Charlie was happy with his dinner last night. Bells and I cooked steak with mashed potatoes and a salad, and that kept him happy. I smiled; Charlie was so easy to please.

But half way through dinner he dropped the bad news. "School starts tomorrow," he had said, ever so casually. "So do you girls have all your things?"

I choked on the salad I was eating. "What?" I coughed, covering my mouth with my hand while staring at Charlie incredulously.

"Well, I think one day is enough to recover from your jet-lag." He said defensively, helping himself to another serving of salad.

"Um, it's fine. I think we were a little surprised. That's all." Bella said quickly, before I stopped choking.

"Good. Forks High School shouldn't be too hard to find; it's just off the side of the motorway. Reckon you'll need me to help you find it?"

"No, we'll be right." Bella answered.

That was pretty much the conversation for the night. Charlie wasn't a talkative person. Although I was annoyed at Bella, I was thankful that I didn't start an argument with Charlie. That was the last thing I needed; I was already on not-ok terms with my mother, and I didn't need the same with dad.

I yawned; it was six o'clock in the morning and I didn't sleep well last night. Renee starred in all of my dreams. But there was no way I'd tell Bella that; she would see right through the happy mask I was wearing ever since Renee's isolation.

The phone rang, and I was glad that it interrupted my flow of thoughts. I hurried over to answer it before it woke Bells; Charlie had already left. "Resident Swan," I whispered..

"Hi there, I was wondering if I could speak to Nicky or Bella please?" came from the speaker the melodic voice of Alice Cullen.

"This is Nicky,"

"Hi Nicky! How are you?" her voice was happy and chirper.

I smiled. "I'm fine. Yourself?"

"Good, good. I was wondering if I could come over. I know its horrible timing, but I really would like to come over." Her voice pleaded. I didn't understand why she wanted to, but somehow, I couldn't say no to that voice.

"Sure, have you had breakfast yet?" I may as well get that done.

"Yes, I've already ate. See you in twenty minutes!" And then she hung up.

The bacon was sizzling in the pan when the doorbell rang. I turned off the switch and hurried to answer the door.

"Good morning," Alice greeted me with a smile. She was dressed in jeans, knee-high black boots and a fashionable black coat, looking great, as always.

"Morning. Why'd you want to come over here?" I asked, smiling back.

"Well, I had trouble finding the school when it was my first day, so I thought you guys might want some help, just incase."

I smiled wider. "That's really nice of you," I told her. "Actually, we might need the help."

"That's good, I'm happy to be useful. Well, are you going to invite your navigation system in or not?" she joked.

My face felt warmer that usual. "Of course, sorry about that. Come on in," I stepped aside to let her pass.


"Take a seat wherever you like," I said. "I've just got to fry the eggs. I'll be right back." I rushed into the kitchen, cracking the eggs at top speed. I was done within five minutes, my own personal record. Then I set up the cutlery, grabbed a granola bar and poured myself a glass of orange juice before I went back into the living room.

"That was quick," Alice smiled at me, putting her phone aside.

"Yeah." I finished the bar and was pouring orange juice into my mouth.

"Wow, someone's hungry."

I laughed. "I'm not usually this bad at table manners, it's just I've still got a few things to do. Example, wake Bells. That might take a while." We laughed together. "Do you mind?"

"No, of course not. But do you mind if I come along? I want to see your wardrobes!" she asked.

"Well, if you insist." I led her upstairs, and we went into my room. "Time to get up Bells! I cooked bacon and eggs for you." I said cheerfully as I opened the curtains and window. She groaned in response. "And look who's here? Alice is going to help us find our way to the school!"

That got her attention. She sprang up, looking around wildly. I bit my lips to hide my laughter. "What?" she asked.

"Good morning Bella," Alice said, smiling.

"Wow, uh, good morning Alice, what are you doing here?" she asked.

"I was lost when it was my first day of school here, so I thought you guys might want the help finding the school. Do you mind?" her answer was extremely polite.

"Not at all, uh, um, I just need a minute." Bella blushed as she got out of bed. Then she headed towards the bathroom.

Alice was going through my closet, occasionally making a small noise which I took as approval. Once she was done, she said, "You've got good taste Nicky."

"Thanks." I had already changed.

Bella came back, still dressed in her pajamas. "Hey Bella," Alice said, pouting slightly. "I was wondering if you could do me a favor."

"Ok. What is it?"

Alice put on her charming smile. "I was wondering if you could wear whatever I pick out for you today. Of course I'll pick out normal things; I won't make you go naked or anything like that." Alice added quickly, seeing the look on Bella's face.

"O…kay… but why?"

"Oh nothing, I just feel like dressing someone up and since Nicky is already dressed, that leaves me with you." She said innocently. Then she went into Bella wardrobe, occasionally tutting.. After a few minutes, she picked out a pair of dark jeans, a pretty blue blouse that Bella always says is too formal for school, a red coat and brown boots.

"Okay, wear that please. I'm going to go downstairs," she announced.

"I'll come with," I followed her. "Can I get you anything?" I asked when we were seated in the kitchen..

"No thanks. So," she smiled suggestively. "Do you have a boyfriend?"

"Gah, don't mention that species." I joked.

She laughed. "I'll take that as a no right?"


"What about Bella?" She wiggled her eyebrows.

"What, do you swing that way?"

She giggled. "No, no way. Just asking." She dropped the subject as Bella walked into the room.

"I feel like I'm going to a party." Bella complained as she sat down next to me and tackled her breakfast.

"What am I, chop liver?" Alice joked.

Bella laughed. "I guess not."

"Well there you go. Now, I have a big favor to ask you two," Alice said in a serious tone.

"What?" Bella and I questioned in unison.

"Would you- wait, I have to do this right," Alice cleared her throat theatrically. "Would you, Bella and Nicky, like to sit with me today at lunch?"

I giggled; so much for big. "Of course we will! You didn't have to ask."

Alice grinned. "Great!"

After Bella's breakfast, we grabbed our bags then we headed to the school, Bella and I in my car, following Alice's bright yellow Porsche. For some strange reason, I felt a wave of excitement flooding me as I parked my car next to Alice's.

AN: I love you guys! Well not in that way, of course. If there's any confusion with the story, go ahead and ask. And dear reviewers, can we please make it to 15 reviews this time? I know it'll take a while, so that's why I asked for 15. It'll give me time to work on chapter 4. And Love and Since. =]