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Smith stared wide eyed at Julie in shock, his jaw hitting the floor. My eyes grew big as well, and I looked at the twins for answers, but they didn t even glance into my direction. Their icy glares were pointed towards Smith, and when you looked at them, it almost seemed impossible that they one second ago had made sarcastic remarks and joked with the rest of us. Alice and Edward tensed beside me, and Edward frowned. You know exactly what I m talking about! Julie spat at him, her anger rising each second. The last month we ve found 4 dead bodies drained of blood around Forks, and 7 people have gone missing. Smith stared at her like she was speaking a different language, and after a few seconds, he responded. I don t know what you re talking about; I have nothing to do with this! You know I don t hunt humans, I only survive on animals! he yelled back at her, his futures showing anger twisted with confusion. And besides, even if it had been me who killed those humans, it would ve shown. My eyes would ve changed color to red instead of yellow, you know that! And it takes at least a week for the original color to get back. Julie frowned disapprovingly at him, clearly not believing what he just had said. She began to said something back, and so did the twins, but I didn t listen because right at that moment, Edward stretched his hand behind me to pat Alice s shoulder. I don t know, we can always ask. He said in a soothing tone that in the same time sounded a little stiff. I looked at Alice, and gasped at what I saw. Tears had begun to roll down her cheeks, and her face wore a heartbroken expression. Alice! What s wrong?! I asked, almost yelled, which made the other conversation in the room to quiet down. Alice s body shook from her soundless sobs, and I immediately turned and started to pat her soothingly as Edward had. Suddenly, her sobs erupted, and she swiftly looked up at Smith in a glare. You! she yelled in her tiny voice, making Smith stiffen in his seat. The anger and sorrow in her voice and expression was clear and a jolt of pain shot through my body as I saw my best friend in this condition. You we re the one who made them go missing! They wouldn t just disappear without a notice! You killed them! she screamed at him, tears flowing down her cheeks from her glaring eyes. Smith frowned in confusion at her, not understanding what she was talking about. You killed Liz and Mia! Once her words were out, I gasped in horror, and turned my eyes to Smith. He looked confused, but there was something else there, hiding beneath the surface. Julie s eyes became wide with shock and she leaned forward in the sofa. When did they go missing Alice? She asked in an almost sad voice, the burning curiosity hiding beneath it. La-Last Sunday... She stammered, having a hard time to keep it together. When I heard that, I narrowed my eyes. I remembered the happening between me, Smith and Jake Flashback *swoosh* A growl started to rumble in his chest and his eyes turned dark. The anger that had been so strong before died in a second, and fear began to fill me.
He's going to kill me, he's going to kill me "I told you; stay inside! Man, you never listen, do you?!?" Jake's irritated voice made me look up, and I felt how my heart was filled with hope. Maybe I wasn't going to die today. Maybe. Smith glared at Jake, and then he looked back at me. "You're going to regret this." He hissed, and then, he was just gone. End of flashback *swoosh* That happened this Saturday Did he really do it?! To admit it, I don t want to believe it. I want to believe that Liz and Mia went to Seattle to have some fun for a week, and then they d come home again But killed? Alice just said that they were missing, that they had run away from home. And Smith he said I would regret it, but when I met him that Monday, he didn t do anything Does that mean that he actually ? You bastard I muttered, tears beginning to fill my eyes. Smith s eyes turned to me, and his expression was utterly heartbroken. Bella, what´s wrong? Are you hurt anywheWhy did you do this?! You said that I was going to regret it, but why did you take it out on Alice s friends?!?! Why didn t you punish me instead of them?! I cried, feeling how the tears ran down my cheeks. Edward put his arm around me soothingly, hushing me from starting bawling right there, but the sadness and anger didn t disappear. Jake, who