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Contagious

Chapter 1 You're Different

My name is Bella Swan. Today is the first day back to school. I am now a senior at Forks High School in Forks, Washington. Little did I know this day would end with a surprise I was not expecting? I came to live here with my dad, Charlie, about a year ago after my mother, Renee, and her new husband, Phil, moved to Florida.

"Bella," a voice calls me.

It is already lunch time, and I sit with my best friend, Alice Cullen, and her adopted brothers and sister. I realize that the voice calling me is Alice.

"What?" I ask. Alice gives me an annoyed look. "Oh, sorry, Alice."

Alice is a bit shorter than me with dark hair she keeps in a pixie cut. Her eyes are the same as her adopted siblings. A gold hazel that would sometimes turn to black.

"You haven't heard a single word I've said," Alice pouts at me.

"Sorry," I apologize.

And I am sorry, but if you are going to be Alice's friend, it is necessary to tune her out sometimes. Unless, of course, you are into throwing parties and going shopping.

"You're always spacing out, Bella," Emmett, the oldest sibling, while, oldest looking anyway because of his size, says.

"So, you were saying, Alice?" I ask, trying to ignoring Emmett.

"I'm planning a party," she says with a huge smile on her face as mine fades.

"Another one?" I ask, all enthusiastic I was trying to show gone.

Jasper, with his blond curly hair, laughed as Alice crossed her arms and wrapped an arm around her. They are not really brother and sister, so the fact that they, and Rosalie, easily the most beautiful girl in the world with long blonde hair, and Emmett were together.

"Don't be that way," Jasper tells Alice, pulling her closer to him.

"Yeah, you know Bella doesn't like parties," Emmett adds with a grin.

That was an understatement. I hated parties and evaded them if I could.

"So, what are you doing after school?" Rosalie asks, which shocks me because she rarely talks to me.

"I'm going to visit Jacob," I answer.

Emmett made a noise. I had known Jacob Black since we were little kids.

"Be nice," Alice tells him.

"Sorry, but the kid stinks," Emmett says, wrinkling his nose as if Jake was sitting with us.

That was a funny thing for him to say. I personally did not think Jake smelled at all.

"He's quite the mystery, Bella," Jasper tells me.

I had to let out a sigh. I guess this is what happens when you talk about old friends in front of your new friends.

"Oh, come on. I've known him since we were kids," I say.

They finally change the subject. However, the new subject was the party. You might be thinking there is something off about the Cullens. Well, you would be right. They are vampires. But they do not kill humans. They live off of animal blood.

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"I had fun today," I tell Jake as we walk through the woods near the reservation he lives at.

I have often told him to transfer to my school, but of course he cannot. He says it is a tribe thing.

"Yeah, me too," Jake agrees.

When I hug him, his skin is burning on mine. Yeah, we had been outside, but it was nowhere near hot enough to make your skin burn like Jacob's was. We after all live in Washington where the sun hardly makes an appearance.

"Jake, you're burning up," I tell him, pulling back and feeling his forehead.

"I'm fine, Bella. Really," Jake assures me.

"But, Jakeā€¦" I begin to protest, but he just shakes head.

"Listen, I got to go. You can find your truck all right, can you," Jake asks.

Feeling defeated, I nod my head and say, "Yeah. I hope you feel better."

I feel like I was being watched as I walked back to my truck. I turn to look behind me. No one is there, and I feel silly for even being freaked out in the first place. When I turn back, there he is.

"Who are you?" I ask.

I know what he is immediately. He is a vampire, but he is not like the Cullens.

"What are you?" he asks me in return.

Little did I know he was going to change my life? As he walked closer, I wondered if the Cullen's already knew. I wondered if Alice has seen my death in her vision.