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Through The Open Door

Summary:
Characters/Pairing: Cullens - canon pairings
Rating: PG-13
Category: Drama, AU
Spoilers:Includes content from all 4 books + Midnight Sun
Summary: It was just a normal, stressful day. That is, until this Twilight fan walked through a door and ended up in the Twilight-verse. What would you do, if you ended up in Bella's life - if everyone in Forks thought you were Chief Swan's daughter - if nobody, not even the Cullens, knew the difference? How do you live someone else's life when you know what's going to happen - or, at least, what should happen?


Notes:
Summary: It was just a normal, stressful day. That is, until this Twilight fan walked through a door and ended up in the Twilight-verse. What would you do, if you ended up in Bella's life - if everyone in Forks thought you were Chief Swan's daughter - if nobody, not even the Cullens, knew the difference? How do you live someone else's life when you know what's going to happen - or, at least, what should happen?


1. Chapter 1

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“Oh god oh god oh god oh god oh god.” I kept up an endless verbal stream of this as I paced back and forth across my room, glancing every 3 seconds at the small clock on the bedside table. I was dressed, packed and ready to head out the door. But, I’d already planned out what time I was supposed to leave, and I still had another 5 minutes to go.

A couple more laps across the room and I’d had it – I couldn’t stand this pacing anymore. I was only getting more and more worked up and that just wouldn’t do today. If I had any hope of succeeding, today had to be a day filled with calm determination. Without a backward glance at the room, I grabbed my bag and headed out the door to take the biggest exam of my life – the one that would determine my entire future.

As I stepped into the exam building I tried to take deep breaths to calm my pounding heart. A girl quickly ran past me and I wondered briefly if she’d make it to the bathroom before she spewed from the nerves. With another deep breath, I pushed my own bile further down my throat. I would be fine. People passed this exam all the time.

But more people failed this exam all the time too, a cynical little voice whispered in my head. Shaking my head slightly to banish that thought, I tried to stick to positively coaching myself: I was going to pass. Everything would be fine. I just needed to stay calm.

As I walked towards the door that would lead into the examination room, I kept up a constant mental chant: Don’t freak out. *step* Don’t freak out. *step* Don’t freak out. *step* Don’t freak out. *step* Don’t freak out. *step*

With a final deep breath I felt all the way down to my toes, I grabbed the door handle and stepped into… a small office.

I glanced around in confusion. I was sure this had been the examination room. I’d observed at least 10 students head in here before me. There were supposed to be hundreds taking this exam with me today, for crying out loud! And yet, here I was standing in what reminded me of a school’s office that was completely empty except for the round woman behind the counter.

I hesitated another second, then began to turn to walk back out when the woman finally spoke. “You’re the new girl, aren’t you?,” she asked with a welcoming smile on her face.

“I’m sorry?,” I responded. It was a new habit I’d picked up lately – saying ‘I’m sorry’ instead of ‘huh’ when I didn’t hear somebody. My mum said I sounded like a goose when I said ‘huh’.

“Aren’t you Ms. Swan?”

I continued to stare at her blankly, so she continued, “The sheriff’s daughter? Isabella? Everyone is just abuzz with the news that you are starting here this week. That’s how I knew who you were right away. Sorry if it was off putting. Small town, you know?” She flashed another smile at me, though her eyes seemed to question my sanity as I continued to stare at her in shock, mouth agap.

Had she said Isabella Swan? As in Bella Swan? My eyes widened as I took in the large sign above her head. It said “Forks High School” in large black lettering. I pressed my lips tightly together and gulped as I tried to retain my grip on sanity. This sooo wasn’t happening! She continued to look at me waiting for a response. I was taking too long to answer and her smile was starting to slip.

I decided to go with the safest, most noncommittal response I could think of. “Um *throat clear* sorry. I’m just sort of having a really weird day.” Then I tried my best to offer a sweet smile, but I was so thrown that I couldn’t tell if it mangled on my face or not.

“That’s quite understandable dear. Don’t you worry about it. We’re all really friendly here, so there’s no need for those first day jitters, though. Now, let’s see… Here’s your schedule, your locker number and combination, and -,” she continued to ramble on placing paper after paper on the counter in front of her. I could feel the blood rushing in my ears as I tried to concentrate on not passing out and walked closer so that I could look at the stack she had now piled up for me.

She lifted the stack and handed it to me. I took is robotically and then continued to stand there staring at the papers, trying to remember how to read the words on the pages.

“You have a nice day now,” she said after an awkward minute as I continued to stand before her, unmoving. I glanced up and saw that the look in her eyes, the ‘she looks like she’s loosing her mind’ look, had now spread to encompass her entire face. Guess I couldn’t take offense. She was right afterall.

I turned back towards the door and my heart rate sped up again as I noticed there were flyer-decorated windows on either side of the door. The door I had walked through in the examination building hadn’t had windows on the side of it. Hesitantly, I walked towards the door and then, stealing myself, thrust it open and stepped through with my eyes closed. I heard the door swing closed behind me and then…

Noise. Lots of noise. The sounds of teens moving through the hallways. I peeked through my eyelashes and my jaw dropped open again. Yup, I was in a high school. And not just any high school. I was in freakin’ Forks High School. There was no doubt about it - the name was splattered on all the flyers and posters that scattered the walls, advertising various school activities. Wide eyed, I watched the students as they scurried past me and was startled to realize they were all staring right back at me as they passed.

My hand grabbed behind me for the door handle as I continued to stare at this mass of students who all seemed to have their eyes trained on me. It definitely felt like being in high school again. I tried to assure myself that they were only staring because I was the new girl, but that backfired when I realized that, yes, I was supposed to be the new girl. But not just any new girl. I was supposed to be Bella! They thought I was Bella Swan!

Blackness started closing in on me as I realized that I’d finally cracked. The stress of the exam must have really gotten to me. So much so, that I was hallucinating that I was the main character in my favorite books. I was probably locked in a loony bin somewhere this very minute.

My hand finally found the door handle and I clutched it like a life line, quickly swinging back around and hurling myself back into the office. The lady behind the desk glanced up, startled by my hasty entrance.

“I… I don’t know what… I don’t know where to go,” I managed to stutter out. An understanding grin spread across her face and she walked around the counter to come to my side. “That’s alright, dear. I’ll walk you to your first class.” She put her hand on my shoulder and steered me back out the door. “But, you know, the campus isn’t really that big and that map I gave you shows you where all your classes are,” she proceeded to scold me lightly as we walked down the hall.

I kept my eyes trained on the ground as we walked, too cowardly to look into any more curious eyes.