I was visiting my mother for a couple weeks over the summer. It was Edward who finally persuaded me. Much as I wanted to stay in Forks with him, he convinced me that I needed to see my mother in Phoenix. So I went.
I'm not sure what compelled me to go to the pool that fateful day, yet there I was, at the public pool, standing in line at the diving board. It was disaster waiting to happen. It was Jason's fault really, I had known him since freshman year, and when he saw me for the first time in 6 months he immediately proceeded to tease me about my clumsiness and my cowardice about not jumping off the diving board.
To prove him wrong, I got out of the pool and stood in line. I don't know what I was thinking. No, I take that back, I wasn't thinking at all.
I was just going to jump off and then continue to swim, or leave if he bothered me further. But nothing is as simple as that, at least, not for me. Somehow I managed to slip on the slide-proof diving boards.
All I knew was the pain throughout my spine and up my neck. And that I was sinking and almost out of breath. I tried to kick my legs, but it hurt too much and they were numb with pain. Next thing I knew, there were arms around me.
I wished it were Edward.
They put me on a backboard and into an ambulance. They kept me talking the whole way to the hospital so I wouldn't fall asleep and slip into a coma. I found myself telling them my life story, about me going to Forks, meeting Edward…. I told them everything about Edward, minus the fact that he was a vampire. I didn't want them to think that I was delirious.
"Can you call my doctor?" I asked.
"The doctors here will take care of you." The lady in the ambulance said.
"But my doctor will want to know that I'm hurt, and so will my dad." I argued
"Well, then can't we just call your dad?" I could tell she was trying to be patient.
"I'm not sure where he is right now, but if you call my doctor, the whole town will know in a couple of hours, a day tops. It's a small town." I continued, she had to call Carlisle! And if she called Carlisle, she called Edward.
"Fine, I'll have the nurse call as soon as we're at the hospital."
It took forever to get to the hospital. But once we did, the nurse refused to call Carlisle until she called my mom. I gave her my mom's number and she called. I could hear her talking to my mom, obviously, my mom had overreacted, I expected nothing less. I told the nurse to let me talk to her, even though she wasn't pleased, she handed me the phone, saying something along the lines of "It's my job to calm nervous family members down!"
I knew my mom would only calm down if I reassured her.
I did so, and we hung up. Then I gave the nurse the number for the hospital in Forks.
"That's in Washington!"
"I'm from Forks, didn't the lady tell you…?" obviously not.
She called anyway, complaining about long distance calls. Thankfully, Carlisle was there to answer.
They talked for a few minutes. The nurse explained my condition and I heard Carlisle say that he would catch an express flight down here as soon as possible, with a couple of assistants, if he could.
Edward and Alice.
Then he must have asked to speak with me, because the nurse handed me the phone.
"Bella, are you all right?"
"I think so"
"Well, Edward, Alice, and I will be coming down as soon as I can get off work."
"Can I talk to him?"
He must have known I meant Edward, because he said, "I'm at the hospital Bella, Edward's not here, but I can have him call as soon as we're on the road."
The road? He must have read my thoughts because he said, "Did you honestly think we'd fly in? We'll be taking the Mercedes. That makes sense.
"But what about the sun? It's like a hundred degrees today and it's so sunny, this isn't Forks!"
"We'll take care of that" He hung up.
Now all I had to do was wait.