Edward had made it profusely clear that I was not allowed to go shopping again. He didn't want to risk me running into another person who "thought that I belonged to them" as he had put it. Needless to say, no one dared to disagree with him; not even Alice.
Aside from Edward's rant, silence took hold of the car. It wasn't a peaceful one and I started dwelling on what my future held for me.
In the course of a week, my life had changed dramatically. I had come to this small town of Forks to live among humans. I acquired a nice, homey cabin and enrolled in high school. I met Edward and fell in love with him the moment I set eyes on him and, by some miracle, he felt the same.
But it won't last for long… my mind thought. I sighed and pressed my forehead against the cool glass of the window, watching as the trees flew by. I knew Edward would start pestering me about my past and, to be honest, I found that I wanted to tell him. I wanted to let out all my anger and sorrow, all my guilt and despair. But he didn't know the real me. Once he heard about what I had done, he would be sure to kill me, without any hesitation. And if, somehow, he kept me alive, then he would look down at me in disgust. He would make sure that I leave Forks and never return. I felt the non-existent tears sting my eyes.
"What's wrong Bella?" Jasper asked. I forgot that he could feel my emotions.
"Nothing." I mumbled quietly. I felt my hand being grabbed and turned my head back and saw Edward staring at me intently.
"I think I'm ready to tell you." I whispered to him. Confusion crossed his face for a moment but then realisation dawned on his perfect features. He nodded and leaned in to kiss my lips. He pulled away much too soon and rested his forehead on mine.
"If you're sure." He replied. I nodded my head grimly and he gently kissed my forehead. I could see that Alice was bursting with questions but after what happened earlier in the bedroom between Edward and Jasper, she knew better then to start bombarding me with questions and kept her mouth shut and I highly appreciated her for doing that.
We pulled up at the Cullen house not too long after that. I slowly stepped out of the car, dreading the conversation I was about to have with Edward. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath.
I have to do this. I convinced myself, For Emily…
That one name made my decision for me. I snapped my eyes open and found Edward leaning against Alice's car, waiting for me. I reluctantly dragged my feet over to him. I hesitantly peeked under my eyelashes. He did nothing but stare at me.
"I believe you have some explaining to do." He said. I slowly nodded my head. Edward grabbed my hand and led me into the house. He started pulling me up in the direction of our…his room.
We were about to go up the stairs when Carlisle suddenly stepped in our way.
"Edward, Bella." He addressed seriously, "Family meeting. Living room. Now." He started to walk away from us.
"Why?" Edward asked, annoyance seeping in to his voice through his clenched teeth.
"Alice has seen something that you might want to know." And with that, he disappeared through a door which led to a room that I hadn't been in. I was somewhat grateful for this interruption as it gave me more time to think about what and how I would tell him. I quickly let go of his hand and started going up the steps. Edward grabbed my wrist.
"Where are you going, love?" he asked.
"Um…Carlisle wants to have a family meeting a-and I don't want to interrupt." I mumbled, looking down at the floor. I was too afraid to meet his eyes but it was true; I wasn't part of this family and I never would be after today. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw him tense, probably in anger. His grip on my wrist tightened.
"Look at me." He demanded. I did my best to keep my eyes looking anywhere but at him.
"Isabella, look at me." Edward growled as his hold got even tighter. I shook my head and still refused to meet his gaze. A growl of fury ripped from his throat as he shoved me up against the wall. His hands were slammed against the wall on both sides of my face; there was no escaping him now.
"Did you not hear what I said my love?" he asked in a menacing tone. "Look. At. Me. Now." I didn't want to anger him further so I snapped my attention to him. "Good girl." He praised. He leaned his face towards mine and started to rub his face against mine. I knew he was marking me with his scent, but I didn't know why he was constantly doing it.
"E-Edward, why do you keep doing that?" I stuttered.
"Doing what?" he purred, continuing to mark me.
"Rub your face against mine. I-I mean, I understand why you do it, but I'm confused as to why you do it so often." He didn't stop his movements but moved down to my neck to nip lightly at my skin. I tried to hold back the moan as best as I could.
"I'm just marking what is mine, love. If my scent is off you for even a second, then other, pathetic vampires will think you're unmated and I will have none of it." He spat. He raised his head so that he was eye level with me and leaned forward so that he was inches away from my face.
"Now." He began, "Tell me why you think you're not included in this family meeting." I gulped. I didn't want to tell him that it was because of my past because I knew that he would start doubting his love for me; I wanted to spend as much time with him as I could.
I hung my head slightly. "I don't know." I sighed. Edward's fingers curled around my chin and yanked it up so that I was looking him directly in the eye.
