Hello good people of Earth. Yes, I am still here! Woo! Sorry, I would've updated sooner but I've been really busy-not to mention my computer was down for about two, three months. Yeah, it was a very traumatic experience. Anyway, enjoy!

Playlist For Chapter:

See You Again-Year One (I like this version betterJ

Your Man-Down With Webster

Chapter 3--Human Contact

"You guys really do look great," I repeated for the billionth time as Rose and Alice ran around the apartment frantically, trying to make sure not one hair was out of place on their severely hair-sprayed heads.

Rose sighed as she shot me a look. "Don't even try to hide your smirk Bells-you know if Emmett grew balls and asked you, you would be just as excited as we are," she said with raised eyebrows, digging around in Alice's purse for lip gloss.

I rolled my eyes. "Dude, I haven't seen Emmett in a week-he didn't exactly get a chance to ask me…If that thought ever occurred to him anyway," I tacked on the end, being my modest and slightly paranoid self. What if he didn't ask me on purpose and I have to live with this crush until I can get over it? Aw, that's gonna suck.

"Oh please Bella, he could've asked Edward for my number to ask me for your number," Rose said impatiently, waving her hand dismissively. "He wanted to-he was just didn't for whatever unknown reason. I mean, clearly, he had the sources," she said.

"Hey Rose, one of your curls fell out," I told her dryly, sending her into a flurry of waving hands as she ran as fast as she could into Alice's room to have her fix her hair. They both really did look good in their, long, elegant dresses and hair all made up. They were going to one of the Academy's annual dinner things and Jasper and Edward, of course, invited them to come along. Their family's are going and it's a huge dance type thing in their banquet hall. It's not really my style but I may have sucked it up if…No. Not going to think about that. I am getting over this.

"You liar, my hair looks perfect," Rose accused as she and Alice walked back into the room.

I sighed. "My bad," I said sarcastically as she made a face at me.

"You sure you don't want to come Bella? Jasper said he had a couple of extra seats since his parents couldn't make it-he said you could come," Alice offered for the millionth time.

"No, I don't want to be a third wheel or anything," I told her. Again.

"You wouldn't be," she muttered to herself loudly. "Just call if you get lonely-I guess it wouldn't be as bad if Chris didn't have to go to that thing with Jenny but really, we'll have a girl's night if you want instead," she offered.

I shook my head. "You guys go. It's really not a big deal," I told them. It's just a juvenile crush-nothing ever happened. I mean, yeah, I may still have his sweatshirt and I might think about the guy occasionally but that could be said of a best friend or even a cousin…right? Oh Lord, I am pathetic.

"Alright, we'll see you later Bella," Rose said with a grin-not being able to help her excitement. She loved these things.

"Yep. See ya when you get back," I said before they shut the door behind them. Now what?



"I. Hate. My. Life."

"Oh stop whining," Kate said, rolling her eyes as she smacked my arm.

I glared at her. "You stop whining," I shot back. Mature, right?

"Why didn't you just ask her? I heard you and Jasper talking-you could've just called her during allowed hours," she told me dubiously.

"Well, I would've but you remember when I got in trouble because I…uh…," I trailed off, noticing my Mom's steady gaze, leveling me down. "You know, because of that thing, in the place…with those guys?" I offered Kate, smiling sheepishly.

Recognition dawned on her face as she looked at me and then sheepishly at Mom. "Yeah, I remember you telling me about that," she nodded.

"Well, they took away my normal privileges and stuff like that for the week-I just got my phone back before this thing started," I told her, trying not to sound too depressed. I really wanted to see Bella again before they left back to Forks and weren't as close anymore.

"Oh," Kate said, grimacing slightly. "That sucks, little bro," she said.

"It does, doesn't it?" a slightly familiar soprano voice chimed behind me. My sister and I both turned around to be met with Alice and Rosalie, both had hands on their hips and indignant looks on their faces. It was kind of freaky.

"Hey guys," I said, my eyebrows pulled together. "Kate, this is Alice and Rosalie. Alice, Jasper's girlfriend and Rosalie is Edward's," I introduced quickly.

"Hi," Kate said cautiously, her eyebrows raised as she looked back and forth.

"It's nice to meet you," Alice said, smiling quickly before looking back at me, expression back in place. "Why didn't you invite Bella?!" she squeaked angrily, narrowing her eyes at me.

My eyes widened as they darted back and forth between them. I was not expecting an ambush. "I didn't mean to-I mean, I wanted to but I couldn't-"

"-What do you mean 'you couldn't?'" Rosalie asked, using air quotes as she glared at me. "Because it looks like just about everybody else found time to invite someone," she said angrily.

