Ch. 11.

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Bella POV.

Crap. Of course Victor would see that. He was glaring at me, daring me to challenge him by saying I was still going to do it. Maureen was giving me a wide eyed stare and Embry, who I was a little suprised to see, had his lips turned up into a snarl. Alwin however didn't look suprised at all. He'd seen it all go down and he'd put it together just as quick as I had. Candice didn't like Jacob, whenever I'd found her she'd smelled horrible and she'd deep cuts. Like an animal had attacked her. After putting it all together, which with me and Alwin had only taken a matter of seconds, we'd bolted start for the door and kept on going. I glanced down at Candice who was holding my hand so tightly I thought it might shatter. It'd only been a day and I already felt this need to protect her, to care for her. Penny must have known I was home because she came bolting around the corner and ran straight to me. I reached down to pat her head with my free hand and Penny turned to appraise Candice.

"Hm. She sure is small."

I couldn't help but giggle at Penny's thought of Candice. She seemed to decide it was ok she was small though because when Candice reached out to pet her she licked her palm, making Candice laugh. I smiled, despite all that was going on.

"What are we going to do?" Maureen asked in a tiny voice.

"I don't believe he wants to hurt her, I think it was just an accident. I know Jacob and he would never intentionally hurt anyone, much less a little girl. I may really want to kill him right now, but I do still believe that." I said. Victor gave me a slight smile, knowing that he wouldn't have to keep an eye on me. As pissed as I was I still knew I could never kill Jacob. But still, something had to be done. He was going nowhere near Candice, that much was for sure. But his temper needed to be watched, this couldn't happen again.

One thought I'd been avoiding popped into my head. Where were Candice's parents? I shook the thought from my head and turned to see Alwin, who had placed his hand on my shoulder and was frowning intently. He always got so frustrated that he couldn't read my thoughts.

"He's just not getting anywhere near her." I said simply.

Embry stood up suddenly.

"He still has the Elders to deal with." he said and he nodded his head toward us.

"I'll be going now." he said and turned to leave.

After saying our goodbyes to him we all gathered around on the couches, Penny curled up in Candice's lap and Alwin sitting impossibly close to me. I could tell he was worried about me, he kept glancing into my face and trying to read my eyes.

Maureen picked up her phone and quickly dialed a number.

"Who is she calling right now?" I asked Victor impatiently. This was hardly the time to be on the phone. He shrugged his shoulders but I noticed he wouldn't look me in the eye. I turned to Alwin and gave him a desperate look. Maureen had gotten up and headed upstairs as soon as someone had answered the phone. Alwin got up and ran over to Victor's side, placing his hand on his shoulder. Victor got up and moved away but apparently not quick enough.

"What in the hell do they have to do with any of this?!" he demanded.

"Hey!" I yelled at him and pointed to Candice. He nodded his head and him and Victor left the room, leaving me to wonder. Why was Alwin so mad? Who was he talking about? Realization dawned on me. The Cullens. Aw hell.

Edward POV.

They could have attacked anyone. Even a vampire. By God, if any one of those mutts attacked Bella.......

But I couldn't let myself think about that. Who had they attacked? That mutt was still out there, free to attack anyone else.

Alice POV.

I needed to get over to Bella's house to learn why Maureen had rushed off. Had they found Bella? Do they know who was attacked?

Edward was glaring at me so I blocked my thoughts. Any inane babble would work, I started thinking about shopping. He gave me an odd look, he knew I was blocking my thoughts. Even I wouldn't be thinking about shopping at a time like this.

I glanced at Jasper, he could feel that I was stressed and I narrowed my eyes at him.

"I'm going to go look for Bella again." I said as I jumped up, Jasper following right behind me.

"With an out of control mutt out there?! No." Edward said.

"I can take care of her Edward." Jasper said calmly. He must have been calm because I could see Edward start to look pretty calm himself. I rushed out the door, Jasper on my heels and not another word from Edward.

"Where are we going?" Jasper asked me. He knew me well enough to know that we weren't really going to look for Bella. I wouldn't have rushed off in such a freaky way if it were that.

"To Bella's house. I want to know whatever Maureen knows." I told him as we were running through the forest.

After merely a few seconds we were on their doorstep and I was debating whether to knock or simply walk in. Jasper must have sensed my uneasiness because reached around me and knocked lightly on the door. A human probably wouldn't have heard it, but of course one of us. Sure enough I heard the slow rhythm of feet moving, they were playing it very carefully here. The door swung open and there stood Bella, with a smile on her face. Well until she saw who was knocking on her door that is.

Bella POV.

There she stood, the girl who used to be my best friend. The one who left without a word of goodbye, no letters. Just gone. I remembered going shopping with her. Her huge smile and her pixie like features lighting up when she made me try on clothes that I hated. I remembered that she was the first of the Cullen siblings to meet me. She had been so excited to finally be allowed to meet me.

But these were all human memories and that was a different time. She wasn't my best friend anymore. I slammed the door closed, a little suprised that she didn't try to stop it.

"Maureen!" I called out.

Edward POV.

From inside my pocket my cell phone chirped and I dug it out. Hm. A number I didn't recognize.

"Hello?" I answered and heard a bright voiced female voice reply.

"Edward. This is Maureen. I don't believe we've been properly introduced so I apoligize for calling so unexpectedly. I got your number from Alice's phone, I didn't steal her phone. It's a long story. I was hoping you could come over." she said all this in a matter of seconds.

"Of course." I said simply. I didn't bother to ask questions. I'd had enough with questions, what I wanted now were some answers.