End of Chapter 5
“Bella! Hospital!” She said louder, noticing I made no movement the first time.
I glanced back at her worried face. “What? Why?” Still not moving.
She pointed to my stomach. “That's why!” She glanced towards Edward. “Help her will ya” She said as she grabbed my bag. Edward took a couple steps towards me.
“I can help myself” I said as I struggled to sit up. He froze, just watching me. I swung my feet over the side of my bed and stood up slowly. I took two steps before the pain stirred.
“Edward!” Alice said, not impressed. I leaned forward, noticing how dizzy I was and took two steps forward. His cool hands were around me immediately. I kept my eyes closed as he took me in his arms, cradling me. As much as I didn't want this contact with him, I welcomed it. It got really hot all of a sudden and I pressed my forehead against his chest.
I couldn't exactly hear what they were saying, mostly because they spoke too fast, and so quiet, but also because the pain had become so loud that I couldn't concentrate on anything else. In a matter of seconds we were downstairs and on our way out the door.
“Wait....Charlie” I whispered still clouded by the pain.
They both stopped and whispered some more.
“Don't worry Bella” Alice said as we continued on our way out the door. The last thing I remember is the car door shutting behind me. I noticed the cool contact was still around me. Edward was in the back seat with me, still holding me, never letting go
“Bella?” Charlie whispered, squeezing my hand. “You awake”
I opened my eyes, squinting at the bright florescent.
“I got it” I heard another voice, farther away and then the lights were off. I laid there with my eyes closed and listened. There was an awful lot of beeping, and people moving around.
“Bells” Charlie gave my hand another squeeze. I finally opened my eyes and seen Charlie sitting right beside me on the bed. I've never took the time to really see Charlie. When did he get so many wrinkles? The lines in his face were so hard. I reached my hand up to touch his cheek when I noticed the IV in my arm, which restricted my hand from going any farther. He took my other hand in his kissing the top of it.
“Ah, I see shes finally awake” Carlisle said as he pulled back the curtain, revealing Alice and Edward sitting by the window, both staring at me. I looked up at Carlisle and tried propping my self up on my elbows when I was hit with a different kind of pain this time.
“No need to move now Bella, relax, lay back” Carlisle said as he took out his chart and started marking stuff down. I watched as he pulled out his stethoscope and placed the cool chestpeice right above my heart, instructing me to take a deep breath. I breathed in as I glanced over at Alice and Edward, who seemed to be having their own conversation. Alice glanced out the window, and Edward was just nodding. I met his eyes, and quickly glanced back to Carlisle who had been saying something I didn't hear.
“What?” I said, trying to give him my full attention.
“How are you feeling?” He asked, as he placed the cuff around my arm, checking my blood pressure.
“I'm not sure” I said, moving my arm out from my body to give him more room. “How should I be feeling” I asked, again noticing the pain was different this time, the pain was dull.
“You didn't tell her” He asked looking at Charlie.
“No, not yet, she just woke up, seemed a little confused” Charlie replied, still holding my hand.
“Well Bella” Carlisle said squeezing the pump, making the cuff tighter around my arm. “Your appendix was inflamed and we had to remove it. If Alice and Edward hadn't gotten you here in time, it would have erupted, causing sever pain”
“Oh” I said recalling the painful state I was in this morning. I looked around the room, taking in the size and privacy I had. Edward must have had something to do with that.
“Surgery?” I asked, finally realizing what he was saying. I moved the hospital gown a little to show the incision below my stomach to the right and immediately felt nauseous. I covered it back up quickly and closed my eyes, taking deep breaths.
“Don't worry Bella, You'll be back to your old self in no time” Charlie said squeezing my hand again before letting it go.
“We're going to keep her over night for observation” Carlisle said as he made notes on the chart. “We'll see how she is tomorrow and go from there”
“Thanks Dr.” Charlie said as he shook his hand. “Bells, I gotta head back to the station for a bit, I kinda left in a rush and have some work to finish, okay” He said as he leaned down kissing the top of my head. “If you need me at all just shout” He laughed “I'll call in a little while to check on you” He said as he slid into his jacket.
“Thanks again” He said to Carlisle as they both made their way out my room, closing the door behind them.
“I'm so sorry Bella” Alice finally said as she got up and walked over and sat herself down on the end of my bed. “I would have seen it earlier...” She hesitated. “...If Edward hadn't told me to leave you alone.” I looked over at him, sitting hunched over with his head in his hands.
“Don't worry.” I said, looking back at her tiny face. “No damage done” I slightly smiled. “Well, except for that” I said as I pointed towards my stomach.
“Well..” She said, standing up, fidgeting with her shirt. “I'm gonna go check on Jasper, let him know your awake. He can't come in hospitals, obvious reasons” She said as she grabbed her coat. “I'll be back in a bit to check on you” She said as she made her way out of the room.
