AN: Ok, so new story that I'm a bit nervous about. I haven't decided if I'm going to do a lemon in this story yet. I've never published one before so I'm really unsure about it. Let me know what you think about it.
Disclaimer: I own nothing except for my plot.
I tapped my pen on the lunch table impatiently. The faculty meeting was supposed to start ten minutes ago, but of course we're running late. Every year the teachers come in two weeks before the school started for the students. Today was when Principal Meyer stood up on the stage and lectured us about lesson plans, curriculum, and new rules. She also introduced new teachers if there were any and embarrassed the hell out of them. I growled at the awful memory of me six years ago.
My stomach growled again for the hundredth time. Remember to never let Emmett have breakfast duty especially when he was already making food runs for a very pregnant Rose. I laughed to myself remembering the first time I met him.
Emmett was definitely not the stereotypical jock in high school. He liked to read classics and have debates about them with me. He was deeply in love with his girlfriend Rose who was actually a decent person. And he was naturally kind and polite to everyone, which is probably the only reason why we became such good friends during that summer. Actually Emmett is still my best friend… note to self: I need another girl friend.
I was startled from my thoughts from a heavy thud. Emmett collapsed in a chair next to me with a large bag of food. He looked exhausted…
"Rough morning?" I asked peering into the bag pulling out a muffin.
"Rose woke up at five wanting a steak and some watermelon… and we didn't have either. So I drove all the way to Port Angeles where a store was open that early; when I got back, she had eaten two boxes of macaroni." Emmett rubbed his eyes trying to stay awake.
"I'm sorry… thanks for the breakfast. From now on I'll be on breakfast duty. How's the baby?" I pulled out another muffin from the bag.
"Healthy. Happy. Ready to come out," he grumbled.
"Happy? How can you tell if the baby is happy?" I puzzled over it.
"The baby kicks a lot when Rose laughs, so we assume the baby's happy." Emmett was mumbling by now with his face in his hands.
"How about you take a nap, and I'll wake up if something good happens." I patted his shoulder as his head hit the table.
Emmett had been exhausted all summer with the baby coming. He stressed over everything especially since he and Rose decided to wait for the baby to be born to find out the sex. It just made sense to me to find out now, but they wanted it to be a surprise. I ate another muffin while I watched the clock and remembered the first time I had to baby sit Emmett.
I looked up and saw Principal Meyer standing with a group of people. Finally! I turned to shake Emmett from his nap.
"Hey folks, sorry we're running late, but I got a couple of introductions to make. We've got two new teachers this year; I'm all of you has heard about Mr. Mason and Mr. Varner's ….retirement together." I listened to her as I poked Emmett.
"Mr. Jasper Whitlock will be taking over some of the math classes for Mr. Varner." I shook Emmett's shoulder harder as I glanced at the tall lanky blonde male. He was actually quite attractive…
"As for Mr. Mason's replacement, for Biology, we've got Mr. Edward Cullen." My head jerked toward the front of the room as my hand accidentally slapped the waking Emmett in the face.
"Damn it, Bella. What was that for?!" Emmett yelled loudly causing everyone to look at us.
"Ms. Swan, is there a problem?" Mrs. Meyer scolded me.
"No, ma'am." I cowered toward the table to hide my blushing face.
I looked over to see Edward smiling back at me. He was … gorgeous. High cheekbones, strong jaw, tousled copper hair, and piercingly green eyes. I forced my gaze toward the table. When we were younger it always seemed like he was avoiding me, but some time during the past few years it's been me avoiding him, especially since his 21st birthday. I didn't even notice that the meeting was over until Emmett stood up. I saw Edward coming over to us so I mumbled "woman issues" to Emmett and scurried away.
I was cleaning up my classroom, well more like hiding in my classroom. But hey I had no problems with multi-tasking. I was covering up the little portal in my door. I learned a lot in my first year of teaching in Seattle. One of the things was that students get easily distracted, and random students roaming the hallways do not help.
"Oh Bella, I'm home!" Emmett swung my door over knocking me to the ground.
My head felt hazy, and there was a strong throbbing pain on the back of my head. I felt my body being lifted onto a desk, and someone steadying me by my shoulders. My vision cleared, and I was staring into a pair of piercingly green eyes. I watched him as he traced my face and searched my head for injury. I felt his fingers run through my hair, and I had to bite back a moan. I stole away my gaze and realized our position. I was sitting on my desk with Edward standing between legs…. I pushed back the memory that was trying to resurface.
"Emmett's gone to get you some ice, Bella. Can you tell me what you ate this morning?" Edward asked me urgently.
"No nausea, no dizziness, no ringing in my ears, no amnesia, and if you really want to know, three blueberry muffins." I smiled at him.
"What?" Edward tilted his head.
"You were asking if I had a concussion, and I answered. Carlisle asks me the same question every time I see him at the hospital. I'll be fine, but I do have a headache though." I rubbed the back of my head feeling the nod already forming there.
"You always managed to surprise me, Bella." Edward blushed as he looked down.
"You know this is -" I was cut short with the door being pushed softly open.
