This is an extremely short chapter and for that I apologize, but I felt like I needed to get something out to you all so you didn't think I've forgotten the story. I'm also hoping that this chapter will answer a few questions.
Hope you enjoy...
I felt my world shift when she spoke those words.
"Edward, will you take me to Charlotte."
The Chief and I both froze and stared at each other, both trying to figure out if we had heard the same thing. He closed his eyes tight and his hands balled up into tight fists as, I assume, he came to the realization that she did in fact ask me to take her to see our daughter.
He shook his head and took a step towards her, she backed away. "I don't think that's a good idea, Isabella."
Her mouth fell open and she narrowed her eyes in confusion. "You don't think me going to see my daughter is a good idea?" she asked.
Chief swan shook his head again. "No, you going to see your daughter is a great idea. I just don't think him taking you to see her is something that should happen. You should have someone with you that will support you during the process."
"Edward will be there." Bella said as she looked at me with an intensity that made me nervous. She was looking at me and trying to figure something out. I just didn't know what it was she was trying to figure out.
Chief Swan scoffed. "He will be there for you about as much as a goldfish."
"You don't know him, dad," Bella stated.
"You don't either, Bells."
They were arguing about me like I wasn't even in the room, but I didn't mind really. Bella was still standing up for me and the sight of it made my heart swell with pride.
She actually cared for me.
What the hell was I thinking?
There was no way I would have been able to just leave her and never look back.
Even with the age difference we had a connection. A connection that I've only heard about in stories. The few times that we have talked, I mean really talked, I could tell that we both felt it.
She was easy to talk to and when we were quietly just sitting together it was a comfortable quiet.
She was it for me and her standing up for me to her father, her having faith in me made me realize that.
I was going to fight for her.
But first, I had to fight that damn restraining order. Not just for me, but for my family as well.
I knew that anger was the reason Chief Swan had filed it against my family, so that one wouldn't be hard to fight and have dropped. Especially with the last name of Cullen. I hated to use my last name to get things, but in this instance I would do it.
I needed to find proof for myself. Proof that I didn't do what they are claiming I did. Proof that I would never disrespect someone like that. Proof that I was in fact a decent man like Bella seemed to think I was.
"….you think." Bella was saying when I started paying attention again.
"You don't know what he did!" Charlie yelled. Bella cringed back at that acid in his voice, but caught herself and stood back up straight.
"Then tell me." She said calmly looking directly into his eyes. The Chief's eyes darted to me full of anger and hate and in that moment I knew he was going to make me do it.
It was kind of ironic that only minutes ago I had planned on doing it myself, and after deciding that I couldn't go through with it I was going to be forced to do it anyway.
"You should tell her." Chief Swan said smugly. He knew what would happen when I told her. He knew that she wouldn't want anything to do with me.
Bella turned to me and reached for my hand. "Edward?"
The look in Bella's eyes made me tear up. She had so much faith in me that she didn't really believe that I did anything wrong. This time however I did do something.
A tear fell from my eye and rolled down my cheek. I quickly wiped it away. She didn't need to see me act like a baby. She was the one getting hurt…again.
I had to look away from her. I couldn't stand that look in her eyes. Instead I looked towards Chief Swan. He had his eyes narrowed and his fists balled up, like he was going to attack if I didn't follow through with this.
It was something I needed to do. She needed to know everything. Not just what people think she needs to know.
"There are…"my voice caught in my throat, I swallowed and it felt like I was trying to swallow a baseball. "There are pictures of you and of us." I started again.
"Pictures?" she asked.
I nodded. "Yes. Pictures of you long before we met. Some of you by yourself most are with you and James together. A lot of them are of….intimate situations." I stared intently at the floor not wanting to look at either one of the other two people in the room. "The pictures of us are from the night we first met."
"At the club?" her voice shook as she spoke.
I kept my eyes down focused on the design of the tiles on the floor. "There is some of the club, but most are at the hotel you were staying in."
She gasped and I looked up out of instinct and instantly regretted it. She was staring at me with tears running down her face.
I didn't want this.
I didn't want to hurt her. Of course Chief Swan would make me be the one to do this to her. He hated me.
Hated me for what I did to his baby girl.
"H..how? How are there so many pictures of me?" she asked roughly wiping the tears from her face.
"He was stalking you, Bells." Chief Swan said. "Don't you see that? He already knew you before you two…before you two got together."
"No!" I yelled not wanting her to believe him. I lowered my voice. "I didn't stalk you, Bella. I had never seen you in my life before the night we first met. Our meeting wasn't planned, it just happened." I took a step towards her, but Chief Swan stopped me with a push back and eyes that told me if I got any closer he would kill me.
"There were pictures of Edward and me together at the hotel. Were they of us in the room?" she looked at her Dad, who turned beat red at the question. He just nodded. Bella turned back to me, tears rolling down her face again. "There was no one there with us, Edward. How were there pictures of us together in that room?" she asked quietly.
She was already doubting me.
"I didn't do it." I said quickly.
Chief Swan scoffed. "Who the fuck did if it wasn't you?"
"I don't know" I said quietly. I had a pretty good idea, but I wasn't going to say it just yet. Not until I had some proof. Right now if I were to say it he would just think I was laying the blame on someone else so I could go on with my pretty little life.
He's accused me of it before.
"Of course you don't." He put his arm around her as her body started shivering as she silently cried. "They were in your possession, Edward. They were in your locked desk drawer."
Bella gasped. "What?"
I took a step towards Bella again, not caring about the Chief. I just wanted to let her look into my eyes and see the truth. I didn't do what he was making it sound like I did and I needed to her to see that. I needed her to believe me…believe IN me.
"I found them. I didn't look at them. They were lying on my coffee table. A picture of you sitting on a bench was the picture on top. I figured they were James' so I picked them up and hid them meaning to give them back to him later. I didn't want them to be found by Tanya or Victoria." I was rambling and I knew it. But was I was desperate for her to hear my side of the story and to believe me.
"I forgot about them until your father and the Seattle police department showed up to search my house. My family was there, we were getting ready to go out for dinner. Your father was the one that found them. I didn't even see any of the other pictures until he laid them all out on my desk." I turned my attention to him and narrowed my eyes. "He laid them all out on my desk for everyone to see. He called for everyone to come into the room and look what he found in my desk. There you were in all these pictures…you were naked in some of them and he just laid them out so everyone could see them."
Bella looked at her father, I would have liked in that moment to have been able to read her mind. She just stared at him not saying a word and with a blank look on her face. She turned back to me with that same blank stare and my heart plummeted.
"I see." She said emotionless. "That's why he had the restraining order for you, but why your family?"
I didn't know how to answer that so I stayed silent. I honestly had no clue why he actually able to get the restraining orders against my family. I was surprised that the judge who granted it didn't just laugh at it and throw it out. Apparently Charlie Swan has a little bit of pull somewhere.
Charlie cleared his throat and tried to put his arm around her shoulders again, but she shrugged it off and moved away from him…away from us both.
I hope that answered a few things...Bella's POV is next and it should clear more of it up. THEN we will get some Mommy Bella in there...There will be a few more scenes with Victoria and Tanya...they are needed trust me.