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Moonless Night

New Moon in Edward's POV

First time writing a story like this hope you like :) Splitting up regular chapters into twos or threes.

1. Party (Part 1)

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This morning I got ready for school in a happier mood than usual, even since I met Bella. Today was her birthday and I wanted to make it as special as possible to show her how much she truly meant to me. Although she made it clear how little attention she wished to receive today, it was impossible for me to treat her like this was any other normal day.

I got to school earlier than Bella as usual and Alice and I stood by my car awaiting her arrival. Alice was very excited to celebrate Bella's birthday today. I had tried countless times to tell her to cool off a bit, we didn't want to overwhelm Bella. Of course being my stubborn sister, she refused to listen. I couldn't blame her though, it was the first birthday we Cullens have celebrated in years and Bella was Alice's best friend.

As Bella arrived I saw her frown to the silver package in Alice's hands. I could tell this was going to be a long day. I didn't mind. Just seeing Bella brightened my everyday. I still couldn't understand why a magnificent human creature like herself would ever WANT to spend any unnecessary time with me a horrible monster that was created to feed off of helpless human beings. Yet she did and I couldn't be happier.

As soon as Bella stepped out of her car and began towards us, Alice skipped ahead to greet her.

Sorry Edward this is too exciting, Alice mentally apologized.

"Happy Birthday, Bella!", Alice squealed.

"Shhh!", Bella hissed in response looking around to see if anyone heard.

I couldn't understand it. I've read minds for almost a century and I haven't come across one human who disliked the attention their birthday brought them. Most found it to be one of the best times of the year where everyone was nice to them all day and they received nice gifts. Bella, as always was a different case.

Alice ignored Bella and asked, "Do you want to open your present now or later?", as they walked together to where I remained by my car.

"No presents", Bella mumbled.

Ugh she's not being any fun, Alice whined.

"Okay...later then. Did you like the scrapbook your mom sent you? And the camera from Charlie?", Alice pressed on.

Bella sighed annoyed.

"Yeah. They're great", Bella said in an unenthusiastic voice. I smirked.

"I think it's a nice idea. You're only a senior once. Might as well document the experience", Alice tried to raise Bella's spirits.

"How many times have you been a senior?", Bella completely shut down Alice's attempts.

"That's different."

By then, they reached where I was standing and I was more than annoyed with Alice's many failed attempts. I held my hand out to Bella, she took with an eagerness I never truly understood. Not that I was complaining. The warmth of her hand felt amazing. I could never get used to that no matter how hard I tried. I'm not sure that I'd want to anymore anyways.

"So, as discussed, I am not allowed to wish you a happy birthday, is that correct?", I was hoping she'd change her mind although after what she just went through with Alice, I was sure that wasn't the case.

"Yes. That is correct", she answered. As expected.

"Just checking", I ran my hand through my hair. "You might have changed your mind. Most people seem to enjoy things like birthdays and gifts."

That's what I say. Bella is NOT normal, Alice laughed.

I flashed a frown at her.

"Of course you'll enjoy it. Everyone is supposed to be nice to you today and give you your way, Bella. What's the worst that could happen?", she smiled convincingly.

"Getting older", Bella said in an unsteady voice. She never seemed to fall for our charms like most humans, except for the occasional "dazzle" as she put it.

Ever since Bella learned about my non-aging, hers has been a touchy subject. I hated for her to worry about such insignificant things.

"Eighteen isn't very old", Alice said. "Don't women usually wait till they're twenty-nine to get upset over birthdays?"

"It's older than Edward", she pointed out. I sighed. When would she understand age is not a factor in my love. Maybe it was to hers but never to mine.

"Technically", Alice tried to keep her tone light. "Just by one little year, though."

I still didn't understand why age was such a big deal to Bella. She had always been trying to convince me to change her into one of us. I couldn't understand why she would want to give up the beauty of humanity. Was it to be with me? That reason made no sense.

"What time will you be at the house?", Alice asked trying to change the mood but not helping me in any way. I couldn't have Bella angry with me all day for planning this party for her that she specifically asked me not to do. I rolled my eyes and frowned at Alice.

Sorry Edward, her mental voice didn't truly sound sorry.

"I didn't know I had plans to be there."

"Oh, be fair Bella!", Alice began to whine. "You aren't going to ruin all our fun like that, are you?"

"I thought my birthday was about what I want."

"I'll get her from Charlie's right after school", I told Alice trying to end this birthday discussion as soon as possible.

"I have to work", Bella protested.

"You don't actually", Alice smirked smugly. "I already spoke to Mrs. Newton about it. She's trading your shifts. She said to tell you 'Happy Birthday.'"

"I--I still can't come over", she was looking for an excuse to skip out on the party. "I, well, I haven't watched Romeo and Juliet yet for English."

Alice snorted. "You have Romeo and Juliet memorized."

"But Mr. Berty said we needed to see it performed to fully appreciate it--that's how Shakespeare intended it to be presented."

I just rolled my eyes at Bella's excuse.

"You've already seen the movie", Alice accused.

"But not the nineteen-sixties version. Mr. Berty said it was the best."

Alice sighed and glared at Bella. "This can be easy, or this can be hard, Bella, but one way or the other--"

"Relax, Alice", I interrupted before she irritated Bella to the point where she wouldn't even come over tonight. "If Bella wants to watch a movie, then she can. It's her birthday."

"So there", Bella rubbed in.

I smiled.

"I'll bring her over around seven. That will give you more time to set up."

Alice laughed again. I win! "Sounds good. See you tonight, Bella! It'll be fun, you'll see.", she grinned as she kissed Bella's cheek and left on her way to class.

"Edward, please--", Bella began to beg but I stopped her by pressing my finger to her warm lips.

"Let's discuss it later. We're going to be late for class", I took her hand as we walked to class.