First one. Please don't be overly harsh.

Chapter 1

Ring! Ring!

Ugh, I don't want to get up. It's 7:00 AM and I should still be asleep. If it wasn't for my mom and dad I wouldn't be up.

I hit the alarm clock so it stopped irritating me. Waking up in a pink room still surprised me. Of course, Alice said I needed a colorful room. But, I was happy she did. Otherwise, it would still be white and boring.

I'm still a little depressed; I don't look older. I look sixteen. It's been seven years and I still look like a teenager. Carlisle can't find out why. I should look like I'm twenty.

I'm just glad were all done with the construction. I can finally sleep without breathing in saw dust now. Esme and Alice were a little too happy when they found out I was going to Forks High. Honestly, I miss my old room a little bit. They made a closet for me, smaller than my mom and dads. Also, a bathroom, that was one thing I hated about being half-human. They added a kitchen. Carlisle thought since I could eat human food I should while I'm in school. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't necessarily good either. I still preferred blood, but Carlisle said it wouldn't be good.

I turned on the radio and decided to get dressed. For my first day as a sophomore, I figured my blue cashmere sweater and my blue and beige plaid skirt would go well together. I put on some stockings. I didn't get cold but I figured maybe I should put on the illusion I did. Thank goodness, Alice took me shopping the other day. I had no school shoes. They were all high heels. I needed something more normal. So I got a lot of flats. My mom and dad got me a Prada bag. I told them I didn't need one. But, I was extremely happy when they showed me. Of course, my father knew.

I was usually ready with my hair, make-up, and clothes by the time one song was over. That was one good thing about being half-vampire. I decided to head into the kitchen then. My parents were overly excited. They were making me breakfast for once. I'm glad at least my mom still remembered some recipes. She spent an hour almost everyday remembering her human life.

"Oh good. Your up." My dad said.

"I figured I should be. I didn't want to miss my first day of school." I said sarcastically.

"Hey, don't be like that. Forks High isn't that bad. I met your father there." My mom winked at my dad then.

"Yeah. But, he was a vampire. Not a human. Which means I have no luck."

"Just eat your breakfast." My dad set a plate of bacon and eggs in from of me.

It was getting easier eating the food. I ate human food for the last two months. Thank goodness Jacob and Nahuel were there to help me. I needed moral support. Of course Jacob acted more like a friend then like a mate. Which Nahuel did. I mean he isn't bad, just a little weird.

I finished my breakfast and brushed my teeth. I grimaced as I walked out my door. I walked back into the kitchen.

"Dad, I'm ready to go. Love you, mom." I hugged her.

"Have a good time." She squeezed more tightly then she should have.

I waved at my mom as I walked out the door with my dad.

"You know, I look sixteen. I can legally drive."

"I know. But, this is your first day of high school. I want to be the same as every other person."

"I don't think every other person has an overly protective father. Really, dad you should loosen up. I have a cell phone. I can call if I was ever in danger."

"Look, I'm your father and I want to do as many father daughter things as I can."

"Fine." I knew that discussion was over.

"Can we take mom's car? I prefer it over the Volvo."

"We need to stay inconspicuous. Besides, what's wrong with my Volvo?"

"Nothing. Just mom's car is prettier."

The car ride to school was quiet. But, it was a comfortable silence. The school was too small. It looked liked it could fit about 2,000 students at the most.

"Thanks, dad. Love you." I pecked him on the cheek and got out of the car.



"Call us if you need anything."

"I'll be fine dad. I'm in Forks of all places. Bye." I waved to him.


I watched my dad drive away. I just realized what it felt like to be alone. I started to walk to my first class. Someone slammed into me as I was walking.

"I'm so sorry." This boy stuttered like he was nervous.

"I'm fine. Are you okay? You look a little frazzled." I chuckled.

"I'm okay. I'm really sorry, I didn't mean too. I'm Bryan." He gestured his hand out to shake mine. He looked like someone you would see from California. He had blond shaggy hair, tan, and buffed up. His blue eyes are what made him beautiful. They were like ice blue.

"I'm Nessie. So what class are you going to?"

