Another new story. I start a lot of them, but when a plot bunny attacks, you just have get right to it.



I sighed and tilted my head upwards, letting the last rays of sun hit my face before I slowly went back inside from the balcony, hugging my arms around myself.

A new town, a new apartment, and new life. And I was all by myself.

The apartment I rented was very small, to say the least. It had a kitchen, a living room that doubled as the bedroom, and a bathroom. But on my nearly miniscule savings and the little income I have, it was the best I could do on such short notice.

Leaving Forks, the town I had grown up in and had come to love, had not been an easy decision. I had left a disappointed father, a group of snubbed friends, and a betrayed boyfriend behind in that little town, and so much had happened there in the last year. Coming here was a new start for me. I would be able to settle down and make anything I wanted out of life.

I was pulled out of my thoughts when I heard the doorbell chime. Sighing heavily, I walked the short distance from the couch to the door

Standing outside the door was a tiny brunette with beautiful elfish features and spiky hair.

"Hi." I said uncertainly, noticed that she seemed extremely hyper and…bouncy.

"Hi! I'm Alice Cullen, and I live in the apartment down the hall. I saw the movers bringing your boxes up and then I thought I would come over and say hi, because my boyfriend Jasper is playing basketball with my dad and brother, so I was kind of lonely."

"I'm Bella Swan." I laughed uneasily, a little creeped out by how enthusiastic this woman was.

"I'm sorry if that was too much information, but I just had like two things of Red Bull. How do you like the apartment building? I mean, I know the apartments are a little cramped, but it has a nice feel, don't you think?" Alice continued to blabber, and I nodded, trying to get used to her.

"Yeah, it does have a certain…essence." I agreed, unsure of what else to say.

"Do you want to come over for some Chinese food or something?" Alice asked, rocking back and forth on the stiletto heels she was wearing, "We could watch television or put a movie in!"

I hesitated, wondering if I should really go with this woman into her apartment. Sure, she seemed friendly enough, but what if she was an insane killer or something? I glanced over her and instantly relaxed. She was obviously just overfriendly and wanted a friend. I didn't blame her; seeing as the only other people I had seen around the apartment complex were probably in their sixties or seventies.

"Yeah, sure. That sounds nice." I finally decided, walking out of my apartment and closing the door behind me, making sure my keys were still in my pocket.

"So, you live here by yourself?" Alice asked as she led me down the hallway towards her apartment.

"Yeah, I just moved here from a really small town a couple of hours away. It's just me, all alone." I sighed, waiting patiently as Alice unlocked the door to her apartment.

"I know what you mean." She laughed, pushing the door open and ushering me inside before her. "But my boyfriend Jasper and my older brother Edward come over a lot, even though Edward's house is about a thousand times bigger than this place." Alice gestured around the small apartment, which was undoubtedly bigger than mine. She paused in front of the couch, tapping her chin thoughtfully. "You know what? You would just love my brother Edward. He should be over here after the basketball game…would you want to meet him? I swear he's really, really great."

I laughed quietly as Alice popped down on the couch and gestured for me to join her. Alice was obviously trying to play matchmaker, and while I appreciated the gesture, I didn't really know her and I was definitely not looking to be in another relationship anytime soon.

"I would love to meet him, Alice, but I don't think your brother and I can be anymore than friends." I said carefully, hoping she wouldn't take it the wrong way.

Her face fell slightly but then she squeezed my hand gently. "I understand. Anyway, the only women Edward seems to have time for are me, our mom, and of course, Annabelle."

"Annabelle?" I asked quizzically, accepting the glass of water Alice offered me.

"Oh, Annabelle is Edward's daughter. She's thirteen years old and his world basically revolves around her. He and his wife got divorced about six years ago." Alice informed me, taking a large gulp of her own water.

"Oh." I murmured, not sure of what else to say. "Um…what does he do?" I asked desperately, praying that there wouldn't be an awkward silence.

But apparently I didn't need to worry about a lapse in conversation with Alice.

"Edward is a surgeon; he loves it." She said easily, kicking her feet up on the extremely cluttered coffee table.

"Wow. He's a single father who's a surgeon? That must be really hard." I mused, thinking about how my own father, who had been a police officer, and how he had trouble keeping up with both me and his job when I was younger.

"He and his ex wife have joint custody, and sometimes I help Edward out when he has to work or needs to catch on up his sleep." Alice replied, just as the front door opened.

"Ali? We're back, and dad and I totally kicked Jasper's ass today-" A tall, stunningly handsome man with bronze hair and piercing green eyes was suddenly in the room with us, wearing ratty sweats and holding a basketball in the crook of his arm.

No way. This was Alice's brother?


This is lovelovelove22's (Mellie's) husband Jensen. If you saw the update from any of her other marvelous stories, she broke three of her fingers and can't type. She already had this typed up and forced me to upload it for her.

Anyway, she probably won't be able to type for a while, therefore this might not be updated for a bit.