I had spent the night with my beloved Bella in my arms, reciting poetry from a book that had once belonged to my mother. She would sigh with contentment at random intervals when I paused. I knew she loved the small things in life as much as I did, if not more.
I glanced out of the window behind us that set in a delicate frame of earthy hue curtains and served as a beautiful headboard, courtesy of my mother figure. The sun was beginning to rise doing everything in its power to grace the land with its warmth, only to be thwarted by the luminous clouds hovering over the area. Though the weather may be less than appealing to the humans, it was the only thing that could have kept us home from our first day of college.
A small smile tugged at the corner of my mouth to think of Bella's next step in our world. She could finally further her education and feed her thirst for knowledge. At that lost thought, I moved gently, causing her to stir in my lap.
She opened her eyes and turned to face me. "What is it?"
I placed a chaste kiss on her forehead and lifted my hand to move a loose tousle of hair that had fallen in front of her face, her perfectly gorgeous face. "We should be getting ready. We have classes to attend." I smiled once again in her direction.
"Is it that time already? When you read," She paused for a moment before continuing. "I seem to get lost in your voice."
At that moment, if it were physically possible for our kind, I knew her cheeks would have turned a rosy red with the free expressions of her thoughts. "Bella, it is I who gets lost in your presence." She looked down abashedly. "Now, shall we get dressed for our first day of college?"
My beloved nodded quickly before standing from my lap in a quick and fluid motion. She glided towards the closet, where all our clothes had previously been unpacked and neatly hung. I arose from the bed as well, sliding on a pair of khaki pants accompanied by a silk, button down, light green shirt and deep brown dress shoes. After I had finished rolling the sleeves of my shirt up to my elbows, I spun on my heel effortlessly to see the most beautiful creature on earth standing in my presence.
Bella stood before me in a tan tank top that seemed too long, reaching nearly past her backside accompanied by a pair of skinny jeans and an over sized, dark brown belt that was tied above her top instead of through the loops on her pants. She finished off her outfit by sliding her petit feet in a pair of chocolate flats that the new generation was wearing and running a brush through her soft curls.
She placed the brush back down on the dresser and turned to look at me. My brain stuttered for a minute, relishing in the beauty of the goddess before me, as well as causing her to slightly panic. "Do you not like it?" Her insecurities began to cause her to ramble. "I know I'm not that into fashion, but I have picked up on a few things from our sisters. I just want to look like I belong on your arm and…"
I cut her off by fleeting across the room, only to smash my lips against hers. Her sweet smell and taste engulfed me instantly and soon she began to meld her body against mine as one of my hands ravished her figure and the other entangled itself in her hair.
We both froze as we detected someone clearing their throat on the other side of our locked bedroom door. It was my favorite, but most annoying sister.
Bella untangled herself from me and glided towards the door, unlocking and opening it to allow Alice access to our sanctuary. An impish grin spread across her face. "Well don't you two look stunning? I'm glad Bella is finally out of that dreaded loose tee-shirt phase." She stifled a giggle.
I irked my eyebrow with obvious irritation. Interrupting my personal time with Bella never befell me well. "What exactly do you want?"
"If you guys wouldn't have been interrupted, you would have missed the first half of our first day at school and we can't have that. Now can we?" She quirked an all-knowing eyebrow at me.
Bella looked ashamed as she ran her fingers through the mess I made of her hair, fixing it enough to satisfy her. "We're on our way down."
"Great. We'll meet you at the Student's Admissions building on campus to get our schedules. See you soon." She then spun on her heel and whirl-wind down the steps.
We followed suit, hand in hand, bidding our farewells to Esme and Carlisle as they wished Bella luck on her first day; then took our place in our respective car, my silver Ferrari.
We arrived on campus around fifteen minutes early and made our way towards the Student's Admissions building where our entire family was waiting for us along with a few stray students.
Bella's hand grazed mine before she spoke at such a low tone, only the six of us could have heard her. "How do you get used to all of the awkward staring?"
Emmette let out a guffaw of a laugh, causing the entire room, including the secretaries working non-stop, to turn and stare.
"Bella," My voice stayed at her whisper. "You are the most beautiful creature I've ever met. How can you expect them not to stare?" I then sent a half smile in her direction.
She looked down with noticeable embarrassment. At that moment, the secretary called out "Next."
I walked up to the woman who seemed to be in her late forties. To the average human she would have seemed about ten years younger, but my sharp sight could notice the hair dye she used to cover her grays and the powdered make-up she covered her face in to hide her wrinkles. I nodded to her in courtesy. "I believe that's us. Cullen's."
My, my. He is gorgeous. Her gaze shifted behind me as I motioned towards my family and she stood in shock for a moment. They all are beautiful. Brothers and sisters, maybe? "Yes, I see. Six of you, then?" She began to print out a few schedules from her computer. "I have a Jasper, Emmette, and Rose Cullen, here."
My family stepped up to take their respectful schedules. Emmette and Rosed turned towards the exit. "See you guys at lunch." Emmette's voice boomed before they left.
I leaned over the desk non-chalantly and peeked around her computer. "Do you happen to have one for Alice, Bella, and Edward Cullen as well?"
Her heart stuttered at our close proximity. Now, now, Jodi. He's still just a child to you. I half smiled at her contradicting thoughts and once again her heart stuttered and her breath caught in her throat. But he is gorgeous. You can look and think, but you just can't touch. Without another word she began clicking furiously on the mouse, searching the system for our names.
"Ah, here we go. Alice, Bella, and Edward Cullen." She pulled the papers out of the printer slot and laid them on the counter. "It seems you all have a five period, five day schedule." They're new here, maybe they won't understand. After resolving her thoughts, she went on explaining. "This simply means you will have five classes a day, Monday thru Friday. Each period will be an hour long and you have a break between your second and third period to grab lunch in the cafeteria or on one of the eateries here on campus." She paused a moment. "Of course, you are free to go where you want, but most students find that an hour isn't nearly enough time to travel into town and get back for their third period." She then smiled, happy with her explanation.
I nodded gently towards her and grabbed our schedules. "Thank you, Ms…" I glanced down, looking for a name tag for theatrics purposes.
"Call me Jodi. No proceedings needed here, Edward."
I smiled once again. "Okay, Jodi. I'm sure we'll see you again."
She raised her hand and waved shakily as the remaining four members of my family exited the room, ready for our first day of college.