I looked around, trying to understand why Bella had been so reluctant to have me meet Edward's family. They seemed perfectly normal. Two of the boys were watching a football game in the living room. Edward and Bella were there too, but oblivious to everyone else. Doctor Cullen was at work, and the other ladies were in the kitchen, cooking, I supposed.

The dark-haired boy grunted at something in the game, and the blond beside him smirked. Edward rolled his eyes. "Esme will throw you out of the house again, Emmett." He commented. I wondered what he was talking about.

"Yeah, but this time she'll kick Jasper out too." The darker haired boy, Emmett grinned. Apparently he understood exactly what Edward was talking about.

"Assuming I humor you and your craving for violence." Jasper retorted, eyes never leaving the screen. A slight pause, then, "Which team are we cheering for again?"

Emmett sighed. "You're hopeless, you know that?"

They went back to watching the game, and I stifled a sigh. After all I had heard about the Cullens, I had expected them to be a bit more-interesting. I supposed it was ungrateful of me, but I was bored.

One of the girls came in then, and plopped down beside Jasper. She had dark hair and was tiny in comparison to him.

"Renee's bored." Edward commented looking at the girl. "She thinks we're a boring family."

Bella looked up at him, speculatively, before turning to me. "Sorry, Mom." She apologized. "There isn't much exciting to do around here." I certainly knew that.

The girl beside Jasper brightened. "We could go on a shopping trip."

Bella groaned. "Not again."

"Your mom might enjoy it." Edward said. "She did want to get to know the family. What better way to get to know Alice than to shop with her?"

Bella sighed. "That's easy for you to say, you don't have to go."

Emmett snorted. "That's because she shops for us, so we don't have any say in the matter."

"Oh, come on, Bella." Alice pleaded. "Rosalie's even going to go."

"Fine." Bella surrendered, and I couldn't help but be amused. It was never a good sign for Bella to be so against something. Still, it would be a chance to hang out with just the girls.

Alice was practically bouncing up and down on the couch. "Great! Let's go." She jumped up as Esme and Rosalie came in from the kitchen. Bella got up less enthusiastically. I stood and followed them out the door.

The others hesitated as Alice headed for one of the cars. I was impressed; I had never seen such cars, but it seemed rather excessive to me.

"Um, Alice?" Bella asked. "Who's driving?"

"Oh." Said Alice as if it were obvious. "Jasper, of course."

I turned and nearly jumped out of my skin when he was standing behind me. I giggled nervously as he moved into the driver's seat.

"He doesn't mind?" Bella asked.

"Nope." Alice replied. I wondered how she could be so certain. She hadn't even asked him; if it had been me I would have been irritated. But she had just taken it for granted that he would come, and he had followed us as if it had already been decided.

I wondered if I had missed that conversation.

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