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The Shifter

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3. Invitations

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When I woke the next morning, Edward wasn’t there. Instead, resting on my pillow, was a note. I smiled. He had such beautiful handwriting, unlike my own untidy scrawl.

Bella, I’m so sorry, but I have to go and check on something. Don’t panic, everyone’s fine. I’m not coming to school, but I’ll be home tonight. Alice will pick you up after school and bring you to our house. I’ll see you then. I’ll explain everything soon, I promise. Don’t worry. I love you,

Edward.

Despite Edward’s words, I started to panic, just a little. What could be so important that he was going to skip school? Edward never did that, except on those rare sunny days. I was sure it had something to do with Alice’s vision, but I would just have to wait and see.

As I got in my truck and was just about to start the engine, another piece of paper caught my eye. It was from Edward.

Be Safe.

I smiled; it reminded me of another time when he had left the same message. I started the engine, the roaring blocking out my own thoughts. I thought of my angel the whole way into town.

The day was barely tolerable. Even with Alice, I still moped around, wondering what Edward was doing. The usual things happened; I blushed, tripped over my own feet, dropped my books everywhere and hit myself on the head with a baseball bat in Gym.

At lunch, I tried to coax some information out of Alice, but she held firm, much to my disappointment.

“Edward made me promise not to tell you anything,” she complained. I sighed.

“I’m sorry! But you know if I told you, he’d find out. It’s not my fault he’s a mind reader. You are so lucky.”

I had to laugh at that. I had felt the same way many, many times.

“I do want to tell you, Bella,” she said gently.

“I know, Alice. I just hate not knowing all the time. It really frustrates me”

“Well, I’m sure I’d feel the same way, but I’ve never actually had to worry about that.”

I laughed along with her. We chattered aimlessly for most of lunch, until Mike Newton interrupted our conversation.

“Bella? Could I talk to you for a moment?” he asked, blushing when Alice looked at him questionably.

I looked at Alice. She nodded her head, so I stood up and followed Mike out the cafeteria doors. I waited for him to begin.

“Umm, Bella, I was just wondering if you were doing anything this weekend. A bunch of us are going down to First Beach, at La Push, and I was wondering if you wanted to come with us.”

I blanched at the mention of La Push. I couldn’t go there anymore, not after what had happened with Jacob. He hadn’t spoken to me since he had rung to tell me he had received the wedding invitation, and wouldn’t be attending.

“The Cullens are welcome, of course,” added Mike hastily, thinking that the reason I hadn’t replied was because Edward wasn’t invited. I could tell Mike wasn’t happy about inviting them, but apparently he’d rather have me there with them than not have me there at all.

“Listen, Mike, thanks for the offer, but I’m…going camping with Edward this weekend,” I invented quickly. Maybe he wouldn’t see through my pathetic lie. The Cullens went camping all the time.

Mike looked disappointed. “Oh, well,” he sighed. “Maybe next time.”

“Yeah,” I agreed, before making my way back to Alice.

“What did he want?” Alice asked as I sat down.

“What, you didn’t see?” I teased her.

She raised her eyebrows, unimpressed.

I sighed. “He wanted to know if we wanted to go down to La Push this weekend.”

“And…” she prompted

“And…?”

“What did you tell him?” Alice asked impatiently.

“I said thanks, but no thanks.”

“Like he took that, Bella. That boy is persistent as Hell. What excuse did you give him?”

“I told him I was going camping with Edward.”

Alice laughed. “What?” I asked her.

“You’ll find out after school,” she answered cryptically.

* * *

I met Alice at her yellow Turbo 911. She sped the whole way to the Cullen manor, ignoring my feeble protests. When we arrived, Edward’s silver Volvo wasn’t parked in the garage. Alice noticed my sudden mood swing, and attempted to cheer me up.

“Come on, Bella!” she cried. “Edward will be home soon!”

“I know,” I replied, still feeling miserable.

As we entered the house, Esme appeared to great us. “Bella!” she cried as she enfolded me into her cold, stone-like arms. I hugged her back. “How are you?” she asked anxiously as she held me out in front of her.

“I’m fine, Esme. How are you?”

“I’m perfectly fine,” she replied, still looking at me apprehensively. I wondered why she was treating me so differently than usual.

I smiled at her as Alice grabbed me by the hands and proceeded to drag me up the stairs. When we entered her bedroom, we found Jasper lying on the bed, reading. He smiled at me as Alice shooed him from the room. I sat wearily on the bed.

“Now. It’s time to get ready,” said Alice, clapping her hands together before heading towards her cavernous wardrobe.

“Ready for what, Alice?” I asked, already wary.

“For when Edward gets home, of course,” she replied, turning away from her mountains of clothes to look at me.

“What’s happening when Edward gets home?” I stood up slowly, ready to escape if need be.

“We’re going camping!”

* * *