Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight or any of its characters, enough said.
A/N: Hey Everybody! Sorry for taking so long with this story, but I hope it's worth the wait! Story is going to be a bit AU. It takes place after the Newborn incident, but Edward hasn't asked Bella to marry him yet, so no wedding plans. Also, everything is in Bella's POV unless stated otherwise.
Warning: Contains non-sexual spanking. Don't like, don't read, don't flame.
Summary: It's after the Newborn army incident and Bella's nightmares are getting worse than ever. They cause her to make a rash decision forcing Carlisle to step in.
Nightmares: those horrid dreams that make you wake up in the middle of the night in a panic. I've been having them for weeks, and as such have had little sleep. I convinced Edward to go on a hunt with his brothers, to get him away from his constant worrying about me. I hoped that with him gone I'd be able to get over these stupid dreams. Well, I can tell you now that it didn't work. In fact, things just went downhill until I almost ended up in a deadly car accident. Now I have to deal with my overprotective vampire father who won't let me out of his sight… wonderful.
Chapter 1: I Am Fine!
"Bella! Bella wake up!" someone frantically whispered into my ear causing me to open my eyes with a start. I froze when I felt arms around me, but relaxed once I realized they belonged to Edward. "You were having another nightmare" he explained miserably, while looking at me with concern.
I nodded my head at him before looking away from his worried eyes. Of course I know I had a nightmare, I thought irritably. I've only been having them every night since the newborn fiasco. I shuddered, causing Edward to pull my blanket closer around me.
"Bella, please talk to me" he pleaded. "These nightmares have been going on for weeks and you haven't had a decent night's sleep since then. What are they"- I cut him off by putting my finger on his lips.
"Stop Edward", I commanded. "It's nothing for you to worry about. They're just stupid nightmares and t-they're getting better. I'm pretty sure I'm getting over them" I explained to him, not quite meeting his gaze.
Edward sighed before replying, "You're a horrible liar Bella and how can I not worry about you? Whatever you're dreaming about its causing you pain and whatever hurts you, hurts me too. If you don't want to talk to me about them then maybe you should talk to Dad or Mom".
I emphatically shook my head at him. There was no way I was involving them. "No way Edward and you better not tell them", I hissed at him. "This is my problem and I will deal with it on my own. Honestly, you're making a big deal out of nothing. I am fine, so stop worrying so much".
Edward shook his head at me sadly before pinching the bridge of his nose in frustration. "You are being utterly ridiculous Bella! I am only trying to help you. Why won't you let me?" he asked frustrated.
It was my turn to sigh. We had been having this argument for the past two weeks and my answer wasn't going to change. "I know you only want to help me Edward, but I don't need your help."
"Yes you do!" he whispered emphatically. "You need someone to help you, and if not me, then maybe Dad or Alice, or hell, even Jacob! If you won't talk to me then at least talk to somebody!"
I stared at him in surprise and guilt. He must be really worried about me if he's suggesting I speak with Jacob. I laid my head on his chest and closed my eyes, effectively ending the conversation. Edward sighed before wrapping his arms around me more securely and planting a kiss on my head.
I hoped I wouldn't fall asleep because I couldn't stand the thought of another nightmare. Ever since the incident with the newborns and Victoria, my nightmares had gotten worse. Every time I closed my eyes I would see someone I loved getting hurt or killed by either the Volturi or Victoria. More often than not, it was the Volturi since I saw them as the bigger threat and since Victoria was already dead. My dreams did not only involve my vampire family either, they now included the wolves as well. Less often, they included Charlie and Renee. The nightmares were so vivid that my entire mind was filled with visions of my family and friends being killed and it all being my fault.
Too much had already been my fault, I thought sadly. My mere existence seems to be a danger to everyone. James, Victoria, the newborn army, the Volturi; they were all after me, the Danger Magnet. And by default, that meant they were also a danger to my human, vampire, and werewolf families. I sighed internally.
