Book 1 Plot: When Bella meets 3 handsome strangers, her world is turned upside down. Nothing is as it seems, secrets, lies and danger all around her all at once. She eventually finds her torn between friendship and love, but what happens as danger is nearing closer?
when I finish the first chapter.
As I was asleep in my bed, I grew restless by the moment as I heard voices coming from outside of the house. At first not taking any notice of is it...until I smelt something odd. It tasted almost bitter...my eyes snapped open, when I heard my little sister screaming in her room. I coughed as I saw smoke around me, coming from beneath the closed door. I knew what that smell was...it was from a fire.
I managed to pull myself from my bed opening the door and squinted my eyes, the staircase was on fire. I ran across the hall way to Lily’s room, bursting into it and let out a scream as I saw my baby sister, laying on the floor, covered in blood. I dropped by her side onto my knees-tears running down my cheeks “Lily..”
Lily barely managed to look into my eyes “Es...cape.” she gasped out, before her head fell to her side. I looked up noticing a man climbing back into the room. I ran out of Lily’s room, closing the door and pushed a chair to keep it closed as I ran back to my room and I popped the window open, climbing down. As I heard growling coming from my sister’s room as the man managed to kick the door open. Once I was on the ground. I broke out into a ran, seeing the flames engulf the house from the corner of my eyes. At the moment, I did not care that I was running bare footed. The sticks...stones and leaves prickled the soles of my feet, as the cold wrapped around me. Escaping was my main goal...not caring about what I was wearing-which was a short sleeved t-shirt with some shorts.
“Get her….get her damn it!” I heard yells behind me, from the same man that I saw earlier climbing back into Lily’s room-the man that was after me.
I tried to dodge through the woods and trees, I gasped as I was running of breath, never been the best runner in the world. My breath jagged and I was sure it would give me away. I tripped over a log and landed on the floor with a thud..into the mud. I shakily pulled myself back to my fragile human feet as I carried on running, the voices growing more louder behind me by a second. I stopped when I came to the edge off the cliffs. I looked back and saw two large men approaching. I took a deep breath as I hurled myself off the cliff tops-hoping I would not hit the rocks and kill my self in the process. My blonde hair now covered in mud, plastered to my face as I landed in the cold water.
I let out a gasp...the water was so cold, it felt like knives were stabbing me all over. Before I could fully come up the surface off the water...a huge swallowed me whole. I tried to kick and fight the waves...by my arms and legs felt weak and frail from running away from the two men. I coughed as some water got in my lungs and nose...the pressure seemed to overtake me as my body gave in. I felt myself starting to sink towards the ocean floor, as my hair flowed around my, as the huge waves carried me and swallowed me. All I knew now was the dark abyss.
The water felt cold...as the coldness took over as well, my body became more numb. I had no idea how long I was under the water or floating towards the end of the shore...It felt like at one point I came to a stop...maybe I hit the ocean floor? maybe I was laying on the beach shore. I had no way of knowing...as I could not force my eyes open.
I was fighting internally once again...trying to keep myself alive..but for all I knew, I was already dead and this was my afterlife..denial. I could make out some voices in the background-they sounded concerned and worried almost as they drew closer towards me.
“The poor girl...do you think she is alive?” one voice asked.
There was a moment of silence and what sounded like someone being slapped on their arm, or on the back of their head “Shut up Jas. Don’t be an idiot.” another voice said. Before I knew. I felt two warm hands press on my chest, trying to get me to cough up the water from my lungs. It felt like the pressure was being eased away as the water traveled up my lungs and eventually up my throat as I coughed up some water. My eyes fluttered open for a few seconds, before the darkness swallowed me once again, as I passed out.
“We better take her with us.” The third voice said as I was passing out...but all I heard was a mumble.
Few seconds after that, I felt like my body was being lifted up...into strong and warm arms. My head fell back and my hair almost touching the floor, with my head tilted back. My entire body weak and numb, unable to move. The coldness started to kick in, now that I was back in the night air...or early morning air. It chilled me down to my bones.
It felt like I was passed out for hours...maybe days. Because when I finally woke up, my vision was hazy and I could barely see properly. All I knew, I was in a warm bed, warm sheets...warm duvet covering me up, warming my body temperature up. I blinked as my vision became clear after a few moments...I tried to pull my self from the bed..the numbness from my body and legs subsiding slowly. I gasped as I felt myself falling off the bed,but got caught by strong arms.
“You should take it easy.” a warm voice said. I looked up to see who it belonged to. I gazed into the eyes of a rather handsome young male...tall, with dark messy hair and brown eyes. He looked rather strong...like he worked out a lot. He gently set me back down on the bed, as he looked at me softly “I am Jason.” he introduced himself. I somehow recognized his voice...it was from the beach shore.
“Be...lla.” I said my voice slightly shaky, as I spoke. “I...um...where am I?” I stuttered out, as I let my eyes scan around the big room where I was. There was a fire place by the window...the fire crackling away softly.
