"Well I think that's enough for today," Laura said, helping my back into the bed and leaning my crutches against the wall. "You're doing much better though!" She said enthusiastically. "You managed to stay up for almost twice the amount of time as yesterday."
I grinned. "Thanks. It's worth the pain."
She laughed. "Where's the boyfriend?"
"I convinced him to go to school."
"I'm sure that must have been hard," She laughed. "You two are so cute together! Anyway, I have another patient to attend to… I'll see you tomorrow! Bye Alice!"
Alice waved from her bed but continued to pout. She was miffed that I got to start working on my physical therapy while she was still confined to the bed. She didn't think that being in coma was a valid reason to stay in bed all day.
It was currently 2:00 in the afternoon, and Alice and I were already bored of a whole day without the others. Not that we'd ever tell them that, of course. It would only make them all the more eager to skip school and stay at the hospital. We had already flipped through all the channels on the TV twice, looked through Alice's movie collection and stalked several people of Facebook (all at Alice's insistence, to keep up with other's gossip since we were out of school) and were still bored to death.
At least a quick visit from Renee earlier this morning had helped alleviate my boredom. She had dropped by and taken me to the cafeteria, another thing Alice had pouted at. I really just wanted to talk to her in private.
"So what's up with you?" I had asked, sitting across from her in the cafeteria.
"What do you mean?"
I rolled my eyes. "Come on, mom. I've seen you countless times when I've gotten injured. You're always in the middle of things, worrying away!"
She grimaced slightly at this description. "Well, I was really worried when I came here at first." She smiled slightly. "But then I saw how well your friends look after you and I realized you don't really need me anymore. You're all grown up now."
I squeezed her hand with my uninjured one. "I'll always need you; you'll always be my mom."
She smiled at me. "That means a lot to me, Bella. Thank you. But other than that, there has been something else nagging me."
I waited for her to continue, but when she didn't I prompted her. "What?"
She grimaced again. "Do you want to know everything?"
She just glanced at me before pursing her lips and continuing. "Well when I got here, I was already 5 days late for my period so I thought-"
I cut her off. "Okay, scratch that, I don't want to know everything!"
She continued anyway. "So I took a pregnancy test, but luckily it turned up negative. And after that was done I got a call from Phil saying he broke his arm, and now I don't know whether to go stay with him or stay here with you!"
"You should go stay with him, mom. He's all alone there. I have Charlie, Edward, Alice and everyone else here!" I really didn't want her to have to stay away from Phil while he was injured while I could handle things here on my own.
She nodded. "I know. You don't really need me here. I guess I just needed to make sure you're okay, and see if they find out anything about the Hummer."
"We'll keep you updated about what's going on." I promised. I paused for a moment. "Do you want another kid?"
She was shaking her head right away. "No, Phil and I were very clear about the fact that we don't want any kids. I already have you, and I don't think Phil is too eager to deal with a baby."
"And if he changes his mind? He is still a lot younger than you."
"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it." She didn't seem too eager to talk about, so I decided not to pursue the topic any further. She'd talk to me when she wanted to.
I finished eating my salad and Renee wheeled me back to my room where Alice had just finished eating her lunch too.
"I'm going to leave you two here while I got get packed. I'll drop by the hospital before I leave." She waved to us and then left.
"Your mom's leaving?" She asked, switching off the TV.
"Yeah, Phil broke his arm."
"Ouch." She winced.
I gave her a look. "Seriously?"
She laughed. "I know, I know, after what we've been through its not much. Oh, guess what?" She said excitedly.
"Dad came and said I'm off bedrest! He said I can start my physical therapy tonight! I requested Laura because she seems so nice."
I beamed. "That's awesome! We're going to be out of here in no time!"
That was about an hour ago, even though it felt like five. Alice was flipping through a Vogue magazine and I was laying there and staring at the ceiling. All of a sudden, the door burst open and Edward came in, followed by Jasper, Emmett and Rosalie.
