As soon as we entered the living room, all eyes turned to us. Edward squeezed my hand tighter, sensing my edginess. Looking around the room I saw that there were only two seats left; one next to Peter and one next to Tanya. I internally groaned; there was no way that Edward would let me sit next to Peter. At this realisation, Tanya suddenly perked up.
"Hey Eddie, I saved you a seat." She grinned. I clenched my teeth together and Edward rubbed soothing circles on my hand. He started heading over to Tanya, but his grip on my hand tightened. He reluctantly led me over to Tanya, who looked confused. He glanced at me for a moment, an apologetic look in his eyes, before slowly sitting down next to Tanya. Tanya flashed a brilliant smile and started shuffling towards Edward when he suddenly pulled me down on top of him so I was placed on his lap. I smiled at him and he smiled back and kissed my nose. I took the opportunity to snuggle close into Edward's chest.
"Hmph." Tanya huffed, slouching back on to the cushions. I was immensely happy at that moment, but it soon washed away when I got a spine tingling feeling that someone was watching me. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Peter looking at me with a calculating expression. I squeezed my eyes shut and huddled further into Edward. Edward noticed my movements and gave me a questioning glance. I quickly darted my eyes to Peter and back. Edward followed my movement and I saw his jaw clench as he looked at Peter. Talk about if looks could kill…
I placed my hand on Edward's cheek and he visibly relaxed, but I could still see the hatred in his eyes. He placed his hand over mine, stroking his thumb over my fingers whilst keeping his glare fixed on Peter.
"So, Eleazer, how have you been?" Esme asked politely.
"I've been very well thank you Esme." Eleazer replied with a warm smile. She nodded her head and silence took over once more. I started getting irritated with the silence so I plucked on the hem of Edward's shirt that was on me.
"So Bella." Peter purred. Edward's eyes immediately darkened, making him look like a true vampire. I dropped my hand from his face in fear, "How did you come by the Cullens?" I flinched at his harsh tone.
"You have no right to talk to her." Edward spat, his hands curling into fists.
"I was only asking her a question." Peter responded coolly. I cleared my throat, intending to answer Peter's question, even if I didn't really want to.
"Well…" I trailed, twisting my body to face Peter. I was about to make eye contact with him when Edward abruptly grabbed my chin and snapped my face to his.
"Don't look at him." Edward demanded in a dangerous voice. He touched his forehead to mine, letting go of my chin and wrapping his arms more firmly around me, "Don't." I sighed and nodded, resting my head on Edward's shoulder. He kissed my forehead and put his head on top of mine.
"Err, so Bella." Carmen cut in, trying to calm to situation, "How were you changed?" The Cullen's eyes all turned to me, worry and concern written on their faces. Edward rubbed my back soothingly and I rolled my eyes; didn't they remember that I had gotten over it?
Without a moment's hesitation, I dived into my past once again. As I told my story, I was well aware of Carmen, Kate and Irina's cries and I could have sworn I heard a sniffle or two from Tanya. Eleazer and Peter cast their eyes downward, showing respect and sympathy for me throughout the story. When I had finished, no one could speak through their crying and wailing so I relaxed into Edward to give them time to compose themselves.
"B-Bella." Kate stuttered, "I-I'm so s-s-sorry!" Irina nodded in agreement.
"What for?" I asked.
"For w-what h-happened to you." By the time she had finished I was shaking my head.
"There's nothing to be sorry for." She smiled gratefully at me, but I could still see the sadness in her eyes. I looked around at everyone else and noticed that Eleazer had a calculating expression n his face.
"Interesting." He murmured.
"What is it?" Carlisle asked; his thirst for knowledge never falters.
"Well, it seems young Bella here has a power." My eyes widened.
"What?" I gasped. I looked around and saw that everyone was just as shocked as me. "What power?"
"I'm not one hundred percent sure but I believe you are a shield." A shield? What did that mean?
"Can you elaborate on that?" Edward pressed.
"I can't seem to get a good read on her. It's as if there's a wall blocking me from her mind. Maybe that's why you can't read her mind Edward?" Eleazer studied me for a moment more before a satisfied smile spread across his face, "Definitely a shield."
I stared at him in wonder. A shield; it wasn't exactly the greatest gift, but it was a gift none the less. Tanya snorted.
"Oh great, a shield. It's nothing compared to being a mind reader; right Eddie?" she turned to Edward but before she could fully look at him I snapped my jaws at her, causing her to flinch.
