She Was Awake
Edward went to Bella's room to watch her sleep for the first time and when she said his name, he thought she might have woken up. What would happen if she really had?
5. Chapter 5
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“Alice” I growled, “What are you doing here?”
I spoke quickly with vampire speed, hoping Bella wouldn’t hear this conversation. Alice wasn’t even within eyesight for her yet and although I could here Alice’s speedy approach, I was hoping it would remain that way.
I got the impression that Bella might want to follow you home so she could apologize or explain herself to the family. I didn’t think that would be the best idea considering the mood everyone is in. Alice threw at me through her thoughts.
Introduce me Edward She finished as she stepped beside me
“Bella this is Alice my sister. Alice this is Bella.” I announced.
Bella stiffened slightly she hadn’t seen or heard Alice approaching us. She also seemed slightly scared but put on a brave face and shook hands with my sister as if she was just another new acquaintance rather than a blood sucking vampire.
“Alice I’m sorry I didn’t mean to-“ Bella started.
“It’s alright. This is not your fault.” Alice interrupted her.
Edward it is, however, yours. Alice communicated once again through her thoughts.
“I feel so bad though. I don’t want to be the reason your family has to leave.” Bella continued blushing furiously.
“You aren’t and we aren’t. So there is nothing to feel bad about.” Alice said trying to mollify Bella.
“What?” Bella and I said in unison.
Bella looked elated by this fact. I would have been overjoyed by anything that brought happiness to this beautiful creature. This however seemed dangerous for Bella and I would have no part and neither would anyone or anything else for that matter in anything that could possibly bring harm to her.
“But Edward said-“ Bella started.
“We talked about it and we decided to stay.” Alice interrupted once again.
You must have had a moment of indecision about us leaving. I started getting flashes and one was of us staying and everything was fine. I will explain everything when you’re done here.
“Is your family, the rest of them, I mean very upset with me?” She directed at Alice.
“Bella no body is upset with you. There is no need to worry.” Alice said placing her hand on Bella’s shoulder.
I flinched with worry at the close contact Alice was sharing with Bella. She could hurt her. What was Alice thinking?
Stop with the unnecessary worrying Edward. I’m not going to hurt Bella. Was what she was thinking, as if she was reading my mind.
Bella on the other hand had relaxed visibly under Alice’s touch, looking as if a weight had been lifted off her shoulders.
“Edward, Carlisle would like to have a word with you when you’re done here. It was nice meeting you Bella. We will see you at school tomorrow.” Alice said to Bella as she turned and headed back toward our home.
Bella stared at Alice with a slightly skeptical look but, still gave her a nod.
“I promise.” She retorted walking backwards. “Oh and Bella, it would be in the best interest of your safety not to follow Edward home today.” She said over her shoulder as she turned again still heading home.
We were alone again and I was slightly confused by what had just occurred. We were staying? Not if I could help it.
“I guess I will see you tomorrow then.” Bella said making it sound more like a question than a statement.
“Bella, even if we stay I don’t think it would be a good idea for us to be friends. It’s not that I don’t want to. It’s just not safe.” I said sadly.
“But I thought you said that you don’t drink…I mean that your family prefers animals.” She said persistently.
“That preference isn’t physical, only intellectual. The temptation is still there. Bella, the attraction to your blood, for me, is the strongest I have ever felt and I have been around for quite a while. “ I said bitterly.
“I don’t understand.” She said looking confused.
Was this really the time? Was this really the place? How could I explain without scaring her? She should be scared of what I am. I just didn’t want to be the one to put that fear in her eyes.
“You will already be too late to make it to your first class. If you don’t want to miss school entirely, you had probably better start heading back.” He said.
I had so many questions still. I couldn’t leave with things like this.
“Edward, I-“ I started.
“Bella,” he interrupted, “ I have to go home. I have to talk to my family. Alice said we would be in school tomorrow, so that means we will. Trust me. ”
His eyes were smoldering again. I blinked, my mind going blank. Holy cow, how did he do that?
“Er, what?” I asked, dazed.
“I will see you tomorrow.” He sighed as if in defeat.
With that he was gone. He was amazingly fast. Alice said I shouldn’t follow him home and I could tell he did need some time to talk to his family. I also needed time to think.
I turned and headed slowly back to where I remember my truck was parked. I really didn’t feel like going to school but something told me that in a town so small it would be hard for the Police Chief’s daughter to skip school and not get caught. Especially since Charlie had seen me supposedly head out to my lab partners house to work on a project for school.
I was better off at school anyway. That way I had less time to think about what had just happened.
I drove to school and even though Edward’s and my conversation seemed like it took forever it had really been quite short. By the time I had gotten to school first period was just getting out. So I grabbed my bag and headed to my government class, wishing for some form of distraction.
I saw Mike and Eric walking together from English towards their next class. It wasn’t until then I remembered. It seemed like days ago rather than a day ago that they had asked or asked me to ask them to the dance. Wish granted.
As we got closer to the building, Eric turned and headed toward building four. Just then Mike saw me and waved me over.
Mike seemed a little quieter than usual as we walked into class but, seemed to become more himself, as we sat down, waiting for class to start. He was gaining in enthusiasm as he talked about the weather report for this weekend. The rain was supposed to take a minor break, and so maybe his beach trip would be possible. I tried to sound eager, to make up for disappointing him yesterday. It was hard; rain or no rain, it would still only be in the high forties, if we were lucky.
The rest of the morning passed in a blur. It was difficult to believe that I hadn’t just imagined what Edward had said. Maybe it was just a very convincing dream that I’d confused with reality. That seemed more probable than that I had really been told that he and his family were vampires.