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Be Kinder

Bella opened the door to her apartment and getting in hastily. She leaned on the closed door, breathing heavily. Then Bella looked at her phone, she groaned. Alec had stopped calling her. She moved away from the door and towards the couch.

I'll just call him later. He did save my life from a psychopath or maybe…Stalker Mike. She smiled, amused from her lame joke.

She deposited her things on the coffee table before plopping down heavily. What just happened? She closed her eyes and shook her head. She stared at the television for a minute before standing up and heading to the kitchen.

Bella stopped short when she got there and groaned quietly Shit. I forgot to put the all groceries in. Ugh!

She looked down at the stuff and decided to put the ice creams first. And then she proceeded to place in the others.

Once she was done, she grabbed the pitcher of water and poured a glass. She drank it quickly and poured another and another. After her third glass her thirst was quenched.

She went back to the couch when a thought came to her. What if he comes in and I'm here. I don't think I'm ready to face him yet. She thought a about it for a while before deciding it was for the best.

She stood up, taking her things and went to her room. She folded her blanket neatly before placing it in the dresser. She placed her phone and Ipod on her desk and sat on the chair. She brought her knees up to her chest and wrapped her arms around them.

She rested her chin on top of her arms and went to thinking mode. She thought back of how she and Edward fought and reviewed her actions. She liked to do that when she wasn't sure of her decisions. Am I really the one who started it? Bella came to a decision that would help her immensely I need Alec.

She picked up her phone and dialled her brother's number. I'm sure Alec can help me, he always does.

She pressed her phone to her ear and waited for Alec to pick up. He immediately answered at the second ring.

"Bella, why didn't you pick up?" His immediate answer was before she could get a word out.

Bella was instantly soothed by her twin's deep and ever calm voice. It had been a long time since they've talked to each other. Bella felt her chest constricting.

"Hi, Alec." Bella sighed longingly at the thought of seeing her brother.

"Hello, Bella. Long time, no talk." He answered coolly but Bella heard the affectionate tone in it. Alec has always been more reserved than her and he never let his emotions show. But it doesn't mean he didn't care.

"Yeah, I know." Bella agreed. "I miss you so much."

"I know, it's quite different not to have you here." He replied with the same cool tone of his. Bella decoded the meaning of his words. I miss you too.

"You're smiling, aren't you?" Knowing full well he is. Maybe it was the infamous twin connection but Bella is always attuned with her brother and vice versa.

Bella heard him scoffed softly before saying, "Maybe. Anyway, how are you coping there?"

She smiled sadly, "I'm good…Dartmouth is great." She scoffed herself mentally as she thought, The college is great, my roommate isn't. Pain in the ass he is.

"Then why do I feel as if it's not? Bella, tell me the truth this instant." Alec demanded in his normal indifferent tone, now hinted with anxiousness.

Bella sighed. No fooling Alec. Or myself for that matter. Then she remembered, "Oh! Alec! I made friends!"

"Really?" Alec's eyebrows probably lifted above his expressionless green eyes, just a hint of surprise shown.

"Yep! And I know they're true!" Bella informed excitedly. Then she sobered and took a more serious tone, "That's why it's not so bad here, Alec."

"I'm happy for you." Alec told her, lovingly. Alec was quite famous for his cold exterior, what with his eyes and tone but when it comes to his sister. Well….there was always an exemption.

Then he remembered a vital detail about his sister's living conditions in America. "Isabella?"

"Yes?" I wonder what I did wrong, he never uses my full name unless there's something important going on with him. She thought, hearing her complete name being uttered.

"Is it true that…..you are living with a boy?"

Bella froze. How did he know that?! The she mentally slapped her forehead, It's Alec, stupid. Of course, he knows.

Bella swallowed the lump on her throat before answering, "Uh, what do you mean?"

"How about an Edward Cullen? Does that ring a bell?" Bella shivered slightly from Alec's cold tone.

Bella sighed, defeated. There's really know use to denying it anymore.

"Yes. Yes, I am living with a bloke." An obnoxiously rude bloke to be exact, really.

"And why is that?" As if you don't already know, Alec. You always know the slightest details.

"Okay, long story short. You know Kate?" She asked while trying to arrange her shortened story.

"Yes, I think so…Mom knows her family right? Wait….isn't she supposed to be your roommate?" Alec asked slightly angrily, his cool tone back.

"Alright, calm down. I'm getting there. Anyway, so as you know Kate was supposed to be my roommate. Well, let's just say that I did Kate a favour and switched rooms with her boyfriend. And now I'm here!"

Alec was silent for a while. Bella was starting to get fidgety because of the tension his silence was creating.

"Bella, why did you agree?!" Alec exclaimed, his full anger showing at the stupidity of the idea.