"No, trust me, I wanted to I just…," I trailed off, looking away and shaking my head. I freaked out. I have a problem with rejection. I got my cell phone taken away. I like her way more than I'm willing to admit even though I only talked to her twice. How about all of the above? "I'm an idiot," I groaned, letting my head slam against the table, just hard enough to get my point across.

Rosalie and Alice sighed as Kate patted my back sympathetically…more like pathetically. "Sorry Emmett, we just thought you two would be great together. I guess we shouldn't just assume things," Alice said apologetically.

I looked up, my eyes wide. "You guys think I don't like her?!" I asked incredulously. Is that what I'm coming off as? Shit! "I just couldn't use my phone the entire week and by the time I realized that I just could've asked Jasper or Edward to call for me it was too late. I already gave my Mom all my extra tickets so Kate and Garrett could come," I told them.

"That's the only reason you didn't ask her, right?" Rosalie asked, her and Alice smiling hugely now.

"Well yeah, other than the fact that I was scared shitless," I told them, my eyes wide.

"Emmett!" Mom warned across the table, sounding completely appalled. Whoops.

"I got it Ma," Kate said easily, whacking me in the back of my head before I duck it.

"Shit Kate," I muttered under my breath. That really freak'n hurt.

"Oh, suck it up," she grunted back, rolling her eyes.

"As adorable as this family moment is, I believe you have something you should be doing right now," Alice said, looking at me pointedly.

"Like…?" I trailed off, hoping she would just tell me.

"Here," she said, shoving her little pink phone into my hands. "Have a ball-just make sure I get it back by the end of tonight," she said before they both walked away.

"What the hell was that about?" Garrett asked me as he sat back down, watching Alice and Rosalie walk away with a confused expression on his face. "Want some?" he asked, offering me his plate which was filled with peanuts. Random much?

"No, I'm good," I said, flipping open the phone and scanning through the number. I will definitely have to thank them later.



I sighed as I pulled my popcorn out of the microwave. I totally didn't think this was going to be as boring as it really is-but I'm wrong. Suddenly, my phone buzzed in my pocket and I whipped it out, glancing at the screen before flipping open the phone: Alice. "Finally! Human contact!" I exclaimed in the empty apartment. I'm lonely, okay?

What ya do'n?

I raised my eyebrows. That's not Alice. Alice is psycho about grammar in texting for some reason and this person…it's just not her.

Depends. Who am I talking to?

Just making sure it wasn't some psycho, serial killer or something.


Well that helps.

Do I know you?

Now that information would definitely help.


Alright then, thank you nameless person for the very detailed answer.

Can I have a hint?

That would definitely be helpful.

If you get cold you can have my sweater as long as you sit on my lap.

My jaw dropped and my eyes practically bugged out of my head.


I'm not even going to bother trying to hide the face that I'm excited.

The one and only. What are you up to?

I wrinkled my nose. Nothing interesting.

Nothing. Aren't you supposed to be at a ball or something?

Yep, I try to sound nonchalant.

Yeah, but it's boring because you're not here.

Aw, that is just cute.

Sorry, my ball gown's at the dry cleaners.

If only.

You can come anyway.

I raised my eyebrows.

You're kidding right? I'm in jeans and a t-shirt.

And that is not attractive.

I don't care. Come on Bells. Please??

I bit my lip. I am so stupid.

Fine-but you owe me.

So, so stupid.

You'll really come?!

Well now that you use an exclamation point…

Why not? I already broke into the place-why not crash their party?

So stupid.



I'm an idiot. I'm an idiot. I'm an idiot. "How the hell am I supposed to get in there?" I asked myself, staring at the huge building in front of me. I bit my lip and walked around the perimeter, cringing into my sweatshirt as the wind hit my cheek. Wait a second…Oh. My. God. I'm wearing Emmett's sweatshirt. This is going to be so embarrassing. I finally found a side door and pried it open, slipping inside to the warm and brightly lit room…filled with formally dressed people, buzzing around and talking excitedly as people danced in the center. Fan-tastic.

I leaned against the wall, hands in my pockets as I tried-unsuccessfully-to blend in. Two blonde girls walked by just then, smiling condescendingly before walking passed and bursting into laughter. Fuck it.

I pushed myself off the wall and began to walk through the crowd, scanning tables for anyone familiar while I ignored all the weird looks I was getting. "Um, excuse me," someone asked, tapping my shoulder. I turned around to find a man and a woman, probably in their late twenties smiling widely at me. The woman had curly brown hair and was wearing a long black dress. The man standing next her-I'm guessing her husband-had shaggy dark hair and laugh lines around his eyes.

"Hi," I said cautiously, still self conscious in my jeans. Bad idea.

"Are you looking for Emmett?" she asked me, pursing her lips slightly.

