I'm sorry it's been a couple days. I'm really sick right now and it sucks. Hopefully it hasn't affected the story . . . I hope you guys enjoy this chapter. I don't think it'll be the last one so heads up on that. Listening to while writing Chapter: "Swallowed by the Sea" by Colplay
The sun was starting to peek through the trees as morning came. Esme hid herself in Bella's closet when Charlie came in. He was carrying a note she had written explaining the absence of Alice.
I went home to get some personal belongings. I checked on Bella before I left and told her where I was going when I found she was awake. I'll be back soon, Charlie.
That is what the letter had read. Esme watched through the closet as Charlie approached Bella. He stared at her with worried eyes before leaning over and gently giving her a kiss on the forehead. He, then, left her room, shutting the door quietly behind him. Esme seated herself in the rocking chair again when she heard Charlie's cruiser pulling out of the driveway.
Bella stirred in her sleep and slowly opened her eyes. When she saw Esme, the lazy beat of her heart started to speed up.
"Esme?" She whispered in disbelief, moisture starting to build in her eyes. Then she quickly got up and threw her arms around her.
Esme laughed and hugged her back. "I'm happy to see you too."
"What are you doing here? Where's Alice?" Bella's eyes were wide.
Esme's smile faltered a little. "Alice will be back in a bit. She had to take care of some things first."
Bella stared at her, question in her eyes.
Esme touched her cheek. "Are you hungry? You should eat and we'll talk downstairs."
Bella nodded. "May I have a human moment?"
Again Esme laughed. "Of course. I'll wait in the kitchen."
Bella made her way to the bathroom and stood in front of the mirror. She looked like a mess; the stress took on her appearance. Bella took a shower, allowing the warmth to calm her. Slowly, the night's events came back to her. Bella shuddered and stepped out of the shower, hurrying to get dressed, not wanting to waste any time when Esme was waiting.
She threw on jeans, a T-shirt and brushed her teeth, not bothering with her hair which was damp and hanging down her back. After walking carefully down the stairs, she made her way to the kitchen. Esme sat at the table with a smile on her face.
While Bella was in the shower, Esme had gotten a call from Carlisle.
"We'll be there in a few minutes." He told her.
"Edward too?" Esme voiced her worry.
Carlisle smiled on the other end. "Edward too. I don't know how this is going to work out. Alice isn't having any visions and if she did, she's not sharing or opening her mind to Edward."
Esme frowned. "It'll work out. I know it will."
She heard Carlisle sigh. "Faith. Have faith . . . "
Esme chuckled. "I have to go now. I can hear Bella getting out of the shower. I love you."
"I love you too."
Bella smiled back timidly and grabbed an apple from the fridge. She sat down across from Esme and took a bite. The taste startled her and she realized that she was ravenous. Bella took another bite and swallowed.
Esme watched her with that same smile then turned to look out the window.
Bella stopped eating. "What's the matter, Esme?"
When she didn't answer, Bella set her food down and clenched her hands together. Esme finally turned to her and covered Bella's hands with her own.
"Nothing's wrong, dear. I'm just happy."
Bella's eyes tightened. She too was happy . . . to an extent. She had seen Alice and Esme was there with her but what would happen to her when she left? Bella forced the thought away when she felt moisture in her eyes again. She picked up her apple and took another bite, afraid to speak for fear that her voice would shake and give her away.
Esme shifted in her seat suddenly, causing Bella to jump a little. There was a knock on the door.
Who could that be? Bella wondered. She threw a glance at Esme who was staring at her with the oddest expression.
"I'll be back in a second." Bella slowly got up and made her way to the door. She hesitated before opening it. Bella gasped when she saw Emmet.
He grinned widely and picked her up off her feet, hugging her tightly but with caution. "There's my favorite human ever!"
Bella laughed surprised, the sound unfamiliar to her ears, but stopped short when she looked over Emmet's shoulder. Behind him stood Carlisle, Rosalie, Alice, Jasper, and . . . could it be?
Bella's eyes widened and Emmet set her down. She stepped around him and walked past the people behind him, stopping at the one person she most desperately wanted to see. There, two feet away, was the most beautiful person she ever lay eyes on. The one she fell in love with, gave her heart to.
Edward stared at her, his eyes taking in Bella. She was staring at him with the most peculiar expression. Her eyes were wide with fear.
"Edward?" Bella whispered. The aching in her chest did not come at full force as it normally would have. She felt numb for a moment.
"Bella." Edward breathed and quickly took her in his arms, breathing in the scent of her.
Bella thawed quickly and emotions started pouring, overwhelming both her and Jasper. Her eyes closed when she felt Edward against her.
This can't be. She thought. It's a dream. Why would he come back to me? Unless . . .
Bella shook her head violently, not wanting to get ahead of herself, and Edward let go of her, fearing he went too far.
I hurt her too much. His eyes tightened. She has every reason to not want me back.
Bella was still shaking her head when Alice grabbed her hand, pulling her in the house. "Perhaps we should do this inside." Bella heard her speak.
