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My hair looked like a haystack! I quickly got in the shower. The hot water woke me up a bit more. When I stepped out, I got changed and turned my phone on. 10 new messages Wakie wakie Bella! Txt bac. Were going shopping! *Alice* Bella I no ur stil asleep but if ur up by 9 u better txt Alice bac ~Rose BELLA!!! COME ON!!! *Alice* Hurry up! Alice is having a seizure lol! No joke tho. ~Rose If u don’t txt bac ill make u bella barbie 4 a month! *Alice* Shes not kidding. ~Rose I’m gonna come get u missy! Get ur lazy butt down here! *Alice* Pixie devil’s gonna call ur house fone bells. Better pick up cause shes fuming! ~Rose That’s it! *Alice* She blew a gasket bella. Be prepared for angry tinkerbell madness ~Rose My eyes widened in fear. I quickly texted back Rose and Alice saying no shopping for me today. It was the least they could do for making me go yesterday. I don’t get how they can seriously go shopping every day. But way too soon after my text, my phone started ringing. Caller I.D.: Alice. Crap! I answer timidly. “H-hello?” I quickly put the phone away from my ear waiting for Alice to start yelling. It never came though. I heard a mild buzzing from the speaker, so I put the phone back to my ear. “…went yesterday, but I really wanted to go to have some girl fun. It’s Saturday after all.” She waited for me to speak so I said, “Sorry Ali, but I really just want to stay home today…” I could hear her sigh over the phone. “Okay. I’ll just go with Rose…” she said calmly. “Please Alice I rea- wait! What?!” I said shocked. “I said I’ll go with Rose. Have a fun Saturday.” And she hung up. Sighing, I hung up and got ready for a lazy Saturday. ~*~
The rest of the weekend pretty much went that way. Me just hanging out watching TV and sleeping. Rose and Alice came over on Sunday and watched a movie with me. It was after that I realized they were extra perky for a movie… “ALICE!!!” I yelled. She jumped back and put on an innocent expression. “Why yes, Bella?” she said in a polite tone. “You got me stuff from the mall didn’t you” I said with a deadly tone to my voice. She kicked something non-existent on the floor and said, “Well… maybe a thing…or two…or…maybe even three but does it matter? You didn’t want to go, so we shopped for you!” Alice sped up her talking with every word. “You’re impossible” I said in an angry tone. “Will you just look at what I got you Bella? Please?!” She pulled her puppy-dog pout before I could look away, so I let out a frustrated sigh, and spoke. “Fine, but I get to choose what I will try on.” Alice and Rose squealed and ran to Alice’s Porsche. They came back with two bags of clothes. I suppressed a groan and went up the stairs after them. I chose the most decent outfit they got me, a dark blue blouse with a white mini skirt (luckily not a mini mini skirt) and 2 inch white pumps. They’re the smallest heel to choose from, so I pray I don’t trip in them. (Not likely, though…) Rose looked at Alice and said, “You know, I’m kind of sick of house food. I’m more in the mood for…” She trailed off looking pointedly at Alice. “Italian I’d say.” My eyes go wide. “Y-you’re going to make me go out in this?” I gasped horrified. Alice let’s out a big sigh. “Yes, Bella. You are going out in this whether you like it or not. Why would we get you dressed up otherwise?” She has a point there… “Fine, but just to go out to eat” I give them both a hard stare. Rose holds up her hands and goes, “That’s all we were going to do anyway, dear Bella.” “Okay” I huff and start walking to the car. ~*~ “Okay, okay!!” Rose says laughing hysterically. Alice and I were practically on the floor laughing so hard. “He wasn’t that bad…” Rose tried again to defend herself from our teasing. We were at Alice’s house talking about all of the guys Rose went out with. “He asked if he could look at your toes Rose!” I barely get out before bursting out laughing again. She huffs and gives up on guy number 5. Once we settle down some, we go on to the next guy. “Bachelor number 6.” Alice says in an announcer voice. “Roy Nichols” Rose’s eyes go wide as saucers and get a far away look to them. “Rose…? Rose. Rose! ROSALIE!” “WHAT?!” she yells. “Memories getting to ya?” I say hiding my smirk. “Psh, no…” She looks a little too innocent for my liking. “Well, what all went on with him?” I say. Rose was waaay to vague for me when she told us why they broke up. “Nope, you’re not getting it out of me!” She pretends to lock her lips and put the key in her pocket. “Ugh! Rose! Please?!” It bugged Alice even more than me that Rose didn’t tell her anything. “No!” Rose said determined. We never got it out of her either.
I said by to Rose and Alice a little later and headed home. School tomorrow! Ugh! This is going to be just great. I'll have to face Mike, Tyler, and probably the principal for skipping Friday. Great! I could’ve sworn I’ve been here before. Running, yet again. I didn’t want to get up this morning. Stupid Monday mornings! I was up earlier than usual, actually getting to see the bus as it passed my house. Alice is going to kill me! I pick up my pace to a sprint as I see the school. I run through the doors and head toward my locker, only to be tripped and start falling to the ground. I close my eyes and wait for the impact. But it never came. I heard a lot of whispering, but more clearly, I heard a musical voice say, “You okay?” I open my eyes to look right into green emeralds. They were searching my face for any sign of harm, and that’s when I realized I haven’t answered yet. “I-I’m fine” I stuttered, blushing. He let out a breath, smiled and helped me to my feet. That’s when I got a better look at him. He had a gorgeous body, muscular, but not too muscular. He had bronze hair that seemed to have a mind of it’s own, and the most amazing straight, white, teeth that came into a breath-taking crooked grin. “You were running pretty fast there.” He said in his amazingly velvety voice. I recovered myself quickly and answered, “Yeah, I didn’t want to be late.” STUPID! What a stupid thing to say! I’ll look like a nerd now! I blush again and he chuckles. He says, “You wouldn’t be late with the speed you were going at.” I blush again and give a cocky smile. “That’s me. I’m pretty fast.” I gave my best smile and this God looked a little stunned. I looked at the clock and realized Alice would be fuming at my locker. I do a quick check around the hallway and see her watching the entire scene. Ugh! She’ll want to know every detail of what just happened! The guy snapped out of whatever he was thinking and said, “I’m Edward Cullen.” I knew he was a new kid because everybody knew everybody else at Forks. “Bella.” I say. He laughs again, looks at the clock, and speaks. “Well, Bella, I’d love to talk some more, but we’re going to be late.” I look at the clock again and realize he’s right. I say bye and fast walk over to Alice. She’s grinning from ear to ear. She glances at me and grins even wider. “Okay, Alice. I know you’re dying to talk to me, so just spill already!” She takes a huge breath and lets it all out. “Oh, my GOD Bella! That guy was sooooo cute! You have to talk to him again! He totally just wrapped his arms around you as you fell! It was so cute to watch! What was his name? Did you plan to talk to him again? Do you have any classes together? Tell me everything!!” I laughed out loud at her eager expression and put my hands up as if I was with the police. “I know Rose will want all of the details to, so I’ll just explain while you’re together.” I let out a little chuckle at her pout. She perked up again pretty fast
though. “Oh, well. We have History together so no big deal!” I groaned. That was 4th hour. Right after French. We got to track barely in time. I could see coach was about to yell at us, so I ran into the changing room and got dressed. Then I went on the field and waited for the rest of instructions. ~*~ Track went as usual, but 2nd hour was horrible. Mike and Tyler wouldn’t stop teasing me and making jokes about me. During 3rd hour, I got called to the principal’s office for skipping. That got me detention for the rest of the week. Oh, the joys of high-school, right? Wrong. 4th hour came along and Rose had that stupid grin on her face that Alice had this morning. I mean, really, I just tripped and a hot guy caught me! No big friggin’ deal! I guess it is to them though… “Tell us everything now.” Rose demanded. I opened my mouth to start the story, but the teacher walked in. Rose and Alice visibly sighed and turned toward the teacher. I was really getting into the lesson about World War II, when a piece of paper was shoved to me. I looked over at Alice who was in the next desk, and she gave me a look that said, ‘just read it!’ I sighed and opened it up. You’re going to have to tell us everything during lunch, you know. I sighed again and wrote my reply. Ya, I know that. I slid it back to her and watched as she quickly read it, a smug smile forming on her lips. Then I got another note, but from Rose. Tell me everything now! I shook my head and wrote back. Alice is making me tell you guys everything at lunch. Rose sighed and wrote a note to Alice this time. Alice read it then flashed a smile and nodded her head to Rose. What are they up to? ~*~ The bell rang after 4th hour and signaled for our lunch break. Rose, Alice and I went to the cafeteria and got our food. We sat at our usual table and automatically, they bombarded me with questions. I answered all of them, but stopped when I saw 3 people walking into the cafeteria.
