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Alanda's Story

Summary:
Ever wonder if Bella has relatives? Well, here's what happens when her cousin, Alanda, comes to visit! A good dose of wackiness, chaos, and a little bit of drama makes this a great story!


Notes:
Ok, i don't know if i have to do this or not, but any way, i own the characters Alanda and Eli.


2. Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

To calm myself down, I crept silently downstairs to get a drink of water. Nobody heard me. I’ve always been extra graceful, and light on my feet. On the way down, I started to dance to my I-pod. “ The city is at war, playtime for the young and rich, ignore me if you see me cause I just don’t give a…” I sang and danced, oblivious to my surroundings. I looked up and saw a very handsome man laughing. He had a commanding air about him. I blushed and turned down my I-pod.

“Good morning,” I half-whispered, still embarrassed. “ I don’t believe we’ve been introduced. I’m Alanda, Bella’s cousin.”

“ I’ve heard about you,” he admitted. “I’m Carlisle. You can call me Carlisle.” He said, laughter still playing in his eyes.

I mock saluted. “Yes, sir!”

That made him laugh outright. He saluted back and asked why I was up so early. Looking down, I said in an even smaller voice, “ I had a nightmare.” Carlisle looked worried, so I amended. “It wasn’t really a nightmare, per say. More like… a really weird dream. Where are you going?” I asked, to change the subject.

“ Oh, I’m a doctor at the local hospital.” He answered, looking fairly proud of himself. Is this a family of over-achievers? I sure hope not. After saying my goodbyes, I went to check out the rest of the house. I stumbled across a huge room, with only a piano and some chairs and couches in it. I hummed a few notes of my song. They traveled all the way across the room. It had perfect acoustics. Excited, I raced back upstairs and grabbed a bag from my room. It took forever to get downstairs, but I finally back to the music room, as I now thought of it. I took out my instrument, set up my music, and started playing, softly at first, just warming up, but playing louder and louder as I let the music claim me. I heard the door click open behind me. As I whirled around, two things happened. One: I ended up falling and almost breaking my instrument, and Two: Edward caught me and my instrument.

“That’s what I thought.”

What? What is he talking about? Seeing the expression on my face, he explained.

“Well, I heard the music, and when you came, I saw your instrument case…” Ohh, that’s what he meant. Instead of being embarrassed, I was excited.

“ Do you want to hear one of my pieces?” I asked, unsure now.

“Why not?” he answered, that amused look on his face again. I set up my music and things again, and proceeded to play. When I finished, I looked over at Edward to see what he thought. To my surprise, he had his eyes closed. Did I bore him so much he fell asleep? He opened his eyes, smiled and went over to the piano.

“That’s one of my favorite pieces,” he explained. “I’ve never heard it played that way. I liked it.” I smiled at his praise. He played it for me, completely in tune and just better overall.

“Wow.” I whispered,” That was amazing.” I was shocked that he found my pitiful version even comparable to that. Just then, Bella walked in, dressed in a pajama looking clothes. She looked surprised that I was there.

“ Oh, I thought it was just Edward here.” she said, looking sheepish now. “I heard the music, and…” Wow, how many people are up now? It doesn’t really matter, but I want to know if they heard my not-so-perfect playing.

“Did you hear an instrument besides a piano?” I asked, praying she hadn’t.

“Well, I don’t really listen to music.” Cripes! I forgot about that.

“Never mind then.” I sighed. I heard the door open, and I whirled around, almost dropping my instrument again. At the door, Emmett, Alice, Kat, Eli, and some woman I didn’t know walked in. The woman I didn’t know seemed to be arguing with Emmett over something. Instead of introducing myself, I just stared, mostly at the unknown woman. She was gorgeous. Kat cleared her throat.

“ Um, Rose? Alanda hasn’t met you yet.” She said tentatively. Why? Well, I found out.

“Well, that’s just too bad for her, isn’t it? She should just go home, anyway!” She almost screeched. I covered my ears, still staring, but wondering how she could be so mean. She stalked out, Emmett quickly following her, sending apologetic glances in my direction.

“Well, Rose… she has issues with some things.” Alice quickly tried to amend. Sure, just like I don’t like asparagus. I don’t insult and yell at it though!

“Whatever. If she has issues, send her to a mental institution. Just tell her to leave me alone. I know when I’m not wanted.” I said softly, but poisonously. I walked, visibly shaking with rage, out of the music room. I bumped into Jasper on my way out, as he was coming in. I was trying not to cry, and I think he saw that in my eyes.

