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me as I woke up in the morning. I yawned contently, and stretched out in my small bed. Last night was the most fun I ve had in a long time. All of us (including the twins) drove to Port Angeles, and decided to go this Italian restaurant (since Italian was Rose s favorite). There, we met Julie and Leo, who themselves were out for dinner as well. We told them the good news (and everything vampire related that happened during the day, but of course not around the others) and Julie wanted to pay for our dinner as a small gift to them, but Carlisle protested friendly, since he had promised them that he would pay for it. But after many minutes of begging and persuasion, he finally gave in, and allowed her to pay for dinner. Then we spent the rest of the night, talking and laughing with each other about everything and nothing between heaven and earth. We didn t go home until late at night, when the restaurant owner told us to leave since he was closing, and Edward drove me home (which I actually don t remember since I fell asleep). I sat up in bed, and stared at the alarm clock. 10:53, the red lights flashed, and I sighed, not really keen on getting up, but I knew I had to. I was just about to leave the room when I noticed the note on my desk. I could tell even before I had read it by the handwriting that it was from my dad. Bells, I went to La Push to see Billy. Will be there all day, fishing. See you when I get home /Dad I was hardly surprised by the note he left behind. Charlie always went to go and see Billy on the weekends, this was nothing unusual. I left the note on the desk, and walked to the bathroom, yawning. After taking an unreasonably long and hot shower, I got dressed and walked downstairs. To my surprise, when I reached the bottom level of the house, I saw that the TV still was on. Just as I stood there and frowned to myself, I heard a noise from the kitchen. My body immediately stiffened, and I stared at the kitchens threshold. I couldn t see around the corner of the wall, form where the sound was coming, but something happened there. It didn t really sound like a vampire, I noticed, but more like a ruffling noise, like someone was looking for something or moving stuff around. Of course, a vampire could be in my house, moving stuff around, but whenever I ve been around vampires, they ve always been awfully quiet and graceful. Not noisy. I managed to walk over to the doorway of the kitchen, and slowly, I peeked over the corner. Sure enough, there was a man in my kitchen, but I had no idea who it was. With his back towards me, I couldn t identify him, and I was just about to back away slowly from the scene when I saw what he was holding: a knife. I let out a gasp in surprise, and backed away from the person. My hands were shaking in terror and I was just about to scream when the man before me began to chuckle; a warm, familiar sound that made the scream stop in my throat J-J-J-Jake?! What are you doing here?!? I exclaimed as he turned around, letting me see his face, and placed a hand over my chest as I breathed deeply.
He laughed, and now I saw that he was doing the dishes. The knife he was holding was, now that I looked closer, covered in soap and the sink was tapped up with bubble water. Bella relax, it s just me. I scoffed at his words. Relax? I hardly think that s what you do when you find a person you don t recognize in your kitchen, especially not when you re targeted by bloodthirsty vampires who want to kill you You still haven t answered my question. What are you doing here? I asked after a few seconds of deep breathing. It was a strange mystery why he was there in my house. Dad and I came by and said hello, and when my dad offered Charlie to go fishingwith him, I stayed behind to look after you. His words made no sense to me, and when he saw my confused face, he sighed. I m here to protect you from any vampire besides Smith no even him. He said, and I had no idea if he was joking, or of he was serious, until he began to laugh. No, but on a serious note, Alice called this night to the pack and said that you needed some protection today. She s said they were planning to attack, but it was all blurry or something. She summed it up by saying that we needed to come and watch you because they were going to attack, but they didn t know when or how. That s why we decided it was for the best that Billy took Charlie to La Push for some fishing; we can protect both of them the best there. They re attacking again? I asked. I saw how he was just about to answer, when he suddenly stiffened, and looked behind me. I was just about to ask him what it was when a cold hand touched my shoulder. I screamed, and turned around in horror, only to be met by a surprised a slightly amused Smith. Sorry, didn t know you would be so surprised. He said apologetically, and I frowned. You didn t think I would be scared after being told that the many vampires that want to kill you are going to attack again today? And on top of that, you just appear behind me, expecting me to know it s you! I yelled at him, angry and shocked about what just had happened. Smith grinned and then shook his head. I m so sorry Bella, I had no intentions of scaring you. I scoffed angrily. Well, you did. Why are you here? Don t you even have the courtesy to knock first? I snapped at him, and he raised one eyebrow. In one fast motion, he disappeared and opened the door, and then returned. The sun s beams shined into the hallway, missing the two of us just by a few inches, and he looked back at me with the same, skeptical expression he had worn before he had opened the door. You were saying? he said, and I understood why he had just appeared like he had. Since he sparkled like a diamond when the rays of the sun hit his ice cold skin, he never exposed himself to sunlight and because the sun was out today, he must ve been focusing on not getting exposed in the sun or getting spotted by humans. A thing like knocking on a stupid wooden door was probab the ly least of his problems.
