The Twilight Saga


Edward returns to Forks to fight for a hurt and angry Bella. Not such an easy thing to do in this story. This is set after the Cullens have been away for quite a few months but before Bella makes the decision to cliff dive. I hope you enjoy the differences. A huge thankyou to Shellym127 and Wyldfyre for my wonderful banners.

Cheers
Michelle 
 Chapter One (BPOV)                 Chapter Two (BPOV)  
Chapter Three ( BPOV)               Chapter Four ( APOV)  
Chapter Five (EPOV)                  Chapter Six (EPOV)  
Chapter Seven (EPOV)               Chapter Eight (BPOV)  
Chapter Nine (APOV)                 Chapter Ten (EPOV)  
Chapter Thirty One (APOV) - Page 50 Chapter Thirty Two (BPOV) - Page 53 Chapter Thirty Three (EPOV) - Page 57 Chapter Thirty Four (BPOV) - Page 60
Chapter Thirty Five (EPOV) - Page 65
Chapter Thirty Six (EPOV) - Page 68
Chapter Thirty Seven (BPOV) - Page 71
Chapter Thirty Eight (APOV) - Page 74


Chapter One
The small pockets of warmth and hope that had been slowly finding their way into my damaged soul were threatening to disappear and it left me with a feeling of despair. Just when I thought that I had found some kind of reasonable existence – even a small tinge of happiness – I could feel that it was slipping away. Why did Jacob, my loving, fun, happy source of sunshine have to confuse our friendship for something more? Why couldn’t we just keep being friends and continue healing the broken pieces of my soul one small piece at a time through the warmth he had managed to bring to my life. Selfish, selfish. I knew it for what it was. I was being remarkably selfish to put him through this. To make him keep his distance at the same time as trying to pull his warmth into my very being. I was being unfair. He was being accepting. I should leave him alone but I really wasn’t sure that I could. I needed him to get me through this. It was only with him that I felt even remotely like myself – a shadow for sure but at least it was something beyond that awful place I was at when the other one left. I started to see the other’s face but I pulled myself away from that image and concentrated on Jacob, a different type of pain but somehow something less confronting. What choice was I going to make here? Neither choice would help. I would never love Jacob the way he wanted. Who am I kidding, I would never love anyone the way I should. I was damaged in that respect. I had known love and it had been ripped away. The darkness threatened to engulf me again. Concentrate - we are not thinking about that appalling time. Jacob. Yes Jacob. He knew that I couldn’t love him that way but he felt it might happen in time if I just let it. My choices could lead to even more heartache for him and I knew what that was like. Was I willing to put him through the emotional void I had experienced just so I could start to feel better myself? I had never been a selfish person. I had always been the one to look after others but……. I needed help and he was the only one who could give it.

“Bella. Are you home?” The front door slammed as Charlie entered the house. I quickly studied myself in the mirror. Not that I really cared what I looked like but I didn’t want Charlie to see that I had been crying again. It would break his heart if he thought that I was returning to that awful place I was at a few months ago. He was happy that I had finally managed to pull myself out of that hole and I was pretty sure that he was thanking Jacob for that in his own head. He knew I had a long way to go but I didn’t want to give him even an inkling that I could fall back into that abyss with the slightest provocation. It would hurt him. I sighed. There was always someone for me to hurt.

“Here dad”. I called as I made my way downstairs.
“ How was your day? Did you have fun with Jacob?” he enquired while he studied my face.
I pulled my face into a calm mask and answered the way I knew he wanted. “ Sure, we always have a good time together. We just hung out. You know how it is dad.”
“ When are you seeing him again?” Subtle Charlie. Why don’t you just ask me when are we going to get married and have kids so that you can be sure that I won’t completely lose it again.
“ Um. Not so sure. We are both pretty busy from here on in. You know school going back and all. I am sure it will be soon though” I added because I saw his face show a small sign of panic. “ Have to go dad the grocery store is calling or we won’t have any food. See ya.” I made a dash for the door before he could continue with the discussion and lead me to confess that not all was right between Jacob and I. It wasn’t something that I wanted to face.


