Please note that I claim no characters as they all belong to Stephenie Meyer. I own NOTHING!
I heard the whispers of voices all around me. I wondered who they were, their voices sounded like music. I couldn't open my eyes. Slowly I forced my eyes open though and I saw a group of angels crowded around me. A tiny, black haired angel softly stroked my hair as I slipped back into the darkness….
I woke up dazed and confused as I watched Dr. Cullen writing something on a clipboard. He looked at me and smiled kindly.
"Well Bella, it looks like your gymnastics injuries finally caught up with you. Until we're sure you won't slip back into a coma again, we're going to keep you here so just lie back and relax. Do you remember what happened?"
I nodded my yes but I was still confused. All I did was fracture my wrist so they called an ambulance. Why did I slip into a coma? How long have I been out?
Dr. Cullen looked me over as I gasped when I saw all my bandages. Along with my wrist in a brace, my ribs were taped, my foot was broken and I had a myriad of cuts and bruises. I must have looked worried because he turned to me and patted me lightly on the shoulder.
"Do you remember anything after you were loaded on the ambulance?" he asked, probably curious as to why I kept looking at my broken body like I'd never seen it before.
I shook my head no and he nodded sympathetically.
"You were on the way to the hospital when the driver was broadsided by a drunk driver. Unfortunately, your gymnastics injuries contributed to your state now. Because you've hurt your body so much over the last few years from the sport your bones were weakened. Along with your foot and your ribs, you also sustained a major concussion and you were in a come for 4 days." He explained as my mouth dropped. 4 days? Holy crow!
"So what happens when I'm not gonna pass out again?" I whispered as my throat started hurting.
"You'll need to go and stay with a guardian. Alice mentioned that she didn't think you had any relatives nearby, is that true?" he asked as concern filled his sky blue eyes.
My throat hurt too much to reply so I just nodded my head. He nodded and left the room. I let my thoughts wander as I surveyed my surroundings. The hospital room was painted in a eggshell white with pale blue curtain and bed sheets. I wrinkled my nose as I took in the smell of antiseptic. Suddenly Alice came flitting in. Her big eyes were filled with worry as she came and stood next to me.
"Oh Bella! I'm so glad you're awake! I was worried but I knew you would wake up soon! Carlisle said you can come home with us when you're ready since you don't have a place to stay." She said in her little pixie like voice. Alice had been my best friend since I moved to Forks. That was 5 years ago and I was so relieved until now because it looked like my life was looking up. I was taking online courses for college, I was a level 8 elite gymnast, and I was free of Jacob. He used to be my best friend and we dated on and off for a few years. Then one night he demanded I come to a party with him even though he knew I hated parties. One minute we were dancing and the next minute he was cheating on me. The next morning when I refused to see him, he got angry and he hit me. Although my mother made sure I was safe, when she died from a stroke I decided to leave to live with my dad. Unbeknownst to me, when I arrived I heard that he had killed himself out of grief. So I moved into my dead father's house, and started to build a new life. I enrolled at Forks High for my senior year, got an old truck to drive, got a job at an outdoors store, and met Dr. Cullen when I broke my collarbone doing a double back flip. His daughter Alice helped me with my backpack at school and since then we've been thicker than blood. Along with Alice, I was friends with her sister Rosalie and her brother Edward. A knock at the door interrupted my thoughts though and I saw Jasper Whitlock, Emmett McCarty, Rosalie, and Edward somberly creep in. Jasper embraced Alice as she planted a kiss on his cheek. Emmett was still clutching Rosalie to him like a child holds a delicate flower. I could see that they were worried about me but grateful that Alice and Rosalie weren't hurt. The 2 boys had been dating Alice and Rose for over 3 years and they planned to have a double wedding someday. Meanwhile, Edward just looked at me as I stared curiously at him. I beckoned him with my good hand and he immediately came rushing over.
"Edward? Where's Tanya?" I asked him, referring to his long-time girlfriend who never seemed to be without him. He glanced at me strangely, and he cleared his throat uncomfortably.
"She's uhhh…busy with work but she ummm…sends her greetings and wanted to tell you to get better soon." He lied while looking at my hurt hand. I raised my eyebrows to press him more but Alice quickly intervened.
"Edward, can you please go get Rose and I a cup of coffee?" she asked sweetly as he turned to look at her suspiciously.
"You and Rose hate the hospital coffee." He stated blankly as I wondered what was wrong with him. He usually joked with her when she asked him to do something out of the ordinary.
"Yes but Rose looks exhausted and I've been here since the accident practically. Please Edward?" she tried begging with her famous pout that no one has ever been able to resist. He relented and then with one quick glance at me, he strode out of the room.
"What was that about Alice?" I asked as she grinned wickedly.
"He likes you Bella. The minute he heard you were hurt, he rushed over to the hospital and he truly hasn't left. The rest of us did but he stayed by your side the entire time. And the reason he was so awkward talking about Tanya was because they got in a huge fight over the phone when he skipped out on their 1 year anniversary to be here with you." She gushed as I turned a bright red.
"He doesn't like me like me. He's just being a good friend and besides you know he's in love with Tanya." The sad note in my voice slipped out accidentally but Rosalie caught onto it and she patted my head softly.
"Edward may not be smart all the time, but I don't think he's stupid enough to see that you are way better than Tanya. Besides, that fight really made him mad at her. He was practically growling when he told us that Tanya called you a dumb, fat, pig. He's never yelled at anyone and he yelled at her for that for the next 30 minutes! Edward…" she broke off as he entered the room with the 2 coffees. He set them down on a table and looked at Rosalie and Alice.
"Why did I hear my name?" he asked.
"Because I was telling Bella that if you didn't bring back some caffeine soon enough I was going to pass out." Alice cut in smoothly. He looked to me for conformation but just then my nurse came in with some medicine.
"Well, we better get going." Rosalie said as she and Alice pulled their boyfriends out of the room. I waved goodbye weakly as I groaned from the sudden pain.
"Are you alright?" Edward asked before the nurse could even open her mouth.
"Yes I'm fine. Just a little sore and my throat hurts from talking." I replied. He suddenly smiled brightly as he took my good hand in his.
"I'll get you some tea when you wake up. And then at my house, we have some good herbal tea that mom likes to drink sometimes." He promised as I smiled thinking of Esme Cullen. She was the sweetest mom on earth and she called me her daughter constantly. The nurse injected the meds into my IV and I started to get sleepy. I sighed happily and Edward chuckled.
"What's so funny, Ms. Swan?" he asked.
"I was just thinking of Esme's cookies…they're so yummy Edward…does she really add a pinch of love in them? Chocolate chip is my favorite…I love love. Love is…I love you Edward…"I trailed off sleepily as I drifted off again.