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sat up in my bed and tried to look around, disorientated. My eyes became clouded by black spots, and I fell back in the bed again, my head spinning. “Are you okay?” A voice asked beside me in the bed, and I let out a small shriek in surprise. Beside me laid Edward, glorious as always with his head propped up on his arm. His green eyes watched me in the slightly dark room, and my mind slowly remembered last night’s happenings. “Sorry if I scared you.” He apologized as I slowly sat up in the bed, and rubbed my head in a lost attempt to lose the lightheaded feeling that swarmed over me. “No, it’s okay. I just got a headrush, it’s nothing.” I told him and took a deep breath, the dizziness refusing to go away. He looked at me worriedly and was surely about to repeat his question when I reassured him in a firm tone. “No really, I’m fine. You should stop worrying so much.” I looked at him and he raised one eyebrow at me. “Really? Is it wrong to worry about my somewhat clumsy, wonderful yet stubborn girlfriend?” he asked, and I blushed deeply. “Don’t you worry about me?” He asked, and I looked down on my hands. “That’s not the same thing.” I mumbled and he laughed at me. He stretched out his free hand and stroked my cheek gently, which made me look up from my fumbling hands into his eyes. I stared into the depths of his eyes and considered downing in them forever, never looking away from his marvelous gaze. He stared back warmly, and gave me a blissful smile. Then suddenly, the door burst open and Alice entered with a smile on her pixie-like face. “Hello love birdies.” She greeted us, and skipped to the edge of the bed where she made a small jump to the bed and landed in a seating position. In the door, Jasper appeared who had most likely followed his cheerful girlfriend to Edward’s room. He gave us a small smile, but stayed in the threshold. Alice looked from my face to Edward’s, and a satisfied smile crept on her lips, her eyes beaming with joy. “Esme is making breakfast. If you don’t want Emmet to eat all of it, I suggest you get dressed and get downstairs.”She told us, and then jumped off the bed and rejoined with Jasper in the threshold. Just before she closed the door the whole way, her tiny head piped in and she grinned slyly at us. “See you there.” She said, gave us a wink and then closed the door. We both heard how she skipped through the hallway, her light steps together with Jaspers slower one. They soon died out, and I looked back at Edward who was staring at me.
“She’s right. If we don’t hurry, we’ll be late for school.” He said with a sigh, and then got out of the bed and walked to his closet. “You can use the bathroom if you’d like.” He said, and I gratefully thanked him and quickly disappeared into the bathroom with my clothes. I took the liberty of taking a shower, and as the hot water connected with my skin, I thought about last night. The meeting all together had been both a huge success and a failure. Since Alice had broken down in the middle of it, we were all asked to leave. But I guess that was for the best. I don’t think neither I nor Alice would’ve wanted to hear the gory details of the 4 dead bodies they had found in the forests around the town. But the positive was that we got all that information about the Volturi and Julie. Smith’s information was good to, but I couldn’t tell if he had lied or not. And speaking of Smith… I had promised Alice I wasn’t going to go to his lessons anymore. I wonder how long this plan will actually work, considering how fond he was of me. When he will notice that I’m starting to skip all his lessons, he won’t be too happy. I turned off the water, knowing I had to get out of there at some point, and as quickly as possible dressed. Once outside, I walked over to Edward who stood patiently by the bed and waited for me. “You ready?”He asked and I nodded whilst smiling friendly at him. “Let’s go.” *Later* “Thank you so much for the breakfast Esme, it was delicious.” I thanked her as she took our plates from the table and disappeared into the kitchen. “I’m glad you liked it, sweetie.”She called back from the kitchen and I heard how she turned on the tap water and began to scrub them in the sink. Alice had been right about that we both had to hurry if we wanted some food or not. When we reached the dining room, Emmet was already in the middle of wolfing down all the food Esme had prepared. Both Edward and I hurried to eat ourselves full before it was all gone. Emmet sat in his chair and smiled satisfied in his seat, and sighed happily. “That was some good food, mom.” He told his mother as he slowly rose from his seat, Rose following his example, and you could hear how Esme laughed in the kitchen. Edward stood too, and I was about to follow him when Alice placed a hand on my shoulder and pushed me back down in my seat. I looked at her with a confused frown on my face, but she dismissed it and looked at her brother, who looked just as confused as I felt. “Alice, what are you-“He began to ask, but she interrupted his question we both wanted answered, and began to speak herself. “Bella’s not going anywhere.” She said and almost possessively, and stood up behind my chair and laid her arms around my neck, smirking at Edward. His face
