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It was dark. Everything was dark when I woke up. My shoulders were aching as my arms were chained above my head wrist over wrist. I was standing on my toes trying to alleviate some of the pressure on my arms, but I could barely touch the ground. Breathing was becoming difficult. I felt as if someone was sitting on my chest, and the weight was increasing with every breath I took. My head ached and my wrists burned. My hair was pulled back into a tight ponytail that was pulling at my scalp.
As I took a deep breath, I coughed. Dirt and dust was everywhere. When my coughing died down, I looked around trying to get a bearing on my surroundings. Any idea or concept as to where I was and how to get out of here. It was then I heard it. Moaning.
It was low and quiet, definitely a male. And he sounded as if he was in pain. Severe pain. Then I remember what she said. She had Emmett. Oh God.
"Em.." I whispered as tears came to my eyes. I didn't know how close she was or if she was even listening, but I knew I had to be quiet. If there was any hope of me getting out of here, I had to be quiet. But I wasn't going to let Emmett suffer.
"Emmett." I whispered again. The groaning got louder, as he heard me. I guess that was a good sign he hear. It was when he yelled that I realized he only got louder because the pain got worse. I immediately stepped forward trying to get him, but I couldn't help but cry out as the raw skin on my wrist hit the shackles.
"Well look whose awake." I heard from the far end of the room. I didn't have to question who that was. "I thought you would never wake up." She added.
"Please, let him go." I pleaded to the air. It was too dark to see her, but I knew she was near.
"I don't think you want me to do that, Bella." She whispered against my ear causing me to jump.
"I don't know what you want from me, but please just let him go." I begged trying to reason with her.
"Why would you want me to let him go? He the last person I think you want to be set free in this world." Now I was confused. What did she mean by that? Who is she talking about? "Why don't we open your eyes a little bit." She added before flipping a switch.
I had to close my eyes from the brightness of the light. But as I opened them, I looked at the body thirty feet in front of me, and gasped. He was to small to be Emmett, and his blond hair was a dead give away. This can't be happening.
The whole weekend was useless. The woman had a talent of evasion. We had been all over Canadian and northern west coast. But our efforts were futile. She always managed to lure us in, and and escape at the last minute. How? I have no idea. We had a mind reader and an empath on our side, but she out smarted us. Emmett McCarty out smarted by a woman. This is a day I want to forget.
When we were within miles of our house, I felt excitement build within me. I'm sure some of it was from Jasper, but the fact that I get to see Bella soon only added to feelings forced upon me. As the scent of our land assaulted my nostrils, I began to plan the best course of action to get me to Bella sooner. A shower was definitely in order. All four of us look like we rolled in dirt. And a hunt wasn't a bad idea either. Bella's blood didn't appeal to me, but I won't take a chance with her safety.
As we enter the house, Esme was the only one there to great us. Relief was written all over her face as her eyes scanned over each of her children and her husband looking for injuries only to find none. I'll never understand why Esme worries for our safety when we do things like this.
"Where is everyone else?" Jasper asked expectantly looking for his wife.
"They just dropped Bella off at home from the mall." She answered walking over to Carlisle and kissing his cheek.
They may not be my birth parents, but seeing them kiss still makes me uncomfortable. Wanting to leave before things get hot and heavy and I wanted gouge my eyes out, I ran upstairs to my bedroom to shower. As I walked in, Bella's scent hit me. Bella is going to have to sleep her more often. Her delicious scent was everywhere, and we are without a doubt christening that bed the first chance we get. I could feel myself getting hard at the though of my room smelling like Bella and her sweet arousal.
Shaking my head, trying to break that train of thought, I walked into the bathroom and turned on the shower. Unfortunately that didn't help. As soon as the warm water hit my freezing skin, I was reminded about that it felt like to be surrounded my Bella's warmth. I never thought that anything could feel as good as being inside Bella, but she always found ways to surprise me.
On it's own accord, my hand found it's way to my cock softly stroking it as thoughts of sex with Bella flooded my mind. Her moans. The blush that ran down her whole body as she came. Even the scent of her hair was bringing me closer to release. Taking a deep breath, I unlocked my grip on myself, and washed my body avoiding that sensitive area all together deciding to save it for Bella later. The real thing is so much fucking better than my fantasies.
As I dried myself off, I thought about anything and everything to get myself relaxed enough so I could put on jeans. Carlisle and Esme having sex did it. I carefully slipped on my pants and threw on a shirt, before running downstairs deciding to hunt an the way to Forks. As I made it to the first floor, I saw Edward, Jasper, Carlisle, and Esme sitting down waiting.
"They still haven't come back?" I asked.
