I was waiting outside Bella's house. Chief Swan was still there, which was already unusual as he was normally at work by that time. Charlie was talking on the phone frantically, and, since I had nothing better to do, I listened into his conversation.
"I don't know where she is, Renee! She was here… all her stuff is still here… yes, her books, music, and purse. He truck is even parked on the curb! I hate to say it, but it's the only thing I could come up with. Either she ran away or… she was kidnapped."
I heard a cry on the other end of the phone. "No, not my baby! She's too good, Charlie. No, no one could have taken her. There's no reason to take her!"
"I don't know, Renee. It might be something else, but those are the most reasonable things that I could come up with. I promise you, Renee, I will do everything in my power to find our baby girl," Charlie said with determination. I could tell it took everything in himself to not break down crying.
I looked at the house for a few more seconds before I took off running. Bella's gone? No… she couldn't be. I needed her like a fish needed water. She was to me like Esme was to Carlisle.
I ended up running to my house. I didn't know I was there until I ran up the front steps. My siblings were already gone for school. I ran passed a shocked Esme and into Carlisle's office without knocking. Carlisle's head snapped up, and, with one look at my face, he knew something was wrong.
What is it, Edward? He thought as he looked into my wild eyes.
"Bella's missing. I… I don't know what to do. I… I need her, Carlisle. She's everything to me. I can't lose her."
Carlisle stood up as I was talking and placed a hand on my shoulder. "We'll find her, Edward. Did you check her house? I doubt she would run away. Maybe someone's scent still lingers. Come, Son, we'll check it out. Just let me call in."
I nodded and walked out of the room. Esme ran to me and engulfed me into a hug. Everything will be fine. Please, don't do anything rash.
I put my arms around her. "I can't promise anything, Mom. I need to find her. I… I love her."
I felt Esme stiffen in my arms, and her head snapped up. Her eyes had a spark in them. I knew it! I told you, Edward, that you would find someone. Everything will be fine. You of all people deserve happiness. Just be careful.
I bent down and kissed her cheek. "Love you, Mom. We'll be back soon," I said as Carlisle came down the stairs.
We ran in silence. Carlisle was trying to figure out why anyone would want to kidnap her. The most reasonable explanation he could come up with was an enemy of her father took her for ransom or revenge. I highly doubted that; he was only a small town cop after all, but with her luck anything was possible.
We both froze when we came across an unexpected scent. Vampire. The scent was familiar to Carlisle, but it took him a second to place it.
I took off running faster then I ever had before. Carlisle struggled to keep up with me, but I was too fast. I reached Bella's house again, and I climbed up to her window and into her room. Aro's scent was there. I jumped back through her window just as Carlisle reached the house.
I took off running, following a new trail. Carlisle kept up with me this time as I forced myself to slow down for him. The new trail was Aro's, but Bella's scent was mixed in with it. I was filled with fear and rage, whereas Carlisle was shocked and disappointed.
I can't believe that Aro would do something like this. He only ever did this when there was a… His thoughts trailed off as we reached the end of the trail.
I knelt down and examined the ground. If my heart had been beating, it would have surely stopped. There was blood on the ground. "Carlisle," I croaked.
He knelt beside me and touched the ground. "Son, how long has it been since Bella disappeared?"
"Two days… almost three." My eyes widened. "No, it couldn't be!"
"It might be, Son. I can smell another vampire's scent, but it comes from this very spot. I think she was turned. Why didn't you check on her the first day? The day after you knew she found out about us?" he asked.
I knew he wasn't accusing me, but I felt guilty. I honestly wanted to go check on her, but I thought she would want some time alone, even without her knowing that I was there. Now that I think about it, I was stupid for not checking on her.
I felt Carlisle's hand on my shoulder. "It's okay, Edward. We'll find her."
I nodded, and we followed her new scent. I was hoping she would be somewhere close. If she really was a vampire, she would need our help. She was probably all alone and raging a massacre on a city. She would feel so guilty afterwards as I did.
