A/N: This is my first story ever. Please read and tell me what you think.
It has been 5 weeks since Bella had welcomed us back into her life. We figured out that Victoria had been stalking Bella so that's why I'm here now with Bella, at lunch, alone. Not that I minded, quite on the contrary, it was times like these I could let my mind run free.
I've known that I was in love with Bella the moment she walked into the cafeteria the first day of school. But she was destined for Edward, and I already had Jasper. Don't get me wrong, I love Jasper with all my heart, but I'm not in love. He's really just been like a very good friend, who I happen to sleep with. But I know all of the emotions I feel at those times are created by Jasper himself. I've never felt love for anyone the way I have loved Bella, and I doubt Jasper is creating those emotions.
Everyone was out on a hunting trip, and I'm usually the one that gets to stay with Bella. Ever since we moved back, Angela has sort of revolted against Bella for the most ridiculous reasons. Who knew such a sweet girl could be so mean. So that's the reason why were sitting all alone. Again, not that I minded.
Lately though, my visions have been scarce and I think it may have to do with Bella. Every time I'm around her I never get visions, ever. I know Edward doesn't trust leaving her here with me now that I can't see anything, but I'm a vampire for crying out loud. Nothing in this school can harm me, and I doubt Victoria will try anything in the middle of the day.
"Alice, are you okay?"
I was pulled out of my thoughts to find Bella looking at me with a panicked look on her face. What could she possibly be worrying about?
"Oh, I'm sorry, I was just thinking about this vision I had a while ago, and it was kinda strange."
Her frown was replaced with a smile and she took a bite out of her pizza.
"You know, I was thinking about taking a shopping trip out in Seattle. Maybe we could go this weekend." she asked with a smile at the end.
"You, Isabella Swan, has offered to go on a shopping trip with me, Alice Cullen?"
This could not be happening. Bella never offered to go on shopping trips; she usually clawed at the floor while I dragged her out the door.
"Yeah, I thought it might be fun to get some clothes for the new year, if you haven't already noticed, I'm kinda short in that department."
I stood up with a squeal and brought Bella into an embrace. This was like a miracle; never in my life would I expect Bella to go shopping with me, willingly.
As I let go of Bella I noticed that my hug had been a little too hard, and I left bruised on her arms. That's funny, I barely even hugged her.
"Oh my goodness Bella I'm so sorr..." I started to say, but I was cut off short.
"It's okay Alice, just please don't tell Edward, I don't want him to make a big deal out of this." She pleaded with me. How could I say no to this angel?
"Okay Bella, but you should warn me if I hurt you, I never want to hurt you."
She looked at me with grief filled eyes for a second before returning to her food.
Something was wrong, and I was going to find out. Lately she hasn't really been herself. She seems weak and she can barely carry her backpack without my assistance. But it was more than her inability to stay on her feet for more than four seconds. Too bad I can't even look to see what it is. Come to think of it, I haven't had a vision of Bella since she jumped off the cliff.
After a few seconds of awkward silence Bella spoke up.
"So Alice, I was thinking I could ask Charlie if you could stay over tonight and then, tomorrow we could go to school and leave for Seattle right after. That way we can have a head start."
"Wow Bella, you must have thought this through. When did you think about this?"
"Oh yesterday, right before Edward left; I thought you would have already seen that I was going to ask you."
Right before I was about to respond the bell rung telling us we had five minutes to get to class.
Bella started to get up and put a backpack strap on her left shoulder. As she turned around, her other strap got caught on the chair bringing down her backpack along with the side of her shirt.
The first thing I noticed was that she wasn't wearing a bra. After I got over that little tidbit, I noticed a series of bruises and scratches all over her back. I never recalled her saying that she fell or anything. Another thing I noticed was the fact that her bones were protruding out of her skin. If I didn't know any better, I would think she was sucked dry by a vampire.
I suddenly became infuriated. How could this happen to my poor sweet Bella.
"Bella, what happened to you?"
I started to analyze how on Earth she could get all these bruises and cuts.
I was pretty sure that she wouldn't inflict this pain on herself. I don't think her falling down at the rate she does would do anything like that. There's always someone with her twenty- four seven. I know that I never scratched her, and Edward wou… Edward. He was the only explanation. He is with her the majority of the time, and she has been wearing shirts with longer sleeves lately. All these thoughts were rushing through my head and I hadn't even noticed that I was demolishing the table.
I was pulled out of my thoughts by Bella once again.
She was looking at me with a shy smile that I'm pretty sure would make my heart skip a beat if I was human.
"Alice I think we should start heading to class, I'll see you after school. Bye."
She started to turn around, when my mind started working again.
"Bella you are not going to class were taking you to the hospital. Oh Bella don't worry, I won't let Edward get away with this."
All I could think about was the many ways I could inflict pain on Edward. How could he abuse Bella like this? She deserved better than this. She deserved me.
"Alice, Alice listen to me. This wasn't Edward. Please just listen. I don't need to go to the hospital, don't be silly. I really have to get to class."
With that she turned and walked away. The look on her face was a mixture of irritation, grief, and happiness. This girl was strange. How could anyone feel those emotions at once?
I looked at the clock and realized I only had one minute to get to class.
I sped out of the cafeteria fast as humanly possible. I made it to my class with only a few seconds to spare.
My English teacher's lecture seemed to drag on. I always hated last period, it was so close to the end of the day, but it just seemed to torture us a little more than any other period.
My thoughts went back to Bella. I just wish that she could notice the way I really felt and put me out of my misery. I knew there was no chance whatsoever that she would love me back. She practically worshipped the ground Edward walked on. How could I compete with him? He was one a boy. I don't even think that Bella was like that. She only thought of me as a friend.
"Mrs. Cullen, will you please pay attention. I know that you already know this material but you could at least show the courtesy of pretending you're interested. If that is too hard you, then I bet you would love seeing me after school today. "
"Oh, I'm sorry. I was just thinking of a good welcome home dinner for m family. They're getting home in a few days." I added the most charming smile I could muster up.
"Well you can think of that after school, now pay attention." He said still looking stunned.
I took out my notebook and flipped to the next available page; which also happened to be my first. I looked at the clock and realized I still had thirty seven minutes left of this dreadful class.
"Someone go get the nurse!" the P.E. coach yelled.
I put two and two together and realized it was Bella.