Disclaimer: The Twilight character all belong to Stephenie Meyer. I do not make any money…I simply play with them. The magical locations belong to J.K. Rowling.
A/N: This story takes place in the magical world of Harry Potter. The characters mentioned in the Harry Potter book are not part of the story. I imagine all of this taking place maybe 10 years after the end of book 7. Therefore, there is no Voldemort and there have been some changes. Payment of house elves is also more wide spread. Please do not ask where the HP characters are…They will not be part of the story.
This story is inspired by my one shot, The Quidditch Match. However, this story will not fit in with that universe. The one-shot was made to be just that, a one-shot.
Edward will be in Hufflepuff and Bella will be in Ravenclaw. Why? My first reason was simply, because Rob played Cedric in Harry Potter. And Cedric was a Hufflepuff. But, I also want to showcase the lesser known houses. I get to be more creative by having them in these houses.
Special thanks to my wonderful beta, sorceresscirce. She makes my work readable and gives me the funniest comments. I would also like to thank ObsessingOverEdward for helping me out of my writers block and for being just plain awesome.
Vendetta at Twilight
The front door of my house slammed loudly, and I couldn't stop the choking sob that escaped my lips. I crumpled to the floor by my couch holding on to the pale brown cushions for support. Would he really hurt me? Would he really have me by force? I couldn't think clearly, and I couldn't understand what had just happened.
It was the summer before my seventh year of Hogwarts, and nothing was turning out the way I had planned. The beautiful dinner was left on the table cold, and my heart was broken into a million pieces. Why hadn't I listened to the warnings of my friends? Why had I been so stubborn and hard-headed? Why had I fallen for his stupid lies?
I knew why I had believed him. I believed that there was good in every person, and I had just been proven wrong. James Malus was not a good person. He was evil and calculating. He had tried to force me to have sex and had broken up with me when I refused. It was far too soon for us to take that step in our relationship. It was all too new.
But his menacing threat still resounded in my ears loudly. I will have you one day, Isabella. You will be mine. James had said those words with a look of pure determination. I had no doubt that he meant them. He always got what he wanted, and he wanted me.
I had really liked James. He was extremely handsome, and he was the first man to ever truly look at me like a woman. I sometimes felt that Edward and Jasper saw me as merely "one of the boys," but James had changed that. He had made me feel wanted. Yet I also knew that I didn't love James. My heart would forever belong to my best friend, Edward.
I tried to make more sense of what had happened. But I was unable to move, yet terrified to stay. Would he come back? Would he hurt me? I had no idea where James was or what he had planned. I was home alone and would be alone for the next two months. My parents were on holiday and I didn't want them to worry.
Darkness fell quickly and my fear only seemed to exponentially increase with each passing minute. What was I to do? I couldn't stay in my house. But where was I to go? The only place I could think of was Edward's house. He would comfort me, but he would also tell me he had been right. Edward had never liked James. They despised each other.
I heard a loud crash of thunder, and I knew my decision had been made. I had to get out of here. I had to get to a place where James couldn't hurt me. I slowly got up, my knees shaking as I gripped the couch for support. I barely had strength to move. I was certain that if James came back now, I would be powerless to stop him.
I stumbled towards the fireplace fumbling to finding the small bag of floo powder I kept in my mother's vase. I picked it up with my shaky hands, jumping in fright as the vase slipped and shattered loudly onto the ground. The bag of floo powder lay in the broken pieces untouched. I had never used it, but Edward and Jasper had insisted that I have some on reserve. I couldn't be more thankful for that.
"Masen Manor!" I said loudly through my sobs, making sure to enunciate the words correctly as I threw the powder into the fireplace. The last thing I needed was to somehow end up in a stranger's house. Or, with my luck, I would end up in Malus Estate.
I felt my world begin to spin as I closed my eyes. I hated to travel this way, but I had no choice. I had to get away from my house. I had to get away from James. Everything stopped spinning after a minute or so and I felt myself loosing balance and falling onto the wooden floor. Even after six years, I had still not mastered how to properly arrive.
"Who's there?" I heard Edward's voice ask as I tried to squint through the dust and my tears. But even though I couldn't see him, his voice was enough to comfort some of my fears.
I tried to speak and tell him it was me, but all I could do was cough. The dust settled after a minute, allowing me to finally see Edward, my best friend. He was standing in front of his couch with his wand pointed my way.
