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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!

31. Chapter 31

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Chapter 31

I quietly read Wuthering Heights once again, even though I had it perfectly memorized. I needed something to distract me.

The sun was just beginning to go down, and Edward wasn’t here yet. I was worried, since I didn’t know if the Volturi would use him to get to me. I hoped not.

My musings were interrupted from a noise by my window. I looked up to see Edward grinning at me as he climbed through the window. I smiled back at him, my worries thrown to the back of my mind by his smile.

“How was your day?” he asked me as he came over to sit next to me on my bed. I snorted and threw my book to my desk.

“Obviously boring if I was reading this again. I think you’re right when you say I’ve memorized it now,” I laughed.

In the next room, I could hear Charlie’s heartbeat begin to slow as he drifted off into sleep. He had gone to bed early since he hadn’t gotten much the night before; the fire in town took longer than expected to put out and clean up afterward.

Edward laughed. “Yes, you have read that book a lot, haven’t you? You really need to go to a bookstore soon.”

I scowled. “Well, you tell that to Alice next time she decides to take me shopping. I’m sure she’d love to stand in a book store instead of looking for designer labels,” I said sourly.

Edward just laughed again, squeezing my shoulders lightly. We sat together for awhile, just enjoying the company of the other. I knew that I had limited time left, and felt each moment get sweeter as time ticked away.

Edward spoke up after a moment. “You should sleep. You have school tomorrow. You don’t want to be tired for finals.”

I had totally forgotten about finals. That meant my time here really was a lot shorter. I had about one week until graduation. Seven days, maybe eight or nine. Not nearly enough time.

He begun to hum his lullaby in my ear softly, and I felt the blackness of my dreams slowly reach up and wrap its hands around me. I drifted into sleep peacefully with his cold arms around me.

I woke the next morning with Edward sitting beside me, gently stroking my hair. He had a soft smile on his face, and I felt a twinge of pain for what was about to come. I grimaced slightly.

He noticed. He looked down at me with a crooked grin on his face. “Well, good morning. Did you have a nice nap?”

I smirked. “Yes, I did. How was you’re night?”

He smiled. “It was nice.”

I bet it was, I thought. I could guess that the sleep talking had been at an all time high. I had had very vivid dreams of Edward. I knew it was probably because he had been holding me so closely tonight. As if he knew there was only so much time left.

“Get ready for school. I’ll be back in five minutes,” he said, kissing my temple carefully, and then ran out the window.

I took a deep breath, picturing me in a calming place, or meadow. I calmed down immediately, and got ready for the day.

I was just coming out the door as Edward drove up in his Volvo. I slowly walked over to his car, and got in.

“Let me guess, you’re not looking forward to testing?” Edward asked as he pulled out of my driveway, and sped off to school.

I snorted. “What person likes testing? All the pressure teachers put on you isn’t the most encouraging,” I laughed. He looked at me thoughtfully before shrugging.

“Well, Jasper always loves test days. He says its fun to manipulate the emotions of all the people freaking out,” Edward told me.

“Remind me to never hang out with Jasper right before a test.”

Edward laughed, and then broke off. He looked ahead with disbelief on his face, which then turned into amusement. I looked at him, and then glanced forward.

Jasper was hiding behind a car, standing next to Alice. She looked like a child about to do something they knew was wrong.

“I feel bad for all the students here today. It really isn’t fair, you all using them like this,” I said, shaking my head.

Edward laughed. “Jasper won’t do anything to you, he promised. He just wants to get a few people.”

I raised my eyes. “And would you have anything to do with that?” I inquired suspiciously. He looked at me innocently. “Oh, come on Edward. I’m not that stupid.”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” he said politely, though I saw a glint of wicked humor in his eyes.

I shook my head in mock disgust. “Oh, so if Mike Newton and Lauren Mallory totally freak out in the middle of the test, you’ll have had nothing to do with it?”

We stared at each other for about five heartbeats before he grinned at me sheepishly and sat back on his chair, hands up in surrender.

“Fine, I had something to do with it, but so did Alice. Yell at both of us if you’re angry,” he said quickly.

“You’re shameless, Mr. Cullen,” I laughed, and got out of the car. He laughed also, and followed me to English.

All of the tests were extremely easy. I didn’t have a single problem with any of them, so I knew that I did well. Mike did look a little worse for wear in all of the classes I shared with him, and I made sure to get Alice and Edward.

As Alice and I went with Edward to his car, she froze, and then looked at me curiously. “Why didn’t you tell us you were going out of town after graduation?” she demanded.

I looked at her in confusion, and then understanding hit me. I was going to die out of town, so no one could look too carefully at whatever happened.

“I forgot,” I said with a shrug. “Becka told me about it on the phone yesterday, and I wasn’t paying much attention to her.”

Edward appraised me for a moment, and then got into the car. He dropped Alice off before talking again.

“Am I not allowed to come with you?” he asked carefully. I could tell that he was worried about me going somewhere alone.

“I’m not sure. I think Becka just wanted it to be the four of us. She’s been planning this since freshmen year. She wanted us to do something fun together before college,” I said. It was a lie, but a good one.

He stared at me for a moment, and then smiled. “That sounds like a good idea. When are you leaving?”

I tried to ignore the context it made me think of, like when someone moved. I was moving, and not to somewhere he could go. “I’m not sure. Aaron is still thinking out the details.”

He nodded, and looked out the window. It wasn’t raining, but it wasn’t sunny either. It was gloomy, reflecting my mood. There was very little wind, and it was colder than normal for January.

As Edward pulled up to my house, I prayed to whatever god that was listening that something good would happen soon.