Aunt Peggy, Lilia and Elsbeth could all tell that something was wrong with me, but they left me alone to my thoughts.
As I was lying in bed Wednesday night, I thought about what Alice had said to me, trying to figure out if she was really telling me the truth. How could Edward still love me? He had told me that I wasn’t good for him anymore, that he didn’t want me to come with him to wherever they were moving, which ended up being here. She couldn’t be telling the truth when she said that Edward still loved me. I was probably right when I thought that he felt guilty that Victoria was after me. The whole family was probably trying to help take away the blame so he could be done with me.
When I went downstairs to the kitchen the next morning Aunt Peggy and Lilia were bent over a big, old looking book.
“What’s that?” I asked.
“Spell book.” Lilia answered, to absorbed in reading to answer me anymore.
Aunt Peggy looked up, “Well it has information in it about fairywitches too.”
“Cool. Um, why are you looking at it then? I mean, we know everything about us.” I was confused now.
“Actually the council called and said that they had heard a rumor that if fairywitches got to mad they could loose control of their powers, and that’s probably not very safe for anyone.”
“So you’re trying to find out if that’s real.” I concluded.
“Yes, but we can’t find anything.” Aunt Peggy turned back to the book.
“Okay, well we better leave for school now. I can help you look afterwards though; I need to take my mind off of some stuff.” I figured that reading through some dusty old book would be better than moping around my room thinking about the Cullens.
Lilia looked up from the book finally. “Actually I’m staying here to help, and Elsbeth is sick, so only you’re going to school.”
“Oh, um, okay. That’s fine I guess.” I grabbed the car key and started heading out the back door.
“Bella,” I looked back and Aunt Peggy hesitated, “Try not to talk with people today.”
“Why?” I asked confused.
“Just don’t get to angry, just in case this rumor is true, there won’t be someone there to calm you down.”
“Oh, okay, I’ll try.” I walked out the back door and to the car.
School went by without anymore confrontations from the Cullens; however I did receive disapproving glares from them.
Emily asked me about the glares during lunch, and little did she know that the Cullens could still here her.
“What’s up with them? Why are they staring at you like that? Do you want me to go and talk with them, because if this is too much, I can?”
“No, no Emily,” I tried to come up with a suitable reason for it, “Um, they’re just mad that I left my dad and Forks, they don’t understand that it wasn’t my choice if I came here or not.” She could tell that I didn’t want to talk about it anymore so she let it drop.
I stayed a little late in my last hour to try and avoid the Cullens, so I cringed when I was walking across the school’s big lawn when I heard Emmett calling my name.
“Bella! Bella wait up!” I glanced over my shoulder and saw him running towards me from the school and started walking faster. “No, Bella! Hold on! I want to talk to you!”
His hand came down on my shoulder and turned me around, “Finally! I caught up with you, not that it was that hard.” He tried to make a joke of it, but I wasn’t in the mood. I saw Alice, Jasper, and Rosalie come out of the school and start walking over to where we were standing.
“I’ve got to go. Bye.” I said flatly then turned and continued going to my car, there were only a few cars left in the lot. His hand came down on my shoulder again.
“Bella, we really need to talk.” Emmett twirled me around, but didn’t let go of my shoulder, it was obvious that I wasn’t getting away from him until I agreed to whatever his family said.
The Cullens reached us then, and Alice stepped forward to start talking. I tried to turn and leave, but Emmett was behind me with one of his hands on both of my shoulders.
“Bella, I don’t know what your problem is, but what I said yesterday was true. And whether you believe me or not is your problem, but you need to listen when we say that you need us to protect you!”
“No, I don’t!” I was getting a little annoyed and angry with them, and I realized that I couldn’t stay and talk to them, if it really wasn’t a rumor I couldn’t let this go on. A silver Volvo pulled up at the curb, Edward in the driver’s seat. “Now, I have to go!”
“Yes, you do Bella! And you’re not going anywhere until you listen!” Alice said sternly.
“No I don’t! And everything you told me yesterday WAS lie! I figured it out last night Alice!” I was yelling at her now.
“She wasn’t lying.” Jasper spoke now.
“Yes. She. Was.” I said through clenched teeth.
“No, I feel the love for you flowing off of him everyday you sit down next to him in biology.”
