A Great Love Chapter 1: Probie

I walked the halls of NCIS carefully, watching how easily the workers connected. They were all laughing and working quietly. I just hope I could end up one of them; content with their lives and working diligently. I'd chosen this job as a change of pace, because as a Marine, it was tiring and it got boring at times. I was an MP, a job that I loved for many years. They offered me this job at NCIS because I was the 'best out there' apparently. Since the Cullen's departure, I wondered what I would do with my life. So I joined the Marines right out of high school. Charlie supported my decision, but Renee was...another story. My mom really hated the fact that I was in danger almost every waking moment I was deployed. She'd been so relieved when I got word that I was coming here. Charlie was extremely proud of the fact that I was a Marine, and was pursuing a career in law enforcement. He loved the fact that I turned my life around.

"Bella, I'm real proud of you. I'm glad you're doin' this. I'm worried about you, but I know you're gonna be a damn good Marine. You know how I know that? Cause you're a damn good daughter too. I love you Bells."

My dad meant everything to me. I missed him so much, but after everything, I just couldn't come back to Forks.

Life had been so hard when the Cullen's, well, more importantly, Edward left. I felt so betrayed and useless. My life was forever changed since that day in the forest. I had thought my life was over, but no, it was just beginning. It doesn't even hurt anymore to think of his name. Edward, Edward, Edward. No pain. I'm numb now. I can't feel anything when I think of him. I was a kid back then, and I understand. It doesn't mean I don't remember the pain of not being wanted. It followed me every time I wanted to get into a relationship. Our relationship was good, and full of passion, but he left. He left me when we both loved each other. He didn't understand that I know that he lied. But I got over it. Through hard work and serving my country, I put all supernatural things behind me. I'm a 31 year-old woman now, and I don't need the stress of vampires anymore.

Sure, I found out about the wolves because Jake broke his order and spit out the truth about him being a mutt. I ended up loving all of the wolves, and they were like my second family. Jake wanted me to stay, but only because he thought that we had a future together. I couldn't do that to him. He made me half-whole. The pain in my heart lessened with him around, but I couldn't be a fool and use him. It would have been a relationship filled on lies. I loved him. I still do, but as a brother. He imprinted on Angela anyway. I love them both. But it was for the best.

The offices were bustling, and everyone was involved in a conversation. I don't think there were any cases today because of the chatter. Then a very handsome guy walks up to me. He had dark brown hair, brown eyes, and had a black outfit with a black cap that had the NCIS logo on it. He grins, and I immediately know he's not my type. He's staring at me like I'm something to eat. I think he's mentally undressing me in his head. Like that hasn't happened before. I chuckled. I wasn't accustomed to the sound. "So what's a gorgeous woman like you doing here?"

I raised my eyebrows. I really found him amusing. He kept smiling. What was up with that? Was he trying to be charming? If he was, it wasn't working on me.

"My name is Bella. And you are?" He held out his hand. I shook it.

"Tony. Tony DiNozzo. Wow, Bella. That means beautiful in Italian, and it certainly describes you. You Italian?" This guy was a laugh! Tony scooted over to me and I didn't like it. It was intruding upon my personal space. I fought the impulse to move back. I shook my head.

"Not that I know of." He kept grinning. Did he really think he was going to get laid? "I am Italian. That's where I get the name. I know this place that serves the best Italian food. It serves the best chicken. Or are you a vegetarian? Because I'm not that hungry and we could just skip the meal and head straight to dessert." I laughed out loud. It's been a while since someone has made me laugh so freely.

"Hey, DiNozzo! Meet Special Agent Isabella Swan. She's Ziva's new partner. Remember rule #1." A man's voice said. Tony got slapped on the back of the head. I furrowed my brow, who said that? Then I looked up and I was shocked at what I saw.

When I looked up, I saw the most handsome man I had ever seen. I was mistaken when I called Edward an Adonis, this man was a living, breathing Michelangelo's David. His eyes were strikingly blue; captivating me. His body was finely muscled, and somehow, I could tell that he was a Marine. I suddenly had a surge of respect for the guy. And I didn't know why I felt this way. I usually have more restraint over my feelings. I don't usually feel this way around men. Especially those that I had just met.

"Nice to meet you, Swan." His voice was deep and I liked it. Why was I attracted to him?

"You also, sir. May I ask you something, sir?" I managed to croak out. He nodded. "Are you a Marine?"

"How'd you know?" He replied.

"I could tell. I'm a Marine also."

He leaned back and stared me in the face. "Well, isn't that nice. They let little girls in the Marines now." Then he walked over to his desk and sat down. I felt a bit pissed off. He basically said that I wasn't fit to be a Marine. Why I ought to pummel him and kick his ass, then we'd see who's better qualified to be a Marine. Who does this guy think he is anyway? "Oh yeah, Agent Swan? I'm your new boss." I groaned. Tony and 'the boss' looked at me with a confused expression on their faces. "I mean great." I said sarcastically.

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