“Let go of me!” I growled as Eric pushed me towards the car.
“No, you have to tell us what’s going on with you.” He stated calmly, still pushing roughly on my arm however.
is wrong!” Why wouldn’t he just leave me alone?
“There’s something wrong though, first you disappear at lunch, then you have a stare down or something with that guy, and now you refuse to talk to your family
about the supposed ‘nothing’.” We had reached the car by now, and he opened the passenger door for me. I thought about running now that he had let go of my arm.
“Don’ even think about it.” He said reading my mind. “You know I would catch you. Now, get in.”
“No way. I drive.” Normally I didn’t drive, but I wanted some sort of control over this situation.
I noticed the rest of my family coming towards us from across the lawn. A few feet away, the Cullens stood watching, and listening, to Eric and I argue. They all looked amused except for Edward, who looked pained that our discussion involved him. Eric noticed me looking at them.
“If you don’t get in the car now
then I’ll ask him-” he nodded his head in Edward’s direction, “-what’s up with the two of you.”
“Fine.” I grumbled as I ducked my head and climbed into the passenger side.
Lilia, Elsbeth, and Jason had reached the car now, and they climbed into the backseat, while Eric went around to the driver’s side and started the car.
“So, um, why exactly are we skipping?” Lilia asked sounding annoyed.
“Because Bella just had a ‘moment’ with some guy, actually he was one of the people gaping at her during lunch, and now, she’s going to explain.” They all turned their heads to look at me.
“Um, well, see…” I tried to think of a way to start my explanation seeing as I wasn’t going to get out of it.
“How about you start by telling us who this guy is,” Lilia suggested leaning forward.
“Well, he’s…” I took a deep breath, “my ex-boyfriend.”
“Wait, since when have you had a boyfriend?” Elsbeth sounded upset, “The only one that I’ve heard about was the one from Forks one hundred years ago…” She trailed off in realization.
“But how…?” Jason didn’t know how to finish his question.
“He and his family,” I paused and closed my eyes, “They’re vampires.” I felt good to finally tell someone the secret I had been holding for around one hundred years. It was silent for a moment.
“Really? More vampires?” Eric asked.
“Yea, really.” I opened my eyes, “On my eighteenth birthday, his brother Jasper tried to kill me because I had a paper cut. A few days later he left. He told me he didn’t love me, that he didn’t want me.” I wiped a tear off my face.
“Oh, honey,” Lilia patted my shoulder, but I wasn’t done yet.
“They were there, in Portland.”
“What?!” Elsbeth asked astounded.
“That’s how I found out, about the anger thing. They confronted me after school, they wanted to protect me from Victoria. They tried,” I took a moment to control my voice, “The tried to tell me that he still loved me. I wouldn’t believe them. They kept telling me over and over, but, I don’t know, I just go angry. Maybe I was angry at myself, or maybe at him, or them. I think I blamed them for my becoming a fairywitch, not that I don’t like being one, just, you know…”
“We understand what you mean,” Elsbeth rubbed my back comfortingly, “we all had a moment when we felt that in some sense.” They all nodded in agreement.
“This does mean one thing though.” Eric looked grim.
“What?” Jason leaned forward in his seat, probably hoping for a fight of some sorts.
“We’re going to have to explain this, the whole fairywitch thing, to them.”
“What?!” I whipped my head to look at him. “I can’t talk to them, to Him
“Fine, you won’t, but I will.” Eric pulled into our driveway, “You’ll still have to be there though.”
“No. No way!” I glared at him.
“Yes. I’m the leader here, what I say goes.”
“Fine.” I jumped out of the car and headed towards the forest.
“Where are you going?” Elsbeth called out to me.
“I don’t know, I’ll be back before dinner.” I took off into the forest before they could get another word in. I didn’t know where I was going, but my body apparently did.
The meadow looked the same.
It was still a perfect circle. The grass was still tall and the wildflowers still bloomed. It was so beautiful, even if the sun wasn’t out. I went to the center and lay down, feeling the grass tickling my face and the backs of my knees.
I stayed like that for awhile not moving, thinking about all the times I had been here. Tears that I had been holding back started to come then. I wiped them from my eyes and face but they kept coming.
I was so absorbed in the fact that I was crying that I almost didn’t hear the footsteps, moving much to fast for a human, headed towards the meadow. The only person who knew about the meadow was Edward, and I wasn’t ready for a confrontation yet. I stood up quickly and took off into the trees.
Alice must have told him that I was going to be in the meadow because just as I was going out of earshot, I heard him call my name.