I'm not gonna say this anymore in later chapters: I don't own anything Twilight in this story; any of the characters, implied story lines, nothing. Everything else is mine. Mine!
This is my first fanfic guys. I hope you like it. It may not be all that good, but hopefully it gets better as it goes on.
Chapter One: The Meeting
I had been walking around the city all day today and yesterday. I had no idea what I was going to get Jacob. It was his birthday in a week. He was possibly the hardest person to buy for on the entire planet. Music. I thought. He loves music. I knew that much. Jacob and I had been best friends for about two years now. I had only celebrated his birthday once before and Christmas once. Even buying him presents two other times, I still had trouble.
I walked into the music store, Music Haven, on the corner of the busy street. I was in awe. I had never been in here before. My best friend Alice had told me about it. Her boyfriend Jasper comes here all the time. She told me it was cool, but that was an understatement. The store was huge! It had two stories, sold almost every known instrument and their accessories, every genre of music, books about music, and anything else you can think of. This was the ultimate music store.
"Can I help you?" A small female voice asked me from behind, as I was still gawking from the site.
"Um no, I mean yes." I replied. She then stared at me waiting for me to ask a question. "Oh, um…I'm looking for something for my best friend. It's his birthday in a week and I have no idea what to get him."
"Oh okay. Well do you mind if I ask him a few questions about him?"
"Okay. Well, what kind of music does he like?"
"Um, mostly everything except country, ha."
She giggled. "Okay. Does he play any instruments?"
"Yeah, he plays guitar."
"Cool. Do you know any of his favorite artists? Because we have a huge variety of songbooks for guitar."
"Oh cool. I'm sure Jacob would like that!"
"Awesome. Let me show you where they are."
"Thank you." She directed me towards them.
"Here they are. Have a look around. If you need any help, my name is Kate."
"Thanks Kate, I'm Bella." She smiled and walked away. I browsed there for awhile looking over and over. I am very bad at making decisions. I had to make a decision between three songbooks: Pearl Jam, Third Eye Blind, and Queen. I wanted to get all of them, but I couldn't decide.
"I'd go with Pearl Jam." A voice said behind me. I whirled around quickly, only to find a tall, gorgeous guy who had the most beautiful green eyes and bronze hair.
"What?" I managed to spit out.
"I said I would go with Pearl Jam. They're better than Third Eye Blind and Queen put together." He laughed.
"Yeah." Then there was a short pause. I looked down at the floor.
"Do you work here or something?" Staring at his nametag. 'Edward.' What an odd name.
"Well thank you, Edward." I said glancing down at his nametag.
"You're welcome…." He trailed off, as if asking for my name.
"Bella. Beautiful name." I blushed at that. "Did you need anything else Bella?" You.
"Well have a good day, Bella." He smiled, winked, and walked away.
"Thanks….you too." I'm sure he didn't hear me. I didn't care though. How is it possible that a man like that existed? Oh man, I looked at my watch. I was supposed to be at Jacob's at 2:30 and it was now 1:45. I had to hurry. I paid for my stuff and rushed out of the store.
"Hey Bells!" Jacob exclaimed when he opened the door.
"Hey Jacob." I replied. We hugged a friendly hug.
"Not much, you?" I sighed.
"Nothing really." He shrugged his shoulders. Then he started staring at me.
"What?" I asked, smiling.
"Nothing….so what are we doing for my birthday?"
"Whatever you want best friend."
"Sweet. I say we invite a bunch of our friends and go clubbing."
"Sounds great. I'll tell Alice, cuz you know how she loves to plan parties, right?"
So I called Alice and as soon as I said the word 'party' she hung up and was over in 10 minutes. Alice and I have been best friends since we were both freshmen in high school. We used to live in Washington, but we moved to Chicago because we were tired of the dull weather all the time.
"Hi Best Friend!" She exclaimed as I opened the door to Jacobs's apartment.
"Hi Alice." I replied.
"Hi Jacob!" She exclaimed again.
"Hey." He said nonchalantly.
"So…" Alice began. "I have a few ideas." Jacob rolled his eyes, which Alice caught sight of.
"Jacob, be a good sport. You're just like Bella. No wonder you're best friends."
"Fine." He replied.
"Okay." She continued. "I have a few ideas. One is that we can all go to Vegas."
"No." Jacob said, flat out.
"Why not?" Alice whined.
"Because, I just don't want to."
"But why not? I've always wanted to go to Vegas." Alice whined again.
"Come on Alice, it's his birthday." I chimed in.
"Okay, fine." She surrendered. "My second idea, then, is we can go out around the town. We can go bar hopping. Does that sound okay?"
"Yeah, that was my idea when I was talking to Bella." Jacob said.
"Sounds great. When is your birthday anyway?" She asked.
"Some friend you are." Jacob said playfully.
"July 6th." I laughed.
"Awesome. That's on a Saturday. We can have it then. And we don't have to worry about asking off work and all that. So we need to plan out who's going to be there, where we're going, etc. etc. Jacob, go way."
