A/N: Okay, this chapter is really long but I am quite proud of how it came out :D And I also wanted to thank everyone who is still interested in this story and are reading right now. Don't forget to hit that sexy review button down there and give me your thoughts ;D

Key:

Singing a song

Reciting a poem

Thoughts

Behind Those Brown Eyes: Chapter Four

Maria woke up around ten the next morning. She sat up and stretched, yawning softly as she rubbed the bleariness out her eyes. She smiled to herself when she realized that her parents were gone for the whole day, on some sort of business trip out of town or something.

Glad to have the kitchen to herself for the day, she climbed out of bed. Still in her jammies, she walked out the room and into the kitchen to start baking those cookies she wanted to surprise Edward with. Within a few minutes, she had the cookies on a pan and in the stove. She set the timer before going back into her room to get all her stuff gathered for entertaining Edward today. She put some books into a backpack and her ipod and headphones. She figured she could listen to music on the way, though her taste in music was strange according to others. She basically hated everything played on the radio.

She heard the cooking timer buzz and she hurried out to pull her cookies out of the oven. She set them on top and let them cool off while she went to take a shower.

Once her shower as over, she walked into her room and got dressed. She put on a black tank top under a long sleeved, red flannel button-up shirt, black shorts, ripped fishnet stockings, and her favorite black combat boots. She brushed out her hair and decided to leave it down for the day. She even straightened it.

She grabbed the small backpack she packed all her stuff in and walked into the kitchen. She put the cookies in a Ziploc container and stuffed them into her backpack.

She was ready to leave. She checked her watch, it was 11:15. Just as she was heading for the door, she suddenly crashed right into her sleepy brother.

"Whoa!" he grunted in surprise.

"Watch it!" she snapped with a glare.

Tyler was about to snap at her for her unfriendliness but the way she was dressed and how early she was up distracted him, "Where are you going all dressed up?" he asked suspiciously.

"It's none of your business," she grumbled and tried to brush by him. But he grabbed her upper arm, making her stop in her tracks.

"I'm your brother, your business is my business," he replied and pulled her back so that they were facing each other, "Now, tell me where you are going."

Her eyebrows drawn in anger and a stubborn look on her face, Maria said, "Piss off," before shaking his hand off and getting past him, leaving the house.

Tyler watched her go and sighed softly, running a hand through his dark hair. She couldn't have a date or something… Right? This is Maria we're talking about, the girl never held an interest in dating before…

"Whatever, she can't keep whatever she's hiding a secret forever…" he grumbled and went back into his room.

Maria sighed, she hates it that her brother is all up in her business now, even though he didn't give a shit before and now he suddenly cares? It just doesn't make any sense to her…

She shrugged to herself, humming along to the music that played in her ears; maybe it was just a phase, something he'll get over in a few days.

As she continued down the street towards Edward's place, she approached a house that had a moving van in the driveway. It was a regular townhouse like the all of the homes in this neighborhood, but Maria didn't recognize the cars. In fact, that house has been empty for years upon years.

As she passed by it, a guy about her age climbed out of a rusty old truck. He had light brown hair with blond highlights and blue eyes, and the kind of body that girls would swoon and drool over. He wore a white t-shirt and ripped jeans, and was carrying a duffel bag in one hand.

His blue eyes landed on Maria just as she brushed past him, indifferent but he definitely wasn't. He smirked and did a wolf whistle in appreciation, "Damn girl!' he teased her backside.

She glanced over her shoulder and rolled her eyes, "Get bent, pig."

The male snickered as she walked off, watching (and loving) the way her hair swished in time with her hips.

Another male came out the front door of the house, though this one had really dark brown hair. He watched his brother leering and rolled his eyes, "Don't even go there, Tanner," he chuckled and cuffed him on the head playfully, taking his duffel bag in his hand, "She's a freak, a weirdo; even I wouldn't try to tap that."

Tanner smirked, "I like my girls freaky," he replied simply, still staring after her, "I thought you knew that, Jonathon."

"No, I thought that you like your girls like you like your clothes," he poked him in the ribs, "Cheap."

"Not like you, you like your girls like you like your underwear," he punched him in the shoulder, "Dirty."

Jonathon rolled his eyes again, "Well, nobody's stopping you dude, just be careful. I heard she's a Satanist."

