Chapter Twenty-Six

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So, none of this is mine. I wrote the first chapter for a contest and now, I'm expanding it. What I own ... a condo and too many books. What I don't ... Twilight and all its characters.

And we've made it to the climax, kids. Sorry about the cliffhanger, but this was ALWAYS planned this way. I'm warning you ... the next chapter or two may be bloody and quite graphic.

*Violence Warning*
*Angst Warning*

Chapter Twenty-Six

BPOV

I was being shaken hard. My head was pounding from my killer hangover from drinking too many margaritas yesterday and I just wanted to sleep. "Fuck off," I grumbled, curling around Edward's pillow.

"Bella, wake up," Alice hissed. "Something's happened."

I opened my eyes and saw her terrified face. "What do you mean?" I asked, rubbing my face. "I'm ... I'm still drunk, I think."

"Go brush your teeth, wash your face and meet us downstairs, Bells," Alice commanded. She looked at me, her eyes swirling with fear. "And get dressed." She hopped out of the bed and I looked at the clock. It was just after two in the morning. I was supposed to be up in five hours to be beautified by the glam squad for my wedding. I padded to the bathroom and did as Alice asked, tossing my curled hair up into a ponytail. When I was done with that, I pulled on a pair of yoga pants and one of Edward's dress shirts. I yawned, carrying a pair of sneakers downstairs. I was shocked.

There was a full house. None of them from the party the night before, save for Alice and Esme. Jasper and Emmett were speaking with Carlisle, who was pacing frantically. "What's going on?"

"Bella," Esme cried, getting up and hugging me tightly. "My sweet girl."

I awkwardly accepted her hug, but pulled back. "What the fuck is going on here? Where's Edward?"

"Bambina, I need you to listen to everything before you fly off the handle," Emmett said slowly. I crossed my arms, anger seeping out of me. "While at his bachelor party, Edward was taken."

"WHAT?!" I screamed. I flew to Emmett and started pounding on him. "You're his brother! You were supposed to protect him! WHERE THE FUCK IS MY FIANCE?!"

"We don't know, but we're working on it," Emmett said, holding me in his arms, pulling me close and his voice cracking.

"Tell me what happened," I hissed, shoving away from him.

"Dad had just left with Anthony, to go back to their place in the city. He'd just shared some rather disturbing information about ... well, it doesn't really matter now ... and Edward said he had to go to the bathroom. Anyway, the bathrooms on the VIP level were under construction or closed for whatever reason. That's what the waitress said. Edward went down to the main level to go to the bathroom. I noticed that he was gone for a long time. Too long, if you asked me. Even if he was taking a shit."

"Emmett," Carlisle growled, narrowing his eyes at his son.

"What?" Emmett retorted.

"KEEP. GOING," I commanded, slugging his arm.

"Sorry," he said. "I ran into the waitress who told Edward about the issue with the bathroom and I went downstairs with Jasper. We got into the bathroom and there was evidence of a struggle. The mirror was broken and we found a couple of things on the ground."

"What?" I whispered.

Emmett reached into his pocket and pulled out a plastic bag. Inside, there was a hypodermic needle and one of Edward's cufflinks. "We think that Edward was drugged and taken away. We're working on his location, but the tech who installed the GPS tracking device in Edward's ring hadn't calibrated it correctly."

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