“ Get out of my way.” I growled. He silently moved. I could feel everyone’s eyes on me. As soon as I got to the safety of my room, I shut the door and collapsed against it in tears. Why can’t I do anything right? Of course it’s my luck that I make an enemy on my second day here. I haven’t even been to school yet! That brought another horrible thought to my mind. School. I have to go to the local high school. Oh, no, what if I-in the middle of my self-pity party, I heard a knock on the door.

“Alanda, can I come in?” It was Emmett.

“No.” I answered. Though I wasn’t mad only at him, I didn’t feel like talking to anyone just yet.

“Please? I just want to talk.” he pleaded. I sighed, and rubbed my temples.

“Fine.” I opened the door halfway. “What do you want to talk about?”

“I just wanted to personally apologize for Rosalie’s behavior.”

I snorted. “I accept your apology, though you have nothing to apologize for. She should come and apologize for herself.” Yes, she should definitely come apologize for her stupid self. I was about to shut my door, when Emmett started talking again.

“ Yes, she should, but the thing is, she doesn’t feel like she needs to.”

This time, I laughed out loud, a free, unrestrained laugh. “ Of course she needs to, but if she won’t, then that’s her being stupid and pig-headed, isn’t it?” I asked. Emmett looked shocked, and I used that opportunity to shut the door. That cheered me up, even though it was mean… maybe that‘s why it made me feel better! I went and got my I-pod, so I could listen to some relaxing music. I put on “Soulmate” by Natasha Bedingfield, my new favorite. I was almost asleep by the time Kat barged into my room.

I dragged myself from my bed to where she was standing.

“Yes?” I asked, trying not sound mad. Again, I wasn’t angry with her, of course, but I needed to calm down.

“I was gonna watch a pay-per-view movie, and I wanted to know if you would watch it with me.” She asked really loudly, like she had practiced it or something.

“Of course I will,” I said, shaking my head over her silliness. “Is anybody else watching it with us?”

“Nope,” she said. “But for some reason, I feel really…MELANCHOLY!!!” she did a hand gesture to complete this…little show. Wow. That was really random. On the way down the stairs, she told me about a plant she once had.

“Well, one time, I had a cactus. It died. Then, I thought to myself, Wow! I’m less nurturing than a desert!” She had me cracking up. Then we got into a heated discussion about books. When we had chosen the movie, she called Eli into the room. He sat down next to me.

“I thought you said nobody else was watching this with us?”

“Yeah, Eli is a nobody. So, nobody is watching this with us.”

“Hey,” he complained. “I heard that!”

“ You were supposed to.” she said, winking at me.

“Why are you next to me?” I wondered. “Can’t you sit next to Kat?”

“I don’t want him sitting next to me!” Kat objected. Just then, the movie started. I calmed Eli and Kat down, inching closer to Kat.

“Alanda, you’re squishing me! Move over!” Kat stage-whispered. Eli looked over us and smiled.

“But I really don’t want to. Please!” I begged. Eli scooted closer.

“Now she can’t. Besides, she wants to sit next to me.” Eli bragged. I turned red and shot him an are-you-out-of-your-mind look. In response, he slung his arm over my shoulder.

“Have you lost your ever-loving mind? Of course I don’t want to sit next to you.” I complained, looking at him. His eyes pale blue topaz eyes glowed in the dark, making me shiver.

“Oh, really?” he replied, his voice dropping down to a softer tone. “Are you sure about that?” I managed a weak nod. “Hmm, I don’t think that’s true.” A chill ran up and down my spine, making me electrocuted and stiff. Kat is watching all this with devious interest, cracking up. I want to tell her to stuff it, but I’m still being hypnotized by those eyes. I force myself to look away, and to watch the movie. The opening titles have gone off, so I asked Kat what movie she chose.

“Live Free or Die Hard 4. Why?” she whispered. I told her I missed the opening and turn my full attention to the movie, which did not waver until it was over. During the credits, Eli leaned over and asked me, real softly, like we were the only ones in the room, if I liked the movie.

“ Of course I did! I would have liked it better if I hadn’t been all squished up next to you.”

He opened his mouth to answer, but I cut him off. I was on a roll now.

“ You have the right to remain silent! Anything you say will be misquoted and used against you!”

With that lovely parting insult, I got up and went into the kitchen. Kat was already in there, pretending to read a book. She had obviously heard the whole thing.

“What’s happenin’?” I asked, with exaggerated hand movements. That made her laugh outright.

“That was great.” Kat told me, still laughing. Her tone suddenly turned more serious. “Did you eat anything for breakfast?” I shook my head. “ Do you want some grapefruit?” Wow. Again with the randomness.