Tanner closed his car door, "With a girl looking that hot, I don't give a fuck if she's a witch."

Maria sighed softly to herself as she continued down the sidewalk, another idiot to add to the millions of idiots in this stupid town. But, he'll hear the rumors about her soon and leave her alone… Right?

She sighed softly as she finally made it to the dusty old mansion. She flipped her bangs out her face as she walked through the gates, quietly singing to herself as she passed through the first set of gates.

"I could spend my life in this sweet surrender… I could stay lost in this moment… Forver," she sang as she approached the water fountain, circling around it to go into the mansion, "For every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure…"

"I don't want to close my eyes… I don't wanna fall asleep cuz I'll miss ya, baby, and I don't want to miss a thing…" she continued to sing with a smile to herself, taking the first few steps up the stairs, "Cuz even when I dream of you, the sweetest dream will never do, cuz I miss ya baby and I don't want to miss a th–"

She cut herself off when she opened the door and saw Edward standing there. She jumped in surprise and chuckled, "You scared me," she stepped aside to let him out.

He was gazing at her curiously for some reason. She blinked her large brown eyes and asked, "Wh- what?"

"What were you doing just now?" he asked her, tilting his head at her.

"Wh- what?"

"You were saying something… It was beautiful… It was something that I've never heard before."

"You mean…" she pulled out her earphones so that she could hear him better, "Singing?"

Edward stared at her for a moment longer before asking, "Is that what that's called? You have a very beautiful voice."

"Oh, well thank you," she smiled kindly at him, "You've never heard of singing or music before?"

Edward shook his head no.

"Well then, let's see…" she pulled out her iPod and shuffled through the songs, she landed on 'Listen to your heart' and pressed play. She grabbed her headphones and turned the volume down so it wouldn't scare him. She then stepped closer to him and put the earphones in his ears, letting him listen to the sweet music playing.

Edward stood and listened to it, he seemed completely fascinated and entranced by the music. He's never heard anything like this before, and it was definitely strange to him. But there was a unfamiliar beauty in it as well. He closed his eyes for a moment and just let the beautiful beat of the song flow through him.

Maria smiled, "Pretty incredible, right?"

Edward opened his eyes and smiled back at her, "Yes," he replied as she pulled the earphones out and turned off the music, stuffing the iPod into her backpack.

He suddenly smiled as he brushed a few strand of hair out her face with his scissor hands, "Now, it's my turn to amaze you," he murmured and walked past her, gesturing for her to follow him.

She did, she followed behind him as they circled around the house, towards the back. He seemed excited to show her whatever he wanted to show her, so she skipped right on behind him. She's never been to this part of the mansion before, so she was pretty excited.

They made it to the back, it was mostly just made of hedges and shrubs, cleanly cut and everything. She glanced around and smiled softly as she directed her attention at Edward, "Was this what you wanted me to see?"

He shook his head and said, "Nope, well, partly, but mostly I wanted to show you this…" he lead her deeper into the backyard, until they were in the way corner. There was a small section closed off with vines and hedges, Maria was going to ask him what was inside when he pushed aside some vines to let her in.

She stepped in, and was amazed at what sat before her.

"Wow Edward…" was all she could say. There, lining the sides of the hedges, were big rose bushes. There were only dark colors among them, purple, dark red, dark blue, he even had black roses, "These are so beautiful…"

"I didn't even realize that my garden grew these…" he admitted as he followed in behind her, gazing at the roses with a small smile, "I was trying to trim the hedges yesterday when I found these. I have no idea how they were growing all this time though, since I never watered them or anything. I assumed the sprinklers are the only thing keeping them alive…"

"I think they're magnificent…" she murmured and kneeled down in front of the dark blue roses, sniffing some of them and smiling at the scent.

Edward smiled and knelt down next to her; he found a really nicely grown one and snipped it off the bush. Balancing it between his scissors, he offered it to her, "Roses remind me of you, Maria…" he murmured as she took the rose and smiled thankfully at him.

"Really? How so?" she asked as she shifted so that she was sitting criss-crossed on the grass, her blue rose held in her left hand.

He shifted to face her, thinking about how he was going to explain it to her before snapping his fingers, "Perfectly imperfect."