"Bella?" he questioned in confusion as a loud cry escaped my throat, and I ran straight into his arms. Edward's arms wrapped tightly around me as I gripped his shirt; it felt safe to be in his arms. For the first time that night, I felt protected.
I was completely bored out of my mind and it was only the first week of summer. What was I going to do for the next two months? Jasper was on holiday in Romania with his family and Bella had that prick of a boyfriend.
I hated James in more ways than I could possibly explain. I felt like he was slowly pulling Bella away from her family and her friends. His entire family was evil, and I knew he was as well. His family hated mine, and he had been my mortal enemy since the day we met as children in the playground. Why did he have to date my best friend?
I grabbed a book before throwing myself on the couch. My parents were out on Ministry business, and Emmett was out as well, probably visiting Rosalie. I let my eyes scan the pages, but I really wasn't paying attention. I was worried about Bella. She had confided that James was going to her house to have dinner. She was cooking for him and had this romantic dinner planned.
I didn't know why, but I was jealous. Bella had been my best friend for the past six years, and I secretly had a huge crush her. It wasn't a big deal. It wasn't as if I could tell her, but I knew I should be the one having the dinner with her, not him. Yet I knew she would laugh at me if I ever told her how I felt. Jasper and I were her best friends. You didn't date your best friend. It was just wrong.
I checked my BlackBerry for the millionth time that night before taking a deep breath. My parents had insisted on getting us cell phones for our protection. They really were a lot of fun and extremely convenient. But it also made me realize that she wasn't going to call me. She was having dinner with her boyfriend. Why would she call me?
I suddenly heard a big bang before a thick cloud of dust covered the entire room. Who was using our floo? Since my father was the Minister of Magic, there were only a few select locations that had access to our fireplace.
"Who's there?" I immediately asked, taking out my wand. I wasn't allowed to use it, but I would use it for self defense. I had no qualms about that.
I allowed the dust to settle since it seemed there was no immediate threat. I squinted through the dusty cloud my heart breaking when I found Bella standing in the middle of all the dust. She was completely covered in soot, and her face was smudged with dirt and tears. She seemed to be a complete wreck.
"Bella," I said softly before a loud cry escaped her lips as she saw me, and before I could register what happened, she had flown right into my arms. I held her against me pressing my lips into her hair. She seemed to collapse into my arms as I somehow managed to get us both onto the couch.
"What's wrong, Bells?" I ran my hand up and down her back and slowly caressed her hair. I was going to kill whoever had done this to Bella. I had never seen her so distraught before.
"James," she cried as she hugged me tighter, her sobs not stopping. It didn't surprise me that it was James. I knew he had something to do with this.
"What did he do? Did he hurt you?" I had to fight with myself to keep my temper in check. I was very much tempted to head straight to Malus Estate. I wanted to make him hurt for the pain he was causing Bella.
"Stay with me," she said through her tears, and I knew she had to be sensing my urge to leave and seek revenge.
"I'm not going anywhere," I assured her before taking her and walking slowly up to my room. I didn't want my parents to ask questions if they arrived early. They didn't care if Bella stayed over, but I didn't have answers for them. I didn't have answers for myself.
Once we reached my room I gently led her to my bed. "You should change," I commented as I looked through my drawers to get her a shirt and a pair of gym shorts.
"Thank you," Bella whispered weakly as I handed her my clothes, and she got up to go to the bathroom to change. I waited patiently on the edge of my bed as she changed and washed up. I wanted to tear James apart, but I was going to be calm and rational. I needed to hear what he had done, and I would kick his ass afterwards.
Bella stepped out of the bathroom looking much calmer and put together. Her eyes were still red from crying but her sobs had stopped. "What happened, Bella?" I sat back against the headboard of my bed and patted the space next to me.
Bella remained quiet as she climbed on the bed next to me and brought her knees to her chest. She seemed to think for a few minutes before finally speaking. "James came over to dinner," she began as she stared off into space. "I had this huge romantic dinner planned. And as soon as he came in, he pushed himself onto me."
"He what?" The rage in me was starting to overflow. Who did that prick think he was?
"Edward, please," Bella said, touching my arm. "At first it wasn't too bad. All we really did was kiss." Her description caused my blood to boil. I was insanely jealous. I should be the one to kiss her.
"But then he wanted more. He got mad when I refused to sleep with him. He kept pressuring for more, Edward. He kept touching me. And I didn't think I was going to be able to stop him. He told me if I loved him, I would sleep with him." I felt my heart break as a few tears rolled down her cheek. I could clearly see the immense pain she was in.
