Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight or anything familiar.
Author: Paige Turner.
Summary: Set in New Moon before Alice came back. AU. A/B 'I felt like strangling her and kissing her at the same time. It was an odd feeling.'
A/N: There will be some significant changes in here that you will notice.
"Bells! You're going to be late for school! Get movin'!" Charlie hollered up from the bottom of the stairs.
School. Please. That was not one of my top priorities these days. Getting out of bed was one. Working up the energy to feed myself was another. Even trying to keep up small chat with Charlie himself was another. School? Not so much.
Which was sad. I mean, really, really sad when you think about it. There was no good reason for any of this. I wasn't injured. I wasn't suddenly struck with amnesia and didn't know how to do anything. No. It was my heart. My damn heart. The stupid thing was broken. It's alright though; I didn't blame myself or my heart, I blamed Edward and the Cullens. They're the ones who broke it to begin with.
Still. The fact that I let them hurt me this bad, the fact that I can't get over it, the fact that I'm probably making this worse than it all is, was my fault. And that bothered me. But I couldn't stop.
But there was still hope. I was past the never-ending-tears stage, past the random chest aches where I was sure someone had stomped a hole in my torso, and I was currently finishing my zombie/numb stage. The next one? Blind rage. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?
Just thinking back to that miserable day triggered the rage; I could feel traces of it sizzling around my edges.
'We're leaving Bella.'
I kind of figured. All of the Cullens had been tense lately, exchanging worried looks, always on edge like something was wrong. I guess they were all paranoid that the rest of the humans that lived in Forks were finally becoming suspicious of them and the fact that in two years, not a single one of them had changed in the very slightest. I was actually surprised that no one had noticed before this. Did no one look in yearbooks anymore? Could they not clearly see that all of the Cullen children looked completely identical to their photos?
'I thought so. I was hoping to have a little more time with Charlie to think of something to tell him, but that's fine. This gives me something to think about while I pack. Though, knowing Alice; she'll probably want to pack all my stuff with me and not stand for my slow human pace.' I smirked.
Edward's golden eyes closed for a few second before he opened them, frowning slightly. 'No, Bella. I think you misunderstood me.'
I raised an eyebrow. 'What? You said that we're leaving; how could I have misunderstood three words…unless you mean…by we, you mean…'
'Me and my family.' He replied in a neutral voice.
'Without…me?' I whispered. I knew that's what he meant, but I needed to hear him say it. None of this was actually registering in my brain. It was all too…sudden.
Edward nodded. "Yes. Without you.'
A lump formed in my throat that just wouldn't go away no matter what. 'You don't…want me?'
Edward's eyes darkened as the frown became more pronounced and his brows furrowed.
The air escaped my lungs in one big swoosh. 'Oh. Well that…that changes things then, doesn't it?' Had the others already left? Just up and got on the plane? Even Alice - No! Alice wouldn't do that to me!
I glared at Edward who seemed shocked. 'You're lying!'
Edward sputtered around. 'Excuse me?''
I furiously looked around the small clearing in the woods we were in. 'Where's Alice? She wouldn't do this to me. She wouldn't just leave! How could you? I thought you loved me!' I whirled on him.
Anger flashed across his face. 'Alice is gone already.'
My hand flew up to my heart as I shook my head. 'No…she-she wouldn't. She wouldn't leave me like that. Where is she?'
Edward's eyes darkened. Obviously he didn't like the fact that we were no longer on the subject of him leaving me; rather Alice instead. "She is gone, Bella. Why would she stay? You were mine!" He snarled, his possessive side coming out. He got like this sometimes around the others. I just shook my head. He stomped towards me, stopping only when I flinched. "If she loves you as much as you think, then where is she? Huh? Shouldn't she be here with you instead of…um, in Alaska already for a shoe sale? Wouldn't you be more important than a discount?" He spat.
Tears sprang to my eyes. He had to be lying…but…where was she? 'A shoe sale?'
Half his mouth curved up in a smirk. "Yes. I was the one who loved you Bella. The others…they just put up with you for my sake because they love me.'
I stared, unseeing at his chest. They…it was an act. They didn't love me. They just put up with me for him?
Of course they did. I was just a human. They were gorgeous vampires.
'And now I've lost interest.' Edward's voice brought me out of my reverie.
