"Ethan, unlock the door right now!" Edward glared at the little boy that had stubbornly locked himself in Edward's Volvo.
"Not unless you take me to school with you!" Ethan shouted back. He stuck his tongue out at Edward.
"C'mon, Eth," Emmett was trying really hard not to laugh. "we need to go to school. Get out of the car."
"Never!" Ethan buckled himself in to the passenger seat.
Rosalie rolled her eyes and glided over to the passenger side. She smiled warmly at Ethan. "Ethan, please come out of the car. You don't want to come to our school. There's no toys for you to play with or any kids your age."
Ethan pouted. "But I get bored staying at the house all day."
"Why don't you go exploring today?" Rosalie cooed. "You haven't done that in a while."
Ethan thought for a moment. It was true he hadn't gone exploring in a long time. An idea came to his mind but he quickly covered it up so Ethan wouldn't notice it. He unbuckled himself and unlocked the car door. "Okay."
Rosalie opened the door and gently picked Ethan up. She patted his hair down. "We'll be home before you know it. If you're really good today, I'll read to you when we get back from school."
Ethan's eyes lit up. "Promise?"
Rosalie smiled and kissed his forehead. "Of course. Now," She put him down on the ground. "go play."
Alice and Jasper walked into the garage just as Ethan was about to leave. Alice giggled and scooped Ethan up off the floor. "Were you torturing Edward again?"
"No! He was being mean again!" Ethan huffed. "He wouldn't let me go to school with all of you!"
Alice giggled and gave Ethan Eskimo kisses. "We'll be back before you know it." She put Ethan back on the ground.
Ethan pouted but moved out of the way so their cars could leave. He waved goodbye to all of them. Once they were out of sight, Ethan made his way back into the house. "Esme?"
Esme walked into the front room. "What's wrong, Ethan?"
Ethan smiled at her. "Nothing. Is it okay if I go exploring? I'm really bored."
Esme thought for a moment. "I suppose. Just remember, you can't go on to the Quileute's land."
"I know!" Ethan shouted as he bolted out of the door. Carlisle had spent hours explaining the treaty to Ethan so he was well aware of the boundary lines. He was also well aware of the No Man's land. He quickly made his way there, hoping that by some miracle, Juliet would be close by.
Fate seemed to be smiling on Ethan that day since Juliet was in fact playing in the No Man's land all by herself.
"Hi, Juliet." Ethan said quietly. He was suddenly unsure of his plan.
Juliet looked up from the frog she had been stalking. A huge grin broke on her face. "Ethan!" She ran over and hugged him tightly.
Ethan held his breath to keep from inhaling her scent. She always smelled so good to him. Carefully, he returned the hug. "What are you doing all by yourself?"
Juliet pouted and kicked a rock. "Uncle Jacob's at school and Grandpa Billy can't play with me. I'm so bored!" She tilted her head to the side. "What are you doing here?"
Ethan rocked back and forth on his heels nervously. Maybe this really wasn't a good idea. He didn't want Edward to get mad at him. "I was bored to so I decided to come see you."
Juliet looked around. "How'd you get here? I don't see your mommy."
"I walked." Ethan said simply.
"Oh," Juliet said before her smile returned. "So, what do you wanna do?" She clapped her hands together. "We could go to the beach!"
"No!" Ethan said. He grabbed her wrist to stop her from leaving. "I…I'm scared of the water."
"Oh." Juliet turned back around and frowned. "Well, what do you want to do?"
"I really wanted to go to school with Edward and the others today but they wouldn't let me." Ethan pouted.
Juliet's face lit up again. "Let's go visit them! I bet they'd be really surprised!" She pouted thoughtfully. "But we don't have a car."
"It's okay." Ethan said. "I'm a fast runner."
"I'm not." Juliet whined.
Ethan smiled. "I'll carry you. Get on my back."
