So, Hello, faithful readers. I am not dead. Sorry about the HUGE delay in updating. It has been a while since I have actually been inspired to write I have gotten back to work. We will see how long this lasts…I have a full time life at the moment so if I delay in getting updates up, well, I'm sorry but that is just how it is going to be.
I added a few lines to help determine time lines.
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SUNDAY: Bella moves to rural Seattle to give Renee her newlywed space and gets a red truck.
MONDAY: Charlie surprises her with private school where she meets requirements for a full ride scholarship with a bunch of the countries elite. She has a run in with some misplaced weights and falls in the pool, which leads to meeting Edward Cullen. She does some solo swimming after getting settled in and meets the swim coach who encourages her to participate in tryouts. She meets Alice for an impromptu shopping trip. Is kept up by loud banging noises coming from the room upstairs. She "meets" Emmett, Jasper and bitches out Edward.
TUESDAY: First day of school for Bella, she sits with Alice at lunch, is told Mike Newton is a douche. He proves it by panicking in a game of 21 and throws a basketball right at her head while she walks towards the pool. She gets punch drunk and Edward takes her to the pool, they go on a date that ends with them falling asleep on a playground.
WEDNESDAY: Bella tells off Lauren, attacks Mike with a badminton racket and has swim tryouts. She meets a yummy hunk of Scottish diver, thinks Edward is doing naughty things with Rose after seeing her kiss his cheek walk arm in arm over to her and he is all whispery tucking hair behind her ear. Rose is really doing super naughty things with some guy named Royce after seeing Emmets with glittery lip gloss on his lips. Bella and Emmett bond over a chick-flick at bed time.
THURSDAY: Rose feels guilty for getting busy with Royce, Eddie is looking for EM and finds him in bed with Bella. Bella and Em tell off Ed and Rose both having been or thought they were wronged. Awkward lunch and plans for Champagne Thursdays are in the works. Esme shows up, gets Bella to do Mani/Pedis and Bella tells off Esme after she tries to insinuate Edward took advantage of her. Rose has a secret admirer/stalker…
THURSDAY: A week since Bella told off Esme. She woke up with a random revelation about a conversation that was had during bonding time at the spa in the middle of the night, takes soup to Rose for Alice and sees her table is broken and she has bruising on her arms. (did she really fall?) Heads over to Emmett's room for champagne Thursday and gets a random make out and bed time (no sex) instead. Em is conflicted about his feelings for Bella, Rose is always on his mind, but he is mad at her and doesn't want to deal with her post Royce drama, again. Jasper sees Royce and a friend get their asses kicked by Rose, they talk and we are waiting to see how bad the backlash for outing Royce King as womanizing asshole is, and Edward is being existential and a bit broody about his past.
"Why does life always have to be like an episode of 'As the World Turns' or 'Days of Our Lives?'" I asked Jasper. He was sitting next to me in our AP history class. I was only in there because of him, though I would never admit it out loud. There was something about him and his southern charm that undid me. I loved hearing him talk about history, because he would get so into it that his accent would start to come out, and that always made me smile, hence the reason I was in this godforsaken class.
"Well life can't be like 'Passions,' no witches in town," he mocked giving me a look that warned against telling people he watched daytime TV with me, like I would ever tell. That was one of my favorite things about him, how he would do whatever I wanted, and seemed to enjoy it for the most part. It was a side he kept pretty closed off except to me, and that made it special since he was all man-whore extraordinaire with my brothers for the most part.
"Ugh, passions is so 2008, after Timmy died, it just wasn't the same," I said on a fake sigh. He knew that I thought they were ridiculous but somehow so addictive in their melodramatic overacting with idiotic and improbable plot twists. "And besides, the original Teresa was so much more likable."
"Miss Cullen, would you care to explain why Francisco Orellana would go to all that trouble?"
"Because he was deluded and thought that a city made entirely of gold actually existed somewhere in the Amazon because some chieftain of a tribe in Colombia would cover himself in gold dust…talk about a crack pot."
"Yes, and why don't you move your chair back to its proper place behind your desk and pay more attention to the lesson so you get all the facts down about the crack pots we study?"
"Fine." I said as I scooted my chair back behind my desk, it would make talking to Jasper harder, but since I got A's on all my tests and homework, Coach Thiel, the history teacher, didn't really hold it against me, he just didn't want me to start a trend of talking in class.
"And Mr. Whitlock, why don't you fill in the blanks of Miss Cullen's, answer?"
"Orellana was a conquistador who was the first person on record to traverse the Amazon to its mouth, went back to the Amazon to try and find El Dorado which was most likely based on tales he heard about a Zipa Chieftain who would cover himself in gold dust and take a raft to the middle of Lake Guatavita and make offerings to the goddess of the lake."
"Thank you Mr. Whitlock. Now…" As Coach turned his back on the class to start writing on the whiteboard Jasper scooted closer to me so we could continue our conversation.
"Why don't you and Rose do the whole hyphen thing?" I asked him before he could get his comment out. I had often wondered why they kept their respective last names instead of hyphenating like her mom did.
