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PostSubject: Redemption   Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:09 pm

This starts right after Bella gets back from saving Edward from the Vultorie.

I looked out the window for the hundredth time. What was the name of the town again? Forks, that’s right. I was on my way to Forks to see Bella. What kind of name is Forks anyway? Its so odd. I looked out of the window again, I could see the clouds below. I still couldn’t believe I was doing this. I hadn’t seen Bella in ten years. Yes, we had kept in touch with Christmas cards and recently email. But still, ten years is a long time. I had thought about calling Uncle Charlie, that’s what I called him, though he wasn’t my uncle, and telling him that I had changed my mind. But I hadn’t, I was sitting on a plan on my way to Forks, trying to escape the drama of my parents divorce. I knew I couldn’t completely escape it, but being on the other side of the country would at least help.

I stepped off the plan and looked out the window. Bella wasn’t joking, it hasn‘t changed a bit. Ugh. Now just to get my bags and get to the car. I guess that’s one benefit to having a billionaire for a father, he doesn’t rent you a car, he buys you one.

Bag, check. Car, check. Keys…Where did I put the keys? Ah, got them. Now just to drive to Forks. Hopefully Bella will be home, though somehow, I doubt Uncle Charlie told her I was coming.

Forks Welcomes you. Great, the same sign that was there ten years ago. This is going to be nice though, spending my senior year with Bella. It will be just like old times, before my parents went crazy.

I couldn’t help but stare as I pulled up to Bell’s house, my house for the next week or until I could find an apartment. It hadn’t changed at all. There was uncle Charlie’s car and that must be Bella’s truck. Neat color. I parked then got out. My black BMW stuck out like a sore thumb. I knew I should have told my dad to buy a used car.

Bags in hand I walked towards the door. They should be home, but what if they weren’t? Here goes nothing. I knocked on the door…and waited. Someone was walking toward the door, suddenly it opened. I jumped slightly as it opened.

“Uncle Charlie,” I said grinning. He hadn’t changed either.

“Chloe,” he said, it looked like he might actually smile. “Its good to see you again. Come in.”

I walked in and dropped my bag on the floor. Where was Bella?

“Bella will be back soon, she went out with Edward.” He must have noticed my confused expression. “Edward is her boyfriend.”

“Boyfriend? Wow, she never mentioned him.” I’ll have to ask her about that, boyfriends is one thing you don’t keep secrets about. “So does she even know I’m here?” His expression answered my question.

“No, I thought it would be a nice surprise for her,” he said. I nodded, right. In other words he didn’t know how to tell her that a friend she hadn’t seen for ten years was coming to live with them.

“Well you can put your things in the guest room, right beside Bella’s.”

I smiled, “thanks uncle Charlie.”

He nodded and walked back into the living room, he must be watching foot ball. He hadn’t changed a bit. I grabbed my bag and headed up the steps. It was easy to find the room, I’d stayed in it many times when I was little. I dropped my bag on the bed and started unpacking.

A silver Volvo pulled up, that must be Bella, and Edward. I guess I get to meat the boyfriend now. I pulled my sweater back on and headed down stairs.

I got to the bottom of the steps and froze. No one had noticed me yet so I was free to stare. Bella hadn’t changed at all. Well, except for getting taller. That must be Edward, not what I expected.

“Chloe?” I looked back at Bella. She was staring at me. So was Edward now.

“Hey Bella,” I said as I walked closer. Everyone was still staring. I know that I looked different, I mean most people don’t have curly black hair, bright green eyes, and are freakishly pale, but still. Staring?

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PostSubject: Re: Redemption   Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:01 pm

“Chloe,” Bella said before she hugged me. I felt like the wind had been knocked out of me.
“Wow, its so great to see you,” she looked at me for a minute, “you haven’t changed a bit.”

“Thanks, neither have you,” I said smiling.

“This is Edward,” Bella said. My eyes shifted to him, he was still staring. It was starting to freak me out.

“Its nice to meet you,” he said. His voice was so…angelic. I smiled and shook his hand, he was oddly cold.

“Its nice to meet you to, though I must admit, Bella has told me nothing about you.”

He…laughed. I didn’t relies that was funny.

“She hasn’t told me anything about you either,” he said, smiling.

He is definitely not what I expected. I smiled back, more out of reflex than anything. He said something to Bella then left. I didn’t catch what he said. As soon as the door closed behind him I looked at Bella. “I guess Forks isn’t that bad,” I said, teasing her. Bella laughed, blushing.

“So what are you doing here? Don’t get me wrong, I’m so happy to see you, but its kind of weird, I had no idea you were coming.” I watched as uncle Charlie walked back into the living room. He obviously was going to let me explain. “Lets go upstairs.”

I followed Bella up the stairs to her room and walked in after her. She sat on her bed and I sat on the rocking chair. I glanced around her room, it felt weird, its smelled weird too.
“So?” she asked, waiting for me to start explaining.
I took a deep breath, I need to keep my explanation short. It was getting late and I had school in the morning.

