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The blood curdling scream that sounded throughout the house caused me to take off running, gun drawn.
I slid to a halt beside my brother and father. In the sitting room were the Swans and my mother. The horrible sound was coming from a brunette girl that was next to my mother. I could only assume that this was Isabella.
"What the fuck?!"
"She just started, Edward. They can't get her to stop," Emmett told me.
I wasn't about to listen to this all damned day, so I walked into the room and toward the screaming woman. I put my gun back behind my back and knelt down in front of her.
"Hey!" I yelled. I had to—you couldn't hear over the noise.
She stopped and looked at me, her brown eyes boring into mine. "I need you to look at me and I need you to pay attention. Can you do that?" She nodded silently. "You're safe here. Nothing is going to happen to you. Do you understand, Isabella? I need you to speak, not nod."
I watched as her pink tongue peeked out and wet her lower lip. "I under…understand."
I continued to watch her. I wanted to make sure that she knew where she was. "Do you know where you are?"
Looking around the room that I was currently sitting in, I vaguely remembered playing here as a kid. I remembered playing with a dark haired girl.
"I'm in the sitting room of Cullen Estate." I looked back at the green eyed man in front of me.
He nodded. "Do you know who is here with you?"
Again, I looked around and my eyes fell on the people that surrounded me. "My brothers, Carlisle, Esme and…" I looked back at him. "You're Edward and that's Emmett. Where's Alice?"
The man in front of me frowned. "She's away at college."
I watched as Edward got up from his position on the floor and stood before me.
"Can you tell me what happened at your house?"
I felt all the color drain from my face. "My…parents…they were…Oh, God!" I looked at my brothers. "Someone killed them!" I could feel the hysteria encroaching and tried to fight it back. "Oh, God, so much blood."
Jasper and Peter were suddenly sitting beside me. They both put their hands on my shoulders in an effort to comfort and calm me.
Carlisle replaced Edward at my knees. "Bella, sweetheart, I need to know if you saw anything or anyone."
I immediately shook my head. "No, I had just gotten home and was more focused on getting the mail than I was to anything else." I stopped and looked up at my brothers. "I found my acceptance to NYU and was running down the hallway when I saw them." My eyes met Jaspers. "My letter?"
Jasper smiled softly at me. "I picked it up and bagged it with the trash. It's in a duffle in the car. I brought it with us just in case."
I watched Carlisle give Emmett a quick look and then the large man disappeared out the door.
"So what happens now?" I asked as I looked back at my godfather.
Carlisle looked at Jasper and Peter, questioning them with his eyes. I saw them shake their heads from my peripheral.
"Don't do that, please. I'm not a little girl and I'm not stupid. I know that Daddy wasn't the best of men. I met one of his clients, Jaz."
"What!?" Jasper exploded.
"Who, Bells?" Peter wanted to know.
I told them his name just as Emmett entered the room, causing him to hiss. "How do you know that name, Isabella?"
I held up my hand/ "Please call me Bella." After they all nodded I continued. "I was home from school sick and I think that Daddy forgot about his meeting with him. He showed up at the house and Daddy was trying to get him to go elsewhere, but the man wasn't having it. He said some pretty angry words and then stormed out. I saw him as I left the kitchen. The look he gave me..." I shuddered at the memory.
The name that Isabella mentioned was one that this family was very familiar with. The fact that Charlie Swan was working with him was disturbing. I only hoped that it wasn't the way I thought. Perhaps Jasper or Peter could shed some light on their business dealings, but not until the girl was no longer in the room.
I heard the front door open and then close before a voice called out.
"Mom! Dad! I'm home…and I brought laundry!"
I chuckled at the look on my parents' faces. Alice turned the corner and saw all of us surrounding Isabella.
"What's going on?" she asked as she stepped into the sitting room.
"Nothing, Sweetheart." Our mother smiled at her, but she didn't have Alice's attention.
"Who is this?"
I coughed into my fist to try to hide my laughter. My baby sister was staring at Jasper like he was something to eat.
"Alice, sweetheart, surely you remember Bella? These are her brothers, Jasper and Peter. They will be staying with us for a while," my mother introduced.
"I remember playing with you," Alice said, looking quickly at Bella before her eyes drifted back to Jasper.
Bella nodded. "We used to play dolls in here."
Alice wasn't paying attention anymore. I bit my lip in attempt to control my laughter and looked at my brother. He too was trying to control his amusement. Our father and mother were more controlled, but you could tell that they thought Alice's behavior was funny. Jasper, however, looked like a deer in the headlights. I wasn't sure how I felt about that.
"Mom?" I waited until I had her attention. "I think you should show Bella where she will be staying. Perhaps Alice," I nodded in my sister's direction, "would like to help you get her settled."
Mother nodded. "Of course. Come with me, Dear."
As soon as the women were gone, I turned to my father. "What the fuck was Charlie doing with Royce King?"
"I don't know, Son. Jasper, do you have any idea why your father would be working with the Kings?"
I was extremely concerned when I heard that Bella had seen Royce King. That man was not to be trusted. The fact that my father had dealings with him pissed me off. Dad had known better.
"No, Carlisle. Dad knew that the Kings were unsavory characters, so for him to work for them or even with them—they must have been holding something over his head."
Carlisle was nodding his head. "We need to find out what that was."
I watched in silence as Carlisle thought about his next move. I had been doing odd jobs for him for a few years, so I knew that he could be dangerous when he needed to be.
"Edward, call the crew and get them to the Swans. I want the clean up done quickly."
I watched as Edward nodded and put his phone to his ear.
"Jasper?" Carlisle's voice interrupted my musings.
"Did your father have a safe in his office?"
I nodded. "Yes. It's behind the family portrait."
"And is the combination a difficult one?"
"It's Bella's birthday, so it shouldn't be. Do you think that someone could have gotten into it?" I wondered.
"I'm not sure. What about his computer?"
Peter spoke up. "All of the files on Dad's computer were encrypted. There is only one person that could hack into it."
I grinned. No one knew just how smart she was, and Bella would never let on unless it was of dire importance.
"Who?" Emmett wanted to know.
Peter looked at me. I discretely shook my head. "Um, sorry. I can't tell you that right now."
Carlisle was instantly on his feet. "Who the fuck is it, Peter?"
I shook my head, "I'm sorry, Carlisle. But for the safety of this person, we cannot reveal their identity. We're not trying to be disrespectful, but this is what Charlie would want."
Eventually Carlisle sat back down. "Alright, Son. I'll leave it for now. But if there is something that we need on that computer, you will have to give me a name."
I nodded. " I understand."
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