Chapter 57

EPOV

The lift started to rise, and I looked over at her. Her backside was pressed against the hand rail, and I couldn't help myself by closing the distance between us. My hips taking on a life of their own and pressing into her … leaning down, my lips find the soft flesh just beneath her ear, and she shudders at my touch.

"Are you cold Isabella?" I smile into her neck.

"Ahhh, no. Cold I am not".

"I've got a surprise for you tonight … if you are a good girl that is".

Her hands press on my chest, pushing me back so I could look into her eyes.

She smiles up at me. "Funny you should say that, I have a surprise for you, too".

"Ah yes, your 'we need to talk text message'. I straightened myself and backed up to the other side of the lift. Right now I had the gut-wrenching feeling that the distance would be welcomed.

She picked up at the distressed look on my face and walked over to me, placing her hand on my cheek. For a moment, I closed my eyes and leaned into her touch.

"I promised you, it's nothing bad".

The doors opened and we went inside ... and the ache in my chest begins in earnest. Nothing good can come from the, we need to talk statement, nothing good at all.

She took my hand and led me over to the lounge, the sway of her hips a little too exaggerated. "Isabella, are you trying to butter me up with your sexy walk?"

She giggled as we flopped down and her arms encircled me, drawing me in closer to her. God I'm going to miss her scent.

"Edward". She stated, all emotion now gone from her face.

"Oh my God, you are killing me here. Please … please just tell me what you have to say".

She took a deep breath and reached over, picking up a folder off the table in front of us, a folder that I hadn't even noticed.

"The other day, I asked Emmett to look into something for me, and he found this". She passed a piece of paper to me, and all of my breath left my body when I saw what it was …. a coroner's report for Charlotte Mills.

The synapses of my brain snapped, as the date of her death jumped off the paper at me, and two plus two clicked together. I slumped back on the lounge, my hand going limp as the paper fluttered to the floor.

"Just breathe … Edward? Can you hear me?"

I could hear my name being called, but I didn't know where the voice was coming from.

I was back there in that seedy hotel room. Every memory that I've tried to repress now came screaming back to me in spectacular 3D vision.

"Edward … Edward, come back to me".

That angelic voice again penetrated my thoughts and I turned to it source.

Isabella.

My Bella.

She had picked up the piece of paper from the floor and was trying to show it to me again. "You need to keep reading this … please …" Her arm encircled my waist and she pulled herself closer to me. "Please … trust me?" she whispered, placing small, soft kisses on my cheek.

Nodding, I take the paper from her and try to get my eyes to focus on the words.

"Bella," I whisper. "I can't …"

Taking the paper from her, she replaced it with her hand in mine. "Here, let me read it for you …

Name: Charlotte Faye Mills (formally Jane Doe)

Date of Death: October 5, Two Thousand and Six.

Cause of Death: Brain Aneurysm.

Toxicology Report: No drugs of addiction were present in the body.

… Edward, you did nothing that contributed to her death … you didn't kill her".

I stared blankly at her … my Bella … she has the most beautiful eyes.

"Can you hear me?" her thumb lightly brushing the tears from under my eye. "Edward, this means you can finally let her go".

"I can let her go?" I repeated, as her words started to sink in. But it was all I could get out before a single sob was wretched from my aching chest.

Just one, but it was enough to bring on the rest.

I cried into her chest as she pulled me to her.


A/N: Sorry for the delay, I hope you are all still with me. It's time to shift this story into gear ... I know this was only a smallish chapter, but next up we deal with the outcome, and maybe a lemon ... or maybe a little angst *evil grin*

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