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BPOV I walked inside the cottage and went to sit on my bed, deep in my thoughts. Smith was a vampire; I knew that now for sure. But when Angela came, she must have seen Jake as a werewolf, and if she didn’t, she must’ve absolutely have seen Smithy, crouching in front of me like…well a vampire. Shouldn’t she have said anything by now?? I turned to glance at Angela. She sat on the same bed as Edward, listening at Tyler as he told some story about when he went fishing a few weeks ago. All of them started to laugh, and as I looked, she didn’t look concerned at all. Shouldn’t she be?? Haven’t she just found of that the infamous Mr. Smith is a scary leech??? I know I’m not that, but if you really cut to the chase: I’m just very good to handle super extreme weird stuff. But I don’t really think Angela is one of those people. She should at least be a little freaked out. I mean, with the fact that there’s a creepy vampire out there that probably can hear these guys conversation, kind of gives you the chills…. But as I said before, she doesn’t even look a little shaken. She looks…normal. It was at that point that I noticed that someone was watching me. I turned my gaze towards Edward, who looked concerned and confused. I gave him a small re-assuring smile, instead of the earlier frown I had wore on my face, and then turned towards Tyler, who was in the end of his little fishing story and pretended I listened to it. “…And then the fish…” Tyler said with much enthusiasm and joy. I smiled at him, but my thoughts were miles away…well, kind of. EPOV Bella was the last one to enter the cottage, shutting the door close violently and walked over to her bed. I went to sit on mine, together with Ben and Angela. Tyler was sitting with Eric and Victoria, and James was standing, leaning against the wall. Mike of course sat on the floor like the dog he was. Tyler started to tell his fishing story he had told me at lunch in the beginning of the week, so instead of listening on it, I turned to watch Bella. She was sitting on her bed, cross-legged and she was watching Angela, who was sitting next to me. She frowned deeply, and looked like she was thinking intensely on something. Wonder started to rush trough me. What is she thinking about that makes her so deep in thought?? I watched her with wonder and concern as Tyler continued to babble about his fishing story. Suddenly, her frown disappeared, and she turned to look at me, noticing my gazing. I’m sure my concern and wonder showed on my face, because she looked at me for a second, then she smiled, re-assuring me it was okay, and then turned to Tyler. He seemed to have said something funny, because she smiled while the rest of them laughed in unison. But I didn’t. I watched Bella, wondering what she was thinking so intensely about… BPOV Oh, damn. I really need to go to the bathroom. But…I don’t want to go out there for 2 reasons. Number 1: it’s cold. Number 2: If I go out there alone, I’m sure I will meet him. And that’s something I really don’t want. It’s okay; I can get a potty and just ask the others to turn around. That won’t be a problem at all… All the others started to laugh, which made me come back to the present, and I smiled, unknowing of what I was smiling about. “That was really funny!” Eric said and chuckled as the others laughter died out. “Yeah, sure was.” Ben agreed. He looked at Angela, who nodded in agreement, and smiled shyly at him, making her cheeks go bright pink. As I watched her, an idea came to my head.
“Eh Angela, can you follow me to the restrooms, I kind of don’t want to go alone…” I said as I stood up from my bed, making the others to stop talking and look at me. I mentally sighed at their behavior. Yes, I’m super clumsy and I have tripped a lot in my past, and also in the present. But that doesn’t mean that I need pity from them. I’m still Bella, even if I have stayed at the hospital more timed then all of them together. “It’s okay, I’ll go with you!” Mike chimed in before Angela could answer, and I was pretty close to walk over to him and kick him in his face, screaming: ‘I wasn’t talking to you!!!’ But, I just took a few deep breaths and rolled my eyes. I turned to Angela to hear her answer. “Sure, no problem.” She said quietly and rose from Edward’s bed and followed me to the door. “Are you sure Bella?? I’m a great-“Mike started, grinning as he started to rise from his seat at the floor, but I stopped him. “Yeah, I’m sure. Just stay here, don’t follow us out there.” I said and looked sternly at him, but it was almost a glare. I was close threatening him with that I would tell Smithy if he didn’t, but I didn’t. For him, it would only mean that I was an evil person who told the teacher on him, but for me, it would be telling my teacher/vampire/fan boy that a guy was bothering me. I hadn’t known him that long, well, as a vampire that is, but I’m sure he would do more them make him clean the lunchroom as punishment. The others laughed at Mikes face as we walked out of the door, but as soon as it closed, it was only us in the silent dark. “Sorry for making you do this but…eh…I’m afraid of the dark.” I lied as we walked to the toilets. Well only the last part was a lie. I was truly sorry for making her come with me, but right now I was too selfish to do this without her. “No, it’s okay. I have no problem with it.” she said and smiled shyly, her eyes glittering with joy behind her glasses. “You like him, don’t you??” I blurted out without thinking. She looked down on her feet and her cheeks got bright red, but before she could answer (Man, everyone interrupted her), a deep voice started to talk in front of us. I hadn’t noticed him there, because I had watched Angela, but as I heard him talk, my veins froze to ice, and my limbs became stiff. “Hello ladies, going somewhere??” Smith asked, and as I looked away from Angela to look at his face, I saw that he was smiling. His voice sounded uglier now then it had before, and I guess that he had to get into his role, his role as the human, young math teacher. Humans’ voices were uglier than vampires, but that was just how I was. But, I could name one voice that was more beautiful than any vampire over the whole globe: Edward’s. “Well, to the toilets actually.” I said in an icy tone. “Oh, well, don’t let me disturb.” He said and started to walk towards his cottage. I mentally sighed and started to walk, Angela right beside me. Man, he came even when I brought someone. Can’t he just leave me alone? We reached the toilets just a minute later to my delight. On the way, I deliberated if my blister would crack. But luckily, it didn’t. I was just about to go inside, when I remembered one important thing I almost had forgot because of my blister thoughts. “Eh hey, I was just wondering something. Well…” I started, hesitating a little. I had to say this, it was needed. But, there was a really big possibility that Smithy could hear us. But this was important. “Yes??” she asked, looking interested.
“I was just wondering, have you noticed something weird about Smith??” I asked, hesitating. She frowned at my question, but thought about it for a moment. “Well, should I be honest; no, not really.” she said after a small moment of thinking. “Really?? Not a slightest strange at all??” I asked again, not really excepting her answer. “No, not more than usually.” She said, obviously thinking I hit my head one time too much. “What about when you came into the clearing today and saw me and Smith??” I asked, not giving up just yet. Was I getting crazy?? Did I hit my head one time too much?? “You mean when you two stood and talked and then I called, and Smithy started to walk over to me and accidently hit your head so you fell down and hit your head on a root?” she asked. What? What was she talking about?? WhaI was going to continue my thoughts, but suddenly, my body remained me once again why I was there, and went straight to business. “Yeah, right.” I said, not wanting to sound crazier than I already did. “Well, no, he looked kind of normal then also.” She said. “Okay, thanks, just wondering.” “Sure, no problem.” She said, quietly like the shy girl she was. “Hey, I’ll be right back. You can just wait here.” I told her and pointed at the building as I walked over to the door. “Alright.” She said and leaned at the wall. I smiled thankfully at her and rushed inside. *A few minutes later* I walked out of the toilets and was greeted by a smiling, but still shy Angela. “Ready to go??” she asked me shyly as I walked over to her. “Yeah, sure.” I told her as we started to walk towards the cottage. She seemed more relaxed than she was before I left her. But I guess it’s okay, it’s not really that bad getting treated like you’re normal for once. *Before in the cottage* EPOV “Yeah, I’m sure. Just stay here, don’t follow us out there.” Bella told Mike and gave him a stern look before she and Angela walked out the door. Just as they had closed the door, all of them started to talk at the same time, all of them talking about Bella. “Poor girl, falling down 2 flights of stairs… Can’t you get permanent brain damaged of that??” Victoria asked James. “Man, having that many scars…” Tyler said sadly and then looked at me. But I barely noticed him. All my thoughts were around Bella, I didn’t listen to the others babble. “I wanted to come too…” Mike sulked and looked down at the floor, feeling rejected, which he should.