There was Edward, then 2 other guys I didn’t know. One was slightly taller than Edward, had curly blonde hair, and had about the same amount of muscle. The other one was huge. Really tall and had a ton of muscle. He had curly brown hair. And from what I could tell, was goofing off, causing Edward and the other guy to start laughing. Alice was the first one to notice my sudden stop of talking and she glanced to where I was looking. Her eyes went wide, and she elbowed Rose really hard and pointed to them. I laughed at their expressions. They looked as if they were day dreaming. “Guys!” I said a little loudly to Alice and Rose to make it seem as if I was impatient. Their eyes snapped over to me and they both sighed. “How long were you calling for us?” Alice asked. I started laughing hysterically. They looked at me like I was crazy. “I-I… only said you-your… names once!” I got out. I don’t even know why it was so funny. It just was. They both gave me a look, then caught on to what I was saying. They both started laughing too. The boys went and sat down and I saw Edward look at me. I waved a little, saw him grin, and then turned back to the girls. “Ok, you both look like you got hit with cupid’s arrow. Who does who like?” Alice flushed, but Rose immediately started talking. “That guy with the muscle is so dreamy.” She said fanning herself. I looked at Alice, and she quietly said, “The guy with the blonde hair.” Woah! I have never seen Alice like this! We finished our lunches and the bell rang. Time for the lovely Biology. Great, I’ll have to sit by the snob Jessica. I made my way to the classroom and sat down. Jessica sat down and looked at me immediately. “You better stay away from Edward, Bella. Lauren gets a shot at him first, but when they don’t work out, he’ll be mine.” I laughed. “What makes you think I wanted him anyway?” Even though I did want him. Woah there Bella! Where the heck did that come from? “I saw what happened this morning” She sneered. I just laughed again. “Very lady-like Jessica. You’ll get tons of guys like that.” I patted her back and looked at her with mock sympathy. “You don’t have to act like a skank Jessica. I know some great people who can help you out of this life.” I didn’t realize the crowd that formed around the table before, but I did now. They all busted out laughing. Jessica glared at me, pushed me, and said in her nasally voice, “Don’t touch me, b*tch!” (A/N: Again, don’t like cussing… so…) “Touché” I said coolly and turned my head to the board. The crowd died away, but I looked in the doorway to a wide-eyed Edward who had heard the entire thing. ~*~
Class went by without much after the Jessica incident. We took notes and the Mr. Banner said we were going to get a new seating arrangement, thank God. After Bio, I have English. I walked there with Alice who actually saw what happened with Jessica. She squealed and said, “He was shocked you were talking about him! He so likes you!” I rolled my eyes. “Alice, he does not!” She just looked at me and said, “Whatever you say Bella dear… whatever you say.” At the end of class I met up with Rose and she told me to explain what happened with Jessica too. After I finished, she told me about meeting Emmett Cullen, the guy that she went gaga over in the cafeteria. It turns out he was really funny, and the other guy was Jasper. Emmett, Jasper, and Edward are all adopted by Esme and Carlisle Cullen. Rose was so happy, which was shocking because she always has a hard time finding a boyfriend (surprisingly). She just says that normal guys are way to plain. I smiled and told her “Good luck with him then.” She grinned and said, “trust me, I don’t need it” I went home that night, cooked Charlie dinner, and went to sleep. That was the first time I dreamt of Edward Cullen. I woke up the next morning to the sun shining through my window. Wait, I woke up? No down feeling? No wanting the world to eat me up? Woah! Well, better make the most of it. I get up, get dressed into the lovely T-shirt, jeans, and converse, then I actually made breakfast for Charlie. You wouldn’t believe how surprised he was. “What happened to you overnight?” He asked eyeing me suspiciously. Way to go dad. “Nothing?” I answered it with a confused tone. What did he expect me to say to that? ‘Just had some awesome dreams about the freakin’ sexy Edward Cullen?’ No I don’t think so. Charlie kept searching for something in my eyes. He finally just ‘humphed’ and started eating. Once I was done, I put my dishes in the sink, and went to my room to call Alice. The phone rang twice before she picked up squealing, then she said, “Me and Rose’ll pick you up in 5!” I answered back with a very humored, “Alice? How would you know I’m calling for you to pick me up?” She spoke, “You’re calling at 7:30 Bella. You’re never awake that early. Sooo….” She drew out the last word.
My cheeks heated up a little at that. Was I really that predictable? “Bells, don’t flip! Okay, we’re on our way.” And with that, she hung up. I sighed and ran a hand through my hair. Today was going to be interesting. ~*~ Almost immediately after we stepped out of Rose’s car at school, she was being hugged by a giant. I looked a little closer, and saw it was Emmett Cullen. “Rosie! I missed you sooo much!” He said in a squealy, mock girl voice. She just scoffed, smiled and said hi. I looked at her with my eyebrows raised, and she just gave me an ‘I have no idea’ look. When Emmett let go of her, he looked over at me. His face lit up and he practically sprinted the 3 foot distance over to me. “BELLA!!” He yelled. I froze and searched frantically for Rose. She just laughed and grinned at me. I glared at her in return, which had her laughing even more. Before I could do anything else, I got engulfed in a huge bear-hug that took all of my oxygen away. “Emmett…can’t…” That’s all I could get out. He laughed and let go of me. “Um, hey Emmett? I hate to break it to you, but we’ve never met…” He just guffawed like I missed something. When he settled down, he said, “But we did meet Bella. Just now. Do you need something more formal, because I’ll be happy to oblige.” I was surprised he could even think to use the word ‘oblige’. When I didn’t answer, he put on a business-like face, held out his hand, and said, “Hello. My name is Emmett Cullen. You are…?” I just laughed. Taking his hand, I mustered up the most serious face I could pull off, and said, “Bella Swan. Pleasure to meet you... sir” I tacked on at the end. He grinned and announced, “I like you already squirt,” while mussing my hair. “I’m glad.” I laughed. “Hate to break up this little meeting, but the bell’s about to ring…” Alice said. Emmett looked over, and said “Oh, Alice I’m sorry!” while running to her and grabbing her into a hug. She squealed and when he put her down, she took my hand and dragged me to track. ~*~ “Sh*t!” I said under my breath. I totally forgot about detention yesterday. I’m walking to the principal’s office right now actually. I got called to go there. Oh, joy. I turn a corner and walk right into something. I started falling to the floor when I felt someone’s arms catch me. There was a chuckle I could recognize anywhere, so I looked up. Edward Cullen looked right back.
