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This is a reedit of my story Too late. I read over it recently, and I was rather disappointed in my writing, even if I enjoyed writing the story idea. So, what I've decided to do is go back and add, rearrange, and work out some of my kinks in this story. I'm going to try and get quite a bit ahead so I can update it everyday. This was the first major story I'd ever done, and I want to do it justice. I'm sure if I go back in a year and read this version of it, I'll find more mistakes. I feel my writing has improved, and I hope you feel the same way. I know a lot of my readers came across me with Blind, and never read this story, even if it did well on it's own. I hope my new readers give it a chance, and my long time friends read it again and give me honest opinions on the changes.
Also, I am in the hospital. And, I am lucky enough for them to have wifi. But, I am not up to doing anything more complicated then editing. I'm on enough medication that I just feel... worn down. I'm going to be taking a short break (two weeks) from my other stories. I don't know how long I'll be in here, but it might be a while longer. So, this is what I'm going to be doing in the mean while.
It had taken me months to realization that I was madly in love with Isabella Swan. From the first second she came into school, I knew she was different. I just didn't know how different until she sat beside me in Biology class. I hated her then, because I wanted her so badly. I had such a strong desire for her blood that I fled, scared, like a child. It took the love of my family to return. She was just a girl, right? It took her almost death to realize otherwise and in the silent weeks that followed, I began to learn more about her. I also learned something about myself: I was totally in love with her, and would protect her with my life.
So, this is how I came to be flying through the streets of this tiny town, searching for her. I couldn't believe I lost her scent. I was so careless. I should have gotten out of the car and kept her within sight. But, I didn't want to take the chance to be spotted either. Then, I could hear their thoughts loud and clear. They were going to kill her. I picked up the pace of my frantic search in my car through the streets of the tiny town.
"God she feels good..."
"Can't for my turn..."
"I'd wish he'd finish so I could get a crack at her."
"God, look at that bitch's eyes. She's pissed..."
I roared in fury. Bella's scent was getting stronger, but it was mixed with the scents of four others. I finally turned the corner and there she was, pinned to the ground in the dark alleyway. Her blue jeans were around her ankles; her panties were torn to shreds. I stomped on the brake so hard the Volvo bucked. I'm honestly surprised that I did not break it with the force. I was out within a split second, starring at the men that were raping Bella, trying to figure out what I needed to do next.
The strong scent of her blood lingered in the air, but it wasn't sweet. It was dirty, tainted. They had tainted my beautiful angel. I growled furiously at the angry men watching me. Two of them pulled out knives.
I snapped both their necks in a matter of seconds, not even giving them the chance to extend their arms fully. The useless knives fell to the cement with a satisfying thud. I pulled the dirty dark haired man off of Bella next, a new rage coming over me. This was the one that hurt her the most, defiling her body for his own pleasure. I would have tormented him, tortured him until he begged for death but I was too furious to control my need to destroy him. I easily ripped his head from his shoulders. The last man stood in front of me, frightened and shaking, his large black eyes glazed over with terror.
"Don't kill me..." he screamed, his voice shaking with fear. "Please," he begged loudly.
"No," I grabbed his skull between my palms, I crushed it completely. He dropped to the ground quickly, his thick blood covering my hands. But, I didn't have time to crave it, or to even notice it. A new emotion washed over my body as I remembered the reason I was standing here.
I dropped to my knees besides Bella's dirty, sweat covered body. Her normally large brown eyes were huge, her body shaking with fear. She would go into shock soon. "Bella. Bella... answer me. Bella?" I demanded, leaning over me.
"Edward..." She whispered my name softly, before her eyes fluttered shut. Thank god she passed out. She didn't need to be awake for this. I wasn't sure how much pain she'd be in, both physically and mentally. I pulled up her jeans, pulling the rest of her tattered panties away from her body, and scooped her up into my arms. There were tiny cuts all over her skin, the blood was not as overwhelming as I expected. My determination to get her to the hospital was stronger than my lust. I had to get her to Carlisle. I placed her in the car and went to hide the bodies. I had to do that first before anything else, even if I had an urge to simply leave them. I disposed of them in a nearby dumpster, wiping my bloody hands on their clothing as I went. I would have to enjoy burning their corpses later.
I enjoy driving fast, but I had never sped like this before. In less than twelve minutes we were parked in front of hospital in which my father worked at. I didn't care who saw as I ran to the other side of the car. I couldn't smell anyone else around though. Good, that would make this easier.
