What would have happened if Edward never returned in Twilight until after Bella and Jacob bonded? Or never returned at all?
This story begins two weeks after Edward's mysterious disappearance.
[Also, I am following more of the movie line for this... Bella has already met Jacob when he dropped the truck off at her house.]
Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight, the characters or anything that Stephenie Meyer created.
Anything section that is in italics, like a full section; is from one of the books… I do not claim to have written those sections.
Chapter Two – Only Friends
The next day I was dreading to go to school, because I just knew that Laruen and Jessica would be spreading around rumors about me and Jacob; I didn't care if they said I was catch kissing him because that was the truth but the fact they knew I was staying to night with him, had me worried. After I got dressed I headed downstairs and Charlie was still sitting in the kitchen eating breakfast.
"Morning Bells," he smiled between bites.
"Morning dad, sleep well?"
"Mhmm." He mumbling as he took a drink of coffee.
I wondered over to the counter and poured myself a glass of milk and went to sit at the table.
Charlie was giving me a funny look, after a few minutes he finally spoke again.
"You okay Bells?" he asked.
I shrugged, "Fine."
He raised an eyebrow, "You don't seem fine, did Jake do something to you? If he hurt you I swear…"
I cut him off before he could finish his threat, "No dad, Jake was a perfect gentlemen, no need to worry about him. It's just my 'friends' they saw me and Jake… well…"
"Well what Bella?" he was practically glaring at me now.
"I sort of let him… um… kiss me… and my friends saw it. So now I can just hear them spreading rumors about how I threw myself all over the poor boy."
He just laughed, "I thought you were going to say something else…" he trailed off for a moment, "But a kiss, I wouldn't worry about it Bells."
I sighed, "Too late."
He rolled his eyes and took another drink of his coffee, "So, you like Jake? Told you he was a good kid."
"Urgh! Dad come on please, do we have to talk about this!?" I groaned.
He laughed again, "I have to go anyways, have fun at school Bells, and don't let those kids get to you, you know what really happened and that is all that matters."
"I guess you're right, see you dad."
"Bye Bells!" he called to me just before he slammed the door shut.
When I got to school I didn't bother to even look around for any of my friends I just went straight to my first class and sat there; I was the first to get there and even the teacher wasn't there yet. A few more people came in and I swear I heard them laughing and then caught them glancing in my direction but I was going to take Charlie's advice and just ignore them; he was right I knew the real story and it wasn't any of their business what happened between me and Jake.
My first few classes blew by pretty fast and it was lunch time before I knew it. Angela catch me walking into the cafeteria and warned me about the mood that Laruen and Jessica were in, I thanked her and told her that I would just blow them off if they started anything. She was curious about my weekend and I told her everything and she thought it was cute that me and Jake fell asleep together on the couch. We hurried up and got our lunch and headed to the table.
Angela sat down first and I pulled out the chair between her and Ben, I felt somewhat safe right between the two; they were the only ones that I felt I could trust. Ben asked me about my weekend and I told him it was great, he smiled and said he was glad I had fun. I started eating my lunch and Jessica was smirking at me the entire time, I resisted asking her what her problem was and I just concentrated on my slice of pizza. Jessica had to make the comment about me staying the night at Jacob's house but he 'wasn't there' as she used her fingers to make air quotes. I just brushed it off; it really wasn't anyone's business besides me and Jake.
It was quiet again until after everyone finished eating, Angela pulled me out of the cafeteria with her and walked with me to our next class. She laughed about the reaction that Jessica had on her face when I accused her of being jealous; her face was priceless. We walked into Biology and when I rose my head up I was catch by the gaze of beautiful golden eyes, I froze in my tracks.
"Bella?" Angela nudged my arm. "Are you okay?"
I shook my head to break the stare and looked back at her, "Yeah, I am fine."
She looked at me worried but went ahead to her seat.
I took a deep breath and went over to my table, sat down and started to doodle on my notebook; I refused to look at him or even acknowledge that he was even here. It worked and I didn't even look up when Mike and Eric passed by my table. Then he broke the silence.
"Hello, I am Edward Cullen, sorry I didn't get to introduce myself before." His voice was like a beautiful song, so soft and serine.
I dared to look up at him, but I raised my head and turned to face him.
"Nice to meet you." And I quickly looked back down at my notebook.
"You are Bella Swan, right?"
I snapped my head back up; no one called me that when they first talked to me. "How did you know my name?" I asked.
"Oh, do you prefer Isabella?"
"No, Bella is fine." I guess he had heard someone call me Bella earlier in the day, I just shrugged it off.
The teacher came in and started class, thank god I wouldn't have to talk to him anymore. I turned my attention back to my doodles and kept drawing, but I could feel him staring at me the entire time. I was getting a very uneasy feeling from him, it wasn't normal for a person to stare at someone like this; especially someone you don't even know.
