Author's Note:

Here's something new for me, everybody! I am usually inclined to write funny things, but maybe due to the need to try something new or starting to feel the Halloween spirit, here is a dark take on what happens after Edward leaves in New Moon. It's my first scary story, please be gentle! I hope you like it!

Big thanks to two great friends! My wonderful BETA, Lindelle has helped my writing in so many ways. SnowWhiteDrifted a wonderful friend and author has also helped my writing become stronger. You can also see our joint wriing effort at our blog talksupe[dot]wordpress[dot]com.

Let me know how you like it! Also, pass it on if you have afriend who likes this type of story.

Disclaimer: This is purely for fun. All Twilight characters were created and are owned by Stephenie Meyer. I thank her for creating them, it's been fun giving them something new and creepy to do.

Chapter 1

Preface

This isn't how it was supposed to be. Forced. Does free will mean nothing to him? Of course not. It's always been about his wants. Did I ever want this? I am sure when I was younger that I craved for what was happening now. Sure, I complained about it, but that was just a flirting technique. He begged and I ate it up.

Not now though. I became a grown up and he stayed a disturbed Peter Pan. He never changed and now neither would I. Standing here in a tight and highly uncomfortable dress that a demented pixie chose for me, I stared up into my previous obsession's red eyes. Did I even truly still love him? Mostly after what had happened? The seventeen-year-old me screamed, "Of course, stupid! See how he still loves you!" Idiot. He smiled hugely at me, positively glowing, holding onto my hand. My other hand clutched the bouquet that was suffocating me with the smell of freesia. Enjoy it now, baby. I will make you regret it forever.

Six Days Prior - Bella POV

Angela and I took the Farmer's Market by storm. It was a chilly, overcast day, typical Seattle weather. We clutched our coffees tightly to warm our hands. Angela announced, "Bella! Let's get the salmon from over here!" I followed to her to the fish monger. Tonight was her big night with Ben, her boyfriend. We knew he was planning to propose, but Angela decided to help him a bit by making him a romantic dinner. I was helping to create the perfect recipe. She was always saying that having a best friend who was a fabulous chef could do wonders. She was always stroking my ego that way.

"Ang, just don't grab the first one," I explained. "You need to check the color and make sure it doesn't smell too fishy."

"I am not sticking that fish up my nose. Of course it smells fishy! It's a fish. Oh no," she began. She had noticed something behind me, and her mouth dropped open. She grabbed my arm and pulled me away from the fish monger. "I changed my mind. Beef's the way to go."

"What?" I turned to see why she was pulling me away. Oh. Like a moth to a flame, I felt a gravitational pull to the group that was walking towards us. I needed to be by them.

Angela pulled harder on me. "Come on. It's been years, Bella. You don't need this. You've been good. Don't be pulled back into this." Of course, Angela remembered when they left. Left me to be exact. How despondent I had become, suicidal even. That was years ago. Friends like Angela, and my best friend, Jake, pulled me out of it. Well, partly. I had to find strength and purpose in myself too. I could handle this. I wanted them to see my strength and that when they left me it didn't matter. People who are really your family don't leave you to suffer. I would show them that now.

"I'm alright. I can do this Angela. I want them, well him, to see that they didn't break me. I'm twenty-four now and in a stable relationship. He can't influence me like before. I moved out of my emo boy phase. I enjoy goofy guys who like to eat Chinese food with chopsticks and make a mess of it. It's okay." I squeezed her hand; I hoped I was right.

"They haven't changed at all," she whispered. Angela was, of course, correct. They hadn't changed and never would. Alice was all grinning and bouncing up to us, her dark short hair spiked up all over her head as excitable as the girl herself. Esme was still a vision wearing a cream colored suit, her auburn hair slightly curled around her shoulders. She gave a me a sweet smile, filled with what seemed like hope. I felt confused.

Then Edward strolled up. My breath hitched. He, of course, noticed and gave me that smile that constantly killed me. That beautiful face and wild bronze hair still haunted my dreams. As I grew older, he remained the perfect specimen he was when he left me that day years ago. His eyes, however, had changed. They were darker than before, and if my eyes weren't deceiving me, tinged with red. I looked at Esme and Alice, their eyes were still a light amber. Why was he different? I needed to stop being curious, that would only lead me into trouble.

