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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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16. Chapter 16; Overload

Rating 5/5   Word Count 3585   Review this Chapter

EPOV

“Dude, you are my hero,” Emmett told me sincerely, a huge smile across his broad face the second the locker room door swung shut behind us.

“What?” I asked, honestly confused.

“Bella doesn’t let anyone get that close to her,” Jasper said for clarification. “Especially not boys she just met.”

They were both still smiling at me by the time I got my locker open. I was surprised, to say the least. What about the hitting and threatening that older brothers were supposed to be doing at this point? Why were they congratulating me?

Jasper suddenly laughed.

“What’s so funny?” Emmett asked.

“Em, he’s probably afraid we’re going to pummel him or something. I mean, Bella is our sister,” he pointed out.

Emmett laughed too, pulling off his shirt and exposing his bulging muscles. They suddenly didn’t look as terrifyingly intimidating. “Edward, relax. We’re not going to hurt you. We were actually planning on helping you.”

“We were?” Jasper asked.

“We were,” Emmett stated. “If you want to get Bella, there are a few things you need to understand about her personality -”

“Em,” Jasper warned. “I’m not sure Bella would appreciate your brand of ‘helping’.”

Emmett rolled his eyes. “What Bella needs and what she thinks she needs are very different things, Jazz. And as her eldest brother, I exercise the right to -”

Emmett cut off instantly, looking at something over my shoulder. I spun around, alarmed at the angry expression on Emmett’s face.

It was Newton. Great.

He was leaning against the lockers, already changed, glaring directly at me.

Hell no. I was in a freaking amazing mood right now, and no one - especially not the annoyance known as Mike - was going to ruin that for me.

“What?” I asked him defensively, and I felt rather than saw Emmett and Jasper fall into place at my sides, flanking me. Their show of solidarity made me want to smile, but I kept my face serious.

“Nothing,” Mike sneered. Another boy - I was quite certain his name was Tyler - rounded the row of lockers, standing behind Mike. I wanted to laugh at them - they looked really pathetic when you compared them to Emmett and Jasper.

The other boy spoke up. “We saw you dancing with Cullen,” he said, obviously annoyed. Newton looked pissed too. I glared at the both of them. Bella could do whatever she wanted with whoever she wanted, thank you very much.

Emmett laughed suddenly, and both of the boys flinched, like it scared them somehow. “Which Cullen?” Emmett asked. “’Cause if you’re jealous about Edward dancing with me, I’m sorry, but I’m taken.”

Jasper and I snickered, but Tyler and Mike apparently didn’t find the humor in Emmett’s response. “You know we mean Bella,” Mike said scathingly, like I’d done something wrong.

“So what if I danced with her?” I asked, crossing my arms across my chest, trying to look as intimidating as Emmett or Jasper. I was certain that I failed miserably.

“I called dibs on her long before you got here, Swan -”

“Excuse me? Bella’s a human being. You can’t call her.” I saw Emmett glance at Jasper in my peripheral vision, but I didn’t look away from Mike. “And by the way,if she was going to choose you, she would have done so already. The Cullens have been here what, two years?” I laughed for effect. “Huh. My first day here and she says yes to me. Think about that one, Newton.

“Shut up, Swan,” he snapped, taking a step forward -

Emmett and Jasper both literally growled, advancing menacingly on either side of me. I smirked at Mike’s scared expression as he turned and high-tailed it out of the locker room, Tyler on his heels.

I was breathing heavily for some reason; something hot was coursing through my veins like liquid fire. And then I realized - I was angry, incredibly angry with those boys for their audacity. Jasper touched my shoulder, and the contact made me relax exponentially, the anger leaking out of my system like water down a drain. I took a deep breath, turning around to face the two boys who had been so kind to me. It was more than I deserved, to have made friends like them so quickly.

“Thanks, guys,” I said sincerely, giving them my best smile.

