By: Alice Cho CHAPTER 3: A BET It felt weird to come back to the Cullens’ house.
I wasn’t trying to be mean…but the words just slipped out. I just looked down out the window, not knowing where to put my eyes. I could tell that Renesmee and Jacob knew each other very long time, but I couldn’t help but amazed that they didn’t care if Carlisle was watching them while they were hugging each other. My dad, Robert would kill me if I had a boyfriend. Carlisle seemed to be used to see Renesmee and Jacob together. He didn’t look back even once. He kept his eyes on the roads, but I couldn’t tell if he was watching it or not. We were there in a second. Carlisle drove really fast. I gasped to calm me down when I got off the car. I was so relieved that I was standing on the ground for once again. “Your…guests must be waiting a long time…if you had to drive like that,” I asked Carlisle—he seemed fine. “Oh,” he didn’t look surprised. Actually, he looked sorry that he drove too fast. “I always drive like that.” Wow. It was usual for him to drive like that. When I drive, I didn’t go over 60km because I was afraid of car accidents. Was I too soft or was he the one who was being too tough? When Carlisle opened the garage door, the first person I saw was Alice. She smiled at me as if she knew that I was coming back. “Hi, Kelsey, welcome back.” I smiled shyly, not knowing what to say. She sounded as if she knew that I was going to come back. Bella walked down the kitchen—the kitchen was right beside the garage? I was standing in the kitchen—and seemed surprised to see me again.
“Carlisle? What the—” she stopped herself when Renesmee blinked. Bella’s face was blank for a second, and then she nodded. “Ah, okay. I understand.” Then she went out of the kitchen. “I—I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to cause you a trouble.” I blurted it out again. Alice stared at me. “A trouble?” she started to laugh. “You are nothing compare to Bella. She was a troublesome teen-ager… and Nessie. She was a troublesome kid, too.” I wondered if she was actually being honest, because I just couldn’t imagine Bella and Renesmee getting into troubles. “Err…” I mumbled like a stupid. “Really?” That didn’t sound like a question. It sounded like a sentence from a poem. I blushed when Alice and Carlisle stared at me when Jacob was searching for food in the freezer. Jacob chuckled and got a loaf of bread from the freezer and closed it. “You can’t compare Bella with her…gosh. You know how much Bella was troublesome.” He took a bite of bread and hugged Nessie again. Emmett picked in the kitchen and saw Jacob. “Yo, dog, the baseball is on. Want to bet?” he raised his eyebrow. Jacob turned around. “No help from the shorty?” Emmett rolled his eyes. “It’s not fun to bet if you already know the answer, you know.” His blue eyes went on Alice. “Sorry, Alice. But you can’t bet—although everyone is betting.” Emmett laughed out loud, and Alice stuck her tongue out. “Renesmee?” Emmett asked. “Which team?” Renesmee asked. Emmett glanced at the T.V. “U.S. and Russia.” She rolled her eyes. “U.S. Duh!”
Jacob snorted. “Nessie, you don’t know what baseball is. I bet on Russia.” Carlisle laughed. “I bet on Russia, too.” Emmett groaned. “5 Russias and 4 U.Ss…this is not fun. It has to be even to be fun.” Alice’s eyes glittered. “Can I play?” Emmett slapped Alice lightly on the shoulder. “No, sis. What do you think? I’m going to ask Tanya.” “I bet on U.S.” Alice totally ignored Emmett. “I wonder who’s going to win?” her eyes went up and stared at Emmett and smiled. Emmett’s smile disappeared. “Want to play some ball? To see who’s better, sis?” he growled—like a real growl from a bear. “Oh, but the weather is going to be nice tomorrow.” Alice was still looking down on Emmett. Huh? If the weather is nice, wouldn’t you want to play baseball? And the weather forecast said it was going to rain tomorrow. Emmett groaned. “Tomorrow? It’s going to rain tomorrow.” Alice’s eyes shinned. “Oh~ so you trust the weather forecast more than me?” If I was Emmett, I would say ‘duh!’ and I thought that was what Emmett was going to say, but… “Duh, no! Who would trust the weather forecast? It changes time to time!” that was surprising. “Anyway, how about the day after tomorrow?” Alice smiled…a smile of warning. “Thunderstorm♥” Emmett smiled too, but it wasn’t nice smile either. “Great. You, me in different team.” Alice stuck her tongue out again. “You bet, you stupid. I’m so gonna win.”
Emmett’s blue eyes flickered. “Oh, we’ll see about that.” Then he disappeared. Alice sighed. “He’s so stubborn. I really meant it…I’m going to win.” She smiled a little bit, and then the air flow changed… Jasper suddenly appeared behind Alice and hugged her. “Emmett. Stubborn…so are we actually going to play a ball?” Jasper asked and froze when he saw me. Alice looked at Jasper and me twice and seemed to understand what the problem was. “Oh, it’s okay, Jasper. Her father knows everything, so it’s not going to take a long time for her to figure out.” She sighed and hugged Jasper back to reassure him. “Oh.” Jasper still didn’t look reassured. He stared at me as if I was some kind of rare disease. I wanted to stare at him back, but my eyes just went down and studied floor. “Ha ha, so Emmett bet against you? Stubborn person he is.” Jasper’s eyes went off from me and stared to laugh. Alice joined his laugh and it sounded like a song. “Oh, well. It’ll be good lesson for that no-brain-user,” Jacob snorted. Renesmee stared at me hard but her eyes went down in a second. She sighed with unbelievable. “Gosh, Jake. How many times did I tell you not to call Emmett stupid?” Renesmee shook her head as much as she could in Jacob’s arm. I heard one of the Cullen chuckling in the living room. I assumed it was Bella. Carlisle sighed and pushed me to encourage us to into the living room. “Come on, guys. We don’t want our guest to stand in the kitchen.”
