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BASED ON “New Moon” by Stephanie Meyer Chapter 1: Party “Alice, Bella said that she didn’t want her birthday to be celebrated. Why do you have to be so difficult?” I said to Alice as we walked out the front door to go to school. Today was Bella’s birthday. September thirteenth. She’s eighteen years old today. An age I would never be. An age I never made it to. Bella didn’t want to celebrate her birthday. As usual, Bella didn’t do the normal, human thing. Most humans loved birthdays and presents…. If I wasn’t in her life, she would probably love her birthday. The only reason she didn’t want to celebrate it was because she was turning a year older than me. She had a horrid fear of getting older because I couldn’t get older with her. I couldn’t grow and change with her. She would get older and older and I would forever be seventeen. Her physical appearance would continue to change as I stayed the same. But her mind, her personality, her warmth, and all the other things that I love about her would remain the same. She would still have those same, mesmerizing, chocolate brown eyes. Eyes that I always got lost in. And although I also wished that we could stay the same forever together, that meant dooming her to a fate that she did not deserve and so I would just have to suffer in silence. Her soul and her future are too important. We can’t change what is supposed to happen. I want her to be normal. As normal as Bella can possibly be. If that means staying with her as she continues to grow old, than that is exactly what I’m going to do. I would gladly stay with her as she ages. She would always be my Bella. She would always be beautiful to me. Inside and out. “Well, she is just going to have to deal with it Edward. This is her eighteenth birthday. This is a big day. It should be celebrated. She’s only going to turn eighteen once.” Alice said back to me, interrupting my reverie.
“But a party Alice! You’re already pushing it by bringing the gift you bought her to school. You already know how’s she’s going to react when she sees it.” This is her day. Even though she doesn’t want to celebrate it. I still want her to be happy today. Especially today. And Bella isn’t going to be very happy about this. But I can see Alice’s point. She will only turn eighteen once……… “Please, Edward. Please, please, please,” Alice pleaded. “…………..Ok, Alice, but don’t push her too hard. You know how you get when you want something and don’t get your way. Be gentle with her. Don’t make this harder than it needs to be.” “You act like I’m going to tie her down and kidnap her. It’s just a party. A couple of hours. Geez, give me a break.” Alice said. I didn’t say anything else. I just threw her one last warning glance. She would know what it meant. ‘Ok, gentle, gentle I got it.’ Alice thought. We were pulling into the school parking lot now. Bella still wasn’t here yet, but I could hear her truck nearby. She would be here soon and I would be whole again. I missed her so much last night. I wanted to stay with her, but I needed to hunt. Especially since I wasn’t planning on letting her out of my sight today. It had been weeks since the last time I hunted. We spent every day together. We were practically inseparable. I hated being away from her. Not just because I was scared that something would happen to her, although that was definitely a concern, but because I just felt better….happier when I was near her. After that whole thing with James was over, I was overbearingly protective for awhile. I didn’t want her to be without my protection for a single second. This allowed so much time for us to be together. I thought that my protective nature would make her angry with me. But she didn’t seem to have a problem with it. She seemed to enjoy my company as much as I enjoyed hers. Out of all the summers that have passed in my lifetime, this past summer was by far the best I have ever experienced. And the fact that it was probably the rainiest summer the Olympic Peninsula has ever had didn’t hurt either. Although it wouldn’t have
My sparkling skin did not scare her. Bella loved me. She was eager to hold it in hers. as it once had in the beginning. As soon as I saw her face. “Shh” Bella said in return. She already knew Bella’s answer. Typical Bella. I would never tire of her beautiful face. “Happy birthday Bella” Alice said once she got to Bella. The warmth was always a pleasant feeling. Glancing around the lot to make sure no one heard Alice mention her birthday.” They finally made it to where I was and I held out my hand for Bella’s. then…… Did you like the scrapbook your mom sent you? And the camera from Charlie?” “Yeah. I gently .” Bella said with no enthusiasm. I had almost forgotten Alice was standing beside me. Might as well document the experience. “No presents” “Okay. Here we go. She actually thought it was beautiful. She smiled when she caught sight of me and then frowned as she saw that Alice was holding a gift in her hand beside me.” Alice said and then thought “ You’ll get more at the party anyway. You’re only a senior once. This can wait until then”. vampire and all.mattered. Doesn’t repulse her as I thought it would. “I think it’s a nice idea. Bella pulled into the parking lot and parked her truck. “Do you want to open your present now or later?” Alice asked her while they made their way to where I was standing.. my lips turned up into an involuntary smile. “Later. Bella hated to be the center of attention.” “How many times have you been a senior?” Bella asked Alice. It always surprised me how my cold skin never bothered her. “That’s different. Alice skipped over to Bella to give her her present. The sun would never keep Bella and I apart. They’re great. I decided to stay behind to give them their space.
