After almost 200 years, Bella and the Cullen family are back in Forks for the first time. Lexie has just left Phoenix, and moved to Forks to live with her father.She’s just a normal girl that hates the rain, and she sets her eyes that something that might make Forks a tolerable place to live. She wants it, and she'll have it. Consequences be damned.
Multiple POV - Mainly Bella and Lexie Go easy. I'm still brushing the dust from my writing skills. But I'm always up for some constructive criticism. I wanted to try something new. R&R and let me know if it works?
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6. Chapter 6
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I don’t know how long I’d been sitting on the floor in Ness’s bedroom, staring down at the picture in my hands. A picture of her and Jake. I missed them both so much. Though, as much as I was used to it, I didn’t miss the way Jake smelled. I giggled, and I heard the music from the next room stop. Edward must have heard me.
He’d been composing a new song; for Ness, for when she came home, and as much as I hated to interrupt him, I was glad. I wanted him here with me.
He appeared in the doorway, looking down at me with an amused glint in his eyes. “What are you giggling at?” he asked, lowering himself gracefully to sit on the floor beside me. “I was thinking about the way Jake smells, and how I really don’t miss it.” I looked down at the picture again and sighed. “But I do miss both of them.” I said.
He put his arm around my shoulders and pulled me towards him. He kissed my hair, and whispered, with a smile in his voice, “Well, I miss Renesmee. The mutt can stay away for all I care.”
I pulled away from him and shoved him playfully in the chest. “Edward Anthony Masen Cullen,” I said with mock severity, “We’re talking about your daughters husband! The love of her life! Granted, he smells like a dog after a mud bath...” I broke off in another fit of giggling.
Edward was smiling his crooked smile at me. I knew that there was no animosity between him and Jake anymore. After almost 200 years, they’d become fairly friendly. Or, as friendly as could be expected. I don’t think Edward would ever really be happy with the fact that his only daughter was married to a werewolf.
Then Alice burst into the room. She didn’t look happy. She flicked her gaze from Edward to me, then back to Edward again. It seemed like she was waiting for something to happen.
“Alice? What’s up? I thought you were going shopping with Lexie?” She looked back to me. “I had a vision” she said simply. “Yes, and?”
“Edward was a total wreck.” Edward looked offended. “What do you mean?” I asked. “I don’t know.” She said. “That was all I saw. It was quick. I tried to see Lexies future.” She frowned. “That’s part of the reason I had to talk to you.” She said.
She was about to speak again when Jasper walked through the door, a worried expression on his face. Emmet and Rosalie were right behind him.
“So I suppose this is going to be a family meeting?” I asked sarcastically. Edward put his arm around my shoulders again, and I snuggled closer to him.
Jasper was still looking at Alice worriedly. He had moved so that he was now standing right at her shoulder. “Alice,” he said, “what happened? I could feel you panicking from inside the house, and then you just ran.”
“Yeah,” Emmet laughed. “You took off like a bat out of hell!”
“Alice, what’s going on?” I was getting a bit frustrated now. So much suspense. “Well,” Alice said, “I was about to explain, and then these three,” she jerked her head towards our three ‘siblings’, “burst in and interrupted.” She looked like a little girl when she pouted like that.
“Ok, so, story-time” she announced. Edward sighed. Emmet groaned. Alice glared. “So I was driving with Lexie,” she started, “and she asked me what was up with you and Bella.” She was looking at Edward. “She asked if you ever talked about her.”
Edward looked confused. “Why would I talk about her? I don’t even know the girl.” He was so naïve sometimes. It was adorable.
Rosalie, leaning against the wall, calmly filing her nails, rolled her eyes and said, “Even a blind person could see that she wants you, Edward. She’s been making sick little puppy-dog eyes at you since the first day she met you.”
“Anyway,” Alice said, “so yes, Lexie wanted to know if you liked her. If the ‘feelings were mutual’ she said. So I decided to, you know, look into her future, see how quickly she would get over this little crush, when she would meet the man of her dreams, etcetera and the usual. And all I could see was Edward.”
Everybody was shocked now. They were all staring at her with wide eyes, including me. She quickly realised her mistake. “No no no!” she said quickly, waving her hands, “Not like that! Like I said, Edward was a total wreck. He looked totally distraught. There was nothing else, just that one image of Edward.”
Everybody was silent, digesting this little piece of information. Rosalie was still filing her nails. “What does that even mean?” I asked. Alice shook her head. “I don’t know,” she said, “but I know it’s not good. I don’t like it.”
Jasper seemed to come to some sort of decision. “Well,” he said, “whenever Lexie sees Bella, I can feel a lot of jealousy, and some pretty strong dislike, rolling off her. Petty stuff. Like a little child who wants something, just because it belongs to someone else. But when she looks at Edward…” We were all looking at him, waiting. He seemed oblivious. Only Edward seemed to know what was going on. His brows were drawn together in a concerned frown.
