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Midnight

Summary:
The Cullen’s must leave Forks, however this time they take Bella with them. They begin in a new school and the first day Edward notices something different about one of their classmates. Danger unfolds as the classmate past comes back in search of revenge. Bella, the Cullen’s, and the classmate must work together to survive as once again their lives are put in danger.


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4. The Meeting

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As Alice and I approached 497 Cherry Lane I began to feel almost hesitant as to what was about to happen. The house appeared to be a normal two level home, but then our house looked normal as well. It had a brownish door and shutters. The front lawn had flowers and bushes in it.

“What are you going to say?” Alice had only asked me this about 100 time’s since lunch.

“I’m just going to talk to her. That’s all. You didn’t have to come if you didn’t want to”, I still don’t understand why she had persisted on coming with me. Its not like I was going to do anything dumb.

“I wanted to come. I wanted to see her too.” She seemed satisfied that I wasn’t going to do anything rash and I could almost feel her relaxing.

By now we had walked up to the front door. I looked at Alice and smiled a faint smile as if to say ‘Here goes nothing’ and she returned with a bright smile of her own. The door bell chime seemed to last a while before the door opened.

Standing where the brown door had just been seconds ago was the pretty dirty blond girl I had seen in biology. She appeared to be around 17 years old, a little taller then Alice and her golden eyes shown bright. Her hair was placed up into a messy yet sophisticated pony tail and she was wearing PJ bottoms and a tee shirt. Her face was a mix between confusion and fear; however, it did not dampen her futures. As her mind began to process that Alice and I were standing at her front door, her confusion quickly slipped away leaving only the fear in full force.

“I…I…I didn’t kill anyone!” Her voice was stumbling to form the words around the terror that now spread across her face. Her hands lifted as if to say ‘I surrender’.

“What?” Was all I could mange. I honestly hadn’t been expecting her to react like this. I mean I didn’t expect her to welcome us into her home for dinner or anything but she was honestly scared of us. The look of terror was even more pronounced then it had been in class before she run out.

“I don’t eat humans! I promise I don’t!” She had begun to babble and back up from the door leavening it wide up.

“We’re not accusing you of eating humans. That’s not why we are here. We just want to talk”, I smiled attempting to reassure her that we weren’t here to harm her but I couldn’t tell if she believed me.

“Then why are you here”, the fear on her face began to disappear ever so slightly and the confusion began to take over. However, I wasn’t sure if she meant why we were at her house, or why we were in town.

“We just wanted to talk to you that’s all. We’re new in town and didn’t know that any other of our kind lived around here.”

She froze where she was standing and her face changed emotion quickly again. Her head quickly spun to look up the road.

“What is it?” Alice didn’t seem too worried but she still wanted to know what had made the girl freeze. If there was any real danger we would have heard it to.

“My mom is getting home.” Her voice seemed to be laced with a hint of fear and angry. Once again her face changed. Now she looked as though she was trying to decide what to do. “Will you two please go in the woods until my mom gets home? I’ll come out and we can talk there.” She wasn’t demanding either Alice or I to go into the woods. She was honestly asking us and we were allowed to refuse.

“Of course.” Alice responded with a bright smile and began to skip down the steps and around the house, pausing to look back at me. Edward come on! She was very persistent and so I followed her. She would have known if anything was going to happen.

She was skipping and I was walking beside her as we walked into the woods quickly finding a path made of stones. We followed the path for less then a minute and emerged on what appeared to be a child’s play area. There was a wooden club house and a tree that was leaning down with a rope tied to one of the branches.

“Oh, fun!” Alice seemed amused as she ran to the rope and began to climb. She was laughing and giggling and smiling. It was the first time that I had seen her this happy since we had left Forks. Seeing her happy made me feel better about everything that has happened and I began to smile. “Look out below”, I barely had time to glance up before Alice jumped off the rope towards me, however, I did side step and she landing on her feet right next to me.

“Nice jump!” I was really happy and it felt strange to feel like this.

Just then I heard snapping of branches in the distance and I quickly turned my hand and got into an attack stance. I had a growl ready in case I needed it. The girl appeared on the trail looking a little frightened when she saw me.

“Hi.” Alice bond back off the rope and stood near me with a smile on her face.

“Hi.” Her voice gave away that she was still unsure if she should have invited us back here. “Your not going to try to kill me or anything right?” I was correct about her still being nerves.

“Of course not!” Alice almost seemed offended by her asking.

“Ok.” She more sighed the answer out then said it as a look of relief flushed her face.

