AN: Okay, so I'm finally able to post this! I started this story a bit ago with just one sentence, for the first chapter. (I wrote the preface later, figuring the first chapter wasn't the best start to the story.) And then I was hooked on the idea.

Summary: Bella Swan has a rough past, one that she doesn't love repeating. Edward Cullen is the new boy. What happens when they're put in a situation with each other? AU, OOC, Vampires.

Disclaimer: I don't own Twilight.


It was almost scary, how close I was to dying, to never breathing, I was.

He had tried to protect me from the life he's damned to. I told him I really didn't care – I already had a pretty screwed up life.

But knowing him had brought me to the sudden realization that even with all the crap in my life, I still had it good.

Living in a small town doesn't help.

But strangely, I feel like if it weren't for Edward Cullen, I'd still be the uninformed small-town girl I was.

I wanted to scream, but I couldn't. I didn't have enough air.

As my own cruel father sauntered toward me, I whispered, "Edward…"

AN: What do you think? It's only a preface. I can't wait to update…but I'm going to need some feedback. So…review? Pretty please, with some cherries on top?

Oh – if you read The Beginning of the End (or TBOTE) then I'll start questions the next chapter.

Please review!