“This meeting seems familiar.” He said and laughed again. I realized his arms were still wrapped around me, but I wasn’t going to say anything. “Yeah, I seem to be falling down a lot more since you got here…” I said with a short laugh. He just chuckled again. “Where were you going?” Edward asked. The smile fell from my face. “The principal’s office” I said without enthusiasm. He looked at me curiously. “Why?” He questioned. I just sighed. “I skipped, no, forgot about detention. So now I’m probably going to get more than I had before.” I said with a grimace. He looked surprised. “How did you get detention?” His eyebrows knitted together. Why does he even care? “You just don’t seem like the kind of girl to get in trouble.” He said. Oops. I guess I said that out loud… “Well I yelled at Mike Newton” I said his name with disgust, “in math, and left for the rest of the day. So now I happen to have detention for the rest of the week, and probably longer.” I took a deep breath. “Why’d you yell at him?” He said. “What’s with the 20 questions? Look I gotta go…” It was then he noticed he was still holding me. A little pink blush came to his cheeks. He blushed. Edward let go of me and I started walking away, but then I remembered something. I turned back around and asked, “Why are you even in the halls right now?” He looked down, than said, “Bathroom” My eyes narrowed. The bathrooms were on the other side of the school and we both knew it. “Locker?” He spoke it more like a question. I jerked my chin to the right, where one of the halls with lockers was. “Ok… let’s go to your locker then.” He was still looking down, but I saw him stiffen. “Look, I know you’re lying so just say why you’re here.” He looked down the hall, than said, “I punched Tyler Crowley…” I gasped. “Why?” I said shocked. He didn’t look like a violent guy. He glanced at me, and said, “What’s with the 20 questions?” I groaned. Stupid words used against me. He saw my scowl and laughed a little. “I gotta go.” I snapped and walked towards the principal’s office.
“You could just skip with me…” I heard behind me. I froze. Go. With Edward. Out of school. With Edward. Who asked me to go. With him. What to choose? Principal’s office, or day with Edward? Easy. I turned slightly towards him, and nodded my head. He smiled brightly and we started to the exit. “ISABELLA SWAN! EDWARD CULLEN! WHERE ARE YOU GOING?!” I look at Edward in panic. He just grins mischievously, grabs my hand, and runs. “I really hope you can run fast.” Edward whispers to me. I snorted. He has no idea. I start sprinting, leaving him behind. He looks shocked for a minute, but quickly caught up. “Go to the Volvo.” He said quickly looking behind him. We were really overreacting, but it was fun. He got out his keys and unlocked the car. I hopped in and put on my seatbelt. I wonder where we’re going. I got to thinking, and groaned. Edward looked over amused and asked, “What? Escape getting to you?” I turned my head and glared at him. “No, I just have a very protective daddy with a big gun. He won’t be too happy that I skipped school with a boy.” Let me tell you, that shut him up. I laughed quietly. He knew I was serious. Smart boy. I glance at him and wonder what I’m in for today… After our speedy get-away from the school, me and Edward can’t stop boasting. We just keep going on and on about whose idea it was, and who did better in it. “Okay, okay! It was your idea!” I said through my laughing to Edward. I really should stop laughing… “Thank you.” He said, grinning smugly. “But,” I said, “I agreed to go with you in the first place.” He gave me a disapproving look. “Well, yes, but I still was the one who told you to run.” He had me there. He saw the ‘you win’ look on my face, and smiled a crooked smile. My heart started beating faster. That was the smile he gave when he caught me the first time. “Wh-where are we going?” I tried to get my heartbeat under control. He smirked and said, “It’s a surprise.” I groaned. He looked at me and said, “What?”
I glared at him and spoke, “I hate surprises.” He chuckled. I was fascinated by the noise and forgot I was mad at him. He leaned in closer, “It’s not a big surprise, Bella.” I loved the way he said my name. It sounded so much better from his voice. What the heck is wrong with me?! I don’t have a crush on Edward Cullen. I don’t have a“Bella!” I was snapped out of my thoughts. I blinked and looked over at him. He was looking at me amused. “Did you even hear what I said?” I shook my head slightly, a dark blush forming on my cheeks. “I said, did you want Jasper, Emmett, and your friends to meet up with us?” I thought about it. I could get time alone with Edward, but I don’t want to give the wrong impression to him if I say I want that. But what is the wrong impression? Ugh! “Um… Whatever you want to do is fine.” I said quietly. He looked at me and said in a fake parental voice, “I think they need their education. Can’t afford to miss school, now can they?” He was grinning by the end, and I couldn’t help but smile back. I straightened up and answered back in the same tone, “Why yes, dear, they should get their much needed education.” We both started laughing. “You know, I got detention yesterday. Not going for 2 days in a row will probably get me in some deep trouble.” Edward snorted. “Two days? Really Bella? That’s not a big deal.” He waved it off. I just stared at him. “You would know that how?” I said looking curiously at him. He looked out the window, away from me, and said, “Me and my brothers get detention,” I raised an eyebrow. “A lot.” He said. I just kept staring at him. ‘Edward’ and ‘detention’ don’t really seem to go together well. “I get pissed a lot…” Oh. That makes sense. I’ve never actually physically hurt anyone for making me mad, but I’ve been pretty close. I remember last year, Lauren Mallory was making out with Tyler Crowley in front of my locker, and when I asked her to move, she just flipped me off, and kept at it. I kinda yelled at her to move the next time, and she stopped kissing Tyler, but just shoved me. I was seriously about to punch her, but a teacher decided to come down the hall right as I was about to. I got called out for it, and got detention for 3 days. So, no physical fights for me! “Seriously though, where are we going?” I was started to get impatient. I saw the ‘You are now leaving Forks’ sign, and was getting really annoyed.
He sighed, and said, “Just be patient, please” I ‘humphed’, and crossed my arms, resisting the urge to stick my tongue out at him. I think he could tell too, because he was trying to hide a laugh as coughing. I narrowed my eyes at him, and said, “What’s so funny Edward?” He didn’t even try hiding his laugh this time. I looked away from him, and that’s when my eyes locked with the speedometer. “OH, MY GOD!” I shouted. He looked startled, and said quickly, “What’s wrong?” “SLOW DOWN!” I couldn’t seem to quiet my voice. Edward visibly relaxed, and even had the nerve to laugh. “Bella, I drive like this all the time.” “And you’ve lived this long?!” My voice quieted down slightly. There goes the laugh again. “Yeah.” He chuckled. “I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not be killed in a car crash from going to fast. Charlie would be so pissed.” The needle in the speedometer dropped slightly. “Better?” Edward asked. I answered seriously, “Barely.” He just stared at me, and I looked back at him, “Your eyes should be on the road,” I said breathlessly. He smirked a little, and leaned in. I lost all coherent thought. “Okay.” He said, and leaned away. I glared at him, and he laughed again. “Jerk,” I said under my breath. Being him, he heard it and grinned, “Only for you,” He said and winked. “Smart a*s” I said right out. He cracked up. I scowled, and decided, 2 can play at that game. Instead of playing his game though, I’ll play my own. I turn away from him, and look out the window. I don’t say anything, just wait. I’ve done this with Charlie so many times, I can tell when they break. 5, 4, 3, 2… 1. “Bella?” he looked worried. I bit back a grin and stayed quiet. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. “Bella?” I pressed my lips together firmly. 3, 2, 1. “Bella, I’m sorry…” I couldn’t hold off my smile this time. I tried my best not to show it, but he saw it anyway. He scowled and looked away. That’s when I started laughing. I looked at him, and saw he was still mad. I immediately stopped, and put my hand on his arm. “I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist.” I said. He sighed and gazed at me again.
