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Another Word for Lonely

Summary:
Thank you to Oh Mike, How will I go on for the amazing Banner!!! Go read her stories :) Bella's a half Vampire and half human, daughter of Aro, a secret that is to be kept at all costs. She moves away, disgusted from her life in Volterra, to Forks to start fresh. There, she runs into the Cullen's, who don't have any idea what she is, or who she's the daughter of. What happens when she falls for Edward, and Edward for her? And what will happen when Aro summons her back home? Who is in danger, Bella or the Cullens? AU Slightly OOC BxE


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4. Cold

Rating 5/5   Word Count 2611   Review this Chapter

I was curled up on my couch in yoga pants and a tank top with a bowl of Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch when someone knocked on my front door. Through a full mouth, I mumbled an incorherent, 'Come in', and resumed my eating. I hadn't been watching tv, rather just sitting there, thinking about how life had changed so much in just 24 hours.

"You know, it's dangerous for a young woman to have her doors unlocked. And to just say, 'come in', it's like you want to be mugged." Edward complained, walking into my living room.

"Oh, soo dangerous, because it's not like I can drink their blood or anything." I said non chalantly, taking another spoonfull into my mouth.

"Ugh, what is that? It smells nutty and foul." He cringed up his nose.

"It's only the greatest cereal in the world!" I defended. "It's okay Cap'n, Edward doesn't mean it." I said, lovingly stroking the bowl. "So who's with you, I can hear someone else outside."

"Oh, it's Alice. She insisted we come over so we can give you a ride." He explained. Then we heard a thump on the top floor, it sounded lie it came from my room.

"Do I want to know?" I asked unfazed, taking another spoonfull in my mouth.

"No, not really. But if you don't go up, she'll only drag you up against your will." He said.

"Then off we go..." I walked into my kitchen and placed my now empty bowl in the sink before heading upstairs. "What in the world...?" I asked, completly amazed and disturbed at what I saw.

"Do you like it?! Do you love it?!" Alice jumped in her place infront of a huge Vintage Vanity that was now set up in my bare room. Aside from this vanity, all I had was a bed, one nightstand, curtains, and a lonely picture on the wall, left from the last tenants. I was so over come with emotion, that I wasn't sure if I wanted to cry or jump just like Alice. However, my tear ducts had a mind of their own. Slowly, a few tears escaped from my eyes, softly weting my face. This was the single most caring thing anyone had ever done for me, ever. Aro had never been this considerate, neither had any of the guard.

"Oh, Bella, you don't like it?" Alice asked worried. She rushed over and began to rub soothing circles on my back. "I just thought that maybe you'd like it. Edward told me that you and I like the same designers, and I assumed you probably hadn't furnished this place yet, and every girl needs a vanity to sit at, and it's vintage and so you, and I'm sorry, i thougth you'd like it..." Alice rambled on. She thought I didn't like it? It was beautiful. It was un scathed, despite the fact that it was vintage, it had a beautiful cherry finish, with what appeared to be crystal knobs, and a beautiful design etched into the wood surrounding the oval mirror. It was perfect. It reminded me of what one would see their mother sitting at as she got ready to go out. Not that I would know, but I had seen it in a few movies. But it wasn't the beauty of the vanity that struck me, it was the fact that I had barely known this family for 24 hrs, and they had graciously opened their arms to me and accepted me unconditionally. Not even Aro had done that. He hadn't been proud of me until he had noticed that I had a power, only then had his visits become slightly more frequent. But this tiny pixie, she had went out and found me the most beautiful piece of furniture I had ever owned, just because she thought I would like it! I was speechless. In a swift motion, I hugged her tightly, my tears finally going away.

"Thank you so much, it's beautiful, really." I smiled. "I just...this is...it's the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me. I love it!" I said, walking over to admire it closer. "You didn't have to, I don't have anything for you in return." I said, frowning.

"I know we didn't have to, but it's so you that we wanted to. And Bella, you've already given us enough." Alice smiled.

"How?"

"Just by being here. You'll see." Alice smiled knowingly at me and I wondered what she saw in that head of hers.

"Wait, we?" I noticed how she said we wanted to.

"Uh... Edward and I." She said, glancing at Edward. I raised my eyebrow at him expectantly.

