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SO SO SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG.
WARNING: Tissues may be needed
This wasn't betaed so mistakes are mine.
I glanced up from where I'd dropped my head in my hands to find Carlisle standing in the doorway.
"Yeah?" I asked.
"I spoke with Esme. She said Bella was fine and they were all watching movies. She said if you wanted them to stay with her tonight, they will."
"Thanks, but no. I need to tell her about Renee." I said.
Carlisle sighed and came over, sitting down across from me. He didn't speak for a moment, but then asked, "Do you think that's wise right now?"
"I don't know, Carlisle. However, I can't keep it from indefinitely and I think she needs to know that Phil is dead as well. That way she doesn't have to worry about him coming after her one day."
"You can't tell her the truth, not yet anyway."
"I know." I said. "I just...I can't keep this from her. She's gone so long thinking Renee just left her with him. She needs to know that that isn't the case."
"Then you need to come up with a story," Jasper's voice sounded from behind me.
I glanced over my shoulder and found him standing in the doorway of the garage. His clothes were torn and dirty, but his eyes were back to the gold they usually were.
I nodded and he moved further in the room before he said, "I need to shower. Think on it and whatever you decide is what she'll be told."
"Alright," I said as he walked out of the room.
I looked back to Carlisle and he gave me a smile. "I'll call Esme and let her know you'll be there soon."
"Actually, can you see if she and the girls will bring Bella here? Just in case the news causes her to need you." I said, not admitting out loud that I needed their support too.
"Of course, Charlie." Carlisle said, standing up only to stop and look back at me. "However, you might want to shower first yourself."
I glanced down and found that I did indeed need a shower. Bella didn't need to see the evidence of my walk through the woods and the ordeal with Phil.
"You can use the shower in my room." Carlisle said drawing my attention back to him.
I nodded and stood, following behind him up to his bedroom. Once I stepped inside he said, "I'll leave you a shirt and some sweatpants on the bed."
"Thanks, Carlisle, for everything having to do with this situation." I said.
He came over and placed his hand on my shoulder as he said, "The moment Jasper found Bella, you became a part of our family. And we take care of family."
I gave him a smile and after squeezing my shoulder he motioned me toward the bathroom. "Towels are in the cabinet next to the sink."
Nodding, I walked over to the bathroom and shut the door behind me. As I showered, I thought about what to tell Bella and by the time I finished, I had something that was as close to the truth as I could get.
Once I was dressed in the clothes Carlisle left for me, I returned downstairs and found Carlisle and Jasper waiting.
"They'll be here in about 5 minutes," Carlisle said from where he was sitting at their dining room table.
Nodding, I sat across from him and glanced over to where Jasper was leaning against the wall.
"Did you decide?" He asked.
"Yeah," I replied and quickly told them what I had decided.
After I told them what I planned to say to her and getting their agreement that it was okay, I looked around and asked, "Where are Emmett and Edward?"
"Upstairs," Carlisle answered. "They don't want to frighten her."
"Okay," I said before falling quiet to wait.
Just a few minutes later, the front door opened and closed, alerting me that Bella and the others were there.
It took a second before they appeared around the corner with Esme and Alice leading the way. Bella was walking with Rose, and my eyes trailed down to their hands clasped tightly together. When I looked back up, Rose gave me a soft smile, but Bella kept her head down.
Rose led her to the table and they sat down next to each other across from me. Esme took the chair on the other side of Bella and quickly placed her arm around her shoulders.
Not wanting to drag this out I started. "Bella," I said, causing her to look up at me. "I need to tell you something, alright?"
She nodded, but didn't say anything so I continued. "Phil was found in Mexico. When he tried to get away, he was hurt. His injuries were severe and he died. So, you don't have to worry about him anymore, okay?
She nodded again and I moved onto the hard part. "However, before he died he said something that you should know. It's about your mom. She didn't leave like you were told."
I stopped talking as Bella started shaking her head, but I knew I had to tell her the words. "I'm sorry, sweetheart, but Phil ki-"
I was cut off as two things happened almost simultaneously.
Jasper dropped to his knees and clutched his chest, groaning, as Bella's chair fell over backwards and she yelled, "NO!"
Everyone else stood up immediately, Carlisle and Esme went to Jasper as I came around the table.
"Bella, I'm so-"
"No," Bella said, cutting me off again. "No, you're lying. She left."
