Author's Note. I've wanted to write my own fic for years, but I've never had any confidence in my writing ability. One day I decided to start writing on this idea, and before I knew it I was publishing it here. Please give me some reviews, so I know if there's anything I need to change. It's exciting for me to finally have a story posted.
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Words in italics are direct quotes from the book
Ch 1 Caught
The minutes passed, and Edward's arrival grew closer. It was amazing how every cell in my body knew he was coming, to long for his coming. That made it very hard. I found myself trying to think of excuses to stay, to see him first, and then make my escape. But I knew that was impossible if I had any chance to get away.
Several times. Alice offered to get breakfast with me. Later I told her, not yet.
I stared at the arrival board, watching as flight after flight arrived on time. The flight from Seattle crept closer to the top of the board.
And then when I had only thirty minutes to make my escape, the numbers changed. His plane was ten minutes early. I had no more time.
"I think I'll eat now," I said quickly.
Alice stood, "I'll come with you."
"Do you mind if Jasper comes instead?" I asked. "I'm feeling a little. . . ," I didn't finish the sentence. My eyes were wild enough to convey what I didn't say.
Jasper stood up. Alice's eyes were confused, but- I saw to my relief- not suspicious. She must be attributing the change to her vision to some maneuver of the trackor's rather than a betrayal by me.
Jasper walked silently beside me, his hand on the small of my back, as if he were guiding me. I pretended a lack of interest in the first few diner cafes, my head scanning for what I really wanted. And there it was, around the corner, out of Alice's sharp sight: the level three ladies room.
"Do you mind?" I asked Jasper as we passed. "I'll just be a moment."
"I'll be right here," he said.
As soon as the door shut behind me, I was running. I remembered the time I had gotten lost from this bathroom, because it had two exits.
Outside the doors it was only a short sprint to the elevators, and if Jasper stayed where he said he would, I'd never be in his line of sight. I didn't look behind me as I ran, this was my only chance, and even if he saw me, I had to keep going. People stared, but I ignored them. Around the corner the elevators were waiting, and I dashed forward, throwing my hand between the closing doors of a full elevator headed down. I squeezed in beside the irritated passengers, and checked to make sure that the button for level one had been pushed. It was already lit, and the doors closed.
As soon as the door opened, I was off again, to the sound of annoyed murmurs behind me. I slowed myself as I passed the security guards by the luggage carousels, only to break into a run again as the exit doors came into view. I had no way of knowing if Jasper was looking for me yet. I would only have seconds if he was following my scent. I jumped out the automatic doors, nearly smacking into the glass when they opened too slowly.
Along the crowded curb there wasn't a cab in sight.
"Wait!" A shuttle to Hyatt was just closing it's doors a few feet behind me. The driver didn't seem to hear or notice me as the doors finished closing. He drove off and my heart began to sink. I spun around again to see if there was any other way to get away from here, But then I saw something that almost made my heart stop. Alice!
She was just coming out the door, obviously doing her best to move at a human speed. But even though she was moving at human speed, she was running fast. I ran out of the shade the building was creating, and I knew she at least wouldn't be able to come over to me, without exposing her sparkling skin. She stopped at the edge of the shade, glaring at me furiously. Just seconds later, I noticed Jasper come out and join her. I saw her quickly and quietly give him some instructions, and he was gone again.
I looked frantically for any chance of further escape, while still keeping an eye on Alice to make sure nothing changed. I saw a bus stopped about forty feet away, and when I looked to check on Alice, I saw Jasper return with an over sized hoody. I gasped, realizing the hoody could cover most of Alice's skin, and with the hood up, her face would be shaded as well. I bolted towards the bus, even though escape seemed impossible now, I still had to try to save my mother.
I ran, trying to fight the urge to look back. But before I was even half way to the bus, I felt her hand close over my wrist, making my hope to get to the bus impossible. I knew that had been my only chance, my mother would be dead soon. I let my legs collapse underneath me, and began to sob quietly. I tried to keep myself as composed as I possibly could still, I wanted to be able to think. Alice caught me and held me up, not letting me fall to the hard ground. I noticed she was still careful to keep the hood on, and her hands in the sleeves.
People were staring, but neither of us cared, she just let my cry, pulling me with her to get back inside. I felt devastated, and I knew Alice would not let me out of her sight now. I resisted her slightly, even though I knew I had no strength to get away from her. As hopeless as it was, I was not able to let myself give up. As soon as we were in the shade again Alice let the hood fall off her head. She kept pulling me back inside to the bench we were sitting at earlier. Jasper was there waiting for us. We both sat, and she held onto me. I tried to stop crying, and took deep breaths, I wanted to be able to talk. I knew there was no chance of me leaving now, but I had to try something. Maybe if I begged. . . .
"Alice, he has my mother." My words were almost a whisper and barely coherent, but I knew Alice would be able to understand me. "He said if I went to the ballet studio alone he wouldn't harm her. Please, please understand, I have to- "
"No." Alice's words were gentle, mixed with a touch of anger I could tell she was trying to repress. "You'll only get yourself killed. Bella listen to me, your mother is fine. I can see her still in Florida. Her plans haven't changed, she still is coming back within a week, but hopefully when you talk to her you can convince her to change her mind. This is a trap he has set for you, we can't let you just walk into it."
Her words didn't change my frantic desire to get away. I knew how good all the Cullens were at lying, and I couldn't be sure if Alice was speaking the truth, or just saying this so I wouldn't worry about my mother and try to escape from them again. I didn't quite believe her still, and I was still so frantic from trying to run earlier that it was very hard to calm down anyway. I was known for not giving up, and with my mother possibly in danger, this wasn't a time I was planning to go against my reputation.
I was just about to argue with Alice, but before I could even open my mouth Jasper reached out beside me and touched my arm. Imediately I started to fall into an unwanted sleep. I tried to jump up like I had last time, so I could get away from his touch and be able to stay awake and think, but Alice was still holding me down. My head was resting on her shoulder. I didn't want to fall asleep, I knew Edward would arrive any second now. It was all I could do to hold onto the shred of consiousness I still had, with Jasper's hand still on me, and Alice holding me against her shoulder.