Penname: The Little Romantic

Phrase Catch (Prompt): Repeat the following phrase to yourself five times, open a blank document and begin: "Can a leopard change its spots?"

Rating: K

Genre: Love/Friendship

Creative Original or Derivative (Fan fiction): Derivative

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"Can a leopard change its spots?" I whispered to Edward.

"Of course not, Bells," he replied whispering.

"Well that's not fair to them," I replied, pouting. "They should be able to change whatever they want."

"I'm sure they don't mind, Bells," he replied. His warm hand squeezed mine comfortingly. I smiled at him and squeezed back. We were curled up in a fort that we had built out of sheets, blankets, chairs and pillows. It was surprisingly comfy.

I was staying at Edward's house. He's my best friend, even though Edward's seven and I'm only six. I loved him more than anyone else, but not in the gross boyfriend kind of way. He's my best friend and always will be.

He's my protector and always saves me from any of the bullies at school. He also saves me when his big brother Emmett tries to pick me up and swing me around like a doll. I hate it when Emmett tries that. Emmett sounds mean, but really he's a giant teddy bear.

Edward's also got a sister called Alice; she's the complete opposite of Emmett. She has pixie-like features, dark short spiky hair and is short and petite. Alice is a girly girl. She loves shopping and doesn't like playing in the mud or doing anything messy.

I'm the complete opposite of Alice in that way. She says I'm a tom boy, coz' I like to play in the mud, hate shopping, never wear skirts or dresses and I hang out with the boys a lot. Alice is like a sister to me; she's my age and is in most of my classes. I met Edward through Alice, but I spend more time with Edward.

"Edward?" I whispered.

"Yeah, Bells," he whispered back.

"Is it midnight yet?" I asked. He chuckled softly.

"It's close enough, let's go get our midnight snack," he replied. He crawled towards the opening of the fort and I quickly followed. I was afraid of the dark so I didn't like to be left alone. Once out of the tent, Edward reached out his hand to help me stand. I accepted his hand and we tip toed to the kitchen.

"So what do you feel like having?" he asked as he turned on the light. The light was blinding and Edward quickly turned the knob for the dimmer. I could see again.

"Chocolate and popcorn," I answered smiling. He grinned back and walked over to the pantry. He looked around for a while, and then turned back to me.

"They're both on the top shelf, but I can't reach them," he told me. He thought for a moment. "Bells, if you get up on my shoulders you could easily reach them."

"Okay," I replied, seeing it as a challenge. I walked over to him and he bent down for me to climb on. I sat down carefully and held tightly onto his head. "Are you sure you can lift me?"

"Of course Bells," he replied confidently. "I lift you all the time."

He stood up, and I held on for dear life. He walked towards the pantry and I reached out cautiously. I could see the chocolate and popcorn, but it was at the back of the shelf. I told Edward this, and he moved closer.

I reached out as far as possible and grabbed the popcorn and chocolate. I lurched back accidentally and sent Edward and me both tumbling to the floor. Lucky for me, Edward had great reflexes and was able to pull me from his shoulders and to his chest; he took most of the impact from the fall.

"Are you alright, Edward?" I asked worriedly. I rolled myself off of him and onto the floor.

"Yeah I'm fine, Bells. Are you okay?" he replied, looking at me with the same worried expression.

"Edward, you're the one who just took the biggest bit of that fall and you're asking me if I'm okay?" I replied. He looked at me confused. "I'm fine thanks to you. If you hadn't caught me I would have easily broken something."

"I'm glad you're okay. I love you, Bells," he said, grabbing me into a hug.

"I love you too, Edward," I replied, hugging him back.

AN: Sorry for not posting sooner, I'm really behind on these at the moment, but here are two and the rest are coming soon. Sorry for the delay on them, but I've just been bombarded with homework so today I spent six hours doing a presentation (not even kidding). Anyway hope you like them and please review!