"I know he told you that, but that wasn't true. He lied to you and..."
I trailed off and choked back tears as she dropped to her knees and buried her head in her hands. The sobs I could hear were killing me and all I wanted to do was wrap her in my arms, but I knew that would just make it worse.
Rose dropped into a crouch beside her and I knew she was saying something, but I couldn't make it out. I took a second to glance back at Jasper and he was back on his feet, whispering to Carlisle but his eyes were on Bella.
When I looked back to Bella, she was rocking back and forth and I couldn't stand it. Taking a step forward, I said, "Bella..."
The scream she let loose then was one that seemed to be filled with all the pain and hurt that had been done to her. I couldn't hold back my own tears any longer as she continued to scream and pull at her hair.
I didn't know what to do at first, but then Jasper called my name in a pained filled voice. Glancing back, I found him being supported by Carlisle and Esme and I knew if they weren't there he'd be back on the floor.
He also seemed to have trouble putting words together, but did finally manage to say, "Go...to...her."
I didn't question him and quickly dropped to my knees and crawled over to Bella, wrapping my arms around her. She hit my chest with her fists and yelled that I was a liar, but I held on whispering that I was sorry and that it would be okay. That I would help her get through this. My own tears were relentless as I comforted her, but I didn't bother wiping them away. My only concern was her at the moment. Eventually the fight left her and she collapsed against me crying. She didn't say anything else, but she didn't pull away either.
After what seemed like forever, her crying started to slow until it stopped altogether and she was silent. It took me a moment to realize she'd actually cried herself to sleep and I glanced at Jasper for what to do now.
He was back on his feet and had moved closer, but the mysterious pain he'd had before could still be seen reflected in his eyes. He motioned me to the couch and I stood, bringing Bella with me. I made sure I had a good hold of her before I moved and she didn't wake as I got us to the couch and sat down.
"What happened?" I asked, looking at Jasper as he sat down across from us.
"I felt everything she was feeling," he said, shocking me. "It happened when she first stood up and then again when she was screaming. It was too much and unexpected, which is why I went down."
"Can you still feel her now?" I asked.
"No," he said, shaking his head but looking like he wished that wasn't the case.
Bella mumbled something incoherent and adjusted her body at that moment, breaking us away from the conversation.
Once she settled down again, I glanced at Carlisle and said, "I probably should have waited like you said."
He surprised me though when he said, "Actually, I don't think you were wrong in telling her now. Yes, it hurt her to hear, but she let some of what she's been keeping bottled up inside out. She let you comfort her and felt comfortable enough to fall asleep with you holding her. This isn't going to be a miracle fix and while she will grieve for her mother, I believe all of this will help her in the healing process."
"I hope you're right," I said, looking down at Bella again.
Silence descended on the room then, as everyone fell into their own thoughts. When the clock on mantle chimed midnight, I knew it was time to go.
Sliding forward on the couch, I gladly accepted Carlisle's hand on my elbow to help me up. The day had taken it's toll on me and sitting still for so long brought it to my attention.
"I'll drive you home," Jasper said and I nodded gratefully.
After a whispered goodbye from the others, I followed Jasper out to my car and not wanting to risk waking Bella, I slid into the backseat with her still in my arms.
Jasper quickly moved around to the driver's side only to have to run back into the house for my clothes and keys. Once he was back, he started the car up and we were on the way.
The drive was silent as was getting into the house and getting Bella settled in upstairs.
When I returned downstairs, I found Jasper sitting at the kitchen table with his head in his hands.
"You okay?" I asked, going to the sink for some water.
"Not really, but I will be just like you and she will be." He said honestly. "Knowing that he's hurt her for the last time, is enough to start all of us on the way."
I couldn't agree more and so said nothing. We sat there for a few minutes before I couldn't stop the yawn that overtook me.
Jasper chuckled and stood immediately as he said, "I'll leave so you can head to bed, but call if you need me."
"I will." I said. "Thanks, Jasper."
"Anytime, Charlie." He said before leaving the house.
After flipping off the lights, I dragged myself upstairs and didn't bother changing before I fell face down on the bed. This day had been long and exhausting, but I could breathe a little easier knowing that Jasper was right. Phil had hurt her for the last time and the only way to go now was up. I knew there would probably be many more bumps in the road, but with the help of everyone we would all make it through.
Well? I don't know if I love this chapter or not, but I hope you guys do.
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