A/N: To those who read or will read the first chapter since I haven't had it up long, I'm sorry about the screwy format. It's been forever since I've posted on here and it took me until today to figure out how to fix chapters and all, the format. So I'm very sorry about that. Please don't give up on me! Also I know this chapter is probably unbearably short, in fact it's only a third of the length as the first sadly but I put all I wanted to in it. I promise the chapters will be longer (at least I'm planning on that) and things will get interesting. I have quite a bit planned and I can't wait to take the journey. I have a few chapters written and I just need to proof them and all. If anyone wants to be my beta just like review with your email address or something if you want. Thanks! Read and please review! Oh one last thing, thank you to my friend Manda for reading over my chapters and giving me the will to continue, and to my friend Alyssa for giving me the courage to post this.
Carlisle and Esme had just finished cleaning up and Carlisle took everything that was bloodied and put it into a large glass bowl that was sterilized before setting it on fire while Esme cleaned the surfaces that had been splattered with blood with bleach. As he watched it burn in the controlled container, he felt an arm come down on his shoulder. Turning his head, Carlisle saw Esme looking at him with a look between sympathetic and heartbroken. He turned toward her and wrapped his arms around her, hugging her tightly for a moment before she spoke. "What happened?"
"Alice saw Bella's future disappear." He whispered softly. "She's been spending time with Jacob Black a lot lately and I think lineage finally caught up with him and he started transforming. Once Bella's future disappeared, Alice didn't know Jacob could be a werewolf right now, so she panicked. She sent Emmett to look for her and make sure she was ok. I'm not sure how he found her but when he got her here she was in terrible shape. Apparently Jacob had attacked and ra...raped her pretty badly. Esme I...in all my years in the medical profession...in all the years I've been on this Earth, I've never seen anything like it. She was completely shattered, and I'm not just talking about her injuries. Inside. Her psyche is fragile, it's...hanging by a thread. I'm worried about her Esme. I'm so worried about her. Us leaving, Edward doing what he did, it obviously wasn't good for her at all. And this thing with Jacob? Him doing what he did? I'm not even sure if this won't push her off of the edge."
"We'll help her Carlisle." She said gently, rubbing his arm. "We'll help. We'll do whatever we have to do to get her back to where she needs to be."
"She seems to be leaning on Emmett a lot." Carlisle mused, looking over at her. "I'm not sure what to think about that."
"She needs someone Carlisle." She said gently. "When a girl goes through something like she's went through, female friends are good and all, but you need a rock, you need strength that a man can give. Charlie's not here, and she could've easily looked to you for that, but she chose Emmett. Hopefully he's up for the job."
"From the looks of it, I think he is." Carlisle said, smiling a bit as he thought of his 'son'.
Back in the bedroom Emmett laid there in thought again. Alice had disappeared to talk to Jasper and Rosalie and Bella had drifted to sleep in his arms. As he thought, he couldn't help but land on Jacob. He couldn't believe that someone he'd believed was one of Bella's closest friends had done what he did to her. He couldn't even fathom someone who claimed to love her, breaking her like she was nothing, just because he was angry at her for some reason or another. He felt Bella tense in his arms and realized his body had tensed as well, causing her to become uncomfortable. He sighed and gently moved her out of his arms before standing up, going over to the picturesque window and gazing out of it, watching the wilderness just beyond. He wanted to go back to Forks, go down, break whatever treaty there was and grab Jacob Black by his neck and crush him into a million pieces. He didn't care if he had to take on the whole wolf-pack before-or after-he'd gladly do it just to get some form of retribution. It wasn't right, to just stand idly by while nothing was being done about what he'd done. Emmett would gladly finish him off just to get vengeance for...
