I'm so sorry for how long its took me to update. I had a holiday as you know and since then I have just been really busy with work and also b/f troubles so I just haven't time or felt like writing. Thanks to everyone who has read/alerted/reviewed, it means a lot and I promise to try and update sooner.
This chapter isn't great at all so I apologise again but I didn't want too much drama happening all in one go.
School was wierd to say the least. A lot of people scowled at me and even more people voice there opinion of me by calling me names such as 'bitch', 'slut' or my personal favourite 'dirty hoar'. I knew in the back of my mind that I was going to get some stick at school for how things ended with Hannah but this was just rediculous. Forks was a small town, yes, so I expected gossip but I would love to know though, how they knew about the kiss I shared with Rose before Hannah and I broke up. All I could think of is that Hannah isn't as forgiving as she let on and is actually pretty damn mad. I had nearly every lesson with her on Thursday's so it wasn't too hard to talk to her.
I walked down the aisle to my seat near the back of the room and sat down next to Hannah who had made it to class before me.
"Hey Hannah." I greeted.
She just nodded in acknowledgment.
"Look I know that you probably want space and all but I never realised that you were so mad at me. I deserve much worse I know but I just..."
"Bell, I'm not mad ok. Stop rambling." She said cutting off my rant.
"Okaaay, so explain how everyone knows every last detail of when we broke up." I said frustrated.
She shugged, "I don't know what you mean." She said refusing to look at me.
"Hannah." I scolded.
"Okay, I may have mentioned it to...people."
I gave her a pointed look.
"Okay look I was more upset and angry than I let on so when I ran into Lauren in the library Monday...she was acting really nice and I needed someone to talk to...I know it was wrong but...look can you blame me?" She said nervously.
I scoffed, "Hannah I know I hurt you but Lauren? Seriously? You have no other friends...if thats what you are calling her now."
"No she's not my friend. It was a mistake and I'm sorry. I'm sure a few nasty words aimed at you is the least you deserve though don't you?" She whisper shouted.
"You're right. I'm sorry." I looked at her guiltily.
She just nodded and turned back to the front of the classroom. Although I swore I saw a tear role down her cheek. I looked away, not wanting to watch how hurt she truly was. I felt tears form in my eyes but pushed them back. I had no right to be upset, I caused all of this to happen. I deserve to be shouted and screamed at by everyone. I deserve so much more hate than what I'm actually receiving.
"Bella's here." Emmett boomed.
I gave him a small smile and sat down at the Cullen's table. I pushed my tray away not really in the mood to eat crappy cafeteria food. I looked over longingly to my former table to see my friends laughing and joking with each other. Mark had his arm round Katie and when she leant in to his side he kissed her temple. It was sweet...it was wierd, I had never seen him like that. Riley and Tyler were throwing grapes in the air, trying to get one to land in their mouth and Mike was standing on his chair, it looked as if he was pretending it was a surfboard. I smiled inwardly at my goofy friends. I used to be a part of that goofy group.
Angela looked at me, probably feeling my eyes on her. She looked at me sadly and offered a small smile which I returned. I looked away not wanted her pity and not being able to stand the happiness that radiated off them. Even Hannah look mildly amused by Mike's antics even if I could see the sadness reflected in her eyes. I looked up seeing all the Cullen's eyes on me.
"What?" I asked confused. Is there something on my face?
"Nothing." Everyone chorused, looking away towards there respective partner.
That brought me to Rose. Where the hell was she?
I looked around but saw no sign of the gorgeous girl.
"She will be here in one minute and seventeen seconds." I looked up to see Alice staring at me.
"I'm sorry?" I asked confused. Can she read my mind?
"No she can't." I then looked to Edward.
I sat there staring at them both incredulously.
"What?" I said even louder.
God there even stranger than I first thought. How did Alice know when Rose would be getting here? And did Edward just read my thoughts? I saw his eyes flicker to mine and away again in the matter of seconds.
Seconds later I felt a pair of lips attach to my cheek and I knew the owner instantly. Ofcourse an idiot could have figured it out, I mean who is going to randomly come up and kiss my cheek. I turned and smiled at the beauty before me.
"Hey." I said softly.
"Hello Bella how are you today?" She asked and I giggled quietly at how formal she was.
She looked at me questioningly and then to Edward who wore a small smile.
"I'm okay." I answered.
"Liar." Jasper stated.
I looked to him and saw him raise his eyebrows.
