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She didn't know what she was doing. Bella Swan was not the spontaneous type, not at all. But here she was, standing near the edge of a bride, something very similar to a rubber band strapped to her leg. Bella hoped that it didn't snap as easily as a rubber band, though.
Bella looked cautiously over the edge of the bridge and tried to muffle a moan of fear. Had she been that high up before?
"C'mon Bella!" crooned Rosalie Hale from besides her. Bella turned to glare at her best friend, who was in an identical outfit: brightly colored jumpsuit that all jumpers had to wear and a thick band around one of her ankles. "It's just one little step and then it's over!"
"I hate you!" hissed Bella. After all, Rosalie had thought this up only two days ago. Now here they were, about to jump off a bridge and Bella seemed to be the only one that cared. Her heart was pounding so loudly that she briefly wondered if she was having a heart attack.
"Bella, calm down," a calm voice said besides her. Bella turned to see Jasper Whitlock, her other best friend, grinning at her.
"Calm down? Calm down?" Bella's tone was only slightly hysterical. "I'm about to jump off a bridge, attached to a freaking rubber band, and you're telling me to calm down!" Her voice had risen to a shriek by the end of the sentence.
Jasper rolled his eyes. "Honestly, Bella, this is perfectly safe. Nothing's going to happen to us."
Rosalie supported his statement. "How many people have done this before? Besides it's on the List." The way she said "the List," Bella felt like it had to be capitalized.
"What List?" she asked warily.
"The List of things you're going to do before you're thirty," Rosalie answered happily. "Or dead," she added afterwards.
"I don't remember making a List..." said Bella.
Jasper chuckled. "We," he said, indicating himself and Rosalie, "came up with the List without you."
Bella looked at them confused. "But I thought it was a List for me."
"Well," Rosalie said, exchanging a look with Jasper. "It's for all of us, but me and Jasper wrote it because we knew that you would never go along with it." She shrugged. "All I had to do was to get you to the first item."
"What's that?" Bella asked.
"Bungee jumping," Jasper said with relish.
Oh, God. Here's that nausea again. Bella took a deep breath and looked over the edge of the bridge again.
"How many items are there on this List?" Bella asked, dreading the question.
"37 and counting," answered Jasper.
Bella felt faint. "What do you mean 'and counting'?"
"We're planning on adding on to the List as we go along," Rosalie answered.
"Oh, my God. You're insane. I'm not doing this." Bella stepped away from the ledge, ignoring Rosalie's and Jasper's looks.
"Yes, you are doing this. Jasper and I will force you too," Rosalie said, smirking at Bella. Bella sighed and stepped back up to the ledge, feeling her resolve crumbling.
"If there's a number that I don't like, then I'm not doing it," Bella muttered.
Rosalie glared at her. "You have two vetos. That's it."
Bella shook her head, and glared back at Rosalie. "Six, or I'm not doing it."
Rosalie narrowed her eyes. "Fine. But me and Jasper and pick another task for you to do."
Bella agreed. "Fine."
Their instructor hurried over and helped Bella up onto the ledge where she was supposed to jump off of. Somehow Rosalie and Jasper had convinced the instructors to force Bella to go first, and ignore all of her complaints.
Bella stood on the ledge gingerly and forced her whimpers of fear down.
"Nice and easy," her instructor was murmuring at her. "Just become one with the flow and let Mother Nature take care of you."
Oh great. Bella got the hippie instructor.
But Bella tried to "become one with the flow," whatever that meant, but it didn't work. She was still just as tense and nervous as she was before she had heard his stupid directors.
"Ah, screw it," Bella muttered to herself. She threw her arms out and jumped off the ledge with a scream.
She was falling faster than she had ever fallen before and she was screaming, from fright or delight, she couldn't tell. She could hear Rosalie and Jasper clapping and whooping at the top of bridge when her rubber band pulled tight and she was yanked back up. She was laughing, tears streaming from her eyes from the wind. She was slowly pulled back up to the bridge and when she reached the top, she saw Rosalie and Jasper looking at her, with something akin to pride on their faces.
"We've done good with her," Rosalie said like the proud mother of a child who had just managed to walk.
"We have," Jasper agreed with a smile.
Bella laughed and spun around in a circle. Adreneline was rushing through her veins, making her feel amazing.
"What's the second thing on the List?" she asked excitedly.
"We're getting tattoes."
'Cause I kinda sorta do. And, this is All Human, as I neglected to mention in the AN above. If that can be called an AN.
Anyhoo, leave a review --hey, that rhymed!-- telling me if you like it.
And, the laters chapters aren't going to be as short as this one. This was sorta a filler chapter, saying what the List was, and who the story was about.