"Honey Bee? I'm home?" Emmett looked guilty as he held the ice pack to the back of head. I always felt bad when he looked at me like that even though he used my work-wife name. Edward stepped back from our position, and I felt the tension lessen.
"I'm alright Pooh..." I smiled my best at him.
"Bella is my work-wife, and I'm her work-husband. When I first started here, rumors were flying around that Bella here was my mistress. I found it hilarious while someone didn't…. Honey Bee is my wife-y name for her." Emmett told Edward when he made an odd face.
"And you're named after… feces?" Edward said trying to hold back a smile.
"No! See Bella that's why I don't like that name! She named me after Winnie the Pooh because of my 'bear-like qualities.' So she calls me Pooh Bear." Emmett grumbled and pointed at me.
"It's not my fault people think that I'm referring to poop…" I laughed at him. "It's your own fault anyways; I had seniors calling me Honey Bee all year that year so you deserve it. I had to give them detentions remember…"
"Yeah I remember, and I remember some of those kids kept getting those detentions on purpose. They finally stopped when I made them write five pages on respect. One time I even ordered pizza because they took so long." Emmett was still holding the ice pack to the back of my head, and I could feel the water dripping down my neck.
"Alright Em, I think I'm good. Thanks for the ice." I scooted off the desk and stretched. "Here I'll take it back to the lounge." I grabbed the pack from Emmett as I watched him stare at Edward.
They were having a silent conversation; all the Cullens did this… I threw the pack into the freezer in the teacher's lounge. It was weird at first being back here at Forks High. Most of all the teachers were still here from when I came here for rest of my junior and senior year. But hardly any of them knew me then so it was an easy adjustment compared to what Emmett went through. I walked silently back toward my room when I heard them whispering.
"I thought you were going to tell her." Edward muttered to Emmett.
"Well I got caught up and I forgot." Emmett fired back.
"Why does she always - " Edward stopped talking when my shoe squeaked against the newly waxed floor.
"You know, I like the name 'Toby' for a boy… Rosie doesn't like it. She says 'Toby' is the name of the awkward kid sitting in the corner." Emmett scratched the back of his head like he was concentrating on the name.
"Uh, I've got to do inventory on a lab full of chemicals… so I'll see you later." Edward quickly left the room leaving me and Emmett.
"Race you to the book room!" Emmett ran out into the hallway with me still standing in the awkward space. I turned to follow Emmett when I saw it… the small folded piece of paper laying on the desk.
Bella held her breath as she watched the second hand slowly tick. In a just a few seconds it'll finally be summer. She'll get to sleep in, read all day, and hangout with… no one. Moving in the middle of the semester was the worst idea possible. Forks was an extremely small town where everyone knew everybody's business. When she decided to move back here to live with Charlie because of her mother's new marriage, everyone already knew. Instead of asking "why'd you mover here?" kids were asking "Did you not like your stepfather?" or "Did Phil make you move here?" She wondered how they even knew Phil's name? But Phil was a great guy; he made Renee happy. It just made sense to move giving them space to be newlyweds.
Bella jumped from her seat as the bell rang and exited the school with the crowds of students. She followed her normal route home. She was watching her feet avoiding the mud puddles when she ran into someone… Emmett Cullen. He seemed to be the stereotypical popular guy. He was athletic, cute, and charming, had a contagious laugh, and his girlfriend Rosalie Hale was the prettiest girl in school.
"I'm sorry I wasn't paying attention." She moved to step around him.
"Wait, I'm Emmett Cullen." He held out his hand.
"I know… oh, Bella Swan." Bella replied wondering what was going on.
"I know." He smiled at her. "I was wondering if you could do me a big favor." He asked.
"What is it?" She asked knowing this had to be some sort of joke.
"Could you baby-sit me this summer? Well my sister Alice…. No, actually you would be babysitting me too." He said seriously.
"What?" She laughed.
"Well, I'm not allowed to be alone this summer because I'm irresponsible. So I need someone to watch over me… you are the best solution." He rubbed the back of his head as he told her.
"You want me to come over to your house to baby-sit you for the whole summer?" Bella asked him incredulously. He nodded eagerly. "Emmett, you don't know me. You've never even spoken to me before."
"Actually that's not true. On your second day, I said hello to you at lunch, but you completely ignored me." He laughed.
"No I didn't… did I? Oh, I'm so sorry." She apologized.
"No worries, I don't blame you. I understand that the relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine can get pretty intense. But that's why I like you." Emmett told her not joking.
"You know Wuthering Heights?" she asked him surprised.
"Yeah, Bronte's alright, but I'm more of a… Charles Dickens type of guy. Ooohh, wait! Chaucer, definitely." Emmett smiled at me.
"Wait, why don't you ask Rosalie?" She asked.
"Well, number one, she'd say no. Number two, I don't want her to ask her. And number three, because she'd probably break up with me after spending all that much time with me." He listed off with his fingers.
"Alright I'll do it, but I have to ask my dad first."
AN: What time do highschools start in your area? I'm just curious.....
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