“Grapefruit?”

“ Yeah. We have one named Kevin, one named Darcy, one named Michael…” she trailed off, looking at my reaction. I was totally confused, and I know it showed on my face. She laughed again at my facial expression, but didn’t explain.

“Well,” I said, playing along. “Do you have one named Jay?”

“I think we do,” she answered seriously. “ But I’m not sure.”

By that time, we were both cracking up. Of course, that’s when Eli came in and ruined the happiness. That happiness-stabber.

“Hey, ladies.” He greeted us, trying to look cool. It didn’t work out too well. The only cool thing about him was his awesome hoodie.

“Where’d you get your hoodie?” I asked, genuinely interested.

“Um, I don’t really know. My mom got it for me.” He replied. Typical boy.

“Your mom still goes shopping for you? That would explain why you’re the only boy I’ve met who doesn’t look color-blind…” I muttered, more to myself than to him. I think he heard though, because he looked shocked.

“Did you just give me a compliment?” He asked, looking all hopeful. It was almost too bad I would have to shoot him down.

“No. Why?”

“But, you just said…”

“What did I just say?”

“That I, that…never mind.” He sighed. Wow. Can anybody say pathetic?

“Well, if you’re looking for compliments, ask Alice. She’ll give them out to anyone, even if they don’t deserve them.” I said, looking directly at Eli.

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

“That you don’t deserve one! What else would that mean?” I asked, getting riled up. Again.

“Aw, you two fight like a married couple!” Kat said.

“What?! No, we don’t!!” Eli and I objected in unison. We both glanced quickly at each other, and looked down, me blushing. Kat smirked and left the room. I turned to go back upstairs, but Eli somehow got right in front of me.

“Why did you come here?” What? That’s a totally random question. And one I was not willing to answer.

“My mom thought it would be best for me to spend a little time away from home.”

“Why?”

“Listen, I don’t have to answer your questions.” I made to move again, but he still blocked my way. I pushed him and he hit the floor with a thud. He tripped me and we wrestled and rolled for a bit before he pinned me.

“It was a totally innocent question, so you didn’t have to get all defensive. Again.”

“What the hell is that supposed to mean?!” I yelled. He clapped his hand over my mouth.

“Shut up! Do you want everyone to hear us?”

“Yes, if it means getting away from you!” I whispered-yelled. Just then, Alice, Bella, Edward came down with Emmett.

“Hey, what happened? We heard yell-” Edward started to say, but stopped when he saw Eli pinning me on the ground on front of the stairway.

“Um, what’s crackalatin’?” I greeted them, then chuckled weakly.

The girls and Emmett were snickering, but Edward seemed to be at least trying to control his laughter.

“What happened, Eli? She didn’t cooperate when you tried to kiss her?” Eli jumped up and helped me up. We brushed ourselves off.

“What do you want to do to him?”

“Let’s get him.” At that, we both rushed up the stairs, tripping Bella and Edward on the way. Emmett tried to run, but Alice blocked the way. When we got to him, we both tackled him, Eli sitting on top. I went and got my shaving cream from my room, and came out squirting. I put some in my hand, and shoved in his face and smeared it all over his head. And just because I could, I put some on Eli too, careful not to get it on his awesome hoodie. I knew from experience that it didn’t come out easily. After the scuffle was over, I went to bathroom to get cleaned up. Eli followed me, and leaned in the doorway.

“So, you ever gonna answer my question?”

“Which one?”

“Don’t be coy. It doesn’t suit you.” He smirked.

“Ha ha, so funny. Not!” I complained. He was waiting. I stayed silent, desperately stalling for time. He came into the bathroom, and tilted my head until I was making eye contact.

“What’s so horrible about it?” I tried to look away, because my eyes were filling up with tears, and probably changing color, too. He saw them, and moved away. I couldn’t read his face, but I told myself it wouldn’t look good. I ran to my room, shutting and locking the door behind me for the second time that day. Cripes! He figured it out. He knows I’m part-vampire. How the heck am I supposed to face anybody now?! I curled up in a ball on my bed, not crying, but feeling the sting of tears behind my eyelids and tickling my nose. I have to go home. I have to leave. But I just got here! I was having fun… but, if they figured it out, I have to go. Then again, not many people know about real vampires. They don’t know that we don’t sleep in coffins, or are repelled by garlic, or silly things like that. I crept out of my room, and made my way downstairs, when Kat and Alice ambushed me.

“We need to talk.”

Oh no! They figured it out. I have to pack, book a flight, get some food… By the time I had a plan, we were in the dining room. They sat me down, none too gently, in a chair and I looked up.