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"I'm sorry if I made you cry
I'm sorry if tears fell from your eyes
I'm sorry if I hurt you
For that was not at all what I intended to do"
Two Tears by Hanson
He pushed into her, not caring as she cried out in pain. It was a turn on for him, after all. She tried to imagine the way it used to be – slow and gentle. The way Edward had been with her.
"Shut. Up," he growled. He took his arm and placed it against her throat, making it hard to breathe. "You're nothing but a whore and you're mine."
She cringed, feeling him release inside of her. Her life was not supposed to be like this. She shouldn't be with him.
Her life was at Dartmouth. With Edward.
My eyes shot open and I glanced around the room, trying to take everything in. It was too dark and I could barely see. I could definitely tell that I was in a bed.
Where the hell was I?
"I see you're awake."
I jumped at the voice, not recognizing it. I tried to find my visitor but it was hopeless. It was still too dark.
The light flicked on, blinding me momentarily. My visitor chuckled causing my head to snap in their direction.
I breathed a sigh of relief. It was Riley. Just Riley. Always Riley.
"What… what's going?" I was shocked by the sound of my voice. It was hoarse, nearly manly. It wasn't me. It didn't sound like me.
Riley rubbed his scruffy face with a tan hand. He was hesitant as he took his time to answer. "James called you," Riley answered. "You were practically catatonic."
That's right. I remembered everything. How James taunted me and Riley confronted him.
And my door. Riley kicked it in!
"You broke my door!" I accused my friend. I narrowed my eyebrows and wagged my finger at the police officer. "I want another door!"
"Uh, yeah…" Riley stammered. His hand now ran through his black hair. "About that… it can't be fixed but I did tell your landlord that it'll be taken care of tomorrow."
"You broke my door!"
"Okay, Bells. I get it. I'm sorry."
"I will. Later."
A squeal followed Edward's announcement and before he had any time to react, Alice collided into him, her arms tightly around his waist.
"They're already packed," Alice chirped. "And your ticket has already been taken care of. There's a plane leaving out of Port Angeles. It will take you to Seattle then from Seattle, you'll go to Chicago."
A grin spread across his face and he bent down to kiss Alice on the forehead. "Thanks, Al. How would I ever do all this without you?"
"Simple," Alice smiled. "You wouldn't and you couldn't."
Edward chuckled as he headed towards the stairs. "I should get going if I'm going to catch my flight."
"Edward, there's one more thing."
Edward chanced a glance at his sister. He eyed her suspiciously as she dug around in her purse.
"Ah ha!" Alice exclaimed. Proudly, she showed Edward what she had been searching for.
His heartbeat quickened. His breathing came to a halt. Was that really what he thought it was?
Alice confirmed his suspicion when she opened the ring box. The two interlocked hearts with three diamonds, the promise ring he had given to Bella, glistened back at him. How did Alice end up with it? He had assumed Bella had held on to it.
"I went to visit Jacob earlier," Alice began to explain. "And of course we got to plotting. Apparently after Renesmee was born, when Jake went to visit her, she gave it to him to give to you but he didn't have the guts to do it. So instead, he kept it. He told me where to find it and I went to get it. You should give it back to Bella."
"She won't accept it, Alice. We're through."
"This ring still represents all those promises and that love you two had. She's in your future, Edward. She always had been."
I had lost against Alice again. The thought of how pushy that little pixie was brought a smile to my face. I just hoped that she was right about everything.
Now here I was in Chicago with a ring in my pocket and on my way up to Riley's apartment.
Apt 190. Apt 190. Apt 190.
I walked up the stairs to the third floor. It would give me more time to think.
What did I plan on saying to Bella? That I was sorry and that I shouldn't have let her go? That I was nothing but a complete dick?
Complete dick would work.
With a deep breath, I raised my hand and knocked on the white door. Time seemed to slow down as I stood out in the hall, waiting. Always waiting.
My thoughts drifted to Bella and what she had gone through. I imagined her broken and frightened, cowering in a dark corner.
