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An Ocean Away

Twins Ansel and Allegra live very different lives. Ansel lives in Forks, eagerly anticipating the day he will become a werewolf. Allegra lives in Volterra, loving the life of a Volturi guard member. The problem is, they have no idea they're related. Part four in the Twist of Fate series.

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9. Ansel: Secret

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I didn't go to school for two weeks after I changed. I'd gotten at least twenty phone calls from the coach and my teammates, and they all demanded to know where I was. I told them I had the stomach flu, and they were just dumb enough to believe it.

It had been a hard two weeks. The day after I changed, I almost broke the living room of the big house. I was surprised Esme didn't bite my head off. As the days went on, I learned to control myself better and better. At the end of two weeks, I decided I could be calm enough to go to school without bursting into a giant wolf.

In my first hour class, one of my teammates, Charles, gawked at me. “It's like you're even huger!” he exclaimed. I cringed, but didn't bother to tell him that “huger” wasn't a word.

At lunch, my ex-girlfriend Megan approached my table. “Oh my God, Ansel! I'm so happy you're alive!” she gasped.

I cocked an eyebrow. “Of course I'm alive,” I snapped. I was very irritable lately. I couldn't help it. Every single little thing made me want to hit something.

By the time my last hour class rolled around, I was positive I was going to snap. Everyone had been saying the most idiotic things, and I just didn't know how much more I could take.

I was one of the first ones in the class, and I made my way back to my desk. Athena wasn't there yet. I was sure she'd put the infuriating cherry on top of the disastrous cake that was my day.

When she waled into the room, however, I realized just how wrong I was. I knew as soon as I looked at her that something had changed dramatically. Right then, I was absolutely positive that I needed her more than I had ever needed anything before. I needed to protect her, needed to help her, needed to kiss her.

I forgot about everything else. I didn't care about anything else. My heart sputtered, and I found it hard to breathe. I didn't know what had happened, but I did know that I wanted Athena, and I wanted her very, very badly.

She swept across the room, and I couldn't do anything but stare at her. Her long, dark hair bounced against her back. She was the epitome of beautiful.

When she sat down, she shot me her usual glare. “What is it?” she asked.

“You're stunning!” I blurted.

Her mouth fell open, and she laughed incredulously. “You're kidding, right?”

I frowned. “No.”

She shook her head. “You're going to have to try a little harder than that, lover boy.”

“What?” I asked.

“I'm not going to be one of those girls that just plops right into your lap. How am I supposed to know if you're being serious? I mean, what if you ju-”

“Athena, stop,” I sighed. “I... I don't even know how to explain this to you.”

“Well, good. I wasn't planning on listening,” she said, turning her back to me.

“Well, I'm not planning on giving up,” I said defiantly.

As the minutes ticked by, Athena's scowl grew more and more pronounced. When there was only a minute left of class, she finally spoke.

She frowned. “I'm really stubborn,” she warned.

“So am I.” I mimicked her pose.

“Well... fine!” she exclaimed. “Pick me up at seven, then!”

“Fine!” I yelled. “Seven it is!”

“Oh my God! More juice for my novel!” said the teacher.

Athena slipped over a piece of paper. “That's my address. Don't be late.” The bell rang, and she left the room as fast as she could.

I grinned at the little slip of paper in my hand. It had her number and her address.

I didn't pay any attention at all during basketball practice. I went through the motions, but there was no thinking involved at all. I was just eager to get home, and then to get to Athena's. I didn't know what I had planned... I'd wing it. There was a place that my dad had taken my mom. I figured that'd work out well. She seemed like the type that would want something outside of the box.

After practice, I rushed home. When I tossed open the door, I was greeted with a giant hug from Allegra. “Hi, Ansel!”

“Hi, Allegra,” I said. “I need to shower, get ready, all that jazz.”

“For what?” she asked. She followed me up the stairs.

“A date!” I exclaimed.

She grinned. “Have fun!”

I hopped into the shower. While I was washing my hair, there was a knock at the door.

“Ansel!” called my dad through the bathroom door.


“This girl you're going on a date with... how do you feel about her?”

“She's only the most amazing person I've ever met. As soon as I saw her, I just knew that I was going to have her.”

He laughed. “You imprinted!”

“I don't know what that is, but it would be just swell if you could let me shower!” I yelled back.

I heard him chuckle through the door.