Esme was suddenly at her side and led her in the living room. Bella refused to sit down though she felt weak. She felt very fragile, as though one word would shatter her.
Edward. Here. Her breathing became erratic and she started feeling lightheaded.
Alice forced her to sit on the chair by the window. "You're going to faint." She sent a meaningful glance to Jasper. Suddenly, Bella relaxed and she took a deep breath in. She looked up and stared at Edward who was staring back at her, cautious.
His bronze colored hair was disheveled, lips pulled in a tight line, posture tense . . . yet there he was. Beautiful and there. Her own personal miracle.
Bella continued to stare with wide eyes, afraid to look away for fear he might vanish. "Edward?" She whispered again.
Edward slowly walked torwards her. His family looked away. He stopped in front of where Bella was sitting and got down on his knees so he was eye level with her.
So Beautiful. He thought. Yet so much pain.
Bella was looking at him, scared. Her cheeks were flushed and there were tears forming behind her eyes. She lifted her hand and very carefully, placed it on Edward's cheek just as she'd done before he left. She watched Edward close his eyes and sigh.
Bella looked at him, her face expressing her pain. The tears brimmed over, falling down her cheeks and she struggled to make her breathing steady. But Edward stayed where he was. He didn't leave her as he had done before.
Bella dropped her hand from Edward's face and covered her mouth trying to block the whimpers that were threatening to escape.
"Oh, Bella." Edward breathed, wrapping his arms around her again. And this time Bella did not pull away but grabbed him back. Her arms circled around his neck, clutching to him and she sobbed harder than she ever had.
"Oh my God." She kept crying.
"I am so sorry for the pain I have caused you." Edward pulled her hands off his neck and held them to his chest. He put his forehead on Bella's and forced her to look up. Bella's heartbeat sped up.
One thing has not changed. Esme thought to Edward.
Bella's light brown eyes stared into his gold ones, searching. Edward's hands cupped her face and he stared at her intently. "I love you." He whispered.
Bella thought to pull away. No. You feel guilty. You've lied to yourself yet once more.
But she couldn't. She couldn't pull herself out of Edward's arms. "No." She whispered. "You don't."
Edward narrowed his eyes."I do. I am so sorry, Bella." She started to look down but Edward gripped Bella's chin. "I am sorry for the pain I put you through. I am sorry that I ever left you. And if you're willing to take me back, I promise I will never leave you again. I love you, Isabella Marie Swan."
Bella looked past Edward's face to his family. They were staring back at her. Jasper looked as if he was in pain from what, Bella guessed, the hurt emotions flowing in the room. She looked at Rosalie who was looking at Bella with sadness. Alice was nodding at her in encouragement.
Bella turned back to Edward's now, agonized expression. "I'm so sorry, Bella." He repeated.
"I looked for you." Bella whispered and Edward winced. "But I didn't think you'd come back."
"I'm back now. I should have never left. I thought I would be giving you a better life if I left you alone. You were always more than I deserved." Edward smiled a little when Bella shook her head. "But it seems that me leaving hasn't done any good to either of us."
Bella looked up in his eyes and Edward almost gasped at how much feeling he saw in her face. "I love you too." She whispered, a tear escaping.
Edward leaned in and kissed the place where it had fallen. He lightly kissed both eyelids, holding Bella's face in his hands, before finally, touching her lips. Bella kissed him back, hesitant at first but she quickly gave in. Edward pulled back, reluctantly, and kissed both of her hands which he gathered in his again.
I'm glad things have gone well. Carlisle thought. I think, now, we will go gather our things back in LA and bring it back to our home here in Forks.
Carlisle quietly madehis way to Edward and BellaHe bent down and gave Bella a kiss on the top of her head. "I cannot tell you how grateful I am that you have taken us back."
Bella looked up and smiled, at a loss for words. Esme and Alice gave her a hug before walking outside with Carlisle.
Jasper put his hand on Edward's shoulder and looked at Bella. "Thank you." Was all he said before leaving.
Emmet walked over to them, holding Rosalie's hand. "You have brought our family back together, Bella. Thank you." Emmet said, kissing Bella's cheek.
You are very luck to have her, brother. He thought to Edward.
"I am." Edward agreed, smiling at Emmet.
Rosalie stood there awkwardly for a moment before bending down and hugging Bella. "I don't know how to thank you enough. My brother is whole again."
Bella's eyes widened but she hugged Rosalie back. Rosalie finally let go and grabbed Emmet's hand again, both leaving to join their family outside.
"Weren't expecting that were you?" Edward teased, smiling Bella's favorite crooked smile. Edward felt as if thousands of pounds had been lifted off his shoulders. He had his Bella back and that was all that mattered now.
Bella shook her head, still a little shocked but happy. Edward loves me. She reveled in the thought. He's always loved me.
Bella looked at Edward and pressed her face against his chest as fresh tears came. One by one, he kissed them away. Edward traced her lips with his fingertips and sighed, pulling her back in his arms.
"I love you, Bella. God, how I love you."
Now I think you guys know why I didn't add this chapter and the last one together. It would be totally off balance. So . . . What did you think???