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The Ripple Effect

What if Bella’s parents never divorced & she was a normal girl. Best friends with Jacob Black for all her life & suddenly the Cullen’s moved to Forks. Everything is Alternate Universe, Romance, drama and friendships galore.


9. Chapter 9, Going public

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Chapter 9, Going public

I awoke to a typical rainy day in Forks. It was cold, wet, and the weatherman threatened impending ice. Thinking of yesterday, I smiled despite everything, because I was going to see Edward and Alice. God, I was even excited to see Rosalie, Emmett, and Jasper, despite the fact that they barely acknowledged my existence. I was so warm and laughed; someone had tucked me in fully clothed. I didn't even remember falling asleep, just laying on my bed. I wondered if my Mother had tucked me in, but blushed thinking Edward might have been the one.

I got dressed quickly, eyeing myself in the mirror while making faces. There was nothing special about me, my brown eyes, which I liked, look like chocolate circles. My hair, which was okay, was brown and long, probably in need of a trim. My skin, as pale as it was, still wasn’t anywhere near the Cullen shade.

All my self-doubts rose to the surface as I stepped down the stairs, greeting my parents. Angela and Ben were driving to school today, since they had a first successful date over the weekend. I said goodbye to Renee, walking out into the cold morning air. I was wondering if the Chevy could handle the weather, but I should have known better. The silver Volvo was sitting beside my truck in the driveway. Alice was bouncing in the back seat. I grinned, wondering how my friend convinced her brother to let her come along. I didn’t mind.

Edward met me at the door with an umbrella; it was very sweet, but unnecessary. Being a native of Forks, my parka was all ready to go, my hood up shielding me from the rain. As I slid into his car with a quiet “thank you”, he smiled to my blush. The weekend had been amazing and I didn’t want to chance anything. This was going to be my life now; my heart flip-flopped at the thought.

“Good morning,” Alice chimed, almost singing the words. Her chin resting on the back of my seat.

“Morning Alice,” I smiled as she grinned.

“I had a feeling the Chevy wouldn’t make it through the day,” she said amused motioning to my truck.

“Oh you had a feeling?” I retorted while smirking. Edward shook his head exasperated at his sister.

“So,” she sighed, “Pop quiz today. I hope you studied.”

I knew Alice was talking about Grodner’s class and instantly moaned. Edward laughed as my heart skipped a few beats.

“That is cheating, Alice,” he replied.

“Not really, I told you so you can study.” I smirked as Edward chuckled.

He didn’t have to study, he had taken microbiology more times than I could fathom. I wondered what it would be like to go to high school for one hundred years. My heart sank, I couldn’t ask for that. But after taking various science courses countless times, maybe it would be less painful.

Edward was watching me, wondering, and trying to get into my head. I couldn’t help but grin, thankful for all my thoughts to be my own. He probably wouldn’t even speak to me if he could read my mind. My heart sank deeper into my stomach, a frog in my throat. He eyed me confused.
“What is it?” he asked.

Alice was quiet in the back; I wondered if she knew what I was going to say.

“Nothing,” I stammered, not able to lie very well. “It’s just going to be another dreary day.” I managed a slight smile, hoping it was believable.

'You’re not going to make this into a depressing day,' I told myself. 'Come on, Bella, you can do this; you are used to doing this.'

“Well, I could tell you what you’ll get on the quiz. If that makes you feel any better Bella?” Alice chimed, poking my arm lightly.

I laughed, my thoughts brightening to her touch.

“Alice, that’s still cheating.” Edward smiled, shaking his head half-heartedly at his sister.

“So Edward won’t tell me, Alice...” I started giving Edward a fake scowl, “But what is...”

“Jasper’s quirk?” she finished while smiling. Alice was having fun showing off.

I nodded, waiting for her to continue.

“He’s an empath,” Edward answered making his sister pout.

“An empath?” I asked, still confused.

“He can feel other’s emotions and he can alter them,” Alice

“Wow,” I replied, wondering if he had ever done that with me.

“But it doesn’t work on you, Bella.” She smiled, laughing, “Jazz is very confused about that.”

“More like flustered,” Edward corrected.

“You should eat lunch with us,” Alice sang.

Edward scowled for a minute. “Alice...”

“Oh, Edward, it’ll be fine. Jazz can’t smell her, he won’t be tempted.” He shook his head, annoyed and embarrassed.

