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. Then she broke down. She began to cry hysterically and buried her face in her hands. I soothingly patted her shoulder; whispering gentle things to make her calm down, but it seemed to have no affect at all. She just continued to cry, her tiny little body shaking from her sobs. Maybe we should go inside. I suggested after a long moment of crying. Alice, who had calmed down a notch, nodded weakly. I got out of the car on my side and rushed over to hers. Alice knew. That was the only thing that kept going around in my head, reminding me again and again. Alice was usually a though girl; a person who could take care of herself and wasn t scared of anything. And she could handle unnatural things very well, considering that she and her brother both we re people with some strange, unique ability s. But the impact she got when she saw Smith through her vision I understand completely why she s acting this way. When I first found out that Smith was a vampire, he was okay kind would be an exaggeration, but wasnt exactly growling at me like some wild animal or baring his teeth like he was about to bite me, like he did now. We got inside, and I guided the now sniffling Alice to the couch, putting a blanket around her. I ll just go and make some coffee, I ll be right- I began, and turned around, when Alice grabbed my arm and dragged me down on the couch. No! Don t don t leave Me. she cried and launched herself into my arms. I stiffly patted her back as she hugged me tightly to herself, and I hushed soothingly. Okay, okay! Breathe Alice, calm down She nodded and took a deep, shaky breath, and then slowly breathed out. She continued that for another minute until she was remotely calm. Then we just sat there, the two of us, in silence. I listened how her heart slowed down minute after minute, and after a while (I have no idea how long) her breathing was slightly normal, and her heart rate as slow as it could be. Are you alright? I asked her, stroking her short, pitch back hair. She nodded back as an answer, and continued to stay silent. After a moment, she spoke. I really thought he was going to kill you. She said quietly, her voice hoarse from all the tears she had cried during the last hour. When I sat there in the classroom and saw how he growled at you, I was so afraid that you were going to die. If it wasn t for those twins, she hissed the word twins in irritation, still not liking Rick and Mick, even though they had saved me. You would ve been dead right now. She held on a little tighter to me, and I shivered at the thought. I guess Alice would know such things But but how is it possible for vampires to exist? They re mythical creatures who aren t supposed to exist! She exclaimed and sat up a little straighter, her eyes looking questioning at me, like I knew the answer just because I found out the big secret before her.
Alice, according to most people psychics and mind readers are fictional too. Still, I have two of them as friends. I told her, and then I shrugged. I don t know why they exist. Some things in the world are just inexplicable. I said, and then laughed when I really took a look at her face. What? What s so funny?! she asked with a frown, not understanding what was so funny in a serious conversation like this. Between chuckles I managed to give her a remotely good answer. Your face Your makeup is running from all that crying. I told her, and she gasped in horror. Oh, no! Please, tell me you re lying. This is a sick joke, right? The terror in her eyes from my words was almost as amusing as her face at the moment. I continued to laugh, and then pointed towards the bathroom. She ran upstairs, quick as a gazelle to see what it was. I almost died of laugher when I heard her shrill scream echo through the house. My face! she screamed, and I heard some rummaging upstairs. I look like a crazy person! she groaned, and I heard how she turned on the tap water upstairs. I continued to laugh as she cleaned up her face. When she got downstairs, she glared at me. I hate you. She told me as I continued to laugh to myself as I looked at her, even though the makeup was gone. Ah, don t say that Alice, I didn t mean to hurt you feelings! I told her between chuckles, remembering how terribly funny she looked when she heard the words makeup and running in the same sentence. She sighed at me, and shook her head slowly at me. Can we get back to our original subject now? she asked, and my chuckles died out. Our original subject: Vampires. I nodded, and she stared me straight in the eye, her face stern. Tell me everything you know about vampires, and I mean everything. She demanded in a serious tone. And so I did. I told her everything about vampires I knew of, every detail of it. I told her about every sign I knew about them, how they sparkled in the sun and had super speed, strength, sight and hearing. She became (as I had) very surprised and irritated when she found out that vampires actually had no fangs. I told her everything vampire related (nothing about werewolves though) from the camping trip, and everything about Smith; his past, his super powers, how he had erased my memories earlier and how he was in love with me. Her eyes narrowed when I told her about that part, and it didn t take long before she exploded in anger, yelling how everyone had to go and destroy her plans when it came to me and Edward. I waited a minute to continue, letting her get it all out of her system. When she finally was done, I told her about the Volturi, their rules and how the twins had a connection to them. Her eyes became quite big when I told her about their mom, Julie, and how I just had found out that she was working for the Volturi. What, so those snotty, badly mannered idiots have business with the most powerful vampire group in the whole wide world?? her eyes studied me with disbelief, and I nodded, ignoring the snotty, badly mannered idiots part. I knew I couldn t convince her that they actually, despise all their pranks and mischief, were two good guys.
