Chapter 1 (BPOV)

Everything happens for a reason. That maybe all the pain we go through now, will somehow be for the greater good in the end. Or so we like to believe. Some of us go through life making stupid decisions hoping that one day everything will just somehow fall into place. Poof, like magic. Others go through life consciously. Thinking through every decision like it was their last.

Nothing in life comes pain free, and if it did then maybe it wasn't worth it in the first place.

Or so I thought.

Soul mates, another thing we all want to believe in, and most of us do, myself included. But I never expected that I would actually find mine. I thought I'd go through life searching, but never finding. And that idea scared me to think about. Which is why I didn't think about it to often. I just figured I'd most likely missed my chance anyways.

I was wrong.

He came out of left field. Here I was expecting to live alone forever and there He is.. He'd made me happier, more livelier. I couldn't ask for anything more.

I, Isabella Swan, had actually fallen in love. And you know what? My fear of living my life alone was gone. Poof, like magic.


"Bella! Wake up! It's a beautiful day!"

What's worse than being woken up at six on a Saturday? Being woken up by a peppy person at six on a Saturday.

"Alice stop jumping on my bed, please I beg you."

"Fine. But only if you get up. I'm lonely."

"I take it Jasper kicked you out of your apartment?" I sighed. I really needed to get new locks for my apartment.

"He told me I was to peppy. So he literally picked me up and threw me out of the room. It's a good thing our carpet is so plush or I would have broken something!" She huffed.

"Imagine that, someone getting grumpy because you woke them up early on a Saturday. What a meany head." I mumbled.

"Bella can we have one conversation without you getting sarcastic?"

"Not this early."

"What if I take you to breakfast at your favorite diner? I'm sure Jim misses his favorite customer.." She trailed off.

I looked up at her. Her smile was devious. She knew I couldn't refuse Jim's amazing pancakes. "Your evil. Fine, give me 30 minutes."

"If your not out in 30 minutes I will be back." She finished her sentence in her best Arnold Shwartsenger accent.

I laughed. "Whatever Alice."

I dragged myself out of bed and into the shower. The hot water was nice on my skin. I got out and dried my hair and just let it fall down my shoulders. My long brown hair was straight with a slight hint of waviness. My skin was pale and I had eyes that were a dull brown color. I had never really stood out, which was fine by me.

"Bella you have 1 minute and 43 seconds." Alice was a force to be reckoned with. But she was my best friend regardless of how peppy she was.

"Did you seriously count?" I asked opening the door.

"I was lonely!"

"Get a dog!"

"And let the thing pee in my shoes or even worse chew on them?" She looked at me as if I had gone insane.

I rolled my eyes. "Your right. How stupid of me to even say that. Are you ready?"

"I'm driving!" I rolled my eyes, and walked out the door.

When we finally made it to the diner it was not to crowded but it wasn't dead either.

"Bella! Alice!" Jim called waving. "How are my favorite customers?"

"Hungry." Alice replied.

He smiled. "Well lets get you into your favorite booth."

Jim's diner had been around since, well I don't really know, but it was here when I started college. I would come here when I needed a break from studying or just to get away.

"Do you two want your regular?" Jim asked.

"Sounds good Jim." Alice answered and I nodded.

"It should be out in a little while." He walked off, whistling.

"So Bella," Alice started and I knew she was going to say something about my dating life. "Have you met anyone new?"

"Alice." I whined.

"Bella you haven't been out with anyone since Jacob and that was over a year ago. Not all guys are like him. What is it going to take for you to realize that?"

"I know they aren't, but most are. I just haven't met someone who's not. Your lucky you have Jasper. He's one of the few good ones."

She smiled. "I am. But I'm sure there is a lucky a guy for you too. Listen Rosalie is coming into town tonight, so were taking her out to dinner. Would you like to come?" She asked.

I hated being the third wheel. I know Alice and Jasper didn't mind but it still bothered me that I always seemed to tag along with them. But Jasper's sister, Rosalie, was one of my close friends. "Of course. I love Rosalie."

We chatted through the rest of breakfast. Alice gushing about how well her shop was doing and of course Jasper. I was mostly day dreaming though. I thought about my future. Was I always going to be alone? I knew eventually Alice would move away, get married, and start her own life. Without me of course, but when would my time come? I didn't mind living alone, I did now, but if I had a choice I would rather not be alone for the rest of my life.

"Bella?" Alice's voice brought me out of my reverie.


"Would you mind paying? I really have to go potty."

I chuckled. I loved how she still used that word. "Sure."

I started to get up but as I turned I didn't watch to see if anyone was walking by and I ran right into someone almost knocking them down, but the person seemed to be very graceful.

"Crap. I am so sorry. I didn't watch where I was going, and well I'm sorry." I looked up into the eyes of the most gorgeous man on planet earth. His bronze colored hair was everywhere. But it looked good on him, and his eyes were a gorgeous emerald.

"It's quite alright. I guess I should have know you couldn't see behind you." He chuckled.

"Nope, I kind of forgot to place some eyes in the back of my head this morning." He laughed. "Well I'm sorry again." I started to walk away but he started to say something.

"Hey um.."

"Yeah?" I turned around.

His face flushed. "Never mind." He turned and walked to a booth where a large man sat.

I walked to the register. I was standing in line when I looked out of the corner of my eye and saw him staring. My face flushed and I looked back at the cashier. I was probably just being paranoid. Alice came up to me as I waited for the cashier to finish.

"I love how Jim keeps his bathrooms so clean. I would have a baby in there. Well no I wouldn't go that far, but they are clean."

"Yeah me to. Hey Alice you see that guy with the bronze-ish hair?"

"Yes, ooh he's cute too."

"Is he staring at me?"

"Yes he is!" She giggled. So I wasn't being paranoid. "Did he ask for your number?"

"No. I just kind of ran into him getting out of the booth."

"Only you Bella, only you." She sighed.

I rolled my eyes. "Yes we all know about my balance issues."

I turned around and took one last look at the mystery man who was still staring out me, so I waved and he blushed and waved back. The big burly guy suddenly turned around and started waving like a mad man. The mystery man put his head in his hands and started shaking his head. I laughed and waved back.

"BELLA! Stop flirting and lets go!" I jumped at Alice's voice.

"Geez Alice don't get your panties in a wad."

As we drove off I thought of the mystery man. I mentally scolded myself for at least not getting his name.

AN: Short I know, but I update pretty often, so it's all good. :)

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