"Uh, yeah," I said, slightly surprised that she knew I was here-that is until I remembered that I was wearing his sweatshirt and on the back 'McCarty' was written in big ass letters for the whole world to see.

"He's just straight ahead. Just shove passed all these losers and you'll find him," she said easily, smiling at me.

I grinned back slightly, still confused as to who this was. "Thanks," I said before turning around and taking her advice-maybe a little too literally but after that douche stepped on my foot he deserved a little push. I finally broke through the crowd and found a huge group of table in front of me-and there was Emmett. Facing away from his table as he eyes scanned the crowd in front of him. "Bow chicka wow wow," I cat called, loud enough for him and maybe a few other people to hear me. His head shot up and his eyes connected with mine, filled with laughter as he stumbled-literally-out of his chair.

"Hey Bells," he said, grinning as he approached. He looked…good. He was wearing what I would come to think of as dress blues. "I'm glad you came," he said as he pulled me into a tight hug. "It was so boring until now," he told me, grinning down at me.

"Oh, I didn't believe it was that bad before but now…," I said, looking around pointedly. "I can definitely see how this can be suckish. I mean, no one has a sense of humor anymore-do you know how many disapproving looks I've gotten since I've been here?" I asked him mockingly.

He grinned as he looked at what I was wearing in a quick up and down motion. "I think you beautiful," he said, taking my hand and spinning me around.

"Thank you," I said as I laughed. "Nice phone by the way," I added, nodding towards the familiar pink phone in his hand-the one that still wasn't holding mine.

"Oh yeah, I should probably give this back now…," he trailed off, turning around to search the tables. "Oh, found'em," he said before leading me forward. When I finally saw the table where Rose, Edward, Alice and Jasper were sitting I stopped him and took the phone, winking at him before approaching Alice behind her back.

I put my finger to my lips as everyone but my victim noticed me and they continued to talk as I crept up behind her back. I was right behind her when I leaned forward, so my face was directly behind her and loudly yelled, "You son of a bitch!"

She jumped, about three feet in the air, before whirling around, her hand on her chest as she stared at me with wide eyes and the rest of the table cracked out. "Jesus Christ Bella!" she exclaimed, smacking me before snatching her phone. "You su…What are you wearing?!" she burst out, her eyes wide as she stared at my clothes.

"Exactly the same thing I was before you left," I told her. Dur.

She let out a groan and Rose just rolled her eyes. "You know, I should've been more prepared for this. I can normally see things like this coming," she told me, obviously over it.

"Sorry, I fill out a form next time," I told her seriously.

"You be sure to do that," she replied, just as serious, before we both burst out laughing.

"Hey Bells, you wanna go dance?" Emmett asked, swinging an arm over my shoulders.

"Why not?" I said, taking his hand and leading him into the sea of people. He lightly placed both hands on my hips and I wrapped my arms around his neck, pulling us closer together.

"Thanks for coming," he said softly, our heads coming closer together as he leaned down.

"Thanks for inviting me," I told him quietly. This is so much better than being home alone.

"You do know I wanted to ask you right?" he asked, his eyes searching my face for who knows what as I looked up in surprise.

"Really?" I asked, trying to fight the smile that was viciously spreading across my face.

"Yeah. It's just that my Officer took away my phone and I didn't even think about asking Edward or Jasper to-"

"-Thank you Em," I repeated, interrupting him with a huge smile and a tight hug that we never really moved out of as we swayed back and forth to whatever song was playing just then. I leaned my head on his chest-because that's just about as high as I reached-and I could feel his chin on my head.

"Why do you have to go back to stupid Forks? I never see you as it is," he mumbled dejectedly as I laughed at his tone. "What? You think it's funny that I'm stuck in this hell hole?" he asked, narrowing his eyes playfully at me.

"Just a little bit," I admitted, wrinkling my nose at him.

"Well then," he said indignantly, hugging me to him either way.

"Bella," Rosalie's voice suddenly called behind me. I turned around just as she and Alice approached, looking apologetic. "Sorry, we just wanted to tell you that we're leaving now if you wanted to follow us back to the apartment," Rose told me with a slight grimace, knowing that I was reluctant to leave but had to anyway-we're leaving tomorrow morning.

I sighed. "I'll be out in a minute guys," I told them. They nodded and hurried off as I turned back to Emmett. "Sorry," I apologized.

"It's alright, I had fun for about an hour anyway," he added with a small smile. "See you later Bells," he said softly, leaning down to give me a swift kiss on the cheek. He turned to walk back towards his table without a word but looked back when I called after him.

"Sweatshirt?" I asked, pointing at it.

He grinned and just shook his head at me before turning and disappearing into the crowd. Good. I didn't want to give it back anyway.

"Nice outfit," some girl sneered as she and her date walked by.

I made a face at them. "Shove it."

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