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Chapter 1

I woke up to a ruffling noise in the corner of my room. It sounded like someone was stuffing clothes into a bag. I sat up groggily, rubbing my eyes. I saw a figure standing at my dresser pulling clothes out. There wasn't much light coming in from my window so I couldn't tell who it was. I figured it'd be Charlie or Renee. The figure was too small to be Charlie, though.

"Mom?" I mumbled. The moving stopped. The figure walked over to my bed and knelt down next to me. Renee stared up at me. Her eyes were sad. "What's wrong?"

"Nothing. Nothing." She answered too quickly.

"What are you doing in here at . . ." I turned to look at my digital clock on my bedside table. My eyes grew wide.". . . 6:30 in the morning?!" I shrieked.

"Calm down, Bella. I have to talk to you about something."

"What is it?"

"Remember when we talked about sending you away? To get away from Charlie, I mean." I nodded. She continued. Well he kind of beat me to the punch." I looked at her confused.

"What are you talking about?" I asked. Renee sighed. She moved to sit next to me on the bed but she was facing me. She took my hands in hers. "Mom? What is it?" She looked down at or hands and sighed again.

"He's sending you to boarding school." I felt my stomach drop. Not again, I thought. The last time I went to boarding school was in grade school. I was there for two years before they expelled me for fighting so much. It's not my fault those bitches didn't know how act. Someone had to set them straight.

"Baby, don't worry. It's not the same one you went to before. This one's in Phoenix."

"Why is Charlie sending me back to boarding school? What's wrong with Forks High?"

"I don't know, sweetie. I tried to talk him out of it but he was dead set on sending you away. We had an argument and he . . ." She trailed off and looked down so I couldn't see her face. I waited a few minutes until the room got lighter to lift her face up with my index finger. I gasped. Her right eye was purple and puffy and there was a nasty bruise around her mouth right under it.

"Oh, mom! No, no, no. I won't leave you again. Last time I left, when I came back you had a broken arm and two broken ribs. I won't."

"You know what will happen if you try to fight him. I don't want to see you hurt again."

"I know, but you get the worst of it because you always defend me. I can't leave you here alone again."

"Bella, honey―" She stopped when there was a ruffling downstairs. My body stiffened. The sound of boots hitting the wooden floors in the dining room and then the water in the kitchen being turned on.

"Renee! Get her up! Her plane leaves in four hours! She better not put up a fight or there will be consequences!" We heard Charlie yell up the stairs. I shuddered. If I did put up a struggle I wouldn't be able to walk for days. I sighed then winced from the slight pain in my ribs. Charlie was my father, but I never called him dad. He didn't deserve to be called that. He'd beaten me a few days ago for being late coming home from work.


I was in trouble. So much trouble. I had to work overtime at the Quick-E-Mart gas station because we were swarmed with by lots of people trying to get where they were going. Manny, my boss, wouldn't let me call Charlie to tell him I'd be working late.

"Not now, Bella!" He said. He was in the back room trying to restock things.

"Come on, Manny. I'll be in big trouble if you don't let me call. It'll only take two minutes." I pleaded with him.

"No. Now get back to work." I sighed. I walked back to the pumps and started to help Andrae and Shawn fill tanks up and get any snacks people ordered.

Four hours, 43 cars, and 27 snack runs later all three of us were sprawled out on the chairs in the employee lunch room.

"Damn! That was one hell of a rush hour." Andrae said.

"We got ambushed!" Shawn said.

I nodded in agreement.

Manny finished up the last few cars and then shut down. It was past midnight. I'm going to be dead, I thought.

"Hey, Bella. Got any plans tonight? We could all go to the movies or something." Shawn said.

"Sorry, guys. I gotta get home." I stood up and grabbed my coat and bag from my locker behind Andrae. "See you later."

"Bye, Bella."


I walked out of the back door. I saw Manny throwing trash bags into the dumpster.

"Thanks for staying, Bella."

"Like I had a choice." I muttered under my breath. "Yeah, no problem." I spoke louder.

"I'll be sure to pay overtime, too, so don't worry about that."

"Thanks, bye."

"Bye, Bella."

I walked over to my red truck. I climbed in and headed home. At least I get paid, I sighed. I stuck my key into the door. As soon as I walked through the door, I was pushed into the kitchen. I lost my footing and stumbled back, hitting my head on one of the mix-matched chairs.

"You're late." Charlie roared.

"I'm sorry. Manny wouldn't let me call you. It was b―" Charlie's foot collided with my ribcage. The breath was knocked out of me. I winced every time I tried to catch my breath.

"Excuses, excuses. I don't wanna hear them anymore." Charlie slurred in my ear. I smelled the alcohol on his breath. He only drank when Renee wasn't here. She was working at the hospital. I felt a pull on my hair. I realized that Charlie was dragging me by hair the cabinets against the kitchen wall. He threw my head back, harshly. It went crashing into the wooden doors. Then I felt another jab in my ribs. He kicked me with his boot-covered foot.

"I tried…." I whimpered.

"You should've tried harder." His voice was filled with venom. I kept my eyes closed. I heard him walk back to the living room and turn the volume up on the T.V. After sitting on the floor for what felt like an eternity, I managed to get up and go to my room. I checked myself, using what Renee taught me since she was a nurse. Nothing was broken, thank goodness, but I had some cuts on my head and some bruises around my torso, nothing that couldn't go away with time.

End Flashback

"Okay, mom. I'll go." I really didn't have much of a choice anyways. She gave me a sad smile and patted my hands.

I got up, grabbed my toiletries bag and went to the bathroom. I showered, brushed my teeth and hair. After changing into jeans and a t-shirt I helped mom pack my clothes. We brought my two little suitcases down stairs along with my small carry-on bag. I ate a bowl of cereal and waited until Charlie was ready to go.

"It'll be okay, honey. I'll be okay." I smiled at my mom. She gave my hands a squeeze.

"Let's go." Charlie said behind.

"I'm coming Charlie." I said without turning around. I heard grab my bags and go out to the cruiser.

I gave my mom a hug."I'll miss you, mom."

"I know, honey. Try to stay out of trouble, okay?" I nodded into her shoulder. I tried to hold back the tears that threatened to come. I heard a car horn beep a few times outside. I sighed.

"Go." She said. I pulled away, reluctantly. I went to Charlie's cruiser and climbed in. The ride to Seattle was quiet. I had no intention of talking to him. We reached the airport at 10 a.m. Charlie gave me my ticket and car keys to a car that should be waiting when I get to Phoenix. He left me at the gate and didn't even say goodbye. I sighed and grabbed my carry- on bag. The plane ride was exhausting. I tried not to sleep because I know I talked in my sleep and I didn't want to have nightmares on the plane. There was a car waiting outside on the Phoenix International Airport. I threw my luggage into the backseat of the little midnight blue BMW 128 Coupe (A/N: picture on profile).

I took out the directions to the school from my back jean pocket. I read through them. It'd take me about two hours to get there from here. I sighed and started the engine. It purred to life. I pulled out into traffic and headed to my next school of hell.

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