A/N: I don't own Twilight, or any of the characters here within; the story idea is mine, everything else belongs to Stephenie Meyer.
Please read and review, new chapters up when completed. Rated M for later chapters.
If you want to read this as intended, start by reading New Moon up to Chapter 16. This AU story starts at the very last line of Chapter 16, curving off to a new tangent… one in which Bella will explore another side of things.
I blinked into the sudden light, and saw that someone was there, waiting for me…
It was Alice.
I took off running, bounding across the wood paneled floor, and smacking into her at full speed. I'd forgotten how hard she was, it was like running into a tree.
"Alice…" I managed to get out between sobs, my arms wrapping around her. I took a deep breath, her scent filling my nostrils, I sighed, and held her tighter, not wanting to let go.
After a moment like this, I could feel the cold of her skin seep through our clothes, and my heart began to beat faster, butterflies filling up my stomach. My body had only known one person to be that close, and that cold; Edward, and so it reacted as if it was him holding me. I blushed, and let go of her, not really wanting to make this awkward.
"Alice, what're you doing here?" I asked, holding her hands between us. My eyes met hers directly for the first time, and I noticed how dark they were.
I let go of her hands and took a step back. She smiled, and stepped forward.
"Don't worry Bella, I'm fine. You on the other hand, why aren't you dead?" She asked, giving me a look that could nearly pierce right through me. I looked down.
"I take it you saw me fall…?" I asked.
"No, I didn't see you fall." She disagreed, harshness in her voice. "I saw you jump."
"Yeah, about that… I was just cliff diving, all the kids do it down at La Push. I just wanted to try it." I lied, hiding the truth. The real reason I'd jumped was to hear Edwards voice, but even talking to a vampire, that seemed a little out there to admit.
She eyed me, trying to read my expression, but after a moment, she just smiled, and pulled me into another hug. I started sobbing again.
"I'm so sorry Alice, I didn't mean to worry you, I just wanted to have some fun." I got out between breaths, holding her tight. She was rubbing my back, and as lame as it sounded, that was the first truly intimate contact I'd had since Edward left. Speaking of which…
"Is- Is he back?" I stammered, still sobbing.
"No… it's just me." Alice stated, and for some reason, that didn't hurt me as much as I thought it would. Thinking back, my reaction when I first saw her had nothing to do with Edward, I missed her.
"I thought you were dead, Bella, that's why I came. I had a vision of you jumping in the water, and then struggling to get out; and then you disappeared, and I thought-" She started to explain, but I cut her off.
"No, Jacob pulled me out, he saved me." I assured her, and she pulled back, looking at my face.
"Who?" She inquired; her brow furrowing.
"Jake. He's like my best friend now. We've been hanging a lot since… since you guys left." I admitted, looking down. Even with her being back, it was still a little hard to admit they'd ever left.
She leaned in, puzzled, and sniffed my shoulder. Then her eyes went wide and she stepped back.
"Are you sure you weren't with anyone else today? You smell… off." She said, giving me an awkward look. I shook my head.
"No, just Jake." I said, wondering what all that was about. She just shrugged, taking my hands in hers.
"I don't know what I'd do without you." She said, and I felt a shock of ecstasy roll down my spine.
The next thing I knew, I was kissing her.
At first, her lips didn't move, but after a moment, she kissed me back with as much ferocity as I did. And then, she pushed me back.
"Bella, what're you doing?" Alice asked, and I started to cry again, falling to my knees.
"I'm so sorry…" I said between sobs, my hands covering my face. At once she was knelt in front of me, and she put her hand on my shoulder.
"Bella, it's okay, I don't blame you. You're obviously in a bad place right now." She said, a small smile on her lips.
"C'mon, let's get you to bed." She said, and then my body went horizontal. Alice carried me across to the bed and lay me down, sitting beside me.
"I'm so sor-" I started to say, but she put a finger to my lips.
"Don't worry about it." She said, and I almost smiled. Alice was always the most understanding, I wasn't surprised that she didn't make too big of a deal over the kiss.
Looking up at her, however, I decided she definitely needed to hunt. Putting my hand on her leg, I smiled.
"I appreciate all this Alice, I do, but you're obviously thirsty, and I'd feel a whole lot better if you'd just go eat. That way I don't have to feel like a huge jerk when I get close to you." I said, flashing a small smile. She laughed, her angelic voice making my skin tingle.
"Okay, but I won't be gone long… I promise." She said, getting up from the bed and moving to the window. She took one look back at me and winked, before disappearing into the darkness outside.
Rolling over, I licked my lips, remnants of cherry lip gloss coming off on my tongue. My mouth turned up at the corners, the hint of a smile. The last thing I thought about before I fell asleep was the kiss; the kiss I didn't regret one bit.