After the cops came in and made the arrest, Bella and I sat in her family room while she iced her face. Mike got in two good slaps to her face. "Bella, did you want me to drive you to my house. My family is still probably there, and then you could have some dinner." I offered. "I would like that a lot. Thank you Edward. Aren't you glad you moved to a small town? Been here two days, and it was probably the most dramatic ever." She said. She didn't know my past, but these were pretty high on the list of dramatic days.
I drove her back to my parents' house. Everyone welcomed her. I fixed her a plate of food, and sat her next to me. She ate in silence while everyone else talked around her. "Bella, where are your kids?" Esme asked. "They are staying with their Uncle Jake." She said. "Is he your brother?" I asked her, because she was pale and small, and he was dark and huge. She laughed. "You noticed the difference huh? No, he's my best friend." She said.
That made sense. After dinner, Jasper insisted on talking to her. "Bella, why didn't you tell anyone about this?" he asked her. I had wanted to ask her that question myself. "I couldn't. He had his friends from high school on the police force. So the only people who could help me wouldn't even believe me." He nodded.
"How are you feeling now?" he asked. "I am tired. But I am also worried. What if he gets out, or won't divorce me, or tries to fight for the kids. They can't be left with him." She cried. "He won't get out. I will be sure of that. And we can make this a one sided divorce. We will appeal to the judge, and there would be no way for him to turn you down for a divorce because your, and your children's lives are in danger." He comforted her. She nodded. "I won't bother you anymore tonight, but I would like it if you would meet me at my office. I know you don't want to talk about it, but I really think it would help, and everything is confidential." He handed her his business card and gave her a hug.
I walked over to Bella. "Are you okay?" I asked. "Yea, I'm fine. I just need some sleep." She said. She looked like she wanted to say more, but stopped herself by biting on that beautiful lip of hers. "Okay, let me show you the bedroom." I said, and motioned for her to follow me. "Edward, I really can't thank you enough for today." She said coming over to me and giving me a hug. I was afraid to hug her back because I didn't want to hurt her, but I didn't want to hurt her feelings either, so I put one hand on her lower back and one on her head. I held her until Rose cleared her throat. Bella moved her head and kissed my neck. "Thanks." She said.
"Bella, I just want you to know how sorry I am that I never believed your son. If I were doing my job properly, we could have avoided a lot of pain. I am so sorry." She said with tears coming down her face. "Thank you Rosalie. It's not your fault." Bella said. They hugged and then she followed me to her room.
"There is a shower in there, and I will get you some towels, and then Alice has some pajamas that you can wear." She nodded and I went to get her stuff. I was so thankful that Alice was a clothes designer because that saved me a trip to her house and rummaging through her drawers.
"Thank you for everything Alice. Jasper, you too. I can't tell you how grateful I am." I said. "No problem. What are brothers for? But don't get carried away with her. I see how you are looking at her. Give her time, and then she'll come around." Jasper warned me.
I hugged my family goodnight and went upstairs to sleep in my old room. I walked past Bella's room and found her trying to dry herself off. "You need some help?" I asked her. She looked sheepish. "Yes please." I went over to her and gently dried her back. "Thank you again Edward." She said. "You're welcome." I replied. I helped her get her pajamas on, and I was surprised at the fact that I had just seen her naked, my hard on right in front of me, and she didn't seem to mind.
I kissed her forehead, and went to bed. That night I had dreams of Bella and me in the future. I really wish those dreams would come true.