"One minute and thirty seven seconds. The football coach caught Emmett in the hall again and Rose is waiting for him. Honestly, Emmett has turned him down five times already. You would think he'd of gotten the clue by now," Alice giggled. She kept talking, but I tuned her out.
We were standing outside the cafeteria, waiting for our 'siblings' to join us before we went inside. I casually leaned back against the wall, trying to look more human. Humans. There were humans everywhere. Delicious little morsels with the sweetest of nectar waiting just beneath the surface. All it would take for me to release it from its cage would be one quick bite. It would be so easy just to sink my teeth into any one of them.
Two of the morsels stop to talk just a few feet in front of us. One of them is a small girl with short, sandy hair. She runs her fingers through it just as the wind blows and her scent is propelled in my direction. It would be so easy...too easy.
I could see myself doing it. Pushing away from the wall. Walking up behind the girl with the sandy hair. Leaning down and in towards her, as if I was going to whisper in her ear. Letting my lips touch the fragile skin of her neck. Sinking my teeth into her and freeing the sweet nectar. Letting it pour down my throat to quench the unending hunger for a few moments. Letting it pour out of my mouth and down my body. Grabbing Alice and rubbing myself against her. Sinking my cock in her from behind as the blood flows all around us...
Edward kicked my legs, effectively knocking me out of my little daydream. I met his eyes as I felt the disgust pour from him in waves.
"Sorry," I muttered, looking down. I was ashamed. I hadn't fantasized about anything like that in a while. I don't know what came over me. Well, yes, actually I do.
Isabella Swan. She is all I've heard about all day. Whispered words and fantasies all revolving around her. She is the reason that the human males have been sending out wave after wave of lust all morning. Hence the sexual aspect to my visual indulgence.
Also, it has been two weeks. Two motherfucking weeks since I have hunted. Now I'm all for experimenting with my bloodlust and improving my control, but should we really subject a whole school full of teenage humans to my hungry, ain't been fed in two weeks, ass? No, no I think not. I don't know what Alice was thinking today.
"You weren't going to do anything," Alice murmured. "I could see that."
So it had been close; I could feel the deception in Alice's words, not to mention the grimace that Edward was trying to hold back. Damn.
"It helps if you think of them as people. Her name is Whitney. She has a baby sister that she absolutely adores. Her mother invited Esme to that garden party, remember?"
"I know who she is," I replied curtly, my tone ending the conversation. I turned my head away from them and stared toward the forest. I would have to hunt tonight. It was ridiculous to take risks like this. I wasn't some dog that you could eventually train if you kept working at it. I was a vampire who was used to feeding on whoever I wanted. The years before I met Alice were ingrained into me and there was no escaping them. It was a miracle that I could even stick to the animal diet to begin with, let alone going two weeks between feedings and still sitting in a classroom of tasty humans.
Even if I had come from a peaceful past like some vampires, it wouldn't change the fact that I'm an empath. I can feel and project emotions. So, currently, I am feeling the emotions from two other hungry vamps on top of my own. Their hunger eats away at my control. Not to mention that having a gift drains your energy faster and you have to feed more often. So, yeah, I had a lot of factors stacked against me and my control.
Rose and Emmett joined us and we all walked into the cafeteria. We had made it about half way to our table when I was hit with a shitload of emotions that literally doubled me over and came close to bringing me to my knees.
I think there was even a little bit of love, but it was so far buried under the concoction of negative emotions that I couldn't be sure. I groaned, still doubled over, and tried to raise my head enough to look around and see who this shitstorm was coming from.
And just as quickly as it had begun, it was suddenly gone. I heard a whispered 'Sorry Jasper' and snapped my head in that direction. I was met with two big brown eyes staring at me apologetically. The owner of said eyes, a small brown-haired female, quickly lowered her head and looked away. I just kept staring, stunned. I could feel the emotions of my family and knew that they were doing the same.
"Oh my gosh, the Cullen's are totally staring at you," I heard a nasally voice whisper to the girl. That snapped us all out of it, and we quickly made our way to the table and sat down.
"What was that all about?" Rose demanded, speaking at vampire speed so she wouldn't be overheard.
"I don't know. Her emotions were so strong...they just kind of hit me. I don't know how to explain it. So many strong emotions. And then just...nothing. I can't feel anything at all from her now," I told them, probing at her once more just to make sure. Still nothing.
"She knew your name," Alice stated, looking a little lost. It was a look that I had never seen on Alice's face before. Something was definitely wrong with this situation. Edward nodded his head, agreeing with my thoughts.
"I can't hear her thoughts and Alice can't see her future," Edward murmured, staring at the girl intently, like he thought maybe that would give him some answers.
"Alice?" I questioned, because never had Alice's visions failed her like this.
"I'm trying to look into her future and I just can't. It's like she's not even there. When I look into the immediate future, I can see everyone sitting around her, but she doesn't even show up. Like I said, it's like she's not there. I don't understand..." she trailed off, at a loss for words.
"Who is she?" I found myself asking. Her emotions were so raw, so...hurt. I found myself actually feeling sympathy for the human.
"Bella Swan, Chief Swan's daughter," Edward answered. Ah, so this was the girl that had all the males stirred up.
We all sit there for a time, lost in our thoughts. I racked my brain trying to remember if I had ever seen this human before. She obviously knew me. She also obviously knew that I was an empath. Did that mean she knew we were vampires? Would we be forced to take action against this human for knowing our secret? Maybe it was simply a fluke and she had heard my name from a classmate. It was farfetched, but, then again, so was everything else that I had come up with. How had she cut her emotions off from me? How did she keep Alice and Edward out? So many questions.
Towards the end of lunch, I decided to try and send her an emotion to test whether it would work or not. I decided to send her what she had unintentionally made me feel all day. Lust. I projected a strong wave of lust at her. It seemed to surround her for a second before simply bouncing off of her. I had never experienced anything like it before. Apparently she knew what had happened, because her head snapped up and she looked me right in the eyes and glared at me. I couldn't help it; I chuckled a little. It was like watching a feisty kitten that thought it was a ferocious tiger.
The human girl, Bella, noticed my chuckle and glared harder. Then she sat up straight and smirked at me. I sent her a questioning look, right before I felt her shitstorm of emotions hit me again. I was totally unprepared. I didn't think it was possible, but her emotions were even stronger than before. It was like she was actually pushing them at me, which I suppose she was.
My head hit the table with a loud boom, startling all the humans, I'm sure. Her emotions were making me want to cut my heart out with a spoon; the heartbreak and loss she was sending was that horrendous. And then, just like before, it was suddenly gone, leaving me sitting there with my head on the cracked table, and a room full of teenage humans silently staring at us.
And then I heard her laughter; well, it was more like an evil cackle. I glanced around, wondering when the hairless cat and midget would appear, because, yeah, she was totally having a Dr. Evil moment.
"Suck on that, Jazzy," she whispered. Then she got up and walked out of the cafeteria, just as the bell rang, leaving five shocked vampires and a cracked table behind.