A/N: Here it is…

The long awaited finale of my story.

I hope you guys like it!

In this chapter, you will find out who lives…

Who dies…

Who becomes the next president of the United States!

Okay, maybe not the last one…

Anyway,

On with the show…


Chapter 9

I squeezed my eyes shut, waiting for an impact. I heard a loud, strangled gasp before a loud thud hit the ground. I opened my eyes slightly to see a bloody Edward, standing above Victoria. He held a gun in his left hand, Laurent's gun I presumed. His right shoulder was bloody, from what looked like a knife wound. He sank to the floor and rested his cool cheek on the wood floor beneath him.

"Edward!" My words were choked. I crawled over the corpse, flinching when I saw the bullet in the back of her head. "Edward…"

"Bella." He flashed his crooked smile for a second, before he moaned in pain. "Bella…Make it go away."

"What? Make what go away?" Even all bloody and torn, he was still beautiful. Tears welled up in my eyes.

"The pain." A tear roll down his cheek as he squeezed his eyes shut.

"Edward, stay awake. Stay with me…" I placed both of my hands lightly on the side of his face. He put his hand over mine and held my gaze. I couldn't help but smile. "Edward, we did it. We won. We beat them." I laughed, shaking my head back and forth. This was all such a nightmare, aside from the throbbing pain telling me it was far from a dream.

He tried to smile again, when I felt his hand tighten on mine. "Bella…" He took a deep breath. "I love you."

My mouth flew open and my eyes grew wide. My heart seemed to burst out of my chest at that moment. "What did you say?"

"I said, I…" The loud banging on the front door caught us both off guard. The door slammed to the ground, making us both wince at the noise.

"Bella? Edward?!" I heard Carlisle's voice first.

"In here…" I spoke, as loud as I could. My head continued to throb.

Their footsteps echoed throughout the living room as they all entered, one by one.

"Oh my…"

"So much blood…"

"What are you standing there for?! We have to help them!"

All the men rushed forward, while the women of the household ran out of the room grabbing blankets and rags. I hope they don't slip on the milk. It would be just my luck that one of them would slip and break a hip…

Jasper carefully scooped me up in his arms as Emmett lifted up Edward.

"You're going to be fine, Bella. You and Edward, both." I couldn't help but close my eyes as the steady movement from Jasper's body put my exhausted body to sleep.


"She's waking up! Get father…" I heard whispers among the room. Groaning, I opened up my eyes to see Alice, Jasper, Rosalie and Esme standing over me.

"Good morning, Bella. Am I okay? Can I leave?" My head rang as I tried to sit up. The room seemed to spin. I closed my eyes tightly for a moment, before opening them once more. Everything seemed more still, now.

"Not yet, dear." I heard Esme chuckle. "Let's have the doctor take a look at you first." She winked as Carlisle walked briskly in the room, a smile on his face.

"Well, look who's up." He put down the chart he was holding on the small table next to the cot I was laying on and checked my head. "Her head will heal nicely, that's for sure. Only a small scar, at the most. Someone here in this hospital is excellent at doing stitches, that's for sure…" The whole family laughed, and I couldn't help but smile. It looked like things might get back to normal.

"How's Edward?" I watched their expressions carefully, but none of their smiles faltered.

"He's doing well. His knife wound wasn't as deep as we originally thought. Just a broad gash. His palm and side needed a little stitching, though. He should be released, perhaps, tomorrow afternoon. You on the other hand, can be released tonight." He picked up the chart again and flipped through some pages.

I leaned my head against the wall behind me, sighing. "So, how are things looking else wise?"

"Well, I'm afraid you are going to have to answer some more questions with the police. The house is being investigated at the moment and we are not allowed in the house, until they say so, in case we touch something and our fingerprints collided with the murderers…" He started to ramble and I stopped listening. The white ceiling and the white walls made me feel like I was in some mental institution. It was making me feel a bit claustrophobic.