I sighed. "Okay well I'm not great. I just wish they all didn't hate me." I motioned to my friends.
She nodded in understanding, "It will all blow over soon love. Don't worry."
I smiled slightly at her endearing name for me. She then wrapped one arm around my waist and pushed the tray of uneaten food toward me.
"Eat, now." She said playfully but I could see the concern in her eyes.
"Yes ma'am." I teased and began eat the crap the lunch lady had served me.
"Bella, what a lovely surprise." Esme's motherly tone reach my ears before I saw her. I blinked and she was before me engulfing me in a warm hug.
Once she let go I looked at her in shock.
"Wow, sorry it's just I'm still not used to that..." I whispered.
"I'm so sorry Bella." She looked at me concerned.
I just shook my head, "No, no its fine. It will just take a bit of getting used to."
We stood there in what for me was an awkward silence. She seemed to realise this so she ushered me in.
"How are you dear?" She asked.
"I'm okay, I was just wondering if Rose was home." I stated.
She shook her head, "I'm afraid she has gone hunting with Alice and Jasper, she will be home soon though."
"Hunting?" I questioned.
"I...um...hasn't Rosalie mentioned this to you?" She asked , worriedly.
I just shook my head.
"Come sit down, dear." She motioned to the couch. I obliged and sat next to her.
"As you know Bella we have to feed on...blood to survive..." She stated but I had a feeling she needed some sort of confirmation so I meerly merely nodded.
"Well, instead of the usual diet for vampires we survive on animal blood instead, which is where Rosalie is now. They are hunting animals out in the forest."
I just nodded again taking it all in.
"I must say Bella, you are staying rather calm through all of this. Are you sure you're okay with all of this?" She asked sceptically.
"I'm sure Mrs Cullen. I love Rosalie, vampire or not. She's still the same girl who I fell in love with...only she is now very fast and strong...and drinks animals." I rambled.
She let out a small laugh, "Thank you Bella. I've seen a lot of change in her since she met you. She used to be so emotionless, unable to let anyone know what she truly felt. Yes there were times where she would look happy and join in with family activities but I could tell it was all just a front. You put life back into my daughter, you made her happy again, and for that I will be forever grateful."
By this time I had tears in my eyes and all I could do was nod. She hugged me again and whispered another thank you in my ear.
"Bella?" I heard an angelic voice come from behind me. I would know that voice anywhere.
Esme let me go and smiled warmly at me. "By the way, please call me Esme. Mrs Cullen makes me feel old and I far from that." She stated.
I let out a small giggle and I heard a scoff. I look to see my angel looking at Esme with an eyebrow raised. "I beg to differ, Esme." Rose said accusingly.
Esme glared playfully, "Excuse me young lady but I am only eight years older than you."
"And the rest." Rose mumbled.
I just sat there shocked to hear that her mother was only eight years older. That would make her...twenty six. Wow.
Twenty six and has already adopted seven children...wow.
"How old are you really? I mean counting the years since you became a vampire?" I asked directing it to both of them.
"Bella, you know it's very rude to ask a ladies age," Esme winked but then continued before I could apologise, "I will be one hundred and sixteen in November."
I just gawked at her, mouth opening and closing, similar to a fish.
Rosalie came and sat down next to me on the couch. "Shut your mouth Bella, you'll catch flies." She laughed.
"What about you Rose?" I asked, bracing myself for the answer.
"Ninety six." She answered as if it were a normal age.
I gasped. "Wow."
I had so many questions for her, she must have seen so much in her life. The stories they could all tell. I'm starting to realise though that a lot of what they have told me in the past may have been a lie. For instance the adoption. The agencies can't possibly know about them being vampires so they couldn't really be adopted.
"You are correct, Bella." A voice answered my thoughts...or was I thinking out loud.
"No you wasn't." The voice was closer, Edward walked in seconds later.
"God, what is with you. You can read minds?" I knew it to be true as there was no other possible explanation, yet it came out as more of a question.
"Edward, I can't believe you just revealed that to her. She's already overwhelmed with learning of out true nature just days ago. I wanted her to learn things gradually." Rosalie scolded her brother with a glare that would make anyone cower under.
"My apologies. But Bella it is true. Some members of this family have extra talents such as my own, however mine is somewhat a curse rather that a blessing." Edward explained.
"Wait, you have been reading my mind this whole time." I asked, worriedly.
