Oh mon Dieu, oui! Nous espérions sa famille se présenteraient . Suis-moi s'il te plait!" She said excitedly, and jumped up to lead us back into the main part of the hospital.
"What was that?" Jacob whispered to me as we followed behind Emmett.
"I think they refer to that as the french language." I said sarcastically. He narrowed his eyes at me.
"Yeah, I got that part, thanks. What did they
"She asked if she could help us, Emmett said we were looking for his sister, and she actually seemed excited that some family had shown up, and she's taking us there now."
We followed her down a couple corridors to an elevator, we then took to the fifth floor, and down another hall, to a room where a doctor and several officers were standing outside.
"Elle est ici, monsieur, s'il vous plaît laissez -moi savoir s'il y a quelque chose que je peux faire pour vous." The girl said with a smile.
"Translation?" Jacob whispered.
"Here you are sir, please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you." I said, staring at the girl until she left.
Emmett stepped up to the doctor and officers and introduced himself as Bella's brother, and Jacob as her fiance, which made Jake smile when I translated that part to him. Emmett nodded for us to go on in while he stayed out in the hall to continue talking to the other men. When we went in, there was a female nurse switching out her IV.
"English?" She asked looking at us.
"Yes." I said with a smile.
"Oh good, all that french gives me a headache." She said sounding relieved.
"Yeah, me too." Jacob said. "So how is she?"
"Stable. Very dehydrated, although she's absorbing the fluids well, so it shouldn't take long to get past that. She has what looks like a gunshot wound to the leg, but it looks to be a couple weeks old, and has already healed up for the most part. Other than that, just some superficial cuts and bruises, no broken bones. Now we just wait for her to wake up." She said, looking back down at Bella.
Emmett walked in as the nurse excused herself from the room.
"Did the doctor have anything more to say?" Jacob asked, knowing he would have heard what the nurse already told us."
"Yeah, they sent her down for an MRI and CT already, and he had just got the results. Everything seemed normal, no brain damage. He thinks she's just sleeping off the effects of the trauma she's been through."
We all just sat in silence after that, watching the monitors that she remained hooked up to.
I was woken from a deep dreamless sleep by snoring right by my head, and what felt like a heating blanket, pushed up against me. I tried stretching and rolling away, and when that didn't help, I jabbed him with my my elbow.
"You're snoring." I grumbled, trying to get comfortable again, but failing.
"Bells, thank God! You're awake!"
I finally opened my eyes, wondering what he was talking about and saw that we weren't in his bed like I thought we were, but laying in a hospital bed. I jerked to sit up but he caught me before I could.
"Easy Bells, don't freak out on me, ok?"
"What….what happened?" I croaked out. I looked to the other side of me, and saw Emmett standing there with a cup of water offered to me. I gladly took it and drank it down quickly. I couldn't believe how thirsty I was. And my body felt incredibly heavy and lethargic.
"Bella, do you remember what happened? Do you remember how you got hurt?"
I sat there trying to think, but just shook my head. Everything was just a jumble, and trying to make sense of it all just made it worse.
"Sweetie, what do you remember?" Emmett asked softly, sitting down beside the bed.
"About what? What happened?" I asked.
Before he could say anything, the room lit up brightly, and a doctor and a couple of nurses walked in, followed by Rosalie.
"Ah, Mme Isabella, il est si bon de voir que vous réveillez enfin . Dites-moi, comment vous sentez-vous?"
I just looked at him, I was pretty sure he said my name somewhere in there, but that was all I caught. I looked over to Jake and he had the same blank look that I had, and just shrugged his shoulders at me.
"Oh, je suis désolé monsieur, ma sœur ne parle que l'anglais."
"My apologies." The doctor said in a heavy accent. "Now, Miss Isabella, how are you feeling?"
"Umm, confused?" I answered hesitantly.
"Elle dit qu'elle ne se souvient de rien." Emmett said. I looked over at him and glared.
