Chapter One: Party

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Chapter One: Party

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1) When did you figure out that 'Gran' was really Bella? Were you surprised by the fact that she was looking in a mirror, or did you see it coming?

2) Do you think that the dream foreshadows anything besides Bella's fear of growing too old for Edward? Why or why not?

3) Were you surprised that Edward wasn't with Bella when she woke up? Why did you think he wasn't there?

4) What did you think about Jasper's careful avoidance of Bella before they opened presents? Had you expected them to be closer after the Phoenix trip?

5) What was your immediate reaction to the paper cut? What did you think about what happened after that?

6) What did you think the repercussions of Jasper's accidental attack would be? Did you think, like Bella did, that she simply wouldn't be allowed to spend time at the Cullen's house any more?

7) With all the mentions of Bella needing a new car, did you think that Edward had actually bought her one?

8) What did you think about Bella's pleas for a celebration-less birthday? Did you think she was overreacting?

9) What did you think when Bella said, 'Well, maybe Alice will give me what I want' ? What did you think about Edward's reaction to that?
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1) When did you figure out that 'Gran' was really Bella? Were you surprised by the fact that she was looking in a mirror, or did you see it coming?
Pretty quickly I realized it, as it kept mentioning that they would turn at the same time, and look at each other the same way!

2) Do you think that the dream foreshadows anything besides Bella's fear of growing too old for Edward? Why or why not?

I hope not. I hope that it was just her fears, and not the way the story really ends.

3) Were you surprised that Edward wasn't with Bella when she woke up? Why did you think he wasn't there?

I assumed that he had gone to get his car to pick her up for school, since he can't really "run" her there!

4) What did you think about Jasper's careful avoidance of Bella before they opened presents? Had you expected them to be closer after the Phoenix trip?

I was a bit surprised at first, but it seemed to make sense. I would have expected him to be a little careful around her always, though.
5) What was your immediate reaction to the paper cut? What did you think about what happened after that?

I believe my exact thought was "oh crud" I expected Edward to leave almost right away, mostly from the foreshadowing in Twilight (I was one of the few that DIDN'T read the spoilers.

6) What did you think the repercussions of Jasper's accidental attack would be? Did you think, like Bella did, that she simply wouldn't be allowed to spend time at the Cullen's house any more?
Nope. I fully expected Edward to be Edward, and to do what he did. He had been hinting at it since the middle of Twilight, and I worried this would push him over the edge.

7) With all the mentions of Bella needing a new car, did you think that Edward had actually bought her one?
Nah. He knows her better than that, but I would have enjoyed reading it!

What did you think about Bella's pleas for a celebration-less birthday? Did you think she was overreacting?
I did think she was being a bit silly, but I could at least understand where she was coming from. I had a bad feeling about the whole birthday thing!
9) What did you think when Bella said, 'Well, maybe Alice will give me what I want' ? What did you think about Edward's reaction to that?
I had hoped that during the summer months between the two books that he would have started to come around, and was disappointed that he hadn't. But then I started to wonder if maybe Alice would. She's pretty independant and spunky. It gave me a glimmer of hope!
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1) When did you figure out that 'Gran' was really Bella? Were you surprised by the fact that she was looking in a mirror, or did you see it coming?
I suppose I was a bit slow on this one. I realized when she realized it, from what I remember.

2) Do you think that the dream foreshadows anything besides Bella's fear of growing too old for Edward? Why or why not?
That they're going to be together forever? But I'm hoping Bella won't be at the grandmotherly state.

3) Were you surprised that Edward wasn't with Bella when she woke up? Why did you think he wasn't there?
I think so. I wasn't sure when the day started--either still during summer or school. After reading further, we know it was a school day and Edward drives Bella to school.

4) What did you think about Jasper's careful avoidance of Bella before they opened presents? Had you expected them to be closer after the Phoenix trip?
I think I was surprised. Because I assumed that Jasper would feel a little more comfortable around a human. It's always better to be safe than sorry though.

5) What was your immediate reaction to the paper cut? What did you think about what happened after that?
At first, I had to reread the paragraph because I wasn't sure why Edward had plunged toward Bella. I was very anxious to see what happened after..

6) What did you think the repercussions of Jasper's accidental attack would be? Did you think, like Bella did, that she simply wouldn't be allowed to spend time at the Cullen's house any more?
No. I hadn't expected the drastic changes it had taken. I thought she would still be allowed to spend time at the Cullen's house but have precautions.

7) With all the mentions of Bella needing a new car, did you think that Edward had actually bought her one?
Not exactly. Edward has heard about Bella's respect for her good old chevy truck.

8) What did you think about Bella's pleas for a celebration-less birthday? Did you think she was overreacting?
I didn't think Edward or Alice would listen to her pleas. Usually people don't when no-celebration-for-birthday are requested. But I also didn't think Bella was overreacting. It would be normal for her to fear of growing old when Edward doesn't age.