"I'm sorry, what?" He asked, looking confused.
"Last names," I replied.
"Oh, her mom didn't want to put her through the hassle when we were 5, and I didn't really like them until I was about 9 so Dad never asked me. I still call her Momma Hale tho, out of habit. It was hard getting over the fact that my real mom didn't want me any more, no matter what she said, she never visited and a birthday card every year from a new location with a new boyfriends name scribbled under hers isn't loving someone, it's an obligation you make for yourself, and I didn't want any remnants of a second abandonment, and I think we were all scared of that, no matter how much Reg loved Lillian. Obviously worked out in the end and now everyone thinks we are twins." He shrugged like it was no big deal.
"It was easier for you guys and Edward since you all have the same last name anyway right?" he asked.
"Yeah, I think it was the hardest on him for that reason though." I responded. I was pensive after that Jasper moved back behind his desk. He was good about knowing when I needed space.
Well we certainly found out how harsh people can be when they don't know the whole story. Its been a week since I told dad and we got a gag order into effect…whole lot of good that did apparently I am having his love child, we were secretly wed and he found me with another guy, he was coming to break up with me and I went ballistic, He was just dropping off food with a friend in tow and I decided to be a whore with them both but then felt guilty about it, etc..etc…
"Apparently gag orders don't do much these days." I said to Jasper as we walked arm in arm to lunch.
"Well when you are a douche bag asshole apparently contracts that are supposed to protect your families reputation don't mean anything. I bet Boss King rebroke his nose after he found out he was using the diner to get under aged girls in bed AND talking about the case when he swore he wouldn't." Jasper said matter-of-factly.
"Actually word around town is that he got into a fight with someone at the diner while he was bragging about using the slutty girls on campus and that sometimes they need a heavy hand." Alice said magically appearing next to me.
"Stop sneaking up on people!" I said holding my hand over my heart and glaring at my best friend. "Damn near scared me to death."
"Well you didn't die so you will be OK. Remember what doesn't kill you makes you stronger!" Alice said gleefully picking out her lunch.
"How bad is it?" I asked, knowing that as president of the dance club which had most of the schools gossip queens as members I knew that she was the best source for gossip.
"Well there isn't a straight story everyone has something to say but the are all twisted and frankly some of them just sound like people are saying thing to be mean." She shrugged. "It'll be ok. Royce is an asshat and he can't handle the fact that you aren't completely taken with him. He is too proud and that will be his downfall. It will end badly for him and you will move on, like for real this time but with much better people." She said in her weird 'I can see the future' voice.
"How do you know?" I asked, afraid to get my hopes up.
"I just do, like how I know that you will survive and get over it and that high school is a horrible place for kids that are a little different and how Jasper and Ed and Em will get over themselves and be real people one day." She said shrugging.
"I'm right here you know?" Jasper said giving Alice a barely dirty look, he never could get mad at her.
"I know…and one day you will get over yourself." she said again giving him her best cheeky grin.
I smiled. This is the normalcy that I needed after spending that week in my room, holing my self up and avoiding people. But then I saw them and my stomach tightened and I thought I would be sick.
Bella and I were walking into the cafeteria arm in arm after I saved her from another incident with Eric or Mike or whoever he was, we were walking to the line when I glanced over at our table, she looked glorious, laughing and smiling with Alice and Jasper. She looked content. It made me happy. Bella said something I had to have her repeat.
"I asked you if you have plans tonight? I want to go to the pool and swim some laps." She said to me. "Since I made the team I need to keep up on training even when we don't have team practices."
"I have to finish my lab for Banner's class anyway so that'll work out." I told her but I was looking at the table again. Rose was looking at us, her smile gone. She looked sad…hurt. But I had to remind myself that she isn't my concern anymore. She withdrew from me. She chose someone else and he did the same stupid shit to her as last time. I told her that I would never hold her hand through that again. It's just too painful.
And I lost him…again. Why do the boys I like have to be all into Rosalie fucking Hale, über bitch and kung fu master, apparently. First Edward is getting all handsy, hair tucker charming on her then Em is all unrequited love about her. At lest he tries to hide it instead of making moves on her right in front of my face.
"OK, well should I stop by after? We can crack open that new bottle of Champagne you were talking about?"
"I dunno, why don't you text me after you get done? I need to finish this project tonight or I lose a letter grade…"
"And Daddy Warbucks would get pretty pissed about you getting a B huh?"
"Pretty much." He said filling his tray.
"Hey, I'm going to sit with Angela today," I said as we passed by the lunch lady and swiped our cards. "We need to turn our outline for our project in tomorrow and I want to make sure that we agree on everything. I'll see you later ok?"
"Ok." He said kissing the top of my head and walking to our normal table as I made my way over to crazy town.
Again it has been a while so if there is disconnect, I apologize but re reading chapters will be the fastest way for you to get back on track. I can only spend so much time with recaps.
Yes it's angsty. It's high school. :P
There will be cannon pairings for those of you that are all worried about it but we still have to get there. :)
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