A/N: Hey everyone! Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a fun time!!!
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I put my hand to my forehead and tried to clear my thoughts. I think that part of me believed that I was still in a dream.
But what I had remembered was… hard to put in words. When I had fallen asleep, I began to have a flashback of the day's events. I remembered everything perfectly; the medication that they had given me in the hospital had worn off.
I felt some cold liquid shoot into my arm. The next thing I knew, everything went all fuzzy and I was very, very tired. I started to fall asleep, and the last thing that I saw was Jacob's face in front of me…
Before I completely drifted away, I felt some slight pressure on my arm and then the sensation of it being wrapped in gauze, so I knew that my arm was fixed already. Of course. Vampire speed, and all.
Then suddenly, I felt a pair of familiar cold hands stroking my forehead. I stirred anxiously, trying to wake up and see what was going on, but I was not strong enough to beat the effect of the drugs.
"Shhh, Edward, let her rest. Besides, Jacob can only be gone for so long. As soon as he comes back upstairs from the cafeteria, you have to leave." Carlisle said.
"I just wanted to make sure that she was okay. It's been so long since I've seen her- I just-just.." Edward broke off, sounding angry and frustrated.
Edward????????????????????????? What was going on? What was Carlisle talking about? As I panicked, I heard a loud beeping sound to my right.
"Well, you're going to need to get out of here-", Carlisle broke off suddenly as he heard the beeping and I felt a cool wind rush towards me.
"Great Edward, now she's panicking. Look at her pulse."
I heard a sharp intake of breath and then Edward's voice. "Do you think she can..."
"I wouldn't be surprised", Carlisle replied.
I heard the door open suddenly and a female voice say, "Carlisle! Edward! There you are!"
"You guys have GOT to get out of here! Edward, stop looking so depressed and book it out of here! Bella wakes up in exactly two minutes! C'mon! GET OUT!!!!!!!!!!"
Edward's hands stroked my face one last time, then he very gently kissed me on the forehead.
Then I felt a cool wind and heard the door close quietly and knew that he and Alice had left.
I was shaking as I tried to get up out of my bed. Emily had put a glass of water and some pain medication on my desk in case my arm started hurting in the middle of the night. When I reached my desk, I downed the glass and slammed it down on the desk, still unable to clear my thoughts.
I got dressed as fast as my arm would allow in some jogging clothes and attempted to put my hair in a ponytail with no luck, then opened my drawer and took out a sheet of paper. I wrote Jake a note telling him I was going out for a jog, which hopefully he would believe. I wasn't much of an athletic person, but I couldn't exactly be going out at 3 a.m. to buy groceries. Besides, Jake wouldn't even get the note until about 8 a.m. when he woke up, and by then I might already have made it back.
When I snuck past Jake's room and out of the house, I started to head towards the La Push beach. Maybe going for a walk would clear my mind.
About 45 minutes later, I realized that I had walked all the way to Forks, and was currently heading past Angela's house.
The faster I walked, the easier it was to think. Mostly, I was furious with myself. And very confused. Part of me was mad at myself for not waking up and jumping into Edward's arms and telling him the truth, and the other part of me was livid for even thinking of such a thing. I had to stay away from Edward. It seemed as if we were never meant to be together after all.
Not one second after completing that thought, I tripped on a crack in the sidewalk. Before I tumbled to the ground, someone caught me.
Oh no. I knew who this someone was. It couldn't be- or could it? He steadied me, and then I blinked and Edward was gone.
I brought my trembling hand up to my face and sniffed. That was definitely Edward's delicious scent.
How long had he been following me? I looked around frantically, trying to locate him, but he was nowhere in sight. My head started spinning and suddenly I felt very, very dizzy. I sank to the ground and buried my face in my hands, smelling Edward's scent while trying to sort out my thoughts.
A few minutes later, someone shook my shoulder.
"Bella, get up." I felt a stab of disappointment when I realized that it was only Angela. After all, I was pretty close to her house. She must have looked out the window and seen me slump to the ground.
I looked up at her warm face and she offered me her hand. I took it and stood up, and then without asking me anything, led me into her house.
It didn't even occur to me to wonder why Angela would be up so early until she turned on her house lights.
She sat me down on her couch and looked at me. Clearing my throat, I prepared to ask her how she knew that I was outside, but she held up her hand and stopped me before I could speak.
"I know what you're going to say. You're probably wondering what I'm doing up so early." Angela said.
I nodded, and she continued.
"I have insomnia, which makes it really hard for me to sleep. I've had it for a while now and it can be really irritating sometimes. The only thing that I can do that will help is look outside at the stars. That calms me and gives me a sense of peace. I was looking out the window when I saw you jogging. I was going to come out and say hi, so I came downstairs. The next thing I knew, I opened the door and you were slumped on the ground" she explained.
Oh. Well, that made sense. I nodded again as I leaned back against the couch, trying to relax but to no avail. Sensing my jitters, she silently walked out of the room, returning with two cups of tea.
"Here. It'll help you relax", she said quietly.
"So, Bella, do you want to talk about what happened out there?"
I shook my head, and she nodded. I knew I could always rely on Angela not to be pushy and to silently understand. Her incredible perception could also be a problem for me sometimes, too. She knew things that I didn't want her to.
After about a half hour of meaningless half-hearted chit chat, I stood up.
"I probably should go Angela. It's getting light outside already."
She nodded and smiled. Then she wrapped me in a warm hug, and I realized how much I had missed her since the last time I had seen her. She looked older, even more mature and wise today than she ever had. And I was glad. I needed a shoulder to lean on, even if she didn't fully understand the situation.
"Angela, t-thank you so much for everything, I really needed you out there." I said, my voice breaking, realizing that I actually meant it.
"Anytime", she said, and I knew that she was sincere.
I started to jog home, my arm suddenly throbbing. I winced. I needed an Advil. Suddenly I stopped and looked around me. I had the awful sensation that someone was following me.
I increased my pace, glancing over my shoulder every few feet. I stopped again and shook my head, laughing wryly to myself. Was this what my life was going to turn out to be? Being paranoid and looking back every few seconds? I needed to calm down.
The rest of the way home, I fought the urge to look over my shoulder. When I reached Jake's house, I stepped inside, and luckily the house was still in shadows. Nobody had woken up yet.
I slid back into bed and tried to get some rest. But when I switched to my side, I heard a small crinkling noise.
Confused, I sat up and put my hand in my pocket. I pulled out a white sheet of folded paper with my name on it.
It was from Edward.
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