Four girls move to Forks, each possessing an uncanny knowledge of vampires and a circular bite on their wrists.
7. Chapter 7
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"Jasper, can you come with me for a second?" asked Edward. He pointed into the trees. I was dimly aware of a heartbeat in there. We headed over and saw that huddled at the roots of a large tree was the girl.
"Hello?" Edward said "Are you alright" she looked up and her face we stained with tears. She looked so small and frightened.
"Do you want to come with us? You could do with a change of clothes," I said. It was true; her clothes were torn and dirty. She had obviously fallen over a lot. She nodded and I helped her to her feet. She had lost her shoes and I held my breath because her feet were grazed. We led her to the house, but she tripped and fell. I picked her up and carried her back.
"Alice! Get a change of clothes and run a hot bath!" Edward called. Esme rushed out to meet us.
"She's the girl? The one who's sister beat Bella up?"
"Yes" Edward confirmed. Esme didn't have a mean bone in her body; she took the girl from me and carried her upstairs. She still hadn't said a word since we'd found her. When she was changed, and seated on the sofa, Alice suggested calling her sisters.
"No!" she said, snapping up. Her eyes were wide and fearful.
"Ashley, what is it?" Alice asked. The girl's breathing became erratic and her heat leapt about. She started to shake. The fear that coursed through her veins was like ice being injected in my heart.
"Jasper!" Alice gasped, "Do something!" I tried to push away the fear that was part of both her and me. I sent calm at the girl. Her breathing slowed and she stopped shaking.
"She took...she killed her"
"Ashley, we don't know what you mean. Start from the beginning. What's wrong?" Alice asked.
"There were five of us. Jasmine, Sienna, Willow, me and...lily. We lived with our mum and dad. Dad got arrested and when he came back...he was different. Mum was in a car accident and he got a new girlfriend. She hurt us...and then one night she killed him. And she killed Lily. She had friends...there were two men. They did stuff to Jasmine and Sienna when they came over. And they fed off us" she raised her arm to show the circular bite on her wrist.
"They fed off all of us, and then when they finished they sucked the venom out to stop us changing. We tried to run away...and they caught us again. And it got worse. Then one day, she locked us in the cupboard and left. We spent ages in there with no food. Then she came back and was so angry. She beat us until we were near death and left. We managed to get away. We stole a car and came here. After that, Jasmine became the head of the family. Willow became aggressive and I...wanted to disappear" she finished. Edward was right. It was no wonder they were afraid.
"Why don't you want to go back to your sisters?" I asked.
"I don't feel safe. They think all vampires are horrible and I'm sick of it. I want to be safe"
"Okay" said Alice "I can see that if we don't contact them, they'll go a bit mad. So, what we're going to do is ring them and tell them that we've found them and that you're okay. But, you're not going back to them. You can stay here. Is that alright Esme?"
"Yes Alice. I'll prepare a bed" Esme hurried off.
"Thank you" Ashley whispered.
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