“Alice, please.” She laughed as he parked the Volvo.

“He’s so protective of you, Bella; I have to keep reminding him that I met you first.” She made a face at her brother, hopping out of the car and opening my door before Edward could get there. It was fun having the two of them fight over me. It was cute how protective they both could be, I wondered how long it would stay like this.

Alice hooked her arm in mine, walking me over towards Rosalie’s shiny, red convertible. Rosalie was watching us carefully, as Emmett and Jasper stopped goofing around. Jasper’s expression went from amused, to adoring as he spotted Alice. I wondered how long they had been in love, I hoped one day Alice

“No one minds if Bella sits with us today do they?” Alice asked, catching her family off guard. She was looking at Rosalie who shrugged; her beautiful red blouse seemed so elegant.

“Not me," Emmett smirked at Edward winking. Jasper looked down deep in thought.

“You won’t hurt her, Jazz. You have control.” She smiled, trying to sooth her lover.

Jasper looked to me; taking a deep breath, testing himself. With a slight smile, he nodded.

“We’d be delighted Bella,” he finally replied a slight, southern drawl creeping through. It was the first time I had ever heard Jasper form a complete sentence. I wondered where he was from, and where that accent originated.

Alice laughed, squeezing my shoulder before leaving me, running into Jasper’s arms and kissing him lightly on the neck.

I felt Edward behind me, leaning against my arm slightly. I wondered if he would take my hand. Emmett helped Rosalie out of the car as they kissed ambitiously. They were a more flamboyant couple than Alice and Jasper. Edward and I waited for them to lead the way, as we stayed back.

“See you in twenty three minutes,” Alice chimed as Jasper twirled her around him.

“Are all families this embarrassing?” Edward whispered, leaning towards me. I inhaled his scent deeply lost in it, before shrugging.

“So, should we make it official?” he asked, holding his hand out.

“Absolutely,” I answered, wrapping my fingers around his cold hand.

I saw the looks on our peers’ faces, as we walked to the front doors. They were shocked.

"Everyone is looking at us," I said.

"Envious," he smirked, looking down at me.

"Of course," I replied. "Do you have any idea how many girls wish they were holding your hand right now?" He laughed, shaking his head as I chastised myself for asking a telepath if he could read minds.

"Do you know how many guys cannot believe that you are with me right now?" I blushed; leave it to a telepath to make me feel so much better about myself.

"Well there's really no going back this time," I gushed.

"I'm fine," he smiled.

As he walked me to my locker, I was in awe. I couldn't believe it, I had a boyfriend.

"Are you going to walk me into school everyday?" I mused.

"Only on the rainy days, the sunny days you're on your own. Or maybe, I'll have Angela walk you in for me," he teased while grinning.

"No, I think I can manage," I countered, flirting shamelessly.

He walked me to homeroom and butterflies began to well up at the thought of sitting with his family at lunch.

"So?" Angela asked in homeroom. "Spill!" I blushed.

"It's...I don't know what it is," I answered; wondering if Edward was listening in on Angela's thoughts.

"Well I'm pretty sure I know what it is," she grinned.

"Maybe," I mused. "So, how are you and Ben doing?"

I hoped she would take the bait, but she shook her head.

"Oh no, you know all about Ben and I. This, you and Edward Cullen, this is new."

"Well," I started, wishing the teacher would come in and interrupt us. "He's perfect obviously."

"Yeah...” she replied, tilting her head to the side.

"And, Alice and I have become really good friends."

"Uh, huh," Angela answered, egging me on.

"It's just...I don't know what to say."

"Bella Swan," Angela said while sternly shaking her head. "I can't believe you." She looked amazed. “No wonder you said no to Mike, I think he secretly was hoping you had a crush on him. He had no chance against Edward Cullen.”

"I can't believe me either, Angela." I shook my head as the bell rang; the homeroom teacher quieted us down.

"We are going to talk about this later." Angela smirked before turning towards the front of the class.

It felt like the first day of school all over again, the Cullens were the topic of conversation, except I was included. I shook my head annoyed at the small town that was my home and embarrassed at the fuss one little relationship was causing. The glances and hushed whispers were driving me insane, but when Edward greeted me before lunch, his smile melted all my fears away.

I began to wish we had more classes together. I was beginning to feel awkward, not many girls had their boyfriends escorting them to and from class, except for Alice and Rosalie and now me.

Edward seemed nervous, as he moved straight to the lunch line.