Why did she have to go through any of that? She certainly didn't deserve it.
Most importantly, what would she do when she realized that after everything I was still hopelessly in love with her?
Isabella Swan was my life. I would do anything for her; even walk away from her… if that was what she wanted. We grew up together. We fell in love. We went to prom together. We were best friends. At least we had been.
Without Bella, my life had very little meaning. I wasn't happy without her in it. No matter how hard I tried to be, I couldn't be happy without Bella. The smile I wore for friends and family was completely false but the smile I wore for Bella, that was always real. Our relationship was real.
I couldn't wait to get her back to Masen. I would make her life better again. She would be happy again.
I glanced back to the door. I hadn't heard it open. Riley Black, as tall as ever, stood in front of me. I didn't know who he was two years ago. I had assumed that he was the father of Renesmee. This time, I knew. He was simply Jacob's cousin. They could practically be twins. The only thing different was Jacob's hair was to his shoulders. Riley's was cropped short.
"I assumed Jacob or Charlie would be coming." He seemed confused. Obviously no one had told him that they were sending me.
"Everyone thought it was best that I come," I explained. "I'm here to take Bella away."
Riley glanced out in the hall, searching for anyone within hearing range, before ushering me into his apartment. Once in, he closed the door and bolted it shut before turning to me.
"Bella's asleep right now," Riley said. "She woke up screaming and wouldn't tell me about what. You said you're taking Bella away. To where?"
"My sister and I were adopted by Esme and Carlisle when we were eight. Our mother was Carlisle's sister. We inherited our family home. It's on the outskirts of Chicago. Still a Chicago address but more country. Masen has some of the best security there is and the staff there is well trusted. Background checks have been performed on everyone. It's the safest place to go and it's hidden. Nearly impossible to find it."
"Do you know who else has been there?"
"Just my family. Bella hasn't even been there so no one would find out about it by following her or talking of it. It's completely safe."
Riley nodded, taking everything in. He seemed to like the idea. "We better move Bella soon then," Riley said to me. "Follow me."
I eyed Riley warily and followed him down a hallway to a bedroom. He seemed decent enough. After all he was the cousin of Jacob Black. No one from the Black family could be a bad apple. Riley had to be trusted.
Of course I would keep an eye out for any suspicious activity coming from one of Chicago's finest.
"Wait out here." I nodded and leaned up against the nearest wall, arms crossed over my chest, as Riley opened a door and walked in.
I watched as he sat down on the bed, shaking Bella awake and murmuring something to her. She must have felt great comfort from someone who was just like Jacob.
"There's someone here for you, Bella," I heard Riley say. "You're going to go into hiding. They'll take good care of you, honey."
Bella's eyes widened in surprise. Or was that fear? "Who? Riley, don't send me away. Please."
"I think you'll be okay. You can come in now, Edward."
I took a deep breath and took the first few steps to what could be the beginning of the rest of my life.
"I think you'll be okay. You can come in now, Edward."
My breath caught in my chest. I glanced from the door to Riley then back at the door just in time to see Edward Cullen, in all his glory, walk through it. I had only been gone a short while and he hadn't changed a bit.
I don't know if I expected him to. When I saw him again, I figured I would have seen a happier side of Edward, one who didn't have to worry about me since I was no longer in his life. But Edward wasn't happy.
Far from it.
His green eyes didn't sparkle and he didn't wear his crooked smile, the one that made my heart soar. Edward was empty inside, just like I was.
You are mine.
I cringed at James' words. How could I have trusted that man? How could I allow my child to grow up around him? Why didn't I run? Why didn't I ask for help?
"Riley," I heard Edward say. I came out of my thoughts and met his gaze. Some of the life was returning in Edward's eyes.
What did he see in me?
"Can you give Bella and me a moment alone? It's important that we talk."
He was going to tell me just how much he truly despised me and that I had ripped his heart out. Edward would say that I was a whore and that I deserved everything I got.