“Okay.” He said. I smiled a smaller smile then. He looked at where my hand was, and I blushed and pulled it away. I looked out my window, and saw a couple buildings that were familiar. Alice and Rose took me here to shop a lot. “Port Angeles?” I said. He smiled, “Yep.” “Well, what are we going to do?” He looked thoughtful for a minute, and said, “We can go to the beach, or get something to eat.” When he mentioned food, I realized how hungry I was. “Food first.” I said quickly. He looked at me and laughed at my ravenous expression. I scowled. We drove for a little while later, and pulled up at a restaurant. La Bella Italia. Alice and Rosalie have taken me here, and I knew it was expensive. “Edward, you don’t have to take me here. It’s really expensive.” I said worried. Edward glanced at me, and said, “Bella, I have more than enough money to pay. Don’t freak out about it.” “I could pay for myself if you want to do that…” I said. Edward covered my mouth with his hand, and said, “Bella. I’m paying for it.” All I could do is nod. He smiled and let me go. He quickly got, went around, and opened my door. “Very thoughtful of you.” I said. He grinned, and shrugged. We went in the restaurant, and the hostess looked at Edward. When I say looked at, I mean looked at. As in undressed him with her eyes. When she seemed satisfied with what she saw, she looked at me. I could see her thoughts clearly from her look. She thought I had nothing on her. Ha. If only she knew. “Table for two.” Edward said politely in his melodic voice. The hostess didn’t say anything, but turned quickly and started walking. We followed her, and I could tell Edward didn’t like her. I smiled a small smile to myself and sat down. After we ordered our drinks, the hostess said the waitress would be right out. She took one last longing look at Edward, and walked away. He visibly relaxed, and I laughed quietly. He heard though, of course, and glared. “What?!” I said amused. He just gave me a ‘shut up’ look which had me laughing even more. I was cut short when the waitress walked up. She looked really skanky. I
wonder how she got away with her outfit. Ultra short mini skirt, and a too tight spaghetti strap top. She gave us our drinks. She looked at Edward, and her eyes lit up. She went into a posture that was ‘supposed’ to be alluring, but I had trouble not laughing. “Can I get you anything.” She purred. Edward and I both noticed the double meaning, and how she only spoke to him. I covered my mouth with my hand to keep from laughing. “Uh… Bella?” The waitress looked over at me unwillingly. I quickly moved my hand, scanned the list, and ordered the first appetizing thing I saw. “Um, I’ll have the mushroom ravioli.” I said. She quickly wrote it down, and turned back to Edward. He glared at me, knowing I ordered really fast on purpose. “I’ll have the spa-” he saw the waitress’s shirt and quickly changed his mind. “Chicken fettuccini” he said. She smiled at him, and said, “Coming right up.” As soon as she was out of hearing range, I bursted out laughing. Edward glowered at me, and I said, “Looks like someone has the hots for you, Edward,” and started laughing again. “Seriously, she belongs at hooters.” I couldn’t seem to stop laughing. He just kept glaring at me. When I finally stopped laughing, the waitress decided to come back. Good timing. We got our food, and Edward quickly started eating, probably to avoid any further talking to the waitress. I couldn’t hold back my smile. I started eating too, but I decided to have some fun. Before the waitress left, I said, “Edward?” He looked up at me. “Your drink is empty.” I smirked at his narrowed eyes. The waitress looked at me, than him, and said, “Would you like some more?” I bit back a smile again. He sighed, and said, “Sure.” When her hand moved to pick up the glass, she grazed his arm. I saw him shudder, but she took it as a shiver. I turned my head the other way and had a silent laugh attack. She didn’t notice though because she was too caught up in Edward. I didn’t realize she walked away until I felt something hit me on the arm. I looked down and saw an unused spoon. I just shook my head and looked up. Edward looked furious. I bit my lip. I was already done with my food, but Edward still had to finish. He ate in silence, but it was a little tenser. The waitress came back with his drink, but noticed the tension and walked away. As soon as Edward finished, he just stuck a $100 bill on the table and got up. I quickly got up after him, and we left.
As soon as we got to the Volvo, I was pushed up against the side. “Why did you do that Bella?” He whispered into my ear. I could barely think straight. All I could think about was how I wanted him to kiss me- wait! I don’t like him! I don’t like Edward Cullen! His lips started to slowly go along my jaw. I don’t like Edward Cullen! He slowly pressed one kiss to my jaw, and I couldn’t think straight. But then, he backed away. I could hardly hold myself up. Edward walked to the other side of the car and unlocked it. I tried to get my breathing under control. When that didn’t work, I just got in the car and looked out the window. I noticed we were driving away from Port Angeles. I didn’t even comment on his fast driving. I really like Edward Cullen. When we got back to my house, Charlie’s cruiser was already in the driveway. Oh. Sh*t. The school probably already called him. I looked at the clock in Edward’s car, and saw it was 5:34. Crap. I mumbled a pathetic ‘bye’ and walked to the murder that awaited me. I was never a bad student or anything. I may not have been A+ Material, but I still went to school every day and did my homework. God, why?! Okay, I know I’m melodramatic, but Charlie is really protective. I took a deep breath and walked through the door. “ISABELLA MARIE SWAN!” I looked up to see a purple-faced Charlie. “Yes?” I said in a pathetic, small voice. I may be a teenager, but I still don’t like getting in trouble. “WHERE IN GOD’S NAME HAVE YOU BEEN?!” he yelled. I shrunk away. “Port Angeles” I mumbled. “WHERE?” “PORT ANGELES!” I screamed. Then I stormed upstairs, ignoring Charlie’s yells for me to come back. I slammed the door to my room, fell right onto my bed, and cried. I cried for getting into a fight (even if it was small) with Edward, and our confusing relationship. I cried for my mom leaving. I cried for my dad being so overprotective and pained. And I cried for myself. Why I cried for myself, I don’t know. I turned on my cell phone, noticing it was now 6:58, and called Alice. I didn’t even need to say anything.
