Daughter of the Count and Countess

Mates

It has been five days since I last saw Jacob and five days since I last spoke to my parents. The day I got back home from The Black's residents I immediately went upstairs to call my parents and share my new found discoveries. I was surprised when Celestina had picked up the phone but also quite happy to know that she was still awaiting my return home. She claimed that my parents were busy at the moment and would be finished whatever business they were attending to.

I was put on hold for half an hour and Celestina had to leave to fulfill her duties. When I finally had the chance to speak to them, I had to be brief. I summarized everything I learned so far and my parents simply told me to continue my mission and hung up.

I had a bad feeling that settled down at the pit of my stomach.

School, was the same but Edward and I spoke more often. Once he even invited me to sit with his family, part of me wanted to refuse yet the rational part of me thought that it would be best for the mission and my quick departure out of this town if I sat with them. That way I would learn more about them instead of hearing speculated stories based on rumors by disgruntled teenagers.

In the end I reluctantly accepted his offer, because he wouldn't leave me alone and because I thought I could learn more about his odd family.

*Flashback*

"Isabella, please come sit with my family today at lunch."

I stared at him feeling unsure, I shook my head.

"I don't think it is a good idea."

He sighed exasperated.

I began to fiddle with the lock to put away my books. At this moment in time it was lunch break and Edward would not leave me alone. He was continuously pestering me to go and sit with his family. I understand the benefits of sitting with them, but I felt it might be a bit too early to talk to them. After I talked to Jacob I became even more cautions around the Cullen's and made sure that my human appearance remained in tact. I did not want to arouse any suspicion that would lead me into trouble.

"Why are you trying so hard to make me sit with your family?" I asked, getting annoyed.

"Because your different." He whispered quietly.

It was so quiet that I wasn't sure if it was meant for my ears.

"They really want to meet you, especially Alice." He pleaded continuing his feeble attempts at trying to convince me.

I huffed annoyed.

"I already told you Edward I have other things to do." I sighed.

He scoffed.

"Oh ya, like gossiping with Jessica and that bitch wannabe Lauren is your idea of fun?" He rolled his eyes.

I glared at him.

"At the rate we're going at, you are not impressing me in the least." I retorted shutting my locker.

Before, I got the chance to lock it he snatched my lock out of my hands.

I narrowed my eyes at him, I saw that coming but if I had reacted I would have risked exposing my speed.

I placed my hands on my hip mimicking the normal teenage girl behavior, an action that has been adapted in today's society and is supposedly a sign of ones displeasure.

He smirked and began to twirl my lock on his finger.

"If you want your lock back your going to have to agree to sit with my family for lunch." He taunted.

I was so not in the mood for this, but what was even more frustrating was that I had to pretend like I couldn't get my lock when in fact I would be able to grab it within 0.4 milliseconds or less without being seen. Even with his acute eyesight he would not be able to keep track of my hand, to him it would appear as if I had never moved.

I began to jump ridiculously in an attempt to get my lock, he easily moved it away from my reach every time using his height to his advantage. This was so embarrassing. If Mother or Father or even Celestina had witnessed this they would never let me live it down.

I grumbled incoherently, saying a few quick profanities in Romanian.

"Damn you Edward Cullen." I snapped.

"Tick tock, tick tock. Time is ticking Isabella Swan." He said grinning.

I wanted very desperately to wipe that smile off his face.

"Common my family doesn't bite." He said jokingly.

But, I felt like there was an underlining meaning to what he just said and noticed how is eyes slightly darkened.

I nearly rolled my eyes, sure you don't bite. Not humans anyway.

I had three choices;

1) Get my lock back using my speed.

2) Continuously prance around like an idiot and waste my lunch break.

And lastly option number 3.

Go sit with his family.

I sighed.

"Don't believe the rumors you hear, they aren't all true you know." He told me seriously.

"Fine, I will sit with your family, only for today." I gave in.

Option number 3 it is, as if I had a choice.

"Good choice." He nodded approvingly.

And he began to walk off in the direction of the lunchroom, I was about to follow until I noticed my locker remained unlocked.

"Edward! What about my lock?" I yelled.

I could hear him chuckling from afar.

"Bastard" I hissed and reluctantly followed after him.

The atmosphere was nothing but awkward around the table, I picked at the paper wrapped around my water bottle as I felt their gazes on me. I sighed. I knew this was a bad idea, I looked up and gave Edward what you humans would call 'an I told you so' look but he avoided any eye contact.

I held back a growl.

"So, Isabella it's finally nice to meet you." The pixie like girl told me excitedly, jumping in her chair. If she jumped any higher she would jump through the roof.

"Ya, Eddie here wouldn't stop talking about you." The muscular one- Emmett was his name, said while casually draping his arm over his brother's shoulder.

Edward immediately shook him off and glared daggers at him.

"Shut up Emmett." Edward hissed lowly.

I looked at them confused, trying to appear oblivious.

Emmett's booming laughter could be heard and filled the cafeteria. I winced slightly at the volume of his laugh. I noticed some students nervously peered in our direction.

I noticed Jessica glaring at me and Lauren joining her. I could tell she wasn't pleased to see me sitting with the Cullens especially beside her beloved Edward.

I held back the urge to roll my eyes. Humans are so stupid.

I noticed Rosalie frowning, I wonder what I did to displease The Ice Queen?

"Edward." She said her voice full of disapproval.

"Rose." Jasper warned. Speaking for the first time.

Suddenly, the mood went sour and everyone was tense.

I had a strange feeling that this had to do with me.

"If I am inconveniencing you then I will take my leave." I stood up.

