A.N: This is a collab fic with Leigh Warner and Loopylou992. This will be posted on both of our profiles so please leave love for both of us. I don't own Twilight or its characters. No copyright infringement intended etc. Thank you again to Boosboys for being our beta and working this over.
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Voices were all around me but yet they felt like they were a million miles away. I couldn't focus on anything other than the words as they struck me right at the very center of my being. Bella had been in an accident. She was hurt and I didn't know how badly, or what had caused the accident to happen. Where was she?
Garrett's face filled my field of vision as he kneeled in front of me. "Jasper? Jasper, are you listening to me?"
I swallowed deeply. "She's hurt? What happened?"
His eyes darted to where Riley was standing. I saw him give a small nod, before Garrett spoke again."She was in a car accident. Details are still a little vague, but I do know she's in the very best hands."
This didn't reassure me. "Where is she? I need to get to her." I walked around the apartment looking for my belongings, but there was nothing for me to find; this wasn't my home. I stood up, looking around before I remembered I was in Los Angeles, and I had no idea where Bella was. "What hospital is she in? Will you take me or should I get a cab?"
Riley stepped forward and put his hand on my shoulder. "Jasper, she's in Forks."
"What! How is she there? What the fuck happened? She left Forks to come back here. You must have got it wrong; there is no way Bella is in Forks." I pulled my cell phone out of my pocket to find there was no charge left, so I couldn't even call Edward to check. "Can I use your phone? I need to make a call."
Garrett nodded, handing me the handset. He and Riley stepped away giving me some privacy, but I could still hear them whispering. They thought they were being quiet, but trust me they weren't. I heard Riley saying I obviously needed to hear it for myself. When the call eventually connected, the relief I felt was shortlived.
"Edward! What's going on?" I asked.
"Jasper, where the fuck are you, man? I've been trying to reach you for hours now. I've left you a million voicemails." His words caught in his throat, and I could hear the emotions he was trying to keep back.
"Ed, you're scaring me. What's happened?"
"It's Bella … she came back home. The car went off the road, and it flipped down into the gulley near the res. I thought she was dead, Jasper, when I got the call," he broke down as he spoke.
I felt sick; sure somehow this was my fault. I should've been there. "Is she… okay?" I swallowed deeply, and closed my eyes; afraid of the answer.
"She's in hospital. It only happened a few hours ago. They say there is nothing I can do. Mom and dad are there now. I came to just grab something to eat. So where are you?"
"I'm in L.A," I spoke those three words almost in a whisper.
"What are you doing there?" There was surprise in his voice.
"I … I … I came to find Bella—to put things right and tell her I love her and want to be with her for the rest of my life." I heard a collective sigh from behind me, and turned to see Garrett and Riley staring at me with smiles on their faces.
Garrett whispered in a babyish voice, "He's her lobster." Only to be rewarded by a sharp dig in the ribs from Riley.
"I need to get home. I have no idea how long it's going to take me, but I want to be there with her. I need to be with her," I admitted more to myself than anyone. "I'll come straight to the hospital when I get there."
The call ended, and I turned to see Garrett and Riley waiting expectantly on the news.
"I'm going home; I need to be with her. I have to make this right. She is all I want, and I need to make sure she realizes this. Thanks for everything, guys. I'm sure you will be hearing from Edward about how she is do—"
"You think you can just head back there alone? We're coming with you, Jasper. I need to see that Bella is okay for myself," Garrett interrupted. "Plus, I can get us on a private jet, if I have to. Let's face it, you are never gonna get on a normal flight, but I can pull strings. Being famous does have its advantages."
He took the phone in hand and dialled. I watched amazed as he adopted an authoratitive tone. By the time he finished we had a car on it's way to collect us, first class seats on a flight leaving in an hour, and a promise of an unimpeded escort through to the plane. I knew once we arrived back home no one would bother us. Or so I thought.
Once we arrived at LAX I was blinded by a sea of flashbulbs as I climbed out of the car. I really wasn't prepared for the sound of people shouting; it was hard to make out a single voice or question.
