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~ A Pov ~
The day finally ended, and we were making our way out to the parking lot. The ringing in my ears had stopped, but with each passing second, I was feeling weaker and weaker.
"Alice?" I heard.
I looked over to my right to see Jasper looking at me with a concerned expression on his face. He gestured towards the open car door and I quickly got in.
I hadn't even realized that we'd been standing outside the car for so long. What is wrong with me? I thought.
I leaned my head back on/ the headrest and closed my eyes for a few seconds before I felt the car moving. I felt a hand move my bangs out of the way, and then rest itself on my forehead. After a few seconds, it was gone.
I opened my eyes to see Jasper in my face. Literally. Like, we were sharing the same air, but at the moment I couldn't really bring myself to care.
"Yeah?" I asked, my voice weak.
"Are you ok?" He asked before continuing. "Well, I mean… I know you're not ok, but I mean… What's wrong?"
"I don't know," I shrugged. "I think I need something to eat… I feel so weak."
"Ok, we'll get you something when we get home. Carlisle needs to have a look at you, make sure you're alright. Edward already called him and told him you were coming." He said, looking at me intently.
"What? No, I-I can't. I have to go home. I'll get in t-trouble." I stuttered.
Richard would be so mad if I came home late again, and I really didn't want a repeat of last time. If I was late today, I'm pretty sure that it'd end with me needing a full body cast.
"Carlisle will call your father, so don't worry. You'll be fine." He said, smiling gently.
I sure hope so. I thought, grabbing his hand.
He looked at me for a second before he smiled again and started rubbing circles into my hand. It calmed me a little, but I still felt sick.
We all sat in silence for a few minutes before my stomach rumbled loudly, 'causing everyone except for Emmett to look back at me.
"We're almost to the house, sweetie. You can eat something when we get there." Rosalie said, giving me a pointed look.
"Ok." I said, choosing not to argue.
"Did you even have breakfast today?" She asked.
"Yeah." I replied, closing my eyes again.
"Tell me the truth, Alice." She said, her voice hard.
"I did. 3 bowls of cereal." I replied.
She said something else but I barely heard it. Everything around me was fading out and after a few seconds, I was asleep.
~ Bella's Pov ~
The ride back to the house was silent. I looked over at Edward only to see him looking deep in thought as he stared at the road ahead.
"What's on your mind?" I asked, breaking the silence.
He looked over at me startled for a second before he got himself together and answered my question.
"I'm just… I'm worried about Alice." He sighed.
"She'll be ok, Edward…" I trailed off, not really knowing what to say.
"Don't take this the wrong way Bella, but I really care about her. I know that she's not my blood sister like she is to Emmett, but I just… It feels like she is, y'know? Like, I feel like I have to help her in some way, but I just don't know how… In the gym, she looked so scared; she had no idea of what was going on. I thought she was gonna faint… I feel like there's something all of us can do to help her, but I don't know what exactlybecause no one knows what's going on with her." He said, frustrated.
Now, don't get me wrong, I like Alice too, and I care about her just like everyone else does, but I couldn't help the sudden wave of jealousy that coursed through me at his words. I know I have nothing to worry about, but I'm just not used to Edward really worrying about other girls outside of the family. Sure, she's Emmett's biological sister – which technically makes her part of the family, I guess – but we barely know anything about her. Even though I doubt that anyone related to Emmett could have any type of bad blood in them, it just doesn't sit well with me, and I feel like she's hiding something, but like Edward said, we can't help her because we don't even know what her problem is.
"What's wrong? Are you worried about her too?" He asked, breaking me out of my thoughts.
"Well… Yeah, but like you said, we don't really know anything about her. And you seem to have taken quite a liking to her…" I trailed off.
"Is that what you're worried about? Bella, seriously?" He asked, incredulously.
I shrugged in response, and he chuckled.
"Bella, I just told you I see her as a sister. Plus, that's Jasper's girl, you know that! Hell, everyone knows that except for Jazz himself." He laughed, shaking his head.