"You're lying Bella." He taunted. I felt myself shake a little under the pressure. His eyes started to turn black and I cowered back slightly. It was then that I could feel his power ruling over me. The authority in his voice had a new meaning to me and my body could no longer deny him anything that he wanted. Suddenly, I was saved by Emmett.
"Come on dudes!" he whined, "You can do that in your little love nest later! I wanna know what Alice has seen!" I had to giggle had the phrase "love nest". Edward rolled his eyes but looked at me sternly.
"We'll continue this later." He stated. I nodded my head weakly and he sighed and kissed my forehead, once again sending an electric shock through my body. "Come on love. Everybody's waiting for us." He grabbed my hand and led me into a dining room. It consisted of a long table with eight chairs surrounding it. Two chairs were unoccupied on the left side, presumably for me and Edward so we sat on them. Edward placed his hand on my thigh and started rubbing it up and down soothingly before squeezing it. I purred a little bit and heard chuckles from the rest of the family. I shut up instantly and looked down, embarrassed.
"Well," Carlisle started, "as you all know, Alice has seen something that I think may please a number of you."
"What is it?" Rosalie asked curiously, snuggling up to Emmett who was seated on the chair next to her.
"The Denali family are coming!" Alice interrupted. A collection of wicked smiles spread across the faces of the Cullen siblings, glints of humour and mischief twinkling within their eyes, apart from Edward who groaned.
"Oh Eddie!" Emmett laughed, "I think Tanya might be glad to see you again!" I stopped breathing for a second.
"Who is Tanya?" I asked, surprisingly calm, although on the inside, I was shaking in anger.
"Tanya is a girl who has an…obsession with Edward." Jasper explained, smirking at Edward. Edward snarled.
"I don't care what she does. I am going to stay with Bella the entire time they are here. I am not leaving her side." Edward seethed. He wrapped his arms around me and pulled me so that I was on his lap. "Bella is my mate and I love her with all my heart, not Tanya!" he hissed. I was momentarily stunned. That was the first time he said that he loved me. I curled up against his chest and he tightened his hold on me.
"Edward, can you at least try and be polite to Tanya?" Esme asked gently. Edward sighed and buried his head in my hair, taking a deep breath. I heard a gasp and whizzed around to find Alice's wide eyed form, staring at the wall blankly.
"Alice?" I questioned, concerned.
"Don't worry; she's just having another vision." Jasper informed me. I nodded my head and observed Alice in wonder. Suddenly, an ear shattering roar ripped out of Edward's chest.
"NO!" I managed to jump off his lap and run to the other side of the room and he jumped up from his chair.
"What is it?" Emmett asked seriously. Alice looked apologetically at me.
"The Denali's seemed to have acquired a new member. It's a male." Everyone looked round with a confused expression except for Edward who was pacing and growling profanities.
"Why is that such a big deal?" Jasper asked.
"An unmated male." Alice said gravely. My eyes widened at what she was implying. A deadly silence took over the house and I noticed each couple move closer to each other. After a few minutes of absorbing the information, Carlisle decided to break the silence.
"When?" he inquired, his voice barely above a whisper.
"Three days." Alice responded. Edward stopped his pacing and glared at Emmett.
"No." he growled, "I don't want him within a hundred miles of her."
"Edward, we have no choice." Alice told him quietly. "They're coming here and you and Bella are going to stay. You have-"
"No. No. NO!" Edward snarled. He skilfully jumped over the table and scooped me up in his arms and sprinted into his bedroom. He threw me on the bed and locked the door. He started to breathe in deeply and pinched the bridge of his nose between his thumb and forefinger, trying to calm himself down.
I sat there for a moment, staring at him. The only time I had seen Edward angrier then this was the incident with Mike Newton. Out of nowhere, the image of Emily flashed in my mind. A new wave of confidence spread over me. I knew he wasn't in the right frame of mind but I needed to tell Edward my story. Now.
I slowly got up off the bed and shuffled my feet towards Edward. Once I was in front of him, I raised my hand and softly caressed his cheek. He sighed and placed his hand over mine, holding it to his cheek. He opened his eyes and the first emotion I saw was love. I felt like doing a happy dance then and there but now was not the time.
"I'm ready to tell you." I told him. Understanding flitted across his face and he nodded his head. He took both of my hands and pulled me over to the bed. We sat down and Edward stared at me.
"In your own time, love." He rubbed small circles on my hands with his thumbs, reassuring me that everything was alright. I closed my eyes and took in a shaky breath.
"It all started when my mom remarried."