Disclaimer: The characters of Twilight are owned by Stephenie Meyer. The original characters, content and ideas of this story are mine.
"Dad I'll be fine I don't need a babysitter! I am 24 years old and graduating from Grad School next week I think I can handle a weekend without you and mom!" Bella snapped at Charlie, rolling her eyes.
"Bells we just don't want you feeling left out I really wish you could come with us, but if you say you'll be fine then I guess we will just have to trust you." Said Charlie in a defeated tone.
"I know dad, but I have finals for the next 2 days and besides I'll get to spend plenty of time with you and mom on our summer vacation together. You guys go and enjoy New York."
Renee came bouncing down the stairs like the ball of energy she is and as Bella turned to her mother she found herself engulfed in a tight embrace.
"Bella are you absolutely sure you will be okay without us until Monday, because I can let Charlie go to the Policeman Convention without me and stay with you."
"Mom don't be ridiculous dad's getting an award I would never ask you to miss that and I wish I could come, but honestly I'll be fine." Bella stressed with annoyance.
"Alright then honey, I cooked you a couple of meals and left them in the fridge for you and your cousin Emmett will be checking in on you while we are gone." Bella cringed at the thought of Renee cooking for her as this was definitely not her area of expertise. She was pulled from her thoughts by a strong embrace from Charlie and then they were gone.
Bella locked the door and headed into the kitchen to inspect the science project in the fridge left by her mother. Not wanting to risk an upset stomach and missing her finals she settled for a bowl of cereal and headed upstairs to her room to get some last minute studying done.
Ring. Ring. Ring.
Bella was startled out of her sleep by the sound of her cell phone ringing on her nightstand. She desperately searched for the little annoying electronic device while trying to keep her eyes closed to block out the light from her lamp on her night stand. She sat up as she hit the talk key on the phone and looked at the clock to noticed it was almost midnight and she had been asleep for almost 9 hours.
"Hello" Bella said in a hoarse whisper.
"Hi, is this Bella?" A familiar male voice came through the phone.
"Yes, this is she." Bella whispered still trying to wake up.
"This is detective Whitlock from Forks Police Dept. We just received a call from the New York Police dept. advising us that the plane Chief Swan and your mom were on lost power in 3 of its 5 engines while descending to land and crashed into the runway."
Bella gasped and her eyes instantly filled with tears. She tried to talk but no sound came out.
"There were no survivors, but they were able to recover some of the bodies and Chief Swan and Mrs. Swan were two of them. Isabella I am so sorry to have to deliver this kind of news to you. They need for you to come to New York to identify the bodies. They have agreed to keep them in the hospital morgue for 72 hours to allow you travel time."
Detective Whitlock continued to give Bella necessary details but her mind could not focus enough to comprehend his words. She sat numb in her bed staring at a picture on her computer desk of her, Charlie and Renee at her high school graduation.
"Bella? Are you still there?"
"Um, I... where do I..." Bella cleared her throat and tried to speak again while trying to ignore the constricting feeling in her chest.
"Where do I need to go?" just as she finished her question she heard the front door open downstairs and a booming male voice yelling her name at the bottom of the stairs.
"Emmett" she whispered as she jumped from her bed and headed out of her room. He met her with a tight embrace at the top of the stairs.
"I'm here baby girl, I'm here." He kissed the top of her head as she soaked his shirt with her salty tears. Emmett took her cell phone out of her hand and put it to his ear to see who was talking on the other end.
"Hello, this is Bella's cousin Emmett, who is this?"
"Emmett it's me, Jasper. " He said as he blew out a sigh of relief. Jasper and Emmett had been best friends since high school and Emmett is married to Jasper's twin sister, Rosalie. "The NYPD called the station when they did not get an answer on the home number listed in Charlie's cell phone. They found his badge and I.D. card In his wallet."
Bella's sobs were quiet, but Emmett could feel her body shaking as he held her with his free arm.
"They also called me, because I was the last person he contacted before boarding the plane." Emmett said. "Listen I need to attend to Bella so I'll call you in the morning after I make travel arrangements for Bella and I." He hit the end button on her cell and quickly wrapped his other arm around her. He guided her back to her room and gently sat her down on her bed. When he looked down into her big brown eyes his heart broke knowing he was all she had now.
"Emmett, wha...what am I suppose to do without them? They can't be gone, I need them!" Bella dropped her head as her sobs overcame her. Her chest constricted with pain as it heaved up and down from her erratic breathing. She cried until her vision went blurry and the only way she could breath was through her mouth. Emmett held her until her cries subsided and her breathing became regular letting him know she had succumb to sleep. After placing a blanket over her, he pulled her bedroom door slightly behind him leaving her nightstand lamp on and took out his cell phone to call his wife Rosalie.