"Kate helped me to get where I am now. It was just a small favour." Bella reasoned, trying to sound convincing, though she was flinching at his anger.

"Bella, I understand your reason but….living with a guy?! Sweetheart, can you handle it?" Bella smiled at her brother's worried tone.

"Alec, thank you and I love you for worrying but I'm fine. Don't worry, I'm a big girl now. You baby me too much." She accused teasingly.

Alec sighed. "Are you sure?"

"Absolutely." Bella replied cheerfully. "And Alec, that's why I came here right? I want to prove that I can be independent."

"You don't have to prove anything, sweetheart. You're fine the way you are."

But sometimes it's not enough. She thought to herself sadly before replying determinedly, "I need this Alec, let me explore a little. Alone."

"Alright, but I'll be watching. Once I find out you're not okay, I'm sending you back."

Bella nodded even though her brother can't see her. "Don't worry, nothing will happen. Thank you so much!"

"Yeah, I know you love me so much." Bella giggled on the phone.

"But don't think you're off the hook yet. You need to tell me about your roommate." Bella stiffened at his words.

"Oh."

"What do you mean, 'Oh'? I thought you were okay!"

"Yeah, I am." Should I tell him? She thought for a second. Yeah, I should. She nodded to herself. After all, he's always been there.

"We got into a fight."

Alec butted in before she could complete her statement. "A fight? What the hell happened?"

"Just hear me out first." Bella waited for an agreement before taking the silence as a go signal. Bella had already thought about consulting her brother so….here it goes.

"Alec…..what would you feel if someone randomly barged into your room without permission?" She asked tentatively.

"I would get mad, of course. I mean, who does they think they are to just enter my room." Alec was suspicious of what happened but decided to hear his sister first.

Bella felt terrible. Of course, that must have how Edward felt. Ugh, I hate myself. Even I would be mad if someone went to my room without consent. Bella hung her head. Why did I have to be so nosey?

"Oh, okay." She mumbled.

"Why, what did he do?" Alec said, trying not to sound accusingly.

"Nothing! It was….actually, my fault." Bella sighed sadly.

"Your fault? Tell me, what did you do?" He asked curiously. It wasn't like Bella to start fights.

"I….I went to his room….without permission." She ducked her head on her arms in shame.

"Why would you do that?"

"I was going to give him something and…..I just went in….while he was sleeping."

Alec chuckled, "Bella….you don't do that."

"I know, I know! That's why I'm going to apologize." Bella nodded to herself. Yes, I will. But how do I apologize to a prick?

"And how are you going to do that?" Alec asked, almost teasingly, as if he knew her thoughts

"I don't….know. But I will." She told him firmly. She searched her mind for some kind of idea.

Then Bella had it. "Actually, I think I know how." Bella smiled widely at her plan.

"What do you have in mind?" Alec smiled, hearing his sister's excitement. His cool exterior finally gone, at least for the moment.

"When will my baking tools get here?" Bella asked, almost bouncing on her seat in excitement.

"Uh, I don't know. You want me to check?"

"Yes, if you don't mind. I'd like to get it this evening. Oh, and can you tell them to bring it directly here."

"Ok, wait for a while." Hours from where Bella was, a man with the honey blonde hair began typing in his laptop behind a huge desk.

"Um, Alec can you just text it to me. I'm going to buy ingredients now."

"Yes, not a problem."

"Thanks."

"My pleasure."

"Bye. Love you."

"Take care."

Bella changed her white sweater into a black shirt with a huge rose in front, before going out. She checked her clock and found out that they've been talking for almost an hour. I need to get there before they close.

Bella practically ran across the apartment in her haste to get there in time. She quickly opened the door but skidded to a stop when she came face to face with Edward.

They stared at it each for a few seconds before Bella remembered her 'mission'. "Uh…excuse me."

She quickly ran down the hall and into the stairs while Edward stood at the doorway, staring at her in confusion. Where's she going? And at this hour, really?


Edward shook his head before stepping in the apartment, closing the door behind him. The whole drive to the campus, he thought of how to apologize but came out blank.

I'll just do it in the right time I suppose.

Then he remembered, the box of Ferrero is still in my room.

He headed to his room and made a beeline to his desk. Edward meant to apologize to Alice by sending her a box of Ferrero, her favourite. But now….

He picked up the box and pursed his lips, thinking.

This was supposed to be for Alice. But…I need to apologize to Bella first. He nodded to himself as he thought about it more, Yeah, I probably should give this to her. I can always buy Alice another one… He cringed as an a thought popped into his head, I just hope she'll accept.

Then his phone rang. He placed the box back and picked up his phone.

Rosalie.

He groaned before answering. Alice must have told her.

"Hello?"

"Edward! What's the matter with you?!"

"Nice to hear from you too, dear sister." He replied sarcastically.

"Edward." She said exasperated.

