You get the strangest ideas when you're dancing eh? I just randomly thought: Huh. What would happen if Bella and Edward adopted a child? XD Don't be cruel if it's suckish. DX Enjoy the fic! :D
Chapter 1: Meeting
Life as an orphan isn't as bad anymore. I ran away from that dump of an orphanage near Queens I was put in when I was a baby and I'm doing pretty well for myself. I managed to snag a decent blue t-shirt and shorts, unfortunately no shoes but doesn't matter. Just because I'm five doesn't mean I'm helpless. I was running to my hideout with my latest wallet in my hand, my dark brown/black hair waving in the breeze and the New York City sun dancing on my olive skin. Kids gotta eat right? I skidded to a halt when the tall person I loathed stood in front of me with his three goons behind him.
"Good job Amira." Carlos commented, my teeth gritted together. Probably here to take my money, that bastard.
"What the hell do you want Carlos?" He laughed at the venom in my voice.
"Hey hey. That ain't a way to talk to the guy who saved your ass." He won't ever let that go! Just one pit pocket went wrong, the man was about to kick me when Carlos came and scared him off, now that filthy bastard thinks he owns me! Carlos was always a bastard, as long as I can remember, big red t-shirt and bandanna across his head. Those stupid white Nike shoes he's in love with.
"It was that one time. Anyway, get out of my way." I tried to walk past him but he grabbed the back of my shirt and held me up to his face.
"Mind giving up that wallet? You owe me that much."
"No way in hell I'm giving this to you. Now let me go!" He threw me to the side and I slammed against the old brick wall. He got in my face, his lips turned up into a smirk. He grabbed the golden Muslim crest on my necklace, the only thing that my parents left me with.
"Now, I'd suggest you give me the damn wallet. Or I'm gonna sell this necklace here for some pocket change." He threatened, I glared at him, he always threatened to sell it, because he knew how much it meant to me. I reluctantly put the wallet in his hand.
"Here. You happy now you bastard!" He slapped me across the face, it burned like a bee sting.
"Don't be talkin' that way to me. I ought to beat some respect into you." He raised his fist, but put it down and got up.
"Thanks for the cash. Make sure to learn some respect." He walked away, and I cursed under my breath. Damnit! Why do I have to be so small? Now I have to start all over again and get myself a new wallet. My back ached from the throw but I ignored it and ventured out to Manhattan (where all the rich people hang out), it's not that far. Maybe a forty-five minute walk or so. My legs were built for it, it's in my blood. All I know about myself is, my parents were Egyptian and I've been told they did a lot of running. Not sure if it's true but doesn't matter. I got there with time to spare and saw a two young, pale, (and abnormally beautiful) teenagers looking at a window of jewelry. They must be rich to able to afford that kind of stuff, jackpot! Their eyes were topaz, which isn't a normal color, probably wearing contacts or something to scare people. The most gorgeous guy I've ever seen took out a black leather wallet. I will not let that man's beauty distract me from the real prize. I waited till they were distracted, and dashed full speed, I jumped up, snatched it and ran as fast as I could. I managed to get far enough and hid behind a trash can. I gasped for breath silently. I inspected the wallet, pretty fancy material. I opened it up and it was stuffed with cash! Best. Pit pocket. Ever. I tucked it into my back pocket and walked back to my place (Ok my place is basically an old blanket and pillow I stash into a cardboard box. Everyone can't be rich right?) I bumped into a cold and hard leg. (A/N: She's five and short so it's only natural right? XD)
"I do believe you have something that belongs to me." A velvet voice informed me. I gulped and reluctantly looked up to see the face of the beautiful boy who I stole this from. Crap, crap, crap! I whirled and ran in the other direction. No way in hell I'm giving up this much cash! Something grabbed the back of my shirt and tugged me back. This guy was strong ...
"Edward! What are you doing to that poor girl!" The girl from before came up, same complexion as his, the same color of eyes.
"Bella, love. This is the child that just stole my wallet." He reminded her. I tried over and over to tug out of his grip, much too strong.
"Let go of me you filthy bastard!" He chuckled.
"That's not the type of language a five year old should be speaking. I'm sure your parents would reprimand you for saying such things." My teeth clenched together, whenever someone says something like that it makes me angry.
"Ah. You don't have parents do you?" My eye widened in alarm. And just how did he know that?
"Edward. Let go of her." The woman said, he silently obeyed and released his grip on the back of my shirt. I brushed off the back of my shirt and started walking forward, she was immediately in my face, on her knees at my eye level.
"Shouldn't you be at school?"
