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New Beginnings

Summary:
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.


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7. Chapter 7

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Chapter Seven

It wasn’t until Alice walked into the library to inform us that we were going to cause quite a stir of gossip that I remembered about school.

Edward drove me home. He had upgraded from the silver Volvo to a gun metal grey BMW M6.

“Trying to stay inconspicuous I see.”

He hissed under his breath. “Someday Bella, you might be able to appreciate cars as much as I do.”

“Sure, whatever you say.”

He pulled up next to my car in the driveway.

“Nice car. Inconspicuous huh?” Edward remarked with sarcasm. “Thought you weren’t a fan of Audi’s?” He was definitely infatuated with the car; he walked around and examined it from all angles and stroking the hood like it was a pet.

“Laurent’s idea, not mine.”

“Of course it was.” I rolled my eyes and grabbed Edward’s hand to drag him away. He looked at the car over his shoulder one more time before we left the driveway.

Laurent was in the foyer as we entered the house.

“Morning Bella. I should have known you’d be at the Cullen’s last night.” Laurent looked at Edward and held out his hand. My eyes darted back and forth between the two with worry.

“Edward, I’m very pleased to see you again.”

After a momentary hesitation, Edward shook Laurent’s hand.

“Laurent, it’s been a long time. Bella told me everything about what’s been going on. You have my sincerest gratitude for watching over her in my absence.’

“No thanks necessary. Bella is family. It’s good to see you two reunited.” Laurent looked at the clock then to me.

“Cutting it a little close today aren’t we? Doesn’t class start in 20 minutes?”

“Don’t worry Laurent, I’ll get her there on time.” The uneasiness in my stomach disappeared as the mood between the two from tense to friendly. Laurent nodded then headed for his study.

“Give me a minute to change.”

In a flash I was up the winding staircase and in my closet trying to find something to wear.

From my room, I could hear my lullaby being played on Laurent’s grand piano. I stood in my closet relishing in its beautiful crescendos.

I glided down the staircase and took a seat on the bench next to Edward while he continued his serenade.

I couldn’t help my hands from touching his face.

It was cloudy as usual but suddenly, sunlight burst through the windows illuminating Edwards’s skin. It sparkled like white sand. I looked at my hand on his face, its complexion a perfect match to his.

Edward wrapped his arms around my waist and pulled me onto his lap.

His lips brushed mine, and then the kisses got longer, filled with heat and desire. My head started to spin. My arms were locked around Edward’s neck. I never wanted to let go.

Unfortunately, Edward pulled away. He must have noticed the disappointed look on my face.

“Bella, love, there’s plenty of time for this later. I promised I’d get you to school on time.”

“Promise about later?”

“Most definitely.”

I rode with Edward to school.

He parked next to Rosalie’s new convertible where she was waiting with Emmett. Jasper and Alice were already headed to class.

“Took you two long enough to get here,” Rosalie chided.

“Hey, Bella, we’re playing basketball in gym today. I’m really looking forward to it, little sis.” Emmett had a menacing grin on his face.

Rosalie took Emmett’s hand and dragged him though the hallway. I sensed from her behavior that it was going to be a while before we would be on sisterly terms. Rosalie’s approval was the most important to me. I was determined on winning her over.

Around us, kids stared and talked Edward and me.

The new girl and him? Lucky.

Look at those two, they look like models in a magazine. It’s so unfair!

I don’t get why chicks think that guy’s so hot. Look at them staring at him. Whatever. Dude’s got nothing on me.

Edward was laughing.

Rosalie turned to Edward.

“What’s so funny?”

“Teenage minds make me laugh.”

Edward walked me to US History. We stopped in front of the classroom.

“The Roaring 20’s, very interesting. Have fun in class. If you need any help with your homework later, I’m an excellent resource.”

“I bet you are old man.”

He leaned against the locker next to the door and I kissed him goodbye, oblivious to the students watching us.

Edward turned on his heals to face me as he walked away.

“See you at lunch.”

“Miss Washington, so good of you to join us. Please take your seat.”

I took my seat in the aisle farthest from the window.

Mr. Dunn called on students to read from our textbooks.

When he picked me, I sat up in my seat and tried out my “human” voice.

It didn’t work very well.

Everyone, including Mr. Dunn, looked hypnotized as I spoke.

“Uhhh… Thanks Bella. Uh, who’s next? Sam, why don’t you finish the page?”

Mr. Dunn didn’t call on me for the rest of class and I was thankful for that.

Biology and English flew by.

Edward, Alice, and Jasper were already waiting for me in the hallway.