When our teacher announced we were to do a microscope lab I figured we would have to break the silence between us, but it didn't. We both kept quiet the entire time, not even looking at each but just simply pushing the microscope back and forth.
Finally he broke the silence close to the end of the period, asking me about how I liked Forks and how I was liking the weather. I told him that I hated the cold and the wet weather and he just laughed about it. Then he asked why I came here if I hated the weather so much, I told him about Renee and Phil and he just seemed to keep asking about my personal life.
The small talk was kept short but it stopped when I asked him if he had gotten contacts; I knew for a fact his eyes were black as night the first day that I saw him but then today they were more of a golden color. He just gave me the excuse that the lighting in the school would mess with his eyes and when the bell rang, he shot out of the class without saying anything else.
I picked up all of my books and headed out, Angela was waiting for me.
"Did Edward Cullen actually have a conversation with you?" she whispered as we walked down the hall towards the gym.
"Yeah, I guess so."
She laughed, "I cannot believe you, Bella Swan, talked to the quiet Edward Cullen."
"Yeah, I wish he would have been quiet." I sighed.
"What did he say?" she asked.
"I know it sounds rude but he was extremely nosey."
"Really, what did he ask you?"
"He asked how I liked it here and about the weather…"
She laughed. "Wow, you would think someone like him would actually talk about something else."
We headed into the gym and went to change into our clothes. I couldn't get my mind off of Edward though. For some reason, I did kind of like talking to Edward. Sure, he talked like a normal guy would but there was something about him that made him so much different than the guys around here. I could see finally why the girls were drooling over him though, he was gorgeous; especially his eyes, you could just melt by looking into them. I was brought back to reality when a volley ball bounced off the side of my head.
"Ow!" I shouted, rubbing my head.
I looked up to see Jessica on the other side of the net smirking and giggling with one of her little clones.
Mike ran over to see if I was okay, I looked back in Jessica's direction to glare at her but I was met by her glare; she hated that Mike seemed to throw himself at me. I assured him that I was okay but he refused to let me go on with class, he told the teacher and coach excused me from class early to go lay down in the nurse's office.
On my way to the unnecessary visit to the nurse, I decided I didn't feel like going to the nurse and school was ending soon anyways so I would just go home early. If Charlie complained I would just tell him the truth, no point in lying around this town; he would just find out from someone else and then I would get the full wrath of Chief Swan.
As soon as I step out the door of the school I lose my footing on a patch of ice and I braced myself for the fall… but it never came. I felt something cool grip my shoulders and I was standing again in an instant. I looked to my right and there stood none other than … HIM!
"Might want to watch were you walk." He almost growled it.
"Oh, I am so sorry that the whole lot is covered in ice; I will make a note of it for oh I don't know… my next thirty steps." I rolled my eyes at him.
He had a very angry look on his face, the same from the first day I started here; it was a look I never wanted to see again. Even his eyes were darker now than they were in class.
"You know it is only polite to say thank you when someone helps." He snapped.
"Thanks," I spat back, pulling my arm away from his grip and started walking toward my truck until he grabbed a hold of my arm again, stopping me.
"Where do you think you are going?" he asked coldly.
"Home, why is it any of your business?" I hissed.
"School isn't over yet, and why would the new girl want to be caught skipping school so soon."
"Again, it is none of your business." I tried to pull away but he wouldn't let go this time. "Let go of my arm now Edward." I growled.
He finally let go when my phone rang. I fumbled in my pocket to find my tiny phone in the mass of thick fabric. I looked at the screen before answering; it wasn't a number that I knew
"Hello?" I answered.
"Bella? Hey it is Jake."
I smiled, "Hi Jacob, what's up?"
"Why did you answer your phone? Aren't you supposed to be in class right now?"
I glared over at Edward; he was still standing but now he had a smug grin on his face.
"Yeah I was until the 'crazy witch' hit me in the head with a volley ball… the coach told me I could go early."
"Awe, you should have punched her."
I couldn't hold back the laughter. "That would have made me feel better." I controlled my laughing finally, "So, did you call for a reason or did you just want to talk to me?" I smiled at the thought.
"Both, I was wondering if you wanted to come to a cookout tonight. Some of my friends will be here and I thought that maybe you would like to come… you don't have to of course…"
"I would love to Jake! Oh, but I will have to call Charlie just to let him know."
"Of course, oh, you are welcome to bring along some friends if you'd like."
"Okay, I can see if Angela and Ben would like to come. I know they had fun Saturday night."
"Sure, sure; when are you coming over?"
"I will wait for Angela to get out of class then I will be over."
"Awesome, see you then Bells!" you could hear the smile in his voice.
"See you Jake."
I hung up and Edward had gone over to sit on the bench in front of the school. I felt bad that no one seemed to like him so I thought that maybe he would like to hang out with us tonight, Jake told me to bring some friends; he wasn't really a friend but I could be polite.
"Hey Edward, come here."
He got up and walked over to me, "Yes?"
