A/N: Thank you for checking out my story!
Update - 1st June 2010: I have updated the first four chapters of this fic. The story hasn't changed any, I've just been altering the a/n's to get rid of some of the rubbish I wrote there.
To those who have read this from day one! This is announcing that this story is now going to be in parts. What you have read so far is in part one. There will be a break between parts to allow me to write a new fic that I have been working on. I will be continuing to add part two to this, so there is no confusion. So far I'm unsure how many parts there will be, so it's two for now.
The first chapter is in third person, while most chapters will be Edward's POV, alternating between characters every now and then. I'm trying to stay true to Stephenie Meyer's characters, so if I stray, please let me know and I'll see about fixing it. This story will have Jacob, but he will sadly not be making an appearance until the end of part one (sorry Team Jacob!) But it's not going to be too long to wait.
This story is all human and please keep in mind that I'm Australian, so if you see a word spelled 'colour' instead of 'color', it's not a typo! Lol. But I like being my own Beta, so if there's a definite typo that I missed, please let me know and I'll fix it right up.
Disclaimer: Twilight belongs to the one and only Stephenie Meyer. I don't own Edward… because apparently he's not for sale.
The first thing I did for this story was make a playlist. Each chapter has a song that I feel creates the right mood.
FOLLOW THE SUN THROUGH A THUNDERSTORM
Chapter 1: Introducing the Cullens in All Their… Cullen-ness?
Song: Say (All I Need) – OneRepublic
Edward stared out his bedroom window, his bright green eyes watching the clouds rolling overhead. Forks, Washington. It was a nice place, sure, but he was tired of rain. This morning there was a light drizzle, enough to make the ground damp and fat drops of water drip from the trees surrounding the three storey house. He sighed, ran a hand through his bronze hair and made his way down to the kitchen for breakfast.
Alice and Jasper sat at the island bar in the kitchen, both finishing a bowl of Cheerio's, as Esme was bustling about the kitchen, cleaning everything in sight. An empty bowl already sat in the sink, which meant that Emmett had already scoffed his food and would no doubt be found in the living room playing a video game on the flat-screen TV. Rosalie had not been downstairs for breakfast yet; she was still in her room standing in front of her vanity, staring at her reflection in the mirror, making sure her hair was just right. Carlisle had already left for work at the hospital.
"Good morning, sweetheart, how did you sleep?" Esme asked Edward as he opened a cupboard and pulled a glass from one of the shelves.
"Fine, I guess," he replied, setting the glass down on the bench and taking a carton of orange juice from the fridge. He filled the glass and put the carton back in the fridge. He leaned on the island bar opposite Alice and Jasper, staring at the smooth marble surface as he sipped at his juice.
"Aren't you going to eat anything?" Esme asked him, placing a hand on his shoulder. Edward shook his head.
"No, I'm not that hungry."
"Ok, but take an apple just in case you get hungry before lunch," she said.
"I will," Edward replied. He couldn't argue with his adopted mother. What she says goes.
"You're looking a little down, Edward. Is something the matter?" Jasper asked as he stood and rinsed his empty bowl in the sink before placing it into the dishwasher. Edward glanced at his older brother but didn't reply. Instead, Alice jumped up from her stool and flitted over to the sink, replicating Jasper's actions.
"Don't worry about Edward, he's just being his usual, moody self," she said.
"Thanks, midget," Edward replied, reaching out and tousling her hair. She tried to duck out of the way, but Edward was too quick for her.
"Great, now I have to go and fix my hair," she complained. However, in usual Alice fashion, she danced her way happily out the kitchen door in search of a mirror. Jasper shook his head, grinning, but moved off to the living room to find Emmett.
"You know, Jasper's right, honey. Are you sure you're ok? I've noticed that you haven't played the piano lately either," Esme said quietly. Edward sighed and finished his juice.
