“Do you think that I could be scary?” He raised one eyebrow, and the faint trace of a smile lightened his face.
I thought for a moment, wondering whether the truth or a lie would go over better. I decided to go with the truth. “Hmmm… I think you could be, if you wanted to.”
“Are you frightened of me now?” The smile vanished, and his heavenly face was suddenly serious.
“No.” But I answered too quickly. The smile returned.
“So, now are you going to tell me about your family?” I asked to distract him.
“It’s got to be a much more interesting story than mine.” He was instantly cautious. “What do you want to know?”
“The Cullens adopted you?” I verified.
I hesitated for a moment. “What happened to your parents?”
“They died many years ago.” His tone was matter-of-fact.
sorry,” I mumbled.
“I don’t really remember them that clearly. Carlisle and Esme have been my parents for a long time now.”
“And you love them.” It wasn’t a question. It was obvious in the way he spoke of them.
“Yes.” He smiled. “I couldn’t imagine two better people.”
“You’re very lucky.”
“I know I am.”
“And your brother and sister?”
He glanced at the clock on the dashboard.
“My brother and sister, and Jasper and Rosalie for that matter, are going to be quite upset if they have to stand in the rain waiting for me.”
“Oh, sorry, I guess you have to go.” I didn’t want to get out of the car.
“And you probably want your truck back before Chief Swan gets home, so you don’t have to tell him about the Biology incident.” He grinned at me.
“I’m sure he’s already heard. There are no secrets in Forks.” I sighed. He laughed, and there was an edge to his laughter.
“Have fun at the beach… good weather for sunbathing.” He glanced out at the sheeting rain.
“Won’t I see you tomorrow?”
“No. Emmett and I are starting the weekend early.”
“What are you going to do?” A friend could ask that, right? I hoped the disappointment wasn’t too apparent in my voice.
“We’re going to be hiking in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, just south of Rainier.” I remembered Charlie had said the Cullens went camping frequently.
“Oh, well, have fun.” I tried to sound enthusiastic. I don’t think I fooled him, though. A smile was playing around the edges of his lips.
“Will you do something for me this weekend?” He turned to look me straight in the face, utilizing the full power of his burning gold eyes. I nodded helplessly.
“Don’t be offended, but you seem to be one of those people who just attract accidents like a magnet. So… try not to fall into the ocean or get run over or anything, all right?” He smiled crookedly.
The helplessness had faded as he spoke. I glared at him.
“I’ll see what I can do,” I snapped as I jumped out into the rain. I slammed the door behind me with excessive force.
He was still smiling as he drove away.