Isabella Swan is your average teenager until her mother is killed in a car accident. She is then adopted my a mysterious family and she is shown a new world. Along side her new friends she is out to figure out exactly who the Swans, the Cullen's and the Hales really are.
This story is purely fiction and it is 100% of my imagination if there are any similarities to Twilight or other movie/book franchises that is a coincidence. (copyright 2007 - 2011 Katrina Meade)
4. Just A Kiss
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Phoenix carried me all the way home. It had started raining when we were halfway to my house. He ignored my trumpeting protests. Time and time again I told him I was fine. He held me tight against his chest. I felt safe but still I squirmed. He was unperturbed by my movements. In no time we were at my house.
“You can set me down here,” I exclaimed.
He gently placed me on my feet. I turned to go into the door, but Phoenix caught my wrist. He spun me around and then he kissed me.
It was soft and sweet. He chuckled as he pulled away. “That’s nice.”
I was speechless for once. I couldn’t think of anything to say. So instead of speaking I kissed him again. This kiss was just as sweet as the first but more urgent. I loved it, but it felt wrong and I didn’t know why. I pulled away and walked into the house. Phoenix followed me into the house. Elizabeth seemed pleased by the change in company. It was interesting watching the atmosphere of the room change. Everyone was more than happy that I brought home Phoenix not Edward.
Edward. His name was the center of my mind. He was the base of my very thoughts. Edward Cullen, hmmm, his name just rolled around. His image resurfaced after so long of repression. I couldn’t understand it but there was just something about him. He was...tantalizing. But I couldn’t think of him especially with Phoenix right in front of me. I excused myself and went to my room when Riley showed up an hour later.
I paced wondering, thinking. Something was completely wrong with what I was doing. Ugh, I couldn’t take it. I sank down on the window-seat and stared at the lake. It was beautiful and it calmed me. Finally I was thinking straight and decided to join Phoenix, who I think is now my boyfriend. I was still unsure.
I liked the idea of being with Phoenix. We stayed up, sitting down; just talking. He then excused himself.
“I need to get home,” He whispered. “I’ll see you both at school tomorrow.”
He kissed me quickly and left. I excused myself as well. Riley followed me this time.
“So,” he began. “You and Phoenix. When did that happen?”
I hesitated. “Just after he carried me home.”
Riley started laughing.
“It’s not funny,” I snapped.
“I know,” Riley chuckled. “It’s just I would have thought it’d be you and Edward.”
“And why would you think it’d be Edward?”
Riley shrugged. “Just the fact that the two of you are together every waking minute of the damn day.”
I sighed and walked into my room. I sat down on my bed, and the next thing I knew the sun was waking me. I decided to get dressed. I was still pissed with Riley, so when I saw him instead of the usual smile I scowled. He was unsurprised by my attitude.
When I headed out of the house I saw that there were two vehicles outside. One was Riley’s Cobalt, and the other was a sleek black Chevy Malibu. Inside the Malibu was Edward. Knowing Riley was still inside; I walked to Edward’s car.
“Want a ride?” Edward asked casually.
I nodded, my irritation subsiding. “That’d be greatly appreciated.”
He was laughing as I climbed into the car. He started pulling away when I heard a shout.
I spun in my seat and saw Riley rushing out of the house. I laughed.
I turned to Edward. “Thanks for the ride, I’m kind of pissed at Riley.”
“Well,” Edward chuckled, “it’s a good thing I showed up today.”
“Yeah, good thing.” I sighed. What would Phoenix think if he saw me with Edward? I should warn him, Edward that is. “Hey, Edward?”
“I need to tell you something.” I took a deep breath. “You know Phoenix Hale, right?”
“Well, you see, he’s sort of…what I mean is, we’re sort of… I’m with Phoenix,” I blurted out.
“Okay,” he said calmly, though his hands clenched tightly around the steering wheel. “That’s all.” He laughed lightly, but it almost sounded forced.
“Yeah,” I whispered. “That’s all.”
We were at school now and I climbed out of the car. Slamming the door, I paced away from Edward. It was frustrating and I didn’t know why. School went by fast, faster than I believed possible. It probably had to do with my preoccupation. I didn’t see Edward at all, and we had almost every class together. Come to think of it, I hadn’t seen any of them today. Riley usually stood guard against Edward, and I would have thought Phoenix would want to see me. It hurt to think that no one wanted to be around me. I walked around the hall, bored.
“Isabella!” someone called.
I turned and saw Evangelina, the girl that sat next to me in History, running at me.
“Eva, slow down,” I called back.
She came to a stop. “I…need…to…”
“Take a deep breath,” I ordered.
Eva took a deep, steady breath. “Mr. Gill gave me this,” she said speedily.
She handed me a piece of paper. Assignment: Black Plague and Medieval Medical; Partners: Evangelina Lewis, Isabella Cliffe, Edward Cullen; Points: 150. There was also a list of websites that we could visit to get some information.
“Dammit,” I hissed. “You’ve got to be kidding me.”
“What?” Eva asked, startled.
