HEYY!!! I'll keep this short, cause I don't wanna give you time to throw rotten apples at me. lol
I had major writer's block. like I know where this story is going, I just don't know how to get it there, though it will get there eventually. I hope you forgive me, but I figured TWILIGHT is almost here (mere hours) so I'll give my readers a little something.
qtkemi: 1. When did she leave the band? Or had Landon Rhodes always lusted after her? She left the band when she moved to Forks. Landon is a bit of a shallow person. Emmett actually answers this question in this chapter. 2. Are they moving back to Cali? How can she re-join the band if they still live in Forks and them in Cali? No they're not moving back to Cali, they're just there for the rest of their holiday. She isn't re-joining the band, she's just went to remind them that they had to find some one just as good as her to replace her. Did that confuse you? LOL. You can always ask more questions. ENJOY!: ***
1. When did she leave the band? Or had Landon Rhodes always lusted after her?
She left the band when she moved to Forks. Landon is a bit of a shallow person. Emmett actually answers this question in this chapter.
2. Are they moving back to Cali? How can she re-join the band if they still live in Forks and them in Cali?
No they're not moving back to Cali, they're just there for the rest of their holiday. She isn't re-joining the band, she's just went to remind them that they had to find some one just as good as her to replace her. Did that confuse you? LOL. You can always ask more questions.
Yeah, I certainly hope she was still "untouched". I snorted as I saw my little sister jump around the whole bar like a crazy person. There was no denying that the kid could get the crowd hyped like no one's business. I loved music, but not like she did. Music was her thing; give her an instrument and she could be playing it like a pro in a couple of months, if she really tried, and singing just came naturally to her.
I remember being in the band with theses guys, and I had a pretty awesome time, but I have to admit that I joined them so that I could keep an eye out on them, namely Landon. He had the hots for my sis since when she first started losing the weight. It would have been okay if Drew would have stayed with her, I wouldn't have minded that much, at least he was always there for her.
Landon was… creepy, in a stalker-ish kind of way. While it's true that we never found him lurking outside of our house (and I think that the only thing that kept him from doing so, was the gate) he was always staring at Bella. I know that Bella isn't ignorant enough to not see that he would jump, if she so wished him to, but I don't think she saw how deep his infatuation went for her. I don't think anyone knew.
The rest of the band was cool, at least the other two that I knew, the new members, I remember passing by at school. Chuy, he was 21, and graduated last year, he looked younger, only because of his chill personality. Bella often teased me saying that he was the much cooler Latino version of myself; I had to agree on the cool part (though he was NOT cooler than me), we got along great, as for the looking like one another I didn't see it.
Joseph Tate was very passive, he went along with whatever we wanted to do. He got along with everyone, though he annoyed Bella to no end. Why? Because he was too quiet for her tastes. She would always provoke him, usually by screwing up his name, badly. It was never Joseph or Joe it was Jambalaya, or Justin: basically any other name or word that started with a 'J' or sounded like a 'J' like Ginny, or Ginger. He never showed any signs of being mad, though sometimes he would crack a smile.
As for the new band members.
Tony Chaz, what do you say about a kid that would rather be anywhere else other than school. Him and Bella were partners in crime. He was to blame for the many times that she played hooky, I'm sure of it. Chaz got her into skating, though he wasn't but a rookie himself, he was also the cause for her banged-up knees. Chaz was the youngest, as far as the band went, being only a sophomore. He replaced me on the drums, who would have thought that the scrawny guy had it in him?
As for who the new singer they chose a girl that was older than the rest of them., though, not any less cooler. She was a tattoo/piercing artist. She punched holes through Bell's face.
Anyway Rachel Black (Now where do I remember Black from?)was a pretty mellow woman of 22, with not a care in the world. Her shop was her husband and the Vintage Corvette that she got from him was her baby. I don't know how she's going to manage the shop and being in the band at the same time, but that wasn't my problem. Chuy was her intern, last I heard, was it a coincidence that they chose her? Either way, Rachel made the cut.
