A/N: Hey everyone! Thank you so much for all the reviews for the last chapter, and for the concerns over whether or not I was going to keep writing. It means a lot that people are so interested in my story, and would like to see it continued. I'm so sorry for such a terribly long break in between updates. I had computer problems, and then I got really overwhelmed with school, and my stories were kind of forgotten. But only momentarily. I have to say that I'm not too fond of this chapter. After going so long without writing, I just don't think I got back into it quite so well. The plot serves it's purpose, but it's not written as great as I had hoped it would be. But you guys deserve an update, and so I'm giving it to you despite it's obvious flaws. I hope you like it :)
Disclaimer: The real reason for such a long break, is because, guess what? I got the rights to Twilight! And I've been spending time on the set of Eclipse and talking to Edward and Bella and…oh….right….that was just a dream. lol Stephenie Meyer still owns Twilight, and she always will. :)
She wasn't quiet. Despite her best efforts to be stealthy, Bella Swan was quite possibly the loudest girl I had ever had the pleasure of listening to. Except I'd much rather hear her footsteps racing towards me rather than away. Her thoughts were shielded against me, as always, but I could sense the anticipation, the fear, with which she upheld herself. She was afraid, and the quick nervous glances behind her as she ran proved it. The door shut, with a soft click, and her footsteps were silent as well. They didn't echo up the stairs as I imagined, and instead fell short. I paused, tilting my head to the side, and took a few steps closer; smiling when I heard the sound of her heartbeat against the door. It was faster than usual, racing, but I wasn't sure whether to attribute that to the fear or my presence. Her heart beat often quickened in my presence, and if my heart could beat such a reaction would initiation the same response in me. But it did not matter why her heart was beating, what mattered was that as I listened to her, she was listening for me. I chuckled softly at the thought.
Bella Swan may have been the loudest girl I had ever had the pleasure of listening too, but she was also one of the smartest. She knew that in light of recent events, my over protectiveness for her may have caused me to stay here and watch over her rather than leave. And she was right. But I would not let that knowledge disturb her tonight. I wanted her to sleep, and enjoy a few seconds of momentary peace in her dreams. So I left. I got in my Volvo and sped down the street, the phone in my hand before my foot hit the gas.
"Edward?" Alice's thoughts were on edge, and I had to use every ounce of strength I had not to crush the phone in my grasp out of worry.
"Alice, what is it?" I asked urgently, the tires on my Volvo screeching as they turned in a full circle and raced in the opposite direction. "Is it Bella?"
"No!" Alice said sharply. "No, Edward it's you! Just—just slow down. Bella is fine."
"But you sound—"
"It's because I just had a vision of you racing into Bella's driveway and waking up half the neighborhood! The last thing we need is a scene, Edward."
"Oh," I muttered. I turned back around, but my speed did not decrease. "Fine. But Alice, I need to get the car back. Will you—"
"I'm already here, Edward," She said reassuringly. "But I don't like hiding in Bella's bushes too much, especially since she keeps looking out here for you."
"Right, I'll be right there." I slid the phone shut and turned the corner, into the driveway.
"Edward!" Esme shouted, her worried gaze meeting mine as I jumped out of the car.
"I'm fine," I promised. "But I have to go, or Bella won't be."
Esme frowned. "Is there a problem?"
"No, but I need to be there, Esme, to make sure there isn't one."
She nodded softly. "Alright. Go."
"Thank you," I said quickly, and before she could utter a word in response, I was gone. It didn't take me long to reach Bella's and I found Alice perched in a tree on the outskirts of her yard.
"You can see her from here!" I scolded.
"Well I couldn't very well get any closer! Not without her hearing me!" She shot back defensively, her golden eyes darkening. "And these are designer shoes! Not for climbing trees Edward. You owe me."
I rolled my eyes, desperate to end the conversation and see to Bella's saftey. "Right, I owe you," I agreed. "I'll buy you a yellow Porsche—Like the one we saw in Italy that time."
