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"Ladies and Gentlemen the captain has turned on the fasten seat belt sign in preparation for landing. Please put up your tray tables, put your seats in the upright positions, and turn off all portable electronic devices. We will be landing in Port Angeles shortly."
I heard the flight attendant over the loud speaker through my headphones as I sat in the plane. I thought back to the events that got me on this aircraft in the first place. Moving to a town I had never been to before. Living with an uncle I never knew I had. How in hell did I get here?
"Has the jury reached a verdict?" The judge asked the head juror who stood and walked towards the microphone.
"We have you honor." He spoke. I felt chills run up my spine. This is it. The day I had been waiting for.
"We the jury find the defendant guilty on all counts." The head juror said into the microphone before he turned and sat in his seat. Everyone in court including myself turned to the judge to await his sentencing.
"Given the nature of this crime, I herby sentence the defendant to 50 years in prison."
"Your honor I beg you to reconsider. A crime of this magnitude in Arizona normally warrants the death penalty." The prosecutor protested.
"My ruling is final, consoler." The judge said as he slammed his gavel on the sound block signifying that the trail was over.
"Miss." I heard the flight attend say as she broke me out of my day dream. I turned towards her, but said nothing.
"We are about the land. Could you please turn off your electronic device?" She signaled to my mp3 player. I pulled the plugs out of my ears and hit pause.
"Thank you. We will be landing shortly." She before she turned to walk down the aisle.
When we had landed, everyone in the cabin immediately stood, grabbed their baggage from the overhead compartments, and quickly filed out. But I sat, waiting for the crowd to thin out. I didn't have the energy to be pushed and pulled around in haste to exit the aircraft. I am in no hurry to start my life here.
Once the plane was empty, I placed my backpack on my back, pushed my long brown hair behind my ears, and trekked down the aisle up the jet way. The airport was small. But everything here was going to be small compared to Arizona.
I rounded the corner to baggage claim and saw a sign with my name on it. The man holding the sign was maybe six feet tall, with dark hair and eyes, and a full mustache. He was in a police uniform, and he stood looking down at his shuffling feet. When I walk up to him, he lifted his eyes to mine. It was here I saw the resemblance. He had the same warm eyes as my mother.
"Isabella." He said to me in an unsure tone.
"Just Bella." I replied.
"Well, I am your Uncle Charlie." He reached out his hand to shake mine. I looked down at it, hesitant to take it. I know it is polite, but to be honest, I just didn't want to. But considering I was going to be staying at his house for the foreseeable future, I guess I should. As I began to raise my hand, he lowered his and put it into his pocket. I guess I was staring at it to long.
"I am happy to have you." He said as if he had a choice. "Do you have more stuff than that? Your boxes have already arrived at the house." He asked motioning to my backpack. I shook my head.
"I shipped all of my stuff."
"Ok then lets get on the road. We have a short little ride until we get to Forks." I nodded and followed him out of the terminal. Outside it was drizzling and grey. We walked into a small parking lot, which I assume is for short term parking, towards a police cruiser. He drove his police cruiser to pick me up isn't that illegal, I thought. He walked around the passengers side and opened the door for me. I took a deep breath and walked towards him. I place my backpack on the floor and sat in the passengers seat. He closed my door quickly and went to the drivers side. Once he had paid for parking, we were on our way.
"So.." He said obviously trying to start a conversation. "I was thinking we could order a pizza for dinner tonight. What do you think?" He looked over to me awaiting my answer.
"That sounds fine." I replied looking ahead. I really wasn't in the mood to talk.
"What do you like on your pizza?"
"I am not a picky eater, so it doesn't really matter." I heard Charlie take a deep breath. I guess I wasn't really cooperating. We drove in silence for the next forty minutes. I looked out my window taking in my surroundings. All I saw was green. Green trees, green moss, and green grass. I huge contrast between the dessert that is Arizona.
"I know it is soon, but I signed you up for school. You start tomorrow." Charlie said. "I didn't want you to get behind."
"That's fine." I said. I noticed Charlie take another deep breath and shake his head. I felt bad that I was being difficult, but I really didn't want to talk. "It will be nice to go back to some normalcy again." I added trying to ease the tension.
