AN: Long time coming but it was needed. Also in conjunction with a new chapter of To Be Without, check it out! Thanks for the support, hope you all enjoy. :D
The thought of finally being out of high school was a distant dream months ago, but now I am done. I have my diploma, without a ceremony but I'm fine with that, and I can go on with my life. I had to speak to my guidance counselor before I could officially get my diploma for some ungodly reason, but I followed orders and went down to the school, five days before school was to actually start.
"Well Willa, I can't say I'm sad to see you go." The old Mrs. Hutch said with a sigh as she stared at me across her desk.
"Yeah, me either." I said with a smile.
She shook her head. "I have to tell you about your options after this, so just sit there and look interested." She said just before she started rattling things off for college. I didn't much care and just stared at her blankly. I had already done this. And for Claire too. "Got it?" She finally asked.
"Yep, college good, drugs bad." I said with a nod and reached for my diploma.
She rolled her eyes again before handing me the paper. "Congratulations Willa, you're free to join the world. God help us all." She groaned.
As soon as the paper touched my skin, I bolted. I ran out of the school and into the parking lot with the joyful cries of only someone who never had to step foot on school property against their will again. I ran out and leapt into Seth's arms, who caught me easily.
"Take me away from this place." I ordered.
He laughed at me and carried me to the passenger side of his car. "Of course, my lady." He said smiling. He opened the door easily and dropped me into the seat.
I watched him walk around the car, trying not to imagine him without his shirt on because I didn't need to be horny when I went home to the impending party that was there. "Do you want to change before we go to Emily's?"
I looked down at my outfit. I was in just jeans and hoodie. I would probably need to change to avoid Nessie and Alice dragging me away and forcibly removing my clothes and replacing them with 'appropriate attire' for this party of mine.
"Yeah," I grumbled.
Seth chuckled at me. He already looked good, so he didn't need to worry. He drove me back home and when I got there only Jeff was home.
Seth came in with me and went straight to the kitchen while Jeff was lounging on the couch, watching TV, looking dressier than normal. "Dad, can I pay you to hide me?" I asked pleadingly.
"With the money I gave you?" He asked with a raised brow, not looking away from the TV.
"Yes?" I said hopefully.
"Nice try, Alice came by earlier and left an outfit on your bed." He said as he motioned flippantly to the stairs.
"Really?" I yelled, stomping a little. I was going to make the conscious effort to look presentable without her.
I stomped up the stairs and went to my room. Claire was at Emily's getting ready for the party with practically everyone else which left Seth and Jeff on babysitting duty to make sure I actually went to the party.
On my bed was a red dress, squared at the shoulders that was just longer than mid-thigh. There was a pair of chunky black, suede heels and some makeup next to the dress organized in order of how they would be applied. I groaned and got to work.
I was ready about thirty minutes later, I did look really good but I still would have liked to have picked my own outfit. I went down the stairs and Seth and Jeff were waiting for me.
"Don't you look like a proper young woman." Jeff said with a smile.
"Don't go all mushy on me, okay." I ordered.
"Wouldn't dream of it." He said with a wink.
I rolled my eyes and walked out of the house with the both of them on my tail. I had to sit in the back while Seth sat up front with my father as we drove to Emily's. When we got there, there were only a few cars but that really didn't mean much since I knew almost all of the people there had super abilities so the number of cars had no reflection on how many people would be there.
I groaned and got out of the Jeep. Jeff went in ahead of us and Seth pulled me to the side. "I know you're going to hear this a thousand times, but I really am proud of you and you should be proud of yourself too." He told me, his big eyes looking a little teary.
I sniffled and blinked attempting to hide any tears that might be creeping up. I wrapped my arms around him and hugged him tight. "Thanks Seth." I muttered.
"Now go in there and be happy." He said pushing me toward the door.
I stumbled up to the front door and barely caught myself before the door opened to show Nessie and Alice waiting. I received a group hug from the both of them while everyone else yelled out their hellos and congratulations.
I was passed around the room for assorted hugs and other physical assaults. Seth than pulled me into a seat between him and Jeff and handed me a plate of food. I got to eat a little before twenty questions started.
"So what colleges have you applied to?" Carlisle asked politely. I really didn't like being sarcastic to him because he was really polite all the time and it just wasn't fun so I just shrugged.
"Haven't decided yet." I said simply, looking over at Claire. We already planned to go to a local college but we both decided to announce it together.
"Well what ones were you looking at?" Rosalie asked. Sarcasm was fair game on her.
"The ones with classes on drug trafficking. It's a fond hobby of mine." I answered dryly.
