Chapter 1: Memories

Bella's POV

I was sitting in my rocking chair and starring out the window of my home in Forks. It has been about 2 years since the Cullen's left and now I'm about to graduate from Fork High School. I can hardly believe it but it's true, when they left me and I came out of my zombie phase, I have only been focused on one thing and that's school; especially after Jacob stopped returning my calls.

But my graduation was not what was on my mind this early morning. It was all I have been through and I'm not only thinking about what has happened to me since I moved to Forks, but also what I had experienced in Phoenix when I was younger. I had never told anyone about does experiences because does are my greatest secrets.

Flashback:

The first thing that came to my mind was an incident that occurred when I was just 9 years old. I had been at the city library until it closed due to my mother, ReneƩ, forgetting to pick me up as usual. So now, I was on my way home all alone. The Library was about 10 blocks away from my house so it wasn't that far, but when I was about three blocks away, I began to feel like someone was following me, but when I looked behind me, there was no one there.

I proceeded to go but the feeling did not go away. When I was only 2 blocks from my home was when someone grabbed me from behind and pulled me into an alley. That was there I could see that it was a man who looked to be about 30 years old. The man turns to me and says with a creepy smile

"This is just going to hurt for a little while"

Before taking a firm grip on my head and pressed it to the side so that my neck was bare. Then I see his face change and fangs appeared. When I see this, I start screaming and just when he was about to put in the fangs in my neck, he was thrown of me and into the wall some distance away from me.

I looked up and see another male figure standing front of me but this person is much younger, he looks to be about 17 years old, his smile seems warmer than the other mans, but before any one could say anything the other male has come up on to his feet again and looked like he's going to attack her guardian angel.

But before he can do anything, my angel ran up to him and with a piece of wood and drove it into him and the man turned into ash. When everything was done, my angel turns around and comes over to me, crouches down to my level and asks,

"Are you okay little one?"

I just nod.

He smiles at me when he asks,

"What's your name?"

"Isabella Swan but I like to be called Bella, What's your name?"

"My name is Stefan Salvatore"

Then he does something that makes his eyes look strange. He tells me that I will forget that this happened. I will think I tripped and one of my books got thrown in to the ally. But when I asked how am I going to do that he looks a little surprised that I asked him this, but then he shakes his head, starts a small laugh then asks,

"Can I walk you home so I know that you arrived home safe?"

I just nodded and smiled at him, so he took my hand and we walked in silence all the way to the front door. Then I turned to him and said

"Thank you for following me home,"

And then I jumped up and kissed him on the cheek before I opened the door and went into the silent and dark house. A few days later, I find myself back at the library and reading when suddenly I hear that angelic voice say,

"We meet again Bella,"

I looked up from my book and I smiled and said,

"Hello Stefan how are you?"

"I'm just fine, how are you?"

"I'm good thanks"

We continued to talk for a while at the library. And we met there once a week until the summer the following year when I went to visit Charlie. When I got back I went to the library that fall, as we had agreed before I left, but he never showed up. I went there every day for a week but he never came, I cried myself to sleep because I lost the only friend I had. Then I went on with my life until the year before I moved to Forks.

I am now 15 years old and my mom, Renee, has fallen in love with a man named Phil. I could not be happier for her, but my life is not the best, I had no friends, and no one to talk to.

I felt completely alone until one evening when I went to the store. I shopped for a few things that was needed for dinner. I came out of the store and there were a bunch of guys, no more than 18 years old, started to whistle at me, but I decided to ignore them and continues to go home. But the guys did not give up, instead they began to follow me.

It was when we got to the same place where I had met Stefan 5 years earlier when one of the guys grabbed me and pulled me into the alley, once there the guys began to push me down on the ground while two of the guys kept me firmly on the ground by holding me by my wrists and two others did the same to my ankles.

Then a fifth guy began to tear off my pants, panties and shirt and was about to take off his pants but stopped when a deep voice came out of nowhere and said,

"That's no way to treat a young lady"

They looked around for a moment before they see him.

It was a guy, about 25 years old, who stood holding a baseball bat. Then the guy who had torn off my clothes went up to him and said

"Don't interfere with this. If I were you, I would turn around and forget what you saw here tonight"

But the guy just laughed. Then he did something unexpected, he hit the guy with the bat so hard that the guy flew into one of the walls, when the other guys saw this they immediately released me and ran away. My champion came up and asked,

"Are you okay? You don't need to be afraid anymore. My name is Damon and I will not hurt you."

I smiled at him and said

"I'm fine, thanks to you, my name is Isabella but I like to be called Bella."

He smiled and just said,

"Did you know that your name means beautiful in Italian? I think it suits you,"

I just blushed at what he said. After he helped me up and I had gotten dressed, he asked me, just like Stefan,

"Can I walk you home?" and I said

"Yes you may"

Once we got to the house I opened the door and went inside but before I closed the door, I turned to Damon and said

"If you try to make me forget all about this evening you can forget about it. Your mind tricks do not work on me good night"

Then I closed the door leaving a shocked Damon outside on the porch.

Two days later, when I came outside of my school, Damon was standing there waiting for me. I went up to him and said

"Hello Damon what can I do for you?"

He smiled and said,

"I have some questions to ask you and I wanted to talk to you undisturbed."

"Fine, let's go home to my house, no one is at home there so we can talk undisturbed."

He nodded and followed me home. When we got back to my house, I unlocked the door went inside and asked him to come in. Once inside I asked him if he wanted anything to eat or drink but he said,

"I'm good thanks but you should get something for yourself if you're hungry,"

I nodded and went into the kitchen and prepared a sandwich. When I came out from the kitchen with my sandwich I see Damon sitting on the couch in the living room and looking out the window. I went over to him and sat down in the chair next to the couch and began to eat. When I was finished, I asked,

"What did you want to ask me?"

Then he looked at me and asked,

"How do you know what I am?"

I then began to tell him the story about how I had been attacked by a vampire when I was 9 years old and had been rescued by another and how a few days later, he explained everything to me and we had become good friends. But after I had been with my father over the summer he had disappeared and I had never heard from him again, then I explained how he had tried to make me forget and that it did not work I never told him the name of my savior.

I think he was a bit taken back by what I just told him but soon as I heard growling coming from Damon, he said

"I don't understand how anybody could leave such a beautiful girl without even an explanation"

"Thanks for the nice words but it's been 5 years now and I assumed he had a really good reason to leave me"

"There was no reason not to come back and explain himself for why he left,"

I just smiled over what he said. After that day he came over to my house every day after school if Renee was not home and we talked about the possible, he even helped me with some of my homework. But then came the day when I decided I would move to Forks so that Renee could go with Phil whom she had now married on is trips.

When I told Damon he was sad but he understood why I did it. So I gave him the address to my new home and said that if he wanted, he could come for a visit or write a letter. Then I hugged him and said

"Take good care of yourself and try to stay away from trouble."

He just smiled at that. That was the last time I saw or heard anything from him, a week later I moved and then I was with the Cullen's until the end and now I would graduate. I knew that nothing was going to be the same again after that.