Chapter Twenty-Three

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-Layla's POV-

Bella sits in a chair opposite Carlisle who mops up her blood as he removes glass shards from her arm

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Bella sits in a chair opposite Carlisle who mops up her blood as he removes glass shards from her arm.
He drops one into a bowl as Bella tries not to look at the blood.
"I sure can kill a party," Bella sighed.
"It's not your fault. Jasper hasn't been away from human blood as long as the rest of us," Carlisle told her.
"Seems like you're the only one it doesn't effect," I noted.
"Centuries of practice," He said.
"Did you ever think of... living differently?" Bella asked.
"I enjoy my work too much. Helping people, saving lives," Carlisle explained. "I'm hoping there's a point to my existence, even if I am damned."
"Damned? You're not damned," Bella said.
"Only people who do sins are damned," I added.
"Then you and I agree. But Edward doesn't believe there's an afterlife for our kind," Carlisle agreed. "He thinks we've lost our souls."
"That's why he won't... He thinks he'd be damning me," Bella sighed.
"If you believed as he did, would you risk it?" Carlisle asked.
"If it comes to being with Emmett forever, then I would give my soul," I said as I saw Emmett in the other room.
He smiled at me as I walked up to him.
"You'd give your mortal life to stay with me?" He asked.
"More than anything," I said, looking at him. "If I have to choose between you and being human, it will always be you."
Emmett smiled softly as he picks me up and kisses me.
I kissed back as our tongues fought for dominance.
My hands roamed over his chest as his hands rested on my bum.
He squeezes it a bit as I gasped, allowing his tongue to enter my mouth.
Emmett pushes me softly against the wall as he moved in between my legs.
My skirt rises up a bit as his hand touches my thigh.
I shiver slightly at his touch as he strokes my thigh.
I pulled away, gasping for air as Emmett looks at me.
"You look good with messy hair," he told me.
I blushed as I smoothed my hair.
"I'm the luckiest man in the world to have you in my life," Emmett told me as he looks deeply at me.
My blush deepened as he placed me on the ground.
"Let's get you home," He said as he takes my hand. We walked to my car as we got in.
Silence filled the car as Emmett drove.
"Tell Edward it's not his fault Bella got hurt," I asked.
"I will," Emmett replied. "But he gets stubborn when it comes to your cousin."
I sighed as I nodded.
"I hate the fact that Bella and I have to rely on you guys to protect us," I said, looking out the window.
"I know, babe," Emmett told me as he takes my hand. "But when you change, I would have to rely on you to protect me."
"You do?" I asked, confused.
"When a human becomes a vampire, they are strong in the first few months as their human blood remains in their tissues," Emmett explained.
"And some have gifts," I added.
As we sat in silence again, we arrived at my place soon.
"I'll leave my window open for you," I said.
"Edward needs to talk to all of us soon," Emmett told me as we climbed out the car.
"Why?" I asked. "Is it about what happened?"
Emmett sighed as he runs his hand through his hair.
"He wants us to move," Emmett told me.
"What?" I asked. "Why?"
"He thinks Bella and you would be better off if we weren't here," He said.
"If you guys leave, Victoria may come after us," I added.
"I know," Emmett agreed. "Which is why I asked Alice to keep an eye out for her if she decides to come here."
I nodded.
"But you can't leave me," I softly said, looking down. "There has to be another way."
"We'll get through this together, Layla," He said, lifting my chin up. "You are my mate. And I'm your boyfriend."
I smiled softly as Emmett kisses me gently.
This time, it wasn't with passion, but with love and understanding.
My lips moved against his as I put all of my emotions into this one kiss.
"I'll see you later," Emmett told me as he walks away.
I smiled as I walked into the house.
"Had fun, Layla?" Uncle Charlie asked as he looks up.
"Yeah," I nodded as I walked upstairs. "Going to sleep now."
"Sleep night, sweetie," he told me as I kissed him on the cheek.
"Night, Uncle Charlie," I said.
I got changed into my pjs and went to sleep.

That night, I didn't have another nightmare

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That night, I didn't have another nightmare. This time, it was my wedding to Emmett.
-Dream-
Charlie was walking me down the aisle as I wore a beautiful white dress.
Aunt Rene was crying heavily as Uncle Charlie and I walked.
Emmett was smiling as we came up. Uncle Charlie hands me to Emmett with a nod.
Emmett looks at me with love in his eyes as we turned to the Pastor.
He said all the necessary things as we said our "I do's."
Emmett pulls me to him as we kissed. It was the same kiss as before as we heard everyone cheers.
-Dream ends-
At school today, Bella was worried about Edward.
He didn't come to school. Emmett came to my room as he told me they're leaving today.

He hands me a slip of paper that had their new numbers and emails

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He hands me a slip of paper that had their new numbers and emails.
"Don't let Bella get to it," Emmett told me.
"I will," I said as I kissed him.
-Edward's POV-
I was in Bella's room as I looked at the pictures.
Guilt ran through me, knowing what would happen to her.
Emmett told Layla about us moving. She didn't want me to tell Bella, but I had to.
She keeps getting hurt because of me. Layla agreed to keep in touch with us, but not to tell Bella.
I looked down at Bella's scrapbook to see the photo of Bella and I hugging.
I pulled it out and held it as I saw Bella coming out of her truck.
Layla looks at me as she walked inside.
-Bella's POV-
I saw Edward in my room as he came outside.
"Edward," I smiled. "You're here."
He stood by the house as Layla walked inside.
I hurried toward him, but slows when I saw his cold, distant face; an unreadable mask.
"Walk with me?" He asked as he gently took my hand. Dread fills me as I let him guide me toward the woods.
Edward stops by a fallen tree as he turns to me.
"We need to leave Forks," Edward told me.
"What? Why?" I asked.
"It's time. Carlisle's supposed to be ten years older than he looks; people
will start noticing," He told me.
"But... when?" I looked at him, confused.
"Now," Edward told me as I tried to think of something.
"I guess I'll have to think of something to tell Charlie, but I can be ready-," I said.
"Not you. Not Layla," Edward corrected me. "Us."
"What? No! Edward, what happened with Jasper, that was nothing," I said.
"Nothing compared to what could happen. You don't belong in my world," Edward shook his head.
"But I belong with you," I said.
"You don't," He told me.
"Don't say that," I replied. "I do belong with you. I can't live with myself if you left me."
"I don't want you anymore!" Edward told me.

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