I didn't want to tell Edward or anyone else because they would just worry needlessly. They can't fix what goes on in my head. Anyhow, I should be able to handle a few bad dreams without someone having to come to my rescue. I already was the weakest link, and I wanted to prove that I didn't always need to be rescued; that I was capable of taking care of myself.
I have to admit though, I was also worried about sharing these dreams with Edward in case he thought I couldn't handle the vampire life, and as such, decide not to turn me. I know he told me he would, but Edward had made promises before and had broken them. If he felt he had a good enough reason, he wouldn't listen to reason, so I wasn't going to give him any fuel.
Another part of me was embarrassed. I'm 18 and I'm freaking out about nightmares like a 5 year-old who thinks the boogeyman is hiding under their bed. If the others found out, they would just look at me with pity, and I didn't want that. I didn't want them to think I was weak, or a coward. I didn't want to be seen a poor little Bella who had to be babied and sheltered because the real world was too scary.
Too tired to stay awake anymore, I slowly drifted off to sleep to the sound of Edward humming my lullaby.
I slowly woke up to the sounds of a heated argument.
"Come on Eddy boy! We've had this hunting trip planned for ages!" Emmett exclaimed. "The women are in Paris, so let's boogey and have some fun of our own!"
"I already told you I'm not going! Bella needs"- Edward hissed before being cut off by Jasper.
"Bella can survive without you for a week Edward. She's a big girl. Besides Dad will be here to keep an eye on her, so quit worrying so much", Jasper said in a soothing voice.
Edward growled at him, making me think Jasper must have been using his ability to coax Edward.
I finally decided to open my eyes and sit up."Y-you really sh-should go Edward", I said tiredly, while stifling a yawn.
Emmett gave me a huge smile before coming up to me and pulling me into one of his famous bear hugs. "Good morning my favorite human!" he joyously exclaimed.
"Can't breathe Emmett", I choked out.
"Sorry Bells", he said while releasing me and giving me a sheepish smile.
"Good morning Emmett", I said before turning to Jasper and Edward and wishing them a good morning.
Jasper gave me a smile and nod before wishing me a good morning. Edward looked me over concernedly before pulling me into a hug and breathing in my scent. "I'm sorry we woke you Bella", he whispered to me softly.
"I'm fine Edward", I mumbled quietly to him. "And really, why didn't you tell me you had a hunting trip planned with Emmett and Jasper? I think it's a great idea!" I told him. It really was a great idea, I thought. It would get Edward away from constantly worrying about me, and would give me some time to get over these stupid nightmares.
"See!" Emmett burst out. "Even Bella agrees that you should go! Come on Edward!" Emmett pleaded with a puppy-dog face.
Edward just snorted before replying, "You know that face doesn't work on me Em, I'm not Mom".
Jasper then stepped in and said authoritatively, "We are not givin' you a choice little brother. You're comin' with us and that's that!"
Edward responded with a glare. "You can't make me go if I don't want to" he growled out, looking ready for a fight.
"Oh yeah? Wanna bet?" Emmett said while flexing his muscles.
"Oh my god you guys, stop it! You're being ridiculous!" I shouted at them, while getting in between them. "Really, this isn't something to fight over. Besides, you know what Dad would do to you if he found out you were fighting, especially over such a stupid reason", I warned them.
Their postures immediately all became relaxed and they gave me and each other sheepish smiles. "Sorry Bella, you're right", Jasper conceded. "But you're still comin' with us Edward whether you like it or not".
I turned to Edward, who looked at me while shaking his head. "Come on Edward, I promise you I'll be fine. Go have some fun with your brothers," I urged him. He continued to stare me down before taking a breath and nodding his head. When I sighed in relief, he held up a finger and said, "I'll go, but only if you promise me something first Bella".
I looked at him cautiously, having a feeling that I wasn't going to enjoy the promise. "Ok, what do you want me to promise" I asked.
Edward walked up to me and pulled me into his arms while looking me in the eyes. "I promise to go on this hunting trip and have fun if you promise to talk to someone about your problem" he said softly.
