The Vibration of Love - Chapter 8
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When Rob had finished telling Stephenie about my experiences in the Twilight Zone, there was dead silence on the other end of the line. I was sure she would suggest we both seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

“Stephenie?” Rob said. “Are you still there?”

“Oh my God, Bella, I’m so sorry!” She gasped into the phone.

“So you believe us?” I asked her.

“Yes, it makes so much sense. I never felt like the books were coming from me. It always felt like they were being channeled to me from some other dimension. You just confirmed it!”

“But you must be influencing that other dimension,” I said. “Because it was when you started imagining me as Bella that all of this began.”

“Bella, I’m so sorry. I’m done writing,” she said. “It’s too much responsibility. I didn’t sign on to play god. Maybe if I stop writing, you will stop bouncing between worlds.”

“I hope you are right, but if I do bounce back there, I’m hopeful that the Cullens have found some answers.”

“Please let me know what happens,” she said. “I feel so responsible.”

“It’s not your fault, Stephenie. We’ll call soon,” I replied.

We said our good-byes and hung up. I crawled onto Rob’s lap.

“I’m so scared,” I said.

“I know,” he said, as he wrapped his arms tightly around me.

EPOV

It had been several days since Bella Jordan had last appeared; however, things were still tense between my Bella and me. The strain of, what appeared to her as memory lapses, was causing her tremendous anxiety. She also sensed that something had shifted in me as well. She wanted to make love again, and I told her I thought we should wait until we understood what was happening. I tried to tell myself that as well. But the vampire part of me was consumed with thoughts of the other Bella.

After Alice’s vision of me attacking Bella Jordan, I was hunting daily. I did not want my unstable vampire yearnings to cause me to hurt my Bella. My Bella, I thought, running through the trees. I realized that I had started to think of both of them as mine.

I drained a buck and was getting ready to take down another when I heard Alice and Jasper. Normally we gave each other a wide berth while hunting, but my thoughts about the two Bellas had distracted me, and Alice and Jasper were obviously quite distracted. Apparently, from what I had gathered from my family’s thoughts over the years, hunting with your mate is a very sexual experience since our vampire instincts co-mingle killing one’s prey and sex.

I ran in the opposite direction. I could not bear to hear Alice and Jasper’s thoughts right now. Nevertheless, the little I had heard was enough to cause the vampire in me to long for that experience. I pictured draining another buck then turning around to see Bella Jordan watching me. In my fantasy, she wanted me, and I took her with all the animalistic lust that the vampire part of me was longing to set free.

RPOV

We spent the rest of the morning playing with the kids. We took them down to the beach, so that by the time they had lunch, they were both ready for a long nap. While I read to Kate, Bella nursed Jordan. Kate had just fallen asleep, when I heard the shower in our room. I thought about some of the incredibly hot encounters we had experienced in that shower, and immediately felt myself get hard. I walked into the bathroom, stripped off my clothes, and stepped into the shower. I saw Bella reach for her razor. I loved shaving her long, luscious legs. I slipped one arm around her waist and with the other hand reached for her razor. I ran my lips along the back of her neck.

“Why don’t you let me do that,” I said into her ear.

She smiled and started to hand me the razor, but suddenly she went limp in my arms. I saw the razor fall and cut her foot as it bounced to the shower floor.

BPOV

I was standing in the shower and felt Rob’s arm around me and his lips on my neck. I was instantly as wet inside as I was outside. He wanted to shave my legs for me. I smiled remembering just how closely he shaved them the last time. As I started to hand him the razor, everything started to spin, and I felt a sharp stab of pain as the razor hit my foot before it bounced to the shower floor.

In the next moment, I was standing in the middle of a forest. I looked around and realized I was alone, and I had absolutely no idea where I was. At first, I panicked, thinking I would be stuck in the woods and freeze to death, but I realized that Edward would eventually come looking for me. I listened and heard a stream. I walked toward the sound, and emerged from the trees near the spot I had ‘landed’ on a previous visit to this world. I sat down and stared at the water. It wasn’t the ocean, but it would have to do.

I realized my foot hurt. I was dressed in Bella Swan’s clothes and shoes. I slipped off her shoe and sock and gasped when I saw that her foot was bleeding exactly where I had dropped my razor.

This is just great. I’m sitting here with a bloody foot in the middle of nowhere, freezing to death instead of being fucked senseless in a nice warm shower by my gorgeous husband, my thoughts ranted.