I could never quite understand what she liked about that hideously slow truck. Someday she would just have to accept other people taking care of her. Her voice was unsteady as she said this. I hated for being the reason for . She didn’t want me to buy her anything.” Alice said trying to comfort Bella.” Bella was always the exception.. I smiled at it. I lifted my hand and ran my finger across her lips. Especially me. She never acted like other humans. She loved to hear me play. I made her a CD of some of my favorite compositions. What’s the worst that could happen?” Alice was just joking. I wish I could’ve bought a piano to put at her house so that I could play for her all the time. But………she told me not to buy her a gift. Everyone is supposed to be nice to you today and give you your way. Most people seem to enjoy things like birthdays and gifts. Bella. and she didn’t want any money spent on her. “Eighteen isn’t very old. You might have changed your mind. as discussed. I tried to keep the smile on my face. Alice laughed at my statement. is that correct?” Bella had forbidden me to even mention her birthday. “Of course you’ll enjoy it. “Getting older” Bella said. But I knew that was out of the question. She looked into my eyes and her heart started to flutter. And it was all because of me. “Don’t women usually wait till they’re twenty-nine to get upset over birthdays? “It’s older than Edward. But the most important thing was what Bella wanted. Possibly a new car. Even though I couldn’t read her mind.” Bella mumbled and I could hear the sadness in her voice. but Bella answered her anyway. that is correct” she said. I hated that getting older caused her so much pain. I wanted to get her a gift. not that I couldn’t give her a gift. I sighed. “Just checking. but it was hard.squeezed her fingers. So I agreed. “So. silently greeting her. “Yes. These lips………. I am not allowed to wish you a happy birthday. her heart always gave her away. One of which was her lullaby.
” Bella said. lost in thought. though. ‘ Sorry Edward’ she thought. but I knew the only thing that would comfort her was if I changed my mind about changing her into a vampire so that she wouldn’t get any older. To be unhappy. Just by one little year. Alice had already thought of this. She was still sad. Again trying to comfort her. She knew how I hated for Bella to be sad. “Oh. “You don’t actually. What I wouldn’t give to be human with her and change and age as she did. like she knew Alice had something up her sleeve.” “You have Romeo and Juliet memorized.’” “I-I still can’t come over. “I didn’t know I had plans to be there. except that. “What time will you be at the house?” Great.” This would probably go on all day if I don’t jump in.making her so sad.” . I already spoke to Mrs. that Alice was there. well. “Technically. She said to tell you ‘Happy Birthday. because she changed the subject. It didn’t help Bella though. Thankful. When she was so quiet and thoughtful.” Alice said. thinking that that would end the conversation. I would do anything for her. She’s trading your shifts. She was so perceptive. I wished I knew what to say to comfort her. These were the times where I wished desperately that I could read her mind. Always so stubborn. “I have to work. This definitely wouldn’t make her feel better. sounding a little skeptical. “I’ll get her from Charlie’s right after school. I haven’t watched Romeo and Juliet yet for English. So I just stayed quiet. Bella! You aren’t going to ruin all our fun like that are you?” “I thought my birthday was about what I want. be fair.” I told Alice. Newton about it.” Bella protested. I.
