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Fall For You

Summary:
Areana, Isabella's friend from home, moves to Forks to live with her brother. Isabella introduces her to the Cullens, and they all become fast friends. What will happen when Areana takes a liking to a certain vampire? Watch as Areana's life takes a deadly toll. CHAPTER SIX AWAITING VALIDATION!!! I decided to make Chapter Six the end of this fic. It just fit way too perfectly to pass up the oppertunity to end it that well. But, never fear, a sequol is already being written and will pick up exactly where chapter six left off. :) Photobucket Banner by me :)


Notes:
This is my first Twilight story and I hope you all enjoy! I apologize in advance for all the dialogue...ugh, dialogue is not my favorite part of stories, nor my best. I'm much better at descriptions...which will be in the next chapter. Enjoy! --Emma


3. Chapter 3--Pressure

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One week later, Areana was introduced to Alice at lunch.

“Nice to meet you,” Alice said, her melodic voice surprising Areana.

“Nice to meet you too,” Areana replied a few moments later. Alice stole a glance at Edward who barely nodded.

“So Ana, did you actually go to your classes today?” Isabella asked with a joking tone. Jasper sighed and shook his head.

“Yes, Bella. I did go to my classes today,” she replied, sarcastically.

“Wow…that’s four days this week. You’ve hit a new record,” Isabella replied, playfully slapping Areana on the shoulder.

“So, Ana, do you like…sleepovers?” Alice asked, hesitantly glancing at Isabella.

“Sure. I haven’t been to one in forever. The last one I went to was with Bella back in Phoenix the day before she left,” Areana replied, glancing uncomfortably at the table. Talking about life after her best friend left was not something she did very often.

“Well…how about you and Bella come and spend the night with me tonight,” Alice suggested excitedly. Areana laughed as Isabella groaned, as if going to a sleepover was a fate worse than death.

“I’m all for it,” Areana replied, looking to Isabella for her answer. Isabella threw her hands up in the air in defeat.

“Fine! I’ll come,” she said reluctantly. Alice jumped up, clapping her hands in excitement. She started to walk towards the door.

“Where are you going?” Areana asked. Alice gracefully pivoted and stepped back to the table.

“I’ve got planning to do. See you tonight!” she said, before gracefully exiting the room.

***

Jasper seemed a little anxious as he walked with Areana out to the parking lot, like he did everyday.

“Is something bothering you?” she asked concerned. Jasper shook his head and managed a small smile.

“No,” he replied, trying his hand at false happiness. Areana scoffed.

“Jasper, I invented fake happy. Now, what’s really wrong?”

“I’m just…thinking,” he replied, cramming his hands in his pockets, staring at the ground as he walked. Areana looked over at him; something was different about him. His demeanor had changed. He always seemed so comfortable around her, so it caught her off guard to see him so…nervous.

“About anything in particular?” she asked, hoping she could get to the bottom of Jasper’s problem.

“Yes…and no, I won’t tell you,” he replied, smiling evilly.

“Oh, great. Then you’re probably thinking about what a horrible friend I am or something,” she replied, throwing her school bag and purse in the trunk of Edward’s car. Jasper did the same, leaning against the car while they waited for Isabella and Edward to come out.

“Well, you got part of it right,” he replied mischievously. Areana opened her mouth to ask more questions when Edward and Isabella walked up, hand in hand.

“I already called Charlie…at lunch. He said he didn’t mind if we spent the night with Alice. I did have to tell him you two weren’t going to be there though,” Isabella said, gesturing to Jasper and Edward as she fastened her seatbelt. Areana sat staring out the window, trying to figure out what Jasper had meant when he said ‘part of it.’ Edward pulled up in front of Isabella’s house, Areana’s temporary home, much sooner than she’d expected. Isabella tapped on her window, pulling Areana out of her deep thinking.

“Aren’t you coming in to get your stuff?” she asked. Areana nodded, closing her door lightly behind her. She and Isabella gathered up a few of their belongings including pajamas, a tooth brush, and a few other things and headed out to the car. Areana was still so lost in thought that she didn’t even realize Jasper was talking to her on the car ride over to the Cullens’ house.

“Yoo hoo! Anyone home?” he asked, waving his hand in front of her face to get her attention. She shook her head, shaking off what she had just been thinking.

“Sorry…just thinking,” she replied. Jasper smiled.

“Let me guess…you are thinking about what a horrible friend I am?” he asked sarcastically. Areana managed a small smile for him, laughing once.

“You got part of it right,” she replied, using his own words against him.

Alice took Areana and Isabella up to the guest bedroom. Areana insisted using a sleeping bag on the floor, giving Isabella the couch to sleep on, yet Alice objected.