"No, they should have been back by now." Carlisle said stating they obvious. The drive from here to Forks is only ten minutes, and with Rose driving it's three. Looking at my watch, I saw we had been home for 15 minutes. Something was wrong, and everyone knew it.
"Maybe they stopped at another store." I said trying to ease their discomfort. But I know it was useless. Nothing would be able to calm me down if Bella was missing. As Edward took a deep unnecessary breath, I felt my phone vibrate in my pocket. Pulling it out, Alice's face shown on the screen.
"Why is your wife calling me?" I asked Jasper who was immediately at my side. Hitting the talk button, I put the phone to my ear knowing everyone else could hear anyway.
"What's up?" I asked hesitantly. Alice should not be calling me right now.
"Emmett you have to get over her." She said sounding frazzled. Jasper tensed at the sound, and Carlisle, Esme, and Edwards were on their feet. "Bring everyone."
"Alice, wait where are you?"
"Forks. Bella's house." I instantly hung up the phone, and sprinted west towards Forks. I could hear everyone else right behind me as I led the way. The first thing I noticed when we arrived at Bella's house was that her bedroom window was shattered. And as I listen for her heartbeat, I heard nothing. Taking a deep breath trying to calm my anger, a familiar scent hit me.
"What the fuck happened?" I growled at both Alice and Rose who looked guilty. I inhaled one more time to make sure I was right. The nomad was here. That fucking bitch is dead.
"When we dropped her off everything was fine." Alice said shaking her head. "After I saw you coming home, I stopped looking into her future. I didn't think anything was going to happen in that time." I had to ball my fist to keep myself for ripping Alice's head off her god damn neck. Jasper feeling the anger I had towards his wife, put himself between the two of us. That was probably a good idea. Anyone was fair game to feel my wrath right now.
"Did you follow the trail?" Carlisle asked trying to sound diplomatic.
"Yea, it disappeared after a mile. She a car." Rose said looking at me. I could even bring myself to look back at her. For all I know she did this on purpose. She was never silent about the fact that she hated Bella and wanted her out of our lives. This could have been her chance.
"Stop it." Edward growled reading my mind. "How could you think that?"
"How could I not?" I yelled walking towards him. "Rose has made her point of view crystal fucking clear from the beginning."
"Things changed." He defended his wife.
"I don't give a shit." I said stepping to Edward. I'm the last person you want to piss off right now, I thought.
"Emmett I promise you I didn't know." Rose said quietly drawing my attention to her.
"Oh please. You couldn't have had that big of a change of heart. You're still a selfish bitch."
"Alright." Carlisle yelled. "This is getting us no where. We need to find Bella."
"What do you suggest?" Jasper asked rubbing Alice's shoulder.
"We follow the trail." I said running in the direction that that bitch had taken Bella. As I ran, I took in all my surrounding looking for any hint as to where she may be. In some ares Bella's scent was stronger than other, and when I looked down I noticed why. Mixed in with the leaves where drops of blood. I felt my anger rise, as I realized that Bella had been bleeding. That red headed slut will not be alive much longer. As we made it to a road, the trail stopped. Fuck they really got in a car.
"Did anyone get anything?" Carlisle asked and only silence answered. We had nothing. Bella has been missing for the last thirty minutes and we had nothing. I looked around at my families faces to see hopelessness in each one. We don't even know where to start.
Instantly, Alice went ridged and her eyes glazed over. We all watched her silently, hoping that her vision would give us a clue. Anything. As she came to Edward smiled.
"She slipped up. I think I know where Bella is."
"It always more painful towards the end." The red headed vampire whose name I had learned was Victoria said while circling James' body as he screamed blood murder. "The venom is reaching the heart."
You would think that be enjoying this. Watching the man that killed my parents suffer, but in actuality there was nothing enjoyable about this. No matter a person has done to you, you can't sit there and watch them physically suffer. It begins to hurt you. I begged her several time to put him out of his misery, she laughed every time.
"What do you want with me?" I finally asked the one question that has been on the tip of my tongue for the last few hours as Victoria tortured me.
"You still don't get it. You're not very bright." She said shaking her head. "You're my gift for him."
"What?" I asked confused.
"When he wakes up, he is going to be very thirsty and who better for his first meal than the woman who ruin his life." Chills ran up my spine and tears down my face as she spoke.
"I didn't do anything to him." I shook my head.
"Like mother like daughter. You always think you are innocent."
"What are you talking about?" Instantly she was in front of me yelling.
