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Liar

Summary:
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!


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


4. Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

She was standing there, even though my mind told me it was a trick, and that she couldn’t be there. And yet, my perfect vampire vision told me otherwise.

She looked exactly the same. Her skin was still the icy white that all vampires possessed (though didn’t always show), and her eyes were big and black. She was still small, and unnaturally beautiful.

I felt my mind argue with itself. Alice was there, but she couldn’t be there. She had left, and I was never going to see her again. But she was standing right in front of me, and her car was outside.

I ignored the ramblings of my mind, and let out the breath I had been holding as I stared at her face.

“Alice,” I breathed. I went forward, and hugged her tightly. It had been so long since I had seen her. I started to gasp, committing her scent to memory. It was like mine, or Becka’s or Jasmine’s. Nothing else could compare to it.

As she hugged me back, my gasping turned to dry sobbing. I was shaking so hard that Alice had to guide me to the couch. She patted my back gently, waiting for it to end.

I was glad I had learned to get such strong control of my emotions. I took a long, deep breath, and felt calmer.

“I’m sorry. I’m just so glad to see you,” I said, my voice still trembling a little. Everything I had gone through and here she was. Like my own personal savior. She was the only one who knew everything, since I didn’t have to explain it all to her.

“It’s alright Bella. Everything is alright,” she said in a soothing voice. I nodded slightly.

“Yes. I guess it is.”

She sighed. “I forgot how exuberant you were,” she said disapprovingly. She was leaning away from me slightly, and her eyes were black. In my emotional outburst, I hadn’t noticed.

“Sorry,” I said meekly. I had forgotten how good I smelled to normal vampires who knew better than to attack me. I hadn’t had to think about it in such a long time. Now it seemed slightly awkward to me.

“It’s my fault. I should have hunted before coming here. I was in a hurry, though,” she said, fixing her sharp gaze on me. “Speaking of that, could you please explain to me how you’re alive?”

I bit my lip lightly, and shrunk under her gaze. “You saw me jump?” I asked sheepishly. I wasn’t even going to pretend I hadn’t’. The reason she came was because I had jumped. She must have seen it in a vision.

That’s why I felt like someone was watching me,” I thought. It had been bothering me slightly at the time.

She shook her head. “I told him a hundred times that you couldn’t survive on your own. I told him you would do something like this eventually. But no, he told me that you promised not to do anything stupid or reckless. He made me promise not to look for you.

“I swear that I wasn’t looking for you at all, Bella. I’m already attuned to you, though. And when I saw you jump, I just got right on a plane. I knew that I had to help, even though it could be too late to save you,” she sighed. “When I get here, I thought I would be able to help Charlie. But then you pull up! I saw you go into the water, and waited for you to come up, but you never did! Do you know what you could have done to everyone by your death? Do you have any idea of how my brother—“

I cut her off there sharply. I knew what she was getting at; I had known when she brought up my cliff diving. The only reason I let her go on was so she could vent. But I wasn’t going to handle her saying her brother’s name, or mentioning him.

“I wasn’t committing suicide Alice. I was just cliff diving with some friends. It’s actually really fun,” I said casually, trying to make her see I wasn’t lying.

Her eyes narrowed, so I guessed she didn’t believe me. I changed the direction of my talking. “If you saw me go in, why didn’t you see Jake? He was the one to pull me out.”

She cocked her head at me. “Someone pulled you out?”

“Yeah, Jacob saved me. If it weren’t for him, the currents would have been too much for me, and I would have drowned. ”

Many emotions flickered on her face. Something obviously was bugging her. I guessed it was her imperfect vision. But that thought left my mind when she leaned down to sniff my shoulder.

I stiffened, knowing what was about to come.

“You must be joking,” she muttered, breathing again through her nose.

“What’s wrong?” I asked innocently.

She ignored me, instead asking her own question. “Who were you just with?” she asked suspiciously.

“Jacob Black. He is-was-my best friend,” I remembered his betrayed face, and wasn’t sure if I was still is friend.

“Hmm,” Alice said, lost in thought.

“What’s wrong?”

“I’m just not sure what this all means.”

