A/N: Sherry rocks!

Chapter 4

I was terrified out of my mind, and yet, I had never felt so alive. I wasn't sure if it was the chase or the feeling that we could get caught at any second; or maybe it was the fact that Edward had admitted he had been protecting me all this time. I don't know, but whatever it was, I liked it. I enjoyed it. I wanted to bottle the feeling so I could remember it for the rest of my life.

I stood there staring at Edward, his hand still over my mouth, his body still pinned against mine as he stood there listening for any sign of danger. Was it wrong that I wanted him to kiss me, to touch me, to take me right there and claim me as his wife all over again? His scent was so overpowering, his touch electrifying. I had never wanted anyone as much as I had wanted him in that moment.

When he finally released me and took a step back, I took it as a sign that we were safe. I grabbed his t-shirt and pulled him towards me, taking him by surprise. "Kiss me," I whispered. I couldn't believe I was being so bold.

Edward stared at me for a moment, apparently shocked by my demand, before shaking his head. "No, not now," he mumbled, before going back into a defensive stance, but I wasn't willing to give up that easily.

I yanked his collar, pulling him back to me. "I want you to kiss me," I pouted.

Edward studied me for a minute, realizing that I wasn't about to give up. He sighed, leaning towards me and placing a peck on my lips. I anchored my arms around his neck before he had the chance to pull away and held him there, forcing my tongue into his mouth. His resistance only lasted a few seconds before he pushed me against the tree. His body holding me in place as he our kiss deepened, but it wasn't enough, I needed more. My whole body felt as if it was on fire and he was the only one that could douse the flames.

"Touch me," I moaned, yearning to feel his hands all over me.

"What?" Edward asked, confused, before he realized what I had said. "No!" he said, shaking his head. "I won't have sex with you up against an old tree, while I'm covered in Mike's blood."

"I don't care about the blood and no one can see us," I groaned, as I threaded my fingers through the hair on the back of his neck.

"I care," Edward said, catching my wrist and gently pushing me away. "You deserve better than that."

"Isn't that for me to decide?" I asked a little annoyed that he was trying to baby me. It wasn't like he didn't want this too. I could see the desire in his eyes. I figured he just needed some encouragement. I unbuttoned a few buttons on my shirt, just enough to reveal my bra.

"God," Edward moaned, as his eyes scanned my breasts. "You're going to be the death of me."

I smiled as he leaned towards me, I knew I had won. His lips found mine. He kissed me with a raw hunger and passion I had never known. His hands sought out my breasts, kneading them through my bra, making my body hum in delight.

The two of us became so lost in each other that we didn't hear anyone approach. It wasn't until I began to remove Edward's t-shirt that a saw a figure standing behind him with a knife at his throat. I froze in fear, wondering what was going to happen next. Had the Pluggers found us? Edward looked worried too, but he was doing his best to try to hide it.

"I could have been a Plugger," Emmett hissed. "If I had of been, you both would have been dead."

I sighed in relief, knowing it was only Emmett.

"You've made your fucking point," Edward growled. "Remove your fucking knife."

Emmett pulled his knife away and Edward took a step back, leaving me exposed. "Divert your fucking eyes," he ordered Emmett, as he forced him to turn around. Emmett reluctantly did so, but not before giving me a small smirk.

I leaned against the tree, taking a few seconds to catch my breath. What I had just experienced with Edward was amazing. The entire situation had been a thrill, right from the moment the Pluggers chased us, till Emmett found us. Was this what Edward's life was like all the time? Was this how my life would be now?

Edward turned around to face me and laughed a little when he saw the expression on my face. "Quit daydreaming and get covered up. We have to go."

I quickly moved to right my clothes, running my fingers through my hair when I was done, hoping it was enough to make myself presentable. Edward looked amused as he stood there watching me. He leaned in and placed a kiss on my cheek when I was finished, and then laced his fingers through mine. "Let's go."

We started walking, to God knows where. Emmett fell into step along with him. He grinned to himself for a few minutes, before finally saying what was on his mind. "My little sister's a sex kitten. Who would've thought?"

I looked at him in disgust. "That's just creepy." I didn't want him thinking about my sex life, and I certainly didn't want to think about his. Emmett and Edward laughed at me, but I wasn't amused.

We walked along the forest quietly for some time before Emmett turned to Edward in an I-told-you-so tone. "I warned you she would follow us."

I glared at him, wondering why he needed to bring that up now. I knew it would only result in a lecture from Edward.

Edward turned to me. "I told you to go home. Why didn't you go home?" I gave him one of my cutest smiles, hoping it would distract him from his anger, but it wasn't. "You could have gotten yourself into trouble or hurt. When I tell you to go home, I expect you to do just that." When I didn't answer him, he stopped walking and pulled me to a halt. "Do you hear me?"

I squirmed, trying to get out of his grasp. "Yeah, I hear you. The thing is you're not my father, and my dad and I never did the whole 'the man's the boss' thing anyway. It wasn't how I was brought up."

I finally managed to get free of his grasp. I turned to walk away, but Edward caught my arm again, turning me to face him. "Yeah, well, Charlie's not here anymore, and you're married to me." I flinched at his words. I knew my dad wasn't here, and I didn't need him to remind me. "It's my job to keep you safe, and I can't do that unless you listen to me." He stared at me, waiting for a response, but I didn't know what to say. I wasn't about to cower before him, whether he was my husband or not. I may be a woman, but I was more than capable of thinking for myself.

