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I made my way into the cafeteria at school at lunchtime. Subconsciously looked over at the table where the Cullen kids usually sat. They weren't there of course. They would never be there again.
It has been months since the Cullens left. Since Edward broke my heart and left me, taking the people I'd quickly started to love as family with him. Nothing had been the same since that day. I had constant nightmares and I was always looking for any way that I could possibly subconsciously see Edward. I'd even gone so far as to place my life in danger just to get visions of him begging me not to.
The only relief I felt was when I was with Jake, but even that had ended. Jake had recently pushed me away, saying it was for my own good.
I was pulled from my musings by Mike, Jessica, and Lauren coming over. "Hey, Bella," Mike said.
I began to feel really weird as they sat down. Not the normal weird that I usually felt either. I usually felt off with them because I couldn't talk to them or be great friends with them the way I could with the Cullens. We just didn't have anything in common.
This was different though. Right now it was almost like they smelled different. Like they smelled like food. It was the same when I saw others too. I tried to ignore it though. I was probably just really hungry.
"Bella, are you okay?" Mike asked.
I shrugged. "Yeah, why wouldn't I be?"
"Um, maybe because you've been in trance for the last five minute," Jessica said.
"Your eyes are kinda bloodshot too," Mike said.
"What?" I asked confused.
"Your eyes. It's like they're turning red," he said again.
"No, they're not," I denied. My eyes couldn't be red. That was impossible. The only creatures with red eyes were... "Does one of you have a mirror?"
"Yeah," Lauren said. She dug into her purse and pulled out a portable mirror and handed it over.
I took it and immediately inspected my eyes. It was hard to tell, but Mike was right. My eyes had a reddish tint to them. But why? What would cause my eyes to turn to that of a vampire's? And why was I beginning to crave human blood.
"Bella, what's wrong?" Jessica asked.
I didn't answer. I just grabbed my things and bolted from the room.
Twenty minutes later, I arrived at the Cullen house. I couldn't go back to my house, not with Charlie there. I needed to be someplace alone to figure out what the hell was happening to me.
"Okay, Bella, calm down. You are not turning into a vampire. That's impossible. You weren't bitten," I told myself as walked to the living room. I tried to believe what I was saying, but it was hard. If I wasn't turning, why were my eyes turning red and why was I beginning to crave human blood?
I looked down at my skin. It wasn't pale like the Cullens' were. It was the same shade as always and it wasn't cold. Also, I didn't sparkle when I was in the sunlight just a few minutes earlier and I didn't get turned off by human food. So I couldn't be a vampire. But what else could all this mean? I knew only one person around who could remotely answer my questions.
I picked up my phone and dialed a familiar number. I held the phone to my ear and paced the room as I anxiously waited for an answer.
"Mr. Black, it's Bella. I need to talk to Jake," I said. I knew from experience that Billy Black would probably put up a fight on Jake's behalf, but I would have to convince him to let me talk to him.
"Bella, I'm sorry, but Jacob's busy."
"Which is your way of saying that he's avoiding me still. Look, I don't have time for this! I need to talk to Jake now! It's an emergency," I said, a bit rudely. Most of the time I made sure to be polite with people, but there was no time for that now. I needed help in finding out what was going on.
Soon there was some noise in the background. Then I heard Jake's voice. "Bella, what's wrong."
"Jake, thank God. Look, I really need to see you. I need your help," I told him, desperation showing in my voice.
"Where are you?" Jake asked.
"I'm at the Cullen house. Can you come over?" I asked.
"Bella, I can't go onto Cullen land. It's part of a treaty that was put into place before I was born," Jake explained.
"Well, the Cullens aren't here!" I snapped. "Look, I'm sorry, but I really need to see you and it needs to be someplace private. I don't want to have this conversation in front of the others at the reservation."
There was a pause before Jake began speaking again. "Okay. I'll be there soon."
"Thank you," I said before hanging up the phone. After that, I sat down on the couch and waited.
I was waiting for about ten to fifteen minutes before I heard the door open and close.
"In here!" I called to him. When he got close, I caught a horrible stench from him. "Oh God. Jake, you smell terrible."
"Gee, thanks," Jake said as he walked towards me. "So what's this...?"
I that Jake had trailed off and started to look angry when he noticed my eyes. "Jake, listen-"
"Bastard! He bit you, didn't he? He came back and he bit you! I'll kill him!" Jake screamed.
"Jake, no. Edward hasn't been back since he left," I told him sadly. I wished Edward had come back. I'd give anything to see him again.
"Well, then who. Who did this to you?"
"I don't know. I don't even know what's been done to me," I said. It was true. Try as I might, I couldn't figure out what was going on with me. Parts of me seemed human while other parts of me screamed vampire.
"Don't play dumb with me, Bella. You're one of them. A blood sucking monster!" Jake snarled.
I glared at him. I wouldn't listen to anyone call the Cullens monsters. It was bad enough when Edward said it about himself. "First of all, they are not monsters. Just because they're different that doesn't make them monsters. And second of all, I'm not like them. At least not all like them. Look at me. Does my skin look pale to you? Fee it. Does it feel cold?
Jake looked at me for a minute before reaching out to touch my outstretched arm. He calmed down some, but not totally. "I don't get it. Your eyes are red, like theirs are. Your skin is hard too."
"I don't know, Jake. I don't know what's happening. I woke up this morning and things were just different. At first I didn't think anything of it when human's started appealing to me like food. I thought I was just hungry. I don't know. Maybe I just didn't want to see it. Anyway, when Mike, Newton said my eyes were turning red, I was forced to pay attention," I told him.
"Were you bit?" Jake asked.
"No. That's the thing. No one bit me. I just woke up this morning and I was like this," I told him.
"I know! I know it shouldn't be happening. People don't just wake up one day and start turning into vampires. But I don't know how else to explain it. God, Jake, I'm freaking out here," I said as began pacing. This whole thing was really scaring me. Alice had once told me that I would be a vampire one day, but I never thought it would be this way. And I certainly didn't think I'd be alone when it happened.
"Okay, Bella, calm down," Jake said. He then grabbed me by the shoulders and sat me down on the couch before sitting down next to me. "Okay, tell me everything that's been happening lately."
"Nothing. Nothing's been happening. I get up in the morning, go to school, and then come home. I repeat the process the next day," I told him. I wish I could pinpoint some kind of difference. Then at least this whole thing would make sense.
"Bella, I know everything there is to know about vampires. It has been burned into my brain. The only way to become a vampire is to be infected by their blood," Jake said.
"So you have no idea what's going on," I said, the disappointment in my voice was clear.
Jake shook his head. "I'm sorry, Bella."
I was quiet for a while as I contemplated my options. I really only had one. "Then there's only one thing I can do. I have to go find the Cullens."