Right, left, right left. I kept repeating that to myself as I ran up the hill. I know it was silly to be telling myself how to run, but don't judge. Running away from a Vampire while on pure adrenaline and excitement was difficult because I felt like I might fall flat on my face. I didn't exactly know where I was going, which was a bit of a problem. I looked over my shoulder to see if he was chasing after me, but Edward wasn't in sight. Excellent, my plan was turning out perfect.
And then, as I turned around my eyes widened in horror. Sitting on the pavement against the wall of a building, there was a hobo and I was on a collision course with him. I didn't have the grace and coordination to stop in my tracks. Crap.
I tripped over his legs and of course, with the speed that I was going, I knocked him over and there was a loud "What the hell?"
I went flying through the air and I skidded on the pavement. My hands were burning, and I felt a hole rip in my jeans. This was bad news, I knew that I was bleeding and with blood, Edward would be able to hunt me down in a matter of minutes.
I sat up, examining the damage. Both my hands were scraped with a little blood. My knee was definitely the worst, there was a red stain on the denim and there was even a little bit on the pavement.
"Hey! Yer nade ter watch wha you're 'eadin'!" The man I had knocked over shouted as he stood up and walked towards me. He had sounded like he had an Irish accent.
"I am so sorry." I managed to say.
"Sorry? Yer jist came at me eighty miles per 'our!" He said in a harsh voice.
"Look I said I was sorry! I didn't see you sitting there." I said, getting off the ground.
"Didn't see me? Ah that's convenient. That's waaat everyone seems ter say. Many people jist walk on by, ignorin' me loike oi'm invisable cos they're jist so much better than me." He said harshly.
He looked like he was older, maybe about fifty to sixty years of age. He had a scraggly grey beard and wispy grey hair covered by a bright orange wool hat. He was missing a few yellow teeth and didn't smell the greatest.
"Im really sorry. Are you alright?" I asked him as kindly as I could.
"Ehh don't mind me. Luk at yer! A mess loike me." He said in a raspy voice.
I shrugged my shoulders.
"Here, oi got sum band-aids in me backpack." He informed me as he pulled out a small blue bag with holes in it. He pulled out a few large bandages and handed them to me.
"Oh no, its okay." I said shaking my head.
"Don't be dense. Take dem. Why ye in a 'urry in de first place?" He asked as he shoved the band-aids in my face.
He was surprisingly friendly for somebody that had just been bulldozed by a teenager. I began to place the neon blue band-aids on my battle wounds with the ground. Edward would have a fit when he found me.
"Im playing an intense game of hide and seek." I said as I looked around the area for Edward. My heart was fluttering and the man seemed to notice my nervous behavior.
"Hide an' seek? Ye lyin' ter me miss?"He asked as he put a hand on his hip.
"Lying? No not at all. Im being dead serious, its an intense game of hide and seek."
"Well whats de seeker luk loike? Cum on, time is av de essence, we don't 'av al' day. We got ter move queck if yer don't want ter be foun'."
My jaw dropped a little bit. Was he seriously going to help me?
"Hes…uh…" I was stuttering, I didn't know what to say.
"Spit it oyt already!" He demanded.
"He is a little bit taller than me, he has the wildest hair ever, and topaz eyes. He is very pale. But he is stunning looking." I told him, trying to describe Edward the best I could.
"Does yer man luk loike wan av dohs models? Wat do yer call dem? Abzombie models?"
I gave him a puzzled look and then it clicked, he was trying to say Abercrombie. He wanted to know if my boyfriend looked like one of the Abercrombie and Fitch models. I couldn't help but laugh when I pictured Edward standing in that god awful store with his shirt off, posing in the dim lighting. I should enroll him as a joke.
"Something like that, but more pale."
"Roi, lets go. We don't 'av time ter waste. An' whats yer name?" he asked in a curious manner.
"Bella Swan." I said sticking my hand out to shake his. I giggled furiously on the inside. If Edward saw me shaking hands with some complete stranger on the street, he would have a heart attack if his heart was actually still beating.
"Me name is Kiernan. Kiernan Callahan. It's nice ter meet yer bella."
We began speed walking, and I was following him because Edward had been right, my sense of direction sucked.
We came upon this tall glass building that looked really weird. It was morphed into a bizarre shape and it looked like a museum of modern art or something like that.
"What is this?" I asked as I looked at Kiernan.
"De Seattle library!" He said as he ran inside. I followed behind him.
There was another door at the far end of where we stood. We ran across the huge ground floor, accidentally bumping into people. I kept my fingers crossed that Edward would find my scent, and would go into the library thinking I was still inside, not knowing that I had really run out the other door.
