Chapter Thirty-Two

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Disclaimer: None of this is mine, nor will it ever be (sigh). I like to play with the characters that Stephenie Meyers created and make them do pervy things or become angels with a bad attitude.

We're going to hear from Edward next chapter and the legion is going to prepare for battle. But, Emmett is fighting the darkness. He disagrees with everything that he's been pulled into.

Chapter Thirty-Two

EPOV

"She went to get a ball in the woods, Ms. Mallory," said a fifth-grade student named Emily. "She tossed it to me and I thought she was right behind me, but Miss Swan never came out from the woods." She did seem afraid to go in there. Why couldn't Ms. Mallory or Miss Stanley hang out in the outfield?

"Figures," Lauren scoffed. "Swan is probably slacking off."

I ran over to the kickball field when I felt a buildup of dark energy. Mrs. Cope yelled at me to stay, but not when I sensed danger. I was tempted to flash my wings, but I had to maintain my cover. I arrived at the field, crouching down in front of the girl. "Emily, I'm Mr. Cullen and I'm Miss Swan's boyfriend. Did you see anyone in the woods when she went in there?"

"No, just her, Mr. Cullen," she said. "Is she alright?"

"I'm going to check, sweetie," I replied, giving her a tight grin. I shot Lauren and Jessica a glower. "Get these kids inside."

"We don't have to answer to you," Jessica scoffed.

"Now is not the time to flex your nonexistent muscles, Stanley. I will win," I sneered. The clouds darkened and there was a distant rumble of thunder. I smirked. "Get these kids inside. It's going to rain." Just as I said that, the clouds opened up and Lauren screamed for everyone to go to their classrooms. Alice and Seth went into mine and Bella's rooms while I ducked into the forest. I sensed a powerful evil, but it wavered for a moment. I tried to find Bella, but her soul was out of reach and dark to me. I heard the approach of several angels. Carlisle and Esme landed next to me. "Did you handle the weather?"

"Yes," Carlisle nodded. "Those two ..." he wrinkled his nose in the direction of Lauren and Jessica. "They are truly spiteful women."

"Agreed," Esme sneered. "My child, do you sense her?"

"No," I choked out. "She was taken from here, but whomever grabbed her has not succumbed completely to the darkness. Do you think ...?"

"Possibly, they are trying to lure her to the darkness," Carlisle growled, his wings fluttering. He took my arm, staring into my eyes. "I know you want to go in search of her, but you must ... you must stay here. They may send a police officer. This is NOT an abduction like they have ever seen. You know what to do."

"I want to find her," I sobbed, my heart beginning to crack and my fears coming to fruition. Carlisle hugged me, enfolding me in his wings and I allowed myself a moment to lose control. "I love her, so much."

"We know, my child," Esme said. I turned to her, hugging her and she pressed her hand to my chest. I felt the warmth of her comfort. "Go back to the school. Deal with the police. We will begin preparing for battle."

I nodded, feeling empty and alone, Bella's absence abundantly apparent. With another nudge, I darted away and made my way inside. Mrs. Cope was speaking to Ms. Whittier. "Mr. Cullen, did you find Miss Swan?" Mrs. Cope asked, wringing her hands.

"No, ma'am," I replied. My voice sounded different, tired. That's because your soulmate is in the clutches of a monster, idiot. "But, she wasn't there."

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