Actually, it s their mom who is. To be honest, I don t really know so much about it; they promised to tell more at this meeting they invited me to tonight at 8. I told her, and her eyes turned serious. You have to bring me with you. She said firmly, the stubbornness glowing in her eyes. I sighed. No, you can t. I said, feeling a jolt of pain go through my body, just thinking about dragging Alice into this mess. She of all people couldn t get involved in this; I wouldn t forgive myself if she got hurt I any kind of way. Her eyes flashed with anger, and she glared at me. Yes, I am. People used to call me stubborn, but then they hadn t met Alice I groaned, wondering if I had a chance against her. Alice, you can t! I don t want to drag you into this mess, it s too dangerous for you toOut of the question, I m coming with you. She interrupted me, her mouth formed into a thin line. Alice- I began to protest again, when she curtly shushed me quiet, holding up a finger for me to be quiet. Bella, you re not the only one being worried about someone getting hurt. What if something happened to you? How do you think I could forgive myself if that happened? I stared at her, and felt the sour taste of defeat in my mouth. Alice s mood quickly lightened up and she grinned. Besides, I already see me coming with you. I sighed. Fine, but you better warn me if something horrible is going to happen; then we re out of there in a red second. I warned her, and she chuckled. Roger that. She said with a chuckle, and I couldn t help but to smile, even though my feelings inside of me were anything but happy. I knew telling her was bad. Really bad. But what was I going to do? She had already had the vision about Smith attacking me; I couldn t lie my way out of it. And besides, I hated having to have it a secret. Telling her was a relief in a way, lifting a stone in my heart that had troubled me for a very long time. But a even heavier stone took the other one s place now that I had told her. What if these Volturi persons found out that Alice and I knew about this? Would they kill us? No, they couldn t possibly do that could they? Smith was the one who exposed his secret, not us. He s the one who should get punished here, not us. An optimistic voice in my head boosted me, and I took it in as much as I could. All I could do was to hope for the best. Alice, I began, looking her seriously in the eye. She looked calm at first, but suddenly, her eyes widened and stared at me, horrified. She opened her mouth to speak, but whatever she had to say had to wait, I needed to say this. You cannot, under any circumstances, tell Edward about this, okay?? She looked at me with begging eyes, mumbling, no, no, no, please Bella , as I spoke. As I had spoken, she sighed and hung her head in her hands. I stared at her with a questioning gaze, not understanding what I had said wrong. Then, a few seconds when I heard a voice behind me, I understood what she had been trying to say the whole time.
And exactly what is it that you cannot tell me? Edward s voice behind me made me jump in surprise, and I swiftly turned my head to look at him. He was standing behind the sofa with his arms folded in front of him, his eyes staring at me disapprovingly. The minute I saw his godlike face, my guts dropped to the floor, and my face turned white. No. he couldn t find out about this, it was worse enough that he got involved the last time, at the camping trip. Even though Smith made him forget the whole last day, I still can t forgive myself for putting him in danger. The only thing he remembers of that day was that Smith woke him up, telling him I had fallen off a cliff. After that, I promised myself he wouldn t get involved ever again. Edward I mumbled in a hoarse voice, staring at him and hoping he wouldn t find out about what Alice and I had just talked about. How did you get in? I asked, ignoring his question and hoped- no, prayed that he would forget it. It was worse enough that I had to bring one Cullen to the meeting who already knew all the secrets; I had no intentions of bringing another one. He rolled his eyes at me question and walked over to sit beside, talking as he did. I came through the door silly. Now his eyes narrowed as he stared at me, and I swallowed loudly in a lost attempt to make the large lump in my throat go away. What is this meeting you talked about and why can t I know of it? he asked, and I felt the panic hit me like a punch in the gut. He knew about the meeting. How much did he know?? Did he know of Smith and all the other vampire secrets we had talked about during the past hour? I eh we I mumbled, having no idea what to say. Alice sighed from where she sat, and glared at her brother. First of all: It s none of you business. And second of all: It s still none of your business. Her cold glare was piercing, and I was glad it wasn t meant for me. Edward rolled his eyes at his pixie sister, and sighed. I m serious, answer my question. Alice s mouth became a small line, and anger flickered in her eyes. So was I. This is seriously none of your business! Go home and play with Emmet, I don t have time for you! Edward glared at his sister, and then turned his eyes towards me. Bella? What is this all about? Why won t you tell me?? He asked me in a much more gentle tone, looking at me with those emerald green eyes underneath his incredible long eyelashes. I stared back at him with wide, frightened eyes, panic still running through my system. No I finally managed to mumble, shaking my head lightly. You can t know, you can t off, looking at Alice for support. Edward looked at Alice too, and he frowned slightly. I trailed
Alice does this have anything with the vision you had today? he asked, and then he gasped. Alice looked back at me with sad eyes, and shook her head slowly in defeat. I m so sorry Bella, I tried to hide it as much as I could she mumbled, and then I realized it was over. He knew, Edward knew. Tears began to fill my eyes, and I tried my hardest not to sob out loud. It wasn t supposed to go like this. Not this way. If I could ve had decided, none of the Cullen s would ve found out. I would ve stayed in school like nothing had happened, gone home after school
