Gone and never coming back.
Edward is gone, Bella realizes that and moves to Jacksonville. Her problems are far from over when everyone she's ever know dies or disappears. She adopted two twin little sisters, and has a brotherly best friend vampire, but what happens when another vampire decides he wants one of the twins, and won't take no for an answer? The only thing they can do is run.
4. Chapter 4
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“Happy Birthday Girls!” I called as soon as I opened the door to the hotel room on April 10th.
“No way!” Summer yelled, “You rock, Bella!”
April and I giggled. I set the blue cake with Happy Birthday Summer and April! written in big letters on the table next to the two gift bags.
“What do we do first? Gifts? Cake? Gifts?” Summer chanted spastically.
April doubled over laughing, “I knew I shouldn’t have given you the other half of my giant candy bar!” She gasped.
Summer crossed her arms and muttered something like, “Not my fault.”
“We’ll do gifts,” I said.
“Cool,” she said, grabbing her present from the table and ripping it open.
Two seconds later she and April screamed, “No way! An ipod and a new cell phone each! Oh my God! Bella, I love you! Thank you!”
They jumped on me and hugged me tightly.
“You’re welcome,” I laughed, “Happy tenth birthday.” I didn't tell them that the ipod was the gift, the cell phone was for my sanity.
“So when’s your birthday, Bella?” April asked.
“Err, that’s not important it’s your birthday today,” I hadn’t lied to them about anything yet. I just left him out of everything, so I didn’t lie per se. It was just a touchy subject, “Lets do cake now, okay?”
She took the hint and shrugged, “Oh, okay,”
We sang happy birthday, blew the candles, and cut the cake, “So what did you wish for?” I asked April.
She blushed and looked down, I giggled, “It was Leo, wasn’t it.”
“Shut up,” she muttered.
April had a crush on Leo since she first saw him, the weird part was…I'd thought he had a crush on her too. As soon as I noticed that I had the urge to take her as far away from him as possible. But, of course, he had Eve. Maybe he was right, maybe I was too motherly.
There was a knock on the hotel door, we all went quiet while I grabbed my cell phone, we didn’t really need to worry about human dangers at this time, but I wanted them as safe as possible.
I open the door and before I could blink a pair of stone cold arms went around me in a tight hug, “Surprise!” a bell-like voice said.
“Ashley?” I said shocked.
“Yep!” She answered, popping the ‘p’. She turned to the girls, “Happy birthday Summer and April!” She pulled two small boxes out of her bag and handed one to each of them, “I got sick of Gwen bossing me around. It wasn’t even with important stuff that could help you with, it’s just crappy errands. So I came to visit, don’t freak, it wasn’t easy to find you or anything like that. Leo told me where you were.” She knew me so well.
“Oh, wow,” April said, “This is beautiful. Thank you.” She had a little green heart necklace around her neck. Summer was speechless next to her, her own blue version around her neck.
“Aw, your welcome, sweetie,” Ashley said.
“Hey, Ashley,” I said hesitantly, “can I talk to you outside for a sec.?”
She seemed scared, “Sure,”
We walked out and into the hallway. I flinched as I took a confidence blow; she was more beautiful vampire than Rose was, her straight dark brown hair trailing down her back like a curtain and small, thin body walking with grace. Even her blood red and golden eyes were pretty, not scary.
“Oh, Bella!” She burst out as soon as I closed the door, “I need to get this off my chest! I can’t talk to anyone else! It was so horrible I won’t be surprised if you hate me!” She hugged me again, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry!” she chanted.
“Wait, what? Ashley what’s wrong?” I sunk to the ground with her, folding my legs under me and shifting so my back was against the wall.
Her dry sobs echoed through the hall as she tried to quiet herself. After she could control herself she whispered to me, “I-I cheated o-on my diet!”
“What are you talking about?” I demanded. Who cares if she gained a few extra pounds?!
“L-lets just say, Shane O’Conner’s face is w-will be in the news p-paper tomorrow,” she said, then moaned and buried her face in my shoulder.
My eyes widened as what she said sunk in. Oh, that diet. I remembered the last time I saw her; her eyes were almost completely gold with only a tiny hint of pink. Now they were red with a little gold.
“I-I tried to stop, I w-was doing so well. His blood s-sang to me! It ripped my throat open and p-pushed white hot iron to it! I tried, I r-really did! Oh Bella I’m s-sorry! I was trying to find another way t-to live without harming humans! I f-finally get another way, a-and I fail! I’m a monster! I hate m-myself! I can’t see Jude anytime s-soon, I’m scared he’ll b-be angry, my own m-mate!”
I understood what she meant, he said my blood was more tempting to him than anyone’s. It must have been the same with her and that guy.
“Shhh, It’s okay Ashley,” I said, rubbing her arm, “I don’t hate you, I know it hurts,”
“He had a job and a wife and two kids and friends…” she trailed off, “I’m a monster!”
Secretly I was horrified, but I wouldn’t let it show. She needed me now, I could ask my question later.