"Oh really?" She smiled and put the rose down in her lap, leaning forward and resting her head on his shoulder, "I think roses sort of compare to both of us. You have scissors for hands, those are your 'thorns', but you are a kind and gentle man, and that's your beauty."

Edward felt heat rise to his cheeks as he bit his lower lip and looked away to hide his blush. Maria smiled and sat up straight, "Anyways," she hummed and pulled out her Ziploc container, "I made you cookies."

"Cookies?"

"Yeah, you told me that you haven't had cookies or anything in the longest time, so I decided to surprise you with some," she smiled at him as he slowly perked up. She opened the top and grabbed one, "Here, open your mouth."

He obeyed.

She fed him the cookie carefully, smiling at him as she did so.

Edward chewed on the cookie for a moment, "Mm…" he hummed in appreciation and smiled at her, licking his lips clean.

"You like?" she asked, smiling at him again.

"Yeah, did you make these?" he asked as she fed him another one.

"Yeah, I've always loved cooking…" she hummed as she ate one herself, adjusting the sleeves on her flannel shirt.

"Well, it tastes delicious, thank you," he gazed into her eyes.

She blushed and coughed as she looked at her back pack before reaching for it, fumbling to open it as she stuttered out, "Y- you want to finish Romeo and Juliet today? Or do you want me to read you some poetry?"

"Poetry," he said as he shifted where he sat, setting his scissors-for-hands aside as he got comfortable, "It's been such a long time since I last heard poetry…"

"Okay, let's see what I have here…" she flipped through a few pages, trying to find the poem she wrote when she was around fifteen. She was going through a tough time, she felt pressured to be 'normal' or whatever. And this was a poem from when she was feeling more alone than anyone else in the world.

"Oh, found it," she flipped over and laid her head in Edward's lap, hovering the poetry book above her face.

"This one is called, 'I hate myself'," she told him before clearing her throat and beginning to read…

" 'I need a friend.

Will that be you,

Till the very end?

Get me for who I am,

Not for who I appear.

I want you to understand,

That I am human too.

I think about you,

And I regret

How you never knew

Every time they told me

I was better off dead.

I must confess,

It went to my head.

And I believed every word they said.

Even I hated myself.'"

She finished the poem with a small sigh and looked up at him.

He was expressionless for a moment before softening up and murmuring softly, "You really were an outcast weren't you, and you had no one to ever talk to or relate to…"

Maria nodded and rested the poetry book on her stomach for a moment, sitting up and turning to face him, "It's something I'm used to now though…" she murmured and leaned her head on his chest, "On the bright side, high school will be over for me in a few months and I'm free of those douche bag idiots that inhabit the school."

Edward smiled at her and brushed some hair out her face again, "Where will you go?"

"You mean after high school?" Maria asks, now sitting on her knees.

He nods.

"Well, I dunno…" she murmured as she pulled her knees to her chest, "Even though I hate the people in the town, I want to stay here. I like it here, it's peaceful. But I don't really want to go to college. But then if I don't go to college I'd have to get a job… And I'd STILL be stuck at my parents' house since it takes money and time to get a place of my own…" she trailed off and shook her head, she'd have to put a lot more thought into her future then that.

He stared at her for a moment before saying in a soft voice, "You're always welcome here, Maria."

Maria looked up at him, "R- really?" she hadn't thought about it, but a bit of tidying up and some furniture would really make this dusty old place look like an actual home. She blushed at her own thoughts and mentally slapped herself for thinking such things.

"Th- that's very kind of you, Edward…" she murmured.

He smiled at her, the urge to just touch her was much greater now. But of course he can't. He still couldn't suppress the feeling of wanting to reach out and touch her, cup her cheek, stroke her long and beautiful hair, wrap his arms around her and pull her close.

But he could never do that, he could never touch her or feel her warmth.

He pushed his thoughts away before sighing softly. Then an idea popped into his mind, "Sing to me, Maria."

Maria looked at him, a blush on her cheeks, "Wh- what?"

"I want to hear you sing to me, please," he practically begged her with that same cute smile, "Your voice is so beautiful, I want to hear it again."

"Um… W- well… If you insist…" she cleared her throat and tried to think of a song.

*"Dancing bears… Painted wings… Things I almost remember…" she sang, her voice floating in the wind beautifully, "End of song, someone sings, once upon a December…."

