Disclaimer: They aren't mine.
Summary: Bella is attacked and tries to keep it from Edward. Tanya tattles to the Volturi, bringing them to Forks. More vampires arrive and find mates. Bella finally understands what it means to be mated and is providing good counsel to the humans that have also found love with a vampire.
Forks: Where Vampires go to Find their Mate
Why the hell am I so cold? Where the hell am I? I shifted and froze when I realize just how sore my body was. I look down to notice that I'm naked and alone in the woods. My clothes are scattered everywhere and I only hope that my cell phone is still among them. It takes me several minutes, but I manage to find my phone. I pull on my pants and a jacket; too sore to do anything else. The first phone call I make is to my dad.
"Dad?" I whisper; I have no voice.
"Bella! Where are you?"
"I don't know. All I can see are trees. I'm so cold and everything hurts. I think something bad happened to me because I'm covered in dirt, bruises and dried blood.." I started to cry.
"Dad, please come get me."
"Bella, don't go anywhere. I will find you."
"Ok. I'm going to call Carlisle. I know that I need to go to the hospital." The fact that I am admitting aloud that I need to go the very place I hate the most tells me that I'm hurt pretty badly. Normally, I would call Carlisle and ask him to treat me at his house.
"I'm on my way. Don't go anywhere."
"Bella, what do you remember from last night?"
"Jessica and Mike came over to drag me to some party where the rest of the gang was going to be at. I let them since Edward is camping with his family this weekend."
"Then why are you calling Carlisle if he's camping?"
"He's the only one I trust."
"Ok, I will stop by Newton's and find out where this party was. You stay put. I'll be there soon."
"Please hurry." I said and ended the call. I knew the next phone call would be more difficult. I started with a text message just in case Edward was in hearing distance.
-urgent. Need help. You alone?- As I knew he would, he called two minutes later.
"Bella, what's the matter?"
"You're completely alone?"
"You need to meet me at the hospital. I've been hurt and it's pretty bad. Please don't say anything to Edward."
"I'm on my way. I'll meet you there in an hour."
"My dad is looking for me. I don't know where I am."
"Oh dear God. You know he's going to rip me apart when he finds out, right?"
"I'll make sure you don't take any of the blame. I promise, but you have a harder job; keeping your thoughts away from him."
"I will. Bye Bella."
"Bye." I hung up and did my best to stay still since everything hurt so much. I figured at least I was warmer from putting on my jacket. I had to hold it away from my body because the material was irritating my stomach. I knew I had some scratches there, so I figured I would get a better look. I was horrified to discovered that the scratches weren't random. Someone had gone through the trouble to carve words into my skin; though from looking at it upside-down, I couldn't make out what those words were. This discovery bought a fresh round of tears to my eyes.
Some time later, I heard voices calling my name. I tried to answer back, but I wasn't able to yell back and I couldn't make a lot of noise because I was still weak. I did what I could, still calling out and shuffling leaves and twigs around to make some noise. Someone I didn't recognize found me.
"Bella?" I nodded. He turned his body and shouted for my dad.
"Charlie, I found her!" He turned back to me and moved closer. I instantly moved away and thankfully, he stopped in his tracks. He looked around and seemed to understand my distress. He stepped back away and held his hands up in defense.
"It's ok, Bella. My name is Sam. I won't come any closer." Just as he sat down, my dad found me. He rushed over and I was never so glad to see him as I was in that moment.
"Thank you Sam for helping me to search for my Bella."
"No problem, but you may want to take a look around." He advised.
"I hope you feel batter soon, Bella."
"Thank you for finding me." I whispered and clung to my dad. He nodded and called off the search party as he left us. My dad looked around and saw the clothes that I hadn't had the energy to pick up.
"Oh God, baby. Are you alright?"
"No." I whispered and clung tighter. He pulled a set of rubber gloves out of his pocket and picked up my shirt along with my bra, panties, socks and shoes. I was too scared and too tired to care that he was handling my underwear. He set the items on my lap and carried me to his car.
"Were you able to get through to Carlisle?" He asked me as he rushed me to the hospital with lights and sirens.
