Bella and Edward finally set eyes on each other for the first time! Aren't you all excited?
I'll tell you this right now: I can't write those love-at-first-sight scenes real well, so don't expect anything epic. I'm better at action scenes.
Disclaimer: It's obvious. I don't own anything.
I pulled into the long drive and passed a large red truck on the way to the garage. Esme's thoughts were nowhere in the vicinity, and my siblings' were focused on a girl, who happened to be in the house. What? Why would they bring a human home?
Edward, Alice greeted when I parked my Volvo in the garage. She held a jacket lightly in one hand. I stepped out and she tossed it to me. Reflexively, I caught it- and inhaled the loveliest fragrance I've smelled in a century. Venom pooled in my mouth. I wanted it. I needed it. It didn't matter that I had just hunted; I wouldn't rest until I had the owner of the scent by the throat, draining them dry…
Edward! Alice screamed in her head. She was gripping my forearm tightly, sticking her heels in the ground, to keep me from breaking free and going after the scent.
Edward, please. It's our friend from Phoenix, from when we were human. Bella. She's pretty, Edward. Not Jessica Stanley, fake-boobs, too-much-make-up false pretty. Not model-pretty. She has a natural beauty. She's our friend.
I looked at Alice, the bloodlust fading slightly as I got a grip on the monster inside. The one who had this scent was human.
I was going to kill a human.
I groaned, inhaling another whiff of freesia. I growled slightly. "Alice, why are you doing this?"
"Because she is our friend, and she's going to be a daughter to Carlisle and Esme. She'll be even more important to you."
I swiveled my head to look at her fully. "What's that supposed to mean?"
Alice smirked. "Nothing, dear brother. Now, come on. I pretty much freaked everyone else out; I didn't know if I could stop you in time." Still holding my arm tightly, she pulled me toward the house. The red truck had the strongest scent of both Alice and the Bella girl. I gritted my teeth, trying to restrain myself.
Here, Edward. Look into Rosalie's mind. That should help.
I focused on my other sister's mind in her bedroom.
Alice, what happened? Rosalie thought. Why did you run off like that?
"Bella, I'm sure everything's fine. You know Alice, she does strange stuff sometimes. Our brother, Edward, is home. Why she took your jacket is beyond me, but she knows what she's doing."
I watched through Rose's eyes as a brunette paced back and forth. Her waist-length hair swung lightly as she walked. She glanced at Emmett, biting her lower lip. Alice was right; she did have a natural beauty. Rosalie sighed and walked over to her.
"Bella, stop biting your lip. One day, you're going to make it bleed, and that wouldn't be good for any of us."
Bella looked into Rosalie's eyes with her doe-like brown ones. Full of trust, worry, and happiness. I scanned the thoughts in the house, but I couldn't find any foreign thoughts. Strange!
Rosalie pulled Bella's lower lip gently from under her teeth. Emmett sank down onto the bed and put an arm around her. I glared at nothing and a growl started in my chest. Alice laughed in her mind.
"Hold onto the jacket, take it to your room, and if you don't think you can handle it, hold your breath and leave." Alice opened the door and everyone fell silent.
"It's fine, you guys. Just a precaution," Alice said lightly. Jasper was at the top of the stairs in a heartbeat.
"Alice, what happened? I felt very strange emotions coming off Edward."
Alice giggled. "All in good time." She released my arm and hugged Jasper.
"Hey, Edward." Emmett came downstairs next, furrowing his eyebrows when he saw the jacket in my hands. "What was Alice going on about when she went to head you off a few minutes ago?"
"Talk about that later," Alice said firmly. "Bella's coming."
Rosalie raised her eyebrows in warning as she and Bella descended the steps. Bella stumbled a couple of times, but Rosalie caught her.
"Bella," Jasper said, "this is Edward. He's the second oldest besides Carlisle."
Bella's eyes widened. "He's older than Esme?"
"Don't be so shocked, Bella," Emmett chuckled. "We don't age, remember?"
Bella blushed. I smiled slightly. She glanced at me from under her eyelashes. Her eyes were even sweeter in person.
"Hi. I'm Bella," she said shyly.
I smiled. "Edward. It's nice to meet you, Bella."
She nodded, blushing even harder. "You, too."
Alice clapped. "Okay, now that introductions are out of the way, at least until Carlisle gets home, why don't we do something?"
"Like what, Alice?" Bella asked warily.
Her face lit up and she grinned mischievously. "Makeovers!"
Bella groaned. "Emmett, Jasper, save me!" she cried as Alice swept toward her and grabbed one arm. Rosalie grabbed the other.
Alice turned her head as she and Rose dragged Bella upstairs again. "Esme's coming. Edward, could you tell her to make Bella some spaghetti? I'll come down and get it when it's ready."
"Alice, Esme's not a maid! I can make my own-" Bella almost screeched when she looked at the clock. "It's almost four-thirty! I have to get home and make dinner."
"Bella, you are not going anywhere. You called Charlie and told him that you were over here and didn't know when you'd be home, remember?"
"Okay, how's this? You can taste-test, and tell Esme if it's any good or not. She'll insist on cooking, anyway. Then you can eat, then Rose and I are giving you a makeover. That okay with you?"
Bella bit her lower lip for a minute, then nodded. "But we stay down here until I eat."
Alice nodded. "Sounds good."
So that's chapter 10. Hope you like it.