Chapter Two
Life was full of mundane everyday routines and this was one of them. Grocery shopping. Thank goodness for the mundane. It let me look like I was functioning without really having to think about what was going on in all the other parts of my life. It made people think that I was surviving when all I wanted to really do was curl up into a ball and……. Not an option I told myself firmly. You are not the only person that is impacted by your choices. Charlie, Renee, Jacob, Angela. All people I loved and wanted to protect. One step in front of the other. Slowly but surely things would get better.

I had finished the shopping and was heading out to the carpark. I looked up to see that the shadows were deepening and that twilight was upon us. Twilight was his favourite time. I shuddered and deliberately made my thoughts wander from that potentially destructive course of images. When would this stop. I sighed for the umpteenth time and started to put the groceries in the boot of the car.

“ Bella”. I closed my eyes tightly. Why on earth was I hearing his voice. I was putting groceries in the car for god’s sake. I wasn’t doing anything dangerous that could lead me to hearing his voice. I wasn’t trying to be reckless on one of the motorbikes that Jacob had fixed for me. I wasn’t putting myself into any danger by talking to strange men in the middle of a quiet Port Angeles street. There wasn’t anything remotely threatening in what I was doing at all. I chose to ignore it and kept packing.

“ Ah excuse me Bella”. Now I know I am going mad. His voice was never pleasant when he spoke to me in my mind. He was always angry at me for what I was doing. What a joke. My mind obviously wanted to believe that he cared when I put myself in danger even though I knew that there was nothing further from the truth. This was different though. This was that beautiful sing song voice that I had cast from my mind when he had told me he didn’t love me anymore. When he had told me that he no longer existed. Why on earth was I hearing it now?

I slowly turned around to see what was going on. I gasped and instantly felt a fierce joy overcome me. It was instantly rebuffed however as my mind began to register what was happening in front of me. This could not be real. Edward stood about two metres in front of me, flanked by his family. Every single one of them. How could that be? Why on earth were they all here in front of me in a carpark of all places. Edward looked nervous. Alice looked elated. Jasper was worried. Emmett was smirking. Rosalie looked bored. Carlisle and Esme stood a little behind. It seemed like ages before anyone spoke. I couldn’t even grasp if this was reality or some sick fantasy. I had pushed all these people to the bottom of my subconscious in the hope of gaining some semblance of normality. Yet here they were looking as real as uniquely beautiful people can look.

I felt my hands reach across my stomach as if to protect myself. I hugged myself fiercely. This was not happening. This could not happen now. Please, please leave me alone I yelled to myself silently.

“ Bella. we were um….. that is Bella we were hoping……..” His voice trailed off as I stared at him coldly. I watched as he slumped slightly and turned to Alice for help.

Alice placed her hand on his arm and turned to me smiling. “ Hi Bella. We are so happy to see you”
Was she joking? What were they doing? Happy to see me? I had never heard anything so absurd in my life.
Alice came towards me. ‘She is going to hug you.’ my inner voice yelled at me and I reflexively placed my hands up to ward her off. I saw her stricken face as she quickly moved back to her spot next to Edward without touching me at all. Jasper grasped her hand and I knew that he was using his gift to help her. I didn’t care. I was beginning to spiral out of control. I could feel it. I needed to get out of here.

I turned back to the car and slammed the boot closed with as much ferocity as I could manage. My mind was still yelling at me to get out of there. I moved towards the car door. I still had not said a single word and I could still feel seven pairs of eyes staring uncertainly at my back.

“ Please Bella. Don’t go”. His voice was pleading. There was something there but I couldn’t quite get what it was. I was too full of my own anguish that I didn’t want to see what he was trying to do. “ I am so sorry Bella. I truly am…
“ You. Are. Sorry.” I spat out at him. He looked like I had slapped him across the face but he remained calm and tried again.
“ Yes Bella. I am sorry. I should never have left you like that. I have been….”

