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Bella Swan is in a very tight spot. On one side is her coven, the vampires who saved her life. On the other are the werewolves she has come to befriend. She herself is a vampire, but that doesn't change anything-to her. When more and more things start to pile up in Bella's life, will she be able to handle it? Or will she crack from it all and reveal the truth? The sequel to Faker. Banner by the one and only Iris!

So, this is the sequel to Faker! I hope you enjoy this!

16. Chapter 16

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Chapter 16

He lightly jumped through my open window, landing on his feet just like a cat. His bronze hair was slightly windswept, and it made him look even more beautiful.

He pulled me into a tight embrace, and kissed me on my forehead. I sighed happily, and put my arms around his neck. He chuckled, but then broke off.

“Bella…” he asked. There was a mixture of uncertainty and amusement in his voice.

“What?” I asked.

“Why are you all wet?”

I felt a faint blush come up, and looked down. “Someone pushed me,” I muttered into his shirt. He pulled me back with raised eyes.

“Who pushed you?” he asked lightly, though I could hear some anger. I rushed to explain so he wouldn’t be upset.

“A friend of mine. She sort of made me go see her, and then she pushed me into the pond by where we were. It was just a joke,” I said hurriedly.

“Where did your friend take you?”

I shrugged. “Just for a walk in the woods. She really likes hiking, and has been making me go with her for the past few months.”

Edward stared at me. “You’ve been hiking in the woods for the past few months?” he asked, growing even paler than usual.

I shook my head. “Not for the past few months. Only for about two months. I wasn’t allowed to do much when I was sick.” It was the same lie I told everyone. If I was going to listen to KJ, I might as well begin now.

“Don’t you know how dangerous that is?” he hissed. I realized why he was upset. I was human. Vampires ate humans. Werewolves stalk the vampires who eat the humans. Human most likely die in the mix. It made sense.

“Well, I wasn’t too worried since the wolves protected us…” I trailed off at the suddenly murderous expression on his face. I may have been scared of Becka, but I was terrified now.

“Do you know how dangerous it is to be friends with a werewolf?” He asked, trying to calm down.

“I would imagine it is just as safe as being in love with a vampire,” I said dryly. His eyes widened slightly in response to what I said. It was true, though. Being in love with a vampire brought on just as many risks.

He leaned down and brushed his lips against mine. “That may be true, but I have control over my instincts. I can’t say that much for them.”

I didn’t reply. Instead, I put my arms around his neck tightly, and mold myself to him. He reacts, pulling me closer as well, and kissing me with as much passion as he could without hurting the human me.

I sighed against his lips, and he pulled back. I let go of his neck so he wouldn’t have difficulty and grow suspicious. I didn’t need Becka to get angry at me for reacting wrong.

“You never told me who your friend was,” Edward whispered. I tensed slightly, and took a deep breath through my nose. I didn’t smell Becka or the others, so I assumed they were actually leaving me alone.

“Oh, she’s just someone that used to live in Phoenix with me. We were really good friends,” I said indifferently, as if none of it mattered. I had to make him think that it wasn’t a big deal.

“You never told me you had good friends in Phoenix,” he said.

I shrugged. “I guess I really didn’t want to talk about her too much. She had been in a car accident, and I wasn’t sure if she was…” I trailed off, horrified of the idea of Becka dying.

He stroked my cheek gently. “Even if your friend didn’t know, and you had dogs to protect you, you shouldn’t have gone into the woods. You could have gotten hurt.”

I look down, the memory of Laurent in the meadow coming to my mind. If I had been human, I probably would be dead right now.

He saw the change in my expression. He tilted my head up, and looked into my eyes, dazzling me. Even now when I was a vampire, it still affected me. My heart didn’t race as much, but it increased slightly.

“I did get into trouble,” I mumbled, feeling the danger coming.

“What happened?”

I looked at him skeptically. “Hasn’t Alice told you?” I demanded.

He frowned, looking slightly annoyed. “She only told me what Charlie told her. She thought that you should be the one to delve into all of that.” At the end, however, he looked upset, pain prominent in his eyes.

“Please don’t be sad,” I whispered. It hurt to see him in pain.

He sighed, and pushed me down onto my bed. “I just feel so…guilty, that nothing I do can make you safe. I tried so hard, but it just never worked,” he sighed. I leaned on his chest, and he tucked my head under his chin.

“You did what you felt was best. No one can blame you for that,” I whispered. On the other hand, people could blame me for what I was doing. I knew it was wrong, but I just right on doing it.

“You forgive people too easily.”

“No. I only forgive you because I can’t be mad at you.”

He shook his head. “Ah, I truly don’t deserve you.”

I pulled back. “You know you have that backwards, right?” Other than the fact that he was perfect, he also wasn’t lying to his soul mate about what species he was.

“You are so silly sometimes,” he murmured into my hair. He took a deep breath, and then froze.

“Bella,” he asked hesitantly. He seemed uncertain of something, which was odd for him.

“What wrong?” This reminded me of earlier in our conversation.

“Is Becka a vampire?”

Those four words sent my mind into a haywire. No one told me about keeping the others a secret. But if no one could know about me, shouldn’t they be kept secret as well.

I laughed, thankful for my many months of lying and manipulating my own emotions. “Of course not. If she was, she would have eaten me by now. She was definitely human in Phoenix.”

He nodded, now confused. “Of course. It’s just, I smell vampire on you. And it’s very recent, too.”

“Maybe Alice came over earlier without me knowing,” I suggested. He shook his head.

“No, that isn’t it. I don’t recognize the scent. Actually,” he took a deep breath, “I smell multiple. Some seem to have been in contact with you, but others seem to just be in this room, and not on you.”

I took a deep breath. He was right. I could smell Becka, Aaron and Alex, but also others. The other smell was very recent. Whoever it was must have come while I was out.

Another discreet breath made me realize who it was. The same person who had been after me for months.