"No!" Edward yelled.

"It's fine, don't mind Rosalie." He glared in her direction.

She brushed him off and began to look outside.

"Don't worry Isabella, we don't mind your company! It's great to talk to someone other then ourselves." She said cheerily.

How can she be happy all the time? What a weird little vampire.

"Maybe sometime we could go shop-" I didn't let her finish that sentence. I knew all too well how it would end.

"NO!" I jumped up slamming my hands against the table with restrained control.

"Absolutely no shopping." I stated.

Ever since Celestina introduced me to that horrid human activity, I have grown to really hate it.

Alice quieted down and bowed her head.

Jasper cast a glare in my direction and began to comfort his mate.

I felt a slight pang of guilt throb through my chest. A feeling that I was very unfamiliar with. Have a grown soft?

I sat back down and sighed.

"I apologize Alice, I did not intend for it to come out like that, but I do not like to go shopping. In fact I really despise the thought of fleeting from store to store just to find the right outfit and spending hours on end in a tiny cramped dressing room to try on a dozens of outfits. It is all so very tiresome to me." I explained, sensing that I should say something before the whole Cullen Clan hated me.

Then I would never be able to go home.

She looked up, sniffling at me.

"Really?" She asked softly.

I nodded my head sheepishly.

"Okay! I am glad! I thought you didn't want to hang out with me!" Reverting back to her usual self.

For someone so sensitive, she sure bounced back quickly.

I heard a loud bang, I turned my head in Rosalie's direction. Her chair lay on the ground and she glared at me, seething. The cafeteria was dead quiet, you would be able to hear a pin drop.

Emmett stood trying to calm down his mate.

"Rose, please don't Edward feels like she is the one, please don't ruin this for him." I heard him whisper lowly in her ear.

His words intended for her ears only.

"I don't understand, why her?! This will only make it harder on the family." She hissed back. Everyone looked away.

I wonder what she means? Ah! She thinks I am human.

"Ro-" She cut Emmett off and directed her anger towards me.

"Who do you think you are?" She asked.

I was speechless, what did she want me to say?

"Isabella Swan." I answered innocently.

Her glare intensified, everyone at the table cracked a smile, even Emmett.

"How about you quit this stupid act Isabella."

I didn't like the way she said my name, she said it as if it were something foul in her mouth.

"How dare you judge me." I answered back, standing up as well.

"You'll ruin everything!" She yelled.

"Rose." Jasper said forcefully.

She ignored him.

"What makes you think you can just waltz into our family?"

I was confused.

She smirked either at me or my ignorance I wasn't sure.

"You don't know do you?" She asked and began to laugh.

"Oh, this is rich!" She chuckled darkly and clapped her hands.

She turned to Edward.

"And this is what you wanted to bring to Mom and Dad?" She raised an eyebrow.

He looked down, ashamed.

Edward wasn't going to even jump to my defense. For some reason that stung a little.

"I knew I shouldn't have come to sit with your family Edward. And if you won't do a damn thing about your sister and her venomous mouth then I guess I was wrong about you."

I stormed out of the cafeteria. I swear that I could sense Rosalie's smugness all the way through the corridors.

*End Flashback*

Since then, Edward has avoided me and I him. It made things even more complicated. I had to regain that little trust I had begun to build with Edward. But, because of his prying sister it was ruined.

I went through that whole scene in the cafeteria in my head so many times, but couldn't not quite understand the real reason for Rosalie's resentment towards me. She doesn't know who I am and yet she judged me so freely. Assuming that I was like all those hormonal sex crazed teenage females that resided in our school, who do nothing but lust after the Cullen boys.

She could never understand my pain or loss, but I sensed she has gone through a betrayal resulting in a great loss for her, but she also gained something in return for her loss.

Emmett.

In a sense I envied her, which was a shock to me. She had someone who loved her more than anything else, who stood by her no matter what she did, someone who would forever and always protect her with everything he has.

I wish I could have someone like that.

I shook my head.

Focus Isabella.

Don't wast time by thinking of stupid little daydreams that will never happen. The rational part of myself said bitterly.

You are not human, you were never born one, these frivolous thoughts of yours are disgusting and a complete disgrace to the Dracula family. Don't forget that you are apart of that family. The family with the last remaining pure blooded royals. She continued to say.

I know that! But, somewhere buried deep within me, I longed for a ma-

Do not finish that sentence! The darker part of myself snarled.

When have you gotten so weak? She taunted me.

I growled, I was not weak! I buried these disgusting new found emotions deep down and buried them.

Hoping to never encounter them again.

I should not feel or think about something as silly called love.

I am the last daughter of both Vlad and Lavinia Dracula, I was not suppose to feel this way.

I was taught to mask my emotions and rely on instinct, not on feeling.

I welcomed the darker and rational part of myself and we became one.

I returned to my usual self and began to get ready for school.

Looking into the mirror I clutched my pendant that belonged to my family that hung around my neck.

We will make Mother and Father proud and accomplish this mission. By the time we are through with the Cullens they will regret the day they ever met us. But, I think I will play with them first, especially with that bitch Rosalie. We thought as one. My reflection being mirrored.

I grabbed my backpack and swung it over my shoulder, I grabbed a bottle full of red liquid and drank it.

Licking my fangs I looked back at the mirror. I was no longer there.

I turned my back on the mirror and threw the empty bottle into my trash can.

Smirking as I left the room.

Sorry again for the late update! I have been a bit busy with school work, but since it is Friday I have some time on my hands. I hope you enjoy this chapter! Please review and give me your feedback. Thank you.

~Mariam

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