“Come on, then,” Jacob bounced off from Renesmee and walked—well, it was like running—to the living room. “Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!” I heard a yell from the living room. It was high-pitched tone, so I knew it was female’s voice. There was sweet-tasting background on the voice like chocolatesyrup on ice cream…like Bella’s hair colour. I could almost taste soft touch of chocolate on my tongue. Then I heard other high-pitched-tone voice. This time, it had a silvery, milky background on the voice. Alice. The voice rapped me like soft blanket. I suddenly felt like a new-born kitty, carefree and innocent. “I told you, Emmett. U.S. will defiantly win today no matter what.” Alice snorted, sitting right beside Emmett. She hit Emmett lightly on his head as if she was waking him up. Emmett growled—like a real growl from a bear—and stuck his tongue out at Alice and Alice did the same back to Emmett. Jasper sighed and switched the channel. Edward growled this time—but it sounded more like a lion than bear like Emmett—and stole the remote from Jasper. Bella shouted. ‘‘Wait, Edward! It’s time for the drama I love!’’ Alice nodded as she agreed with Bella. ‘‘And I love.” Edward and Emmett both rolled their eyes. “But there is a baseball going on.” Edward insisted. “No, we have to watch the basketball. This time, we’re going to bet fairly.” He stared at Alice harshly when he said the word fairly. “No,” Bella wailed like a baby. But I wondered why it sounded so cute. “I don’t want to watch a basketball game.”
Emmett grinned. “Well, too bad, sis. Basketball is better than some…what was it? A drama?” Emmett made some kind of whinny noise. Renesmee came up and stared at Emmett. She looked mad for a second, a kind, perfect smile replace the anger in her face. “Emmett?” she asked. “P l e a s e?” she asked with horror in her voice as if she was threatening him. Emmett snorted. “Like I’m going to fall for that.” But Renesmee didn’t seemed to taken back. “You don’t want to disobey me, Em.” He looked surprised. “Why not?” Renesmee raised one of her eyebrows. “You want me to tell you?” then there was a silence. Emmett’s face went dark and Edward let out a small laugh under his breath. “Fine,” Emmett growled, “do whatever you want to, Miss Princess!” Then he went upstairs really quickly. Renesmee sighed when Bella and Alice laughed and Rosalie chuckled. “Nice job, Nessie,” Bella added. “That guy needs the taste of his own medicine.” Alice nodded. “Yeah. He needs to learn that strength is not all good sometimes.” She tapped her head. “Wisdom is sometimes stronger than strength.” Bella spotted me. “Oh, Kelsey, hi.” “Ah…hi,” I said stupidly. “I have an idea. Why don’t we just join Tanya in Nessie’s room and join Tanya?” Bella tossed the remote to Edward and he caught it happily. “Come on,” Renesmee’s teeth sparkled in dark. Wait—they sparkled?
I couldn’t see her teeth again. “Renesmee?” I softly said her name. “Please call me Nessie.” She grinned. “Nessie,” I replied it like an echo in the mountain, forgotten what I was thinking about. “We should have a sleepover tonight.” Alice interrupted. “Sleepover?” Nessie, Edward (he appeared in nowhere) and I said at same time. Sleepover with the Cullens? Wow, Millie would be totally jealous. Rosalie (again, appeared in middle of nowhere) snorted. “What a wonderful idea, Alice.” I felt anger crawling up from my chest. She was treating me as if I was a jerk! I wasn’t going to be taken by that. “Rosalie, you shouldn’t talk as if a person is not there.” I hoped that I sounded as strong as I wanted to sound like. Rosalie looked surprised—actually, all the Cullens looked surprised. Emmett chuckled, breaking the long pause. “What a brave human!” he was talking about humans as if he wasn’t…one of us. ‘‘Emmett, shut up.” Bella gave him a warning glance at him. “Yeah, Emmett. Sleepover is girls’ major party. We used to have one when we were young. Right, Bella?” Alice’s eyes shone and Bella coughed to hide her smile. “Sure, sure, you did.” Jacob murmured under his breathe, then he took a bite from the loaf of bread he got from the freezer. I had to think about this. “Um…I’d better call my dad if I’m going to stay here,” but I had a feeling that Robert wasn’t going to let me stay here late at night.
Alice smiled and glanced at Bella as if they were sharing a privet joke. Jasper rolled his eyes at Alice, and let out a giggle. “Here, use his phone.” He handed me a phone. I pressed the number as quick as I could. I didn’t want to come here in my heart…but somehow, I volunteered to be a stupid. “Hello?” the deep, husky voice answered. “Robert?” I said it quietly, almost a whisper. “Kelsey? What’s wrong?” he frowned. “That Cullens didn’t do anything bad to you?” Gosh. What was wrong with him? “No, they’re fine, Dad. I was wondering…” I paused, afraid what would he say, “I was wondering if I could have a sleepover today…with Renes—I mean Nessie.” There was a long pause. “Well…” when Robert started to talk again, it was amazingly calm. I almost flinched when I heard his voice. “Sure. Why not.” “Really? I thought—” I had to stop there, because he hung up.