I scooped her into my arms again as gently as possible, holding her tightly to my chest. I ran at a more human speed into the emergency room. There was no one in there, but a nurse who was flipping through a fashion magazine, completely ignoring us. How's that for service? I thought to myself. I kicked open the doors to the hallway leading towards the medical equipment and began my trek to an open room. The nurse finally rushed beside me. "What are you doing?" Her angry gaze turned to horror when she looked at the limp girl in my arms. "What happened?"
"Go get my father! Go get Dr. Cullen, now!" The nurse stopped dead for a moment, confused by the command for some reason. She didn't expected it from someone she still considered a child. "NOW!"
She turned and nodded. She ran back to her station, practically tripping over her own feet. I wondered if she was new to the emergency room. She didn't seem to be used to the panic. Or, perhaps Forks was just that boring of a town. She grabbed the black phone and pressed the receiver to her quivering lips. "Paging Dr. Cullen to the E.R, paging Dr. Cullen to the E.R."
I laid Bella down in the in the first room I found. Her breathing was slow and deep, thankfully it was steady. I checked her pulse; it was slow but not bad considering she had blacked out. I began to check the small gashes on her skin. They seem to be everywhere. I went to the cabinet, grabbing one of the white wash cloth. I ran it under warm water then rung it out. I didn't know where else to start.
I started on her face first. It was caked in dirt, sweat and tears. She was going to have a black eye; I could see the bruising forming under her skin already. I wiped a streak off dirt off her swollen cheek.. I leaned in slowly, and pressed my lips to her forehead. She wasn't awake yet, and I felt safe doing so. She didn't know how I felt, but I was going to express it as soon as possible. I wasn't going to waist a second.
"What happened?" Carlisle's thoughts were too swift for me to really pick up. His mind was practically humming with all the things he needed to do, things he needed to check.
"I followed her to Port Angeles. I just wanted to keep an eye on her, but I lost her. I was so stupid. I should have been paying better attention. When I finally found her those men... Those men... they..." I sputtered out.
Carlisle's eyes went wide with horror. 'She was raped?'I simply nodded, not wanting to say the word. 'She's bleeding. Is it not bothering you?' He thought directly at me. I could tell he would have me forcefully if he needed to. Her safety was the most important thing to him, which I was glad for.
I shook my head, telling him the complete truth. I couldn't feel anything besides sadness and anger. I loved this girl and I failed protecting her. I wouldn't do a thing to harm a single hair on her perfect head. "No, it's fine."
I raised the damp towel to her cheek, going to wipe away her dried tears. Just looking at them was heart breaking. I wanted to wipe away her pain. "Stop, we need the nurse to bring out the rape kit. Then we can get her cleaned up." He said in a gentle voice, afraid to anger me. My hand dropped away with a sigh. I nodded begrudgingly.
"I'm not leaving her." I told him in a fierce tone, showing how serious I was.
"I know..." he sighed. 'What needs to be done?'
"Four bodies in a dumpster in Port Angeles, it's in an alley way. " I whispered so softly only he would be able to hear but him. No matter what his life style, and his temper, I would not regret what I did. He could not be angry with me for what I have done.
My phone buzzed in my pocket, actually surprising me. I looked at the caller ID. Alice. Why hadn't Alice seen this? "What?" I hissed. Anger started to build in my stomach, twisting my useless inside into tight knots.
"I'll take care of it. We're heading there now. I'm so sorry, Edward." Alice whispered softly in a regretful tone. I felt horrible as quickly as I had gotten angry. I swallowed back the venom in my mouth before answering.
"Thank you, Alice." I whispered.
"I'm so, so sorry." She whispered before she hung up. I placed the phone back in my pocket. I gripped Bella's hand and kissed it, pressing my palm to my cheek. I wanted to touch her while I had the chance. She would most likely reject me, and all men, when she awoke. When it fully sunk in what happened to her.
"We have to call her father." Carlisle spoke softly. "I'll wait until she wakes though, before we start the kit. We need to know what she saw." He continued in his mind. 'Did you do it front of her?'
I simply nodded. That would be one the many things I would regret tonight. I did not regret their death, just doing so in front of her. She didn't need anymore stress and I added to it without thinking.
'How many? Did any get away?'
I raised my fingers, lifting four. "I got them all."
'Did she see?' He asked gently.