Juliet tilted her head to the side. "Are you sure?" When she saw Ethan's positive nod, she carefully climbed onto his back. She yelped as he began running. She had to close her eyes because the wind was hurting them. "How can you run so fast!?"
Ethan grinned. "Edward taught me." He stopped. "You can get off now, Juliet."
Cautiously, Juliet opened her eyes. She gasped when she realized they were standing in the parking lot of Forks High School. She got off of Ethan's back and looked at him curiously. "Are you Superman or something?"
Ethan shook his head. "Nope."
Juliet frowned. "Then how did you run so fast?"
"Um," Ethan hadn't thought about Juliet questioning him. "I just am." He said hesitantly.
Juliet tilted her head to the side. "Okay then." The smile returned to her face. She grabbed Ethan's hand. "So, where are your brothers and sisters?"
Ethan listened to all the thoughts around him before pinpointing where they were. "Let's go find Edward first."
Ethan led Juliet through Forks High School. He was careful to avoid the adults patrolling the hallways. Finally, the two stopped outside of a classroom door. The door was slightly ajar so the two peeked in.
"Bella!" Juliet screamed and ran into the room, startling all the students and the teacher. She ran over to Bella and climbed in her lap. She gave the shocked teenager a hug. "I missed you!"
Edward glared over at the doorway. "Ethan Alexander Cullen-Hale, what are you doing here? And why did you bring HER?!"
Ethan walked in guiltily. "I was bored and so was Juliet." He quickly ran over to Bella and gave her a hug.
The teacher stood in the front of the room, shock written all over his face. "Is this your little brother, Edward? Who is the girl? We'll need to call their parents and have them come get them."
Ethan's eyes widened. He was gonna be in big trouble. He quickly yanked Juliet out of Bella's grip. "Let's go!"
"Ethan, get back here!" Edward leapt up and began chasing the two children.
Juliet laughed as Ethan dashed down different hallways. "This is fun!"
Ethan searched for a good hiding place and finally opted for the library. His eyes lit up when he saw Rosalie and Emmett at a table. "Rosalie!" Ethan whispered.
Rosalie looked up from her book and her eyes widened. "Ethan! What are you doing here?" Her eyes narrowed. "Who is she?"
Emmett looked up too. "Aw, is that your girlfriend? She's adorable!"
Ethan quickly dove under their table with Juliet, managing to get out of sight just as Edward walked in.
Edward was furious. "Where is he?! He's in so much trouble."
Emmett rolled his eyes. "Leave the kid and his girlfriend alone. They're just bored. It must be hard being so little and not having a lot of friends their age to play with."
"Emmett, that girl is Billy's granddaughter. Do you know how much trouble we can get in?"
Alice skipped into the library with Jasper by her side. Bella ran in just behind them.
Juliet looked at Ethan. "Your brother is really angry."
Bella sighed and knelt down in front of the table. She smiled at the two kids hiding underneath. "Come on out."
Ethan crawled out first and stood defensively in front of Juliet. "We were just bored! I wanted her to meet all of you!"
Alice practically squealed when she saw Juliet. "She's adorable! What's your name, Sweetie?"
Juliet shyly hid behind Ethan. She held his hand and played with his fingers. "I'm Juliet. You're all really pretty."
Emmett laughed and picked her up. He sat her on top of the table. "She said you were pretty, Rosalie."
Rosalie glared at Emmett. "I don't care. I don't like her hanging out with Ethan."
Edward glared down at Ethan. "How did you two get here?"
"Ethan ran!" Juliet blurted out. "He carried me on his back and he was super fast. Are you guys superheroes or something? I won't tell anyone if you are. I promise. I'm really good at keeping secrets."
Ethan hopped up on the table and sat beside Juliet. He held her hand again. "See? I didn't tell her. So why can't I play with her?"
"You are putting this entire family in danger." Edward hissed.
Ethan glared at him. "So are you! You're dating Bella and that's against the rules! I just wanna be Juliet's friend."