"Do you love him?" I inquired, not sure if I was ready to hear her answer.
"No," she admitted in a whisper as tears continued to fall. I instantly felt relief to know that she didn't have feelings for him. "I don't think I could ever love him."
"You're fine, Bella. I'm here for you. I won't let that asshole touch you again." I wanted her to be sure that I wasn't going to leave her side. I wouldn't hesitate to kill him if he ever dared to lay a finger on Bella. Did he think she was a whore?
"I'm just scared, Edward. I don't want to be at home by myself." Her voice sounded weak and confused as she rested her head against my shoulder.
"Stay here," I offered instantly. There was no reason for her to be at home by herself. We had more than enough space at Masen Manor. And my parents absolutely adored her. I knew they wouldn't mind her presence.
"I can't, Edward," she replied in a weak tone. "I don't want to be an inconvenience."
"You will never be an inconvenience to anyone in this house. I won't have it any other way. And I know my parents will agree when we talk to them tomorrow morning." I was going to be sure she had no room to argue. I was not going to let her spend the summer alone at her house. She was not going to be left unprotected.
"I don't deserve this," she responded with a yawn.
"Why don't you get some sleep?" I suggested, kissing the top of her head. "You can stay here in my room until we can get one of the bedrooms ready tomorrow."
"I'll take the couch," she offered as she made her way to get up.
"Nonsense, Bella, have the bed. I'll take the couch," I corrected, pulling her back down.
"I'm not going to take your bed, Edward Anthony Masen," she protested with a defiant look.
"Well, I'm not letting you sleep on the couch." I was not going to take the bed. I was willing to argue with her until she accepted my offer.
"This is stupid, Edward," she sighed before pulling back the covers on my bed. "We can share the bed."
"Fine," I replied, hoping my voice didn't betray my nervousness. I was going to be sharing a bed with my longtime crush.
"Goodnight," I said once we had settled into bed and the lights had been turned off.
"Goodnight," she responded before I fell asleep.
I tried to fall asleep, but I was finding it practically impossible to do so. It was comforting to have Edward at my side, but I was also very conscious of his close proximity. I had very deep feelings for Edward that went past normal friendship feelings. I had fallen for him the first day I saw him at the train six years before. Yet, I knew that there would never be an "us." We were best friends, nothing more, nothing less.
I had started seeing James in the hope of somehow erasing those feelings for Edward. I knew I had to move on, but tonight's events had shown me that I couldn't. Edward's question about my feelings for James had proven to me what I already knew. I would never love another man the way I loved Edward.
I somehow managed to be lulled to sleep by Edward's rhythmic breathing. Yet even Edward's company couldn't keep my nightmares at bay.
I was running through the Forbidden Forest. I was running away from James, but I had no idea where to go. I was lost and disoriented. Nobody knew where I was, and I was sure James would catch up with me sooner or later. The fallen tree would not keep me hidden forever.
"I will have you, Isabella," he yelled, causing me to jump in fright.
I tried to remain quiet, but it was practically impossible. My heart was beating frantically in my chest, and all I wanted to do was scream. Time seemed to crawl by like a snail. I could hear James' footsteps as they neared me. He seemed to know just where I was.
"I told you, you were mine, Isabella!" He growled, grabbing my arm before pushing me against a tree. His hands were all over my body, and I knew I couldn't take it any-more.
"Get off of me!" I screamed suddenly, sitting up in the bed.
"Bella, what's wrong?" I knew Edward was reaching for me but everything was too fresh. I didn't want to be touched. I looked at Edward and finally realized it had all been a dream. I was safe at Edward's house. I instantly felt my body slump in relief. "What's wrong?"
"James got me, Edward. He was chasing after me through the forest," I described the dream as I curled into his arms. "It seemed so real."
"It was just a dream," he reminded me as he held me tightly. "I won't ever let him get to you again. I promise."
"You can't promise that." I really wished he could. I trusted Edward with my life, but I knew he couldn't protect me from James. He couldn't be with me every waking moment every day. Deep down inside, I knew he would eventually get me.
"I do promise that, Bella," he answered as he pulled me closer into him. I settled into his arms and I couldn't help but notice just how nice it felt to be held by him.
A/N: I am so incredibly happy to finally be posting this. I have been working over the past few months on this story, and it feels great to finally share it. I hope you all will enjoy this as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
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