” “So there” Bella added. Bella. Pleased that she was getting her way.“ But Mr. If Bella wants to watch a movie. Alice. She could take that test today and pass it with flying colors. “Edward. Berty said it was the best. That will give you more time to set up. “Relax.finally. or this can be hard. Berty said we needed to see it performed to fully appreciate it. “Sounds good. Bella turned to look at me with a pleading expression. . please-“ she started. but one way or the other-“ I interrupted her then. She did have the movie memorized. a little too smug. “I’ll bring her over around seven. Don’t worry’ Alice thought to me before she spoke. then she can. That was exactly what she was doing. didn’t want her missing anything. I did understand what she meant about Bella not missing anything. Not only was this starting to get on my nerves but she was ruining Bella’s birthday.” Bella would come up with anything to keep from going to this party. too. Mr.” Alice kissed Bella on the cheek and then headed off to class before Bella could say anything else. See you tonight Bella! It’ll be fun. And I specifically asked her to be gentle with Bella and not push too hard. “You’ve already seen the movie” “But not the nineteen-sixties version. I. I rolled my eyes. “This can be easy. I put my finger to her lips to silence her protest. She probably thought I was going to let her miss the party. It’s her birthday. you’ll see.” I told Alice.” Alice . She was just as stubborn as Bella. ‘She’ll love it Edward. Alice wasn’t going to give up though. Even though Alice was taking this whole birthday thing too far. lost her patience with Bella.that’s how Shakespeare intended it to be presented. Alice laughed.
School went by quickly. but I guess he gets points for the effort.“Let’s discuss it later. We’re going to be late for class.” “If it’s not my birthday. Especially Mike Newton. We were used to humans being repelled by us.” I told her as I led her to our first class. I was able to get the administrators to rearrange my class schedule so that we had almost every class together. They sat at the opposite end of course. then I don’t have to go to your house tonight……. All of Bella’s admirers didn’t like that too much. I would tell Alice later to drive the Volvo home. Jasper. “It’s my birthday. I still didn’t understand why Bella wasn’t afraid to be so close to us. beautiful to humans anyway………wait. “I’m pretending it’s not your birthday. I walked Bella to her truck and held the passenger door open for her. she would be difficult. He still secretly wished that I would fall off a cliff so that he could comfort Bella in her time of need. and Emmett were pretending to be off at college. Rosalie. Of course.” . Now we sat at Bella’s table with all of her friends. No instinct in her body warning of the danger. As long as she didn’t mind being close to me. I would ride with Bella to keep her from trying to escape. I knew better. I told Alice not to mention her birthday again so she didn’t. I’m pretty sure Bella was thinking of ways to try to get out of the party. Of course he couldn’t pull it off. We had to die to be beautiful. It was like she had no fight or flight reflexes. He even changed his looks that mimicked my own. She folded her arms and didn’t move. We were pretending to be seniors this year. maybe I could kill him………… Bella seemed to relax as the day progressed. that doesn’t sound like a bad idea. but that didn’t bother us. so that left just Alice and I stuck in high school. don’t I get to drive?” she asked. I was happy. Not that she could. He would just smile at Bella now to make her think that he had accepted our relationship. just as you wished. I wouldn’t complain though. If he wants to look like me. but I’m sure she would try anyway.
Her lips were always so warm and soft. her cheekbones.“All right……. While she drove. She frowned. I knew she hated it when I picked on her truck.” I told her. I shut the passenger door and walked past her to open the driver’s side. “You should be in a good mood. I know how to make her forget her worries. She wrapped her arms around my neck and threw more of herself into . Once it’s installed. She needed one. I hated to stop but it was always necessary.” I said and leaned in to kiss her. She needed a whole new car. “ It took everything in me to keep from laughing. “And what if I don’t want to be in a good mood?” It was working already because her breathing was uneven. Probably about the party. but I guess I would have to settle for the radio. “Your radio has horrible reception. At lease she can’t take the radio back. and her jaw line.” I whispered to her. though. My mouth lingered on hers. shaking my head while I was searching through the stations. I was always as eager as she was to continue the kiss but she always made my self-control worse by getting a little too carried away. I decided to throw a hint about her needing a new radio. She said that with a sharp tone. Happy birthday. “You want a nice stereo? Drive your own car. today of all days. I pressed the tips of my fingers softly against her temples. And Alice will make sure to have Emmett install it first so that she can’t take it back. I loved kissing Bella. Always keeping in mind how fragile she was. “Shh” she whispered and got into the truck. She always worried about the wrong things. which only meant that she was nervous.” I said. We were in front of Charlie’s house now and I reached over to touch her face. Emmett and Jasper got her a new radio for her truck. I knew that Rosalie. Which in turn did strange things to me… “Too bad. I could never make a mistake with her.
