Angela's point of view:

"Because you don't eat food," I said. "Alice told me."

I studied his face as he looked at me. Fear ran through me when he looked down. What if he left as we were just getting to know each other? I needed him here. Even though we were getting to know each other, I felt a closeness to him for some strange reason.

"How much did she tell you?" Carlisle asked when he looked up.

"Almost everything," I replied. I took a small bite of egg roll. "That you're a vampire, and that you feed on animals."

He swallowed; his Adam's apple bobbing up and down. "I wish she hadn't told you," he said softly.

"Why?" I asked. I used a napkin to wipe off my hand.

"I'm not ready yet," he replied.

"Why?" I asked firmly again.

"I … I wanted to take things slow," he whispered. "You're very … important to me."

"You're important to me too." I took a bite and thought for a moment as we were silent. "I'm glad I know."

"It's dangerous."

"Yes, but … but I thought. I mean Alice said that …"

"What did Alice say?" he asked, his brows furrowed.

"Well, I heard her talking to you on the phone, and I confronted her about it. Alice explained your family's safe because you feed on animals." I bit my lip as I picked up my fork. "I sort of knew about you and your family being, well different, for a lack of a better word. I had to know. I guess it was foolish of me."

"No, not foolish. Alice did tell me that you'd know, but I didn't think it'd be this soon. I didn't imagine you'd take it so calm. At least Bella knew Edward for a while before she figured it out."

"How long did it take her?" I asked curiously.

"Several months, and part of it was because Edward is stubborn."

"I have known you for several years though," I pointed out.

"This is true, and I'm surprised that you aren't freaking out." Carlisle chuckled.

"What's so funny?" I asked.

"You let me drive you home and invited me in even though you know what I am." He shook his head.

"Yes, I did." I smiled at him as I picked up my fork to eat a bite of noodles.

"You are a strange woman." He smiled at me, making my stomach flip.

"Is that a bad thing?" I asked.

"In our situation, no." He closed his box of food. "I'll just put this in the fridge."

"Perfect. I love leftovers."

"Did you tell me you knew about me being a vampire so you'd get leftovers?"

I felt the blush rise to my cheeks. "I don't know what you're talking about."

He laughed at me and reached out to squeeze my hand. I flipped my hand over. It was covered in greasy food, but I didn't care. He didn't seem to mind either as he threaded his fingers with mine.

"You're beautiful, you know that?" he said quietly. "And I don't mind being your reason for leftovers."

I laughed and grew serious. "No one's ever told me that I'm beautiful before."

"I'm glad I got the honor." He smiled. "Shall I put this in the fridge?"

"Yes, please."

He winked at me before standing and went into the kitchen. I ate my food as I heard the fridge open and close.

"Have you taken your medication yet?" Carlisle called from the kitchen.

"Not yet," I replied.

Hearing the sound of medication bottles being opened and, what I assumed, pills being poured out, I smiled to myself. Carlisle was in my kitchen, taking care of me. I couldn't wrap my mind around it.

"Here you are, Angela." He came back into my small living room, holding out pills in his hand.

"Thank you." I said taking the pills. "I may eat a little bit more before taking them. They make me sleepy."

"Your body needs to sleep, Angela." He grinned at me.

"Of course. You'd know best, Dr. Cullen." I smiled at him as I got another bite of noodles to eat.

"Please call me Carlisle."

"Carlisle." I smiled sheepishly at him, earning a smile back.

"Is there anything else you need?" he asked.

"Not that I can think of." I took a sip of water and found my bravery. "Just, just more conversation."

"I can do that." He smiled at me.

"Do you mind if I ask some questions about your past?" I asked.

"Might as well. It seems I can't hide anything from you." He leaned back and crossed his legs, making him look human.

"How do you do that?" I asked.

"Do what?" He looked confused.

"Look so human?"

"I've been practicing for a very long time. I knew I had to pick up human habits, so I could blend in." He shrugged. "I don't think about it anymore."

"When were you changed?"

"About 1663. I was about 23."

It took my mind a moment to calculate his age, and I swallowed hard.

"Are you okay? I hope my age isn't a problem when it comes to us."

"No," I replied. "My dad always teased me about liking older men."

I took another bite of food, my mind reeling.

"Carlisle?" I asked.


"Why animal blood?"

"I didn't want to end human life. It's so important, and I always wanted to go into helping people. That's something I remember doing even when I was a human, which is rare for us to remember after the change," he explained.

