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Loving Emma Jane

Summary:
Thanks to emerald-rosalie for the sexy banner! Love you girl! She was a quiet, independant girl who was left broken inside after her mother passed. With nothing left for her in Biloxi, Emma Jane packed what little she could carry and left. She had no way of knowing that the tiny town of Forks held the key to her future and the ingredients to make her a stronger person.


Notes:
Stephenie Meyer owns all things Twilight, no copyright infringement is intended.


1. Chapter 1

Rating 5/5   Word Count 1448   Review this Chapter

Some people would find that not having a family was hard, something they couldn’t deal with. I don’t have a family to call my own but does that make me strong? I don’t think so. My mother would have disagreed with me if in fact she was still alive. She was all I had and she’s gone now. I don’t suppose the pain of losing my mother will ever subside and I really think that’s what brought me to where I am today, in a small bus stop in a tiny no name town outside of Seattle Washington.

I’ve been traveling in no certain direction for a few years now. After my mother’s funeral, I packed what little I had in an old green army bag and bought a bus ticket to the first stop on the list. There were no friends to say goodbye to, no one to wave longingly at me from the terminal as the bus pulled away. Don’t be fooled. I wasn’t lonely. At least, I didn’t think I was. Seeing the country at my own pace turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made on my own.

I stared at my reflection in a small cracked mirror. The bathroom had served me well, not one person had come in while I was freshening up. My skin wasn’t as pale as usual yet I could still see the dark circles haunting me, teasing me. Sleeping in a bed was something I needed to do and wanted to do; benches and bus seats were not made for restful sleep. I sighed and started to apply my black eyeliner, it was almost gone.

Washington was turning out to be my favorite stop yet. It was cool but tolerable and definitely mysterious enough for my nature. The moss on the trees, the dark corners of forest so thick I doubt I would ever come out if I went in. My boots scraped the loose stones along the side of the road as I walked, thinking.

The hum of an engine manifested from behind me, probably taking the corner at an unreasonable speed. For a split second I debated on moving from the road but the car flew past me before I could complete the thought. My skirt blew upwards along with my hair as the trailing wind passed by.

I stood, stunned while I watched the little yellow Porsche continue up the road and then stop. The brake lights were illuminated and a tiny, brunette emerged from the driver’s side. I could tell from where I was still standing that she was smiling.

"Want a ride?" The small girl called, her voice carrying like bells in the air.

The corners of my mouth lifted the slightest bit. I nodded.

The Porsche reversed until I was standing even with the passengers’ door. The pixie-like girl swung the door out and grinned excitedly. "Get in, let’s go."

"Thanks so much." My tone surprised me. Her bubbly, friendly personality must be rubbing off.

"My name is Alice. I’m sorry I sped by you like that. I was singing along with the radio."

"I’m Emma Jane or EJ if you don’t mind," I extended my hand but Alice didn’t take it. She kept her eye’s forward, staring off into space. "Are you ok?" I asked wondering why I had gotten into the car with this stranger. She didn’t seem like she could hurt a fly but I’ve learned, looks can be deceiving.

"No, no I’m fine. Where are you headed? Forks? That’s where I’m going," she bounced a little in her seat.

She was quite possibly the happiest person I’ve ever met. "Forks? There’s a town called Forks?"

"Yes, silly. Forks is where I live, where my family lives," she laughed. It was a pleasant laugh.

"I guess I’m going to Forks then." I glanced over at Alice. She caught my gaze and smiled. I took a good look at her when she turned her eyes back to the road. Her skin was exceptionally fair, the fairest I’d ever seen. Her hair stood in all different directions yet it worked on her. I was a bit taken back by the golden color of her eyes. Of course they could be contacts, I thought as I remembered the violet pair I carried in my duffel bag.

If I had been desperate to believe it, I would say she reminded me of a vampire. I ran a hand through my dark hair; I was spending too much time reading fantasy novels.

We traveled in silence and I didn’t mind. I am not much of a conversationalist usually. Alice would stare in my direction now and then, probably studying my clothes or noticing my roots that needed a good touch up. Black was a hard hair color to maintain.

"What brings you to Washington EJ? Family?"

We were entering a small town; I noticed the ‘Welcome to Forks’ sign. "I don’t have any family, so no. I guess you could say I’m a nomad."

Alice looked at me, her honey eyes suspicious.

"You know, no place to call my home, traveler?" Perhaps she wasn’t as bright as I gave her credit for.

"I know what a nomad is," she giggled. "You just don’t seem the type, that’s all."

I blinked, unable to say anything. It was odd being with Alice and my mind changed about her once more. She was a bright little thing. "You can let me off at the gas station. I’ll walk from there." Talking about myself was limited to my name, what brand of make-up I used and my favorite color. Anything more involved was private.

Alice pulled the car into the tiny service station and cut the engine. "I can take you over to the Dew Drop. They usually have vacancies."

"No, really. I’d rather walk," I popped the door open and yanked my army bag from the nonexistent back seat. "It was a pleasure Alice, thanks for the ride."

"I’ll see you around EJ," she smiled as if sharing a personal joke with herself.

I stood stationary while she started the car and peeled out. Alice was definitely the most interesting person in Forks. I could blend in for sure if she was.

~*~

APOV

I could hear the quiet sounds of Edward playing his grand piano and smiled. I’d seen his future and I knew that Bella would love his gift to her. She had been turned almost two years ago yet we still celebrated her human birthday, much to her disappointment. Edward clung to some of the human aspects of her life and I can’t say that I blame him. Then again, I got to plan the party each year.

"Morning Edward." I called in a singsong voice.

"Morning Alice." He grinned at me, obviously searching my mind for the present I’d bought Bella. "She’ll love it." He murmured.

"I know," I spoke quickly, much too quickly for human ears.

We had the house to ourselves for the day I assumed. Emmett had begged Bella for weeks to hunt Grizzlies with him and with much convincing she had given in. Jasper tagged along, unable to resist. Rosalie, well, she didn’t like spending time without Em. I wonder where Carlisle and Esme are.

"Carlisle is pulling a double at the hospital. Esme is probably mixing and matching every hue of paint in the hardware store right about now." Edward had swept into my room and started to help me wrap gifts.

I met her today. She was walking along one toward town.

Edward cringed. He was the only one of my family members who was privy to the visions I had involving the human girl. They had started about two months ago and I normally didn’t keep things from Jasper but these were different. When I had decided to tell the others the visions changed and the human was gone.

I dropped her off at the service station. She didn’t want a ride to the Inn. Do you think she needs a place to stay Edward? My thoughts were racing but I knew Edward was listening.

"We can’t take in another human Alice. Besides, that wasn’t part of your vision."

"Once Esme finds out, she’ll have it no other way and you know it," I jumped from the bed in a flash and stomped my foot lightly against the beige carpeting.

"I thought you were keeping this between us Alice. I’m not sure introducing Bella to a new human right now is the best thing," he narrowed his eyes at me, always the overprotective husband.

I gathered the gifts and was downstairs before he could continue his lecture. "EJ is here now, Edward. The threat of her leaving is gone and I intend to tell the others, including Bella." I spoke quietly knowing he heard me.