Disclaimer: Stephenie Meyer owns all characters. I'm just having my own fun with Emmett and Bella.

Chapter 8


I can't believe she would throw that guy in my face. He is the one who saved her; he is the one who changed her; he is the one who helped her protect my family while I was sitting around moping about fucking missing them. She really did have every right to move on, but it hurts so fucking much to see and hear about it. My love for her couldn't fade away with time, but I guess she didn't feel the same way. I couldn't stand here looking at her anymore; I just wanted to be alone for a while. I headed inside to tell my family I would be leaving for a few days. I was going to head to the ranch I bought in Montana a few years ago.

Before I was able to get more than two steps away I felt a warm little hand grab my arm. "No, Emmett no!" She whispered out so quietly I almost didn't hear her. Butterflies erupted in my stomach from her touch and I had to put my hands in my pockets to keep myself from reaching out and grabbing her.

"Mark saved me; he isn't more than my brother, my sire. He saved my life, killed the vampires that were torturing me, turned me, taught me everything about being a vampire, and became my brother and best friend. His mate is Melissa." She whispered out. "I have never stopped loving you Em. I have never stopped missing you, and I love you more than anything. But I am very confused right now. I want to be mad at you. I want to blame you. I want to hate you, but I don't. I love you so much Emmy."

He's not her mate! Fucking brother; I guess I would have protected either Rose or Alice much the same way. That also explains that blonde chick that was standing beside Bella. Maybe we still have a chance?

"I love you too baby, so fucking much." It came out as a whisper so low I was worried she might not have heard me. I turned slowly to face her and she let her hand drop that had been holding my arm. I immediately pulled her into my arms. She wrapped her little arms around me and fisted my shirt in her hands; holding onto me for dear life. I kissed the top of her head when she started crying again and rocked us back and forth until her cries quieted.

"I'm so sorry baby. I know you love me and I want you to be happy; even if you are happier with someone else." I said quietly into her hair.

"I could never be happy with anyone but you Em! I haven't even as much as looked at another man since I realized I loved you as a little girl. Please believe me when I say that there isn't anyone else but you." She all but begged me while starring at me with her large golden eyes.

"I know baby, I know. Shhhh." I started rocking us again until she had calmed back down.

"I'm sorry I snapped at you and that I upset you. It has been a crazy day and I just snapped at the mention of another man around you." I murmured and kissed her hair again.

She pulled back to look at me with fire in her eyes and firmly stated, "Emmett Dale McCarty I told you all those years ago that I would love you forever, and I damn well meant it!"

I couldn't help but smirk down and my beautiful wife. "God I have missed that sexy little smart-ass mouth of your baby." She beamed back up at me.

I looked down at her beautiful smile that I had missed so much. I could be having the worst of days and she could smile at me and everything would just wash away. Nothing could be bad in the world when she smiled at me like that.

While I was starring at her, her smile slowly faded and she bit her lower lip gently. It always drove me absolutely fucking crazy when she did that, and now isn't any different. I raised my hand up to cup her jaw and ran my thumb across her lip to free it from her teeth's assault. Her lips were even softer than I remembered and all I wanted was to feel them against my own lips.

We were both breathing heavily by this point and we hadn't even kissed yet.

"Emmett" Bella whispered.

I glanced up at her eyes to see that they were trained on my lips.

"Isabella" I all but groaned before I slowly leaned down to capture her lips. I wanted to give her the chance to turn away. The only move she made was to tilt her head further up and reach up on her tippy toes to meet me half way.

I slowly leaned down the rest of the way and very gently placed a soft sweet kiss on her lips. When I pulled away and opened my eyes she still had her eyes closed and had the sweetest content smile on her face.

I leaned my forehead against hers and her eyes slowly fluttered open. I caressed her cheek while she played with the hair at the nape of my neck.

"I love you" Bella whispered while looking into my eyes.

I smiled so wide that I thought it might split my face in two, and placed a kiss on the tip of her cute little nose before whispering "I love you too baby."

Bella pulled me to her and hugged me tightly. We stood together wrapped up in each other's arms for a few more minutes until I reluctantly pulled away enough to stand up.

"Before we can move forward I guess we need to talk about everything that's happened since the last time we saw each other huh?" Bella asked.

"Yeah, we need to talk. I will tell you anything and everything you want to know, but Bella I need you to do the same thing. Earlier you said that Mark killed the vampires that were torturing you; then he changed you. I need to know what happened to you baby." I told her matter-of-factly. I wasn't going to let her get away with not telling me and acting like nothing had happened to her.

She nodded slowly while looking at her hands and said "Okay, let's go inside and talk then."