“Well, you know how my family moved to New York a couple of years ago.” Bella nodded, waiting for me to continue. “My dad had a really good job, he’s making more money than we could ever use but for some reason that wasn’t enough for my mom.” I took a deep breath, what was that smell? “She cheated on him and he found out and now they are in the middle of the worse divorce ever and I didn’t want to get stuck in the middle of it.”

Bella looked at me for a few minutes, I could tell she was thinking about what I had said.

“How long are you going to be here for?” she asked quietly. Something was weird in her voice, almost as if she was afraid of what my answer would be.

“I’m going to finish my senior year here, so about three months.” I waited for her reaction. She looked surprised at first and then…angry.
“But I can always get an apartment if that would be better,” I said quickly. I thought she would be happy. I knew it was a lot to take in considering we haven’t seen each other for ten years, but still. We are best friends, at least I think we still are. Maybe Edward was her new best friend.

“No, no you can stay here as long as you want,” Bella said, smiling again, though it looked forced. She seemed upset about something.

“Are you sure?” I didn’t know what I said but Bella seem upset, maybe even a little scared.

“Yeah, its fine. Its just…”She sighed. “My dad thinks I’ve been spending to much time with Edward and it seems like he planned this so I wouldn’t be able to spend much time with him.”

I couldn’t help but smile, “don’t worry, I don’t get in the way of you spending time with Edward.” I glanced at the clock. “Speaking of time, I need to get to bed.” I stood up and headed to the door, Bella looked almost relived that I was leaving. “I don’t want to be late for my first day of school. Oh, and tomorrow after school, you are telling me everything that you’ve been doing the past ten years. Starting with you and Edward. I want to know everything.” Bella smiled as I walked out. Something was weird. At least the smell was gone. Why did Bella’s room smell so weird? I walked into my room and flopped onto my bed, tomorrow was going to be a busy day. First day at a new school and having to call my parents for my weekly check in.

Beep…beep…beep. What was that? Oh, my alarm clock. That means…school. Great. What time is it? 7 am. Bell said school starts at eight, that gives me half an hour until I have to leave.

I replayed my conversation with Bella last night in my mind as I quickly dressed. I couldn’t help but feel that Bella didn’t want me here. Was something going on? I’d find out today. After school.

7:25, I have to leave in five minutes. I glanced in the mirror as I walked out of my room. I wasn’t vain, I never had been, but I was thankful I didn’t look completely horrible, like I normally did. I was also thankful that I had left all my designer clothes, that I never liked the begin with, at home. I would have stood out even more in them, hopefully I’ll blend in in my plain black jacket and jeans. Maybe no one will even notice me.

I heard Bella talking to someone as I stepped off the last step. She sounded upset…and she was talking about me. Wonderful. Maybe coming here had been a bad idea.

“Chloe?” Bella heard me, great. I needed to work on being silent. I stepped into the hall and forced a smile. Edward was standing behind Bella, staring at me again with the same intensity as before. I forced myself not to glare at him, that wouldn’t help.

“Hi,” my voice sounded cheerful, too cheerful. Neither of them seemed to though. Bella smiled, it didn’t even seem forced. Maybe she wasn’t mad at me.

“You ready to go? Edward is going to drive us to school.” My eyes widened slightly. Edward was going to drive us to school? Why? Bella had a car and so did I. Weird. I almost said I was ready but I remember my conversation with Bella last night.

“I was actually going to drive myself, if that’s ok? I wanted to look around after school, see if I could find anything that had changed.” They laughed. I had said the right thing. Bella flashed me a smile. At least she was happy, at least happier, now.

“You can follow me to school,” Edward said, his stare softening slightly. Maybe he just didn’t like me.

Edward opened the door, a breeze of arctic air hit me. Wow. Its cold here. Bella walked out, I followed, zipping my coat. I stopped right out side the door. That odd smell in Bella’s room…Edward smelled the same. Weird. I headed to my car, something wet hit my face. It was snowing. Great. Could today get any worse?

I dug my keys out of my pocket and pushed the unlock button. The lights flashed on. Good, at least something was going my way today. I could feel Edward’s intense stare as I opened the door and slid into the drivers seat. I sighed. Enough was enough, he was going to stop. I slammed my door as I met his stare with one of my own. He looked away. I smiled triumphantly, maybe, just maybe, he would stop staring now. Why was he staring anyway?

I followed Edward to school. I could see him and Bella, at least Bella, talking on the way there. Based on the fact that Bella kept looking in the rear view mirror I guessed that they were talking about me. Again. What had I done to annoy them so much? Was it because I had just shown up? It was not my fault Charlie did not tell Bella I was coming. I pulled into the school parking lot and parked on the other beside Edward, on the passenger side. There were two people standing beside the car on the other side of Edward’s Volvo. One guy and one girl. I looked at them for a minute after I parked. The guy was about as tall as Edward and had sandy colored hair, the girl was about Bella’s height, shorter than me, and had black short hair. They were both pale.

I opened my door and slowly got out. Bella was waiting for me. She grabbed my arm and drug me towards the two people.

