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I tried to hold back the tears that were stinging my eyes. I wanted to be strong, to be brave, for Jacob. He wrapped his arms around me and kissed the top of my head.
"I'm gonna miss you Bells," he sighed. My plane was boarding in ten minutes and I knew I was going to have to say goodbye to Jacob, my Jacob, my love. Because I was moving. Because Phil had gotten hit on the head with a baseball, causing him to go into a coma and my mother needed me, in Phoenix. I didn't want to leave my home in Forks, my dad, Charlie, my Jacob, but Renee needed me, so I would go. I would leave behind the ones I loved to help my mother.
"I'm gonna miss you too Jake," I said, my voice breaking. He wrapped his arms around me in a bone-crunching hug. He brought his lips to mine and kissed me passionately, fire and warmth burning in my lips. I loved kissing Jacob.
"I love you," he mumbled when our lips finally broke apart.
"I love you too," I replied kissing him again. An announcement came on, my plane was boarding. I broke apart from Jacob and turned to hug Charlie, who was staring pointedly in the opposite direction.
"I'll miss you Bella," he said, hugging me tightly.
"I'll miss you too Dad." I hugged him back with as much force as I could manage.
"Take care of Renee. Be safe."
"I will Dad. Love you."
"Love you too Bells." He gave me a comforting pat on my shoulder and walked away. Jacob stepped forward instantly, squeezing me into his arms and kissing me once again. I pushed him away when they announced my plane again, I needed to leave.
"Call everyday. And e-mail, and write," he said. I laughed weakly.
"Chill Jake." When he continued to glare at me I added, "Of course I'll call everyday." He smiled sadly.
"Love you too." And with one final kiss I was turning away, almost jogging to where my plane was boarding. As soon as I was buckled in and we were taking off, I let my tears fall freely. As awful as I felt for Phil, I was still depressed over leaving behind my friends, my dad and most of all my Jacob. We had been dating for almost a year and agreed that we would do the long distance thing. We were both juniors in high school and in a year and a half, when we finished high school, we were going to go to college together and be together forever. We had our whole lives planned.
I kept my mind busy with thoughts of Jacob until I finally reached the airport in Phoenix. I was surprised to find I was actually excited to see my mother. I missed her greatly. As soon as I walked to baggage claim I saw Renee waving me over, already holding my bag and beaming. She wrapped her arms around me in a tight hug and began sobbing.
"Oh Bella," she sobbed. "I've been so worried all by myself. I'm so glad you could come."
"I know Mom," was all I replied, softly patting her hair as she sobbed into my shoulder.
"We should go," she said, sighing. "I want to get back to the hospital to see Phil."
"Have you heard anything new?" I asked, worried. I hated seeing Renee in so much pain, and knowing how hurt Phil was.
"Oh Bella," she gasped suddenly, tears rolling down her face again. "They say they don't see any hope in him waking up. They want me to make a decision on…pulling the plug." She began sobbing again and I wrapped an arm around her, knowing how difficult that choice would be.
"Mom, I'm so sorry," I muttered sympathetically. We were reaching the car now, but I knew Renee was in no state for driving so I grabbed the keys and drove myself. When we reached the house, Renee helped me bring my bag inside before disappearing out the door to go visit Phil. I cried a bit when she left, not too much, but enough. I unpacked all my clothes, glad I had left some my summer clothes here, since it didn't get warm in Forks. I was just unpacking the last of my clothes when the doorbell rang. Who could that be? I wondered to myself. I hurried downstairs to open the door. When I did, I saw a huge family, two parents with three kids, all around my age.
"Hello, you must be Bella," the man said, the father I assumed. He had blonde hair and movie star good looks. He smiled politely at me. "My name is Carlisle Cullen. This is my wife Esme." She had a heart shaped face and flowing brown hair. When she spoke, her voice was warm and motherly.
"It's nice to meet you," she said sincerely.
"These are our children. Emmett," he pointed to a huge, muscular boy with a mess of brown hair, grinning right behind him. "Alice." A pixie like, short girl, with black hair that stuck out in all angles. She was bouncing up and down with excitement.
"Hi Bella! It's so good to meet you! If you ever need a shopping buddy I'm here," she bubbled.
"And this is Edward," Carlisle interrupted, pointing to the third child. He had brown hair with natural redish highlights. His eyes were bright green, and he was smiling a crooked smile that took my breath away. I shook my head lightly. Jacob, I reminded myself.
"Hi," he said shyly. I gave him a timid smile in response.
"We're your neighbors." He pointed to the house across the street. "Renee told us you were moving in today and we thought we'd introduce ourselves."
"Renee's not home right now but would you like to come in?" I asked, not wanting to be rude.
"Can we Daddy, please, please," Alice begged, positively bursting with excitement. She seemed like a five year old.