I smiled slightly. “Well, at least I haven’t died,” I lied cheerfully. She shook her head and rolled her eyes.

“I can’t believe he actually thought you could survive on your won. You are more prone to near death experiences caused by yourself than anyone else I’ve ever met.”

I let that go. In a way, it was true. I had done plenty of stupid things that might have killed me if I could have been.

Then she frowned. “If you couldn’t swim away, how did Jake manage?” she thoughtfully asked.

I looked down. “Jake is very…strong,” I answered reluctantly.

Her eyebrows rose, and my thought process seemed to go with them. Who did I owe my allegiance to? Alice or Jake? I cared about both of them, even though Alice was my sister as much as Becka was. I decided to tell her. She was the one who knew nothing.

“Jake’s a…werewolf,” I said hurriedly. “Some of the Quileutes turn into wolves when vampires are around, I guess. Carlisle knew them awhile ago, and made a treaty with them. Were you with them then?”

She stared at me for a long moment, her eyes wide. She composed herself, shaking her head quickly. “That would explain the smell…” she whispered.

“The smell?” I asked blankly, pretending I had no idea what she was talking about.

She nodded distantly. “You smell atrocious.” She informed me. “Are you sure it’s a werewolf?”

I nodded. “Absolutely positive. So you weren’t with the others when they first came here?”

“No, I still hadn’t found them.” She was still very distant, in the land of her thoughts. Then she froze, and looked at me, shocked. “You are best friends with a werewolf?”

I nodded slowly. I wasn’t looking forward to the disapproval that would come from her. It would be worse than my covens.

“For how long?” she continued with her questioning.

I shrugged. “Maybe a few weeks,” I said indifferently.

She glared at me. “Oh, that makes it better. A young werewolf. You truly are a danger magnet.”

“Werewolves aren’t that bad,” I mumbled defensively.

She rolled her eyes. “Until they loose their tempers. Really Bella, most people would be better off when the vampires left town. But you had to go out and find the first monster you could.” I winced, thinking of my coven. But she didn’t need to know about that. She needed to know about others, however.

“No, not all of the vampires left town, Alice. Some came back to look for me,” I told her. “Victoria and Laurent both have been hunting me. Laurent almost got me a bit ago, but the wolves got him. But Victoria—“

“Laurent,” she hissed, interrupting me. “Victoria?”

I nodded, biting my lip again. She wasn’t reacting well to any of this. “I’m the danger magnet, remember? Everybody loves to mock me about it.”

She took a deep breath. “Tell me everything that’s happened.”

So I did. I told her about how I got really sick in January, and was stuck in the hospital. I told her about how I was supposed to die, but how some old friends decided to take me out, and I got better. I explained about how I met Jacob—without mentioning the motorcycles—and how I met Laurent while hiking. I skimmed over the cliff, instead explaining about how I had seen Victoria in the water.

She never interrupted me, though occasionally her expression would change, showing worry or anger. I could tell she was filing this all away, probably for later, when she saw her family again.

“Leaving you here didn’t do any good, did it?” she murmured sadly.

I laughed without humor. “Like my benefit had anything to do with it,” I said sarcastically.

She frowned. “I guess I probably shouldn’t have come, I guess. I acted impulsively.”

I felt panic and sadness cloud my face before I quickly composed it. “Please don’t go Alice. I’ve missed you so much.”

“I’m not leaving you,” she said slowly, so I would understand. “I’m not going tonight. Don’t worry.”

I took a deep breath, which calmed me down. She studied my face, waiting until I was perfectly calm.

“You look terrible Bella.”

I looked pointedly at her. “I drowned today, Alice.”

She shook her head. ‘It goes deeper than that. You’re a mess.”

I cringed. Everybody now had to start noticing. “I’m trying my best.”

She cocked her pale head. “What do you mean by that?”

“Life hasn’t been so easy for me lately.”

She looked down. “I told him,” she muttered.

“Alice, what did you think I would be like? All happy and cheerful, whistling to myself because life is so perfect? Really, you know me better than that.”

“I know. I hoped, though.”

I quietly snorted. “I guess I don’t have to corner spot in the idiocy market, then.”

