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Chapter 1: The Hunt


3 weeks ago…..

"Tanya, please." I said, concentrating on my essay.

"No, Edward. It's been weeks since we've gone out. Why can't you come with me to visit Kate and Garrett?" She whined, plopping down on my lap.

"Tanya, as I have said before, I have midterms I need to study for. I wish I could go." I said, wrapping my arms around her.

"Whatever, Edward. I've been thinking about this for a while, and I think we should break up." Tanya said, getting up from my lap.

"What? Why?" I asked, standing up. Tanya's blue eyes looked down.

"I started seeing Jacob six months ago."

"What? Why? Does Renesmee know?" I asked.

"Because all I've been hearing for 6 months is that 'I have to study 'or 'I have to work' or 'Not today, Tanya'. I'm not that piano you play. I am your girlfriend and I am sick of your excuses! And as for Renesmee, Jacob's telling her tonight."

"You know what? We should break up. I want a girlfriend that can actually appreciate the fact that I try to work hard and doesn't cheat on me!"

"Fine, then! Get out."

To really tell the truth, I was glad I broke up with Tanya. The down part was that I had to move out. I had a couple of interviews for houses and stuff but it wasn't easy. So when Alice called me, I hoped she had good news.

"Hey, Edward! Great news. I found a place." Alice said.

"Really? Where?" I asked.

"Well um there's a catch."

"What, Alice?" I groaned.

"My best friend, Bella Swan, has an open room. You're not opposed to roommates right?"


"Good. She just broke up with her boyfriend and she has an extra room. She already said yes. You just have to go meet her in an hour."

"Where does she live?"

A half hour later, I was standing in front of Bella Swan's apartment.

I rang the bell and a minute later, the door opened to girl to reveal a woman. I stopped breathing when I saw her. She had long brown hair that was tied back into a ponytail. Her big brown eyes immediately caught mine. She wasn't tall, but she wasn't short either.

"Hello. I'm Edward Cullen. I'm Alice's brother." I said.

Damn you Alice!

"I'm Bella Swan. Come in." She said, opening the door.

Mary Alice Brandon Cullen Hale! If I don't die before this conversation ends, I will personally kill you. If I do die, I will haunt you for the rest of your energetic, pixie life!

The first I smelled was something good cooking.

"Are you cooking something?" I asked.

"Yeah. Would you like some?" Yes please! Can I get side order of you too? Stop it Edward! I thought. I realized she was waiting for an answer.

"Sure." A minute later, there was a plate of ravioli in front of me.


""Ok. So to get to the point. Alice said you need a place. If you don't mind, may I ask why?" She asked.

"My girlfriend and I broke up. She cheated on me." I could see the surprise in her eyes.

"Ok. How soon can you move in?" She asked. Wow, she really wasn't going to press for details.

"Tomorrow." I was pretty honest. I didn't have much stuff so I could probably move in by tomorrow.

"Perfect. Let me show you your room!" She said, getting up from the table.

She showed me the bathroom, her room, and finally we came to a closed door.

"Here's your room." She said, opening the door. My eyes popped open.

The room was pretty big. It had a window seat looking out to the city.

"Like it, don't you?" She said from the door.

"Yeah, it's pretty incredible." I said.

"I know. I bought this house after I left Forks."

"Forks?" I asked.

"Forks, Washington. My hometown." She said.


"Not really. It was really rainy and stuff but I loved it. It made me feel like my choice was right."

I was curious but I didn't push for more. The girl could barely look me in the eyes. I didn't want to make her uncomfortable.

"So any rules?" I asked.

""I only have a few requirements. I really don't want any girls being brought back here. We'll split the bills of the house. Other than that, I have no problem."

"That's fine. So I'll see you tomorrow?" I asked.


I called Alice when I got in the car.

"Hello Edward. I take it that it worked out."

"I will kill you slowly! Why didn't you tell me that the girl was that shy? She couldn't even look me in the eyes."

"Because you would've chickened out!" She yelled. I heard a baby start to cry.

"Mommy's sorry, Leah. Mommy's sorry."

"Look your own baby started to cry because you didn't tell me the truth." I said.

"Shut up, Edward! So how was it?" She asked.

"Pretty good. We came to a deal and I move in tomorrow."

"That's nice. Bella is pretty nice and awesome. You're really going to enjoy living with her."

"I can tell."

"Ooooo Eddie has a crush!" I felt my face begin to heat up.

"Alice, I still haven't told Jasper the fudge story. Don't make me stoop to that level."

"You're evil!" She said.

"Alice, that's my job." I said as I put the key in the ignition.

"I know. Are you coming over?" She asked.


"I'll see you then."

I shut off the phone and started driving.

When I pulled up to Alice's house, I saw another car there.

I knocked on the door. A blonde opened the door.

"Can I help you?"

"I'm Alice's brother."

"She never told me her brother had weird hair. Alice, there's a weird bronze haired guy at the door!"

"Let him in, Rosalie!" So Blondie had a name.

"Thank you, Blondie." I said.

"It's Rosalie, fool!"

"Do I look like I care?" I said.

She muttered a curse.

Alice came out holding Leah.

"Hello, Leah!" I said. She smiled her beautiful toothless smile and clapped her hands. I took her in my arms and blew raspberries.

"Edward, this is Rosalie and Emmett." Alice said, motioning to a dark haired guy and Blondie. Emmett looked like Bella in a way. He had the same brown hair and face but he had light blue eyes while Bella had brown hair.

"Hello again, Blondie." I said. Emmett let out a laugh. She stood up.

"Call me Blondie one more time and I swear-"

"Baby, calm." Emmett said pulling her back.

"So I hear you're moving in with my sister." He said.

"Sister?" I asked.

"I'm Bella's older brother."

"Oh, um yeah." I said. Alice is going to get it now.

We all talked for another hour or two before I left to my empty apartment. Tanya moved out 3 weeks ago and this apartment had way too many memories.

I went to sleep after taking off my pants and button down, leaving me in my boxers and t-shirt. It pissed Tanya off when I slept without pants.

That night I dreamed of Bella Swan.