Out of the Darkness

Chapter 1

My name is Bella Swan. I am 16 years old and live with my mom Renee and step dad Phil. When I was 5 my dad ran off and we haven t seen him since.

Beep, beep, beep, "Dammit!" I muttered shutting off my alarm, it was another day of hell at my house. I hated Fridays the most. Weekends were always hell. I was home, which meant Phil was allowed to push me around and do with me has he pleased. Mom married him 3 years ago the first few months were OK, but then the drinking started. Mom was a drunk. And Phil went along with the "if u cant beat them join them" phrase quite literally. At first it started with him screaming at me, calling me names, pretty much annoying things, but this year the beating began.
He would beat me for supper being cold, a messy house or just because he wanted to. Mom never said anything other than, "you know how he is" she made me want to puke.

I climbed out of bed, grabbed my clothes for the day and got into the shower. The bruises from the beating last night were showing up. I covered them the best I could, but knew the one on my arm would be seen. Grabbing my breakfast from the kitchen I ran out to my car and drove off to school.

Pulling into the parking lot, I spotted my best friends Alice, Edward and Emmett Cullen standing in our usual place with Rosalie and Jasper Hale. Emmett and Rosalie were both 19. They were seniors this year. The two of them had been together for 4 years now and were planning a fall wedding and then heading off to college for the winter semester. Alice and Edward were 17 year old twins, Alice had been dating Jasper for 18months. Then there was Edward, he was my best guy friend. I had a crush on him, but knew he probably didn't see me as more than a friend, so I never made my move. I had known him for years, he never dated anyone, we all figured none of the girls in our high school were good enough for him. The 6 of us were all very close and hung out together as much as possible, however, no one knew my secret. Alice and Edward knew my family was crazy, but they never knew the extent of it as if I told anyone, it would just mean more hell for me.

"Bella!" Alice squealed as I walked up to them.

"Hey." I replied. "So we were thinking that we should have a movie night at our house." Alice said.

"I could go for that." I said knowing what would happen if I mentioned it to Renee and Phil.

Classes went slow for me the first part of the day. Usually I didn't mind it, however, I had plans that night. I never fit in with most kids in my school. But I figured it was me and my home life, I did however manage to fit in with the Cullen's and Hale's. They were all beautiful loaners who stuck to themselves. The Cullen s lived in a mansion on the outskirts of town. Carlisle was a very respected doctor in town. His wife Esme had been a family attorney for 10 years, when she decided she wanted to stay at home and just be a mom. In some ways I was jealous that my friends had parents who was do anything for them.

It was finally time for lunch. I grabbed my food and went to sit with my friends. "What time do I need to be at your house tonight?" I asked Alice.

"Come over right after school if you would like to." She replied.

I thought about it for a few moments, "I should go home and get supper, but I will come over after that. It will probably be there at 5:30" I replied.

"I could pick you up tonight." Edward suggested. Emmett and Jasper sat there making Kissie faces at us. I just laughed at them, we were used to getting picked on and learned to ignore it. "Come on Bella, lets go to Biology." Edward said standing up. I nodded and we walked out of the cafeteria.

"Sorry about Emmett and Jasper." Edward said apologetically.

"Seriously, I am used to it. I just ignore them." I replied, Edward shook his head and laughed quietly.

"Hey Bella, what happened to your arm?" Edward asked as we sat in Biology.

"I fell out of bed last night." I laughed.

"You are so klutzy. I'd like to wrap you up in bubble." He said jokingly.

"Laugh all you want, you'll still never know." I whispered putting my head on the table. He rubbed my back causing me to wince in pain.

"Bella, you OK?" I nodded fighting back the tears of having to lie to him.

"Did you hurt your back falling out of bed?" He asked.

"Probably." I whispered.

"Let my dad look at it tonight." He suggested.

"No, I m fine! I promise." I said getting a little mad that he wouldn't drop it.

Phil was home when I got there after school. "Hey you stupid bitch!" He sneered as I walked in. I just glared at him, he slapped me across the face, I held back tears.

"What do you want for supper?" I asked timidly.

"Figure it out yourself." He said slurring his words. I should have known he was drunk.

"Fine!" I replied.

"You know, I wouldn't have to punish you, if you actually did something around here." At that point, I had, had enough. It was 3:30pm. I ran past him up to my room.

"Dammit Bella, don t run from me!" He screamed slamming me into the wall punching me in the back and in the stomach. The harder I tried to push him off of me, the harder he punched me.

I collapsed on the floor, he kicked me in the side and left. I lay on the floor in the tears. I hurt so bad. I weakly crawled over to my phone.