Thanks for reading this is my third fan fiction and I hope you enjoy it. I own nothing. Thanks to my beta chubbypoo!
God, I am so nervous; I feel like I'm going to be sick. Please don't let them be mean. As I walked up to their doorstep I couldn't hear a thing. Maybe they weren't home? Ok, I can do this; I am Bella Swan, Chief Swan's daughter. I really hope they don't think I am crazy. I knocked on the door and held my breath. Why? I have no idea.
"May I help you?" a woman, I assumed was in her forties, asked me as she answered the door.
"Hi," I said like an idiot. "Um, my name is Bella Swan… My father is Charlie Swan?" I said taking a breath. Why did my statement come out as a question? All she did was nod in understanding. "I am doing a school project, and I find your way of life very interesting, and I was wondering if it was at all possible if I could talk with you and your family?" I said smiling at her.
"Can you give me a moment?" she said and I nodded. "Have a seat and I will be back in a few minutes," she said pointing to the stairs of the porch. I sat down, nervous as hell. A minute seemed like an hour.
As I sat on the porch and waited I saw three Amish boys walk towards the house; they looked to be my age. They stopped and chatted for a few seconds and looked my way a few times, which made me even more nervous. Only one of the boys walked up the drive and I couldn't help but stare at him. He was really cute. I didn't know that Amish boys could be so cute. I mean, I know that was stereotyping, but hey, I'm only fifteen. Most of my concerns and daily thoughts revolved around cute boys and what I was going to do next week on spring break.
"May I help you?" he asked, walking up to me.
"Um… no, I already talked to someone. They told me to sit and they would be back," I said smiling at him and he smiled back.
"Was it my mother or my sisters?" he asked. He wasn't rude but he was kind of short with what he said.
"Mother, I would assume," I said to him. He just stared at me, sending my nerves into overdrive, so I kept talking. "I'm doing a project at school about the Amish and this, I mean yours, is the only Amish family I know of within walking distance. So I asked your mother if I would be able to talk to all of you. I'm Bella by the way." I told him sticking my hand out.
"My name is Edward," he said as she shook my hand. "What is it that you hope to learn?" he asked, leaving me stumped for a response.
"I'm not really sure? I would just like to understand it all better," I said as he shook his head. "Is your father mean?"
He chuckled. "No I wouldn't say that. Strict maybe?" he said as if it were a question.
"Do you like this lifestyle?"
"I know no different."
Yeah, well that made sense. "Are you going to do Rumspringa?" I asked and he shrugged his shoulders. "Well if you do, I could show you around if you would like?" I said to him as he smiled at me.
"You mean it?"
"Sure, scout's honor," I said as we both laughed.
"What does that mean?" he asked.
Wow this was so cool. I don't know why I thought that, but it just was. "It just means that I truly promise to show you around," I said as his smile grew bigger. "What is something you look forward to doing?" I prodded, hoping to keep the conversation going.
"Well I am really interested in music, and I really want to drive a car," he said as I silently grew thankful for the conveniences I usually never gave a second thought to, like my I pod and my dad's cruiser.
"I can teach you how to drive. Well, when I learn," I said as I nervously dug the toe of my shoe into the step. "Um, when did you think you were going to "run around" and try all this stuff?" I asked, inwardly hoping it was soon and, of-course, involving me.
"Next summer. At the end of June I'll turn seventeen, so maybe we can spend the summer together?" he asked as my smile grew.
"Most definitely. You're pretty cool for an Amish kid."
"And you're pretty cool for someone in the secular community," he said as we both laughed.
"Edward, you have chores," I heard a booming voice that made me jump.
"Talk to you soon," he said loud enough so that only my ears could hear. That made me smile.
"My wife said you are doing a project on our beliefs?" I distractedly looked in the direction from which the booming voice had come.
"Yes sir. I, uh, just have a few questions to ask you, if you don't mind? Just so I can understand the culture better." I said as the nerves came rushing back.
"I understand. You may go home. I will be in touch with your father and he will inform you of my decision," he said.
"Thanks for taking the time to see me." I said politely as I turned on my heels and walked shyly away from the strange, secretive house. It wasn't a far walk, but far enough so I could think, and my thoughts were full of Edward. He was God sent. He must be, I would never find a boy like that in my school. I really couldn't even call him a boy, even though at first I thought he had boyish good looks, now that I had talked with him he was more like a man than anything.
When I got home I Googled all the information that I could find on the Amish and Amish culture. While at first I frantically skimmed over every word hoping to learn more about Edward's family and their beliefs, before long I had to admit that deep within me I was feeling a little sad. I know it was silly, but knowing I could never seriously have a future with my first major crush immediately quelled the excitement that had been building inside me all afternoon since I had met Edward. I would never want him to be shunned by his family and community and I would never become Amish and leave my family, so it seemed pointless to nurture a dream and a crush that obviously had no possible future.