“Chloe, this is Jasper and Alice, two of Edward’s siblings.” Bella shifted her eyes from me to them. “Jasper, Alice, this is Chloe. She used to live here when we were little.”

I looked at Alice, she was staring at me. Just like Edward used to, my eyes flickered to him. Correction, like he still was. But Jasper, he was smiling. I smiled back. Finally
someone who didn’t stare.

I felt Bella pulling my arm again. She was leading me to the school building. It looked like everyone else who had been in the parking lot had already gone inside. All my morning classes were with Alice. Ok, so maybe today could get worse.

I had spent all morning in classes that I had taken before, listening to lectures that I had heard before, and taking notes that I would never need. But I guess that’s what happens when you take all honors classes. That was the problem with Forks High School. It had no advanced classes that I hadn’t already taken. At least homework wouldn’t take very long to do.

I followed Alice into the cafeteria. But I lost sight of her as soon as we were inside. She must have gotten in line for food. I got in line and waited my turn. I looked down at my tray as I paid. One apple and a bottle of water. I just wasn’t hungry. Maybe it was he jetlag or something. I looked around the cafeteria and almost dropped my tray when I saw that everyone, and I mean everyone, was staring at me. I swallowed hard. Someone grabbed my arm and stared leading me to one of the tables.

“It was just as bad my first day,” Bella said. I smiled slightly, at least someone understood how I felt. Bella lead me to a table where Edward, Jasper, and Alice where already sitting. None of them had food. Odd. I sat down. Bella sat beside me. There was that weird smell again.

I didn’t pay much attention to the conversation at my table. I answered questions when asked. Edward and Alice seemed the most curious. Though Jasper asked a few questions. It was all the typical questions. Where was I from? New York. Did I like Forks? No, but I said yes. How long was I staying? Three months. That got me some odd looks. But it was finally over, the interrogation was over. I had never been more thankful for lunch to be over.

I stood up. My head started spinning. I but my hand on the table and took a few deep breaths. I was just tired, that’s all.

“Chloe?” It was Alice’s voice, though it sounded distant. I felt something cold and hard grab me. Then everything went black.

Something cold was on my forehead. I slowly opened my eyes. Bella was sitting beside me, holding my hand. She looked worried. I looked around the room. It was white. Where was I? My eyes finally landed on the person standing on my other side. It was a man. He looked like a movie star or a Greek god that had just stepped out of a mythology book. I stared at him for a moment. He was wearing a white jacket. A doctor, he was a doctor. That meant I was in a hospital. My eyes instantly went back to Bella.

“My parents?” My voice sounded weak, very weak. She smiled, that was a good sign. I hoped.

“I haven’t called them yet.” I tried to smile, I hoped it wasn’t to faint to see.

“How are you feeling?” My eyes drifted back to the Greek god. Who was he? He didn’t look old enough to be a doctor.

“Tired,” I said weakly. “What happened?” The last thing I remembered was something cold and hard grabbing me.

“You fainted in the cafeteria,” that was Alice. What was she doing here? I looked around the room. She was standing just inside the door with Edward and Jasper. They all looked concerned, though Alice looked more confused than concerned.

“Passed out,” I corrected. I never fainted. But passing out was a different story. The doctors thought the fresh air would help. Apparently they were wrong. I had been passing out occasionally for years. The first time I remember it happening was when I was in Italy with my parents when I was ten. I just collapsed. Since then it had happened about once or twice a year, with no warning and no apparent cause. My mother thought that I was just faking it to get attention. But I wasn’t. I had been taken to every specialist known to man and no one could figure out what was wrong with me.

“Have you been sleeping and eating regularly?” I looked back at the doctor. I couldn’t really remember. Everything seemed a bit fuzzy.

“I think so. I didn’t eat breakfast. I got here yesterday, its probably just a bit of jetlag.” I had to get out of here. Hospitals creep me out. He smiled.

“You seem fine. Bella is going to take you home. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or can’t sleep, call me.” He handed me his card. I looked at it. Carlisle Cullen. Cullen? I looked up at him.

“Cullen? Are you related to Edward?” Apparently it was a stupid question. Bella was laughing.

“Yes, I’m his father.” I stared at him. He was Edward’s father? But they looked nothing a like. And he didn’t look old enough to have a son in high school.

“Well, thank you, Doctor Cullen.” I looked at Bella, “we better go before you dad calls my parents.”

“Chloe,” I looked back at the doctor. “Please, call me Carlisle.” I smiled and nodded.

Bella closed the door behind us. We were back at her house and I had spent half the day in the hospital. It could be worse I guess, I could have had to spend all afternoon in classes with Edward.

I heard Bella say something about making dinner as I walked up stairs. I couldn’t remember ever feeling this tired before. I guess passing out does that. I closed my door behind me and walked over to my bed and laid down. This wouldn’t be so bad if I knew why I keep passing out. I sighed and closed my eyes, drifting to sleep.

