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Chapter 1: Breakup Shakeups
It's over. After tonight, I will no longer be in high school. This fall, I will be attending the University of Washington without any regrets. After breaking up with my boyfriend, Jacob, because I refused to have sex with him, I no longer felt the need to keep myself in the little town of Forks, Washington.
Sitting in the school gymnasium with my fellow classmates, listening to the Star Spangled Banner play, I realized that this will be my last memory of high school. After the names were called to receive our diplomas, the Valedictorian and Salutatorian messages were given by Angela Weber and Makaila Campbell, respectively. There was only one tradition left that mattered: the tassel moving ceremony.
After tassels were moved and caps were thrown in the air, a loud applause roared through the gymnasium, marking the end of this chapter in our lives. As I stood up to congratulate my best friend, Angela, I heard my dad yell, "Bells!" in an effort to get my attention. I quickly hugged Angela and went over to my parents.
"Congratulations, Baby!" my mom said, hugging me. She had tears of joy in her eyes.
"Way to go, Bells! I knew you could do it," my dad congratulated.
After saying bye to Angela, my parents and I walked to the car ready to begin my last summer in Forks. Last weekend, my parents had told me that we were going to spend ten days in sunny Miami, Florida. When we got home, I went upstairs to pack the clothes my mom and I had bought specifically for this trip. I went to bed early knowing that I had to be up at 3 am for our 5 am flight out of Port Angeles.
I woke up to that annoying sound that my alarm makes to get me out of my comfortable bed. I groaned as I looked over and saw that it was, in fact, 3 a.m. and Charlie and Renee wanted to be out of the house by 4 a.m.
Once we were at the Port Angeles airport, it was already 5 a.m. We had a flight to catch at 7 a.m. that would take us to Seattle. After checking in our bags and making it through the long security lines, all we had to do was wait. At 6:30 a.m., people started boarding the plane and, pretty soon, we were ready for take off. Once our plane landed in Seattle, we went over towards the departure gate for our 9 a.m. connection flight to Atlanta.
After sitting for a while, waiting for our plane to start boarding, I got up to use the restroom and on my way back to my parents I heard my name.
I turned around, a knee-jerk reaction, only to find that it was just a little girl looking at what the gift shop had to offer. I kept walking as I turned to look for who had called me, not even realizing somebody was in front of me until I walked into them.
"Hey, watch where you're going!" He snapped at me.
I was taken aback by the sudden hostility. "I'm sorry; I wasn't watching where I was going." I stammered.
"Obviously," he said, pushing through the crowd.
"Jerk," was all I could mutter as I watched him storm away.
I felt the tears start to sting my eyes as I decided to head back to the bathroom to calm down. As I splashed the cold water in my face, all I could think about was that that guy had no right to treat me with such hostility. It's not like I had planned on running into him.
I walked meekly back to my parents, keeping my head up the whole way.
As boarding started, they called first class. That was when I saw him standing in line to board the first class cabin. Of course, I thought to myself. Looking away in a huff, I could feel my anger starting to flare up again. All I could think was, I'm glad he's staying in Atlanta while I am on my way to a much needed vacation.
Finally, our zone was called. We boarded the plane, only to find that I would be sitting in front of a single mom with an infant and a toddler. Great, I thought to myself.
Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep on the plane due to a screaming infant that needed to be fed and a toddler who kept kicking my seat. Charlie and Renee were lucky that they were sitting in front of me and didn't have to put up with this.
Since sleep was not an option, I decided to watch the in flight movie, which was Romeo and Juliet, only to find it was the version with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. I preferred the 1968 version, so I quickly lost interest. I remembered I had brought a few things in my carry on to keep me occupied in instances like this, one of them being my favorite book, Wuthering Heights. I decided to read that in hopes of making the time pass by quickly, seeing as how I always lost track of time while reading.
That was a mistake; I sat staring at the same page for hours. The infant behind me had fallen asleep but I seriously considered asking the toddler if he had a serious case of R.L.S. We finally landed in Atlanta, but only had 15 minutes to catch our connection to Miami.
Charlie had decided to go to the bathroom at the airport because the bathrooms on the plane were constantly occupied. Renée and I waited outside of the restroom closest to our arrival gate. When Charlie didn't come out after ten minutes, Renée and I started to get worried that we weren't going to make our connection in time. There were only five minutes left until our flight departed. We decided to head over to our gate in the hope that Charlie would meet us there.
With two minutes left to spare, we saw Charlie finally walking towards us.
Renée was scatterbrained. "Where were you?! I thought you fell in the toilet or something. We were going to leave witho-"
Charlie kept trying to apologize but couldn't get a word in without Renée interrupting so I decided to intervene. "Mom, don't worry about it. He's here now, let's just get on the plane and get going."
"You're right. I'm sorry, I'm just a little anxious."
During the flight, I didn't want to try reading again, so I decided to do a little thinking. I thought back to the Seattle Airport when I accidentally bumped into that gorgeous guy. What?! Bella, what are you thinking? I cannot believe that thought just crossed my mind. I don't even know the guy! Not to mention he treated me like shit.
