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A special huge thank you to JaspersBella-Who gave the idea for this little story. I fluff you.
Thanks to IdreamofEddy who was the first to give us Peter and his knowing shit gift.
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If Hell existed, I don't think the deepest, darkest fiery pit would even come close to inflicting the pain I was in. It had hurt when James bit me, but this was that times infinity. Every inch of me felt like someone had peeled my skin off inch by inch and then dipped me in not only acid, but also alcohol before throwing a lit match on my body.
I wish I could say I wasn't aware through most of it, just like I'd been after Victoria had thrown me across the room, but that wasn't the case. As soon as the burn had started I was aware of everything. I heard Jasper talking to Edward. I felt every touch of his hands as he tried to make me as comfortable as possible in the backseat of my car. I felt every bit of worry he was feeling as well as every bit of anger toward Edward. I felt every bump in the road and every time it jarred me, I wanted to scream and never stop. But I couldn't scream. I couldn't worry Jasper more, couldn't put the burden of hearing my pain on top of having to feel it.
Time lost all meaning the more I burned, but other things started to become clearer. I could hear my heartbeat and what felt like my blood racing through my veins. It was like both were trying to outrun the venom. When I started to hear the tires as they rolled along the pavement under us, and each rev the car made, I knew I was close to coming out of it. But it scared me because I also knew that while I didn't know how much time had passed, it wasn't near enough to being three days. I thought something had gone wrong, that I was dying for real instead of dying to be with Jasper.
And then it all changed. Yes, the pain was still hanging on, but I could feel my toes and fingers. Then my legs and my arms. I could focus on Jasper and Edward fighting about my seat of all things, and then there was quiet and I knew I had made it.
My body coiled, sitting me up with barely a thought. My head hit the top of the car, denting it outward as I heard Edward's foot hit the brake and felt the car slide side to side briefly before stopping.
The growl that tore from my chest would have scared me if it had come from someone else, but it was the release I needed from being quiet so long.
I heard my name leave Jasper's lips, but I couldn't acknowledge him yet. Anger was taking over my body, directed at only one person, and I needed to deal with him first. My head whipped around, locking on his eyes; eyes that I used to want on me, but now I just wanted to dig out with my fingers.
"You," I hissed, before lunging through space between the two front seat. My hands closed around his throat; the force of my body colliding with his sending us backwards, breaking my door and causing us to tumble out onto the ground.
Rising to my feet with him still in my grip, I growled, "Where are his limbs?"
"In the trunk." Jasper whispered, bringing my eyes to him.
For a moment, I lost focus; his beauty and the mating bond stunning me into silence. The smile that graced his face as he felt the love I sent him, was more than I could handle and my fingers relaxed against Edward's throat.
He didn't go far though, and his attempt to move away from me was enough to bring me back to what I needed to do.
"Get them." I said. "I want him whole when I kill him."
"Love, please. Just calm down." he said, but I made sure he knew it was the wrong thing to say.
My fist connected with his jaw, sending him sliding across the dirt. Pushing off, I landed on top of him with one knee digging into his chest.
"You don't get to call me that ever again." I hissed.
"Okay, Lo-" he started only to change his mind when I growled. "-Bella. I won't call you that again."
"Good, now explain why you were stupid enough to come back." I said as Jasper dropped his arm and leg beside me. I picked up his arm and held it so he could see. "A good answer will get this back. Silence, will make it burn. Do you understand me?"
"Yes." he said, nodding and with fear in his eyes.
I waited for him to speak again, since this was now all on him. He hesitated only a he opened his mouth. "I wanted to protect you like I always have."
"I didn't need your kind of protecting." I said. "You almost got me killed more than once."
"I know. I'm sorry."
"Sorry, doesn't even begin to make it better. You kept me from my true mate. You let Alice stay alive so she could do the things you did, and you let Victoria near me and my father." I said, causing me to remember he was there when Victoria attacked me.
Turning my head and finding Jasper, I didn't even need to voice the question I wanted to ask.
