CHAPTER ONE: VICTORIA

Author's Note: Yay! I wrote a new story. Yeah. Cheers. Tell me how you like the length. Is it too long? Too short? Are there too many unnecessary details? I'll be able to improve it more if you would just tell me. So, yeah. Oh, and in case you're wondering, this chapter DOES include Victoria being there... you know, alive, and all. You'll get it when you read it... maybe, maybe not so much. Anyway, this story takes place AFTER Eclipse, but just imagine that she's not dead yet, okay? This story will probably be changing to different perspectives a lot—mostly Charlie's or Bella's, I think, but you'll have to wait and see.

I walked down the hallway to the cafeteria. I was eager to be rid of Mike Newton, who still followed me around like a puppy dog, even after I announced my engagement to Edward. He had looked rather rejected for a few days, but he had bounced right back. Ugh! He was so annoying! Didn't he get the meaning of 'not interested?!' I had been just about to slap him in the face when the bell rang. I was not usually a violent person, but people like Mike always brought out the worst of me.

Edward met me halfway down the hall. English was the only class where he wasn't with me, and Mike had caught on to that fact rather quickly, not to mention taken advantage of my Edward-less state. I sighed.

"Bella," Edward said with a somewhat disapproving tone to his voice, "Let's get some food in you. You look as if you're about to pass out."

"It's not my fault. You try spending an entire hour trying to avoid ever-persistent Mike Newton!" I glared at Mike, who didn't even seem to notice, but actually glad that I was paying attention to him.

"What am I going to do with you?" Edward asked, amused, "I leave you alone for one class, and you pick up another set of admirers."

"Humph," I said, crossing my arms.

Lunch, and the rest of the afternoon passed without incident, as Edward was with me. Even Mike could not sneak an opportunity to talk to me, with Edward being there, which meant the rest of my 'fans' stood even less of a chance. I only fell once in gym, and as usual, Edward caught me in his arms. I didn't even trip in the switch between classes, a fact that I was extremely proud of. I was just getting ready to leave with Edward, when I dropped my books on the ground.

"Ugh!" I said, impatiently tossing them in my bag, with the help of Edward.

"Let's go," he said.

When we got out to the parking lot, I spotted someone I hoped I would never see ever again. Her flaming red hair would stand out anywhere, and especially to me. This vampire had starred in many of my nightmares, recently. She was staring directly at us, not seeming to care that people were staring. Then again, why would she? Victoria would hardly be concerned about the fact that a couple of adolescents found her... interesting.

"Edward, Bella," she noted plainly, "I was hoping you would be here."

"Edward, no!" Alice suddenly shouted from behind us, "Don't do it!" I had a feeling of what Edward was planning on doing.

"Leave," he told... no, commanded her, "Leave before I tear you up like your precious James." I knew Edward would do no such thing, but Victoria didn't. It surprised me; how much emotion Edward was able to put into his voice. How he could make it sound like he would actually kill her in a parking lot full of students.

"Tsk, tsk, tsk, Edward. Someone needs to take anger management classes. Jumping to conclusions isn't always a good thing," she said in a sickly sweet voice.

"What are you doing here?" Edward asked, trying to keep his composure.

"Oh, please don't tell me that you don't know why I'm here," she said, her voice rising to a screech quickly, and losing her baby voice pretense.

By this time, we were starting to attract a crowd. I was able to see Lauren, Mike, Conner, Tyler, and many other students from the school. I could even see one of the teachers in the background, trying to herd everyone back to their cars.

Edward quickly positioned himself in front of me, trying not to show his teeth. I could tell that he was fighting with the decision of whether he should kill her.

"You killed James," she accused.

"He deserved to die!" Alice screeched, or rather, just said quickly at her usual pitch.

"He killed someone?!" I heard Lauren whisper.

"Edward! Don't do it!" I tried hastily to convince him not to start a fight.

Suddenly, Victoria lunged at him, fingers out like claws. But Edward was there sooner, his figure blurring. I couldn't see either of them anymore. This reminded me of when Jasper and Alice were 'dancing' in the meadow. But this was a much more deadly dance. All of a sudden, Edward leaned forward, and before Victoria had a chance to react, snapped her neck. The rest of it went very quickly. I was shocked that most of the school stayed to watch.

