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Light in my Life

Summary:
Bella is heartbroken, hurt, and tired of living her life. But change comes when she creates a bond with a stranger in the strange family that took her in. (Set in the time frame as Twilight, but in a complete alternate universe.) Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!


Notes:
Thanks for giving my story a chance! I appreciate it more than you know! I own a New Moon ring. I do not own Twilight. *sighs* Stephenie Meyer owns it. *sobs*


1. Just Getting By(Bella's POV)

Rating 5/5   Word Count 858   Review this Chapter

I crawled deeper into my corner as another flash of lightning struck.

As the sudden burst of light hit, I was able to view my surroundings. I was huddled between a fence and side of a random house trying to seek cover from the cold Washington rain. The outer edges of the roof came off the house for about a foot, though, and that, coupled with the wind slanting the downpour, meant I was soaked and shivering from head to toe.

I was used to being wet from the rain, but my mother always found better cover than this. She had always returned to bring food for the both of us. She had always given me hope that we wouldn’t still be homeless in the future. Hope that we would soon have better lives.

But when Renee left several weeks ago, she didn’t come back.

After three days of waiting the small bit of food I had had was gone, and she had been gone for too long. We never stayed in a place for more than five days. We moved from corner to corner, dark alley to dark alley, always watching our backs.

Renee had always warned me that she could possibly never return from her trips, but of course I never believed her. Not until it was too late.

“24 hours,” she would say. “If I am gone for more than 24 hours then don’t wait for me any longer.” My mother was a strong woman. I never believed she would leave me.

A crack of thunder brought me back to the nightmare that was the present. I could feel myself crying, but my tears were mixed and hidden by drops of rain.

I knew I had to get out of here. I had to get out of the rain, get something to eat. Getting sick wasn’t something that was in my best interest. I tilted my head to face the sky and opened my mouth, drinking in all the water I could before standing.

I quickly ran to the front of the house only to remember why I was forced back into the corner in the first place. These rows of houses had no porches.

I ran as fast as my bare feet could take me. Every house was about the same. No porch. Same height. High balcony.

I saw a light in the distance as the long string of houses finally came to an end. I headed towards it. Please, I thought, please have shelter!

I approached a large house – mansion! – to see a porch light brighten the yard. A porch, finally! I ran up to it, dripping wet, wanting to be rid of the rain as soon as possible.

The mansion was a bit of a distance away from the houses where I was at. Every window had curtains and very few lights were on. But they were on. Someone was home. I sat on the floor quietly and checked the bottom of my feet. I breathed a sigh of relief. I wasn’t bleeding.

Not meaning to eavesdrop I heard a conversation coming from inside.

“But Alice! Those are mine!” The woman’s voice was fierce and demanding, and I could have sworn I heard her growl.

No. That’s impossible.

“But blue isn’t even your color!” This female voice – I’m guessing this was Alice – was higher and more frustrated than fierce.

“Alice I swear if you readjust those straps I’ll – Edward let me go!”

“Not until you stop this, Rosalie! I heard what you were planning to do and it’s not pretty.” This male voice left me speechless. Both of the women – Alice and Rosalie – had beautiful voices that could stun someone and catch anyone off-guard, but this Edward’s voice was musical.

Wait. What did he mean he heard what she was planning?

“But, Edward she’ll never learn if she doesn’t receive proper punishment . . . . “

“Don’t think I didn’t see it either Rose,” Alice purred, sounding smug.

See? What?

I heard murmurs from several others in the same room, but suddenly two other voices rose above all others.

“That’s enough!” Two other beautiful voices shouted in unison so very loudly it made me jump and gasp softly. Everyone fell silent. I thought it was because of the shout that had been directed at them, but I was wrong.

“What the . . . .

“What in the world?”

“Did you hear that?”

“There is definitely someone out there”

“Calm down,” a voice said quietly. Everyone did as he asked and practically didn’t breathe as I waited to see what they would do next.

Tears spilled over as I watched the door open slowly and I cringed back into the shadows.