Life has always been complicated for me. I've never been that pretty girl who gets the guy. I've away been the girl who never got the attention, but got the grades. Well…except for gym. I'm pretty much a danger magnet and I get hurt trying to participate in any athletic activity, and I also tend to hurt anyone who got too close. Maybe that's the reason why I don't have many friends. Thankfully, I have my best friends, Alice Cullen who I've known since I can remember. My parents, Renee and Charlie, and her parents, Carlisle and Esme, have been friends since we were born. Me and Alice were sort of inseparable. We would do everything together. I would always go to her whenever something was wrong and I would always tell her everything. She did the same with me. We trusted each other with everything. Somehow I knew that from the beginning we would stay friends. Even if we were very different.
On one hand, she was one of the prettiest girls in high school and it was probably because she was very pixie-like, with short, black hair that stood in every direction. She was also short, but she had so much energy and life within her that makes wonder how so much energy can be kept inside of her. Oh, and she LOVES to shop. Good thing her family is basically rich because her family would be broke with all the money she wastes. Her father is a doctor who is very well-known in Forks. Other than shopping for clothes, she also loves cars and their speed and she's a very proud owner of a Mercedes.
On the other hand, I'm five feet and four inches tall with brown hair. Not so popular girl in school. Oh, and yeah, I wear glasses which I've had since middle school. Even though I have a very slim body, I tend to hide that with somewhat not so good-looking clothes. I always wore t-shirts. Alice hates it when I wore stuff like that so she gave me make-overs every chance she got, but I would always go back to my usual boring-self. I always tended to be a quiet person, especially in class. I would only speak when I would answer a question or when I would have to give an oral presentation which is something I dreaded. That's exactly what I was dreading for weeks now. I had to give an oral presentation on our favorite book or author.
This was our final for our junior year. There was only about a week left for school until it was time for summer break. All the other classes had us either complete a test with one-hundred questions, but my English class had us do an oral presentation. What can make this worse?
Well, actually, there was something that can make this A LOT worse. I felt really nervous about this particular presentation because of this one person. Edward Cullen.
He is Alice's brother and I've always had a huge crush on him, but he never seemed to notice me. 'Why would he never notice me?' I thought to myself. Oh yeah, because he was the most popular guy in school and besides that and having good looks and an amazing smile, he had every girl at his feet. Alice always had this feeling that I liked him, but I would never admit it to her because I know that it was impossible.
I was startled back into reality when Mr. Garner called my name. "Miss Bella Swan, you're up next." I soon began panicking and my heart started pounding harder than ever. I knew for a fact that now was not a good time to be nervous, but I couldn't stop myself. I had stop breathing just to calm down my heart, but so far nothing was working.
I stood up, hoping my heartbeat would slow down, with no such luck. I walked towards the front and soon found myself standing in front of the class, but looking at my note cards. I looked out onto the class and as soon as I did, I regretted doing so. I saw him. He was staring right at me. 'Oh please don't make me look bad in front of him' I pleaded to myself. I opened my mouth to start speaking. 'Umm…well…" 'Umm? Umm? Say something!' I yelled to myself.
"I-I chose t-the book called…called…umm…" I gulped. I stared at everyone in the room before looking at him. I saw him, but I wished I didn't. It seemed as if he was holding back a laugh. We wanted to laugh at me. I just couldn't believe it. I soon felt myself feeling a lot more nervous. So nervous that my hands started sweating like never before.
"Miss Swan, are you alright?" Mr. Garner asked.
"I…uh…" Next thing you know I was running out the classroom door towards the restroom. I soon heard footsteps following me into the restroom. It was Alice.
"Bella? What's wrong?" She asked with sudden worry. I was huddled in the corner of the restroom and Alice was soon by my side, hugging me as hard as she could and tears were running down my face. "Bella, please, you have to let me know what's going on right now." She seemed really desperate.
"Look, Alice." I had to breathe very deeply for me to continue. "I just totally humiliated myself and I don't think I can handle being like this anymore."
"Bella, what are you talking about? What happened in your English class?" She asked pulling my face towards hers.
"I just totally em-embarrassed myself in front of everyone!" I yelled. Alice just held me tighter and we stayed there for a couple more minutes. It was time for lunch and Alice willingly stayed with me. I didn't want to face everyone after what had happened. I told Alice everything, exactly how it had happened and about how nervous I get around Edward.
"I knew it! I knew you had a crush on him!" She had a huge smile on her face like it was a miracle I finally told her.