I couldn't lose him too now. He was the only one of them that loved me. I jerked forward, clutching his shirt. 'P-please. Don't leave me.'
Edward's posture relaxed as he seemingly got what he wanted. 'I have to Bella, and you can't follow me. You're no good for me, just like I'm no good for you. Jasper proved that at your birthday party. If you're around us any longer, who knows what else could happen. You're a fragile human, and I can't pretend I'm one anymore. It's not safe for you.'
I shook my head, the tears streaming down my face. 'Please, Edward.'
'It's better for you this way. You'll move on. I'll move on.'
'Why?' I whimpered. I wasn't sure what I was asking anymore. Why he didn't love me. Why a sale was more important to Alice than our so called friendship. Why the others never loved me.
'You're human.' He murmured. 'I promise this will be the last time you ever seem me, Bella.'
When I looked up again, he was gone.
Charlie forced a smile at me when I finally trudged down the stairs. He tried not to get caught, but I saw his eyes lingering on my face and the scar.
"It's about time, Bella!" Seth chirped from the kitchen table.
Ever since Harry Clearwater; one of Charlie's best friends, had a heart attack and passed away, Sue; his wife, and his children; Leah and Seth, moved in here. Charlie's other friend, Billy, who had lived on the reservation with Harry, didn't want Sue and the kids to live alone down there. Charlie had agreed; it wasn't the best place to hang out or live. There was a gang of kids who called themselves the Wolf Pack that were…dangerous, I suppose you could say.
I had found out exactly how dangerous they were just a month or so ago. I had gone down there to visit my friend Jacob, when I had stumbled across a few of the members of the Wolf Pack. They were all very big boys, at least seven feet, all muscle. It was dark out, so I didn't get a very good look at them, but there was something off. Something different about them. I was sure they weren't human. Or at least not all human.
Anyways, they took my phone and all the cash I had on me, and sent me back to Forks hospital with a little souvenir; a scar running down through my left eyebrow, down my cheek bone to my top lip. Luckily they missed my eye altogether and it wasn't very thick or deep; but Charlie was still furious. The only thing that kept him from marching down there and doing God knows what, was the fact that I couldn't actually identify which boy did it. They all looked the same in the dark with their dark skin, short black hair, and insanely tallness.
I offered Seth a small smile as I sat down on the opposite side of the table, and looked to Leah who was watching me like a hawk. Her eyes narrowed at me when mine caught hers and I sighed, looking down to my bowl. This had been going on for the past week.
When they first moved in, Leah was quiet, but she still spoke to me and we got along fine. I helped set up her side of the room that she shared with me. Seth got the one across the hall beside Charlie's and Sue got the one beside mine.
Then after my other…accident, she had gotten all cold and closed off. She moved out of the room even; sleeping with Seth in his room or with Sue, ignoring me, telling me to stay away from her brother and mother.
I had a feeling she knew more about my accident than I did.
Sue and Seth did too, I think, but they weren't so angry about it.
It happened a week ago; I was on one of my monthly walks through the woods, heading to mine and Edward's meadow.
The sun had long since gone down, the moon nearly full and shinning brightly down on the trees surrounding me. Beams of moonlight poked through the leaves of the tall trees, lighting my way to the meadow. I had been there so many times since the Cullens left, I had just recently started going monthly; I could probably find it with my eyes closed. Well, other than the fact that I needed to look so I wouldn't trip on anything. Though, even with my eyes opened I was stumbling more often than not.
A twig snapped a little ways behind me, making me freeze. Normally I wouldn't have; I was in the woods for crying out loud, there was always a noise of some sort. But this time, I had been feeling like someone was watching for the whole trip to the meadow. It was a feeling that left a chill rolling down my spine, made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, or my fingers twitch every few minutes.
I had brushed it off to begin with, knowing that the only dangerous things in the woods had moved away a year ago.
But now, I knew that someone or something had stepped on that twig to snap it. Something big and heavy and there was no animals in these woods that were like that.
I sped up my pace, hoping that if I kept going in this direction, I would hit a road again eventually and the cars would scar off whoever or whatever this was.
But, as I sped up, whatever was following me did as well. Of course nothing was there every time I looked over my shoulder. Nor was there any noise every time I paused to listen for it. For a few seconds, I had contemplated that chances of it being Victoria; James' mate come to kill me for getting James killed the previous summer.
