Chapter 16 Hellos and Goodbyes

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“You can’t get away with this!” Rose barks as Tony and Steve force her into the vibranium and adamnatium tube.

Both tubes were filled with water that held Alice and Rosalie Cullen. Each tube had one circular window of unbreakable glass in which to see through. Esme had let them know that vampires could not drown, but it was a good measure of torture. Being surrounded by water their senses would be greatly affected such as scent, taste, and hearing. They would be fed once twice a day as they’d be fed as though sharks at an aquarium. The way Tony saw it they were nothing more than savage animals anyhow. Why not treat them as such?

Tony kisses the glass on both containers and waves to each of the girls.

“You two have fun now! Call me!”

A few days later…

Bruce and Tony lifted their eyes towards the bed as Bella made a growl like sound.

“NO!” Dr. Banner rushed over as she was attempting to roll out of bed and yanking off her heart monitoring pads.

Tony dropped the drink that was in his hand and hurried over as well. They both propped her back on the bed.

“You need to lie down and relax.”

“Relax?! RELAX?!” She shouts the last part.

“Bella…” Tony said softly as he and Bruce held her down.

“Where the fuck are they?!” She shouted behind gritted teeth.

“Who?” Bruce questioned as he checked her vitals, while Tony continued to hold her down.

“THE FUCKING BITCHES THAT DID THIS TO ME!” Bella roars.

Dr. Banner looks to her heart monitor with alarm as it began to beep. He quickly prepared a syringe filled with morphine. He placed it into her IV. Bella grabbed his wrist.

“What did you just give me?”

“Something to calm you down.”

She starts laughing.

“Um no! But thanks!” Bella tries to break out of Tony’s hold so she can rip the IV out before it hits.

“Dammit, Tony let me go!”

“I can’t do that Bella honey.”

“THIS IS BULLSHIT!”

The morphine starts to take effect and her head swam around a bit.

“Complete and utter fucking bullshit!” Bella whimpered out miserably.

Tony swallowed back as tears ran down her face. Bella shut her eyes and shook her head.

“So what’s the damage?”

She questions looking to Bruce. He shows her the x-rays revealing her broken bones. She nods and runs her fingers along her face as it felt funny. She grimaced and covered her face.

“Where’s a mirror?”

Bruce sighs and looks towards Tony. He nodded and took her hand. With her free hand Bruce handed her a mirror. She nods and hands it back.

“So I’m the bride of Frankenstein… great.”

“Now Bella honey you’re marrying me remember. Frankenstein will have to find his own bride.”

“You honestly want to marry me looking like this?!”

Bruce clears his throat and nods towards Tony. He exits the room giving them their privacy.

“Absolutely!”

“Tony! LOOK AT ME!”
“I am, just a few stitches that’s all.”
“And what will they leave behind.”

“Scars…” He says with a shrug.

“Exactly… scars! You want a wife with a scarred up face?!”

“I want you as my wife I don’t care about anything else.”

“You’re so full of shit!”

He raises his brows on this.

“Am I?”

“You’re Tony Stark… “She says behind miserable laughter.

“And what the hell is that supposed to mean?”

“I think we both know.”

“No, no, I’m afraid you lost me.”

She shakes her head.

“Don’t you think that’s my decision to make? I want a woman that loves me for who I am not what I am. You see me Bella, Tony Stark. Inventor, childish, fun loving, with a heart of gold?” He says with a grin. But then his face becomes serious.

“And I see you Bella, the woman standing before me. You’re sweet, but have a mean right hook. You’ll go toe to toe with a vampire. But you are still vulnerable when it comes to the heart. You are beautiful Bella, and that beauty is matched only by the beauty of your soul.”

She sucked back a breath and even more tears rolled down her cheeks. Tony carefully scooted her over and lay beside her.

She was doing her best to fight against the morphine.

“I love you Bella honey.”

“I love you too.” A knot formed in his throat as she buried her face into his chest and cried herself to sleep.

Tony cleared his throat and wiped his face with the back of his hand. He kissed her forehead and held her for a little while. Before long Dr. Banner reentered the room. He once again checked on her vitals. He nodded and took off his gold framed glasses when he was done. He then leaned against the counter and looked out the window.

“It’s going to take her some time.” Bruce looks to the pool in thought.

