i know that i haven't updated this story in almost a year now but i decided to finish it in order to have a peace of mind.
disclaimer- twilight, new moon, eclipse and the upcoming breaking dawn belong to stephenie meyer
My eyes closed instinctively as I waited for the nausea to come but surprisingly it never came
My eyes closed instinctively as I waited for the nausea to come but surprisingly it never came. The terror in Edward's eyes morphed in to relief and he heaved a huge sigh. I could still feel my shoulder stinging though.
"You were lucky this time," he told me with a chuckle. "I don't think neither Jasper nor I could have handled your blood again."
I rubbed my shoulder trying to get the pain to subside but it hurt too much.
Alice turned around to face me. "Bella, are you all right?"
"Yes," I whispered hoarsely. The word was the truth.
It didn't matter that my shoulder was strained. What did matter to me though was the fact that the bombs were still being dropped on to the building and we were still inside of it.
A huge wave of dust and glass shot across the room heading straight in our direction. Edward shielded me before I could be pierced with the shards. He whispered some thing under his breath and I thought I caught the word 'magnet'.
"I think it would be a great idea if we head outside right now," Emmett suggested.
Jasper laughed while Alice answered. "That's the best idea you've had all day."
Emmett grinned making me wonder if he was always this reckless or if he feared any thing at all. Edward just nodded his head grimly trying very hard not to see the humor in our situation.
Again, we started heading back outside. It was hard with so many things strewn across the floor but we finally managed it before another bomb could fall. I was outside with out too many injuries.
I immediately felt the cold air with the moisture clinging on to my face. It soothed me somewhat but I couldn't get rid of the pain on my shoulder. The road was in ruins. In every corner I looked, previously untouched buildings were ramshackle now. I wondered whether if people had been inside and if they had, did they make it out okay but there was no one around us. It was as if we were the only people existing. I suddenly felt anxious about Charlie and Marit, hoping that they were fine and hadn't been apart of the damage. That was inevitable though. By now, the destruction should have reached them. I rubbed my shoulder again.
As we made our way through the silent street, I caught Edward watching me from the corner of his eyes. There was so much pain on his beautiful face that I couldn't help but get the feeling to comfort him.
"Bella," he whispered.
Alice, Jasper and Emmett stepped away from us to give us some privacy. They meaningfully ignored us.
"Bella," Edward whispered again as he tucked a strand of my hair behind my shoulder. "I'm so sorry. This is all my fault."
I was shaking my head before he even finished. "No it's not. I just have a gift of attracting danger. That's all."
Edward smiled but it didn't reach his eyes. "Yes, you are the ideal epitome of danger magnet and please stop putting so much stress on your shoulder. It'll start to bruise."
I nodded my head and numbly removed my hand away. We walked silently side by side but I caught him staring several times in my direction with a look in his eyes that I couldn't understand at all.
I wrapped my coat around me tightly as a gust of wind blew in our direction. Edward stiffened next to me and I thought about how much pain I was putting him through. I knew that my blood called to him, that it was the sweetest blood he had ever smelled. I knew I was in grave danger right now with four vampires near me but I didn't feel afraid at all. Maybe it was because I knew that they wouldn't ever hurt me. Somehow through all of this, I had managed to become friends with four vampires who I appealed to. Edward was right. I was the epitome of a danger magnet.
"I'm really sorry Edward," I told him.
He turned to face me with anger and confusion in his eyes. I knew immediately that the anger was not directed towards me. It was for the monster that was slowly gaining power inside of him. "For what?"
"It's all my fault that you're in so much pain."
Realization flickered across his face. "Never be sorry for what isn't ever going to be your fault, Bella. I can't stand it knowing that you feel disgusted with yourself for putting me through the misery that I owe myself. I feel so hideous knowing that you feel that way."
I didn't answer him because I couldn't. There in front of me was a pile of bricks and under the bricks was a visible bloody hand. Almost immediately the tears started to fall from my eyes not in grief but in anger. So many innocent people were losing their lives over something that wasn't their mistake. I felt so terrible.
Edward pulled me to him and brushed my cheek comfortingly. "Bella, it's alright. Death is not avoidable during times of war. I'm so sorry you had to see that."
He pulled me with him quickly but I couldn't get rid of the image from my head. "So many people," I whispered.
"I really wish you hadn't had to see that. Bella it will get a lot worse but I know that you'll be able to cope."
A phone rang behind me. I jumped in surprise. Edward turned around and looked at Alice in shock.
She opened the phone and put it to her ear. "Esme? What? Where? You're not kidding are you? We'll be there as soon as possible."
"Alice," Edward said in a strained voice.
I looked between the two of them along with Jasper and Emmett, feeling utterly confused.