Then the phone rang. I wondered if it was Becka, or Charlie. I looked at Alice. “That must be Charlie,” I said. I didn’t want to say anything about my coven yet. I wasn’t sure if they would be pleased with me, especially after I promised.

I dragged Alice with me to the kitchen. I knew that I would be able to know if she left, but the human in me didn’t want to leave her alone.

“Hello?” I asked.

“Hey Bella, its Jake.”

“Jake!” I said happily. Maybe he didn’t hate me now after all. Alice stared at my face, reading my expressions.

“I just wanted to make sure you weren’t dead,” he said sullenly. I internally cringed. Of course I was dead. No one was allowed to know.

“Jake, I told you it would be fine. It’s just—“

“Alright, I get it. Bye.” And with that, the dial tone answered my unvoiced protests.

I hung my head with a sigh. “That’s going to be an issue.”

Alice gave my hand a gentle squeeze. “They aren’t happy that I came.”

“Not particularly. But it’s none of their business either.”

Alice towed me back to the living room, her arms around me. “What should we do now?’ She seemed to be talking to herself. “Things to do. Loose ends to tie.”

“What do you need to do?”

Her face was guarded suddenly. “I think I need to go see Carlisle.”

I felt all of the blood from the hunting trip a few days ago leave my face. So this all really was just like a dream come true.

“Could you stay just awhile longer? You have no idea how much I’ve missed you,” I said sadly.

She looked at me unhappily. “If you really think that’s a good idea.”

“I do. Charlie would love to see you again Alice. You could stay here if you needed to.”

“I have my own house, Bella,” she reminded me.

I nodded slowly. As long as she was here, in Forks, I would be happy. She hesitated slightly, staring at me.

“Well, I guess I need to get some clothes at least.”

I grinned and threw my arms around her. “You’re the best!”

“I think I’ll need to go and hunt as well,” she said, sounding very strained. I stepped back quickly. I guess the illusion was really strong.

“Alright then,” I said softly.

She appraised me again. I guess she could see some of the sadness on my face. “I’ll be back in an hour,” she promised. I nodded. She stepped forward, kissed my cheek, and ran off at normal vampire pace.

I took a deep breath. I had many things I needed to do now, including talking to Aaron or KJ. But first, I wanted to take a shower.

I ran upstairs quickly, and took a vampire speed shower. I was out in quicker than a minute. I put on some sweats, and went down to the phone.

I dialed in Becka’s cell phone number, and waited while it rang. Then Becka picked up.

“Hey Bella, sorry about earlier,” she started quickly, but I cut her off.

“No, it’s alright. You did what I asked you to do,” I said calmly. I could hear her sigh of relief on the other end of the phone. “I have something important to ask you though. Is KJ there?”

“Um, yeah. Here, you can talk to him.” I could hear the phone be passed off into another person’s hands.

“Hello Bella. What’s the problem?” KJ’s strong voice asked.

I took a deep breath. “You remember the story about the other vampires I met when I was human, right? The Cullens? Well, one of them, Alice, is visiting me right now.”

He gasped. “She is? Why?”

“Well, apparently she saw a vision of me jumping off a cliff. I think when I was jumping I let down all of my shields, and she saw me jump. I didn’t even know I could drop them,” I added. He laughed.

“Well, you find out more about yourself everyday.”

“Um, KJ?” I asked hesitantly.

“Yes?”

“Am I allowed to tell her the truth about me?” I sounded unsure, and I knew he could tell.

“Bella, I don’t think that would be a good idea. If she found out, she might tell the rest of her family. You said to Becka once that Dr. Cullen was friends with the Volturi. If they found out about the five of us…”

I didn’t need him to finish to understand what he was talking about. Here we were, vampires that could easily disguise themselves as humans, go into the sunlight, and all of us had extra abilities. We would be a prize to them.

“I understand. I just wanted to ask. I hate lying to her…” I drifted off, remembering how they had lied to me.

“I’m sorry Bella. I know how much you miss them. It would be safer if no one knew, though.”

“Alright then. I guess I’ll see you later. Bye,” I said quickly. I hung up as he said his goodbye. I didn’t want to hear what Becka would have to say when she found out a Cullen was here. She really didn’t like them, because of what they did to me.

