Chapter 1: Alice
We had been planning our move to Forks, Washington before the visions started. A quick glimpse of her eyes shifting in her face, her shaking hands and the visions became intense, filled with sadness or a hopelessness that radiated from the very sight of her. The frequency and urgency of the visions was disconcerting, yet no one else seemed to be phased, not even Edward. No doubt he had taken notice and I hadn't bothered trying to hide it from him. He and Carlisle both reminded me that we had run into other vampires many times in the past, but something felt different about this one. This was more like a reoccurring nightmare than one of my usual mental images. For now I have resigned to the fact that we must focus on our move, and hope that in time something more will reveal itself.
I looked up at Rosalie and smiled. "I'm not taking that much. My current wardrobe doesn't fit the climate in Forks. We are going to have to do some serious shopping."
Rosalie smirked. "Need a new rain coat Alice?"
Our laughter was interrupted by Edward yelling at Emmett downstairs.
"What are they moving?" I asked.
We darted out into the hall and looked down to the foyer. Emmett was balancing the piano in the palm of his hand. Then he flicked the piano upward and it was resting on just two of his fingers. It rocked back and forth slightly and Edward looked as though he was going to explode.
"Put it down and let me get it in the truck." Neither one of them moved. "Emmett, if you so much as put a scratch on my baby grand I will have no choice but to rip your legs off."
Emmett smiled and shifted the piano onto one finger then winked up at Rose.
She sighed. "Emmett, stop messing around and get the damn thing in the truck before Edward has a melt down."
The smile on Emmett's face grew into a wide grin. Edward growled. "Have you forgotten that I can read your mind? I know that you are about to try and balance it on your head, and I really don't think that is a good idea."
I stifled a laugh while the image of Emmett resting the piano on his head floated into my mind, along with an image of him running around the house carrying the piano over his head as Edward chased him. "Rose, if you value Emmett's legs, I would try and talk him out of this one."
She swiftly threw herself over the railing and landed between them. Without hesitation, she scooped up the piano and began moving towards the door. She turned her head toward Emmett and laughed. "I like your legs."
Emmett shook his head. "God, Edward, no sense of humor..."
Carlisle walked through the front door hand in hand with Esme. "Alright, we need to have everything packed and in the trucks by five. Esme and I are already finished and leaving momentarily. I need to stop at the hospital for my farewell party and then we will be on our way. We'll see you in Washington."
Edward spoke first. "I'm driving the Vanquish."
"I am taking the Jeep and Rose will take the M3. So that leaves Edward's Volvo. I guess Alice and Jasper can drive that." Emmett grabbed the last of the boxes from the bottom of the stairs and headed out the door.
Thirty minutes later, we were all packed and on our way. In ten hours, we would arrive in Forks and would start getting ready for another high school charade. Jasper and I hopped in the Volvo and began our migration. Not ten minutes later, I knew Edward would call.
"Who is she?" I'm surprised it took him this long to ask.
"I'm not sure. It's still too fuzzy. I can't see when, but I am certain that we will encounter her in Forks."
"Is she dangerous?"
"I don't think so, but I feel that she may be hurt in some way. I am beginning to think that she needs our help, but I just can't be sure yet. I would say that I will keep you posted but I am sure that you will see it when I do."
"Sorry, I'm not trying to pry. You have been having this vision for months now and... These aren't the same."
"She poses no threat that I can see." I decided to change the subject. "So, are you going to let Rose beat you to the house or are you going to show us what your precious Vanquish can do?"
He chuckled and hung up the phone. He was letting her lead now, but not for long.