I was looking forward to the Cullen's arrival. It made me all the more glad that I have my gift and knew of their decision to visit me.
Christine came into my room. There are forty orphans here and they are all girls. Besides Mrs. Shelton --- who is the head of the orphanage --- there is Christine, Mrs. Henry, Mrs. Roman, and Mrs. Garcia who are in charge of taking care of us.
"You need to change. There are some people here to see you. Mrs. Shelton said to keep your mouth shut got that?" I nodded and went to change my clothes. I was really tired, not eating took a lot of my energy, but I wasn't going to let it get to me too much. Yes I hate the not eating punishment, I already weigh one hundred and ten pounds I don't need to lose anymore weight, but this is a survival game. One I don't plan to loose.
When I was ready I followed Christine out of the room and down the stairs. She took me into the meeting room. Its a room were the orphans usually go to meet those who are interested in adopting. She opened the door and walked in first with me trailing behind. As entered I saw the Cullen family. Surprisingly every one of them were allowed in, either way I had to contain my excitement and stop from running over to them, so as usual I kept a straight face.
When I sat down they smiled at me. Mrs. Shelton walked over and stroked my hair, looking at me with a warning glare that no one would notice. I nodded, heeding her warning. She smiled at the Cullen's then walked out with Christine behind her. I turned my attention back to the Family in front of me.
"Hello," I said politely. They all said greeted back.
"How are you dear?" Esme asked.
"Fine." I put on a smile. I knew they didn't believe me.
"You look tired. When was the last time you slept?" Carlisle questioned.
"I've been sleeping just fine." He looked at Edward and it looked as if they were having a conversation. Edward shook his head and Carlisle sighed. Then to my astonishment his lips moved so fast making it barely noticeable. I wanted to hear what he was saying and suddenly as if my wish had been answered I could, but it was very low.
"-depressed and-" I heard from Jasper and then nothing.
"Are you okay Ariella?" Fred asked. That had everyone's attention focused on me. I looked at him and smiled.
"Yes." I heard a gasp and knew it was Alice. She had on a blank expression and her eyes glazed over, I guessed she was having a vision. Jasper turned to her. And I was pulled into a vision of my own.
It was the future:
I was with Alice, Rosalie, Renesmee, Bella, and Esme. It looked as if we were shopping.
"Come on Ariella, move faster." Alice was dragging me into a store that read Forever 21. I groaned.
"I'm glad it's not me this time," Bella said jokingly. I stuck out my tongue, earning a laugh.
I looked to see everyone looking between Alice and I. She smiled at me, but I grimaced.
"Where is that lady? What did she say here name was?" Alice asked.
"Mrs. Shelton," I answered.
"I know I just don't like her," she said. She got up and walked to the door. When she opened it Mrs. Shelton was standing there.
"Oh good, I don't have to look for you." Alice smiled.
"What can I do for you?" Mrs. Shelton asked.
"We would like to adopt Ariella." We all looked at her with wide eyes.
"What?!" Mrs. Shelton yelled, making me cringe. It didn't seem to phase anyone else.
"Alice," Carlisle warned.
"It'll be fine," she reassured. I noticed again that Carlisle's lips were moving fast and so were Alice's. I watched as he nodded, as did the rest. She turned to Mrs. Shelton.
"Can you get the adoption papers please."
"But there are many girls here that would be better suited for your family."
"I don't need you telling us who is suited for our family. Now please do your job." Mrs. Shelton was disappointed as she walked out. Alice turned to me.
"You don't mind do you? I mean we can all tell that you don't get treated well here." I shook my head.
"Thank you," I said. She smiled as Mrs. Shelton walked back in and handed her the papers. Alice gave them to Carlisle and Esme and they began to sign them. I turned my attention to Edward and saw a look of annoyance on his face. I wonder why? I thought.
After the papers were signed, I was so happy. I kept smiling as I got my things --- which wasn't much. All I had was three pairs of pants, four shirts, a pair of sneakers, one pair of shoes, one dress, my underwear and bras, my four books, a necklaces that was my moms, and a picture of my parents and me when I was four months old.
I left the room and walked back down stairs. Fred stepped up to me and grabbed my bag. Thanking him I followed as he went outside with the rest of my new family.
I didn't say goodbye to anyone at the orphanage. I won't miss them and I'm glad I'm leaving. Maybe it's my turn at happiness.