"No, Emmett, don't!" I yelled. I tried to block it, but his fist had already connected with my face. It's always been my secret. No one knew, not even Edward when the images replayed in my head. Not even Alice knew. Or Jasper. It was such a well-kept secret, that we seemed perfect. Always perfect. But what you don't know, really can hurt you. And that's what I'm afraid of. Not just my pain, but the family's. Like most times, this time he hit me for no reason at all. He's told me many times before that he simply just enjoys seeing me in pain. Seeing the pain in my eyes. He says he loves me around the family, but when it's just us, he says he hates me. He hates me so much, he just has to laugh. And laugh he does. After I got up from the floor, I ran out of the room as fast as I could. Once I got down to the living room, I stopped to look in the mirror in the hall and fixed my hair while also checking to make sure that the crack in my face had gone away. When it did, I walked into the living room, making it look like nothing was wrong. I blocked my thoughts and tried my best to hide my true emotions by feeling bored. It wasn't easy, but it obviously worked because when I sat next to Jasper, he didn't say a thing. Didn't even flinch.

"Hey Jazz, watcha up to?" I asked, watching him.

"Just reading", he sounded kind of excited.

"About what?"

"War", I stifled a laugh. There never really was anything else he would read about. That's what I love about Jasper. He never changes. Unlike Emmett. I remember when I first knew I was in love with him, and he with me.

Flashback

We were lying in a large meadow in the woods, holding hands and watching the clouds roll by. It was a sunny day, so the sky was bright blue and the sun was shinning bright. It was beautiful all around us.

"I love you baby, you're so beautiful", Emmett had said to me in the sweetest voice ever.

"I love you, too. You're perfect", we exchanged a smile, a kiss, and then continued to watch the clouds.

But now, everything is completely different. I'd be lying if I told you that I knew why Emmett is the way he is now. I wish I knew. But I really don't. And I guess I never will. Anyway, I continued to watch Jasper read when I heard light footsteps walk into the room. For a split-second, I thought it was Emmett, so I cringed. But then I looked up and saw that it was Alice. Then I realized that Emmett isn't that light on his feet.

"Hey Rose, what's up?" Alice asked in her usual bubbly tone.

"Just hangin' out", I said. I got up from the couch and walked into the kitchen and said,

"I'll be right back", Alice smiled as I passed by her and I continued on into the kitchen. I had just gone in there to put something away that I forgot about. When I was about to go back into the living room, I stopped by the doorway to see Jasper and Alice kiss. I was jelious because I missed that. I wanted that. They have true love and I don't. They're lucky to have each other. Unlike me. I wish I had someone else.

A few minutes later, Emmett came downstairs. I gave him an evil glare, but he still had the audacity to sit next to me on the couch opposite Jasper and Alice. When he put his arm around me, I instantly shivered.

"What's up, people?" he asked in the voice that everyone knew and was completely used to. I knew it was only a mask.

"Hey Em", Alice said. I knew for a fact that he hated that name. I don't know why, but he said it makes him feel like less of a man. But we all know that he wouldn't dare hurt Alice. Especially because he knows that Jasper could just as easily kill him if he wanted to.

A few hours later, I was still downstairs, watching Jasper and Alice outside. They were up in a tree in the backyard, Alice picking up flowers and Jasper just enjoying the wonders of the backyard. Such as the clear blue sky, the beautiful green forest, and anything else that would catch a vampire's eye. I walked outside to enjoy the sun when I felt a presence behind me. I turned around and saw Jasper standing there. He scared me, so I screamed and I fell on the ground. He said,

"Sorry about that", and helped me get up.

"That's okay, I always love falling on the ground", I said sarcastically. Jasper rolled his eyes and we both laughed. Just then, Alice jumped down from the tree and landed next to Jasper and asked,

"Another twin moment?" Jasper and I laughed again and I said,

"Maybe", Alice laughed and I watched Jasper slip his arm around Alice's waist. I felt like crying. If I had the ability, I would. But I can't, so I guess I'll have to suffer in silence. Just like always.

A Broken Rose

They had no idea. They thought it was perfect.