(Hannah's POV)

I opened the door to my new apartment. I had moved into it after arguing with my father a lot. My apartment was next to Ethan's house, so I pretty much lived at his house. As I stepped onto the cold, hard floor, it was all dark. I HATED darkness. Especially in Whitechapel.

"SURPRISE!" a large group screamed as Ethan, Meredith, Benny, Rory, and Erica popped up out of nowhere.

"Oh my god, guys! I love you guys so much!" I yelled as I hugged Ethan. It was my 17th birthday, and I just came back from having lunch with my mom, who lived in Washington D.C. She was divorced from my father, who never got remarried. I missed my mother so much, that I sometimes hung out with Ethan's mom. He didn't care, though.

"We got you the best present ever!" Meredith smiled.

"Oh I can't wait to open it!" I beamed.

"You can't really open it.." Benny said. Ethan grabbed the piece of paper off of the coffee table.

"What's this?" I asked as he carefully set it in my hands.

"It's a plane ticket. To Washington D.C. So you can finally see your mother." Ethan softly said. My heart sank. I could not believe that they had gotten me a plane ticket to see my own mother! I hadn't seen her since I was 7, because my father and I had moved so much. Tears were streaming down my face.

"Really? I-I-I can't." I stuttered.

"What? Why not?" Erica yelled.

"I can't leave you behind, even for a few days. I would miss you guys too much. I couldn't be without my boyfriend or best friends for one whole day. I'm sorry." I said and ran off to my room.

"Hannah, it's okay. We will be fine. Don't worry about us; you will only be there for a week. You could even come home earlier than that! Besides, you will have your own mother." Ethan reassured me.

"Yeah, my mom that I don't even know! I know I called and skyped her, but that was when I was 14. Now I'm 17, and I don't know how she'll take it. With all the vampires and my amazing boyfriend and such…then of course she'll tell my dad, and…never mind." I said.

"Well you don't have to tell your mom about the vampires, just the amazing boyfriend part." Ethan smiled and I looked into his dark eyes. He really wanted me to see my mom. Of course, I did too. I really missed her. Yet, I didn't want to leave this place. Even if It was for a week.

"Fine. I'll go. But I will Skype you every day." I mumbled. He kissed me on the cheek and we both got up. As I walked out of the room, everyone had hopeful faces.

"I guess I will have to pack my bags soon." I smiled so big. Everyone gathered around and hugged me. "Thanks so much, guys!" I yelled again.

"That's not it!" Meredith said in a sing – song tone. She pulled out 17 different CD's from 17 of my favorite bands. I gasped so hard, Ethan thought I was going to faint.

"AAAAAHHHHH! Thank you so much! Most of these weren't going to come out in stores until next fall!" I screamed.

"Well, let's just say there's a vampire ninja and a vampire that can help with those kind of problems…" Rory laughed. Suddenly, someone knocked on the door. I rushed over to open it and see who it was.

(Ethan's POV)

"Happy birthday Hannah! Hi guys! Hello Ethan…" Hannah's dad yelled as soon as the door opened wide enough for him to come bursting in.

"Um dad, what are you doing at my apartment?" Hannah asked, looking nervous.

"Just wishing you a happy birthday." Her dad calmly said.

"Yeah, you already called me this morning." Hannah added.

"I wanted to say hi to your friends. And Ethan…" he trailed off.

"Dad, let's go have a talk in my room, okay?" Hannah said as she pulled her father into her room.

"It looks like her dad really likes you, Ethan." Benny said.

"Yeah, but he seems suspicious. No offense to Hannah, but her dad is a creeper…" I joked.

"Oh I'm telling Hannah!" Meredith laughed. Hannah and her dad walked out of her room.

"Well, bye Hannah. Goodbye guys! See you later Ethan…" he said as he walked away from the apartment.

"What was that about?" Erica blurted.

"Oh, my dad is so stupid. I hate him so much!" Hannah screamed.

"Is there something you want to talk about, sweetie?" I asked as I came over and wrapped my arms around her to comfort her.

"Yes, but none of you guys could handle it. Especially you, Ethan. I just can't tell any of you yet. I'm just afraid of how he will act when I am away…" she said, about to cry.

"So, are we going to give her the rest of the gifts?" Rory asked, to break the awkward moment.

"Guys, did you seriously get me something else? I couldn't possibly need anything else. I have it all right here." Hannah smiled as I hugged her.

"Okay, the CD's are from Benny and I, and the plane tickets are from all of us." Meredith explained.

"That's from me!" Erica cried out as she jumped over to hand Hannah the item wrapped in the Dusk wrapping paper.

"Wow, the Dusk movies and shirt! How did you know I was a fan?" Hannah laughed.

"Oh, this one is from me!" Rory screamed and practically threw the gift at Hannah. It was wrapped in home-made wrapping paper, with random things on it. She carefully tore open the paper, and it revealed the Vladimir Tod Chronicles, by Heather Brewer. It was the whole series.

"This is my favorite series ever! Oh thanks Erica and Rory!" she yelled as she hugged them.

"Okay, I saved mine for last." I said as I pulled out a huge box wrapped in green silk paper. She carefully tore it, making sure she could save it. It revealed a box with another box. The boxes seemed to keep shrinking, until there was only a tiny box left, with a big heart on it. I gently took it out of her hands, and opened the box that held two rings. "It's a promise ring. I got them because I promise I will never let you go, and I will always love you. By accepting this ring, you are telling me that you truly love me too." I mumbled, looking into her blue eyes. Tears started forming, making them shine.

"Wow, Ethan. I will definitely accept this, even though you shouldn't have." Hannah cried as I slipped the golden ring on her finger.

"Why haven't you given one to me, yet?" Meredith joked to Benny.

"Um, I was waiting for the right moment…" Benny made up.

"See, how can I go to Washington D.C. when I have this?" Hannah said, sadly.

"It just tells me that I know you will be safe, and no matter what, you won't try to go out with any other guys." I assured her.

"Haha that's true!" she giggled.

"So what should we do today?" Erica asked, starting to get bored.

"Well, today I was thinking we could hang out together somewhere, and then tonight, you guys can all spend the night. We can have a party!" Hannah smiled.

"Oh yay! But, what can we do for the rest of the day?" Meredith asked.

"We could hang out at the mall!" Erica yelled.

"Well, that doesn't sound very appealing for us boys…" Rory remarked as Erica punched him in the arm.

"We could go to the zoo!" Meredith beamed.

"Yeah, I really would love to, but I don't think that is such a safe idea…" Hannah trailed off.

"Well, since we are coming here tonight, maybe we should do things separately. Besides, I have errands to run, and I think we should not Benny suggested.

"Oh so you don't want to hang out with me on my birthday?" Hannah joked.

"Yeah right! I would love to hang out with you! But, I am really busy right now, so I will see you guys tonight." Benny added. He practically ran out the door with Meredith hooked onto his arm. "Engage!" he yelled as he ran down the hall, into the lobby, and out the door.

"That…was…odd…" I laughed, my face into a question mark.