9) What did you think when Bella said, 'Well, maybe Alice will give me what I want' ? What did you think about Edward's reaction to that?
I didn't think Alice would dare, actually. I can't find the quote in the book at the moment. And I don't remember what Edward's said exactly.

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1) When did you figure out that 'Gran' was really Bella? Were you surprised by the fact that she was looking in a mirror, or did you see it coming?

I knew she was looking in the mirror when Bella was describing their similar expressions.

2) Do you think that the dream foreshadows anything besides Bella's fear of growing too old for Edward? Why or why not?

I was kind of concerned that the whole old-Bella-reflection-in-the-mirror symbolized Edward was just going to let her grow old and never change her. And also Bella's natural fear of that coming true.

3) Were you surprised that Edward wasn't with Bella when she woke up? Why did you think he wasn't there?

I was actually very surprised. I had the idea fixated in my mind that they spent every night together and Edward stayed with her the entire time. I was concerned that it meant they were not as close as I thought they were, but then when Alice was talking about the preparations for Bella's birthday, I figured he was probably there helping set up.

4) What did you think about Jasper's careful avoidance of Bella before they opened presents? Had you expected them to be closer after the Phoenix trip?

I didn't expect them to grow too close together, but I was surpised by the way he obviously kept his distance.

5) What was your immediate reaction to the paper cut? What did you think about what happened after that?

I knew the paper cut would morph into a big problem. If it wasn't Jasper who attacked it would have been someone else. Edward prevented Jasper from actually hurting her, his reaction caused more problems (i.e. she had a paper cut before but now he whole arm was bleeding).

6) What did you think the repercussions of Jasper's accidental attack would be? Did you think, like Bella did, that she simply wouldn't be allowed to spend time at the Cullen's house any more?

I knew the whole incident would be big. And as I had read some spoilers ahead of time, I knew it would be a leading factor in the eventual Cullen's departure from Forks. there was no way Edward would just ban her from the house and everything would go back to normal.
7) With all the mentions of Bella needing a new car, did you think that Edward had actually bought her one?

8 ) What did you think about Bella's pleas for a celebration-less birthday? Did you think she was overreacting?

I, personally, don't like big celebrations for my birthday, and I can especially understand Bella's wish. I think she feels the Cullens do enough for her already and she doesn't want to put them to any more trouble doing things for her.

9) What did you think when Bella said, 'Well, maybe Alice will give me what I want' ? What did you think about Edward's reaction to that?

I thought she meant Alice would change her, and I can understand Edward's reaction as that is the one thing he wants to prevent above all else.
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1) When did you figure out that 'Gran' was really Bella? Were you surprised by the fact that she was looking in a mirror, or did you see it coming?

I figured it out along with Bella. I can be really slow sometimes.

2) Do you think that the dream foreshadows anything besides Bella's fear of growing too old for Edward? Why or why not?

Man, I hope not. I really hope that it's just a bad, bad dream.

3) Were you surprised that Edward wasn't with Bella when she woke up? Why did you think he wasn't there?

I was a little surprised he wasn't there, but not worried. I just figured he was out hunting or something.

4) What did you think about Jasper's careful avoidance of Bella before they opened presents? Had you expected them to be closer after the Phoenix trip?

Not really. I thought that he was just being careful, which makes perfect sense.

5) What was your immediate reaction to the paper cut? What did you think about what happened after that?

"This can't end well." And then great sadness when Jasper went berzerk.

6) What did you think the repercussions of Jasper's accidental attack would be? Did you think, like Bella did, that she simply wouldn't be allowed to spend time at the Cullen's house any more?

I honestly didn't know what to expect in the days following. Due to spoilerific information, I knew what would ultimately come, but I was a little surprised when everyone just up and left.

7) With all the mentions of Bella needing a new car, did you think that Edward had actually bought her one?

Lol, yeah.

What did you think about Bella's pleas for a celebration-less birthday? Did you think she was overreacting?

No. Bad things tend to happen when all the Cullens and Bella gather. Example: Thunderball games.

9) What did you think when Bella said, 'Well, maybe Alice will give me what I want' ? What did you think about Edward's reaction to that?

I wouldn't have been so bold about it (I'm sort of non-confrontational sometimes, especially with people I love), but I understand Bella's perspective. To her, Edward was being a total boob about not changing her. He wouldn't give her a definite reason or anything.
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1) When did you figure out that 'Gran' was really Bella? Were you surprised by the fact that she was looking in a mirror, or did you see it coming?

I have to admit it took me just as long as Bella.

2) Do you think that the dream foreshadows anything besides Bella's fear of growing too old for Edward? Why or why not?

