This is a one shot, that I'm not quite sure if I want to continue with or not. So please let me know if I should, but there's a couple more stories being worked on now anyways, but I really want to know what people think, Thanks.
There's been plenty of stories about what the Cullens' lives were like before they were changed, but how about the other vampires' lives?
The wind whipped quickly through the cables above as the river rushed beneath my feet. The stretch of the Sacramento River reached across to the shore of Turtle Bay. Despite the wind, the blue skies made a picturesque view along the water. As we approached the center of the bridge Janie rushed towards the railing.
"How can anyone contest with this weather?" she laughed, spreading her arms out to the side.
The wind tossed my hair up around my face before I could answer. "Yeah, if only I didn't have to worry about being blown away."
"It's not always that bad." Climbing down from the railing Janie crossed back towards me. "You know, frowning causes premature wrinkles."
I smiled back at her in response. Without another word we continued across the bridge. I stared at my feet as we walked avoiding eye contact. I knew as soon as she got the chance she would start in on a topic I had tried the entire day to avoid. I love Janie, but she continuously feels the need to talk about emotions and feelings and sentimental crap which would completely ruin a perfectly nice day. Instead I attempted a new subject.
"How's the new hobby coming along?"
"Do you even remember what it is?"
"Of course," and of course I was clueless, so I attempted to recall her most recent obsession, "Yoga seemed like a good idea for you."
"Bree, I stopped yoga nine days ago when I accidentally threw my mat at the instructor."
"Well I'm sorry I'm unable to stay up to date with your ever changing interests." And she wonders why I would never take yoga with her.
"Well, since you asked, earth club's remarkable."
That's right; she had mentioned her new found interest in the rainforest and saving the earth. "Still planning on single handedly preventing the progression of global warming?"
"Must you criticize everything? And you know there's other perks to the club besides just planting trees and recycling."
"Yeah, I suppose I can see the perks in spending an hour a day in the presence of the infamous Chase Marley"
"Make fun of me all you want, but in the end I'm going to be the one with the date."
"I have no interest in Chase."
"You have no interest in anyone! And how is it possible for anyone to not like Chase? He's a dream."
"He's a dork."
"He's not a dork. He's on the football and lacrosse team, he's smart, he's funny, and he's amazingly gorgeous."
"How smart can a D student be?"
"Don't judge a person by their GPA."
We reached the pylon at the end of the bridge its shadow cast down across the path. "It's still early, why don't we head down to the falls?" The structure of the bridge provided the time for us based on its architecture designed like a sun dial. After moving to the town of Redding, California when I was eight, this bridge and park quickly became my favorite place.
"Sorry, I would, but I promised my mother I'd be home to help clean the house for Zach's birthday party."
"Alright, I'll see you later then."
"It's going to be okay, you know." Her intentions were good I realized, but they had little effect.
"I know, it just needs some time." I tried to keep my best poker face as I said the words I had been trying to convince myself of the past few days.
"Are you sure that you will be okay?"
"I think I'll last." I tried to laugh but we both understood the insincerity.
"Okay, bye Bree, call me if you need anything."
"Bye Janie!" I watched as she began to run towards the opposite direction of the park and then turned back towards the bridge. The towering structure that stood before me surprisingly offered a sense of comfort. It is rumored that the architect believed that the bridge resembles a bird in flight and symbolizes the overcoming of adversity. Before I could even continue on this train of thought my cell phone vibrated in my pocket. The name across the caller ID didn't surprise me, "Hey Nate."
"Hey Bree, what's up?" his voice sounded slightly muffled, I blamed it on the long distance calling. Even being half way across the world wouldn't stop him from calling me just for the heck of saying hi.
"Not too much." It was a pathetic response, I'll admit it, but my thoughts were elsewhere. Another gust of wind caught my hair again.
"You sound a bit distant, are you alright?"
"I'm fine, just thinking, I'm a little busy at the moment."
"Busy thinking?" he began a little laugh, "what could you possibly be doing that would make you too busy to talk to me?"