"Where's Bella? What happened? Did you fight? Who's her lover? Did she leave you for another woman? Is it true she left you because you wouldn't marry her?"
I did my best to ignore them as we pushed our way through the crowd—that reminded me of a pack of rabid dogs. Riley pushed ahead to try and clear a way through them, while Garrett put his arm me to guide me through, as he whispered to me, "Ignore them. They will get bored."
Then I heard a new angle to their comments, and it was too much for me to ignore.
"Who's the boyfriend, Garrett? Does Bella know you have left her for a man? Is this why she fled home to kill herself?"
I turned on my heel to confront the person. Garrett grabbed hold of me and pushed me toward Riley, before he turned to face them.
"Look, at this stage, I have no comment to make. My agent will be releasing a statement on my behalf shortly. Now, if I can ask for privacy at this time so I can be with Isabella and her family, I would be grateful."
The flashbulbs continued to go off, only this time Garrett stood and posed for some photo's before he turned and walked toward us. "C'mon, let's go. They have enough to keep them happy, for now." We made our way through check-in and onto the flight—with an escort to keep people away. It was strange being with someone who everyone knew and stared at.
Once we were on the plane and settled in first class, I let my mind wander to Bella and prayed she would be okay. Once we landed, and as soon as I was able, I called Edward to let him know we were on our way. Thankfully, we were ushered through the airport quickly and into a waiting SUV. The driver tore away from the terminal building, and soon we were driving through the familiar streets of the town I knew. It felt good to be back home, but I wished it was under different circumstances. I had hoped when I came back here my heart would be filled with love and happiness, but now, well it was heavy with hurt and worry.
Garrett muttered under his breath, "Shit, it's so green here."
I simply chuckled.
The rest of the journey passed in uncomfortable silence; each of us was lost in our thoughts, and I knew that we were all equally worried about Bella and her condition.
I finally broke the uncomfortable silence that had settled over us, "We're nearly at the hospital."
Garrett turned to me, a weak smile on his face. "She's gonna be okay. The Bella I know is a fighter."
All I could do was nod at him; my eyes fixed on the hospital building as it loomed into view.
We made our way inside, going straight to the desk and asking to be directed to where Bella was. The woman behind the desk eyed Garrett and Riley with suspicion, but she knew me, so she told me where to find her.
Arriving outside the room Bella was in, I saw Edward sitting in one of the uncomfortable plastic chairs with his eyes closed and his head leaning back against the wall. I took a deep breath before I stepped forward, shaking his arm gently. "Edward, are you awake?"
His eyes shot open and he jerked up in his chair. "What happened? Are they okay?"
I looked at him, catching the fact that he'd said 'they'. "Hang on, you said "they". Who was with her?"
Edward took a moment before he answered. "Alice. She was with her in the car—"
I didn't hear anymore. I covered my ears and began to mutter to myself, "No, no, no. Not Alice too. This is all my fault."
Hands gripped my shoulders, and Edward's face filled my field of vision. "Jasper, this is not your fault. It was an accident, and in no way your fault. Alice is okay. They said that she needs to stay in overnight, but she should be home tomorrow."
"What about Bella? How is she?" I asked, desperate but also terrified of the answer at the same time.
Edward's eyes dropped to the floor, and he sighed. "She's still unconscious, but they are running a load of tests. We won't know anything until they get the results back."
Anger spiked deep inside me. "You said she was okay! On the phone earlier, I asked you… You lied to me."
I pushed him back into the wall, before Garrett stepped in between us. "Hey, you need to calm down. It's not Edward's fault. He probably didn't want you to worry too much, knowing you were not here."
There was nothing I could do or say to that. Edward was my best friend, and I knew that he wouldn't lie to me unless there was a good reason.
"Can I see her?" The words caught in my throat.
Edward shook his head. "They won't let anyone other than immediate family. You could go see Alice. She would probably love to see you."