I hope not. I'm betting Bella gets her way and doesn't grow old at all. Although it might be harder than she thinks.

3) Were you surprised that Edward wasn't with Bella when she woke up? Why did you think he wasn't there?

No, but I was surprised he did'nt pick her before school. He always left to go get his car.

4) What did you think about Jasper's careful avoidance of Bella before they opened presents? Had you expected them to be closer after the Phoenix trip?

I was surprised, especially since they were so close on the trip to Pheonix, but I accepted it as him being careful.

5) What was your immediate reaction to the paper cut? What did you think about what happened after that?

I didn't really think it was that big a deal since they all saw her practically bleeding to death in Pheonix. I was shocked and didn't understand why Edward jumped her like that.

6) What did you think the repercussions of Jasper's accidental attack would be? Did you think, like Bella did, that she simply wouldn't be allowed to spend time at the Cullen's house any more?

Yea, at least until Jasper could control himself better.

7) With all the mentions of Bella needing a new car, did you think that Edward had actually bought her one?

no, she didn't want him buying her anything and he wouldn't ignore her wishes like that.


8 ) What did you think about Bella's pleas for a celebration-less birthday? Did you think she was overreacting?

Absolutely! However, I do understand her not wanting to get older.

9) What did you think when Bella said, 'Well, maybe Alice will give me what I want' ? What did you think about Edward's reaction to that?

I thought Bella was thinking Alice would change her if Edward wouldn't. As for Edward's reaction, I expected nothing less.
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1) When did you figure out that 'Gran' was really Bella? Were you surprised by the fact that she was looking in a mirror, or did you see it coming?

I first started to think that it was really Bella when they both went to ask a question and then stopped at the same time. It made sence that she was looking in a mirror. It was a little scary for her. I guess I did see it coming.

2) Do you think that the dream foreshadows anything besides Bella's fear of growing too old for Edward? Why or why not?

I hope it doesn't foreshadow anything!! That would suck for poor Bella! I think it's just her fear, and that Edward wouldn't really make her go throw that... or maybe he would!

3) Were you surprised that Edward wasn't with Bella when she woke up? Why did you think he wasn't there?

I was surprised that Edward wasn't with Bella when she woke. I thought that they would always spend the night together, but I guess if they were comfortable enough to not have to be together every second together then he probably left to go get ready for school or maybe he was out hunting... many possibilities.

4) What did you think about Jasper's careful avoidance of Bella before they opened presents? Had you expected them to be closer after the Phoenix trip?

Well, dub! I mean they spent a few days locked up together and he even made her feel better... even though she didn't want it. It just seemed that they WOULD be closer... but it does make sence that he would still be careful and stay away. Now that the danger was gone and he could relax there's no telling what he could do... poor Jazz... he's trying!

5) What was your immediate reaction to the paper cut? What did you think about what happened after that?

I freaked a little... I know that something bad would happen. I just didn't know how bad. I can't believe that Jasper reacted sooo strongly to Bella's blood... I thought Edward would be the one to worry about. Not that HE would attack her but that he would have to leave until it was cleaned up... He has gotten better!

6) What did you think the repercussions of Jasper's accidental attack would be? Did you think, like Bella did, that she simply wouldn't be allowed to spend time at the Cullen's house any more?

Yes. I thought that Jasper wouldn't go near her ever again, and probably wouldn't touch her with a 10 foot pole.

7) With all the mentions of Bella needing a new car, did you think that Edward had actually bought her one?

No. He wouldn't want to make her mad. hehe!

8)What did you think about Bella's pleas for a celebration-less birthday? Did you think she was overreacting?

I know why she didn't want one, but it was good of Alice to try and make her birthday happy. Her heart was in the right place. And many people ask for a very quiet birthday. I have asked such a thing before. My friends got mad and later tried to have a party but it never happened. hehe. I got luck, poor Bella!

9) What did you think when Bella said, 'Well, maybe Alice will give me what I want' ? What did you think about Edward's reaction to that?[/color]

I knew that Edward would get mad and that he wouldn't let Alice, but also that Alice wouldn't do it. Not against Edward's wishes. At the time I thought that Edward's reaction was a little out of hand, it was clearly the only thing she would want for her birthday, but later on I got why he did act the way he did. He just loves her soo much! :D

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1) When did you figure out that 'Gran' was really Bella? Were you surprised by the fact that she was looking in a mirror, or did you see it coming?

well i was thinking maybe it was a dream. but i wasn't sure...then when i read it i was like ok, wiped the sweat off my brow type of thing.

2) Do you think that the dream foreshadows anything besides Bella's fear of growing too old for Edward? Why or why not?

yeah...i think that bella's fear of growing older with or without edward is almost like a phobia, she is unsure of the future and well yeah. I don't know.