"What did Alice tell you?" He pinched the bridge of his nose knowing he didn't have the chance to beat around the bush.

"She told me you weren't answering her calls. Why is that?"

"Rose, just please drop it."

"No. Alice has been your best friend since you were toddlers. Why are you ignoring her now?"

Edward sighed. Please don't make say it, Rosalie.

"EDWARD!" She yelled when Edward didn't respond.

"SHE'S GOT A BOYFRIEND!" He paused and thought to himself, Shit.

"Oh, Edward." And there it is. The pity that I really don't need or want.

"Rose, just please." He pleaded. "I really don't need this right now."

"Okay. Sorry, if I…" She trailed off, not wanting to push her brother.

"It's okay. I know you meant well."

"So….are you going….did Alice tell you about her…" She stuttered, minding the tension.

Edward smiled humourlessly. "Yeah, I'm going."

"Oh. Then…we'll just meet you there?" She asked unsurely.

"Yeah. Sure."

"Alright."

"Yeah….Uh, I have homework to do. So…"

"Oh, yeah. I'll see you soon then?"

"Yeah. See you."

"Okay, bye…Love you."

Edward smiled a little. It's not every day, Rose says those words.

"Love you too."

Edward ended the call and sighed, running his hand through his hair.

Bella's phone lighted up for an incoming text before she got out of her Mercedes. It was Alec.

I made sure that it'll come directly to your location but it'll probably arrive later this evening. ~A

I'll just stay up then. Thank you, Alec. You're the best! ~B

She quickly went in and up to her apartment, giddy. It's been a long time since she baked something. She opened the door and headed to the kitchen, relieved that Edward wasn't around to see her.

She placed the grocery bag on the kitchen counter and went to her room. If I'm going to stay up late, Iphone better accompany me.

She grabbed her phone and headed back to the living room. She sat down and unlocked her phone. She immediately searched for the app and pressed it. You are going to accompany me. Four pics, one word.

Edward was doing his homework when heard his roommate's door open and he was instantly nervous.

He took a deep breath. Okay, I can do this.

He took the box of chocolates and went out of his room.

Bella had just answered the second batch of picture when Edward appeared. She looked up to see him fidgeting.

"Uhmm…" He trailed off nervously.

Bella stared at him tentatively. He shouldn't be here. I haven't done his brownies yet.

Edward didn't know what to say so he just held up the box of Ferrero. Bella's eyes followed his movement and she saw the Ferrero she bought.

Edward noticed her staring at it questionably. So he cleared his throat.

Bella's eyes snapped back to her obviously nervous roommate.

"Uh, I just…wanted to apologize…."

Oh. Oh! He's trying to apologize…to me! Bella unknowingly smiled a little. I guess he's not that bad.

Edward saw his roommate smile a little and he visibly relaxed.

"I thought….that maybe….you would want some of….um this?"

Bella stared at him in wonder for a while. Even though it's his…he's willing to give it to me.

Edward grew nervous again when Bella didn't respond. "Um, but…it's okay….if you don't want t—"

Bella cut him off when she realized what he was saying, "No, it's okay. It's actually….nice of you to do this."

"Yeah….Um…" Edward smiled faintly and he reached out to give it to her. Bella smiled back at him as she took the Ferrero.

Bella sat back down and stared the chocolate for a second before, "I forgive you."

Edward stiffened a little before smiling.

And Bella continued looking at him straight in the eye, "And I'm sorry too….for barging in…like that. I'm really sorry."

Edward was silent for a while. She apologized too. I guess she's not that bad.

"Yeah, don't worry about it." He nodded.

"I won't do it again." She told him firmly.

Edward smiled, very pleased. Then he was surprised when Bella held out her hand.

"Truce?" She looked at him expectantly.

Edward grasped her hand and shook it. "Truce."

They let go and smiled at each other before Bella broke the silence.

"I was actually going to give you something too."

Edward looked at her surprised. She was?

Bella grinned. "Yeah, I was going to bake brownies for you but….the equipment I need isn't here yet." She shrugged sheepishly.

Brownies? Edward started to grimace before he caught himself. But Bella already saw it.

"You don't…..like brownies?" She frowned a little.

I can't believe he doesn't like them. Everybody likes brownies. I do. Well, there goes my plan.

Edward pursed his lips, conflicted to tell the truth. But Bella already knows.

"It's okay! I can just make something else. What would you like?" Bella asked him cheerfully. He does look a little ashamed.

"No, it's okay." Edward shook his head, trying to be polite.

"I insist. It's only fair." She motioned to the Ferrero.

I guess. And she seems genuine…

Edward gave in and admitted, "I like chocolate chip cookies."

Bella grinned. "Excellent! With a lot of morsel?" she asked, almost in a teasing manner.

Edward nodded awkwardly.