I shrugged. I wasn't entirely sure of what she saw. Hopefully none of it. Though, with my luck it wouldn't be that way. If she was still anything like she was with the van, I knew the answer.
"Find out what she knows; tell me when she's ready. Okay?" He patted my shoulder before leaving me with my dark thoughts.
I knelt beside her bed, holding her hand in mine. My chin rested against the mattress as I gazed at her limp body. Her fingers were less than an inch from my nose. I breathed in her scent deeply, enjoy her floral smell. She was so delicious, in so many ways, but I had no desire for her blood. I was simply too horrified by what those men did to her. After destroying the monsters that hurt her, the monster in my head was no problem. Maybe I could be the man she needed.
"Edward..." Her eyelashes began to flutter as she finally came to. One eye couldn't open nearly as much other. The anger towards the men double again for a moment but, I swallowed it back, reminding myself to only think of her.
"Bella? Are you okay?" It was a stupid question, but it came out before I could think about it. I mentally kicked myself for being insensitive. Though she didn't seem to notice.
"I don't know..." she whispered as she tried to sit up. She groaned softly, and laid back. I'm sure she felt sore. She looked at her tiny hand in mine and squeezed my fingers. I smiled at this action, but in the back in my mind I wondered how long it would last. "Thank you."
I looked up at her, surprised. "For what?"
"For saving my life…again." She squeezed my hand again. I wondered if my freakishly cold skin was bothering her. She didn't seem to notice though.
"What do you remember?" I whispered, looking directly into her perfect brown eyes. I wasn't going to hide, or lie about anything this time. Not like with the van. Everything was different now.
"Everything," she muttered softly, her gaze not wavering from mine.
"Oh..." I said, slumping back on my heels. I didn't know what to say or what she would do.
"Thank you," she whispered again. I pressed my lips to her hand. She smiled, completely unsurprised by it the action, or my skin. I was testing the waters of how much she'd allow.
"I'm so sorry." I told her, rubbing soothing circles into her palm.
"You're my hero." She said with a slight smile. "Don't be sorry. I won't say anything about what you did. Don't worry. Just like last time. I'll just say I remember the men then I passed out. I woke up when you found me and then passed again. I woke up here. Is that alright? Is there anything I need to add?"
"That's fine, Bella." I brought her hand to my nose, pressing it gently to my lips. She smiled. I'm glad she didn't seem to mind, and actually enjoying the contact. I couldn't help but smile back. I stiffened when I remember what they needed to do. "They're going to check you for evidence."
"I know." she whispered. "My dad's a cop. Remember?"
"Aw, yes, of course." I looked down at joined hands, not really sure what to do or say next.
"It's alright. I'll be fine. Don't worry." Her head laid back against the pillow, her eyes closing for a moment. She opened them again, gazing into my eyes, stoic expression on her face.
"You are being awfully calm about this." I said, wishing I could feel as calm as she appeared. I felt like there was a tornado blowing through my head, mixing up my emotions and my thoughts.
"I feel safe around you," she whispered, her eyes closing again. She seemed exhausted, not that I blamed her. I knew she wasn't blacking out again, thankfully.
Mere hours ago I would have been horrified by this, by those words. I should have been now. I was much a monster as those men. But, was I really? I would have never done that to Bella. I would never hurt her like that. She was safe with me. I loved her too much to hurt her.
"I will keep you safe." I told her honestly, squeezing her gently.
"Thank you, Edward."
Carlisle nearly had to drag me out of the room when the Sexual Assault nurse came in. I wanted to hold Bella in my arms to make sure she was fine. I stood outside of the door, listening to the nurse speak to her in what was suppose to be in hushed, soothing tones. I could hear the tears roll down her cheeks, even through the door. I took all the strength I had not to run in there and take her away. Away from here, away from everything.
I heard Charlie's thoughts before I saw him 'Oh my god, oh my god, oh my Isabella. Oh my poor baby. Oh my god.'
The moment he saw me leaning next to the door he stiffened. I straighten up, clearing my throat before I spoke. "Chief Swan."
"You're the Cullen kid? You're the one that found Bella?" His voice was weak, like he had been crying alone in the car on his way here. I had no doubt he had been. I knew I would have if it was my daughter.
"Yes, sir." I couldn't meet his eyes. Shamed washed over me. I should have been paying attention better. I should have been doing what I went up there to do. I not only did I let her down, but let him down as well.
"Thank you" he whispered, looking down at his rather large feet. "What happened?"