I shut my eyes, willing the tears not to fall. I deserved everything Edward says to me. I'm a whore. I'm a bitch. I am nothing.
With eyes still closed, I could feel the weight change and I opened my eyes. Riley was gone now and Edward sat in his place, studying me.
A lone tear fell down my cheek and Edward caught it with his finger, wiping it away. He gave a small smile and I watched as two tears fell from his eyes.
"Edward, I ---"
Edward didn't give me anytime to respond. His lips collided with mine.
The kiss was driven by desire from both of us.
It wasn't like the kiss on our walk. It wasn't like any kiss we've ever experienced together.
This kiss told us that everything would be right in our world. This kiss showed us that no matter how hard we fought the pull to one another, we belonged together. No matter how hard we fought it, it was irrevocable. We belonged together.
It all ended too soon when Bella pulled away from me.
"Don't…," she whispered.
Her head hung down. She was ashamed but of what? Of her behavior? Of what James had done to her? None of this was ever her fault. I saw that now.
Bella Swan was a frightened creature. She didn't like who she was. She didn't enjoy her life. Bella hated it.
"Bella, look at me," I urged. She kept her head hidden. "Don't hide from me."
"I'm so sorry," she whimpered. Her head lifted and tears glistened in her eyes. "I'm a horrible person."
"No, Isabella. You aren't. You are from horrible."
"But Nessie… James…"
"Alice told me everything, love." I reached forward and cupped her face in my mind. "I don't blame you for any of it. Do you understand me? You are not at fault."
He called me love. Edward didn't hate me. He was here. He had kissed me and was trying to make everything all better.
"I'm so sorry," I repeated.
Edward shook his head and chuckled. When he looked back at me, he was smiling. My smile.
"Silly girl," he said. He leaned forward and planted a kiss on my forehead. It felt so good to have him here when I needed him most. It wasn't Jacob or Charlie or even Alice. It was my Edward.
The person I had thought wanted nothing to do with me.
"She needs you."
Renesmee's words surprised Edward.
They had been in the presence of the other for nearly ten minutes without any words spoken until now.
"She's not happy," Renesmee continued. "Mama's broken and not even the sun can make it better. Please help her. Fix my Mama, Edward."
Renesmee's words were clear in my mind.
Nearly forty-eight hours ago I didn't even know that I was a father or that the love of my life had been taken advantage of by a complete monster.
Funny how fate works.
I had promised Renesmee that I would do whatever it took to fix Bella. Fixing Bella would be the first promise I made to my daughter and the first promise that I would keep. Talking to Renesmee changed who I was. My daughter made me realize that I was a selfish being and that for the rest of my life, I wanted Bella and Renesmee in it.
Without them, I would become hollow.
"Bella." Bella's eyes met mine and I kissed her. Once. Twice. Three times. It would never be enough. "I'm the one who should be sorry. You're the least selfish person I know and you're not a bitch. I love you. I will always love you. Nothing and no one can ever change me. You're broken and I'm here to put you back together. It doesn't matter to me that another man touched you. You always held my heart and I always held yours. We belong together, Isabella."
"Please don't let me go."
For a brief moment, Bella's eyes lit up with happiness but the light in them soon died. I sighed and carefully pulled her into my lap. My arms wrapped around her waist and I placed a kiss on the base of her neck.
"You're the only one I care about. The only one who will ever mean anything," I told her.
Bella's entire body relaxed and she maneuvered herself in order to face me. She wrapped her legs around my waist and leaned forward, resting her forehead against mine. I watched her as she closed her eyes and inhaled.
This was how it was meant to be.
"I love you too, Edward. Forever and ever."
BROKEN'S SEQUEL SUMMARY:
Bella and Edward have finally found their way back to one another. They knew that starting their life together in Chicago wouldn't be easy, especially not knowing where James is. So what happens when they receive word that Nessie is missing?
An impending birth. A disastrous pregnancy. And a surprised that can make or break everyone's world. Danger seems like nothing compared to what they're about to face.