Alice paused, a smile threatening the corners of her frown. "Promise?"
I sighed, slightly frustrated. "Promise. Now can we please go check on Bella?"
"No," Alice shook her head. "You can check on Bella, Edward. I don't like playing stalker. Bella's my friend."
"Alice, she's in danger!" I whispered harshly.
"I know that, Edward!" Alice explained quickly, "But, why does it take both of us to spy on her? I didn't say I was going to leave…I just said I didn't want to go looking at her through her window!"
"Oh. Fine," I agreed, feeling more or less like an idiot. "I'll go check on her. But…I expect you right there the instant you have any sort of vision about her, Alice."
I met her gaze, with worry. "Promise?"
"I promise," She said softly, "Of course, I promise. She's like my sister, Edward. I care about her too."
"I know," I said, and I leaped from the tree, darting to her window with the grace and swiftness only a Vampire could manage.
I paused at her window, attempting to still every single thought I had in case she was awake--but those efforts proved pointless. All my mind could do was shout, as loud as it possibly could, my worries and my fears; my feelings and my thoughts. I cringed, ever so slightly at the thought of Bella hearing me, but pressed on.
She was asleep, thank god, but as I creped through her window, I noticed the sight before me was quite the opposite of the peaceful vision I had imagined. Bella was beautiful, nothing could change that, but she did not look at ease tonight. She was mumbling words of panic and fear, her voice strained although quiet. Her heart beat was racing, her breathing elevated and she was restless, constant movements causing her to become tangled in her blankets. Her hair was tangled as well, covering her face, but I could clearly see the line of worry that creased her porcelain forehead. She was having a nightmare.
I stood in front of her, pained by the sight of her fear. I wanted to wake her up, to hold her in my arms and promise her that everything would be okay. But, I wasn't supposed to be here, and so I couldn't do anything but stare at her longingly.
"I don't know what to do," I whispered, knowing she couldn't hear me, but knowing I had to speak to her nonetheless.
She paused, her breathing slowing, her heart beat racing. Was it possible that she could hear me? That my voice was calming her nightmares? While the thought that she could hear me should have made me stop, because I didn't want her to hear my words at all, I couldn't do it. How could I possibly stop the one thing that could be making he happy? The one thing that could be stopping her fears? I Couldn't.
"I want to protect you," I continued, a bit of my frustration leaking into my voice. "But I don't want to scare you by…trying to hard to do so. That's why—That's why I have to do this."
I took a few steps closer towards her, attempting to ignore the agonizing burning in my throat. I shouldn't have been breathing, not in her presence when she was so vulnerable and unprotected, but her scent was too tantalizing to ignore.
"I like you, you know," I said, laughing lightly, "And I know it's strange because we've just met, but already I feel more for you then I have ever felt for anyone my entire life. I won't go as far as professing love for you, because I don't think my emotions extend that far just yet. But, I don't know. Maybe one day?"
I sighed, and was silent for a moment, gazing at her in an attempt to see past the wall she had built as a defense against me. But her thoughts remained silent, and her face gave no clue to what she was feeling at all.
"And I know that…at least I think that… you like me too," I continued more softly. "I want you to like me but I feel like I'm a danger to you, like it's my fault were even in this mess."
I stared at Bella, so delicate and wonderful, and I couldn't maintain the distance between us any longer.
"I want to spend time with you," I murmured, reaching forward and caressing her cheek softly.
This time Bella reacted to my touch, gasping softly, and I pulled my hand away, afraid that my cold hand had startled her.
"One day," I promised her, "One day."
I started to say more, to continue pouring my heart out to the sleeping angel as if I was confessing my sins, but suddenly Alice was at my side, a look of concern and panic on her face.
