A week went by with no word from Alice...nothing. I was starting to believe Edward. Maybe Alice had left me. Maybe I was alone. The other part of me knew that Alice would never leave me. She would at least say something before leaving. She loved me too much to just leave without as much as a goodbye. She knew that when she left I tended to do extreme things. I was starting to get sick of being put into situations where I doubted the only person that really truly cared about me.
I stopped going to school. I was sick of hearing all the rumors and dealing with Edward. Rosalie had backed off some, but Edward was still being a complete asshole. I tried to feel bad for Edward from time to time. I wanted to stop hating him. I had treated him very badly, but then I remembered that he tried to kill Alice and rape me, and I didn't care about how he felt. He had no right to treat me the way he was. He was the lowest scum I'd ever met, and I couldn't believe that I let him touch me. I couldn't believe that I'd given my virginity to him. He could die for all I cared.
I spent most of my time on the reservation with Jacob. I didn't really want to, and I was pretty sure he was getting the wrong impression about our relationship. He kept saying things about how beautiful I was and how he enjoyed our time together. I kept saying that I was only there to avoid Charlie, and he gave me this look like he didn't believe me.
"So," he said one day while we were walking in the woods, "are the rumors true?"
"Which ones?" I asked.
"The ones about you...and why you and Edward broke up."
"Edward and I ended because I don't love him. I never loved him." I didn't really want to talk about Alice with Jacob. I didn't want to talk about any of this with Jacob. He wouldn't understand.
Jacob looked relieved. "So it has nothing to do with Alice? I knew it couldn't be that. There was no way you're gay."
Well, I hadn't wanted to talk about her, but I suddenly felt the need to tell him. I didn't want to hide my feelings for her. She deserved better than that. "It had everything to do with Alice," I said. "I didn't love Edward, but I did love Alice. She...she means everything to me."
Jacob laughed at me until he realized I was serious.
"No. You're not in love with Alice. You...you like guys."
"I don't know if I'm gay, honestly, but I know that I love her." I felt stupid having this conversation with him. He was too think to take any of this in with any kind of maturity.
Jacob stopped walking, and I stopped in response. "You're lying."
"Bella...look, I understood when you were with Edward. I don't like the guy, but at least he's a guy!" Jacob was fuming. "You can't choose a girl over me! It's just...it's just sick and wrong!" Jacob started pacing back and forth. "You're supposed to be with me. You were supposed to realize that I was the one when Edward was out of the picture."
"I can't help that I don't love you."
"How did this happen?" he asked.
"I don't know...it just did. I've always had some feelings for her, I guess. They just got stronger, and before I knew it..."
"Stop!" he yelled. "I don't wanna hear any more! You don't love her!"
"Stop telling me who I love! I'm sick of being told how to feel and how to act! I love Alice! I love her, and there isn't anything anyone can do about it, so back the fuck off!"
Jacob stared at me without saying a word for a while. I didn't know exactly how to gauge his reaction until he opened his mouth again.
"I can't let you be with her. She isn't right for you. I'd rather you be with Edward."
"Really?" I asked. "Did you know that he tried to rape me, and the only reason he didn't is because Alice stopped him?"
Jacob looked shocked. "I...I didn't know."
"Yeah, you didn't, so I suggest you shut your mouth."
"That doesn't change the fact that you shouldn't be with Alice," he said. "Just give me a chance, Bella. I know I can make you happy."
"No, Jacob. You couldn't. I love her, and that's the end of it."
"I-I..." he didn't have anything to say, and I was glad. I was sick of hearing his voice. I knew I was being harsh, but I was sick of him and I was sick of Charlie and my mom, and I just wanted Alice to come back to me.
After my fight with Jacob, I didn't have anywhere to go to hide from my parents. They wouldn't let me stay at home during the day, so I had to back to school, and, of course, Edward was there.
"Nice to see you again, Bella," he said one day between classes. I ignored him. "What, you're not talking to me now?"
"Are you serious?" I asked, but I realized that reacting to him was exactly what he wanted, so I stopped talking to him and started walking away.
"No, Bella, we need to talk about this."
"Talk about what? There's nothing else to talk about."
"I just wanted to apologize."
"It's way to late for that, Edward. You've made my life a living hell."
"Could you please stop walking and just talk to me."
"No. We're done talking, and I'm done being humiliated."
"Look, I know I've been an asshole, but I was hoping we could fix things. You know, go back to the way things were."
That made me stop. He didn't mean he wanted me back, did he? Even he wasn't that stupid.
"I can't be your friend," I said. "Not after everything that happened."
"Maybe I don't wanna be friends."
"Are you serious? Really? Because it sounds like you wanna get back together."
