LAST CHAPTER. THERE IS AN IMPORTANT AUTHOR'S NOTE AT THE BOTTOM, PLEASE READ. ENJOY
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Edward waited all night, expanding his mind, searching for Bella. At the first rays of dawn, she returned to him. "Edward!" Bella smiled and ran into his arms as soon as she saw him. "I missed you."
"Then you shouldn't have left." Edward mumbled into her hair, holding her tightly.
"I had to." Bella sighed, slowly extracting herself from Edward's embrace.
"Why?" Edward asked, grabbing Bella's hands. "Tell me everything. No secrets this time." He looked at her with sad, serious eyes. "I don't want to be left in the dark anymore."
Bella nodded and looked down. "You're right…I just….i don't know." She sighed.
Edward tilted her chin up. "Then, tell me." He asked quietly.
Bella nodded and launched into her tale. She told them everything that she had told the Cullens when she first came. She explained her transformation to Edward and held him when he nearly broke down from guilt.
"I'm sorry, Bella." Edward sobbed. "I didn't know you were alive. I am so stupid. I'm unworthy…"
Bella cut him off with a kiss. "I wouldn't be here if you were any of those things. We all make mistakes, Edward, I've made mine too." Her voice drifted off as she thought back.
"You know, back in Texas, I met this other vampire. He was really powerful and liked to think of himself as the King. It kinda worked for him too because he had the power of charm. Everywhere he went, people fell for him left and right, he got everything he wanted with the bat of an eyelash." Bella started, her thoughts far away. "I met him on my first day at the club. He tried to charm me, I think, but it didn't work. Regardless, he was the first one who took interest in me and he was powerful so I decided to take him on his offer and stay with him." Bella glanced at Edward and seeing the expression on his face, she hurriedly continued.
"But we didn't do anything. I think he wanted to see how charming he really was and how much of others' reactions were based off his gift. He was sweet, but he reminded me of Emmett more than anything. Anyway, you know that club I told you about?" She waited until Edward nodded. "Well, he was kind of the 'king' of the club, too. Whoever he was with at the time automatically became queen. Because I was with him a lot, people just assumed we were together and made me 'queen'. When I found out about you and finally manned up enough to come here, I only told a few of my close friends, but not him. I knew he would try to stop me because he knew my background but I couldn't have that. I needed to see you. So I made everyone promise to keep their mouth shut and I walked off one day."
"How'd you know where to find us?" Edward asked.
"Tanya, remember? And I bought a map, too." Bella smiled and then continued. "So I came here and no one knew where I was, or they wouldn't tell if they knew, and the King got freaked out. After a while, he sent people to look for me. When he realized that I had told some people where I went, he started harassing them, that's when I got the phone call. Remember that? When I was talking in click on the phone?"
"Ah, so you were talking to your close friends?" Edward asked, thinking back.
Bella nodded. "I told them to get rid of all my stuff in an attempt that King would just forget about me. It didn't work, obviously. I guess he found someone who told him where I was because that's how Jason found me yesterday while we were playing."
"Jason's the other vampire?" Edward frowned. "Why didn't King just come himself?"
Bella shrugged. "King likes to do everything with style. Employing other vampires is stylish, I guess." She smiled. "But we don't need to worry about that anymore. I talked to Jason, he's going to get the King off my back, and we can leave Texas behind us."
"Bella, you don't have to leave Texas behind. We can go if you want to. I swear, I don't mind." Edward gave her a small smile and held her close to him. "Thank you for telling me. I want all the details some other time, ok?" He asked, kissing her cheek.
Bella looked up at him and smiled. "Sure thing."
"Wanna go home?" Edward asked, standing up.
"Yeah." Bella grinned and jumped on his back. "Carry me."
Edward laughed. "Of course, love."
Bella nuzzled him. "Love you." She whispered in his ear playfully.
"You too." Edward smiled and took off running, leaving the past behind them, once in for all.
OK, I KNOW I HAD OTHER PLANS FOR THIS STORY BUT I THINK IT'S BEEN DRAWN OUT TOO LONG. I'VE LOST INTREST AND SO HAVE MY READERS. FOR ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE HUNG WITH ME SO FAR, THANK YOU. IF ANY OF YOU WANTED MORE, I'M SORRY. I KNOW IT'S A SUCKY ENDING BUT I COULDN'T JUST LEAVE EVERYTHING HANGING. I TIED THINGS UP AS BEST AS I COULD WITHOUT MOTIVATION. MAYBE I'LL COME BACK TO THIS ONE DAY AND CLEAN IT UP.