“No, thank you,” Emmett said enthusiastically, slapping me a high five that stung my palm. “That was epic! Think about that one, Newton,” He imitated my voice surprisingly well before breaking down into hysterics again.

“His face was priceless,” Jasper agreed, grinning at me. He was more subdued than his brother, but I liked them both immensely.

I smiled back at the both of them, then gathered up my stuff, slinging my backpack onto my shoulders. “We’d better get going,” I reminded them.

Emmett and Jasper agreed, grabbing their bags and following me out the door that led back to the school hallway.

The girls were waiting.

Alice launched herself at Jasper. I was beginning to realize that she was the most outgoing of the group. Well, second only to Emmett. Jasper caught her easily, grinning as he kissed her forehead.

Rose was more subdued, leaning against the wall beside Bella. Emmett sauntered over to her, and she kissed him on the cheek.

“What did you guys do to Mike and Tyler?” Rose asked, glancing from Emmett, to Jasper, to myself. “They came running out of there like they were being chased by a bunch of bulldogs.”

“Nothing,” I answered first, trying my best to look innocent as I joined Bella against the wall. Her topaz eyes bored into mine; it was like she was trying to see the dishonesty there.

“You’re lying,” she accused.

“Yes, I am,” I replied. “But I don’t plan on telling you.”

“Edward Swan, tell me right this instant or -” She started.

“Edward Anthony Swan is more effective if you want the truth,” I cut her off, grinning like an idiot. Hell, I was an idiot. I was quickly becoming obsessed with Bella Cullen, and I’d hardly known her for a day.

“Edward Anthony Swan,” she repeated, returning my smile. “Nice name.”

“After my grandfather,” I told her.

“That’s so sweet -”

“Oh my God,” Emmett interrupted. “Discuss personal details on your own time! I wanna tell the scaring-Mike-and-Tyler story.” He really looked like a five year old when he pouted. I found it terribly amusing.

“Fine, Em, go ahead and tell the story,” Bella laughed, and I couldn’t help but notice how close she was to my side - she’d scooted an inch and a half towards me while we’d talked.

It was all very distracting. I could hardly remember why I didn’t want to tell Bella the scaring-Mike-and-Tyler (but mostly Mike) story. Nothing else mattered besides the way her eyes stayed trained on me, even though she was speaking to Emmett…

“So we were in the locker room changing. And Mike was being a creeper and watching us while we were talking. And then he was all glaring at Edward and Edward was like -”

“Emmett, I don’t think the story is really that necessary,” I said stiffly, remembering why I didn’t want him saying it. At least, not in front of Bella. It was also the Edward-defending-Bella’s-honor-to-Mike-and-Tyler story. Bella didn’t need to hear that.

Emmett visibly deflated. “But Edward, it’s funny,” he whined.

I rolled my eyes. “Not that funny, Emmett,” I assured him with a significant glance at Jasper. He was the more perceptive of the two towards the moods of others - I hoped I could enlist his help in controlling Emmett.

Jasper came through for me. “Yeah, Em, I agree with Edward. You can brag to Rose about freaking them out later, but right now we’ve got to get home. The girls were planning on shopping.” Everyone heeded his words, surprisingly, pairing off into couples as we exited the fitness building and headed towards the parking lot across the perpetually wet grass. I walked close next to Bella. Try to stay within a three inch radius, she’d said while we danced. I wanted to keep that proximity all the time.

“Crap, shopping?” Emmett groaned, kicking at a piece of mud petulantly. “Do I have to go, Rosie?”

“But of course, baby. Who else would carry my bags?”

“Actually, it’s girl time, Emmett, no boys allowed,” Alice cut in. Emmett punched the air in victory. Rosalie scowled.

“Cool it, Rose,” Alice laughed. “Bella can carry your bags!”

“Hey!” Bella objected, and I bit back the protest I wanted to add.

“I was kidding, Bella,” Alice laughed. “Besides, we’re mainly going for our bi-weekly Victoria’s Secret raid. So absolutely no testosterone is allowed on this trip,” Alice said firmly. No one else complained. It seemed that Alice’s word was law in the Cullen household. It made me laugh - she was the smallest, the youngest. And they all followed her like a general in war.

