I had been sat on the same tree for almost an hour, watching Bella make her way through each class where unwanted curious eyes stared at her for minutes on end. I still felt uptight though I could see nothing that threatened her or myself. It was probably just because I was in a new place that I didn't know about very well, it would pass eventually. The bell rang and I got ready to move to a different tree to get a better view of her in her next class. I stretched out my wings as wide as they would go, making sure they were still hidden from human eyes if someone should glance over at the spot I had chosen to be my lookout. A teenage boy leaned over to talk to Bella and I listened closely, my muscles tensed in case she needed any help.
'You're Isabella Swan right?' the boy asked. I sighed and leaned back in the tree trying to relax my stiff body. It's just a boy I thought to myself, someone who wants to be friends with Bella. I listened to the rest of their convocation, none of it caused me any alarm or anxiety or at least none more than usual. It was quite boring to be honest, the boy who I found out was called Eric made small talk on the weather. I wouldn't be surprised if Bella dropped dead right then and there from the convocation they were having. Finally they stood up and made their way to Bella's class. I silently moved around the trees keeping track of her and never letting my eyes leave her once. A crowd of people were following her and Eric around until some had to go to different classes. They stopped at a door and Bella was about to open the door when he began to speak.
'Good luck. I hope we have some other lessons together' he said affectionately. Oh great, Bella has fans. I'd have to keep an eye on this one; I didn't want Bella to have a stalker. I watched her in her next class, finding a comfortable tree and laying in-between branches. The teacher made her introduce herself to the class to her horror and I chuckled as she blushed and stammered. On the way to her seat she almost fell over and it was incredibly frustrating having to stay where I was. What if she had cracked her head open? Fat lot of good I would have been. The class passed slowly just as the one before it had and at the end some more people asked her a few questions. A small girl with curly dark hair walked Bella to the cafeteria and they sat on the end of a full table with several of the girl's friends. She introduced Bella to them all and confusion covered her face, she'd probably forgotten them already. Eric waved to her from across the room and she smiled back.
Then she turned her head towards a table in the corner of the cafeteria. I followed her gaze and saw five teenagers, two were around the same age as herself and the other three were a little older. They weren't staring at her like almost everyone one else was, and they each had a tray of untouched food beside them. My stomach turned uneasily and my senses became more alert. I shifted in the tree to get a better look at them. One of the three boys was massive. He had muscles like a serious weight lifter and dark curly hair. Another was taller than the first but was still muscular with honey blonde hair. The last was lanky and less bulky with untidy bronze hair. They all looked like they should be in college, not a high school. The girls looked completely different from one another. One of them was tall with golden blonde flowing hair that reached down to her back. To a human she would look like a model on Vogue. Her figure was perfect and if a teenage girl looked at her she would probably become self conscious. The last of the five children was short and incredibly thin. Her short hair was deep black and pointed in every direction.
They all had different features but at the same time they looked similar. All of them had dark eyes, almost black with bruise like shadows under their eyes. Maybe they had got into a fight with a gang or something. Their faces were chalky white and looked like they were made of stone. They looked inhuman. A shiver went down my spine and I grabbed onto the branch a little tighter. Was Bella in danger with these people here? Should I just grab her now and make a run for it? I tried to clear my head, probably just getting paranoid. This was all so new to me. She was still staring at them when the smallest girl rose up from her seat holding her tray with the untouched food and gracefully walked away, dumping her tray and gliding out of the door. Bella turned to the girl next to her, prying her eyes away from the other people.
'Who are they?' she asked in awe. The girl next to her turned to see who she meant and at the same time the boy who looked the youngest turned to meet her gaze. He looked at the girl for a second before looking at Bella with uninterested eyes. He looked away quicker than Bella could but she still dropped her eyes and blushed in embarrassment. The girl next to her giggled, also looking down at the table.
'That's Emmett and Edward Cullen, and Jasper and Rosalie Hale. The one who just left was Alice Cullen. They all live together with Mr Cullen and his wife' she said quietly. Bella looked at the youngest boy who was picking a bagel to pieces with his fingers. I kept my eyes focused intently on her in case she decided to go somewhere.
'They are . . . very nice-looking' Bella said. Of course, she would be drawn in by their looks.
'Yes!' the girl agreed quickly with another little giggle. 'There all together though. Emmett and Rosalie, and Jasper and Alice, I mean. And they live together'. She said this with shock. It was probably one of the main topics of gossip at the moment. It would be too, in Phoenix.
'Which ones are the Cullens?' Bella asked 'they don't look related'.
'Oh, they're not. Dr Cullen is really young, in his twenties or early thirties. They're all adopted. The Hales are brother and sister, twins, the blondes, and they're foster children'
'They look a little old for foster children'.
'They are now, Jasper and Rosalie are both eighteen, but they've been with Mrs Cullen since they were eight. She's there aunt or something like that' the girl explained.
'That's really kind of nice, for them to take care of all those kids like that, when they're so young and everything' Bella said with a hint of respect in her voice.
'I guess so' the girl said reluctantly, she threw a glance towards the children. 'I think that Mrs Cullen can't have any kids, though' she added.
'Have they always lived in Forks?' Bella asked occasionally looking at them with curiosity.
'No' the girl said as if it was obvious 'they just moved down two years ago from somewhere in Alaska'. Bella relaxed a little when the girl said this and I became confused. Was it because she thought that she wasn't the only interesting thing here or because she wasn't the only newcomer? For the second time the young boy looked at Bella with curiosity blazing in his eyes.
'Which one is the boy with the reddish brown hair?' she asked peeking at them from the corner of her eye but dropping her gaze just as quickly. The boy looked frustrated.
'That's Edward. He's gorgeous, of course, but don't waste
your time. He doesn't date. Apparently none of the girls here are
good-looking enough for him' she sniffed. I chuckled to myself.
