We reached the courthouse in a short time because of Edward's speeding and the seemingly empty streets.
Alice grabbed my wrist and started pulling me as we reached the doors. She was tidying my hair and smoothing out my clothes to try and improve my appearance.
As we stepped through the threshold everyone quieted. I could feel the eyes boring into my back as we walked up the pathway towards the table where Rosalie sat.
Thick tension hung in the air as the judge stood. A man in a police uniform walked in front of the judge's large desk. "Presenting case 214. The case of Alice Cullen, Rosalie Hale, and Bella Swan against the defendants Laurent Johnson, Jacob Black, and Charlie Swan." he spoke in a deep voice.
He placed the paper on the judge's desk before stepping aside. There was movement in the corner of the room as more officers appeared from a doorway, behind them, trailed Laurent, Jacob, and Charlie. The handcuffs rattled as they were led to a table only a few feet to the right of us. Laurent and Charlie glared at us as they took their seats. Jacob kept his head down the whole time and there was a point where I thought I saw tears fall onto his lap.
The trial started with opening statements from each side. Charlie was questioned first and I mentally scoffed at everything he said. I noticed that Rosalie and Alice also had scowls on their faces at the absurd lies he told.
After Laurent and Jacob were both questioned it was our turn. I noticed that Rosalie was starting to shake and I saw Emmett place a hand upon her shoulder. She turned around and gave him a smile before turning back to the front.
Alice was called up to the front first. She stood and skipped lightly up to her seat. She recited everything that happened as I remembered it. She even included how Charlie and Laurent made them write a fake note to everyone, telling them that they were going shopping.
Charlie's defense attorney stood before walking towards the front and leaning against the tall wooden wall that was in front of Alice. "Is it true Ms. Cullen that you and Ms. Hale have charged both Mr. Swan and Mr. Johnson with rape charges?" he accused. I noticed Alice tense up and look at Rosalie. Rosalie's eyes went wide and she shook her head.
Alice looked back at the man in front of her and stared him in the eye. "Yes." she answered in a strong voice. I heard Esme gasp a little from behind me. I looked over to see her clutching Carlisle's arm. Rosalie had become very still as she glared at Alice.
Alice glanced sorrowfully over at her family before turning back to the man in front of her.
The rest of the questioning had passed quickly. The jury was currently in discussion and we all sat outside waiting to hear the verdict.
Rosalie was whisper-yelling at Alice, while Emmett and Jasper seemed to be sitting in shock. Esme was speaking with Carlisle, she had a worried and terrified expression on her face.
Edward looked over at me. "Are you ok?" he asked as he held my hand. He rubbed soothing circles on my palm. "Yeah, I'm fine." I whispered.
At that moment the jury walked back through the door and took their seats. Everyone in the room turned to look at them. The talking ceased as the judge hit his gavel a few times. "How does the jury plead?" he asked in a deep voice.
A man in the front right seat of the jury box stood. He held a paper in front of him and spoke in an accusing voice, "We find the defendant Laurent Johnson, guilty on all charges." There was a small cheer from the crowd behind us before the man continued, "We find the defendant Jacob Black," The man paused, and I glanced over at Jacob to see him look up at the man, "guilty on the account of attempted murder." Jacob placed his face back in his hands.
The crowd cheered once more before the man continued, "We find the defendant Charlie Swan, guilty on all charges." I felt relief sweep through me at his words and the crowd broke out into a loud applaud. The three of them were taken out of the room. "Case dismissed." the judge stated as he banged his gavel once.
I turned and hugged both Alice and Rosalie before jumping into Edward's arms. Nothing could take me away from him now.
The crowd applauded as the three of them were taken out of the room. Bella came over and hugged both Alice and I before jumping into Edward's arms. I sighed. Alice turned away from me and over to Jasper, she knew I was still mad at her.
"Rosalie, baby, can I talk to you?" I turned around to see Emmett standing there with a sad look on his face. I stood and we both walked out of the court room and into the hallway.
Before I could speak, he pulled me into one of his giant teddy bear hugs. "I'm so sorry." he whispered over and over to me in my ear.
After a few moments I got the strength to push myself away from him. "I don't want your sympathy Emmett." I said in a stern voice. He looked confused before answering, "Rose, why didn't you tell me?" he asked with hurt on his face.
"Emmett, I didn't want to. You would get mad and I didn't want that. Neither did Alice." I whispered without looking up at him.
"Of course I would. I am mad. I mean, I couldn't believe someone would want to do something like that to someone else. I just want to-Grr.!" he yelled as he turned and punched the wall.
"Emmett, stop!" I yelled. He froze and looked at me. "At least something good came out of this." I said through the tears that were streaming down my face. "What could be good about this Rosalie?! What could possibly make this any better?! Knowing that you were in trouble and I wasn't there to save you? That tears me up inside!" he yelled.
Tears were now making trails down his face as he looked at me. Many people were looking at us in worry as they passed by. "You may not be happy about it but I am." I said. "Happy about what Rosalie? Happy that they are in jail? Of course I'm happy about that, but I just wish- I just wish they would let me get a hold-" "Emmett, stop!" I screamed, interrupting his ramble of fantasy. "I don't want to hear about how much you want to tear these men apart!" I cried. "I don't care about them! I'm happy now! I think that's all that should matter." "I'm sorry, Rose." he said before he took a step toward me. He pulled me into a huge hug. I could feel him squeezing my stomach and I gasped out in horror.
He quickly set me on my feet and I quickly wrapped my arms around my stomach. "Emmett, you need to be careful." I whispered as I rubbed my belly. "I'm sorry, Rosalie. Did I hurt you sweetie?" he asked as he gently brought his hand up to my cheek.
"No, but I don't want you hurting my baby." I confessed. I was waiting for the anger to flare up but he just started at me in shock. After a moment he seemed to regain his composure and he straightened up. His eyebrows were furrowed as he asked in a very menacing voice, "Your pregnant?"
I took a step forward and put my hand on his chest. "Emmett, don't be mad. I'm happy about it. I wasn't planning on going to college anyway." I stated, trying to make him feel better. "Your going to keep it?" he asked in shock. "Rose, that is a monster." he stated, pointing at my stomach. "Emmett Cullen!" I gasped in disbelief. "Don't you ever say that again! This child is mine." I said as I placed my hands over my stomach.
"If you don't want a place in its life then that's fine, but I am keeping it." I stated before turning and walking down the hall. I had turned around the corner and gotten several feet as the tears streamed down my face. I fell to my knees and I curled up in a ball on the floor as my sobs overtook me.
After several moments, I felt a pair of arms pick me up off the ground but I didn't bother to see who it was. I felt exhausted. I was placed in the back seat of a car, before I fell asleep.
Hey everyone! I'm really sorry for making you wait so long for this update!
ok, well that was a bit of a shock,huh? Well i tried writing it differently but it just didn't sound right. I wanted to end this story soon, but apparantly i'm going to have to make a couple more chapters. I know it was probably unexpected but i hope you guys like it:)
ok, well, lol i don't really know what goes on in court so i tried my best. I got all of this because i like to watch law and order, lol. Well i hope it made sense. I also put a picture and explanation of the courtroom on my profile, in case any of you are confused. I thought it might help.
well, just review and let me know what you think:) thanks to all of you who review! your awesome!