"Charlie's fine. She didn't touch him." he said. "Tanya, Carmen, and Eleazar are watching over him."
I nodded and looked back to Edward, motioning for him to continue. "I just wanted to protect you. I swear."
"Is that true?" I asked, glancing back at Jasper.
When he nodded, I said, "FIne. You can have your arm."
I held it against his shoulder, smiling when he hissed in pain as it began to fuse back together.
But I made sure he knew that I still wasn't playing around. "Touch me and I will take them both off."
He nodded quickly, keeping both hands flat on the ground.
"Now, explain Victoria." I said. "That will get you your leg back."
"She wanted to kill you. I was trying to stop her before you knew she was there."
"You failed." I said.
"I know, and I'm so sorry. You should have never become like us."
"That was never your choice to make." I yelled, slamming my fist into the ground beside his head.
He flinched away, but I didn't care. I was done, but before I burned him I needed a little bit more information.
"Where are Alice and Maria?"
"Alice is with Maria?"
"LIke you didn't know." I hissed.
"I didn't. I swear, Bella." he said. "Why would she be with her?"
"Why do you think?" I asked.
He opened his mouth, but a devastated look crossed his face and his eyes left me, moving to over my shoulder before he could say anything.
"No," he cried after a moment. "It's not true."
Confusion set in until Jasper crouched down next to me and said, "It's true. They killed Carlisle, Esme, Phil, and Renee."
"No," he said again, shaking his head. "She wouldn't do that. It was a trick."
"It wasn't a trick, Edward. Carlisle and Esme are dead thanks to what you and Alice started." Jasper hissed.
"No, I don't believe it." he said before continuing to mutter. "It can't be true. No … I need to see for myself."
"They're dead." I said.
"No," he hissed, pushing me backwards.
It took me by enough surprise that I landed on my butt a few feet away, but before I could get up, he'd already grabbed his leg and was starting to fuse it back it on.
"I have to see." he kept saying over and over again, making me pause in attacking him.
I looked to Jasper, but he was staring down at Edward with a look I couldn't quite discern.
No one moved as Edward got to his feet, his eyes full of frantic pleading.
"Please, I need to know for sure. Please, just let me go see." he begged.
Jasper looked to me, a questioning look on his face.
"Please, Bella." Edward said again.
As much as I wanted him dead now, the love I once felt for him stayed my feet from moving toward him. I stared at him as he stared back, his eyes holding utter despair at what he and I both knew to be true. Him going to see for himself wouldn't change it, but at least it got him away from me.
"Fine," I finally said. "Go see, but when you realize what we already know don't come back. If I see you again, I swear I will burn you. There will be no begging for your life and I won't care if it's an accidental run-in. You will die and it will be as painful as I can make it."
He nodded and took a step back as I took one forward before moving quickly and coming to a stop in front him. I grabbed his hand to keep him from leaving just yet as I had one more thing to say.
"I hate you and I'm can vindictive."
He nodded, but before anything else could be said, I bit down into his wrist. His skin healed almost instantly when I released him, but a scar like the one on my own wrist was left behind.
"Now you have an ugly one like me." I said. "Use it as a reminder that you mean nothing anymore. That your life means nothing any longer and that you're on borrowed time."
He swallowed hard and then with one final nod he took off into the trees, hopefully never to be seen again.
I took in a deep breath, it wasn't needed but it seemed the right thing to do. As I exhaled Jasper put his hand on my shoulder, turning me until our arms were wrapped around each other.
"You are extraordinary." he whispered.
I chuckled quietly against his chest, and breathed him in: it was like coming home.
"How's the throat though?" he asked, and it was then that the fire and burn made itself known.
Looking up, I said, "I could eat."
He laughed as did the others standing around, who until now I hadn't a clue were there. However, before we could move, Peter and Charlotte came skidding to a stop on the other side of my car.
And in true Peter fashion, he said, "What did we miss?"
Well, how was it? Yes, I know a lot of you will be disappointed that she didn't kill Edward. However, trust me. I have a plan that doesn't involve him dying … yet anyway. *evil grin*
Until next time.