"Um, English 2A."

"Oh same here. Why don't we walk together?"

"Sure. So, are you new? I've never seen you before."

"Yeah. I got home-schooled until now. I thought I needed a John Hughes experience." I laughed.

He laughed with me. "Home-school. Scary thought. My parents are just really…loose. Like they don't know when to stop talking."

"Oh. My parents are the opposite. They're sometimes too nice. Especially my mom." I rolled my eyes. "Everybody she meets she gives them the benefit-of-the-doubt. Which I think is stupid. I know people say 'don't judge a book by its cover' but I'd rather do that then get myself in trouble."

He looked at me like I was crazy. "That's an…interesting look on life."

We were in class by now. There was a seat assignment on the board. Of course my last name was Cullen so I sat in the front. Bryan sat near the end of the classroom. The girl I sat next to was beautiful. She had green eyes like a pond, long straight brown hair, and her complexion was impeccable.

"Hi. I'm Natalie." She had her hand out to shake mine.

"Hey. I'm Nessie." She shivered by my cold handshake. "I'm sorry. My hands are just a little cold."

"Oh, it's no problem. I don't mind. So what's your schedule like?"

"Uh, English 2A, Biology, P.E., World History, and Art."

"Same. Cool. I bet were going to be sitting next to each other again."

"Probably." I actually liked this girl.

"So are you new? I don't remember you."

"Yes. I was home-schooled."

"Oh. That's cool." Her smile looked genuine.

The teacher called the class to order then. He was perky, which was cool. I'm just glad he wasn't all mad or anything.

"So, what was it like being home-schooled?" Natalie asked as we walked out of the classroom.

"It was cool. I mean I got to spend a lot of time with my Aunt Alice. I love her. Were a lot alike."

"Nice. The rest of my family lives in New York. The only reason we came here is because of my mom. She decided to open a bakery here."

"Wow. That's awesome. My dad's a doctor and my mom stay's at home." I figured since my dad basically was one I would tell people that's his profession.

"Oh, a doctor so he obviously makes a lot of money." She pointed to my backpack.

"Well my whole family is kind of loaded."

"I don't care. Same with my family, but my mom wanted to move to a quaint little town."

"When did you move here?"

"Five years ago. I basically know everybody in this town."

We were at our next class by now. As she said earlier we sat next to each other again. This teacher wasn't as happy. He looked bored the whole time. The rest of the day went as a blur until lunch. She knew Bryan, which was nice.

"Hey guys. Over here." Bryan was gesturing us over to his crowded table.

"Hey, Bryan. Have you met Nessie?"

"Yes, I have Hey."

"Hi. So what are your next two classes?"

"World and Art. I didn't even want Art. It seems boring."

"Those are the same as mine." I said.

"Oh, cool." He gave a nice smile.

"Oh, are you going to the homecoming dance? It's in two weeks." Natalie asked while I opened my bottle of soda.

"I don't know yet. I might busy. But as soon as I find out I'll tell you."

"Awesome. Maybe we could double."

"Maybe." I smiled happily. Maybe if I tell my dad just before the dance he won't have enough time to ask to chaperone.

As soon as lunch was done Bryan, Natalie, and I walked to class.

"So are you good with history?" I asked Bryan.

"Not my strong suit but I'm okay. What about you? I bet you're some kind of brain since you were home-schooled." He chuckled.

"A little. I'm really good with English though."

"Oh cool. I'm okay with most subjects. I get B's and C's."


We walked into class. The teacher was at his desk taking names. Of course I sat next to Natalie. Not that it was a bad thing. I'm glad I sat next to someone I actually liked. I didn't really pay attention to the rest of the day.

My dad was already outside as soon as the bell rang.

"Hey, dad." I said as I got into the car.

"Hey, sweetie." He pecked me on my head then drove off. "Meet anybody?"

"Um, this girl Natalie and this guy Bryan. There both really cool."

"That's nice."

I kept thinking about the dance. Stupid me.

"You can go. I'm not opposed to it."

I was shocked. "Really? What happened?"

"Well I figured you would be at school so it would be okay."