This cannot be easy for him. For the past twenty years he had been alone. Ever since his younger sister, my mother, ran away. I know she never really kept contact with him. She wanted nothing to do with the small town she grew up in. Now he is stuck raising a niece he never knew he had. Life Sucks.
"I am sure it is smaller than your school in Phoenix, but you may like it." He replied quickly.
The rest of the ride was silent. The only thing that could be heard was the light rain pattering on the roof. I knew we where close when I saw a sign that said 'Welcome to Forks.' The town was small, with only little mom and pop shops. Charlie pulled into the driveway of a rather small house and turned the car off. I opened my door and looked around. The house was at the end of a street surrounded by woods on two sides, including the back. All the houses in the neighborhood were similar. Two story, small, and with what looked like large back yards.
I followed Charlie to the front door, only to hear barking behind it.
"Your not afraid of dogs are you?" He asked before turning the key that was already in the door. I shook my head no. I was not a huge fan, but I was not afraid.
"Good." He said as he opened the door. I met with an averaged sized German Shepherd. "This is Kaiser." He said point motioning to the dog. "Don't worry he is nice, and he won't bother you if you don't want him to."
I nodded showing that I heard him.
"Let me take you up to your room." I followed him up the stairs that lead off the foyer, if you could call it that it was more like an entry hallway. The upper landing had four doors.
"That room at the far end of the hall is mine." He said pointing to the door furthest away. "This one to your left is the bathroom. The small one next to it is the linen closet."
"Is that the only bathroom?" I asked interrupting him.
"On this floor. There is a smaller one downstairs, but it doesn't have a bath or shower." I nodded.
"This here is your room." He said as he opened the door to the closest to the stairs. He allowed me to walk in first. It was small. The walls where painted purple. There was a small white desk in the fair right corner. The bed was a small twin, and the closet was non existent. The only good thing was that it let in a lot of natural light, given that there where three windows, but that will only happen if the sun comes out. Which may never happen.
"I know it is smaller than what you are used to." Charlie said as I walked around the room.
"It is fine." I quickly said trying to assure him. I was in no place to be choosey. This was the only place I could go. "I like it." Or I will grow to like it, I thought.
"Good." He responded with a slight smile. "Well, I will let you get settled, and the order pizza." He turned a left.
I looked around the room that was now mine and took a deep breath. Puting my backpack on the desk chair, I took out my laptop. I would have to remember to ask about internet. I sat on bed and looked out the window. I watched the leaves on the tree right outside my window shook as drops hit them. I don't know how long I sat there, but it had to have been awhile, because there was a knock on the door.
"Yes." I said. Charlie open the door and stuck his head in.
"I said the pizza arrived. Did you not hear me?"
"No, sorry." I said as I got up and followed him down stairs. Once I was down stairs I looked around for the first time. I saw a formal dinning room to my left. I walked forward into the living room which was equipped with the a couch, a lazy boy, and a TV. I followed Charlie in to the small kitchen it was attached to.
"I got cheese. I know you said you were not a picky eater, but I wanted to be safe." He said as he raised the lid to the box that was on the kitchen table.
"That's fine." I said as Charlie handed me a paper plate. I took a small piece and sat down.
"So I have to go to work early tomorrow morning." He said. "Which means you will be on your own in the morning. There is a red pick up truck in the driveway, which you can use to drive to school." I nodded.
"Where is the school exactly?" I asked.
"I will write directions down for you, but it is not hard to get to."
We ate in silence for the next couple of minutes.
"So is their anything thing you want to get involved in while you are here?" He asked.
"What?" I wasn't really sure what he was referring to.
"I know you used to do ballet at in Arizona. Did you want to continue that here?"
"No." I responded stoically. I wanted nothing to do with my life in Arizona. That was over now. I will never be that girl again. "May I be excused?" I asked. Charlie looked down at my barely eaten pizza.
"Yea." He said after a deep breath. I saw his shoulders slump as I walked to throw the rest of my food away. I know he was trying, but I couldn't. Before I left him in the kitchen, I turned towards him.
"Thank you for the pizza." I said. He looked up at me.
"No problem." I nodded and walked upstairs.
After I had changed and brushed my teeth, I went back into my room, turned off the lights, got under the covers and cried. This was sure to be another sleepless night for me.
Well there is the first chapter. Be sure to let me know what you think. The next chapter is mostly written, so I will be able to give you a preview!