I spent my first month in Forks going to school, doing homework, and going to bed. Apparently Carlisle had told Charlie to make sure I didn’t over exert myself. Not like I could any way. Bella wont let me help cook, or clean. The only thing to do is read because its been to told to go outside. But today would be different. It was 60 degrees, which apparently was very odd for this time of year, and Bella was with Edward. So I had the entire day to myself. This would be wonderful. Bella still hadn’t told me much about Edward or his family. Every time I asked she made up an excuses as to why she didn’t have time to talk. I eventually gave up asking. At school they were nice to me, Edward and Alice no longer stared. And Jasper was just as nice as he had been the first day. But something was different about them and I wanted to find out what it was.

I finished lacing my boots and stepped outside. I had my jacket zipped, my hiking boots on, a bottle of water, food, and a compass. Today would be a good day. I started my trek into the woods. I inhaled the pure air as I walked. Maybe the doctor was right, maybe I just need fresh air. I had only been here a month yet I felt better than I had in years.

I didn’t know how long I’d been walking. I stepped into a clearing as sat down. My legs were getting sore. I took a long drink of my water and finished one of the apple I brought with me. I needed to start back. I stood up and took a few steps into the trees, heading back the way I had come. I heard something behind me. I looked around. Nothing. It must have been an animal. I kept walked. I froze. That was not an animal. Unless the animals here look like people and have red flowing hair. It was a woman, a beautiful, but dangerous looking woman. She took a step towards me. I took a step backwards, towards the clearing. She took another step closer. I stared at her for a minute. Something told me to run, so I did. I turned and ran for the clearing.

I could hear her behind me. Who was she? I didn’t know but I wasn’t stupid enough to wait around to find out. I stumbled into the clearing. I looked behind me, she wasn’t there. I took a few deep breaths to steady my heart. A twig snapped behind me. I slowly turned around. She was standing there. Less than an arm length away from me. Her eyes were red, I hadn’t noticed that before. The way she stared at me terrified me. I turned to run. She grabbed my wrist in an iron grasp. I could almost feel a bone breaking. She slapped me with the back of her other hand. I fell to the ground. My head slammed into a rock. I felt something warm start to run down the side of my face. She moved closer, her eyes becoming a brighter red. She was going to kill me.

“Did you really think you could escape, human?” I stared at her. Human? Wasn’t she a human? She crouched beside me. “Don’t worry, it will be over soon.” I felt something grabbed my hair and pull my head back. It was her hand. I hadn’t even noticed her hand move. She leaned down, inching her teeth closer to my neck. Then she suddenly stopped. Why? Her hand tightened even more in my hair. I might have screamed, I didn’t know. She…hissed. I heard fabric tear. She ripped my shirt off my shoulder. Something cold and hard ripped into my skin. That time I knew I screamed. Then it stopped. The pulling of my hair stopped, the breathing on my neck stopped. I slowly opened my eyes. She was gone.

I stood up, blood running down my arm. I put my hand on the cut, trying to stop the bleeding as I ran back into the woods in the way I thought lead back to Bella’s house. I saw something out of the corner of my eye. Was that a…wolf? My foot caught on a root. I felt myself falling. I heard a howl, it was a wolf. I should have hit the ground. But something caught me. Something warm. Or someone.

Something was beeping. What was it? And that smell. Bleach. I was in a hospital, again. I heard people talking. It sounded like Bella, but who was she talking to?

“Is she going to be ok?” That was Bella, she sounded a little worried and maybe even a little scared.

“I think so.” Dr Cullen, Carlisle. “She has a mild concussion, both bones in her wrist are broken, I put twenty-five stitches in her shoulder, and her cheek is going to be sore for a few days. It could have been a lot worse. She’s lucky to be alive.” A broken arm? That explained why it felt so heavy. But why didn’t anything hurt? They must have given me some pretty powerful pain killers.

“What happened?” Bella again. She seemed almost afraid of the answer. But why? I knew they would wont to know what happened. What was I going to tell them? I couldn’t say some psycho who acted like she wasn’t human tried to kill me. Or that I saw wolfs as big as small horses. Who would believe me? For all I knew the wolfs might be the reason I’m still alive. Maybe they scared the woman away. Seeing a wolf that size would scare any normal person. But was she normal? She had apparently broken my wrist by squeezing it. Could a normal woman her size do that? She wasn’t much taller than me. But if she wasn’t human, what was she?

I was pulled out of my thoughts when someone, who’s voice I didn’t recognize answered Bella.

“You weren’t doing your job.” Who was that? What job? Who was he talking to? Whoever he was, he must know Bella of he wouldn’t be here.

“We did our job,” someone seethed. I think it was Edward. That answers the question of who the stranger was talking to.

“Then why is she in the hospital?” The stranger demanded.

“Jake,” that was Bella. So the guys name is Jake. I wonder if he’s the Jacob Bella mentioned in one of her emails. If he was a lot had changed in a few months.

“He knows the boundaries. I’m only here because Charlie asked us to help look for her. Your lucky he did. Your leeches never would have found her in time. And even if they had, they probably would have killed her.” It sounded like Jake was moving away. That or he was just lowering his voice.