"Bella? Bella, are you listening?" Carlisle's voice brought me out of my thoughts.

"I think she hit her head a lot harder than we thought." I heard Rosalie mumble. Alice shot her a warning glance. I grinned at Rosalie's behavior.

"Thank you, Rosalie." She looked at me surprised, while the rest of the family sent me curious glances. "For acting normal around me. I don't want any special treatment from you guys. All I want is for everything to be sane again. Well, as sane as it was before any of this…" That earned a laugh. Even Rosalie cracked a smile. The door opened and Emmett peeked his head in.

"Everyone, Edward just woke up. He's asking about you guys." Emmett looked directly at me when he spoke the last sentence, a large grin dominating his features.

"I want to see him." I stated, swinging my legs over the side of the bed. My legs wobbled as I stood up.

Alice put her arm around me. "I don't think that's a good idea. You need rest." I wrapped my arm around her shoulders as she helped me gain my balance.

"Well, I think it's a great idea. Let's go." Alice tried to keep up with me as I walked as fast as I could out of the room.

"Bella…"

"No, Alice. I want to see him. I need to know he's okay…"

"Bella!"

"I'm going to see him, Alice. And if you don't want to then…" I let go of her shoulder and shrugged her arm off.

She grabbed hold of my arm. "Bella!"

"What?!" I spun around and a playful twinkle glinted in her eyes.

"You're going the wrong way." She tried to stifle a laugh, when I realized that the entire family was standing at the opposite end of the hall, watching us.

"Oh." With as much dignity as I could muster, I walked the opposite direction, until I stood with the rest of the family, excluding Carlisle, in front of a closed door. Everyone was staring at me with an amused expression.

I grunted and gazed at the floor. My cheeks burning up.

"Bella, he's asking about you." My head shot up and my face blushed an even deeper scarlet.

"Aw. Look at her blush, Jasper!" Alice giggled, as I followed Dr. Cullen into the room. Edward was sitting up lazily in bed, watching me.

"I'll wait out here…" I saw Carlisle flash a wink in Edward's direction before he joined everyone in the hall.

"Hello, there." Edward's voice was gentle. He had a bandage across his cheekbone and he had some thick gauze wrapped around his shoulder blade.

"Hello." His smile was contagious. I sat on the edge of his bed, never taking my eyes off his face. He took my hand, careful of the large bruise on my wrist and kissed my knuckles lightly. The blush that had just faded away from my face, seemed to come back at full force. His musical laughter filled the room.

He released my hand and seemed to be deliberating something. The spot he had touched my skin tingled.

"Bella…" His voice was soft, as he leaned forward. I took a short intake of breath as I realized what he was doing. Oh, how I wanted this.

He stopped about an inch from my face and hesitated. He started to pull back, but I wasn't having that.

"Oh no you don't." I wrapped my arms around his neck and pulled him back to me. His lips met mine softly, before the kiss grew more intense. His lips were warm and inviting, sending a shock throughout my entire body. This felt way better than kiss on the hand, that's for sure!

We both pulled back when we both became short of breath. Edward's crooked smile floated across his face.

"That has been put off far too long." He kissed me lightly on the lips once more. I savored every second of it. My heart seemed to stop.

When he pulled back once again, his eyes sparkled and I couldn't wipe the silly grin off my face.

"Edward?"

"Hmm?" He rested his unbandaged cheek against mine and breathed in deeply.

His glorious scent was making me dizzy. I pulled away slightly, holding his face in both of my hands. Our noses touched and his eyelids started to close.

"I just wanted to say that…" I bit my lip and inhaled deeply.

He waited patiently.

"I love you, too." And then I kissed him again.


THE END.

Yes, I know. That was a short story. Only nine chapters long…

I hope you guys enjoyed my story!

And I also hope you don't suffer from too much new chapter withdrawal.

Haha, just kidding.

Anyway,

A HUGE thank you to all my faithful readers and reviewers.

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