Since I was seated in the row closest to the door, I was one of the first students out. My classmates were watching as I walked over to the bronze haired god and his equally beautiful siblings waiting by the locker.

“Hello, love.” He kissed my cheek and flung his arm around my shoulders.

“Hello, yourself.”

Alice and Jasper were ahead of us and greeted Rosalie and Emmett who were waiting at the entrance to the cafeteria.

I could only imagine what everyone was thinking at the sight of the six of us walking in together.

I found the situation slightly comical.

We took our seats at a table in the far back. I sat across from Edward so I could stare at his face.

“Bella, aren’t you hungry?” Edward chuckled.

“Crap. I forgot about food again.”

“Don’t worry, you can have some of Rose’s I’m sure she doesn’t mind sharing.”

Rosalie looked over at Edward and threw an apple with perhaps more force than intended. Alice caught it with her tiny hand. We all started laughing, Emmett the loudest.

Heads turned in our direction.

I was looking at Edward and thinking about this morning at the piano. My mind flooded with the memories and I let down my shield so he could see them as well.

I smiled at him coyly. His crooked smile slowly formed. He stroked my hand and leaned in closer towards the center of the table, where I was already waiting for his lips to meet mine.

Jasper’s head snapped up.

“Ugh. Seriously you two, get a room. I can barely stomach being around Rose and Em as it is.”

I ignored Jasper and kissed Edward anyways.

I had been without Edward for five years. I intended to fill ever minute from here on out with nothing but him.

Edward must have been feeling it too because Jasper stood up suddenly.

“Come on, Alice. Let’s get out of here.”

Alice flitted to Jaspers side and turned and gave me a smile.

As Edward was walking me to gym he leaned in and gently kissed my neck. His breath on my skin tickled down my spine.

“Emmett’s hatching a plan for gym. He’s thinking dodgeball would be more fun if you’re not looking,” he whispered very quietly.

“I could ask him to leave you alone if you wanted.”

“No, it’ll be fun. I’ve got a plan of my own.”

“Have it your way, troublemaker. Do you want to go hunting tonight?”

The question took me by surprise.

I’ve always wanted to see Edward hunt. Now, I could actually be there with him.

“Yes. The woods behind my house are stocked with plenty of deer and wolves.”

“It’s a date then. Try to take it easy on Em would you?”

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No one wanted to join Emmett and me on the court. Since everyone else was entertained by the big five-on-five game, Emmett let loose a little bit and was running faster than human pace around the court.

“Aww, Bells, can’t keep up?”

“No Emmett, I just don’t think its very smart showing off in front of the humans.”

“Ugh. Fine, killjoy.”

Emmett turned his back and I took the opportunity to hurl the ball at the back of his head.

The leather ball exploded on impact. I couldn’t stop laughing.

“Real mature, Bella.”

“Hey, you thought of it first.”

“Of course Edward would tell you. That boy is whipped. I’ll get you back.”

“I’m counting on it.” It was always easy to joke around with Emmett. He never made me feel like an outsider. I was always family to him.

Emmett headed for the locker room while I threw the scraps of leather in the trashcan, disguising it under some newspaper.

Emmett passed Edward and I on his way to his next class.

“Hey, Em. Plan backfired I hear.”

“Yeah, no thanks to you. Cheater.”

****

Esme and Carlisle were in the living room when we walked into the house.

Edward sat next to Carlisle on the couch glancing at the newspaper he was reading.

Sweet, wonderful, Esme, the mother figure I have missed all these years came over and kissed my cheek. The afternoon light magnified her beauty.

“Hello, darling. How was school today?”

“It was okay. I forgot to get food at lunch again. People are going to think I’m anorexic.”

“Edward will remind you tomorrow. Won’t you dear?”

“Yes, mom.”

Esme wanted me to follow her into the kitchen to show me something. Edward gave her a suspicious look.

She handed me several swatches of fabric. I sorted through the shades of blue, remembering that it had been Edward’s favorite color on me.

“What do you think of this color? I’m redecorating the guest house and I could use your opinion since Alice and Rose aren’t home yet.”

“This blue is beautiful.”

“I thought you’d like it.”

Carlisle entered the kitchen with his coat and briefcase in hand.

He walked to Esme and kissed her.

“Time for work. I’m on the three-day rotation this time. See you soon.”

He kissed her again and said goodbye to Edward and me.

I enjoyed watching Esme and Carlisle going about their day, as normally as any other. It was as if I had never been missing, and my reappearance was almost nothing of note. It made it feel more like home. I was part of the family, and my return was not out of place, but rather an expected part of their lives. Then, Edwards’s arms were around my waist pulling my back to the living room.