"I got turned around in Port Angeles. I was just driving around... and then I saw the men around her. They stopped when they saw my car. I guess they ran off." I said the lies easily, but they were mixed with small truths. "I saw Bella, lying on the ground. She was shaking and bloody. I've never been that scared in my life. I got her to the hospital as fast as I could. If she'd died..." The words came sputtering out of my mouth before I could stop them. The truth seem to slap me in the face.
I took Charlie by surprise with my outburst of emotion and he put a firm hand on my shoulder. "Are you alright?" I nodded quickly and turned away. I've never done this before. I'd never felt this before, and I wasn't sure how to handle it.
"Um, they're doing some sort of kit. They should be almost done." I said, still facing away from him.
"Yeah, I know..." He said quietly, but I could hear his mind. "Wonder why he was up there..."
I decided this was a good time to do a little damage control. I took in a deep breath. "All I wanted to do is get a book. Then I got lost... If I hadn't they might of..." I trailed off.. "I wish I could have protected her." I whispered softly.
"Edward, you sound like you care a lot about Bella." He put his hand back on my shoulder, patting it quickly before pulling away.
"She's a wonderful girl. We're lab partners. I couldn't ask for a better one. I don't know what I would do if I went back to school tomorrow and she didn't come back." Not a word I said was untrue.
'He sounds like he's in love with her,' he thought. He wasn't wrong but it was stronger than that. Just then the nurse came out, holding several things. Bags, cups, jars, and vials full of Bella's blood.
"Are you the man I talked to on the phone? Are you Isabella Swan's father?" She looked at Charlie.
"Yeah," he stated simply, not having enough energy to say much else. He felt every bit of his forty or so years.
"She was pretty badly cut up. She's going to have some pretty severe bruising. We were able to get quite a few samples. Hopefully, we'll be able to get the guys that did this. She doesn't have any broken bones or internal bleeding. We'd like to keep her over night, on suicide watch. We're going to send a counselor in after Dr. Cullen gets done with her. Don't worry she'll be okay, Chief Swan."
"Thank you" He muttered. 'Oh my god. Oh my god... oh my god.'
She started to walk away, but stopped quickly, turning on her heel. "Oh, she said if you were still here Edward, she wanted to see you."
I nodded, and the chief looked at me confused. He was wondering what our relationship really was, if we were hiding something from him. I shrugged, crossing my arms as I walked in. He followed quickly behind.
"Hey kiddo..." He started to speak but stopped when he saw her. Bella's eye was almost completely swollen shut. There were various cuts all over her body, some deeper than others, but they were all exposed now because of the hospital gown she was in. Finally the words that repeated in his head were said out loud. "Oh, my god."
"Hi dad..." She said with a small smile, a cut on perfect lips
"Oh sweetheart. I'm so sorry." He began to cry openly, and unashamed. He was wondering how a police officer could let this happen to his daughter. He felt like less of a man, and a parent.
"It's okay, don't cry Dad. I'll be alright." She muttered, blushing slightly. I could tell she wasn't sure to seeing her father this way. She didn't know how to react.
"We'll put the bastards that did this to you to justice. You hear me?" He said, sniffling. He rubbed the back of his hand across his eyes.
"I have no doubt, Dad." Her eyes looked over at me, smiling slightly. I wasn't sure how to react, but I answered her small smile with my own.
I was so glad at that moment my father decided to walk in. I'm sure he was listening as he came down the hall. He came in carrying a tray of equipment to close some of the small wounds that covered her creamy skin.
"Alright Bella, you have several cuts that need stitches. Don't worry, I'll numb all the areas and you won't feel a thing." He picked up a small needle as he gave Bella the doctor speech. Her eyes glazed over as she saw the syringe and then turned her head to me, lulling to the side a bit..
Both fathers looked at me, waiting for my reaction. I knelt beside the bed and held her hand gently in between both of mine. "Don't worry about the needle. Just look at me. It'll be okay, I promise. I'll protect you." I whispered loudly. She smiled but her face quickly scrunched as the pinch of the needle injected several spots over her body. She whimpered as the needle pushed into her swollen cheek. I hushed her gently, squeezing her hand to hold her attention.
'The injection sites are bleeding. Do you need to leave?' Carlisle thought directly at me, his eyes never leaving his work. .
"It's okay; I'll be here for you." I whispered to Bella, but Carlisle knew who it was directed at and what it meant.
"Stay with me." She whispered, small tears tracing down her cheeks. She sounded so weak in that moment that I couldn't say no to her.
