I couldn’t sleep.
My dreams were terrible. They started like the old ones. I was in the forest, just searching, but I couldn’t remember what I was looking for. And then, just at the point where I used to wake up screaming, she would appear. Victoria would be standing there, orange hair blowing wild like fire in the wind, lips pulled back in a menacing smile around her razor sharp teeth. Then, she would lunge.
That was the point when I would wake up, screaming. Elsbeth, Lilia, and Aunt Peggy somehow learned to sleep through it. But after I woke up the first time, I couldn’t fall back asleep. I would go out into the back yard and sit on the porch until I saw the sun rising, then I would go back to my room and stay there until it was time to go to school.
School remained the same, Edward ignored me, and I ignored him. Saying and thinking his name was becoming easier, we had been stuck together for several labs, during which we only talked when necessary.
I couldn’t help but wonder when I sat next to him in science if he knew about Victoria coming here. If he did, he obviously didn’t care about me. He showed no signs of caring for my life at all. But I ignored that, just like I ignored him and his family and they ignored me, although Alice had made several attempts to talk with me, but I always got away right before she reached me. I didn’t know if I could handle having an actual conversation with one of them.
Finally, however, it was Friday. I had the weekend to do what I liked. Maybe I would ask Elsbeth and Lilia if they wanted to fly to New York City, I was in desperate need for some new clothes, no matter how much I detested shopping.
As soon as the last bell rang I was out the classroom door and in the car. Lilia and Elsbeth stared at me from the front seats, and I shrugged my shoulders. I couldn’t wait to get home to start my weekend. To my dismay, Lilia and Elsbeth didn’t want to go shopping this weekend, they said that they wanted to stay home and relax.
That night, as usual, I awoke screaming. I sat up, and wiped my hand over my forehead to get rid of the fine sheen of sweat there. Then, I swung my short clad legs over the side of the bed and walked down the hall and stairs and out to the back porch as silently as I could. I sat down in my usual spot and stared up at the sky, and before I knew it, the sky was bright, light up by the glorious sun rise.
Because it was Saturday, I didn’t bother going back to my room, I had no where to go. It was so peaceful back here, looking out over the large yard, there were no neighbors for at least a couple of miles.
“Bella?” I jumped at the sound of Aunt Peggy saying my name, “Oh, sorry dear, I didn’t mean to startle you.”
“It’s fine.” Although my breathing was a little fast, “Did you want something?”
“Well, your cousins and I were going into town to do a little shopping at the mall, we were wondering if you wanted to come?”
Shopping. I hated shopping with a fiery passion.
“No, um, that’s fine; I’d rather stay home and relax.” I lied.
“Ok, well, we’ll be home after lunch.” She gave me one last concerned look, I had refused to go anywhere this week for fear of running into the Cullens, and they were getting worried about me, and then she turned and walked back into the house.
Lilia and Elsbeth came out to try and convince me to go with them, but I turned them down saying that shopping just wasn’t my thing, which wasn’t exactly a lie. But besides for worrying about running into the Cullens, the thought of Victoria coming after me was also showing up constantly in my head. I heard them slam the car doors closed and back out of the driveway, shutting the garage door behind them, and then I was alone.
I stared up at the sun, until I though I saw something out of the corner of my eye. I searched through the forest paranoid. Was she here? I walked to the center of the yard and looked deeper into the forest. I suddenly regretted not going with them shopping, seeing the Cullens was definitely better than being killed by Victoria.
“Hello Bella.” A voice said from behind me. I jumped, grabbing my throat with both hands, and turned to face the person.
There she stood. Victoria. Orange hair swaying slightly in the nonexistent wind. Her eyes were a strange orange color, a mix between the vibrant red of the human blood drinking vampires, and that of a vegetarian.
“V-Victoria.” I was too scared to saying anything more.
“Yes, so nice to see you again Bella.” She said in her high, tinkling voice. “I wonder though if you know why I’m here.”
“I- I think that I might have and idea.” I took an involuntary step backwards away from her and she smiled menacingly.
“Good. How about we skip the formalities?” She lunged at me, grabbing me by the throat and flinging me several yards. I landed on my arm. I lay there, waiting for the pain to come from a broken arm, but it never came, that’s when I remember. I was a fairywitch, I was invincible, and she couldn’t hurt me at all.
I stood up and smiled at her while she gaped at my unscathed form. “Having fun Victoria?”
“Wh-what? Why didn’t you,“ She asked, her voice rising in pitch because of her confusion, but then it was menacing again. “Oh, never mind, you’ll be dead soon.”
She lunged at me again, but this time she pushed me back and landed on top of me.
“I would make this as painless as possible for you, but, that wouldn’t be any fun for me, sorry.” She glared at me while I stared right back. She leaned in, and I felt her teeth come in contact with my skin, but they didn’t pierce through. She pulled back, grapping my neck, and stood up so that I was dangling from her hand. “Why can’t I bite you?” She shook me a few times, tightening her grasp around my neck, but even if she tried to suffocate me, I wouldn’t die, maybe pass out, but I would never die.
“Silly Victoria,” I spoke with a clear voice, making it sound like I was babying her, so she once again tightened her grip, had I still been human, my neck would have snapped. “Haven’t you ever heard of fairywitches?”
“Your, a, f-fairywitch?” She gasped and her grip on my neck was released. I knew it was a rhetorical question but I answered it anyway.
“Oh, so you’ve heard of me, have you?” I said smugly.
“Yes.” She said gaining some of her composure back. “I have.”
“Good, so I guess were done now, unless you want to go shopping or something…” I trailed off, not bothering to finish my sentence. She glared at me.
“I may not be able to kill you, but I’ll get to you somehow or maybe through someone, like your Auntie there.” She smiled at me again.
“You’ll never get to Aunt Peggy.”
“You’re right, but I’ll find away to get to you. Mark my words that I will.” She took a step forwards so that our faces were inches away.
“Bella!” Aunt Peggy appeared in the doorway. She looked towards Victoria confused.
“Don’t forget what I said Bella, never forget that.” And with that she was gone.
I turned back to Aunt Peggy, and she gave me a confused look as Lilia and Elsbeth joined her. “Aunt Peggy, Elsbeth, Lilia, we need to talk."