Chapter 22:


"You know it's not normal for brothers to be so in love with their sisters, right?" she questioned, narrowing her eyes slightly. I knew what she was doing. She was testing me. She was trying to figure out what kind of things would set me off or what kind of things made me happy. She was using her weird psychological skills on me, and it was working.

"I don't give a fuck." I snarled. "Isabella is the love of my life and nothing can tear us apart. Not you, not Carlisle, not Esme, not the police. No one. Understand?"

Ellie's eyes widened a bit before she smirked. "I understand."

Edward's Point Of View

"Edward Cullen," I heard someone say. I glanced up at whoever spoke and came eye to eye with blond-haired blue-eyed nurse that I had become somewhat familiar with throughout my stay. "You have a visitor."

I furrowed my eyebrows, confused as to who it would be, but I followed her anyways. No one had visited me here yet. After a month of living in this boring asylum with boring white walls and other patients who had either brutally slaughtered their families or claimed they could see the dead, I was finally going to get some contact with a normal living being.

I followed the young nurse, who's name I had learned was Tanya, out of my bedroom and down the eerie hallway to the living area. It was the place where us patients were able to hang out and watch TV or socialize. It was connected to the cafeteria, so we were able to go from there to lunch or dinner right away. There was a small red couch that sat in front of the television and a few lunch tables that looked like ones you would find in a school cafeteria.

Sitting at one of the lunch tables was a a familiar head of light brown hair. Tanya gave me a small smile and urged me forward. I walked towards the table and stood next to my visitor. When they felt my presence, they looked up.

"Edward!" my mother exclaimed, leaping up and pulling me into a hug. The familiar warmth radiating off of Esme's body was comforting, but I was hesitant to hug back. I hadn't had such close contact with a person in awhile and I wasn't sure what Esme thought of me.

"Hey mom," I greeted timidly, hugging her back quickly before pulling away and sitting down across from where she had been seated just moment ago. She sat down as well, her soft, caring eyes on me the whole time.

"How are you, sweetie?" she asked.

"I've been better." I told her honestly.

She nodded, "Right. I suppose. Being here must not be too fun, huh? But you know why you're here, don't you?"

"Yes," I said, trying to stay calm. I knew Esme didn't necessarily want me here. Surely she hated what I did to Isabella, as did I, but she was my mother and she was the most caring woman in the entire world. And while she agreed with everyone that I needed to be here, that didn't mean she had to like it.

"How is she?" I asked, knowing Esme would know exactly who I was talking about. And I was right. She gave me a gentle smile and said, "She's okay. She just woke up two days ago."

"Good," I nodded to myself, relief washing over me. I had heard she was unconscious and the guilt of that was killing me. I hated myself for putting Isabella in a coma. "Has she said anything.. about me?"

"No," Esme sighed. "she hasn't. And I have a feeling you won't be seeing her for awhile. But don't give up, alright? Because I know she'll come around eventually. She just needs some time."

"I know," I said, closing my eyes and running my fingers through my messy hair. There was a short silence between the two of us before I finally spoke again, not making eye contact with her. "Does everyone hate me now?"

"Oh, honey, no." Esme comforted. I felt her hand reach out and grab mine, holding it in her own. "They don't hate you. They're not particularly fond of you right now, but they don't hate you."

I knew Esme was lying. She may not hate me and Carlisle and Charlie might not, but I was sure that Alice, Rose, Emmett, and Jasper did. My mother was just trying to make me feel better about everything.

Instead of calling her out on it, though, I just gave her a small smile and she squeezed my hand, smiling back.

Alice's Point Of View

I sat across from Bella, watching her through narrowed eye. She was playing with the ends of her chocolate brown hair, trying to avoid eye contact with me.

"Bella," I spoke up finally, getting tired of the quietness in the room. Bella glanced up at me, her brown eyes filled with sadness.

"Hmm?" she asked.

"You can't avoid the subject forever." I told her. "We have to talk about it."

"What's there to talk about?"

"You're boyfriend slash half brother put you into a coma and you've just woken up two days ago? I think that's something that should be discussed." I noticed Bella wince slightly at my reminder, so I quickly mumbled a 'sorry.'

"It's fine," she said. "but Alice, I don't know why we have to talk about it. Edward fucked up. It happened and now he's gone. What more is there to say?"

I thought about it for a moment, "How do you feel about it?"

Bella snorted. "You sound like a therapist, Alice."

"So? Answer the question."

"I don't know," she sighed. "It just sucks."

"Why does it suck?"

"Because I love him. Because he's my brother. Because he promised me he would never do this again. Because he took away almost a month of my life. Because despite all of this, I still miss and love him." she choked out, and I could tell her eyes were watering up. She was on the verge of breaking down, but this time, she would have me and everyone else who cared about her to pick up the pieces.

I moved closer to her and wrapped my arms around her. She rested her head on my shoulder as small sobs escaped her mouth and shook her body.

"Shh," I whispered, rubbing her back. "it's okay, Bells. We're here now. You don't have to worry about Edward anymore."

Sorry its short! Also, I'm sorry it took so long. You all probably hate me lol.

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