I went into the other room, and put some sheets onto the couch. I knew that Alice didn’t need them, but Charlie would need to see it.

I glanced at the clock. Charlie would want dinner when he got back probably. I quickly put yesterday’s fish into the microwave. When it finished, I took some of it and put it into the garbage. I knew I was wasting food, but I really didn’t want to eat anything.

When I walked into the living room, Alice was there. Her eyes were now a warm gold, thanks to her hunting trip. “Thanks,” she said, gesturing to the couch. I nodded, and sat down next to her.

She pulled me into a hug. “Oh Bella, what can we do with you?”

“I have been trying my best.” It’s just my best gets a little hard to show when I’m becoming accustomed to being a newborn.

“I know Bella. I know.”

We were both silent for a moment. I was battling myself, willing me to ask a question. Finally, one side won out, and I asked.

“Does…does Edward,” I winced. “Does he know you’re here?” I forced out. I could almost think his name now, but it was hard to say it out loud. It was my pain to deal with. I didn’t want Alice to see what I had been going through.

“No, he doesn’t.”

I stared at her, my face showing my confusion. “So he’s not with Carlisle and Esme?”

“He checks in now and then.”

“Hmm,” I said. He must still be out with his distractions, I mused. I changed the subject quickly.

“So, where have you all been?” I asked.

“We’re in Denali. We were visiting Tanya’s family.”

“Why didn’t Jasper come with you?”

She looked down. “He didn’t approve of my interference. We promised…” She looked up. “Do you think Charlie will mind me visiting?” Her tone was worried.

“No, he loves you Alice.”

She looked at the door. I could hear and smell Charlie. I would have noticed if I wasn’t so distracted.

I hurried over to the door. Charlie was there, and he looked so depressed. I could tell from his face that Harry didn’t make it. I put my arms around his shoulder.

“I’m so sorry Dad,” I said.

“I’m gonna miss him,” he mumbled.

“How’s Sue?”

“She seems like she’s in a daze. I don’t think she’s quite grasped what happened yet. Sam Uley’s staying with her for now, helping with her kids,” he said sadly. He walked into the house.

“Dad, guess who’s here?” I said. I assumed that I should warn him. As if on cue, Alice came forward, looking sad.

“Hey Charlie. I’m sorry I came at such a bad time,” she said in a quiet voice.

He squinted at her. “Alice Cullen, is that you?”

She nodded. “Yeah, it’s me. I was in the neighborhood, and wanted to come see Bella.”

“Is anyone else with you?”

I winced slightly inwardly as I thought of what he was talking about. But I kept my face smooth.

“No, I came alone.”

I turned to my dad. “She can stay, right? I already invited her,” I pleaded. He nodded, tightening his arms around mine.

“Of course. We’d love to have you, Alice.”

She smiled slightly. “Thank you. Sorry again about coming at a bad time.”

“No, this works out actually. I’m going to be helping out with the funeral a lot; it’ll be nice for Bella to have someone to hang out with.”

“I made dinner for you Dad. It’s on the table,” I said, motioning to the kitchen.

“Thanks,” he said. He gave me another squeeze and went to eat.

Alice towed me back over to the couch. She looked at me carefully. “You look exhausted,” she said.

I shrugged. Somehow, I was. All the lies, the cliff diving, the visiting of people I never thought I would see again…I guess it was catching up with me. “I guess near-death experiences do that to people.”

She laughed lightly. “I guess they would,” she agreed.

“So, how does Carlisle and Esme feel about you being here?”

“They don’t know. They went on a hunting trip before I left. I’ll call them in a few days.”

I scrutinized her face. “You won’t tell him, though, will you?” She knew I wasn’t talking about her father anymore. She shook her head.

“He would bite my head off,” she stated.

I laughed. That was something similar to what I’d seen the one time Aaron walked in on Becka and Alex. I had to put a shield around them to save Aaron.

I was fighting my internal urge to sleep. Even as a vampire, I could get worn out. But I knew I would succumb. I hadn’t been sleeping that well lately. Maybe now I would, though.

So I let myself sink into a peaceful bliss, with Alice’s arms around me.