"You think I don't know. He told me everything after I broke him out of jail." She spat venom in my face as she spoke, and my bottom lip began to tremble trying to keep myself from hysterically crying. "He loved your mother enough to leave his home town, everyone he knows, to follow her dreams. Enough to work three jobs while she pursued an acting career. And then she leaves him for first man she meet who has money: PHIL! She packed her bags overnight and left him. After all he did for her!" More tears fell down my face as she tarnished my mother's image. She couldn't have done that. That can't be the whole story.
"She tried to say she left because he was crazy. She made him crazy." She continued backing away from me talking to her self. "She put to much pressure on him. She expected him to give her everything and not want anything in return. And like the good man he is, he tried. He really tried." She began pacing the room, until she finally stopped in front of me.
"She deserved every betting she got from him. She didn't appreciate the man she had. She drove him to the point of insanity." And there is was. The missing link in the entire story. James and my mother left Forks to get a life together, to follow my mother's dreams. But somewhere along the way, he began beating her, and when she had an out with my father, she took it.
"You didn't explain what that has to do with me?" I clarified hoping she would see the error in her logic. I don't know why I thought that. There was nothing logical or rational about her.
"When he saw you in Phoenix, he saw that 17 year old girl he fell in love with. You were his chance to get the life he always wanted. The chance to get the life he thinks he mess up. But you couldn't even give him that." Oh my god, there are both crazy.
"But it's ok. He has me now, and I'm going to make sure he gets everything he wants, including you." As she spoke, James yells got louder and his chest lifted off the ground.
"Any minute now." Victoria smiled at me. I had to get out of here, now. I began to struggle against my chains, but my legs were so weak from holding myself up they didn't have the strength to help. The room fell silent as James' screaming stopped. My heart increased to a rapid pace knowing that any minute now, he was going to be awake. Any minute now, I was going to be dead.
Instantly James was on his feet crouching, and growling. The sound emitting from his chest, were the thing of my nightmares.
"James, honey." Victoria cooed in a sickeningly sweet voice. "It's okay. You're safe remember." James tilted his head to the side, and instantly turned his head towards me. I froze. There was nothing I could do.
"See I got her for you, just like I promised." Victoria said, but James didn't listen. He rose to his feet, and slowly stalked towards me. My breathing hitched and my hands trembled. He was playing with me. He was a vampire, incredibly fast and strong. Yet it seemed like he was walking towards me in slow motion.
"You look even better with my new eyes." He said staring at me. His voice was deeper, smoother. He nose had straightened out. His red eyes boring into mine. Yes he looked more attractive, but also more menacing. As if that was necessary.
He reached he hand up and ran it over my cheek down to my collarbone inhaling deeply.
"You smell amazing." He said closing his eyes stepping forward. When he open them, I could see the hunger beneath his read orbs.
"Don't cry." He smiled wiping the tears off my cheeks. "It will only hurt for a little bit." His hand moved from my neck up to my chin pushing it up exposing my neck to him. By this point, I was crying audibly. I was too terrified to stay quiet. There was no point. I was already caught, chained like cattle. I wasn't going anywhere.
I felt his cool breath fan over the warm skin on my neck. I closed my eyes not wanting to see my own death. I flinched when I felt his nose breeze over the skin. It was nothing like when it Emmett did it. Emmett was soft and sweet. James was forceful.
"You have no idea how long I have dreamed of doing this." He whispered as he hands harshly ran up my sides to my arms.
"YOU CHAINED HER UP!" He yelled causing my whole body to tremble.
"I thought it would be more fun that way." Victoria answered.
"You thought wrong." James said into my neck as he grabbed the chain and crumbled it into his hands. I felt the dust fall into my hair as my arms fell and I slumped against the wall. But James didn't left me get far. He wrapped his arm around me, pulling me flush against his body. Continuing his ministrations, he ran his nose back and forth against my neck.
With each second that passed, his grip on my waist was getting tighter and tighter.
"Will you just kill her already?" Victoria yelled. James' movement immediately stopped and he pulled his head back.
"Give me one minute." He said to me stepping back. As soon as he released his grip, my body fell to the floor. My muscles were so worn out, I couldn't even stand. I looked up to see James walking towards Victoria.
"I think you've had enough play time." Victoria put her hand on her hips as she spoke.
"I think you're right." James said before grabbing her neck and ripping her head off her body. My eyes widened as I watched Victoria's red hair hit the floor, and her body collapse.
"I didn't plan on doing that so soon. I hoped she could teach me a few things before I killed her." James said turning back towards me. "But now we are finally alone."
"Are you going to kill me?" I asked looking at his feet as he stood infront of me.
"Why would I do that? I love you." I froze as the words passed his lips. From my place on the floor, I looked up at him. Please don't let that be true.
"Then let me go." I whispered.
"Now that I can't do." I hissed as he grabbed my sore arms and pulled me up to stand. "We belong together, and I am going to make sure that nothing gets inbetween that."