"Hey baby, I was waiting on your call. How are you and Bella holding up?" Rosalie asked with concern lacing her voice.
"She's sleeping right now and I'm going to lay down and get some sleep while I can. Babe I need a favor. Can you please book us 2 tickets to N.Y. for tomorrow?"
"No problem, I'll booked the flights before I lay down."
"Thanks babe, are the boys sleep?"
"Yes finally! She said sounding relieved. " So I will call you in the morning with the flight information, get some rest and I love you sweetie."
"I love you too, goodnight." Emmett grabbed a sheet from the linen closet and headed to the couch to try and get some sleep.
Bella's slumber was disturbed by the unusual glare of the Forks, Washington sun shining through her window and the smell of bacon and eggs cooking downstairs. As she opened her eyes the pounding in her head hit her like a ton of bricks and then the memories of what she learned just a few hours ago came crashing back and the sobs instantly began. As she gained control of her breathing she rose from her bed and headed downstairs to the kitchen. She was greeted with a bear hug and the loud booming voice of her cousin Emmett.
"Good morning sleepy head. I've go some breakfast cooking for you." Emmett said trying to sound upbeat. Bella dragged herself to the table and sat in her usual seat and just stared out of the window. Emmett brought he and Bella's plates to the table with hot bacon, eggs and jellied toast. He then poured each of them a glass of orange juice. As he sat down next to her he tried to make small conversation with her to no avail.
"Bella sweetie please try to eat something I don't want you to get sick on the flight to N.Y."
And that statement brought on a whole new wave of tears. Emmett jumped up an grabbed her into a bear hug and just held her. Once she was calm he took her upstairs and started the shower for her. As Bella stood under the hot water in the steamy bathroom her mind took her down memory lane to her childhood years with her parents. Once the water started going cold she quickly washed her body and hair and got out of the shower. After drying off she wrapped the towel around herself and caught her reflection in the bathroom mirror and to herself she looked horrific. Her eyes were blood shot red and she had red blotches all across her cheeks from all the crying.
"Are you alright in there?" Emmett asked with deep concern in his voice. Bella opened the door and exited the bathroom and went into her room without saying a word.
"I'll be waiting for you downstairs when you're ready." Emmett spoke through her now closed bedroom door. As he headed down the stairs the door bell rang and he could see a little pixie standing outside of the front door. When he opened the door, Jasper's fiancé and Rosalie's best friend, Alice ,swung into full gear. She quickly hugged Emmett and handed him their boarding passes that Rosalie had printed out for them.
"Rosalie has your bag packed and after she drops the boys off at school she will meet us at the airport. I am going to drive you and Bella there after I pack her a bag." Alice said and dashed up the stairs. She knocked softly on Bella's door and then slowly opened it as to not frighten her. When Alice took in her friends appearance she gasped.
"Oh Bella I'm so sorry honey." She said as she embraced her friend.
"Alice, I just can't wrap my mind around the fact that they're gone." Bella said hugging her friend back. Alice pulled back and looked Bella in the eyes.
"I don't know why this happen, but I do know everything happens for a reason and you are not alone Bella. You have me, Jasper, Emmett, Rosalie, Esme and Carlisle and we will never leave you. My brother Edward is a doctor at the hospital in N.Y. where they took your parents and he will be waiting for you and Emmett to pick you guys up from the airport." Bella nodded her head and gave Alice a small smile as tears continued to stream down her face. She vaguely remembered Edward from high school but was grateful anyway.
"Thank you Alice. I don't know what I would do without you guys." Bella said between sobs.
Alice began to quickly pack Bella's bag for the trip. Bella slipped on a pair of jogging pants and a t-shirt while Alice packed her bag. She then went into the bathroom and brushed her still damp hair into a messy ponytail. As she exited the bathroom she heard both Alice and Emmett downstairs in the kitchen. She quickly descended the stairs and they made their way out to Emmett's jeep. Bella hopped in the back while Alice rode up front with Emmett. The ride to the airport was quiet and Rosalie was waiting for them by the security check point. She quickly pulled Bella into a warm embrace.
"Hey Bells, I'm so sorry this happened and whatever you need me for I will be here for you."
"Thanks Rosalie." Bella gave her a forced smile while fighting to hold back the tears. As they pulled away Bella's cell phone rang. She looked at the caller id and it was her childhood friend Jacob Black.
"Bella, I just heard the news about your parents from my father. I am so sorry Bella. Is there anything you want me to do I'll be home in 2 days?" Jacob went to school in California at USC.
"Just you being here will be enough Jake. I'll be in N.Y. for 3 days and I will return on Tuesday."
"Do you want me to come to N.Y. with you?"