Chuy invited everyone over to his parents house for lunch (Hell fuckin yeah, free Mexican food!). His mom's cooking was better that Taco Bell's. I told Mrs. Ellena this and she teased me to no end, telling me that Taco Bell's was not Mexican. Who the Hell lied to me all these years!? She also told me that the Chihuahua dog couldn't talk either. Well shit, way to crush a guy's hope!
"She's Freaky and she knows, she's freaky but I like it."Bella was singing all the to the car, dancing very stupidly around Rachel, Drew and Chuy were encouraging her by beat boxing while she sang. Edward looked on amusedly. "She looks like a model except she's got a little more ass!" She emphasized ass by "air groping" Rachel's ass. Oh gosh, my little sister! "Hot Damn!" Rachel just smiled and shook her head, embarrassed.
The people on the street looked on like we were street performers. Rosalie was giggling like crazy beside me, Alice was encouraging her from Jasper's back, by chanting "Go Bella, Go Bella."
"Is there something in the air?" Rose asked me, still giggling. I smiled at her and shook my head amused and slightly disturbed.
"Could you believe that this was Bella everyday here in Cali, so yes there could possibly be something in the air."
"I like it. Bella is to serious back home, well no, not serious, but not this crazy either."
"Don't say that she could hear you!" I said, covering her mouth with mine. She stuggled against my superior strength, and slapped me gently, when I finally let her go.
"Oh stop it! You know you prefer Bella like this." I shrugged, I guess I did.
"What are you two whispering about over here?" The person in question came up to us and tried to sling her arm across Rose's shoulder, but short stuff couldn't reach.
"I was telling Rose that I think you look rid- umphhhh" I was cut off with an elbow to the stomach by Rose. She looked at me sternly.
"He was saying that it looks like you're having fun. That maybe you should sing "Lollipop"," as if this couldn't get anymore disturbing.
Bella looked at Rose, trying to read her face and then she made an 'o' of her mouth, she caught on, they were in this together. They paired up against me, the little traitors. I wonder who else is against me.
Good thing we parted when we got to the cars, I'll just let Drew ad Edward deal with her.
"Oh come on! Yeah he has a tiny crush on me, but that is it. I mean it hasn't stopped him from dating other chicks in the past; more than one at a time. He's a male gigolo, to put it nicely. Right, Drew? Back me up here! Tell your friend to get his mind out of the gutter." I said poking Edward in the stomach.
Edward had the nerve to tell me that Landon "Had that hots for me", and I'm saying this in my best immature voice, in my head. Yeah, I knew he liked me, he might as well have been wearing an 'I Heart Bella Swan' t-shirt. Landon was weird, ever since Drew left he started staring at me, he talked to me more, and yes, he flirted, as well. I don't think I ever encouraged anything. I only tried to be a friend, if anything.
"Seriously Bella, I think Edward is right. I don't think you want to truly believe that Landon, of all people, is like, in love with you. He probably has a shrine of you in the back of his closet." They both chuckled at my expense.
I don't think they knew how much trouble they were in. I mean I was driving in a busy highway. I let out a bit of steam and sped up swerving in and out from between cars, barely missing them. I passed Em, and Chuy and I almost missed the exit, I had to swerve right, over the ribbed concrete, in order to get out of the traffic and to the right exit.
I don't know why it ticked me off so much for them to tease me like that, all I know is that I really didn't like it. Once we got to Chuy's house I slammed my car door and went inside. I knew I could make myself at home. I barely heard Drew say, "I thought I was gonna die,".
Ellena, Chuy's mom was in the kitchen, I snuck up on her.
"AY!" She turned around and saw me peeking into her fridge I saw a Sidral (apple soda), and grabbed it. "M'ija, Isa como haz estado?" (1) she reached out and hugged me enthusiastically.
"Bien Elle, I missed you where's Ramon?" I asked as I gave her a big squeeze, Ramon is Chuy's dad.
"Ah, dos de mis mujeres favoritas!" (2) I felt Ramon before I heard him, he gathered us in a group hug. He let us go and I got a better look at them. They were a great pair. Ramon was a bit taller than Chuy, but the man had a beer belly. He had a bald head, but a full handlebar mustache. He was dressed for comfort in shorts and a tee.