I’ve been doing everything in my power to make sure it keeps beating! She just rolled her eyes at me. first of all. She should’ve known I wasn’t having that. please. “Well. He was a very complicated character. my command. “Do you think I’ll ever get better at this? That my heart my someday stop trying to jump out of my chest whenever you touch me?” she wondered. “Be good. I’ve never had much patience with Romeo. he’s in love with Rosaline-don’t you think it makes him seem a little fickle? And then. it would undoubtedly be beating out of my chest too. Her heart sounded like it was about to pound out of her chest. I wanted to keep going as much as she did. I pulled the blanket off of the back of the couch to wrap her in it while she laid against my chest. “What’s wrong with Romeo” she asked. I loved when her heart fluttered like that. to pull away. I let go of her face and unlocked her arms from around my neck. And so I always had to be the one to stop. The sound of her heart was the most significant sound in my world. I couldn’t bear not hearing it. She loved the classics. I kissed her one more time and then.the kiss. And keep going still……. If my heart could beat. forced myself. She sounded a little offended.” I went and laid across her couch while she started the movie.” I told her while the movie started. “I really hope not” I told her. I couldn’t lose control. After she fast-forwarded through the opening credits. as she always did. I wrapped my arms around her waist and pulled her against my chest.. I wanted her as close as she could get to me but I didn’t want her to freeze against my cold skin. she sat on the edge of the sofa in front of me. a few minutes after their .” I whispered against her cheek. “Let’s go watch the Capulets and Montagues hack each other up. all right?” “Your wish. “You know. But I couldn’t.
As we watched the movie. Could he have destroyed his own happiness any more thoroughly?” I said to her. And then I teased her. if I’m paying attention” she said.” . “No. Mistake after mistake. he really did have some great lines. Bella sighed. “I don’t envy him the girl-just the ease of the suicide” I told her. I do sort of envy him here” I said to her. I tried to make my voice light again. That’s not very brilliant. “I’ll mostly be watching you. it made me smile. I didn’t want to upset her. Did she really think that I would envy him the girl? Especially when she was sitting right here in my arms. I never understood it when women cried over something they saw on a movie or on television. after he realized what he’d become…. So epic. Will you cry?” I asked her while I traced pattern on her arms. I really didn’t see the draw to the story. wiping her tears with a lock of her hair. “You humans have it so easy! All you have to do is throw down a vile of plant extracts…. and it still makes her cry..” It surprised me when she gasped.. “I’ll admit. “What?” “It’s something I had to think about once.” My voice had become serious and I didn’t even realize it. anyway. I’m not even sure how many ways Carlisle tried to kill himself in the beginning…. I whispered some of Romeo’s lines in Bella’s ears.” I told her and kissed her hair. I had to admit. he kills Juliet’s cousin. “Do you want me to watch this alone?” she said. “She’s very pretty” Bella said. I never understood why it became so popular. I thought Bella was joking when she said that she would cry. and I knew from Carlisle’s experience that it wouldn’t be simple. “I won’t distract you then.” I told her. But they cry anyway. although I didn’t understand Romeo. “Probably. “And he’s clearly in excellent health. They know it’s not real.wedding. so when she did. And Bella has seen this movie countless times.
you don’t irritate the Volturi. trying to make the memory disappear. she was furious. but part of my mind was making contingency plans. “The Volturi are a family. They are the closest thing our world has to a royal family. to think about when I almost lost her last spring. and asked “Contingency plans? “Well. At the hands of another vampire. “What are you talking about? “ she demanded. I guessed. A very old. I took a deep breath and tried to regain my tone. “What do you mean.. That was one of the worst experiences in my life. when you were…. She started to trace the place on her wrist where James had bitten her. with her safe and alive in my arms. very powerful family of our kind.” . It made me angry again as I remembered how close he had gotten.” They would surely find some way to get the job done if I caused any kind of trouble. Carlisle lived with them briefly in his early years. even now. not unless you want to dieor whatever it is that we do. in Italy. “What is a Volturi?” she demanded. I wasn’t going to live without you.I knew Emmett and Jasper would never help……” they would stop me if they even knew what I was thinking of doing.” I could tell she was remembering what happened too. Like I said. “Of course I was trying to focus on finding you alive.nearly killed…. “Of course I remember.” Did she think I would just move on with my life without her? What a ridiculous idea! I continued. Not knowing whether Bella would be alive when I got to her. this is something you had to think about once?” “Last spring.” It was hard. Bella shook her head. She was angry. before he settled in America-do you remember the story?” I asked. “But I wasn’t sure how to do it.She twisted around in my arms with a frown on her face.” “Anyway. I suppose. In that instance. I had told her this the first time she came to my house to meet my family. “So I was thinking maybe I would go to Italy and do something to provoke the Volturi. outraged. it’s not as easy for me as it is for a human.