To throw him off even more, I grabbed a book off a shelf and opened the pages and began rubbing them all over me. Kiernan gave me an odd look as he froze in the center of the room. Other people raised their eyebrows at me and I could feel my cheeks turn red but I didn't care, I was on a mission. I noticed a few librarians walking towards me and I knew that they were going to give me a lecture on proper book care. I had to think fast.
"Spatula!" I screamed as I pointed towards one of the walls. Everyone who wasn't already looking at me was now staring at me, and those who had been watching me from the beginning looked to where I was pointing. Such gullible people.
I threw the book in the opposite direction that I was pointing hoping that it might throw Edward off even more and then I took off running towards the exit where Kiernan was waiting.
We were running down fourth street now, I was ignoring the extreme side ache that I was experiencing. But after five or six blocks of sprinting, we had to take a breather. We had come upon Westlake Mall. There were so many people crowding the streets and so much noise. We had been resting for a matter of about three minutes when all of the sudden Kiernan tapped my shoulder.
"Bella, is dat de seeker?" he asked in-between panting. He pointed to the other side of the street.
No no no no! It was Edward, walking gracefully towards us. I thought for sure he had spotted me, and my life would be over. Kiernan would probably be murdered because Edward would assume that I had been kidnapped.
To my surprise, Edward suddenly stopped and turned around. He looked like he was smelling the air. He was looking left to right and behind him.
And I realized, he didn't see me.
We had a few seconds to act. I grabbed Kiernan by the arm and pulled him into a store. The bell rang as we opened the door and we were instantly looked at with weird expressions.
"Um, hello. Can we help you two today?" a blonde woman asked. She seemed snotty and stuck up.
"Oh, um…we're just looking around." I said calmly.
"That's lovely. If you need any help, just ask us." She said giving me an odd look. Her eyes then flashed to Kiernan.
"Of course." I responded slowly.
I looked out the window, Edward was still standing across the street and I could tell that his eyes were searching the crowd of people outside the mall.
To avoid being seen through the window, I pulled Kiernan into a row full of clothing. Kiernan gave me a terrified look and began stuttering.
"Uh...Miss Swan...im a bit uncomfortable in de bra secshun"
"I beg your pardon?" I asked.
Kiernan took a bright red bra off the rack and held it to his chest.
"Dis wan isn't me color." He said laughing a bit.
I couldn't help but laugh as well. What store were we in?
A brunette woman with a large belly walked up to me.
"Oh! Is that the new nursing bra collection?" She politely asked.
"The what?" I stammered.
"Is that one of the bras from the new nursing collection?" She repeated.
My eyes widened and my mouth fell open into an 'o' shaped expression.
"When are you due?" She asked, her face was glowing. She put her hand to my stomach and smiled.
"Due?" I said, what the hell was she talking about!
"Im due in a few months. I cant wait! Oh goodness its so exciting becoming a new mother."
New mom? Nursing bra? Oh my god…
I looked at the sign above the counter where you would pay for your items. It read: Thank You for Shopping at Motherhood Maternity.
No way, this was absolutely awful.
"So is this the proud father to be?" She asked in a smiley tone.
She looked like she was going to be one hell of a mom. She had her hair perfectly curled, a floral pattern maternity dress with a cardigan and some flats, she wasn't showing much skin at all. She even had dimples when she smiled. She looked plastic—too perfect. She was going to be the kind of mom who wouldn't give her child candy, or the kind that would call an ambulance if her child fell on the playground. The poor kid.
"No." I said right away.
"Yes!" Kiernan exclaimed at the same time I responded.
The eyes of the woman widened suddenly. Perfect, now I looked like some confused teenager who was knocked up and unsure who the baby daddy was.
"Oh, I see…well I didn't mean to pry." She said as her smile vanished.
I held back a laugh when she said she never meant to pry for that was all she had been doing since she walked up to me.
Just then, I saw Edward cross the street and he began walking towards the mall plaza. Crap, we had to move.
"Im excited to be a father. 'ill buy me fella a pony for 'is first birthday. Maybe a tractor for 'is second." Kiernan said to the woman. She nodded her head, her face still highly concerned looking.
"A—a tractor?" she asked.
"Definitely a gun for 'is sixth. Me boy needs ter learn 'ow ter provide for 'is mom an' da. Me boy 'ill be shootin' rabbits an' makin' stew for us."
The woman gave another horrified expression and quickly walked away from us. Kiernan began laughing hysterically. He then stopped when he noticed Edward, who had paused in the middle of the plaza. He was looking around at everyone.
"'e's a 'andsum lad, that man is."
"Oh yes he is handsome, but he wont be happy that its taken him this long to find me." I told him as my eyes darted nervously to Kiernan and back to Edward.
