Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight, except for Nick.

I woke up screaming again, something I had grown accustomed to. Though for some strange reason I was relieved. I wanted the pain to go away, I really did, but I didn't want to forget him. I was a little worried about how I had felt earlier, about Nick. That maybe I would have a good dream for once, that would be bad. I couldn't afford to love someone again. Though I had only truly known him for one day, I had already developed some feelings for him. And that was very, very bad.

I tried to fall back to sleep, without much success. I got ready for school early, going through the motions slowly. I got in my car, and drove to school, though I still had time to spare. I was surprised to see one other car in the student parking lot. It was just a Toyota, though I had never seen it in the parking lot before. I got out and walked toward the picnic table.

"Hey, Bella!" A voice called from behind me, making me jump. It was Nick, he came over and sat across from me. I nodded my hello, and his smile disappeared. "Oh no, you were making so much progress." I smiled.

"I'm just tired." I said

"Yeah you look it. No offense, but you have more bags than a shopaholic." He smiled at me. I did to until the whole shopaholic comment made me think of Alice. Why did everything remind me of them? I looked away "Uh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to hurt your feelings." Nick said.

"No, its not you, don't worry about it." I said, still looking away.

"So… I was wondering…" He started to say something then stopped himself.

"Yeah?" I urged him to finish. Did I really want him to though. If he was going to ask me out, I would say no. That would ruin the friendship that was growing so fast.

"Well… You always seem so… hurt, I was wondering… What happened?" He asked hesitantly. Well that was kind of consisted of me, why would he ask me. I didn't want to tell him about them now either. He must have seen my face flash with the usual pain because then he began to backtrack. "You don't have to answer. I'm being pushy, I know, forget I asked." It was obvious he didn't mean it, but I wasn't about to talk about it. I hadn't noticed that the parking lot was full. I saw people staring at us (Whether it was at the fact that Nick was the cute new guy, or that I was actually talking, I would never be sure). Jessica walked up to me. I noticed that she had on her flirty-face.

"Hey Bella! How's it going?" Jessica hadn't really spoken to me since I went quiet. "Oh, who's your friend?" She said looking at Nick, He kept looking at me and, and I looked at my hands.

"I'm Nick," he said reaching across the table to shake her hand.

"I'm Jessica." She giggled. Why was this so nauseating? "Are you new here?" She asked.

"Yes, he just got here yesterday." I said in a sharper tone than I had expected. Nick looked at me, he half smiled.

"I see." Jessica said. "Where are you from?"

"Phoenix, Arizona" He replied.

"Oh Bella is from there too!!! Is that how you know each other?"

"Yes." I snapped again, she was really getting on my nerves. Then the bell rang

"Oh, well I'd better get to class. See you later Nick," She said smiling "Bella." She said in a bored tone, and walked away.

"She a friend of yours?" Nick asked me teasingly, smiling

"Used to be." I replied. Nick stopped smiling.

"Really? She doesn't seem like she would be."

"Why do you keep acting like you know me? You don't! You have no idea!" I snapped, what was with me. He looked hurt as he turned away from me. "Nick I…"

"Don't worry 'bout it." He said "I, uh, gotta get to class. See ya' later Bella." He walked away. Great job Bella, way to drive away yet another person you care about.

Alright, I know it's short and I know it's weird that I chose this Nick kid instead of Jake, but I thought I'd try something new. Do you think I'm taking all this too fast? Tell me your honest opinions don't hold back, please! XOXO