Chapter One

Chapter One

They told me that they found me on one rainy night. I was three, and was the only survivor of a car crash that killed my entire family: my mom, my dad, my little brother, my aunt and my uncle. All of my grandparents had died before I was born. So I was completely alone.

We were all in my dad's SUV, one snowy night in December, in Forks, Washington. My dad was making a right hand turn, and didn't see the layers of ice covering the road. The car slid and toppled over, and kept turning and turned, until it hit a tree. Everyone in the car had suffering a painful death. Necks, legs, backs, arms; all broken. Since I was secured safely to my baby seat, and thankfully the car stopped upright, I was only harmed with a few seat belt bruises. I was in the middle of the back seat so no windows broke on me, like my aunt and uncle. My little brother was being held by my mother in the passenger seat, and fell out of her grasp when the car was flipping. I didn't know where I was, but I knew that no one in that car responded when I started crying non stop.

I cried for five minutes, until I heard soft voices outside the car. I stopped crying and looked out the window to see four people out in the distance.

"Edward, you get her. You have to most control." A lady said, but I couldn't make out any features, just that she had dark hair, and a small body.

"No I don't, Alice. You do." One of the guys said.

"She's right, you know," said a blonde.

"Fine", he said with a sigh. He came up to the window, and fast. He ripped the seat belt, pulled me out, and ran away from the car, all before I could blink my eyes. He let out a breath, and handed me to Alice.

When I looked at all of them, all I could do is blink. They were all beautiful. One really big boy with brown hair, one girl with blonde hair who was inhumanely beautiful, one with black hair and wide eyes, and the last one had a bronze hair. The last one, the one who actually saved me, looked so stunning; I couldn't take my eyes off him.

"I think she likes you, Edward." Alice laughed. I reached my hand out to touch his face, because I couldn't believe that his amount of attractiveness was even possible. I grabbed his nose with one small hand, not minding the cold, and the other one poked his eyes. I giggled. The face he was making was so funny. I put both of my hands in his hair. I started patting his hair to his head, while everyone else giggled at me. Alice pushed me into Edward's arms, so I play with his hair more. I pulled at the ends causing him to flinch. I was so preoccupied with playing with Edward's hair, face and ears that I didn't even notice that they were all talking. Talking very fast.

"Ohhhhh, Edward." Alice whined. "She's sooooo cute. And she just adores you. Can we please keep her?"

"No, Alice." Edward said firmly. "A house full of vampires is hardly the place to raise a child."

The brown haired one finally spoke. "But Edward, we would have so much fun with her." Edward growled. "But she would stay completely safe."

"I doubt she would be safe around you, Emmett." Edward shot at what I supposed was Emmett.

"Oh but Edward she's so cute!" The blonde said.

"That's beside the point, Rosalie. She would freak out if she found out about our diet."

"What is your name?" Alice asked me patiently.

"Isabella." I said loudly. I was enjoying Edward's hair a lot. It seemed to be relaxing me, after I just witnessed my whole families' deaths. "But my parents and my friends all call me Bella. I like Bella better." I giggled once again when I touched Edward's long eyelashes. My other hand was at Edward's mouth. He opened his mouth the say something, my index finger fell inside. "Ewww. I touched your tongue." I said as another fit of giggles passed.

Alice started laughing. Emmett reached out to hold me, but put his arms down when my eyes widened at how big he was. Already distracted from Edward, I looked back over to my dad's car. Tears streamed down my cheeks, as I remember what just happened. I started sobbing, soaking Edward's shirt.

"I wanna go home." I screamed. They were still talking, but a little more urgently now.

"Let's bring just her to Carlisle he will know what to do." Alice finally said. Edward sighed and started walking me to their car. When we got in I wouldn't let go to Edward, so Emmett had to drive.

We arrived at the hospital.

"What happened?" A blonde man said. He was probably in his mid twenties.

Edward looked down at me. "You're going to hang out with Rosalie and Emmett for a while. Alright, Bella?" I nodded okay.

I sat on Rosalie's lap and played with her long, shiny, blonde hair. Emmett asked me funny questions.

"So do you have a dog, Bella?"


"Do you want a dog?"


"Why not?"

"My mom is allergic." When I said this he stopped asking questions.

After twenty minutes, Carlisle, Alice, and Edward came back. I ran to Edward, and tripped in front of his feet. I got up, with my face as red as a tomato, and grabbed Edward. I was only almost three feet so I only hugged his thigh. They all laughed.



"Do you have any family that was not in the car?"

I thought for a moment and came up blank. I shook my head. "Not that I know of. Carlisle talked with Edward for a minutes. I couldn't hear what they were saying. "Are they all dead?" Everyone looked down to me.

Alice bent down, and said "Yes, Bella. Your mom, your dad, your brother, your uncle, and your aunt are all dead."

"So I'm all alone?" Tearing started coming down my cheeks again. "Please don't leave me. Please. I don't want to live by myself. Can I live with you guys?" I asked hesitantly. I knew I was asking a lot but the idea of living alone scared me.

"Do you want to live with us Bella?" Carlisle asked.

"Yes. Would Edward be with me?"

Edward looked down. "Yes I would."

"Then I want to go home. With you guys." I grabbed Edward's leg more tightly.

They led me to a small room. They sat me down on a chair and Edward leaned down in front of me.

"Bella," he started out slowly. "I know you want to live with us, but before you make up your mind, you have to know something about our nature."


"Do you know what vampires are?"

"Yes. My mom and I use to watch Scooby-Doo and there were vampires in it all the time." I said cheerfully, thinking I knew something very important.

"Tell me what you know about vampires."

"They drink blood, which is really cool." That got a smile from Emmett. "They are really strong, and can turn into bats. They sleep in coffins, and can only go out at night." Then everyone started laughing except Edward.

"Bella, this is very important. Myself, and my family are all vampires." He said hesitantly.

"Do I also have to sleep in a coffin? Can mine be purple?" I asked. They all were shocked at my response.

"No, you don't have to sleep in a coffin. We don't sleep in coffins. We don't sleep at all."

"Don't you get tired?"

"That's why we drink blood. So we don't get tired." He carefully watched my expression.

"I don't really like blood. Can I have food?" They were still shocked.

"Yes, of course you can have food. We don't drink people's blood. We drink animal blood. So you don't have to worry about us hurting you."

"Okay. Speaking of food, I'm kind of hungry. Do you have anything to eat?" Emmett stood up and went to look for food in the cabinets. He found pop tarts.

"Hmm…I love pop tarts!" I cried excitedly. I bit a corner off of one, and started chewing. I stopped when I saw everyone looking expectedly at me.

I hesitated. "Oh, I'm sorry. Do you want some? I thought you guys wouldn't like human food. I can't imagine how blood would taste good, but I guess you're different from me."

"No thanks. We're fine." Rosalie replied. After I was done I was hit by a wave of extreme exhaustion.

"Can we go home now? I'm kind of tired." They were all still looking at me.

"Yeah sure. We can go shopping for clothes later." Alice chirped.

"Ugh, shopping?" They all laughed.

"Yep." She popped the p in yep.

I slept in the back of the car until Edward shook me and said, "We're home."