and then do my homework s before I would head over to the Lewis s house and discuss this whole vampire thing. But most importantly, I would do all these things alone. No psychic or mind reader would ve followed me and found out all my darkest secrets in one afternoon. Bella, are you okay?? Edward s worried voice brought me back to reality, and I noticed that I was crying now. Edward took me into his arms and hugged me gently to his chest. We sat like that for a while in silence, and every now and then, Edward would say something like Ah or That s interesting . You understand now why we couldn t tell you? Alice said then, and I understood what they had done the last couple of minutes. Alice had showed him in her mind what I had told her, probably everything and more Edward grabbed my shoulders and gently pushed meback so he could see my face, and I could see all the pain hidden under the surface. Why didn t you tell me earlier? You ve known this for so long and and you never even considered telling me? I looked down at my hands and spoke quietly. I-I didn t want any of you hurt I stuttered, feeling how a single tear escaped from my eye and landed on my hand. I heard how Alice chuckled, and I turned my head towards her direction, staring at her in confusion. Bella, if anyone even though about the idea, we would know. You worry too much about others Bella, you ll turn permanently grey. Just take care of yourself and everything will be fine. She said with a grin, and I smiled halfheartedly back at her. Edward smiled too and then he spoke. So when s this meeting? I stared at him. No, did he really think he was going to come with us? I was just about to protest when Alice sighed and rolled her eyes at me. Just face it Bella, both him and I are coming with you tonight, end of discussion. That future is perfectly set in- she was cut off mid sentence by a knock on the door, and Alice gasped. It s this again! It all it just disappeared! Don t tell me she mumbled, following me to the door with a disapproving frown on her face. I opened the door, and outside stood no other than Jacob. J-Jake? What are you doing here? I asked, and he grinned. I ve been trying to see you the last few days, but you where always gone somewhere. He said, and glanced at the company behind me. He frowned and then looked back at me. What are they doing here?? he asked like they weren t there, with slightly distaste in his tone. Then he just shook his head. On the other hand, I don t want to know. I just wondered one thing. I nodded for him to continue. Are you going to the meeting tonight at those twins place? he asked, and I was just about to answer, when Alice shocked spoke. Wait, he knows about the meeting?!? she exclaimed in surprise, which made Jake frown. I could ask the same thing to you, pixie. How do you know about the meeting? he asked her sourly with a glare. Then they all turned to look at me, seeking answers.
Eh why don t you come inside Jake, and we can discuss- I was about to continue, but they all were already on their way back inside. I closed the door after him and followed the others inside. Jake sat down in one of the armchairs, Alice in another one, and Edward and I sat down in the sofa. You could feel the tension between us as we sat down in the living room, and I nervously cleared my throat, standing up. I ll just go and make some coffee. Does anybody- I was just about to escape the suffocated environment when Jake gently but firmly pushed me back down on the sofa. Nah-uh. You re going to explain this, Bells. You re not getting out of this one. Jake said darkly, and I groaned. Fine. Alice found out that Smith is a vampire, and I explained everything to her about vampires. I told him, looking him in the eye. I hope he understood I hadn t told them anything about werewolves, but you never knew with Jake Then, when I was explaining here, Edward came and heard it, so I explained it to him too, and now they both want to come to the meeting. I finished, but he still looked a little suspicious. Okay, well how did the pixie find out? he said, and looked bitterly at her. She glared back, and I sighed. Then Alice said something I didn t think she would say. I m a psychic and my brother can read minds. I can see the future, and I got a vision when that Smith tried to take a bite at Bella. She said, and I felt how my chin dropped to the floor. I never thought she would tell Jake about her ability s Jake cracked a disbelieving smile, and he stared at her. Really? Then what am I about to do now?? she asked challenging, and she groaned. I don t know! she groaned in frustration, which made him laugh. Everything about you is a blank hole; I can t even see my own future right now. He laughed at her, enjoying himself. Then what about you, mind reader? he turned to Edward, who was sighing. You think about so much, I get sick. But right now you thought about how annoying my sister is, which I agree with to some extent. He said, and Jake grinned. Wow, you really have some talented friends here. Jake said with a grin, and I nodded. I sure did, involving him too But still, how do you know about this? Edward asked, and then his eyes widened in surprise from something he had heard in his head. Jake grinned, and spoke in a confident voice. You re not the only one who s different here. I m a werewolf, and I ve watched Bella s back in a way that you could never do. He said, and winked at me. I looked at the other two, but they seemed to handle the strange surprise pretty well. They weren t scared or shocked at all; Edward just stared at him and Alice scoffed at his words. If watching her back means stalking, then yes, you did it in a way we never could. She said with a grin, and he stuck out his tongue out like a 5 year old.
