-The Runaways-
Chapter three


From a quick glance, red-eyes was pale, with dark hair and red eyes- probably contacts. She was significantly younger than me- 14 or 15.

"Oh, gosh, someone help me here!" She screamed, her face pale & tortured. I blinked a few times, my throat making an odd noise and my shoulders hunching up. Yeesh, this girls hands were cold!

"Um, excuse me, but I'm good, thanks." I picked up my bag and started to make my way back.

She stared back at me. "You're... You're human." I barked a laugh.

"No kidding, genius. Can I get to my room now? Or are you going to ask me if I'm female now?" The girl looked plain confused. I wondered if I should go over and introduce myself, but she didn't seem very welcoming. Hopefully my roommate didn't find the need to wear stupid contacts.

I knocked on the door twice, in case anything was happening in there that I didn't want to know about. "Coming!" An upbeat, cheery voice called out.

The door opened, to reveal a short, small statured girl. Her thin frame, large eyes, short hair made her look like a fairy. She didn't have contacts- at least I didn't think she had contacts- she just had startling yellow eyes.

"Hello- do you need anything?" I nodded.

"To put my bag down in this room. This IS 208, right?" She laughed softly, and placed both hands on my shoulders.

"You're," she tapped my nose, "My new roommate!" She squealed. "I'm Alice. Mary-Alice Brandon Cullen, but you can call me Alice."

"Um, cool. Hi, Alice." I was a little thrown back by her over-friendliness, I will admit, but new-me would deal with whatever was thrown at me.

"And you must be Bella?" I nodded cautiously.

"Um, yeah. I'm Bella. Isabella Marie Swan, but you can call me just Bella." I stuttered nervously. "You don't have another roommate?"

She shook her head. "My brother used to board with me, but he was being too much of a depressed freak, and he invaded my personal privacy WAY too much." She shook her hands with each word, and then laughed at her words as though there was some big, practical joke I was missing.

"What are you laughing at?"

She stopped, and gave me a toothy smile. "Oh, nothing. Private joke between me and him. By the way, is your talent being human? Because sheesh, you're good at it. Got the whole heartbeat thing going, too."

"Um, if being human is a talent than I guess?" Her eyes widened in a silent, unknown understanding and she quickly covered herself up.

"Team reference. We're... The vampires." She grinned in spite of herself. "We make, um, stupid references. But, we're ALL HUMAN JUST LIKE YOU." She said loudly. I looked at her, confused. She just smiled.

"Whatever. I'm going to put my bag down, okay? Is there a bed?"

"There's a pull-out couch."

"Kay." I plopped down on the sofa. She then waved as she walked out the door.

"I'm going to meet a couple of friends today, okay?" I nodded.

"Okay." And with that, she was gone in a blink of an eye.


Alice was suddenly in front of me. "Edward," she began. "There's something I need to tell you." I looked at her.

"Well, then stop being so utterly absurd and tell me?" She suddenly lowered her voice as it deepened an octave.

"There's a human... Who is living with us." My eyes widened.

"Shit." I muttered softly. We weren't all the best at the human charade. I mean, I was- but some weren't.

"She's already seen Maggie, but that's not even the worst part-"

"She's seen MAGGIE?" Maggie was the least controlled out of all us- she could barely be in public alone. She had been changed ten years ago by Liam and Siobhan.

"Not the point, Edward."

"Then what is?"

"Bella...She's..." She paused for dramatic effect. "Your singer."