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A Mage's Twilight

Summary:
Alma Stewart and Nara Paterson are no ordinary sixteen-year-old girls. They've got a secret, one they have to guard with their lives. They move from their home in Australia to Forks, to see what life in America is like. They attend the local high school in their junior year, the equivalent of their school year in Australia, and notice the Cullens aren't exactly...normal. Bella's still there, and - just a warning - Nara and Alma share a very close, serious romantic relationship. Hence the teen rating.


Notes:


6. Blood Type

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The next morning it took me forever to get Nara up and out of bed. I told Bella not to wait – we were getting a lift to school. I didn’t tell her who, saying that she didn’t know the person. In reality, we were going to run to school…when Nara woke up.

“No more late nights at the Cullens’ for you,” I muttered when she stretched and yawned, finally waking up. She blinked sleepily.

“What time is it?”

“About ten minutes before school starts. I've been trying to wake you up for an hour now.” She sat up suddenly, staring at me in shock, her bright blue eyes wide. “Don’t look at me like that. Get dressed! I'll make you some breakfast and you can eat while we run.” She scrambled to her feet and headed to the closet, rummaging through for some jeans and a top as I laughed, picked up her book bag and headed downstairs to make some of those Pop-Tarts she had become addicted to.

We got to school with about two minutes to spare, and rushed through the door to our first class with Bella just as the siren rang. She seemed in a little bit of a daze throughout the class, and all through the next as well. I couldn’t help but wonder what was wrong with her, but then at lunch when she glanced towards the Cullens’ table and didn’t see Edward I realised what it was. I grinned at Nara and nudged Bella just as she was about to join her usual table.

“Edward Cullen is looking at you again. Why don’t you go join him?” I suggested slyly, and grinned when Bella blushed. She looked almost involuntarily towards him, and he beckoned to her with a wink. I smothered a laugh, instead giving her a little push towards him.

“Go on. He wants you to sit with him. We'll be fine,” I added, and then when Bella approached Edward we went to join the rest of the Cullens.

“Hey, Nara, Alma!” Alice sang cheerily when we reached them. Nara smiled, and so did I, punching Emmett’s shoulder lightly when he grumbled about his lost video-game match with me last night.

“Hey Alice. Rosalie, Jasper, Emmett,” I greeted them, sitting next to Jasper as Nara slid into the seat beside Alice. Rosalie smiled at me quickly.

“Hello again, Alma,” she said softly. I smiled.

“Call me Allie,” I told them, before picking at the bagel I had on my plate. Nara sipped her soda as Alice chattered to her about a shopping trip she was planning.

‘You should go,’ I told her. ‘Why not go shopping with them next week sometime? Next Sunday, maybe,’ I suggested.

“Sure. How about next Sunday?” Nara asked Alice, who beamed.

“Great. Allie, are you coming too?”

“Nah. I'll probably go surfing down at La Push; this weekend and next are supposed to be great days for it.”

“Surfing?” Emmett asked. I smiled, eating a bit of my bagel before responding.

“Yeah. We both have boards. We're going this Saturday and I'll probably go next Sunday too. Apparently First Beach has some pretty good waves.”

“We won some of the state comps back in Australia,” Nara added. “We're pretty good at it.”

We spent the rest of lunch talking about some of the more stupid things we’d done – like the time I’d dyed my hair black in year seven, and when Nara had given herself a haircut in year six – and hearing some stories about times they'd shared since Alice and Jasper joined them sometime in the forties or fifties. I got a bit of a laugh about how everyone reacted to Alice and Jasper showing up – I could see Jaspers scars just as well as any vampire could – and another when Alice told us about Edward’s reaction when he found out his stuff had been moved to the garage. It seemed like only a little while later that everyone started to move, and I glanced over at Bella and Edward, wondering what I'd missed. Bella was standing, but Edward hadn’t moved. I heard what he was saying only because I was listening extremely hard.

“…healthy to ditch class now and then…” Ah. What was happening in Biology that he would skip it? It was his only class with Bella…

“Well, I'm going,” she informed him. I could tell she was too cowardly to skip any class.

“I'll see you later, then,” Edward replied mutedly, and Bella hesitated slightly before joining us at the doorway and we rushed off to Biology.

Less than ten minutes later, I understood why Edward had decided not to come to class. We were blood typing. I was starting to wish Nara and I had skipped out too – our blood type was not one any doctors could use. More than that, it was the fact our blood always managed to somehow find a way to evaporate off the testing equipment before we could find out what type it was.