Suddenly his musings were cut off by the most horrible sound he'd ever heard. It was a cross between a sob, and a scream. It was gut wrenching and he whipped his body around, looking at Bella who was thrashing on the bed. He cursed under his breath as he rushed over, at vampire speed, and was beside her in no less than 1 second flat. He gathered her in his arms again and tried to soothe her, whispering words of comfort. He stared down at her pained expression and felt like someone had punched him in the stomach. Unaware that his family had gathered to watch, he cradled Bella and rocked her, continuing to whisper to her and let his cheek rest against her forehead, soothing the warmth that radiated from it. Gradually he felt Bella calming down and she fell back into a deep sleep again, one hand grasping his shirt in her hand tightly, as if she was trying to make sure he didn't go anywhere. But he wouldn't, not when she so obviously needed him so much in that moment. After she'd been calmed down for a bit, Emmett looked over and saw his family still standing in the doorway, watching him. He smiled sheepishly and looked away again, as they dissipated. A throat being cleared made him look back up, though. He saw Rosalie was there, an uncomfortable look on her face. She seemed to be looking at Bella more, and Emmett's heart went out to her. He knew of her past and what led to Carlisle changing her and he could only imagine what she was thinking right then. "Can we talk?" She asked, using a whisper that only he would be able to hear so that they didn't disturb Bella.
"Sure." He nodded, and he was going to move when she held her hand up, shaking her head.
"Don't, she doesn't need anymore stress." She said, sighing softly. "Look...I'm going to be taking off. Go on my own. I think it's better this way."
Emmett stared at her, absolutely floored by her words. He couldn't even fathom why she'd say something like that. "Babe if this is about Bella and..."
Again she held her hand up, cutting off what he was about to say. "Emm...she needs you. She really does, and you need to be there for her." She smiled a bit, reaching out and stroking his cheek. "I'm just not right for you anymore, and I think you know that. These past few months...it hasn't been the same. It's time we call a spade a spade and realize we're just floating in two different directions. It's ok. I'm not upset. These past 74 years with you...they've been magical. They truly have. But your destiny is with someone else now. You're needed somewhere else. I'll always love you, but it's time to say goodbye."
Emmett could only sigh as she leaned down and kissed his cheek before running at vampire speed out of the room. As she left he realized something, he was ok. He always thought he'd feel an unbearable ache if she ever left him, but he didn't. Maybe Rosalie was right, maybe they were drifting apart. Instead of dwelling on that, he looked back down at Bella, and felt a fierce protectiveness come over him. He smiled a bit and gently moved a piece of hair out of her face, causing her to shift a bit and wrap her arms around him tightly. He rubbed her back gently, laying his head back against the headboard and closing his eyes, slowing his breathing and falling into a meditative state, the closest thing a vampire could get to being asleep.
Sometime later, Emmett jerked awake. It took him a minute to figure out what it was, and his body wanted to go into an attack posture, but he realized what had woken him up. Bella was moving in his arms again, moaning in the midst of another nightmare. He sighed sadly, and wrapped his arms tighter around her, leaning in and whispering to her, rubbing her back to calm her back down. She needed a good uninterrupted sleep. Finally it worked and she calmed down again, resting against him as she fell back to sleep.
As she woke up, Bella looked around and when she saw the hulking figure of Emmett sitting in a chair across the room, reading a comic, she calmed down. Once he heard her moving he looked up and offered a smile. "Afternoon sleepyhead."
"What time is it?" She asked, her voice hoarse with sleep. She cleared it a couple times and in a flash Emmett was beside her with a glass of water.
"It's almost 5." He smiled as she took the water and took some generous gulps of it, soothing her parched throat. "Carlisle called Charlie and talked to him. He thinks we're in Los Angeles, that I stopped by to clean out the house and met up with you and brought you to LA because I got freaked out and wanted him to take a look at you. We're going back with you to Forks. But that's tomorrow. It's too late to go today."
"Oh." Bella mumbled, looking down at the glass. Emmett noticed her actions and sat beside her, wrapping his arm around her.
"Honey it's ok." He soothed, hugging her to his side a bit. "We're all going back with you and I can guarantee you that none of us will let him get within 100 feet of you without ripping him to shreds, treaty be damned. If those dogs want to harbor a rapist then they'll go down, too." He silently cursed himself when he saw Bella flinch at the word 'rapist'. "Don't worry, everything will work out just fine. We'll all be there with you. I'll be there with you."
"Ok." She smiled shakily at him, forcing the worry down and out of her mind.