"You'll have to excuse Alice, she's excited to have a girl her own age to shop with," Carlisle said with a laugh. Alice stuck her tongue out at him. "We'd love to come in and get acquainted, if you don't mind."
"I don't mind at all. Come on in." I stepped aside and the family of five slid inside. I just noticed Esme was holding a plate of brownies.
"These are for you and Renee," she explained, handing them to me.
"Thanks," I said with a genuine smile. Esme was so sweet, it was hard not to like her. I placed them on the counter and opened the plastic wrap. "Would anyone like one?"
"Me!" Alice said instantly, reaching for one.
"Like Alice needs anymore sugar," I heard Edward mutter. Alice made a face at him and took a brownie and I smiled. Then there was another knock on the door.
"Hold on a second," I said apologetically to the Cullen's. I rushed to the door and opened it to see another family smiling at me. I stared in shock.
"Hello, my name is Claudia Hale, this is my husband Robert," said the woman, a pretty blonde. "You must be Bella."
"Yes," I muttered weakly. She was holding a plate of chocolate chip cookies.
"These are our children, Rosalie and Jasper," Claudia said, pointing to the two kids behind her. They were both tall and blonde and gorgeous. Jasper seemed very subdued and I caught Rosalie smiling at her reflection in the window.
"Hi," Rosalie said, sounding bored. Jasper nodded slightly in my direction.
"We're your neighbors, to the left," Claudia said, pointing to the house next door. "We thought we should introduce ourselves.
"Do you want to come in?" I asked. I wondered if Renee would be mad that I was letting all these strangers into our house. "Renee isn't here but the Cullen's are already inside." Claudia and Robert laughed.
"Leave it to the Cullen's to beat us to the punch," Robert muttered.
"We'd love to come in," Claudia said through her laughter. They walked into the house, me trailing quietly behind.
"Well look who it is!" Carlisle exclaimed upon seeing the Hale's. I had a feeling these families were good friends. I was surprised to see Rosalie walk straight up to Emmett and kiss him. Jasper stood next to Alice and even though they weren't touching I could tell they were together.
"We thought we'd introduce ourselves to our new neighbor," Robert explained. "Great minds think alike." Carlisle laughed. Just then I heard a car pull up outside and the door open.
"Bella?" Renee called, sounding slightly panicked. She walked in and upon seeing the Cullen's and the Hale's broke into a huge smile. "What a pleasant surprise!"
"Oh good thing you're home Renee, we felt like we were intruding on your poor daughter," Claudia joked lightly.
"No intrusion at all, it's always nice to see you. Why don't you kids head out back Bella?" Renee asked. I knew she wanted to talk to the adults about Phil so I obliged, the Cullen's and Hale's following behind me. The moment we were outside Emmett and Rosalie sat against the fence and began kissing. Alice rolled her eyes and came straight over to me.
"It's so good to finally meet you Bella!" she exclaimed.
"You too," I replied a little awkwardly.
"I bet you're curious about all of us, huh?" Alice guessed with a knowing smile. I nodded. "Well Emmett and Rosalie are seniors and they're clearly together." She rolled her eyes. "Jasper, Edward and I are all juniors."
"Me too," I exclaimed.
"I know, your mother mentioned it," she said with a grin. "So what do you like to do for fun?" This question took me off guard and I stuttered for a moment before finally coming up with an acceptable answer.
"Read, I guess. Spend time with friends." I shrugged.
"I like to shop," Alice announced. Jasper sighed and Edward groaned.
"Good job Bella," he teased. "Now she's going to force you to shop with her."
"I don't force people to shop with me," Alice said to him. "I just beg and plead until they choose to come on their own." We all laughed at this.
"Do you need a ride to school tomorrow?" Edward asked. "I drive Alice and Jasper," he added.
"Sure. Thanks." I smiled at him and he grinned a perfectly crooked smile back at me.
"Kids?" I recognized Claudia Hale's voice. "We're leaving." Alice's face slipped into a pout and she leaned up to kiss Jasper goodbye, confirming my suspicions that they were together. Rosalie and Jasper headed out, waving goodbye. Emmett came up to us.
"It's good to meet you Bella!" he practically yelled. He had a huge grin on his face and I couldn't help but smile back.
"Let's go kids!" This time I recognized Esme Cullen's sweet, motherly voice.
"Bye Bella! See you tomorrow!" Alice squeaked, giving me a quick hug. Emmett waved, following her. Edward stood with me for an awkward moment and I could feel myself blushing.
"I'll pick you up at 7:30 tomorrow morning. See you later Bella." He grinned at me one last time before following his siblings out of the door.
A/N: Review everyone! Tell me what you think! And by the way the fact that Jacob is her boyfriend is kind of a coincidence, not really important. I mean it's important that she has a boyfriend, just not that it's Jake. I'm pro-Edward here but I needed Bella to have a boyfriend for this story to work. Remember to REVIEW!!