"It's time, Bella! Wake up!" Alice's high-pitched voice said in my ear.
"Go away," I muttered, covering my face with the pillow. "How did you get here, anyway?"
"I have my ways," she replied, smiling. "Now, where were we…Oh yes, GET UP! We need to go see the list."
Damn, the list! I'd forgotten all about that, I thought to myself. It came out today!
I got up quickly, and put on some jeans with a plain blue shirt. Perfect.
We hurried down the hall to see if we'd made the cut for the Winter Festival. We'd gone to auditions, callbacks, and whatnot, and the results were out today. I thought I had a fair chance, but some of my fellow students were really amazing musicians.
When we got there, Tanya and her sisters were already there. In the past months, I'd learned Tanya was a complete bitch, but her sister Irina was way worse. Kate was not that bad. She was actually quite friendly, but I knew Tanya would make life difficult for her if she left her.
"Hi, Alice, Bella," Kate smiled at us as we approached.
"Oh…Cullen and Swan. I'm sorry," Tanya smiled evilly at us. What did that mean? Could it mean we hadn't made it?
Kate put a reassuring hand on my shoulder before she left.
"Okay, are you ready?" Alice asked me and I nodded eagerly.
WINTER FESTIVAL PERFORMERS
-Beltran, Timothy Cedric
-Costello, Dean Lewis
-Callahan, Mary Ashley (A/N: Pssst, that's Alice!)
-Cullen, Edward Anthony
-Cullen, Emmett Hayden
-Denali, Katherine Eleanor
-Denali, Tanya Chanel
-Hale, Jasper Jackson
-Hale, Rosalie Lillian
-Hastings, Cameron Vaughn
-Jackson, Mikayla Colleen
-Kesslers, Alexis Makayla
-Ladner, Athena Carson
-Mahoney, Ralph Charles
-McElroy, Emilio Anthony
-McNeal, Matthew Frederick
-McQueen, Dakota Willow
-Swan, Isabella Marie
I made it.
I can't believe I made it! I thought. And not only me, but ALL my friends had made it. Is this amazing or what?
"Bella, we made it!" Alice started jumping up and down, and squealed so much it made my ears hurt.
"Congratulations, ladies," Jasper's southern voice came from behind us.
Alice was so happy, she went and hugged him. His face showed nothing but surprise, but then he grinned and hugged her back, "You really deserved that, Ash."
Alice's face became sad and I saw a tiny tear roll down her cheek. She still hadn't told Jasper her true identity. "Thanks, Jasper," She managed to squeak out.
Besides the fact that Jasper didn't know a thing, they were always together. People thought they were "together together," but they both denied it. Alice had always loved Jasper, but Jasper looked pretty much fascinated by 'Ashley.' Rosalie said it was love, but I really didn't know what to think. I just hoped Alice wouldn't regret her decision to lie to him.
"Bella, Ashley, Jasper!" a panting voice said. We turned around to see Edward running towards us, his shirt half buttoned. The part of skin that was visible made me think of how much I wished we were together again.
"Hey, Edward," I pulled the cap he was wearing a little lower, so that only his mouth and nose were visible.
"Nice, Bella. So, did you make it?" He asked. His eyes were eager and I couldn't help but smile.
"Shouldn't you be worried if you made it?" I teased.
"Nah. Anyway, let's go check it out." He turned on his heel and started reading the least. "My, my, my…Swan, Isabella." He turned to me, and grinned that crooked smile I adored, "You made it!"
He walked forward to hug me, and I hugged him back. "I'm so proud of you, Bells."
"Aw, Edward, c'mon! You sound like my mom!" He laughed, throwing his head back and I continued, "You don't even care you made it, do you?"
"I do, but I already knew I was going to get in." Ha. Funny, Edward Cullen.
"I GOT IT!!!" Emmett yelled.
"Whoa, Emmett I didn't see you there," Jasper said.
"I'm sneaky," he grinned. "Can you guys believe we all made it?"
"I know I can't," I replied. "Where is Rose?"
"In my room, she's tired. I'm going back to tell her now. Should we meet up later to celebrate, or what?" Emmett asked.
"Well, it is the weekend…"Edward started, "Maybe we could go home. Bella, Tanya and Ashley could come, too. As well as Rose and Jasper, of course. What do you say?"
"Is…Alice going to be there?" Jasper asked, whispering her name.
Alice grabbed his hand, and squeezed gently.
"I doubt it," Emmett was the first one to speak. "She's in…Paris." His last minute idea hadn't been bad at all.
"Oh. Well then, I guess it's fine, I haven't seen Carlisle and Esme in quite a while," Jasper concluded.
"So it's settled then, I need to go plan the song I'm singing!" Alice rushed off to one of the music rooms. I actually knew the song she was singing. She had whispered it the other night, at our sleepover. It was a sweet song she said she wrote after she had broken up Jasper.