"Yes, he's going to meet us there and I made him promise not to tell Edward."
"Were you…naked when you woke up?"
"I talked to Mike and he said that the party was on First Beach. He said that he went looking for you when it was time to leave and was worried when he couldn't find you. He feels horrible for not calling because he assumed you went home with someone else or called me. He did admit to having a drink or two, but didn't remember seeing you with a drink in your hand."
"I'm trying to remember as much as I can. I talked to a few people and tried to get my own drinks and didn't use the cups. Someone carved words into my stomach, dad. Whoever did this has an issue with me and or Edward."
"Bella, how far have you gone with Edward?"
"Not that far. He's never even seen my stomach if that tells you anything."
"Has he ever touched you?" I knew that these questions were as difficult for him to ask as they were for me to answer.
"No, he's a gentleman and very old-fashioned. He keeps his hands in appropriate places. He's never even touched my butt." I flushed with embarrassment.
"Wow. I didn't think guys like that existed anymore. Esme and Carlisle did a good job raising that boy. He's earned a new level of respect in my eyes."
"I'm glad. I love him."
"I know you do baby. He loves you too." I smile, but it is quickly followed by a frown. What if he didn't want me after he finds out what happened? I already know he will find out, but what I don't know is how long I can keep it from him. I don't envy Carlisle; not one bit. It's well known that I am in fact the only one who can keep a secret from him. Charlie is the unknown variable here. I can't tell him not to even think about it without giving some sort of explanation.
"Can you do your best to avoid Edward? I don't want him to know about this yet. He's very intuitive; it's almost like he knows what you're thinking. So, if you do happen to run into him, don't even think about this whole thing, ok?"
"Sure baby. I'll do my best to stay away from him." We pulled up to the hospital a minute later and he carried me in. Carlisle was waiting for us and led Charlie to a private room. Charlie set me down and looked at me.
"I'll go get the paperwork started for your investigation. Call me when you're done with the examination." I nodded and we waited until the door was closed.
"Bella, what happened?" I grabbed my bra and put it on underneath my jacket. I had to show Carlisle my stomach, but he didn't need to see the rest of the goods without reason.
"A few kids from school came over to get me and drag me to a party at First Beach. I remember talking to a few people and drinking a few cans of soda, which I made sure to get for myself. After that, it gets fuzzy. I woke up naked in the woods ten minutes before I texted you. Everything hurts and there was dried blood all over my stomach and between my legs." I flushed a little at the last part; he is my boyfriend's father after all.
"I called you because you're the only one I trust to help me."
"Thank you, Bella. Let me give you a hospital gown and we will proceed with the exam." I watched him sniff my shirt, trying to pick up any scent other than my own. I knew he would tell me everything after the exam, so I didn't press him. He left the room for five minutes so I could get dressed. I left the panties off, knowing he would be down there, but I left my bra on for the time being. Carlisle came back in with a nurse behind him. The nurse wrote every injury down as Carlisle verbally documented it. I held my breath when he draped a sheet over my legs and the opened the gown.
"Bella, I will have to check for bruises on your breasts too." He seemed embarrassed that he had to say that. I was just embarrassed that he was going to see them before Edward. I reached underneath me and unclasped it, but he didn't force me to completely remove it. He noted a few small bruises and then allowed me to cover up. He gasped when he saw what had been carved into my skin.
"Oh, Bella. Did you happen to see what it was that was carved?" I shook my head. He whispered it to me and I gasped. He continued with the exam, which we both knew was the unpleasant part. He pulled out the stirrups and I covered my face with my hands. He noted several bruises along my legs and confirmed that I no longer owned my V-card.
"There is some tearing and bruising here. Whoever did this was very rough and did it more than once." I flinched when he swabbed the area.
"I'm sorry Bella, I'm trying to be as gentle as possible."
"I know. Thank you Dr. Cullen." He understood my need to emotionally separate myself; plus there was a nurse in the room and I had no idea if she knew that I was dating his son.
"Bella, I want to keep you here for a few days so we can re-hydrate you and limit your movement to give you a chance to heal a little faster."