"Must be hard, living all of those years. Alice told me Edward wasn't changed until about a hundred years ago."

"It was, for a very long time. Now I have a house full of children, and even a granddaughter."

"Must be nice." I closed my now empty food box and put it into the plastic bag sitting between us.

"It is. I love it very much." He smiled at me. "Now it's time for your medication, my dear."

My heart swelled at the term of endearment. "If I must."

"Doctor's orders." He gave me a wide smile.

I giggled as I picked up the pills and swallowed each one. I frowned when Carlisle looked at his watch.

"I must be getting home." Carlisle gave me a sad smile. "I wish I could stay for longer."

"Me too," I admitted.

"I really enjoyed getting to know you more." Carlisle took my hand. "May I take you out somewhere after we get done with the lawyers?"

I'd never felt two stronger emotions at once. On one hand, I felt excitement and joy that he wanted to take me somewhere, but I felt sadness that I'd have to go through my family affairs.

"I'd really enjoy that. Thank you for being here for me," I told him with seriousness. "Thank Alice and Bella too."

My heart started to leap out of my chest as he took both of my hands. "It's my pleasure, Angela. I've really enjoyed getting to know you, and I hope that you feel the same."

He pulled both of my hands up and kissed the top of my knuckles, leaving me breathless.

"I really have enjoyed it," I whispered back. "I feel like I've known you forever."

"I do, as well."

He ran his fingers over my skin, and goose bumps rose over my skin. How did he have this effect on me?

"I was wondering something, before you go," I said quietly.

"Anything," he whispered.

"Did you mean what you said at the hospital?" I whispered back.

"Mean what?"

"That you wouldn't leave me?"

"Yes. I care very much to about you. I have to admit, I'd like to become more than friends, eventually, if I can be so honest," Carlisle said, giving my hands a squeeze.

"I'm glad you are," I said. "And I'm surprised you aren't running away from me."


"Any time I've been this honest with a guy, he's run away, so I think I might scare you away."

He laughed. "If you can handle me being a vampire, then I can handle anything you have to share."

I took a quick breath in. "Then I have to admit that I've liked you for some time."

He smiled widely at me. "I'm glad you told me. I quite like you, as well."

I turned red again and then yawned.

"I better let you get to bed," Carlisle replied. "Plus I've promised Renesmee that I'd read her a book."

"Well, you better go then." I squeezed his hands.

"What time will the lawyers be here?" He asked.

"At ten." I sighed.

"I'll see you at nine then. Shall I bring breakfast?"

"That would be nice." I smiled. "I'll have a hard time cooking with this leg."

"I understand. Goodnight, Angela."

"Goodnight, Carlisle."

That night I dreamed of cold, large arms holding me as I slept.

The next morning, I woke early and carefully took a shower. By the time I was dressed and finishing up my makeup, I heard a knock on the door. I slowly wheeled myself to the door and pulled it open. Standing there was Dr. Cullen, wearing jeans and a polo T-shirt. He looked handsome.

"Good morning, Carlisle." I smiled up at him.

"Good morning." He held up a large bag and a cup of coffee. "I wasn't sure what type of bagel you liked, so I brought a dozen of different types."

"That was very thoughtful of you." I pushed myself back in the chair. "Come in, please."

"Thank you."

He stepped inside and we moved to the small table in the dining room.

"How was your evening?" he asked as I pulled up to the table.

"All right." I smiled at him as he got me a plate. "I read some after you left, but didn't get much done because I went to bed soon after."

"Good." He smiled at me as he took a chair across from me. Part of me felt disappointed that he didn't sit next to me.

"How was your night? Did you read to Renesmee?" I asked.

"Yes. We read Alice in Wonderland."

"Isn't she a little young for that?" I asked.

"She's very smart for her age," Carlisle explained as I pulled out a plain bagel. "The vampire genes makes her very intelligent."

"I can't wait to meet her." I spread some cream cheese onto my bagel.

"Bella told me that you'd like Sarah to meet her." Carlisle smiled at me. "It would be good for her to meet other children, and I'm sure it'll be good for Sarah."

"I just hope she's able to do some normal things as a kid."

"We'll make it special for her," Carlisle promised.

I took a bite of bagel and then of coffee. "Mmm. This coffee is so good."

"Alice told me what you liked," Carlisle said sheepishly.

"Were you asking?"

"Maybe just a little." He looked embarrassed.

"You're sweet." I smiled back at him.

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