"I don't really think that's any of your business lady." I retorted, she laughed and reached her arm out to ruffle my hair, I shut my eyes and braced myself for an impact out of habit. Because, I've never been hugged, or cared for ever, not even in the orphanage, I got a lashing almost everyday. Everyone who does things like this hit me, and I mean hard. But it's better not to trust anyone.
"You should not be stealing. It isn't right." Edward said, also getting down at my eye level.
"And who are you to tell me what's right and wrong? I need something to support myself with. I'd rather not starve to death." I responded in a sarcastic tone. I noticed the sun was setting.
"Well whatever. Thanks for the right vs. wrong lesson. I'll be on my way." I turned around and started to walk in the opposite direction. Once again, I was lifted into the air by the back of my shirt.
"And just where do you intend to go Amira?" My eyes widened in alarm, how did he know my name?
"What's it to you."
"I don't want to see you stealing again."
"Pff. And just what are you going to do about it? Don't interfere in my business." I scoffed. He raised his eyebrow, normally his perfection should make it hard for me to speak, but as I've said before beauty doesn't affect nor bother me. He didn't say anything, but he put me down.
"Amira, how about I take you back to your orphanage?" I stared at her in blatant disbelief. Like I want to go back to that hell hole!
"Um. Bella, may I have a word with you briefly." She cocked her head to the side and walked a few feet away from me. I have exceptional hearing, which is good so I can listen to whatever the hell they're saying.
"Bella. This girl despises that orphanage. She refers to it as a hell hole. I'm sure if we even attempted to take her back she'd throw a rather massive tantrum." Bella put her hands over her mouth in surprise.
"Thats the reason why she acted as if you were going to hurt her when you tried to touch her. I just saw brief moments of her life and it's quite gruesome." I took this time to get the hell out of here. I was too preoccupied to notice Edward randomly knew so much about me. I ran full speed in the opposite direction, those two teenagers shouldn't interfere in my business! No way. It was getting dark and I was getting tired. I rubbed futilely at my eyes and ran into a vacant playground.
"You got another wallet already Amira?" His Hispanic accent brought rage to me.
"Go away Carlos." I hissed, I really didn't need his crap right now.
"I see you managed to snag a pretty fat wallet. Hand it over."
"The hell I will! It took a lot to get this! Keep dreaming you oaf." He slapped me across the face again. Much harder than before. I was somewhat used to pain but I cringed a bit.
"I thought I said, learn some respect!"
"You'd stoop so low as to bully a small child for money? How very pathetic." That velvet voice dipped in honey asked him. Edward and Bella walked up, their faces splashed with chagrin.
"And just who the hell are you?" Carlos asked them rudely. I told them not to interfere...
"It doesn't necessarily matter who we are. I'd just like to know why you're hurting a five year old."
"That ain't you're business." Carlos retorted.
"Ah but actually it is. You see thats my wallet so it technically makes it my business." Edward is getting himself in trouble, Carlos may be an oaf but he's strong.
"The kid needs to learn some respect." Bella frowned and stared at me with gentle eyes. It confused me to no end, nobody has ever looked at me like that.
"Amira, come here." She motioned with her hand for me to come. I stood there, utterly puzzled. What? Was she going to hit me?
"She's not going to hurt you." Edward answered my thought and my eyes widened. Carlos laughed out loud.
"Good luck with that. The kid doesn't trust anyone." I glared at Carlos, who in turn grabbed my hand.
"Best not to be gettin' involved with us." I tugged my hand out of his grip.
"Who are you to speak for me you bastard?" I hissed, he slapped me again. I heard Bella cringe.
"Shaddup squirt! I need to teach you some respect." I'm pretty sure he was about to punch me, I closed my eyes and braced myself for impact. Nothing. I opened one of my eyes and Edward stopped his hand from coming at me. I blinked in disbelief. He saved me?
"I didn't want to have to resort to violence." He muttered, Edward threw him across the playground and he banged into a swing set. His hard head making a big GONG noise. My mouth fell open in awe, he really was strong. Bella was in front of me in a flash, she got to her knees and pulled me into a ... hug? What? My body tensed in alarm. This was the first time I'd ever been ... hugged.
"Amira are you Ok?" I was too dumbstruck to say anything. What is this ..? She's not hitting me. Carlos was basically unconscious against the swings. She pulled me at arms length and examined my very surprised expression.
"She's just surprised. This is the first time she's ever been hugged and not hit." Edward explained to her, again, how does he know these things?
"H-How did you know that?" I asked incredulously.
"I can tell." He replied simply.