Juliet frowned. Ethan was clearly upset and she didn't like it. She wrapped her arms around his neck and hugged him. She glared at Edward. "Stop being mean to Ethan."
"I agree with her." Rosalie said. "You need to stop being so mean to Ethan." She patted Juliet on the head. Maybe the little girl wasn't so bad after all.
Bella placed a comforting hand on Edward's arm. "She doesn't know anything. Why can't they play together?"
"I agree with Edward." Jasper said quietly. "It's very dangerous for Ethan to be around her what with him being so young."
Juliet noticed Jasper for the first time. She tilted her head to the side and frowned. "You need to eat more fiber."
Jasper blinked. "Excuse me?"
"You look all constipated and stuff." Juliet said. "If you eat more fiber, you go potty better and you won't be all constipated. That's what my grandpa says anyways."
Alice giggled and skipped over to the table. She scooped Juliet up and hugged her. "You're so cute. You're perfect for Ethan."
Edward groaned in annoyance. "Look, I called Carlisle and he's calling Billy. They'll be here soon. I'll take the two of them and wait outside."
"I want to go too!" Emmett said. He stole Juliet from Alice. "I gotta make sure you don't pick on the poor thing."
Juliet giggled. "You're silly." She grinned at Ethan. "I like your brother."
Ethan returned her grin with a nervous smile. "Thanks." He flinched at the angry scowl on Edward's face.
Rosalie sighed and picked Ethan up as she stood up. "I'll come too. I don't want Edward being cruel to poor Ethan."
Eventually, the entire group was standing outside. Ethan had managed to wriggle out of Rosalie's grasp and convince Emmett to put Juliet down. The two children were now sitting side by side and holding hands.
Juliet looked up at Ethan. "What if my grandpa says I can't play with you anymore?"
Ethan frowned. "I don't care! I'll be your friend no matter what the grown ups say. Will you still be my friend?"
"Of course!" Juliet threw her arms around Ethan. "Ethan is my bestest friend in the whole world. If I have to, I'll run away from Grandpa Billy so I can play with you."
Carlisle and Billy pulled up at the same time. Sam was driving Billy's car. The three men got out of their cars and walked over to the group. Billy was furious to say the least.
"Juliet Catherine Black, get over here right this instant."
"Now, Billy, let's hear what they have to say first." Carlisle tried to calm the furious man down.
"He kidnapped her!" Sam yelled.
"No he didn't!" Juliet yelled. The two were standing up now and Juliet had her arms wrapped around Ethan's waist. "I was bored and so was Ethan so we decided to play together!" There were tears of frustration in her eyes. "There aren't any kids my age to play with at home and I only get to see my school friends on Mondays and Wednesdays! Ethan's my only real friend! Why can't I play with him!?"
Ethan frowned and wrapped his arms around Juliet. He didn't like seeing her cry. "It's okay, Juliet. Don't cry."
Billy's face softened. He glanced over a Carlisle. "What should we do?"
Carlisle sighed. "Well, Ethan didn't break the treaty since he was in No Man's land. It seems that the more we try to keep the two away, the more it pushes them together. Perhaps it would be better to allow them to see each other. Their fascination with each other will wear off eventually."
Billy sighed and looked over at Sam. "What do you think?"
Sam glared at the group in front of them. "I don't like it. Not one bit. But, it'd probably be safer for Juliet if we supervised their time together instead of them running off alone."
Billy looked at his upset granddaughter and then back at Carlisle. "I'll be in touch." He turned his wheelchair around and went back to the car. "Let's go home, Juliet."
Juliet's eyes widened. "So, I can play with Ethan without getting in trouble?"
"If you get in the car right now, then yes." Billy answered.
Juliet squealed. She gave Ethan a quick kiss on the cheek and ran after her grandfather and Sam. She turned around and waved at the group. "Bye Ethan! Don't forget to eat more fiber, Mr. Constipated Man!"
Jasper frowned as the truck drove off. "Was she talking to me?"