"Is this going to work out?" I murmered, tracing circles around Alec's arm. We were in bed together, and it was the middle of the night. We've been like this for the last several hours.
"Of course. Why wouldn't it?" Alec murmered back.
"I was just trying to see what you thought. I feel like I've found my soulmate," I said. I looked up at Alec. He held me in his arms. "It's as if you're my other half."
"Wouldn't that be a fun story to tell people?" Alec whispered. "We could write a book about our lives intertwining like this."
I rolled my eyes. "If that was even possible without breaking the Volturi's rules and either of us having the ability to write."
Alec chuckled. "Yeah, I know what you mean. I never had a proper education, but I imagine that I would have failed Writing class."
"I love you," I mumbled as I snuggled into his chest.
"And I you," he replied.
Eventually morning rolled along, and I slowly got out of the bed. We were in my bedroom, because my bed was bigger than Alec's. I made a mental note to buy a king bed for us to share.
I suddenly felt a lightheaded sensation, as if a white mist was engulfing me in knock-out gas. I sprung up my mental shield automatically, and put my hands on my hips as I glared at Alec accusingly.
He grinned sheepishly. "I had to try, didn't I? C'mon, let's stay home today."
I smiled, easily forgiving him. "If we want to fit into this town...It would be a bad influence on our social standing if we didn't show up for the second day of school."
"Since when did you care about social standing?" Alec asked.
I sighed, and gazed around the room. "I guess...when I began this new life, I felt like starting everything over again. Building my own confidence by living somewhere else, where nobody knew me. New life, new place, new people. Now we're back here...it just brings back memories. Not very clear, muddy memories, but memories nonetheless. I thought I had buried everything behind me, but now I don't know."
Alec got out of bed and reached for my hands. "We can leave. We don't have to stay here."
"Nah, I can't leave now. I got to finish battling with these demons now that I've started. I just have a strange feeling that something important is here."
"Alright." Me and Alec hugged, and then Alec laughed.
"What?" I asked.
"Is this weird?" Alec said, still pressed against me. "I mean, I've never really hugged someone while being completely nude before-"
"Yeah, I know what you mean," I said. "There's two more hours until school, and it will take at least a half hour to get there."
"Hm. What are we going to do with that time?" Alec said flirtatiously, pretending to think.
"I don't know," I said, as Alec and I started to kiss. "I suppose we could play solitare or discuss the Trans-Sahara trade route in the early 1700s," Bella said breathily in between kisses.
"Yeah, maybe," Alec said, distracted. "Or..."
"Yeah, or," I agreed.
We were almost late to school, but made it just in time. I parked the dark blue porche in the nearest parking spot, and got out with Alec. Alec wore jeans and a dark green T-shirt, while I wore a short green halter dress with skinny jeans. Fashion over the last 90 years, surprisingly, hadn't changed much.
"We're gorgeous, darling, gorgeous," Alec said in a funny voice.
"Poor humans. The envy must eat away at them," I said back to Alec, and he chuckled. He grabbed my hand as we walked in the building together, and I felt complete. How could my life get any better?
It was today that I tried to socialize and make friends. I tried not to smile with my teeth, and I tried to make the humans as comfortable as possible. I long ago mastered How to Act Like A Human 101, taught by Alec, but no matter what you do you still are very different.
In my first hour, I said hello to my partner in History. She seemed startled. "I'm Bella Adler," I said friendily, not offering to shake hands.
The girl recovered after a moment. "Lisa Chase," she replied. "Are you're eyes purple?" She asked, a little hesitant.
"Don't freak out, they're just contacts," I said, laughing a little. The girl just seemed to be more awestruck. Oh, right. I remembered how a vampire's laughter sounds to a human's ears: as if hope and peace themselves came together to form a symphony of angelic bell chimes, making even Beethoven and Mozart weep.
In sceond hour I was glad to see Alec's face. I found him in the food line, and I pulled him out and almost kissed him. "Man, making human friends is hard," I muttered to him. "I know what you mean - I tried to talk to the girl I sit at a table with, and she practically swooned," Alec said.
People started to file into the classroom, and just as I was about to sit down, across the room I saw something impossible.
"No," I whispered, staring as if a dear in headlights.
"What's wrong?" Alec, asked, looking in the direction I was staring at. In the chair that was an empty seat yesterday was a full seat today.
In it sat Alice Cullen.
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