had been all cheerful and relaxed before, now sat tensed in his teas, shaking with anger. What are you talking about, Bella? I haven t killed someone in at least 50 years! These people that you speak of; I ve never heard of them! He exclaimed desperately, and looked at the skeptical Julie with panicking eyes. She ignored him, and looked at me instead. Can you please explain what you are talking about? She said in that calm but firm voice, and I took a deep breath so I could speak, wiping away my tears with my hands. This Saturday, Edward and I went on a date. Smith he followed us, and didn t like that we had. We talked together later that night, and when I said that I loved Edward, he became angry. So angry I thought I was going to get killed, but luckily for me, Jake came in the very last minute. Smith left with saying: You're going to regret this . I didn t see or hear anything from him the rest of the weekend. I explained in a quiet voice, looking down at my hands. Alice had grabbed my hand as I talked, and now gripped it firmly in her tiny little hands. Are you out of your mind?! Rick asked with disgust in his voice, glaring at the shocked vampire in the sofa. His brother mimicked his brother, and did the same. I ve actually never seen them so angry. Both of them looked like they were ready to kill at any moment now. Their eyes burned with the feverish anger they held inside, and their normally liquid blue eyes became hard like stone. I swear I didn t- Smith began to say, but Mick interrupted the beginning his little speech, hissing his words. I think Aro will be delighted when he hears this. There was no kindness in his voice as he spoke
Yes, delighted indee- Rick began, but Julie curtly hushed him quiet. Enough! she shot a glare at her sons. Be quiet! Aro will hear of this, I assure you all he will, but I will only inform him information I know is true. She turned her eyes to Smith, and her expression became cold as the winter. Did you or did you not say those things to Miss Swan? she asked him coldly. Yes, butAlright, so you confess that you openly threatened her? She interrupted him curtly. You could say that, but- he tried to speak again, but she kept on going. Did you mean what you said? That you were going to do something to her later as a revenge for herSmith suddenly let out a furious growl, which made Julie stop talking instantly. Alice tensed beside me, and Edward tightened his grip on me. Will you let me finish?! He hissed in a low and dangerous tone, which sent shivers down my spine. The room became deadly quiet, and the only thing you could hear was the sound of our hearts, beating fast in our chests, and our low, rasping breaths. I didn t kill those girls. I did follow her and that boy, He said, shooting Edward a glare, and then looked back at Julie. And I did threaten her if you may call it that, but I haven t killed anybody. After I had said that stupid thing, I ran north and thought of how stupid I had acted! he said, and then looked at Edward again, but this time it wasn t a glare. You can read my mind, can t you? You can see through my mind what I did after that! I haven t killed anyone! He repeated, and looked helplessly at Edward. Julie narrowed her eyes, and raised one eyebrow skeptically. What do you see, Edward? she asked him, and he sighed. His thoughts are as he says, but that doesn t mean they re true. He said which made Mr. Smith hiss, but Julie shushed him and gestured for Edward to continue. You can always make up things with your mind, everything you think aren t always true. I only read thoughts; I can t judge what s true or false. He continued, and Julie nodded her head slowly as she listened to him. Maybe we could give Maggie a call Rick murmured, but his mother scoffed.
That woman wouldn t come here for such a trivial matter. She said dismissingly, and then sighed. I can t report that Smith has anything to do with your friends disappearing, I m sorry. There just isn t enough evidence to prove that he did it. She apologized to Alice, who stared back at her heartbrokenly. But but they couldn t have run away by themselves, it just doesn t suit their personalities at all! They wouldn t leave me here alone without saying a word, without saying goodbye She trailed off, and then threw her tiny arms around me and cried against my shoulder. What?! Mom, you can t do- Rick and Mick began to babble together in protest, but Julie interrupted them both.