"You want to talk about this in front of everyone?" I figured she would want to go somewhere private.

"Alice is the only person that really knows what happened. She might be able to help me get everything out, and if it gets to be too much she can take over." She muttered looking a little scared.

"Baby how does Alice know what happened to you and why is she the only one who knows? Didn't ya'll just meet? Don't Mark and Melissa know?" I was totally confused know.

"Well Alice saw it. She didn't know who I was, when it would happen, or where it would happen, but she saw it." Bella explained sounding almost as confused as I was now.

"Uhh…okay?" was my brilliant response to that.

"That in its self is a long story. We'll explain all of that later; I promise." Bella said and smiled sweetly at me before taking my hand and dragging me towards my house.

I think we were both nervous walking into the house. I know our families were curious about what the hell was going on. They left us outside to give us some privacy but let's be honest; they were all sitting inside totally quite trying to listen to everything being said between us.

As we walked through the door holding hands everyone was starring at us with wide curious eyes. Bella was clearly uncomfortable with everyone's questioning looks, so I decided to try and break the tension when she squeezed my hand and stepped into my side more. I released her hand and put my arm around her, pulling her to my side. Bella immediately wrapped her little arms around my waist tightly and curled into my body. Smiling I kissed the top of her head and hugged her close to me; wrapping her up in my arms.

"Well, my darling family, I would like to introduce you to my wife of eighty-one years Isabella Marie McCarty." I couldn't help but grin as I said it. I knew damn well that she had already been introduced to everyone in my family, but it was a good way to break the tension. Esme, Alice, Jasper, and Melissa all laughed quietly while Edward and Rose rolled their eyes at me. Carlisle just shook his head with a small smile on his face, and Mark was staring intently between Bella and me.

Bella slapped my chest, hard enough to kind of hurt to be completely honest, and rolled her eyes while saying, "I've already met them dumbass." She immediately squeezed me a little tighter and snuggled into me a little more. I couldn't help but hug her a little more to me and kiss her forehead.

Mark got up from his seat on the couch and walked over to us cautiously. He was watching us very intently; almost like he was waiting for us to do something.

As soon as he was in front of us Bella decided to break the awkward silence. "Em this is my brother Mark, Mark this is my husband Emmett. Em the blonde over there smiling like a loon is Melissa. She is Mark's mate and my sister." As soon as she had said Melissa's name she started waving at me like an excited child and smiled even wider. I couldn't help but chuckle a little and wave back.

"Mel you have issues." Bella said while laughing at her as well. Melissa just shrugged her shoulders and winked at me.

Mark looked me up and down a few times sizing me up, so I decided to do the same to him. He had much the same body type as Jasper; tall and lean, but he was more muscular than Jasper. He had a few scars too; I'm sure he was an amazing fighter.

I took a deep breath and looked from Mark to Melissa to my entire family, and finally to my beautiful wife. "I want to apologize for my behavior outside. I totally lost it and I am very sorry. Mark I want to say thank you for being willing to protect Bella. I'm glad she's had someone to watch out for her all this time." I said all the while looking Mark in the eye.

Bella scoffed and muttered, "Like I need anyone to protect me."

I pulled back from her and smirked before flexing my arms and saying "In case you haven't noticed baby I am huge!" My smirk became a grin when I saw her checking me out. I flexed my pecks a few times to make them bounce and wiggled my eyebrows when her eyes shot up to mine. That used to always make her laugh and she didn't disappoint this time. She rolled her eyes at me but couldn't help the little giggles that escaped.

I heard a few of my family members laugh quietly or remark about me acting like a child, but they mostly sat back and watched us interact.

Mark cleared his throat and brought Bella and I back to reality.

"Right, sorry. Where was I? So, as I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted," I playfully glared at Bella and she smiled sweetly at me.

I seriously turned back to Mark. "Thank you Mark, for everything you have done for my wife. Thank you for saving her, changing her, helping her into this life, and protecting her and our family when I wasn't there to do it myself. I will owe you for the rest of eternity. Thank you; you're a good man." I said; my voice heavy with emotion. I reached my hand out to offer a handshake; kind of as a peace offering as well as a thank you.

He searched my eyes for a second before reaching out and taking my hand in a firm shake and a nod of his head.

"She was right when she said she could take care of herself. It's just instinct to jump in front of the women you know." He said smiling and releasing my hand.

"But the honor was truly mine in being there for her." He said with such sincerity I couldn't doubt him for a second.

Then he got a mischievous smile on his face and glanced at Bella quickly before mock whispering, "Even though she is a major pain in the ass about 99.999% of the time!"