"We may have seen it on auction online and picked it up in Seattle this morning." He said uncomfortably. "Come on, we're gonna be late." He said. "I'll wait by the car."

I walked over to my closet and tried to figure out what to wear when Alice stepped in as well.

"Bella, can I pick out your outfit please?? You can go do you hair or something." Alice asked, slowly pushing me out of my closet.

"My hair is done!" I said defensively.

"Oh, it looks...nice." She said grimacing.

"Fine, I'll do something else with it." I said, walking to the bathroom. I thought my hair looked fine, it was just blow dried with my natural wave in it. I was lucky enough to have frizz-less hair, so it always looked smooth. I put a little bit of mousse in my hair, throwing my hair over my head and blow drying the roots to give it a bit more volume. then lastly, I grabbed my curling iron and threw in a few random curls. I inspected the result, and liked what I saw. It was similar to what you'd see on a magazine cover with that crazy slightly curly, just made out with that hot guy at the club, kind of hair. I walked back in to my room to find an outfit laid out on my bed already.

"What do you think?" Aliced asked.

"It will do." I said casually. I knew dismissing her outfit choice would most likely drive her nuts.

"It. Will. Do?" She said each word carefully, slowly, thinking each word out confused as if she didn't understand what I had just said.

"Just kidding Alice, it's perfect." I teased. "I'll meet you two down stairs, just let me change." I said. I put on the Rock & Republic Berlin Skinny Jeans that she had chosen, as well as the plain white t-shirt and fitted light leather jacket she had laid out. I laughed to myself when I noticed she even had set out my Christian Louboutin Peep-Toe Pumps for me to wear. Honestly, this was a little bit overkill just for high school, but she had gotten me a vanity, so I guess I would humor her. I grabbed my bag and headed out the door, locking it behind me this time.

"Happy? I locked it." I said, walking past Edward as I slid on my Vintage Ray-Bans.

"Estatic... You look nice." He complimented.

"You can thank your sister."

"Thanks Alice." He smirked at her.

"No problem. I can forsee that Mike will like the outfit." Alice giggled.

"Good. It won't be hard to get that letterman's jacket after all." I joked.

"Ha. Ha. Very funny you two." Edward was not amused.

"Sorry Edward. How about you drive my car, will that cheer you up?" I asked, throwing him my keys.

"Marginally." He said, throwing my a heart stopping smile. We made it to school in 5 minutes, Edward decided to take the extra long way to school, looping around town...twice.

"It's about freaking time Edward." Emmett grumbled when we got out og the car.

"He decided it would be fun to take the long way." I complained. "My car ca take speeds of more than 200mpr, and he decided to actually go the speed limit! The nerve."

"Safety first." Edward chuckled next to me, winding an arm around my waist.

"Excuse me? What do you think you're doing with your arm?" I asked raising an eyebrow at him. But the smirk that was on his face was not aimed in my direction, it was facing someone a bit to my right. I looked over my shoulder and saw Mike newton heading our way, with a newly saddened expression on his pitifull face. I hit Edward's shoulder with enough force to have easily broken a humans arm. "Jerk." I said, walking away from Edward's embrace and started making my way to Mike, deciding to make a point that I was fair game.

"Hey MIke, what's up?" I asked, skipping over to his side. I couldn't believe I was skipping, the things a girl would do to prove a point.

"Oh nothing, I was just coming over to see if I could walk you to class, but it seems like Cullen beat me to it." He said dejectedly.

"No you didn't, I'd love for you to walk me." I said, smiling sweetly at him. I shuddered, pretending to be cold. "Wow, it's cold today. I wish I had another jacket to keep me warm..." I hinted, sneaking a glance at a fuming Edward, who was still standing with Emmett.

"Here, take my jacket, I don't mind. It's pretty warm, it's a lettermans jacket that I got on the football team. You know, I was the Captain." He boasted.

"If you don't say..." I said, trying to stifle my laughter. Oh this was just too easy. He walked me to my first period class and I returned his jacket, thanking him. He tried to make me keep it, but I didn't really need it anymore because the damage had been done, so I just said I wasn't cold anymore.

I received a text from Alice during 2nd period, letting me know that Edward was royally pissed at Mike, and that even Rosalie found the Jacket exchange comical.