“You’re somewhere safe..” another voice, that didn’t belong to Jason came from the door. My eyes drifted over to the door, where I saw standing another two men. They were both tall...about Jason’s height if not taller. One of them slightly resembled Jason...with the dark hair and brown eyes, but Jason had higher cheekbones and slightly more defined red lips. Almost like blood. While the other man, was equally as handsome, his hair a dirty blonde/light brown color, and slightly longer than the others two. His eyes seemed a green color from where I was sitting.
“We found you on the beach shore.” The one with the green eyes spoke. His green eyes gazing at me with pure concern and worry. “I am Steven...and this is Caleb.” he spoke as he nodded over to his friend.
I nodded at them “I...thank you.” I said, my eye contact aimed at them before, I looked over at Jason as well for a few seconds. “How long have I been out?” I asked, biting my lip expecting the worst to come
“5 days.” Jason sighed softly. I nodded..well no wonder I felt like I was floating as if separate from my own body. I rubbed my head and then noticed I had on some different clothes to what I remembered. They must have changed me into warmer clothes when I was out cold.
“Do you have any family, we can call?” Caleb asked softly “Let them know you’re okay?” he said, looking at me with gentle eyes.
I sighed as I held back tears that started to form in my eyes “No….I.they died in a house fire. Someone was after me and I ran off...and….I…” the tears now visible in my eyes, slowly falling.
“Then we found you.”Jason sighed softly as he looked at me handing me a tissue “I am sorry for your loss Bella.” he said gently and he brought me in a for soft hug, even though he was a stranger. I needed that moment of warm embrace.
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Caleb sighed at my words softly “I...I am sorry.” he said, shaking his head slightly. He had a gentle and compassionate look on his face. “I am sorry for your loss.” he told him, his words kind like his voice and the expression that seemed to radiate all over him. I could tell he was sorry, and I believed that.
“You can stay here.” Steven said, his eyes were soft. I looked up at him, still in Jason’s arms. He looked determined to protect me for some reason...as my eyes darted over to Caleb, they seemed to share that similar look.
Jason pulled back gently, so he looked at me aswell “Steven is right...you need a place to stay and it’d be nice to have some newer company around the house.”
I looked at them, they were too kind to me. To someone who was a stranger to them. Somehow, I felt like I did not deserve so much kindness from 3 strangers. The world was sometimes a surprising place to live...one day you were in danger, the next in you were in safety with 3 strangers who were willing to take you in.
“Thank you.” I told them and I gave them a small smile. I was not sure, if I could express my gratitude well just yet. I knew deep down, I would want to repay them for their kindness some day and express myself, when I would be more capable of doing so.
“There’s no need to thank us.” Jason said as he smiled at me kindly. “We are glad to help out.” he stood up and I fully noticed how tall he was, he seemed around 6ft, just like his two friends. They were all maybe over 6ft, by my best guess. I felt rather short compared to their tall and strong postures. Their muscles were visible and flexed. Maybe they worked out a lot. I bit my lip slightly in thought for a moment.
“Umm would you mind if I take a shower or something?” I asked.
Caleb smiled softly “No of course not.” he said “I’ll go and draw you a warm bath, it’ll do you some good.” he said, before he walked out of the room. I heard his footsteps from the room, as he made his way to the bathroom...the water was soon running.
I then realized I had no clothes here. Jason seemed to notice the expression on my face, and as if he read my mind. He walked over to the closet and he took out some clothes setting it on the bed by my side. “These are my sisters….she doesn’t wear them anymore. You look about the same size as her.” he told me smiling softly. He had a sister?,....I looked around for her instantly, or if I could hear her in the house.
Jason chuckled softly as he saw me looking around “She moved to Italy.” he said as he squeezed my shoulder warmly. “She sometimes visits though.” he told me, before he smiled as he walked out of the room with Steven to leave me to gather myself up.
I nodded and I stood up and I looked out of the big window, that was by the desk. I walked over, my legs slightly numb and shaky. I smiled at the beautiful view-a crystal blue lake surrounded by miles and miles of the most wonderful forest and woods and a meadow outside of the house. A small garden as well, with the most colorful and wild flowers I ever seen before in my life.
I then turned around grabbing the clothes Jason had set out on the bed for me before I made my way to the bathroom, where Caleb was wiping his hands on a towel. “I...sorry...I didn’t mean to interrupt.”
He chuckled softly smiling “You weren’t.” he said as he opened up a top shelf from a cupboard and he set out two towels on the toilet seat which was closed. “I’ll be in the kitchen with Steven and Jason...give out a shout if you need something.” he told me smiling softly, before he walked out of the bathroom closing the wooden door behind him.
I slipped out from the clothes I was wearing before I climbed into the bathtub. The warm water wrapped around me and I let out a sigh, as the warm water started to soothe my aching muscles. The bath salts were doing their soothing muscles as well. The smell of lavender and dried rose petals filled my nostrils. I leaned my head back relaxing in the warm bath water. I stayed in the warm water for about an hour or so, before I washed my blonde hair, letting the dirt wash away.
Once I was clean. I stood up and wrapped a towel around my waist and dried off my hair, before brushing through it. I left my hair slightly damp, to dry off naturally, after I was dried. I got changed into the clean clothes. The t-shirt and jeans and everything else seemed to fit my perfectly. I set towels on the radiators to dry off.