“Aren’t you going to stay until she wakes up?” Bella again. Were Bella, Edward, and Jake the only people in the room with me? I didn’t hear Carlisle leave.

“Why? So that if I ever find her body I’ll be able to remember what she looked like alive? No thank you.”

“Jacob,” Bella sighed. So it was the same person she had told me about. “She doesn’t know.” There was silence for a moment. What don’t I know?

“Are you going to tell her?” Jake had moved closer, much closer.

“No, you know the rules,” Bella said quietly. What rules? What were they talking about?

“Her life is in danger now too Bella, she has a right to know.” Someone growled, maybe Edward.

“Then you tell her,” Bella snapped.

“You know I can’t, but if I could…” Jake sighed. Would he tell me if he could? And why couldn’t he? “I hope you know what your doing.” I felt something hot brush against my un-injured cheek. “If she dies, it will be one your head Bella, yours and the blood suckers.”

Silence again. I felt someone take my hand. Probably Bella. Blood suckers? What did that mean? Why was my life in danger now too? But more importantly, who else was in danger?

“We’ll keep her safe,” Edward said quietly. Safe from what? I wanted to scream. Why was everyone being so cryptic?

I heard the door open, someone else walked in.

“How is she?” Uncle Charlie. I bet I gave him a scare.

“She’s getting stronger. She lost a lot of blood. But she will be fine, a little sore for a few days but she’ll be fine.” That was Carlisle. At least I was going to be fine, physically. Emotionally? I don’t know. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get that woman’s face out of my mind.

“Maybe I should call her parents.” No! Charlie couldn’t call my parents, not now. I only had two months left of school and things were getting very interesting.

“No,” I rasped. I sounded just as bad as I felt.

“Chloe?” It was Bella. I opened my eyes slowly. “hi.”
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PostSubject: Re: Redemption   Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:58 pm

“Carlisle, she’s awake.” I looked around briefly as Carlisle walked over to me.

“How are you feeling?” I closed my eyes. Was her seriously asking that? I had a broken arm and my shoulder was throbbing. And that was with the pain killers. I slowly opened my eyes.
“Horrible, everything hurts.” I looked around the room. Charlie was standing behind Carlisle on one side. On the other side was Bella, Edward, Alice, and Jasper. They were all staring at me. “But I’ll be fine,” I said quickly, I couldn’t let Charlie call my parents.

“We were so worried,” Alice said as she walked closer. I stared at her. Worried? She didn’t even like me. This must be for Bella’s benefit. Did any of them really care?

“what happened?” I looked at Bella. I couldn’t tell them the truth. They would never believe me.

“I…I don’t remember.”

Bella smiled, “that’s fine. We’re just glad you’re going to be ok.”

I spent the rest of the day pretending to sleep and replaying the conversation I had over heard in my head. Blood sucker? Leeches? What did that mean? If it was meant literally that would mean that they suck, or possibly, drink, blood. But that was impossible. Which meant…what? I needed to figure it out. Or at least have a good enough idea that I could get someone to tell me. Jacob. I needed to talk to him. He seemed to want me to know what was going on. Maybe he would tell me. But I would have to find him first. And to do that I would need to come up with a good reason as to why I needed to see him.

I spent the next two days sitting in the Hospital. Most of my time I spent sleeping or reading. Bella had brought me three of my favorite books. Pride and Prejudice, The Old Man and the Sea, and A Tale of Two Cities. She also brought me a copy of Wuthering Heights. Though I have no clue why. According to Carlisle my shoulder was healing nicely, whatever that meant. I had stopped taking painkillers after day one. My shoulder constantly hurt now, but at least I wasn’t constantly sleeping.

I was finally getting released from the hospital today. I had spent a total of three nights and almost four days there. Someone would be here soon to pick me up. I had all of my stuff together, clean clothes on, and my arm in a sling. And I had to go to school tomorrow. I missed one day and Charlie was panicking. I think he’s afraid my parents will find out. But really, one day? It doesn’t matter. Someone is outside my room. Finally. I’m being rescued. But who was it? The voice was familiar but I couldn’t remember who it was. My door opened, Jasper walked in. I stared at him for a moment. What was he doing here?

“Hello,” he said smiling. “Are you ready to go?”

I stared at him blankly. “Go? Go where?”

He laughed. “I’m taking you home.” Was he joking? One look at his face told me he was serious. I stood up and grabbed my bag.

“Then lets go.”

We walked to my car. MY CAR! Why was he driving my car!?

“Mine was in the garage.” I glared at him. I thought I saw him smirk. I got in my car, still glaring at him.

I had planned on glaring at him the whole way back to the house but I couldn’t once he started talking. He told me about his family, how they were all adopted, and Alice was his soul mate. I learned more about his family in the twenty minutes I spent with him than the month that I had been here. He told me so much and Bella was reluctant to tell me anything. Why? Was Bella just mad that I was here? Or was it more complicated than that?

Jasper parked in front of the house. Bella was still at school and Charlie was at work.

“Thanks for the ride, Jasper.”