Finally lunch time had rolled around and I grabbed a couple things to munch on, as well as a juice. I was heading for the table I had sat at yesterday, where Mike, Jessica and Angela sat, but then a jumping Alice, with her hands waving in the air caught my attention. She was motioning for me to sit with them, and I happily obliged. I took a seat across from a scowling Edward, and chuckled. Men; they were so emotional sometimes.

"Where's your jacket?" He asked bitterly.

"With it's owner." I replied, eating some of my animal crackers.

"I thought you were too cold?" He said, looking down at his untouched plate.

"It seems I prefer the cold. Hard, frozen, pale cold." I said quietly. His head snapped up, his eyes connecting with mine just before Jasper, Emmett and Rosalie took their seats, arriving straight from class.

"What about the cold? What did I miss?" Emmett asked, oblivious to the conversation that just passed.

"Bella likes Edward." Alice chirped, sitting lightly on Jasper's lap.

"What?!" Emmett asked. "The one time I'm not around and something finally happens." He complained.

"That's not what I said." I defended myself. "I just said I prefer the cold to Mike Newton's jacket." I said.

"Oh, hahahaha. That's funny. No wonder you smell like funk." Emmett said, cringing his nose.

"Oh thanks." I laughed. I looked up again at Edward, and saw him sitting back in his chair, a smug smile playing on his lips. I decided to throw him for a loop. I concentrated as everyone around us continued on with their conversations, and I lifted my shield from my mind for only a couple moments. It was enough time to ask Edward mentally what he was so smug about. His smiled fell within an instant. I smiled devilishly back at him, and I notice a wary Jasper glance between us. I gave Jasper a reassuring nod, and he shrugged his shoulders and returned his attention back to Alice. I looked back at Edward, and almost laughed at the perplexed expression on his face. I lifted my shield again and this time said 'perplexity looks cute on you'. This time a small smile broke from his lips. Then I asked him again 'why were you so smug'. This time he smiled again and glanced casually at Mike and shook his head. He was relishing in the fact that I didn't prefer Mike to him. So I lifted my shield again and this time said 'Emmett was right, his jacket did smell funky. Trust me, you smell way better". Had Edward Adonis Cullen been possible of blushing, I do believe he would have. The bell rang, disrupting our silent conversation. I stood up, emptying my tray in the closest trash bin, and began to walk to Biology, Edward Cullen in tow.

"Why didn't you tell me you could do that?" He asked.

"Do what?" I asked, playing dumb.

"You know what." He pointed out.'You mean lift my shield so you can read me', I asked mentally, amusement in my mind.

"Yes that. It would be so much easier." He said.

"Yes, easier, but not as much fun." I teased. "I like having my thoughts to myself." I said. This seemed to stump him.

"I didn't mean...I just meant..." He tried.

"I know, but I also know that you have no power over what you hear, you just hear it. I just meant that it's nice that I have the power to shut you out and let you in when I want." I soothed.

The remainder of the day was oddly enough, average. I would occasionally send a random thought Edward's way, and would receive a text from him either laughing at me or commenting on it. After school was finally over, I made my way to my car, only to see Edward already leaning against it.

"Hello stranger." I said, smiling at him.

"Hello." He smirked back.

"Well, this has been fun, but I'm going home now." I said, unlocking my door at getting in. His siblings were already in their cars and waiting for him, so I waved a goodbye at them and said goodbye to Edward before driving off.

I arrived home and made myself a sandwiich, gulping it down. I was starving after only eating my animal crackers at lunch. I poured myself a glass of red wine, an indulgance from Italy, and grabbed a book from my bookcase and curled up on my couch. I knew he was out there, watching me. I could sense him, and hear him, in the woods just outside my house. I decided I had waited long enough before I realized he wasn't going to knock on the door like I told him to yesterday.

"You can come in you know!" I called out to him. 1 second later, he was walking up my porch, letting himself in through my back door." I thought I told you that if you were going to stalk me, you might as well keep me company?"

"I didn't know you knew I was out there." He said.

"You're not as stealthly as you think Cullen." I teased. "I have books over there, you can read with me if you want." I offered. He walked over, and I noticed he picked up a copy of Wuthering Heights. I resumed reading The Picture of Dorian Grey, and together, we spent the afternoon reading classics and dissecting them. This had turned out to be one of the most fullfilling evenings I had ever had... I wonder what tomorrow would hold?...