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 Post subject: Once Bitten, Twice Shy - MATURE
PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:25 am 
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Chapter 1: Exodus

A/N: This chapter is rather short, but it’s merely an introduction. Let me know what you think by leaving a review. I’ll be uploading all the completed chapters of this story over the course of a few days followed by a new chapter soon. Things are getting a little hectic around here since the start of a new school year. For those of you who didn’t know I am a teacher, but I usually write in my spare time while my hubby is working third shift anyway, so the school year really doesn’t mess with my writing time too much. Well, with no further adieu here goes Chapter 1 . . .


Bella Swan sat in the window seat of the plane. Her golden-brown eyes seemed transfixed on some faraway point out the window, but her thoughts wandered in the sea of voices that assaulted her from all sides. Her head ached from the constant drone of sound that she was not yet used to tuning out. She had been consciously avoiding other people for this very reason since her return 3 months ago.

“Excuse me miss, is there anything I can get for you?” The young blonde stewardess smiled a toothy grin. Her teeth were a brilliant white, but nothing compared to the visions in Bella’s nightmares.

She looks like death warmed over.

Bella cringed at the picture of her own face in the smiling girl’s thoughts. Her once beautiful mahogany hair was now limp and ragged looking. She saw the dark circles under her eyes and the haggard look on her round face more clearly than even looking in a mirror. Her skin was so pale that it almost looked gray under the pale lights of the airplane in the twilight.

“Just some water, thanks.” Bella tried to smile faintly to at least improve her appearance for the moment as the young woman hurried off to fill her request. She grabbed the backpack sitting on the floor in front of her and quickly shuffled through the front pocket for the bottle of aspirin her mother Rene had handed her before leaving. She had been having headaches on a regular basis for three months and usually carried something with her for the incessantly throbbing pain.

“Here you are, miss. Is there anything else I can get for you?”

“No thank you.”

“Just let me know if there is anything you need.” Besides a good night’s sleep.

With that final thought the girl turned and walked towards the front of the plane. Bella quickly took two of the aspirin from the bottle and popped them into her mouth chasing them down with a swallow of water from the small plastic cup the stewardess had handed her. She leaned her head back on the seat rest and closed her eyes trying to tune out the noise inside her head.

I think I forgot to turn off the stove. I hope . . .

. . . he’s cheating on me I know. . .

. . . stewardess is hot. Just look at . . .

. . . need to pay the credit card bill when I get . . .

On and on the noise continued. She was never able to completely rid it from her mind unless she was absolutely alone. Even Rene in the next room over could interject her thoughts into Bella’s senstive mind. Only once in the past three months had there been silence inside her head. One night when she was sitting alone in the desert watching the stars she realized that the sound was gone. She had probably been the only person around for miles.

She was slowly learning to tame the noise down, but it took a lot of concentration to get it down to the point that it became a dull hum that she was able to sleep through. After a half an hour of effort, Bella was finally able to drift off.

Flash of pale white skin in the moonlight. His face is beautiful, and his long blonde hair is shining in the silver light. His brilliant teeth bared and snarling. She can feel them sink into the skin of her arm and the venom burning. The pain is excruciating. Suddenly there is a pulling and the burning venom is drawn out of her arm along most of the rest of the blood in her body. Smiling, he removes his pale lips from her skin, and she can see the bite mark that is left behind already beginning to heal itself. From a distance she can hear screaming . . .

“Wake up. . .”

“Miss, wake up!! Are you alright? You’re dreaming.”

It is the stewardess who brought her a cup of water earlier shaking her into awareness. Bella slowly blinks her eyes, and realizes from the rawness of her throat that she must have been the one who was screaming. The eyes of every passenger are on her terrified and confused face. She can hear their thoughts are all centered on her.

Is she alright?

What’s going on?

Must have been dreaming.

Bella could feel the blood rush to her face. She should have known better than to try to sleep. There had not been a night in the past three months that she hadn’t seen his face behind her eyelids when they were shut. He was the reason she was running away from the only home she had ever been able to remember.

Rene had moved to Phoenix when her daughter was only 18 months old leaving Charlie behind in Forks, Washington. It was to Forks that Bella had now fled trying to outrun a nightmare that seemed to be following her no matter how quickly she ran. She knew that she had nothing to fear from him because he was dead, but he still haunted her dreams.

She quickly gathered her thoughts and tried to smile at the young lady with such concern on her beautiful face.