Without slowing down even in the slightest, I whirled around; my eyes growing double in size.
The scream that was crawling up my throat died on my lips as my muscles locked into place, the colour draining from my face.
Standing in front of me was…a beast. Something from a fairly tale. Something you read about, but nothing you ever expected to see in real life.
A dog…no, a wolf larger than a horse towered over me. It's fur was dark and matted, clumped together with dirt and blood and sweat. It's eyes were a dark, haunting yellow that burned like embers in the dark in hallow sockets with droopy bags under them. Sharp teeth were crooked and bulging from the beast's jaws; drool pouring from it's mouth. The stench rolling off the thing in waves was enough to make me gag and I did so; covering my mouth afterwards. The thing's dirty, brown claws dug into the earth as a rumbling growl sounded from it's large chest. The mangy beast's ears pressed flat against it's skull as it crouched down, ready to pounce on me.
The scream I had came back full force as I scrambled backwards, my foot getting stuck in an uprooted root, causing me to fall back to my butt. I stared at the wolf in terror; sure this would be my end.
The trees behind me shook just as the wolf leapt and I scrunched my eyes closed. The ground around me trembled and the air was knocked from my lungs as something collided with me. I screamed as pain shot through my leg and my eyes flew open to look at it. Blood covered my leg, where my pants were ripped, and three jagged lines of red ran down it. Claw marks.
There was a loud crack across the clearing and that was when I remembered where I was and what was going on, getting over the shock of all the blood.
Heat surrounded me; so much heat I was sure this was all a dream and I had just fallen asleep in a sauna. I looked beside me, freezing yet again and then whipped my head around to the other side of me. Two, very large like the wolf's, black furry legs were on either side of me. I could have mistaken them for tree stumps; they were so tall. When I looked up, I felt my heart skip a beat.
Apparently Forks' woods were full of giant cats and dogs.
Because that's what this was. A giant cat just like the wolf. The thing was just as big as the wolf, nearly twice the size of a horse. Though this cat's fur was smooth and unknotted, looking black and silky, probably soft to the touch too. It's eyes were also a yellow, but very bright and glowing, illuminating it's dark face, with slitted pupils. I would have thought I was sitting under a freakishly big panther, if it weren't for the sabertooth teeth hanging out from it's mouth.
'This isn't real.' I found myself whispering.
The cat's glowing yellow eyes looked down and met my own chocolate brown ones. They had been hard and angry, but as it looked at me, I could see them soften and worry enter them.
There was another crack and my gaze snapped to the fight that was going on. There was another identical cat snarling and roaring at the wolf as they bit and clawed at one another. Tackling and wresting.
Get up. Get out of here, you twit.
I jumped to my feet, looking up at the giant cat who shockingly nodded towards to trees away from the other two.
I didn't stay to question any of it; dashing off towards the trees. There was a shattering roar that turned to a human girl's scream halfway through.
By reflex, I looked over my shoulder to see what happened.
Pain. So much pain as the wolf and cat crashed into me. I wasn't sure where I ended and where either of the two started. The only thing I was sure of was the pain; bones were broken, of this I was sure. And my chest; I could actually feel it caving in; the air being crushed from my lungs.
The last thing I remember was white hot pain as an extraordinarily strong jaw closed on my side, biting through my skin. I screamed out bloody murder before everything went black.
That had happened a week ago. I had woken up the next day in the woods. Everything was calm, but when I looked over; it looked like a tornado had swept through the clearing.
There was no scratches on my leg though, even if there was blood still. My lungs and chest were fine as I took a deep breath. I would have thought it was all a dream if it weren't for the bite on my side. The thing took up my whole left side from my hip to my ribs, though it wasn't bleeding. Nor was it even opened. Just a scar, purple around the edges like a bad bruise.
I continued on with life like nothing happened because…how was I supposed to tell anyone what happened. 'I think I witnessed a fight between a mutated cat and dog last night. They were giant and tore up the forest. One of them also bit me but it's already healed up.'
Over the course of the week, all that had happened was that the scar became fainter and fainter until one morning it wasn't there. But apparently Leah and her family didn't think that was all, seeing as they were still acting weird around me. Cautious almost. Like they were scared of me.
"Morning, Seth." I murmured, pouring myself a second bowl of cereal. I had the munchies lately; it seemed like I was always munching on something.
