Mates For Eternity

Edward Cullen

My body went into full panic mode and the phrase swirled around in my head. I started to tremble slightly and my vision blurred around the edges. I tried taking deep breaths to calm and reassure myself, but that only made things worse as their scents hit my nose. From what I could smell, there were five of them. That meant that I was outnumbered if it came to a fight, which it probably would knowing my luck. Never the less, I continued to trail after an unobservant Jessica as we made our way to the cafeteria. I saw her curly locks bobbing into the room whilst I paused for a moment and inhaled. The scent was strongest here so I assumed that they were already in there.

Ok Bella, just relax. They have no reason to hurt you. Now, calmly walk through the doors, grab some food and sit wherever Jessica does. My mind told me. I absentmindedly nodded and pushed open the double doors.

I kept my head down as I joined the lunch cue. I could feel everyone's eyes on me and all conversation stopped. I pretended that I was very interested in the linoleum floor that silently squeaked under my feet. When it was my turn to choose my food, I grabbed the first thing my hands touched and paid for it with money that I stole off Mike. I knew I shouldn't have done it, but how else would I keep up pretences? Everyone picked up their conversations but I still saw a few people look over at me. I glanced up from my lashes quickly and spotted Mike's gang, which included Jessica, waving me over. I sluggishly dragged my feet to their table and plopped down in between Mike and Angela.

"Hey Bella." Mike greeted me in an over cheerily voice. It was so obvious that he liked me, and the big goofy grin that was plastered on his face only added to that fact. I offered him a small smile in return. I could feel someone's eyes on me so I turned around and saw a glimpse of Jessica glaring at me before she sniffed and turned away to talk to a blonde girl. So, it seems that Jessica likes Mike. I shrugged it off and started to pick at the slimy pizza that I had picked up. Yuck.

"So Bella," Mike started, "how's your first day going?"

"It's ok I guess." I mumbled. I still hadn't forgotten the fact that there were vampires stalking in this very room. Besides myself.

"Uh-uh." Mike replied. I sighed as I pushed my meal away from me.

"You're not eating?" Jessica asked, giving me a quizzical look.

I shook my head at her. "I'm not hungry." She snorted and turned to her friend.

"She's probably anorexic." She whispered, not meaning for me to hear. I narrowed my eyes at her before looking around the cafeteria. I observed all of the different humans at tables and how they interacted with each other. Some were laughing, some were talking, whilst others were just full on eating. I sighed as I continued looking around the crowded lunch room.

But that was when I saw him.

He was sitting in one of the isolated tables in the corner of the room with, who I presumed to be, his coven. His grey t-shirt was tight against his body, showing off all his perfect, strong muscles. He was wearing a pair of black jeans that hung loosely on his hips, and trailed down to his trainers. My eyes trailed up to his face where I saw his tousled bronze hair on top of his head where a few bits flopped down into his eyes and my fingers twitched, wanting to run themselves through it. I avoided his eyes but gazed at his features; his strong jaw line, high cheek bones, perfectly angled nose and full, kissable lips. I was sure at that moment that he was sculpted by angels. Before I could control myself, I looked into his eyes. They were deep pools of gold full of mystery and wonder.

It was only then that I realised that he had been staring at me the whole time. He had an unfathomable expression across his face. But as I looked into his eyes again, I saw possessiveness and…love. Can it be true? Was he my mate? I quickly rid my thoughts of that subject.

Of course he's not your mate! I thought to myself. You don't even deserve to live after what you did, let alone be mated!

My lips trembled as I looked down. I heard a low gasp and looked back around and saw the God-like creature with concern written all over his face, but I could still see the hints of possessiveness. As I gazed longer at him, I could feel a fire open up inside of me. Desire took over me and I wanted to submit myself to him in everyway possible. I unconsciously leaned towards him and saw that he did the same. Right then there was no one else in the room. Just us.

"Bella? Who are you looking at?" Jessica's squeaky voice interrupted. I whizzed back around to face her.

"Umm, who are they?" I asked, inclining my head towards the table with Adonis. I glanced up at him and he looked quite angry and jealous, but still staring at me.

"Oh!" Jessica gushed. "They're the Cullens. They're Doctor and Mrs. Cullens foster kids and moved down here from Alaska, like, two years ago. The big one is Emmett and he's with Rosalie, the blonde one who looks like she should be a supermodel. Then the little pixie girl is Alice, she's really weird. She's with Jasper, the blonde guy who looks like he's in pain." I nodded my head in vague interest; I only had eyes for the man who was still staring at me, making me feel all warm and fuzzy.

"What about him?" I questioned impatiently; I wanted to know as much about my personal angel as I possibly could.

"Oh, that's Edward." She giggled. Edward…my mind breathed. The perfect name for the perfect man. "He's gorgeous isn't he?" I had to bite back a growl, "But don't waste your time. He doesn't date." She sniffed and turned away whilst I chuckled silently, wondering when he rejected her. I peeked through my lashes and saw Edward's eyes trained on me. They looked so warm and inviting.

"You don't want to hang around with them Bella. You've got us." Mike stated happily as he slung his arm casually over my shoulder. A low bass growling sounded followed by a loud bang. The humans only heard the bang but we all turned to look at where the noise had come from.

My eyes focused on Edward Cullen. It seemed that he had leapt off his chair and was now sending murdering glares to Mike. His hands were balled into tight fists and his teeth were slightly bared. His eyes had darkened to almost pitch black. He started to stalk up to us, stopping right next to me. He leaned over the table so he was looking down at Mike who was quivering in fear.

"Take your filthy hands off her." Edward ordered, each word laced with venom and pure hatred. Mike silently obeyed, ripping his arm off me and placing it by his side.

"Good." Edward approved icily. "Now, if you so much as think about her again, I will make sure that you suffer a slow and painful death. Am I clear?" Mike didn't hesitate in nodding his head rapidly. Edward gave him one last long glare before taking my hand and pulling me up next to him. "And that goes for all of you." He stated, glaring at Eric and Tyler whilst letting go of my hand and wrapping a possessive arm around my waist. "She is mine." He hissed before pulling me along with him. I didn't fail to notice the jolts of electricity running through me from where our skin touched and I embraced the feeling. Everyone was staring at us with open mouths as Edward pulled me through the doors of the cafeteria which led outside.

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