“That would be an excellent source for her recovery. She’s going to need a little rehab to get her body back into shape. She seems stubborn. That’s what I like in cases such as this. She’s going to be determined to push past this. We just need to make certain she doesn’t overdo it.”

“I’ll call Clint and let him know she finally woke. Anyone else I think we need to give her a few more days. I wouldn’t even call her mother yet. They don’t exactly see eye to eye on things. Clint and I feel it’d only add more stress to the situation.”
“The last thing either of you need.”

“Precisely…”

Tony carefully made his way out of the bed. He then grabbed his phone and called Clint. Bruce checked over Bella’s stitches. He then checked on her catheter bag.

Once Tony returned, Bruce handed Bella’s engagement ring to him.

“I almost forgot I had this. Her finger was jammed and swollen didn’t want to take any risk. So I used and old trick I knew in order to get it off.”
“Ah, my hero!” Tony kisses his cheek and dashes over to Bella.

Bruce narrows his eyes and wipes his cheek off. Tony placed the ring back on her finger. He then kissed it.

“Back where it belongs…” He uttered softly.

Before long Clint arrived, he pulled up a chair and sat beside her.

“So how’d she take it?” He hinted.

Bruce and Tony look to one another and shake their heads.

“Eh, she’s had better days…”

Clint sighs.

“That’s about what I thought. Let me guess… she was pissed?”

Bruce and Tony smirk.

“You could say that.”

“She wouldn’t be Bell if she didn’t stick her middle finger in the air and tell everyone to fuck off.”

Tony chuckles.

“Well then she did us proud.”

“GOOD! That means hope…”

“My thoughts precisely.”

Clint takes her hand. Tony orders everyone something to eat. After a few more hours pass by, Bella rose again. She looked around the room as if confused.

“Clint?”

“Bell…” He hopped up and hugged her.

“How are you feeling?”

She swallowed back and rubbed her eyes.

“Been better…”

“I can imagine so.”

Clint kissed her forehead and sat back down.

“Do you need anything? Are you thirsty?”

She nods and he hops back up. Tony was already heading over with a glass of water. He handed it to Clint.

“Would you like a stogie and some Jack, Bella honey?”

“Sure, why not.”

Clint helps prop her up as she sips from the glass.

“That’s like the best water I’ve ever had in my life.” She says once she’s done downing it.

Bruce checked her vitals.

“Can’t check your temp just yet, since you just drank that water.”

“Sorry…”
“No biggie, you don’t seem to be running a temp anyhow. What’s your pain level?”

“Six…” She says with a shrug.

“NO giving me anything that’s going to put me out, I’ve slept enough. I’d rather deal with the minor pain.”

Bruce sighs.

“Your vitals show you’re in more pain than a six…”

“I’m fine.”

“Bella honey, you need to listen to whatever he has to say.”

“I am, but I’m not going back to sleep and that’s final.”

Each man there looks to one another with raised brows.

“If I cuddle with you will you go beddy byes?”

Bella rolled her eyes but broke into a smile.

“I doubt you want to sleep in a hospital bed Tony.”

Bruce looks over to Bella.

“He’s been doing it.”

Tony clears his throat at Bruce’s comment. Bella looks to Tony in surprise. He shrugs. Even Clint found himself amazed. He truly hadn’t expected that either. In fact Bella was just about to find out how attentive Tony has been to her needs.
“I better go Fury’s paging me. I’ll come see you tomorrow Bell hun.”

Clint hugged her once more before he left and Tony walked him out. Clint stopped just before he got into his car.

“Thanks… I really mean it Stark. I was wrong about you and I can admit that now. That’s not always something I’m willing to do.”

Tony smirks.

“Yeah, well, everyone gets one I suppose. If I’m being perfectly honest, I couldn’t blame you for making assumptions about me. Your sister is the one that should take the credit for waking my ass up. If it wasn’t for her I’d still be a fuck up Barton. I guarandamntee it!”

Clint smiles and twirls his keys about.

“Why do I believe that?”

“Yeah, Yeah nightie night Robin Hood.”

Tony waved him off and headed back inside.