went from confusion to recognition in one second, and he raised one eyebrow at her. “Really?” he asked skeptically, and she glared back at her brother. I looked around the room and then cleared my throat nervously. “Eh, guys? What’s going on?” I asked, being the only one in the room who didn’t have psychic/mind reading powers. Edward shrugged and at his sister, shaking his head in amusement and slight irritation, and then turned his gaze towards me. “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing I can do.” He said, and then he left the room without another word. “Edward!” I called desperately; feeling scared not knowing what Alice had planned in her head. She giggled behind me, and let me go so I could look at her clearly. “Alice, what have you done now?” I asked her, almost like it was an accusation. She pouted sourly, and took my hand and dragged me up from my seat. “I haven’t done anything. You promised me last night you wouldn’t go to Smith’s lesson, so you won’t. You’ll stay here with me.” she said, and my eyes widened when her words were out of here mouth as I actually realized what she said. Smith. I had Smith as my first lesson; Alice knew that, so she was going to keep me here until my next class came, which would be Smith free. “So, you’re saying you’ll stay here with me until my first lesson is over?” I asked, and she shook her head. “Nope, I will keep you here until your first two lessons are over.”She said, and I stared at her in sheer confusion. She giggled, and then began to drag me towards the living room. “I’ll have to skip my lesson with Smith too, which will be the one that’s right after yours.”She said like it was the most obvious thing in the world, and then stopped in her steps as Edward, Jasper, Rose and Emmet came down the stairs. Alice immediately let go of my hand and ran towards Jasper and gave him a big hug, throwing herself into his arms. He laughed softly and ruffled her short hair, which made her complain. The others just smiled, watching the so different yet perfect couple. “I guess we better get going.” Emmet said to Rose, and they both began to walk towards the door, when Emmet suddenly stopped and turned around, grinning towards me. “Hey, I have a game this Saturday, want to come?” he asked hopefully as he stared at us. Alice scoffed.”That’s not possible, we have to have Bella’s birthday party then.” She said.
“What?!” Both Emmet and I exclaimed, him in disappointment and me in horror. “Yeah!” She said, and then she looked at me, her expression growing tired. “Have you already forgotten? It’s your birthday tomorrow! I know you wouldn’t want to have the ‘official’ party on your actual birthday, so I figured that we’d have it the day after it, which means that football game is absolutely, strictly forbidden to go to.” She said, looking at Emmet this time. I didn’t hear her last words; I was too busy thinking about what she had told me before. My birthday, the day I dreaded coming each year. Was it really the 13ht of September tomorrow? I had known it was my birthday this Friday a week ago, but then all these problematic things started to happen, and I totally forgot about it… “Come on! Are you serious?!” Emmet exclaimed, glaring at his little sister who stood beside his best friend. “Yes, I’m serious! You’ll just have to forget that game, because you’ll have to be here!” She retorted, her eyes flashing with anger. Emmet let go of Rose’s hand and began to walk towards Alice with long, angry strides, and then stopped and looked down at her. Their height differences made it look rather odd, but they continued to glare at each other, screaming insults in each other’s faces. “Hey, guys…”I called, but none of them heard, and they just continued with their ridiculous fight. Rose and Jasper sighed knowingly in defeat since both of them been through this more than a few times before. I tried again, my voice a little louder this time.”Hey, stop it, both of you!” this time, they heard. They stopped with their screaming game, and looked over at me. “I really don’t need a party Alice, that’s fine. And for Emmet, It would be nice coming to your game.” Emmet cheered as Alice glared at me, and Edward just shook his head, not commenting his siblings’ childish behaviors, but his face said it all. “Bella! You’re supposed to back me up here!” Alice complained and Emmet ran over to me and lifted me up in the air like I was a toddler and crushed me into his arms and began to spin round and round, laughing his booming laugh as he did. “You’re the best Bellie, I knew I could count on you on this!” he said, and then let me go and placed me on the floor again. My head span and my vision was everything but clear at the moment. Rose sighed, and then walked over and grabbed her boyfriend’s arm rather roughly and began to drag him towards the door, irritation showing on her flawless face. “Come on Emmet, we really have to go if we don’t want to be late.” Before he could say anything else, they both were out the door and I vaguely heard Rose call goodbye just before the door closed shut. Jasper gave Alice a small kiss on the nose before he left as well, and then it was just the three of us there. Edward came to my side and gave me a gentle hug –well, it was gentle in comparison to Emmet’s –and then brought me back so he could look into my eyes.