Okay, forget what I said. I told him with a sigh, and walked over to the door and closed it again. But don t creep up on me like that; it s scary. I walked back to the kitchen and decided to make some breakfast, which was my original plan before I noticed that there was supernatural beings in my house. So, what are we doing today? This combination is just fantastic. Jake asked, and went back to his dishes. I walked over to one of the cupboards and took out a clean bowl and some cereal and milk from the fridge and sat down at the table. Smith sat down on the other side and eyed my choice of breakfast with disgust. How can you even eat something like that? he asked as I happily chewed it down without any disapproval. You re really good at rejecting my breakfast, you know that right?? I said and he flashed me a grin. I am, aren t I? Jake, who apparently was done with the dishes, emptied the sink of tap water, and dried his hands on a towel. No, but still; none of you have answered my question. What are we doing today? I shrugged and continued to eat, and Smith grinned slyly at me. I know what you re going to do. He said to me, and I frowned in confusion. Jake looked a little puzzled as well, but after a short while, his face relaxed, and a small smile painted his lips in enjoyment. What? I asked, and just then, the doorbell rang. The two boys (well, technically, one boy, one vampire) smiles grew, and in a slow, uncertain motion, I walked over to the door and opened it. Edward smiled as I saw him, and immediately hugged me tightly. I missed you. He murmured into my hair, and after the few seconds I needed for my shock to wear off, I hugged him back. I missed you to- I said, but was cut off, as Jake suddenly took a grip on my sweater and dragged me away from him. Jake, what are you-! I began to protest, but he silenced me with a curt hush. Do you have any news? he asked, his face stern in seriousness, and Edward became serious as well. No, nothing new; she still doesn t know when. But you could ask her yourself he said, and then looked behind him. Alice, slamming her yellow Porsche s car door shut, began to walk over to us with a fire burning in her eyes. She watched me and how Jake held me by my shirt, away from Edward, and her eyes instantly hardened. She glared at him the whole way, and when she reached the 3 of us, she walked over to me, and yanked me away from him, which made him release my shirt. Alice instantly enfolded me in a hug, her short arms reaching around my body and held on tight. For being such a small creature, she sure was strong. I ve been so worried about you. No matter how long and far I looked; I couldn t see when they ve planned to attack. She said as she hugged me, and I soothingly patted her back. This must be hard for her, since she has always known what s going to happen in any situation (well, almost any situation). Alice, it s okay. Calm down. I said, patting her back soothingly.
Smith cleared his throat in a sign of attention, and I remembered that he was inside, not here with the rest of us in the warming sun. Is it alright if you continue the conversation inside? That would ease my nerves a little. He said in a firm voice, and Alice sighed. Fine. she muttered, and released herself from me. Together, we all walked back inside to the house, and when Edward had closed the door, Smith appeared in front of us. Any news? he asked, and she shook her head. No, nothing. I called the Lewis s, and they decided it was time to involve the Volturi. Julie called them this morning and they should be on their way now. She said, and somehow, that made me feel a little bit safer. Calling for backup was something we should ve done a while back. Alice gave me a reassuring look, and then, like someone had turned on a switch, she glared at Jake. What are you doing here? Alice asked him and Smith in a sour voice. Jake frowned in confusion, and answered her carefully, not wanting to piss her off. What? You told us to come here, remember? he said, and she rolled her eyes. Yes, I know I said you were supposed to come here, but I meant, like, standing outside in the woods, patrolling the area after treats and stuff. Not coming into her home and doing her dishes! she said, gesturing at my now perfectly clean kitchen. Well, you didn t say that. You just told me that I needed to guard her, so I did. He said, sounding more irritated now than before. I noticed how his hand slightly shook, and I tensed. That was a werewolf sign, and if we didn t hurry up and make him calm again, he ll phase. Alice, Jake; stop it. I said in a loud, clear yet firm voice. Both of them looked at me, and I for one seconds felt a little stupid, but I shook off that feeling and took a deep breath before continuing. You have to stop fighting, this isn t leading anywhere. I said, and Edward nodded in agreement. She s right. You re both acting like idiots at the moment when there s much more serious things going on. Alice, who still seemed to be mad at Jake, sighed deeply and shook her head. Okay, okay, I get it. No more fighting with the werewolf that s here to protect us, I know. She said, not sounding a bit sorry at all and then grabbed the duffle bag she had been carrying over her shoulder. It was rather big for something that Alice usually carries around, and I was just about to ask her why she had brought that bag, she spoke. Before anyone say anything, this isn t mine, it s Emmet s. I would never own something this hideous. She said, and then looked up at me with a smile. Edward groaned in the background, and I soon began to worry about what her plans were. Okay. Smith and Jake, make sure Edward doesn t escape. I ll deal with Bella. She said, and grabbed my hand. Roger that. Jake said with a grin, and stared at Eddie with a smile. Smith, who didn t really look like he cared, crossed his arms in front of himself and watched as Alice literarily dragged me up the stairs.