I looked at him with a small smile on my face.
He's totally right about that one. I thought.
He turned to towards me, and cupped my face in his hands.
"And plus, I have you… What more do I need?" He asked, gazing at me.
He pulled my lips to his in a quick peck before I realized that we'd actually been sitting in the driveway of our house for a couple of minutes. I watched as Emmett's jeep pulled up, and Emmett and Rose slowly walked inside the house, occasionally glancing back. When I looked to see what they'd been looking at, I saw Jasper carrying Alice bridal style with her eyes closed and her head resting on his chest.
Gosh, they're cute. Maybe he really has moved on. I thought before Edward and I soon followed suit.
~ Alice's Pov ~
I woke up and the first thing I noticed was the smell of chicken in the air. The second thing I noticed was that I was in a room that was very unfamiliar to me. I almost screamed until I remembered that I fell asleep on the way over to the Cullen's house.
My stomach grumbled, and I got up. I was surprised that I hadn't gotten hunger pains yet… But then again, I've had to go days without food as a punishment sometimes, so being hungry wasn't really anything new to me. I walked out into the hallway, and saw a door halfway open 2 doors down from the room I'd just come out of.
I hope that's the bathroom. I thought, walking over to it.
When I got there I found out that it was indeed a bathroom. Walking inside, I turned on the light, wincing at the brightness. I rubbed a hand over my face and sighed, blinking a couple of times before finally being able to see. I looked at myself in the mirror and saw that I had accidentally wiped some of my make-up off. I gasped when I saw that the bruise around my eye was kind of visible; there was still make-up on it, but not nearly enough to make it completely invisible. It was faint, but still there.
I felt tears gather in my eyes as panic started to make its way through my body.
No, they can't see this. They can't know! Richard will kill me, I'm sure of it. No, please no. I thought.
I took a deep breath and tried to calm myself before I made it worse. Once I was sure I wasn't gonna cry, I pulled my bangs down and combed it over my eye with my fingers.
There, now you can't see it. Now you just look stupid! I thought.
"No, she's not in here." I heard Emmett's voice say.
I checked my face once more to make sure that everything was covered up. Once I was satisfied, I opened the bathroom door, and stepped out into the hall.
"Oh, there you are." He said, grinning.
I walked over to him, and he pulled me into a tight hug. It hurt of course, but I hugged him back with just as much gusto. I had really needed that.
"You ok?" He asked when he pulled back.
I nodded as he eyed me up and down like he didn't believe me. He shook his head and grabbed my wrist, carefully leading me down the steps. I didn't know where my crutches were, and I honestly didn't care. I hated those things.
He led me over to a couch in the den where everyone except for Rose and Esme were sitting. They were all doing various things, but they looked up when they heard my cast thumping against the floor.
"Sleeping Beauty finally awakes, I see." Jasper said, smirking.
I ducked my head to hide my blush.
I'm not beautiful. I thought. Never was, never will be.
"Ah, there you are, Alice." Carlisle said as I sat down on the loveseat between him and Jasper. "I heard you haven't been feeling well?"
"I think I'm ok now… But, earlier my ears kept ringing, and I actually lost my sight for a couple of seconds in the gym… and I felt really weak…" I trailed off.
He nodded and took out a thermometer. After cleaning it off, I opened my mouth for him, and he slid it under my tongue.
"Have you been eating regularly?" He asked.
I didn't want to lie, so I shook my head.
"No? And why not?" He asked.
I shrugged as the thermometer beeped. He shot me a look before slipping it out of my mouth and looking at it. "Well, you don't have a fever, that's good."
I nodded, and looked at my hands, twirling my thumbs around each other. I was getting nervous; I could feel all of them looking at me. I felt as if they knew that I was lying. I was scared. Not only because of what Richard would do to me if anyone ever found out, but also because I didn't want to lose them. I'd never really had friends before them; the only person I could've ever considered a friend before had betrayed me because they never really were my friend. It had all been a trick that some people at my school had thought would be funny. But I didn't think it was. I had trusted him. I had allowed him to make me happy for once, to give me hope only to have it all come back to bite me in the butt. I thought that would've stopped me from trusting anyone else, from letting anyone get close enough to me to be a friend, even though that's all I'd ever really wanted. I simply wanted someone, anyone to care. And I wanted to be happy.