By the time I was all ready to go, it was six forty-five. Perfect timing. I had the food packed and everything.

“Have fun on your date, Ansel,” said my mom, smiling knowingly.

“No hanky panky!” said Jane. She was like the annoying little sister that I never had.

“Hands on the outside of the shirt!” exclaimed Emmett.

“Oh, how about just hands off of her?” suggested Jack.

Bye, everyone,” I laughed, closing the front door. I all but sprinted to my car. I was so excited to see Athena. I didn't know what it was, and I honestly didn't need an explanation.

I pulled up to her house at exactly seven. I walked to her front door and then rang to doorbell.

When she answered, I had to remember to breathe. Her curly hair was halfway pinned up, and the rest of it hung neatly down her back. The dark green shirt she was wearing brought out her eyes perfectly. She smiled at me for the first time ever, but there was something skeptical behind it. She was still waiting for me to prove myself.

“Bring something warm,” I said, smiling right back at her.

She reached for her jacket off of a hook behind the door and then walked past me to the car.

“So where are we going?” she asked when we were on the road.

I looked at her, mock surprise all over my face. “You don't want me to ruin the secret, do you?”

“Oh, yes. I'm all about ruining secrets,” she replied.

“Really? Ruin a secret for me then.”

She grinned and opened her mouth to say something. She closed it right after.

“You were going to say something!” I exclaimed.

“I don't know what you're talking about,” she scoffed, looking out her window.

“Athena,” I sighed.

She laughed. “I was super jealous of all your ex-girlfriends,” she whispered.

You were jealous of them? Have you ever talked to them? Do you know how... how dumb those girls are?” I asked incredulously.

She nodded. “In Biology, one of them asked what a mammal was.”

“Oh, ouch,” I said. “And you're jealous of them because?”

“Uhm, have you looked in a mirror? Not to mention you actually have a brain in your head, compared to all the other jocks. You're perfect.” As soon as she said it, she blushed. “And that wasn't supposed to come out.”

“Oh, really? Perfect, eh?” I said, examining myself in the rear view mirror.

She pushed my face, and I laughed loudly.

I pulled over when we got to the path that would lead to First Beach. I imagined it was pretty cold outside, but the sky was clear, and the moon shone brightly.

“Where are we going?” she whispered.

“Secret,” I replied.

I pulled her through the overgrown path, careful to keep any stray branches from hitting her. Every once in awhile she'd giggle.

“What is it?” I finally asked.

“We're being so sneaky,” she answered.

A few minutes later, we finally got to First Beach. The path was overgrown, and I didn't want to rush Athena. If she fell, I don't know what I'd do, except feel absolutely horrible.

The moonlight reflected off of the water. The smell of sea salt and pine trees permeated the air. Athena smiled. She moseyed across the rock beach to one of the bone white trees near the water. She sat on it, and looked out across the water.

I sat next to her and pulled out two sodas from the bag I had brought. She opened it and took a sip. The slight breeze blew her hair across her face. I watcher her closely.

“You know, I never, ever thought I'd be sitting anywhere alone with you,” she sighed.

“You and me both. You know, I really didn't have to try that hard to get you here,” I said, grinning.

“I know. I'm not as stubborn as I pretend to be,” she laughed.

We talked about as much as we could while we were there. We talked about music, family, movies, school, sports, books, and almost everything else we could think of. She had such a sarcastic, but oddly hopeful way of looking at things. There was no way to describe it.

A few hours after we got there, she shivered. The wind had started to pick up.

I put my arm around her shoulders and pulled her closer. It was a perfect fit. She rested her head on my shoulders.

“Ansel?” she whispered.


“Would it be... too terrible if I said I wanted to kiss you?”

I tilted her face towards mine, my hand under her chin. “It'd be horrid, actually.”

“It's a good thing I never listen to what you say,” she murmured.

I brought her face up to mine, and when our lips touched, it was like someone had set fire to my entire body. My hands slowly made their way from her neck, down to her shoulders, and then to her waist. Her fingers clutched my hair, and she pressed her body close to mine. My heart was beating wildly, and I was almost certain I could feel her's. I moved from her lips, and started kissing down her neck.

“Good news,” she gasped.

“Hmm?” I hummed.

“I'm not cold anymore.”

I laughed against the soft skin of her neck. “I'm glad.”

At that moment, I knew one thing for sure. Athena was mine and nothing was ever going to keep me from her.