"Look, I know I've made mistakes, but I've had time to cool off, and I'm sure you have, too. I think that if you gave me another chance, I could be the man you deserve."
"You've got to be kidding me. You can't think that I would ever take you back. There's no way in hell I'd ever even think of taking you back."
"You don't know how I've changed."
"And you don't realize that I haven't. I still love Alice, and you still tried to rape me!"
"Bella, keep your voice down."
"No!" I yelled. "I won't keep my voice down! I don't want you around me anymore, EVER! Leave me alone!"
"Bella, stop this, and let me fix everything."
"You can't fix anything! I just-you know what? I'm done. Nothing's going to get through your thick head." I started to walk away, but Edward grabbed my arm.
"You need to talk to me, Bella."
"Let go, Edward." I was starting to feel the way I did that day back in his bedroom. My only hope here was that people were around. He couldn't do anything too serious without drawing serious attention to himself, and possibly exposing himself for what he truly was.
"I'm not going to hurt you, but you need to listen to me."
"I'm done with this conversation, Edward."
"I love you. You can't walk away from us like this."
"There is no us, Edward! You tried to kill the love of my life!"
"You don't love her!" he yelled at me, yanking my arm so hard I could see stars. Some guys tried to pull him off of me, but Edward just threw them to the side like they were rag dolls. I couldn't believe he was doing this.
"Edward, let go!"
"NO!" he yelled. Before he had time to do any more damage, he was off of me and thrown across the hallway.
"She said let go." It was like she always knew when to be there to save me.
"Alice?" I asked. It was a stupid thing to say. Obviously this beauty standing in front of me saving me yet again could be no one else.
"Hey," she said smiling at me. "I don't mean to rush you, but I think we should be leaving right about now."
"Isn't he just going to follow us when he gets his senses back?" I asked.
"Probably. That's why we should go now."
I started running, and Alice ran alongside me. I knew this was useless. Edward would catch us...and he did. He grabbed Alice and threw her to the ground.
"You're not taking her away from me again. I won't let you." Edward held Alice to the ground, and I couldn't do anything but watch. People from the school were starting to come out in droves. I could hear people yelling at Edward to stop and others trying to figure out what was going on. All I cared about was the fear in Alice's eyes.
"Come on, brother," she said. "You didn't kill me before in the woods."
"Don't call me brother! You're no family of mine! Not killing you when I had the chance was the biggest mistake I ever made! You said you would never speak to Bella again!"
There it was. That's why I hadn't seen Alice. That's why Alice even survived when she left the house that day. She wasn't supposed to ever see me again.
Edward turned to me and started talking. "She how much she loves you? She'd trade away what you thought the two of you had just to save her own ass! Is that love, Bella? Is this what you want?!"
"It isn't like that!" Alice yelled. "I didn't want him to hurt you!"
"What?" I asked.
"He said he would kill you if I spoke to you again. I wanted to tell you, but I was afraid he would-" Alice started, but was cut off by Edward smacking her across the face. I could hear all the gasps behind me.
"Alice!" I yelled, running towards them.
"Stop or I'll kill her!" Edward yelled back at me. "You know, on second thought, why don't you just come here so I can finish her off."
"What's stopping you?" Alice asked him. "You not man enough to go through with it?"
"Do you really think your in a position to be testing my patience right now?"
"I don't think you have it in you to actually do this, Edward. You would've killed me by now." I knew Alice was hoping beyond hope that Edward really didn't have it in him to kill her. I knew that he did.
"Edward!" I yelled. "Don't do this! If you love me, you won't go through with this!"
Edward looked back at me and laughed. "Are you serious? A second ago, you were telling me to fuck off, and now you're trying to use my emotions against me? No, I won't let you do that. This ends now." Edward picked Alice up off the ground. "I want you to see her die!"
I couldn't believe it was ending this way. He was going to kill her in front of me and the rest of the school. He didn't care that everyone would know the truth about him. He didn't care that this would probably get him banished from his house or even killed. He didn't care about anything but hurting me the way he felt I hurt him.
Before he could do anything, though, Emmett was dragging him off of Alice.
"Okay, Edward," Emmett said. "This has gone way too far."
"Let go of me!" Edward yelled, but Emmett didn't slip up. Jasper went over to Alice and helped her up. Just as Alice got to her feet,0 Edward slipped loose of Emmett's grip and ran at Alice. Jasper tried to stop him, but Edward easily threw him to the side. He stood face to face with Alice, then grabbed her and threw her against a wall.
"Edward!" Emmett yelled, running after him and trying to grab him again. Edward grabbed Emmett and threw him to the ground.
