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Guardian Angel

Summary:
Edward Swan willingly removes himself from the Vally of the Sun in favor of Forks, to live with his father, Charlie in a sunless town completley opposite to his taste. He intends to remain anonymous; to suffer in silence and make his mother, Renee, happy. Bella Cullen is a hundred year old vampire with a rather mundane existence. She loves her family; her sisters Alice and Rose, her brothers, her 'parents'... But she can't shake the feeling that something's missing... When Bella meets Edward, both of thier lives are irrevocably altered. The trouble's in admitting it...and wether Edward, fragile and frustratingly human, will survive the journey before Bella gives into temptation. ** I know this idea has been done a thousand times over, but I just couldn't help myself! This actually follows the Twilight plotline really losely; I figured a LOT would be different if Edward was the human one. [banner removed per site regulations]


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10. Chapter 10; Lust and Predatory Animals

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She was perfect. Indescribably perfect. And for some incomprehensible reason, her gaze never left me as I walked forward with her brother, as I sat down across from her and –

Her eyes… They'd been topaz before, I knew it. But as she stared at me, something changed, the irises of her eyes darkening to shining obsidian. There was something behind it too, something…dangerous? No. Not dangerous. Just…different. I'd never seen anything like it before, so I had no frame of reference to compare it to.

Then she was clenching her hands at the edge of the table, her tiny, pixie-like sister seeming to restrain her with one hand on her arm under the table. And she was still staring at me, like the lioness stalking a particularly tasty gazelle.

But this was not the Serengeti, and Bella was not a predatory animal, despite those very sharp seeming, glistening white teeth… No. I was imagining things, wasn't I?

Yes, I decided. My overactive imagination was just playing tricks on me. Emmett recaptured my attention momentarily – well, sort of. I looked away from Bella as the rest of her family was introduced, but she still had most of my focus, for reasons I could hardly justify to myself. It wasn't right to be so interested…

Emmett introduced Rosalie first. 'His' Rose, as he called her. She was even prettier up close – they all were. But none so much as Bella. She was aptly named – Italian for beautiful. Though I was starting to think 'beautiful' wasn't strong enough a descriptor…

Rosalie smiled at me, and I grinned back, trying hard not to be distracted by Bella, though I could feel her eyes on me. Jasper was introduced next.

"Welcome to Forks," he said, but his voice seemed strained. Alice looked at him, almost…sympathetically? Then she introduced herself in a voice that sounded like wind chimes or something of the sort. I smiled at the both of them, hoping they realized how much their easy acceptance meant to me…

And then it was her turn. Bella. I wasn't quite sure how I was going to pull off saying her name without sounding like I wanted to pin her to the table and have my way with her –

What was wrong with me?!

I shook off the errant thought, focusing on Bella and not the very wrong things I suddenly wanted from her. I'd never wanted anything quite as much…

"Hello, Bella," I said quietly, hoping that I'd managed to keep my voice casual.

Her breath caught, I could see it in the rapid, irregular rise and fall of her chest as she tried to regulate her breathing. Those dark eyes focused on me with an intensity that made me feel like she could see right through me. The corners of her mouth lifted into a smile, exposing every one of her perfect, pearly white teeth.

A part of me thought that I shouldn't want her, that there was something wrong with her unnatural beauty, with her perfect features or her sharp teeth or color-shifting eyes. But a far greater part of me didn't listen to my subconscious warnings. I wanted her. I wanted to know what she was thinking, to understand why her eyes flashed just before she spoke…

"Nice to meet you, Edward," she said softly. I just about died, right there, in the center of the crowded cafeteria. I had been entirely unprepared for the way her voice sounded when she said my name. Perfect, like bells.

"Believe me, the pleasure is mine," I managed to say, though I didn't realize I had enough control of my brain left to form a coherent sentence. She simply looked at me, then bit her bottom lip between her teeth. I wasn't prepared for what that did to my heart rate. I'd never been like this before, not ever. And here I was, practically swooning like an idiot over some stranger…

But I just couldn't help myself.

