Full Summary: Rosalie's in an abusive relationship with Royce, one night he takes it too far and nearly kills her. Bella's the best friend who always picks up the pieces. The only question is: will they both make it out alive? (Non-Slash)
There are two types of people in this world: Good & Evil. Kind & Cruel. How far would you go to protect someone you love? Is revenge always as sweet as it seems?

Warning: Dark themes. Abuse, rape, and other extremely difficult topics. This story is not for the faint of heart.

Disclaimer: SM owns all things Twilight related. I own the plot.

"Life's like an hourglass glued to the table."
- Breathe, by: Anna Nalick



-Rosalie POV-

Fear. It's present in every single waking second of my life. Every time I feel him get close to me, my body freezes and fear trickles up my spine. It hasn't always been like this, though; there was a time—much earlier in our relationship—where I saw myself settling down with him, marrying him, bearing his children.

It's hard to think I could have been so trusting, so naïve, so blind.

I suppose that's what love is though, blind.

I will never forget the night it happened…the night he almost killed me.

He came home drunk, shouting and accusing me of flirting with random men. He said he was going to make me pay, and that he'd teach me not to be such a "stupid little slut." I'd always been an "undeserving whore" in his eyes, just a pretty face, too stupid for anyone to actually love me.

For a long time, I believed him. That's why I stayed for so long.

He has been beating me for months, but it has never gone this far.

It's usually a slap here, a shove there; sometimes he'll grab me by my hair or my wrist. I've always tolerated it, thinking it was the alcohol and cocaine, and that if he could just get clean, we could be happy together.

I have been lying. Lying to myself, and lying to others.

I was wrong to think there was any hope for us—dead wrong.

Sitting here in the hospital while my battered body tries to heal itself, I know I need to get away from him, to free myself. I just don't know how to do that and keep myself and my loved ones safe at the same time.

Royce is an evil, soulless man with a black heart.

He'll do anything to get his way…even if it means committing murder.

Author's Note: This will be a drabble fic. Some posts will be almost 1k, but they'll be shorter in the beginning. As we progress you'll see decent sized chapters - for a drabble that is.

I'll be uploading weekly as long as nothing comes up. I'm at least seven chapters into this and have more in a side document. So, we should be good for a bit. I totally understand if you don't want to wait for the weekly updates and just add it to the favorites for now. I'd probably do it too. I just know that I'm not a daily poster, so I'm not going to promise you guys something I'm incapable of doing. If that makes sense? I babble sometimes.

This story is not slash. The only reason it's marked as a Rosalie/Bella story is because the POV's will alternate between the two.

I hope you all enjoy.



The following songs helped me with inspiration for this story:

http:/ www (dot) youtube (dot) com/watch?v=jHEj4cRhm3E

Rest In Pieces:
http:/ www (dot) youtube (dot) com/watch?v=pRWwB4v4CfA