Alice and Esme both enveloped me into a joint hug. Alice squealed, "I missed you so much! Oh Bella! I am so sorry! We're whole again with you. Please…" I think if Alice could cry, tears would have been flowing down her cheeks.

Esme pulled back and held onto my hand. I felt that if she had her way, she would never let go. "Always my daughter. Seeing you again, so beautiful and confident, I just…we need you Bella. I…I know things have changed, but…" Esme put her free hand onto my cheek.

He spoke then. Edward. "Mom, Alice, let her breathe. The two of you are suffocating her." The women let go of me. He moved closer and took my hand and brought it up to his lips. That electric current between us sizzled. "Hi, Bella. Still beautiful. I need to…I…you smell different."

"Well, I've grown up. Guess I shouldn't be surprised that I don't 'sing' to you anymore."

"You do. Not in the same way, I am pleased to say. If you could find it in your heart to…"

I pulled my hand away. "We're good. Don't worry about it. Time heals and all of that. We should probably be going, right Angela?"

Edward grabbed my hand again, holding it tighter this time. Esme said quickly, "Dinner tomorrow at our house? Please, Bella. Emmett would be so happy." Playing the Emmett card, that used to get me every time.

"Dinner isn't necessary. A visit is fine," I replied. Alice squealed with joy.

"I am so happy. You'll be my best friend again. I can win you back!" Alice shouted at an embarrassing decibel.

"Calm down, Alice. I'll be there. I'm not promising anything," I stated emotionlessly.

Esme smiled, "Seven, tomorrow night. We have a house at 82 Beacon Street."

"I am so happy you're coming, Bella," Edward replied, squeezing my hand. "I really need to talk to you and explain."

"Things have changed, Edward. I'm not the same. Just don't think I am coming over for you. You took them away from me and I missed them. They were my family, too."

He smiled sadly, "I know, love." I flinched as he continued, "I have so much to make up for."

"Seven, then," I said, pulling my hand away. "Goodbye. Come on Angela." We headed to a stall that contained floral arrangements. I didn't look back at them.

"Nice of them to say hi to me too," Angela said sarcastically.

"They're intense, Ang. That and a bit eccentric. Don't let it offend you."

"I've always liked them, but weird is an appropriate word too." She hesitated, then added, "Is this really a good idea, Bella? What about Jason?"

Those were two very good questions. It probably wasn't a good idea to go over there, and what should I say to Jason? I was already kicking myself for saying yes.

Six Days Prior - Edward POV

I was already bored. I wanted to stew in my room. Read tales of love lost and write poetry about the way her eyes used to dance for me. But no. These two wanted me to get out of my funk and rejoin the world Why they decided a Farmer's Market was beyond me. Esme was concentrating on fabrics for a new project and Alice was humming the new Eminem CD. Random choice, Alice. No answers from these two.

Alice interrupted my thoughts, "Red or white, Edward?"

"What?" I asked distractedly.

"Wine, silly." I then noticed we were at a stand featuring wine from a local vineyard.

"Why do we need that, it is just stup…" I began, then I smelled the most beautiful smell that I had ever encountered. Bella. I scanned the crowd, trying to block out all the voices in my head. Then I heard a voice from the past. Angela. I hope Ben likes salmon. Bella is so sure he'll love it, Angela was thinking.

Surprise! Alice thought.

"You knew about this? Esme?" I demanded.

"It's time to make it up to her, my son. She is and has always been a part of our family. You've been very destructive. Your father and I have noticed. The first step to healing is getting back with your love," Esme said solemnly.

"She'll never forgive me," I pouted. My love for her made me regress into a child.

Alice squeezed my hands. "I only see good things! Umm…did you bring a pair of sunglasses?"

"No. I didn't think…"

"Just don't let her look too closely. I know you want to gaze at her, but try not to. It should be fine." Alice said looking quietly into the future.

I heard her voice then, the beautiful sound invading my ears. "…doesn't smell too fishy." Bella said. It was like a symphony penetrating my ears. There was my Bella. So lovely, so grown up. The flannels and hoodies were gone, replaced by sexy black skirt, fitted blue v-neck sweater, tan tailored jacket and black boots that slinked their way up her lovely legs. A vision.