I could feel the red hot emotion of anger come over me. I couldn’t think straight. All I knew was that the one that had hurt me the most , the one that had ripped my heart out and left me to fend for myself was standing in front of me saying that he was sorry. What did he want from me? Hadn’t he hurt me enough?
“ You left me Edward. You made me think that you loved me and then you just decided that I wasn’t good enough for you and you…. left…. me. Do you think I care that you are SORRY. I DO NOT CARE” I yelled at him furiously and then realized where I was. The carpark. I made my voice softer but kept the anger in it. There was way too much pain involved to just let this go. “ You made your choice Edward. You made my choice for me. Not only did you take yourself away from me… you took everyone.” I glared at the whole family. Oh god how I had loved this family but now all I felt for them was anger. “ Not one of you cared enough about me to check that I was alright. Not one of you tried to keep contact”. I looked at Alice as I said this and I saw her cringe and Jaspers hand tighten on hers.

“ I’m sorry Bella” Alice moaned “ I know it seems like we didn’t care but of course we did. We just had to do the right thing”
“ The right thing, the right thing. Are you serious. You were my best friend. I loved you like a sister. I would never EVER TURN MY BACK on you” I was becoming hysterical. “ You are as bad as him. You LEFT me”
“ We did it to protect you Bella” Alice stammered. “ We were thinking of you”
“ How could going away possibly protect me Alice. How could leaving me to face the others possibly help me. Laurent, Victoria and any other blood drinking mythical creature that feels that I am their personal magnet. It’s neverending. Every sound, every shadow. Constant fear and NOONE to protect me. “ My breathing was becoming quicker and I could feel the shock oozing out of every one of them. I didn’t care. “ How was leaving the right thing to do when I couldn’t feel or breath for god knows how long?”
I caught the significant look that Alice gave Jasper and I turned on him ferociously. “ DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT CALMING ME DOWN. You have no right. Let me be. Let me feel what I am feeling Not what you want me to feel. You owe me that Jasper” Another stab in the heart for someone I had once cared for. He would never forgive himself for what he had done that helped lead us to this moment and I had just driven it home even more. He stopped though. I didn’t feel any calm just the red hot anger. It made me keep the poisoned arrows hurling at the Cullen family. “ and you Emmett. Have you come back to tease me more. Bored, are you, without the silly human to entertain you – obviously I wasn’t entertaining enough to keep around hey even though I thought of you as the big brother I had never had?”
I turned to Rosalie as she hissed at me. No one insults Emmet without earning her wrath. What could I say to her? She had never professed to care so what had she done wrong? “ At least you never pretended to care Rosalie. At least when you left you didn’t make a mockery of a friendship. There never was one between us”
I turned to attack the two remaining Cullens and felt the wind come out of my sail. I had had enough. What could I possibly say to two of the most amazing people I know. I couldn’t inflict any more hurt tonight.
“ Please stop Bella. This is not my family’s fault. They only left because I forced them to…..”

“ Do you know what Edward, I am finished. When you left me you told me to forget that you or any of your family ever existed. Well you have got what you wanted. As far as I am concerned none of you exist. Go away and leave me alone.” I turned away from all of their shocked faces and numbly placed myself in the car as I whispered “I don’t need ANY vampires in my life – NONE”

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Thanks Sarah,
I am currently working on the next chapter which will tell everyone how he felt about the kiss. It might give a clue as to what will happen next.
Cheers and thanks fro reading
Michelle
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Chapter 25

EPOV
Music was my distraction, if there ever could be one. I was able to block out the thoughts of my family and our visitors, up to a point, by placing the headphones on my head and losing myself in the music. The thoughts of others were muffled, almost non- existent but my own thoughts could not be tamed so easily. Bella’s face was constantly there taunting me with its beauty and so were Alice’s angry words from our argument. I couldn’t ignore her accusations indefinitely. Alice might have been angry but she was honest. She had a gift of seeing the future but she also had the gift of noticing the small things in life that others missed. If she was determined to let me know that I was doing the most damage when it came to Bella then it had to be the truth. I just couldn’t work out what I was meant to do about that when all options meant danger for Bella and loss of a life that she deserved. My thoughts were not a happy place.