"What do you like? Salad, right, tuna?" He spoke quicker than usual as he piled on the food.

"Edward, I can't eat all of that." I winced as he kept filling the tray.

"No, no it's fine," he said, grabbing me a lemonade. I wondered if he was as nervous as I was.

We walked slowly past my old table. Mike and Tyler glanced up confused, annoyed, and very interested.

"I wonder how Jasper's doing fighting all the jealousy in the room," he teased with a nervous smirk.

"I doubt it," I blushed "At least not from the guys." I wondered if this would be our little game.

"You have no idea how beautiful you are, Bella." I was crimson now, shaking my head trying to calm down.

"You have to stop doing that, Edward."

"Doing what?" He looked down confused, balancing all the food perfectly on his tray.

"Dazzling me." We were moments away from the table as I smiled, taking a deep breath. I wanted to stop the blush, not wanting to give Jasper any trouble.

"Hi," I said as Alice stood up excited.

"Sit, Bella, sit.” Alice bounced, motioning to the seat next to her. She was squished between Jasper and I.

I did as she asked; I was sitting directly across from Rosalie, as Edward took his place beside me.

"Hi Rosalie, Emmett, Jasper." Jasper nodded as Emmett waved slightly.

I didn't know why, but I wanted Rosalie to like me. It was a feeling I never had before. I usually didn't care if someone liked me or not. But this was different, this was Edward's family.

"Hi Rosalie," I said again quietly. She looked up raising an eyebrow.

"Don't mind, Rosalie," Edward reassured me.

"Oh," I blushed. "So is anyone going to the homecoming dance?" I asked while looking at the beautiful blonde.

"I mean you can't have too many tiaras right?" Everyone looked to me and then to Rosalie. I wondered if I was pushing the envelope.

"The homecoming dance?" she asked her eyebrows raised incredulous.

"Well, I mean," I stammered.


"Y-you are the most beautiful girl at Forks High, in Washington

Edward laughed as Emmett put his arm around his girlfriend’s shoulders.

"That's my girl."

I noticed a slight smile on Rosalie's lips.

"But I'm sure you've heard that before," I countered, hoping I wasn't embarrassing myself or her. "You are all the guys talk about," I whispered.

"Sorry, I'm stammering," I announced.

"It's alright." Emmett saved me, leaning towards the table. "You're only human."

The comment got the Cullen’s laughing. He said it so quietly, so cautiously, even Rosalie laughed lightly. Edward took my hand under the table, calming me as I took a sip of my lemonade and a bite of my sandwich. I tried not to blush, taking deep breaths. The rest of the student body in the cafeteria looked at us. I could feel their stares. They must have thought it odd to see a table of such beautiful creatures laughing gracefully. Then there was me, in the middle of the table, embarrassed.

"So how about it, Alice? Baseball this weekend?" Emmett inquired his excitement infectious.

Alice glanced up, a glazed look on her face signaling she was having a vision.

"Maybe, Sunday."

I looked down wondering what that was all about.

"You guys play baseball?"

Emmett smirked obviously excited. "Heck yeah we play baseball."

Edward laughed, gently squeezing my hand. "It is the American pastime after all, Bella."

I felt like I wasn't in on the joke.

"Bella, you're going somewhere Saturday," Alice announced.

"Yeah," I answered. "I'm visiting La Push."

The table looked down, quiet and serious.

"My best friend, Jacob Black, he lives on the Reservation.”

The table was lost in silence as I looked around, even Alice

“What?" I shook my head confused.

Edward was the one to answer, whispering.

"We're not allowed in La Push," he said, as the others looked uneasy.

"Oh, oh," I stammered. The realization was dawning on me. "The stories."

"Stories?" Alice asked.

"You are the...rival clan."

Rosalie looked up annoyed.

"They talk about it?"

"Oh no." I shook my head. "It's just a part of their legend, I guess."

She seethed, looking away and out the window.

"So, you guys will play baseball, that'll be fun right?" I added, wincing. It felt like a 'how about those Yankees' joke.

"You should come," Alice saved while smiling. "You don't have to work."

"Oh, maybe, if you want me to." I looked around; Emmett smirked as Edward seemed lost in thought.

"Of course we do, plus you haven't seen anything until you've seen us play baseball." Alice wiggled her eyebrows and Edward laughed, everyone eased a bit. Rosalie refused to look at me for the rest of the lunch period.

