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Sunset of Hearts

Summary:
As the sun sets, it is the ending of a life. Sure, lives end every day, and new ones begin. But on this twilight, the sun was setting on the most important life in my world. But, it was also dawning on a new life as well. The only catch was, those two lives were both the same. What if Bella had come to Forks, and Edward and his family were human? What if they were like every other family? But, what if they were unfortunately pulled into a dark situation, that was to transform them into the thing of their nightmares, and inconsequentially, something darker than they had ever dreamed of? And what if Bella was the one to keep Edward going through all of this? Basically, what if Edward and his family were human in Forks? (Were being the key word.)


Notes:
Okay, I know that, if you read my previously completed story, Daylight, I promised an entirely different story. But, I felt a different inspiration to write this one. So, here it is.


6. Chapter 6: Chicken Noodle Soup WITH A SODA ON THE SIDE

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I could feel myself frozen in place. I could feel Edward beside me – hand tight and frozen around mine. I could hear the screeching and scratching of the van skidding and sliding across the ice. I could hear the screams and shouts of students around us – though no one was near enough to be in harms way. And most of all, I could hear Edward’s breath catch in his throat in fear.

I turned my head to look at him, and his features were frozen – as if made out of the very ice the truck was haphazardly sliding across. And in that instant, I knew we were going to die. There was no way to get out of the path of destruction quick enough.

EDWARD’S POV

I could feel my face frozen in fear. I could hear the screeching and grating noises as the truck swiveled around and around across the ice. I could feel Bella beside me – hand frozen around mine. I could hear the shouts and screams of students standing around us – though none were close enough to be in harms way. And most importantly, I could feel Bella’s breath catch in her throat in terror.

I turned my head to look at her, and her features were immobile – just like her feet now seemed to be. She was rooted in place – her instincts hadn’t yet taken over enough just to run away. And in that instant, I knew we were going to die. I couldn’t find a way to get us out of the path of destruction quick enough.

Miraculously, that was when my instincts decided to kick in. The van had to have been at least two yards or so away when it did so, so I was grateful it hadn’t happened later. Thank god for miracles.

I pushed Bella out of the way, lunging as she fell in slow motion. We wedged ourselves in between two cars just as the van passed the very spot we had been in, not even five seconds ago. Her head cracked against the blacktop, but I could tell she would be fine – there was no blood.

My own head hit against one of the cars around us, but I ignored the pain. I held something infinitely more precious in my arms.

We huddled against the cold, hard black top, shivering, not from being cold, but from the mere shock of what had just happened. In my chest, my heart beat into over drive with the adrenaline rush.

Some distance away from where we hid, the van skidded to a stop, glass popping, onto the asphalt. An eerie silence hung over the world – as if they had all just frozen in time. Then the screaming started.

“Get Tyler out of the van!” Some one screamed from far away.

“Where are Bella and Edward?” I heard a familiar voice call.

“Are they okay?”

“I don’t know, they’re gone!” That was when I recognized the voices. The first familiar voice was Alice’s, full of worry and fear at our disappearance. The second that came shortly after hers was Jasper, trying to console her.

“Alice?” I heard my own voice croak. There was some shuffling, and a few murmurs before she screamed back.

“Edward! Where are you?”

“On the other side of the van.”

“Are you alright? Is Bella okay?” Her frantic voice moved back and forth.

“Yeah, I think we’re fine,” I breathed in relief.

Suddenly, something landed on one of the cars beside us, resting there for a moment before jumping onto the ground by my feet. At first I didn’t know what to expect. Then, when I looked up, it was Alice.

She leant down beside me, throwing her delicate arms around my torso. Her eyes were wide with worry, and tears had already started to run down her cheeks. I hugged her back, just as grateful as she was that Bella and I made it out unscathed. Of course that was always her way – Alice was the worry wart of the family, second only to Esme, my adopted mother. My sister was just the teeniest bit prone to overreaction.

“Don’t you ever do that to me again! Do you hear me?” She looked up at me with her tearstained eyes.

“I won’t. Calm down,” I soothed.

Beside me, Bella moaned and rolled onto her side. Her head rested against the icy asphalt and her eyes were closed – I think she had blacked out. Alice stopped worrying about me and released her hold on my torso, glancing worriedly at Bella.

“Is she okay?”

“I don’t know. She’s not bleeding, but she hit her head pretty hard. I think she might have a concussion.”

“Should we do something?”

“I’m not really sure if there’s anything we can do, Alice.”

BELLA’S POV

I felt my head leaning against something cold and hard. I was lying on my side with my eyes closed – having just returned from a black out. I opened my eyes slowly, taking in first the black top beneath me, and then the tires of the cars on either side of me. A thought tugged at the back of my mind – a memory begging to be remembered.

I gasped when I remembered. We were about to get squished into Edward and Bella pancakes by that huge van. But what had happened? Were we okay? Or was I dead?

I rolled onto my back, but was started when I saw two figures looming over me. The closest I realized to be Edward, but the farther was out of focus and blurry. My head spun in confused circles. What was going on? Why was everyone screaming? And what was that smell?

“Bella?” Edward asked in a worried tone.

“Hm?” My voice sounded as confused as I felt.

“Are you feeling okay?”

“Yeah, I’m fine.” I tried sitting up, but he pushed me back down.

“Careful – you hit your head pretty hard,” he warned. The other figure came into focus, and I realized it to be Alice.

There was a screeching sound as the big metal lump moved farther away. For the first time, I heard the sirens, far off in the distance, but fast approaching. Edward pulled me off the cold ground, cradling me in his arms and letting my head rest against his chest.

And although my head was throbbing; although the sirens blared loud and shrill in my ears; although people were running around screaming and sobbing; although I had just narrowly missed death; although the cold wind burned against my skin; and although we were smack dab in the middle of hell – I was in heaven.

~

The next day I left the house after popping in a Tylenol and washing it down with a gulp of water. My father watched me leave, anxious that I was about to keel over or something. Ever since the police had been called to school along with firefighters and ambulances for a crash – my dad being chief of police – and him finding out that I had been involved, he had gotten just a bit overprotective. But I couldn’t blame him, although it was starting to get a bit annoying.

I drove to school, anxious myself – although for an entirely different reason. If I was being honest with myself, it was because I would see Edward Cullen. But if I lied to myself, I’d say it was because of my stimulating learning experience – which, in this case, was not the case; although that’s what my dad was lead to believe.

I parked my car next to the silver Volvo, and checked to see if Edward was inside it. He wasn’t. I hurried to the small patch of grass in front of the campus where most students hung out when it wasn’t raining, but he wasn’t there either. Instead, I saw his sister, Alice.

“Hey, Alice!” I called. She turned the full force of her tawny eyes on me and instantly brightened.

“Oh, hey, Bella,” she replied. “I’m glad to see you’re okay.”

“I’m fine,” I said for the millionth time.

“You shouldn’t be.” She surveyed me, looking me up and down. “So…what’s up?”

“Well, I was actually wondering where Edward was,” I replied casually. She saw at once through my pretenses.

“He’s at home. He caught a nasty cold,” she said apologetically.

“Oh.” I felt my heart drop. “Well, when you see him, tell him I said to get well soon, okay?”

“Sure,” she replied enthusiastically.

The bell rang then, and Alice hurried off to her class, sending me dragging my feet across the ground to English. My day could not have gotten worse. Not at all. Nothing, nothing in the world, could be worse than this.