Edward sighed in frustration. "Bella, please, just tell me that you're going to listen to me the next time. If I ask you to stay in the house then, it's for a reason."

"Yeah, and what was your reason for today!?" I snapped. "You didn't want me to see you kick the shit out of Mike? Was that it?"

"Yes, that was exactly it. I didn't want you to see something like that."

"What exactly did you mean by 'How many fucking times do I need to tell you to stay away from her?' Since when did you start giving a shit about me!?"

"I've always given a shit about you!" he shouted.

"Yeah, well, you had a funny way of showing it!"

I pulled away from Edward and turned, marching along the direction we had been previously headed without another word to either of them. I was pissed off and just wanted to be left alone.

We walked through the forest for about another twenty minutes before we came upon Jasper. He had four other people with him. They looked like the same ones who had fled from the house Mike had been in. I began to slow down the closer we got to them. I didn't know a thing about these people or if they could be trusted. The Cullens seemed to trust them, but still…

Edward caught-up with me. He placed his hand on the small of my back in what I believed was to be a gesture of reassurance. "I need to go change out of these clothes and cleanup. I want you to stay here until I come back."

"Wait? Why can't I come with you?" I frowned. Was he going to leave me with these strangers?

"Because it's safer for you if you stay here. We won't be long. I promise."

I glared at him, but he didn't seem to notice. "Alec, can you keep an eye on Bella for me until we get back?" he asked, as he approached the group.

"Sure." The boy with the short brown hair answered as he glanced at me. I think he was the one that answered the door.

I sighed, sinking down to the ground by the base of a tree. I made sure to sit a few feet away from the others. I watched Edward, Emmett, and Jasper as they walked away. I prayed that they weren't to long.

The group continued on with their conversation as if I wasn't there, and from the way they were talking they all seemed to be friends. I sat drawing pictures in the dirt with a twig, trying to kill time. After a while, I got the feeling that someone was watching, when I looked up, the redheaded girl was staring at me and not very discreetly either.

"So you're Bella," she said in a harsh tone. She spoke to me as if I was someone she didn't like, but how could she not like me when she didn't know me?

"Yeah, I guess I am."

"As in Mike's Bella?" she chuckled.

"What!?" I spat. "I've never been Mike's anything. Nor will I ever be."

"She knows that," Alec assured me. "Just ignore her. She's just cranky because she hasn't had her fix yet." He went into his pocket and pulled out a bag of white powder, and tossed it towards her. I watched as she emptied a small amount of the powder onto the top of her hand. She then held one side of her nose closed while she snorted the powder through the other side. She threw her head back when she was finished, her eyes rolling to the back in her head.

I stared at her, trying to figure out what was going on. I had never seen anyone do that before. "What is it?" I asked, curiosity getting the better of me.

"It's coke," she said, waving the bag at me. "You want to try some?"

"No, she doesn't." I looked up to see Emmett walking back towards us. Sadly, he was alone.

"I can speak for myself," I said, not liking that he was making me sound like a silly little girl who couldn't make her own decisions.

"Here," the girl said, tossing the bag towards me.

Emmett caught the bag in midair. "I said she doesn't want to try it," he growled, stuffing the bag in his jeans pocket.

I glared at Emmett. His over protectiveness was just as annoying as Edward's was.

"Glare at me all you want B, but Edward would go fucking mental if you put any of that crap up your nose."

"What's it got to do with Edward?" The girl asked with a frown on her face.

"Bella is Edward's wife," Emmett said, smirking at her.

"No fucking way!" she gasped, before looking me up and down. "Why her?"

"Hey!" Emmett yelled at her. "Show her some fucking respect. Not only is Bella married to Edward, but she's Charlie's daughter too."

I had no idea what he meant by that, but it shut her up, for which I was glad.

It seemed to take forever for Edward and Jasper to return. By the time, they arrived it was already starting to get dark and cold. I jumped to my feet as soon as I saw them, "Can we go?" I asked Edward desperately.

He looked at Emmett, questioning my eagerness to return home. Emmett merely shrugged. "In a minute," he said, lightly touching my arm before he walked past me to Alec. "It's safe for you all to return to town, but Mike is out for blood. You'll need an alibi, and make sure it is airtight."

Alec got up and pulled Edward into a man hug. "Thanks man."

"No worries," Edward said, patting his back. "If you need anything, you know how to contact us."

The others got to their feet, and everyone said their goodbyes. As the girl passed me, she stopped in front of me. "We should hang out sometime," she stated.

I stared at her, unsure what to say. I suppose I should have said something like 'Yeah, that would be great', even if I didn't mean it, but I didn't. I wasn't sure why, but I didn't like, nor trust the girl. When I didn't respond, she glared at me and walked after the group without another word.

"What was that about?" Edward questioned.

I shrugged.

Emmett went into his pocket and pulled out the bag of Coke. "Tanya was offering this to Bella."

Edward angrily grabbed the bag from him, and turned to glare at me. "Don't look at me like that!" I yelled at him. "I didn't ask to try it, and I didn't even say I would." I turned to Emmett and slapped his chest. "You're nothing but a fucking troublemaker." He just laughed at me like it was some sort of joke, but then he thought everything was a joke.

I turned and started walking away from them.

"Stay away from Tanya," Edward warned me.

"I plan to," I snapped.

"By the way, home's this way." I turned to see him, pointing in the opposite direction. I sighed. I didn't know how they could tell their way about these woods anyway. Everything looked the same.