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This is my second story for Fan Fic! My other one is 'a new beginning'.

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My disclaimer: I do NOT own twilight!

'Beautiful strangers'

Chapter one:

First sight

New York city.

Bella.

I rummaged threw my closet, trying to find my favorite black heels, when I found them I stood up and looked in the mirror to check if the shoes suited what I was wearing, it did, I smiled and went to grab by notes and resume which were on the table next to my closet, as I grabbed them I saw the photo of me and Jacob – my ex-fiancé, I grabbed the photo and threw it in the closet, I shut the door and took at deep breath, "your going to be fine" I whispered to myself.

I quickly grabbed some money and headed for the door. Starbucks was around the corner from my apartment so I quickly walked there, I ordered my usual cappuccino and as soon as it was ready, I ran out the door.

I hurried along the busy street with the hot coffee in my right hand and my notes and resume in my left. I was running late for my interview for my new job, it was at eleven - thirty and it was…I quickly looked at my watch, eleven- twenty, shit! I walked faster down the street. It was only three blocks away, I could make it, I quickly turned at the next corner and then something ran into me.

I fell to the floor and so did my coffee and papers. "Shit" I muttered and noticed at the corner of my eye the person I hit was on the floor as well, "I'm so sorry" I cried, picking up the papers.

He got up, holding some of my papers, "its okay…I just guess its going to be one of those days" a deep but sweet voice grumbled. I looked up at him and forgot what I was doing; he had the most mesmerizing features…those eyes...sea blue, his hair was wavy and sticking up in an unusual way but I liked it. "Are you alright?" the handsome man asked and looked at me; wary.

"Never better" I whispered, he smiled and helped me up. I noticed his shirt was covered in coffee. "I'm so sorry about your shirt"

He looked at me confused and then look down at his shirt and sighed, "Oh well"

"I'm so sorry! Please let me buy you a new one" I begged.

"No… don't worry about, I didn't really like it anyway" he assured me but looked down at his shirt again and signed.

"I'm not buying that, look, my apartment is just a block that way" I said and pointed behind me. "If you'd like to clean up, have a washing machine and a shower" I suggested and put a smiled on my face.

He smiled back, "I don't even know your name"

"Isabella Swan, but you can call me Bella" I smiled.

"Nice to meet you, Bella, I'm Edward, Edward Cullen" he said and extended his hand to shake mine.

I shook it firmly, "so will you please make me feel better about myself and take up my offer?" I asked.

"Um…yeah, sure, I'm free" he smiled and handed me some more of my notes.

"Thanks" I smiled and grabbed them. We looked at each other for a moment.

Then I looked away, "well we better wash your shirt before it stains" I said and slowly turned towards my apartment. He followed me and we began walking.

"So… Do you live in new York?" I asked, hopeful.

"Well…kind of"

"What do you mean…kind of" I laughed.

"Well I'm looking for an apartment, well I was, before you came along" he winked at me, my heart stopped.

"I am really sorry about that" I blushed.

"Why are you apologizing? Is was an accident"

"I know but come on, if you spilt your coffee on someone, you would keep apologizing, am I right?" I questioned.

He thought for a moment, and then laughed, "I guess I would. But seriously stop, its fine"

"Nope, until your shirt looks better than it did before I spilt coffee on it, I will keep apologizing, so, I'm sorry" I grinned at him and he rolled his eyes, "sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry, so –"he put his hand over my month.

"I get it" he laughed.

I looked over to my left; we were nearly at my apartment. I moved his hand from my mouth and got my keys out of my pocket. "Nice place" he complimented.

"Thanks"

"How long you been here for?" he asked.

"Um…a bit over a year, I think" I said and opened the door.

We walked inside and I put all my stuff on the kitchen bench.

"Would like anything? Water? Coffee?" I laughed

He smiled but shook his head, "no, no thank you"

I walked over to the hall cupboard and pulled out a towel. I handed it to him, "the bathrooms through that door, just pass the shirt out, I wont look" I said and bit my bottom lip.

He looked at me, chuckled and then pulled his shirt off, "here" he said and tossed it to me. I grabbed it before it landed on the ground and stared at his chest, oh my god…"I'll try be quick" he said and headed for the bathroom.

"No, take as long as you need" I called before the door shut.

I walked to the laundry room and put his shirt in the machine, I smelt my shirt, yuck, I looked towards the bathroom, I could here him in the shower so I pulled it off and chucked it in. I put some powder in and shut the door, and turn it on for twenty minutes.

I thought about having a complete stranger in my shower and then took a deep breath; Edward was nice, maybe even too nice. I laughed at my self and walked to my bedroom to get another shirt.

I opened my closet and saw the photo of me and Jacob from this morning, I held it in my hands then scrunched it up and threw it on the floor of the closet, I saw the baseball bat at the corner of my eye, I slowly picked it up and saw a small blood stain, a tear escape my eye as I remember how the blood stain got there, I grabbed the bat tighter and threw it as hard as I could at the wall, it hit my lamp and it smashed but I didn't care, I sat on the floor and began to cry.

I heard the shower stop and Edward came rushing into my room with a towel wrapped around his waist, "what happened?" he demanded. He looked at me strangely, and then I remember I was only wearing a bra. He didn't seem to care and ran to me, I tired to stop my crying but the tears continued to flow.

He wiped some of them away, "Bella, what's wrong?" I looked at him, he was a complete stranger, and he cared for me more than Jacob ever did. I cried harder, Edward wrapped his arms around me in a comforting way and looked over at the far wall, where the baseball bat was on the floor. "Did someone hurt you?"

I thought about that for a second, the answer was yes, but I knew what he meant so I shook my head. "Then what happened?" he demanded.

I closed my eyes, thinking about the last three months in my head. All the beatings, all the bruises, all the pain, I flinched at thought of it all. Edward put his hand under my chin so I had looked him in the face, "I know you don't know me very well, but whatever it is, I'll listen to every word" I look him in the eyes, he was serious, "so please tell me, Why did you do this?" he asked in whisper.

"Jacob" I whispered.

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