Hey guys! So for a few days now I have been thinking of this story plot and I have finally thought of enough to actually get a story going. This one is a little different than my others, like normal. But hey, it's good to have a variety of stories right? But please just give this story a chance, I promise it will be worth it. =]


Chapter One

Being a hero isn't always defined as saving the lives of others. It doesn't always mean being someone a person looks up to for advice. There isn't a certain quality a person has to have in order to be one. In fact, just about anyone can be a hero if they would like.

When I enlisted as soon as I turned eighteen, I never intended to become a hero. In fact, I never intended to become anyone at all. I was just the average teenager wanting to actually make some kind of difference in this world. I wanted to fight for what is mine while keeping my future family safe from harm in the process. But for some reason, when I came back to my home town four years later, everyone started seeing me as a hero.

Instead of seeing myself as a hero, I saw myself as a failure. I failed my duty as an enlisted United States citizen. The reason why I was discharged and sent back home was because my troop and I were attacked by bombs that were hidden along the path we were driving on. Everyone in the truck we were in was pronounced on the spot, everyone but me that is. I only received a deep laceration in my side that wrapped around onto my stomach, several broken bones, and some severe head trauma that luckily I recovered from. The doctors told me that they honestly did not know how I even survived, but that I was incredibly lucky.

Now though, I have ugly scars that cover my whole body starting from my head all the way down to my feet. I think about that day over and over again, and I still do not know why I survived. Before I left for the army, I wasn't anyone special. In fact, I was nothing but a loser who had a poor home life. I was never popular in school and I only had one friend. So I still don't know why I was special enough to survive that attack.

The plane ride home was definitely too long if you asked me. I tried to sleep through most of it, but every time I closed my eyes all I could see was that day. The good thing is that Rosalie will be picking me up from the airport when I arrive. Rosalie was my best friend before I left. And the reason why I say was is because I haven't been home for four years. Instead, I have been off in Iraq fighting in the war. I honestly don't even know if she's married and has kids or not. I mean, sure we have stayed in touch with letters, but telling one another about our personal life was the last thing on both of our minds at the time. I do know that she was currently dating a guy named…Emmett…I think that is the name. I am actually excited to meet him because he seems like a nice guy.

My thoughts were interrupted by the intercom coming on. I heard the captain say we were about to land at the Seattle, Washington International Airport. I am actually from a town named Forks, but the town is too small to even have a store so I had to land in the closest town.

I felt the plane finally land and after a little bit of waiting, I was standing up and walking out of my first class seat and out of the plane. I have been gone so long that I forgot that it always rained here, so I hurriedly went into the airport. The thing that has always annoyed me about being in the army is all the looks I receive when I go to places. It's because I'm in my uniform and it seems like just about everyone turns their heads to look at me.

As I was walking into the terminal, I started looking for the blonde that I call my best friend. Before I could look any further though, I heard my name being called. I turned to look and found Rosalie with a wide smile on her face, which I found my face slowly growing the same one as well. I quickly walked over to her and I felt her throw her arms around me tightly.

"Oh my god, I can't believe you are finally home! I have missed you so much Bella! I don't want you to ever leave me by myself again! Do you understand me?" Rosalie said as she buried her head into my shoulder. I could feel my jacket start to get wet from her crying, but she wasn't the only one who was tearing up.

"I promise you I won't do that to you ever again Rose. God, I have missed you so much as well. It really feels great being home finally." I said while pulling her in even tighter to me.

We stayed like this for what seemed like to be hours, but in reality it was only ten minutes. We probably received several weird looks, but we didn't care. I have really missed her and so I wasn't planning on letting go anytime soon. Unfortunately though, she had other plans.

I felt Rosalie's arms slowly let go of me and then we both pulled away. "Alright, now that we got that out of the way, let's go get your bags. I am so glad you are home Bella." Rosalie said while wiping her tears off of her cheeks and linking her arm with mine.

We both only had to wait for my bag for a few minutes until we found it. After grabbing it, I followed her out and to her car. She told me that I would be staying with her until I could get myself my own place, which I was really thankful for. On the car ride home, we both caught up about each other's lives.