“I think I’m calling it a night as well. Everything looks great so far. I finally talked her into taking her meds. So she might be feeling drowsy here soon. Just let me know if you need anything. “

Tony nodded as Bruce went upstairs to the guest room Tony had set up for him. He wanted to make certain Bella had a doctor on hand 24/7. He offered Bruce a substantial amount for his services, but Bruce wouldn’t even accept half of it. He thought it was too much and he felt he’d be taking advantage of the situation. Tony wholeheartedly disagreed after all for the time being he was living under their roof just to take care of his fiancé. Even Tony though could tell the doctor had a soft side for Bella. Then again who didn’t? Every Avenger (except for Thor who was currently dealing with his own crisis in Asgard and apparently it involved Jane), Fury, Darcy, Happy, Coulson, Emmett, Jasper, and Esme had been by to visit daily since they’d gotten Bella home. Tony wasn’t too keen on having vampires in his house. He sucked it up for Bella’s sake, but hated every fucking moment of it. He didn’t trust them as far as he could throw them.

Tony also found himself putting everything on hold. That included Stark Industries and Iron Man. He let the Avengers deal with whatever crisis might be going on. He left it to Happy to let him know if things got too out of shape with the industry. So far, so good…

Tony took off his watch and began to prepare a couple bowls of water. He gathered shampoo, soap, razors, wash clothes, and towels. Like clockwork Tony began taking off her gown. She looked to him oddly. He said nothing just merely winked. Bella’s heart nearly fluttered out of her chest as he began to bath her. He rinsed her off when he was done and even found a way to wash her hair and brushed it. Bella grew slightly embarrassed when she realized she had a catheter. Tony acted as if all this was no big deal. He even foamed up her legs with shaving cream and began to shave her legs. He then gave her a basin to spit into as she brushed her teeth. Just the way he was going about it she could tell he’d been doing this.

When he was done he draped a blanket over her and went to gather a clean gown. Tony returned to find her crying into her hands.

“Are you hurting?” He questioned with alarm as he quickly sat the gown down.

She shook her head not able to talk at the moment.

“Bella honey, what’s wrong?”

“You just really amaze me sometimes…”

Tony raised his brows on this.

“Well in a good way I hope!” He said with a smile.

He grabbed her gown and helped her get it on. After he was done with that he put everything away and he himself went and got showered. When he returned he climbed on into the bed and put an arm around her. Bella snuggle up against him wishing she could wrap herself around him. But she had the IV, wrapped fingers, back brace, and things of that nature to deal with.

Tony kissed her then called to Jarvis to turn off the lights.


“You two are almost sickeningly cute together.” Bella stated as Darcy sat in Emmett’s lap.

“I gotta admit you seem a lot happier Emmett.”

He smiles and nuzzles against Darcy’s neck.

“I am actually.”

Jasper and Esme smile on this as well.

“What’s not to be happy with?!” Darcy taunts.

“Oh I’m sure your mouth at times.” Bella fires back.

Jasper tilts his head upon her.

“You should tell him you’re in pain.”

“Shut it, Jasper.” She whispers harshly.

Bruce and Tony turned towards Bella overhearing this.

“I’m fine.” She calls out.
Jasper shakes his head.

“You’re making me cringe darlin’.”

“Oh come on, you’ve been through war you can take it!”

“Bella honey…”

“Yes?”

“Are you hurting?” Tony inquired as he had his arms folded about his chest. He sat on a stool as he and Bruce were working on something together.

“Nope.”

“Liar, liar…” Jasper scolds in a tsking matter.

“Oh shut up Major Whitlock!”
Darcy looks up at this.

“You were a Major? In what?”

Bella laughs at Darcy’s comment. Jasper cocked a brow.

“In war…”

“Oh wow, you can major in that?”

“Darcy hun just… ugh no…”

“No what?”

Emmett chuckles and pecks her on the cheek.

“Darcy, just go back to staring at Emmett.”
“OK!”

“Not his ass Darcy…”

“But you said…”

“He’s my Emmy I can stare at whatever part of him I want!”

“What was I thinking? You’re right stare away.”

“I don’t need your permission.”

“Take the damn meds.” Jasper utters staggering back a bit, he honestly hadn’t a clue how she was dealing with this much pain.

“FINE!”
“FINE!”

Bruce made his way over and handed her some pills.

“Ya big vampire weenie.”

Jasper cocks a brow and Esme, Emmett, and Darcy die in laughter.

