I thought of this awhile ago and have wanted to write about it for ages! Do you think you'll like it? I'd sum up the first chapter for you but that'd ruin the whole chapter. Most of the story will be written from Bella's point of view.
Please note that I started this before Eclipse came out, ok?
My first fanfic actually, I hope you like it!
Disclaimer: I don't own Twilight, New Moon...(yawn)
Chapter 1: Charlie's fury
--Bella's Point of View, Friday, 7:26 P.M.--
Charlie's fist slamming down on the kitchen table woke me from my daydreams. I looked up from my fish to look at his face to see that he was shaking with anger and frustration. His kind face was a deep red and the veins in his forehead bugling.
"I've had it with your glazed over look and your daydreams! Tell me what the hell is going on!" His face shook violently as he spoke. "I know it has something to do with that, that boy!" He looked so mad he could spit.
"Dad, for one his name is Edward and secondly-"
"I don't care what his name is! I'm forbidding you to see him again! All you did when he left was mope around the house like a heartbroken zombie! Do you have any idea how you affected the people around you?" he hissed between clenched teeth. "If I see you with him you are out of my house!" What was this all about? I looked at him with a bewildered expression. I began to speak, scared.
"Ch-Dad. I…" I stopped trembling. I regained my posture and looked him square in the eye. "Dad. I love him! Honestly! You can't expect me to agree to this! I'm eighteen! I'm an adult! I can do whatever I want! I can't believe I'm listening to this!" I shot up from the table, knocking over the chair on my way. I was ready to storm out of the room and hope for this to blow over when Charlie copied my action. Minus knocking over the chair. His face was now purple.
"ISABELLA MARIE SWAN!" he body shook with rage. "How dare you speak to me like that! If you believe that you're such an adult and love Edward," he spat his name out with disgust as fury took over me. "Then fine! I WANT YOU OUT!" his index finger pointing to the front door, shaking. I was taken aback by this. I was planning to move out soon, but not like this.
"F-fine! I'm leaving! I don't care! I was planning to leave soon and now you've finally settled it for me! I'm gone then!" I stormed out of the kitchen leaving a steaming Charlie behind me. I stomped up the stairs making as much noise as possible as a slammed the door to my soon to be old room behind me. I began to have a fit, throwing the contents of my dresser into a nearby duffel bag. That's when I heard a soft tap on my window. I spun around in anger and anxiety, hoping it wasn't Victoria. It was Edward.
"Bella?" his voice was anxious and his face worried. He slowly slid the window up without making a sound and proceeded to enter my bedroom. "Bella?" he called my name again, slowly making his way toward me. I turned back to my bag.
"Not right now Edward. I just…need to be left alone for awhile." My voice sounded strained. I looked up to see the hurt in his eyes. "I'll call as soon as I can." I planted a swift kiss on his cheek, and then with an understanding nod, he was gone. I sighed as I threw more things into my bag. I grabbed my CD from Edward, the cell phone he had given me from my bedside table, anything else I might need and then reached between my mattress and box spring as I pulled out my sock of extra money. I took one last look at my old room and hurried down the stairs, only stumbling twice. Charlie's face had softened and he was steadily reaching towards me and he grabbed my arm. "Bella, I'm sorry, I didn't mean it. Just stay here. For Renée, for…me." I looked up at him with pity.
"No Dad, you told me you wanted me out so I'm leaving." His face hardened again. "Isabella Marie…." His face was stern again. "Dad, just don't. I think you've done enough damage." His grip on my arm loosened and I broke free, running through the rain to my truck. I threw my bags into the bed, jumped into the front seat tensing as the engine roared to life and slammed the door so loud it echoed in the darkening forest. I looked up to see Charlie, his face twisted with anger and sadness. I averted my gaze and backed out of the driveway.
I began to drive; I wasn't paying attention to where I was going. To be true, I had no clue. Realization dawned on me; I began to shake so badly that I had to pull over to avoid hitting a tree. I cut the engine and pulled my knees to my chest as I began to cry. It started out soft and then became sobs. My chest began to ache and pound.
