Hey everyone! Thanks for coming to read my story. This is my third fanfic on this account. I have another account, which I use to co-write with a friend. The account is ArtimisVines. This story was inspired by a feeling of the need for change and so I'm trying a whole different type of writing and story. I really hope you like it. Enjoy!

Chapter One

The Not So Sweet Escape

No one dared to get in Bella's way as she stormed down the hall. She was smaller than most of the women in the building, mostly because she wasn't wearing ridiculous six inch heels. Her long mahogany hair fell down to her back in waves, complementing her doe like chocolate brown eyes and pale skin. On her hip was a child no older than three years with the same large doe eyes, but hers were blue and sparkling. The child's hair was the same as her mother's and so was her skin. The child clung to her mother, not knowing what was about to happen, but was well aware that all was not well.

Bella didn't even bother to knock on the door of her husband's office. She knew well what she would find on the other side of the door. The moment the door burst open she heard the vulgar noise.

"Grace, cover your eyes." Bella whispered quickly in her daughter's ear.

Grace did what her mother told her and closed her eyes; she then let go of her mom and covered her ears.

Bella's grip on Grace was tight but she knew that her daughter would be the only thing to keep her from losing her sanity. When Bella could see her husband she almost growled, but decided not to as to not scare Grace. Lying on his desk was some red haired slut who probably spread her legs for any man with money. Of course when Bella saw her face she knew it was James's secretary. What disgusted Bella the most was that Bella worked here just like James and the secretary did, and James didn't even have the decency to have an affair in a different building.

James Martin owned Martin & Co., which was one the most powerful companies in the entire world. He inherited it when his father passed away not long after Bella had discovered that she was pregnant.

"Bella! What in the world are you doing in my office? It's not your break yet." James demanded as he pulled out of his secretary and made himself decent. "And why is Grace here? You know I don't like for her or any children to be here!"

Bella had to hold back her anger. Her husband just stood there with anger flaming in his narrow crystalline blue eyes. He looked like a demon with his pale skin and blonde hair pulled back into a ponytail. The veins in his neck and forehead were practically throbbing.

"You didn't even realize that I didn't come to work today. For your information while you were yet again having another slutty affair I was packing. I'm leaving James and I'm taking Grace with me."

"You're not allowed to leave!" James yelled and then stormed toward his wife.

"I can do what I want! You're barely my husband. I don't know how you run this business. I pay the bills! I buy the groceries! I shop for all the holidays and birthdays! I'm the one that deals with repairs on the house and cars! I've practically raised Grace on my own! The only shit you did was knock me up! You didn't even comfort your own mother when your father died from a heart attack! I did! I am so tired of this. You have affairs and you have them right in front of my face. I am so tired of coming home every day to find another woman in our bed! I'm fucking threw with this bullshit, James! I'm fucking threw!"

Grace buried her face into Bella's side. She was scared and she hated it when her parents fought. For her this was normal except she knew that her mother always ended up in tears. She didn't like it when her mother cried because it made her scared. Her mother was a hero to her and her safety blanket. She got upset when her mother was upset.

"Don't you talk to me like that! We're in my office for Heaven's sake, Bella! People can hear us! You're embarrassing me!"

"No!" Bella yelled as tears streamed down her face, causing her mascara to run. "You're embarrassing yourself! You're the one moaning like a wounded ox and raising all sorts of hell! I'm leaving you James! I quit my job! I quit our marriage! I quit having to put up with you! We use to be in love when we were younger. Look at us! You're thirty for Heaven's sake! You're acting like a spoiled child!"

James charged Bella as he raised his hand. The next thing Bella knew was that James was smacking her across her face, thoroughly leaving a red handprint on her cheek and knocking her off balance into the wall. She banged her head and Grace screamed.

"James! Stop it right now! You've gone too far!" The secretary screamed.

"Shut up, Victoria! You don't have the right to order me around!" James snarled, his nostrils flared and he clenched his fists as Bella slumped to the floor.

He towered over Bella and then crouched down to look at his daughter.

"Come on, Grace. Come with me." He held out his arms to his daughter and smiled.

The smile had meant to be deceivingly sweet, but it was twisted and terrifying.

"Noooooo!" Grace cried.

Bella suddenly regained her hold on the situation and moved to protect her daughter.

"It's ok, Gracie. Mommy is here. I'm here." Bella coaxed as she cradled Grace to her chest and turned to the side.

"Don't go, Mommy." Grace wailed as she clung to her mother.

"I'm not going anywhere, sweetheart. Wherever I go, you go, too. Just like always. I'm here, baby."

James was utterly shocked by this display of affection. He hadn't seen love in quite some time.

Bella stood, wincing as she rose. One arm secured Grace to her chest and with the help of the fingers on that hand she removed her wedding band and engagement ring from the other.

"I'll see you in court. Goodbye, James. Have a nice life."

She put the rings in his hand and curled his fingers closed. Then she walked out the door and out of his life, never looking back. He clutched the rings in his fist and his breathing picked up.

"Victoria, get me a scotch." His voice was calmer than before but shaky.

She didn't hesitate to comply with his demand. As she opened the mini fridge James staggered to his high backed, leather chair at his desk. He groaned as he caged his face in his hands. His stomach twisted and he shot his hand out, waiting for a glass to be put in it. Victoria put the glass of scotch in his hand and then put her hand on his shoulder.

"Everything is going to be ok, James." She murmured in an attempt to soothe the man that she so desperately loved, though he would never see her for more than a fuck buddy.

"Everything is not going to be ok!" James's voice cracked and Victoria knew that he was on the verge of tears and that she would be dismissed soon for he would never let her see him cry. "It's not going to be fucking ok!" He howled like a wounded coyote. "Please, Vicky, just leave for now. You can't see me like this." He choked the words out and it broke her heart. But she did what she asked.

She walked out the same door that Bella just had, only she looked over her shoulder and lingered as if she knew something awful or spectacular were about to happen.

Once they were on the road and Gracie had fallen asleep in her car seat in the backseat she instructed her car to call Rosalie. She loved all the features of her Ford Edge. The sound of the phone ringing only lasted a few seconds. She knew that she could use the speakerphone when Grace was asleep because Grace was a heavy sleeper and could sleep through almost anything.

"Bella! Hey, girl! What's up?" Rosalie's voice filled the car.

It made Bella smile to here her childhood friend's voice.

"Rosalie, I'm on the road and I have no idea where I'm going. Grace is asleep in the back seat and we don't have anywhere to go."

"Wait, I don't understand. Did James kick you out?"

"No, I left him. I finally left him, Rose! I feel so good right now. It's like this massive burden has been lifted off my shoulders!"

"Oh, Bella. I knew you would do what was best for you and Gracie. Why don't you drive your sexy little self to Seattle and come stay with Emmett and I until you figure out what t do with yourself?"

"I don't want to be a burden."

"You wouldn't be a burden at all. We love you."

"Thank you, Rose. You're my hero."

"No, you're mine, Bells. You still remember the way?"

"Yep. I'll see you in a well, it won't be until tomorrow. It's a long drive. We'll probably stop somewhere to stay the night. I love you, Rose. You're the best friend a girl could have. Oh and give Emmett a hug for me."

"Will do, Bells. I love you, too, girl. Give Gracie a big hug and kiss from me. Tell her Auntie Rose says, Hello."

"Bye, Rose."

"Bye, Bells."

Bella let out a sigh of Relief as she hung up. Everything was looking up from here. She had done what she was afraid to do. She could start a new life in Seattle and Gracie would be surrounded by people that love her. A smile tugged at the corners of her mouth as she looked out onto the road. She was moving forward again. She was finally moving forward.

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