I lay for the a couple minutes, closed my eyes, listening to the beeping of the IV machine.
“I'm...gonna go” Edward finally said. I opened my eyes, watching him slowly stand up. He had his hand on the doorknob when I suddenly realized everything.
“Don't go” I said quickly. He hesitated, looking back at me. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. “Don't go” I said again.
“Bella...” He said, as he turned to face me. His hair was a mess, his eyes were dark underneath, but I took note of the light golden tone of his eyes. I pointed to the chair closest to me, trying to make myself clear.
He walked slowly towards me and slumped himself down in the chair, his eyes never leaving me.
“Bella, I'm so sorry” He said, as he started falling apart.
“You're sorry?” I said quickly, taken off guard by his apology. “If anyone is sorry it's me” I said as I took his tense hand in mine, feeling him flinch at the contact.
“But...If I hadn't told Alice to stop keeping tabs on you..” He stated slowly, pulling his chair closer to my bed.
“I still would be right here, fresh out of surgery” I said interrupting him, wrinkling my nose at the sound of surgery.
“Something bad could have happened though.” He said, rubbing circles into the palm of my hand. “I couldn't live with myself if something happened to you.” His eyes dropped and he placed his head on the bed, my hand finding his cheek. I reached over with my other hand and combed it through his hair
“I'm sorry” I whispered.
“Don't be” He whispered back.
“I'm sorry” He continued.
“Don't be” I whispered, through a slight smile, closing my eyes. I ran my hand through his hair again, and eventually fell back asleep.
When I woke up again, I noticed it was dark outside.
“It's almost 10” I glanced up to see Edward still sitting beside me, holding my small hand in his. Behind him was a nurse changing the IV bag.
“How are you feeling.” She asked, smiling at me. “Any pain?”
“No, I'm fine, thanks” I replied shifting my legs under the blanket.
“Alright, if you need anything just ring” She said, and she was gong, leaving me and Edward alone again.
“Liar” He said as he stood up and started fidgeting with the IV bags.
“What are you doing?” I asked watching him.
“Adjusting the pain medication.” He smiled.
I thought back to Edwards medical background. He knew what he was doing. I noticed the pace of the drips quicken and he sat back down beside me.
“Edward...” I started. “I'm sorry. I really am. It was so stupid of me to think I could just leave and everything would be normal again...”
“Nothing is normal when you're a vampire” He joked. Not realizing how it affected me whenever he made comments like that. I'm not one, yet. I stared at him for a while, realizing how beautiful he was, realizing this was my life. I can't leave.
“I can't leave.” I said fidgeting under the blankets again.
“Okay” he said taking his other hand and brushing my hair back off my face.
“Okay?” I asked. Wondering about his one word answer.
“I'm going to do whatever you want me to” He answered, brushing my hair back again.
I thought about this. He would have let me leave if I wanted to. I already knew that. I also knew that now I couldn't leave. He can't let me leave, but if I told him that, he wouldn't agree to it.
“I want you to hold me” I said, looking back at him.
He sat there for a minute, looking me over. I slid over to the side of the bed, trying to make room for two. He finally stood up, removed his shoes and climbed onto the bed beside me, avoiding the IV lines. I curled up into his arms, finally getting comfortable. I placed my warm cheek against his cool chest and took his hand in mine, my fingers intertwining with his.
“Bella.” He whispered, his head against the top of my head. “I love you”
I tilted my head up to look him in the eyes, and once his face came into view he let go of my hand and took my face in his hands, bringing me close to his lips.
I felt his body suddenly go stiff. He held his breath and looked towards the door.
“Shit” He muttered under his breath.
Within seconds Alice flew through the door, along with Carlisle. A little embarrassed about the position they found us in I drew back from Edward and laid my head back down on the pillow.
“Alice you grab her stuff, Edward you help her, and I'll finish the paperwork.” Carlisle said quickly, I almost didn't catch all of it. They all started moving around the room grabbing stuff. Alice grabbed my bag and put my books back into it. She opened the closet and took out the clothes I had on when I left the house this morning. I glanced up at Edward who had removed himself from beside me and was now fidgeting quickly with the IV lines. He removed everything but kept the line still in my arm and put a bandage over top of it and taped it down.
“Whats going on” I asked, my question not reaching anyone. Carlisle had already left and came back three times with different papers each time.
“We'll meet you in the car” Carlisle said to Alice as she took my bag and left the room. “Edward, you mind helping Bella?” He asked as he grabbed the chart at the end of the bed.
Edward didn't say anything, he grabbed the house coat and wrapped me into it, and grabbed some extra blankets. He took me in his arms carefully and held me against his chest.
“Whats going on!?” I asked again loudly, catching both their attention. They both looked at me and then at each other.
“Stop it and tell me whats going on” I said as I looked into Edwards eyes.
He looked down at me and kissed the top of my head.
“Victoria” was all he said, and I felt my body tense up.