"We have to make it to the airport," Alice explained.
Jasper spoke. "Why? What's going on?"
"They're evacuating the Americans back to the US since it's too dangerous for them and they have nothing to do with the war. But the Russians would be quite happy to get revenge on the Americans from the time of the Cold War. Charlie made the decision and he's hoping that Bella and the rest of us will be make it to the plane on time."
Jasper and Emmett nodded but I didn't know how we were going to make it back to the airport.
"When will the plane take flight?" I asked.
"In about ten minutes," Alice answered without any concern.
Edward turned to me. "Don't worry how we'll make it three, Bella. We've got plenty of time."
With that, I was suddenly on his back.
"I apologize for what I'm about to do. " Edward smiled.
I gave him a look with questions in my eyes but he didn't answer me. Instead he started running.
"Close your eyes!" he yelled over the wind racing through us.
My hair was violently whipped away from my face. I felt the cold air freezing my face and so I couldn't close my eyes. If I was scared before, then it wasn't close at all to what I was feeling right now. I could barely see where we were going. The buildings all became a blur. Fleetingly, I wondered how fast Edward was running. I wanted to see if Emmett, Alice and Jasper were running along behind us but I didn't dare turn my face.
For the first time, I felt a wave of motion sickness and some what nauseous. It didn't have anything to do with blood. Before long though, Edward had stopped and the world was still again around me.
I could faintly hear the noise of shuffling feet when Edward pulled me off of him.
"Do you forgive me?" he asked.
"Yes but please don't ever do that again."
He chuckled when all of a sudden, I felt two pairs of arms tugging at me and pull me in to warm embraces. Edward chuckled again.
"Bella! We're so glad that you're okay," Charlie said to me. Relief was prominent in his eyes. He turned to Edward then. "Son, how can I ever thank you and your family for bringing Bella home?"
Edward gave him a kind smile. "Actually, I was hoping that she could see Carlisle as soon as possible. She's not completely unscathed."
When Charlie didn't say anything, Edward added, "She hurt her shoulder and she has hypothermia."
The point was made clear when I started to cough.
"Okay, okay," Marit answered. "He's on the plane but we'll get him to look at her injuries when we're on the plane."
I realized something when Marit said 'we'. "You're coming with us?"
"Yes. When I told your father that I couldn't leave my home, he wouldn't even hear of it. He told me my home was long gone and I would get the chance to return when things started to revive."
"That's fantastic Marit," I told her sincerely.
Marit and Charlie hugged me again and then all of us started heading towards the plane. There were so many Americans on there and I wondered if all of them had come or if some of them were still willing to stay. I felt the tears in my eyes when I thought about the ones that wouldn't ever be able to leave, ones that had fought for their lives but instead ended up losing them.
Edward smiled at me as I made my way to Carlisle. After he checked me and reassured Charlie that I would be fine for the whole flight if I was covered in a blanket and with someone that could take care of me, Charlie thanked him. Edward however, thought it would be a good idea to admit me into a hospital as soon as we touched American soil. Charlie and Carlisle couldn't agree with him more. I rolled my eyes stealthily.
I sat in my seat with a wool blanket wrapped tightly around me. It hadn't taken me long to realize that it would be Edward who would volunteer to take care of me.
"Bella, where are you from?" Edward asked me quietly.
"Originally, I'm from Forks, Washington but I moved to Phoenix, Arizona with my mother later on but I'm thinking that I'm going to move back in with Charlie to give Renee some peace of mind. Phil, her new husband, makes her happy but with my being there, I'm limiting them from their happiness," I told him glumly.
I was feeling unhappy. When we both returned to the United States, I wouldn't be able to see him anymore. He would go his way and I would go mine.
He stared at me with the same look I couldn't understand back in his eyes smoldering at me. I was feeling self conscious.
"What?" I asked as the blood rushed up to my cheeks.
"I've never met anyone like you before Bella. You put everyone in your life first before your self and that amazes me." He sighed, noticing that my blush had deepened. "I wish there were more people like you in the world but sadly you're a part of the rare few."
'Thanks," I said. I couldn't think of any other proper response.
"So you're moving back to Forks with Charlie?" he asked in a matter of fact tone.
"Yes," I answered.
His mood shifted to one of complete happiness. "Perhaps you and I could hang out sometime."
My eyebrows furrowed in confusion. He laughed at my expression quietly.
"I'm a resident of Forks as well."
I couldn't believe I had heard those words.
"Really?" I asked excitedly.
He chuckled at my expression and nodded. I felt giddy almost. He brushed his glove covered fingers across my cheeks leaving a burning sensation.
"This will be the start of a beautiful friendship," he whispered.
I nodded, unable to say any words. Fate had a way of working in strange ways.