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"Bella?" I read the text on my phone screen at one o'clock in the morning. My phone didn't usually wake me up, but this time it did.

"Yeah...who is this?" I asked rubbing the sleep out of my eyes.

"Sorry, it's Edward. I woke you, didn't I?"

"It's okay. What's wrong?"

"Nothing...Are you okay?" he asked as I awed. I think deep down, underneath that very dark and tough exterior was a sweetheart.

"I'm okay," I texted back to him with a lazy smile on my face, "Are you okay?"

"I'm fine, Bella, go to sleep." I couldn't help laughing at his cuteness.

"Just a reminder, you woke me up."

"I know. Are you going to school tomorrow?"

"Yes, I'll be there," I told him. "Will you be there?"

"Yeah, see you in homeroom."

I waited a few minutes, and when he didn't text back, I lay on my side, saving his number with his picture. He was so cute.

~~FNWL~~

I was a little excited to see Edward this morning. I was not sure how he was going to act, but I knew I didn't want to push him. I really liked him, and if he was going to let me in, I knew it was going to take a lot for him to let it happen. I didn't want to be clingy or make him uncomfortable, but I wanted him to know I wasn't ashamed of him. I wasn't sure if he would feel that way at all, but I just didn't know how he would feel. Honestly, he made me think crazy things and of different ways he could be mine. I thought it was kind of sad, because I had put him in my phone under "My Boy." Yeah, I know, I was being a dork, but there was just something so different about him, and I needed to know what it was.

"Bella, please email me your playlist, Alice said you would!" some girl yelled as I walked down the hall. I really had no clue who it was, but I knew Alice would know the details. I gave her a wave, as I walked into homeroom.

When I walked in, I saw Edward sitting at his desk writing. His hair was back to its usual spikiness, with his eyeliner on, and I loved it. I didn't know why he made himself look so different, but I think that was what I liked most about him.

"Hey," I said as I sat down.

"You good?" he asked without looking up from his notebook.

"I am," I said smiling at him, even though he wasn't looking at me.

"For you, my love," Mike said handing me a rose. I tried not to roll my eyes, but it just didn't work.

"Thanks, but what's this for?" I asked putting the rose on my desk.

"I'm sorry for your loss," he said. I stared at him for a moment for the fact that was the nicest thing he had ever said.

"Um... thank you..."

"Wanna go out?" And he had to speak again.

"No."

"I'll get you to yes one day, Bella," he said making his way to the back of the room.

I really didn't know what to make of him. I was never going to go out with him...ever. I glanced at Edward, and I saw him press his pen into his paper to where he was about to rip through. I was hoping Edward wouldn't get himself in trouble again because of Mike and his mouth. Once homeroom was over, Edward was up and out of the room like it was on fire. I didn't understand him, and I was hoping one day to be able to say that I did.

~~HNWL~~

I hadn't seen Edward since homeroom, and at lunch, he didn't seem so pissed anymore, but he didn't seem to be in a good mood, either. I wished he was a talker like me. I was kind of scared to talk to him in front of people. I never knew how he was going to react. Instead of pressing my luck, I talked with everyone else, and before lunch was over, Edward huffed, leaving the table.

"What's up with him?" Emmett asked. "I thought he was coming around, but now he's right back to being a dick."

"I haven't talked to him all day," I told Em and Alice giggled.

"That's probably his problem," she said as I stared at her. "He likes you."

"Well, I know that, but he's not one to have a conversation," I said with a sigh.

When lunch was over, I headed toward the gym slowly. For some reason, I knew Edward was going to yell at me, and I really didn't want to deal with that. As I changed, I rehearsed over and over in my head what I was going to say to him. I knew exactly what I was going to say, until I saw him. He was doing pull-ups as fast as he could, and he looked hot as hell doing them. I didn't want to interrupt him, so I stood there and watched with my mouth wide open.

"Why are you just standing there staring?" he asked jumping down. "You know what you're doing."

"It feels like it's been a while." He was staring at me like I didn't speak English or something. "Should I do both legs and arms?"

"If that's what you want," he told me as I bit my lip.

"Why are you mad? I know I didn't talk to you much today..."

"You straight up ignored me," he said as I stared at him.

"I was doing as you asked," I countered. "I was trying not to push you or force you to do something you didn't want to."

"I'm not fighting with you. Start with your arms," he said turning his back on me and fiddling with a machine.

"So," I started to say once I was set up with the machine, "You want me to talk to you?"

"Don't ask stupid questions."

"You're confusing me," I told him as I took a break. "If I can only be your friend, that's fine, but you need to tell me what you want me to do. If you don't care that I talk to you in front of people, then I'll talk to you all day."

"Shut the fuck up," he said. The best part of him saying such a thing, he'd chuckled. I'd made him laugh.

That night, we texted each other for hours. We didn't talk about anything personal. We talked about the weekend and our friends. Even though he had said they weren't his friends, I knew better. I wanted him to be happy, and I think he was getting there. I asked him if he wanted to go out. I had a feeling if he had it his way, it would take him forever to ask.

"I guess," he texted me. "What do you want to do?"

"I don't know. If you want to, we can go to the movies with Alice and Jasper."

"Yeah, that's fine," he texted. I would have rather gone with just him, but I guess I would have to take what I could get.


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