Well, maybe we will still have next summer to get to know each other. Though that was clearly not going to come fast enough. But my heart regained some of it's momentum at the thought.
"Bella?" I heard my dad yell. I had lost all track of time. I ran down the stairs, meeting him at the bottom. "Do you want to order pizza tonight?" he asked, a little confused.
"That or I could make breakfast for dinner?" I asked but he just shook his head and ordered the pizza.
"So what has you so preoccupied?" he asked as he hung up the phone.
"Well, I am doing a project on the Amish. So I went and talked to that Amish family down the road and asked if I could interview them," I said with a quiet smile. "And then I came home and surfed the net about it….it's actually really interesting." I said excitedly.
"Well Carlisle, Mr. Cullen to you, came and saw me this afternoon," he said, but he didn't elaborate. I think he was trying to kill me. "When is your paper due?" he asked.
"I don't know, after spring break sometime. Why?" I asked confused.
"We, Carlisle and I, agreed that if you really were curious about the culture that the only way to really understand it would be to experience it first-hand, you-know, lived the lifestyle." Charlie cleared his throat and snuck a glance at me to gage my reaction to his words. "So we agreed, I mean, we kinda thought, that you could go live with them over spring break," he said.
At first I drew a blank, in a scary-stunned kind of way, but then as it sunk in I was…… happy. I could see Edward for a whole week. I felt a smile grow on my face as this new reality settled in.
"That would be kinda cool," I said as Charlie looked at me skeptically. "What?" I asked.
"Bella, that means that you will be Amish for five days. Dress like them, act like them, follow their rules, do what they do," he said. I really didn't like the sound of that.
"What the hell," I said with a shrug, "how many people get a chance to do that?" I said as he shook his head and laughed.
"Well for starters, that means no swearing…. at all. And do not take the Lord's name in vain Bella."
"God Dad, you have no faith in me," I said as he raised his eyebrow at me. "What?" I asked, bewildered at his expression.
"You just took the Lord's name in vain," he said as I blushed.
"Well, I guess that I will have to think before I talk," I said. We both laughed at that.
"So, Friday after school you will come home, take a shower, get yourself ready, and then you'll go to the Cullen's. Carlisle said something about their son coming to get you."
I stared at Charlie, trying to keep my face passive as I was silently screaming with excitement in my head. I hope that he meant Edward; I wanted to use this experience to spend every second I could with him while I had the chance.
"Dad what is the big deal about a shower?" I asked not understanding his sudden interest in the specifics of my daily hygiene routine.
"Bella, you may not get a shower while you are there. Remember, you will be living like they do for the week and they don't rely on many of the same conveniences we do, but we can try and get you some travel supplies."
"Really, they don't shower?" I asked a little disgusted.
"Baby, I haven't seen the specifics of their home, but it is a luxury that you should be thankful for," he said and I nodded in agreement. "I'm sure they shower, just not as often as you." That was true, I did shower a lot.
Well, they say you don't know someone until you walk in their shoes……
My father was gone for most of the afternoon. I didn't have any idea where he'd gone, but he returned just before dinner. I could barely do my chores after I talked with Bella. I wished it was time for my Rumspringa right then and there. I had never really thought about it before, but now I couldn't wait. I wondered over and over if Bella would let me kiss her or hold her hand. I know I would never let it go any farther, but if I could just kiss her, I would die happy.
We had a smaller family than most Amish families. There was my older brother Emmet, who was married and already on his third child, then there was me, who was fifteen, and my sister Alice, who was thirteen and already knew who she was going to marry. She would marry Jasper, it could probably be as soon as the November after she turned sixteen.
I thought of all the things that Bella and I could do next summer. We could sleep in, spend all day together, watch movies; I always wanted to watch a movie. And music! I love when someone would go by with it blaring from their car.
My mother called me in for super so I washed my hands off in a barrel of water that was by the barn.
"I have some news to share with all of you," my father told us as he cleared his throat. "On Friday Isabella Swan, the Chief's daughter, will be staying with us for the week. Alice, Esme and I expect you to set up the office for her and show her how things work around here. The only thing that I will not ask her to do is wear our clothing. Without holding our religious ideals she would not truly embrace their purpose. I don't want to be disrespectful to the community. Edward, you will pick her up on Friday after she is out of school. You should have all your chores completed by then," he said as I nodded. But on the inside, I was smiling ear to ear.
"Father, why are you letting her stay here?" Alice asked.
"She is young and is very interested in us. If we want others to know the glory of God we must first light a match before we can light a fire. That is why," he said.
I really didn't care why. I was just happy that I was going to be able to see her, and for an entire week. The next few days were going to be long. I couldn't wait to see her. I know from now until then I wouldn't be able to sleep. Ugh, Friday needs to get here soon.
Rumspringa is German for run around. It is an Amish teenager's right of passage to go out into the outside world and have that experience.
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