without a doubt. the most interesting person I have ever met. “You must never. And it takes a lot to capture my interest. let alone have to live it. There is no way that she would ever see herself clearly.” “It should be. Always so forgiving. No matter what might ever happen to me. that it was my fault. with her kitten like anger. “I thought we’d established that all the bad luck is my fault? How dare you even think like that?” “What would you do. She was too good for me.” She said. “Moot point” I said. “What if something did happen to you? Would you want me to go off myself?” she asked. I sighed “You make that sound so easy. “Whatever you were doing before I came along and complicated your existence. so it’s a moot point. never.” She said as if it were that simple. She is. you are not allowed to hurt yourself!” she said.” “Put me in danger!”. And then I heard Charlie’s cruiser coming down the street. but I decided against it. by far. It seems like I didn’t even have a life until I met Bella. never think of anything like that again. But I knew. I didn’t see the difference. even if I was already dead. Going back to a time without her was unbearable to even think about. But what would I do without you?” I asked her. “I’ll never put you in danger again. She continued when I didn’t say anything. I sat up and shifted Bella to the side so that we weren’t touching anymore. well as tight as she could. “That’s not the same thing” Her response made me laugh. “I guess I see your point……a little.Her face turned from anger to horror as she took my face in her hands and held it tight. It drove Charlie mad . The thought of anything happening to Bella. I’m not really that interesting. she yelled. She never thought I did anything wrong. I was about to explain that to her. if the situation were reversed?” I asked her. was still painful.
it made me feel good when she grabbed my hand. Thanks. and watched television until they got finished.” Charlie said. . she turned it on me and took a picture. Charlie walked in with pizza. Of course she missed it. Bella took my hand into hers. As we did. you should take some pictures. we both heard the sound of Charlie’s cruiser pull into the driveway.” Bella said.when he saw us touching. You know how your mother gets-she’ll be wanting to see the pictures faster than you can take them. Bella. ‘What does she see in this guy? I don’t care what any of them say. “Nice save. only to Bella. I turned to Charlie. “Charlie?” Bella guessed. especially over me. so I won’t be any kind of company……here” he grabbed the camera Bella’s mom bought for her and threw it to her. “Hey kids. Dad. “That’s fine-the Mariners are playing the Sox tonight. Bella didn’t catch him. She was determined to make her dad deal with our relationship whether he wanted to or not. as I always did. “If they’re doing something fun at the Cullens’ tonight. I still hold him responsible for what happened last spring’ Charlie thought. After a moment. When they came back into the living room.” “Good idea Charlie” I said as I gave the camera to Bella. They went into the kitchen to eat. Hungry?” “Sure. Even though I didn’t like her starting anything with her dad. Like she was proud to have me at her side. He glanced at our hands for a split second. I needed to borrow Bella for the evening and I didn’t want to give him a reason to say no. He disappointed her. “Do you mind if I borrow Bella for the evening?” I asked him. “I thought you’d like a break from cooking and washing dishes for your birthday. I smiled to answer her question. but I caught it before it hit the floor. “It works” she said. When I gave it to her. Bella looked at Charlie liked she was hoping he would say no.” he said grinning. I passed on dinner.
if you know what’s good for you. Because otherwise he might have wanted his daughter all to himself on her birthday. “Good” “Can you do me a favor?” “That depends on what it is. I tried to make it go faster. “You know what you would love? A nice little Audi coupe.” And able to go above fifty. took Bella’s hand. Hey. Probably because she could never find the turnoff to my house.” “Not a dime” I said. Very quiet. The others did spend money on her. I’ll tell her” Bella told him. I wanted him to accept me. And speaking of expensive nonessentials. you kids have fun tonight. I wanted him to know the truth.“It’s been three days. I smiled at my victory. “Take it easy” Bella told me. I thought to myself. She didn’t argue as she did earlier. She hasn’t been over in a while. I opened the passenger door for her when we got to her truck. I have never seen anybody watch sports as much as Charlie did. I smiled. “There’s nothing wrong with my truck. thankful that he loved sports so much.” Charlie said. I have to admit. The engine groaned louder as I tried to force it to go past the speed limit. I didn’t want her to hurt their feelings. “Okay. He loved Alice like she was his own daughter. but that reminded me. he couldn’t know that. He had been very grateful for Alice for helping Bella after her “accident”. Dad.” He was anxious to watch his game. you didn’t spend any money on birthday presents.” . It was so slow.“That’s good. and pulled her from the kitchen. That I had actually saved his daughter’s life. Driving her truck was like torture. say hi to Alice for me. I was a little jealous that Charlie didn’t like me as much as he liked Alice. But of course. They are all really excited about this party. lots of power….