Elle, as I like to call her, had an apron over her long brown skirt and embroidered yellow blouse. Her hair was held up by a brooch with red rhinestones in it.
"I missed you guys!" and I did, they were like a second set of parents. They helped Em and I with dad's funeral arrangements and all that, and let us stay with them for that one week before we moved to Forks.
"Where are the rest of them? The family our living with?" Asked Ramon.
"Ramon, deja que la niña descanse un poco, luego la interrogamos." (3) Elle said.
"Han olvidado que los puedo entender?" (4) I asked in my horrible American accent. "And anyway, I think Edward and Drew are outside trying to get over seeing there lives pass before their eyes. Emmett and Chuy, should be here soon, and Esme and Carlisle are still in Alaska. I had an incident with the Denali's eldest daughter."
"Did you scare them?" Ramon asked with a smile on his face.
"Yep. They need to learn not to tease me." I said as I slumped into a barstool that was around the island. They both laughed, they both know how I can be. And they didn't say anything about me and the incident. They both knew that I didn't mess with anyone who didn't mess with me first.
I heard everyone coming inside before I saw any of them.
Emmett introduced, everyone to Chuy's parents. Edward looked towards me, I looked away. Was I being silly? Yes. Did I care? No.
"Who's up for some B-ball?" Chuy asked with said ball already in hand.
"I'm in!" I said at the same time the Rose and Alice bailed.
Landon and Rachel were captains. Rachel picked Chuy, Emmett, Edward and Chaz. While Landon got Jenny, Drew, Jasper, et moi. Each team had their advantages, for the most part we were pretty equal, except for the two musclemen being on one team. I think we had a good chance at winning. I took off my cropped blazer, made sure my shoes were tied and did a bit of stretching.
I looked forward to showing my skills, not that I was very skilled at basketball, but I was tricky. The coin was flipped and Rose and Ali were on the sidelines cheering us on. The coin signified that we got the ball first which we took full advantage of, scoring the first point in under two minutes.
The game was tense, and though friendly, very competitive. Chaz learned not to take it so easy on me, and I avoided Edward like the plague. But after, losing tree opportunities to make a shot, I tried my damnedest.
The final basket was made by me, with a little help by Landon. He lifted me up so I could dunk the ball right through the net. The swish was great, it signified the game was over. Although we had lost 25- 17 (first team to make 25 won), it was fun, and I gave my team a hug and a fist bump for trying. Landon held on for a bit too long.
"Get a room you two." called Chuy, jokingly. Landon looked at me questioningly to which I scowled and punched his arm, not too lightly.
I was sorry, okay? I'm sorry I ever teased her. She'd been teased all her life, teasing was the last thing she tolerated. I knew she needed time to cool off. I stood there for a while after she went inside the house. Drew and I didn't move until Emmett and Chuy arrived.
Emmett asked why she was going so fast, Drew told him that we were teasing her. Emmett understood immediately. When we entered the house, Emmett introduced everyone right away to Mr. and Mrs. Ramirez. Mrs. Ramirez seemed to be cooking, so when Chuy wanted to play basketball she didn't object, and Mr. Ramirez was watching a soccer game on TV.
The game sucked. Especially the end.
Was I jealous? Hell yeah! And I hated it, because this feeling was something I never encountered with any other girl. I hated seeing that she could get along with just about anyone. What made me special? Nothing. I was more of a best friend in her eyes. Did she even consider me her boyfriend?
I mean she treated Landon practically the same as she treated me. I caught Jasper staring at me with a raised eyebrow. I shook my head, I hate that he could pretty much know my mood.
"She loves you, you know?" What the hell does the little pixie know? Wait. What?
I turned to stare at her.
"No, Edward. I know that sometimes you come off as a major jerk and a player. Don't ruin this. She's good for you. Seriously, I've never seen you so happy around any girl. She's just like you. She completes your stupid ass." she made an air heart in the air.
I put my arms around her and said, "You're the psychic, right?"
"That's right, don't doubt me."
Why did Bella have to be so gosh darn beautiful?
(1) Darling Isa, how've you been?
(2) Ah, two of my favorite women.
(3) Ramon, let the child rest a bit, them we'll interogate her.
(4) Have your fogotten that i can understand you?