"What are you guys doing here?" I asked, sitting up quickly. Edward came over and gave me a lingering kiss which made me blush and him chuckle.
"I'm hurt," Emmett said with an exaggerated pout. "Don't you want me?" He pretended to wipe at his eyes with a pained expression.
I threw my pillow at him. "What I meant was, why are you here instead of at school? It doesn't end for another hour!"
"My last class was PE," Edward said.
"Calculus," Rose said with a shudder.
"History," Jasper grinned. "I know that stuff better than the teacher."
"And I had English, which we all know doesn't really matter anyway." Emmett concluded. "So here we are!"
I laughed at him and he just grinned back.
"Hey can I use someone's phone?" Rosalie asked abruptly. "Mine's out of battery and I need to text my Chemistry partner about something."
Mine was sitting on the table next to me, so I grabbed it and tossed it at her lightly, sure that she would catch it. "Here, you can use mine," I told her.
When her partner replied and my phone beeped, I realized that she would have to go to the inbox to look at it, which meant that she would see my most recently received text right below that… the one from the private number. I froze and I hoped that she wouldn't see it, but to my horror, she did.
It wasn't that I didn't want to tell them- I was going to. I just hadn't had the time yet, and I didn't think that laying it on them the second they walked through the door was a good idea. Even though Edward would probably think it was. In fact, he would've wanted me to call him in the middle of the night the minute I got the text.
"Bella," She said, her voice deceivingly calm. She managed to silence all the conversations in the room. "What is this text?"
I squeezed my eyes shut and then opened them. "I, uh, got it last night. After you guys left."
"I can see that. Why didn't you tell anyone?"
"What makes you think I didn't tell Alice?" I asked, raising an eyebrow, challenging her.
"Because Alice would never keep quiet about it." She countered immediately. That was true. "Did you ask your dad to check your room?" She continued.
I shook my head and she immediately called my dad. Meanwhile, the others were shooting me questioning looks, especially Edward. I knew he was going to be angry at me for not telling anyone.
"Hi Charlie, this is Rose," She said sweetly when he answered. "I need you to do me a favour and go check Bella's bedroom." She waited a couple of minutes and then glared at me. "Yes, that's what I thought," she said sourly. "Alright, we'll see you soon."
She pressed the off button hard and the passed the phone to me. "Show them," she said.
My hand was trembling slightly as I reached for the phone and opened the message. I gave it to Edward and then turned away as he went over to Alice's bed to see it while the others crowded around him. I heard gasps.
"Bella, why didn't you tell me?" Edward asked, sitting in the chair next to my bad. He held my hand in his. "You should've called me. This is serious."
"I was going to tell you," I told him. I realized how incredibly stupid I had been. I could've called my dad and told him in the morning. "I just didn't want to you guys to worry even more about me. I wanted you to go back to school and have a normal day, and then I was going to tell you. And I knew if I told Alice she'd just call you."
I could tell that he was disappointed in me; they all were. "I'm sorry," I whispered. "I was stupid."
He sighed. "Yes, it was incredibly stupid." I looked at him to see him pinching the bridge of his nose with his thumb and forefinger, and I suddenly teared up. I couldn't believe I had kept something so important from him.
He noticed my tears and rubbed my back soothingly. "It's okay, Bella, we know now, and your dad is going to figure out who did it. Don't worry."
I nodded and looked at the others. "I really am sorry, guys."
They all nodded and smiled at me. "Don't worry, Bells," Jasper said soothingly. He sat on my other side and held my hand. He was always good and calming people down.
Charlie walked in a couple of minutes later with a thunderous expression on his face. "You kids want to tell me what all that was about?" He asked threateningly.
"Dad, it was my fault, I should've told you earlier-" I started saying before Rosalie cut me off.
"Bella, all he knows is that your room is trashed, nothing else. You have to show him the text."