“Just let me bring another couch in here…gosh, we really do need to get a bed…” she mused, looking around the room, more than likely planning on rearranging everything so that a bed would fit.

“No, you don’t. Vampires don’t need sleep,” Isabella said, throwing her bag down on the couch.

“It’s fine. Really, I don’t mind. I prefer the floor to those cushiony things,” Areana said jokingly.

“Knock knock,” Edward said in the doorway. Areana and Isabella looked up to see Jasper and Edward standing in the doorway.

“You’re intruding upon a girls only area,” Alice said jokingly.

“Relax. We’ll give you your girl time. We just thought we’d tell you we’re going out for awhile. Emmet, Jasper, and myself,” Edward said looking at Alice. She barely inclined her head in what Areana guessed was a nod. Edward walked over and gave Isabella a quick kiss. Areana looked up to see Jasper staring at her as he leaned against the door frame. She smiled at him, and the look he gave her sent chills down her spine. With one last hug, Edward left, closing the door behind the others. The way Jasper had looked at here had Areana’s thoughts spinning; her brain was processing everything faster than she could even blink. Something in the way he looked at her…it was almost as if…Areana shook her head, deciding that she was no longer going to wonder what Jasper’s cryptic actions meant. She was simply going to ask him when he returned, whenever that may be.

“Are you sure you’re alright?” Alice asked, placing her hand reassuringly on Areana’s arms. Areana became panicked all of a sudden, remembering that Alice could read decisions.

“Fine,” Areana replied a little too quickly.

***

Three hours, two manicures, and a pedicure later the boys returned. Areana self consciously avoided looking at Jasper, which was hard considering his eyes never left her.

“Where’d you guys go?” Isabella asked, dashing over to Edward’s side, warmly embracing him. Areana sat in the floor where she was, still in a conversation with Alice.

“I like the red but I really think the black nail polish looks amazing on you,” Alice said, continuing to admire Areana’s freshly painted fingernails.

“Uh, thanks,” Areana replied, distracted by Jasper’s watchful gaze. She could feel his eyes on her, almost as if they were burning a hole in her. Alice glanced over at Jasper, her eyes curiously watching him.

“Excuse me for a second,” she said, walking over to Jasper, pulling him from the room. Areana began picking at the carpet awkwardly. She let her mind wander back to her conversation with Jasper.

‘Well, you got part of it.”

What was that supposed to mean anyway? Areana was just about to give up trying to figure out what he had meant when everything suddenly became clear to her. She gasped quietly, her mouth hanging open, eyes widening in shock. Alice and Jasper came back in a moment later, looking as if they had been arguing over something. Alice flopped down in front of Areana again, still muttering indiscernible words under her breath. Alice looked over, doing a double take at Areana’s shocked face.

“What’s wrong?” she asked curiously. Areana blinked a few times, regaining her composure. She tried to make her face as expressionless as humanely possible.

“Nothing. I just remember…I totally forgot…I was supposed to call Eric and tell him about the break in,” Areana replied, her voice cracking slightly as she tried to hide her shock. Alice eyed her suspiciously. Areana took a few deep breaths, trying to fight the panic sweeping over her.

It had been staring her in the face the whole time. All the little signs; the gestures, implied meanings in everything he had said. She felt so stupid for not catching on sooner. Alice looked over, noticing that Areana was trying to quietly gasp for breath. She put her arm around her shoulders.

“You don’t look so good. Are you sure you’re fine?” Alice asked concerned. Areana closed her eyes, taking a few deep breaths.

“Actually, I’m just going to go outside to get some air,” she replied, standing up. Alice was right beside her.

“Want me to go with you?” she asked. Areana shook her head, walking out the door. She made her way downstairs and out the front door. The cold night air danced across her face as she took several deep breaths, finally regaining some part of her composure. As the realization once again hit her, her breathing became ragged again, but not because of what she had just discovered. Panic rose in the form of gasps for breath as she realized: she wanted it too.

“Hey, are you alright?”

Areana turned around, silently cursing to herself as Jasper walked up behind her, the concern evident on his face. She turned away from him, trying to steady her breathing. Jasper put his hands on her shoulders, turning her to face him.

“Do you need help or something?” he asked worriedly as he watched Areana holding her sides, still gasping for breath. She shook her head no, but Jasper wasn’t convinced by her answer.

“I’m getting Carlisle,” he said, turning to walk away.

“No,” Areana managed to choke out. Jasper was back at her side in a second. Areana closed her eyes, taking a few more deep breaths. She couldn’t just ignore this…him. If she was going to confront him, now was as good a time as ever.

“I’m fine,” she replied, straightening up as her lungs began filling with air again. She could see Jasper relax slightly as her breathing evened out.