“For starters my name is Edward and this is my sister Alice”, I figured I should introduce myself. We already knew her name but she didn’t know ours.

After a pause of her deciding wither or not to tell us her name she responded with “My name is Jay. What is it that you wanted to talk to me about?”

I knew what I wanted to ask but figured that I should ease into the conversion lightly. However before I could start a ladies voice interrupted me.

“Jay, I’m going to Linda’s house. I should be back around dinner!” The voice came from the deck that was behind Jay’s house.

“Ok mom” Was all that Jay responded with. Apparently my face reveled that I was a little confused because she looked from me to Alice and then walked over to the tree that was lying on its side and lifted herself up effortlessly and sat down. “My mom doesn’t know. In fact no one does”, her voice was lined with pain and frustration. Her face screwed up into a sad looking expression full of emotion.

“How do you keep it a secret? Why do you keep it a secret?” Alice’s eyes showed how interested she was, as her tiny voice squeaked out the words.

“I act human.” Simple answer and apparently not the one Alice was looking for because I noticed her smile lessened a little. “I eat human food, pretend to sleeping, go to school, don’t use my gift, and only feed when I really have to. Its easy because I’m so use to it that I don’t really think twice.”

“ I cant tell my parents. It would break their hearts if they knew. They see me as their baby daughter and to know that I’m this…monster would kill them.”

“Why don’t you just leave? Haven’t they noticed that you haven’t changed?” This girl was starting to inertest me and I wanted to know more about her. She was forth coming so far but I still wished that I could read her mind. Why was she blocking me?

“Umm…because I don’t want to leave my parents and all my friends. It would kill my mother. I’m all they have after my brother left. My parents are barely ever home…so no they haven’t noticed.”

“But human food?!” Alice said half joking and half really wanting to know why she was doing this to herself.

“Last time I went without eating my parents tried to have my hospitalized. I live at home so I can’t really just do what I want. They notice when I don’t eat and ask too many questions.” Her face looked as though she was remembering a painful memory.

“How is your control?” The main reason we had come here was to find out if she was a danger to us. She looked up at me and said, “With humans?” She wasn’t sure what I meant and I nodded my head slightly.

“I’ve never…harmed them. I take the bus to school and I’m surrounded by them all day. I have great control; I don’t even think about them as…um…food.” The last word struggled out of her mouth as she looked ashamed that she had said it.

Edward! Why doesn’t she stay with us for a little while? It couldn’t hurt, and she isn’t going to hurt Bella I know that! Alice was right. As I looked into Jay’s golden eyes I saw the pain that was her life and I couldn’t simply leave her here. Plus I’m sure Bella and her would get along. “Would you like to stay with us for a while?”

She looked yet again from me to Alice and back again before saying, “I’m not your family. Why do you care?” Her eyes were searching for an answer and I was going to give her one. “Because you look as though you need a break from pretending to be human.”

“Like a vacation!” Alice’s eyes lit up at the thought of having another girl in the house, even if just for a short time. I just looked over at her and continued with what I was saying, “And I think that we could help you.”

“I don’t know. I don’t want to intrude.” Jay was polite and her face looked as though she was urging to go but was still unsure.

“It’s no problem! The more the merrier!” Alice was now jumping up and down with excitement.

“I don’t know you. Let me at least get to know you guys first”, and her face filled with a smile but as I looked into her eyes the pain was still present. Why is she in so much pain? What happened to her? I was glad at least that she was willing to give us a chance to know her. She didn’t look at all scared of us which made me feel a lot better.

“Sounds good! We’ll be friends”, Alice’s voice sounded a little sad that she wasn’t going to be joining us right now but still happy that she has a new friend.

I decided that it was time to leave. Jay told us that her dad would be home soon and she didn’t want to explain everything to him. So Alice and I headed home. We still didn’t know anything about her but we knew that she wasn’t a threat which is why we had gone to see her in the first place. I wanted to know what had happened to her to make her seem so miserable. She looked as though she had never truly been happy.

Jay’s Point of View

That was…weird. I can’t believe that I just met another one of my kind. I guess I knew that there would have to be more out there but still I never thought that anyone, other then me, would choose not to feed on human blood. They sounded as though they wanted to be friends. I don’t know. If I be there friend then I am putting them in danger but I so liked that Alice girl, she seemed like someone I could really connect with and get along with. “Mmm” it was starting to get late and I shivered involuntary.

As I headed back up to the house my mind was racing and replaying what had happened today. It sure was strange day. I can’t let them get to close. I really liked them but I can’t hurt them. It wouldn’t be right.