"Oh," I nodded and handed him my phone. His eyebrows shot up. The text read: 'This is just the least of your worries if you don't stay away from him.' And below that was a picture of my room in a complete mess. My desk and chair were askew; clothes were lying all over the place, books torn…
"Randy!" He barked, and a junior officer entered the room. "Take this phone and track down the number ASAP. Then go to my house, there's a spare key under the eave. Go upstairs and check Bella's room thoroughly for any traces of DNA."
Charlie collapsed in a nearby chair. "This is getting serious. I'm sure now that the accident was not innocent and that it was, in fact, planned. Maybe he or she wasn't out to get you killed, but anything could've happened."
"I think we can assume that it's a 'she'" Alice said. "The message said to stay away from 'him', which has to be Edward. Who can we think of that would want to get Bella away from Edward?"
"Tanya," Rosalie said instantly, and almost everyone else nodded in agreement.
"But it doesn't have to be a she," Emmett argued. "What if it's a guy, and he just wants Bella to stay away from Edward so that he can have her to himself?"
"I agree with Emmett; we can't say at this point whether it's a boy or girl behind all this. All we know is that they mean serious business, which means that you're going to have to be protected at all times Bella. The person probably won't try anything major again while you're still recuperating in the hospital, but it's better to be safe anyway. I'll arrange to have to rookies outside your door all the time." Charlie said, standing up and pulling out his phone. "I'll be back later. Edward, Emmett and Jasper- I don't want any of the girls out of your sight while I'm gone. I'm pretty sure they only want Bella, but Alice and Rose, you two need to be extra careful as well."
Emmett nodded solemnly while Edward just gripped my hand tighter.
"Guys, do you mind if I talk to Bella privately?" Edward asked the others.
"Sure," Rosalie said, grabbing the wheelchair from the corner of the room. "We'll take Alice down to the cafeteria. She's so excited about being out of bedrest; she even found the need to text me in the middle of History about it," She laughed.
Edward closed the door behind them as they left and I cringed internally. When he turned around his face was pained.
"Why didn't you tell me, Bella?"
I looked down, ashamed. I could've handled him yelling at me, but I couldn't take his disappointment in me.
"I was just… I don't know, I guess I was just trying to give you some peace." I said, hoping he would understand.
He didn't. "What are you talking about?"
"These last few days, everything has been so hectic. Everyone has been worried all the time, over Alice and I. I just felt like I should give all of you a normal day. I knew that it wasn't anything to be worried about immediately; I knew that nothing would happen to me in the next few hours so I didn't see any point in telling anyone."
He closed his eyes briefly and nodded. "I get it…I get your point. But you have to look at it from my point of view, too. What if something happened to you? I would never forgive myself- or you, for that matter, from hiding it from me."
"I care about you, Bella. I care so much about you… I just want you to talk to me about this stuff. I want to be bothered by you if something happens to you!"
I nodded and held my hand out for him. He took it and slid next to me in the bed, holding me close.
"I love you, Bella. So, so much."
I gasped. I knew he did, but hearing his say it stunned me for a minute. Those three little words coursed through me and made me smile widely. He loved me. Me, Bella Swan, the plain girl with boring brown hair and boring brown eyes. I was speechless.
"Bella?" He asked after a minute, sounding slightly worried.
"Hmm?" I asked, still smiling widely. He couldn't see that, of course, since my face was pressed into his shoulder. "Oh!" I sat up slightly so that I could see his face. "I love you, too."
He grinned and brought his lips closer to mine. "You're not just saying it because I did, right?" He asked, sounding slightly suspicious. I glared at him for a minute before realizing he was just playing around.
I leaned closer and touched my lips to his lightly. He deepened the kiss right away, holding me closer. I was still overwhelmed with his confession but I threw myself into the kiss until we had to break apart for air.
"Don't ever do that to me again," He demanded.
"I won't," I promised.
No cliffie this time! =)
So I've been thinking ahead, and I think there's only a few chapters left to this story! Maybe a little bit more drama, a climax, and then an epilogue! I'll have the next chapter up ASAP!