A/N: Stephenie Meyer owns all things Twilight. I just borrow the characters. I promise to give them back. :)

Hey, everyone! So, this is my new story.

I'm SO excited about this one! I've got some great ideas. It will be minimal drama/angst and mostly fluffy-cuteness.

I hope you like it! See you at the bottom.

Chapter 1 – Welcome Home


I drove my brand new Toyota Corolla through the tiny town center of my hometown. My hands shook on the steering wheel at even the thought of being here again. But I was here to start over . . . and to change someone's life, something I'm not looking forward to.

I left so much of myself behind here when I was forced away from –

I was pulled abruptly out of my thoughts as I slammed on the breaks when I reached the stoplight. I took a steadying breath and pulled onto a side street before pulling in the driveway of my new home.

Forks, my hometown. Small town capital of the United States. I left it all behind seven years ago.

Growing up in Forks was what you would think and expect from a town as small as ours, everybody knew everybody and everything about everyone. The most exciting thing to happen was the Homecoming football game every fall.

That is, until the Cullens moved to town.

Carlisle Cullen, a surgeon, his wife Esme Cullen, an interior designer, and their three children moved to Forks the summer before my freshman year of high school. Because my dad Charlie was the Chief of police, he, my mom Renee, decided it was a good idea to go over and introduce themselves to the newest residents of our little town. I was dragged along unwillingly.

When they rang the doorbell, a petite raven haired girl answered the door. She looked at all of us before beaming at me and pulling me into a bone crushing hug. That's how Alice Cullen and I became best friends.

The Cullens became my second family. Esme was more nurturing and supportive than my own mother who focused more on her own hobbies and interests than her own daughter. Carlisle could show more emotion than my father could. Alice was the sister and best friend I needed. Emmett was the big brother I never had and longed for. And Edward . . .

My heart clenched and tears sprung to my eyes every time I thought of Edward. And I'm reminded of him every day.

Edward Cullen was – is – the love of my life. We started dating right before the beginning of our junior year of high school. He was my first boyfriend, my first kiss, my first . . . I fell completely in love with him. With him I could just be. Be Bella. I didn't have to put on my happy face for him like mother always told me to do when we were in company. We knew each other inside and out. We wanted to be together for the rest of our lives.

I felt a tear fall down my cheek and I quickly brushed it away as I got out of the car and looked up at my new house.

It was everything you could expect from Forks. Two stories, modest size, one car garage, decorative shutters on every window, shiny brass numbers, plush green lawn, white picket fence . . .

And I left it all behind because of . . .


A/N: Thanks SO much for reading! PLEASE leave me a review let me know what you think! Love it? Just okay? Hate it so much and think I shouldn't continue?

What do you think Bella's secret is? Anything you absolutely DO NOT want to see?

I've got the first five chapters finished so they should be up sometime in the next weeks.

Thanks again!

- Nikki