A/N - First of all, yes this is the prologue that I shared at the end of "A Different Kind of Moon." I apologize if I got anyone's hopes up that I was posting the first chapter, but I did want to get my profile created for this new story so I could post as soon as possible.

Chapter 1 is with my wonderful beta, changedbyEdward, as I write this and I hope to have it posted as soon as possible, so please stay tuned!

For those of you taking a peek even though you haven't read ADKOM, Welcome! Although I would love to have you read this story, it would probably be best if you read ADKOM first, just so this all makes sense!

...and to all of you who have followed from the original story, THANK YOU! Your kind words of encouragement and support as I wrote ADKOM gave this fledgling writer some confidence to continue - and I will be forever grateful. Love to you all! xoxo

Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind
Memories, sweetened through the ages just like wine

Quiet thought come floating down
And settle softly to the ground
Like golden autumn leaves around my feet
I touched them and they burst apart with sweet memories
Sweet Memories

- Elvis Presley-

I have been told that human memories are difficult to hold on to for a vampire – more like snapshots of our life before the burn. Some of us are luckier than others, carrying more mementos from our previous existence, while the less fortunate of our kind have little if any recollection of the time when their heart was still beating, their blood still flowed.

I guess I am luckier than most. I remember that I had family and friends who cared for me. I remember that I had parents that cherished me and were proud of my accomplishments. I remember that there was a boy who loved me, held my hand and gave me my first kiss. I hope those snapshots will stay with me.

I find it funny however, that my most vivid memory is not of any of those people. The photograph most clear is that of a shy, sweet girl on her first day of school. A girl who would become my best friend, my confidante and finally my eternal sister – Bella.

I remember her face as she watched them arrive in the cafeteria, our dear friend Jessica providing the play-by-play as first Rosalie and Emmett, then Alice and Jasper, and finally Edward entered. I believe Bella fell in love with Edward at that very moment, sealing both our fates in that one instant.

The conversations that happened that day are like whispers on the air, and I fight to capture them as they escape me. All but one. The words echo in my head over and over and will most likely haunt me for the rest of my days.

"Dr. Cullen is like this foster Dad, slash matchmaker," Jessica joked.

"Maybe he'll adopt me." A passing fancy spoken aloud, never meaning any harm.

Be careful what you wish for.

My name is Angela Cullen and I am a vampire. This is my story.

More coming soon, I promise!