“You’re lying! You all are! The only reason that you want to protect me is because Edward feels guilty that she’s after me!” I screamed, I didn’t care if he heard me, and we were the only ones left in the parking lot. I was really angry now, and that was obviously not a good thing. “Now. Let. Me. GO!”
“Ow!” Emmett yelled, his hands flew off my shoulders and I stepped away immediately. I didn’t leave though; I wanted to see what had hurt him, nothing ever hurt a vampire. “That burned!”
“What burned?” Everyone asked in confusion, Edward got out of the car and joined his family.
“Her skin.” I looked at my shoulders, I had been wearing a tank top, and then put my hand down on one of them, and it was burning. I moved my hand down my arm, it was burning also, in fact, my hand was burning.
“That’s not good.” I murmured to myself, nothing like this had ever happened to me before.
“Let me feel.” Alice took a step forward and set her hand on my arm, then jumped back a second later. “Ow. Oh my gosh, it IS burning. Are you sick Bella?”
“No.” The anger was rising again. “And you don’t have the right to care if I was!”
“Yes we do Bella!” Emmett roared.
“No. You. DON’T!” I screamed.
“Oh my gosh. Does anyone else see this?” Alice said in an amazed voice. They all nodded their heads.
"See what?” I asked confused.
“Bella,” Alice hesitated before she continued, “your eyes are turning red.”
“What?” She dug in her bag and then held a mirror in front of my face. She was right my eyes were
turning red, the hazel was still there, but it was red tinted. It took me a second but I realized what was going on, the burning skin, the red eyes, it could only mean one thing, and that was NOT good.
“Oh, my, gosh.” I whispered, than I spoke louder, “No, no, no, this is NOT good. You guys have GOT to leave NOW! I have to go! This is definitely not good.” I tried to calm myself down, I took a couple of deep breaths and imagined a peaceful beach, but nothing was working. I started walking towards my car, but they blocked the way.
“Bella, we’re not done talking with you.” Alice persisted as I dug through my bag for my phone.
“I don’t care Alice. You have to leave NOW, I have to leave now, I can’t be around you or anyone.” My anger was rising again, I found my phone and dialed Aunt Peggy’s number quickly.
“We’re not leaving Bella.”
“Fine, it’s your funeral.” I muttered, I wasn’t sure if I could actually hurt them, but I didn’t want to find out.
“Hello?” Aunt Peggy’s voice rung through the phone and I breathed a sigh of relief.
“Aunt Peggy, its Bella.”
“Oh, hello dear. Why aren’t you home from school? Did you have any problems with something?” We preferred not to mention anything mythical over the phone, just in case someone was listening in.
“Aunt Peggy, it’s true.”
“What?” She asked confused.
“The rumor. The rumor is true.” The Cullens stared on confused as they listened in on our conversation.
“OH no. Oh no, no, no, no. This is not good. Wait, how did you find out? Honey, that didn’t happen to you, did it?” I could tell she was panicking now.
“No, but it almost did just now.”
“Honey, get home now! You cannot be around people!”
“I know, I’m leaving now.”
“Good. Hurry as fast as you can,” She turned her attention away from the phone and yelled, “Lilia go and get Elsbeth NOW!”
“Bye Aunt Peggy. I’ll be home as soon as possible.”
“Bye dear.” And then the line went dead.
They still stood in my way. “Alice. I have to go NOW! What part of that don’t you understand?”
“All of it,” she said calmly, “Now would you like to tell us what’s going on with you?”
“No, you can’t be dragged into this. Now I have to go, if I don’t get home soon, bad things might happen.”
“Like what?” Emmett snorted, “You’re going to get grounded? I can’t see that, perfect little Bella grounded.” He laughed a little.
“No Emmett.” I said seriously, “bad things won’t happen to me, in fact I’ll be fine, but it won’t be good for everyone else in this town, and you could be included, I don’t know who this affects.” He stopped laughing and looked at me questioningly.
“Bella, please, I thought I was your best friend, I thought you could tell me everything.” Alice put on her cutest face, and I was about to tell them, when I remembered what they had done to me.
“You revoked that position when you left. Now I have to go.” They were so stunned that they didn’t move as I went around them and then started running for my car.
As I was driving away, I thought I saw a bit of pain on their faces, but I probably was imagining it.