Why did it have to be you?
Main Characters of the story:
Isabella Swan, Charlie and Renee, Edward Cullen, Jasper Hale-Cullen, Carlisle and Esme Cullen and Alice Brandon
A/N: Here is a little back ground for the story itself-
Isabella Swan will turn eighteen before she graduates high school in late May. She was an awkward little girl growing up, or at least that's how she thought of herself. *****Edward remembers her as awkward, too*******She has brown eyes and long, brown hair. She'd never thought of herself as pretty. She kept to herself most of the time until she met her best friend, Alice, who was an only child herself. That's where the similarities ended...Alice was a social butterfly with a very bubbly personality. Alice helped Isabella bloom at school.
Isabella's cousins are Edward and Jasper. Edward is the biological son of Esme(Renee's sister) and Carlisle. Jasper Hale is the adopted son of the Cullen's; they took in Jasper when his parents died in a car accident. They decided to legally adopt him, making him one of their own.
Charlie and Renee, Isabella's parents, were high school sweethearts. Charlie was Carlisle's best friend in school; that's how Esme and Carlisle met.
The four of them were inseparable as young teens, and ended up going to college together. Carlisle became a doctor, Esme an interior decorator. Charlie got a law degree and eventually became Chief of police, while Renee got a degree in child development. After she got pregnant, Renee stayed home with Isabella until she started school.
Summary: Being a teenager is hard enough. When you add in feelings for someone the world says you shouldn't want, it could be a recipe for heartbreak. Isabella's world is turned upside down when her cousin Edward moves back, and he isn't the awkward boy she remembers. What will happen when Edward finds himself sharing her feelings? Will their family ever be the same…Told in Third Person.
Chapter One: Getting Reacquainted
Beta'd by Emily (boo1414)
"Isabella! Will you please come downstairs? Your dad and I need to talk to you."
Isabella was getting ready for school. As soon as she finished brushing her hair, she headed downstairs, curious about what her parents had to say. Once she was sitting at the table, her parents informed her that her cousins, Edward Cullen and Jasper Hale-Cullen, were moving back and would be going to same school. She remembered that her cousin Edward was a little gawky, just like she was. He had braces, his hair was an odd combination of brown and red- you might call it bronze, and he had green eyes. Jasper was a little taller, with blonde hair and blue eyes. He had a southern drawl, as he was originally from Texas.
Just then, a horn blew as Alice made herself known. Alice and Bella rode to school together every day. Isabella shared with her best friend what her parents had told her about her cousins moving back, and invited her over that evening to meet them.
Alice was excited when she saw pictures of Jasper; she thought he was cute and couldn't wait to meet him. She knew she would like him, as he had blond hair and blue eyes. She never could resist boys like that. With Alice chatting non-stop, they drove to school and had a normal day.
The two girls went home to await the arrival of Isabella's cousins. The Swans had invited them over for dinner so the kids could get reacquainted. They were doing their homework when Renee called them to come downstairs. The girls came running, eager to meet the Cullens. As Alice was the first one down, Renee introduced her to Edward and Jasper. It was clear that Alice and Jasper were smitten with each other. Renee had to stifle a laugh watching the pair.
"It's nice to meet you, Jasper." Alice said sweetly as they looked into each other's eyes. Carlisle coughed to get Jasper's attention, snapping him out of his fog.
"Its nice to meet you too, darlin'," Jasper said in his slow southern drawl.
Isabella made herself known as she stepped into the living room to meet her cousins again; it had been a long time. She shook Jasper's hand. Edward revealed himself to Isabella, moving out from behind his parents to greet her.
Both Edward and Isabella gasped. Isabella, looking into the green eyes of her cousin, couldn't believe what she saw. He was no longer the gawky teenager with zits and braces of her memories. His skin had cleared and his teeth were white and straight. But what got to her the most was that he was now over 6 feet tall; he looked like a Greek adonis. Isabella knew she shouldn't be attracted to her cousin, but she couldn't help herself.
Edward reached out and grabbed his cousin's hand to pull her in for a hug. What he hadn't anticipated was that he would be so attracted to Isabella. He had similar memories; his were of a gawky little girl with no figure. Now she had curves in all the right places, and her chocolate eyes pulled him in like a magnet.
His velvet voice broke Isabella out of her fog. "It's nice to see you again, Isabella. It's been a very long time."
She nodded, as she couldn't seem to find her voice. Good Lord, what's wrong with me? she asked herself. I can't be attracted to my cousin; that's not right at all!
"It's nice to see you again too, Edward." she said, finally finding her voice.
Now that they were past the initial hellos, they all sat down and got acquainted again; adults and kids alike. Jasper and Alice were already chatting away, while Edward and Isabella just sat there, unsure of what to say or do. Once in a while Edward would look up to find Bella staring at him. When he caught her she would blush, then look away quickly.
