The Project.

"So… you'll come over after school, right?" Jake's voice was anxious.

"Hey, I said I would, didn't I? Don't worry Jake, I'll help you with your trig homework. I'll be there at 4. Relax" I smiled.

"Thanks Kris, you're the best…" he laughed relieved.

"Yeah, I know…" I said a bit smug, pulling on my jacket and heading for my jeep. It was very cold and it looked like rain was on its way. I sighed. Rain always seemed to make me feel a bit depressed. Sigh.

"Hey! How about a movie after that?" Jake's voice was excited.

"Jake, IT'S A SCHOOL NIGHT!!!! We can't just…" I began to argue.

"Ok, ok BAD IDEA! Sorry" he cut me off, there was a hint of panic on his voice. He knew me way too well and probably did said this knowing I would freak out. "Maybe on Saturday then… geeesh…- he laughed his cheerful laugh.

"Sure, sure" I mocked him, shaking my head. I smiled to myself while I fastened my seatbelt and placed my key in the ignition. My jeep roaring to life. The sound was soothing. I totally loved it.

"Hey, that's my line" he growled playfully. I imagined his face and laughed.

"Not anymoooooore. Bye Jake" I sang to the cell phone.

"Bye…" he chuckled and hung up. I shut my cell phone and began driving to school. I looked out the window. GREAT! Thick, gray clouds covered the sky. I finally made it to the school's parking lot and my stomach gave a lurch once I spotted a silver shiny Volvo parked at the beginning of the right corner. I shook my head.

I continued to look for a place to park. I still had 15 minutes to spare and half of the parking lot was empty. I had enough time to find a good spot. Away as possible from the silver Volvo I thought to myself and smiled wryly.

I found one at the far end of the line. Perfect. And got out of my Jeep. UGH!, it started to pour AGAIN. I hurried as fast as I could trough the parking lot all the way to the biology building, cursing because id forgotten my umbrella. Damn it!

I was completely soaked when I made it to the roof of the red building. I groaned out loud once I noticed that I'd forgotten my bio project in my jeep. What's wrong with you Kris? I had to go back again. Great!

Mad, I threw my backpack on the wet floor and raced back to my jeep as fast as I could. My tennis shoes were making squishy noises and my socks were soaked. I really need a good pair of boots.

When I finally made it to the jeep, I opened the door and grabbed the thick manila envelope and tried covering it with my way-too-wet jacket, protecting it from the rain. I worked really hard on it last night that I didn't intend on ruining it with raindrops.

"An artifact became very popular during the 16th century; it prevented anyone from getting wet as a stray dog…" A velvety voice purred from behind me, my heart skipped a beat and then began drumming out of control. "Perhaps you've heard of it? It's called an UMBRELLA" he chuckled.

I turned around and saw the most beautiful creature under a dark umbrella with a crooked mocking smile staring at me: EDWARD CULLEN. I caught my breath. Breathe. I reminded myself. I stared at him for a few seconds. Why is he talking to me? He looks like he's in a good mood. How strange. I shook my head.

Then I remembered something: he irritated me to death with his constant mood swings and it bothered me that every time he spoke to me, I felt utterly stupid and slow… Besides, he got mad at me for some really strange reason 2 weeks ago and totally ignored me in biology class ever since.

"I forgot mine at home" I said annoyed and snapped my jeep's door a bit too harsh than necessary and walked past him, avoiding eye contact. He chuckled softly.

"I could lend you mine…" he said courteously, a smile hidden in his voice. He was on my side, placing his umbrella on top of my head, blocking the fat rain drops that already had me soaked. It did feel nice to be sheltered from the rain. But as always, I was way to hard-headed to give in.

"No thank you" I said through my teeth and got from under the umbrella and continued walking faster. I blushed a bit. Great.

In two long strides he was completely in front of me, stopping and looking intently at me. I stopped on my tracks, avoiding to crash into him. "But… you'll get wet" he said serious this time, astonishment touching his comment. I quickly glanced at his face, it was sort of upset.

"In case you haven't noticed, I'm already SOAKED!- I said acidly, avoiding his gaze again and continued walking faster, he chuckled. I was still kind of far from the roof where I left my back pack. I cussed.

He was on my side in less than a second. "Well, the only one responsible if you get sick will be yourself…. I tried" he sighed. He shook his head in amusement, closed the umbrella and let the rain fall on his beautiful honey glazed hair, he was soaked in seconds. I stared at him dumbstruck.

"What are you doing?" I asked irritated, slowing my walk and looking at his beautiful face for the first time in weeks. He smiled at me and I held my breath again. He had the most beautiful smile I have ever seen. I felt a lurch in my stomach and my knees shook. I blushed.

"Well… unlike you, I do enjoy the rain" he laughed softly and his hands ran swiftly across his wet hair, sweeping it away from his beautiful butterscotch eyes. Breathe. I shook my head. He just stared at me, amused. Hmm. His eyes are clearer than last week I guess he's in a better mood.

"Wont YOU get sick?" I asked skeptically, raising my eyebrows.

"I really doubt it" he flashed his perfect white teeth at me while he smiled, I felt a shiver. We were already under the dry roof of the building. I grabbed my backpack, and made my way to bio class, Edward at my side, equaling my pace.

"You should get a towel for your hair" he said with a bit of concern. Why did he care all of a sudden?

"I'm fine, healthy as a horse" and then I sneezed.