“I never really talked to Bella, but I would never dream that she had such horrible past…” Eric told Ben, who answered him. I tried my best to ignore them, but their conversations got louder and louder, and finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. “Can you please stop talking about Bella??” I asked in a rather high voice, and you could clearly hear the anger in it. All of them quieted down instantly and looked at me. “Yeah, sorry.” Tyler said and looked ashamed. Victoria was just about to say something, when Mike spoke up. “Why?? Why shouldn’t we talk about Bella?? Huh?? What does it matter to you, Eddie???” He said, still sounding irritated from his rejection. But I didn’t care about that at that moment. All stress, all sorrow, all anger and all confusion made my head spin, and his words was the last drop to make me snap. Victoria POV “Why?? Why shouldn’t we talk about Bella?? Huh?? What does it matter to you, Eddie???” Mike asked in an irritated, but still teasing tone. Damn I hated that kid… Seriously, if the guy got hit by a bus tomorrow, nobody would care, not even his parents. Edward glared angrily at him, and 1 second later, he snapped. He rushed up from his bed and walked over to Mike’s little spot on the floor. He grabbed the collar of his shirt and lifted him up in the air, so their faces were in the same level, leaving Mike soaring a few centimeters up in the air. “Mike,” He said in a deadly tone, making my hair rise in my neck.”Say one more thing, I dare you.” Mike looked at him, but as always, didn’t get the message, and grinned at him. “Say what??” he said goofily. But that was too much for Edward (and the rest of us). He released his collar, making him flying back to the ground, but being Mike, he fell down right on his butt. But that was alright for Edward. He grabbed his shirt again, and began to drag him towards the door. James, being the perfect guy he is, nicely opened the door for Edward, who didn’t really notice, he was too infuriated. At the doorway, he lifted up the now screaming Mike to his feet. Glaring deadly at him, he began to push him out of the door. But unluckily, Mike resisted. He began to grab the door frame desperately, screaming in the progress. “NO, I’M SORRY!! PLEASE DON’T HURT ME!!! IT WASN’T MY FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!” He screamed to the top of his lungs. Anger began to build within me, and if he didn’t shut up soon, I would be right beside Edward in a second and help him shove Mike’s ugly ass out of the door… But, I didn’t have to; someone beat me too it. James, who still hated Mike because he had stolen his iPod that night, and had held grudges since then, smiled a triumph smile as he moved over to Mike. Mike stared at him with terrified eyes. “No….no, you wouldn’t-“He started to plead but James interrupted him before he could end his sentence. “Yes Mike, yes I would.” He said, still grinning and then, he did what Mike feared; he kicked him in the crouch. Mike doubled up with pain, and fell backwards onto the ground. I smiled brightly at my perfect boyfriend’s performance and at Mike, lying on the ground, groaning in pain. Edward glared at him before he closed the door. It didn’t take long before we heard banging on the door and desperate pleading coming from him, but we decided to ignore him. “So, what are we doing now??” I asked as I turned on the radio, tuning out the screaming Mike outside the cottage. He would shut up eventually. “How about a game of cards??” Tyler suggested cheerfully, and we all agreed. Back to Bella and Angela
BPOV As we walked to the cottage, I was only thinking about one thing; why Angela didn’t remember. Well, she did remember, but not correct. It wasn’t right! Smith and I wasn’t talking, we were in the middle of a fight with a werewolf for crying out loud! But why didn’t she remember?? Flashback (swoosh) “I’m okay, really. By the way…did you see like…a wo-“I started to ask, sounding as uncertain as I felt, but I got interrupted by the warning glare from Mr. Smith, his eyes telling me to shut my trap now, or I’d regret it “Alright then, off you go.” Smith dismissed us, giving me one meaning glance before he walked away towards his cottage. Angela and I watched as he walked, both a little freaked out, but didn’t talk about it. I didn’t because the guy had freaking super hearing and I was sure that he would listen around me pretty intense, in case I said anything, which I wouldn’t. Why Angela didn’t, remained unknown. End of flashback (swoosh) That was it, wasn’t it!? Smithy’s the one behind this!! I felt how the anger bubbled inside me, and didn’t even notice when we reached the cottage, that Mike was standing at the window, looking inside with longing eyes. But, on the other hand, he didn’t notice us either. At that point, I decided that I couldn’t sit around here and do nothing. I had to see if my theory was true. “Aren’t you coming??” Angela asked as she walked to the door. “Eh, tell the others I’ll be right back, I just have to check something out.” I said and smiled apologetically. “Alone? Are you sure? If you’re afraid of the dark I can come with you, if you want that is.” she offered and blushed slightly. “Nah, it’s okay, I got it covered.” I said. “I’ll just be gone a second.” I said and started to walk towards the big, yellow cottage ahead. “Alright, see you in a minute then.” Angela said and walked inside, and as she opened the door, I could hear cheering and laughing. Man, I wish I could be in there, having fun, instead of being out here, walking to the vampire cottage… “HEY, DON’T LEAVE ME OUTSIDE AGAIN!!!!!!” Mike shouted behind me as I started to walk forward, breathing deeply as I did. This wasn’t going to be pretty. I walked up the cottage, and was just about to knock on the door, when it opened by itself in super speed. In the doorway was superman himself (if superman is a super evil, creepy, pedophilic vampire dude that is). He was smiling brightly at me, his yellow eyes glittering of joy. “Hello dear Bella. What brings you here today??” he asked me politely. “Cut the BS, alright?? You did something to Angela, I know it.” I said, accusing him. “Do you mean the girl?? Well yes, yes I did in fact.” He said and smiled smugly. “How?? Why?? When?? Again: how???” I asked confused. Yes, he had admitted he had done something to Angela, but what?? “Come in, and I’ll explain it to you.” He said and opened his door a little bit more, inviting me in. I shivered, thinking about those pedophiles who ask little girls who sell cookies to come inside their homes as they fetched their ‘money’… “No thanks, I’ll rather talk here.” I said, stubborn as I am. “I insist.” He said…well, rather demanded. I gulped at him, but nodded and walked inside his cottage. Inside, it was like a freaking horror movie…not. It was pretty plain boring. Just a few ugly furniture and walls painted in yellow. “So fine. Now talk. Tell me what you did to my friend.” I said angrily. “Well, nothing really, just tempered a little with her memory, that’s all.” He said and shrugged, like the easiest thing in the world. I felt how my jaw dropped to the floor and my eyes went big. “You did…what??” I asked when I regained my speaking ability.