Before I could even laugh at his comment, because it is so true, he was suddenly on his knees on the floor ten feet from where he had been standing, and Bella was no longer in my arms. She was standing behind him with his arms pinned behind his back in what had to be an extremely painful position.

I watched wide eyed as she pulled his arms farther up his back and put more pressure on them; all the while he was grimacing in pain.

"What do you have to say now Mark?" She asked in a voice totally innocent of what she was doing.

"That you have lost your touch woman!" Mark gritted out between clenched teeth. Melissa started laughing at his comment while my family and I all watched on amused. Bella simply smiled and cranked his arms up another fraction on an inch.

When Mark only growled Bella looked up at Jasper with a smile on her face. I was totally lost as to why she would be looking at Jasper, and to be honest I didn't like it.

"What was he telling me to make you call me earlier Jasper?" Bella asked liked she really couldn't remember.

"Well darlin' he told you to make me call you daddy I believe." Jasper smirked right back at her. Everyone else started to laugh but I didn't think it was funny at all. A low growl rumbled in my chest while I glared at Jasper.

"Relax Emmett. Jasper just wanted to mock fight with her. She is the closest to his skill level he has been around in a while." Edward spoke up after hearing my thoughts, but that only made me angrier.

"You wanted to fight with her? What the fuck man! You could really hurt her Jasper!" I yelled at him.

Jasper's only reply was, "You know damn well I would never hurt a woman Emmett." Well that smart-ass comment and an eye roll.

In my peripheral vision I saw Bella shaking her head at us and I turned my attention back to her. Before I could say anything to her about fighting Jasper she continued to antagonize Mark.

"Now Mark; you, Melissa, and I all know that I am damn near angelic and you are the pain in the ass of the family. So I think you need to set the record straight and apologize for trying to run my good name through the dirt." She stated so matter-of-factly that even I almost believed her when I know for damn sure she is no angel.

He only growled back at her; which she returned with yanking his arms up higher. I was starting to get worried she was going to rip the damn things off.

"In addition to apologizing you need to tell everyone here who your daddy is. Don't ya think?" She smirked at him when he turned his head to glare at her.

"Fine you win woman! You are a fucking wolf in sheep's clothing, and you are my daddy. Now let me go before you rip my damn arms off! AGAIN!" Mark said in a low growl.

Her answering giggle sounded like heaven to me and I couldn't help but grin at her when she glanced in my direction.

She quickly let go of Mark's arms and he shot up and spun on her before she was more than a step away. She just beamed up at him and he quickly wrapped her up in a hug. It took everything in me not to start growling and go rip him away from her, but I held it together and let her have a moment with her brother. It was the least I could do for him, but damn it I didn't have to like it!

I heard Edward snicker so I glanced over at him. He smiled at me and mouthed I'm proud of you brother.

I smiled back at him showing my thanks.

Bella and Mark seemed to be having a conversation by just looking at one another. They stared into each other's eyes for a few seconds before Mark kissed her forehead and pushed her towards me.

Everyone was watching with large smiles on their faces, especially Mark and Melissa, while Bella skipped her way back over to me and leaned against my side while I wrapped my arms around her. This little thing just keeps surprising me. She just brought down a much larger and somewhat older vampire to his knees without batting an eyelash, and it seems it is a regular occurrence!

"Mark if the brothers could see you now!" Carlisle laughed. "You, a 500+ year old male vampire, being brought to your knees by a tiny, seventy-five year old female vampire; what would they say!" I don't think I had ever seen Carlisle laugh so hard before. He was bent over with his hands on his knees gasping for air.

"They wouldn't be all that surprised, trust me." Mark muttered.

"And why not?" I asked when Bella shot him a dirty look.

"Well that would be because Bella took out several of their guard members a few years ago, and that was after she ripped Aro's hand off for touching her without her permission. After she burned some of his guard she made him swear that he would ask permission before touching anyone ever again. She wouldn't give him his hand back otherwise!" Mark smirked at Bella while I stood speechless.

We had of course heard about someone taking off Aro's hand and killing some of his guard, but we hadn't heard it was a woman. I couldn't believe that it was my wife!

"Holy hell Bells! You're so bad-ass!" I shouted then grabbed her up and spun her around in circles. She just giggled and buried her head in my neck.

Having her in my arms safe and happy made me happier then I have been in over seventy-five years.

Look at that! Another chapter so soon! Haha one of my new jobs is super boring so I pretty much wrote all of this while sitting around being bored at work. Not to mention all of ya'll wonderful reviews really helped to motivate me! So please keep reviewing and I'll try to keep cranking out chapter sooner.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!