This is an AU story that takes place during New Moon. Jacob and Bella never become close friends. Laurent finds Bella in the meadow and changes her. Bella and Laurent move to Salem, MA and little do they know the Cullen’s are there as well.
5. Chapter 5
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I was confused and hurt by the events at lunch. I couldn’t find Edward, and I assumed he must have left school.
Emmett was in my P.E class after lunch but I wasn’t able to talk to him because of physical fitness testing.
There were still two hours in the school day. The rest of the day dragged on and I was eager to get home.
Had I done something wrong?
Dusk faded into darkness and Laurent was leaving on another hunting trip.
“Want to join me? You must be thirsty from spending all day around humans.”
Actually, I hadn’t even noticed my thirst today. My thoughts were neither here, nor there. They were only about him.
“No, I’ll go later. I just want to be alone right now.”
Laurent gave me a brotherly, concerned looked and vanished out the back door.
A familiar scent wafted through the front window.
It was Edward.
He came to see me. What was he waiting for?
He must have been waiting for Laurent to leave. Cautious as ever, wanting to make sure the coast was clear before he talked to me.
And then, Edward burst through the unlocked door.
Just like that, he was mine again.
In a split second, I was in his embrace and he crushed me to his body. Or he would have were I still human. His pillow soft lips were on mine and we kissed with such passion and intensity I thought I would melt.
I needed to push myself away from his otherwise I wouldn’t be able to say what I needed.
It was difficult.
“What was that at lunch today?” I asked with hurt and sadness still slightly detectable in my voice.
“Please, love, forget the cafeteria. Know that right here, right now, you are mine forever.”
“Forever.” I replied.
“Now come home,” Edward was smiling my favorite half smile, “your family has missed you.”
The Cullen’s lived on Chester Street, a magnificent, mansion-lined boulevard in the heart of the McIntire Historic District.
Their home was massive, ancient and beautiful. Built in the Federal style of architecture popular to colonial Salem, it had a huge Corinthian porch and cobblestone driveway that was at least a quarter mile long, and was set against a backdrop of lush oak and fir trees. It was much grander than their home in Forks.
I didn’t expect anything less.
Carlisle and Esme were already waiting for us on the candle-lined porch.
‘Welcome home, Bella, I’ve missed you so much.”
Esme was as radiant as ever. She gave me a hug and kissed my cheek. Esme reminded me of screen sirens from the 40’s or 50’s but more petite and far more beautiful. She looked like she wanted to cry, if it were possible for her to do so.
At her side, Carlisle came forward to give me a hug.
“Bella, you have no idea how happy we are that you’re here.” He looked at Edward, pure, genuine happiness on his face.
“Please come inside, you must be eager to see everybody.”
Emmett nearly pummeled me into the wall as I walked through the door.
“Hey, little sis! It’s good to have you back! Maybe now I’ll be able to stand being around Edward again.” He shot Edward a teasing look. Edward just smiled and nodded his head.
“Hello, Rosalie,” I said almost shyly.
Rosalie and I have never gotten along. She absolutely loathed me in Forks. She felt like I was a constant danger to her family, that I would expose their secret and ruin the pleasant and quiet life they made.
“Hello, Bella. I’m glad you’re here.”
Jasper moved towards me. I suddenly felt calm, then a wave of unease. Jasper was clearly using his gift. I instantly knew what he was thinking.
“Bella,” he had a pained look on his face, “I’m so sor—”
I stopped him before he could finish his last word.
“Jasper, there is nothing to forgive. Please, don’t be burdened with that guilt. I am here now and I couldn’t be happier.” I looked at Edward.
“You must have felt it when I entered the house?”
“Yes.” Jasper stood erect and managed a slight smile. “I am very happy to see you.”
And lastly, there was Alice.
She didn’t need to say anything I didn’t already know.
“You all must be curious about what’s happened to me the last five years. I’m glad we don’t sleep. This could take all night.”
Everyone let out a laugh. The different ranges in their voices sounded like a wonderful musical composition.
“Bella,” Carlisle was the first to speak, “perhaps you and Edward would like some time alone first. You obviously have much to discuss.”
“Yes, we do, don’t we?”
Edward led me to Carlisle’s library and we settled in for a long night.