EPOV

I had just drained my second buck when I picked up her scent. She’s bleeding, I thought. I took off in the direction of the stream. As I approached, I listened to her thoughts. She was thinking about the moment before she arrived in this world. She had been in the shower. Seeing her naked was bad enough given that the vampire was still ruling my instincts, but then I saw her husband wrap his arms around her. Apparently he was about to shave her legs when she shifted to this reality. She dropped her razor, and it cut her foot. As I got closer, I saw her looking at her foot. She heard me and looked up.

“Edward, I’m bleeding; don’t come any closer,” she said.

It’s far too late for that, I thought. I knelt down and looked at her foot. I couldn’t help myself. I had to know if her blood tasted like my Bella’s. I dipped my finger in her blood and licked it.

She gasped and slid away from me.

As if that will help, I laughed inwardly. I shut my eyes while I savored the sweet essence. No, it wasn’t the same as my Bella’s, but it was equally desirable.

I opened my eyes and knew they must be as black as the night. She looked back at me with terror, and the monster smiled. I grabbed her wrist and pulled her toward me. I crushed my lips to hers and ground my body against her. When I moved my mouth to her neck, she screamed,

“Edward! Stop! It’s me! I’m not your Bella! Stop! Please!”

She was crying now, but I didn’t care. The vampire was going to finish what he had started.

I heard her thoughts. She thought she was going to die, and she was right.

I saw the images of her children. She was saying good-bye to them in her mind.

She remembered her husband saying, He won’t hurt you. In his entire existence, he never hurt anyone who wasn’t inherently evil to begin with.

Then I heard her thoughts say, Rob was wrong. Now you’re going to kill me and your Bella.

My growl shook the ground as the monster roared with frustration. I forced myself to let her go, turned and ran.

BPOV

I knew I was going to die. Edward’s eyes were the color of a cold Alaskan midnight. I didn’t fear death; I only felt a profound sadness that I wouldn’t be there to help my children grow up.

I thought about Rob and what he had said about Edward not hurting me. He was so wrong. Now you are going to kill me and your Bella, I thought, in one last attempt to reach the real Edward.

It was in that moment that he let me go and disappeared.

I was terrified that he would return, but I knew there was nowhere I could go that he wouldn’t find me. I sunk to my knees and buried my head in my hands, forcing myself to breath.

A moment later, Alice was by my side with Carlisle.

“Oh, Bella, I’m so sorry I didn’t see this sooner,” she said.

“Alice, go back to the house. She’s bleeding.”

I heard Carlisle talking to Alice, but he sounded like he was underwater. I was vaguely aware that Carlisle was wrapping something around my cut foot.

“Bella?” Carlisle said.

I slowly turned my head to look at him. I felt like I was underwater too, watching and listening to what was happening from someplace outside my body.

“Bella, I need to get you back to the house. You’re going into shock,” he said.

I felt myself being whisked through the woods. The trees flew by in a blur. I shut my eyes to block out the dizziness and nausea this vampire carnival ride was creating.

The vampire ride stopped, and I was lying on an exam table. I refused to open my eyes and continue to participate in this demented game the universe had decided to play with my soul.

“Bella, can you hear me?” Carlisle said.

“Leave me alone,” I muttered.

“Alice, grab two pillows and elevate her feet then get an extra blanket. Esme, I need to start an IV; please get me a bag of saline.”

“No, just leave me alone. I don’t want to be here. Go away,” I muttered. I still felt like I was watching this whole scene from somewhere up on the ceiling.

I felt a needle pick and tried to push it away, but someone held my hand.

“Carlisle, what are you giving her,” I heard Elizabeth ask. No, I thought. She’s not Elizabeth. But I couldn’t remember who she was. Everything was so hazy.

“Epinephrine,” I heard Carlisle reply. “Her blood pressure is dangerously low. I’m going to lose her if I don’t get it back up.”

Edward’s scream came from outside, but its ferocity shook the entire house. The intensity of his pain made me gasp.

I heard, “Come back to me, baby; please come back.” Someone was cradling my head.

I slowly opened my eyes and had never been so happy to see my husband.

“Thank God,” he said.


The next chapter is titled: “ER”

ER is an American medical drama series that aired from 1994 to 2009. It is set primarily in the emergency room of the fictional County General Hospital.


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