"So, are you still with that one guy?" I asked as I looked around at my surroundings. I still couldn't get it in my head that I was actually home and not stuck in a dessert.

"Which guy? I have dated a few guys over the past four years Bella." Rosalie said while giggling and smiling at me.

I rolled my eyes while saying, "Even after all these years you are still a complete smart ass. I meant, are you still dating that same guy you mentioned in your most recent letter? I can't quite remember his name."

"Oh, you mean Emmett! Yes, I am still dating him and things are going pretty well. We will actually have been dating for two years next weekend. Oh Bella! I can't wait for you to meet him tonight! You will absolutely love him! He is a total sweetheart and he loves kids. I really think I can see myself marrying him some day."

I smiled at my best friend. I am really happy for her. Even though Rosalie is absolutely gorgeous, she hasn't had the best of luck when it came to guys. I have seen her date some pretty sleazy men in high school. They just liked her for her looks and thought she was an easy target for sex, and unfortunately that resulted in a really terrible incident her senior year in high school. But, that isn't my story to tell so I will just keep that to myself.

"I am really happy for you Rose. I hope this Emmett guy is just as amazing as you make him out to be."

"Oh trust me Bella, he really is. And he even has a sister named Alice. You should meet her sometime Bells! I think you two would really click with one another." Rosalie said while grinning at me.

I rolled my eyes at her while saying, "Rosalie, no offense or anything but I just got back from serving my country, I don't think I am mentally stable or even ready to try and pursue a relationship with anyone yet."

"Oh I know that Bella. But, I was just saying in general that you should meet her. I think she would be really good for you Bells. And who knows, maybe she would make a great friend to you, just as long as she doesn't replace me as your best friend though." Rosalie said while grinning and sticking her tongue out at me playfully.

I stuck mine out at her as well and giggled. "I am pretty sure it is impossible to replace you Rosalie. And besides, if I didn't have you in my life then who else would make it so dramatic and gossipy?"

"Oh shut up, I do not gossip that much! And besides, that was in high school! You haven't seen me since then so how would you know how gossipy I am?" Rosalie said while acting like she was offended.

"Rose, in every letter you sent me you would tell me the latest rumor that was floating around town. For instance, about how supposedly Mike cheated on Jessica with one of her classmates, oh or like how Edward came out to everyone about a year ago." I said to her teasingly.

Rosalie rolled her eyes while saying, "That last one was so not gossip. I mean come on, anyone with eyes knew that good ol' Eddie boy was a total flamer."

I started laughing, which made her start laughing with me. After a few minutes, we both slowly calmed down and we continued to catch up.

We finally pulled up to her house after about an hour or so of driving. Rosalie's house was actually pretty decent sized. Another thing to know about her is that her parents are pretty rich, so of course they could afford a house like this.

"Wow Rosalie, your house is absolutely beautiful." I said as we both got out of her car.

Rosalie took my bags and we started to walk to the front door. "Thank you! My parents bought it for me a year or so after we graduated high school. At first they paid the bills for me until I finished my bachelor's degree. Unfortunately, what I decided to go for doesn't exactly help pay the bills for the house, so they agreed to help pay half while I paid for the other half."

"Oh really? What did you decide to go for? Last time I knew you wanted to become a lawyer or something like that." I said as we walked into the house.

Let me tell you, if I thought the outside was beautiful, then the inside of the house is beyond beautiful. There aren't even any words to describe how gorgeous it was, so I'm not even going to attempt at it.

"Well, I decided to go into social working. I know, it's something completely different than I first intended but, I figured out that I just really love helping others out and help them figure their lives out." Rosalie said.

She then offered a grand tour of the house, which I easily accepted. It turns out that she has three bedrooms and bathrooms which were a master bedroom and two guest bedrooms, which all included a built in bathroom in each room except for one of the guest rooms. She also had a gaming room upstairs, which she told me that Emmett was often in that room when he came over. Her kitchen was absolutely gorgeous. It had several cabinets along the wall with some hanging up on the wall, tiled floor, and granite counter tops. The kitchen also had a little bar that she often sits and eats at when she doesn't have many people over. The living room had a giant flat screen hanging on the wall with an Xbox sitting underneath it. I assumed that was also Emmett's as well. She had one of those couches that could easily fit at least twelve people on it, along with a loveseat and a single chair. Her whole house was just overall amazing to put it simply.

