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The Volvo parked a few spaces down from my truck. As much as I wanted to run inside, I couldn't tear myself away. I was overcome with nervousness. My feet felt like they were cemented to the concrete. In all my seventeen years, I have never felt like this about someone I've never met. Before I realized what was happening, Edward came to a stop in front of us.
"Hello, I'm Edward Masen. You must be Isabella. It's very nice to meet you," he said, while extending his hand to me.
"Just Bella. It's nice to meet you as well." I replied, shaking his hand. Oh. My. God. I just shook hands with Edward Masen.
"Come on guys, let's get inside. I'm ready to kick your butt, Masen!" Jasper cried over his shoulder as he pulled the door of the bowling alley open. I could tell this was going to be an eventful evening between the boys.
"You wish, Whitlock," he replied, playfully wrapping his arm around my waist. "Bella and I are going to wipe the floor with you, aren't we Bella?"
"Um, well, I haven't actually been bowling in a long time, so I can't promise you anything." I said smugly. Alice didn't tell me were on a team together. I'm going to kill her. I could see her hiding her giggles behind her hand as we followed them inside.
"How about a little bet? Alice and I against Bella and yourself. What do you say, Masen?" I could see the wheels turning in his head. Jasper was never one to make a bet unless he was certain he was going to win.
" Sure. What's the stakes?"
" If Alice and I win, you have to make-out with Bella right here in front of everyone." Please tell me they didn't just say that. Are they trying to make me have a heart attack? Why would Jasper suggest something like that?
"Okay, and If Bella and I win, you cant kiss Alice for the rest of the evening." I thought Alice was going to go into shock. Edward must have been overly confident in my bowling abilities to propose something like this.
"Edward, are you sure you want to take this bet? I'm really not that good, and it was a long time ago. What if we lose?" As much as I liked him, I didn't want our first kiss to be because of a stupid bet.
" Bella, If you don't want to play, you don't have to; but it will be hard to beat them without you. Plus, you know how much those two kiss, wouldn't it be nice to have an evening where you didn't have to watch them?" He definitely had a point. Every since those two got together, they couldn't keep their hands off each other. Apparently, PDA is something they don't give a whole lot of thought to.
"I have to admit, you guys could use a break," I said to the couple in front of us, currently making out. "I guess I'm in."
"Great!" Alice chirped, breaking away from their make-out session. "Come on Bella, lets go pick out our balls! I want a pink one! I wonder if they've got a purple one for you?" The excitement coursing off of her body was enough to make anyone excited. "Hey Jazz, why don't you guys go ahead and pay for the game and get our shoes, we'll be right back! I need a 7 ½ and Bella needs an 8."
Who would have ever known that there were some many choices in bowling balls. There had to be 100 different ones lining the back of the chairs. The lightest ones were about six pounds and the heavy ones went up to fifteen pounds. Alice found our balls and we headed back to where the guys were.
"Look, Jazzy! Isn't it pretty?" She said, shoving the ball towards him.
I'm not sure how she managed to bounce up to him carrying her ball, but she did. She reminds me of a ballerina with the way she moves. She's always graceful and confident. Me, on the other hand; I'm as far from graceful as you can get. I swear, I was born with two left feet. Not just when it comes to dancing either, walking in general is sometimes difficult. "Where's my shoes?"
"Here they are Bella, let's sit over here." Edward motioned for me to sit beside him on a bench in front of lane 14. As I sat down beside him to put on my shoes, my hand brushed his. It felt like a shock of electricity. He must have felt it too, because he jumped a little.
"Um...You can go first, then Alice, I'll go after her and Jasper can go last. Is that okay with you?"
"Sure, are we ready to start?" I got up and grabbed my six pound purple ball and walked up to the lane. As I got ready to release the ball, I lost my footing and dropped the ball. Great. Just what I needed. The ball hit the ground and rolled back towards my friends who were trying desperately hard to hold back the laughs that I knew were coming. "Go ahead and laugh, I told you I hadn't played in a long time."
"Bella, the lane has always been that way, not back here!" Jasper couldn't contain the laughter that was spilling between the words as he spoke. No sooner than he completed that sentence, the rest of them joined in. I couldn't help myself anymore and let out a few chuckles as well. After picking up my ball, I returned to the lane, aimed the ball and rolled a perfect strike.
"That's my girl! Good job, Bella!" Edward got up and gave me a high five. Did he just call me his girl? "You're up Alice, lets see if you can top Bella's performance."
The rest of the game was mostly uneventful, and sadly, we lost. Well, not that I'm sad I had to make out with Edward, but that he bet against Alice. I should have known better than to bet against her. She would never have made a bet that she wasn't certain she would win. The evil smirk on Alice and Jaspers' faces will be forever burned into my memory. I was pleading with my eyes to Alice. Please don't make me do this here? Please?
"How about we go back to Jasper's apartment and hang out for a while? Bella can leave her truck here, and Edward, you can drive her." Thank you! I couldn't express enough thanks to her without actually saying words.
"Sounds good to me. Is that okay with you, Bella? Whenever you're ready to leave, I'll bring you back to you're truck."
" Um, yeah. Lets get out of here, and out of these dumb shoes." I could see the thrill in Alice's eyes at the possibility of things working out between Edward and I. We changed our shoes and turned them back into the man behind the counter. He gave us a printout of the score from our game. They had beaten us by 8 pins. We made our way our to the vehicles and told them we would meet them there. They got into Jasper's car and pulled out of the parking lot before we had even made it to the Volvo.
"Bella, I can see how nervous you are about having to make out with me. I'll talk to Jasper about it, If you don't want to. I don't want you to do anything you're uncomfortable with." He grabbed my hand and started rubbing small circles on the back of it with his thumb. I looked up onto his emerald green eyes and I knew that I wanted to kiss him. "Breathe, Bella."
I hadn't even realized that I was holding my breath. Letting it out as my heart beat increased slightly, I slowly took a step towards him. Standing up on my toes, I reached up and planted a soft kiss on his lips.
"I'm sorry. I didn't want you to have to kiss me just because of a stupid bet. If there's one thing I've learned since I met her, it's never bet against Alice." I couldn't even look at him. I lowered my head and my hair fell around, covering my face like a shield. I felt his fingers find my chin and lift it up. No sooner than our eyes met, he leaned in and kissed me again.
"Don't be sorry, love," his hand moved up from my chin to cup my cheek. His touch sent chills up my spine. He looked at me one last time before continuing. "Let's get going, and see where the night takes us."
I felt the blush rising in my cheeks as I got in the car. I knew once we got to the apartment, Alice was going to make us go through with the bet. The ride to Jaspers apartment was quiet aside from the normal questions. By the time we got there, I knew two things for sure. I was falling in love with Edward Masen, and I needed to make more bets against Alice if they all turned out like this.
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