Disclaimer: I do NOT own ANY part of Twilight. Or any credit card company that has rewards. BUT I DO OWN JACK THE POSTMAN!!!!! WHAT NOW??????
This story is set to take place in New Moon. And, yes, Bella does know that Jacob is a werewolf.
As I pulled my beloved Chevy into the driveway after school, I noticed that the door of the mailbox was open. I scanned the area for Charlie's police cruiser, but saw nothing. So, if Charlie wasn't home to get the mail, maybe the postman just forgot to close it. Odd… Jack, the postman, wasn't usually so forgetful. Oh, well. Maybe he just had a lot on his mind. I knew how that was. I pulled my keys out of the ignition, grabbed my books, and began the six steps it took to get to the front door.
As I approached the house, I took the mail with me. The top letter was some advertisement for a fishing magazine, addressed to Charlie. Nothing unusual there… Once inside, I headed directly for the kitchen. I had overslept that morning, missed breakfast, and forgot to take money for lunch. In simpler terms, I was STARVING!! I grabbed an apple from the fridge, and began to sift through the mail.
Underneath the pile of junk mail, catalogs, magazines, and notices about "Credit Card Rewards," was quite possibly the single-most startling thing I've ever seen. It was a creamy envelope with gold-colored designs in the corners. Written in the center, in that all-too-familiar calligraphy was one simple word: "Bella."
I felt my heart beat faster, my lungs shrink, and my limbs quivering with such a force that the apple fell right out of my hand and rolled across the counter. My breaths became short and gasp-like, and I could hear my pulse in my ears. The cold sweat began to form on the back of my neck and on my forehead. Tears began to well up in my eyes. I inspected the envelope, looking for some sign that this was just all a cruel joke. When I found nothing, I tried to come up with a logical explanation.
It couldn't be from him, could it? No. Definitely not. Maybe I was dreaming. Or going crazy! Yeah, going crazy. That sounded good……
"Bells, you home?"
I quickly wiped the tears and sweat away, and tried to make my breathing more even.
"I'm in here, Jake." Jake?? What was he DOING here??? I do NOT need this right now…..
"Hey, Bells! Watcha got there?"
"Uh- nothing….." I quickly hid the letter in my science textbook. "It's just a note from my teacher…"
"Oooooooo!!! Did someone get in trouble today?"
"No, you big mutt. No one got in trouble today. It's, um, a notice about a project that we have to do." I couldn't tell Jacob about the letter. He already hated him enough. I didn't need to wave a reason to explode under his nose. That would be unfair to him and me. He clearly had a reason for being here, and, as much as I wanted to be alone, I didn't want to spoil his visit.
"So, what's up?"
"Not much. I just wanted to know if you wanted to ride the motorcycles today. I found this AWESOME new trail through the woods, and I think we should try it!"
Ughh……… I really wanted to see what this letter was all about. But, I couldn't say no to Jake. Not to mention the fact that I hadn't been down to La Push in almost a week, and I needed a pick-me-up.
"Sure, Jake. Sounds great."
"Awesome!!!! So, come on, let's go!"
"I don't know, Jake… I've got homework to do, and Charlie won't know where I am….."
"So leave the homework for later, and write a note for Charlie. I'm SURE he won't mind. Haha!"
As much as I hated to admit it, Jake was right. I had already agreed, and there was no turning back now. I looked longingly at my science book, where the letter was hiding.
"Jeez, Bells…. If you want to do your homework THAT badly……"
"No, no. Just get me a pen from in that drawer over there, and I'll write Charlie a note."
"YES!!!!!!!!! The J-Man wins again!!!!!"
"Oops….. Did I say that out loud? Ummm….. Yeah….. Heh….. Uh, here's that pen you wanted….."
"Don't mention it…"
I wrote a short note to Charlie. Hey, Dad. I went to Jake's for the afternoon. I'll be back to make dinner. –Bella
With one last look full of pain and longing at my science book, I followed Jake out the front door and into his red Volkswagen Rabbit. I only wished that I hadn't agreed to go…….