We went back upstairs and walked into the guest room that had a bathroom built into it. "This can be your room if you would like Bella. I'm sure it is plenty big enough for you and you will even have your own private bathroom. And trust me, that will come in handy because my brother likes to stay here a lot and I'm sure the last thing you want to do is walk in on him while he is in the bathroom or vise-versa."

I giggled and put my bags on the bed for now. I turned and smiled at my best friend while saying, "This room is perfect for me. Thank you again Rosalie for letting me stay here. It really means a lot to me."

I felt her wrap her arms around me for a tight hug while she said, "Of course Bells, I would do anything for my best friend. And I am so thankful you made it back home alive. When I heard…when I heard about that attack on you and your troop I…I honestly thought I was never going to see my best friend again. I don't know what I would have done if you…if you just were gone for good. It was really hard enough seeing you leave for Iraq for four years."

Once again I felt my jacket become wet again because Rosalie started crying on me. I sighed and pulled her into my arms even more and held her close. I started to rub her back slowly so she would calm down and stop crying.

"Shh, it will be okay Rose. I'm here now and I promise I'm not going anywhere. I'm officially discharged for good because of medical problems. I promise I am here to stay." I said while still holding my best friend.

Rosalie finally calmed down enough to stop crying. She slowly pulled away and looked at me and smiled a small smile. "Well, enough of my tears. Let's just focus on the happy parts. You're here now and that's all that matters."

I smiled and said, "Exactly. The past is in the past."

She smiled again and walked towards the door. She turned back around to face me and said, "You should probably take a shower and then take a nap Bella. Tonight I was planning on having a small get together to welcome you back into town. And before you protest, don't worry about a thing okay? It's just going to be Emmett, his family, and my brother here."

I nodded my head and watched her leave my room and shut the door. I went over and sat on the bed and sighed. It really did feel great to be home, but I just hope my mind will allow me to sleep again. I sighed again and got back up to unpack my clothes. After putting everything that I owned up, I decided to take Rosalie's advice and take a shower and take a nap afterwards.

When I woke up, I actually felt really refreshed. My mind let me get some sleep and let me tell you, it was the best sleep I have had in four years. Maybe it was because I was in an actual bed instead of a cot or an improvised one.

After stretching and laying there for a few minutes, I decided to get up and change into some more appropriate clothing. I fell asleep in a pair of my boxers and a wife beater, and I figured that wasn't very appropriate to be around people in. I decided on putting a pair of basketball shorts on and a t shirt. Being sent to war has kind of made my clothing choices very few and I have a feeling I will have to go shopping very soon to get more clothes.

Fixing my hair, I checked myself to make sure I looked decently presentable and went downstairs. As I got closer to the living room, I could hear more and more voices coming from who I assume to be the guests Rosalie invited.

Rosalie looked up and saw me walk into the room. She instantly smiled at me and pulled herself away from a big looking guy, who I assumed to be Emmett, and walked over to me to give me a hug. "Bella! How did you sleep?"

I gave her a hug back while saying, "I slept pretty good actually. A lot better than I have in a long time."

"That's good sweetheart. Come with me, there's some people I would like you to meet."

Rosalie took my hand and pulled me further into the living room. I looked around and saw three more people in the room. She first lead me over to the man who she was cuddled up with. As soon as he saw me, a big grin came onto his face.

"Ah, you must be Bella. It is very nice to finally meet you. My name is Emmett Cullen, I am Rosalie's boyfriend." Emmett said while taking my hand into his and kissing it lightly.

I blushed a little while saying, "It's nice to meet you Emmett. As you know I'm Bella Swan, Rosalie's best friend. She has written about you quite a bit in her letters she sent me, so it is good to finally meet you. And I am pretty excited to get to know you better. She told me you like to play video games, is that correct?"

He grinned like a little kid at that. "Hell yes I do!"

I smiled while saying, "Well good, then be prepared to meet your match. It may have been a few years since I have played any video games, but before I left for duty I was the master at Call of Duty."