"So, did you hear?" He asked me, placing his bowl in the sink. He shook his brown hair out of his dark eyes as he tied his shoes.
"What?" I asked after a handful of large spoonfuls of cereal. Man, it felt like I hadn't eaten in ages, even though I had a midnight snack last night as well.
He grinned up at me. "The new kids are finally attending school."
"Huh." I grunted, lifting my bowl to my lips while I contemplated having thirds. That was probably pushing it; I didn't want to put on any extra weight.
Leah huffed. "It's about damn time. They've been here for what, a week, and it took them this long to 'settle in' or whatever?"
Leah wasn't the biggest fan of school, mostly because she was new with Seth for a while. She figured if she had to go, so did everyone else.
I eye'd the box of cereal as I gathered up my books and put them in my bag. Sue, who was brushing her long black hair while she waited for her coffee, looked at me with her kind, dark eyes. "Are you still hungry, Bella?" She asked.
I could see Seth and Leah's head whip up to me for my answer. I shrugged my shoulders. "Nope. I'm good." Which was a lie. I was still starving, but I wasn't in the mood to eat now. I turned to the other to while pulling on my coat. "You guys ready?"
Leah's cold gaze stayed trained on my face for a few more seconds before she nodded. "Yeah." She muttered, nudging Seth to the door who was looking at me with open curiosity.
Seth and Leah had a bet going about when my truck would finally give out and die. Seth was currently sitting in the back box of the truck while Leah sat in the front with me as we drove to school. He opened the window in the back and poked his head through, looking at me with curiosity again. "So Bella, how are you feeling lately?"
I snorted and looked over at Seth. "Devastatingly heartbroken. You?" It was no secret to them…or anyone really, what the Cullen's leaving did to me.
Seth rolled his eyes. "I meant besides that. Physically."
I sighed and furrowed my brows. "Fine, I guess."
"You guess?" He asked.
I huffed and parked the truck. "Yeah. I guess. Why, should I feel sick? Is there a bug going around?"
Seth went to answer, but Leah shoved his head back through the window. "Get going to class, Seth." She growled.
Leah offered me one last glare before she stomped off to her class as well.
My stomach rumbled at me as I sat at our usual lunch table. I was being polite and waiting for Angela and Ben before going up to get something, so I was waiting here at our table with Jessica and Lauren and Mike, my foot tapping impatiently. I sighed, rubbing my stomach. I was starving.
Jessica glanced down at my stomach. "If you're that hungry, go eat." She laughed.
I shook my head. I could wait. I had two bowls of cereal this morning, I couldn't actually be hungry right now. At least, not this hungry. Maybe I was sick. Maybe there was a bug going around and Seth thought I had it.
Tyler slid into the chair beside Lauren's, slapping Mike's back, who winced. "Guys. Have you seen the new kids?"
I shook my head, along with Lauren and Mike, but Jessica's eyes widened as she opened her mouth. Here we go… "Yes! It's so weird! They're all so tall!" She gushed.
Tyler nodded. "And crazy in gym!"
Jessica turned to me. "Have you seen them yet?"
I shook my head. "Not yet-"
"There!" She nearly screeched.
I winced and looked to the cafeteria doors, my jaw dropping.
Big. The first guy was very, very big. Not like Emmett whose arms were like tree trunks because they were so thick with muscle. No, this guy was big as in he would have towered over Emmett's six-six. This guy…I would not be surprised if he was seven feet. Actually, I really think he was seven feet. He had chestnut brown hair that was a tad on the shaggy side, but not overly long. His eyes were an interesting grey with yellow rings around each pupil. How odd. From his side burns to his chin was thick, dark stubble that made him look older than he was but the smile on his face reminded you he really belonged in High School. Like I said before, he wasn't as thick as Emmett with muscle; but it was clear he was pretty close. I could only see his forearms, everything else was covered in clothing, but even they looked strong and tanned.
The next one I saw was a girl. Her long dark hair reached her waist. Her eyes, that were currently in a glare and scanning the cafeteria, were a unique green; very dark. They too had a yellow ring around each pupil. Her skin was pale, and could give me a run for my money. Again, she wasn't muscular…just very toned, like an athlete. She too was shockingly tall, six-eight/six-nine. The grace she had, and glare she was throwing at everyone who looked towards their table, reminded me of Rosalie, and like Emmett, I was suddenly missing the terrifying blonde Cullen.
