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You're not the only one watching.

My version of the beginning of Bella's & Edward's romance. Starting with her move to Forks.


1. Chapter 1

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Moving to Forks wasn’t an easy task. Leaving everything behind, to live with Charlie, my long distance dad wasn’t something I was looking forward to. I love Charlie, but we never have been that close, maybe this move would change that. Here in Forks, it always rained. It seemed like the sky didn’t understand what sun was. Seeing as I am extremely pale, I reaped no aesthetic benefits from this. On my first day of school I was overwhelmed with anxiety. I hate meeting new people and being in a new environment. It makes me uneasy. After awhile though, I get use to it and the anxiety quickly fades. I walked the halls, that first day, with people staring at me, not in a bad way though. They were staring at me with curiosity. This small town didn’t really get newcomers, so the sight of me must have sparked interest. I mostly hanged out by myself, the first few days. I met a few people, Mike, Angela and others but they really were not my cup of tea. I was more engrossed with this boy who seemed too beautiful to belong to this time and era. I learned from Angela, during lunch one day, that the boy’s name was Edward. I was staring at him, sitting with his foster family across the room. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. The way his skin was paler then mine, as if no blood ran through his veins. The way he walked majestically from class to class as if he were a king. The way he spoke was smooth like butter. Whenever his eyes caught mine, it made me shiver. His golden brown pupils seemed to drill into my soul, enveloping my whole being into his. To say the least, I was infatuated with him. From the stories I had heard about girls trying to get his attention, I felt that I had no chance. He seemed like a picky one, who was quite content, with being by himself. Besides, he didn’t even know I existed but that didn’t stop me from daydreaming about him. One day when I was home alone, bored, I decided to take a walk in the woods by my house. Charlie wouldn’t be home for at least 3 more hours and I had time to kill. I never really liked the woods. Those fairytales about the little children being eaten by wolves still scared me, so I don’t know why I was up for this sort of adventure. After 10 minutes into my hiking excursion, I heard a noise to my left. I turned in that direction but didn’t see anything. I turned to my right and I almost screamed out of fright. Edward was standing right there, smiling. “It's nice to see, that you take joy out of scaring the crap out of people” I said. I wouldn’t normally have the guts to say something so bold, but I guess him taking me off guard, allowed me to shake my nerves. I thought I’d continue talking this way. “I’m truly sorry that I frightened you” he said smoothly. He looked sincere. “A girl like you shouldn’t be alone in these woods. Strange things lurk in here.” “I’m a big girl; I can take care of myself. What about you? What makes you think you can face whatever’s in these parts? Do you have some sort of magical powers? I teased. “You might say that” he grinned. The way his lips curled when he said that, sent shivers down my spine. Something about that statement made me believe that it was true. He seemed to have sensed that he frightened me, so he quickly changed the subject. “So Bella, can I walk you home? I don’t feel safe with you here. I wouldn’t want anything to happen to you” Edward said. “Ah okay” I replied. Even though I wasn’t finished with my crazy tour of the woods, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity of talking to him some more. We started walking back to my house and I didn’t even realize that it had gotten so dark, so fast. He placed his arm around me. That was so unexpected. “How did you know what my name was?” I asked. “Everyone knows what your name is. You’re new in Forks, so that means your news” he said. “Oh” I replied. I was hoping he would say something along the lines of how he’s been watching me and asking about me. I know that’s a far-fetched idea but a girl could dream. We reached my doorstep. There was still an hour and half left till Charlie came home from the station. I didn’t want my time with Edward to be over so fast. My bold nerve kicked in again. “Do you want to come inside for a little bit?” I asked. Part of me wanted him to say no because I didn’t know what to do once he entered. Another part of me wanted him to come inside and rip his clothes off. “Sure, Bella” he said. The way he said my name, made me warm all over. Everyone in school called me by my first name “Isabella” so how did he know I like to be called just Bella? Something about him, made him seem inimitable. His facial features were perfect, like they were sculpted with a chisel. His body frame suited him well. The defined muscle mass, not too big and not too small, just right. His demeanor was one of confidence, not arrogance. One thing that was a turn off for me (not that I even really paid any attention to the opposite sex in Phoenix) was a guy who was conceited, that made me sick. I wanted Edward. I wanted him as boyfriend, a lover and a future husband. I know these wants are premature because I don’t even know him, but somehow, I know he’s the one for me. As he stepped over the threshold, into the small kitchen, I felt nervous. The daredevil in me, vanished as quickly as it had came. I lead him to the living room awkwardly, stumbling on the rug. We sat on the couch facing the TV. and I was about to turn it on, until he stopped me. “We don’t need television, I just want to talk to you” he whispered. I turned to him and waited for him to start speaking. I didn’t want to go first because I would start stuttering. I didn’t think he would find being incoherent, attractive. “Bella, I know you don’t know me, but I feel like I know you” he said. There was a moment of silence but I didn’t respond, I wanted him to continue and he did. “I watch you all day in school, the way you look like you rather be someplace else when those kids talk to you. The way you look bored in class, because I believe you already know the material. I also see, the way you look at me” he stated. My face turned bright red. I didn’t want him to know that I’ve been staring at him these past few weeks; no one wants to be known as a stalker. “Do you like me Bella”? Edward asked. I was taken aback by this question. Of course I liked him, but I didn’t want to say it upfront like that. I was afraid of rejection, but I felt that I wouldn’t get another chance to tell him how I felt so I simply said… “Yes” “I like you too and I think I am falling in love with you” he whispered. When he said those words, I believed him. I don’t know how but I just did. Something came over me at this moment, the next thing I knew, we were in my bed kissing. As he lay on top of me, with his lips pressed against mine. He felt so cold, like ice. I made a quick “brrr” sound and he jumped off of me, of the bed too, with such speed it was non-human. “I can’t do this” he said. Looking angry with himself. “What are you talking about?” I asked. “Is it me, did I do something wrong?” “No Bella. It’s definitely not you, it’s me. I have some things to tell you and if you never want to see me again after, I’ll understand. Actually it might be for the best” he said. “What are you talking ab…” I started to say but he interrupted me. “I’m a vampire” he said. Before I could even wrap my head around such a ludicrous statement, I turned my head to my bedroom door, because I heard Charlie enter and say “Bella, I’m home. Where are you?” When I turned back, Edward was at the window and said “I have to go” and was gone, like a wisp of smoke.