, "She still loves you".

I grinned and for the first time in months I felt thrill and excitement.

My Bella still wanted me. She was telling me where to go!


She must know that I wouldn't leave her.

But then why did she leave me in the first place?


Jasper and I ran over to the Cullen house just in time to see Emmett preparing to dart for the high school. We called over to him and turned back to greet us. His face somewhat bewildered at the change of plans our journey had taken. Then his face relaxed and then he grinned as he recalled the object he had found inside the Cullen home. Emmett turned swiftly towards me practically knocking me over.

"Check this out" He grinned excitedly.

I took the bag from his hand and peered inside. A note. Carefully I unfolded it and read my Bella's words. She had instructed me to go to our meadow.

Wow. I am surprised at her tone. She really sounded so aggressive.

Emmett looked for my reaction and Jasper reached out with his senses.

"I don't know what to say. Something seems off. She sounds like she'll stop at nothing. And it doesn't say that she wants to be with me. The note says that she wants answers". I sighed.

"She sounds pissed at you!" Emmett asserted.

"Well I already went to the meadow and found tickets to Jacksonville. At the house in Bella's room we found a board that also stated Jacksonville. Obviously we need to go to Bella's mother's home."

We climbed into Emmett's jeep and I closed my eyes from the anxiety that lies ahead.

I made attempts to dream of my sweet Bella. The glowing sun leaking through the windows of the jeep exposing our glittery skin. Emmett drove as fast as a jeep could go. We had made the drive from Denali in a little over one day. It would take any human at least 2 days if they only stopped for gas and food. Our trip to Jacksonville would take at least two days if we hurried.

If only I could sleep.