Alice, stop it! What are you doing?!? I exclaimed in slight panic, and as we reached my room, she let me go. Bella, just because those sons of bitches are going to attack today it doesn t mean that we have to stay inside all day and do nothing. It will be sunny all day until 8. So? What does that have to do with you dragging me forcefully up to my room? She smiled and evil smile that made me somewhat fear for my life, and then opened the duffle bag. You and Edward are going on a date. *Later* And were done! Alice joyfully exclaimed, and I sighed happily. The latest hour Alice had treated me like her doll and played dress up. The result was the brown dress I was wearing and a pair of white ballerinas. My face was covered with makeup and my hair was slightly curlier than usual. Alice, is this really necessary? I asked, and pointed at the necklace I had received from the twins on my birthday a few days back. The weight on my neck really bothered me, and ever since she put it on me, I had always worried about if I would break it. Of course, I didn t tell her where it was, but she found it anyway. Of course it is! she said, and then clapped her hands together. Enough chit-chat. Let s go. Together, the two of us walked downstairs. The whole time I walked downstairs, I felt this bad feeling in my core worsen. This was bad Well, will you look at that Jake murmured as we reached the bottom, and I blushed. Jake and Smith both stood together in the hallway, but Edward was nowhere in sight. You look absolutely stunning. Smith said with a smile, and Alice grinned proudly. This is one of my best works yet. She said happily, and I rolled my eyes. Yes, you really look beautiful. A voice said from my left, and Edward walked over to us with an adoring smile on his face. My heart raced inside my chest, and when I heard those words coming from him, my stomach was filled with butterflies and my cheeks blushed red. I smiled, and he infolded me into a gentle hug. I m so sorry about this. He whispered into my ear as we stood in the hallway, holding each other. It s okay; it ll probably not be that bad. I ve got you so I don t have to worry. I whispered back, and then gave him a swift kiss on his cheek before I let him go and turned back to each other. Alice looked like she was a 5 year old on Christmas day. Okay, now for the planning. Smith, you stay in the shadows around us and make sure there re no vampires in the area. Jake, you ll do the same thing, but stay a little bit closer to Bella and Edward. I will stay away on a reasonable length, and make sure those two won t screw up the date. She said, and the other two nodded in comprehension.