On the odd occasion a family member would come to my room to try and divert me from my self-induced exile. Emmett to encourage me to fight, Esme to ask me to share what I was feeling, Jasper to ask me to hunt, Rosalie to suggest that I should wake up to myself and Carlisle to offer advice. I politely declined all their offers and tried valiantly to keep their thoughts from my conscience. I didn’t want to hear what they thought of me. I didn’t want to hear what my behavior was doing to them. It would force me to come out of the haven that was my room and I wasn’t ready to do that yet.

Alice came only once and it was a silent meeting. She sat beside me and placed her head against my shoulder in apology. I felt so incredibly bad with how our relationship had deteriorated into anger and accusations over the past few months. I knew it was my fault and that I was going to have to do something about that. I placed my arm around her shoulder but kept her mind blocked from mine. I wasn’t ready yet. As soon as I dealt with Alice, I would be dealing with Bella. I realized the two came as a package deal now. We sat silently for a long while enjoying a sense of closeness that had been missing for so long. “We miss you Edward.” Alice whispered “Please come back to us.”
Soon – just a little bit longer.

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Every part of me was assaulted by her sweet scent. Impossible. I had obviously stayed in this room too long and needed to hunt. She couldn't be here but it seemed so real. Her fragrance was all around me and it came to me in a rush that she was in the house and that I had to see her. I slid out of my room silently and past Alice’s room where she and Jasper were having some kind of discussion. I left them to it and raced down the stairs. I froze when I heard Tanya’s voice. It had an ugly timber to it and I listened in disbelief as she fed Bella lie after lie about us and about her. I had never imagined that Tanya would stoop so low to get what she wanted. My hand was on the handle of the door ready to blast her for her appalling lies when I heard Bella’s amazingly strong voice respond in anger.

The intensity of my feelings for her magnified as I stood in dumbfounded awe of this girl and her heartfelt words. She was actually sticking up for me, letting Tanya know that I would never do any of the things that she had suggested. Was she for real? After everything I had done to her over the past months, letting her believe I didn’t love her, giving her the silent treatment and making out that we couldn’t even be friends, she was still defending me. She still believed in me and didn’t fall for the lies. I was more than a little humbled by her faith and felt terribly that I had not given her the same respect back. I had well and truly underestimated Bella and her compassion. I would not make that mistake again.

The tiny squeaking sounds of the floors in the room on the other side of the door let me know that Bella was heading my way. I moved out of view and watched as she left the house to wait for Alice outside. I prepared to follow but not before I let Tanya know that I had missed nothing of what had just occurred. I stood at the loungeroom door and stared at her with blazing fury. She flinched in recognition of my outrage and hung her head so she couldn’t read the animosity I knew was emanating from my whole being. I had been polite long enough. We were going to have to talk and it was not going to be pleasant. I put that to the back of the recesses of my mind and made my way outside to be with Bella. She was my only concern now.

She was wiping tears angrily from her face when I stole into the shadows. All the strength she had shown inside had dissipated and she looked worried and unsure of herself. I wanted to be the one to make her feel better but I too was unsure of myself and didn’t know if I had the right to push my presence onto her. When she tensed and looked towards the shadows where I was partly hidden I knew that I had no choice but to make a move.

“Bella, are you ok?”
I watched the anger spread over her face as if the question annoyed her and then it was replaced with a look of embarrassment. Her face showed her mortification as the red rose as a blush into her cheeks. The rosy tint against the paleness of her face made me think that there was something important that I was missing but I ignored the small concern and concentrated on what I wanted to say to her.