“Thirsty?” I asked as he turned me around.

His lips curved upward into the crooked smile I loved so much “Very.”

“Okay then, race you to my house. I want to change before we go.” And I took off out the back door before he could say another word.

****

We were in the dense forest.

Nightfall came quick, not that it made a difference to our acute eyesight.

I inhaled the crisp night air. Edward caught their scent first. “There’s a pack of wolves by the stream.”

I followed Edward, trying to keep up. He was very fast, much faster than I thought possible, even for a vampire.

The damp moss muffled our footsteps as we ran and we waited behind some trees as we located our prey.

Their beating hearts were making me hungry.

I stalked after them, slowly at first, then quickened when one of them took off. I pounced on the large wolf and sunk my teeth into its neck, draining its blood.

We caught one more each. After Edward finished his second one off, he came over and helped me up.

“You made that look so easy. I thought they would at least put up a little fight. Deadly thing aren’t you?”

I could taste that there was still blood on my lips. Edward leaned in to take care of it.

We made out in the cool night air, but as we continued kissing I felt my temperature rise. My hands were tangled in his hair. “So, it’s later now, I take it?” Recalling what he said to me this morning.

"Yes, it is.”

I pushed Edward into a tree, it cracked from the force. “Oops.”

I kissed him again then I smelled something wonderful in the air. Humans.

“Bella, it’s the Forest Rangers, we need to go. Now”

We flew silently through the trees.

“Why are there Rangers out so late?” Their scent had caused my thirst to flare up.

“They’ve been finding increasingly large numbers of dead animals in the forests lately. They think there might be something extremely dangerous besides wolves out here.”

“I see. Looks like we’re going to have to change our hunting pattern a bit.”

We got back to my house. Edward sat down at the piano and started playing my lullaby.

“You wait here, I’m going to go upstairs and grab some clothes for school tomorrow.”

I was throwing random outfits into a bag and when I turned around Edward was there.

“Nice room. That’s an awfully big bed.”

“Have to keep up appearances as you know.” The sentence was barely out before he was on me.

Edward slammed me onto the bed and kissed me from my jaw line to collarbone.

Things started to get hot. His hands ranged up and down my sides, reaching down to pull my leg up over his hip.

This was really out of character for him—Edward was always a perfect gentleman.

I had thought about what it would be like to be intimate with Edward almost everyday when I was human.

Even though it wasn’t possible for him to hurt me physically, and though there wasn’t anything more I wanted than being with Edward in everyway possible, I wasn’t sure if I was ready for that yet.

My cheeks felt like they were on fire.

“Edward, wait. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but we have to stop. We can’t do this yet.”

“Do what?” The tip of his nose was stroking my neck.

“You know…”

Oh my God. I was absolutely mortified. I knew we were going to have to have the conversation, but I thought I would have some time to think about what I would say or even how to approach the subject.

“Edward, I want you. More than anything, and I know you know that. But can we wait just a little longer before we…you know.”

“Bella,” he said, while his fingertips traced the edges of my face “I will do whatever you want. I will wait forever for you. I’ve already waited five years, one hundred before that. What’s a few more?”

I felt weak in the knees as I tried to stand.

Edward scooped me up, my overnight bag in one hand and whisked me down to the driveway where my car was parked.

“Can I drive? I hear this model has tons of horsepower.” His face looked like a five year old waiting to sit on Santa’s knee.

“No way! I might be a vampire but you’re crazy driving still frightens me!”

He gave me a defeated look and climbed in the passenger side.

At lunch the next day, the Winter Formal was the topic of every discussion.

I looked around the cafeteria, then to Edward.

“I didn’t get to go to prom, I think we should go to the formal.”

Alice and Rosalie looked at me in shock. Obviously, in my former life, I wasn’t really known for having the best coordination. I was a total klutz.

“Excellent.” Alice looked pleased. “We’re going to have to go to Boston to find gowns. This is going to be so much fun. Thanks, Bella!”

The Cullens loved dances. Or maybe a better explanation was they loved any excuse for a massive shopping spree. Not that they needed more clothes. Alice alone could clothe a small country.

Not missing a beat, Emmett grinned, “Did you learn how to dance sometime in the last five years, Bella? I hope you haven’t. It was always so fun watching you trip over your own feet.”

Emmett thought he was funny. Probably trying to get back at me for the basketball incident.

Smugly, I replied, “As a matter of fact big brother, I’m an exceptional dancer.”

In actuality, I don’t know if I am or not. I never needed to break out the dance moves these last few years.

I hope there’s a gene for dancing skills that’s passed through vampire venom.

Ugh.

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