I didn't want to leave the safety net of the trees that Bella and I had found ourselves in. The kiss had been too perfect and leaving the location of said kiss only posed the risk of everything falling apart again. But Alice's voice had been too frantic to ignore so I had reluctantly hoisted Bella on to my back and took off back in the direction of our house.
"We'll go back there soon…I promise." I said as I streaked through the underbrush. Bella hung on tight, resting her head against my shoulder. I half wondered if she was asleep or not and I took great care to make it a smooth run back to the house.
It was strange but felt whole and happy as I ran back to our home. I knew that something bad awaited us ahead, I knew that something was wrong and that it had made Alice upset, I knew that there would ultimately be consequences but still, as I ran with Bella I felt perfectly at ease.
And that would be something I would hold with me in the moments to come.
My feet found the floor of our deck and I paused for a moment outside trying my best to try and sense any irregularities around me. There were no new cars parked in the driveway, there were no screams coming from the house, all was silent but there was a new scent wafting lightly on the breeze. It belonged to a female vampire who had recently fed and who was currently fearing for her life.
"Bella?" I whispered.
"I'm awake." Her voice was gentle as she slid off my back and came to stand next to me.
I stared into her beautiful brown eyes. She didn't look afraid, she looked happy and warm. Her cheeks were pink even though I knew she had to be freezing due to the rain.
"What's the matter did Alice say?" She asked. I shook my head and smoothed her hair back from her face,
"She didn't say. Whatever it was it made her sound nervous and pissed off all at once." I said. I would have been content to stand on the deck and admire Bella all night but it was crucial for me to see that she got into a dry pair of clothes and I wanted to know what had upset my sister so much.
I opened the door to our home and walked in with Bella right behind me.
"Alright Alice what's the…" I stopped dead in my tracks and let out a primitive growl. I stuck out my arm and permitted Bella from going forward.
The female that was seated in front of me let out a wild hiss. My family stood around her looking as angry as I had ever seen them and Alice was the most livid of all,
"Who is she?" I asked through gritted teeth. Bella peered out from around me and I heard her let out a small gasp,
"Chloe." She breathed. I growled again,
"You know her?" I asked. Bella nodded and I could almost feel the fear rush through her,
"She's a vampire?" Bella asked in disbelief. Chloe was struggling against Jasper's iron grip. He had her arms pinned behind her back and she wasn't going anywhere.
"Very observant, bitch." Chloe bit out. Emmett didn't even look at her but merely pointed the fire extinguisher he was holding in his hand in her direction and gave it a good spray. The female screamed and sputtered as my brother smirked.
"How did I…How did I not know? Her eyes were…brown I thought." Bella was obviously confused as was I.
"Well it seems that CHLOE here has the ability to not only confuse every human in her vicinity but she can also BLOCK everyone's powers." Alice was very angry. If it was one thing my sister hated (besides girls wearing furry boots with shorts) it was not being able to see anyone's future,
"And you'll never guess who she is working with." Rosalie added.
"James?" I asked. My figurative blood was beginning to boil and Bella looked like she was about to throw up,
"James? As in my James?" She whispered. I turned around to her, turning my back on Chloe for the first time. Bella looked upset and scared and I wanted her to go upstairs far away from Chloe and far away from the conversation I was sure my family, Chloe, and I were going to have.
"Bella…somehow, I'm not sure how, James fooled you into thinking he was a good guy." I tried to whisper, I tried to sound calm, but I knew I sounded angry.
"He's a vampire? He's-he's…oh god. You know him?" She was starting to fall apart,
"Well it's not like you haven't loved a vampire before." Rosalie said,
"Rose!" Emmett barked.
"I'm just saying…" Rosalie trailed off.
"James is the reason we left Forks. He and a couple other nomads were the evil that Alice saw. For some reason, and I guess we know now that it was Chloe, Alice didn't see him coming back. She didn't see him getting closer to you and acting like he loved you. I'm so sorry Bella." I told her. She looked ill,
"I feel…violated. You acted like you were my friend." She said coming forward to stare at Chloe. The girl just stood there in Jasper's tight grip and looked like she couldn't have cared less,
"Bella I think it's best if you go upstairs and shower. Put on some warm clothes maybe." I whispered to her. I didn't want her to be upstairs by herself but I sure as hell didn't want her to be downstairs in the potential line of fire,
"…Sure…I think maybe you're right." Bella seemed a bit dazed and I wondered if she was going to be sick.
"Esme would you mind going with Bella please? Just sit in my room while she's showering so she's not completely alone up there?" I asked. Esme glanced at Carlisle for a moment, my father nodded quickly and Esme gladly walked forward and took Bella from me,
"Come on Bella, we'll get you some warm clothes." Esme smiled like the mother she was and guided Bella up the stairs.
"Edward?" Bella asked when she was half way up the stairs.
"Yes Bella?" I asked with concern coloring my voice.
"I love you." She whispered.
"I love you." I told her with a small smile. And then they were gone up the stairs and out of my view.
"You listen to me and you listen to me very well Chloe." I said leaning face to face with the female. "Tell me where James is and we'll see about letting you go. But if you continue to think that he loves you and that you should be loyal I'm going to let my brother's here snap your head off." I was being rough, I knew that but I had a lot of pent up anger when it came to the subject of James and I really wasn't joking around.
Then, Chloe's angry, resentful face melted into mess of sobs,
"I don't want to do this anymore." She wailed. I backed off a bit and stood up straight,
"What are you saying?" Carlisle said. Carlisle was always as delicate as he could be when it came to situations like the one we found ourselves in. He didn't like to kill, no matter how much the creature deserved to be slaughtered.
"I don't want to be awful anymore. I'm tired of killing humans, I'm tired of being a pawn. Please just let me go, I'll tell you anything you want to know." She sobbed but I couldn't hear her thoughts.
"Jasper--" Carlisle began to say but I held up my hand for a moment,
"How do we know she's not lying?" I said. Alice let out a growl in agreement,
"Don't believe her, don't listen." Alice said.
"I promise, I'm not lying. Please, you're hurting me." She cried.
"Jasper just loosen up a bit maybe." Carlisle said. Jasper looked at me and I made the biggest mistake by nodding.
Jasper loosened his grip just a bit and Chloe was able to tear out of his grasp. In a half a second she had Alice pinned on the ground,
"Don't! Don't even think about moving. Trust me, I can kill her in a split second and it wouldn't even phase me." Chloe's voice was nothing but acid. Jasper let out the fiercest growl I had ever hear,
"LET. HER. GO." He said, his voice loud and menacing.
"Why should I?" Chloe spoke in a sing-song tone and I wanted to kill her.
Alice let out a scream as Chloe's hands wrapped around Alice's head.
"JASPER! JASPER!" She screamed,
"What are you doing?! What's happening?!" Jasper yelled,
"Jasper I can't see anything! It's dark and cold. Jasper?!" Alice was crying in pain.
"LET HER GO!" Carlisle shouted.
"If any of you make any sort of move towards me I'll kill her right now, you won't be able to stop me I promise." Chloe said as casually as if we were talking about the weather.
"I'll rip your fucking head off." Jasper growled. Everyone in the room was crouched, ready to fight, except for Alice who was still screaming in pain on the floor.
"Please, let my sister go. What do you want? Tell me what you want." I whispered trying to get Chloe to let her go. Just then I heard his voice and I was surprised that I didn't decapitate him in a split second,
"Same thing I want Edward…revenge."