"Someone holds me safe and warm, horses prance through a silver storm, figures dancing gracefully… Across my memory… Far away, long ago, glowing dim as an ember… Things my heart, used to know, once upon a December…"

She hummed the instrumental part, her eyes closed.

"Someone holds me safe and warm, horses prance through a silver storm, figures dancing gracefully, across my memory…" her voice got a bit more passionate, "Far away, long ago, glowing dim as an ember… Things my heart used to know, things it yearns to remember… End of song… Someone sings… Once… Upon a… Deceeeeeembeeer…" she sang, drawing out 'December'.

She looked at him and smiled, "How was that?"

He opened his eyes, he had them closed and was listening to her sing the whole time, "It was beautiful," he murmured softly as Maria reached forward and brushed her fingers along his cheek.

"Good, because I don't just sing for anyone," she hummed and leaned her head on his lap again, "So you're special."

He blushed softly, 'I'm special…'

Maria sighed before she reached for her poetry book again, "Well, let's see if I can find something a bit cheerier…"


Around six, Maria had to leave. She gave Edward a tight hug before she left, promising that she'll visit again as soon as she can. She gathered her stuff and grabbed her blue rose before leaving the mansion. She walked home, happy. She usually gets happy after spending time with Edward, and today was twice as fun since they spent it reading poems, listening to music, and talking. Maria still didn't know much about Edward, but he knew plenty about her.

So far, the only thing she knew about Edward's past was that his father gave him scissors for hands and that he's been trapped in that mansion for centuries. She still didn't believe those ridiculous legends, so she didn't even count that as knowing something about him.

She unlocked her front door and slipped inside, it was dark. The only light in the house was the light coming from Tyler's room. Which was odd, since Tyler usually goes out with his friends and girlfriend on Saturday nights.

She shrugged it off and walked into the kitchen to make herself some ramen soup. She hadn't eaten all day and her flat stomach was rumbling, demanding for food.

While she waited for the water to boil, the sound of her brother's door opened.

Tyler stepped into the kitchen, "Maria?"

Maria glanced over her should at him passively. "Hey," she greeted him in a blank tone.

"Where have you been all day?" he asked, his eyes falling on the dark blue rose lying on the kitchen table.

"Nowhere," she replied, her voice agitated. She was so tired of that question coming out her brothers mouth.

"Oh, really? Then where'd you get this?" he picked up the blue flower and waved it in her face, as if showing her evidence.

"Be careful with that, idiot!" she snapped and snatched it out his hands, glaring at him angrily.

He held up his hands as if in surrender, "So defensive over a stupid flower?"

"It's not stupid! You don't know anything!" she yelled at him and turned to face the stove again, fuming, "Would you please just leave me alone?"

"Sure, I'll leave you alone," he leaned against the counter near the stove, his arms crossed over his chest, "As soon as you admit that you're seeing someone."

"HUH?" she gave him a look as if he was crazy, "Quit joking around! No man in this town has ever had any interest in me."

Tyler sighed and rubbed his forehead, "Damn, you're really dense," he looked at her, "Look, just tell me where you got that flower, if not on a date, then I'll leave you alone."

Maria sure as hell wasn't going to tell him about Edward. She didn't know why, but she felt compelled to keep him a secret. If she told Tyler, then the word would leak out to the whole school, and eventually to the whole town. Who knows how people would react if they heard of him? They would harass him or bother him, or probably even chase him out the town and Maria didn't want that to happen. She didn't want to cause her new friend any trouble, she was determined to keep him a secret and protect him to the best of her ability.

"It's really none of your business, Tyler," she grumbled and poured her noodles into the now boiling pot, "Please, just leave me alone."

Tyler huffed in frustration and anger, "Fine, don't tell me."

He pushed off the counter and headed back to his room, "But just remember Maria, all secrets eventually get found out, and I'll find out yours soon."

Maria shivered a bit at his chilling words; she knew that that was not a threat, but a promise.


Will Maria and Edward realize their feelings for each other already? Will Tyler find out what Maria's secret is? And who is this new guy, and how will he bring trouble to our characters? Keep reading to find out! :D

*This song called 'Once Upon A December' by Deanna Carter. I just completely adore that song :3