"You're going to have Uncle Jasper or Uncle Emmett chaperone aren't you?" I raised one eyebrow.

"Yes. I just want to make sure your safe."

"Dad I can hold my own. I am half-vampire. Did you forget that?"

"I just like making sure you'll be okay."

"Fine. Have it be Uncle Emmett. He's more fun than Uncle Jasper at stuff like that."


We were at the Cullen house by now. "Hey, guys."

Alice bounced with joy to me. "How was it?"

"Do you really have to ask?" I said sarcastically.

"No. But, I rather hear it from you."

"Fine. I'll show you." I put my hand to her face showing what I did that day.

"Oh, Bryan's kind of cute."

"Aunt Alice!"

"What? He is."

I scoffed and walked away. "Hey Jacob." He grabbed me in one of those bear hugs. "I need to breath you know." I chuckled.

"Whatever. Are you okay?" He let me go out of his arms.

"Yeah. Why wouldn't I be?"

"I figured you were alone. So I enrolled myself there."

"Okay, first who put you up to this and second, you look like you could be thirty." I gave him a dumbfounded look.

"I did it myself. It gets boring without you around. Also, it's just because of my height. I signed up as a junior anyways."

"You're bored without me here?"

"Yes. I get bored easily though."

"True. So how's the pack?"

"Fine. Sam thinks he should be second in command instead of Leah. Which I'm thinking of doing."

"Why? Leah's been doing really well this whole time. Did Seth say something?"

"He just doesn't want her hurt."

"It's Leah. She'll be fine."

"I know. But, Sam has experience."

"True. I can't fight you there. How are you going to keep up with me at school?"

"What do you mean by that?"

"I mean, you went on a sabbatical for like six years. Aren't you a little rusty?"

"I'll be fine." He smiled cockily.

"Hey, mom."

"Hi, how was school?" She rung with every word.

"Good. I guess. Boring."

"It'll get better. This is just the first day."

"True." I overheard my dad talking to Emmett about chaperoning.

"Emmett, I just want to make sure she'll be safe," he said sincerely.

"She'll be fine. She can hold her own," Emmett debated.

"Really, dad. I'll be fine. It's not like the Voultri are going to be there." I said.

"Emmett, please," my dad begged.

"Fine. I'll make sure she has a great time," He grinned at me.

I sat in the dining room table to start on my homework.

"Hey Nessie."

"Hey Nauhel."

"So how's school?"

"Fine. I got a lot of homework to do."

"Need any help?"

"No I think I'll be okay."

"Okay." He stayed there and watched over me as I did my work.

Esme was proud of me so she made me a grand meal, steak and potatoes. For someone who didn't eat, made really good food. Jacob was done before Nauhel and I even touched our food.

"Goodness, Jacob. You could be a little more polite," said Nauhel.

I snickered.

Jacob rolled his eyes. "Whatever, I'm hungry. Good job by the way Esme."

"No problem. I like doing this for you guys."

"Thank you Grandma Esme." I hugged her.

"No problem."

My mom, dad, and I were walking home.

"Did you guys know Jacob signed up at Forks?" I accused them.

My mom grabbed my waist. "We knew. He told us before you even started. He just wants to know that you're safe."

"Mom, really? I'll be fine. You don't need to worry about me so much."

"We just like to make sure you'll be okay," said my dad.

"Fine. At least he's fun."

We got to the house in record time. I just wanted some time alone.

"I'm a little tired. I think I going to go to bed," I yawned.

"Okay, night sweetie." My mom hugged me.

"Goodnight." I liked the fact that my father didn't use pet names. I just think they're so phony.

I was surprised at how tired I was. I guess it was from all the excitement.

I woke the same as every morning. I never understood why Alice made a list of clothes I would wear for the week. Unlike, my mother, I knew how to dress. Jeans and shirt seemed good enough.

I was about to walk out the door when I noticed Jacob standing there.

"Jacob. Hey. I wasn't expecting you. My dad was going to let me drive today."

"Well, since were going to the same school I figured we should go together." Jacob smiled.

"Fine." I couldn't help but smile too.