A/N: Since this chapter is short, I'm sharing it instead of a Thursday teaser for the next chapter. Updates will be on Sundays.

DISCLAIMER: Stephenie Meyer owns Twilight. I'm here having fun.

-BCD-

Chapter 1: The Lawyer

Dear Reader,

I hope you've read my story, This Week with Edward Masen, before deciding to start this one. It provides an excellent overview of where Behind Closed Doors is headed and should answer many of your questions. After reading my one shot, you know I am a talk show host and political analyst, but what you may not know is that I'm also a lawyer. Therefore, I advised ghostreader24 to add a warning before we begin. She loves reading political fanfic and isn't easily offended, but she understands not everyone can agree on all issues. The word "politics" can invite many passionate responses, but Bella's story has always been one about human rights. My advice is to read this one with an open mind and a heart full of tolerance and compassion as Bella shares this story with you.

Sincerely,

Edward Masen