"English? " I whispered. He gave me a small smile.
"Sorry. I just told him you didn't remember anything."
"Miss Isabella, you-"
"Please, just call me Bella." I answered, more irritated sounding than I meant to be.
"Oh, my apologies. Bella, you say you do not recall anything?"
"No." I shook my head.
"But these people, you recognize them, no?"
"Oh, well yeah! Jake, Rosalie, and Emmett."
"And their relationship with you?"
I felt Jake tense slightly, and noticed Rosalie's eyes fixate on mine."
"Family." I said with a smile.
Jake relaxed and Rosalie sent me a small smile.
"Well, it looks like you have retained long term memory then. It's possible that the trauma has caused you to have short term loss, but I'm sure that you will regain it over time. Bella, there are some officers outside that would like to speak with you if you are feeling up to it."
Jake immediately spoke up.
"Sir, she just woke up, does she have to go over all this right now?" I could tell he was struggling to be calm.
"Besides, what good would it do if she can't remember anything?" Emmett countered. The doctor gave them both strange looks as he stood slowly.
"Actually guys, I'm fine." I said, looking between them both. "Yes, that's fine." I said turning back to the doctor. "As long as I can get some more water."
The doctor smiled, relaxing his shoulders, and said something that sound like a 'thank you', and hurried out of the room.
"You do realize you both made it look like you were trying to hide something, right?" Rosalie said, rolling her eyes at the two boys who had flanked each side of the bed.
"What are you talking about? She just woke up, let's give her time to adjust before throwing her under interrogation." Jake defended.
"Which won't do any good, she can't remember anything anyway!" Emmett jumped in with. Rosalie just rolled her eyes, muttering something about idiots. Everyone quieted quickly when a knock came to the door. Two officers walked in at our acknowledgment. The first had dark hair and looked to be about in his thirties. He reminded me some of Dad, but then again, anyone in a police uniform usually did. I went to look at the second one and froze. All I saw was tall, thin, and pale, and all my memories came screaming back. I remembered everything, everything that I didn't
to remember. The next thing I new, there was a bright light shining in my eyes, and I jerked my head to get away from it.
"Oh thank God." I heard Emmett mumble from my left, as Jacob hugged me to him on my right. The doctor was sitting on the bed, and was putting his little flashlight back in his pocket.
"I told you she wasn't ready!" Jake said angrily. I looked up and he was glaring at the doctor, who effectively just ignored him.
"How are feeling now, Mrs Swan?" He asked.
"I…..I don't know."
And it was true. I didn't know what had just happened, I was still trying to cope with the horrible things I just remembered happening to me, although the memories seemed much farther away from me now than they did just about 30 seconds ago. Almost like waking up from a bad dream.
"I think you just need some rest right now, I will see if they can just come back another time." The doctor said as he rose to walk out. Rosalie followed him out, and as soon as the door shut, I turned to Jacob.
"Please Jake, I just want to go home." I couldn't stop my tears as I gripped him tightly. "I remembered, I remember everything, I just want to go home, please!"
He crushed me to him as I sobbed uncontrollably. My emotions were all over the place, and I just wanted to be somewhere familiar, somewhere far away from everything. I wanted to go back to my sanctuary.
"Ssh baby, don't worry. I'll take care of it. We'll get you out of here." He whispered into my hair. Just hearing his words helped calm my nerves a bit. After my breathing slowed a bit, I heard the door open then close, signaling Rosalie's return.
"Ok, well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is the police agreed to talk with Bella via phone as long as the doctor is in the room with her. They just want to make sure she isn't being manipulated in any way." She said, pointedly looking at Jake and Emmett.
"And the bad news?" Jake said, still holding onto me.
"They won't let her go yet."
"What?" Both Jacob and Emmett yelled at once. I just pushed myself more into Jacob, burying my face in his chest.