"Bells, I'm not sure that's a good idea. I'm sure Edward's tired and he's hasn't had the best of days either." Charlie muttered. I could tell he wasn't comfortable with me being there, but I could also see if Bella pushed it, she'd get her way. Bella knew this as well it would seem.
"I will stay as long as you want me too." I told her, looking directly into her eyes.
"Stay," Bella insisted.
Charlie sighed loudly, feeling frustrated, and sat in a chair across the room. His thoughts returned to the "Oh, my god" chant of before. He wasn't sure how to deal with something like this when it came to his own daughter.
Carlisle's hands were swift and gentle. I was amazed how quickly he sewed her skin, working with the speed and skill of over a hundred and fifty years of work. Her eyes never left mine while he worked. Every once in a while she'd bite her lip during a tug of the needle.
'Do you really love this girl?' Carlisle thought. They were not judgmental, or rude. It was simply a question. I knew if I didn't want to answer I didn't have to.
I simply nodded slightly. He smiled at me, his eyes almost sparkling. He was just happy I found someone I wanted to be with. 'She's a sweet girl I can tell. As long as your happy, son.' With that he finished, putting his tools down on the metal tray.
"Thanks, dad." I smiled at him. Bella finally turned and looked over at him. She smiled slightly but one of the corners of her mouth couldn't turn up completely because of her numb cheek. It made her look a little lopsided. From what I understood, it wasn't a pleasant feeling, being numb.
"Bella, I'm going to give you some pain medication, just a low dosage to help with the bruising. I also wanted to offer you the option of sleeping medication." He placed a hand on hers. "You can take it if you like. I won't force you."
"I'll take the pain medication, but no sleeping pills please." She looked at Carlisle and he nodded slowly as if he was thinking something over.
"Please call the nurse if you change your mind. I'm going to keep you over night and in the morning someone's going to come talk to you. "
"Thank you, Dr. Cullen." With that my father left, giving me meaningful eyes, basically telling me that we'd speak more on this later.
She turned her eyes towards mine again."Daddy, can you do something for me?" She lifted her head slightly, batting her eyelashes sweetly at him.
"Anything you need, kiddo." He instantly lifted himself from the chair and walked over to her. He was feeling nervous in the hospital and he wanted something to do with his fidgeting hands.
"I'm really hungry. Can you go get me some Burger king?" She smiled one corner of her mouth higher than the other. Her unharmed eye crinkled at the edges. I could tell she was laying it on rather thickly, even though she didn't need to.
He laughed, and took a deep breath. The request was not the one he expected, but he was grateful it was something easy. He looked at his watch; it was nine o'clock, so they should still be open. "Yeah okay, what do you want?"
"I want a whopper with cheese and extra pickles, light mayo and ketchup. I want the biggest thing of fries you can get your hands on. I also want a chocolate milk shake. Don't forget the ketchup packets, please." She listened off quickly, scrunching up her nose as she thought.
He snorted, "Maybe I should write this down." Charlie quickly jotted down her order on a piece of hospital stationary. He reluctantly looked over to me. "What would you like Edward?"
"Nothing sir, thank you though." I said politely.
"Are you going to be alright, Bells?" He folded the piece of paper and put it into his pocket.
"Yeah dad, like I said, I'm just really hungry. Besides, Edward will be here with me." Her gripped tightened for a moment as she said my name.
"I'll be back soon. I promise," and with that he walked out of the room.
"I've never seen you eat that much." I said with a slight smile.
"I've never seen you eat at all," she whispered. "That should keep him busy for a while." She nodded towards the door.
The nurse came in and interrupted our quiet talk. She handed Bella two white round pills, that I knew as Lortab fives and a pink plastic cup of water. She chugged them down without a fight. After the nurse told her to call her if she needed anything she left, shutting the door behind her with a heavy thud.
Bella sat up slowly, getting more comfortable on the bed."Okay, now that we're alone... What the hell are you?"
So, I added almost two pages of detail on this chapter. I'm hoping to add more detail to rest of this story. So, did you like the changes? Also, to let you know, I probably won't do too many A/Ns on this story after this chapter. I know I tend to babble.
Oh, by the way, today is my birthday, but this is my present to you. You guys are awesome. I want to thank my friends: Shannon, Stephanie, and Katie for being so nice to me, and worrying about me, while I'm in the hospital.
So, should I continue with this, or am I wasting my time?