” Rosalie was the only one who never warmed up to Bella.” Bella said. maybe Alice will give me what I want. It was quiet for a moment.” She said. A growl escaped from me before I knew it. I’ll behave. Alice.” She whispered. .” Emmett thought of Bella as the little sister he always wanted.” “Fine. “Emmett wanted to be here.” I said.I sighed. That is enough. “I probably should warn you…. Bella was probably thinking about Rosalie.. Because she was so clumsy. Everyone else loved Bella. Bella. She could never make anything easy. She wanted to be a vampire. the last real birthday any of us had was Emmett in 1935. They’re all very excited. Cut us a little slack. And he also thought she was hilarious. She was very creative when she was determined to do something. I did know what she wanted.” “Everyone? I thought Emmett and Rosalie were in Africa.I do mean all of them. and don’t be too difficult tonight. “Bella.. “So if you won’t let me get you the Audi. “Not tonight. I decided to change the subject.” “When I say they’re all excited…. My face turned serious. Bella. isn’t there anything that you’d like for your birthday?” “You know what I want. Why did I have to change the subject. she’ll be on her best behavior. I really didn’t want to have this conversation tonight. I forgot to tell her that Emmett and Rosalie came back home for her birthday.” Why was she so determined to be a soulless creature. Something that I could not bear to let happen. “But……Rosalie? “I know. “Please do. Please” “Well. as a matter of fact all of them. Don’t worry. But I wouldn’t expect anything less from Rosalie.……….
Bella’s presents. until she asked her question. and a pink cake. will you show up in the picture. “That’s not fair!”. and big bowls of flowers lined the stairs on the front porch. There was a table next to my grand piano covered with a white table cloth. As always. She always went overboard when she organized parties. playing with the camera in her hands. As we walked through the door. We didn’t agree on anything. Especially since that was what she thought she wanted. My tone was a little harsher than I intended it to be. Cake? Plates? What was Alice thinking? That we were actually going to eat the cake. I took deep breaths to calm myself from the previous conversation. It felt weird to have Rosalie agree with me. What? So we would all just have to throw it up later? . “If I develop this film. “This isn’t going to be your last birthday Bella”. We were pulling up to the house. Still laughing. Of course this would be no exception. At that. Try to be a good sport. they all yelled ‘Happy Birthday Bella’. On top of it were more roses. Alice had overdid it. roses were everywhere.” She said. I went around to get her door and offered my hand to help her out. Japanese lanterns hung from the porch. As she took my hand.” I just waited.” “Sure” she said. Inside the house. I heard Bella moan as she took in all of Alice’s decorations. she yelled. I had to laugh. Bella blushed. My teeth clenched together to keep myself from getting angrier. I helped her out of the car and pulled her up the stairs. Perfect timing. There were bright lights shining from every window on all the floors except for my floor. We opened the door and they were all waiting in the living room for us. but the subject made me so angry. plates.except Rosalie of all people. “This is a party. she said “I have a question. thought that it would be better if Bella were one of us.
