a/n: I hope everyone liked the redone chapter two !
note: Bella is fifteen. Her age in chapter one was a mistake.
I looked up into the familiar ocher eyes of Alice's younger brother, Emmett. He smiled at me goofily, like he knew I was going to wipe out at that door. His husky voice startled me, and I jumped a little in his arms.
"Is this the norm for you?" He teased, with a glint in his eye. I laughed.
"As long as I'm using these godforsaken things yes. I hate them." He smiled at my exasperated frown.
"Don't worry Bella, I got you." his expression was solemn, like he wasn't just speaking about helping me up, but of something else entirely. Before I was able to further dissect his expression, he placed me gently on my feet and helped me down the overly white walls of Forks Medical Center.
We didn't say a word to each other, other than my occasional "thank you" when he held open a door for me or steadied me if I almost fell. Finally the silence got to me, and I spoke, "So Emmett, how do you like Forks?" I asked him; focusing on the floor in front of me to be sure I didn't slide again.
He chuckled. "Bella, were going to be living in the same house as a family. That's all you got to ask me?" He asked, his exasperated tone diluted in the – his – hysteria.
I just laughed with him. "So you caught me Emmett. I have no idea what to ask you. So please, enlighten me."
He dipped his head to me, and I could see a smile gracing his striking features. "Well, I'm sixteen years old, I love to play sports but not for the school, I'm a big fan of baseball, my favorite color is royal blue, my birthday is –"
I cut him off. "What are you, a walking personal ad? I was referring to about your family!" I said, exasperated with him now.
He sighed, "My isn't Bella a little testy one. I was only making a joke." He grinned. "Well since you asked, I'll tell you about my family but not until we get into the car. It's a long drive to home." I dipped my head in agreement and followed him outside.
He gestured to his car and I think I might have swooned on the spot. "You have…but…that…car…" If he was amused before, he was really rolling around in laugher now.
"Yes Bella, this is my car. What, do you like Jeeps or something?" He teased, walking around to open the door for me. Ah, I'm glad to see chivalry isn't dead after all.
"If you must know Emmett, I love Jeeps and I've always wanted one. Now, when I'm healthy you're going to teach me to drive it right?" He guffawed.
"If your nice maybe. Do you need any help getting in?" I blushed, but nodded. In the next instant he swept me gracefully off the floor and placed me into the passenger seat, tossing my crutches in the back and shutting the door for me with a dull thud.
He got into the driver's seat and looked over to me. "Bella, you may want to buckle up. After all, isn't safety first?" With that he turned the key and we were speeding away.
"So you want to hear about my family, huh?" I nodded eagerly and he continued.
"Carlisle and Esme adopted all of us. I was first, Rosalie next, Edward, Alice and finally Jasper. Before you ask, the rumors are true: Edward and Rosalie are together, as well as Jasper and Alice. No we are in no way related."
"Well Emmett, I didn't hear of any rumors as I was going to start school in a month, but thanks for clarifying. Speaking of school, I can't go like this! I'd fall." I said, getting nervous.
He grinned. "Esme volunteered to tutor you and I until you were okay to go to classes."
I smiled. That was perfect.
"She has a degree in teaching, so she'll be perfect indeed." Woops. I guess I said that out loud.
He slowed down and turned off into an almost invisible road between two large trees. If I were driving I would have not guessed the driveway started there. After a while on a dirt road we pulled into the actual driveway.
The sight amazed me. The house had a brick front with high, sweeping arches, and what wasn't brick were marble, as well as a marble circle driveway and a garage built off to one side – also marble.
Two figures stood out on the front porch: one tallish with blonde hair and one shorter with caramel colored curly hair. I assumed it was Carlisle and Esme.
Emmett parked near the garage and came around to help me out of the car. He steadied me as we walked up the front steps and I found myself face to face with Carlisle and Esme.
Esme wrapped her arms around my shoulders and hugged me close. "Bella dear, welcome to our home." I mentally agreed with her – I would really love it here.