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Driving Forces Chapter 13

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Chapter 13 EPOV

Emma and I have found ourselves essentially living with Bella, and I love it. I love being there with Bella all the time. I’ve never felt that Emma and I were as safe as I do now.


That being said, right now, Bella is terrifying. If it was anyone else, I would be afraid, but it's her, and I feel nothing but safe. Even with the scary-lawyer-face she’s using right now. Bella has been on Tanya’s lawyer like white on rice, sending her cease and desist letters and calling her in the attempt to get them to drop the request so I wouldn’t have to see the inside of a courtroom. All to no avail.

Watching how Bella has become this force to be reckoned with has also moved something inside me that I had long forgotten.

Shaking my head clear of my thoughts, I focus on Bella pleading with the judge to have the visitation request thrown out.

“Your Honor, Ms. Denali was charged with aggravated assault, attempted murder, and child endangerment. It’s horrifying that I even have to expl…

Driving Forces Chapter 12

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Chapter 12 BPOV I can't help overanalyzing what just happened. In a span of a few moments, everything was ruined. I swear that Edward and I were right on the brink of planning our first date as a couple. We were moving forward. But now... what happens now? Internally, I curse myself out for even thinking about such things when Edward is scared and frightened.

I drop my head in my hands, and the papers are right in front of my face.

Rage.

Pure, unadulterated rage flows through my body as I stare at the legal paperwork.

They let her out. They let that psychotic bitch out of her fucking cell. My hands tremble as I set them on the desk, trying to think straight. The problem is, the papers are in my sightline and I can’t help looking at them again. Edward left all of it with me when I told him to go home for the day. He ended up going to my house with Emma, Eleazar, and Alistair. Edward said didn’t feel safe at his apartment, so I told him to go to my place because I have extra security f…

Driving Forces Chapter 11

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Chapter 11 EPOV

My hands are clammy as I rest them on the wood of the podium. My heart is pounding in my ears as I swallow hard. My eyes never look up at the people waiting for me to speak. My entire body wants to bolt. I want to hide, but I don’t. I manage to get the words out.


Everything that I worried about didn’t happen. I still can’t believe that I did it. I told my story and Bella was there. She’s still talking to me, holding my hand, and being everything I need and even slightly more since hearing my story. It’s not long after Bella hugs me that I cry. And she holds me the whole time, humming me a soft melody.

I've had a few nightmares since telling my story, but nothing like they were in the months after my near-death experience.

Eleazar and Alistair rehearsed and rehearsed with me what I wanted to say to the group and what I wanted Bella to hear. I needed Bella to hear it. The focal point of my last session was the possibility of a relationship with Bella. Gathering the nerve …

Driving Forces Chapter 11 Teaser

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My hands are clammy as I rest them on the wood of the podium. My heart is pounding in my ears as I swallow hard. My eyes never look up at the people waiting for me to speak. My entire body wants to bolt. I want to hide, but I don’t. I manage to get the words out.


Everything that I worried about didn’t happen. I still can’t believe that I did it. I told my story and Bella was there. She’s still talking to me, holding my hand, and being everything I need and even slightly more since hearing my story. It’s not long after Bella hugs me that I cry. And she holds me the whole time, humming me a soft melody.

I've had a few nightmares since telling my story, but nothing like they were in the months after my near-death experience.

Driving Forces Chapter 10

Chapter 10 BPOV

“Want to tell me what's making you squirm on the couch?” Kate raises her perfectly sculpted brow at me.

I’ve been seeing Kate for about a month now, twice a week. Edward gave me his counselor's office number and she’s who they recommended to me. She’s feisty and sarcastic, but she’s also understanding and knows the pain I’m experiencing. She, too, had a miscarriage during the last trimester.

Blowing out some air, I respond, “I feel that there may be more developing between me and Edward.” She doesn’t lower her brow, knowing that I’m just skimming the surface of what really bothers me. “We’ve been pretty much staying with each other every night, whether it's his place or mine. We hold hands all the time, and he likes to cuddle. I don’t know what to think or how to really feel about it.”

Kate hums as she writes something down. “Would you want more with him?”

The question rolls around in my head over and over. I think about the feelings he gives me when he takes my …

Driving Forces Chapter 9

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Chapter 9 EPOV

Eleazar is sitting across from me with his feet up on the coffee table, his shoes off. His glasses are on the top of his head while he munches on some Cheez-its. This is what I love of about visiting him; how laid back it is here. He keeps the environment friendly and home-like.

“How was your appointment for Emma’s school?”

After blowing out some air, I answer him. “It started out rough. The first lady was really rude to me, but Bella stepped in and basically told her that we wanted someone else, or she was going to take Cullen Enterprise’s business elsewhere. And after we got the new lady it was awesome. Emma was in love with all the different programs, and that her friends are going to be there.”

He smiles, writing something down. “I’m glad it worked out. How did it feel having Bella step in like that for you?”

The moment flashes through my mind. “Relief.”

He stays quiet, giving me a chance to explain my feelings.

“I’ve never had anyone...” I pause, letting out a frustrated s…