It had been less than twenty four hours since Edward saved Bella from that moronic boys van and I was on edge. As far as my family knew I was mad about Edward saving Bella and almost exposing us as vampire. There was some truth to that. Edward was an idiot. He could have saved her without sticking around to get the credit. Him playing hero almost outed us.
They all thought I was mad that Bella was saved. That wasn't even close to being true. I was mad because Edward had been the one to save her. What my family didn't know is that I tried to save her. I started to run after her. Unfortunately Edward is faster than me. He got to her first. I doubted even Alice saw me try to save her. It wasn't so much a decision as an instinct.
The crowd surrounding the van had disappeared now that Bella was being taken to the hospital. Edward had insisted. For once I actually agreed with him. Although the van never touched her when it came to Bella it was always better to be safe.
Suddenly I was not in the mood to go to school. I did not want to hear whispers about Bella in the halls. The majority of the school didn't care about her. She was simply the shiny new toy at school. It was disgusting but I didn't expect much from humans.
I could feel Jasper and Emmett's eyes on me as I turned away from them. I could hear the questions they were asking. 'Where are you going?' and 'What are you doing?' But I chose to ignore it. Alice said nothing. She knew where I was going, probably as soon as I made the decision to not go to school, maybe even before that.
I decided to go hunting. It wasn't that I needed to feed. It just gave me some time to myself so I could think.
I had no idea what was wrong with me. I never cared about the safety of humans before. While I wasn't about killing innocent humans, if one was to die it wouldn't bother me, and I wouldn't try to save them.
I didn't know what it was about Bella that made me want to save her. She was different than the normal humans I dealt with. Still that wasn't reason enough for me to want to save someone.
I couldn't figure out Edward's interest in her either. Other than Bella being his singer. Despite my issues with Edward I had to admire his self-control. I knew from Emmett that it was next to impossible to resist your singer. Yet here Edward was, saving her life.
There was something I didn't trust about Edward's motives. I didn't know what it was about him that I didn't trust. I wasn't going to tell anyone about my suspicions until I was certain. The last thing I wanted to do was cause a big fight.
I jumped up onto a tree branch and sat down. I closed my eyes and took in my surroundings. This was as close to sleep as I could get and I found it relaxing. I didn't like to do it often as it was easy for someone, or something to sneak up on me. Emmett did it once because he thought it would be funny. He didn't do it again after I ripped his arm off and hit him with it.
Emmett. I sighed. I had almost forgotten about him. Emmett and I were as close as a pair of vampires could be while not being a mated pair. Originally we were thought to be mated. Carlisle's idea when he saw that I carried Emmett several miles so Carlisle could change him.
I did see something in Emmett that made me want to save him. I wasn't sure what it was. Even now I wasn't sure what gave me the strength to save him. But it didn't matter. He was my best friend and I couldn't imagine not having him around.
"Rose," Emmett's soft voice called from the forest ground, pulling me from my thoughts.
"Emmett," I greeted, opening my eyes.
"Alice sent me," he told me. "She thought you could use someone to talk to."
Of course she did. "Did she tell you…" I trailed off. I didn't want to tell him if he didn't already know.
Emmett shook his head. "She knows whatever is going on with you but she refused to tell me. Told me you would tell me if I needed to know." He jumped into the same tree as me and sat down. Looking at Emmett you would never know he could move with such grace. It was a word often used to describe the rest of us but not Emmett.
"What's going on Rose?" Emmett asked me. "You're never this quiet."
I glared at him. He put his hands up in surrender. I sighed. "I don't know Emmett," I admitted. "When that van went toward Bella," I shuddered at the thought, "I was going to save her but Edward got there first."
Emmett stared at me. His mouth hanging open. "What? Why?" he managed to choke out.
"I don't know," I said frustrated. "I've never cared about humans before. But this human… I don't know what it is. I want her safe."
Emmett frowned. I could tell he didn't know either. "Alright," he said after a couple minutes of silence. "I will help you figure it out." Another few minutes of silence passed. "Carlisle said Bella is fine."
"Good," I said not looking up from my already perfect nails. It felt like a weight had been lifted from my chest.
"I overheard Edward talking to Carlisle," Emmett continued. "He's going to avoid Bella. He thinks it's best for her."
"Edward's an idiot," I muttered to myself.
"True," Emmett agreed with a laugh. "But you have to give him props. He's lasted longer than I would have against his singer."
"Yeah, yeah," I grumbled.
"Are you going to hide up here all day?" Emmett asked.
We had been sitting here quietly for almost an hour now, which was a surprise for Emmett. Occasionally a deer would pass by and we would take turns feeding. Years of being together allowed us to hunt without feeling threatened by the other.
I shrugged. "Maybe." I honestly didn't know what my plan was or why I didn't want to go home. It wasn't like I did anything.
"Are you worried Edward will know?" Emmett asked.
I snorted. I didn't care what he thought. Then again I also didn't want him focusing on my thoughts. It was a lot easier to hide my thoughts from him when he didn't suspect anything. It meant he wouldn't hear most of what I was thinking.
"Worried no," I said finally. "I doubt he noticed. But if he did I don't want to deal with his questions."
Emmett nodded in understanding. "I get it but at the same time you can't hide here forever."
I pulled out my phone to check the time, ignoring the many missed calls from Alice. "Do you feel like going on a rip to Port Angeles?" I asked. "I need to pick up a couple parts."