"Are you busy tonight?" I asked, hoping he would say yes but again; I was trying to be nice.
"No not really, why?"
"Would you like to go to a cookout with me and some friends?"
"I don't know…" he shuffled his feet on the slippery ice.
"I mean, you don't have to but you could come to you know… have fun."
"Down at La Push," I was now looking up at him.
"I don't think I can make it… my father doesn't like me to stay out late on school nights…"
"Thanks anyway Bella."
I jumped when the school bell ran, Edward just laughed at me; he told me goodbye and then he went to his car. I sat down on the bench and waited for Angela to come out, when I spotted her I called her over and told her the plans; she agreed and called Ben to tell him to meet us there. As we walked to my truck we held onto each other the whole way, slipping and sliding. I reached the back of my truck in time to grab the tailgate before I could fall; I ended up holding on all the way to my door.
We got to Jake's house in about thirty minutes and we were met by Jake and Embry. Jake swept me up into one of his normal bear hugs. Embry showed Angela into the house and Jake and I followed; Jake excused himself to help his dad and told Angela and I to make ourselves comfortable. Everyone from the bonfire Saturday night was there, minus my sorry excuse for friends. All the guys were spread out all over the floor in the living room watching TV, Angela and I had to step over them just to get to the couch; we finally got to it after dodging all the bodies and sat down.
The front door came flying open with a loud slam and then Sam appeared in the doorway, he looked absolutely pissed; me and Angela almost jumped off of the couch when we heard the loud crash. None of the guys seemed bothered by the sound though. Sam was searching the room and I guess he didn't find who he was looking for.
"Where is Paul?" he growled.
"Haven't seen him," Embry said, raising his head off of the floor.
"I am going to kill him!" he yelled and stormed off.
I nudged Embry with my foot, "What was that about?" I whispered.
"No idea, I wouldn't worry about it Bells, as long as he isn't mad at you." he chuckled.
I rolled my eyes at him and leaned back into the couch beside Angela.
The guys were watching Not Another Teen Movie; I swear it has to be the dumbest movie I have ever seen.
"Let me guess, you guys are watching this just to see the naked girls?" I asked.
Embry and Quil laughed, "You know us too well Bells," Quil chuckled.
"I just know guys, they only think with what their downstairs…"
"Not all of us do…"
I looked up to see Jake standing there with a frown on his face.
"Of course you don't Jake," I motioned for him to come over.
He walked over everyone, with no troubles and sat down beside me.
"You are too sweet to think like that." I whispered to him.
He smiled and I kissed his cheek lightly.
"Urgh! Come on guys, get a room will ya!" Embry groaned but was trying to hide a smile.
"Shush you." I playfully kicked his arm with my foot.
Charlie showed up awhile later, carrying in a bunch of brown paper grocery bags and asked the guys to help him carry in the rest. They all jumped to their feet and shuffled out the front door and returned with the bags of food. Sue followed in behind them shortly, with an arm full of cookie sheets and baking pans. You could smell the aroma of vanilla and chocolate filling the room.
Sue, Charlie and Billy all headed outside and they carried with them five large brown bags. An hour later, Charlie came inside and had everyone come to the backyard for dinner. I walked out with Angela and Ben was off with Jake and the guys, I was so happy everyone was getting along. There were picnic tables set all around the backyard. Angela and I decided to sit close to the back tables to get away from the guys are play fighting; Jake, Embry, Ben and Quil joined us soon after.
"Sue, dinner was amazing! I never knew that steak could taste so good." Angela said, thanking Sue for dinner.
"Oh, well thank you so much sweetheart. I am really happy that you and Ben could join us tonight." Sue smiled.
"Thank you for having us." Ben added.
"You both are welcome to join our get-togethers anytime you want."
"We will have to take you up on that." Ben chuckled.
"Ben! Come on we need another player!" Embry called.
Ben jumped up and ran over to the rest of the open backyard where all the guys had gathered together. Angela and I sat back and watched and giggled while the boys all played football. They played for almost an hour until Paul came walking in with dried blood in the corner of his mouth.
"Dude, what happened to you?" Quil snorted.
Paul glared at him, "Shut the hell up Quil. It is none of your damn business!"
We were all shocked by him, sure we knew he had a temper but it seemed like something was really bothering him. Paul walked past our table and I noticed him limping, slightly wincing with every step.
"Paul, are you okay?" I whispered to him.
"I am fine Bella." He growled.
Finally after the long eventful day it was time to go home. Angela was riding home with Ben and since Sue picked Charlie up I had to have a very awkward and quiet ride home with Chief Swan. We said our goodbyes to everyone and I hugged Jake and Billy bye. Charlie refused to let me drive my own truck because he said I was too tired, I hadn't noticed it was getting close to midnight now; I went ahead and let him drive with starting an argument. He questioned me about Jake, like always and I simply told him that Jacob and I are only friends… for now.
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And yes I know, they are a bit OOC. But it is my story so... HA!
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