Chapter 15


Calculus was a subject that I despised. Reason why? Here's what happened...

"Right class" Ms Risk said "today we are going to be doing something different" she started handing out sheets of paper to every student. She didn't seem to notice that I was new because she walked to me, gave me a sheet of paper and continued on down the row of seats. When she finished she walked to the front of the classroom and turned to us. "I'm going to number you off into groups of three"

I tensed, I couldn't talk to humans, and I felt my throat burn in anticipation for the blood of students. I sucked in a breath and held it until Ms Risk put me in a group. I turned to Alice and saw her looking at me sympathetically.

I felt a tap on my shoulder and I swivelled around, faster than a normal human should have. I was met by a pair of ice blue eyes.

He held out his hand "hi, I'm Mike, you must be new here" he flashed a smile.

My mind suddenly flashed back to the cornfield where he and his girlfriend had been making out. I remembered scaring the shit out of them before Edward caught me and pulled away from the humans.

I blinked a couple of times before I put on a fake smile, still holding my breath. I shook his hand making sure not to break it with my inhuman strength.

"Hi, I'm Bella"

His hand lingered in mine for a moment too long and I couldn't help but snatch my hand back. He looked hurt at first but was interrupted when a girl cleared her throat next to us.

"Um, Mike, hello? You forgot to introduce me, silly" a girl with brown hair appeared out of nowhere and attached herself to Mike's arm in a more possessive manner than in a loving way.

Mike shifted uncomfortable before finally clearing his throat and spoke "Um, Bella, this is Jessica, Jessica, meet Bella"

She plastered a fake smile on her face and stuck her hand out which I shook gingerly

"Hi, it's nice to meet you" she said but I could tell that she didn't mean it at all.

"Hi" was all I said before turning to look at my piece of paper

After a moment Mike cleared his throat to get my attention, I looked up from my work eyebrows raised.

"This is a group activity, Bella, you're in our group" he smiled as he pulled up a seat me to sit on.

God! Just leave me alone! I thought to myself as I sat down in the seat, I wasn't sure how long I could stand the uncomfortable feeling of not being able to smell anything.

Keep it together, Bella! At least you're being included in something for once in your life

I was halfway through my sheet when Mike cleared his throat...again.

"So, Bella, where are you from?" he asked as he leaned forward, invading my personal space

I froze and made the mistake of breathing in heavily; his scent of blood filled my mind, clouding my common sense and resistance.

The shrill of the bell sounded and before I could reply to Mike's question, I shot up out of my seat nearly knocking him over in the process.

I walked out of the classroom, with Alice on my heels and I stalked towards the girls' bathroom.

"Bella, what's wrong?" she asked, a worried expression etched on her face

I took a deep breath, leaning against the counter, "I don't think I can do this, Alice" I whispered

She stared at me sympathetically, "Bella, I can see the future, I would know whether you were going to harm those who were around you. You're not going to hurt anyone, trust me" she smiled and patted my arm.

I looked at her, uncertain, "I wouldn't forgive myself if I hurt another human being, Alice, are you sure?" I asked

She smiled brightly, "I am one-hundred percent positive, Bella, please put a little faith in me" she linked her arm through mine and we proceeded out the doors where we came face to face with Edward.

"How is she?" he asked as if I wasn't there

Alice nodded, "She'll be fine. Now I'm going to go find Jasper, so Edward be nice to Bella" she warned and skipped off down the busy school corridor.

Edward turned to me, "So how did your first class go?" he asked, concern flickering in his eyes.

I breathed out slowly, "Fine" was all I said

He nodded and rubbed the back of his neck with his hand, "So, uh, we better get going and catch up with the rest of the others."

I nodded, and went to walk down the hall, but stopped short when Edward grabbed my hand. I looked down at our hands then up at him, I felt something shoot up my arm, I wasn't exactly sure what it was.

"Uh, Bella, the cafeteria is down this way" he nodded in the opposite direction to where I was about to go.

I was positive that if I was still human I would have blushed madly with embarrassment, but instead I just cleared my throat and fell into step with Edward as we walked down the corridor. I tried hard not to notice that Edward was still holding my hand.

Just when we were about to reach the doors, I stopped in tracks, also pulling Edward to a halt. He stared at me, confused and then seemed to understand.

"Bella, trust me, you are not going to hurt anyone, I can read Alice's mind and you're not going to hurt anyone when you walk into the cafeteria. If you feel nervous just hold your breath, okay?" he said softly.

I didn't look at him, only nodded and tightened my hand around his as I held my breath and we walked into the cafeteria.

