The jury is back. After two days of complete agony the jury is finally back in session. We had been waiting at the cottage prepared to leave for Chicago just sitting and waiting to leave. Waiting for our chance to leave all of this behind. The pain. The horrible memories. All of it will stay here and we will be able to start our new life. A life where we can be care free. Where I don't have to worry about my parents. Where I don't have a care in the world and I can be for the first time in my life normal.
I want to have the chance to be normal and I think that it will feel really good.
"What are you thinking about love?" Edward comes over to ask me.
"Leaving and how nice it will be."
"I think you will love Chicago." He agrees.
"I think I will too."
"We have to get ready."
"I know I'm just worried that they might let him go free I mean I know that we are leaving I just don't want some one like him out on the streets with the ability to hurt other women."
"I know baby but we all were there to help put him behind bars and I think that we have succeeded but we need to go to find out."
I huff and get up to walk into the room that I am sharing with Alice and Rose to get myself ready. I go over to my suit case with all of my nicer clothes but before I can pick anything out Rose leads me over to a chair and Alice starts looking for something for me to wear while Rose does my hair and make-up.
"I can do this." I say to them. They both look at me as if to say shut the hell up now.
"Or you can keep doing what you are doing," I relent.
Rose finishes with me and Alice throws a royal blue v-neck top and a black pencil skirt at me with a pair of black peep toe pumps to go with it.
"Thank you." I say quietly to both of them.
"Any time Bella." Alice says to me before going into one of her bags to get ready. I leave them be and go out into the temporary living room to see if anyone is ready.
No one is here so I just sit and wait for all of them.
We are finally assembled and we make our way to the cars I am driving with Rose, Emmett, and Edward. We don't say much during the short drive to the court house we just sit in the silence all of us thinking about what is to come.
We arrive and walk into the court room we take seats behind the D.A. and we sit and wait for the judge and for Hunter and Jacob to enter the room.
Hunter and Jacob enter both of them turn to glare right at me. Well isn't that wonderful.
I want to kill the fucker he hurt my Bella and our child and he has the balls to glare at us at he what the fuck is he thinking?
Clearly he isn't thinking. We are just waiting for the Judge then he can call in the jury so we can leave this godforsaken place. We can finally go to my home. Chicago the place where I grew up the place where I have some of my best memories.
The Judge walks into the room and he sits in his chair and he asks for the jury to be called. After about 10 more minutes they all file in and take their seats.
"Has the jury reached a verdict?"
"Yes we have your honor."
"In the count of sexual assault we find the defendant guilty. In the count of ..."
I didn't hear anything after that thought I just felt incredibly happy. It is over all of this is done we can leave we can get away.
"In the count of sexual assault we find the defendant guilty."
He's guilty. He is fucking guilty. I am so happy right now their are no words for what I am feeling. I mean after all of this him being convicted.
I look over at him and the colour has drained from his face and he is just staring at the wall in front of him once he has been convicted on all 5 counts he is taken into custody. The shitty thing for Jacob is that he just turned 18 sucks to be him I hope that they boys in jail like a pretty boy like Jacob. I laugh at the thought of him having to deal with some bubba. Ha he would shit his pants well I hope not while they are doing it but well you know.
Jacob is finally lead off and a date for his sentencing is set where we will not be needed thankfully now I just have one last thing that I have to do before we leave.
I have to see my parents.
Esme drives me to the jail where I had made my appointment with first my mother then my father. I am taken into the visitors area and I have to give up my cell phone and purse they also check for hidden weapons. They finish up their search and I am allowed through to see my mother.
I see her sitting in a little cubicle with glass in the middle and two phones. I sit across from her and pick up the phone and I wait for her to do the same.
She finally pick ups the phone. "I'm sorry." That is all that she says and she waits for me to speak.
"What more do you want Isabella?"
"What do I want? I want to know why you left me I became a ward of the state the Cullen's have taken me in. You left me then you tried to lie at trial what the fuck is wrong with you?"
"I did what I thought was best."
"You clearly thought wrong." With that I stood up and left I didn't even bother to go and see my father I just left them behind me.
I know that I should have never come here but for some reason I needed to have this closure. And now that I have it I can happily leave knowing that I am not truly leaving anything of importance behind.
It's been a few months since that fateful day at the jail and I have to say that I couldn't have settled in any better here. I am in love with Chicago. Everything about this city is so different than what I am used to.
Chicago is sunny. Sunny more than one day a week. Its a nice change and I am loving every moment of it.
Today is our first day of summer and I am so excited to be out of school. I love the school that I go to here it is so much bigger than Forks but nothing compared to the school in L.A. My life has been completely turned upside down. Now though now I feel like I am finally on the right path. The path that I have been working my way towards ever since the day that I met Edward the one man that I will love for the rest of my life. My personal soul mate.
"Hey baby what are you thinking about?"
"How everything has changed but how happy I am here."
"I'm so glad, I want to ask you something will you come with me?"
I follow Edward into the backyard and onto one of the paths for the surrounding forest area. He takes me to a little pond and sits me down on the outside of it.
"I love you. And I know that we can't do anything any time soon but I want to make a promise to you after everything that has happened I need to be able to tie us together in every way possible. I want everyone to know that you are with me and you will only ever be with me. I knew from the moment that I saw you that you would be it for me. I'm asking you to promise to marry me. Not soon or anything I just want you to be mine for the rest of our lives I want you forever. It's not an engagement ring this is just a promise."
Tears are now streaming down my face and I see that he has pulled out a ring it is a simple white gold band. "I love you so much." I say to him before giving him my hand so he can put the ring on my finger.
"Forever." I whisper when it is in place.