It was too late to run, Edward was now walking towards the store entrance. I ducked under one of the clothing racks and hid. Kiernan frantically ran to a different section of the store and he began looking at baby strollers.
The bell rang and Edward walked in.
"Hello, welcome to Motherhood Maternity…" one of the sales ladies said.
"Thank you." Edward said. His velvet voice was not very happy sounding.
"Can we he—"
"No." Edward said as he cut her off.
The woman gave a frustrated sigh and walked to a different part of the store.
Edward walked over to where I was hiding. He tapped his foot and I could tell he was waiting for me to come out. But that wasn't happening. I covered my eyes as he leaned down and pulled back the clothes.
"Bella." He said in a strict voice.
"I CANT SEE YOU, YOU CANT SEE ME!" I screamed.
He reached for my hands and pulled them away from my face.
His eyes were burning with rage. I was definitely in trouble.
"Oh, you found me." I said in a disappointed tone.
"And it wasn't easy." He said in a non-amused tone.
"Really?" I exclaimed. I was excited that finding me wasn't exactly a cake walk.
"Bella…" He said in an annoyed tone.
"You have to admit, it was a fun twist to our day!"
"If you want, it can be your turn to hide now!"
"BELLA!" He shouted.
"Okay, keep your pants on!" I said as I crawled out from under the clothing rack. The sales lady looked at me and Edward.
"Yeah! Keep yer drawers on!" Kiernan yelled from the other side of the store.
Edward gave me a 'im-gonna-tickle-you-until-you-pee-your-pants' look.
He took me by the arm and walked me out of the store and we went around of the corner of the shop. Kiernan followed us out.
"Bella, what the Hell were you thinking?" Edward demanded.
"I told you, it was a twist to our day. I thought a game of hide and seek would be fun…" I said.
Of course, I was half lying. But only half. I had originally wanted to get away from his insanity but it really turned out to be a lot of fun.
"Bella, you could have been seriously hurt."
I gave a slight smirk when I looked down at my knee and my hands.
"I take that back, you are already hurt." He sighed.
"Kiernan was nice enough to give me band-aids. And look Edward, they're colorful!" I said showing him the neon blue bandage.
Edward looked to Kiernan who gave a small wave.
"And you are?" Edward spat.
"Well ain't yer charmin'? Me name is Kiernan. Kiernan Callahan. Pleasure ter meet yer" He said sticking out his hand to shake Edwards.
I watched Edward carefully. He hesitated for a few moments and then shook Kiernan's.
"I suppose I will thank you for watching after my Bella." Edward said with a small smile.
"She's a rayle beauty lad. Keep a 'old av 'er." Kiernan said to Edward.
There was a large smile that flashed across Edwards face.
"Believe me, I don't intend of letting go of her." He said as he looked at me.
He was just laughing on the inside. Okay so maybe he won this time, but at least I got an hour or so of freedom and fun.
"It wus a pleasure meetin' yer Miss Swan. Make sure yer watch wha yere running. Dis game wus fun." Kiernan said as he gave me a missing toothed smile.
"Nice meeting you too Kiernan." I said as I nodded with a soft smile.
As Edward and I walked away, he kissed the top of my forehead.
"Are you angry?" I asked quietly.
"Im furious." He said. I couldn't tell if he was kidding or not.
I looked at his face for a hint. He wore a slight smile. I decided he was half kidding.
"How did you manage to get hurt?" He asked me.
"I tripped over Kiernan when I was running away from the market and totally fell."
"We will go back to the hotel and get the cuts cleaned up so they don't get infected." He said to me.
"Was it really hard to find me?" I asked.
"The book in the library was a nice touch. So was the fishy smell. You should probably go home and shower again though. I like a clean Bella." He said with a chuckle.
"Hey Edward guess what!" I said with a devious smile.
"What love?" he asked.
I pulled the flute from the market place out of my pocket and blew hard on it. Edward covered his ears and looked at me.
"You've got to be kidding me…" he said with a frown.
"Don't you just love me?" I asked as sweetly as I could.
"Love you to death." He said as he kissed the top of my forehead.
I smiled happily.
"We are going to go back to the room and you are going to hang out at the hotel and then you will sleep. Of course, I will be watching you like a hawk. We have a busy day tomorrow."
"More surprises?" I asked.
"As always." Edward said.
Wonderful, absolutely wonderful.
A/N: So I realize that Irish accents probably don't sound the way that I typed them…but if you read the chapter where Emmett is a pirate, you learned that I found an online translator and had way too much fun with it. Same thing in this situation. If any of you happen to be Irish or have an accent, number one, im totally jealous and two, im sorry if I accidentally offended you. Thank you for reading and please review!