Kayce Evans finds a steamer trunk in her attic with a set of books inside that don't exist anywhere but in that house. When she reads them, strange and unusual things begin to happen to her & she will eventually come face-to-face with the Cullens.
A/N: I have decided to resubmit this story. I hope you all enjoy it. For those who have read this story before, I hope you enjoy catching up before I add the new chapters and for my new readers, have fun. I will post chapters twice a week.
Chapter 1 – The Find
Kayce had moved to Washington State with her parents. They packed all of their belongings and moved half-way across the country because of her parents' job, which was doing computer IT for a large company. Kayce is 16 years old, thin, but not waif thin like the typical runway model, with medium length brown hair, and a heart shaped face. She has a perfectly straight nose and full lips. She is good looking, but she is far to humble to ever admit that.
Kayce was the only inhabitant in the house while her parents were attending a seminar for their work and she would be home alone all day. She was without anyone to talk to, without transportation to go into town, and with nothing for entertainment to keep her busy. She sighed at the thought of her predicament, even doing homework was better than what she had at the moment.
She made a mental note to remind her mom and dad to get cable television put in. The moving van wasn't supposed to arrive until sometime tomorrow afternoon. Everything that could keep her busy was trapped inside the moving van. Like a complete moron, she left her ipod charger in a box, which was inside the van, so her ipod lay in her purse, unable to be turned on.
Kayce was extremely bored and wandered upstairs. She wanted to explore the new place. As she walked, she placed her fingers on the wallpaper, dragging them across the grain of the paper, trying to get a feel for the unfamiliar territory. She was trying to picture the former inhabitants and what their life must have been like. She pictured a family of four, mom and dad with two small children living in this house. For some strange reason, she pictured the perfect sitcom family living there. Her family was average, not very sitcom, but not dysfunctional either. Her family met somewhere in the middle, a happy medium.
She had walked into every bedroom and looked around. Fortunately, her mom and dad had driven in a second van with their large furniture inside while she drove the family car, so she was outfitted with her bed to sleep in. Some of the large pieces of furniture that they brought were a couch for the living room, table lamps, coffee table, entertainment center, a dining room table, and dressers. Because there was no way that she was strong enough to help her father move all of the furniture inside, only their beds were brought in and assembled. The rest would have to be moved inside, once the movers arrive with the rest of their belongings.
Once Kayce reached the end of the hallway, she panned her gaze to the attic trap door. She imagined treasures hidden away in there and immediately wanted to investigate. She grabbed the handle and tugged with all of her might. A ladder had extended down halfway and she unfolded it. She then made the decision to explore and climbed the ladder.
Once she was inside the attic, Kayce had groped around the walls next to the entrance for a light switch, coming up empty handed. Her eyes had adjusted enough to see a string dangling down in the middle of the room attached to a light bulb. She slowly walked over, stirring up dust as she walked. She coughed and started to wave her arms around to disperse the dust. She slowly reached her hand out to the string and tugged on it.
A single white light bulb had illuminated the entire attic, basking it in soft buttery light. It was a fairly large room with an open beam ceiling and large grimy bay windows. She started to picture what this room would look like with furniture and bright sunshine streaming through the windows. She started to look around, although it appeared mostly empty. The only thing inside this attic that was visible was an old steamer trunk tucked away in the corner of the room.
Kayce walked over to the steamer trunk and opened the lid. It opened with an audible creak, breaking the silence. Before the lid was completely open, she paused a moment. "Maybe I shouldn't be looking inside someone else's trunk. There could be something personal in there. But, if it was personal why would they leave it?" Kayce had started to wage war with herself. The proverbial angel and devil sitting on her shoulders were telling her two different things. She finally decided to go with her initial instinct, open the lid. Once the lid had been opened, she peered inside. There were four hardback books stacked up inside the depths.
Kayce had decided to sit down. She turned her head and searched the floor to make sure she was only sitting on a layer of dust. Once she had crossed her legs Indian-style, she reached over and picked up the book on top. "Hmm...Twilight...I have never even heard of this book before." She took in the appearance of the cover. It was a black backdrop with two hands holding a bright red apple. The hands looked extremely white and pale.
She opened up the jacket and read the summary on the inside of the flap. I'D NEVER GIVEN MUCH THOUGHT TO HOW I WOULD DIE-though I'd had reason enough in the last few months-but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this...Surely it was a good way to die, in the place of someone else, someone I loved. Noble even. That ought to count for something.
WHEN ISABELLA SWAN MOVES TO THE gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret.
WHAT BELLA DOESN'T REALIZE IS THE CLOSER she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back...
Kayce was very intrigued by the summary of this book. She had absolutely nothing to do, so she grabbed the book, placed it back inside the trunk and she closed the lid. She began to feel a little dizzy as she stood up and little black dots had formed in her eyes. She thought; "it must be the dust giving me a headrush."