“I get it now,” she said, turning around to face him. She thought she saw a small trace of panic cross his face, but is was gone almost as quickly as it had appeared.

“Get what?” he asked, his face stoic.

“What you meant earlier…when you said ‘part of it’…you were thinking…about me,” she said, shifting from foot to foot nervously. Jasper hung his head, smiling as if he was amused.

“When’d you figure all this out?” he asked, suddenly quite interested in the dirt beneath his feet as he stared, unfalteringly, down.

“Just now. I was replaying everything we had said to each other…and I thought back to what I said to you…using your words against you. I said the same thing you did…you got part of it. And I realized that when I said that, I had been thinking of you. The only possible explanation for what you could have been thinking of….was me,” she replied quietly, her voice barely above a whisper as she reached the end of her revelation. Jasper laughed, finally looking up at Areana, not quite meeting her eyes.

“You know, you’re a lot smarter than most people give you credit for,” he said smiling. Areana shrugged her shoulders and smiled back.

“Thanks,” she replied, popping her fingers to release some of her nervous energy.

“So…what happens now?” he asked, folding his arms across his chest, an amused smile on his face as he waited for Areana to reply. She smiled and feigned thinking intently.

“Hmm…well, I guess that you are just going to have to get over your nerves around me if this is going to work,” she said sarcastically. Jasper threw his head back and laughed.

“I guess I will,” he replied. The wind picked up outside, leaving a cold chill in the air. Jasper looked at Areana’s short sleeve shirt.

“You’d better get inside before you freeze,” he said, opening the front door for her. She nodded her thanks and they went back up into the guest room. Everyone was so engrossed in their own side conversations that they hardly even noticed Jasper and Areana had entered the room. She thought she saw Alice glance quickly at them, but it was impossible to be sure. A loud noise started pulsating from Areana’s purse. She jumped over and pulled out her cell phone, flipping it open.

“Hello…what?! Eric…just….just calm down Eric…no…you know I can’t understand you when you’re yelling…are you…Eric, are you drunk? Seriously? Eric--no! I didn’t do anything! Just…just calm down or something…I’ll be over in ten minutes.” Areana’s phone conversation had caught the attention of everyone in the room, Eric’s voice being heard several feet away.

“Can someone give me a ride over to my house? Sorry to cut this short Alice,” Areana apologized, grabbing her stuff. Alice shook her head.

“It’s no problem. I’ll drop you off,” she said, grabbing her keys. Jasper gently took the keys away from her.

“It’s fine. I’ll do it. You have to play hostess anyway,” he said gesturing to Isabella. Alice looked over at Areana and nodded her consent. Jasper threw her bags in the back seat, speeding off towards Areana’s house.

“He didn’t sound too happy,” Jasper said, trying to ease the tension in the car.

“He never is when he drinks. He wasn’t supposed to be back for another few weeks. He came home to find the house completely ransacked…I have no idea why someone keeps breaking in. I’m not even living there anymore,” she replied, looking out the window as they neared her driveway, sooner than she had expected. Jasper shut the engine off, looking over at Areana.

“Want me to go in with you?” he asked supportively. Areana shook her head.

“No…I’ll be fine. I only came down here to take his keys and tell him what happened. I’ll be back in a few minutes, I promise,” Areana replied, closing the car door behind her. She pulled her jacket closer around her as she walked up to the door. It was, of course, unlocked. She shoved the door open, wincing slightly as she heard a loud crash coming from the kitchen.

“Eric?!” she exclaimed, walking into the kitchen to find Eric throwing the dishes against the wall for no reason. Areana walked over and grabbed a plate from his hand, placing it on the counter.

“What are you doing?” she asked slowly, grabbing his arms. He looked at her for a moment, almost as if he had no idea who she was. Recognition swept across his face as Areana shook him slightly, pulling him back to reality.

“What did you do to the house!!!” he yelled. Areana took a step back, closing her eyes.

“I didn’t do anything, Eric. I came home from school and the place was trashed…like you are now,” she replied bitterly. Suddenly, Eric grabbed Areana, shoving her into the kitchen wall.

“Watch your mouth when you speak to me!” he exclaimed, smacking Areana in her mouth. She scoffed as Eric towered over her.

“Eric, back off,” she warned seriously. Eric laughed, slamming her into the wall again.

“You think I am afraid of you?!” he asked laughing. Areana shook her head.

“I warned you,” she whispered. She placed her hands on his chest, shoving him forcefully away from her, so hard in fact, that Eric toppled to the ground. She placed her hand on her lip, pulling it back to reveal blood.

“You idiot!” she exclaimed as Eric stumbled around. She ran over to the sink, grabbing a dishtowel, trying to get her lip to stop bleeding.