“Climb out your window. We’ll be around the block.” She stated calmly. I just sniffled and hung up. I opened my window, and looked down. It seemed really far. I searched around to find a way to climb down. I saw a gutter with some weeds around it. It was about 3 feet away from my window though. I put my leg out and pushed out. Firmly holding onto the windowsill, I stretched my leg out to the gutter. It barely went around it, but it would do. I swung myself out and reached a hand to the gutter. When I held it steadily, I went completely out and wrapped my other foot and hand around it. Slowly and steadily, I went down. Once my feet were planted on the ground, I gave a grin. It was already dark out because clouds were covering the setting sky. I looked back, and thought I probably should’ve shut the window. Oh, well. Too late to go back now… I quietly walked down the block and around the corner. There was the yellow Porsche I’ve come to know and love. I sighed and got in. Alice and Rosalie looked over at me, obviously wanting to know what happened. I just said, “When we get there.” I knew we were going over to Alice’s house. They both nodded and we went on without any more talking. ~*~ I told them the entire story from when I was going to the principal’s office, to when I snuck out of the house, and I told them how much I really like Edward Cullen. Alice was literally bouncing, looking like she was about to burst. I gave her a pointed glance and she exploded. “Oh, my god! He totally likes you! He was obviously thinking you wanted to just be friends with the way you were letting the waitress come onto him! He probably did the jaw thing to see what your reaction would be, and then he didn’t talk to you in the car because he was thinking about everything that happened between the two of you.” I looked at her, trying to see her way. It made sense, but I really wasn’t sure if he just wasn’t interested. As if she could read my mind, she said, “Now missy, don’t you dare think he isn’t interested. Any boy who wasn’t would have some serious problems. Besides, I see the way he looks at you in Biology and at lunch.” She giggled. Rose spoke up. “And if he didn’t like you, why would he have invited you to skip with him?” She had a point there. I smiled a little. I looked at the clock in Alice’s room and realized the time. I groaned. Charlie’s going to give me Hell if he found out that I snuck out.
“I gotta go guys.” I said in a defeated tone. “If I die, I want freesias at my funeral.” They both chuckled, and took me to Ali’s car. Apparently, Alice was home alone today because her parents were on some business trip. The girls let me get out at the place they picked me up at. This time, I know I won’t be able to climb back up the gutter. Crap. I walked to the house, and all of the lights were off, but Charlie’s cruiser was still in the driveway. I breathed a sigh of relief. I went to the front door, unlocked, and opened it quietly. Looking in, I checked for any sign that Charlie was still up. The TV was off. That was a good sign. I slowly walked up the stairs, skipping the squeaking ones. As soon as I got to the top, I could hear Charlie’s snores. I let out a huge breath I hadn’t realized I’d been holding. I quickly went to my room, changed into my pajamas, and went to sleep. ~*~ The next morning, I got up really early. My alarm didn’t even go off. I just woke up. When I was getting dressed, I decided to make Alice happy today and wear something she bought me. I must be in a really good mood. I called Rose to come and pick me up, and grabbed a cereal bar from the cabinet. Rose picked me up in her red convertible, but what was weird was that there was no Alice. No Alice. “Rose! Where the heck is Alice?!” I asked, kinda startled. “Oh, she didn’t tell you? Jasper Whitlock Cullen picked her up.” My eyebrows rose. “You mean the guy she’s been googly-eyes at since first sight?” I asked skeptically. “The very one.” She answered. I snorted. Rose looked over at me, and noticed my outfit. Her eyes lit up. “You wore something!” She said. My eyebrows rose. “I wore something?” I said sarcastically. “You know what I mean.” She snapped. I laughed. “Yeah, yeah…” We walked into the school, and I immediately searched for Edward. I’m pathetic. I saw a flash of bronze and looked over. Edward was standing over with Emmett, Jasper, and Alice. Emmett and Alice were both waving us over. When we got over there, Alice attacked me in a hug. “YOU’RE WEARING GUCCI!!!!” She screamed. Everyone looked over. I blushed bright red and looked down. “Yes, Alice.” I said, still embarrassed.
The intercom came on then. “Isabella Swan and Edward Cullen, please come to the principal’s office,” I blushed a deep red, but they weren’t done. They had to repeat themselves. “Edward Cullen and Isabella Swan, please report to the principal’s office.” Edward looked at me and grinned. Actually grinned. “What’dya say to getting in trouble?” “Bring. It. On.” I said, deadly. He just chuckled as we walked through the hallway. When we got to the principal’s office, Ms. Cope let us in. Mr. Greene had a grave look on his face. I looked over to Edward. I could tell he was biting back a smile. Joy! I thought sarcastically. Let the punishment begin. I sat in the principal’s office with a completely bored expression on my face, but on the inside, I was freaking out. What would Charlie say? Would this go on my permanent record? Would I get in major trouble? Would Edward? Ugh!! I glanced over to Edward and saw that he had a huge grin on his face. My eyes narrowed at the same time he looked over, and I could see he was suppressing a laugh. Principal Greene was looking through our files at the moment, so we were left in the uncomfortable, overstuffed, cheap blue chairs that were in front of his desk. I could hear the ‘plop’ noise the papers made when he dropped them onto his desk. “Let’s see what we have here.” He said in a low voice. “Mr. Cullen, I see we have a liking of skipping and detention?” Mr. Greene quirked an eyebrow at him. Edward met his gaze steadily. “I don’t have a, per say, liking for it. I just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.” He gave a sarcastic smile that I’ve never seen before. I’m starting to see a new side to Edward Cullen. And I think I might just like it. Mr. Greene shook his head at Edward’s comment, and looked over to me. “Isabella, I’m surprised to see you here though…” He trailed off. Here it comes. The lovely, ‘Your father is the chief of police, he would be so ashamed’ speech. He didn’t let me down like I hoped he would. I just looked at the floor. I didn’t say anything. Just waited.
“Now young lady, you have never skipped school until the end of last week. You’ve never been a disruption to a class before then either. Think of what your father would say! He’s the chief of police, Isabella. He probably doesn’t want his only daughter to be known as a bad student of our school. We do not allow the behavior that both of you children have shown here at our school. You will be punished for it.” He took a deep breath. “I never would have guessed…” I mumbled under my breath. Only Edward heard it, and he started laughing, but tried to cover it with a cough. It didn’t work. “Mr. Cullen, I find nothing remotely funny about the position you happen to be in.” Mr. Greene said sternly. I glanced to Edward and hoped he wouldn’t get in trouble for that. “I understand Mr. Greene.” Edward said very seriously. Mr. Greene nodded. “Now for your punishment.” He clapped his hands together, causing me to jump. Edward chuckled under his breath and I glowered at him. “Edward, you have 1 week of detention, and have to come to school on Saturday for 3 weeks and clean classrooms.” Mr. Greene turned to me. “Isabella, you will have a month of detention, and you will also join Mr. Cullen on Saturdays for 3 weeks.” I blanched. Detention for 4 weeks? I felt dizzy. Edward caught me from falling over. Oops. He gave me an obviously concerned look. I just shook my head. Mr. Greene, oblivious to my faintness, dismissed us, putting away the files. “You may now go back to first period.” I looked at the clock and realized we had only been in there for 20 minutes. Joy. Again. I’ll have to face a ton of students every class period. They all probably have gossip going good. Already. Ugh! ~*~ The rest of first hour went by without any problems. No one confronted me, or even looked at me funny. Thank God. 2nd hour sucked though. It sucked really badly. “Hey baby. Looks like you’re a good girl gone bad.” Mike spoke before the bell rang, quite loudly, and the entire room quieted and looked over. Alice glared at Mike, and opened her mouth to say something, but I shook my head. I looked him in the eye, and said, “F*ck off Newton.” He sneered and said, “Looky here! Little depressed bad girl can speak!” I replied coolly, “I think I proved that on Friday, Mike.”