When we arrived at Biology, Alice didn't seem phased at all.

"We should hang out this Friday, go shopping or something?"

"I don't know," I sighed.

"Rose could come, and Esme too maybe." I shook my head at my friend, sitting down on the stool next to our lab table.

"Rosalie doesn't seem to like me," I offered, hoping for an explanation.

"It's not that she doesn't like you, it's just...she's a little jealous of what you are, of what you have." This confused me.

"But she's perfect."

"Yes," Alice answered. "But you're human," she whispered.

"She has human envy?" I rationalized.

Alice shrugged. "I guess you can say that."

The period dragged on, as we finished the pop quiz and then were given a lab assignment.

"Are you sure I can come on Sunday?" I asked as the bell rang signaling the end of the torture.

"Oh yes," Alice sighed. "I don't see anything wrong with it," she hinted towards her quirk. "I'm sure Edward would want you to be there," she added for good measure.

"He's always so worried," I said quietly, as we stepped out into the hallway.

"Yes, he's been that way ever since he met you," she replied, walking towards Jasper as Edward came to my side.

I eased into a comfortable pace, as we made our way down the hall. The stares were dying down and I no longer felt like I had toilet paper stuck to my shoe.

"Any chance we have a sub for gym?" I asked Edward, hoping for a reprieve from the sweats and bouncing basketballs.

"No chance, Bella." He smiled as we walked through the double doors together. He laughed as we separated going to our respective locker rooms.

Gym was as usual droll. The girls were separate from the boys so there wasn't any chance to talk to Edward. I hoped study hall would be the exception, as I slid next to his table in the corner. He beamed at me, taking my breath away as the heat rushed to my cheeks.

'Keep focused, Bella,' I reminded myself as I took out my IPod, mirroring Edward.

"Do you like it?" he asked, nodding towards my device.

"Yeah." I bit my bottom lip.

"Good," he mused. "I wasn't sure about the color," he added, to my shock. Looking up, it seemed like he wasn't sure if I had heard the whisper.

"You got this for me?" I asked, leaning towards him. He tilted his head apologetically.

"Alice insisted it was the one thing to cheer you up. Since you hated your birthday," he said, hoping to ease the situation.

I shook my head, laughing, as he narrowed his gaze.

"What are you thinking right now?" I shook my head, swallowing hard.

"That, I'm just really lucky," I answered finally, laughing again and slightly bemused. He looked at me carefully.

I tried to remember what I wanted to ask him, Alice's words came to me as I leaned in.

"Alice said something interesting to me today, about Rosalie..."

"Being envious of you," he finished. I gave a quick nod, of course, he was listening in.

"What did she mean by that?" I was curious, he thought for a moment trying to put together the right way to answer my inquiry.

"Rosalie has never had children, neither has Esme. They're not able to have them you see. It's something that pains them." He paused for a moment, taking a deep breath before continuing, “Rosalie thinks that by us seeing each other, that means you're giving up the one thing she wishes for in all the world."

"A child," I answered.

"Yes," he said looking down, as if he was waiting for me to awaken from my confusion of wanting to be with him.

"I've never really, thought about having children," I admitted.

Edward didn't say anything as he sighed.

"Yes, well I suppose when you can no longer have something, you want it more than anything." He was looking at me now, his eyes filled with longing.

I wondered if he wanted me, if I was what his life was missing. The idea sent my heart fluttering rapidly, and I shook my head nervously, laughing.

The week went by quickly, and soon the newness of Edward and I being a couple started to lose its shine. Alice had already convinced Rosalie on the shopping trip but Esme declined. Friday was Carlisle's day off. I smiled when she told me the reason for Esme's refusal. I wondered after all those years of being together, if their love was still as strong as ever. If it still hurt them to be away from one another.

As I sat in the back of Rosalie's red convertible, I listened to Alice's chatter. She was gushing about the stores we were to visit, as Rosalie broke the speed limit. I had tied my hair up tight when I saw the top was going to be down for the trip. The day had begun rainy, but Alice insisted that it would stay cloudy and clear. Rosalie took the announcement as an opportunity to air out her car.

"It runs amazingly," I commented when we stopped at a red light. Rosalie didn't turn around, but looked at me through her rearview mirror.

"Edward said you work on cars?" Rosalie didn't answer me as Alice turned around smirking.

"She'll warm up to you, Bella," she chimed. "We're going to a lingerie store first, it's Rose's favorite."