"Exactly" he said, and a second later, he was swiftly tolling me to the nurse's office, I barely had a chance to notice what he was doing, when all of a sudden, I had a really warm fuzzy towel on my hands.

"Dry your hair up" he said amused. Then he looked down at the puddle made by my soaked clothing, I felt embarrassed. He shook his head disapprovingly, held out his cell phone and dialed very quickly "Alice…" he said and continued talking in a low whisper, I couldn't hear anything he said, I thought he was probably pretending to speak to someone, but I wasn't sure.

"You should have taken my umbrella" he said while putting his phone away, eyeing me while I tried controlling the chatter of my teeth. I was beginning to feel a bit sick. There was concern in his eyes. Is he worried about me? No. Don't flatter yourself Kristen. Snap out of it.

"It's late, we should be in class" I said and began walking out of the nurse's office, he grabbed my jacket "You better change your clothing, you will get pneumonia if you don't" his tone was disapproving.

"Well… I totally forgot to bring an extra change… though" I said with a bit of sarcasm. He glowered at me, I glowered back. Who does he think he is? Then, he cocked his head to the side, relaxed his gaze and smiled.

"Hey Edward! Emmet asked me to remind you that you better make it for dinner" Alice silvery voice sounded behind me, I turned around to look at her, she was standing on the doorway of the nurse's office. I saw her wink at him. He grimaced. "Kris. Here. I hope they fit" She smiled at me, I just stared at her. She handed me a huge-brown paper bag and grinned at Edward before she danced away to her class. "Bye bro".

I looked at Edward puzzled and the corners of his lips twitched. I looked down at the bag I held on my hands. With a quick glance, I saw that clothing were in there. A pair of DRY blue jeans and a long sleeved cotton shirt. White socks, underwear *embarrassing* and converse tennis shoes.

I looked at Edward wide eyed, he smiled sheepishly "I called Alice so she could bring you something to change, she was on her way here anyways" He said timidly. I began to blush. "Please go change, before you get worse" his voice was soft.

I blinked twice, speechless. Then I shivered and decided that I was in no position on arguing, so I headed for the girls bathroom, changed as quickly as I could and smiled to myself, I would thank Alice later, without Edward knowing.

I frowned again, why was he being so nice all of a sudden? That was very strange. I shook my head in disbelief, put all of my wet clothes in a plastic bag that was folded neatly all the way to the bottom of the big paper bag, and looked at my self in the mirror. The clothing fitted perfectly, as is they were my own. I pulled my still-damped hair into a tight pony tail and left the bathroom.

"Perfect fit" Edward's voice soothed my ears. He took me all in with his gaze. I shivered again, but not because I was cold. Every time he looked at me, I felt a wave of excitement. Edward is still here? He's waiting for me? Wow… Enough! Snap out of it! I shook my head.

"Thanks" I murmured embarrassed. I glanced at the clock on the wall and panicked. "Mr. Molina is going to penalize me for arriving almost 15mins late!" I groaned, he looked at me, smiling.

"You worry too much, I already asked the nurse to write a note for you explaining that you had to stop by and change, other wise, you could catch pneumonia" he smile triumphantly. OF COURSE HE GOT A NOTE FROM THE NURSE, HE ALWAYS GOT AWAY WITH IT!! I shook my head again.

"What?" he asked, amused. A beautiful crooked smile on his perfect full lips.

"Why are you being so nice to me all of a sudden?" I asked shyly, blushing.

"It's my way of apologizing for the other day. I was very rude to you" he said simply. His eyes sincere. I gulped loudly. He smiled.

"Hmm…" I said to myself. His eyes grew interested. "You know? Your constant mood swings are very irritating. One of these days you are going to annoy me to death - I said as serious as I could, he just stared at me, his lips in a thin line. HAH!, He was speechless I admitted to my self.

"Well… I am very sorry if my mood swings have upset you." he said very softly looking straight into my eyes, his eyes were liquid gold and smoldering, I couldn't breathe again. HOLY CROW, HOW DID HE DO THAT? I blinked and catch my breath again. He chuckled lowly.

"Let's get to class" I said getting my back pack and my envelope, but he beat me to it "Allow me" he said putting the strap of my backpack on his right shoulder and looking curiously at my manila envelope. "What is this?... I saw you protecting it from the rain as if it were a very rare treasure" he said with a curios tone.

"Um… it's the bacterial symbiosis project I've been working on…" I said embarrassed.

"You are DONE?" he asked surprised.

"Not entirely… I –I still need to work on a few details" I stammered embarrassed, my ears feeling really hot.

"Do you mind if I take a look?" he asked innocently. His slender white fingers slowly opening the folder.

"No!… it-it's not done yet…- I said defensibly, taking it away from his hands. "I promise I will show it to you when it's complete" I said trying to erase my suddenly rude reaction, I saw his lips twitch a bit, as if fighting back a smile.

"We better run for it, it's really late" I pleaded and began walking faster towards biology class. I heard him sigh and follow after me.

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N/A Alright! So, Kristen is a bit taken-aback because of Edward's sudden mood swing towards her. They had an awkward conversation a couple of weeks ago and Edward ended up getting upset for no reason and ignored Kristen, up until now.

Kristen is very fascinated by this beautiful boy. But she still doesn't completely understand him. He drives her insane with all of these emotions she feels when she's around him. Why is he interested in her all of a sudden? Why is he being so nice? Is he going to get mad at her again?

Next chapter: How will Edward make sure that Kristen misses her 'date' with Jake.

Please review :) give me some pointers and suggestions! Love you all.