“I’ve been stuck with Edward for every god damn class.”
“What about me?” Someone spoke quietly behind me.
I grimaced, recognizing the voice. “Nothing, Edward.”
“I was positive that you had said my name.” He looked over and saw Evangelina standing there. “Oh, hello, Eva. Do you know why Isabella was talking about me?”
She looked at me, I shook my head. She turned back to Edward and spoke. “Um…she…we are together on a project.”
I sighed heavily. “Thanks Eva.”
“We, who?” Edward continued relentlessly.
“We as in Eva, you and myself.”
Edward chuckled. “Thank Mr. Gill for us.”
A hand tugged me back towards an empty class. I heard Edward’s laughter cut short. Eva shouted, “Hey!”
“Door,” a familiar voice whispered.
Lights flickered on and I saw that I was surrounded. To my left was Riley. Across from me was Phoenix, and behind me was someone I didn’t know.
“Release her, Cullen, “ Riley hissed.
I felt the hand leave my skin. I turned and stared at the young man behind me. This must be Edward’s brother, older by the looks of it. I turned to Riley.
“What the hell do you want?” My voice fierce and cold. “You ignore me all day, and now all of a sudden you want something. What?”
“What we want is to know why you are yet again found with that damned Edward Cullen?” snarled Riley.
“Watch it,” warned Cullen.
“I can be friends with whomever I choose. So bug off!” I shoved my way past Riley and walked out the door. I knew someone, most likely Phoenix, followed me. I kept on walking. Soon I was at Riley’s car. Screw Riley, he could walk.
“Damn,” I whispered. I forgot I didn’t have the keys. I leaned forward and rested my head on the car.
“Need a ride?” Phoenix asked when he reached me.
I turned into him, and let his arms wrap tightly around me. “That’d be lovely.”
We walked silently to his car. He owned a black Maserati. Phoenix unlocked the doors and helped me in. I sat quietly, collecting my thoughts. My head was rested against the leather seat. Nothing was said until we were almost to my house.
“So,” Phoenix began. “I’m terribly sorry about today, Bella. I honestly am.”
“I know,” I mumbled. “I’m not mad at you, it’s just me.”
“Don’t, it’s not good for you.”
I forced a laugh.
He looked at me curiously. “What’s wrong?”
“I’m just confused.”
“About?” He asked, politely.
“Oh, just stuff,” I said softly.
Phoenix chuckled. “You can tell me when you’re ready.”
When we pulled up the driveway I saw Riley’s Cobalt sitting in front of the house. I decided that I didn’t feel up to talking to anyone. When we got inside, I marched straight up stairs. Behind me I heard Elizabeth whisper to Phoenix and Riley to leave me alone. I laid on my bed and fell asleep.
My mind wandered as I slept. Full of all my confusing inquires. My dream, of course, starred Edward and Phoenix. It was complicated having to choose between two guys. At the back of my mind it felt like someone else was fighting for me. It’s interesting what dreams teach us. Then my dream changed, I was left looking at a piece of paper. It held four names: Edward, Phoenix, Jacob, and Terry. I wasn’t even sure if I knew a Terry or a Jacob. I was confused even more. Then, all of a sudden, the paper caught on fire. The flames were also as abnormal as my dreams. These were dark black flames that licked their way up the paper. I woke with a start. I decided I had better go down and spend time with my boyfriend.
When I got downstairs no one was there. I walked into the dining room and found Elizabeth placing a plate of food down on the table.
“Thanks, Elizabeth. That’s real nice.” I stared at the young woman standing before me. She was incredibly beautiful and shockingly young. It was a surprise that she had an eighteen-year-old son and had adopted another teenager.
She lightly touched my shoulder. “You’re welcome, if you need anything just call.”
I nodded and sat down. Elizabeth left the room and I stared at my plate. I wasn’t exactly hungry, so I got up. As I walked towards the stairs some voices drifted from the living room.
“This isn’t right, she’s human.” That was Riley’s voice.
“I don’t care,” said a different voice, this was Phoenix. “I love her.”
I just about passed out. He loved me. Was I brave enough to admit it as well? I didn’t know. I listened harder.
“Are you sure this is how you want it?” Riley asked cautiously.
I peered around the corner. Phoenix turned his head. “Yes Riley, but you realize we’ll have to tell her.”
Riley sighed. “Does it have to be now?”
“Yes,” Elizabeth claimed. Where’d she come from? “We must tell her or else she’ll get hurt.”
My head spun as I tried to figure out what was being said.
“Where is she?” Phoenix asked indifferently.
“In her room,” Riley replied dimly.
“No, she’s in the dining room,” Elizabeth corrected.
I ran for the dining room noiselessly. I sat down and quickly shoveled some of the pasta into my mouth. They all walked in as I put another bite in my mouth.
“Oh, you’re hungry dear.”
I swallowed. “Yeah.”
Phoenix cleared his throat. Riley waved his arm for Phoenix to proceed.
“Well, um...Isabella...there’s something about us you should know.”
“Er, Phoenix...are you okay?” I stared at him, he was shaking.