Hey you guys, stop it. I told them firmly, glaring at them, and they both stopped it. But when Alice said those words, it reminded me of something that Smith had mentioned earlier. Jake I began, looking into his dark eyes.
What is it Bella? he asked, forgetting everything about the small pixie who sat in the chair next to him. Did you follow me when I went to the Lewis s house yesterday? I asked, and as soon as my words we re out, Alice began to laugh hysterically. Edward cracked a smile, but other than that stayed calm. What? No! Where did you hear that from?! he asked, and I raised an eyebrow at him. Really? So you didn t meet Smith in the woods and tell him to stay away from me and the twins, and then fight him? I asked him, and his eyes widened in realization. Oh, you meant that. He said, and then smiled at me warmly. Yeah, I guess I did. He said which made Alice laugh even more. Hey, I wasn t finished. He told her acidly and then turned to me again. When Charlie told me that you where at those twins house, I went out and searched after you scent. When I finally found it and followed it, I met that bastard Smith. He said he was on his way to see you, but I wouldn t let him, so I told him to stay away, threatening him that you said so. But he wouldn t budge, so we began to fight. He said, and when he noticed how I tensed my body, he grinned. Relax, it was nothing serious. We fought for a while, and then he gave up and left. I continued to follow your scent, and then reached the house. I stayed outside and patrolled, making sure Smith wasn t coming back, and when you left, I changed back to human form and paid them a visit. I frowned at him. Why did he go and talk to them? Like he had read my mind, he answered the question in my head. As I was outside, I thought something was off by the way they talked. And most importantly, it reeked of vampires. So I met them and talked to them. That s how I found out that their mom was working for those fancy leeches. I told her about me and my brothers, how we could take the form of a wolf and communicate with our minds. We exchanged numbers, since we could use their information they had about the bloodsuckers. Then she called me this afternoon and said that you and that bloody bastard were invited to this meeting this afternoon, and I couldn t decline her wonderful offer. He said, and I stared at him in wonder. So he had gone and talked to Julie and his sons when I had gone home Wow I mumbled, stunned by the information I just had gotten. So you re going to the meeting too?? I asked, even if I knew the answerer. He scoffed at my stupid question, but answered anyway. Yeah, of course I am! Do you really think I m letting you go all alone with these two freaks? he asked, earning a small and irritated hey! from the two siblings. I gave him a mild glare, but let it go for the moment. Alright then, so I guess we all are going to their house tonight. I stated.
Yeah. But I still don t believe that the mutt really is a werewolf. Alice said and Jake turned to her in his seat. Really? And why is that? he asked challenging, and I groaned. The two of them really behaved like 4 year olds when they met each other. I mumbled stop it in a weak attempt to make them stop, but nobody of them listened. Well, she said, a sly grin playing on her lips. You re not that manly if I have to say so myself. She said, and I saw how he flushed in anger under his russet skin. Edward chuckled beside me, and I turned my head to look at him. He was holding his hand in front of his mouth to stifle the sound, but he wasn t succeeding. What!? Jake exclaimed, furious. He glared at her, and suddenly he began to shake uncontrollably. Oh oh. Jake, calm down. I said as soothingly as I could manage with my shaky voice, and he turned his head into my direction, meeting my gaze. Follow me. he managed to say through gritted teeth, and stood up and began to walktowards the door. We quickly followed him outside to the backyard, and when he began to walk to the fores I t, became a little worried. Eh, Jake what are you- I began to ask. You ll see. He interrupted me curtly, sounding a little more spiteful than I think he meant. We followed him on the small forest trail until we came to a small clearing. Wait here. He said, and then began to walk into the bushes, taking off his shirt in the progress. I blushed, and I felt Edward s gaze on me. If you re going to strip for us, you can forget it! Alice called after him, and I heard him chuckle, despite his anger. Then, some sort of ripping noise was heard, and a small growl. Alice s before confident face now grew a little pale, and she backed away from the place where Jake had gone into. Edward chuckled at his sister, but didn t say anything. Obviously, he already knew what Jake had in mind, but he didn t seem to have any plans to share it with the rest of us. Suddenly, a large, familiar reddish-brown wolf (big wolf) appeared in front of us. I heard how Alice gasped, and I raised an eyebrow at Jake. Really? Your manhood got hurt, so you had to prove that you re a big, fancy wolf? I asked skeptically, looking into his big, dark eyes. He rolled his eyes at me, and waved his tail playfully. Yeah, yeah, you re really cute, now can we please get back to the house? Charliewill be home soon, and I have to prepare his dinner before he gets home. I told him, and he growled a little to show his disapproval, but then bolted towards the woods again. He wasn t as fast as vampires, but boy was he fast. His body became a blur of brown color, and before I knew it, he was out of sight. A few seconds passed, and then he reappeared in front of us, shirtless and with a frown on his face. Come on Bella, don t be such a buzz killer! he complained as we walked back to the house. Alice was wrinkling her nose in distaste, and I laughed at her funny expression.
