A/N: I'm so grateful for all the reviews on the first chapter. Thanks again :) And wow, over 60 followers?! I am amazed...
Also, this story is going to be very, very AU. Bella has been changed for several weeks now; she is not married to Edward, nor is she pregnant.
"I can't explain it," Jasper said, pacing the living room floor in agitation. "She just draws me to her — like a moth to a flame."
Dr. Carlisle Cullen hummed thoughtfully. "That is interesting. What else?" He looked around at his adopted family.
"I didn't expect her," Alice said. "I couldn't see her arrival — not even small flashes of it."
Esme frowned. "Truly?"
Alice nodded. Rosalie scowled and crossed her arms. Edward was silent, and his arm tightened around Bella.
Bella looked up, brows creased. "Edward, Jasper — what could you hear and feel?"
Edward tilted his head. "I didn't have any classes with her. But I didn't hear anything when she passed me in the lunch line. At all. It was weird; it sounded almost as if she had a wall around her mind."
"Like me?" Bella asked.
Edward shook his head. "I don't know. I'll listen closer tomorrow."
"Jasper?" Bella turned to him expectantly.
He shrugged helplessly. "I couldn't get a read on her emotions. It was like she had blocked them or wasn't allowing herself to think about anything and turned all emotions off."
"We should keep an eye on her," Rosalie said. "If she can block two of our powers, she could be a threat."
"Or," said Jasper, "she could also be a very helpful ally."
Hermione had exhausted her entire library trying to find more information on the Cullens. The best answer any of the books told her concerning them was that Carlisle Cullen was a doctor and had adopted several others barely younger than himself.
She slammed the last book shut with a groan of frustration. She had bought a little house from a man moving away from Forks — though she admitted that she might have nudged him along in his decision somewhat with magic.
The house was really quite nice. It had two bedrooms, one and a half baths, a small kitchen (which was good considering that she literally could burn water), and a large office space that she had converted into part library and part Potions room. She'd placed wards around the entire lot that would tell her, wherever she was and whenever, of someone's approach.
She sighed and stood up, arching her back and listening to her spine crack. She needed to get something to eat.
She had never been to Port Angeles, so she needed to drive. Thankfully, she had foreseen this and bought a car. She hopped in and followed the signs.
It didn't take too long to drive there — barely a half hour. She parked and got out, looking around for a place to eat. She saw a small restaurant across the street and walked in.
The restaurant was cozy and warm, small, but it seemed larger than the outside had made it look. A middle-aged, pleasantly plump woman that reminded Hermione of Molly Weasley came up to her and led her to a small booth in the corner of the room.
"What can I get for you tonight?" she asked kindly.
Hermione peered at the menu and said, "I'll have the poulet au porto, please. And just water." She handed the menu back to the woman and smiled wanly. "Thanks."
The woman patted Hermione's shoulder and walked off. She came back a second later with a glass of ice water which Hermione took thankfully and guzzled half before setting it down.
A shadow fell over her and she looked up. And gasped.
Four people stood over her, and they were all huge. But despite their size, they weren't encroaching on Hermione's (admittedly large) personal bubble.
She sucked in a breath and studied them with her head tilted. One man who looked tough and like the leader stood slightly in front of the others, of which only one was female. But she looked tough and not at all like someone to be messed with, and Hermione could immediately tell that she would like the girl (woman?). She shook off her shock and extended her hand with a polite smile on her face. "A surprise, but pleasure to make your acquaintance. I'm Hermione Granger."
A/N: What pairing should this be? I'm thinking maybe a multi, but can't really decide. Jasper is definitely going to be one. Please leave a review with your thoughts!
I'd like to get to 15 reviews, please. Don't worry, I'm not the sort of author who withholds chapters until they get the requested (demanded?) amount. It would just be super lovely to reach my goal. Plus I need your votes for the pairing!