Yes, I can. She sighed deeply, and then looked up at Smith seriously. Do you have any idea what could ve happened to those girls?? Smith shook his head. No, I have no clue. Surely, they ve just run away together. To immediately think that they ve gotten killed is just absurd. He said in a serious tone, and I felt how Alice slightly tensed, but she didn t utter a word. She just continued to cry like there was no tomorrow, and I slowly patted her back like a mother comforting her child when it has tumbled and fallen to the ground. Julie looked from my face to Alice, her lips in a tight line and her eyes slightly narrowed. Then she shook her head and sighed. Edward, Bella, Alice; it was a pleasure having you here, but I think it s time for you to go now. She said in a nice tone, and gave me a halfhearted smile. I stared at her in confusion, not believing her words. Leave? But we hadn t heard anything from Smith yet, and we hadn t even started to discuss anything about those dead bodies! If Smith told the truth when he said that he didn t have anything to do with those dead bodies, it meant that another vampire was here, or we had a mentally disturbed murderer on our hands. Either way, we had to talk about it. What? I exclaimed in confusion and slightly rage, and was just about to rant about all the reasons why we should stay, Edward removed his arm around me, and rose from his seat. Thanks for having us; it was really nice of you to let us participate. He said in a calm, polite voice, gave her a small smile. Then he turned to me, and stretched out a hand towards me. Come on Bella, it s time for us to go. He said, but this time I noticed something beneath the calm façade. Desperation showed in his deep green eyes but his face was serious. Ah Alright. I said, and began to stand up, bringing Alice with me as I did. She rose too on her shaky legs and then let go of me to wipe her eyes, but new tears kept coming so she gave up, and just dropped her hands to her sides. Sarah can show you to the door. Julie said, and then called after her maid. The young woman appeared in the door and she looked at Julie with curious eyes. Her features reminded me of a child, and when she spoke her voice was very light and childish. She spoke fast in a low tone and Julie nodded, and then replied swiftly to her, still in French. Then she turned her head to us, and gave us a small smile. Goodbye now, I hope you got some of the information you wanted. She said, and I nodded slightly. Bye. I shortly replied, and then followed Edward to the door. Please visit again! The twins called after us, and I looked over my shoulder to give them a small smile. Please come this way. The maid called Sarah said with a heavy French accent, and began to walk away in the hall in small strides, almost skips, gesturing that we should follow her. Her curly, brown hair was set up in two perfect ponytails on either sides on her head, and they slightly bobbed up and down as she walked. Then suddenly, she looked over her shoulder and scanned us with her cy blue i eyes. When our eyes met, she immediately looked back straight ahead. I frowned in confusion at her
strange behavior, and looked at Edward for answers, since he could read her mind. He shook his head, and then lowered his head to my ear, his lips slightly touching it. I ll tell you later. He said, and then we all continued to walk in silence. *Later* We got into the car, and Edward slowly drove away from the large mansion. Alice sat together with me in the backseat, her head lying lump on my shoulder. She had calmed down now, but tears were still running down her cheeks, wetting my shirt. What was that maids deal? I asked after a moment, breaking the silence in the small car. She was a little creepy I added to myself and thought of how she looked at us. It wasn t her fault. Edward said with a small smile. She just wanted to see if we were any threat against them. She s their maid/bodyguard. He said, and my eyes became big as golf balls, risking falling out of my sockets. What? I exclaimed and stared at him as he quietly laughed at my reaction. I thought back at the young woman with that childish face and high-pitched voice, and wondered how in the world she was going to defend them is a threat came. She was going to become beaten to a pulp if someone came and tried to do something against them. But she she s so- I began, but he interrupted me. Don t be fooled by her size. That girl knows all kinds martial arts, and could kick Emmet s ass in one second if he even tried to touch her. He said, and the information he gave me amazed me. How do you even know all this? Did you get all that by just reading her mind? I asked, and he nodded as he made a small turn. She thought about it when we had the meeting. He answered simply, and I just shook my head in wonder. You re freakishly amazing I mumbled, and he chuckled.
Well thank you, I love you too. He said sarcastically, and I gave him a small glare. You know I love you. I said, feeling how my cheeks slightly heated. Edward s smile grew, and he turned around to meet my eyes. Yes, and I love you. He said again, and I would ve been really touched if he wasn t driving a car without watching the road. Watch the road! I commanded in slightly panic, and he chuckled, but did what he was told. Suddenly, Alice spoke rose in her seat, and cleared her throat. She wiped her eyes, and took a few deep breaths. Are you- I began to ask, but she answered before the whole question was asked. I m fine. She said, and took another deep breath. Edward s smile disappeared, and the mood once again became gloomy in the car.