We pulled into the mall parking lot and my stomach sank. I wasn't a shopper, my idea of shopping was waiting with Charlie at the food court while Renee picked up my school clothes. I was trying not to blush, as Rosalie threw lacy garments into a velvety shopping bag as Alice helped her pick out some pieces.

They both shopped with ease and I could see Rosalie enjoying herself. ‘It's worth it Bella,’ I told myself. After an hour in the boutique, we walked into another specialty shop

We spent a few minutes in one of the more expensive stores; Alice flitted around picking out a few outfits holding up some to me.

"I'm going to try this on. I'll be right back," she announced, leaving Rosalie and I before we could protest.

We stood alone in the corner of the store, silent for a few moments before I laughed. Knowing Alice could have seen what she would look like with her gift before trying the outfit on.

I wondered if she had left Rosalie and me for a reason. Rosalie barely moved, pretending to eye a silk piece. I sighed, trying to gather some courage.

"I know you don't think very much of me, Rosalie,” I whispered not looking up. "I just, I guess I want you to like me," I finished, closing my eyes.

I had no idea where the courage came from to say this.

"Why?" she asked without looking up.

"Because you're Edward and Alice's sister, because you are important to them." She didn't say a word and we were silent for another long moment.

"Can I ask you a question?" I mused, smiling slightly.

"Sure, go ahead," she answered. I took a deep breath, wondering if I was pushing my luck.

"What would you have done if you were me?" She tilted her head trying to understand my question. "If Emmett was the vampire and you were still human? Knowing all you know now, what would you do?"

She didn't answer me, she looked deep in thought. Rosalie looked away as Alice beamed walking towards us with her outfit.

"It fits," she announced. "Come on, Bella, I have a few ideas for you."

I groaned, letting her pull me to the other side of the store.

Rosalie was silent for the rest of our shopping trip, making me ponder if I had ruined her mood and the chance of us ever being friends.

Alice didn't pay her any attention and I knew she had a vision of our conversation. I agreed to let Alice buy me an outfit, on the condition that she let me pay her back, even though I had no idea of the cost.

The car ride home was silent; I was sure Alice felt the apprehension and was allowing her sister and I some time with our thoughts. When we had finally arrived at my house, Rosalie turned to me as I got out of the car.

"Bella," she called as Alice watched us. "I'm not sure," she finally added, answering my question from hours ago.

I nodded smiling.

"See you guys later." I turned more confused.

"See you on Sunday," Alice sang.

I smiled waving while walking into the house. If Rosalie wasn't sure, maybe I had made some leeway with her. If she had finally understood, even a little bit what it was like to be me, even for a moment, maybe there was some hope for us.

I passed through the threshold, deep in thought with my bag in hand.

"Did you get something for dinner?"

"Yeah," I answered Renee.

"We stopped at the food court.”

I waved making my way up the stairs.

"Don't forget we're leaving for La Push tomorrow at eleven." I smiled nodding before closing the door to my room.

As I stepped into the darkness, a cold hand slid across my mouth.

"It's me, Bella," a velvet voice soothed and I relaxed immediately.

My heart was out of control and I didn't want his hands to leave me. I turned to him, wanting to linger in his embrace.

"What are you doing here?" I asked, he smiled shrugging.

"What did you do to Rosalie?" he countered.

"I-I asked her a question." It was a simple answer, but he shook his head.

"I've never heard her thoughts so conflicted before." He laughed. "Her waters don't usually run that deep."

"Well..." I started, embarrassed.

"No, it's good. It's good that she thinks about it," he said looking away.

"Did I scare you?" I blushed, shaking my head.

"A little, until I knew it was you," I answered honestly.

"I'm happy you're here." He smiled, sitting down on the love seat. "It's just, knowing I won't be able to see you tomorrow, not for the whole day. Not being able to be near you."

"Oh," I stammered. "The treaty, right?"

"Do you have to get ready for bed, I can wait."

I knew I was blushing from head to toe; it didn't phase me. I was getting used to being this awkward crimson color whenever Edward was around.

I grabbed a pair of sweats and a sweater, for comfort sake, before heading to the bathroom. Laughing at myself, I wondered if he was expecting anything like his sisters. I giggled pulling on my pants. Alice and Rosalie spending all that time shopping for lingerie, is that how he thinks girls dress for bed?