Kayce picked up the trunk and carried it, somewhat awkwardly, to the attic entrance. She then started down the ladder until only her head, arms, and shoulders were still inside. Kayce grabbed the trunk with her right arm, and dragged it until it rested on her shoulder and then she climbed down.
With both hands she gripped the trunk, setting it on the floor of the hallway, and then she dusted off her behind with her hands. Once she was satisfied that all remains of dust were brushed away, she then folded the ladder and closed the attic up tight. She bent down and picked up the trunk and made her way back to her bedroom.
She had opened the trunk again and pulled the book out setting it on her mattress. She then pulled out the other books. Interesting, I read the summary to the next book and found that it was continuing on the story about Bella Swan. The other two books were the same.Kayce was so intrigued that she pulled her cell phone out of her purse in order to obtain more information about these books. She debated with herself and decided she had enough minutes remaining on her plan to call her best friend, Jen. The phone rang twice before she answered.
"Hi Jen, it's me, Kayce."
"Kayce, how are you? How was the move?"
"Fine, I am just bored out of my skull right now. The moving van, with everything I own inside hasn't arrived yet." Kayce opened her bedroom blinds and looked out the window. It was still a dreary overcast day.
"Oh, that really sucks! I miss you so much."
"I miss you too, listen, Jen, I found a series of books up in my attic, can you look them up for me online? I have never heard of them before and want to know more. Look up the Twilight Series." She plopped down on her bed and looked at the books curiously.
"Okay, I am Googling it right now," Jen said. Kayce could hear keys clicking away in the background.
"So are there any cute guys in your new town?" Kayce rolled her eyes, typical Jen. Her teenage hormones were raging as of late, but so were Kayce's.
"No, Jen, I just got here yesterday afternoon and I have no car to get around town. When I do see any cute guys, I will call you and you will be the first to know."
"Kayce, I can't find a Twilight Series anywhere. Are you sure that is the proper name? What is the name of the author?"
"Yes, I am sure that is the correct name." She looked at the book's spine and it read, 'Stephenie Meyer.' "Um...it says Stephenie Meyer."
Kayce could hear Jen typing in the name. "Nothing, I get no hits on that name at all. Are you sure this book series has been published? It isn't in manuscript form is it?"
"No. Well that is so strange. Okay, thanks Jen. I will call you later."
"Bye Jen." She hung up her cell and set it on her pillow.
Kayce then made herself comfortable on her queen sized bed and opened Twilight. She was immediately engulfed in the story. She only had gotten up twice, once to use the bathroom and one other time to grab a bite to eat; she had a bag of potato chips left over from their car ride to Kingston. She had finished the book in about two and a half hours. When she had finished reading, she was completely in love with Edward Cullen. He was the perfect man in her eyes. He was chivalrous, intelligent, and handsome.
She had liked Bella, so far, but there were some huge flaws with her personality. Bella was way too whiny and she seems like she is just as much of a gossip as Jessica Stanley. She sat down and started to read New Moon. She was about half-way through with the book when her parents arrived at home. They had brought home take-out, and they all sat down and ate together as a family. 'Kayce, honey, please set your book down while we eat dinner." Her mom had to ask her to put the book down as she was eating and flipping pages as she read.
Kayce was in a hurry to finish eating and go upstairs to keep reading. She really wanted to finish New Moon and it was really bothering her that Edward was missing throughout most of this story, but she couldn't stop reading nonetheless. She read through the night and around 3:00 in the morning she finished that book, too.
She slept until 8:00 a.m. and then went downstairs to see that her parents were home. They were all waiting for the moving van to arrive that afternoon and they had absolutely no food in the house. "Kayce, your father and I are starving and are going in to town to go grocery shopping. Would you like to come with us?"
"Sure Mom, let me get dressed and grab the book that I am reading." Kayce ran upstairs and pulled on a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt. She pulled on a pair of black Uggs and ran into the bathroom with her toiletry bag. Kayce brushed her teeth, washed her face, and put in her contact lenses. After combing her brown locks, she ran downstairs with Eclipse in hand.
She sat in the car and looked around at the gloomy steel gray landscape fly past the windows as they drove. When they arrived downtown and pulled in the parking lot of the grocery store, she stayed put and dove into the book. There were friendly looking people with curious glances looking Kayce's way while she sat in the car. She hardly noticed them; she was so engrossed in this book. By nightfall, she was half-way through Breaking Dawn. It wasn't until the next morning that she had finished Breaking Dawn completely. It had been the fastest she has ever read a series of books before.
The rest of the day after that she was going through boxes putting all of her things away and decorating her bedroom. While she was busy doing laundry, in between loads, she opened Twilight again. She was hopelessly in love with Edward and wished that she were Bella in the story.