“Thank you,” I tried to let her know how much her words had meant to me but she was looking at me blankly so I tried again. “Thank you for believing in me. For knowing I wouldn’t do what she was suggesting.”

She was looking at my face as if she was trying to remember its importance to her. I was being drawn closer and closer to her and it was becoming harder and harder to control myself. I wanted to drag her into me and show her with my mouth just how much I cared, just how much her existence meant to me. Instead I reached for her hand and searched her face for some kind of rejection or acceptance of my touch. I received neither so I laced my fingers with hers and brought her wrist to my lips. I kissed the spot where I could feel her pulse battering against the pale translucence of her skin and shuddered in pleasure as I felt her response. Another small prick of warning tried to invade my subconscious but I was not willing to let go of my dream to heed it. I allowed my free hand to stroke her cheek where the glow was still evident. God she was so perfect and I knew I was going to succumb to her attractions.

“Forgive me Bella but I can’t help it.”

I placed my colds lips against the warmth of hers and immediately felt the passion ignite in me to a point where I lost all points of reason. She returned my kiss with as much ardour as I could ever hope for. Her hands caressing my back made paths of fire lick through my body and I didn’t stop her when she placed her hands into my hair to bring our heads and therefore our lips closer together. Everything around us ceased to exist for that brief moment in time and all the longing and pent up emotion that I had been trying to ignore came out in full force. That kiss was heaven to me. It brought me close to the one person I would always love. The person I had been denying myself too. I didn’t want it to stop – I needed it not to stop.

“Edward NO!” The alarm in that voice made me freeze and I knew my dream was ending in that instant. I was suddenly assailed with the overpoweringly sweet scent of Bella’s blood and it made me aware that my throat was burning painfully – that the fire beneath my skin was not all about the passion I felt for Bella. The monster within me was trying to claw its way out to fight against the side of my nature that wanted Bella for all the right reasons. I could not believe I had put Bella at such a risk.

I watched as Bella registered our company and then searched my face for some type of answer to what had gone wrong. I began to move away from her slowly, recognizing the need to be so careful in my attempt to get away from her throbbing presence. Any quick movement on my part might bring about an answering movement in her and that would be both our undoing. I read her eyes as I backed away and saw the moment when they changed from a look of confusion to a look of horror. I was entirely convinced that it was reflected in my own eyes. I was disgusted with myself.

“Go now.” Alice demanded. I didn’t need to be told twice. I pulled myself away from the magnetism that was Bella and with one last look raced towards the woods to put distance between us. Again I was leaving the others to deal with my mess. How could I have been so foolish?
Awww. It's nice to hear from his POV. He really is self-loathing towards himself. I guess that's why we love, he isn't cocky. So it wasn't until Alice screamed that Edward realised her blood was once again 'singing' to him. Kiss was still passionate so I liked it. I really hope he doesn't leave again and I know Bella will be understanding like she always is.
Yep. I wanted his passion for Bella to overcome his want of her blood. I hope I conveyed that. Glad you liked it. You are always my first to read the new chapter so I look forward to your response staright away. Thanks heaps.
Super great chapter! I loved it!
fantastic chapter... loved it!
PLz write more soon.
omg
finally a response to let bella know that he does have feeling for her i think
still love it
I LOVED it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is such a great story and once again it was a fantastic chapter.
I Love it!!!!
amazing job...and please continue..
=)
For cryin out loud ....you just start to think that Edward is finally going to sort everything out & they are going to be together ..... & alice sees bellas blood singing to him................... i don't care what Alice thought, Edward would never hurt Bella. He is going to feel so awful now about this, & he will see it as just another reason to stay away from her. I think maybe Bella might need to do some talking to him, to straighten everything out, cause Edward is just going to run away from the love of his life once again.

write another chapter soon please & please, please, don't let him leave again, don't know if bella could stand it again, but i know i can't.

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