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Different Sorts

Summary:
Two strangers come to Forks, Washington to investigate rumors about vampires and werewolves. What they discover changes everything ... for them, and the people they meet. But is there really such a thing as "happily ever after" when death is involved?


Notes:
ATTENTION READERS: DO NOT STEAL MY STORIES. Someone has stolen some of my stories from this website and posted them as their own on fanfiction.net. It is plaigarism, it is stealing and it is illegal. Read, enjoy -- but don't steal. Buffy/Twilight series crossover Takes place after New Moon and post-series for Buffy. Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.


4. Chapter 4

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They argued in the courtyard outside the cafeteria. It was cloudy, but not raining. They were arguing about dates. Wedding dates.

Actually, it was a refreshing change. Lately, the two had been arguing over the whole marriage proposal, changing Bella into a vampire issue … this was a much more normal conversation.

Even their classmates were curious about the conversation. It was true, Bella’s friends had been pretty much ignoring her since Edward’s return – even Mike – and she did the same in return. But it was rare that Edward and Bella would argue in public, so it easily drew the attention of their curious classmates.

As the bell rang, signaling the end of lunch, Bella huffed and stormed off toward her next classroom. Edward, equally frustrated, stalked away.

Mike jogged to catch up with Bella. They hadn’t talked lately – but they did have their next class together.

“Bella,” he said. “Wait up.”

She stopped, merely because she was perplexed by his request. Mike had been the last of her friends to “give up on her,” so to speak, but even so, it had been several weeks since they’d actually exchanged words.

“What’s going on with you and Cullen?” he asked. “Anything wrong?”

Bella groaned inwardly. Was Mike really still hopeful? She sighed. “No, we just can’t agree on a wedding date.”

“Oh,” Mike said. “Wait, what?”

Bella couldn’t hide her small grin. She held up her hand, showing off the ring. “We got engaged.”

Mike’s mouth dropped open for a second before he composed himself and managed a smile. “Wow. Well, congratulations,” he said, giving her a light hug. “I mean – wow. So, you two, then?”

She shrugged. “You can’t fight fate,” she said, still smiling.

“Wow,” Mike said again. “So you can’t agree on a date?”

Bella rolled her eyes. “Edward wants a summer wedding – this summer. I want to wait until winter.”

“I thought you hated winter.”

Bella shrugged again. “What can I say? Living here … the dreary weather has grown on me.”

Actually, the truth was that she knew there was less chance of a rare sunny day in the winter than in the summer. She wanted an outside wedding – and they couldn’t be surprised by a sunny day that would force the groom and his family into hiding. She hadn’t gotten a chance to explain this reasoning to Edward, of course. He just kept going on about not wanting to wait. In some ways, he was hopelessly romantic.

“So, wow … this is happening pretty fast, then,” Mike said. It sounded like Edward and Bella would be married by the end of the year – no matter who got their way.

She nodded. “Yep. I know we’re young, but when you know …”

By then they had gotten to class and parted ways at their separate seats. Even through class, Mike kept stealing curious glances back at Bella.

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Usually Edward was waiting for Bella when she got out of her last class. But today, there was another face standing outside the classroom.

“Buffy?”

“We need to talk.”

“Okay,” Bella said, going along easily as Buffy grabbed her arm and pulled her toward the parking lot.

“Bye, Bella,” Mike called.

Bella flung her arm in the air in a half-hearted wave.

In the parking lot, Buffy shoved Bella into the passenger seat of her rental car.

“Edward usually drives me home,” Bella protested.

“He sent me.”

Bella shook her head. “No, he doesn’t want me around you alone …”

As she pulled out of the parking lot, Buffy handed a folded piece of paper to Bella. She opened it up and recognized the handwriting immediately.

Do what she says. I love you. Don’t be careless.

“Okay,” Bella said. “What’s going on?”

“Victoria’s almost here. Edward wants to put the plan into action immediately. So she won’t suspect anything.” Buffy turned onto Bella’s street. “He’s at his family’s house now, filling them in. And Spike is already staked out in the woods by your house. He may not be like Edward, but he’s still good at lurking in shadows.”

Buffy pulled up along the curb outside Bella’s house and got out. Bella followed. “I’m supposed to stay with you until he gets here, and then I’ll join Spike on stake-out duty.”

Bella nodded, following obediently now. She’d agreed to Edward’s plan when he first hatched it, but this was much sooner than she’d expected. She thought they’d have until after graduation, at least. It was only a few days away.

In the backyard, Bella laid out an old blanket and plopped down on top of it. Buffy rolled her eyes and joined her. They stared at each other for a few moments before Buffy spoke up.

”We should be doing something friendly.”

Bella gulped and nodded. “Um … gossip?”

Buffy shrugged. “Sure. What do you got?”

“Um,” Bella said, then remembered her conversation with Mike. “I think this guy at school who used to like me … um, well, still likes me?”

Buffy raised her eyebrows. “Does he know you’re getting married?”

“He does now.” Bella grinned and, despite herself, giggled. “We were fighting today and I think Mike thought we were breaking up. Then I told him that Edward and I were arguing about wedding dates and, well …”

“He died of shock?” Buffy said. True, she barely knew Bella, but she could gossip like the best of them. She had been to high school, after all. Sunnydale High School, true, but high school, nonetheless.

“Pretty much,” Bella said, giggling again.

“Hope I’m not interrupting.”

Edward loped across the lawn at his most human speed and sat gracefully beside Bella. He could read Buffy’s question immediately and nodded gently, confirming what they’d already suspected. They weren’t alone. An angry vampire with flame-red hair was spying on them from the woods.

“Oh, just girl talk,” Buffy said. Pretending was even more important now that they knew there was an audience. “I’ll let you two love birds alone. Bella’s dad will be home in a few hours, I’m sure you’ll find some way to keep busy.” She leered suggestively.

“Thanks,” Edward said sarcastically.

Buffy nodded and then, true to her word, left the couple alone.

From all outward appearances it looked like she went back to her car and drove away. But once she was far enough away, she got out on foot and doubled back, joining Spike in the woods. They were ready to close in once Victoria made her move. If she fell for the bait.

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