As soon as Edward pushed the doors open, all eyes turned to us. Some of them were glaring while others were staring in amazement. I started to walk faster towards the table where Alice, Jasper, Emmett and Rosalie were sitting, pretending to eat the human food. I dragged Edward over towards them and plonked down in one of the seats, pulling Edward down next to me. He seemed to be a little surprised at first but kept his mouth shut and continued to hold my hand, drawing small soothing circles it.

Jasper cleared his throat, "Uh, Bella, how are you holding up?" he asked, concern in his voice.

I nodded and smiled weakly, "I'm doing okay thank you, Jasper"

I turned around to look around at the humans around me and a question popped into my head.

"Um, where are the werewolves?" I asked as I whispered the word werewolves.

"Oh, they have their own school down at the reserve" Alice declared as she pushed her untouched food around the tray in front of her.

I sat there for a while, just looking at my untouched food, and then I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and saw Mike eagerly standing there, his eyes bright.

"Hey, Bella, um, I was wondering since we have calculus and everything, do you wanna come over and study with me after school on Friday?" he asked, running a hand through his hair.

"Oh, um, that's really nice of you Mike but-"

"She has plans with me" Edward interrupted through gritted teeth

I whirled around to face him, amazement in my eyes and then I turned back to Mike

"Uh, yeah, we have English together on that day and for the rest of the week, sorry" I faked my apology.

To be honest, Mike looked pretty gutted when I blew him off, but it was better that way rather than ending his life because I couldn't control my thirst. He sulked off back towards his table where Jessica practically jumped on him and trying to kiss him.

I sighed and put my head in my hands, and looked towards Edward

I smiled "thanks for the save" I said with sigh as I leaned back into my chair, I couldn't wait for this day to be over.


The rest of the school wasn't too bad after lunch; I had P.E Emmett which was interesting considering he was always trying to get me to tackle him or something. Then I had Psychology with Jasper which was ironic because he was trying to control my emotions half the time but I continued to block him out with my new mind shield. Then I had Science with Edward for my last period. We decided to sit at the back of the class so that attention wasn't fully focussed on me the whole time. Throughout the whole Edward seemed to be glaring a Mike constantly for some reason, I had no idea why but I didn't ask him about it.

When the last bell finally rang I let out an audible sigh of relief and I heard Edward chuckled as we began to pack up our bags.

"Come on, Bella, let's get out of here" he said with a smile and grabbed my hands, dragging me to the parking lot.

I laughed surprised about his cheerful mood as I walked with him to his silver Volvo.

Suddenly, I felt like I had splitting headache and I pulled my hand out of Edwards as I hissed in pain.

"Bella, what's wrong?" he asked concerned

Another shot a pain coursed through my head and I whimpered, "My head, something's in my head!"

Edward quickly pulled me towards his car and made me sit in the passenger seat.

"Edward, what happened?" I heard Alice's voice say

I screamed as another waved of pain shot through me.

Hello Bella

I blinked, "Riley" I said through gritted teeth

What? No warm welcome? How very inconsiderate of you.

More pain followed after his words

"What do you want!" I shouted my hands grabbed my head, trying to lessen the pain.

You already know what I want, Bella! Hand yourself over to me, you don't belong with the Cullens.

"No! Go away!" I growled

So much talent, Bella, don't you want to put it to good use? If you join me, you can hunt all the humans you want, you'll no longer have to feel that scorching burn in your throat.

I stopped rocking back and forth at his words but I shook my head, "No, Riley, leave me alone!"

But imagine it Bella, no more disgusting animal blood, no more feeling unsatisfied. Bella have you even asked yourself, what are the Cullens going to do with after you've conquered your thirst? They'll throw you out, Bella; you will be no use to them after you are able to finally control yourself.

"No! I said, get out of my head!" I thrashed out in the darkness in my mind. "I hate you! If you know what's good for you, Riley, you will leave me alone! You have no idea what I'm capable of!" I lied; I didn't know what I was capable of.

He only chuckled, oh Bella, if that's the way you want to play it then fine, I warned you Bella, and now you are going to regret that you ever lived. He seethed and with that he gave me one more last whip lashing of pain and left my head.

"...Bella, come on, sweetheart, wake up" I felt someone tap my cheek gently and I blinked my eyes open and I saw Edward.

"Edward, he's going to come after...he's going to kill!" I cried out and I felt his arms come around and rocked me gently.

"No, Bella, he's not" he whispered softly into my ear, "I won't let anything hurt you, even if it's the last thing I ever do"

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