When Edward left in New Moon, Bella finds out she's pregnant. But carrying a vampire's baby isn't going to be easy! What will she do? Will she survive? Will she ever see Edward again? SM Pregnancy
16. Chapter 16
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It was a dark night. A red-headed female was crouching on the grass outside, looking at something with her dark crimson eyes. She suddenly pounced and scaled the house she was looking at. She opened a window on the second floor and leaped through it. Her eyes narrowed when she saw that the bed in the room was empty. There was a light snore from somewhere in the house and the woman’s head shot up. She sped towards the direction of the snore and opened the door. She watched as the man, sleeping in the bed rolled onto his side. She crouched into a hunting position and pounced towards the man, sinking her teeth into his neck.
The vision ended, and I looked down and saw Bella with her eyes closed. Her breathing hitched at times, but was calmer. She was sleeping. I whipped my head around and looked at a horror-struck Alice.
“When?” I mouthed.
What’s wrong? Rosalie thought.
“Keep an eye on Bella,” I asked Rosalie quickly, removing my hands gently from Bella’s. I sped up the stairs and into Carlisle’s office with Alice following behind me.
“Is everything okay with Bella?” Carlisle asked aloud since Alice was with me.
“She’s asleep, but she’s the same otherwise,” Alice answered speedily. Carlisle’s thoughts became confused.
“Alice had a vision.” My voice was panicked. “Do you remember the woman, Victoria?” Carlisle nodded.
“She’s after Bella!” Alice cried before I had a chance to explain. Carlisle’s thoughts became shocked, but then went to Victoria and her coming to our house.
If she’s coming to our house, we need to move Bella somewhere safer.
Victoria had gone to a lot of trouble to find Bella. Would she stop at just her house? Alice would see if she was determined to find her and come to our house. I decided to clarify Alice’s vision to Carlisle.
“Alice had a vision of Victoria at Bella’s house tomorrow night. She’s going to kill Charlie when she doesn’t find Bella.” I tried my best to keep my voice calm. Carlisle’s thoughts went over several plans before he settled on one.
“Edward, Bella is safe here and no one will harm her. However, we need to protect Charlie. I want you, Emmett, and Jasper to go and stop Victoria. I will stay here and look after Bella.”I don’t relish killing another creature. Even a sadistic one like Victoria, Carlisle added in thought.
I didn’t want to leave Bella, but I didn’t want to let my brothers go and fight without my help. Victoria was a dangerous fighter. Lethal.
“You will look after her?” I asked, although I knew he would.
“You have my word.” He looked towards Alice, then me. “You must not utter a word of this to Bella. Any amount of stress will make this considerably worse for her.”
I didn’t want to keep secrets from Bella, especially since I was trying to regain her trust again, but I didn’t want to make her worse by putting extra stress on her shoulders.
“I will notify the rest of the family,” Carlisle murmured. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Alice nod and turn to go downstairs. Carlisle could tell I wasn’t finished talking. I had always relied on Alice’s visions, but since Bella was now a loop hole in them, I couldn’t fully trust them as much as I used to.
“Bella is an exception to Alice’s visions at the moment,” I murmured quietly. “What if Victoria gets around them and comes here?”
I see your point, but if Victoria came here, it would be in one of our futures.
“I’m not going to risk it,” I stated. “Until tomorrow I want someone on constant alert.”
As well as going with you tomorrow, I’m sure Emmett and Jasper will go on alert, although they will need to hunt before then.
I knew they were slightly thirsty as I had been hearing their thoughts, especially Jasper with having a human in the house. But I only needed them for a couple more days. Surely they could last a little longer. I thought Emmett had hunted when he…found Bella.
“They’ll last a couple more days. I need them both here to help protect Bella.”
They need to hunt to keep up their strength to defeat Victoria , and so do you.
I sighed. I needed all of their strength to help me kill this Victoria. And hunting was the only way to do that.
“Fine,” I huffed. “But I’m staying here.”
If you think that’s best.
“When we’re finished with Victoria, then I’ll hunt,” I clarified.
Be careful when you go.
“I will…” I murmured, turning on my feet and running down the stairs and into the living room. Bella was still sleeping with Rosalie at her side. Everyone else was out of the room.
Are you going to tell me or not? Rosalie demanded in thought.
“Carlisle will,” I whispered, just loud enough for her to hear. I wasn’t going to risk Bella hearing anything. I sat down in the chair next to Bella.
“Rosalie?” I heard Alice ask from the doorway. “Carlisle’s holding a family meeting in his office.”
“Is he coming?” Rosalie snarled, gesturing towards me.
“No,” I said.
“Then me neither,” she growled. This is a trick I know it. Send all of us up stairs so you can harm the baby.
I sighed in frustration.
“I wouldn’t do that to Bella. I’m trying to regain her trust, not destroy it.” Her eyes narrowed.
I will be listening, she vowed as she walked towards the door. She and Alice both headed upstairs towards where the rest of the family was.
Bella’s eyelids started fluttering.
“Shh…” I hushed, gently brushing her hair with my hand. “Go back to sleep.”
Nevertheless she opened her eyes, looked at me, and smiled. I couldn’t help but give a little smile back myself. I tried to ignore the massive balloon that was her stomach.
“How are you feeling?” I whispered. She seemed to think for a second.
She smiled even more and said, “Better.”
I breathed a sigh of relief and smiled a bit more. It seemed that blood was what the fetus wanted. From the first moment I fell in love with her, I always considered it to be a nightmare, her drinking blood and being one of us. But it was necessary to keep her alive now, so I had to think of it differently.