He finally broke the ice by saying in a quiet voice, "So, Isabella, what grade are you in now?"
Her brown eyes met his green ones as she said, "I'm a senior this year."
Edward nodded and looked over at his adopted brother, who was flirting with Alice. "I think Jasper and Alice have really hit it off." he laughed.
Both Isabella and Edward looked over at their friends, then back at each other.
"I think you're right." Isabella laughed in agreement.
Isabella and Edward continued to stare at each other; the tension between them was so thick, they didn't even hear their friends talking to them.
"Bella!" Alice said louder, breaking their connection.
"Huh? Yeah...what?" Bella asked as Alice giggled at her friend. Bella broke her stare from Edward and looked at Alice.
"Jasper just suggested that we all go out for an ice cream- so we can get to know each other better." Alice chirped.
The cousins agreed and walked to Alice's car. Jasper called out "shotgun!" so Isabella and Edward had to sit in the back. Bella could feel the heat coming from Edward. She so wanted to lay her head on his shoulder and snuggle up close to him, but at the same time, she knew it wasn't right. Especially since she'd noticed her cousin was acting uncomfortable, shifting around in his part of the seat.
What she didn't know was, it wasn't discomfort Edward was feeling, rather, it was the need to claim Isabella as his. He imagined how her lips would feel on his; they looked so soft. He groaned just thinking about them. Fuck! She is your cousin. for crying out loud...you're not supposed to want your cousin that way, he told himself.
He looked over toward Isabella and their eyes met. He saw her lick her lips, and God, did he want her tongue in his mouth. Jesus! I could go to jail for what I'm thinking, Edward agonized.
The car came to a stop just then. Edward hurriedly climbed out of the car to get away from Isabella- he couldn't trust himself not to rub up against her, allowing her to feel his erection. Isabella mistook his haste for him wanting to get away from her. If only she knew the truth!
What was I thinking, Bella thought. He doesn't feel the same way about me after all. Suddenly Isabella didn't feel like ice cream any longer. Wishing she was back at home, she followed the others inside.
After placing their orders, they selected a booth and sat down; Jasper sat across from Alice, leaving Isabella and Edward to sit across from each other. Edward got a chocolate shake while Isabella picked an ice cream cone.
While Isabella ate her ice cream, Edward watched her...the way her tongue ran along the frozen treat, her long tongue taking in the flavor. The sounds she made while eating it made him imagine what she'd sound like doing that to his now hardening cock. SHIT!
Suddenly, all of them turned to look at Edward, their eyes wide. He saw their looks and realized he'd sworn out loud.
Jasper asked, "You okay there, Edward?"
Edward nodded, taking a sip of his shake in the hopes that it would cool him off. Edward decided to make conversation with Bella; he needed something to distract him from his less than appropriate thoughts.
"I'm curious, Bella, we all got regular ice cream and you got yogurt. How come?"
Isabella wiped her face of the frozen yogurt with a napkin and replied, "I guess because it's less fattening, and I like the texture."
Edward smirked. "I don't think you need to worry about your figure. From what I can see, you have curves in all the right places."
He wiggled his eyebrows at Isabella, forgetting in that moment that she was his cousin. Isabella, caught taking a sip of her water at that moment, spewed it everywhere in surprise! She wasn't sure if she'd heard him right, until she saw his eyes looking right into hers. She felt the tingle of an electric shock go through her hands, and saw that he was holding them as if they were on a date.
Isabella, confused by Edward's conflicting behavior, gasped out, "What did you just say?"
Edward looked horrified when he realized what he'd just done and said to his cousin. He lifted his hand from hers and stammered nervously, "What I meant was...you're a very pretty girl, and I'm sure the boys are lining up for you."
Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! he thought to himself. How could I have said that? His shook his head at himself in disbelief... he'd blatantly flirted with her. She was family, for God's sake!
Isabella just sat back, unable to believe her cousin was flirting with her. Maybe he does feel the same way I do, after all. But she also knew nothing could happen between them, as they were family. She groaned as her body slumped in her chair, her head filled with conflicting emotions.
"Um...maybe we should all head back to the house," Jasper suggested, seeing what was happening between Bella and Edward. They all agreed, piling into Alice's car to head back to the Swan's house.
Edward was having trouble processing what was happening between him and Isabella. He knew he shouldn't be having these kinds of feelings for her, and it was confusing the hell out of him. Isabella wasn't faring much better. Edward was her cousin; she knew he was supposed to be off limits. But how could she ignore what she was feeling for him? She was just as confused as Edward…
A/N: So what do you all think of the first chapter? Like it? Want more?