“Alice, Bella is probably still asleep. It’s five in the morning,” I said while I relaxed on my bank, listening to Claire de Lune.
“Keep your head with your music, telepath,” she said. “I won’t need a ride to school today.”
“All right, psychic,” I said back.
She left and I listened to some more music. After I removed the umpteenth cd from my cd-player, a soft knock came from my door. “Come in,” I said, while looking at my wall of cd’s trying to choose another cd to play. Emmett and Jasper came into my room.
“Dude, we need to talk,” Emmett started.
“If this is about my love life once again, you can walk out that door right away.”
“We won’t leave and you know it,” Jasper said. “This is your opportunity.”
“Yeah, you can ask Bella who your mate is. Esme would be so happy to know that you are not lost yet.”
I rolled my eyes at Emmett. “Thanks so much for your confidence.” I sighed. “I don’t want to know. Faith will give me this gift when I’m ready for it. I don’t want to ruin that.”
“What about Bella?” Jasper asked.
I froze, before turning to them. “What about her?”
“Well, you definitely act different around her,” Emmett said.
“And you definitely feel different around her,” Jasper grinned.
“Do not,” I grumbled. “She’s part of another world, stranger than ours. Of course that makes me act different.”
“It’s not healthy to keep denying everything,” Jasper said.
“I really don’t care,” I said.
“Time for school,” Rosalie said irritatingly from the hallway.
They were all silent, but their thoughts definitely weren’t.
Alice wanted you to know that you need to prepare yourself.
I looked beside me and cocked an eyebrow at Jasper.
I don’t really know, she just said that.
I rolled my eyes and shook my head at him. This family was out of its mind.
I pulled into my favourite parking spot and we got out, waiting at the car for Alice and Bella to arrive. I saw the redness of her Jaguar XF in the far distance and it parked in a spot at the other side of the parking lot. The doors swung open and both Alice and Bella stepped out.
I stopped breathing.
Bella was wearing a dark blue corset that almost made her skin glow. It hugged her body tightly, showing off her curves together with her tight ripped jeans. She wore no tights under the ripped pants, showing lots of her creamy skin. She wore black Converse heels under it, which made her legs go on forever. Her dark hair fell down in curls and she wore little make-up, making her natural beauty more prominent and I could see from her that she wore black Ray-Ban glasses. With every breath she took, I noticed how her breasts seemed to threaten to spill over the corset.
Yeah, you really don’t have any suspicious emotions around her.
I turned to glare at Jasper. He was grinning at me evilly.
Wow, look at Bella Swan.
What I wouldn’t give to hit that!
I’d love to rip those pants a little more and get myself lost into her hot body.
I tensed as an overload of lustful thoughts and fantasies made my head ache. I was longing to rip out all of their eyes for only looking at her.
I looked up, seeing my siblings and Bella staring at me.
“What’s wrong?” Bella asked, frowning.
“You’re making the crowd a bit… enthusiastic. Too much thoughts.” I groaned.
She was still frowning, before she relaxed her face.
Sink yourself into my mind.
I gasped as I heard her voice, ringing in my head, for the very first time. “I heard you.”
She smiled. Just do it.
“I’ve never done that.”
Then try it.
I concentrated and let myself be surrounded by her mind. Her mind was quieter than most other minds.
I’ve never tried letting me sink completely inside someone’s mind, but that was because no mind was interesting enough to try it with.
I let out a sigh as the thoughts of the humans left my head and only hers were there.
I nodded at her. “Thank you,” I said softly.
The family was watching us curiously, but didn’t ask anything. We went towards our first classes. I kept myself deep inside her thoughts, being entranced by her thoughts. It made me feel relaxed, as though I was on some kind of hard drugs.
Jessica and Mike were very far along in the progress. She pictured the two students sitting in grass, talking, with broad smiles on their faces. I think I can wake them up tomorrow already. I have to make a new selection of couples that need to be united.
Suddenly her mind drifted and I saw the wolves, on La Push beach, illuminated by a large campfire. They were sitting around the campfire, telling stories. I saw Jacob Black and Embry Call. Jacob had a brown glow around his body, while Embry had a grey glow around him. I was wrong. This sentence was repeated over and over again.
This went on until third period. That’s when she shook herself clear of the thoughts surrounding Jacob and Embry.
I hope I was also wrong about Edward. It just couldn’t be that he…
Suddenly, she cut me off and I was no longer in her mind. I frowned unhappily.
At lunch, I went towards my family. Bella was sitting there, but as soon as she spotted me, she stood up and went towards the table from Angela, Ben and her other human friends.
I stared at her retreating form, before looking at Alice. She shrugged, her face filled with confusion as well. What did you do now?
I shook my head. “Nothing.” I put my uneaten food on the table, before walking towards their table. They all stopped talking, except for Bella. She hadn’t seen me nearing their table, since she was with her back to me, but she visibly tensed.
“Bella?” I asked.
She looked over her shoulder, but didn’t meet my eyes. She was avoiding me. “Yes, Edward?”
“Can I talk to you? Please?”
She sighed deeply, before nodding and standing up. She just walked out of the cafeteria, into the open air. I followed her into the woods.
“Bella, please,” I begged.
“What do you want, Edward?”
“I want you to talk to me. I know something is wrong. My family doesn’t notice, but I do. Since you talked with Esme, she’s been sad around me and you seemed to feel guilty for me, somehow. Just tell me.”
She whipped around, glaring at me. “You’ve put me through a hell, you know that, Edward?” She started pacing and I watched her. “You came into my life like a whirlwind, destroying all the confidence in my gifts I ever had. You made me doubt myself, because I can’t see your mate. At all. Which can’t be because I always see their mates. Then you walk into my meadow without any help from my part, making me even more confused. And now I know I was wrong about Jacob and Embry being soul mates.” Suddenly, her eyes widened as though she realized something. She gasped loudly. “Oh my God.”
“What?” I frowned.
Just then her cell phone rang. She picked it up. “Hello?” she asked breathless. “Err… Yeah, I will be right there.” She hung up and looked at me. “I need to go.”
She turned to leave, but I quickly grabbed her hand, spinning her around and enveloping her in a hug. “Thank you for telling me,” I said softly.
I released her, but not before I had taken a silent whiff of her hair. It smelled of sweet strawberries.
She was looking at me, as though she was on the verge of tears. “You’re welcome,” she choked before disappearing.