Jake, can t you please put your shirt on? I asked instead of answering his ridiculous question. Fine. He grumbled, and did as I he was told. I had to admit his body had become very well built ever since he had become a werewolf, but that didn t mean he had to show it to everyone Then suddenly, Jake chuckled. So, what did you think if it, psychic chick? Jake asked, and Alice grinned a little evilly. Well it was sure as hell not cute. *Later* Well, I hope you ll have fun kid. See ya later. Charlie called as we walked out of the door into the slightly chilly weather. After Jake s lovely performance in the forest we got back inside and I began to make lasagna to Charlie. Edward helped me in the kitchen, and Alice and Jacob sat in the living room, quarreling with each other, even though I yelled at them a thousand times to be quiet and behave. So, whose car are we riding in? Jake asked, and I looked at our options. Either it was my car, which only had 2 seats, or we could ride in Edward s Volvo. Then I noticed Jake didn t get here by car. Jake, did you run here or something? I asked him, and he nodded with a grin. Yeah, it s faster that way. Huh well, I guess we ll take Edward s car. Is that okay with you? I asked him, and he nodded with a grin. I smiled back as best as I could, and then followed him to the car. I was nervous; there was no other way to put it. Going to that meeting, bringing two uninvited guests who shouldn t know about these things, made me a little panicky. I sat down in the backseat together with Jake, and then Edward began to drive away from my house. You re going to have to guide me there, you know. He told me as he drove down the street, and I looked out the window, smiling. Okay, sure. Just keep driving on the motorway until I say otherwise. I told him. Suddenly, I saw something outside that caught my eye. I saw a small fox who ran in the forest, and it was quite fast it I may say so myself. It ran peacefully through the forest, as we drove by, and as we passed it, I met its eyes. They were yellow and they reminded me of Smith s very much, except these ones looked so innocent and not as evil. But it was soon out of my sight, and I forced my mind to think of something else, something important. The drive to the twins house was silent, but quite nice in the same way. It gave me the perfect time to think this through. Unfortunately, I we reached our destination sooner than I thought, and panic began to spread through my system. Bella, calm down. This is going to go just fine, you ll see. Jake said, and grinned at me, but it didn t reassure me. I took a big, shaky breath before I stepped out of the car, and looked at the large house in front of me.
You can do this, nothing is going to happen. I told myself quietly in my mind, and was just about to follow the others to the door when I heard a voice from my left side. I turned, and surprise hit me hard. You look like you re going to pass out, are you okay? A small fox asked, looking at me with his yellow eyes, and I then realized who it was. Smith?! I exclaimed, and the small fox gave me a full smile. Then suddenly, the fox exploded into pink smoke, and the Smith we all knew (and hated) appeared. I m glad that you decided to come Bella, but your company is what that s troubling Me. he said, and anger flashed in his eyes as he looked over into the direction where the other stood and watched. Then why don t you come inside and discuss it with us? Julie s confident voice echoed through the air, and Smith and I turned to look at the well dressed woman in the threshold. Oh Julie, nice seeing you again. Smith said with his most smooth voice, and she coldly smiled back. Hello Smith. She greeted him, and then let her eyes wander to me, turning a little bit warmer as they did. Bella, I m happy to see you again. I see you brought some of your friends. She said, eyeing Alice and Edward. Well, well, let s take this inside, shall we? she said, and stepped inside her grand house, gesturing that we should follow her inside. I quickly walked almost ran to Edward s side, and together with him, I entered the magnificent house.
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