"Problem? What problem?" Emmett asked, but Jasper shushed him.
I sighed, knowing he was going to ask something like this. "I promise I will talk to somebody if the problem doesn't go away" I told him. I was planning on fixing this nightmare problem before he got back, so I shouldn't have to go through with the promise, I thought confidently.
Edward looked me in the eyes to gauge my sincerity before giving me a brilliant smile and pulling me into a kiss.
"Eww!" I heard Emmett say. "Get a room you guys!"
We pulled apart laughing and I looked at Emmett with a raised eyebrow. "We do have a room Em, you're standing in it," I told him breathlessly.
Emmett just rolled his eyes at me before turning excitedly towards Edward. "So this means you're going?" he asked.
"Yeah, Em, I'm going" Edward responded with a smile.
"Excellent" Jasper said "then let's head back home so you can grab some stuff before we head out".
"You're leaving already?" I asked.
Jasper looked at me and I felt waves of contentment come though me, calming my nerves. "Yes. You'll be fine Bella, won't you?" he asked, suddenly gazing at me in concern.
I saw Edward's concerned gaze and plastered a smile on my face. "Of course I'll be fine, you guys. I'll just miss you all!" I told them.
Emmett puffed out his chest and said pompously, "Well of course you'll miss me Bella! Who wouldn't?" Smack!
"Ow!" Emmett exclaimed rubbing the back of his head. "You're no fun Eddy, don't know why we're bringing you along" he said before sticking his tongue out at him. I laughed. My brother is such a buffoon.
"Come on Em" Jasper said. "Let's give the lovebirds some private time to say goodbye. "Later Bella!" Jasper said before jumping out my window.
"Bye Clumsy- I mean Bellsy!" Emmett crowed before turning to Edward. "If you're not home in 20 minutes, I'm coming after you" he threatened Edward before jumping out.
Edward just shook his head and rolled his eyes before pulling me into his arms. "Are you absolutely sure you're OK with me going Bella?" he asked.
"Yes", I told him. "Now quit using me as an excuse to stay home. What I told Jasper was the truth. I'll miss you, but it's fine. You'll be back in a week, so no big deal".
"I'll miss you too Bella" he said to me before pulling me into a deep kiss… and pulling away too soon.
I groaned in frustration. "Have fun with the guys, and please don't worry about me. If the nightmares don't stop I'll talk to somebody" I promised him.
Edward placed a kiss on my forehead. "Dad is going to be home, so go spend some time with him so you're not all alone here."
"I'm not going to be alone," I responded. "Charlie lives here too, you know". Edward just gave me a look to which I just nodded. Yeah, Charlie living here didn't mean he was here often. He was always busy with work, and since our TV broke he's been spending more and more time at Billy's watching sport games and fishing. Why he didn't just buy a new TV was lost on me.
"Yeah, I'd love to spend some time with Dad anyways", I told him. I did enjoy my time with him, so I probably would visit. However, I would avoid spending the night because I didn't want him to discover my nightmares.
"You look exhausted Bella", Edward told me softly. "You don't have anything to do today, so why don't you just go back to sleep" he persuaded me.
Too tired to argue, I just nodded to him and got back into bed. He lay with me for a few minutes brushing strands of hair out of my face before placing a few light kisses on my lips and neck. "Sleep well my Bella, and please take care of yourself".
"I will" I responded. "Now you better go before Em decides to come back for you" I teased him.
Edward chuckled softly before softly caressing my face. "I love you" he told me. "I love you too", I responded. Edward gave me one last crooked smile before jumping out the window.
A/N: So I have to say that Edward is OOC. I really don't think he would have left Bella, but for the story to go my way, he has to go. So, let's just say Bella is better at deceiving him than usual. And if you're wondering about the girls, they're on a shopping trip in Paris. Bella refused point blank to go, so they didn't take her along, although Alice did try to kidnap her… Anyways, hope you enjoyed and PLEASE REVIEW!