I just broke my dad's heart. What am I going to do now? I sobbed for what seemed like an eternity before the driver's side door opened. A dark figure was illuminated in the dusk light. A scream building itself up in my dry throat. The figure reached toward me. Victoria! I shrieked as the figure gently touched my arm. It flinched and then stood still again.
"Bella?" It spoke in a soft velvety voice as its head tilted to the side. I recognized that voice. That was the voice of…
"E-Edward?" I rasped as I looked up into his eyes into the dim light. They were darkening with black. I tried to wipe away my tears. "I'm…sorry…" I murmured quietly, positive he could hear me. He gently moved me over the middle seat and threw my bags in next to me. Then he seat in the driver's seat gingerly. He closed the door next to him and wrapped his arms around me, kissing my forehead and whispering soothing things to me as I began to cry again. We sat then for what seemed like ages until I quieted down. I whipped my wet face and looked up at his eyes which were slowly turning back to gold.
"I'm sorry Edward," I whipped more tears from my face. He just shook his head with a small smirk.
"Don't apologize for crying. It's what you humans do." He smirked again. I noted his emphasis on the word human.
"Well I wouldn't be crying so much if I wasn't human now would I?" I muttered under my breath. I say his face harden, this obviously was the conversation he wanted to have now. "But that's not why I'm crying," did he think I had pulled over on the side of the road with two duffel bags to cry about not being a vampire?
"Then why?" his forehead creased in confusion.
"Like you don't already know." He'd probably heard the whole conversation with Charlie. "You may have already heard my conversation with Charlie regarding you. He…" I tensed and looked at his eyes. "He…lost it and,…" I took a deep breath, trembling. "And he, he kicked me out!" I spoke in a rush and clenched my hands into fists, looking at the floor. His arms tightened around me. I cried into his chest again as he stroked my hair.
"Oh Bella. Bella, Bella, Bella." He gently rocked me in his arms as I stifled my sobs slowly. My chest and my throat ached. "Are you feeling any better?" I nodded into his chest. "Good. So…" his fingers began drumming on my shoulder.
"What are you going to do now?" I stiffened. I hadn't really thought about that too much. I pulled away to his dismay. I set my jaw and stared out the windshield bleary eyed.
"I, I don't know. I'll find a place. A motel, an apartment, anything. I'll find something." I turned my head to face him. His eyes pleading as he began to speak.
"Bella, you can't do that." His face was stern as I slouched over. He wrapped his arm over my shoulder and started again. "What I mean is, how would I be able to visit you all the time?" he chuckled darkly. "I need to see my Bella." He kissed the top of my head and then bent over to be eye level with me. "I can't let you go off on your own. Not with…" his eyes went black. "Victoria and those werewolves out there. I can't let you get hurt like that. I told you that I'm not leaving you again." He kissed me gently and pulled away.
"You now what?" he started my truck and wrapped an arm around my shoulder. "You're coming with me!" he gave me a big toothy grin and pulled my truck onto the road again. He looked at me out of the corner of his eye. "Do you have any objections to that?" I shook my head slightly. I was tired, wet, cold, and with the boy I loved. I glanced up at the rearview mirror and noticed that my eyes were red and puffy. I wrapped my arms around his waist and leaned into his shoulder.
Before I knew it, we were pulling into the turn off toward the Cullen's house. The deafening roar of my truck must have pained their sensitive hearing. Then I heard a musical voice echoing off the forest.
"Bella's here!" I smiled to myself. Oh course Alice would be happy to see me. She always was. Especially when she played Guinea Pig Barbie with me. Edward cut the engine soon and slowly pushed the door open, pulling me out with him. The rain had let up a bit and for that I was grateful. He helped me walk to the door without stumbling. Which I only stumbled three times thank you very much! Edward squared his shoulders and reached for the door handle when it flew open.
"Beellaaa!" Alice was standing in the doorway all cheery before she saw my expression. Her smile faded into a frown. "Bella?" she looked at me confused and upset. Edward pushed past her gently and swung me into his arms, carrying me to the living room. He sat down on the couch gingerly and placed me on his lap as most of his family began to file in.