Do we have any say in this?? I asked, even though I knew that we had no chance whatsoever of getting out of this. No, you don t. So, are we ready to go?? She asked with a confident smile, and I sighed inside my head. Let s just hope it doesn t go too bad *Later* The long drive to Port Angeles wasn t over a minute too soon. Edward and I quickly got out of the car, and then said goodbye to Alice before she could say anything else with the beginning of This date will . Are you okay? I could call a cab and get us out of here. Edward said as we walked down the streets of the now Sunny Port Angeles. Even though the sun was out, the air was chilly, and I cursed inside my head at my stupid decision of not forcing Alice to bring me a coat. When I told her that I would be freezing when we got here, wearing this thin, armless dress, she only said that I was silly and that it would ruin my outfit if I did. I shuddered as a cold wind blew by, and then answered him. No, it s okay. I don t mind being on a date with you, it s just the thought if it getting controlled by Alice that s bothering me. I told him truthfully, blushing slightly as I did. He brushed his hand down my arm, and the warmth his arm gave me made Goosebumps appear on it. He saw that, and immediately took off his jacket. I began to protest, but he silenced me with a firm look. So, what do you want to do now? he asked, smiling blissfully. I could see that he was happy being on this date. He would probably ask me on dates all the time if I just wasn t so shy when it came to dating. I could hardly hold his hand in school without blushing like a tomato. I don t know, you chose. I said, and he looked around on the street at the shops around us. They were mostly cloth shops, but in the end of the street there was a small café with cute, pink and white signs. He grinned, and looked at me. Wanna go to that café? We don t really have to order something, we can just sit and talk. He said, and I smiled at the idea. When we lived in Alaska, Alice often made us follow her to the town s center where all the shops where (even though they weren t many) and as she shopped, we used to sit at this small, crappy café that practically only served a bunch of small, ill-tasting cookies and tea and coffee. We never ordered anything (after the fatal mistake we did the first time we were there, and ordered something) and then we just used to sit there and talk until Alice was done. That reminds me of Alaska. Do you remember? When Alice dragged us with her to shop in town, we always sat and talked at that café. I don t remember its name tough.,.. I trailed off, and he laughed. Yeah, I do. Those were the good times, weren t they? he asked, and I nodded. Yeah. Then, I didn t have to worry about vampire attacks or werewolf ex-boyfriends. I said with a sigh, and then we proceeded to walk towards the small café. *later*
Should we get going now? It s getting late. Edward said as we sat in the restaurant. The day had gone absolutely perfect. It didn t actually feel like Alice was behind it at all. After sitting at the small café (which also was a lunch place) and eating lunch, we walked around the town, laughing and talking about everything and nothing. It s probably for the best. I mean, Alice said they would attack sometime today, but we have no idea when. I said, and his face became stern. That was something we had avoided all day until now, but even so, both of us were still uncomfortable with the subject. Yeah. He said, and then looked somewhere behind me. I looked too, and saw how the door opened and Smith entered the room. He looked very serious, and walked over to us in a human phase. You should probably go now. We ve only met one vampire so far, which was about 15 minutes ago, but since it s getting dark I fear it ll only get worse by the second. He said, and an uncomfortable feeling settled in my stomach. Let s go then. Edward said, and rose from his seat. I followed his example, and together, the three of us walked out of there. Alice s yellow Porsche skidded to a stop as we walked out of the restaurant, and she honked her horn in an impatient gesture. Edward rolled his eyes at her, a nd opened the backseat door for me, gesturing for me to get inside. I thanked him, and then got inside as fast as I could without tripping. He got inside as well, and closed the door behind him, which was the only Alice needed to get racing down the streets, heading home. Before we get to the boring, slightly scary vampire news, I just want to tell you what a great job you did today! I never expected you would- Alice began to chant until Edward (luckily), interrupted her. Yeah, yeah, we know. I ve heard your thoughts all day. He said, and he didn t exactly sound happy by the fact. She pouted, and sighed. Fine. Okay, here s how it is. The vampires haven t decided to attack yet, but by the looks of it, it seems like they re considering doing the attack tomorrow. She said, and I was just about to sigh in relief, when she continued. I m not finished. I said they re considering. They re still planning to attack today. I sighed, this time in despair, and looked at Edward. He looked as troubled as I felt, and with a small sigh, he took one arm and put it on my shoulder, and then almost dragged me down until I was leaning against his chest. It s going to be okay. He said, and stroked my hair softly. Right now, I did everything I could to believe him. *Later* We got home at about ten, and I can t explain how wonderful it felt to lay down in my bed after a long, yet perfect date with my boyfriend. The first thing I did when I came home was to take of the oversized necklace from the twins, which had slightly bothered me all day. After the long process of removing all the makeup on my face, I could finally go back to my bed and fall asleep. My dreams were strange and restless, and I was just about to run across a crowd of red cloaked people, when the ringing of my phone woke me up. In my morning haze, I looked around after my cell phone. The
clock on my nightstand was 3:05, and I grimly thought that the one who called better have reason this time of the day. Finally though, I managed to find it, and answered. Hello? Bella! Alice almost screamed at me panicky on the other line. Bella, it s happening, it s time! she said, and I frowned, too tired to have a clue of what she was talking about. What? She took a deep breath before she continued, and her next words made me freeze in my movements. The vampires. They re going to attack. Now.
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