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Strangers in the Night

Catherine Dashwood is dragged to Forks by her grandparents unwillingly and thinks this is hell. She becomes friends with Bella Swan and both girls seek comfort in each other, as they cope with high school dramas, break ups, revenge seeking vampires, werewolves and a hell of a trip to Italy. Please read and review!! =)


5. Chapter 5 - The Meeting

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Catherine stood on a rock down at the La Push beach. The reserve had been, for the past weeks, her sanctuary. It was such a beautiful place and would always make her forget – even if for a few hours only – the worries that zoomed inside her head. Did Bella tell anyone what had happened? How did Bella ever come across Victoria? How did Edward kill her mate and why? So many questions…Catherine made her way towards the beach when she heard voices not far from where she was. One of them was Bella’s, the other, a male voice, was unknown to her. She tried to go unnoticed and avoid the meeting, but it was too late. Jacob, Bella and Catherine stood silent facing each other. Jacob had a curious look on his face, but Cathy simply couldn’t tell if it was plain curiosity or if he knew something else. Finally, he broke the silence cheerfully.

“Hi…I’m Jacob. You’re the new girl…right?”

“Catherine. Cathy. I moved here last month. I suppose I’m not the new girl anymore…” joked Cathy trying to ease the tension.

“Oh, believe me…you’ll be the new girl for quite a while,” teased Jacob, “you know Bella, right?”

“Sure, we take a few subjects together…”

Voices were heard from afar and one of the called out for Jacob. Sam, Paul and Billy could be seen a few feet away, waiting for a response. Jacob said goodbye to the girls and rushed towards them. Bella looked confused, but didn’t say anything, walking in silence for a while.

“You know…hmmm, I never, I never got the chance to thank you…for the other day,” said Bella quietly.

“You shouldn’t worry about it…it was nothing. Did…did you tell anyone?”

“Tell what? I’m still trying to figure out what exactly happened…I was hoping you could enlighten me, although I think I know what you are…”

“Really? Have a guess then” demanded Catherine amused and bewildered.

“I think…I think you might be a fairy…like the ones in fairytales, maybe my fairy godmother…?”

Catherine halted and eyed Bella for a moment, laughing out loud.

“Is that what you think I am? Your fairy godmother?”

“Well…you’ve got a magic wand…and you can vanish…so, yeah, I think that might be it,” answered Bella.

“No, I’m sorry to disappoint you…I’m not your fairy godmother, least of all a fairy…although I must admit you came pretty close. I’m…I’m a witch, Bella. You weren’t supposed to know about it, no one actually. But after that day…well, it’s kind of pointless trying to hide it from you…I broke the Statute weeks before”.

“The Statute?”

“Yes,” replied Catherine, “the Statute of Secrecy, which dates back from 1692. It was established as a way to keep the magical community unnoticed by you, muggles, due to the increasing number of witch burning and torturing”.

“Muggles? Then…what if they find out…?”

“Muggles mean humans. And the Ministry of Magic has been so busy these days that I doubt they’ll notice…besides, I performed magic in front of your little friend…don’t think they’ll realize you were there as well…anyway, what happened is nothing compared to what has happened in Scotland and Nepal.”

“Ministry of Magic? What do you mean, it’s nothing compared to… why is it not comparable?”

“Yes. Ministry of Magic. It keeps things in order in our world, Bella, like your government and its agencies. Now, where do you reckon the stories of repeated sightings of Yetis and the Loch Ness monster come from? They’re magical creatures, belonging to our world, and have no regards for laws, apparently. Now I’ve answered your questions, it’s your turn to answer mine. Tell me, how come you dated and became friends with vampires? Although that one in the meadow didn’t seem particularly fond of you…”

“How did you know Laurent was a vampire? And how did you figure out about the Cullens?” asked Bella sounding alarmed.

“Bella, vampires are part of my world just as birds are a part of yours…I’ve seen vampires before…”

Bella took a deep breath and started recounting her tale, beginning with her arrival in Forks and ending with the events that took place last summer. She looked at Catherine anxiously, wondering if she should have kept her mouth shut.

“So, Victoria’s after you now, seeking revenge? And Edward left you here all by yourself?”

“Yes…he wanted to protect me from him…”

“Seems to me he managed to achieve the opposite of what he was intending…” replied Catherine sarcastically.

Bella gave her a tearful look…he had left her there, abandoned and on her own. There was pure truth in her words, painful as they were.

“I didn’t mean it that way…I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have said anything…it’s just…he should’ve known better. It’s just…there’s a crazy vampire after you…two, if we include Laurent”.

“It’s okay; I know you didn’t do it on purpose... But I don’t think Edward could’ve guessed…I, myself, didn’t know until that day, so I’m assuming that neither did he”.

Both girls walked in silence for a while. Cathy looked at the waves bashing furiously against the cliff…it was getting dark. Finally, she turned to Bella, worried.

“Bella, what are you going to do now?” whispered Cathy.

“I don’t know”.