Alice tapped Jasper lightly on the head. “Hello? Earth to Jazz. The rest of us would also like to know what’s going on.” He looked up at her, confused. “Oh right.” he said, “When she looks at Edward, she gets really possessive. Rosalie is right, no matter how crassly she put it. She wants Edward. But there’s an almost callous undercurrent to it. It doesn’t feel right.”
Nobody said anything for a few moments, not even Alice, who knew Lexie far better than the rest of us. She was friends with the girl, surely she should be standing up for her?
But she said nothing. Finally, it was Emmet who broke the silence. “When did we become the Sullen-Cullens. So some teenager is getting a bit obsessive about Ed. What’s new?” No one laughed, not even him.
“I think this a bit more serious,” said Alice. “I can’t see anything in her future except one image of Edward, and he looks broken. Whatever got him to that point…” she paused, looking deadly serious, “I don’t want it to happen.” Jasper spoke next. “I agree with Alice”, he said. “I think we can all agree that I’m fairly good at reading people, and this Lexie girl is a bit more serious than some silly girl with a crush.”
“Look at it this way, Emmet.” I said. “Jasper is getting some bad vibes from this girl. Edward can’t read her mind, and Alice can’t see her future.” I looked at Alice questioningly. “At all?” I asked. She shook her head. “Not at all.” She said. I turned back to Emmet. “There you go.” I said, “So our usual methods of gauging danger are both useless.” I looked at Edward and Alice, who were both looking very disgruntled at my comment. I just shrugged. “Sorry guys, it’s the truth.”
Everybody was looking at me very seriously. “So what are you saying, Bella?” Emmet asked. I shrugged again. “Truthfully, I don’t know.” I said. “I just don’t think we can trust her. I think we should watch our step around her, and keep our eyes open.” Jasper and Alice were both nodding.
Edward had pulled me closer to his side, and rested his cheek on the top of my head. “I really don’t think this is anything to get too concerned about.” He said.
Rosalie was still leaning against the doorframe, intently filing her nails. I don’t think she’d looked up once during the entire conversation. She did now. “I never liked her,” she said, “and I think that this whole situation is going to end very badly.” Emmet laughed. “Way to bring the cheer, babe.” He said. Everyone laughed, but I had a feeling that she was right.
“So what do I do?” Alice asked. Blank stares all around. “Well, I mean, Lexie and I are friends. Or, we were.” I think I understood her dilemma, but everyone else was still staring blankly. I decided I should probably explain. “After what we’ve just discussed about keeping on our guard around her, and how we can’t really trust her, I don’t really think that Lexie is friend-material.” They seemed to be catching on. “But how is Alice going to explain that to her? Without raising any suspicion, I mean.”
“It’s going to look very weird.” Alice said. “Today, I just ditch our shopping trip with no good explanation, and she knows how much I like shopping, and tomorrow I suddenly say to her that we’re not friends anymore. She’s going to know that something is going on.”
Emmet shrugged. “So what?” He said. “Another weird thing the Cullens have done. No one is even going to raise an eyebrow. And that’s if she even mentions it to anyone.” Alice looked doubtful, but Emmets words seemed to have dispelled any worry the others may have been feeling. I had to agree with him. There were always rumours about us flying around Forks High. What was one more?
Now that all the excitement was over, everybody started to drift back to their previous activities. Rosalie and Emmet were the first to leave. Alice followed them, still with a worried frown on her face. “I can’t believe I had to miss out on a perfectly good shopping trip.” She was grumbling to herself. All of a sudden she raised her voice, “Rose! Rose! Want to go shopping?” I looked at Jasper and rolled my eyes and smiled. Trust Alice. Edward kissed the top of my head and got up. “I’m going to talk to Carlise.” He said. And then he was gone, leaving me and Jasper alone.
“You’re worried.” Jasper said simply.
Good old Jazz. I laughed. “Of course I’m worried,” I said, and patted the floor next to me. He folded himself onto the floor as gracefully as Edward had. “Want to talk about it?” He asked. I shook my head. “Nah, you already know what I’m worried about, and now the only thing left to do is wait and see how things turn out. No use talking about it.” I felt a wave of calm wash over me. I smiled at him. “Thanks Jasper.”
He nodded, and returned the smile. “How about going for a run?” he said. That was something I could work with. I’m sure he didn’t want to go back into the house, in case Emmet tried to rope him into another X-Box tournament. And running for a while seemed like a really good way to clear my head.
“Race you to the baseball field?” I grinned at him and was out of the door before he had time to react.
I concentrated solely on the feeling of the wind whipping my hair around my face, and the faint sound of Jaspers footfalls next to me. We were evenly matched in speed, and though this had started as a race, we were keeping pace with each other.
After what seemed only seconds, we reached the field. “So who won?” I asked Jasper. “Definitely me.” He said, and we both laughed, the stress of this afternoon forgotten for the moment.
Whatever would happen, would happen, and we would deal with it when it did. We always had.