I do not own any of these characters, the only thing that's mine is the plot
Bella brushed a stray strand of hair away from her face and tucked it behind her ear. She let out a heavy sigh as her weary eyes reviewed the information on her computer screen once more.
"Knock, knock," came a melodious voice from her doorway.
Bella looked up from her work and her look of concentration softened.
"Hey, Alice," she responded, giving her coworker a half smile, "Thanks again for doing that intake for me, how did it go?"
"Oh you know, the usual. He's delusional, believes that he's a vampire. He insisted that he must be released soon or the blood lust will take over and he will kill everyone. Unfortunately all that did was place him on 15 minute watch for the time being," the shorter woman responded, uncrossing her arms and leaning in towards her friend, "You look exhausted Bella, you've been working too hard. You need to get out of here and have some fun."
Bella disregarded her last comment, "And his history? Any priors?"
Alice pinched the bridge of her nose and sighed, "Why am I not surprised you're not listening to me?" she paused for a moment and weighed her options, "Since I know you're going to go through his file and go see him before you go home today I'll just tell you. It will save you time. No priors, but we don't have the best history. Not sure about his biological father, but he's not currently in the picture regardless. Bio- mother died when he was seventeen and he was adopted by one of the volunteers of the hospital where she died, Esme Platt. Mom had cystic fibrosis and had been in and out of the hospital a lot for Edward's whole life. Esme was mostly familiar with them from that and just what'd she'd seen of them around town. No other family that she's aware of."
"Other than the vampire delusions how is he presenting?"
"Oh pretty good. He's clean which is always a plus. Very pleasant, seems pretty smart too."
"Any trauma history that we're aware of?"
"That is tricky," Alice answered, "Since we don't have the best history, it's hard to really say, but he was definitely taking care of his mother. I'm guessing that was going on for close to ten years before she passed. Also like I said, I don't have much history regarding his father, Esme wasn't sure and all we got out of Edward was that he's not around. He was pretty guarded about that topic. So there's always potential for abuse, but other than that no clear trauma. He was in med school actually, and working part time, so I can only imagine the kind of stress that he was under."
"So what I remember from the brief referral sheet we got, he's was charged with attacking people in the community, and this was a first time offense right?" Bella confirmed.
"That's right," Alice nodded, "And he didn't know the people he was attacking either. He reports that he was just trying to drink their blood to survive."
"Right, the whole vampire thing. Did we manage to get him into a single or is he rooming with someone?"
"When Dr. Cullen heard about the 'I'm going to kill all of you to fulfill my blood lust' he insisted that Edward get a single for the time being. We were going to put him in with Emmet, but instead they moved Jasper in with him and Edward got Jasper's room."
Bella snorted, "Jasper is going to go nuts trying to deal with Emmet pining away for Rosalie. But it will be good for him to be around more people."
Alice nodded, "I know you're going to go meet Edward before you leave, but we seriously need to go out tonight. You've been overworking yourself. I know it's hard since we're short staffed, but you seriously need a break."
Bella let out a huff, blowing at the hairs that had fallen on her forehead, "I know you're right. But something low key, no trying to set me up with some drunk at the bar tonight"
"Agreed," Alice beamed, "I'm just glad it didn't take more coaxing to get you to come out. So I'm going to go and finish writing my notes for the day before you can change your mind."
Alice waved over her shoulder at Bella as she made her way down the hallway to her own office. Bella looked once more at her computer screen and closed out her email. 'I can get to that tomorrow. Alice is right I need a break,' she thought to herself. She made a brief To-Do list for herself on a post-it note and stuck in on her desk calendar.
"Alright, I'm just going to briefly meet Edward, write up a quick note about him if I have to and then I'm good for today," she assured herself as she stood up from her desk, smoothing down the cream colored sweater she was wearing over her brown pencil skirt.
Leaving the light and the door of her office open, as she always did, Bella made her way down the hallway to the locked unit. She fumbled with the keys on her lanyard for a moment until she got the right one, opened the door and slipped inside, ensuring that it wouldn't slam behind her.
As she walked by the nurse's station she heard a friendly voice call out, "Bella you're still here? Go home girl, it's late!"
She stopped in her tracks for a moment and smiled at the blonde nurse, "Still here Angie. Almost done, just dropping by to say hi to our new Mr. Edward before I leave for the day."
Angela returned the smile and nodded knowingly, "Alice did say that you would be the head of his case and that she was just doing the intake while you were in a meeting. Don't stay too long, I know how you tend to overwork yourself."
Bella shook her head, "I'll be gone before you know it."
"You best be," Angela said in retort, "Or I'll call Dr. Cullen down here. You know he isn't above escorting you out of here personally."
"Pfft if Carlise really wanted me to take it easy, he'd hire another therapist to help me out here!" Bella laughed, "Is he in his room?"
"Last I saw him, yeah," said Angela, "Jake will be down in a few for his 15 minute check too."
"Great. Thanks Angela," Bella said, the sincerity evident in her voice, "I appreciate the check in. If I don't see you, don't work too hard tonight!"
Angela only laughed in response, "I'm not sure I know the meaning of the word. Well phrase."
"I hear that," Bella said as she continued down the hallway.
When she approached one of the doors on the left, towards the end of the hallway, she paused for a moment to compose herself, taking a deep breath before knocking on the door.
"Edward?" she called in a slow cadence as she opened up the door and peaked in.
A tall slender man was standing at the window, his arms held behind his back, with near perfect posture. The only light in the room was from the desk lamp on his nightstand and the light of dusk coming in from outside. He was wearing dark jeans and a maroon sweater. His hair looked auburn in this light, and it's tousled appearance seemed intentional and not out of negligence.
'He does seem clean. Alice was right. I'm impressed,' Bella thought to herself before speaking aloud, "Edward?" she questioned again, "I'm going to turn on the light, if you don't mind. It's a bit dim in here."
He turned and looked at her but didn't respond otherwise. Her hand flicked the light switch and the florescent bulb overhead hummed to life. He blinked slowly a couple times as if adjusting to the new brightness, but didn't respond otherwise.
Bella took a few steps closer to him, "Edward, my name is Bella. I'm going to be working with you while you're here. I just wanted to introduce myself since I was in a meeting this afternoon and couldn't come to your intake interview."
"Hello Bella," Edward said calmly, "But please don't come any closer, you smell delicious and I don't want to hurt you."
"Alright," Bella said calmly, stopping where she was, "I'll stay here, but why do you think you would hurt me?"
"You just smell so good," he repeated taking in a deep breath, "And I'm having a hard time controlling myself. I don't like hurting people, but I need to feed."
"Well I'm glad that you've been able to control yourself, and that you're controlling yourself now," Bella said, "And it is almost dinner time, so you'll get a chance to eat then. Hopefully they serve something that you like, I'm not sure what's on the menu for today."
Edward laughed, "I appreciate your kindness Bella. But it's so much more than that?"
"Oh yeah?" she responded inquisitively, "What more is there?"
"I want you Bella," he responded as if he were stating the most obvious fact in the world.
"You want me?" she questioned again, pushing him for more information.
"Oh yes, I want you." He said, taking one step closer to her. He had a longer stride than she did and they were now less than a foot apart.
"Not only do I want to drink you Bella, I want to fuck you too."