He shook his head, "No, I do try my best to tune out any thoughts however it is rather difficult. I can't turn it on and off so sometimes things slip through. You however are rather difficult to read. Like just now I could hear thoughts as if you said them out loud. Sometimes though I can't read you at all. It's like somethings blocking my power."
I processed this and wondered if something was wrong with me.
"Most likely." Edward concluded.
I looked at him worriedly.
"What is it Bella?" Rose asked, concerned with my sudden change in mood.
"I wondered if something was wrong with me." I said.
I heard a low grumble come from Rosalie's chest.
"There is nothing wrong with you Bella, right Edward." She scolded.
Edward put his hands in front of him, "Yes right. I'm sorry I made a joke but it was probably a bit ill timed."
"So there's nothing wrong with me then?" I asked, still needing confirmation.
"No sweetie, absolutely nothing. You're perfect." Rosalie whispered, her lips brushing my ear.
I shivered involuntary and smiled at her before leaning in to kiss her smooth lips, gently.
"I think that's our cue to leave. Come along Edward lets leave these two in peace." Esme said making me jump back from Rose, forgetting her mother was in the same room.
"No need, Bella and Rose are going out." Rose announced.
"And where are Rose and Bella going?" I asked playfully but still a little confused at why she was talking in third person.
I looked up away from her beautiful eyes to see we were finally alone and I smiled at the thought.
"I'm sorry what?" I asked.
"Date. I asked you if I could take you on a date and we are going on one...now." She announced.
I nodded, "Okay, but I'm not really dressed for a date." I said looking down at my black skinny jeans, band t shirt and converse.
"Oh that's not a problem. I have the perfect outfit for you to wear." A familiar voice stated. I looked up to see Alice bouncing in.
"Well no offense but I'm guessing you wardrobe consists of nothing but designer dresses and frills and bows." I exaggerated.
She actually looked genuinely offended, "First of all, I have changed with the times and will not be seen dead in any frilly items of clothing."
I waited for her second of all but it never came, "Carry on."
"Oh right, and second of all..."
She didn't finish as Rose had me up and over her right shoulder in a matter of seconds and she was speeding up the stairs before I could order her to put me down. She placed me gently on the bed and stood in front of me hands on hips. Alice entered half a second later looking far to excited for my liking. If I wasn't scared on her before I am now.
Oh god, please don't let it be a dress or pink or...ergh!
So here I was in Rose's bathroom staring at the outfit hanging on the back of the door. Alice had sent Rose away, well actually she ordered her away and Rose left but not before warning Alice to be nice. The outfit she had given me wasn't terrible but it was still to girly for my liking. She first showed me a bunch of dresses and I point blank said no. So after a lot of sulking and pouting she had given in and gave me some black skinny jeans, a black sequin top and black heels; all designer of course...
I stepped out of the bathroom, well actually I fell out of the bathroom...stupid heels. Alice caught me before I could fall on my face and I stood there shocked at the strength she had. Once I snapped out of it Alice put some loose curls in my hair and a little makeup on my face. I would however only agree to have on mascara as I felt like a slut as it was.
"Come on then, Rose is ready and waiting downstairs." Alice said happily.
I groaned but followed her anyways. I struggled to keep up with her pace, even if she was going at a normal human speed, because of these damn heels.
"Chop chop Bella. God I knew humans were slow but seriously this is snail pace." Alice complained.
"Shut up. Its these heels. I'm not used to them." I snapped and she just laughed at my annoyance.
We reached the bottom of the stairs and once there I notice Rose waiting for me by the front door. I gasped at the sight in front of me. She wore blue skinny jeans which looked as if they were painted on they were so tight...not that I was complaining, she wore a red blouse and red heels. Her hair was loosely curled like mine and she wore red lipstick. She was the definition of beautiful, sexy, hot...every word that means gorgeous.
"Wow...Rose you look... fucking gorgeous." I said in a daze.
"Language dear." Esme scolded from somewhere in the house.
I blushed when I realised what I had just said. Rose walked till we were inches apart.
"Well you look fucking gorgeous too." She growled leaning down to whisper in my ear.
I blushed once again and my breath hitched in my throat. Wow... now that was sexy.
"Rosalie Hale I will not tolerate that language in my house." Esme scolded again.
I giggled when Rose rolled her eyes. She leant in and kissed my lips tenderly.
"Shall we go?" Rose asked when we pulled apart.
I nodded and she led me outside, hand in hand, to her car.