"Um. Well, thanks for helping me out with Carlos. I'll figure out a way to handle him. Bye." I muttered almost incoherently. I ran in the opposite direction, faster and faster. I kept pushing myself until my lungs were ready to rupture. I finally got to my place, a big cardboard box. With my old Pooh Bear pillow and big purple blanket covered in clouds. I squirmed inside and laid my head against the pillow, I usually have to cover my head with my blanket for safety. I fell asleep, confused, yet strangely fulfilled against the hard cardboard.
I woke up to the sounds of two people, I was groggy and grumpy and didn't want to wake up yet. I felt ice cold breath on my face.
"So this is where she sleeps?" A feminine voice whispered.
"I'm afraid so." Those voices were way too familiar. My eyes popped open and I gasped at the sight of Edward and Bella hovering over me.
"What the ..! What are you two doing here?" They both laughed. Bella turned her head to Edward with pleading eyes. He bit his lip. She whispered in his ear.
"Please Edward oh please ..! She has no one else can we keep her?" My eyes widened. Keep me?
"Bella. We barely pass off as high schoolers. Let alone parents." I was at a loss for words.
"Pretty please Edward. We can tell people that Carlisle and Esme adopted her just ... please?" Adopted me? Uh. He exhaled in frustration but stiffly nodded. They turned their gazes toward me.
"Amira. How would you like to be part of our family?" I blinked in disbelief.
"Uh ..." I stammered, how could they want me? Am I dreaming? Most possibly.
"How about it Amira? It's much better than living here." I looked down and examined things, are there any downsides? Will I just get hit again?
"We won't hurt you." Edward muttered, I heard a bit of pain in his voice. I blinked again.
"Um .. uh ... sure?" Bella squealed and hugged me to her chest tightly. So tight, it hurt.
"Uh, Bella darling, you're suffocating her." She immediately pulled me at arms length. Apologie screamed in her eyes.
"I'm sorry." I nodded, I was seriously surprised.
"Uh, you may want this back." I muttered and reached in my back pocket and offered it to Edward. He laughed and took it gently.
"Thank you." Bella finally examined my current outfit and frowned.
"If there was ever a time we needed Alice. It would be now." Edward chuckled and nodded in agreement. I hopped out of the box and Bella grabbed my hand.
"It's time to meet the rest of your new family." Family ... that word. It was abnormal to someone like me. This will be interesting.
I slept in the car the whole time. Curled up in a little ball in the backseat, where we were going? I forgot to ask. I think somewhere in New Hampshire I was woken up with a sudden stop of the car. I stared in awe at the mansion in the middle of the woods. It was elaborate, thats for sure. Like nothing I've ever seen.
"Wow." Was all that managed to come out of my mouth. They both laughed and I hopped out of the shiny silver Volvo.
They led me inside, and everything was as elegant as expected. Somewhat like an old English theme to it. About six people were in the parlor, all exceptionally gorgeous and pale. They also had the same eye color as Edward and Bella. They stared at me, I stared back, my eyes wide in amazement.
"So this is her?" A refrigerator sized man clarified. I gazed in awe. He walked up to me and I had to stretch my head all the way up to even look at the bottom of his chin. He got down to my eye level and was grinning a big goofy grin. I blinked.
"Hi there! I'm Emmett."
"You're big." I commented in awe. He laughed a big, booming laugh that could've made the house shake.
"And you're small." The grin still plastered across his face. A fairy like woman skipped over, a pixie cut trim with raven black hair and shorter than everyone else. (Except of course me) I was up to the top of her chest.
"She's so cute! Hi Amira! I'm Alice!" She didn't hesitate in throwing her cold arms around me and squeezed gently. This is the ... third time I've ever been hugged. A man with golden blonde hair and a woman with caramel colored hair came up to me, warm smiles on their faces.
"Welcome to our family little one." The woman breathed and threw her arms around me. Her skin was also cold. The man smiled and ruffled my hair.
"So this is the street rat you took in?" A blonde, and very pretty girl said with venom in her voice. My eyes widened in alarm.
"Rose!" Alice, Esme and Bella gasped. My teeth clenched together and I marched up to her. I don't take crap from anyone that's how I was brought up.
"I am not a street rat you old hag!" She raised her eyebrows in disbelief.
"Street rat." She hissed.
"Old Ha -" Edward put his hand over my mouth and glared at the fiendish devil-woman.
"Rosalie." He warned her. She folded her arms across her chest and walked in the opposite direction. He removed his hand from my mouth and sighed. Bella walked over to me and patted my head.
"Don't take that personally. Rosalie is Rosalie." Edward muttered, I shrugged and walked over to the platinum blonde who had not yet said hi to me. I stared at him.