I had to blink a few times with the next one until I realized she was twins with the first girl. Her long black hair, waist length. Those uniquely dark green eyes with the yellow rings around the pupils. The tall, six-eight/six-nine height, and pale skin. They were identical down to the most miniscule detail, but you could see the difference that let you tell them apart. The first had hard eyes in a constant glare, and a frown on her face. The second's eyes sparkled with mirth and happiness, a big smile on her face. She was probably the twin everyone got along with.
The next male…scared me a little bit. He was very tall, not quite as tall as the first guy, but he looked around six-ten or six-eleven, with the same 'strong' build. I decided it was because they all had longer muscles rather than bulkier ones. He had blonde hair thought his was shaved off in a buzz cut, and a five o'clock shadow. He had clear blue eyes, with those yellow rings again and a big scar on his neck. Three long lines running from under his ear to the front of his neck and chest. I absently touched the one on my face. He wasn't tan like the first guy, but he also wasn't pale like the twins.
Another blonde, though his hair wasn't all cut off. It was long enough to hang in his eyes and had to be shaken out of them regularly, though it didn't look 'emo' on him. Said eyes were also a clear blue with the yellow rings around each pupil. He was a tad shorter than the other blonde, but he was a little thicker than him too. He was also darker than pale but lighter than tan, and seemed to carry that grin the other two had; like they was some inside joke they were in on.
The last two were also girls, though they were so completely different my brain almost couldn't comprehend it. The first was very tall, nearly as tall as the first male at seven feet, maybe half an inch shorter than him. Her eyes were so dark they looked black from here, which really made the yellow rings stand out. Her hair was also black like the twins', reaching her waist with many curls in it, looking like silk it was so shiny and smooth. Her skin, like her eyes and hair, was dark , and her pearly whites were gleaming against it in a giant feral grin. Actually, everything about the girl was feral, her movements, her smile, the gleam in her eye.
The last girl was her polar opposite. They were so different that I really couldn't even fathom there being those same rings around her pupils, but alas, there was. The rest of her irises were a very light grey that was almost blue. Her skin was by far the palest, and the only reason you wouldn't actually confuse it with chalk white was because that was the colour of her hair; lighter and whiter. Even her lips were the faintest of pinks. She appeared to be the shortest of the group, around six-six, but she was still quite toned like the rest of them. She had a small polite smile when she caught my eye, reminding me of Angela.
Though as a group they were all so obviously unrelated; they all looked alike (sound familiar?). Their height and build, the feral/free/wild air they all had about them, and those rings around the pupils. They didn't look like contacts; it looked natural; the yellow meshing and blending into the rest of their eye colour. It was odd. Really, what are the chances of adopting (I assumed that's what they were) seven kids all with the same funky eyes and extraordinary height? Not to mention they all appeared to have the same tattoos; ink black vines with leaves and flowers within them branching from their right temples reaching out to the corner of their eyes and cheek bones, twisting and intertwining all down the side of their necks, disappearing in the collar of their shirts. That along with a black outline of a crescent moon just below their palms on their right wrists, and more vines with flowers and leaves within them wrapping around their left wrists.
And because I wasn't dense (no offence to the rest of Forks High, but I mean, come on) I could put two and two together and realize that all of these were too many coincidences, just like the Cullens, and realized these people were different. I just didn't know how different yet, but I would. I would figure them out faster than I did with the Cullens, and I wouldn't rest until I did, because at least then, I would be too… distracted to think of Edward and Alice and all the others.
So I started with the first of what was to become many, many questions, turning to Jessica. "Who are they?"
Another first chapter.
And because you guys all said that you'd prefer if I kept all my stories up and post more news ones still; y'all can't complain about me not finishing others before starting new ones.
This first chapter here was a doozy to try and get out of my head; all rushed and set up poorly, but I just couldn't fix it. Don't worry though, the rest of the chapters should be fine and dandy like usual.
I'd appreciate reviews on this, telling me what you think and such.
And just so you're warned; I've got an A/B one shot coming out soon, plus at least one more fist chapter of a new full length story as well, possibly two. And then who knows, maybe even another one shot that's I've had sitting in my computer's documents, waiting for an ending that I just might finish up and publish.