Only Bella had a problem with the plans. “Er, Alice, you know I hate shopping. Victoria’s Secret, especially.” She looked down, and her face seemed like she should be blushing. “Couldn’t you have mercy and leave me home with the guys?”

“Nope,” Alice said, popping the ‘p’.

“But Alice -”

“No ‘buts’, Isabella. We need bonding time,” Alice demanded.

“And the only way to bond is to try on revealing underwear?” She asked.

I almost choked on air at the idea of Bella, trying on ‘revealing’ underwear. From Victoria’s secret. In the same dark blue as the tank top she’d been wearing at gym class. I was rather partial to that color with her skin…

“You alright, Edward?” Emmett smirked knowingly.

“F-fine,” I stuttered. Everyone seemed to get what was up. Everyone except Bella.

“Are you sure you’re fine?” She asked, concern in those stunning topaz eyes.

I nodded, thanking God she was so damn oblivious. Rosalie hid her laughter in Emmett’s arm. Jasper chuckled silently. Alice and Emmett made no attempt to hide it.

Bella shot them all confused glances and I felt my face flush brick-red. She tensed for some reason - it looked like she was…holding her breath?

Odd… But then, there were a lot of odd things about the Cullen family. I was just choosing to ignore them for the moment.

God had mercy on me - we were all stopped at my truck. Rosalie eyed it’s rusty exterior with disdain, wrinkling up her nose.

“What’s the speed limit on this thing? Twenty five?” She asked sarcastically, running a perfect finger down the hood as I unlocked the doors and threw my stuff in the passenger seat.

I laughed. “Haven’t tested it, but probably not past fifty, unfortunately.” Bella was next to me, peering in the truck’s windows. It made me feel self-conscious.

“I could do some work on the engine if you want -” Rosalie started, and Emmett shook his head in exasperation, dragging her away from my poor, abused truck towards the silver Volvo I’d noticed that morning. Could it only have been that morning? It seemed so long ago…

“Keys, Bells,” Emmett asked. Bella rolled her eyes, fishing them out of her jacket and tossing them to Emmett. She had perfect aim, even though she was hardly looking, and she was throwing it over the cab of my truck. It was unnatural…

“Couldn’t you wait five seconds?” She asked her brother, cutting off my thoughts.

“Nope. Rose needs to be restrained by a seat belt to keep her from tearing apart Edward’s car right here,” he laughed, giving up on dragging Rosalie and tossing her easily over his shoulder instead. “Bye, Edward!” He yelled over Rose’s protests.

“See you, Emmett,” I called after him.

I turned to the remaining members of the Cullen family. Jasper squeezed my shoulder in a brotherly way, smiling gently. “See you tomorrow, Edward,” he said warmly.

Alice kissed me on the cheek, trilling a goodbye before bounding off towards their car and hopping into the driver’s seat.

That left Bella and me. She looked up at me with those sparkling eyes, a half smile on her perfect lips.

“Tomorrow, Edward,” she said quietly.

“Tomorrow,” I agreed, and it sounded more like a sigh.

She squeezed my hand once before turning abruptly and jogging back towards her family’s car, throwing herself in the passenger seat.

Everyone waved at me as they drove away.

I was on cloud nine as I drove my slow, rusted truck home.

Tomorrow couldn’t come soon enough.

BPOV

Alice insisted on driving. Damn pixie. I desperately need the distraction that driving provided, to concentrate on something other than - sigh - Edward Swan. I got this weird sensation in my stomach every time I thought of him, sort of like someone was tickling me, but not really.

“They call that ‘butterflies,’ Bella,” Jasper chuckled from the backseat, giving me a strange name to my very human emotion. Right. Butterflies in your stomach. Humans felt like that when they were nervous. I furrowed my eyebrows in confusion - I wasn’t nervous.