Emmett grinned. "Road trip," he exclaimed jumping off the tree.
I rolled my eyes and jumped off the tree. "We'll have to take my car since your jeep is still at the school."
It was a quick run back to the house to get my car. My car was my pride and joy, a BMW M3 Convertible. It was a great car, a little flashy for a town like Forks but none of us cared.
On top of my BMW I was also rebuilding a 1971 Corvette. It wasn't in good shape when I bought it but it was a nice project, expensive but that meant nothing to us. I liked rebuilding cars. It gave me something to do other than go back to high school for the hundredth time. Most of the time I would resell the car for a profit. It was how I made most of my personal money.
"What do you need?" Emmett asked once we were out of Forks.
"A lot," I answered. Emmett didn't know cars all that well. "Brakes don't work, power steering is out and I need new bulbs for the headlights. That doesn't even scratch the surface. I also need a new set of wrenches."
Emmett laughed and I glared at him. "That's the third set this month."
"The bolt wouldn't come off," I cried out in frustration. I left out the part where I turned the bolt into dust due to my anger.
"Sure Rosie," Emmett said with a grin.
By the time we got to Port Angeles it was lunch time which meant there wouldn't be many humans around. I pulled into the small parking lot beside the auto parts shop. I ignored the staring from several males in the parking lot. I couldn't tell if they were staring at me or the car and I honestly didn't care.
Just as I predicted the store was empty when Emmett and I got there. Not that it was all that busy at other times during the day. This shop specialized in uncommon parts and uncommon typically meant expensive. There weren't many people that could afford to shop here.
"Rosalie," the owner of the shop, Jeffery, called. As far as humans go Jeffery was a decent guy. He never stared at me for which I was grateful.
"Jeffery," I greeted. Emmett stared at me. He wasn't used to me being almost nice to someone. "Do you have what I ordered?"
"I do. I'll go get it." He walked to the back of the shop where he kept all the special orders.
While I waited Emmett and I wandered through the aisles. There was no reason to order the headlights as they had them in stock.
"I'll grab the tools," Emmett offered. He walked away before I could say anything.
Emmett return less than a minute later with a full set of wrenches, a brand new fully stocked tool box and a basket to put everything in. "Thank you," I said.
Jeffery came back with several boxes. Emmett grabbed a few boxes to help him out. "Thanks," Jeffery huffed. "I'm the only one here today." He put the rest of the boxes on the counter. He glanced in my basket. "Can I get you anything else?"
"Not today," I told him.
He rang up my orders. The parts I special ordered were already paid for but everything else was not. "That will be $123.34."
I handed over my credit card and waited. The nice part about Jeffery was he was quick. No meaningless small talk to pass the time. Emmett and I grabbed out stuff and left.
By the time we got back to Forks school was out and everyone was home except for Carlisle, who was still at hospital.
"You want me to talk this stuff to your garage?"
"No," I shouted. Emmett had caused far too much destruction in the past for me to want him anywhere near my garage. There's a reason I demanded to have my own garage, separate from the rest of the family.
I unloaded my car as quickly as I could before heading up to my room to shower. We didn't need to shower but it was something I enjoyed doing. It made me feel a little more human.
When I got to my room I found Alice, Jasper and Emmett waiting for me. "What do you want?"
"Edward is avoiding Bella again," Alice informed me. It was hard to tell if she was happy or sad because of it.
"Why would I care?" I snapped. Sometimes I hated having siblings with powers.
"Rosie," Emmett said as Jasper growled at me for snapping at his mate.
"Sorry," I said.
"It's okay Jazz," Alice said patting Jasper's hand. He relaxed under her touch.
"Why is Edward avoiding Bella?" I questioned. Although what I really wanted to know was why Alice was telling me.
"To keep her safe, or so he says," Alice answered. "It won't last long."
"Is he going to tell her about us?" I asked sharply. This was not good.
Alice frowned. "He hasn't made any decisions. But his future keeps changing. He's too undecided on things and because of that Bella's future is changing. There is one thing that hasn't changed. Bella will be one of us."
I glared at the wall. I hated the thought of changing anyone that had another choice. "Please tell me this was necessary, that she was dying."
"I wish I could," Alice said sadly. "I can't tell what's leading up to her change, just that she will be a vampire."
"Does that mean I get to meet her now?" Emmett asked excited. I rolled my eyes. Leave it to Emmett to focus on the positive.
"Not just yet." Emmett pouted. "Soon though," Alice added.
"I'm going to go hunt and… prepare for this meeting," Jasper announced. I knew the idea of being around a human was making him uncomfortable. It didn't matter if he met her today or next month. He would still hunt often.
"I'll come with you," Emmett said, even though he didn't need to hunt.
The two of them left leaving only Alice and I.
"Rose," Alice began. "Look out for Bella. I know you act like you don't care but you and I both know you will try to protect her. I saw what you tried to do," she added before I could protest.
"Have you seen something Alice?" I asked. I was worried the rest of the family would know my strange desire to keep this human alive.
"Nobody knows if that's what you're worried about," Alice informed me. "I just have this feeling. I can't explain it."
"I'll keep an eye on her," I decided. I told myself the only reason I was agreeing was because I was already watching out for her and not because I care.
Something told me Alice wouldn't believe that. I wasn't even sure if I did.