“I just made her remember something else then what happened. What?? You wanted your friend to have nightmares the next 9 months about a big, stupid wolf who almost killed you?? I don’t think so.” He said. “Replacing her memory? How??” I asked again. “Well Stacy-“ he started, but I interrupted him before he could continue. “Bella.” I said firmly. He looked at me, and then smiled. “My apologizes. Well Bella, in the vampire world, there is something called gifted vampires, like myself. They can do things other vampires, or humans for that matter can do. I have been well known because of my well giftedness. I even joined the Volturi once. But of course, you don’t know what that is.” he said and chuckled darkly, like he was a 4 year old kid that had this ‘super big’ secret, and he couldn’t tell the others in the kindergarten. “You have been well known because of your well giftedness?? What do you mean? And what is this Volturi??” I asked confused. “Well Love-“ “No L words. I forbid them.” I said darkly, glaring at him. No way I was letting a 451 year old vampire call me ’Love’, ‘darling’ or anything related. “Alright Bella. As I said, I was well gifted. I have multiple gifts, which if very, very rare in the vampire world. It’s even rare to have one gift.” “Well, what are your gifts??” I asked, trying to sound interested. The truth was that I was scared shitless and just asked so I knew if he was capable to fly or shot rainbows out of his ass, or anything else deadly. “Well,” he began, seeming happy that I seemed interested, which I wasn’t. “As I told you, I can manipulate minds.” “No, you told me you could change memories.” I said, interrupting him once again. “Well, it’s more like manipulating minds.” He explained. “You…have you done that to me??” I asked, worried. “No, I haven’t. There’s the problem. I can manipulate every mind in the world, except yours. I don’t understand why.” He told me, frowning. “Well, that’s good. What more can you do??” I asked, a little panic easing at the happy news. He can’t manipulate my mind, I thought happily, as he began to say his next gift. “I have 2 gifts; the mind manipulating, and a kind of shape shifting, like your friend, except mine is way cooler.” He said and grinned slyly. “Shape shifting? Into what??” I asked, happy his other gift wasn’t flying or something like that. “Any animal I want.” He said, saying each word extra slowly. “Any animal you want??” I asked, disbelieving him. “Then prove it.” I said. He grinned at me, and then he nodded. 2 seconds later, a small poof was heard and a small pink cloud appeared. Out of it, came a small bat flying. I gasped in surprise. “It was you?!? You were the bat I saw all these times?!?” I asked, a little embarrassed, but mostly shocked. A small poof was heard again and another pink cloud appeared, and there he was, like he hadn’t moved at all. “Yes, I was the bat you saw.” He said, grinning sheepishly at me. “Oooooookay…But what about this Volturi then?? Is it some kind of mafia??” I asked hesitantly, not believing what I asked. He laughed at my guess, but told me. “Well, it’s kind of a family. A very old, powerful family of our kind. They are the like this powerful, old, royal family, I suppose you could describe it. Anyway, this royal family is also like your human polices. Except much more effective, that is.” he said and chuckled. Man, if you just offended my dad, you’re in big trouble, Mr.… “So if you break the law, the Volturi comes and silent it down, so you humans don’t know about it.” he said. “Laws? What laws??” I asked. “It’s really simple, but I guess it’s too simple for you to see it. There is just one law really; don’t expose that you’re a vampire to the humans.”
“Wow…that was simple.” I said, a little surprised. He chuckled at my surprise. “Well yes, that is the Volturi.” He said, and then he looked down in his watch. “Oh dear, we better hurry.” He said and grabbed my arm. “Hurry for what??” I asked, a little worried now. “The last bonfire of course.”
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