I smiled, "you give your self too much credit, I could be busy doing tons of things, how do you know that I'm not doing something incredibly important."
"What would you do that's incredibly important?" That was a bit harsh.
"A bit harsh, don't you think. How do you know I'm not out partying with friends, or going on a college interview or something?
His laugh grew a bit, "I just know. It's a talent, really, but I'm 120 sure that you are doing neither of those."
The wind settled down around me. "How can you be so sure?"
His laugh was even louder now, but it was no longer muffled. It was clear as a bell echoing around … I turned around sharply.
"Nate!" There he stood, across the dirt path. I ran towards him and threw my arms around him. His chin rested gently on my head as his arms wrapped around my shoulders.
"Miss me?" his voice whispered in my ear.
I took a step back so that I could see his face. "More than anything, but what are you doing here? I thought you were supposed to be in China for two more weeks." He had gone with his family to help his older brother with the adoption process.
"I was, but everything was being taken care of, and there were things here I didn't want to miss." His eyes focused on mine as he said this with careful anticipation.
I could feel my smile shrink a bit but I tried my best to keep it from falling away completely. "You didn't have to do that."
"Yes, I did." He wrapped his arms around me again and the wind picked up around us. I breathed in his scent, remembering the exact smell from the last time that we had been together. The reunion was a bitter sweet circumstance, but I was still overjoyed at his return. "Let's go for a walk." He offered, twisting me slowly out of the embrace.
"Sounds great," I couldn't help to admit it but I was more than grateful that I didn't have to spend the rest of the morning alone or back at my house.
We left the park and headed towards the trail. As we approached the trail I hurried to take cover in the shade. "What's the rush for?"
"It's too bright out; I'm going to get a burn one of these days."
He laughed, "you realize we live in the second sunniest city in the nation."
"Yeah, I realize," I said, dragging my tone down with my expression. He laughed in reply. "So how are Aaron and Lisa?" Nate's brother and sister-in-law were married two summers ago.
"They're doing great. They're a little stressed over the baby, but they'll get over it."
"I can't wait to see them." The time passed quietly as we walked. Staring at my feet I followed the shadows of the leaves in the path, avoiding the sun that filtered through them.
"How are your mom and dad doing?" His eyes were cautious again when I glanced up, but knew what my reaction would be if I kept that stare, so I returned to looking at my feet.
"They could be better. I don't think it's quite hit them yet, the reality of it. They were the most upset at the funeral, but dad's been swamping himself with work and mom won't slow down."
"It'll take time. How are you holding up?"
I couldn't help but look up at him, but I couldn't think of a response. With a shrug of my shoulders, he caught the hint. "He was a good kid, and an even better brother; you're living proof of that."
I smiled and turned back towards the path. As we walked he began humming to pass the time. It was nice being able to spend time with Nate, because he was the kind of person that didn't need to talk all the time.
The feeling of him being here, next to me was a relief, and for the first time in the past week I felt like I was able to let my guard down. Around Nate I was a different person. I could talk to him with out focusing on editing my words, and I could relax around him. I became friends with Nate as soon as I arrived in Redding. We have our ups and downs, but nevertheless things never really change.
"It hasn't changed a bit." His words startled me until I realized what he was referring to. The outstretch of the lake before us was striking. The blue water met the shore and the trees gently, and the rush of the water swayed with the blowing wind. I must have lost track of time, because it usually was about a twenty minute walk to the lake.
"Not much around here has."
"Everyone's going to miss him, Bree, you know that."
"I know, but there's a part of me that still thinks he's coming home. He was my brother after all. I saw the police reports of the accident, and I saw the shriveled wreckage, but it hasn't quite registered that it was my brother in that car." I could feel the water beginning to build up under my eyes.
"I think it's like that for a lot of people right now." At the touch of his arm on my shoulder I felt the slight drop of liquid fall down my cheek. Within a second I was wrapped up in his arms again. The wind rustled around us and the water splashed the nearby shore, but the protection of Nate's arms kept me close beside him.