He gaped for a minute at my cool tone, but than said something that totally and completely pissed me off. “Yeah, you did. After I explained how your precious mommy left a skank like you, and your ugly, needy dad!” I didn’t even think. I clenched my fist, and swung as hard as I could. I punched him hard on the mouth. His lip was bleeding and he was knocked back. I walked out of the room, straight to the principal’s office. Familiar, anyone? ~*~ I walked out of the principal’s office feeling a lot better. Even if I got another two Saturdays of cleaning… I walked into the office and Ms. Cope looked at me, and sent me straight in. Apparently, the teacher already called the office about the Mike incident, accept he twisted the story up. Alice was there to back up my side of the story though, so it was all okay. Kind of. While Mike was in the nurse’s office, I got to talk to the Principal. “Isabella, we seem to keep meeting. Not the best thing, I think.” I responded, “Just call me Bella. And Mike insulted me and my father. I’m sorry, but I’d rather take things into my own hands than go tattle to a teacher.” I let out a big breath. Mr. Greene looked at me with calculating eyes. He knew I didn’t like getting in trouble, and he also knew how protective I was of my dad. Even though we never talked, my dad and him did a lot (Not that I get in trouble normally…). After a minute or two, he talked, “Bella, I understand you felt intimidated by Mr. Newton, but I really think you should have just ignored him. He’s a teenage boy. A very immature teenage boy at that.” I glared at the wall. “Haven’t you ever gotten in a fight with someone, or injured someone, because they insulted you, or someone you loved?” I asked it, and as I talked more, my voice broke more. I looked at him. He met my gaze steadily, but answered, “I can’t speak of personal matters with students.” I stood quickly. “HAVE YOU? HAS ANYONE EVER BROUGHT UP A HARD SUBJECT IN YOUR LIFE? WELL MIKE NEWTON DID TO ME. HE BROUGHT UP MY MOTHER. YOU KNOW, THE ONE WHO LEFT ME AND MY DAD?! AND HE CALLED MY FATHER UGLY AND NEEDY! HE CALLED ME A SKANK, MR. GREENE. A F*CKING SKANK.” My breathing was shallow, so I tried taking deeper breaths, and I sat back in my chair. It was then that I realized I was crying. Tears were gushing down my face. Mr. Greene stood up, and walked over to me. He kneeled down, and said “Yes.”
That’s all the answer I needed. It was then I knew something similar happened to him, and he understood. I smiled, but that changed to a frown when he said, “I still have to punish you for going against school rules though. You’ll have an additional 2 weeks of cleaning on Saturdays.” He smiled a grim smile, and dismissed me. The bell rang for the end of 2nd hour. I went to my locker and got stuff for 3rd hour. French. The lovely class I don’t have Rose or Alice in. I sighed and sat at my usual desk on the left side of the room near the window. I saw from the corner of my eye that someone sat in the desk next to me. I looked over and saw Jasper Cullen. He smiled slightly, and said, “You’re Bella, right? Alice’s friend.” I smiled a small smile, and said, “Yeah. I was the one she screamed at this morning…” He just laughed. I was surprised at how relaxed I was around Jasper. He had a really calm feel about him. “I heard about what you did to Newton.” He spoke. I instantly grimaced. His eyes widened a little, and he instantly started apologizing. “I’m really sorry. If he upset you… I’m sorry I brought it up…” He looked guilty. I smiled a tight smile for his benefit, and said, “Really, it’s okay. I got a minimal punishment for it too.” He relaxed. I guess I pulled off my smile better than I thought. The bell rang, beginning 3rd hour, and I was glad for the distraction. The rest of the hour went by in a blur. When 4th hour came around, I was shoved a note from Alice. Are you okay? Yeah, I'm okay. She looked at me sadly, and nodded over at Rose. They both leaned over in their chairs and gave me a love-filled hug. I smiled at them and wrote more on the note. I’ll explain everything after school. First I showed Alice, than Rose. They both nodded at me and we went pack to paying attention to History. ~*~ Lunch passed by really fast, then Biology. I now love it. There happens to be a God, and he must really love me, because our new seating chart had me with the one, the only, Edward Cullen. We were going to be partners for the rest of the schoolyear.
I smiled a little to myself, and we started our assignment. We were doing a lab on mitosis. It was really simple to me. I always understood mitosis really well anyway (Not in a perverted way or anything). We did the lab really fast actually. Afterwards, Edward said, “Why did you punch Mike?” I stiffened, than said, “He insulted me, and my family.” He looked confused. “Why didn’t you just ignore him?” His nosiness was really pissing me off. It’s none of his business! I looked him straight in the eyes and said, “It’s one thing to insult just me, and I can ignore that most of the time. But when my family gets involved, I’m not going to let anyone get away with it.” Than I turned away, leaving Edward to think about it. I glanced over to where Alice was sitting, and she was watching me and Edward. I gave her a good glare, and she put her hands up mouthing, ‘okay, okay!’ I smiled and got out Wuthering Heights, reading until the bell rang. ~*~ After an uneventful 6th hour, and detention (Unfortunately, Edward didn’t start his detention ‘til tomorrow), Alice and Rose took me home, and stayed to talk about everything that happened today. I made Charlie’s dinner in silence, than we went to the living room and talked. We talked and talked and talked. I let everything out. When Charlie got home, Alice and Rose left, and I apologized to my dad. He forgave me easily, and we quickly changed the subject. He and I were never ones that show emotion well. Around 9 I was actually really exhausted, and fell asleep before my head hit the pillow. I woke up feeling completely horrible. I just wanted to crawl in a hole, shrivel up, and die. I didn’t even know why I felt that way. I had a really weird feeling in my stomach, like it was being pressed down, and no matter what position I was in, it wouldn’t go away. I tried to ignore it, and stared at the ceiling. No thoughts. Or too many. I couldn’t tell. As I continued staring and thinking, or not thinking, Alice bursted through the door along with Rosalie. I didn’t even notice it was them at first. What is wrong with me?! I wanted to scream it out. But I didn’t. I didn’t say anything. I just kept staring at the ceiling. Alice must have seen how I was looking, because she started barking off to Rose.