We reached a beach along the coast. I fell to my knees at the waterline and let out an agonizing scream that turned into a series of cries. My love's scent had disappeared into the water.
Carlisle came over to me slowly. He put a hand on my arm and helped me to my feet. I was unaware of what was going on around me. I knew Carlisle was leading me home, but I felt numb. My first and only love was gone. She was somewhere in the world, but I couldn't reach her. I heard Carlisle mumble something to me.
"Son… Edward… It might not be her. It might be someone else's scent. We don't know for sure."
But I did know. It was either Bella's scent had disappeared into the ocean or she was dead. I couldn't believe the second one: it hurt too much and I would have been able to find her scent, however faint it was, somewhere else to find her body.
There was no meaning to the world, no purpose for life. The only thing that mattered was seeing her. I needed to know her more. She was still a huge mystery to me, but a lovely one.
We reached the house, and Esme was outside to meet us. Out of my peripheral vision, I saw Carlisle shake his head and Esme lower hers. She already cared for her without ever meeting her. I walked over and sat on the couch. I stared off into space, not seeing anything.
I was barely aware of my siblings arriving home and Carlisle explaining in minimal detail what happened. I heard Alice's breath hitch. I was pulled out of the numbness by a sudden feeling of rage as I saw Rosalie's smug smile. I jumped up and lunged for her, but Alice slowed me down and Emmett held me back.
"Calm down!" Emmett yelled, shocked. "What is your problem?!"
"I won't calm down while your bitch of a wife is happy with the disappearance of my love. If that smug smile doesn't disappear soon, I will rip her head off!" I screamed trying to get at her.
Rosalie's face was full of shock and fear. She backed away from me quickly. She didn't want a single flaw on her besides the bite marks. She glared at me.
Emmett looked between us, shocked. I could hear from his thoughts that he couldn't believe that his wife would wish ill on anyone. He looked at Alice, who had let go of me with an expression of fury on her face as she looked at Rosalie, and spoke to his wife. "Is it true, Rosie?"
Her expression hardened. "It's better this way, can't any of you see that?! She was a danger to us. The Volturi would come and destroy us all because Edward took a fancy to a stupid human girl."
Before I could reply, Alice screamed at her. "She's not stupid! She figured out what we were because she's resourceful and cunning. She was to be my best friend… my sister! I don't care if you hate her, I like her and no one deserves to have that fate."
Rose glared right back. "What fate? What could be worse than the fate we have?"
Alice's thoughts were only on keeping herself from attacking Rosalie. "Aro from the Volturi kidnapped her the night Edward saved her in Port Angeles. I swear Edward, I didn't see anything until it was too late. She was in the middle of changing. Aro turned her and he told her to feed. She killed four people. He tricked her by telling her that she wouldn't survive in this world without a coven. She's basically a prisoner! What's worse is that she doesn't even realize it!"
I ignored Rosalie for the moment and interrupted her. "Why didn't she come to us… to me? She knew about our world and knew what we are. Why didn't she just come and talk to us?"
Alice gave me a sad look. "Because she doesn't remember any of us."
That was when my world stopped turning and the sun ceased to shine. My beautiful lamb didn't remember me. I didn't realize just how much she changed my life until she was gone.
"W-what?" I asked. "No, it's not possible."
Alice showed me a brief vision of Aro asking her if she ever knew about vampires before. Bella looked thoughtful for a moment and shake her head stating that she didn't and couldn't remember some parts of her life… the parts that I was a part of.
I sunk back onto the coach slowly, and my mind went blank. I felt numb again; I welcomed it with open arms. There was no way I could deal with the pain. My mind saw it as Bella leaving me mean even though I knew that wasn't true. I was drowning in an ocean of grief that I knew I would never rise out of.
I spent months after doing nothing. I sat there rocking back and forth. Carlisle and Esme called the school saying that I let for boarding school in England. It was no problem to keep up the charade because I never went anywhere besides the woods to go hunting once every two weeks. I would keep up this repetition until I found Bella again or my miserable excuse for an existence ended.