“I could stay if you want.” He offered, but I shook my head, not wanting him to miss any school because of me, even though he had the top grades in every class he had. “It’s okay, I’ll be with Alice.” I said and glanced over at Alice who at the moment seemed relatively calm. He sighed, and then kissed the top of my head, which made me blush. “See you later then.” He said, grinning his crooked grin at my reaction, and headed out the door before I could respond. Alice giggled, and then came to stand beside me. “Come on, we have to start now or it won’t be finished for school.” Her words made me freeze in my actions, and I looked at her in horror, fearing she had planned another makeover. “Exactly what won’t be finished for school?” I asked, fearing the answer as much as she desired it. She grinned a blissful yet sly smile before she answered. “The movie of course.” *Later* “Is this really necessary?”I asked as Alice typed on her laptop, the movie Dracula playing in the background.”I have already told you all I know, and as far as I know, he has no weakness.” She scoffed at my answer, thinking I was ridiculous. “He could’ve had lied, you know that. Would you tell someone who hates you the only possible ways to kill you? Of course he would lie to you.” She said, and I sighed, knowing that her decision wouldn’t change. Her decision was rather silly if you ask me, but she was determined to do it. She wanted to research about vampires and try to find any weakness against it. I had told her numerous times that Smith had told me that they didn’t have any, but she ignored me, and continued her search. She decided to put on Dracula, and told me that if I wasn’t going to do anything good, I might as well just watch the movie and tell her if I saw anything that might help us. “Hey, check this out.” She said after a few minutes of silence, the movie the only sound we could hear. She gave me the computer and I read the small line where she held her finger. Stregoni Benefici An Italian vampire, said to be on the side of goodness, and a mortal enemy of all evil vampires. That…that sounded awfully much like the Volturi… “You see the connection to the Volturi, right? I noticed it too. There’s tons of different types of vampires listed on this site, showing their origins and their abilities.” She told me excitedly, and I nodded, looking at the other types listed beneath it.
“Have you found anything that can protect us from vampires?” I asked, and she grinned, taking the laptop away from me and began to click through all of her documents on the screen until she found the one she was searching for. “I’m glad you asked. Well, there’s the famous and obvious ones; staking them, pouring holy water over them, exposing them to sunlight-“ I interrupted her before she could continue. “I have already tried the sunlight thing; didn’t work. He just began to sparkle. And I’ve also tested bringing an onion to school, but he followed me anyways.” I told her. Suddenly, she began to laugh like a maniac, and I stared at her with a frown on my face. Why is she laughing? Was it something I said…? “What is it?” I asked, and she stopped laughing and looked at me, a smile still playing on her lips. “Bella, it’s supposed to be garlic, not onions!” she said, and then began to laugh uncontrollably again. I blushed furiously, and looked away from her, watching the movie. On the screen, a man whose face was twisted in a mask of horror was bitten by one of the vampires. The vampire bit hard and blood gushed out of the man’s neck, which the vampire drank with pleasure. I wrinkled my nose in disgust, and tried not to remember the horrible smell of it, looking away in a lost attempt to make the knot in my stomach go away. Alice, who sat beside me had now stopped searching on her laptop, and watched the movie on the TV screen with a dazed expression. Her eyes were wide open, and they watched as the vampire on the screen continued to drink from the helpless human. Her lips were slightly parted, and I immediately began to worry if she was going to have another breakdown again, and was just about to place a hand on her arm when she shot out of her seat. Her sudden move made me jump in surprise, and she began to walk away from the sofa towards the kitchen. I saw how she licked her lips before she spoke in an almost strangled voice: “I’ll be right back.” “Are you okay?” I asked, and I heard how she opened the fridge in the kitchen, smashing the door shut. “Yeah, I just need something to drink.” She said, and after a few minutes, she returned. She was smiling at me, and I sincerely hoped that she was really okay, that it wasn’t just a façade so I would stop worrying about her. She grabbed the remote from the sofa and turned the TV off. “We better get going to school now, otherwise we’ll be late.” *In Alice’s car on their way to school* “Here, take this.” Alice said as she drove away from her house, giving me a small necklace. It was all gold, and in the end of it a small cross hung. I looked over at her raised an eyebrow skeptically. She grinned at my reaction, and showed me hers, identical to mine as it hung across her neck. I sighed, and looked at it again. “Will I get away if I try to ignore to wear it?” I asked, already knowing I’ve lost. “Nope.” She said happily, popping on the ‘p’. I sighed once again, and put it on, shivering slightly as the cold, small chain connected with my skin. “You’re impossible…” I murmured as I took my bag and began to look for my cell phone in it. She laughed at my words, and then shook her head. “Not impossible, just very, very careful.”
