It was as if our eyes were locked on each other, unable to escape each other's gazes. It felt like it was only us. This must be Edward. His face showed a mixture of confusion and curiosity and as soon as he realised we were staring at each other he broke his golden eyes from mine. My little bubble of admiration had burst and I was brought back to the six other vampires looking at me.
I was still in the car, waiting for Carlisle to bring my wheelchair to my door. I could hear small conversation coming from the others and the wind whistling through the trees. I watched as Carlisle opened my door and he effortlessly swept me up and placed me in my wheelchair. I looked up at him and he grinned widely. Nervousness rushed through me as he pushed me up to meet the rest of his family. I couldn't help but to let my eyes wander over to Edward. Something about him intrigued me. When I looked at him I felt this strange feeling I just couldn't name.
"Everyone, this is Bella." Carlisle was the one to break the silence and everyone looked a lot more comfortable. Esme was the first one to approach me.
"Hi Bella, it's so nice to finally meet you! I'm Esme." And she pulled me into a warm motherly hug. I wish I wasn't so awkwardly in this wheelchair. I shyly said hello and she seemed more than happy with that response." I looked into her eyes and saw genuine happiness and care. Behind Esme was the short girl I assumed to be Alice, she was practically jumping up and down from excitement. When she realised I was looking at her she came over and gave me a huge hug for such a small person.
"Hi Bella! I'm Alice! I've been so excited to see you for ages. We're going to have so much fun together!" As she talked I watched her eyes twinkle in a way which showed how happy she was.
"Hi..." I said, taken aback. I wasn't expecting the kindness and the excitement she was showing me. I think I looked considerably shocked because Carlisle shot her a look which said 'calm down'. Alice grinned at me and retreated back to the side of who I assumed to be her mate. He stepped forward and introduced himself to be Jasper, he gave me an amazing smile and stepped back to Alice.
I looked over at the gorgeous blond and well, she didn't seem so happy. She looked at me and with a tone that sounded like she could have been doing better things, stated her name, Rosalie, and walked away. Wow, nice. I looked around and no one seemed overly shocked.
"Oh, don't mind her. She's always like that to new people!" Alice's enthusiasm brought up my mood a little.
"My turn!" Shouted who I assumed was Emmett. "Hey Bella! I'm Emmet…. sorry about Rosalie. She's really alright once you get to know her." He was almost as excited as Alice. He towered over me in my wheelchair and gave me a bone-crushing hug.
"Oh, that's okay.." I guess…
But wait? Where was he? Where was the last one? Edward had left, without even saying hello to me. I looked around and the others seemed to notice too, but no one said anything.
"Well, it's great to meet you all. I'm so happy that you're all welcoming me into your home without knowing me, especially knowing my…condition." No one yet knew what I was and I planned to keep it that way.
"It's no problem Bella, any friend of Carlisle's is a friend of ours." Esme responded. I smiled back at her feeling a newfound confidence around her. She just seemed to have that effect on me.
I looked around to my surroundings and was soon mesmerized by the vast forest that surrounded the house. I couldn't even remember what it was like to run, to be an animal again. The air had a damp sense to it and the sky was a murky grey dotted with the occasional bird. I could hear their beautiful singing coming from within the forest and it brought a sense of calmness to me.
I figured out how to move in this wheelchair on my own, since I couldn't expect them to be pushing me all the time. I started to wheel myself up to the door but Alice interrupted.
"No, let me! I'll show you your room, Bella!' She skipped happily to behind me and carried on pushing me to the door. Carlisle and Esme stood there holding it open for us, hand in hand.
"Make yourself at home, Bella.' Carlisle spoke one more time before Alice whisked me through the doors.
"So, Bella! You'll be having the spare room downstairs, because like, you can't walk and stuff.' Her voice trailed off at the end as we entered their amazing house.
Nearly every wall was made of glass, making the house seem like it was part of the forest. The other parts of wall were painted a subtle white, making the house seem so graceful and modern. All of the downstairs appeared to be just one huge spacious room, as if several walls were knocked down to create it. White appeared again on the rugs and the wooden floors were a light shade of brown. The high beamed ceilings made it seem even bigger than it was.
What caught my attention most was the magnificent grand piano sitting to the left side of the room, clustered with pages of music. I wondered who played here. The piano had always been a fascination of mine, and I loved to hear it being played.
I heard Alice in the background talking about something non-relevant, but I was too mesmerized by the house to hear her. On the other side of the room was the biggest flat screen TV I had ever seen, cornered by comfy looking cream couches. A couple computers sat nearby on glass desks. This house was simply beautiful, unlike anything I had ever seen before.
"Bella? Are you listening?" Alice's voice shook me out of my haze, I looked up and nodded and quickly.
"I said we're going to go to your room now! You're going to love it so much!" I smiled and she started to push me. How could one person be so enthusiastic about a room? I passed more white walls and came to a lilac wooden door, half open. Alice pushed me in and I was greeted with a HUGE room. It was adorned with everything purple, my favourite colour. There was a double bed in the middle of it and a couch to the side with two other doors which I couldn't imagine what they lead to.
"I hope you like it! Me and Esme had so much fun designing it! We heard purple was your favourite color" Um what did she say?
"What?! You completely redesigned a room, just for me? You didn't have to do that, honestly…"
It's not like I'll be here for long anyway.
"Bella! Don't be silly. Of course we should have done it. Anyway, Esme loves designing rooms, it's her hobby! Just think of it as you did her a favour." I sighed, looked at her and smiled nervously. I was getting to overwhelmed by everything. Don't cry.
"Alice, thank you. I never imagined you would be so welcoming." She stood by my door, her tiny almost shook with happiness. She walked over and gave me a hug,
"Anything you need Bella, and you just call. I'll leave you to get settled in now!" She skipped to the door and with one last look at me, walked out and shut the door. I wheeled myself over the gigantic window. From my room I could see hundreds of trees. Perfect, I could sit here and watch for hours. I did a double take as I looked at the highest point of one of the hills. I could see the shape of a young man, and I didn't need to be close to know he had beautiful bronze hair. Before I could blink he was gone.