"Get a hold of yourself, Bella," I whispered, washing my face and brushing my teeth.

Edward liked the way I was never going to be like his sisters, and Edward and I... I blushed again, splashing more cold water on my face, before double-checking my reflection in the mirror. My hair was up in a sloppy bun and I was so comfortable.

I took a deep, settling breath before walking back into my room. When I sat down across from Edward, he smiled from the loveseat.

"I'm glad you came this time, when I was awake," I joked laughing.

He smirked, looking around my room.

"Did you have fun with the girls?" he asked.

"I'm sure you already know," I retorted.

"I’m not sure how you felt about it."

"Well," I said. "I'm not a big shopper. But it was nice doing something that both Alice and Rosalie enjoyed. Although, I'm not sure how much fun Rosalie had." He winced, sitting forward towards me.

"It's not that she doesn't like you, Bella, you know that. She's more complicated than I even thought."

"But I don't think she hates me, not anymore. I feel like we're past that now." He laughed while leaning back..

"She never hated you, Bella, in the first place."

"No, maybe not," I mused. "So this vampire baseball..." I started as he chuckled

"There's nothing vampiric about it, Bella. It's just baseball."

"Yeah, but why did Emmett ask Alice about being able to play?"

"Oh," he smiled. "You will see."

I bit my lip smiling. "And how about La Push? What will you be doing there?" He asked.

I smirked and shrugged. "Hanging out with Quil and Embry, watching Jake fix up his car."

"Three boys, huh?" he teased as I nodded laughing.

"Three nice boys, whom I've been friends with forever."

A pained look swept across his face, before shaking it away

"What is it?" I asked, wondering what could have upset him even for such a brief moment.

"Nothing," he answered.

We talked for hours, about anything and everything. He asked me about my family and it was a topic I wasn't sure I wanted to open up about. I wanted to keep our relationship light; we had enough to deal with like the vampire/human thing.

"Well you've heard them fight, I'm guessing right?" I asked embarrassed.

He looked down, pretending to study his fingers.

"I try not to pry, Bella."

"Yeah," I said deep in thought.

He looked at me intently, wondering.

"I know that they love me and each other. I gave up the idea that they would break up years ago, I don't think they ever could now. But..." I couldn't find the words.

"I don't remember much about my life," Edward admitted, saving me from continuing.

"I do remember what my parents looked like though. But there's no memory of them arguing, it was a different time."

"Do you remember what they were like?" I asked intrigued.

"They were nice, my mother was sweet, my father gentile. I wanted to be a soldier so very much, before my family fell ill. They were the first to pass. I just remember being in so much pain and agony, Carlisle helping us through it."

"So Carlisle was there, he was your doctor?"

"Yes," he nodded. "He was so good with us, trying to aid in our suffering."

"I can't imagine what it was like," I added.

"It was a different time, Bella, everything was different. So, even though your parents may fight..."

"I still have them," I finished. He smiled getting up so quickly, sitting next to me.

I bit my bottom lip blushing again.

"What?" he asked, as I shook my head.

"Nothing, I'm just wondering when I'll stop reacting this way."

He grinned, putting his hand on my cheek, feeling the heat emanating from my blush.

"I like when you react this way."

A smile spread across my face, I was wondering if he would kiss me even though his hand on my cheek was enough. I remembered Jasper doing this very gesture with Alice months ago, thinking how intimate it was. Now my heart was beating in every direction, and I knew how Alice felt in that moment, it was perfect. I was filled with the utmost contentment.

“I like this,” I admitted, drowsiness creeping up, clouding my inhibitions.

“Like what, Bella?” he asked as I laid my head on his shoulder. He seemed to tense for a moment, possibly testing himself with me so close.

“Being with you, even if it’s just like this...” I yawned softly, trying to continue my thoughts. “Forever,” I sighed trying to fight a second yawn.

He didn’t react or breathe, I wondered for a moment, the haze creeping into my mind if I had admitted too much.

My body slid closer to his, my hands numbing as I began to lose myself. He sighed, moving me slightly and tucking me under the covers, as the sleep began to overtake my will.

"Don't leave," I whimpered, grabbing his shirt before my eyelids closed.

”How could I possibly leave you, Bella Swan?” he whispered. His fingers gently stroking my forehead.

I heard him sigh and ease next to me, as I lost consciousness. quickly added, hoping to tell me before her brother. would tell me the story. even." averted my gaze.