"Bella, would you like to go grab a coffee or something?" Edward faced me, raising his eyebrows. Lately, we've been hanging out a lot–and that made Tanya hate me even more than she already did. She found out I was Bella Swan and she said, and I quote, "Wow, it's nice fucking your ex-boyfriend, you know?"
Luckily, Edward hadn't been there, but I was so angry I almost told him.
Long story short: Tanya hated me. And, I guess I didn't feel that nice towards her, either.
"I'm sure I can arrange something, Sir Edward," I mocked, "But just let me call Jake, and I'll be right back."
I walked to the nearest window and stared out at the glorious garden spreading outside as I dialed the phone.
"Hello?" Jacob's voice came groggily. I gasped when I realized it was extremely early and Jake didn't get up as early as I did.
"Oh…hi, Jake! It's Bella. I'm sorry I woke you up. Um…I know I already said this, but you never answered last night, so here I go again. I'm sorry I couldn't go visit you last weekend. I really, really am."
I waited patiently for his answer, but I only heard him sigh.
"Jacob?" I insisted.
"It's okay, Bells. But I really had it all planned out, you know? We were going hiking, and then to this awesome place I really wanted to take you to," he explained.
I felt like crying, but I held them back before I said, "Aw, Jake I'm so sorry! Please, let me make it up to you."
His voice brightened suddenly, "Okay. How?"
"Come here for a few days. We'll spend as much time together as possible, I promise. Please, Jake. I really can't wait to see you," I said, sounding hopeful.
"I can't ditch school," he mumbled.
"Oh, Jake…" my tone was getting harsher, "Please, Jacob. I really want to see you."
"Okay, I'm going…when?" When… that's a really good question, I thought.
"I think Friday would be nice. What do you think?" I asked, expectantly. It had been ages since I'd last seen Jacob and I really missed him.
"Friday sounds good. Hey, Quil and Embry are here. They say hi. But, I gotta run, bye Bells! Love you!" He laughed. I was glad he wasn't angry anymore. My Jacob was back.
"Bye, Jake! See you in 5 days!" I closed my phone shut, and returned to my friends.
"What did Jacob say?" Edward asked unwillingly. I'd told him so much about Jacob, and Edward decided he didn't like him very much.
"He's coming on Friday!" I said with a little too much excitement.
"Great," Edward muttered. What was wrong with him? He didn't even know Jacob!
"Edward…you don't even know him. Could you be nice, please?" I pleaded, trying hard to make my puppy eyes. To my surprise, it was working!
"Okay, okay. But no touching, or kissing, or anything," He stated.
"You're not my father!" I nudged him playfully on his arm.
"But still the best friend, so it's close." He threw one arm around my shoulders, and pushed me through various doors to get outside.
We arrived at the Starbucks early, while most students were still in the middle of class, and almost no one was there.
"What do you want?" Edward asked me, his face reading the board where all coffees were listed.
"Just a muffin," I said, putting my hand in my back pocket, looking for the five-dollar bill I'd left there. I handed it to Edward, "Here."
"No, no," he pushed the bill back to me, "Let the best friend pay."
"I'm beginning to like this whole best friend thing," I smiled up at him, but I knew I was lying. Ever since I told Edward about Jacob, and accidently said the words best friend, he had been especially careful to remind me every time he could that he was my best friend. Even to say hi, he would add the best friend at the end.
We sat at the table we always used, since it was far away and people couldn't disturb us there.
"So…" he took a sip of his coffee.
"So…" I said back, in the same awkward tone he'd used.
"Are you excited to see Carlisle and Esme?" he asked me.
"Of course! I haven't seen them in years. Are you meeting Tanya today?" I asked with a fake smile.
"Why are you asking?" A harsh, nasal, snarl came from behind me. I spun my head around and found Tanya standing there, looking breathtaking in skinny jeans and a baby doll top. "So that you can take Edward to bed with you?"
Edward grimaced when she said this and pleaded, "Tanya…c'mon."
"What? And when were you going to tell me you were all going to your house! And Bella knows your parents! You haven't been able to introduce them to me in all the time we've been together!" She glowered at me.
I snickered, but Edward glared at me, so I covered my mouth with my hand.
"I'm sorry," I mouthed.
"Tanya,I was going to ask you to go. You know that," Edward sighed, and didn't look at Tanya at all.
"Okay, well…" I noticed she was speechless. "Pick me up first thing tomorrow!" And with that, she left, walking like a top model would.
"Wow…" I breathed.
"What?" Edward asked, raising an eyebrow.
What was I going to tell him? Hey, Edward! I just think your girlfriend is extremely annoying and I hate her.
"Nothing…I just remembered something I need to do for the Winter Festival," I said, quickly covering up my lie.
We changed subject then, and I was left hoping the weekend would go smoothly.