“That can’t be right, Jasper,” I said. “Don’t you get that when you’re nervous?”

“And with some other emotions,” Jasper said significantly.

“What?” I asked unintelligently.

Rose sighed from the back seat. “You’re so blind,” she complained, nestling her face between Emmett’s shirt and her curtain of blonde hair. I decided to ignore her, turning to Alice instead. I’d just remembered that I was supposed to be freaking out.

“What am I going to do, Alice?” I asked quietly.

“About what?” Alice asked innocently.

“You know about what,” I growled. “Edward. The boy. What the hell’s going on?”

Everyone laughed.

“This isn’t funny!” I yelled, stamping my foot on the floor of the Volvo as Alice sped through town in the direction of our house.

“It’s very funny,” Emmett contradicted me. “You and him are both so damn oblivious. Why can‘t you just admit that you‘re attracted to one another and get on with it?!” Emmett ranted.

“What?!” I demanded, glaring at him in the rearview mirror. “What the hell are you talking about, Emmett?”

Emmett rolled his eyes. “Jasper, you’re going to have to take care of this one. Patience is not a virtue that I posses, and Bella’s just being ridiculous.”

“Not to mention, I’m the empath around here,” Jasper added.

“Oh, right, that too,” Emmett said, waving Jasper’s words off like they were terribly unimportant. “Just explain it to her and explain it right. I don’t want to have to wait for too long to invite Edward over to play some serious Mario Party on the X-box -”

“What are you talking about?” I demanded again. “Edward is a human. You can’t just invite him over to our house and -”

“Bella, just listen to Jasper,” Emmett sighed, looking away from me dismissively, staring out the window as he played with Rosalie’s blonde tresses.

“Fine,” I pouted.

Jasper suddenly seemed nervous. “Er, maybe we should wait until you’re sitting down…” He said lamely.

“I am sitting down.”

“Oh. Right…” he trailed off nervously. “I meant, we should wait until we get home. You know, relax a bit. Chill out. No need to get angry with me; I’m only the messenger…”

“Jasper, if you don’t tell me what you’re talking about in exactly five seconds, I will destroy your favorite civil war battles map,” I threatened.

Jasper gasped. “You wouldn’t.”

“Watch me.”

He paused for two seconds; I counted them off on raised fingers.

“Fine, fine, I’ll tell you now,” he said in a rush.

“Thank you, Jazz,” I grinned, finally relaxing a bit in my seat now that I knew I would have the answers to my mysteries. “You’ve been promoted to the status of ‘favorite brother’.”

Emmett glared at Jasper. “Not cool, bro; I’ve held that position for the past three weeks,” Emmett complained. Jasper smirked smugly. I rolled my eyes.

“Get on with it, Jasper, or you’re demoted again,” I warned.

“Alright,” he sighed, and then he began. “I was monitoring your emotions very carefully after the initial meeting with Edward,” he said slowly, choosing his words with the utmost care.

“And…?” I asked when he didn’t continue.

He debated for a moment before answering. “I’m not sure… It’s just… I felt the - the bloodlust when you first caught his scent, but you already know about that. What I need to talk about is what I felt…after,” he said tentatively, not meeting my gaze in the rearview mirror.

“When?” I asked apprehensively.

“Actually, when we were still in the cafeteria. There was another emotion, and it overwhelmed your need for his blood, which - in addition to your extreme self control - I think could be another factor that helped you resist taking him.”

“What other emotion?” I prompted when he didn’t continue.

“…Lust. Interest, attraction, whatever you want to call it,” he said, rubbing the back of his neck uncomfortably. “It got so bad I had to leave the room and -” He cut off with an embarrassed expression.

Alice rolled her eyes, looking away from the road for a moment. “What he means to say is that we had a quickie in the janitor’s closet to take off the tension. Your emotions were that strong.” Emmett wrinkled his nose in distaste for something, but I couldn’t concentrate on him.

