A Mage's Twilight
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.
7. La Push
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The weekend came relatively fast, and on Saturday Nara and I loaded our surfboards onto the back of Bella's truck. We were going to La Push, and we would be able to go surfing, finally! It’d been months since I'd caught a decent wave. We met at Mike Newton’s parents’ store, and Bella followed the others down to La Push as there wasn’t quite enough room for all of us and mine and Nara's surfboards. I knew Bella was also relieved she didn’t have to ride with Mike…he was really starting to get on my nerves. He was lusting after Bella, completely ignoring Jessica, and occasionally cracking onto Nara. When I was there.
Many a time Nara had to remind me not to reveal myself, before I could make the loser punch himself in the face a few times. He could benefit from a broken nose.
‘You ready to catch some waves?’ Nara asked cheekily as Bella stopped her truck. I grinned when I saw the beach through the windscreen.
‘You betcha. Come on, let's get down there fast,’ I said eagerly, and we hopped out of the truck quickly, grabbing our boards and towels before heading down to the water.
The boys were all staring at us as we took off our loose shirts to reveal our bikinis. Typical males. Wearing only boardies and our bikini tops, we all but ran down to the water’s edge and splashed through the surf quickly. I saw Bella shiver, probably thinking about the cool temperature of the water, and grinned as I paddled out past the breaks. I sat up on the board, watching the water roll in. Excellent…
“Ready?” I asked Nara, and she grinned at me.
“Am I ever not? I bags first wave!” she shouted, and started paddling as the wave she had seen surged past me. I laughed as she caught it at exactly the right time, and rode it most of the way in. She was really good at this.
‘Next one’s mine,’ I told her, and then soon we were both surfing as if we’d never left home. Life was good.
Bella was quiet on the way home, and I wondered why. She’d been talking to Jacob Black for a while before she went like this…what had he said? Obviously something to make her thoughtful. She went to bed early, and Charlie thought there was something wrong.
“No, she's just tired,” I assured him, yawning a little. “We all are.”
“Big day?” Charlie asked sympathetically. I nodded, and he grinned. He had a soft spot for us all. “Alright. You're sure Bella's fine?”
“Definitely…” I trailed off and nudged Nara, who was dozing on my shoulder.
“Huh?” Charlie chuckled.
“Off you go. Don’t let me keep you awake.”
Just after ten pm Charlie went to bed – after checking on all us girls – and I put my arms around Nara as she started to whimper. The nightmares were returning…she calmed, and gave a small sigh before sinking into an easier sleep. I was awake though, as tired as I was, and I heard Bella mumbling in her sleep as usual.
“No…Jacob, don’t…Edward…vampire…Jacob…wolf…” her mumbling became a bit more unintelligible, and I lay there for a long while pondering. So had Jacob told Bella about the Cullens being vampires…? Something in me just clicked, and I knew I was right. So now she knew. I wondered how she would react when it sank in, and it was while pondering that I fell asleep.
I woke to the sound of keys tapping on the keyboard of the old computer Bella had on the desk. I sat up, rubbing my eyes, and stood silently to look over her shoulder at what she was looking at. Vampires…I almost laughed, but then decided against it.
“You know, my laptop is so much faster,” I commented. Bella jumped and blushed.
“Alma, I – I was just…”
“Doing private research…if you like, I can find you the information you're looking for,” I offered. She shook her head, closing the site – Vampires A-Z – and switching off her computer at the wall.
“No, it's fine. It was stupid anyway…I'm going for a walk. I need to think.”
“Sure. We'll be here when you get back,” I assured her, and she nodded, grabbing her boots before heading downstairs. I sat in the chair she had just vacated, thinking hard and long about her reactions. So did she believe Jacob Black and the Quileute tribe’s stories? Did she believe that the Cullens were vampires?
Nara woke only a few minutes later, and as we headed downstairs the front door opened and Bella returned. She hung up her raincoat, and joined us in the kitchen. She seemed relieved…perhaps she had made up her mind? I suppose we would know soon enough what she had decided, and whether she would talk to Edward Cullen about it. We would find out soon enough…
The next day was sunny, and I took the chance to dress in a short-sleeved shirt while Nara opted for spaghetti straps. She looked gorgeous, as always, and I smiled at Bella when she joined us downstairs in a long-sleeved but light blouse. She seemed flustered, like she was overdressed, but I smiled at her and winked as we went out to her truck.
“You really don’t like such cool weather, do you?” I commented as we hopped in. Bella nodded, and I grinned. “See, compared to the weather we've had the last few weeks, this is warm. So, why not wear lighter clothes? We're used to big temperature changes,” I added. Nara laughed softly, and I grinned at her as I took her hand. Bella kindly pretended not to notice, and I cast a thankful glance at her when we got to the school.
Mike was harassing Bella a little before school, and I was aware of Edward in the trees at the fringe of the school grounds. He was sooo jealous, and he was overprotective of Bella…if that were possible. She was so accident-prone it wasn’t unlikely she would find some way to get into trouble at school on a sunny Monday. As I passed by the fringe of trees I cast a warning glance his way, and shook my head slightly. We would handle anything today.
The day was relatively uneventful, and Bella told us she would be going to Port Angeles the next day after school with Jessica and Angela, so she could help them find dresses. We just nodded and told her we would work on our homework, and while she basked outside – falling asleep after only a few minutes – we waited for Edward to put in an appearance. He showed not much later, and we watched him silently. He meant no harm, and just sat there watching Bella sleep in the sun as if he'd never seen someone sleep before. It was only when the sun started to set he disappeared into the trees, and Bella woke up only moments later to head into the house as Charlie got home.
The rest of the night was uneventful. Edward came and watched Bella sleep, woke Nara and I up just before Charlie and disappeared before any of us could be caught somewhere we weren’t supposed to be. Bella didn’t notice anything strange – as usual – and we got ready for school as usual. It was another sunny day, and as far as I could tell it would be just as uneventful as the previous day. Oh, how wrong I was.
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