The Cullen's surely acted like they genuinely liked me, but things can always change, and I had a feeling that them knowing about my home life… would definitely cause a big change… But not just for me… For everyone. And I knew that I'd do everything I could to stop that from ever happening.
Dr. Cullen had concluded that my previous symptoms had been from a lack of food, and since everyone basically begged me to stay for dinner, I'd had no other choice but to agree.
We sat around this oval shaped table with Jasper on my right, and Emmett on my left. Rose was next to him, and Bella was next to her which put Edward beside Esme, with Carlisle next to her, which meant he was next to Jasper. I looked down at the food in front of me and my stomach grumbled again. Thankfully this time, no one else heard it except for me.
We joined hands and said grace before we all went in, especially Emmett. I didn't want to look like I didn't get any food at home – which I seldom did – so I took my time eating my food, even though I really wanted to just shove it down my throat. My hair had gotten in the way a couple of times, and I resisted the urge to brush it out of my face. I would have to cut it soon because it was getting way too long, especially my bangs. But I guess they could come in handy sometimes, given than I was using them to cover my eye.
Once I was done eating, I placed my utensils down, and took a sip of my water.
"Did you like it?" Esme asked, a gentle smile gracing her face.
"Oh, yeah, it was delicious! You're a really great cook." I beamed at her.
That was no lie; it seriously was delicious, like, I'd never tasted any type of baked chicken that had ever been that good. And the way she'd seasoned the corn and green beans was just, omg. I really had no other way to describe except for wow.
"Well, I'm glad you liked it. You should come over for dinner more! At least then we wouldn't have to worry about you getting a proper meal at night." She said.
I brushed off her last comment and gave her a tiny smile. The others had stopped talking and glanced at me after what Esme had said. I'm sure that she didn't mean it offensively, she probably just said that in regards to what had happened at school. After a few seconds everyone went back to whatever they had been talking about before. I looked back up to find that Esme was still staring at me. I stared back for a couple of seconds and then she smiled and continued eating like nothing had ever happened.
Once everyone was done, we made our way back into the den when I finally realized what time it was.
"Alice?" Carlisle asked, walking up to me. "If something like that ever happens again, you let me know ok? We might have to take you to the hospital next time, just in case, alright?"
"Ok." I nodded. "I feel much better now, thank you Carlisle." I said, smiling. I really was grateful for their help.
"No problem sweetie." He said, smiling back at me before a crash was heard, followed Emmett running out of the kitchen.
He smiled innocently as Carlisle rolled his eyes, going into the kitchen himself.
I looked back at the clock and saw that it had just turned 7:45 pm.
"Uhh, guys? I think I should um… Ya know… start getting home now… Thanks for um, inviting me, I had a lot of fun." I said, truthfully.
Rose was the first one to me, giving me a light but tight hug. "See you tomorrow, Alice." She said, smiling as she let me go.
I nodded and Bella ran up to hug me next. Surprisingly, her hug was a little tighter, and it threw me off a little. When she pulled back, she didn't say anything to me, but she looked me dead in the eye for a few seconds before she walked over and sat on the loveseat next to Rose.
What was that about? I thought.
Edward came up to me and gave me a light hug – just as Rose had – before telling me to have a good night.
When Jasper came up to me, I was surprised. I had expected him to come with me like the last time. He crushed me to his chest, holding me there for what was longer than necessary, but I really wasn't complaining. When he pulled back, he placed a soft kiss at the crown of my head, and I blushed like there was no tomorrow.
Did he really just do that? Omg, I think he did! He did just do that! Oh my gosh! Breathe Alice, breathe. I thought.