‘Nara, please, pretend to faint. We need to get out of here,’ I begged. Nara glanced at me, then wavered where she sat. I could see Mr. Banner dealing with a queasy Bella and glanced at Nara worriedly. This could foil all our plans if Bella was sick…

‘She'll go, and then I'll faint,’ Nara whispered mentally. ‘Then we can both get out of here.’

‘Alright,’ I agreed as Mike jumped up to take Bella to the nurse’s office. Three minutes later, when Mr. Banner was halfway down the row towards us; Nara swayed in her seat, then fell off and onto the floor with an audible thump. I winced. That had to hurt…A second later I was out of my chair beside her.

“Nara?!” my voice was just panicked enough, and I shook her shoulder lightly as Mr. Banner rushed towards us. “Come on, Nara,” I pleaded as he arrived. I put my fingers on the pulse in her neck before sighing. “Oh, she just fainted. I thought it was her heart again,” I said softly, as if to myself. Mr. Banner gaped.

“Her heart?”

“She's had problems with her heart ever since she was little…I warned her not to overdo it with the sport,” I sighed as I lifted her up easily. “She's just fainted. I forgot she gets nervous about blood. Can I take her to the nurse?” I asked sweetly as Mike slunk back in through the door. Mr. Banner stared at Nara, faking unconsciousness in my arms, then nodded.

“Of course, Alma, of course.” I smiled at him, then grabbed our bags and left the room, still carrying Nara. That had been almost too easy.

When we got to the front office – in case anyone saw us – I set Nara down as Bella and Edward got outside. Bella lifted her face to the rain, and I could see she was still a little paler than usual. But why was Edward here? Then I realised. He probably would have seen her and Mike staggering to the office, gotten worried and jealous, and then made his heroic appearance. I almost laughed at my own thoughts. Heroic. I smothered my bemused snort, and Nara glanced up at me, confused.

“What?”

“Nothing. Come on, let's go.” Bella hadn’t noticed us, but Edward had and was regarding us as Bella looked in the other direction. He grabbed her jacket when she tried to go to her truck, and beckoned to us with his head as he half-dragged her across the parking lot to his Volvo. I raced over to join them, and Bella jumped when we appeared beside her, Nara pretending to be unconscious in my arms still.

“What happened?” she asked in alarm, forgetting her own problem.

“She fainted,” I said with a shrug. She didn’t need a deeper explanation.

“All three of you, get in,” Edward’s calm voice said, and although Bella glared at him, her irritation rekindled, I opened the back door and slid into the backseat, setting Nara down with her head on my lap.

“Come on, Bella,” I exclaimed in exasperation. “It can’t be that bad, surely?” I winked at Edward to let him know I was just teasing, and Bella tried to look dignified as she got into the front seat. It didn’t work; she was soaking wet and I thought I heard her boots squeak. I smiled at her before glancing down at Nara, looking worried, and she sat back with a resigned sigh as Edward started his car and sped out of the school.

I was only half-listening to Bella and Edward’s conversation on the way back, and Nara kept her eyes closed as I stroked her hair. She actually ended up falling asleep – she was still tired from last night – and I stared alternatively between her face and the trees flashing by. I knew the moment we pulled into the driveway, and pulled Nara into my arms as I opened the door and got out.

“Thanks for the ride, Edward. See you inside, Bella,” I said softly, then dashed inside before we could get too wet.

Bella came inside a few minutes later, at which time I was in the process of waking Nara up to get her into the hot shower before she froze. Bella found us and smiled slightly. She still seemed to be in a bit of a daze.

“Is she alright?”

“She's just asleep right now…I'm trying to get her to wake up so she can have a shower. I don’t want her to freeze…”

“You love her, don’t you?” Bella asked quietly. I froze.

“Wha…what?” I stammered. She smiled.

“I'm a bit more observant than you give me credit for, Allie,” she murmured. “I've known since the first day. It's in the way you look at each other when you think no one is looking…its really sweet.” I flushed, looking back to Nara and shaking her shoulder gently.

“Thanks for not saying anything,” I mumbled.

“No problem. I won't tell Charlie either, so don’t worry,” she added, and I smiled at her gratefully.

“Thanks.” Bella smiled back and left the room after grabbing some dry clothes and a towel. I shook my head slightly, smiling still, and went back to trying to wake Nara.