Unknown Saviors Chapter 6
Avoiding the Obvious




Chapter 6 - Avoiding the Obvious

Songs for Chapter 6: Bring Me Down - Puddle of Mudd & Supper massive Black Hole - Muse

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Bella's POV

Beep........... Beep........... Beep..........

“Shut up!” I yelled at the annoying ass alarm clock as I slapped it off the table beside the bed. A bit testy this morning Swan? Monday was here again and I was not looking forward to class. I only decided late last night to go.

I told myself Friday night I'd stay home but I can't let myself get behind in my assignments. I was afraid someone would notice my bruises. How could they, they'd be covered. It makes me sick to my stomach to think someone may find out.

I have a few new ones after not having any coffee in the cabinet yesterday morning. Mike drug me out of the bed by my hair and into the kitchen, throwing the empty coffee can at me. I hurried to the grocery store and got more. I can't stand thinking he can do that Jekyll and Hyde routine over the simplest things. I am terrified to breathe around him. I might do it too loud.

I got up and showered. The only good thing about today was Daisy. I always felt in control behind the wheel. I would not see Mike all day and thank heavens they had two away games this week. He would not be home until Friday morning.

Smiling I slid into Daisy and headed for campus. Time to pretend all is well. It's not like anyone would suspect otherwise. I saw Alice and rest of the Cullen’s in the parking lot. They looked up and Alice smiled at me. I gave a small wave and went into the lecture hall. I made sure to keep my eyes away from her. If I saw her looking at me I’d know she noticed the bruise. I can't let anyone figure that out. He'd kill me for sure.

Class went well. Once I got settled and the Professor started on with his lecture about the ‘Butterfly Effect’ I was no longer worrying about Mike or Alice.

The butterfly effect is a phrase that encapsulates the more technical notion of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory. Small variations of the initial condition of a dynamical system may produce large variations in the long-term behavior of the system….

After Philosophy I went to Daisy and we came home. The English Lit. class had been moved to a double next week. I was desperately trying to avoid Alice. I was so afraid she'd notice my bruises. I went home and took a nap then got ready for work. It was a usual night and everything went smoothly. There were no fights, no spilled drinks and no Mike.

I half expected Alice to show up but there was no sign of any of the Cullen’s. I made it through my shift and came home. I crashed into the bed and fell asleep still in my clothes. The week progressed slowly for me. I didn't have to tip toe around and watch my every move but I had to answer my cell about ten times a day. I knew if I missed one call he'd flip. I was trying to keep us on an even playing field and keep me from getting any more bruises.

Friday arrived and class went by as usual. I saw Alice, Rosalie and Emmett standing by the coffee carts and decided I needed to be a big girl and go talk to them. As I walked over I was giving myself a pep talk. Focus Swan you can do this, they wont know, relax... breathe. I repeated my mantra until I was standing behind Alice. I reached over and tapped her on the shoulder. She turned around smiling at me.

“Hi, Alice, Rosalie, Emmett, how are you guys?”

“We are fine, Bella. Why have you been avoiding me?” Alice said with her bottom lip sticking out.

I had to stifle a giggle. She looked so damn cute trying to be serious. Emmett chuckled and I heard Rosalie say, “Hi, Bella.”

“Hey guys. Look I am sorry I've been.... um.... weird this week I... I just had a lot on my mind.”

“Bella it's alright, we forgive you.” Emmett said grabbing me up into a hug. I immediately froze and gasped. He sat me down gently.

“Bella, are you okay?" He sounded upset. I shook my head hoping my heart would stop beating so hard. It felt like I was about to explode. "Did I hurt you, I'm sorry?”

“No Emmett, I... I’m fine, promise. You just st..star….tled me... that’s all.” I looked down at my feet as I spoke. Way to go Swan.

“Alice, can we go somewhere private and talk, please?” I felt stupid and I just need to tell her, get it over with. It's like I know I can trust her.

“Sure, let’s go to the library. It's at least warm in there. Bye guys, I will see you later at home,” Alice said dragging me behind her.

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Emmett's POV

I was so glad to see Bella coming over to talk to us. She looked scared but I can only imagine it has to do with the bastard beating the hell out of her. I was still feeling guilty about asking her to dance. Maybe if I hadn't she would have been okay. I was beginning to suspect she was avoiding me so he wouldn't hit her again.

“Hi, Alice, Rosalie, Emmett, how are you guys?”

“We are fine, Bella. Why have you been avoiding me?” Alice said with her bottom lip sticking out.

I chuckled at my pixie sister trying to pout. I saw Bella fighting not to giggle herself as Rose said hi to her.

“Hey guys. Look I am sorry I've been.... um.... weird this week I... I just had a lot on my mind.”

“Bella it's alright, we forgive you.” I said grabbing her up into a bear sized hug. I felt her body stiffen and she gasped.

“Emmett McCarty Cullen put her down right this instant.” “You are scaring her, dumb ass put her down.” Rose and Ali were yelling at me to put her down, low enough that no human would hear. I sat her down gently making sure she was steady before I moved away from her.

“Bella, are you okay?” I asked. She shook her head while her heart was beating very fast and hard. I could feel her fear. It did not go unnoticed by the girls either.

“Did I hurt you, I'm sorry.” I would kick my own ass if I hurt her.

“No Emmett, I... I am fine. Promise. You just st..star….tled me... that’s all.” She was looking down at her feet as I spoke.

“Alice, can we go somewhere private and talk, please?” Bella asked. She sounded so sad.

“Sure, let’s go to the library. It's at least warm in there. Bye guys, I will see you later at home,” Alice said dragging Bella off behind her.

“Tell Carlisle he will meet Bella later. She may need his help,” She spoke low enough only we'd hear her.

We headed back to the house. All we could do was wait.

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Bella's POV

Alice drug me over to the library and as I readied myself to sit and get my courage to speak. She pounced.

“Bella, why did you let him hit you?” Alice asked angrily.

“Alice... I don't know,” I said thought the tears streaming down my cheeks.

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Chapter Notes: She has a choice to make. She needs someone on her side. Will she let Ali in?? If you love it/hate it, let me know hit the pretty green button :)


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