Alice, they could still be alive. You don t know that they ve been killed, and besides it s even less likely that Smith killed- Edward said, but got interrupted by Alice, who already knew what he was going to say. I know! I know that, alright?! she exclaimed in anger, and then sighed and buried her head in her hands. It s just that after I saw what he did to Bella I can t see him like anything else but a monster that wants to kill. And don t tell me he isn t, alright? I don t care that he s a veggie vampire who doesn t drink human blood, he still a vampire and he will always crave blood. She said in a dark voice, and then took another deep breath, and straightened up in her seat. I m sorry I acted the way I did. She said, and looked at me this time. Alice, it s alri- I began to say, but she interrupted me once again like she had before. No please, let me finish. I could ve handled it much better than I did, and because of me we had to leave early. She said, looking directly into my eyes. I m sorry that I just broke down the way I did; I know that they can still be alive and well. But Mr. Smith I don t trust him. At all. She said, her face going stern in anger. Then, she looked at Edward, her eyes practically pleading. Edward sighed up front, and I looked at him in wonder. Alice, that s a little far-fetched, don t you think? he said, and I looked at the two siblings in confusion. Please! If you two did that I would be able to sleep sound at night. Come on! she begged him, and I frowned in puzzlement. You two?? Was she talking about me and Edward? What did she want us to do? Fine, but I won t do it forever. And besides, you have to ask her too. He sighed, and our eyes met in the rearview mirror. I turned my head to Alice, and frowned at her. Alice, what are you talking about? I asked her, and she turned her puppy-eyed gaze to me. Bella, She said slowly, looking at me with those hypnotizing eyes. Please stop going to Mr. Smith s lessons! She begged, and her request made me speechless. If you two please just did that then I wouldn t have to worry that that monster is going to kill you every 5th second. She said, and I stared at her, not believing the words that exited her mouth. Wha are you serious? I asked, and she nodded quickly. I bit my lip in uncertainty, and looked down at my hands. He s going to become very mad at me for not going on his lesson. I said quietly. I m going to be very mad if you do. She said snappily at me in an angry tone, and then took a deep breath. Please Bella, for me. It s not like you ll flunk or anything. We ll just arrange so we ll have another teacher, all three of us. She said, and I sighed in defeat. After all that I ve put the two of them through today this was the least I could do for them. I raised my head, and looked into her yellow-brown eyes. Fine, I won t go. I said, and she squealed in happiness and hugged me with her tiny arms. Thank you so much Bella! her happy voice made all the previous uncertainty and doubt about the decision I ve just made go away in a blink, and I hugged her back whilst smiling slightly. *At the Cullen s house*
All three of us got out of the car, and began to walk up to the house. It was already dark, and the wind blew coldly at us, which made us hurry inside even faster. Edward opened the door for us, and as he did, we heard an angry voice yelling. I frowned as I stepped inside, and followed the others to the living room where the ruckus was happening. Rose was sitting in the sofa, glaring at Emmet, who was sitting as far away as possible from his girlfriend. Jasper was leaning against the wall, looking slightly annoyed and tired. When he noticed we we re here, he immediately left his spot and walked quickly to Alice s side. What s wrong? were his first words to her, and he caressed her face gently, looking into her eyes. You re sad and slightly Mad. He said, and she hugged him tightly to herself, not uttering a word. What happened here? Edward asked Rosalie, slightly ignoring his sister and her boyfriend. Rosalie sighed angrily, and looked at Edward. He had this dream this morning that Jasper and I had an affair with each other. Ever since he woke up, he s been ignoring me. He s being crazy! Jasper is my brother for god s sake! She exclaimed in anger, and Emmet scoffed from where he sat. Completely crazy? Yeah right. I m not the one who was cheating! he retorted, his voice slightly shaky. Rosalie sighed again, and shook her head to herself. See?! He s impossible! She groaned. Jasper looked at his best friend, and sighed. Come on Emmet, can- he began, but Emmet interrupted him. And don t let me get started on you, bro! I thought we were bro s! Both Jasper and Rosalie sighed, and then shot him a glare. It was a dream, Emmet!!! they two twins yelled at him, which made him flinch. But-but still! You two betrayed me! he exclaimed desperately, and we all sighed. Then suddenly, Esme appeared in the threshold to the kitchen, and her normally smiling, friendly face was twisted in a frown and she glared at the 6 of us. What s going on here?! She scolded disapprovingly. All of us looked at Emmet, who looked down at his lap. Esme s piercing gaze turned to him, and she put her hands on her hips. Emmet. She called, but he didn t answer. Her eyes narrowed, and she tried again, more acid applied in her tone. Emmet. This time he looked up and met her eyes, and we all saw how he flinched. What have you done now? she asked, and he sighed in defeat. I I dreamed a dream that Rose cheated on me with Jasper he mumbled, and Esme nodded once. Then she turned to Rose, her face becoming more like the one we all knew; the friendly and motherly one. Did you cheat on Emmet with your brother, Rosalie? she asked softly, and Rosalie shook her head.
