this is a AU story about Bella meeting Edward in the midst of a crisis. it's a story about survival when Bella has nothing but a mysterious boy with her. read and review.

Disclaimer – all of the characters except for the ones I added belong to Stephenie Meyer, so does Twilight, New Moon, and the upcoming Eclipse.

"Mom, please take care of your self and Phil," I said before I got on to the plane.

"I will, and you take care of your self. Call me or email me when you get to Bergen."

"Okay," I sighed.

"Keep your self safe and you can come back when ever you want. Have fun," my mom said gloomily.

"I'll try," I replied with a smile. I knew I wasn't going to be entertained there. I resented Bergen.

"If you want to come home, give me a call."

"I will, Mom," I sighed again.

She smiled at me and gave me a hug as I got on to the plane.

My mother had newly wed Phil. They were going to be traveling across the country and I wanted to give them the chance to spend their time together. I wanted them to be happy with each other but it seemed like I was getting in their way. So I decided that I should spend some time with my dad, Charlie. He lived in Bergen, Norway, which was the rainiest city in Europe. I sighed as I thought about the fact that I wouldn't be able to see the sun much any more. Also, I finally had the chance to live in a different new society with a diverse culture. This was the only reason that kept me sitting on the plane and not jumping out.

When I first made the decision that I was going to Bergen, I forgot to think about the fact that I might have to speak a new language there, but Dad told me that I would be going to an all American high school there. I was seventeen years old and I would have to finish my junior year. Charlie was the United States Ambassador in Bergen. I had been to Bergen before and knew that he wasn't home most of the time.

There were many reasons why I hated Bergen. For one, my mom wouldn't be there. I had never been very close to my dad or any one else and I would feel like an outcast. I had never fit in any where. I was from Phoenix, Arizona. It was hot there and the sun always shined. If I was being stereotypical, I was supposed to look like a tan girl who enjoyed sports and had a lot of friends. Instead, my skin was pale and I hated sports. I was never good at them because I was clumsy. I also didn't have very many friends either. Most of my friends were books and my mom. I also hated it because it was too green. It was full of too much vegetation for my liking.

I wondered if Marit would still be there to take care of me. She was my best friend when I vacationed with my dad. She was like Charlie's mom and the grandmother I never knew. Thinking about her made me slightly cheerful.

As I got out of the plane with my luggage, I saw Charlie standing next to his car with a grin on his face. He had a few body guards with him, also.

"Hey, Dad," I called.

"Hey, Bells. It's great to see you after such a long time. You've grown up a lot. How's your mom doing with Phil?"

I looked at him timidly. He never spoke of Phil. "They're doing fine. They've been traveling around the country. You haven't changed at all." He looked like the dad I last saw two years ago.

He smiled at me as I got in to the car and sat in the passenger seat. The body guards brought their own car and surrounded ours as Charlie started to drive.

"Sorry about the over protection, Bella. There has been some trouble between the Norwegians and the Russians. I didn't want you to get hurt on your first day here," he explained.

I looked around the land. It was raining mildly out side. There was a large overcast over head and there was too much greenery.

As he parked in front of the gargantuan house of his, I looked around to see if Marit was still here.

"Dad, does Marit still take care of you?"

"Of course she does. I know Marit makes you happy and she's like family. You can go see her right after I show you your new car."

I did not expect a car, and it was new. I didn't have very much money with me, and knowing Charlie, he would buy me some thing expensive. I groaned. He looked at me with a mischievous grin. He knew what I was thinking.

I pulled out my umbrella and followed him to the garage in the back of the mansion. My eyes lingered on the coolest car I had ever seen. It was an ebony colored Acura RL and it was innovative. I could not find one scratch on it, and it looked glossy.

"Bella, I don't want you to think that you have to pay me back. It's my way of saying thank you for staying with me."

"You didn't have to do that, Dad, but I really appreciate it. Thanks." I smiled at him.

"Bella?" The voice sounded very familiar and genial.

I turned around and saw Marit scurrying towards me. She bounded in to me and squeezed me tightly in to a hug. "It's so good to see you again. You've grown up quickly." She looked as if she was about to cry.

"It's great to see you too, Marit."

"All of your bags are in your room and I'm supposing that you know where that is. Go get some rest. You must be tired from that long flight."

She hadn't changed a bit. I obeyed and walked up the long cherry stair case. The mansion was three floors tall and my room was on the second floor. At the top of the floor was a large crystal chandelier. I tried not to touch any thing in this house that wasn't mine. I knew my clumsiness would take over and I would ruin the beautiful chandelier if I touched it. Most every thing was expensive and very hard to replace.

As I opened the door to my room, I saw the two small suit cases that I brought with me, on my bed. The room was quite large. There was a queen bed in the center of the room. The walls were a light vanilla. The curtains on the two windows matched the color of the walls and were drawn. I could hear the rain pouring out side. The left wall was a large book shelf with all the books that I enjoyed. I hadn't finished reading all of them but I would get to that. I could see that the shelf was stocked with more books for me to read. On the wall opposite the bed was a small closet for me to put my clothes in. My mom, Renée, had told Charlie to put a computer in my room so she could communicate with me. It was a silver computer that was on my very hefty desk. To me, it was a simple room. There were no posters, and every thing was just plain. It was just the way I liked things.

I didn't bring too many clothes since I knew Marit was going to buy me clothes any way. It was winter and very cold. She bought me clothes that would complement the winter weather. I could tell that the rain out side was going to freeze over night. I would probably slip on the ice and hurt my self on the first full day I was here. After I finished putting all of my clothes away, I went to the rest room across the hall to take a shower. As I finished, I combed the tangles out of my long, wet brown hair and brushed my teeth.

It was getting very late and I would have to go to school tomorrow. I wondered how my new class mates were going to be like. May be, they would know that I was the Ambassador's daughter. I would stay to my self since I was never very popular and never would be. I didn't know where the school was located but I did know that Marit would give me directions.

I was already starting to miss my mom, but she would be calling tomorrow to check up on me. I was starting to have a panicky feeling that I wouldn't be able to see her for a long time because I would be in danger here. I laughed nervously. There was no need to get worried. I would see her when I wanted to get home to Phoenix. Bergen was already making me insane. I pushed away these absurd thoughts to the back of my mind.

"Good night, Mom," I whispered.

i know nothing much happens in this chapter but Edward is going to be in the next one.