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Rated: R (language and theme)
I was still standing in front of the register with the aluminum bat firmly clasped in my hands, the case of beer sitting abandoned on the counter, when I felt Edward by my side. He had moved so silently that I hadn’t heard him cross the room, lock the door, and slide up beside me.
Or maybe it was because my heart had been beating so loudly that I could hear it in my ears. “Bella?” His hands wrapped around mine, still clutching the bat. “It’s okay. They’re gone. Let go, honey.”
Releasing the bat from my grasp, Edward caught it before it landed on the floor with a loud metallic thwack. He guided me over to a chair and made me sit down. “Is there someone I can call for you? You shouldn’t drive home like this.”
“No.” I barely got the word out and my voice didn’t sound like my own. “I’m alone.”
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