"Stupid, impulsive brother," Alice sighed, "Though I suppose ridding that witch from society is a good thing."

Everyone else—the students, I mean, were chatting loudly. I was then aware that I was shaking. Edward was there in an instant, catching me as I fell backwards.

"Shh, Bella," he soothed me, completely calm now that nothing was endangering my safety.

"She's g-gone," my teeth chattered, "She's gone."

"Yes, love. Victoria is gone."

"Hey you; Cullen!" someone shouted, "What the hell was that?!"

"Great, I knew this would happen," Alice muttered, "I'm not answering them, you are, Mr. Genius."

"Help me get her into the car," Edward said, ignoring her, and gesturing to his Volvo.

I tried to stop myself from shaking, unsuccessfully.

"Cullen! Oh, which one is he?! Edward!" a girl from my gym class shouted.

"I guess I'd better go face the wrath of your fellow Forks High School students," Edward said, kissing the top of my head.

Then, I saw someone. This someone I did NOT want to see. Charlie. How was I going to explain this to him?! Oh, yeah, hi Dad. Yeah, see, my boyfriend? Edward? He's a vampire, and he just stopped Victoria, the mate of the vampire who tried to kill me, from murdering me right now. Yeah, it's nothing. Don't worry about it. Yeah, right! I was never going to pull this off. People from school, I could handle. But Charlie?!

"I'm sorry," Edward said, still by my side—no doubt fearing the 'wrath of my fellow Forks High School students.'

"Why are you sorry?" I asked, puzzled, "God, you just saved my life, Edward!"

"What are you going to say to Charlie?" he asked.

Charlie was approaching us quickly. Great, just great! As he got nearer, I heard him say, "Please, Bells, please tell me that that wasn't real."

"Um... that wasn't real?"

"You! Cullen! Get over here—stay away from my daughter!" Charlie shouted.

"Chief Swan! What was that?!" Tyler asked. Not helping, Tyler, not helping!

"Let's ask him!" Charlie said, yanking Edward away from me.

"Char—Chief Swan, I assure you, no one was in any danger."

"No one was in any danger! You've just murdered a woman right in front of my very eyes!" Charlie fumed, "Bella, you are not seeing this man anymore. This murderer!"

"Charlie, please let me explain," Edward said calmly, "What I meant to say was, Bella was not in danger."

"It's my job to protect these kids, too," Charlie said.

"Please, dad!"

Suddenly, Victoria's... arm? It started to move! Almost as if trying to attach itself back to her body.

"If you'll excuse me for a second, Chief Swan," Edward said politely. He moved a bit too fast to pass as human pace, but I sensed that he would've gone faster if it wasn't for the humans present.

He picked up all of the... pieces, of Victoria, with some help from Alice. Gathering up everything took at least twenty minutes, even with Alice, bounding back and forth way to fast for my eyes to catch her movements. After he had all the pieces, Edward put it all into a pile, and lit it up. A sickening scent came off of the pile. I put my hand to my nose, and turned my head away, to stare up at Edward.

"I'm sorry you had to see this side of me," he apologized.

I didn't really hear his words, instead snuggled myself nearer to him. "I was actually scared," I said.

"You sound so shocked," he laughed.

"Well, I'm normally not," I told him truthfully.

"Well, there are always exceptions," he chuckled, looking down at me with nothing but love in his eyes.

"Kids, hurry on home," Charlie told them, taking the role of Chief Swan. For this I would be eternally grateful.

"Thank you, Charlie," I said softly.

"You! I'm speaking to you once we get home," he said fiercely, "And Edwin, you're coming too."

Great; now Edward was back to Edwin. Charlie must be really mad.

"Charlie, I would like to come and help my brother explain what has happened," Alice said in a sweet voice that reminded me of wind chimes.

"Of course, Alice," Charlie said, seeming to lose some of his anger.

"Dad, this may not be pretty," I told him, looking down.

"Just get in the car," Charlie sighed, "I'm tired. Let's get home as soon as possible."

"I'll get a ride from Edward, if you don't mind, Dad," I said, getting into Edward's Volvo, where the door was already opened. Charlie looked like he did mind, sending a glare Edward's way, but said nothing.

"He's going to be difficult," I sighed.

"Sometimes I think you're the psychic," Alice told me, confirming my worries.

This was turning out to be an extremely long day.