“Bella honey, are we being rude to our guest?” Tony calls out as he was flipping through the mail.

“No…” She replies innocently.

“Ok then…”

Bella turns toward Emmett.

“So I believe someone owes me a story.”

“What now?”

“No, after the pills take affect and I’m passed out cold.”

“Isn’t she just so cute?” Tony utters as he passes by.

“I’m pretty freaking adorable. Ok so story time and go!”

Emmett looks to her oddly.

“Ok let’s try this again… and GO!”

“Actually, I want to hear this story too.” Darcy admits looking to Emmett.

Emmett looks over to Esme. She smiles warmly and nods his way.

“Well ok then…”

He leaned back in his seat even Tony and Bruce curiously listened in as he told his story.

“I started out as a ranch hand when I was 14 years old. My family was Irish Scottish.” He clears his throat. “We were immigrants Bella, not many took a liking to us. My mother had four of us kids to raise and my father damn near broke his back trying to make a living. Since we were immigrants the people my father worked for could get away with paying him as poorly as they wanted and for the long hours he put in. There were times he’d come home drenched in sweat. He’d literally run us out of the house with his stench alone, but because that’s how hard he worked in order for us to survive, but even that wasn’t enough. My family moved us to America in hopes for a better future and education for us children. The ironic part was so we could make a better living financially wise. Well that doesn’t happen overnight. That and a lot of people thought we should go back to where we came from. Ah, my sisters were nothing more than sluts or whores as they put it even though they were virgins. Our family was very religious. Still they found a way to somehow make us out to be these characters that were nothing like us. Word spread around that my brother and I had a gambling problem and all sorts of things of that nature. My father being unfaithful to my mother and all other hogwash that wasn’t even close to the truth.

I’d grown tired of the lies that were being spread about my family. I didn’t care what they said about me, but when it came to my siblings especially I was very protective. One day I finally snapped. My brother and I were passing by this fight that was taking place. Curiously, my brother and I made our way through the crowd surrounding the two that were fighting. We soon learned that they were fighting for money. The winner and his supporters took all. I thought of the irony since we brothers had been accused of gambling when we’d never gambled a day in our lives. We never had the means to even if we wanted. I was just about to leave with my younger brother. As much as I wanted to stay and watch I knew we’d only end up with another damn rumor about us if we stuck around.

One of the men however recognized us. Just as we were leaving he called over. He made some derogatory comments about our sisters. It was no secret that our sisters were very pretty. Both had gorgeous red hair and green eyes. Something we soon learned many American men found attractive. As to why we became even more protective of them. The man had said something about when he was done with our oldest sister he’d have enough left over for our youngest. My oldest sister was 21. Our youngest however was just 13! They knew this too it was a small enough town everyone knew everyone. All the more reason we did our best to keep to our settlement and stay away from the townspeople unless it was business related. Before I could even blink or so it seemed my 15 year old brother leaped over and attacked the man with the mouthy comments. I was 20 at the time.

I remember him decking the man across the face and him yelling at him about how to shut up about our sisters. To leave them alone, that they were good Christian women that didn’t deserve to be talked about in such a filthy way. Some of the guys laughed and began to talk about what whores they were and all this, that they were good for only one thing. To my great surprise and fear my brother took out a blade. One I wasn’t even aware that he’d had. I shouted out and promptly knocked the blade out of his hand. I knew we’d surely die. We would be shot or hanged. The men piled up on my little brother they hit and kicked him profusely. I’d grown desperate to put a stop to it. Something I hadn’t even known was in me took over. I began to punch, heave, and kick whoever came after him. I gritted my teeth and took whatever hits came my way, but I stood strong. I didn’t fall no I kept going until every man that was causing my brother harm was away from him. I then scooped him up. I looked upon them with hatred in my eyes.

I’d always tried to see the best in people. Not that day… I was too far gone. Each man there looked upon me with fear in their eyes; some with admiration others with wicked plans of their own. It wasn’t until I got my brother home and my mother began to care for his wounds that I had someone at the door. It was one of the men that held the fights. I’m not even sure how. A lot of it sheer arrogance I’m sure. But he managed to talk me into fighting the next round. I remember thinking about the money and how much food my family could have. How my sisters could finally get those dresses they wanted. How my father wouldn’t have to work so hard that we feared he’d simply kill over one day. This guy had seen me protect my brother and he had dollar signs in his eyes.