"Please let me go." I begged again.
"Don't be afraid. As soon as I have the control, I am going to turn you myself. Then we will be together forever. But for now, we have to leave. Because I am very thirsty."
"Please leave me here."
"I'm not going to hurt you. I'm just not letting you out of my sight. Just in case that asshole vampire you managed to get yourself involved with shows up. I'll have to deal with him soon." More tears fell from my eyes, as he spoke of hurting Emmett.
"It must admit. It hurt me to see you move on so quickly from me, but I understand. You thought I wasn't going to come back, but, as you will learn, I always find a way. Now we just have to get rid of the boyfriend."
"Please don't hurt him. I'll go with you if you just don't hurt him."
"You'll go with me either way." He shrugged, but then I felt his grip on my arms tighten. "Wait. Do you love him?" He growled. I didn't know how to answer this. Do I lie and not feel his wrath? But it seems my silence was answer enough, as I felt his hands squeeze my arms.
"Did you sleep with him?" My whole body began to tremble. I could form words. He already knew the answer.
"DAMN IT!" He yelled and I was instantly airborne as he pushed my away from him. The concrete of the of the floor breaking my fall as I fell on my back. If I thought breathing was difficult before, it was impossible now. The wind had been knocked out of me.
"How could you?" He yelled as I wheezed for air. Panic set in. I am going to suffocate to death. I closed my eyes trying to control my breathing. Knowing that if I just calmed down, the air would hit my lungs. But with James' yelling, it was impossible to find any state of calm. I began to get light headed, and as I opened my eyes spots appeared in my vision. I'm going to pass out.
A loud crash and growl sounded from the far end of the room, but was still trying to focus on breathing. I didn't want to see James terrorizing the building. Just as I felt myself beginning to calm down, a hand grabbed my arm and I flinched falling back into a state of panic.
"You have to calm down Bella." I heard. I open my eyes to see Carlisle and Alice kneeing next to me.
"I can't." I gasped.
"Yes you can. You have calm down." Carlisle raised my hand and placed it on his chest. "Concentrate on my breathing. Breath with me." I looked over at Alice who nodded her head.
"Bella you can do this." She said. I closed my eyes and focused on trying to breath with Carlisle. After a couple of ill-fated attempts, air finally hit my lungs.
"There you go. Keep breathing." Carlisle said.
"Where..Where..Where is he?" I asked in between deep breaths.
"Edward, Emmett, and Jasper took him out." Alice said pushing the hair out of my face. "You're safe now."
"Rosalie and Esme are taking care of the body. You don't have to worry about her anymore." I nodded my head.
"Okay." I was last thing I remember saying.
When I woke up, I was laying in a soft warm bed. Taking a deep breath, I knew I was in Emmett's room. I could smell him everywhere. I felt calmness surround me as I realized I was safe. Safe from James. Safe from Victoria. And safe from my past. As I went roll over onto my side to find Emmett, the stiffness in my back caused me to hiss.
"Careful." I heard Emmett's voice say as he rolled me back onto my back. "You bruised your back pretty badly." I looked over to see Emmett somber face as he sat in a chair beside the bed. He looked worn down and tired. His golden eyes stared back at me with nothing but guilt and remorse, and I wasn't going to have that. He was the reason I am alive right now. "Bella, I.."
"Stop." I whispered. "You did nothing wrong. You have no reason to apologize."
"Bella." He sighed. "This never should have happened."
"But it wasn't your fault. I would have been in this mess wether you were with me or not. I only got out of it because you are in my life." He shook his head.
"I should have been there. I shouldn't have left you alone."
"You can't follow me everywhere, Emmett."
"I promised I would protect you." He whispered to himself.
"And you did. He would have killed me."
"He never should have gotten his hands on you, and that is my fault."
"Fine. You can believe otherwise, but I don't want to hear it." I said giving up. "I really just want to pretend the last 24 hours never happened." Emmett huffed and nodded his head. I think he wanted to apologize and wallow in his self guilt until the end to time, but I didn't. For some reason, I felt at peace over what had just happened. I left Arizona hoping to close an awful chapter of my life. Only to come here to Fork and have it haunt me further.
But now, I can finally move on. My mother's past was not longer a mystery. James could no longer haunt my dreams or my life. And somehow through the mess of it all, I had found the most amazing man.
"Please lay down with me?" I asked scooting over on the bed. Emmett slowly stood and laid down next to me. I turned into his side, and he wrapped his cool arm around me, as I rested my head on his chest.
"I love you." I said wanting him to know that that had not changed.
"I love you too." He whispered before he kissed my hair.
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