"Yeah, I'm fine. It's just the rain, I guess. I feel like I haven't seen the sun for a century," he said. Esme smiled a little and stroked his face in a motherly way. She took his empty glass and placed it in the dishwasher. He stood up straight, grabbed an apple from the fruit basket and headed off in the same direction as Jasper. Sure enough, Emmett was playing the Nintendo Wii. "Are you guys ready to leave?" he asked, pulling a set of keys out of his pocket.
"Almost… Yes! Take that, Davy Jones!" Emmett bellowed, paying more attention to the game than Edward, who rolled his eyes.
"I'll go and get the girls," Jasper said then, turning and heading up the stairs. Alice, however, met him half-way.
When Alice had joined the family a few years ago, nobody knew what had happened to land her in the system, but she was happier than even a regular person, with energy radiating from her like a beacon. Emmett often teased that she was too full on for her biological parents, so they entered her into the adoption service. Esme originally questioned whether she had ADD, but Carlisle quickly shot that notion down. There was nothing medically wrong with Alice; she was just naturally chipper. But she seemed to have a heightened intuition. She knew just what people were going to say, before they said it, and knew what was going to happen before it did.
She skipped her way down the remaining steps and flitted across the room to Edward.
"Were you going to school without this?" she asked, holding out his backpack – he'd left it in his bedroom.
"Oh, thank you, Alice. I forgot all about it," he said, frowning. It really was unlike him to forget anything, let alone just this one instance. Alice noticed this and she began to interrogate him as he dropped the apple into the bag.
"Ok, that's it! What is your problem? And don't give me any nonsense about the bad weather." She gave him a stern look; a look not to be messed with. Alice may be a happy person, but when she gets mad, she's terrifying. Edward sighed again.
"I'll tell you later, Alice," he replied, gazing at her half-heartedly, "I promise."
"Good. You'd better keep that promise too," she replied. Another moment passed and her face lit up again. "Come on, let's get to school. Today's going to be a good day, I just know it."
Edward slung his backpack over his shoulder and moved towards the front door. He waited for Jasper and Rosalie while Alice danced her way out the door to wait in Edward's car.
Jasper came downstairs a few moments later, alone.
"Don't worry about Rose, she said she'll take her M3," he said as he walked towards the door. Edward nodded and turned to face Emmett.
"Em, are you coming with us, or are you going with Rosalie?" he asked, hoping Emmett would hear over the ruckus coming from the game. Emmett didn't reply, so Edward just turned and walked through the door, closing it behind him. Rosalie would drive him to school when she was ready.
Edward opened the door to his silver Volvo and climbed in. He stuck the keys into the ignition and revved the engine. It had a nice purr, courtesy of Rosalie, who knew more about cars than anyone else in the family. She had an unusual interest in cars, and had set out to learn all she could about them. Edward thought she'd be afraid of grease, due to her vanity, but didn't say anything because he knew she'd do something to his car while he was sleeping.
"Where's Emmett?" Alice asked from the backseat she was sharing with Jasper. Edward glanced at her in the rear-view mirror as he answered and accelerated down the winding driveway.
"He's riding with Rosalie today," he said, his eyes now turned onto the road ahead.
It didn't take long to reach the school and find a vacant space in the parking lot. The Volvo glided smoothly into an empty lot and Edward cut the engine. They climbed out and made their way slowly towards the school buildings. Passing some other cars in the lot, Edward noticed for the first time, an old Chevy truck, the red paint severely faded.
"I told you today would be good! There's a new student!" Alice began bouncing as they walked towards the school buildings. There was no doubt that she was right, not only because of her intuition, but the atmosphere coming from the other students. The air was buzzing with excitement and anticipation.
A/N Update! This fic now has its own site! I'd be very happy if you have a quick look. I'm slowly updating features, but it should be really easy to follow so far. So far, there's the banner and the playlist that you can listen to as you read!
Just type www[dot]ftstat[dot]blogspot[dot]com into your browser and it should lead you straight to it! There's absolutely no reason why I've created the site, but the independence of it is exhilarating! I would really love your support :)
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