Before long I was literally fighting for my family. Three to four times a week these fights would take place. I was the top fighter. I knew I could beat anyone that came my way. For once my family knew what it was like not to suffer! Well my father had grown curious as to how I was earning the money one day. So without my knowledge he followed me.

I’d never seen so much disappointment in my father’s eyes. He waited until I was done to approach me. To let me know he’d seen what I’d done. I looked to him with pride thinking wow he saw me fight! He saw how good I am! I know he must be proud to have a son strong as me! No… that couldn’t be further from the truth. My father had never hit me before ever… He did that day though and a good one. He socked the living shit out of me and I went down and hard.

He said “son where the hell do you think you get it from.” I looked to him in shock. I rubbed my jaw and merely stared upon him. “You’re not the only one that can deal out a few good blows! But that is not who we are! We don’t hurt others, nor do we gamble, We do honest man’s work or we don’t work at all! The next day my father had me working as a lumberjack like he. It was shit pay, long hours, horrible weather conditions. But I learned something and sadly on the very day I was turned. For once I felt pride. For one thing I was working alongside of my father. We’d talked more than we ever talked. I witnessed just how hard this man worked for us. He talked about us all with great pride and a smile on his face. They had all gone on to lunch. Someone had to stay behind to keep an eye on the material it was too much to move. I volunteered and my father offered to bring me back something to eat once they returned.

Only when he returned I was nowhere to be found.

As you already know I was attacked by a bear and that’s when Rose found me. She took me to Carlisle and he changed me that day. I never saw my family again. I knew I just couldn’t take the risk. Though I was thankful they saved me and I was deemed a second chance. I missed my family greatly it broke my heart. I had Edward take whatever I had left and take it to my family so they could make ends meet. It wasn’t until later that Edward had confided in me and told me Carlisle had added his own contribution. One I was forever grateful for. My family thanks to him never had to go hungry again. I pictured them with full tummies, my sisters with those gorgeous dresses they’d had their eyes on, and my father finally able to relax and spend the time he’d always missed out on with them. I wanted to be mad. They finally had the life I always wanted. But I couldn’t be. The more I thought on it. I was just so happy. Just knowing they were better off now. Before long they’d earned their citizenship and I soon learned they had moved off. I never took the risk of going to see them. I feared the outcome and just couldn’t do that. Not to them.”

Bella had a genuine grin on her face. Darcy however was completely smitten and swept away by Emmett’s story. Tony and Bruce nodded towards one another as if in silent conversation over it. Bella reached out and took Emmett’s hand.

“Thanks Em…”

He smiled in return.

“Now get some sleep Bella.”

She nodded and shut her eyes. When she woke again, she saw Esme, Jasper, Colonel Fury, and her brother. She stretched out and the four of them lifted their eyes her direction. Bella realized that Esme had her hand. Esme promptly moved it and looked to the floor with a look of guilt about her face. Bella swallows back. Jasper handed her some water.

“Thank you.”

He nodded and took back the empty cup once she was done.

“I don’t blame you, you know…” Bella stated softly to Esme.

“And I never hated you… I was hurt. I won’t lie, but hurt by all of you. I never turned my back to any of you. I went to Italy not to get your son back not because I wanted him back. I went because I wanted to get him back to his family. I just couldn’t picture the outcome. I knew the risk and it was mine to take. But I loved you all so much even if I was no longer in love with Edward. I still saw you all as family. I just didn’t love Edward anymore. It’s not that I didn’t try. I did. But all I saw was the heartache and pain he put me through, along with the lies and broken promises. It wasn’t until he was out of my life that I truly realized just how much Edward controlled it. He was always angry or moody about something. He’d go through great lengths to get his way without ever considering my feelings. He wanted to control every aspect of my life. If he couldn’t he’d often act as though a child. Yet he was a century old vampire. At times I felt as though the more mature one out of our relationship. Just some of the things he said and did. I look back and wonder what the hell was wrong with me. Why was this vampire the center of my life for so long? Why did I put my entire life on hold? Why did I push not only my human friends away but my shifter ones as well? Because he wouldn’t allow it. He had a problem with damn near anyone that I wanted to be around that wasn’t him. Everything was either too dangerous, not in my best interest, or he just plan didn’t like it. That was between Edward and I though. It should have never involved anyone else. Unfortunately, it did. For that I’m sorry. But I will never apologize for no longer loving your son. He managed to wipe away any loving feelings I ever had for him.