I placed my head on his shoulder and stared solemnly off into space. Emmett's smile turned to a frown, and Carlisle stood studying my expression. I noticed how Jasper kept his distance from me, perhaps trying to avoid another mishap. Alice slid into the room behind Rosalie and stood before me with her head tilted to the side. "Bella?" she whispered my name and I slowly raised my eyes to look up at her. Her pretty face was creased with worry and anxiety.
"What's wrong? Is everything alright in here?" Esme had just entered the room, wiping her hands on her apron. All eyes instantly turned back to face me and I just buried my head further into Edward's shoulder and sighed, shuddering. I'm not going to cry in front of them. There's no need…
Edward was soon bombarded by questions from his family, which he just shook his head to.
"Did you hurt her?!"
"Did she fall down the stairs? Again?"
"Did Mike do this?!" Everyone turned to face Alice. "What? He might have…" she mumbled. "Then again I didn't see it so…"
"No." Edward was staring out the window solemnly. "Mike," he spat his name out in disgust. "Had nothing to do with it. Nor did I."
"Then…" Edward growled and shook his head, probably reading her thoughts.
"No Alice." He looked at me questioningly and I nodded. He sighed. "Charlie," he paused, making sure I wanted him to say this. I nodded again. "Charlie kicked her out." I looked up to the faces around me and took in their expressions. Rosalie and Esme had their mouths hanging open in surprise and Jasper and Carlisle had frozen where they stood. A deep growl resonated from Emmett's chest and Edward was pulling me closer to him still, resting his chin on my head as he stared off into space. Instantly Alice was on her knees, eye level with me. Her mouth hanging slightly open and her eyes every bit concerned. "Bella are you okay?" with her head cocked to the side she looked at me quizzically. I shook my head and buried my face in my hands. My shoulders began to shake lightly until I realized that it was Rosalie doing it. Her face seemed worried as she looked at me.
"It's going to be alright Bella. You'll be fine." She flashed me a dazzling smile and I nodded believing her. Then again, why would Rosalie be nice to me? Had she finally gotten over her jealousy?
"Thank you Rosalie." I murmured. She nodded. Carlisle cleared his throat and spoke. "So Bella, what are you going to do?" I opened my mouth to speak but closed it. "Bella?" he asked again as I just whispered to him.
"I don't…know…" I trailed off. What did they want me to do? Was I going to end up in a cardboard box on the side of the highway stealing food from unknowing passerby? It was then when Esme reached toward me, extending her hand with a slight smile on her face. I heard Edward behind me,
"Mom…" She looked down at her "son".
"Don't worry about it Edward." I reached up slowly and took her hand and she helped me to stand up. She placed her hands on my shoulder and looked at me reprovingly.
"Bella," she began. "I would like to offer you something." There was a slight twinkle in her eyes when she said this. "I know that my family, especially Edward," our eyes glancing sideways at Edward, who seemed pleased. "Would absolutely love it if you came to live with us!" She beamed down at me, her eyes glistening the whole time. My breath caught in my throat, my mouth opened in an "o" of surprise. "Wha…what?" Her brow furrowing she spoke again.
"What's wrong? Do you not want to live with us?" She looked at me sadly.
"No it's not that!" I immediately corrected her. "I'm just….surprised that you'd make such an offer." Esme sighed, relieved. She kissed my forehead swiftly.
"Now Bella, listen. You know that we all love you, right? You know that we would never let something happen to you, right?" She looks at me expectantly. Her eyes pleading and hopeful. Her eyes seemed to say something to me. Please, do it for Edward. He needs you, we need you. A small voice in my head had piped up. You know you want to do this. It's what you want. I shuffled my feet on the living room floor and slowly nodded my head. Alice squealed so loud that I think we all jumped. Suddenly I was airborne, dizzily spinning through the air before I realized that it was Alice twirling me. And I had been expecting Edward… She cooed softly and then yelled at the top of her lungs.
"Bella's going to live with us! Yah!" She began to squeeze me so tight I felt my face turn purple. I whispered to her, with what breath I had.
"Alice…..can't……breathe!" I gasped for air. "Oh! Sorry!" She gently released me, setting me on the ground. Then I was bombarded by even more of my new family. Jasper smiled at me encouragingly and Rosalie gave me a timid and awkward hug.
