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Chapter 8 You Can Stay
As I had expected from the start, Charlie was furious with me when I arrived home that night, Alice at my side. When she left, I was told that I would be grounded for a whole month. I would have to go to school and then straight back home. If only I could tell him the truth about what had happened to me in that prison for three weeks. But I cannot tell him of course. He would not believe me even if I did tell him that the Cullens were vampires and that they had to rescue from another vampire who wanted me dead.
"Has he…"I begin to ask Alice one day at the lunch table.
However, I find that I cannot bring myself to finish the sentence. Alice looks up from the plate of food that will not be eaten. Her eyes are golden brown from their recent hunt. She knows who 'he' is and so dose Jasper, Emmett, and Rose.
"No, but he might," Alice says, taking an apple in her hand and turning it around and around, not even bothering to look at me or the apple for that matter.
I sigh as I take a drink of water and look down at my own half eaten food. I can tell this is bothering her as much as it is bothering me.
"He hasn't decided yet?" I ask, still not looking at her, although my eyes are daring me to do so.
My fingers find my fork and I start picking at the tiny bit of green beans that are left on my plate. Surly Edward had to have made a decision by now. He has had enough time to think and hunt on it.
"No," Jasper says because apparently Alice was not going to answer my question.
The rest of lunch was silent. At one point I being to think I know what Alice is thinking. What if everything she thought was a lie and Edward has somehow been able to fool us? How dare he do that us! How dare he do that to me?
The day I get ungrounded, Alice asks me to come over to her house, which Charlie was reluctant at first. I did not blame him. After all, they were the reason I was grounded in the first place. I do not see any visible evidence that anything was different. Had a part of me wanted Edward to be waiting at the front door for me? I have to admit that, yes, I had.
"What's going on?" I ask as Carlisle let's me into their huge house.
Then our eyes meet for the first time in a mouth. It seems like forever since I have seen him. Now here he is in front of me, and I cannot say a word to him. When he does not say anything either, I begin to wonder if he is still trying to read my mind.
"Hi," Edward says.
However, he does not make any movement towards me. I notice Jasper has his arms around Alice. The look in her eyes tells me she would be crying right now if she could.
"Hi," I reply after finally finding my voice, which comes out small.
"Edward's staying with us," Esme says.
I am scared to smile, mostly in part because of Emmett. I can just imagine Rose looking at him, ready to hit him if he did or said anything. I chance a glance in their direction, and sure enough, Rose has her eyes glued to her mate. My eyes then meet Edward's again.
"You are?" I ask him.
"I haven't…" Edward starts to say, but Alice is quick to cover his mouth.
Of course she was not going to let him say anything else against the matter.
"Oh, you will," Alice replies.
She uncovers his mouth and goes back to Jasper.
"Is she always like this?" Edward asks, placing his hands on his hips.
"Get used to it," Emmett says with a laugh.
Alice gives him an evil look, and for the first time, I can see the vampire in her coming out.
"I'm going to stay the night to think things over," Edward replies.
"I guess if I see you at school tomorrow, I'll know your decision?" I ask.
"Yeah," Edward says.
I know that deep down, Alice is jumping up and down. I am sure she and Esme have already got his room in under for him. She walks me out to my truck without another word. But I know that she is dying inside to tell me something, but does not. That Edward will indeed be with them in the morning is what I am hoping she wants to say.
I almost scream when I open my door to find Edward sitting at my desk when I get home. I should not be surprised, but I am.
"One of these days Charlie will be the one opening this door, and what then?" I ask.
"I'd hear him. Remember?" Edward asks me with a surprising smile, showing his brilliant white teeth.
"Right." I move to my bed, feeling absolutely stupid for the comment. I guess I figured that if he could not read my mind, he would not able to read Charlie's. "So, what now?" I ask.
"What do you want to happen?" Edward asks.
He moves to my bed, and I immediately take notice of his eyes.
"Your eyes," I say.
"What?" Edward asks with a perplexed look on his face.
"Your eyes. They're more golden than I've ever seen them," I say.
He joins me on the bed. I can tell by the way his is looking at me hand that he wants to hold it, so I offer it to him, and he very gently takes it in his cold hand.
"I can't stay away from you any longer. I didn't know what to do with myself when you were kidnapped," Edward says.
"Well, here I am," I say.
"Here you are," Edward says.