“You are very welcome, Chloe.” I walked inside and locked the door behind me, It was nice to be home. I went up stairs and grabbed my laptop. Hopefully Google would be able to help.

After half an hour of searching I was no closer to an answer. If anything I was even more confused. The door down stairs opened. Bella was back from school. I waited about twenty minutes before I headed down the stairs. I heard Bella in the kitchen. I walked to the door of the kitchen and stopped. It wasn’t just Bella, Edward was with her. They both turned and looked at me and smiled.

“How are you feeling?” Bella asked, carefully hugging me.

“I’m fine, just a little tired.” I lied. I felt horrible.

“That’s good, I’m glad you’re feeling better.”

I forced a smile and walked into the living room and laid down on the couch. Bella and Edward were making dinner in the kitchen. I could hear them talking quietly. Something was going on, I just wish I knew what.

I spent the rest of the night sitting on the couch. Bella and Edward finished dinner then Edward left, right before Charlie got home. I wonder if Edward had gotten in trouble with Charlie. Bella brought me my dinner, she refused to let me get up. Dinner was good but I wasn’t very hungry. Charlie spent the rest of the night watching football or something. I wasn’t paying that much attention to it. Bella helped catch me up on homework and study for the history test tomorrow.

I stared up at the ceiling. I had been staring at it for hours, it was impossible to sleep. Every time I closed me eyes I saw that face. The deathly pale skin, the red hair, and those eyes. I would never be able to forget those eyes. I took a few deep breaths, trying to get that image out of me head, as I looked a the clock. 2 am. Great.

The floor was colder than I thought it would be. I walked over to the closet and grabbed another blanket. Why was it so cold in here? A cold breeze sent shivers through me. I thought I closed the window. Where was the cold air coming from? I flicked my desk lamp on and froze. She was standing there. Right in front of my open window. Her hand clamped over my mouth before I could scream. She cocked her head to the side as she stared at me. “Human.” Something about the way she said it made me shiver, it almost sounded like a question instead of a statement. I had to get away from her. I reached for the lamp but she was faster. She pinned my arm behind my back before I could blink. She was going to kill me. I could see it in her eyes. But why? What had I done to deserve this? She suddenly tensed, her grip on my arm tightened as her eyes flashed to the window. She hissed something under her breath then vaulted out of the window. I stood still. My feet frozen to the floor. I forced myself to move closer to the window. I looked out. She was gone. Why did she leave so suddenly? I leaned out my window a little to get a better look and froze. There was a huge wolf. Just like the ones I had seen in the forest, sitting below my window. I stared at it for a moment, it was goldish brown and had long fur. Was that why she left?

I almost jumped when the wolf suddenly started moving towards the edge of the forest. It stopped at the edge and turned slightly. It looked straight at me. I stared back, unable to move. Was it…smiling? I blinked and it was gone, as if it had never been there. Had I imagined the whole thing?

Someone was knocking, no, pounding on my door What was going on? My eyes slowly opened and I looked around. My gaze stopped on the clock. I had ten minutes until I had to leave for school.

“I’ll be right there,” I hollered to whoever was pounding on my door. It must have been Bella, Charlie would have already left for work. I jumped up and winced as all the pain suddenly came flooding back. It subsided slightly after I put the sling on but something still hurt. I pulled the sleeve of my long sleeve shirt up and looked at my wrist. There was a bruise in the perfect shape of the hand that had gripped it last night. So I hadn’t imagined it. At least I knew I wasn’t crazy. I pulled my sleeve down, grabbed my back pack and headed down stairs.

Bella was waiting for me, with Edward. They were literally inseparable. He must be driving us to school. Fabulous. It looked like Bella was about to complain about my going to make us late, but she stopped. Did I look that bad? I must.

“Let’s go,” I mumbled , aware that Bella was staring again. The door opened right before I reached it. Alice was standing there with Jasper. What were they doing here?
“Chloe,” Alice stepped inside and hugged me. Because of the sling I couldn’t really hug anyone, which gave me an excuse not to hug her back and it gave me time to recover from the shock of her hug. “I’m so glad you’re home. We are having a little party tonight, with games and a movie.”

“You should come,” Jasper said from behind her. I stared at them both for a minute.

“Yeah, sure, if it’s ok with Charlie.” Why were they suddenly being so nice to me?

Alice talked the entire way to school, which thankfully meant that I didn’t have to say anything. Bella said something about having fun in class as I got out of the car but I didn’t pay attention. The whole morning was a blur. Nothing the teachers said registered in my brain. I couldn’t stop thinking about the wolf and those red eyes.

I took a deep breath as I walked into the cafeteria, Bella and the Cullens were waiting for me. Great. I slowly walked towards them, I could feel everyone staring at me. Everyone wanted to know what happened to me, how I got hurt. I couldn’t tell them, I couldn’t tell anyone.

I slowly walked towards them, everyone was staring at me. Why couldn’t they just stop? Was everyone waiting for me to have a nervous break down or something? I didn’t notice until I got closer than Jessica, Mike, Angel, and all there friends were sitting with Bella, Edward, Alice, and Jasper. When did that start? I thought that everyone disliked the Cullens. I sat down beside Bella.

