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Why had I been the gentleman? This mattress really was as crappy as I told Bella it was. I could not get into a comfortable position. I looked at the clock over on the bed stand. It read 1 AM. I was going to be so tired in school tomorrow.

I looked over at Bella. She was shaking. I got up and walked over to her and laid my arm on her shoulder.

"No!" She screamed. I jumped backwards. "Please! I'm sorry, Mom. No, please don't!" She was fretfully turning back and forth. I quickly moved to her side and began gently shaking her.

"Bella! Bella, wake up!" Her eyes shot open and she sat up quickly. She looked frantically around the room. When she realized where she was she began to calm down. She was still shaking, and now she was crying. My arms were around her in an instant.

"Shh…Bella, it was just a dream. Shh…I'm here now." She didn't say anything, just kept trying to calm herself down. I rubbed soothing circles on her back. Finally, she kissed my cheek and said thank you.

"You're welcome," I said. "Sleep now, my beautiful Isabella." She lay back down and I pulled the covers up on her. I started making my way back to the couch.

"Well, I missed some of the memories," she said. "But I certainly didn't miss that." I smiled.

"Good night, Bella." I walked over and sat down on the edge of the bed. It creaked and squeaked and sounded just plain awful. I dreaded lying back down on it, but I really needed some sleep. I lay down and attempted getting comfortable. The shifting of my weight made the bed creak and squeak more so I stopped moving so I wouldn't disturb Bella.

"Edward?" She said.

"Yes, Bella?"

"You don't have to sleep on the couch. You're bed would be plenty big enough for both of us."

I didn't say anything for a minute.

"Are you sure, Bella?"

"Yeah, that bed sounds awful. And you need a good night's sleep." I stood up and made my way over to the opposite side of the bed then the side Bella was sleeping on. I lay down as close to the edge as possible without falling off. I didn't want to disturb Bella and if my parents walked into the room, at least we wouldn't be touching…I don't know how much of a difference that would make in their minds.

"Edward? Edward!" Bella was frantically moving back and forth. "Edward! Where are you?" She sat up and was searching around the room.

"Shh…Bella, I'm right here." Could she have fallen asleep and had a nightmare that fast? She was still thrashing so I moved closer to her to try to calm her down. As soon as my arm was around her, she stopped moving. She wrapped her fingers in my shirt and lay her head down on my chest.

"Good night," she said. I shook my head and chuckled.

"Good night."

~*~

I woke up early the next morning. Bella's grip on my t-shirt had loosened. I slid slowly out from underneath her. I walked around the bed and looked at the clock. It was 5:30. My parents always came in to wake me up for school at 6 in the morning. I never really liked alarm clocks and I didn't wake up to them to well either. I smiled and went to lay down on the pull out couch. I could pretend to be asleep and my parents would never suspect anything.

There was no way I was going to actually fall asleep but I tried to make it look as natural as possible. I closed my eyes and before I knew itI could hear the shuffling of feet in the next room over. Esme walked into Emmett's room first. (A.N. I don't think I've ever made it clear…but Emmett is Edward's older brother) I wish she would come in here so I could get off this awful mattress.

When Esme walked in, I didn't get the "Edward, time to get up" that I was expecting.

"Oh!" She said. "Oh, you moved back." I sat up.

"What?"

"Oh, please, Edward. I know that's not where you slept last night." I felt my face get hot.

"I-I…sorry, mom." She sighed.

"Just don't do anything you're gonna regret." Then she left the room. Did I mention how much I love my mom?

Bella was just waking up. I tried to move quietly so as not to wake her, but the conversation with my mom had already started bringing her back to reality. I went and took a shower and pulled my jeans on before heading back into the room. She was awake now.

"Edward?" She asked, sitting up and rubbing the sleep from her eyes. I pulled a plain white t-shirt over my head.

"Yeah, Bella?" I grabbed the navy blue v-neck sweater from my closet and threw that on too.

"Can I come to school with you today?"

"Umm…I guess you could start classes today…Are you feeling up to it?"

"Yeah, I don't really want to be stuck in the house all day by myself. And I think I'm fine. You worry about me a little too much I think."

"Bella," I said walking over to her, "I worry 'cause I care." She smiled and I leaned over and kissed her forehead. Well you better start getting ready then. She walked over to her suitcase which was leaned up against the wall. She struggled lifting it to the bed so I went over and helped her. She blushed and thanked me.

"What is this?!" She screeched when she saw what was in her suitcase.

"Oh…Did I forget to mention that while you were unconscious in the hospital, Alice burned all the clothes you brought with you and bought you an entirely new wardrobe?"

She sighed. "Yes, I think you forgot to mention that."

I laughed. "Well, I'm sure you'll be able to find something in there. Alice has very good taste. Although it will probably be very different from what you wore in Wyoming…" I cringed at the thought of Bella in Wyoming.

"Well I just want to be rid of Wyoming, so this new wardrobe is completely fine with me."

"Good," I said, trying to lighten the mood. "Cause you're only other option would be mine clothes and I don't think you want people talking about you in that way on your first day at school."

She laughed. "Yeah, school is gonna be tough enough without that."

"Don't worry, Bella. I'll be right next to you the entire day."

~*~

I was kind of nervous for my first day back. I guess a new school is always nerve wracking though. I wondered if people would like me, if I would like my teachers, what classes I'd be in. I picked out some clothes and went into the bathroom to shower and change. Alice had even gotten me a little bag with make up and deodorant and other girlie things. We were going to be great friends, I was sure of that.

I showered quickly and put on my outfit. I wore a pair of jeans, a white long sleeve v-neck t-shirt, a pair of Ugg moccasins, and a pink and white striped sweater vest from Abercrombie. (ok sweater vest sounds really geeky…think of those cute vests that a lot of girls wear and then it's a sweater, and the pink and white stripes are pretty large…) It covered up almost all of the scars and bruises that were still left on my body. The only visible one was the one that ran across my face. It was wear a shard of glass from the bottle had hit me.

I did my best to cover it up with makeup. When I was done, I could barely see it, so I was pretty pleased with myself. I walked out of the bathroom and back into the room to put my extra stuff away and grab a jacket. Then I went downstairs for some breakfast.

Edward was at the table shoveling a big stack of pancakes into his mouth. Emmett was doing the same with an even bigger stack of pancakes. I grabbed two from the pile and started eating. Once I finished, I washed my plate off in the sink and put it in the dishwasher. Then put on my jacket and grabbed my bag. Edward met me in the front hall and put on his jacket as well. He wrapped his arm around me.

"You look beautiful," he whispered into my ear. I smiled. Just then, Emmett walked in.

"C'mon, let's get to school. I got a lady that is missing her Emmett." I rolled my eyes and Edward led me out the front door.


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