Disclaimer: I do not own anything to do with Twilight, it is all the wonderful work of Stephanie Meyer!
My first 'All human' Twilight fic. Please review!
"Angela will you please just stop the car!" Bella begged her best friend.
"Nope," answered Angela casually, her lips emphasising the 'pa' sound.
"I can't do this!" Bella exclaimed loudly.
"Yes you can!"
"No, no I can't, I don't know what the hell I was thinking when I thought that I could come back to this place!"
"Well you were thinking that you're 27 years old now and can handle anything. Even a trip to Forks high!"
Bella and Angela were on their way to their ten year high school reunion. It was only a few hours ago that they had arrived at the airport and had driven to Angela's parents house. They were going to stay there for the next few days while the reunion activities were going on. Bella had reluctantly let her best friend dress her up for tonight. She had wanted to go in her simple black pants and a nice top but Angela would hear nothing of it. She had somehow managed to get Bella into a stunning ocean blue dress, with the shoes and purse to match. And she prided herself on the fact that Bella had only flinched once when she had brought out the eye makeup and curling iron.
"I-I just, I..." Bella struggled to get the words out.
"I know sweetie, you don't want to see him," said Angela softly as she put her foot on the accelerator to make it through the yellow traffic lights. Bella turned her head to pretend to look out the window. She felt the tears form in her eyes as she thought of Edward Cullen, but she refused to let them spill. Angela looked at her best friend and sighed. "Ok Bells" she said as she pulled the car over.
When the engine stopped she unclipped her seatbelt and turned to the sad brunette. "You want to know why I think you should come tonight?"
"Why?" Bella whispered.
"Honestly? Because every time you meet a guy it's hard for you. For some reason you find it really difficult to let them in. It happened with Robert and it happened with Taylor."
"And it's about time it stopped," finished Angela.
"And how exactly is going to the reunion dinner dance tonight going stop that?"
"Well, I think that this is where it all started. Everyday you were scared to come to school because of what he would do to you. I think this is where your distrust of men really began. And to be completely honest, I don't think you've ever really gotten over it."
They both sat in silence for a while as Bella processed this.
"I'm scared of feeling the way I did back then," she eventually admitted, her voice shaking slightly.
"Why? How did you feel?"
Bella smiled unhappily.
"Weak, stupid, ugly, worthless..."
Angela grabbed both of her friend's hands in hers and cut her off.
"But you're not any of those things Bells! And you certainly never were! That was just him taking out his insecurities on you!"
"It's easy for you to be so confident though Ange! You're a successful psychologist and you and Ben will be getting married when he comes back from England. I, on the other hand, have no boyfriend and as of last week I'm also unemployed!" Bella pulled her hands away.
"That's because you're boss fired you because you wouldn't sleep with him! That has nothing to do with you!"
"Really? Because it seems to me that guys tend to think that I'm some brainless slut that they can use!" Bella's voice was getting louder. Angela sighed.
"You know that's not true," she said gently. "But I'll tell you what is, this is something that scares you. And now you have two choices. You can either face it and find out that it's not as bad as you think. Or you can run and hide and continually build up your high school experience as being worse than it really was."
Bella looked out of the windows at the familiar trees of Forks. They seemed so much taller and darker. And she felt so small. This was a feeling that she didn't want to have anymore. After a few moments of silence Bella looked up and smiled at her best friend weakly. "I hate it when you're right," she said softly.
Angela smiled in reply and turned to put her seat belt back on. "Really? 'Cause you know, I rather like it."
Bella cleared her throat nervously as she thought of what it would be like to see Edward Cullen again. No I'm going to make sure I have a good time tonight! And it starts now!
"Do you know why I think you should go tonight?" Bella repeated her friend's question.
Angela smiled widely. "Why?"
"Open bar!" Bella replied as if it was the most obvious answer in the world.
"Damn straight!" laughed her best friend and she started the engine.
I hope you like this story (the beginning is based on one of my other stories for High school Musical, 'People Change', but it will be different). Next chapter she bumps into Edward - literally. Please review I would really love to hear (read) what you think!