“But I didn’t listen. she said and pulled Bella toward the table. “Alice. Emmett’s installing it right now so that you can’t return it. then said “Don’t do anything funny while I’m gone. so Alice took it and handed Bella Rosalie.” “I’ll try”. It’s just decoration. “time to open presents”.” I half-smiled at her. and Jasper’s present. Alice gave Bella the empty box that the radio came out of. Emmett’s lips stretched into a huge grin when he looked at Bella. red-faced just like always. Emmett” Bella said.‘I see you looking at the cake.” He winked at Alice. Bella opened it and looked at it like she was waiting for the punch line. He was still a little uncomfortable around her. “Thanks a lot. Bella said. Edward. I expected a perceptible difference. Jasper just laughed at her. blushing even more. She threw a quick glance at me and then started smiling. but here you are. but Alice interrupted her. We’re not going to try to eat it. She even made Rosalie crack a smile. Knowing how she hated the spotlight. Esme came then and hugged her and then Carlisle. It was easy to tell that he missed her. Rosalie” Bella said grinning. Geez.” Bella was still holding her camera in her hands. “Sorry about this Bella. Emmett. The radio that Emmett was installing outside as we speak. but I could sense the tension rolling off of Bella. Alice explained to Bella what it was. She missed him too. I know I told you I didn’t want anything-“ Bella said. “Um……thanks” she said. Alice skipped over to Bella and grabbed her elbow. “I have to step out for a second. She must be remembering . Open it. I wrapped my arm around her waist and kissed the top of her head to reassure her that everything is okay. “It’s a stereo for your truck. We couldn’t rein Alice in” He said to Bella.” Emmett teased. “You haven’t changed at all.” “Thanks Jasper. Emmett laughed at her.
including the cake. “You promised. All he wanted was her blood. the flowers. I heard what went through his head. I don’t understand why it was so important that I didn’t spend any money on a gift for her. “Thanks Emmett!” Bella called out loud. I would have loved to get her something really nice or take her to a really nice restaurant. she stuck her finger under the edge of the paper and gave herself a paper cut.” I reassured her. “Give it to me. even thought I didn’t spend any money. “I didn’t spend a dime. He had no self-control. I threw myself over to where Bella was standing and pushed her out of Jasper’s sight. I used too much force to push her back and she went flying across the table. All he saw was red. So perceptive. Bella tuned to glare at me. “Shoot. A drip of blood dropped from her hand and that sent Jasper over the edge. and the plates. The table fell with her.” she said and then sighed. The same thing that went through mine the first day I smelled Bella’s blood. Emmett started laughing and that made her laugh too. as if he couldn’t hear her even if she whispered.when I was talking about her stereo earlier today. Through and through. He wasn’t Jasper anymore. He was a vampire. She grabbed the package out of Alice’s hands and while rolling her eyes at me for getting her something.” I was about to answer right before Emmett came running through the door. “Open mine and Edward’s next.” Emmett said. . It must have clicked that it was all a setup. present. I brushed a strand of hair from her face. Right then.” I heard Bella say when the paper sliced her finger. Emmett laughed at her reluctance. And didn’t care to try to restrain himself. even though I wasn’t even paying attention to Jasper’s thoughts. He was anxious to see Bella blush once she opened the rest of the gifts. She took a deep breath and turned to face Alice as if she were facing a death sentence or something. “Just in time. But she was so stubborn.” Alice said to her. “NO!” I yelled. And I saw his actions in Alice’s foresight. It’s moments like these that I would love to be able to hear what she’s thinking.
No one was getting past me. PLEASE REVIEW!!!! PLEASE REVIEW!!! TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!!!!! . My world. thirsty. It’s like Emmett read my mind. to see if she was ok. Except for Jasper. this would not end good. and focused only on Bella. it was me against them.which shattered as they hit the floor. excited. I wanted to turn around to look at Bella. We were no longer the Cullen family. She held her arms out to try to catch her fall. Bella fell into the shattered glass which made everything ten times worse. Jasper slammed into me in an attempt to get to her. I heard all of their thoughts. hands spread protectively in front of Bella. I knew that they weren’t going to do anything to her. but ended up scraping them in the shattered glass which made her bleed even more. In that moment. It was now me against my family. We had separated that quickly. Jasper began snapping his teeth inches from my face. My life. What a terrible situation. I loved my brother and I know he can’t help himself. Jasper continued to struggle to get free. They were bloodthirsty vampires and I was standing in the way of their prey. His eyes were wild. All of their eyes were excited. If he continued. This has gone too far. No way. Still I wasn’t taking any chances. I would kill him before he got any closer. If I had to. But there was no way I was going to get caught off guard. Snarls were creeping out of his chest as he continued to try to shove past me. even then. They would have to kill me and tear me to shreds before they got to her. I stood there. To drink her blood. This is what it has come to. But they controlled themselves. out of nowhere he grabbed Jasper in a steel grip. but there is no way I’m going to let him get to her. He was determined to get to her. But they were all ravenous for her blood. It was going to be either me or them.
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