"What?" He almost shouted.
"I want it to be a surprise!"
"I already know what we're doing though." She said smiling and waving her finger.
"Yeah….but not exactly."
"Whatever." With that he walked into his room and played on his laptop.
"Come on Alice, we're not safe here anyway. Let's go down to Starbucks to plan." I said.
"Okay, but we'll need paper and your date book. I forgot mine."
"All right." I shrugged my shoulders.
Alice and I made it to Starbucks. After a half hour in line, we ordered our usuals, mine a vanilla latte, simple and boring like me, and her's a half-fat, double caff, no foam, double chocolate chip frappuccino, crazy and complex like her. Alice and I found a table outside to discuss Jacob's party plans.
"I think we should have it at Club Malibu." I said. "They have the hugest back room. And their bartender is pretty cute." I said with a wink. She just laughed.
"Yeah, but I told him we were going to go bar hopping." She said.
"Yeah I know. But I don't want to be lugging people around the town, and then waiting for people to get to a bar, and keep doing that all night. That's only fun if you're with like two or three other people and you're riding together Alice."
"I guess you're right. Club Malibu it is. Who should we invite?"
"Well ourselves, obviously, um, Jasper, Tyler, Mike, Jessica, Angela, Ben, Rose, um..."
"How about Lauren?"
"Yeah, no." I said sarcastically.
"Why not?" She said turning her head.
"She hates me."
"No idea. I don't know if I did something wrong, or if it's because I'm best friend with Jacob, because everyone knows she's in love with him."
"Fine no Lauren. I'll make a note not to invite her to your guys' wedding too."
"What?" I just glared at her. "Oh come on, I see the way he looks at you. He's in love with you Bella and you know it."
"So what. We're just friends."
"We are. Now drop it."
I just kept glaring at her. Then I saw her gawking at something behind me.
"What?" I turned around to see the beautiful bronze haired god behind me.
"Bella right?" A mysterious, almost familiar voice said.
"Hey." I said, smiling like an idiot.
"How are you?"
"Fine." I said, still smiling like an idiot. I think he noticed because he just shook his head and smiled. He then kind of looked at Alice and I realized my rudeness.
"Oh! This is my best friend Alice."
"Hi." She said standing up to shake his hand. Then the unthinkable happened. My clumsiness stepped in.
Alice leaned over and I leaned back so her arm wouldn't hit me, but my coffee was still in my hand, so it spilled all over me. I was so embarrassed. I blushed all shades of red. If it had been just Alice there, I wouldn't have been embarrassed at all. But he was there.
"Oh my gosh Bella, are you okay?" Alice exclaimed, her eyes bugging out of her head. "Oh my gosh Bella, that was all my fault. I am so sorry."
"No it's okay Alice; it was me and my stupid clumsiness." I replied. I looked over at Edward, and he was just smirking, not trying to help me or exclaiming any concern over me. Just smirking. Like a 12-year-old schoolboy who had done something wrong. He noticed me staring at him. I just glared at him and he smiled at me and handed me a few napkins.
We all sat back down after the whole big chaos ended.
"Anyways." Alice began. "As I was saying, I'm Alice."
"Edward." He answered, shaking her hand, then sat down next to me. "Are you okay Bella?"
"I'm fine." I sighed.
"Good." Alice said. "We need to finish the party plans Bella. Oh Bella I have a wonderful idea!" She exclaimed clapping her hands together.
"What's that?" I asked.
"Edward, would you like to come to Jacob's party?"
"Who is Jacob?" he asked curiously.
"Jacob is…Bella's best friend. Next week is his birthday and we are throwing a party for him at Club Malibu. Would you like to come?" I threw a glare at her. I did not want him to come, but I didn't know why.
"Sure, I'd love to come." He replied, smiling at the both of us, longer at me.
"Great!" Alice almost yelled. "Here's my number, and here's Bella's number. Call either of us if you have any questions. I'm usually unavailable because of my job, so Bella's probably a better choice to call. The party is sometime next Saturday. We haven't decided all of the details yet."
"Sounds great." He said. "Hey, well it's been great talking to you ladies. I've better get going." He smiled at Alice and winked at me as he left.
We waited until he left to giggle about him.
"Oh. My. Gosh. Bella! Where did you find him?"
"Well I was in that music store that you told me about today getting a present for Jacob and I was in the songbooks section and I couldn't decide over three songbooks and he helped me out." I said, shrugging my shoulders innocently.
"Mhmm. So he works there?"
"Cool. Now we can stalk him!"
"What? We can say we really really like music. I mean it's half true, right?"
"I guess." I took the last sip of my coffee and got up and threw it away.
We left Starbucks and went back to my apartment to call everyone, except Lauren. I still can't believe Edward had my number. I haven't given anyone my number in months. I haven't gone on a date in about a year. I haven't been in a relationship in years. What the heck? I just met the man and I'm already putting his name into the same thought as relationship! I need sleep.
As soon as Alice left and all the part plans were set, I got ready for bed. Then, my phone rang.
Oooo, who was on the phone???