I nodded, before I followed him in silence to the room that Alice was in. As I walked into the room a bright smile lit up her face, before it was extinguished just as quickly. Alice was trying to see around me. "Hey, girl, you could look happier to see me," I joked, wondering who she was looking for.
"Oh, Jasper, I'm sorry. Of course I'm pleased to see you." Her arms were flung open as she motioned me to her. I walked over to her, allowing her arms to encase me. "I'm sorry, Jas, I really am. I don't know what happened. One minute we were on the road, and the next the car was rolling. I couldn't stop it. There was nothing I could do." The words came out in a large non-stop rush.
I pulled her to me, muttering words that were meant to soothe her, and calm her down. Instead, she became more and more upset. Sobs ripped from her chest as she clung onto me. Nothing I said to her was helping; I only seemed to be making it worse. Alice pulled herself away from me, and, faced with the woman I once loved so visibly upset and knowing there was nothing that I could do make it any better, I felt so useless.
Then the door opened slightly, and I turned to see Edward standing there. The look on his face when he saw Alice in tears—it was one of confusion and then concern as he crossed the room toward her. "Ali, what's wrong?" he whispered as he sat on the edge of her bed, wrapping his arm around her shoulders.
She instantly reacted; her arms wound around him, as she began to cry all over again. Edward pulled her closer, and I swore I could see something pass between them, but given the circumstances, I wasn't sure if I was seeing things or not.
When she calmed down, Edward spoke to me, "If you want to go see Bella, you can. My folks have gone home to get some rest."
"Thanks. Are you?" I motioned toward the door.
"I'll be there in a minute."
I nodded as I made my way out of the room, then pausing in the doorway I saw the look Edward gave Alice. If I didn't known better, I would have sworn there was something between them. Putting the thought from my mind, I waited in the corridor for Edward to join me. When he did we made our way to the room where Bella was being cared for.
"So, you and Alice?" I had to ask him.
Edward stopped walking, so I turned to face him.
"What do you mean?" he replied with a slightly defensive tone in his voice.
"Nothing, I just saw you two together ,and I dunno, maybe I am seeing things, but it looks like you have feelings for her."
He let out a sigh and continued to walk with me. "Jasper, it's hard to explain. Everything just feels so strange at the moment. Bella is still not awake, and I can't think of much until I know she is okay."
There was suddenly commotion down the corridor, and I heard Garrett shouting. Edward and I looked at eachother, before we ran toward him. Nurses and doctors were rushing into the room, and my heart sank to my sneakers. We could only stand motionless and useless outside as we waited for someone to tell us what was happening.
Eventually a nurse stepped out of the room. Edward reached out for her arm. "Please, tell me my sister is okay?"
She turned to him. "Yes, she has woken up. She's a little disorientated, but the Doctor said she should be okay. You can go in and see her if you like."
I couldn't keep the smile off my face. "She' gonna be okay. I can tell her I love her face to face, and we can start he rest of our lives together."
Edward smiled at me. "You can. Just promise me one thing? That you will never break her heart."
I nodded at him. "I love her with all my heart, Edward."
With that, we walked into the room to see Bella lying in bed. Her face was bruised and swollen, but as her attention landed on us, a smile broke out across her face.
Edward rushed to her side, placing a gentle kiss on her forehead. "Hey, B, you gave us quite a scare there."
She smiled weakly at him, and I could see the pain flash on her face. "I'm sorry, Edward. I just don't know what happened. One minute I was…" she stopped speaking …. she seemed to struggle to remember what happened.
"Don't worry, it will come back to you. Bella, you're safe now. At home in Forks, with your family. Garrett is outside. He flew in to see you."
Her face lit up. "Garrett's here? Can I see him?" She sat up a little straighter in bed, her eyes sweeping over me.
"In a minute. Look who else is here to see you." He gestured toward me, before he stepped out of the room saying, "I'll leave you two alone to talk."
I smiled at her but was greeted with a blank look in return. Taking a step closer to her, the words that she spoke chilled me to the bone,"W-w-ho are you?"
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