Alice interrupted my reverie in an overly peppy voice. "So, Edward, what's your next class?" She asked nonchalantly. I had to pull my crumpled schedule from my pocket to check.

"Biology, with Mr. Banner," I said quietly.

"That's my next class too," Bella said, looking at me across the table, her eyes intense, but they'd faded back to topaz…

What the hell was going on with her? I wanted to know…but for the moment, I didn't care. What mattered was that she was going to be in my next class. I would see her again.

I smiled, and she returned the gesture timidly, her posture still tense. Her eyes focused on me; topaz, beautiful, unbelievably intense…

I was seriously convinced I would spontaneously combust if she kept looking at me like that.

"Oh for the love of God," Jasper said suddenly from his seat beside Alice, interrupting me from my thoughts. My gaze flashed to him, and he shot out of his seat. "It was nice meeting you, Edward," he said distractedly, then walked faster than seemed possible out of the cafeteria without any word of explanation.

I stared after for him a moment, a bit shell-shocked at his apparently random outburst. Alice smiled at me apologetically. "See you later, Edward," she told me, sauntering over to my side and kissing me swiftly on the cheek before prancing away after Jasper, her graceful step more like dancing then walking.

My cheek burned, though her lips were icy when she touched me. Emmett laughed at my probably dumbstruck expression, and Rosalie joined him, but Bella only groaned quietly, putting her beautiful head in her little hands. It felt like a repeat of the famous balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet. Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand...

I shook myself out of it. I hardly knew her, and yet I felt like she was imperative to my happiness… It wasn’t normal.

But God, her head was still in her hands, her eyes squeezed shut… I wanted to know exactly what she was thinking, exactly what made her sit so still -

The shrill ringing of the school bell interrupted my thoughts, and Bella was out of her seat in an instant, flashing a panicky glace at Emmett. Her brother nodded, then turned to grin widely at me as he got out of his seat.

“Great to meet you, man,” he said, squeezing my shoulder in a friendly, older-brother way. “We should hang out sometime, alright?”

“Sounds awesome,” I agreed. Bella glared at Emmett, who only shrugged, wandering away after Rosalie, who’d left without saying goodbye. Bella turned to me, gripping the back of the chair she’d sat in so hard it looked like the plastic should shatter. Her expression was soft, however, in direct contrast to her stiff posture.

“Walk with me?” She asked quietly, though it seemed like she half wanted me to refuse. I nodded, not trusting myself with words. She smiled softly, and I walked to her side, close enough that I could feel the coldness that radiated from her skin…

The part of me that had objected to wanting her earlier told me that this wasn’t familiar, or natural. People were warm. Bella was like ice… I shouldn’t want that, shouldn’t want to run my fingers over every inch of that frozen-seeming skin, shouldn’t want to know what it would feel like if her mouth met mine… My heart sped up at the mere thought, and she looked at me, a strange expression on her face, almost like she could hear it.

Her topaz eyes bored into mine, though we were almost strangers, and we both should have looked away. Her breathing picked up again, faster… We were still standing, stock still in the middle of the cafeteria, facing each other at this point. People were staring, but I didn’t care. My heart was still racing so fast that it should have beat out of my chest -

And I did want her. All of her. So badly…

Snap out of it, man! I ordered myself. I glanced away, clearing my throat awkwardly, and gestured for her to walk ahead of me, to show me the way.

She led me through the cafeteria without objection, and I fell into step beside her, watching the way her chestnut hair bounced on her shoulders. We were attracting the gazes of the entire population as we passed, and I couldn’t bring myself to be embarrassed at the attention. It didn’t matter. I’d follow this mystery girl to the ends of the earth…

When did I get so dramatic?!

I ignored the thought. All that mattered was her, Bella Cullen, and how much I wanted her.