He grinned and told me that he couldn't wait. Rosalie then led me over two an older couple. "Bella, I would like for you to meet Emmett's parents. Carlisle and Esme, this is Bella."

The woman came up to me and pulled me into a big hug. This definitely took me by surprised and after a few seconds, I unstiffened and hugged her back. "It's so nice to meet you Bella. Please just call me Esme though. Being called Mrs. Cullen makes me feel old."

I giggled and pulled away while saying, "I will keep that in mind Mrs…er I mean, I will keep that in mind Esme."

She grinned and moved over so Mr. Cullen could meet me. He stuck his hand out for me to shake, which I did. He then smiled at me while saying, "I must say it is an honor to be meeting you. I am so thankful for everything you have done for this country and you will always have my upmost respect. It is also very nice to meet you Bella."

I blushed a bunch and tried not to look down at this. "Er…thank you Mr. Cullen. It's a pleasure to meet you as well."

He laughed and smiled while saying, "Please, call me Carlisle. Just like my wife said, being called Mr. Cullen makes me feel old."

I laughed and nodded my head in agreement. Rosalie then started to smile a bunch and led me to the third person in the room. And I must say, I am really liking what I see. This must be Emmett's sister Alice. She is absolutely gorgeous! Her eyes are a deep blue, almost captivating really, and her hair just barely covers her ears and is a dark brown. We both made eye contact and I swear it felt like we were the only two in the room. I don't know what the hell is going on, but I kind of like it.

"Bella, this is Emmett's sister Alice, the one I was telling you about earlier. Alice, this is Bella Swan." Rosalie said, still having that dang smile on her face.

I shook my head to get out of the trance I was in and smiled at her. She then returned the smile while saying, "Hi Bella, it's very nice to meet you. I hope that me and you will become good friends."

Dear god, if I wasn't already dead then I sure as hell died right there. I mean, it's the only logical reason I can think of at this moment. This woman is seriously a god sent angel. Everything about her is angelic, even her voice. And her eyes…don't get me started on those eyes…

"Um…hello…I mean…yeah…hi, it's um…it's nice to meet you too." Dammit why do I always sound like an idiot when I get nervous? Now she will probably think I'm stupid or something.

I heard the most angelic sounding giggle, and I looked up to find Alice creating that sound. She was giggling and smiling at me, which made me blush insanely.

"Jasper should be here in a little bit Bella. I know that he is really excited to see you again. But while we wait for him to come, let's all go out back onto the patio and catch up shall we?" Rosalie said while starting to lead us all out to the back part of the house.

All I could do was stand there and nod my head like an idiot. I swear I was still in an Alice trance or something. Apparently I haven't moved because Rosalie came back into the room and walked up behind me.

"Are you coming Bella?"

I jumped probably about ten feet in the air and turned around with a hand on my heart. "Jesus Rosalie, you scared the shit out of me!"

"I'm sorry Bella! I thought you heard me coming! I'm really sorry. Are you okay though? You have been standing in that same spot since you got introduced to Alice."

I nodded my head while I felt my heart calming down a little. "Yeah, I'm fine. I must have been in a trance or something."

She started grinning while saying, "I told you that you would like her. She's something special isn't she? Come on, let's go out there so you can get to know her better."

I rolled my eyes and giggled with her while following her outside.

Alright, so there was the first chapter for this story. I'm still not quite sure about it yet, but if I get enough takers then I will add more chapters to it. So like I said in the beginning, this story is a little different than my normal ones. For some reason, I really wanted to write about one of the main characters being in the service and then coming home and all that. But unfortunately, I don't really know that much when it comes to military like the terms and stuff, so I am going to apologize now for any mistakes that I have made on that and if you know the actual term then please tell me. Some of you might know me for my story Hidden Soul, which is a Rosalie/Bella pairing, that I have been working on since last summer. Well if you are wondering if I am still going to be working on that then the answer is yes, I still am planning on finishing that story as well. Since it is summer I will have a lot more free time to be able to write and everything, so no need to worry. =] Well, if you like this story and would like for me to continue, then feel free to leave a review telling me so. And like I have been saying, if I get enough interest then I will continue this story. =]