"Stay down, Emmett, or you're next!" Edward turned his attention back to Alice. He grabbed her by the hair and slammed her head into the pavement. Alice tried to fight back, but Edward was in a blind rage, and I was pretty sure an army of vampires couldn't hold him back.
Edward kept beating on Alice. I couldn't do anything. I just stood there watching as he kept pounding his fists into her face. I was shaking, feeling the tears stream down my face as I saw Alice try to stop the onslaught and fail. I couldn't watch anymore. I couldn't just stand by and let this happen. I walked up to Edward.
"Stop! Please!" Edward stopped to look at me. "Please, don't kill her."
"Bella..." Alice mumbled. "Don't."
Edward back-handed her across the face and turned back to me.
"Why should I stop?" he asked.
"If you do...I'll be with you. I'll marry you, and we can leave here. We can live together somewhere else. Somewhere where no one will find us."
"You don't have to do this..."Alice said from the ground.
"Shut up!" he said, stomping on her stomach. "You won't actually do that. You're trying to trick me."
"No, I promise that I'll be with you...forever."
Edward looked at me intently. "You'll let me turn you?"
I stood there quietly. Did I really want to do this? Did I want to throw away my eternal life? It's something I wouldn't be able to take back. But then I saw Alice on the ground...bleeding because she didn't stay away like she was supposed to, and I knew I had to do this for her.
"Yes. I'll let you turn me."
Edward looked down at Alice, then up at me. He did this a few times before he responded, "I think I'll just take care of this issue first." Edward raised his fist to continue pounding on Alice, when the last Cullen at the school stepped in. She tackled Edward, and Emmett and Jasper joined in to hold him down.
"Rose?" he asked, looking up at her. "Why? You're supposed to be on my side."
"This isn't what I wanted," she said. "I didn't want you to hurt Alice." She turned away from him and went to help Alice. "You're sick. You've just ruined our lives here," she said as she pulled Alice to her feet, and the boys dragged Edward to the car. It sped off, and I ran to Alice.
"Is she going to be okay?" I asked Rosalie.
"She'll be fine. She's just going to need to be taken care of for a while."
"I can do that," I said, trying to take hold of Alice.
She shook her head. "She needs her family right now."
"You guys kicked her out!"
"No we didn't. Edward just told you that so you'd stay away."
"Look," Rosalie cut me off, "Edward went off the deep end, but you're barely any better. You ruined our family. Edward isn't going to be allowed back with us after this, and Alice can't be trusted. You are the worst thing that happened to us, and I meant it when I said you deserved to die."
"How can you say this after what happened to you?" I stepped closer to her. "After you were raped and left for dead?"
"What happened to me is completely different. I was innocent; you brought this on yourself AND Alice. You should be ashamed of yourself!" Rosalie grabbed Alice and walked away, and I followed.
"No, I'm not letting her out of my sight."
"Go away. This doesn't concern you."
"This completely concerns me!" I was done being told to wait around or walk away. I love her, and you aren't keeping her away from me anymore."
"You don't know what's best for her!"
"I'm what's best for her!"
"No you aren't!" Rosalie said, pushing me to the ground.
"Yes she is!" Alice yelled from her slumped position against Rosalie. "I've gone through all of this...all of this for her. If I'm not with her, than all of this was for nothing." She looked at me. "I have nothing without her."
Alice let go of Rosalie and stumbled towards me. I picked myself up and grabbed onto Alice. I supported her weight. Rosalie stared at the two of us before speaking up.
"Fine! If that's the way you want it, then fine! You're on your own now, Alice. We can't protect you anymore."
"Let's just see what Esme and Carlisle have to say about that," she replied. Rose stormed off angrily. With just me and Alice left, the crowd that I had forgotten was there came up to us.
"What happened just now?" a girl asked.
"Do you need some help? I'll call your dad!" another girl asked as she grabbed her cellphone.
"I can get you some water if you need it," a boy named Carter said.
After a while, so many people were talking to us that I couldn't tell what anyone was saying. I just looked into Alice's eyes.
"You're not going to disappear on me again, are you?" I asked.
"No. Not this time. I'll never leave you again."
I smiled, leaned in and pressed my lips to hers. I knew that everyone around us was watching, but I didn't care. Alice was mine, and I was hers.
It was finally all over.
A/N: Well, that's it. This story wasn't at all what I thought it would be when I started writing it, but I think I like the end product. Tell me what you think with some reviews. Hope you all enjoyed it. Happy holidays!
A/N 2: I read a review that I thought needed to be addressed, but I couldn't reply directly to the reviewer. Anyway, I never delete any of my reviews, no matter how brutal. I actually really appreciate constructive reviews, because they help me grow as a writer. I even keep straight-up rude reviews (although I've been lucky and don't think I have very many of those on any of my stories). I just felt that needed to be said.