“How are you feeling?” She asked quietly, what was with the whispering?

“I’m fine,” I lied. How did she think I was? She pushed a tray of food in front of me.

“We got lunch for you.” I looked from the tray of food to her. How much did they think I could eat? I would never eat all of it.

“Thanks,” I said, smiling faintly. I started eating my apple sauce, Jessica was talking about something, maybe prom.

“You’re going, right?” I looked up, Mike was talking to me.

“Going where?” I asked, confused and still thinking about last night.

“Prom,” he said smiling. I blinked. He was asking if I was going to prom? Why? I opened my mouth to say no, but Alice was faster.

“Of course she is,” I glared at her. I was not going to prom. I glanced back at Mike, he was smiling. If he thought that I would ever go with him he was crazy. I was not going. I finished eating my food, ignoring the rest of the conversation. I would talk to Alice later.
By time I finished eating my food the only people left at the table were the Cullens and Bella. Edward and Jasper were whispering about something. “We need to get to class,” I said quietly. They all turned to look at me, like they were surprised I could speak. Why did Alice look at me like that? Like I confused her and made her angry at the same time. I stood up and grabbed my back pack. I was not going to be late for class. Jasper jumped up and reached for my bag. His hand brushed mine. It was cold, ice cold. Just like hers had been. I dropped my bag, he grabbed it before it hit the floor. I stared at him. Confused and slightly scared. Who were they?
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PostSubject: Re: Redemption   Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:21 pm

YOu have a really interesting premise and I'm interested to see where its going but I know you have better writing style in you. you tend to repeat yourself a lot but over all it was good
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PostSubject: Re: Redemption   Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:39 pm

I've never writen in first person before so this is new to me and I'm trying to keep it similar to the Twilight books in writing style. In the most recent part that I've writen its a little different.

“We should get to class,” I said, slightly quieter. I grabbed my jacket as they got up. Edward seemed tenser than he had been just moments ago. Had he noticed my sudden mood change? I took my bag from Jasper, being careful not to touch him, and headed to class.

Alice and Bella were waiting for me outside my last class. “Hi,” I said, wondering why they were there.

“Ready to go?” Bella asked as she took my bag.

“Yeah,” Alice must be taking Bella and me home. That would give me time to come up with a good reason as to why I couldn’t go to the party tonight.

“Great,” Alice said, smiling. I followed Alice and Bella to Alice’s car. Edward’s car was gone. They must have left early. But why? School wasn’t that bad. Maybe it was because of the party Alice was having tonight. My musing continued as I got in the car and closed my door. Alice said something about the party, but I was thinking about the wolf again. It had been huge. I didn’t know wolves got that big.

Where were we going? We should have been back by now. I looked out my window and stared. We were driving down a long, tree lined, drive way to a huge white mansion.

“Where are we?” I asked quietly, though I thought I already knew the answer.

“My house,” Alice said smiling. “Bella called Charlie before lunch and he said that it was fine if you came.” I sighed inwardly. That meant spending all night with them, but maybe it wouldn’t be so bad, maybe I’d get some questions answered.

“You’ll get to meet Emmet and Rosalie.” I looked at Bella. Who were Emmet and Rosalie? “They are Alice’s older siblings, they’re on break from college,” she said. Answering my unspoken question. Well this should be fun. Alice stopped and got out. How was it possible for someone to be that graceful? I shook my head and got out, following Bella and Alice up the steps to the front door. This was a bad idea, I could feel it. I should have insisted on being taken home. I shouldn’t be here. But it was a little late to run now, Alice opened the door. She walked in, Bella right behind her, and me slowly following. I closed the door behind me and looked around. It wasn’t what I expected. It was very open and there were windows everywhere. But it was still cozy. Maybe this wouldn’t be so bad. I took a deep breath, there was that smell again. The same smell that had been in Bella’s room.

“You made it.” I looked up, Jasper had walked in with a tall guy, who looked like a football player, behind him. I smiled faintly. Bella grabbed my hand and pulled me closer.

“Chloe, meet Emmet, and that is Rosalie.” I looked over to the door as a tall blonde walked in. I couldn’t help but stare. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen, come to think of it, all the Cullens are incredibly good looking.

“Bella,” I turned slightly, walking down the stairs was Dr. Cullen and another beautiful woman.

“Esme,” Bella walked over and hugged her. That must be Mrs. Cullen. “Its so good to see you,” Bella said as she pulled me over. “Chloe, this is Esme.” I couldn’t help but smile, it was hard not to like her.

“It’s nice to meet you, ma’am,” I said. She seemed nice. Nicer than most of her children.

Esme smiled, “please, call me Esme.”

I followed Bella, Alice, Esme, Carlisle, and Jasper into what must have been the living room. There were board games sitting on the floor next to a stack of DVD’s. I glanced around the room quickly, it was nice, very comfortable, but something seemed…odd.