"No, Emmett's' going with me so I'll be fine. I'll just see you when I get back, okay?"
"Sure, sure whatever you want Bella. I'll see you Tuesday."
With that, they said their goodbyes to Rosalie and Alice, made their way through security, found their gate and boarded the plane. They both slept almost the entire flight and as the plane started descending and the fasten seat belt lights came back on, Bella's stomach started to knot as she thought about what was ahead of her. After exiting the plane and retrieving their luggage they made their way towards the passenger pick up area. Suddenly Bella felt a pull almost like a magnet that made her look up and when she did she found herself staring into the most beautiful emerald green eyes she had ever seen in her life. For a brief moment her mind went blank and the wonderful scent coming from this gorgeous human being staring down at her was enough to make her forget her own name. She quickly tried to recover and shook her head to clear her thoughts and just when she thought she was back in control this gorgeous creature spoke in the most velvety, melodic voice she had ever heard.
"Bella Swan right? Hi, I'm Edward Cullen, Alice's brother." He extended his hand to her but along with her brain, her mouth and body parts had stopped working too. Edward smirked a little uncomfortably from her silence. Emmett stepped in and grabbed Edward's hand.
"Hey Edward, I haven't seen you since high school, thanks for coming to get us. How have you been?" Bella took this opportunity to get herself together since Emmett had saved her.
"I've been very good thanks for asking. How about you?"
"I can't complain at all, and you remember my cousin Bella from Forks High School."
"I most certainly do. It's a pleasure to see you again after all these years." He said as he shook her hand. The electric pull she felt when he touched her was indescribable. She furrowed her brows and he gave her another smirk.
"Well I hope you guys don't mind staying with me because all the hotels within a 60 mile radius are booked due to the convention in town."
"Not at all thanks for accommodating us I am very grateful." Bella said after finally finding her voice.
"It's no problem at all." Edward lead them to the parking garage where his silver Volvo was parked. After loading the trunk with their luggage they drove to Edward's condo in Manhattan. Edward and Emmett made small conversation catching up on each other's lives since high school while Bella sat in the back lost in her own thought about her parents. She was broken out of her reverie when her car door opened and Edward stood outside waiting for her to get out. Emmett grabbed there luggage and they entered the 30 story building that Edward called home. The doorman held opened the door and quickly got the elevator for them.
"Thank you Franklin." Edward said smiling politely at his doorman.
"No problem sir" Franklin said slightly tipping his hat.
As they entered Edwards condo he quickly showed them to the 2 guest rooms and the guest bathroom. Bella took in the scenery in front of her. Edward's condo had beautiful charcoal gray marble floors with soft swirls of black and white. One full wall was all windows from ceiling to floor which gave a breath taking view of the Brooklyn Bridge. There was an all white sectional couch that could probably seat 6-7 people with a matching chaise lounge and ottoman across from it positioned right in front of the fireplace. The kitchen was spacious with an island in the middle surrounded by eight white leather stools, a hanging pot rack over it, smoked gray with hints of pearl granite counter tops and all stainless steel appliances. The guest bathroom had a jacuzzi tub big enough for 6 people and was decorated I cranberry and cream colors. Both guest bedrooms had queen size beds one with light blue sheets and a navy down comforter and one with all white sheets and a white down comforter.
"Please make yourselves comfortable. I will have to run out to get breakfast in the morning because there is not much in the kitchen. I'm not hear a lot due to my job. I mostly eat at the hospital." Edward stated apologetically.
"Now this is a true bachelor pad!" Emmett stated in a booming voice. I bet you can have a different woman here every night living like this, I know I would if I was still single!" Bella glared at Emmett and Edward just smirked.
"Actually I would prefer a home with a wife and kids, but until that day comes I guess this will do." he looked over at Bella who quickly looked away but the blush that crept up did not escape Edward.
"Well I am going to retire for the night." Emmet said sounding exhausted. "We have a long day ahead of us tomorrow, goodnight." Emmett went into the guest room and closed the door. Edward looked at Bella who was now staring down at the floor.
"If you're hungry I have snacks and juice just no real food" Edward stated sounding apologetic again.
"No I'm not hungry, I don't have much of an appetite to be honest."
"I understand, so I guess I'll see you tomorrow morning, goodnight Bella.
"Goodnight Edward thanks again for opening up your home to us." She gave him a small smile before heading to her room.
"Bella!" he called just as she made it to the bedroom door. "If you need to talk I'm a really good listener." With that being said he headed to his bedroom where sleep would not come easy for him as he thought about the beautiful woman sleeping in the room right next door to his. To him she was breathtaking and he could not understand why he had not noticed her beauty before in high school.
A/N: This is my first FanFic story so please go easy. Leave me your thoughts and reviews please!