When I saw him again in Italy, I truly feared I’d fall in love with him all over again. That I’d grow weak and give into my foolish ways when it came to Edward Cullen. But I felt so angry… I just looked at him as he was about to expose himself. I was pissed. How dare he! He turned his back to me! He had me following him around like a lost pup only to turn his fucking back and break every promise he ever told me. Yet here he was about to give up like a little bitch. Just expose himself and be done with it. When I’d spent all that time waiting for him to return and to admit he was wrong. That never happened. Instead I find myself having to go across the country because of his sheer stupidity alone. He always was so fucking dramatic. Nothing was ever simple with him. Anytime something went down in our relationship it was this huge dramatic episode. Nothing was ever taken lightly. He called the shots and that’s how it went.

Like I said this was between Edward and I. It should have never involved anyone else. Yet it seemed like everyone else around us was affected. I’m sorry you lost a son and that you lost a brother.” Esme and Jasper look to one another.

“It’s better off this way…” Jasper says.

Esme nods in agreement.

“He’s right. Jasper more than any of us knew just how sick Edward had mentally become. He could sense him and often enough I worried about Jasper more than Edward.”

Jasper wrinkled his nose in memory.

“I’ve been around a lot of darkness; I must admit my brother was filled with more than I’d ever known. And you already know my history lil darlin’ so you know that’s saying something.”

Bella nods with slight chills running down her spine. Jasper looks to the others in the room.

“Mind if I have a moment alone with Bella?”

They all nod toward Jasper. Jasper looks towards Bruce off to the corner of the room keeping to himself.

“I know you’re not leaving, I understand why.”

Bruce nods. Tony was running a few errands in town so had Bruce keeping an eye on the visiting vampires. He kept an eye out but gave Jasper and Bella their privacy.

Jasper took Bella’s hand and sat beside her.

“First off, I know I’ve said it but I’m going to say it again. You didn’t deserve any of this. Bella darlin’ us being in your life has made it nothing but a living nightmare. You lost your father and we nearly lost you. We failed to protect the both of you, something we promised we’d do. So Edward wasn’t the only one to break his promise. You’re a good damn woman.” He half laughs and shakes his head.
“How do you do it? You should hate each and everyone of us! But that’s not what I’m sensing from you. Part of you is resentful that’s to be expected. But what I keep getting from you the most is sympathy. Dammit Bella we don’t deserve it. Do you not remember me almost attacking you once?”

“Jasper…”
“We’re vampires darlin’.” He shakes his head.

“It’s like a predator befriending his prey. That’s not the true cycle of life. Eventually the predator is going to give into his prey. He’s going to hate himself when the deed is done but it’s all he knows. He craves and yearns for it. Even now darlin’ your blood calls to me. All the more reason I should go.”

Bella’s jaw drops.

“What?”

Jasper nods.

“I’m the more feral one of the bunch. I’ve always struggled more than the others. Emmett and Esme you never have anything to worry about. I can sense them around you and their only desire is to protect you and make up for the wrong we’ve done. Myself however… I wish to protect you. I wish to be apart of your life. But I can no longer take that risk. You’ve been through enough. I’d never forgive myself if I gave into my predator ways and hurt you or worse… made you one of us. I was always better off a loner. It’s how I prefer it to be honest.”
“Jasper please there must be a way!”

He shakes his head hand and kisses her hand.

“And this is it. I say goodbye and let you live your life.”
“Dammit Jasper! So you’re just going to run too?!”

“I’m not running. I’m doing what Edward never had the strength to do. When you love and care about someone. You do whatever is in their best of interest. I want you to go on with your life and be happy. Marry this guy have children… Live Bella. Smile, laugh, and enjoy your life. Just knowing you are would make me happy. I want you to have what none of us ever had.”

“Jasper… you don’t have to do this.”
“I know, but I want to.”

“And where will you go?”

He gets a smirk about his face.

“Well I’m a single vampire now Bella. Perhaps there are some covens of the female variety that would enjoy my company.” He teases.

Bella softly laughs.