No matter how hard I tried to convince myself that this guy, whoever he thought he was, was not as gorgeous as I made him out to be, I couldn't stop thinking about him. His eyes were the most shocking shade of green and could put the most flawless emeralds to shame. His bronze hair was styled in utter disarray, making me want to run my fingers through it. His facial features were so strong and chiseled they could give Michelangelo's David a run for his money. Argh!!! Stop Bella!
Nothing could change the fact that he was rude and inconsiderate. That's what I kept trying to tell myself but I couldn't help but remember that, as I was apologizing to him, my face flushed and, while listening to his velvet voice, I realized my heartbeat picked up pace.
All these different emotions were making me tired, so I decided to take a nap. It seemed like I had just fallen asleep when I heard the pilot over the intercom telling us to fasten our seatbelts.
After a day full of travelling, we were finally in Miami.
One more hour until I am a free man. That is what I thought as I drove to my graduation from Nova High School in Seattle, Washington.
The graduation went as expected as all graduations do.
After the ceremony, my sister, Alice, and I were on our way to Tyler Crowley's graduation party. My girlfriend, Tanya, and her friend, Jessica, were going to meet us there. As we drove up to his house, I saw no sign of Tanya's car, so we walked unto the house to begin celebrating my freedom. An hour of loud music and rowdiness had passed and I still had not seen Tanya. I decided to call her but was only greeted by her voicemail. I snuck upstairs to escape some of the noise resonating from the party. I opened one of the doors and was shocked by what I saw: Tanya was straddling the vile Mike Newton. I gasped and slammed the door, but not before Tanya saw me. My blood was boiling as I thought about how Tanya could do that to me.
"Edward, please wait. It's not what you think!"
I turned and snapped at her, "What the hell do you mean it wasn't what I thought it was?"
"He came on to me and-"
"You should have stopped him! How many times are you going to do this to me? If you recall, this isn't the first time you've done this. I have been more that forgiving in the past, but this is the last straw. WE'RE OVER!!!" I turned around, walking back downstairs to look for Alice, ignoring the pleas made by Tanya. I found Alice and drug her outside without a word. We hopped in my Volvo and sped out of there like a bat out of hell.
"Edward, what happened?" Alice asked.
I stayed silent not even comprehending what just happened. As I pulled up the long, winding drive, my phone rang. I looked at the caller I.D. refusing to answer when I saw it read Tanya. I threw the car into park and jumped out. I stormed into the house, slamming the door.
I walked into the house, watching my brother storm up to his room. I had no idea what had just transpired. My mother, Esme, heard the commotion, asking, "What was all that about?"
"I have no idea. One minute I was at Tyler's party, enjoying myself, and the next, Edward is dragging me outside followed by a pleading Tanya."
"Oh my. Do you know what happened between the two of them?"
I just shook my head. I always had a feeling that Tanya and Edward would never work out. Unfortunately, for my brother, he had to find out the hard way.
How could I be so blind? I had caught Tanya kissing a guy on more than one occasion before but, it was merely that: a kiss. I had been nice enough to forgive her after it happened the last time only after making her promise it would never happen again. Who knows how many other guys there have been that I have no idea about?
As I lay in my bed, the only thing keeping me from going insane was the fact that my parents, Carlisle and Esme, had planned a seven day Caribbean cruise for the entire family as my graduation present.
My sister, Alice, and her longtime boyfriend, Jasper and my brother, Emmett, and his fiancée, Rosalie, would be joining my parents and me on this much anticipated vacation. It was planned that each couple would get their own suite and my parents decided to give me my own suite as a gift.
We arrived at the Seattle- Tacoma airport at 7 a.m. for a flight that was leaving for Atlanta at 9 a.m. We took three cars, because Alice and Rose needed as much trunk space as possible for their luggage. Carlisle, Esme, and I were in the Mercedes, Alice and Jasper in her Porsche, and Emmett and Rosalie in his Jeep.
We made it through security with few problems. Some flirty TSA women tried to slip me their numbers, but I simply ignored them.
I was beginning to get restless just sitting, waiting for our plane to come, so I decided to get up and look for some magazines. As I was walking, I was contemplating everything that had transpired in the past 24 hours. I ended up stuck behind a family with kids who could not be controlled. They stopped in the middle of the walkway, so I was waiting for an opening in the crowds to walk thru. Suddenly, I felt somebody run into me. With all I was going through and my patience wearing thin, I was clearly not in the mood to be run into, even if it was an accident, which I'm sure it was.
I still snapped. "Hey, watch where you're going!" I said as I turned around.
"I'm sorry; I wasn't watching where I was going," she stammered.
I was fuming; how could somebody not see another person, clearly standing in front of them?!?!? I stormed off, pushing my way through the crowd, earning some not so nice comments in the process.
After a while, first class got called to board the plane, and my family and I stood to stand in line. I could feel how tense with stress my body was. As we walked on, I noticed the stewardess looking at me. As I passed by her, she said "Hello," in a voice that, I'm sure, was meant to be sexy, and batted her eyes at me. I was simply not in the mood to put up with flirtatious actions. I just nodded at her and took my seat.
