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Beautiful banner by eternitys_charm! Bella lives in Phoenix, along with Edward and the rest of the group. Everything is going great until Edward starts noticing marks on Bella's arms, and strange behavior from her. Then the storm hits, leaving Edward badly injured and Bella with no place to stay. Is distance enough to end the strongest of friendships? Of course not. ALL HUMAN. Awesome banner was made by eternitys_charm!

Hey look! I'm doing something serious! If you've read my stuff from FF you'll know this is a first... I'm not too sure on the title, so it may change. A warning: This story contains ABUSE. If you don't like that, then I suggest you don't read it. It doesn't come up until later, but it's still there.

4. Chapter 4

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After school one day, Bella and I were sitting in the bleachers with Alice, Jasper, and Emmett, waiting for practice to start and discussing the big game that we had on tomorrow. Bella and Alice were nervous, remembering what the team we were up against had done to us last time.

Alice leaned against Jasper and said, "I say you guys should conveniently 'fall' down some stairs or something."

Emmett rolled his eyes and said, "Oh yeah, that wouldn't be suspicious at all."

"I don't know man," Jasper said, "I almost want to do it, they broke someone's leg last year. He can't play anymore." This team was notorious for being rough, and every time they hurt someone, they managed to get out of it somehow. Any other team would have been banned by now.

Emmett sighed, exasperated, and said, "Come on, people! Where's your pride?"

"Your manly pride is going to get you hurt," Bella said. "Well, maybe not you, Emmett. They'd probably hurt themselves trying to hurt you, but look at Edward and Jasper. They'd be killed!"

"Hey!" Jasper and I protested at the same time.

"Maybe we aren't as big as Emmett, but we can hold our own out there," Jasper said.

"Ya mon, dey be built like man muscle machines," Emmett said while grabbing mine and Jasper's arms and holding them up.

Jasper and I rolled our eyes as the girls giggled.

After a bit Bella suddenly sat up straight and said, "Oh, no! I forgot my biology homework! I'll be right back, I have to go get it before they lock the school."

"I'll go with you," I said.

"No, I don't want you to be late for practice," she replied, shaking her head.

"It'll be fine," said Jasper. "You've got about ten minutes. Just hurry."

I looked at Bella. She nodded and grabbed my hand, pulling me down the bleachers, towards the school. We went in and she walked quickly to her locker through the empty hallway, with me in tow. She entered her combination and opened the door, only to widen her eyes in surprise, before sadness covered her face. She shut the door quickly before I could see what had upset her.

"What's wrong?" I asked. "You didn't get your book."

"Oh... I just realized I don't need it," she mumbled. She looked close to tears.

I frowned and said, "Yeah, right. What's wrong? And don't say nothing. I'm not that stupid."

"No, let's go. You'll be late," she said, not meeting my eyes. She tried to pull on my hand to make me go, but I refused budge.

"I can be a little late," I said. "Now, what's got you so upset?" I asked.

She sighed and seemed looked everywhere but at me. After she realized she wouldn't be able to get out of it, she sighed in defeat and opened her locker. She reached in, grabbed a small wrapped box, and thrust it into my hand.

"Open it," she demanded. She had tears running down her cheeks.


"Open it!"

I sighed and did as she said. I took the small ribbon off and opened the lid. What I saw made me sick.

"They've been doing this for years," she said, still crying softly. "I thought they'd stopped. There hasn't been one for months, but now...," she trailed off and couldn't keep in a sob. She leaned back against the wall and slid down, wrapping her arms around her legs, and burying her head in her knees.

I sat down next to her and wrapped my arms around her, kissing her head gently, trying my best to console her. "Shh, it's alright..."

"No it's not!" she sobbed. "I hate them all! I wish they would... die or something." She leaned into my chest as she cried, and all I could do was hold her. I couldn't think of anything to say that would make her feel better. Some boyfriend I was.

After she had cried herself out, she pulled away and wiped at her face. "I'm sorry," she sniffed.

"Don't be," I said. "Do you know who did it?"

"No, and I don't care. I just wish they'd stop," she growled.

"Well, we can get you a new lock, that might stop them," I said.

She nodded and said, "I've tried that, but maybe there's some new high tech thing that can't be broken into."

"Right. Well, do you want to go out there, or would you like to go home?" I asked.

"I really don't want you to miss practice...,"she mumbled halfheartedly.

"Don't worry about it,"

"Well then... if you're sure, could you take me home?"

"Of course I can." We got up and I moved to throw the box away, but she stopped me. I gave her a look and she rolled her eyes.

"I told you already, I don't use them... for that. I'd like to show you what I do use them for though." She looked at me.

"Alright...," I replied as I handed her the box reluctantly.

She gave me a reassuring smile and took my hand. We went out to the parking lot and got in my car. I quickly sent a message to Jasper telling him and the others that we wouldn't be coming back. Once we got to her house she grabbed my hand and pulled me inside. We went up to her room and she pulled out a shoe box from under her bed. She opened it and pulled a string out from the box, which was connected to beads and razors and more string. She stood up and hooked it onto a hook hanging from the ceiling.

"Wow," was all I could say. She had taken the razors and painted some, glittered some, twisted some, and it looked like some had been melted. She had added beads and ribbon, making the most intricate and beautiful wind chime I had ever seen.

She smiled and said, "Do you like it? There's more in the box, but I think I'm done with this. I might make another, I'm not sure..."

"It's beautiful," I said, and she beamed. She took the small box and dumped the contents into the shoe box. Then she got up and I pulled her into my arms.

She looked up at me and said, "I told you..."

"I know," I said, smiling, and leaned down to kiss her.