My entry for Alicia Vampire101's contest, Field Trip of Love.
"We'll be going on a field trip in a week, so you'll all need to get these slips signed," Mr. Banner announced as he passed around the pieces of paper. When I got mine I pretended to read it, but glanced over at my table partner instead. He was still as timid as ever, his black eyes staring straight forward and his pale skin even whiter as it stretched across his knuckles. After he saved me from the van we week ago, he had gone right back to ignoring me, and he was really starting to get on my nerves now.
"The slips are due tomorrow, and the field trip is on Friday. You are dismissed." Like always, Edward was the first out of his seat and already out the door in one swift movement. It no longer surprised me, that's how many times it had happened.
Mike met me at the door. "Hey, are you going to go on the field trip? It looks to me like it's going to be kind of boring," he said as he walked with me to Gym.
"Does that mean you're not going?" I asked. He shrugged.
"Well, it looks to me like it'll be fun," I said halfheartedly. I didn't even know where we were going. "So I guess that means I might go."
He raised an eyebrow at me. "Don't get angry of anything, Bella, but you look to me like the kind of person that would get sick and throw up on a boat."
"Yeah, they're going on a small ship out on the ocean for five days, looking for sea life and stuff. Didn't you read the paper?"
I looked away from him and blushed. Of course I hadn't read it; I had been too busy staring at my inhumanly handsome table partner.
"Yeah, I did," I lied smoothly, "I just forgot that's what we were doing. I must have read it wrong or something." I waved my hand dismissively.
"Right." He didn't sound convinced. Someone called his name on the other side of the building, so I was happy to be able to escape.
After P.E., I was one of the firsts to make it to the parking lot.
I tried not to look at the silver Volvo that just happened to be parked right next to, and opened the door to my truck, glad to be inside it once the heat was turned on. I jammed the keys into the ignition, and drove home.
I was able to get the permission slip in the next day, and was surprised when Edward handed his in as well. He glanced over at me and for the first time, his expression held no inkling of hate—instead, he looked at me worriedly. Like he was scared for me or something.
The rest of the week went by just as quickly, and before I knew it, I was at the docks of First Beach, suitcase in my hand, waiting my turn to get onto the boat. The ship was a lot like a cruise ship, but it reminded me a little too much of Titanic, only it was much, much older and looked like it would spring a leak at any moment,but I tried not to think about that too much.
Once all of the kids were on the boat and Mr. Banner had taken a thorough attendance –twice—we were finally able to sail off.
I was surprised to find that the first part of the voyage was very peaceful. Mike had left me alone and I learned some interesting facts about sea stars and whatnot. I was really enjoying myself. The beds in the cabins were surprisingly comfortable as well; an added bonus that I hadn't expected. What made my cabin a smidge less comfortable, though: I was partnered up with Edward's sister, Alice Cullen.
Alice was a very bubbly girl, and felt the need to fill every silence with endless chatter. She was also convinced that since we were roommates, we also had to be best friends during the trip. And, for some odd reason unbeknownst to me, apparently our newly-found "friendship" included her brother as well.
She left her brother and I alone together during the most awkward and random times. She'd be talking to me one minute, then get up and say she wanted a snack or something, and then walk off. And Edward was nice to me, too. Which made everything even more awkward. But, then again, I wasn't entirely sure if I'd rather him ignore me, or keep on doing what he was…
"Does anyone know what a sea sponge is?" Mr. Banner asked us one day during class. Every morning and every afternoon he'd have everyone sit on the main deck of the boat, and he'd give us a lesson on sea life. Obviously, this morning's was about Sea Sponges.
Some kid from 4th period raised his hand. "Sponge Bob is a sea sponge!" he announced, and some of the class snickered.
Mr. Banner shook his head. "No, not that kind of sea sponge." And he went into this whole lesson on the history of the Sea Sponge, which was long and useless. I didn't listen. He was interrupted when a bell dinged, signaling that we had caught something in the net. We threw the net out every day to see what we could catch, but so far we had been unsuccessful.
Mr. Banner and some of the trainers helped pull the net out. Inside, there was a large Sting Ray. Everyone gasped as Mr. Banner cut the stinger off and put it in the petting tank. Now that we had caught something, everyone had to pet it, and tell him what it felt like. A useless exercise, but important to our grade nonetheless.
I was too scared to touch it when it was my turn. Edward, who had been behind me, chuckled. "Here, Bella. Let me help you," he said, stepping behind me and taking one of my hands in his. I couldn't help but notice the temperature as he dipped our hands into the tank. The water was ice-cold, and it didn't help to have his hand wrapped around mine, but I tried not to think about that as we got closer to the ray.
It was so slimy-feeling! My hand instantly recoiled once I touched it, and this made Edward laugh. There was a large booming sound coming from below us, and everything on the deck went flying forward. The tank in front of us toppled over, the glass breaking, and we followed suit, crashing down on top of it.
Edward had instinctively wrapped himself around me, but it wasn't enough and I landed on top of a jagged shard of glass that was jutting out. The second I made contact with it, I blacked out, and couldn't remember anything else after that.
I woke up in a strange bed. I felt different… a burning sensation in my throat. My hand automatically flew up to my neck.
"W-what's wrong with me?" I asked no one in particular. I didn't expect a response, and was surprised when I heard Edward answer.
"Trust me, you don't want to know." My eyes flashed over to the sound of his voice. I found him sitting on the opposite end of the bed, his head in his hands. Was it just me, or was my sight ten times better than before?
Alice bounded into the room then, and my sight instantly went over to her. She was beaming as she skipped over to the bed we were in.
"Good morning, sister-in-law!"
What the heck?