"Welcome to the family." She whispered in my ear. And then it was Emmett's turn. His booming voice was enough to rattle the window panes in the house.
"Ha!" he clapped a huge hand on my shoulder. "Now I have the best source of entertainment!" I felt myself turning red. "See what I mean?" His voice and laughing shaking the house again. Esme approached me and gave me a swift and gentle hug. She released me and I was approached by Carlisle. He looked me in the eye and placed his hands on my shoulders.
"Now my favorite patient is part of my family." He inclined his head toward me and whispered. "Thank you, now our family is complete." He pulled away from me and I realized that I had yet to be welcomed to the family by Edward. I turned to him and smiled. He looked up at me and flashed a bright and dazzling smile and began to walk toward me. He stopped right in front of me and glanced down at me, smirking. He wrapped his arms around me kissed me slowly. He then kissed my forehead and the top of my head before Emmett spoke up. "Easy there my brother! You'll make the girl turn so red she'll overheat!" I turned even redder when he said that. "Why don't you release her and back away slowly?" Edward merely shook his head like a six year old refusing to get in the tub.
"Edward?" I murmured. He gazed down at my eyes, attempting to dazzle me. "I love you and all but if you really love me then you'd stop trying to break my back." He raised an eyebrow and then slowly released me, keeping one arm wrapped around my waist.
"So it's settled then? Bella will live with us?" Alice questioned Esme expectantly. Esme merely smiled at her "daughter". "But of course Alice! We can't let our Bella sleep in her truck on the side of the street or in a motel!" She threw her arms into the air dramatically and smiled at the two of us. "Perhaps we should leave these two alone for now." Esme, Rosalie, Jasper, Emmett, and Carlisle slowly filed out of the room. Alice turned to face us before she left. Instead of leaving though, she sat next to us on the couch. Edward pulled me onto his lap like before. He ran his nose across the top of my head, kissing me. Alice was positively beaming when she looked at us. She wrapped her arms around me and sighed.
"Oh Bella, this will be so much fun!" She and I giggled at that. Edward moaned and rolled his eyes.
"Honestly Alice! My Bella's not a Barbie Doll!"
"Your Bella? Oh please Edward! We all love her just like you!"
"Yes but I love her more!" Alice opened her mouth to speak again before I interrupted.
"Guys, stop. You know I love both of you. But…" I paused, trying to add suspense. "I think I just may love Edward a little more…" I turned red and saw Alice feigning shock and Edward slightly bemused. I suddenly remembered the question he had asked me a few weeks ago. Can I really answer him right now? I tried to gather up what courage I could before I spoke. "Edward?" my voice shaking slightly.
"Yes?" he bent his neck to look into my eyes. His dazzling eyes clouding my thoughts.
"Um…I have an answer to your question. And the answer is…… Yes!" I leaned against his chest and closed my eyes.
"What?" he sounded confused. I could feel Alice beaming beside me. I felt her get up off the couch and dance around the room.
"Yah! It's such a beautiful vision! I can't believe it! I sound have seen this coming!" I opened my eyes to see her skipping around the room, doing cartwheels and back flips. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Jasper and Rosalie stick their heads into the room and look confused. I gazed up to see Edward crease his forehead in confusion before realization dawned on him. He smiled a wide smile and looked down at me, happy, no, extremely excited. He leaned down to kiss me and he whispered into my ear. "Thank you Bella, you don't know much it means to me." I whispered back to him.
"I love you too." I saw Rosalie, Jasper, and now Emmett smile out of the corner of my eye.
I closed my eyes again and let myself slip into unconsciousness.
--Edward's Point of View, Friday, 8:37 P.M.--
I can't begin to express the joy I felt when Bella answered my question. My once dead heart began to pound in my cold chest. (Metaphorically) It may have taken her a few weeks to finally answer but it still brought light to my once dark and barren world. I kissed the top of her head and saw her smile in her sleep. I smiled down at her.
"Good night Bella. I love you. Thank you." She murmured in her sleep back to me.
"You're…welcome…" Alice looked at us excitedly and skipped out of the room.
A/N So... did you like it? Don't forget that the "Go" button is your friend!
Story by Kate