3) Were you surprised that Edward wasn't with Bella when she woke up? Why did you think he wasn't there?

no, i didn't expect him to spend evey second of the day with her...i mean they can have a little bit of time apart.

4) What did you think about Jasper's careful avoidance of Bella before they opened presents? Had you expected them to be closer after the Phoenix trip?

No, i think that it was a necessary precaution. He was the knewest to their style of life and it was harder for him to resist. I did not think that they would be closer physically.

5) What was your immediate reaction to the paper cut? What did you think about what happened after that?

i was like, yikes! then when it said "into five ravenous vampires" i was like Crappy, she's going to die. but then i was like dugh court the story goes on she lives...

6) What did you think the repercussions of Jasper's accidental attack would be? Did you think, like Bella did, that she simply wouldn't be allowed to spend time at the Cullen's house any more?

Yeah i really did think that it wouldn't be that big of a deal. I mean she lived they went outside. la di da di da, but the breakup, i just killed me.

7) With all the mentions of Bella needing a new car, did you think that Edward had actually bought her one?

Well, no but i thought he was thinking about it...i really wanted to see what he got her...then the cd, that was really a great gift. i would want something like that too, rather than a new car.

Cool What did you think about Bella's pleas for a celebration-less birthday? Did you think she was overreacting?

No i do that too, i don't like to celebrate my birthday, it really is just another day.

9) What did you think when Bella said, 'Well, maybe Alice will give me what I want' ? What did you think about Edward's reaction to that?

angry, i think he thinks that bella is so stubborn sometimes but at the same time, i think he thought that she wouldn't go that far...
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1.) When did you figure out that 'Gran' was really Bella? Were you surprised by the fact that she was looking in a mirror, or did you see it coming?

I figured it out just as soon as Bella did, and when I did I was like "Wow, that was pretty obvious. -smackself-"

2.) Do you think that the dream foreshadows anything besides Bella's fear of growing too old for Edward? Why or why not?
For some reason, I thought she was in heaven in her dream. o_o; So maybe, if she dies, that's what heaven would be like for her? I'm not sure.

3.) Were you surprised that Edward wasn't with Bella when she woke up? Why did you think he wasn't there?
I didn't think about it too much. xP

4.) What did you think about Jasper's careful avoidance of Bella before they opened presents? Had you expected them to be closer after the Phoenix trip?
I thought they would, but I could understand why he stayed away. I thought Edward had warned him to or something.

5.) What was your immediate reaction to the paper cut? What did you think about what happened after that?
I freaked out, literally. Especially considering that when I read the first chapter of NM, it was in the back of Twilight. I was like, "Cliffhanger...need...more....now!"

6.) What did you think the repercussions of Jasper's accidental attack would be? Did you think, like Bella did, that she simply wouldn't be allowed to spend time at the Cullen's house any more?
I wasn't sure what would happen. I thought that Edward would be pissed, sure. But I didn't think that she'd be removed from them in any way.

7.) With all the mentions of Bella needing a new car, did you think that Edward had actually bought her one?
I thought he did, yes. xD

8.) What did you think about Bella's pleas for a celebration-less birthday? Did you think she was overreacting?
Just a little bit. She still would have had many years to convince Edward to change her before she got "too old".

9.) What did you think when Bella said, 'Well, maybe Alice will give me what I want' ? What did you think about Edward's reaction to that?
Vampire, dur. I thought Edward was being realistic; I'm sure Bella brought the subject up over the summer, and who wants to argue on your birthday?
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1) When did you figure out that 'Gran' was really Bella? Were you surprised by the fact that she was looking in a mirror, or did you see it coming?
I think I understood quite fast that she was looking in a mirror.

3) Were you surprised that Edward wasn't with Bella when she woke up? Why did you think he wasn't there?
I don't think I gave it much thought

4) What did you think about Jasper's careful avoidance of Bella before they opened presents? Had you expected them to be closer after the Phoenix trip?
I did expect him to be more "normal" after Phoenix, but I don't remember what else I thought about him

5) What was your immediate reaction to the paper cut? What did you think about what happened after that?
Well, I had read on the back of the book so I had already read about the paper cut. But I think I was thinking something like, haha, I love this

6) What did you think the repercussions of Jasper's accidental attack would be? Did you think, like Bella did, that she simply wouldn't be allowed to spend time at the Cullen's house any more?
Didn't give it much thought, I don't think I thought there would be much of a change really

7) With all the mentions of Bella needing a new car, did you think that Edward had actually bought her one?
No, I don't think I did

Cool What did you think about Bella's pleas for a celebration-less birthday? Did you think she was overreacting?
I was thinking something like wow, I understand so well how she is feeling, this is exactly how I felt when I was becoming 16 (though it was not because of a vampire)

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