I took out my cell phone and checked if I had any missed calls, and got quite surprised when I had one. I didn’t recognize the number at all, and wondered who it could be. “Hey Bambi, it’s Rick. Sorry about mom yesterday, but your friend didn’t really look like she could handle any more of it. We discussed lot of things yesterday, and we all thinks it’s best if the three of you stay when school’s over, so we’ll have a talk. And also, don’t ask how I got your number. See you at Math!” Rick spoke, and then the message ended. It did bewilder me how he had gotten my number, but I decided to let it go for the moment. The only thing that mattered was that we were going to find out the rest of the details from the meeting. After a few more minutes of driving, we arrived to school. The parking lot was –of course –empty of students, and Alice smoothly parked her car in one of the empty slots, and turned it off. “Let’s go before we’ll get really late.” Alice said, and grinned at me, and both of us hurried into the building and walked to our classes. Mine was geography, which had started 5 minutes ago, and I walked –running would only make me trip and fall – in a fast phase to my locker and grabbed my books and then went to Mrs. Allison’s class in a rush. I blushed in embarrassment when I entered the dead quiet room, and walked to my seat quickly, muttering “Sorry I’m late” to Mrs. Allison, who glared at me angrily. I took my seat beside the twins, who both grinned at me as I sat down. “You’re late Bambi.” Mick said teasingly as I opened my books and began to read the pages that stood on the board. “I overslept.” I lied in a mumble, and they both snickered at me. “I hope you got my message.” Rick said and I nodded. “Yeah, I did.” I was just about to ask something when Mrs. Allison cleared her throat, and when I looked up, she glared icily at me. “Miss Swan, if you and the Lewis brother’s have something very important to discuss, I suggest you take that out in the hall.” Her eyes pierced into mine, and I blushed. “No, Mrs. Allison.” I answered in a low tone. “Good.” She said, and then she began to ask question all around in the class. *After the lesson* “But seriously, where were you guys?” Rick pressed as we walked out of the classroom, and I shook my head. “I’m not going to tell you.” I said, and they groaned and began to complain how boring I was. I ignored them, and was just about to excuse myself from them when I heard a familiar voice calling my name down the corridor. “Bella!” Edward’s timing couldn’t be better. I turned around, and smiled as I saw him coming towards us. Rick and Mick beside me whispered some things, and I saw how Edward’s smile turned into a frown. “Hey, wait a minu-“Edward began to call, but it was too late. Rick whistled and called over the large group of girls that was coming towards us from the other way. “Hey girls, Eddie here just told us how much he wanted to talk to you all.” Mick said, and they all looked at each other, giggling and smiling, and then began to half run over to Edward, who became surrounded by them. Rick and Mick snickered, and I glared at them.
“Hey, cut it out!” I said and was just about to walk over to Edward when both of them grabbed both of my wrists and began to lead me towards the cafeteria. “Stop it!” I complained, and tried to break through their hold. They shook their heads and continued to walk, ignoring my wish. “If you go over there alone, those girls would eat you alive. You don’t get very loved when you snatch the most popular guy in the school, except for us that is.” Mick said, and I sighed. “Then why did you send all those girls on him in the first place?” I snapped at him, and they both grinned. “Because it’s fun.” They both said with a shrug, and I sighed. Once we were inside the cafeteria, they led me towards one of the tables and we all sat down, both of them letting go of my wrists in the progress. As soon as I was free from them, I jumped to the chair placed as far away as possible from both of them, and they laughed at me. I looked at the entrance of the cafeteria, and I sighed gratefully when I saw both Edward and Alice appear. They both saw me, and came towards us, Edward giving both Rick and Mick a glare of pure hate. “That was hardly necessary.” He hissed as he sat down next to me, and they just laughed at him. Then they both quieted down, and their expressions became serious. “I know you all want to know everything that was said on the meeting last night after you left,” Mick said, looking into all of our faces, his voice barely heard over all the chattering in the room. “And I assure you that you will, but for the moment, we only have one very important detail to tell you.” “If some of you would’ve been here this morning instead of skipping Smith’s classes, you would’ve known that he’s not here.” Rick said. I stared at him in slight surprise. Smith was almost never gone from school, only when the sun shone. “He’s out in the forest, searching for trails.” He continued, looking gravely into our eyes, and his next words shocked me utterly. “We think there’s another vampire in town.”
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