Rosalie just rolled her eyes and turned back to Nessie.
Nessie started blabbing about her time at Dartmouth and whatever else she found pleasing. I kinda tuned it out because I was a little jealous that I was going to be staying in Washington while she got to go where ever she wanted thanks to Jake the traveling werewolf. Seth stayed close by me and made any jealousy hard to retain since he made up for everything I might be missing out on.
I was finishing telling Lena the pros and cons of becoming a stripper when someone knocked on the door. The fact that someone was knocking was amazing since almost everyone I knew just kind of barged in whenever they like because of mind reading abilities or super hearing. Paul opened the door, looking a little smug and when the door opened to show Dana and who I presumed to be her boyfriend.
He was tall and lanky with very pale skin and dark curly hair. For a white kid, he was pretty good looking. But I really wasn't going to worry about that too long because my sister was back and that meant I might get my car back. I ran at her and hugged her tightly.
"You came." I whispered.
"Why not, it's a big day?" She laughed.
Out of the corner of my eye I could see Quil with a knowing look as he pushed Claire to her feet and toward our general direction. I reached out and grabbed her as quickly as I could and pulled her into the hug.
Dana accepted Claire into the hug easily and we stayed, hugging one another for a while.
"This is nice." Dana murmured.
I felt out father walk up and wrap his arms around all of us and before I knew it, it had formed another group hug. Those who had air laughed while I tried to breathe again. When we all separated we were standing in arm's length of our perspective imprinters, looking at Dana's poor boyfriend.
"Is this him?" I asked Dana, pointing at him bluntly.
Dana groaned. "It was going so well." She muttered as she put her face in her hand.
Jeff walked over to him and offered a hand. "Jeff Asher, Dana's father." He introduced himself cordially. I'm sure he was excited to have his daughter dating a human rather than a werewolf, or possibly a vampire.
"Hello, I'm Wes." The poor boy responded, sounding a little shaky.
I felt Seth lean down as he resting his hands on my shoulders. "Be nice. She likes him, or else she wouldn't have brought him." He whispered to me.
"That doesn't mean I like him." I muttered back.
"It means you'll try or I'll carry you out in the not so pleasant fashion." He responded firmly.
I huffed and didn't say anything else. It wasn't like anyone would stop him.
Everyone was introduced to the boyfriend and the cover stories were used. I could tell Dana was relieved that we all fell into our roles easily. Dad was smitten with Wes since he was majoring in automotive sciences. He did well with most of the guys and almost all of the girls were quick to treat him well.
"He's skinny." I complained to Dana when she asked what I thought of him.
"That really shouldn't concern you since I'm the one that sees him naked." She said with narrowed eyes.
I tried not to gag at the thought. "But what if he needs to protect you." I pointed out.
"I have a black belt." She said rolling her eyes.
"That's not the point." I argued.
"Willa, stop it, he is very important to me, so there better be a real reason why you don't approve." She told me angrily, using her logic on me again.
"Its weird, a normal regular relationship." I said honestly.
She laughed. "I know, I don't know what to do with it either." She said shaking her head.
Claire walked up next to us looking nervous. "So when did you want to announce?" She asked, leaving off a word I knew she wanted to say.
"Oh, that." I said offhand.
"What?" Dana asked suspiciously.
"Nothing life threating or ending." I said easily, rolling my eyes at her.
I walked over to an empty chair at the back of the living room, looking over the rest of the room and stood on it. A few people were looking at me like I was nuts but not everyone, so I whistled loudly.
"Thank you for your undivided attention." I said loudly.
Everyone stopped what they were doing and looked at me expectantly.
"Alright, Claire and I have an announcement to make." I said to the group of eager eyes.
I looked down to Claire, who was close to blushing, to supplement. "We are going to college next semester, together." She said without completely falling all over herself.
There were was a round of applause and some clapping and even some cheering from Quil and Seth I'm sure. Claire completely blushed as Dana hugged her again and I rolled my eyes at the commotion until Seth rushed up to me and threw me over his shoulder for an awkward congratulation.
I had to laugh then and laughed for a while until everything stilled and Seth put me down and I was faced to the front door opened to my mother.
She was holding a brightly colored bag and a remorseful smile. I felt Seth's arm tightly grasp me and I knew Willa and Claire were near with each of their significant others around them. Wes had enough of an understanding of what was happening to stick himself to Dana's side.
I wanted to say something but before I could, my father pushed through us, looking stern. "You always knew how to crash a party Hannah." He said casually, making her confidence falter.