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Best Friends Since Ever

Summary:
Bella and Amanda have been best friends since... ever. So of course that's who Renee turns to when Bella needs help with her post-Edward depression. But Amanda has a huge secret.. one that literally blurs the lines of fantasy and reality. Note- I changed the last chapter a bit to fit better with what I want to write in the sequel, so you may want to re-read it.


Notes:
This is my first (written down) fan fic, so I'd really love people's opinions (however brutal they may be) to help me improve and make the story better. Thanks for reading, I hope you like it!


5. The Meadow

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“Come on! You’re the one that wanted to go hiking! You’re not bailing out on me now!” Despite my harsh words, I turned back to help Bella get her foot unstuck. “Sheesh Bella, only you would manage to find the one crevice in that rock and get your foot caught in it. I should have seen this coming, though, Miss Accident Magnet.” Dang it. I realized something I said must have brought back the memories. Bella gripped herself around the middle, and I tried to make it better, “Here, follow right behind me and I’ll protect you from the big scary rocks. We might even be able to make it to wherever you want to go.” She half-smiled.

“Thanks again, Manders.” She said, using that awful nickname Julian, a boy with a mustache from our 8th grade math class, came up with.

“No problem Izzy.” I replied, using a nickname I knew she wasn’t particularly fond of in retaliation. “Tell me again what we’re looking for.” I pulled Jacob’s rather well-made map out of my back pack.

“It’s this meadow-thing. I think there was a stream nearby.”

“That’s what I though. Lets try this way.” In truth, I had a fairly good idea of where we were headed, but I put on a show of difficulty so I could tease/whine to Bella about it later if I needed to. “Is it getting lighter up there?”

“I think you might be imagining things.” She stopped. We had just stepped out into the meadow.

“This it?” I asked. She just stared. Then, suddenly it all came crashing down. She grabbed her middle and slumped into a ball, sobbing before she hit the ground.

“You came here with him, didn’t you? Why hurt yourself like this? Oh, Bella! Did you think coming here would bring him back?” I stopped. That was exactly what she thought. That coming here could bring back the best memories to keep the most awful one a way. “Oh, Bella.” I cried again, hugging her. Much sooner that normal, she was herself again.

“We should probably go now.”

“Okay. Here let me help you with- oh no.” A man had just stepped into the meadow.

“Laurent!” Bella called out to him. It surprised me that she would know this… Laurent, maybe she was mistaken?

“Bella?” Or not.

“Your remember,” she smiled. I glared. I didn’t like this Laurent person.

“I didn’t expect to see you around here.” He began to stroll over to us, trying to keep it casual.

“Isn’t it the other way around? I do live here. I thought you’d gone to Alaska.” He stopped several feet away from us, thankfully.

“You’re right, I did go to Alaska. Still, I didn’t expect… When I found the Cullen place empty, I thought they’d moved on.” My first reaction was to attack him, for bringing up that painful subject. I reminded myself that he didn’t know and contended myself with putting a protective arm around her shoulder, as if that could keep the pain from searing through her heart. It didn’t register until later what his statement told me about the Cullens.

“Oh.” Was all she could manage. She did eventually choke out, “The did move on.”

“I’m surprised they left you behind. Weren’t you sort of a pet of theirs?” I almost growled. His tone suggest that he didn’t mean to offend. He was probing for a different sort of information.

“Something like that.” At that moment, Bella’s demeanor changed to one of fear and she took an involuntary step back. She had noticed his eyes, I was sure. They were blood red.

“Do they visit often?” His voice was still casual, but his stance shifted slightly towards us. I, still ignored by Laurent, shifted infinitesimally into a more protective position.

“Now and again.” She began to ramble. “The time seems longer to me, I imagine. You know how they get distracted…” He didn’t believe her, not at all.

“The house smelled like it had been vacant for a while.”

She tried again. “I’ll mention to Carlisle that you stopped by. He’ll be sorry they missed your visit.” She seemed like she was trying to decide what to say next. “But I probably shouldn’t mention it to… Edward, I suppose.” I could almost hear her mind crying out in pain, having to say his name after all these months. “he has such a temper… well, I’m sure you remember. He’s still touchy about the whole James thing.” James thing? Oh no…

“Is he really?” Of course he would still be skeptical. She was getting a bit hysterical.

“Mm-hmm.” Even those two syllables gave away her fear and panic. Laurent took another step closer to us.

“So how are things working out in Denali? Carlisle said you were staying with Tanaya?”

“I like Tanya very much, and her sister Irena even more… I’ve never stayed in one place for so long before, and I enjoy the advantages, the novelty of it. But, the restrictions difficult… sometimes I cheat.”
No, I thought, not today….

“Jasper had problems with that too.”

“Is that why they left?” Laurent voiced my question.

“No.” Thank goodness. “Jasper was more careful at home.

“Yes. I am too.” He took a deliberate, obvious step forward now.

“Did Victoria ever find you?” Victoria? Another one? My move away from Phoenix hadn’t helped her at all, had it?

“Yes,” he hesitated in his step forward now. “I actually came here as a favor to her. She won’t be happy about this.” Maybe Victoria was a friend after all.

“About what?” Bella’s tone confirmed my beliefs. She wouldn’t sound so hopeful if…

“About me killing you.” The optimistic part in me hoped Victoria’s opinions would be enough to save us.
“She wanted to save that part for herself. She’s sort of put out with you, Bella.” This was too dangerous, I had let it get too far. I was too interested in finding out about this Victoria to do anything though.

“Me?” Bella squeaked.

“I know it seems a little backward to me too. But James was her mate, and your Edward killed him. She thought it more appropriate to kill you then Edward-- fair turn-about-- a mate for a mate. She asked me to get the lay of the land for her, so to speak. I didn’t imagine you would be this easy to get to. So maybe her plan was flawed-- apparently it wouldn’t be the revenge she imagined, since you must not mean very much to him if he left you here unprotected.” It amazed me that even when she thought she was about to die, she loved Edward enough for that comment to really hurt her. He was going to pay for that.

“I don’t think you’ll be killing anyone to day.” I said, finally stepping in.

“Manda, don’t… you can’t…” I could tell my reminder of my presence had brought on more fear and guilt. She would blame herself for putting me in this danger. If only she knew.

Laurent chuckled. “And who’s going to stop me? You?” Clearly he didn’t judge my scrawny looking limbs to be any threat at all.

“No. They are.” I tilted my head toward the edge of the meadow. I could smell them already.

“Impossible!” Laurent gasped as the first of five huge wolves stepped out into the clearing. He was frozen with fear.

“Manda…” Bella breathed. The russet-colored wolf nearest us turned his deep, black eyes on us at her voice. The large black one in the lead growled, and the russet wolf turned his attention back to Laurent. He turned and fled, and the five wolves chased after them. I could imagine them catching him, and ripping him to little pieces.

“Shh, Bella, it’s okay.” She was faint, so I scooped her up and carried her all the way back to the truck.

I drove her back to Charlie’s and got her settled. I wasn’t focused on what I was doing, I was too busy with my thoughts.

Apparently it’s her, not me that attracts all the trouble. The Cullens are vampires. And Jacob Black is a werewolf.