Apparently, I wasn't the only one to notice the stewardess' failed attempts at flirting because, as Emmett was walking towards his seat, he said "Hey, Edward, what was with that lady's eyes? It looked like she was having a seizure."
"I was beginning to think she was epileptic," Jasper added.
I just shrugged.
After take off, the fasten seatbelt light turned off and I was soon joined by Alice. She was always in a chipper mood and always up for a shopping excursion.
"So, are you excited for the trip?" she asked.
"What do you plan on doing with the rare free time I plan on granting you?"
I stayed silent.
"Ok, Edward, look, I know you're upset, but it doesn't do any good to hold in all of your emotions. You need to talk eventually and when you decide to, I'll be here to listen."
I looked at my sister, her eyes pleading with desire to know what happened at the party, and decided I should just tell her now, and get it over with.
"After you ran off, I went upstairs to try and escape some of the noise. I opened up one of the bedroom doors and found Tanya straddling Mike Newton," I said his name with such disdain, "in only her bra and underwear."
"What the hell was she thinking?!?!"
"Alice, keep your voice down. I don't want the whole world to know about my now nonexistent love life."
"No!! I will not keep my voice down after what you just said. How could she do this to you?! You have only ever treated her with love and respect. She has no right to go sneaking around with other guys behind your back and make you feel she regretted everything you ever did for her."
"As I was saying, before I was so rudely interrupted…." I said jokingly.
"Sorry about that."
"It's fine. Anyway, after I found them, I slammed the door, heading back downstairs. She tried to follow me to talk to me but I was no longer interested in what she had to say. I'd caught her kissing other guys before, but it was always in public and, certainly, not in only her bra and underwear. She tried to tell me that what I had seen was not what it looked like. She said he came onto her, but I highly doubt that since she was always flirting with other guys trying to get their attention. I managed to get downstairs and find you and the rest is history."
Alice stayed silent for a moment before speaking. "So things between the two of you are over for good, aren't they?"
"Yes. And, now that I think about it, I'm glad. I don't know why I put up with her antics for so long. She was always gallivanting around flirting with every guy she encountered. She never appreciated anything I did for her, whether it be taking her out to dinner or, just simply, showing her affection. I, just now, realized that I never loved her."
"Well good because you don't deserve to be walked all over like an entryway rug."
"I know that now."
After telling Alice everything I had been feeling, I felt better, lighter almost, and the rest of the flight passed in silence.
The fasten seatbelt sign turned on and that same stewardess, who's name, I now know, was Victoria, asked if I needed any help with my seatbelt. She started to move her hands towards my lap but I gently pushed her hands away and said, "No thank you, I've got it."
"Fine," she replied coolly.
After landing, we got off the plane in Atlanta and headed towards our connection gate.
We only had fifteen minutes until our next flight departed. As we walked up to the connection gate, first class was being called, so we didn't have to wait to board the plane.
I sat alone, which I was thankful for, and had more time to reassess my life. On the plus side, I am now out of the hellish environment that is high school and I am going on a much needed weeklong vacation to escape. The downside, I found my girlfriend cheating on me. To make matters worse, she completely denied the whole thing.
I've got to stop thinking about Tanya. I racked my brain for any kind of distraction. My mind wandered back to the girl that ran into me in the airport at Seattle. At the time, I didn't notice, but I now realized how beautiful she was. Her eyes were doe-like and endless pools of brown. Her skin was a gorgeous cream color with a slight tinge of red to her cheeks. She had long, luxurious, mahogany hair that framed her face beautifully.
As I came to my revelation, I realized I had no right to treat her like I did and I'm sure she didn't run into me on purpose. I had never been so disrespectful to someone in my life, let alone a woman. I vowed that if I ever ran into her again, which I doubt I would, I would find some way to make it up to her and hope that she would be kind enough to forgive me.
I decided that listening to music would help pass the time, so I pulled out my iPod, put it on shuffle, and started listening.
Each moment with you
Is just like a dream to me
That somehow came true, yeah
Skip! No way in Hell am I listening to any love songs.
very clear, our love is here to stay
Not for a year but ever and a day
The radio and the telephone and the movies that we know
May just be passing fancies and in time may go
Skip! What is up with all these love songs?
my heart, baby let me be
Cause you don't care, help me, set me free
Finally, something to mimic my emotions.
my heart, baby let me go
Unchain my heart, cause you don't love me no more
Every time I call you on the phone
Some fellow tells me that you're not at home
Unchain my heart, set me free
my heart, baby let me be I'm under
your spell, like a man in a trance, oh yeah Unchain my heart, let me go
Unchain my heart, cause you don't care about me
You got me sewed up like a narrow case
But you let my love go to waste
Unchain my heart, set me free
Oh but you know damn well, that I don't stand a chance
Unchain my heart, you were mean that day
Why lead me through a life of misery
When you don't care a bag of beans for me
Unchain my heart, oh please, let me be
your spell, like a man in a trance, oh yeah
Unchain my heart, let me go
After Unchain My Heart finished, all the songs after that seemed to fit my mood. Before I knew it, the fasten seat belt sign turned on and we began our decent into Miami.
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