Title: Of Pain And Love

Title: Of Pain And Love

Rated: T

Beta: Icestar4621, the best beta in the world, and I love her very much for everything she does

Disclaimer: I don't own the Twilight series even though I would love to. They belong to Stephenie Meyers, but I can dream along with everyone else!

Summary: Suddenly there was a third shot and Bella, getting out of her truck froze. There was an eerie silence as everything seemed to still, and then Bella fell to the ground.

I was getting out of my truck at work when I heard a loud noise and than there was only pain and the faint sound of someone calling my name. Was that Charlie? What was Charlie doing here?

It occurred to me that I was on the ground then, and in some vague way that struck me as strange. 'How did I get on the on the ground?' I hadn't been on the ground before, had I?

Dazed, I tried to move to get up but instantly felt like I was drowning in a wave of pain and I held my breath, trying not to make a sound. It was a lot harder than I thought it should be but it was hard to tell. Everything was very muddled and confused.

I could hear people yelling and screaming but they all seemed strangely far away and yet I was sure they were actually quite close. It was weird and how could they be far and close? I didn't make sense and I couldn't understand even half of what they were saying but my name seemed to be a part of it.

I felt myself coughing and was surprised that it hurt. It even hurt to breathe. 'Why does it hurt so much?'

Warm hands were on my face then and I struggled to pay attention.

"Bella?"

A familiar voice.

"Come on, honey, open your eyes and talk to me."

I couldn't see anything, but I knew that voice. It belonged to someone important. I should answer it, I knew. It was bad to let him worry. Had to protect him, but I couldn't see who it was!

'Are my eyes closed? I don't remember closing them!' I thought frantically to myself. Why couldn't I remember? What had happened?

I blinked several times, letting my eyes adjust to the extraordinary brightness. 'Was it always this bright?'

After a moment I realized who was kneeling over me. Charlie. I tried to say something to him but nothing came out and my jaw moved soundlessly as my eyes blurred in and out of vision. "Dad," I croaked finally, barely above a whisper. "What...?" I asked, seeing pain and fear written clearly on his face and wanting to know what had happened but I moved as I spoke and the pain hit me with the double the intensity and I gasped.

"Shhh," I heard my father whisper and felt him putting pressure on my right side and abruptly I realized there was an uncomfortable sticky wetness there. It was the source of my pain, I finally realized, but what happened? Why was Charlie so worried?

Suddenly I felt very sleepy, and the pain wouldn't stop, and I wasn't sure if I could keep my eyes open much longer... they were getting so heavy...

"Damnit!" Charlie yelled, jerking me back to realty. I'd almost slipped away there, I realized. "Where are the paramedics!"

"They'll be here in less then a minute, Captain, don't worry." Another voice, belonging to someone I couldn't see.

"Dad," I whispered, trying to keep my eyes on him, struggling not to lose focus but this time I could feel them beginning to slip closed and Charlie shook my hand lightly, bringing me back again.

"No Bella," he said to me, and there were tears in his eyes. "Keep your eyes open now, sweetheart."

His voice was shaking and I still didn't know what was going on. Why wouldn't someone tell me?

" I just need you to stay awake now and everything is going to be fine, okay?"

Charlie again, but it hurt to answer him and nothing made sense and it was just so hard to stay awake...

'Edward.'

His name suddenly popped into my mind and it woke me up a little bit more. Edward was out hunting with Esme, Jasper, Emmett, and Rosalie.

Carlisle was at work and Alice was waiting to take me shopping after work. She wouldn't take no for an answer, despite my obvious lack of enthusiasm.

Alice. Would she have seen this?

I couldn't hear Charlie clearly anymore and in some vague way I knew that couldn't be good.

Would Alice call Edward in a panic?

If I died how would everyone take it? Charlie, Renee, and even Phil? They would move on, I knew, but how long would it take them?

And the Cullens, what about them? They were my family in everything but name and law, and even that would be fixed in a few short weeks. Would they be able to move on and live their lives without me?

Edward. He had already told me what he would do if I ever died. He would go to the Volturi and ask for death.

And if they didn't grant his request, what then? He would try to force their hand once more, but sure Carlisle wouldn't let things go to that extreme again? He would know better than to leave Edward alone, right? Alice had said once that if the Volturi were to kill Edward it would be war.

I couldn't and I wouldn't let that happen! I would live, marry Edward, and be with him forever.

Forever!

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Cullen Home

Alice's POV

A short time before.

I smiled pulling out clothes from my closet, trying to choose the best outfit to have Bella wear to go shopping tonight. She could look stunning, if she tried. Tonight we were going to find the perfect outfit for after the wedding and I was very excited.

"Bella!"

The scream rang in my head and I jumped, feeling myself slip into a vision. This couldn't be good.

"I haven't seen you around here before," Charlie said. "Are you just passing through?"

"Yes, sir," the man said. "I'm headed to New York."

He looked nervous. Like he was hiding something and Charlie was instantly suspicious.

"Have you been drinking, son? Why don't you step out of the car?" Charlie asked, opening the door for him, but the man still didn't move.

"Have I done something wrong, Officer?"

"I just want you to step out of the car," Charlie said calmly, his voice unconfrontational.

Bella pulled up then, about thirty feet away, listening to her iPod and not really paying attention to her surroundings.

The stranger got out of his car and threw a wild punch at Charlie, who blocked it easily as his deputy, Fisher, ran over to help. The three men struggled and the stranger went for the deputy's gun.

"My gun!" Fisher shouted, warning Charlie and grabbing the man's arm.

Suddenly there was a loud BANG from the struggling men and the shot went straight into the air. The second shot The second shot seemed to go toward the crowd of people who had gathered to watch but no one appeared hurt.

Suddenly there was a third shot and Bella, getting out of her truck froze. There was an eerie silence as everything seemed to still, and then Bella fell to the ground.

"Bella!"

"Nooooooooooo!" I yelled, snapping abruptly out of the vision.

'How long do I have?' I asked myself desperately, grabbing my cell phone and running for the door. I had to stop this before it happened!

Who should I call? Not Edward, I decided. He was too far away and he would only worry uselessly.

So who to call?

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Hospital

Carlisle's POV.

I was almost finished my shift when Charlie burst into the ER and I noticed immediately that he was covered in blood. I could smell it on him, but the scent had long since ceased to tempt me.

"Is she all right?" he asked frantically when he saw me, and I frowned, confused.

"Is who all right? We haven't gotten any new patients in the last few hours, Charlie."

Before he could answer though, the ER doors burst open and a swarm of paramedics came through. "We're losing her!" one of them yelled and if I'd had a working heart in that moment it would certainly have frozen.

'Bella!'

TBC.