I spent the next three hours, laughing, playing games, and getting to know the Cullens. They were not what I had expected. I had expected them to be arrogant and maybe a little condescending. They were so different from what I had expected, and everyone else for that matter. They all seemed to like me, except for Roselie and Alice. Roselie had maybe said two words to me all night and Alice seemed to always be watching me when I wasn’t looking. At least Edward had mostly stopped staring at me and Bella seemed more relaxed. Maybe I had judged them all unfairly.

“Would you like to see the rest of the house?”

I looked up at the sound of Jasper’s voice. He was standing in the door way, and I wasn’t the only one staring at him. The other’s had expressions ranging from anger to confusion. Wasn’t I allowed to see the rest of the house. I stood up.

“sure, a tour would be nice,” I followed him out of the room and up the stairs in the hall. I listened as he showed me the paintings on the wall and explained what they were of and where they were from, but I couldn’t help but if he wasn’t supposed to be showing me this. Jasper stopped in front of double wooden doors.

“Can I ask you something?” I asked as he pushed the doors open and I followed him inside. It was an office, it must be Carlisle’s. I looked around the office as Jasper closed the door behind me. There was a huge wooden desk on one side of the room, the back wall was a floor to ceiling book self, and on the right wall was art work.

“Of course,” Jasper said as he walked over to the paintings. I followed him to get a better look.

“Why are you so much nicer to me than everyone else?” I asked before I could stop myself. I glanced at the large painting on the center of the wall while I waited for him to answer, it looked like it was from the eighteen hundreds, possibly the seventeen hundreds.

Jasper was laughing, “I wouldn’t say I’m much nicer. The others are just being careful, that’s all. They do like you Chloe.” I almost asked careful of what but something in the painting captured my attention. The one man in the painting looked exactly like Carlisle. I stepped closer to get a better look. My eyes drifted to the man next to him. I felt my blood turn cold…I knew that face.

“Can we go back down stairs? I’m suddenly not feeling well,” I asked as I stepped back. I could feel Jasper staring at me.

“Of course,” he quickly opened the door and lead me back to the steps. I could feel my heart slowly starting to return to its normal pace. How could he have been in the painting? I followed Jasper down the steps and into the living room. Edward and Bella were sitting on the couch discussing something, Bella didn’t look happy. They looked up as we walked in.

“Chloe isn’t feeling well,” Jasper explained. I could feel him looking at me again. They were all looking at me.

Bella stood up, “we can go.” She walked over to him, Edward following closely. “I’ll drive,” he said, grabbing my coat and helping my to put it on.

“Thank you for having me,” I said to Esme, trying my best to force a smile.

She smiled back, “you are welcome anytime Chloe, I hope you will come back soon.”

I nodded and followed Bella and Edward outside to Edward’s Volvo. I got in the back and closed my eyes. I tried to block out their voices as Edward drove, he was saying something about Florida.

The car stopped. I slowly opened my eyes as my door opened. Edward helped me out, I was careful not to touch his skin. I glanced at Bella, she was staring at me. Did I look sick? I followed them to the door, glancing around. It felt like someone or something was watching me.

Bella opened the front door, I followed her and Edward inside. I could hear the television. Charlie was watching football.

“your back early,” Charlie said as he stood up and walked into the hall.

“Chloe started to feel sick,” Bella explained as she closed the door behind us. Charlie turned is attention to me.

“I’ll be fine,” I insisted, “I’m just gonna go lie down.” Charlie nodded, though he didn’t look convinced. “Thanks for driving us home,” I said to Edward then walked up stairs to my room.

I spent the next several hours sitting on my bed, waiting for the wolf to appear. But it never did. Had I imagined it? Had I imagined everything that I’d been through the past few days? No, no I hadn’t imagined it. There was a crazy woman with red hair who had tried to kill me. Wait, what was that? I leaned out of the window slightly, something had moved in the trees. It was the wolf. It was staring at me again, I stared back. I needed to get closer. I grabbed my shoes and looked at the wolf again, I had to get closer.

I silently walked out of my room, down the steps, and into the kitchen. I looked out the window, the wolf was still there. This was probably a bad idea but I didn’t care. I slowly opened the back door and stepped out. I slipped my shoes on and walked towards the wolf. It was still watching me. I stopped a few feet from it and just stared at it for a moment. It was huge. The biggest wolf I had ever seen, yet it seemed like more than just a wolf. There was something about its eyes. “Hello,” I said quietly. Why was I talking to a wolf? It couldn’t answer me, maybe I was crazy. I slowly stretched my hand out towards it. Its eyes seemed to widen as it stepped back. “Its ok, I wont hurt you,” I said as I took a small step closer. The wolf stared at me for a moment then slowly came closer.

I stared at the wolf as it stopped only a few inches in front of me, its golden eyes locked on my green ones. It growled slightly and looked into the forest. Had it heard something? I followed its gaze into the forest, I didn’t see anything. It took a step towards me and nudged me with its head. I stumped back. Did it want me to go back inside? It nudged me again. “ok, ok, you want me to go inside, I get it. I’m being bossed around by a wolf. Fabulous.”
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