The Past Comes Back to Haunt Us
Edward and his family go hunting one day, and they stumble across a girl in the woods. She is being pursued by two vampires...and Edward saves her. Only later, does he come to realize that this strange and mysterious girl is closely linked to his past...
Hello! Yes, I know, a lot of stories posted by me lately. :) Anyway, this is just a random idea I got for a story. Enjoy! Don't own any of it. All belongs to the talented Stephenie. However, the characters of Hayden and Anna do belong to me, though! :) Chapter Two will be up soon! © Edwards Rose 2007
1. Chapter 1: Hunted
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The Past Comes Back to Haunt Us
By Edward’s Rose
Chapter One: Hunted
The wind slapped me hard in the face as I stepped out onto my screen porch. I leaned against the doorframe and breathed in the sweet, pure smells of autumn. I tucked my hair behind my ears and bit my lip. Brilliant colored leaves swept past me, drawing my eyes towards the deserted road in front of the house. A change was coming.
I kicked my feet up over the porch swing, leaning my back against the other side. I let my fingers trail on the floor of, causing the swing to rock ever-so-slightly. And in this weird and uncomfortable position, I began waiting for Hayden. I stifled a yawn and rubbed my eyes, wiping away all traces of sleep. My name was Anna and I was thirteen-years-old.
I lived in a small, dreary town right in the middle of Washington. That’s Washington State…life in Washington D.C. would be much more exciting. My house bordered the miles of forest that covered the Olympic Peninsula…trees were the only constant thing in my life.
I drummed my fingers against the wood and felt my impatience. He was fifteen minutes late. God, that boy was never on time! It irritated me to no end. Then, I saw a figure standing at my gate. I blinked and smiled…it was Hayden. I disentangled myself from the swing and leapt off the porch, nearly tripping over my mom’s flowers.
“Hayden!” I called, running towards him.
He flashed me a brilliant smile, his stormy grey eyes lighting up. He caught me in his arms, pulling me into a hug. “That happy to see me?” he teased.
“Why wouldn’t I be? I haven’t seen you in two months!” I said into his shoulder.
I pulled away and he gently tucked a strand of hair behind my ear. “I missed you,” he whispered.
I smiled. “Mom’s gone…she said it’s fine if we go out into the woods. Just as long as we’re careful…there’s been another disappearance down the coast.”
He nodded indifferently. “Shall we?” he asked, holding out an arm like they do in the movies.
I laughed. “Silly.” Then we headed into the dark fringe of trees, where the light didn’t seem to touch us.
I watched Edward as he carefully pulled into the parking lot at the trail head. He was out of the car first, slamming the door with unnecessary force. Being away from Bella never did much for him. Emmett and Jasper followed, waiting for me to get out of the car. We were all going hunting…leaving Bella with Esme, Alice and Rosalie. There’d been another unknown disappearance, and we weren’t taking any chances.
I flexed my fingers and gave a gentle smile. “Ready, boys?”
“Maybe we’ll run into some bears today!” Emmett said happily, a grin spreading across his features.
“We usually do, Emmett,” Jasper grumbled.
I sighed heavily in their direction, but then my eyes found Edward. He was standing near the trees, scanning the forest intently.
“There are more of us…in the woods,” he declared in a hard voice.
Then he was gone…nothing more than a silent shadow.
I exchanged apprehensive glances with Emmett and Jasper. “Edward!” I called, beginning to run after him.
Something was wrong.
“Come on, Anna!” Hayden shouted, his voice echoing off the many trees.
I paused for a moment, letting the slight mist touch my face. I sighed and hurried to catch up with Hayden’s fast gait.
“Hayden…where are we going anyway?” I whined. We’d been walking for hours, and Hayden was showing so sign of stopping.
He turned around to look at me, his grey eyes impatient. “We’re close, Anna. It’s this meadow near Forks…”
I stopped in disbelief. "Are you insane?! Forks is where all the disappearances have been! Do you have a death-wish?”
“Possibly,” he countered, his voice still light. “Come on…it’s not like blood-thirsty vampires are going to come after us!”
I narrowed my eyes, but took his extended hand to help me over a log. I hoped he was right. I looked up towards the sky, barely visible above the trees. I could hear running water in the distance, but it was still too far away for me to see anything.
Suddenly, I sensed something behind us…I whirled around. There was nothing…just the endless sea of trees. Paranoia, I guess. Then I saw shadows…moving stealthily behind the leafy foilage.
“Hayden, did you see that?” I squeaked, grabbing onto his arm.
He looked at me in confusion. “Uh, no…please, Anna, don’t start hallucinating on me…”
“We aren’t hallucinations, boy,” came a man’s voice behind us.
We whirled around quickly, my breath catching in my throat. Behind us, were two of the most beautiful people I had ever seen. One was a woman, the other a man…both chalky pale, dressed in inconspicuous, hiking clothes. They were both devastatingly beautiful…except for their blazing, red eyes.
“What do you want?” Hayden said evenly, his voice quavering a little bit.
The woman laughed sweetly… a tinkling sound like bells. “Don’t be afraid of us, we’re just two hikers. All we want to do is talk…” She took a step closer, and we took one back. Her eyes were so red…like blood. Despite her lilting voice, I felt terrified…something wasn’t right.
“Well its been nice talking to you, but we have to go now…” Hayden began walking forward, tugging me along.
“Not so fast!” Instantly, the man was in front of us. How did he do that…?
“We aren’t done talking yet…” the woman said from behind.
“Run, Anna!” Hayden hissed in my ear, pulling me off the path.
My feet wouldn’t move, but Hayden dragged me along behind him. Their maniacal laughter floated on the breeze behind us…amused and unconcerned.
“Run, damn it!” Hayden said again…his voice strained with tension.
I heard my breath coming quick and rapid, and I nearly screamed as I saw shadows streaking along beside us. We were running through the dense undergrowth, crashing through ungracefully. A branch slapped Hayden hard in the face, causing a long cut to appear, dripping fresh blood. He kept running, though.
“No!” I breathed as I looked ahead in horror.
We had reached a dead end…blocked on all sides by thorns and a chain link fence. I turned around slowly, my fingernails digging into Hayden’s palm. For one of our pursuers was still behind us. She advanced on us almost casually, not in the least bit winded. She gave us an easy smile, exposing her sharp, pearly-white teeth. Then her eyes caught side of Hayden’s face, still pouring blood.
She stopped instantly, her nostrils flaring. Her eyes suddenly grew frenzied and excited and she licked her lips expectantly. Her gaze locked on Hayden and she bent down, prepared to spring.
“Run, Anna!” I heard Hayden whisper in my ear, releasing my arm. His voice was terrified, but he knew she was only coming for him.
I stood there with my mouth open in shock as she hurled herself through the air. So gracefully it was amazing, but then her body collided with mine, throwing me out of the way. I hit the ground with a loud thud, my eyes blurring with pain.
I didn’t notice the bronze-haired boy running towards me.