There are a lot of "if Edward never came back" stories, and in the ones I've read, Edward always runs into Bella or caves and comes back. What if Bella went looking for Edward? Bella tripped over a loose floorboard in her room. she finds some things she thought she had lost under it. does this mean Edward really loves her? she's going to find out. look out for the sequel to Somewhere! it's called Nowhere!
My inspiration for this story is when Bella has a fantasy on the flight to Italy in New Moon about following Edward around the globe after Alice told her she would change her. Also, though this story is kinda against the other "if Edward never came back" stories, I just want to say that those stories rock! Enjoy the story! Disclaimer: I am not Stephenie Meyer. I just like writing Twilight fanfic.
7. An Old Friend
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I drove all the way back to Seattle. It was nighttime and I didn’t want to wait until morning to see Bella if she was here, nor did I want her to know I had come here if she wasn’t here. I’d all ready made myself out to be a stalker when we had first met, I didn’t need to intensify that image.
I got out of the Volvo and went around the dorm room buildings, searching for the thoughts of Bella’s kind friend, Angela, who I knew to be her roommate.
Where did I put that thing?! I heard the thoughts of an impatient girl come from the second floor.
Whoo! Go team! I heard an excited sports fan on the fifth floor.
Where could she be? It’s been over a month! Is she ever coming? I recognized the “voice” of Angela’s mind from the third floor.
I snuck into the building and took the stairs up to the third floor. I searched the thoughts on this floor to see which room I needed to go to.
I really hope she’s all right. I smiled and ran at a human pace down the hall to the room from which the thoughts were coming from. I knocked on the door with three quick raps. Before the door was opened, I quickly checked my cell phone for the time. It was 10:00. A lot of the other students should be asleep, so probably nobody would come down the hall and find someone who was definitely not a student standing outside a freshman’s door. I didn’t want to end up being thrown out.
Who could be knocking on my door at this time of night? I heard Angela think behind the door. She opened the door and her jaw dropped. Edward Cullen! Of all the people to come knocking on my door, it ends up to be him! He left a year ago, what could he be doing at my dorm? How did he find my dorm???
“Hello Angela,” I greeted her. “Is Bella here?”
Bella? Oh right, Bella told me not to tell anybody, I must be the only one that knows where she is.
What was she talking about? Where was Bella and why would she not tell anybody where she is? I couldn’t ask Angela because she didn’t know I could read her thoughts. I guess I would just have to wait for her to answer my question.
I waited for a few more minutes for her to get over the shock until she finally answered my question.
“Bella’s not here.”
“Do you know where she is?”
Oh no. Bella told me not to tell anybody about Alaska, but this is Edward. Wouldn’t she want to see him? She did spend all those months grieving over him… An image of Bella with a lifeless look in her face over an untouched lunch tray flashed through her head. I cringed at the image, but kept my mouth shut, unable to stop it. I guess I should tell him; Bella would be ecstatic if she got a visit from Edward.
“She went to Alaska. She never came here. Don’t tell Charlie though, I’m not supposed to tell anybody.”
Ah, so Bella had gone to see Alice. Well I would have to call Alice and tell her I was coming home. I turned to leave but I heard Angela’s frantic voice behind me.
“Don’t go! Can’t I talk to you a little bit? I would like for you to know what happened after you left before you go looking for Bella.” I really need to warn him just how bad Bella was. It was so scary. He needs to be prepared to see the new Bella.
Had my leaving really been that bad? I turned back around only because Angela was very kind, so she would not tell me too much, and because she was right about me needing to be prepared to see how Bella had changed.
I came through the door and went to sit on the bed I assumed would have been Bella’s. Angela closed the door and sat across from me on her bed.
“She’s not the same Edward, she has changed,” she started off. Another flash of the lifeless Bella came through her mind, except this time she was sitting next to an empty seat in our English class. I wanted nothing but to run to her, pull her to me and tell her how much I loved her. But I could not. Bella was not really here, that was just a memory. I shook my head trying to get the image out of my head. Angela eyed me strangely. What’s wrong with him?
“How did she change?” I all ready had seen how she had changed physically. The dark circles under her eyes, the extremely pale skin, how skinny she was, and the lifeless look in her eyes. I couldn’t believe that I had done this to her. Yet, she still took my breath away, as bad condition that she was in.
“She had no life to her. She wouldn’t talk to anybody, she wouldn’t eat, and she had a habit of putting her arms around her middle. She looked as if she was in physical pain when she did that.” Another image came across this time, of Bella holding herself around her middle, her face scrunched up as if she was in pain. It was heartbreaking, but I could do nothing to make it go away. “She found Jacob a while ago, he brought some life back into her, but she never fully came back. I don’t know what you you will come to if you do go to see her in Alaska.” She looked down at her hands which were in her lap.
I never realized that Bella had loved me that much. I thought she was just like any other teenager with her first love. I never thought her love could come near the extent of mine. But the pictures flashing through Angela’s mind told me otherwise. She looked like I would’ve right now if I was human.
“Do you know why she would’ve gone to Alaska? She wouldn’t tell me why, only that she was skipping out on college to go there,” Angela tore me from my thoughts. Of all places she went to Alaska? What could be up there?
Of course it was just like Bella to do something like that. Alice was going to pay for not telling me this. The semester would have started in September, it was October now. Bella must have been there for over a month now.
“That’s where the rest of my family is,” I informed her. His family is there? I thought they went to LA. Well, I guess they moved back there.
“Why would you come here then? Shouldn’t you have been with her up there?” she asked confusedly.
“I haven’t seen my family in about six months,” I confessed. What? Where has he been then? Did he drop out of high school? I guess that wouldn’t hurt him anyway, his perfect grades will probably get into any college he wants.
“I couldn’t stand it. Your descriptions of Bella sound a lot like what I was going through, except I didn’t have anybody to pull me out of it.” I dropped my head and stared at the floor as I told her of my misfortune.
“I should go.” I got up and walked over to open the door.
“I hope you find Bella!” She called out as I slipped into the hallway, closing the door behind me. Once I was out of the building I pulled my phone out my pocket and dialed Alice’s number.
“Why didn’t you tell me that Bella went to Alaska? She’s been up there for over a month!” I yelled at my sister.
“Well somebody wouldn’t answer my calls!” she yelled back.
“I’m coming up there.”
“She’s not here; she went to Brazil to find you.”
“I’m going there then.” I snapped the phone shut before she could answer. My phone started buzzing again, so I pressed the button to quiet it.
I got into my car and sped towards the airport I had been at only earlier today.
I bought a ticket to Brazil, but sadly there were no flights straight there. I had to accept the best offer, which was a layover for a day in Houston. I boarded my plane after going through security and tried to think of ways I could tell Bella I was sorry all the way to Houston.
When I stepped off the plane, I got out of the airport as fast as I could while still remaining inconspicuous.
Once I was outside, and out of sight from the humans, I ran to go hunt for my day in Houston. I had to be ready to see Bella and not kill her from the scent of her blood.