“I’m fine, but Bella...we’re...well, we’re…ugh, I can’t say it.”
I stood up, carefully assessing Phoenix. I looked at Elizabeth. “What’s going on?”
“Honey,” Elizabeth cooed. “It’s just that we’ve been keeping a secret from you and we’re afraid that you’ll be hurt because of it.”
“Okay, will someone please tell me what is going on?” I croaked.
“We’re vampires,” Riley snapped. He turned to Phoenix. “Happy, now?”
Phoenix glowered at Riley, while Elizabeth scrutinized my face.
My mind couldn’t take it. I laughed out loud; I laughed so hard I was crying. “You’re...kidding...right.”
The three of them stared at me incredulously. Elizabeth came closer to me.
“Isabella, honey, it’s the truth.” As Elizabeth spoke, I saw them, white glistening carving knife canines. I saw her fangs.
I sobered up and started to back away. I’m food!! “Then, if you are v-v-vampires, then why am I here?”
“Because you’ve got potential.” This voice rang out, loud and clear.
I spun around and saw Alex standing behind me. “But why? What do you want me for?” I cried. “Elizabeth?”
Elizabeth shook her head. “Love, it’s more complicated than you think.” She sighed and continued. “There is something about you that draws us to you.”
Riley looked at me. “That’s why I followed you around school constantly. Even more after your mother died. You’re compelling.”
I shook my head backing away towards the door. I changed my mind last minute. I turned quickly and darted up to my room. There sitting on the desk was the computer Alex and Elizabeth gifted me with. I put it in my backpack, slung it over my shoulder and ran downstairs. I was out the door before any of them could say a thing.
At the end of the driveway I sat on the bench and pulled out the laptop. I logged onto my e-mail and wrote to two people. The first was for Lindsay:
I’m not going to be home for a while so don’t stop by, and that includes seeing Riley. It’s not healthy for you. I’ll possibly see you sometime soon...
The next was more complex.
Help Me!! I’m not sure what to do...can’t write much but there is loads to tell you. I’m not at home so don’t stop by. Meet me at the restaurant by the lake...
I walked to the lake because I didn’t have my keys and the wind cleared my head a bit. I walked into The Angry Trout, the local restaurant, and was seated by an elderly woman. She was very kind, almost grandmotherly.
A few minutes later the woman came out again. “Hello sweetie. My name is Eda. Is there anything I can get you?”
I looked up, slightly relieved. “What do you have?”
“We have Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Iced Tea, Hot Tea, and Water.” She ticked the beverage choices off on her wrinkly fingers.
“I’ll have a Coke, please.” I smiled at Eda and accepted a worn menu.
“Sure.” She left and went behind the counter to the kitchen.
The door rang as it opened. I looked over eagerly and saw Edward. I waved him over. He sat down at the chair in front of me.
“What’s wrong?” He asked, raising his eyebrows in alarm at my expression.
“It’s just...” I paused, unsure of what to do. “Um, have you heard tales of vampires?”
He nodded stiffly. His body rigid, jaw clenched.
“Are you okay?” I was worried.
He nodded again. Still not relaxing his pose.
“Could you tell me -” I was interrupted by Eda.
“Can I get you something to eat?” She set the glass of soda in front of me.
“No thank you.” I retched, thinking about my dinner interrupted.
She left with Edward’s order of water. He turned his attention to me. “What happened to bring up vampires?” Edward’s tone held hushed curiosity.
“Well...can we take a walk?” I asked uncertainly.
Edward nodded. “Sure and then you’ll tell me.”
“Yes,” I complied. “Then I’ll tell you.”
I waved Eda over and was about to hand her the money when Edward passed her a twenty. She smiled. “Oh Edward, always so generous.”
Edward’s answering smile was as dazzling as his generosity. “You’re welcome Eda.”
We walked out of the restaurant and paced towards the path that would lead us to the lighthouse. I waited nervously for Edward’s inquires. Just as we got to the rocks Edward started. He turned to me and my stomach lurched. His face was sad, brow furrowed. It was heartbreaking and beautiful.
“Now,” he said softly. “What brought up vampires?”
I cleared my throat. “Well,” I began nervously. “Er...you see, I was eating dinner and...” I told Edward every detail of what happened. “Then I ran out of the house and...and here I am.”
Edward was nodding, then ever so quietly he spoke. “I knew this would happen.” He then spoke louder. “You’ve told me the truth, well now it’s my turn. Nearly eighty years ago, I too, like your friends, was turned. I don’t know how but I was.”
I choked. “S-so you’re a v-vampire too.”
Edward nodded grimly.
“Prove it!” I demanded.
Edward opened his mouth and his fangs grew down from his canines.
I shook my head. “I can’t believe it.” I then thought of the crucial question. “Do you drink blood?”
“Of course,” he muttered.
This time my body couldn’t take it. I’d been able to cope enough, enough to run away. This time my body shut down. My body sagged towards the rocks. I waited for the pain but it didn’t come. I felt light and realized Edward had caught me and was now holding me. I then blacked out and knew not what happened next.
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