Edward must have had taste to turn down a girl like that. I looked at
him and saw him smiling. Had he heard the convocation Bella and the
other girl were having? That was impossible, the lunch room was too
loud and they weren't sat anyway near them. I waited in the tree
for a couple of minutes as nothing interesting was going on. I found
out that the girl Bella had been talking to was called Jessica. Bella
continued to glance at Edward, Rosalie, Emmett and Jasper until they
left gracefully. When Bella had finished her dinner with the rest of
her friends she walked to her next class with a girl who was named
Angela. I followed them, keeping as close as the trees would allow. I
sat at a tree close to the Biology window keeping hidden. I noticed
the boy, Edward Cullen sitting by himself at a table, spilling his
books all over it.
Bella walked into the room with Angela who went to sit at her black topped desk. Bella looked around for a spare seat; the only one was the one next to Edward Cullen. She watched him as she walked over to the teacher to get her slip signed. When she passed he went rigid in his seat and I could see that he was grabbing the table with both hands. His eyes met hers and they were furious, he almost looked . . . hungry. My whole body stiffened and again my senses became more alert. I felt the great need to get Bella out of that room as fast as I could. It took all I had to stay were I was, almost snapping the huge branch I clung to. Edward must definitely be a threat if I was acting this way, but why? I stared intently at him for any sign that he would hurt Bella. There was no reason for him to dislike her; she'd only been at this school for less than a day. I saw her trip, snapping me out of my thoughts, and grip onto the tabletop. She'd been much clumsier in Forks than she usually was in Phoenix. The girl sitting at the table giggled and I felt a serge of anger. Oh great, I was having mood swings.
The teacher signed Bella's slip and sent her to the seat next to Edward. As she sat down he leaned away from her. She smelt her hair and I chuckled quietly to myself. Trust her to think that she smelt bad. Edward turned his head round quickly and stared out of the window. Thankfully I had enough time to hide behind the tree so he couldn't see me. Had he heard me? I must have been louder than I thought. I slowly peeked round the tree and found that he had turned away, back towards Bella. She now had a curtain of hair hiding her from Edwards intimidating glare. He slowly lowered his hand so it was rested on his lap into a fist, tendons standing out of his pale skin. Near the end of the lesson Bella risked a peek at him and then shrank back into her chair looking away quickly. He was still glaring with his coal black eyes fixed on her. The bell rang and he quickly left the room with Bella staring blankly after him. In her eyes I could see the same anger and confusion that must have been in mine. He had no right to make her feel this way. What was with all the staring? A baby-faced boy with blonde hair walked up to her. His smile was friendly and open.
'Aren't you Isabella Swan?' he asked just as she began packing stuff into her bag.
'Bella' she corrected him.
'Do you need any help finding your next class?' he asked. Oh no, another fan. This counts as two so far not including the crowd of stalkers that followed her to Government.
'I'm headed to the gym, actually. I think I can find it' she said politely. Yeah, you blow him off.
'That's my next class, too' he said excitedly. What a coincidence, well not really with a school this size. He walked her to class chatting all the way. She seemed happy to be around him, I guess he was better than that Eric guy. I'd been quiet while they walked until Mike asked her something I couldn't help laughing at.
'So, did you stab Edward Cullen with a pencil or what? I've never seen him act like that'. Yes, I guess to someone it would look as if he was in great pain. She cringed a little as they walked into the gym. I found a suitable spot to sit in the shadows and played idly with a piece of grass.
'Was that the boy I sat next to in Biology?' she asked. Eh, she knew exactly what his name was. Jessica had told her this. Maybe she had forgotten, wouldn't be the first time.
'Yes' Mike said 'he looked like he was in pain or something'. Exactly what I had expected him to say.
'I don't know' she replied 'I never spoke to him'.
a weird guy' Mike said waiting in front of the dressing rooms. So
Edward was normally weird? That would explain a lot. 'If I were
lucky enough to sit next to you, I would have talked to you' he
continued. Now he'd moved on to flattery. Bella smiled but couldn't
hide the irritation in her eyes as she walked into the girls'
locker room. To my delight the gym teacher didn't make her play
volleyball, wise choice. There wouldn't be any injuries today, at
least not yet. She sat on a bench watching four volleyball games
play. When the bell went she walked slowly to the office to hand in
her slip of paper. She shivered in the cold and I had to fight the
urge to take her quickly back home where it was warm. She entered the
office and hesitated a little as she got in. Edward Cullen was stood
at the front desk talking to the receptionist trying to trade Biology
classes. What had Bella done to annoy this boy so much? She pressed
herself up against the wall looking confused again. The door opened
and a gust of wind came flooding through, whipping her hair all over
her face. The girl who had come in placed a note on the desk and
walked straight back out. Edward Cullen's back stiffened and he
turned slowly to glare at Bella. I saw from the tree that his eyes
were full of hate. He turned back to the receptionist and continued
to talk to her.
'Never mind, then' he said in a voice beautiful to humans 'I can see that it's impossible. Thank you so much for your help'. He turned and swiftly left the room, glaring all the way. Bella approached the desk, her face as white as his had been and handed her slip in.
'How did your first day go, dear?' the receptionist asked kindly.
'Fine' Bella mumbled, it was easy to tell that she was lying. She walked back to her truck faster than usual and sat there, not bothering to turn the engine on. I had a long look around before sprinting with lightening speed towards her truck and quickly getting in. She jumped when I came bursting through but then relaxed.
'Not good?' I asked her seeing her hands clenched into fists at her side. She sighed and turned the engine on.
'Not good' she agreed.
Hope you liked it. Yeah I know, not much Edward. The start of this story is just like the same as with Twilight but it will change later on. What did you think? xx