“Get a bottle of cold water to get her out of this state, and make some food. She needs to eat. Now!” For once, instead of getting mad about being bossed around, Rosalie went and did as she was told. It was weird because I heard the words, but I couldn’t process what they meant. That was until I had ice-cold water poured on me. I took a deep breath, gasping hugely after being waken from my catatonic-like state. I still felt down, but at least I knew what was going on now. Alice grabbed hold of my chin, and said, “Isabella Marie Swan, get your a*s out of this bed, and go eat breakfast. Then we’ll get you ready for school. Understand?” The extremely intense look she gave me had me nodding my head. I was really appreciating what they were doing for me. I really didn’t deserve friends like them. Alice must have seen some look in my eyes, because she grabbed me in a tight hug, and said, “We’ll always be here for you, Bella.” She spoke so fiercely it brought tears to my eyes. I hugged her back just as tightly and replied, “I know. I love you Ali.” When I felt another pair of arms wind around me I looked over and opened my arm for Rose. They knew I really needed this right now. I smiled a sad smile and said, “Something bad’s going on with me, guys.” My voice broke at the end, and I couldn’t hold it back anymore. I cried in front of them. It rarely ever happens. I’ve only cried in front of them twice, and I’ve known them as far back as I can remember. I sobbed and sobbed, and they never let up their grip on me. They just spoke soothing words and looked at me with a deep sadness in their eyes. After what seemed like an hour, I finally wiped my eyes, and stood up. “We can’t stay like this forever if you’re going to make me over!” I really wanted to make them feel better. They both looked at one another, and then ran to my closet. “Go eat!” Rose demanded behind her shoulder as she ran away. I just sighed and walked to the kitchen. A barely got done with breakfast when Alice dragged me back upstairs with my outfit completely picked out. When I saw what she wanted me to wear, I smiled. Even if there was a mini-skirt, it was still something I like. The skirt was a few inches above my knees, and the t-shirt
had little slits going down the back. Underneath that, I had on a red tank-top that matched perfectly with the print on the front. I changed quickly and went to the bathroom where Alice and Rose already had out their make-up and hair products that they take everywhere with them. They attacked my face with brushes and other things that I would probably poke my eye out with, and pulled and yanked on my hair. Once they were done, I looked in the mirror, and didn’t even realize it was me. I blinked a couple times and looked closer. I looked beautiful. Like I actually should be with them. My make-up had a natural look to it, and my hair was straightened going down my back. “Okay chikas! Let’s go.” Rose called. I looked over to the clock on the wall, and it read 7:45. I only have one thing to say: Alice and Rose are miracle workers. ~*~ 2nd hour. What’s good about 2nd hour? Absolutely nothing. I sat down with Alice, and Mike glared at me. Glared. I looked right back at him, and he was the first to look away. “D*mn Bella! You lookin’ good.” Tyler Crowley said. I just said, “Yeah… Thanks.” And looked away. “Hey, you goin’ out with Cullen?” He asked. My head snapped back to him, as I said, “No! Who said I was?” He looked confused and said, “No one.” “Well what made you think that?” “Cullen punched me for talking about you, that day you guys skipped. I didn’t say anything bad about you…” My eyes were wide in shock. No wonder Edward didn’t tell me why he punched Tyler. Oh. My. God. He punched Tyler. Because. Of. Me. Tyler looked at me funny, shrugged, than started talking to Mike, who was still glaring at me. “Look Mike, if you’re expecting me to apologize or something, don’t get your hopes up.” I said icily. Doesn’t he have anything better to do than glare at me? “You’ll pay for punching me. Oh, you will.” He said lowly.
Then the bell rang. That didn’t keep me from saying my sarcastic comment. “Oh, I’m so scared. How much do you want? $20? $30?” The teacher started talking, so I turned to her. I felt Alice lean over, and she whispered, “Mike’s serious, Bella. I can tell. Be really careful around him.” I silently laughed. “Alice, I’ll be fine. It’s Mike.” I said it like that explained everything. Alice looked dubious, but I just ignored it. After the bell rang, I went to French, and Jasper sat by me again. “Hey Bella,” He said happily. Really happily. I raised an eyebrow at him. He just laughed. “I was talking to Alice,” My eyebrows rose even farther, “and you guys…” I tuned him out some. I knew they liked each other. It was obvious. “...detention. I heard you got it with him. Not to mention coming in on Saturdays.” Man! Did everyone know about that?! “I got more Saturdays for punching Mike, and since I skipped the first 2 detention days, I got more detention, too.” Jasper’s eyes got a mysterious glint in them. “Do you get in trouble very much?” He sounded… excited? “Not usually. Recently I have been though, obviously.” I said, curious of his tone. His eyes died down a little. “I’m guessing you like causing problems for school?” I said with a laugh. He smiled. “Emmett got me hooked on pranks freshman year. He was a sophomore.” He laughed at some memory. “I may not be good with pranks, but I obviously am awesome at getting out of school,” I laughed a little, “even though it’s really easy to just walk through an exit door…” He laughed out loud this time. After the laughter died down, I heard him mutter, “Glad Edward chose someone better this time. Tanya was…” He trailed off with a grimace. I’m guessing I wasn’t supposed to hear that. I acted like I hadn’t listened. “Get started!” The teacher said. I didn’t even notice that the bell had rang… “What was your best prank?” I asked Jasper. He grinned, obviously remembering one.
“Probably the time we set off the fire alarm to get the principal away from his office, and then we painted one of the walls in it pink, and wrote, ‘7 days’ on it in black. We hacked into the system and changed our grades too. But that was just a bonus. It was the best because we didn’t get caught.” He grinned bigger. I laughed, “7 days, huh?” He just chuckled and nodded. We finished our assignment and talked randomly for the rest of the class period. ~*~ We had a really long test in History, so I didn’t even get to talk to Alice or Rose that hour. Right when the bell rang, Alice and Rose said, at the exact same time, “We’re sitting with the Cullen’s today!” They looked at each other, than at me, and squealed. I rolled my eyes. “Let me guess. Emmett asked you,” I said looking at Rose, “And Jasper asked you.” I finished, looking at Alice. They nodded, looking surprised. I scoffed. “You guys don’t see it, do you? They really like you. Even I can tell.” Alice ducked her head, blushing, and Rose just smiled dreamily. I rolled my eyes again and said, “Look guys, you don’t want to be late to see your men, now do you?” They both looked at me, nodded to each other, and Rose said, “Bella, are you sure you just don’t want to get to Mr. Edward?” I blushed. I really did want to see him. But I wasn’t going to tell them that. They took that as answer enough, and giggled. Alice took one look at the clock, grabbed me and Rose’s hands, and charged to the cafeteria. Before we went through the door, I yanked my hand back from Alice and fixed my hair. Okay, I never really cared, but I look good today, and I want to keep it that way. Alice looked at me like a PTA parent whose child got on honor roll. I just smiled slightly, and we walked in. We looked around and saw them at the table they always sit at. They didn’t notice we walked in. We walked up slowly, and heard that they were fighting. “Why are you letting them sit with us?” Edward spat it at his brothers.
“Uh, Eddie, calm down. What’s got you so upset?” Edward’s eyes narrowed. “Bella’s going to be here. How am I supposed to tell her that I’m going out with Tanya again, especially since…” That’s all I heard before I turned and ran back through the doors. I started breathing quick. I kept running. I got out of the school and ran into the woods. Trees flew by, and tears ran down my face. I got to my house, but just passed it. I didn’t want to be home right now. I ran and ran and ran. I finally collapsed, and cried. Why does he have this affect on me? I barely even know him! Why? Why? Why?! “Why?!” I screamed out to nothing. That was when I noticed I was in an open area When I looked around, I realized I was in a meadow. I kept sobbing and shook. I just laid there. It started raining, no, pouring, and the raindrops mixed with my tears. I don’t know how long I stayed there, but I noticed the sun was gone. I took out my cell, turned it on, and checked the time. 10:03. I stood up on unstable legs, and walked. I didn’t know where I was going, but I just kept walking. Eventually I got to a road and walked down it. I just kept walking. I remembered when I first met Edward. Falling into him, fighting about him with Jessica, our get-away, Port Angeles, him kissing my jaw, going to the principal’s office with him, having biology with him. The memories kept coming. I kept walking. I found a road I recognized and walked down it to go home. ~*~ I walked through the door and was attacked in a huge hug by Rosalie. I noticed her and Alice were crying. I looked at them without saying anything. Rose let go and I walked to the couch. “We-we’ve been h-here since you le-left the s-school.” Alice stuttered out, and started crying again as she launched herself at me. She hugged me tight, and said, “W-we di-didn’t know w-what happened t-to you.” Rose sounded a lot calmer than Alice. “We were going to call the police for you if you weren’t here by midnight.” I looked around and asked, “Where’s Charlie?” “He left a note this morning. I guess I forgot to give it to you. He’s on a fishing trip until Sunday.” She wiped the tears off of her face. I nodded and looked at Alice who still clung to me.