“I’m sorry. I was having a nightmare.”

“You were screaming. . .”

“Yes, that happens sometimes. Please excuse me. I will try not to fall asleep again. Could you please bring me some coffee?”

“Sure, um, is there anything else you need?”

“No, thank you. Just coffee.”

As the stewardess walked away Bella glanced at her watch. There was only an hour left before the plane touched down at Sea-Tac airport in Seattle, and Charlie would be waiting for her. It was nearly a 4 hour drive from Seattle to Forks, and Bella anticipated much of it would be spent in silence.

Silence. That would be a nice change. Charlie’s thoughts were hard to read, and when she wasn’t trying it was nearly impossible for her to hear anything from him. It was peaceful for her to spend time with him.

Rene’s mind was constantly humming with thought, and Bella didn’t think she could handle that much longer. She had never realized exactly how manic her mother had been until she had returned from her living nightmare with this new skill.

It confused her at first. She hadn’t known what these sounds in her head were. She actually thought she was hearing “voices.” It slowly came to her that she was hearing the thoughts of the hospital staff that had been working around her nearly 24 hours a day to bring her back from the brink of death.

She had no memory of being found by the police abandoned in the Arizona desert. She knew from the thoughts of the officer who had found her that he thought she was already dead. Her heart had nearly stopped beating, but there was a faint pulse. He had loaded her up in his cruiser and driven her to the nearest emergency room.

The staff of the hospital found dozens of healed cuts on her arms and neck. The scars were very faint. However, they could find no reason for her body to be so low on blood. They had checked her for internal bleeding, cancer of the bone marrow, and every other disease which could possibly have caused her to be in this state. They found nothing.

The police asked her a million questions about where she had been for the month span of time that nearly the entire state had been looking for her. Even Charlie had taken a leave of absence from his job as the police chief of the Forks PD to come and help in the search. Bella refused to answer even the simplest questions about what had happened to her. She claimed to have no memory about the ordeal, and the psychiatrist that had begun treating her in the hospital was having thoughts about something called PTSD. He had urged her parents not to push her. He said her memories might return in time, but pushing her could cause a psychotic break.

She refused to answer their questions because she was afraid that some of them might return for her. He was dead, but there had been others. On several occasions he had friends over to their little hideout. She feared what they would do if she ever dared to breathe a word of their presence to anyone. So she continued to feign amnesia and claimed to remember nothing of the weeks that she had been missing.

After two weeks in the hospital she had been returned to her home. Only it no longer felt like home to her. There was an air of danger about the place. He had taken her from here. It wasn’t safe. That was when the nightmares began.
It wasn’t always the same dream. Sometimes she relived different moments from the missing month as Rene had begun to refer to it, but it was always about the same person. Him. . .

She couldn’t even bring herself to think his name in case it might draw another one of his kind to her. Who knew how many of them lived in Phoenix. There had been one, and that had been more than enough for Bella.

She pushed up the sleeves on her arms and looked down at the dozens of healed cuts there. They glistened in the sunlight like thousands of diamonds had been embedded in her skin. She quickly pulled her sleeve down as the young lady arrived with the cup of coffee she had asked for.

“Here you go. Are you going to be alright?”

Bella sensed the sincerity in the young woman’s thoughts and smiled up at her weakly.

“Sure, I’ll be fine. Thank you.”

“Let me know if you need anything. My name is Tina.”

“Sure will Tina.”

Tina walked away, her thoughts still with the young girl sitting in the aisle seat on row 13. Bella realized from her thoughts that she had looked horrible when she got on the plane, and even the short nap which had been interrupted by that horrible screaming did nothing to improve the impression that she hadn’t slept in days. Tina’s attention was quickly diverted by another passenger calling for her attention. Besides it was getting close to time for landing, and she needed to start preparing for that as soon as she could.

Bella spent the rest of the flight home thinking about what she would say to Charlie when she arrived. She had called him only yesterday to tell him she was coming for a visit. What she didn’t tell him is that she was coming to stay. She was afraid he would refuse to have her interrupt his life there. Maybe the place that she was born would feel like home if no where else did. She could only hope.



 Post subject: Re: Once Bitten, Twice Shy - MATURE
PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:25 pm 
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Interesting... So Bella's the telepath in this one, and James (or random blond sparklepire #4) found her in Arizona nevertheless.

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 Post subject: Re: Once Bitten, Twice Shy - MATURE
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