"Tanya, that's enough." Eleazer firmly told Tanya. She sulked back into the cushions, folding her arms across her chest and jutting out her bottom lip; pathetic.
"I think it's amazing that she's a shield." Peter purred. I immediately felt Edward tense and a growl rumbled from deep within his chest.
"Thank you, Peter." I answered in a monotone voice. Edward glared at me and I shrunk back; I wasn't supposed to talk to him.
"It's ok Bella, I like complementing you. In fact I could complement you on some other things too." Peter suggested and I felt his eyes trail down my body.
"Stop looking at her before I gouge your eyes out boy." Edward snarled. I really didn't want this to end up in a fight so I wrapped my arms around Edward's neck and kissed him passionately on the lips, to which he eagerly responded. Two growls sounded throughout the room; no doubt from Peter and Tanya.
Soon after, the whole room was buzzing with conversation. Carlisle, Eleazer and Jasper were discussing the possibilities of my power, Esme and Carmen were comparing house decorations and furniture from magazines, Alice was with Irina and Kate, flipping through magazines, Emmett and Rosalie were making gooey-eyes at each other whilst me and Edward were curled up together, whispering sweet nothings into each other's ears. Tanya and Peter were glaring at us; what a surprise! I sighed.
"What's wrong love?" Edward asked, skimming his lips across my temple.
"I just wish that Tanya and him would leave us alone." Edward had made it clear earlier that I wasn't even allowed to usher his name. I heard Edward sigh.
"Hmm." Edward thought. He started trailing sweet kisses down the side of my face. "Well, I would be more than willing to take your mind off things." He suggested.
"How?" I asked, feigning innocence. Edward smirked as his hand rubbed circles my thigh. He started getting higher and higher and was staring to trail into the inside of my thigh. His lips folded over mine in a lustful kiss and his tongue passed between my lips, massaging my tongue with his. He reluctantly pulled away, panting.
"Damn these guests for being here." He growled.
"Why do you say that?" I questioned, still trying to catch my breath.
"If they weren't here then I could take you to our room right now." Edward replied, nibbling my ear.
"Then why don't you?" I giggled. Edward was about to answer when someone interrupted.
"Because she'd rather sleep with me." Silence flowed through the room as all eyes turned to Peter. He had a broad smile on his face as he looked at Edward. I stole a glance at him too and immediately looked away; he was the picture of terror.
His now black eyes sunk into his head and bored holes in Peter's face. His lips were curled over his venom coated teeth, making all his features more dark and defined. A horrifying snarl ripped out of his throat.
"What. Did. You. Just. Say?" Edward seethed.
"You heard me." Peter answered confidently. Uh-oh.
"WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?" Edward roared. I covered my ears with my hands. I looked around and saw the furniture shake because he was so loud. I saw Peter's grin falter.
"Well…urm-" I managed to scramble off Edward as he stood up in an instant. He crouched down defensively in front of me.
"HOW DARE YOU, BOY!" Edward screamed in fury. I could see that Edward was past reason and was going to lunge for Peter. I was about to intervene when I remembered something vitally important;
75% of fights in the vampire world are males fighting over a female. And if you see one of these fights, you must never get involved.
I let out a shriek as I saw Edward tense up, ready to strike. But when he heard me, his head whipped around to face me. Sensing my distress, he flew over to me and wrapped me up in a loving embrace, kissing my face. Once he was done, he turned blindingly fast to face Peter, once again blocking me from his sight.
"Outside. Now." Edward ordered, his voice deadly quiet.
"No Esme." Edward cut her off. "Peter-" he spat the name with so much hatred- "and I need to have a little chat. Don't we?" He directed his gaze towards Peter. Peter gulped and nodded, making his way to the front door. Edward gave me one rough kiss on my lips.
"I love you." He murmured, kissing me again. "Never forget that."
"I won't." I whispered back and kissed him.
"I'll be back soon. Wait here for me." Edward kissed my forehead.
"Always." He smiled at my response and kissed me one more time before stalking to the door, all signs of happiness gone.
"Oh and Tanya." Edward stopped but didn't turn around. "If you ever think about my Bella like that again, I will not hesitate to kill you as well." Tanya trembled slightly but nodded her head. Edward didn't wait as he bolted through the door and slammed it shut, causing cracks to form on the frame.
Please don't do anything stupid! I prayed as I heard the retreating footsteps of my Edward and him.