“N-never d-do that e-ever again!” Even with her stuttering she does when she cries, she sounded fierce about it. “I t-thought you w-were dead!” Alice said. Rose rolled her eyes. She always is the one to stay calm in a situation. “Bella?” I looked at her. “Do you want to know what happened after you left?” She said it slowly, making sure I wouldn’t break down. “N-n-n-not n-n-now. M-m-m-maybe l-later.” I stuttered out. I just noticed how cold I really was. I started shaking. Rose nodded, grabbed my hand, and dragged me, and Alice (Who was still hugging me), to the bathroom. Alice finally let go, and Rose said, “Take a bath and warm up. We’ll order a pizza and stay here tonight. Okay?” I nodded, and got the bath ready. ~*~ After pizza, and ice cream, we all got on the bundle of blankets on the living room floor, and went to sleep. My last though of the night? I’m in so much freakin’ trouble tomorrow. I was walking down a pathway, where only the sidewalk showed. It was such a bright white in color, it hurt my eyes to look at. Everything else was complete darkness. The sidewalk burned holes in my eyes, causing me to scream in pain. My hands went up and shielded them protectively. I could just walk away from the sidewalk, just ease the burning, walk in the darkness. But if I leave the sidewalk, I know I will never return. Never see light again. But at this time, I don’t even care. I just want the pain to go away. I jump off of the blinding pavement to embrace darkness, but it drops me, and I fell. I just kept falling, and falling, and falling“Bella! BELLA!!!”
I gasped a huge breath and clutched the blanket under me, shaking. I was in a cold sweat and panting for breath. “Cut the screaming! I was trying to sleep!” Rose grumbled. Alice just took one look at me, and hopped over Rose to be by me. Pulling me into a hug, she said, “Do you want to talk about it?” I just shook my head. “Bella, you look really pale.” Rose said. I nodded. I knew I probably would. “What time is it?” I said shakily. Alice hopped up to look at the clock. She came back with a glass of water. Handing it to me, she said, “It’s 5:24. Let’s get ready!” I groaned. “Alice, can’t I just wear sweats today?” She looked at me skeptically. “Please?” I say brokenly. I just want to be comfortable today. Her face softens. “Sure, Bella,” She says “But I get to pick out the sweats!” I chuckle and get up with her following to my room. “Okay, guys! You go ahead! I’m going to sleep for another hour…” Rose trails off, yawning, and falling back onto the pallet we made on the floor. I laughed and said, “Sure thing, Rose.” While already planning my way to wake her up. Ha. She won’t know what hit her. ~*~ “Okay, Alice, get ready for your sob story. Try to cry.” I smiled. Getting the air horn I got last year from a prank war, I put it right by her ear and squeezed down the button. ! “!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Satisfied with that, I went to my next part of action. “Oh, Rose! I thought it was airfreshener! I’m so sor-” “NOOOOOOOO!!!” Alice comes in wailing. I jump up, as part of the act, and run to her. “Ali! What’s wrong?!” “Marc’s DEAD!!!” She sobbed.
“Marc who, Alice?” Rose sat up alert. “JACOBS!” She screamed. Rosalie: “!!!!!!!” She fell to the floor. “Oh, my God.” I said running to her. “Rose?” Nothing. “Rosie?” A breath. “Rosalie?” “Yeah?” “You okay?” I asked. “Yeah.” “Honey, he isn’t really dead.” I said soothingly. She jumped up quickly and smacked me on the forehead. “OW!” I yelled, clutching my forehead. “MY EARDRUMS ARE THROBBING, AND I ALMOST DIED BECAUSE OF YOU!” She screamed. I smiled a happy smirk, and walked out to Alice’s Porsche. ~*~ When we got to school, I wanted to avoid Edward at all costs. “Guys, I’ll meet up with you later. Gotta go to the principal’s office.” They looked at me like I was crazy. “What?! “Bella, they didn’t call for you.” Rose said slowly. She forgave me after 5 minutes of nonstop begging for forgiveness in the car. “I know. And I don’t want my name to be called on the intercom, in front of the whole school. They’re going to call for all of us, you know. Might as well come with me.”
They glanced at each other, and both shook their heads. “We’ll just wait until they call for us.” Alice said. “’kay.” Walking to the principal’s office, I felt someone walk up behind me. I turned my head a little, pretending I was looking at the clock, and saw that it was Edward. Sighing, I took a left and kept walking. Edward came up, grabbed my arm, and spun me around to face him. “Bella?” I refused to meet his gaze. “Bella.” He said more demanding, while grabbing my chin and pulling it up. I looked into his emerald green eyes, and said with as much venom as I could, “What do you want, Edward?” His eyes widened. I guess he didn’t know about how I felt, or that I knew about him and Tanya. “I j-just needed to talk to you.” He stuttered, still shocked from my anger. I raised an eyebrow at him. “Then talk.” “Look, I don’t know what I did yesterday to make you leave, so I’d like to know.” I glared at him. Like h*ll I was going to talk to him about that. He noticed I wasn’t going to answer, so he went on, “And I wanted to talk to you about Tanya.” I held up my wall, became detached, and looked right through him. Then I started to fall a little. “Bella?” He tightened his grip on me. Tears were in my eyes and voice. My wall was breaking. “What Edward?” My voice broke. He looked at me, then pulled me into a hug. I buried my face in his chest, and wound my arms around his waist. One tear escaped, and then I remembered why I was upset in the first place. I pulled away quickly and jogged down the hallway. At the end, I glanced back to see him frozen there, before I turned and went to the principal. ~*~
“Back again so soon, Bella?” Mr. Greene’s hands were on his desk. I sighed and looked at him. “Yeah.” “Skipping, again.” He made a little ‘tsk’ noise. “I had a problem that couldn’t be fixed at school.” I stated simply. Principal Greene looked at me, and his eyes were filled with understanding. “Bella, you can’t keep doing this. You’re starting to make it a habit.” I nodded my head in understanding. I was still maintaining my grades though. He turned to the intercom microphone. “Alice Brandon and Rosalie Hale, come to the office.” He turned back to me. “You have another week of detention, adding up to 5 weeks total. Starting Monday. Understood?” “Yep.” “Then you can leave.” When I got to the door, I saluted while smiling, feeling better because Mr. Greene understood, and left. I passed Alice and Rose in the hall. “I think you guys’ll get a week of detention. Starting Monday, since today is Friday.” They both nodded, and Alice said, “See you in 1st hour,” over her shoulder, smiling. She even started skipping. Chuckling, I went to 1st hour. ~*~ Lunch. What I now call Hell-time. Either I sit alone, or with the Cullens now. Alice, Rose and I have been invited yet again to sit with them. “Guys, I’m going to eat outside.” They look at me funny for a minute, and then realization dawned on them. “Yeah. Have fun though guys.” I gave them a wink and headed out the doors. It was one of the very rare sunny days in Forks, so I was lucky. I wasn’t hungry, so I just soaked up the sun.
I had a feeling that someone was watching me. I slowly turned around, only to be punched in the face. “Payback is such a b*tch, don’t you think?” I heard him whisper in my ear.
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