"Hello." He said in a low voice.
"Whats your name?" I asked him, cocking my head to the side.
"Jasper." He answered, he got down to my eye level and examined for me for a second.
"Consumed by curiosity?" He asked me, poking the tip of my nose. I nodded rapidly. A small hint of a smile pulled on his lips and he mussed the top of my head. My cheeks burned a bit.
"Bella .. Edward you did tell her correct?" Esme said in a cautious voice. They both bit their lips and shook their heads in unison.
"Tell me what?" I cocked an eyebrow and turned around to face them.
"You didn't tell her what we are?" Emmett muttered in disbelief. I stood there, utterly confused. Esme sighed and walked over to me, putting her hands on my shoulders.
"Amira. Darling. We are all ... vampires." My mouth dropped in amazement.
"Seriously?" I gasped, they all nodded.
"That is so ..." I was at a total loss for words.
"Creepy?" Edward muttered.
"Scary?" Emmett murmured.
"Terrifyingly horrible?" Jasper suggested.
"Awesome!" I rejoiced. All their mouths dropped in disbelief at my words.
"This is the coolest thing ever." Emmett's booming laughter broke the silence, he walked up to me and threw me into the air and caught me into his arms. Practically squeezing the life out me.
"You are one strange kid you know that right?"
"Emmett ... can't ... breathe!" I gasped out, the laughter came back and he set me down. Edward got in my face, his expression pretty serious.
"Are you saying you think vampires are cool?" He clarified with me, I nodded. He put his hand against my cheek and smiled a very breathtaking crooked grin.
"You are indeed a strange one."
"I don't think that's strange." I muttered. They all laughed. Alice suddenly bounced up and down clapping her hands.
"I get to be an aunt!"
"And I get to be a grandmother!" Esme mimicked her actions. Bella laughed.
"How long has it been since you've eaten anything?" She asked me, I shrugged.
"Like ... one and a half days ago? Give or take." Her eyes widened in horror. Esme and Alice rushed in front of me and grabbed my hands.
"Oh you poor thing! Let's go get you something to eat."
"And after that, let's get you out of these raggedy clothes and into a shower. I already stocked your closet with clothes!" I got dragged into the kitchen, the last thing I saw was all three guys snickering. Esme gave me a seriously elaborate dinner. Chicken, mashed potatoes, salad. When I was full Alice dragged me upstairs into my room. My mouth dropped. The walls were pink and yellow. Flowers and all this girly crap! I showered, the feeling of hot water against my skin felt so good. I haven't had one of these in awhile. When I got out I didn't get a chance to say anything when she changed me into one of those navy blue polo shirt kind of dresses. I looked so ... so .. sissy. She combed my hair in front of the very pink vanity in my room. When she was done, she stared at me with hopeful eyes and the topaz sparkled.
"Well? What do you think?"
"Er ... it looks ... different." She frowned, and paused a minute.
"You don't like it?" She pouted and her bottom lip quivered. I sighed.
"No Alice. It looks nice." She beamed and hugged me.
"You're so adorable!" I walked down the stairs and into the parlor. The guys examined my current outfit and Emmett opened his mouth to say something.
"You say one thing and I will kill you for a second time." I growled, the booming laugh shook through him and he got down to my level and ruffled my damp hair.
"Nah. You look cute." I looked outside the window as the sun beamed down at the grass, nothing like this in New York. I wandered to the front door and ran outside. Everything was so vibrant and alive. A rabbit hopped by, my sudden urge to chase it consumed me. I pounced for it and failed, it bounced faster and I kept trying to pounce.
"Come here!" I whispered, and pounced again. Honestly, I should know better than to go chasing rabbits but it was fun. I think wondered off too far in the woods while I was chasing it and when the rabbit was out of sight I examined my current situation. I'm lost. How perfect. I wandered aimlessly in the forest, examining the forest around me.
"Amira!" Three voices shouted, before I could even process the voices in my head I was lifted into strong arms. Emmett, Jasper, and Edward were staring at me, their expressions disapproving.
"And who said you could wander around the woods?" Emmett asked me, I shrugged. I was tucked under his arm like a football.
"You should know better than to wander off by yourself in the woods of all places. It's dangerous." Edward warned me.
"I saw a rabbit." I muttered. All three laughed.
"Just don't do it again." Jasper muttered. I nodded reluctantly. I think my life is beginning to get more interesting.
A/N: So what do you think? Chapter 2? No? Yes? I kind of like it myself. :P But I'll possibly write a chapter two if I get enough feedback. :D