"We just witnessed her go into a state of complete shock that took a good ten minutes to get her to come out of. It's not like a panic attack, it's very serious, and until they are sure it won't happen again, they won't-"
"They can't just keep her here! She has the right to leave if she want, right? She's over eighteen, she has the right to leave!" Jacob was sounding desperate, and I realized my feelings had probably been affecting him. I took a deep breath and slowly pulled away from him.
"It's fine Jake, I do need to make sure I'm better before I leave." I said as firm as I could. I looked over at Rosalie. "So we just have to wait until I don't go into shock randomly?" She looked at me funny.
"Bella, that wasn't random. One of the guys that came in here resembled Edward."
I shivered at the thought of seeing him again.
"So I guess I really freaked out." I said, feeling slightly embarrassed.
"No, I would have actually preferred that." Jake answered for her. I turned to face him. "You just completely zoned out. Like you weren't even here anymore."
"Yeah, it was weird, it was like you passed out, but your eyes were completely wide open." Emmett finished.
I didn't really know what to say, so I just pulled Jake back to me, and let the silence fall around us. It was a few minutes later that the nurse came in to check vitals, that she informed everyone that they would have to leave in the next couple of hours. I gripped onto Jake's shirt tight, not realizing my breathing was accelerating.
"Of course, her fiance can stay, right?" Rosalie said to the nurse.
"I'm sorry," she said, not even bothering to look up. "But the hospital rules-"
"But Ma'am," Emmett said in a soft, buttery voice. "My sister has been through quite an ordeal, and we're afraid that leaving her alone would cause her to have another episode." The nurse was now completely focused on Emmett, and looked like she might start drooling at any moment. He continued the intense eye contact with her. "Don't you think there is some way you can make some kind of concession here?"
I almost felt bad for the nurse.
"Wh...uh...um, yeah. Uh, let me just talk to my supervisor, I'm sure we, uh, we can do something."
And with a sparkling a smile from Emmett, the poor girl stumbled from the room.
"Was all that necessary?" Rosalie asked, rolling her eyes.
"Oh please, you would have done just as much if that had been a male nurse." Emmett said with a smirk.
Ten minutes later the doctor came back in explaining that they had indeed given permission for Jacob to stay, due to my state, but that he would have to remain in the room the whole night and not disturb the nurses in any way. Of course we all knew he wouldn't leave my side.
Rosalie and Emmett left shortly after with promises that they would return the next day, and with Emmett joking about enjoying the local wildlife. I don't think I once let go of Jacob.
"How are you?" He asked softly after everyone had left.
"Ok I guess. I don't know. It's just…..a lot."
"Yeah. I am just so sorry this has happened to you. To us. You're right, it's a lot. And neither one of us deserve to have to deal with any of this. Neither one of us ever asked for this life, and sometimes I just feel like I'm going to just break, and as soon as I think I can't take any more, we get pushed a little more farther. And I swear Bella, if it weren't for you, I feel like I would have given up so long ago."
"If it weren't for me, you would be at home right now."
"Bells, let me ask you a question. And I swear you won't hurt my feelings, but if you had the option to go back in time,-"
"No, Jacob. Stop."
"No, I'm not trying to start a fight, I just want your honest opinion, if giving up our friendship, our relationship, could have somehow prevented all of this-"
"No!" I said forcefully, sitting up to face him. My eyes were filling up with tears again. "Jake, you are worth all this, you are worth everything! I would go through it again, all of it! I wouldn't give you up for anything!"
He leaned his head toward me and gave me a small smile.
"Then why on earth do you think I would be happier at home living a life without you, than here with you in my arms."
I exhaled shakily and gave him a watery smile.
"Just shut up and come here." I pulled him back to me and laid down back on the small hospital bed.
"I love you so much, baby. I can't tell you how thankful I am to have you back." Jacob whispered into my hair. I snuggled into him farther, burying my face in his chest.
"I knew you would come. I knew you would find me." I mumbled, causing him to tighten his grip.