"Ok. I'll call my dad when I get to my room." He covered me and took the notes from the nurse; signaling her to leave.
"I want to take a sample of you blood to test for drugs that may have been introduced to your system. I can smell a slight difference, but I need the paper to prove my theory. Also, I smelled your clothes; there were definitely scents on it in places where there shouldn't be any but yours, but I don't recognize either one. Would you mind if I allow Emmet and Jasper to sniff it too?"
"Not yet, I want to limit the number of people knowing. Can we seal it in a baggie? I know Edward will find out, I just want to keep it from him for as long as I can."
"I understand Bella. Edward won't be back until tomorrow night, but I know he was planning to go straight to your house."
"Crap. How am I going to get him to not come over? I've already told my dad to do his best to avoid Edward. I told him not to even think about this because Edward is so intuitive that it's like he can read your mind." Carlisle smiled, as though he were impressed with my truthful lie.
"I can tell my dad to not be around tomorrow evening, but I know he's going to flip when he figures out that I'm not there. I'm sure he'll go into my room and the scent will tell him that I haven't been there much all weekend." I spoke quietly, knowing that I could be heard anyway. I didn't want to arouse the suspicion just in case anyone walked in on our chat.
"You're right. We could tell him that you're here for some tests."
"He would want to know what happened that I suddenly needed to be hospitalized and needing tests done for. I could say something about my mom getting sick and I had to go take care of her. That could buy me a week or so. I just couldn't stay at home in case he came around to be in my room, to keep my scent fresh in his mind."
"That could work. We could put you up in a hotel. Esme, Charlie and I could come and be with you. Is it alright if I recruit Esme? I should have asked you first, but I figured you would allow it in case you needed any feminine assistance."
"Yes, that's fine. My tests should be back by then, right?"
"I'll put a rush on them." With that being said, he proceeded to pull a few vials of blood from me. He gently pat my knee and left me there. Ten minutes later, two nurses wheeled me to my room and helped me get situated. I called my dad and he arrived a few minutes later.
"Hey, I haven't remembered anything else that happened at the party."
"That's ok, I'll be talking to your friends."
"No, not yet. I don't want rumors floating around that school. It will just destroy the whole Edward can't know campaign that I'm promoting right now. I talked to Carlisle. The official story is that mom got sick and I went to help take care of her. In the mean time, I will be staying in a hotel for the week while you, Carlisle and Esme help me get better."
"Why would you need to stay in a hotel?"
"Can I tell you the truth without you overreacting?"
"Edward likes to come into my room at night and hold me while we sleep. That's all we do though. He kisses me for a bit and then we curl up and fall asleep."
"I'm going to have to cut that tree down."
"No, Dad please don't. I told you, we're both virgins. I just sleep better in his arms. I figured this out from too many visits to his house and falling asleep during the movie that we were watching. Just ask Carlisle; it's completely innocent."
"Alright, but from now on, let's keep the overnight visits announced and no more than twice a week; either here or at his house."
"Thank you Dad. I have to talk to you about last night." I turned serious and he went back into cop mode.
"Just be my dad. I'm not talking to the police right now, especially since I've already told them what I remember." I smirked and he relaxed a little.
"I'm sure Carlisle will be talking to you too, but my entire body is covered in bruises and whoever did this was not gentle, nor was it a one time incident." He gasped as my words sunk in.
"He said that there is tearing and severe bruising that will take a while to heal. He also told me what was carved into my stomach." I wrote it down because I couldn't manage to say the words without crying. He sat next to me on the bed and just held me. I let him because my dad makes me feel safe.
"You know that's not true, right baby?"
"I wanted to do that with Edward. We wanted it to be special. What if he doesn't want me when he finds out?"
"Is that why we're not telling him right away?" I nodded.
"Well Bella, if he finds out and walks away, then he's not the guy I thought he was. If he truly loves you, he will stick by your side, no matter what."
"Thank you Dad. I will call him in a few days. I don't know that I will tell him, but I will tell him something happened and ask him to be patient with me until I can tell him."