"Goodnight Alice." He said, smirking at my obviously flushed state. All that he got back was a tiny squeak that I didn't even give my mouth permission to let out.
"Ready Pix?" Emmett asked, walking past me to the door.
I nodded and began to follow him when Esme called out, stopping me. She gave me a brief hug before leaning in closely to my ear.
"You know, if you ever need to talk… about anything, I'll always be here, ok?" She said. I froze as she looked me in the eyes, much like Bella had. She gave me another one of those gentle smiles before releasing me and going back to her family.
I sighed, and made my way out of the door, making sure to turn the bottom lock in case one of them forgot to come back and lock it. Emmett was waiting for me in the jeep, and once I got in, I saw that my crutches had been in the backseat all this time. I rolled my eyes at the stupid things and put my seatbelt on, looking out the window as Emmett began to pull out of the long, winding driveway.
The ride back to my house was silent, which I found really strange considering that I was with Emmett. I looked over at him to see that he looked to be deep in thought, which also seemed strange. He pulled up on the curb of my house, and looked over at me.
"Goodnight, Al. I'll see you tomorrow… Wait, do you need any help?" He asked.
"Nope, I'm good. Thanks though. Night Emmy." I replied, getting out and grabbing my crutches from the back, before making my way up the driveway to my house. Richard must've heard the jeep pull up because the door was already opened. I waved to Emmett once I was inside the house, and he sat there for a couple of seconds before I waved again, and he finally drove off.
I gave a sigh of relief, which quickly died when I turned around and saw the murderous look on Richard's face. I closed the door and locked it before sitting my crutches down in front of the closet next to the door.
For a couple of seconds, he didn't say anything, he just kept looking at me with that look on his face, and I had to admit that I was already scared to the point where my heart was racing. I already knew what was going to happen, and I knew that I most likely wouldn't be able to go to school for the remainder of the week.
I felt a tear slip down my cheek, and I brushed my bangs out of my face since there was no point of hiding my face anymore. He took a step towards me, and I flinched back, bumping against the wall. This seemed to piss him off even more as he walked towards me with an expression filled with so much hate, that I'm sure if it were possible to kill someone just by looking at them, I'd be dead.
I felt a sob force its way out of my throat as he stood towering over me. He looked me up and down unimpressed before his fist shot out and struck me hard in the cheek. I would've fallen over if he hadn't of caught me, but he only did it so that he wouldn't have to work as hard because the next thing I knew, he was punching me again, and I felt blood pooling in my mouth. The third time he punched me, he let me fall to the floor before he got on top of me and continued to punch me anywhere he could get his hands on. I barely had enough time to take in a breath before another powerful punch sent it flying out of my lungs.
With each punch, he was hitting me harder and harder and I couldn't take the pain. I let out a loud cry as he banged my head into the floor, and black spots clouded my vision. I couldn't even ask him to stop because I deserved it; every bit of it. But was it wrong of me to think that it was worth it?
He banged my head into the floor again, and as tears poured from my eyes, blood poured from my mouth, and pain surged through my body, I didn't regret one thing. Being with the Cullen's today had made me happy, and that's what I wanted right? Happiness? I wouldn't trade anything for that hug I'd gotten from Jasper today. But at the same time, I knew that this beating was also another warning. I knew that I would never tell them of this, and Richard knew too, but he always had to make sure that his rules were clear with me. Even though I didn't regret this day, I wasn't entirely sure that I'd be able to go through with another one; mostly because I wasn't sure that I'd even make it through this one.
He punched me in the face again, and my body shook with sobs. The black spots soon turned into black splotches, getting bigger and bigger by the second.
And for the thousandth time that day, everything went black.
A/N: Welp! I hope you guys liked it! :D And, um... Next update will be sooner, and I'm also gonna be updating A Chance at Salvation soon, so please, please, please check it out for me?
There's gonna be a time jump somewhere in this story soon... Maybe ;) And some more info will be revealed... And what did Bella mean when she said maybe Jasper had moved on? :o
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