The three of us started quickly walking towards Bella and Angela at the fish stand. Angela noticed and began to pull Bella away. Oh fabulous. Edward Cullen. What the heck is he doing here? She doesn't need him to mess her up again. She was so destroyed. I need to get her out of here. Jason…Angela thought in rapid fire. Who's Jason? Concentrate. Angela was always such a good friend to Bella. Wait…she's pulling Bella away.I want to rip out Angela's throat.

Bella stopped Angela from pulling her away. My love! Could she still love me like I love her? I had to calm down. I had been too out of control. Esme squeezed my hand to center me. I would massacre the entire city block and kidnap Bella to keep her close. That was no way to get Bella to forgive me.

Alice's thoughts shouted, Cut it out! I want my friend back, too! Don't ruin this by being rash, Edward. We walked up to my dark-haired beauty and her officially annoying friend.

Alice and Esme both enveloped Bella into a joint hug. Alice squealed, "I missed you so much! Oh Bella! I am so sorry! We're whole again with you. Please…" I think if Alice could cry, tears would have been flowing down her cheeks. Shut up, Edward. I wish I could cry to show her my love, Alice thought.

Esme pulled back and held onto Bella's hand. "Always my daughter. Seeing you again. So beautiful and confident. I just…we need you Bella. I…I know things have changed, but…" Esme put her free hand onto Bella's cheek. I wished that it was mine.

I need to get her out of here! Angela's brain screamed. Watch it little girl, I am getting very close to ending you.

I spoke then. "Mom, Alice, let her breathe. The two of you are suffocating her." I moved closer and took her elegant hand and brought it up to my lips. That electric current between us was still there. Oh happy day! "Hi, Bella. Still beautiful. I need to…I…you smell different."

"Well, I've grown up. Guess I shouldn't be surprised that I don't 'sing' to you anymore." Bella wrinkled her button nose at me. She was still angry. Oh, to have her forgiveness.

"You do. Not in the same way, I am pleased to say. If you could find it in your heart to…" No. her smell had changed, her blood didn't sing anymore, it was her sex. I wanted to possess that forever.

Bella pulled her hand away, "We're good. Don't worry about it. Time heals and all of that. We should probably be going, right Angela?"

Thank goodness. Jason won't be happy about her seeing Edward. Angela's thought invaded my brain. I was not liking this. Not at all. Jason... What is he to Bella?

I grabbed her hand again, holding it tighter this time. Esme said quickly, "Dinner tomorrow at our house. Please, Bella. Emmett would be so happy." Playing the Emmett card, good one, Esme. Bella could never tell Emmett no. That used to make me furious, but not today.

"Dinner isn't necessary. A visit is fine," Bella replied. Alice squealed with joy. Yes! What should we all wear?

"I am so happy. You'll be my best friend again. I can win you back!" Alice shouted. Embarrassing.

"Calm down, Alice. I'll be there. I'm not promising anything," Bella stated flatly.

Oh great. This can't be good. I wonder if I can talk her out of it. Angela again. I will break her scrawny neck.

Esme smiled, "Seven, tomorrow night. We have a house at 82 Beacon Street."

"I am so happy you're coming, Bella," I replied, squeezing her hand, but wishing I was kissing it. "I really need to talk to you and explain."

"Things have changed, Edward. I'm not the same. Just don't think I am coming over for you. You took them away from me and I missed them. They were my family, too."

I smiled sadly, "I know, love," She flinched and looked away uncomfortably! What did I do to my sweet girl! I continued, "I have so much to make up for."

"Seven, then." Bella said, pulling her hand away. "Goodbye. Come on Angela." They headed to a stall that contained floral arrangements. She didn't look back at us.

I heard Angela mention Jason again. I might have to handle this "Angela problem". It was a shame, I used to be so fond of her. First, though, I needed to find out what I could about this Jason.

"No Edward. Don't you dare! Leave Angela alone!" Alice grabbed my arm roughly.

"Umm. Sure. Whatever, Alice," I said distractedly. Esme and Alice exchanged worried glances, but I didn't let them bother me. I was getting my girl back and if I had to destroy the entire population of Seattle to do it I would.