Before I could ask, her vision shifted, and I watched in horror as James burst through Bella's window, the glass shattering and slashing against her delicate skin. Alice and I both moved quickly, but not quickly enough. Before we could reach James, three other Vampires came to his aid and he took the opportunity to rip Bella from her bed while we were fending them off. In the vision, Bella gasped, and her voice echoed into reality the moment the vision ended. Both Alice and I turned towards her, meeting her frightened and confused gaze.
She opened her mouth to speak--reconsidered, and then closed it, her eyes darting to the window beside her in anticipation.
"Bella?" I asked, softly. "Are you okay?"
Bella shook her head as if to clear it, ran a hand through her tousled hair nervously. "I don't know, Edward. Am I?"
"Edward, I think she saw--"Alice began, but I silenced her with a quick warning gaze.
"Don't," Bella pleaded, quickly getting out of bed. "Don't stop. Explain to me what's going on."
"Bella, It's nothing," I lied. "You're okay."
"Don't like to me Edward."
She met my gaze with an intense gaze of her own. "Please?"
I stood there, considering, but before I could deny her again, Alice stepped forward.
"I had a vision Bella. James is coming for you."
Bella's gaze shifted to mine quickly and then back to the window, a look of fear flashing briefly through her eyes before she could stop it.
"Why do you keep looking towards the window?"
Bella frowned, looking almost puzzled, and then sighed. "I--I had a dream. And, at first, you," she paused, looking embarrassed, "Well, you we're talking to me…explaining to me…never mind. But then, it changed, and I saw James coming through my window, and he grabbed me and…and I woke up…and" She stopped again, meeting our eyes, "And it wasn't a dream was it?"
"No," Alice said, sounding bewildered, "But how did you--?"
"She can hear our thoughts Alice," I explained, "Even in sleep, it appears."
Suddenly, an ounce of seriousness left Alice's face and she smiled, ever so slightly. "And what were you thinking about Edward?"
Bella glanced away quickly, and I glared at Alice warningly. "Do you really think this is an appropriate time to be discussing this, Alice?" The fact that Bella had heard me was the least of my worries.
Alice started to argue, annoyed with my tone, but looked at Bella standing fearfully in the corner and thought better of it.
"We have to get you out of her," she said instead.
Bella nodded and started to move forward when--
"Edward!" Alice shouted, a moment too late.
Shards of glass flew through the window, and Bella, faster then I would have imagined, flung herself onto the ground and out of harms way. James came through the window first, his eyes scanning the room quickly for Bella. He grinned when he saw her, but Alice had him before he could take even a step in her direction. Forgetting James and Alice, I reached towards Bella instead, intent on getting her away safely.
"Edward!" This time it was Bella's voice who shouted a warning, and I turned around quickly, noticing the three vampires quickly advancing. Distraught over leaving her, but left with no other option, I moved away from her side and took on the oncoming attackers instead. I was fast, and I was strong, but three against one weren't very favorable odds. I attempted to keep my eye on Bella throughout the struggle but that proved rather difficult considering the circumstances. For the first few moments, she was alright. She proved her ability to handle herself quite well, flinging away any vampire who got close to her. But it appeared she had difficulty focusing on more than one at a time, and if I hadn't been there, she surely wouldn't have lasted too much longer.
A dark haired vamp caught me off guard and threw me to the ground, leaving me blind to Bella's safety. I repositioned myself quickly, tossing him aside without much effort, but when I glanced at the corner where Bella was…she was gone. I swirled around as fast as I could, and I swore if my heart could beat it would have been racing; Because the vampires we're retreating, there were footsteps and alarmed shouts echoing up the stairs, a distant sound of sirens, and James was holding Bella's unconscious body over his shoulder as he flung himself out of her window.
A/N: I know, I know, It's another cliffhanger! And there wasn't much new information, but I promise everything in the next chapter will be new. I can't make any promises about cliffhangers though...that's the only way I can end these chapters! lol. I know it's probably a little disappointing, but I promise I'll try to make the rest of my chapters better. And if I get a lot of reviews, I promise, I'll try to update by the end of this weekend. So please review and let me know what you think!!!