Victoria ’s coming to Forks?
We should have never stopped looking for her.
We get to fight something! Finally!
The thoughts of my family made me frown slightly. I heard the light footsteps of them coming downstairs.
I do need to hunt badly. It’s hard living with a human in the house, Jasper thought.
I can’t wait to get back and fight Victoria! Emmett thought.
“Don’t let anyone see you, and be quick.” I said at vampire speed so Bella wouldn’t hear. The door shut.
“What was that?” Bella asked, obviously seeing my lips move quickly. I didn’t want to lie to her, so I kept to the truth as much as I could.
“Emmett and Jasper are just going hunting,” I said, shrugging.
“Go,” Bella insisted. I shook my head.
“Not today, but I will soon,” I promised. Bella sighed.
“Is everything else okay?” she asked, sensing something wasn’t right. My mouth pulled down at the edges when she said is everything else okay, as she wasn’t.
“Everything’s fine,” I lied. Her eyes narrowed in suspicion. I needed to change the subject.
I wonder if Bella would be willing to try and drink some more blood, I heard Carlisle think from upstairs. Edward, I’ll be bringing some down in a few minutes.
I decided I might as well ask Bella.
“Did you want to try and drink some more…” I couldn’t say it. It felt wrong asking the love of my life to drink something that was so vile. Knowing what I was asking, Bella nodded.
“And maybe try something to eat. You must be starving,” I said.
“I am,” she admitted, one side of her mouth pulling up into a half smile. I caught Rosalie’s scent as she walked into the room. Her thoughts were filled with hate for Victoria.
“Rosalie?” I asked politely, never taking my eyes off Bella. “Could you please ask Esme if she could whip up some food for Bella?”
Food? She must be feeling better… Rosalie thought. She nodded and turned to go upstairs and find Esme. Bella was still looking up at me, smiling slightly.
Esme’s thoughts went over several recipes before she settled for cooking an omelet. Rosalie returned to the room, sitting on the sofa which was a few meters away from Bella, and picked up a magazine.
I love my momma. I’m happy.
I jumped out of the chair I was sitting in, sending it flying back, crashing and smashing against the wall behind me. Rosalie leaped from the sofa and crouched protectively over Bella, growling. Bella was staring at me wide-eyed, looking frightened. Was I finally hearing Bella’s thoughts? I didn’t recognize the voice.
“What were you just thinking about?” I choked out, looking at Bella. Her forehead became creased.
“Nothing…what’s wrong?” she asked, still looking frightened. Had I imagined it? No, I was sure I had heard something. I looked behind me and saw the rest of my family had gathered behind me, except for Emmett and Jasper.
“Think of something…anything!” I asked. I waited for something to enter my mind…nothing.
Edward? Carlisle asked carefully. I shook my head, trying to clear my head.
“I don’t understand…What’s wrong?” Bella asked.
I like momma’s voice.
My eyes zeroed in on her stomach. Was I hearing the fetus’s voice? No, not voice - thoughts? I took a step forward, and knelt by Bella and took an unnecessary breath. I gently laid both of my hands on her stomach. I heard Bella gasp along with my family.
“Edward?” Carlisle asked aloud to get my attention.
“I think I can hear his…or her…thoughts…” I said, not quite believing it myself. The voice didn’t seem to be male or female. Maybe because it hadn’t talked yet and heard its own voice, he or she didn’t know either.
Who’s that other person’s voice…I like it. I love my momma.
“You can hear him?” Bella gasped. I looked up and saw Bella, with wonder written all over her face. I nodded slowly.
“He loves you.” I smiled. She smiled back, placing a hand on her belly on top of mine.
“It’s a boy?” she asked gently.
“I don’t know…” I shook my head. I held my breath and leaned in, kissing her forehead.
This is great news. Maybe we will be able to communicate with the child, Carlisle mused.
I’m so pleased for them both…Umm…Her omelets getting cold... Esme thought.
“Still hungry?” I asked. She nodded. Esme walked over and handed Bella the plate along with a fork, touching her shoulder as she left.
Bella began eating, and my family apart from Rosalie left to give us some privacy.
I’ll come back a little bit later to see if she would like to drink some more blood. Carlisle thought as he left.
I took a different chair, since the previous one was smashed and placed it next to Bella, and sat in it. I placed one hand on her stomach, gently rubbing soothing circles with my thumb. This child loved Bella, and it wasn’t his fault that Bella was like this. He truly loved Bella. A few minutes later Bella finished eating and handed me the plate with the fork balanced on top. The fork tipped over the edge of the plate, I grabbed it before it hit the ground but Bella had already shot up in the bed.
Ouch! Why did she move so quickly?
Bella’s face scrunched up as she was kicked from the inside. Quickly I dropped the plate to the floor and rubbed the spot where he had kicked Bella. Rosalie was stroking Bella’s hair. A few moments later Bella relaxed a little.
“You just startled him…” I murmured.
“Sorry, baby,” she cooed as she rubbed her belly. She gently laid back and her eyelids started drooping.
“Go to sleep…I’m here,” I murmured. She nodded gently and closed her eyes. I started to hum her lullaby. When her breathing rate calmed and she was asleep, I let her lullaby fade to a stop.
Then I heard a familiar, but unwelcome thought. Victoria will be pleased…
I drew in a sharp breath.
“Get Bella out.”
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