I then put on the shoes that Jason set out with the clothes, they fitted me perfectly well. I looked at my self and sighed softly, I had a scratch on my forehead. I shifted my hair softly so it covered it up, as I opened up the door walking out of the bathroom. I found myself in a long corridor that led upstairs to the bedrooms, the hall ways led down to the living room, library and kitchen. As I followed the scent of cooking to the kitchen, I noticed pictures on the walls.
There were pictures of Jason, Caleb and Steven together as a trio, them separately and Jason with his sister. She had dark black hair and blue eyes, she looked rather pretty. She looked around my age, if not slightly older. I then noticed one of Caleb’s photos-he was younger in the photo, his hair was older and he had a red strand amongst his dark hair. I smiled to myself a bit. It kind of suited him...although he did look good as it was with his short hair. I blinked at the strange thoughts that creeped inside of my mind as I found my way to the kitchen. To see all 3 of them cooking, which surprised me.
“You all cook?” I asked softly.
Steven looked over at his shoulder at me with a warm smile as he chuckled softly “It surprises you?” he asked raising an eyebrow slightly at me.
I gave him a slight nod “Amongst other things.” I replied as I took a seat at one of the perfectly carved wooden chairs.
“Like what?” Jason asked as he smiled, leaning against the counter as he looked at me. Caleb and Steven looked just as curious and intrigued as Jason did.
I smiled a bit at his question, before I settled my eyes on all three of them. “Well for instance the fact that you three would accept a stranger into your home without a second thought.” I told them, chewing on my lip slightly. “I am not sure, if I’ll ever be thank you three enough for taking me in.”
“We couldn’t just leave you Bella.” Steven spoke gently, as he reached over squeezing my hand gently. His hand was soft and tender against mine. “We promise we’ll protect you. You can count on us.” he told me.
I bit my lip and I smiled softly “Just be careful.” I said looking at him. I could not help but feel worried deep down, that something bad might happen, now that there were two stranger men that killed my family, wanted to kill me aswell.
“We will be...don’t worry.” Steven said as he smiled at me softly. He had a kind of mysterious look in his eyes for a few moments. As if he was hiding something, or knew something I did not. But I did not let myself get hung up on that for too long. That thought exited my mind, as fast as it dared to enter.
Caleb smiled softly with a rather charming smile on his lips, that caused his eyes to sparkle like the stars in the night sky. I was not sure if it was aimed at me, or it was just a general smile. “And what else surprises you, Bella?” he asked softly, he titled his head to the side softly.
I looked at him “That you used to have longer hair.” I said, with a slight giggle.
Caleb let out a soft chuckle as he shook his head ever so gently smiling “Ah...so you saw that picture huh?” he asked smiling. “That was me 2 years ago.”
Jason chuckled softly as he smiled “Caleb was a bit of a bad boy...if you will.” Caleb slightly at the comment Jason made.
“Umm well with hair like that...kind of a given.” I teased a bit smiling. “It kind of suited you to be fair.” I told him.
Steven laughed softly shaking his head “Wild child.” he said as he grabbed 4 plates from the cupboard as he served up pretty big portions of some rice, chicken and salad. He set them down, as he sat down at the table with Jason, while Caleb grabbed some glasses and poured in some ice tea.
I smiled softly taking it all in “Well...this looks delicious.” I said as my stomach rumbled pretty loudly, as I spoke, so my words could not be heard. Jason chuckled softly as he sipped his drink.
“I am sorry what?” Caleb asked. “All I heard was your stomach rumbling like thunder.”
I laughed softly “I said it looks delicious.” I said as I tucked in and started to eat. Everything was perfectly cooked and the meat was so tender, it almost melted in my mouth. The rice was rich in flavor as was the gravy. I was pretty sure, I had not tasted such delicious food in a long time...even though I had not eaten for 5 days now...it felt much longer. The salad was crispy and each flavor seemed layered and the spring onions stood out, bringing it all together. I took a sip of the ice tea, it tasted of peaches and lemons. The two flavours binding together perfectly, so one did not overpower the other one.
Steven watched me eat and he smiled softly, he seemed happy that I was eating and enjoying the food he and his friends cooked up. “How is it?” Caleb asked softly in between bites.
I finished eating a certain bite before I spoke “Truly delicious...you did guys did a great job cooking.” I told them with a warm smile. They all smiled back softly as they gave me a nod, whilst eating, since their mouths were full.
I was the last one to finish, since I had seconds and when I finished, my plate looked spotless like nothing was on it at all. Jason saw my plate and he chuckled “Wow...you sure you guys gave Bella food?” he joked.
Caleb and Steven both chuckled at Jason’s question smiling. “Who knew she was such a good eater.”
I smiled softly “That’s what happens when a girl doesn't eat for 5 days and she gets served delicious food.” I told them, as I finished off my glass of ice tea, setting it down and leaned against my chair as I was full and needed some time to digest the food before I could move.
Here is also a Video of Steven Strait (Caleb) :) I hope you will enjoy.
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