"Good girl. Get some rest and I will go find Carlisle." I nodded. He was almost to the door when I called to him.
"Could you put on of your flannel shirts on my bed? I want to take it to the hotel and sleep in it."
"Sure baby, no problem." I pulled out my phone and saw that I had missed a text message from Edward.
-I miss you- I smiled through my tears and wrote back.
-I miss you too. Bag a mountain lion for me. Xoxo- He must have been relaxing because he wrote back immediately.
-too easy drill sergeant. Too easy- I laughed, even though it hurt.
-want a challenge?- I sent to him
-sure. What happens if I win?-
-what do you want?-
-depends on the challenge. Big risks get big rewards- he was right. I would be taking a big risk when I talked to him next. I might as well see what he says about my challenge.
-reward based on results. Game?-
-be friends with Mike Newton. See if he would want to do a threesome with us.-
-! We have to be doing a twosome before we do a threesome, Bella-
-are you not accepting the challenge?- I fired back.
-not sure yet. How long do I have?-
-one week. We could make virginity cool again- I felt sad after sending that.
-it's not something I want to broadcast. I'm already ridiculed enough at home.-
-ahh yes, but at home, you're the 108 yr old virgin. At school, you're still 17.-
-true. Will you be helping me on this challenge?-
-no, I won't even be in school- I flinched. The phone rang immediately.
"Why won't you be at school?"
"I'm going to Florida to take care of my mom. She's sick and Phil is in the middle of baseball season and traveling. I'll be gone all week." I only verbalized the cover story so that if he had happened to pick it out of anyone's brain, it would hopefully seem authentic and he wouldn't question it.
"When are you leaving?"
"Sadly enough, I'll be gone before you get back."
"Why are you crying?" He asked.
"I'll miss you. I love you; only you."
"I love you too. Bella, are you alright?"
"Not at the moment, but I will be when we are together again." It was the truth at least. I had to change the subject before he figured out I was lying about my travel plans.
"Are you going to accept the challenge?"
"I don't know yet. It seems kind of mean and as much as I don't like Newton, I wouldn't want to raise his hopes up of being with you only to crush them. I just know how I would feel if I were him. Having you dangled in front of me, tempting me, and then pulling it all away. It could scar him for life and make him resentful."
"You're right. Challenge rescinded. I'll think of something else that won't hurt anyone's feelings."
"I'm sure you can. I'll be waiting to hear it." I saw Carlisle enter the room and I held up a finger to my lips.
"Go back to your family and I will call you in a few days. I love you."
"I love you too. I'll wait for your call. Bye, love."
"Bye." I ended the call just as a tear escaped, which I swiped at angrily. Carlisle sat on the end of my bed.
"I spoke with your dad, but it seems as though you've done most of my job for me." I smiled softly.
"You're going to tell Edward?"
"I told him I was leaving before he would get back so I could take care of my mom. I told him I would call in a few days. When I do, I think that I will tell him that something happened and ask him to be patient with me until I'm ready to tell him the truth. My dad said that if he truly loves me, then he will stay by my side no matter what. I also told him that Edward comes to my room at night and he holds me while we sleep."
"Yes, he asked me about that. I did tell him that you frequently fall asleep during movies and Edward sometimes joins you. I'm surprised that he's allowing your sleepovers to continue."
"I'm sure he only said that because I told him how innocent our relationship is."
"Innocent is the best way to describe it. I'm proud of you Bella. It takes a great deal of courage to do what you're doing."
"Well, I figured if I can survive being chased to Phoenix, being bitten, and hanging out with seven vampires on a regular basis, then this was nothing." He chuckled with me.
"Good point. I'll let you get some rest and as soon as I know something officially, I will come find you." I nodded and pulled the covers up.
"Will you stay with me while I sleep or until my dad gets back?"
"Sure. I'll be right back. Let me grab a book from my office." I stayed awake until he came back and fell asleep quickly after that.
A/N: So, what do you think? Any idea what the words are or who is behind the attack? Reviews are wanted and appreciated. Have a great day! Kelly