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"Caius, surely you see the potential. I haven't seen a prospective talent so promising since we found Jane and Alec. Can you imagine the possibilities when she is one of us?" - Aro Edward is gone. Jacob never came to Bella's room. She is alone. What happens when she goes to Italy for her senior class trip?

This is my second fic and my first attempt at a multichaptered fic.

19. Chapter 19: Friendly and Overly Friendly Vampires

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Renata escorted me to my room, so I could take a much-needed break. I didn't need her help to find my way. I had only been to my room once, and the castle halls were like a maze. But I remembered every turn and stopped at the correct door thanks to my new vampire mega-mind.

Renata came along to keep me company. Outside of the Masters' presence she seemed more laid back. We talked about projection, the guard and being a vampire. She was nice. I could see us becoming friends.

When we reached my room, she invited me to go hunting with her and Heidi soon. I agreed but decided to wait until it was absolutely necessary. There was a constant dry ache in the back of my throat, but it was bearable. It was only when I smelled human blood that I lost control. But I haven't gone that long without feeding yet, and from what I've been told after a few days the pain would be so great all I would be able to think about was blood. I still wanted to wait as long as possible, to at least spare some lives by hunting less frequently.

I invited Renata to hang out, but she declined when I opened my door and saw Demetri sitting on my perfectly made bed. I said my goodbye and closed the door. I could hear Renata giggling down the hallway. What was this all about? Why was Demetri waiting in my room?

I wanted to yell at him for coming into my room without my permission. It was a very stalker-like move. But I was more curious as to why he was there in the first place. Before I could formulate a question in my mind, Demetri spoke, "I hope you don't mind me waiting for you. I got you a present and wanted to give it to you right away."

Ugh. I hate presents. Wait. Where did that come from? Was it something that transferred over from my human life? I had a long talk with Demetri in the car after hunting about becoming a vampire. He explained that we are frozen in time from the moment we were changed. Our personality and likes and dislikes would be the same as when we were human. It was nice to know that I was still me, even if I couldn't remember who I was.

"You didn't have to get me anything. I have already been given so much - this beautiful room and all those clothes. I really couldn't accept anything else."

"It's nothing big. You seemed so sad after our hunt; I wanted to cheer you up. I promise you will love it."

"What do you mean by it's nothing big?"

"See for yourself," he said and held out a small wrapped box with a purple bow on top. I was leery. He obviously meant not big in size. I was more concerned about how big the price tag was. I knew small boxes could contain very expensive items, and this box looked suspiciously like a jewelry box.

When I made no move to accept the gift, he grabbed my hand from my side and gently placed the box in my palm. "Open it."

I hesitantly pulled the ribbon, ripped open the paper and lifted the lid, ready to refuse anything that I deemed to be too much. I was pleasantly surprised to see a small white plastic case inside the box, instead of the velvet box I was expecting. I opened the case to reveal what appeared to be a pair of contact lenses. How odd?

"Demetri, I don't think my vision could get any better. And if it can, I don't think I would want it to. I really don't need x-ray eyes. I would be happy forever not knowing whether Aro wears boxers or briefs under his robe."

He laughed. "Trust me the lenses will not improve your vision. That's not what they are for."

Now, I'm confused. "What?"

"You'll see. Try them."

I thought I would humor him and put them in. "I can see what you mean." There was no improvement in my sight, but I wouldn't say it was worse, exactly. It was just weird. I could see the lens on my eye and then everything else through it. "But I still don't see their purpose."

"Here. Look in the mirror," he said, taking the box out of my hand and wrapping his around mine, leading me into the bathroom.

The first thing I noticed was there was a new mirror in place of the one I shattered. Apparently, the lenses weren't my only gift. I looked down, and the broken glass that littered the floor was gone. He had cleaned up for me. I lifted my head and looked into the mirror. I was shocked at what I saw. My eyes were no longer red but a lovely shade of violet.

"Just like Heidi," I whispered.

"Only you're more beautiful," he said. I looked into his eyes and could tell he meant it.

I wanted to jump up, hug him and kiss his cheek in thanks, but I restrained myself. I knew I was going to have to do something about Demetri, and it wasn't going to be easy. We worked together and lived together. I would have to be very careful not to hurt him. I didn't want to lose my closest friend, and I had no idea how to deal with overly friendly vampires.

"Thank you! It is perfect. I would bet it is the most thoughtful gift I have ever received, not that I remember."

"I told you, you would love it. Maybe now you will see yourself clearly..."

"You don't see yourself very clearly, you know. I'll admit you're dead-on about the bad things, but you didn't hear what every human male in this school was thinking on your first day."

"I don't believe it."

"Trust me just this once - you are the opposite of ordinary."

I was caught up in my memory. Time and place ceased to exist. Reality was lost as a surge of pleasure ran through my body at those words and the velvety sound of his voice. The voice of an angel. My angel. My body responded as I felt his smooth lips crash into mine.