No. she curly, but friendly answered Esme, who smiled back at her. Then she turned to Jasper, who still was hugging Alice to his chest. Did you cheat on Alice with your sister? No, I didn t. he answered, and then gave Alice a small kiss on the top of her head. Esme nodded, then turned back to her son, and dropped her smile. Emmet, apologize to them immediately. She commanded him firmly, and he sighed in defeat. Esme may seem sugar sweet on the outside, but inside, she s a kick-ass mom. I m sorry you guys. He apologized, and Esme smiled. Then she turned to me and Edward, and looked at me. Hello Bella, it s nice to see you here. What brings you to us this late hour? she asked, and I was just about to answer, when Alice did it for me. She s staying the night. She said, and gave me a look, challenging me to say anything different. Esme smiled at me, and I nodded, not saying anything. Well, I m okay with it, just as long as you tell your dad. She said. I looked at Alice for an escape, but she ignored my gaze. I sighed, and then took out my cell phone from my pocket and dialed my dad s number. It took a while before he answered, and judging by the sound of his voice, he had been sleeping. Huh? Swan s residence. It s me, dad. I answered, and it took a few seconds before he understood who me was. Ah! Bells! I started to get worried. Where are you? he asked gruffly. I m at the Cullen s. I ll stay the night if that s okay with you. I said, and a few more seconds passed. Sure, alright. He said tiredly, and then yawned. You should get back to bed dad, you sound exhausted. I said, worrying a little about him. Alright, alright. Take care of yourself Bells, I ll see you tomorrow. He said, and yawned again. Okay dad, I will. Bye. I said, and then heard how he hung up on the other line. Alice looked at me with a pleased look, and I sighed. Yeah, I ll stay the night. I confirmed to the others who didn t have future telling skills. That s great! Esme said in a warm voice, and I couldn t help but to smile when I heard the satisfaction in her words. Well, you kids should get into bed, it s getting late. She said, and Emmet snickered. Yeah, that s right! You kids really should! he said mockingly, and Esme turned to look at him with one raised eyebrow. I was talking about all of you. She said in a stern tone, and he sighed in disappointment.
Fine. Come on Rose. He said, and the two of them walked together up the stairs. I turned to Edward, and he smiled at me. Am I sleeping in your room? I asked. Before he could answer, Alice did it for him. Yes. If you don t want to sleep here on the sofas. She said, and then took Jaspers hand and dragged him towards the stairs. I guess we should get to bed too. Edward said and took my hand. Yeah. I said, and together we walked up to his room. Once inside, he began to look through his closet. After a small moment, a knock was heard from the door, and Alice came into the room. I thought I would come on drop this off. She said, and placed a bundle of clothes on the edge of the bed. I stared at her in terror, remembering the last time she got me a pajamas, and was just about to ask her about it when both she and Edward began to laugh, both of them alre knowing what I ady was going to say. Don t worry, it s just a t-shirt with some sweatpants. She giggled, and then turned and walked out of the room. Once she was out, I quickly half ran to the bundle of clothes, and reassured that she was telling the truth. But just as she had said, in the small package there only were a t-shirt and a pair of sweatpants. I ll be right back. I said as I took the clothes in my arms, and walked to the bathroom. After I had changed, I came out and found Edward in the middle of making the sofa ready for me to sleep on. I don t know how it happened, but suddenly it just felt stupid that we were going to sleep in two different beds. Edward me. I mumbled, feeling how my cheeks burned. He stopped what he was doing, and looked at
What is it? he asked, and I took a deep breath before answering. Can can I sleep in your bed tonight? I asked, and it took a few seconds for him to answer. Sure, I can take the sofa, it s okay. he said, misunderstanding what I was trying to tell him. No. What I mean is can I sleep in your bed together with you. I said, feeling how my cheeks flamed in embarrassment. I don t mean sleep with you but- I quickly began to explain, hearing the misunderstanding in my words, but he just laughed at me. Sure, it s okay. I understand. He said, and then walked over to his large bed. I followed him, and we both crawled down under the sheets. He turned off the lights, and the room became dark as the night. Goodnight. He called from his side of the bed, and I yawned. Goodnight. I said sleepily, and felt how the fatigue took over and put me to sleep.
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