“You would…”
“I wouldn’t turn it down if the opportunity arose.”

“So this is it? I’ll never see you again?”

“Now, I’m not saying that. Neither of us knows what the future holds. But just in case.” Jasper hugs her and kisses her cheek.

Bella sighs as his eyes grew dark with blood lust. He chuckles once he pulls back.

“Hmmm no goodbyes. Let’s just leave it at this… and no crying. I can’t stand when women cry. It’s a southern thing.” He says with a wink.

Bella swallowed back the lump in her throat and nodded. And like that Jasper was gone. Bruce looked over with concern as he was able to hear everything that was said. He made his way over checking her vitals but it was more about letting her know he was there. Once he was done he merely patted her hand. The others entered the room once again.

“I’m going to hunt with Jasper one last time before he leaves.” Esme said with a smile. “I’ll come check on you in a few more days.”

Bella nodded as Esme waved and was heading out. Bella’s jaw dropped though as Colonel Fury smacked Esme on the butt. Bella expected Esme to turn around and smack the shit out of him. Only she giggled. Clint and Bruce looked to one another in disbelief.

Bella gets a huge grin on her face once Esme’s gone. She looks to Colonel Fury.

“I guess she prefers the dark chocolate over the white!”

Clint’s eyes widen at his sister’s comment. Tony had just returned from his errands and overheard Bella’s comment. Fury cocked a brow upon her.

“Well you know what they say Ms. Swan.”

“And what’s that Colonel Fury?”
“Once they go black they never go back.” Tony announces for him and he greets Bella with a kiss.

“That’s why it pays to be black where it counts. Right Bella honey?”

She laughs.

“It sure does Tony.”

“I can’t believe the shit that comes out of that mouth of yours sis.”

“Oh that’s nothing you should hear her in the bedroom!”


“What’s this?” Bella questions as Darcy entered the room and placed down a bag filled with catalogs.

“Wedding catalogs… and look who’s back?!”

Bella turned to see Jane and Thor. She smiled.

“Awesome.”

Jane rushed over and gave Bella a hug.

“I’m so sorry we would have been here sooner, but I got a bug.”

Thor chuckles.
“A big one… nearly took out all of Asgard!”

Jane sighs.

“A bug?” Bella questions.

“Long story…”

“And how are you feeling?” Thor questioned.

“Better by the day thank you.”

He nods.

“That’s very good to hear.”

“Darcy told us everything.” Jane explains.

“I’m very sorry…”

“Don’t… to be honest I just don’t want to think or talk about it. No offence.”

“Oh none taken. I understand.”

“Well here’s the deal. Jane and I want to help you get the wedding set up. Seeing as how you’re all bed ridden at the moment… Your other BFF has offered to take us where ever we need to go. All we need from you is to pick out something’s from these catalogs and we will be your little retrievers and do all the handling from there!”

Bella looked to Jane and Darcy in surprise.

“You guys really don’t have to do that.”

“We want to! Oh please! It’d be so much fun! PLEASEEEE LET MEEE DO THISSSSS!” Darcy begged.

Bella giggled.

“Ok you win.”

“YESSSS! This is going to be AWESOME! Jane and I will totally make sure your wedding KICKS ASS!” Bella laughs as Jane and Darcy high five one another.

Darcy grabs a set of catalogs and plops them down on Bella’s stomach. She coughs back.

“Easy Darcy…”

“Oh yeah… you’re like broken and stuff. Sorry!”

The three of them look to another. Thor takes a seat on Tony’s couch looking bored. Tony looks over from the bar as he was having himself a drink.

“How about a pint?!”

Thor perks up with interest.

“Hmmmm now where to begin?” Darcy says in thought.

“Yes where do we begin?”

Bella turns to the familiar voice.

“Mom?”

Clint cut his sister an apologetic glance as he entered the room with Renee and Phil.

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3 thoughts on “Chapter 16 Hellos and Goodbyes”

  1. Oh Lord not Renee. That woman gets on my last nerve. She has never been a mother and only thinks about herself and the mistakes she made. Sorry I really don’t like her and I know she is going to say something to Bella to hurt her.

  2. I don’t know if Renee is really clueless or just doesn’t care about anyone besides herself.shame Jasper had to leave they could probably use him next time the crap hits the fan.

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