Emmett being Emmett, he decided to make his feelings on the matter known. “Dude, that is so messed up,” he complained, shooting a glance at Jasper. “You got turned on by your sister lusting after some boy?!”

“I couldn’t control it!” Jasper defended himself. “And in my defense, it was the boy’s feelings that really got to me, actually,” he said, still not meeting my gaze. “Usually, humans aren’t so intense, but there’s just something…different about him…” He trailed off thoughtfully, though he still looked uncomfortable.

My jaw fell open. “His emotions got to you?” I squeaked. “What was he feeling?!”

“I…I told you, Bells. Lust. It was worse in gym, what with him being so close to you. I thought he was going to take you right there, in front of all those children!” He shuddered at what he thought was a distinct possibility.

Alice giggled. “That gym class could have turned out into a replay of dirty dancing if he wasn’t such a gentleman.”

I stared between the two of them, dumbstruck. I’d known that I wanted him, of course, but knowing that he felt the same way… That was something different altogether. “Are you serious right now?” I demanded. Jasper nodded sheepishly.

It was dead silent for exactly two and a half seconds before Emmett burst out into hysterical laughter. “I - can’t - believe - this,” he choked out between laughs.

“What’s so funny?” I demanded. There was absolutely no humor in the destruction of my life. And the life of the boy for that matter.

“I totally called it! I knew that’s why his vitals were all over the place! You must have been practically eye-molesting him or something ‘cause he was whacked -”

“How do molest someone with your eyes, exactly?” Jasper asked, looking mildly disgusted.

“Dude, keep watch on Bella next time we’re near Edward. That is how you molest someone with just your eyes -”

“This isn’t funny!” I interrupted them. “He can‘t want me like that! I already want him in so many other ways…” I trailed off, gripping the edge of my leather seat in both hands, until my knuckles stood out even whiter against my skin with the strain of not breaking my car.

“Well, get over it fast, Bella,” Alice said in her tough-love voice. “He’s going to be in our lives from now on, so you might as well get used to it.”

I groaned. “Maybe I should…leave or something. Go to Alaska and -”

“NO!” Alice yelled, slamming on the breaks in the middle of the empty street, just a quarter mile from the turnoff to our driveway. We all stared at her in shock, but she just kept yelling at me. “I will not let you sabotage your chance at happiness, do you understand? You will do what you really want to do and not what you think you should do. Thinking is not good, got that?”

“What do you mean my ‘chance at happiness’?!” I demanded, glaring at her across the center divider. She had that look in her eyes again, the same one from just that morning, when she‘d spoke of a new student… Edward. “I am happy! I have everything I need! What more could I possibly ask for?”

Alice rolled her eyes. “You’re missing something, Bella. You just don’t know it yet,” she said cheerfully.

“Stupid, annoying, cryptic pixie,” I hissed under my breath.

Alice ignored me, naturally, then proceeded to put the car back into drive like nothing had happened. “Now we‘re going to drop off the boys, get my car, and we‘re out of here. We have places to go, things to buy, and arrangements to make.”

“What are you talking about?”

“Just do what I say, and everything will be fine,” Alice promised. I groaned, looking to my brothers and Rosalie for help.

Emmett just laughed. Rose shrugged. Jasper took one look at Alice and shook his head. “You’re on your own with this one, Bells. Alice is a force of nature.”

“You bet your ass I am, baby,” she said, pulling up in front of the house. Everyone jumped out of the car, and Alice kissed Jasper quickly on the lips before dragging me to her Porsche, letting go of my arm so that I stumbled into the side of her canary-yellow vehicle.

Everyone stared at me. “Did you just trip over your own feet?” Alice asked in disbelief.

Vampires. Did not. Trip. Or stumble. Or anything of the sort.

I didn’t answer, mainly because I could hear Emmett howling with laughter from behind us. I opened the passenger door, throwing myself into the plush leather seat.

“It’s worse than I thought,” Alice lamented, getting in the drivers side as Rose slid into the back seat. “We need to get you to the mall.”

Oh joy.