“Are you out of your mind?”
I sighed deeply. “Iraz, please. I’m not in the mood for this.”
“The hell you’re not! You have tried it before and you know how it ended.”
“I know what went wrong and I’ll do better this time. I’m off to school.”
“Marydith,” Iraz said sternly. I sighed again and looked at him. “Please, I’m begging you.”
I shook my head with a sad smile. “All for love, Iraz.”
I smiled while closing my eyes and shook my head. “Hey Alice.” I turned and gave her a raised eyebrow. “What’s wrong?”
“Nothing, just wondering if you wanted to go to Seattle next Saturday with me and Rosalie.”
I groaned as images of me inside a changing room for hours flashed before my eyes. “You’ve got to be kidding me.”
“Please, Bella? Pretty-pretty-pretty please?”
I rolled my eyes. “Fine! But please, stop begging already.”
“Jay!” she squeaked and I covered my ears at the sound. She skipped away.
I let out a sigh of relief as soon as the bell rang to indicate lunch has started. I stuffed my books in my back. As I walked out of the classroom, I froze. Edward was leaning against the adjacent wall, his hair as messy as usual. Why does it seem like he’s getting more handsome every day?
I shook my head to clear it. Don’t you dare, Marydith.
As soon as I stepped out of the classroom, he looked up. A crooked grin spread over his face as he saw me. I couldn’t help the smile in response to his grin. “Hey,” he breathed as soon as I reached him.
“Hey,” I answered.
“May I walk you to the cafeteria?” he asked.
“It would be my pleasure,” I said, momentarily lost in his eyes.
We stood like that for what seemed like hours, while it could have been just seconds.
He broke my trance by turning slightly to walk to the cafeteria. I averted my gaze to the ground as we walked.
“Alice is out of her mind with excitement since you said yes,” he chuckled.
“I bet she is,” I grumbled.
“You don’t seem to be so excited about it.”
I smiled at him and shrugged. “I don’t like shopping.”
We reached the cafeteria and we went to stand in line for food. I went for a tomato soup and grilled cheese. I grabbed a container with milk. I protested when Edward took my plate to the pay desk.
“C’mon Bella, I just want to pay.”
“You’re not even going to eat your own food. Just let me pay my own food.” I made a grab for my plate, but he held it out of my reach. He just grinned and paid for it anyway. He led me to a table while I grumbled.
He chuckled as he pushed the plate towards me. “Don’t get all grumpy on me now, Bella. It was just a nice gesture.”
“I’m not grumpy,” I muttered with a pout and he chuckled again.
I enjoyed the soup and the grilled cheese, before drinking from the milk.
“Jessica Stanley and Mike Newton are in the hospital,” Edward grinned. “Carlisle wanted me to let you know.”
“Thank you. I’ll be going to them this afternoon.”
Suddenly, the bell rang. Edward grabbed our plates and brought them away, before walking us to Biology II. Mr Banner told us to work on the assignments from that week.
“How does it work?”
I looked up at his sudden question. “How does what work?”
“The meadow, as you call it.”
I turned to him and thought for a moment. “It’s not easy to explain. First, I put them in a very deep sleep, a coma of some sorts. As soon as they are in the hospital, I pull their souls into the meadow.”
“You pull them into the meadow? Shouldn’t you be in it to do that?”
I nodded. “Yes, I do.”
“But didn’t you tell us you had problems with the meadow?”
“Yes, I have to do it differently this afternoon. I will need to push them into the meadow, which is a lot more difficult as shown a few decennia earlier.” I looked at my hands.
“What happened?” he asked softly.
“I pushed their souls too hard out of their bodies and wasn’t able to bring them back again,” I said, ashamed. “But I will do it right this time.” Suddenly, I looked up at him. “Would you like to see?”
He frowned. “See what?”
“How it works. Do you want to join me this afternoon?”