AN: hello everyone, here's my new story, I must admit that between writing imperfect love and forever is never enough, I hadn't planned on publishing this one for a while longer but the idea was nagging me and I really had to write it down... so you get this first chapter but the updates will be slower because my priority goes to the other two. Forever is never enough will end soon and then I'll be able to dedicate all my time to this one... I just ask you to be patient and if you enjoy it, leave a review. Finally, I would like to thank bluebaby for betaing this chapter.



It was raining when Bella Swan left the airport and got into her dad's car. Five years had passed since she had last seen her father and now she had felt the familiar tug. She had missed him dearly, but just like him she had never been any good at expressing her feelings.

The decision to move to Forks hadn't been hard per se; it was leaving her mum that had her heart breaking. She and Renee couldn't be any more different but they balanced each other nicely. While she was serious and hard-working, her mother was light and never committing to anything. Sometimes she had felt like the parent in their relationship, so in a way she never had the chance to be her own age.

Now with her father she might get to experience her 'teenage' years, but deep down she knew that the household would fall on her shoulders. If memory served her right, Charlie Swan could burn water. She smiled softly at the thought that finally her father would get a decent meal for a change.

"Bells?" Her father said to grab her wandering attention. "What do you say if today we have dinner out? Just to celebrate?"

She smiled and blushed a bit. Blushing was something she had to live with in addition to the awful clumsiness that had tormented her since a tender age. "Okay dad, but tomorrow we go grocery shopping, I'm a good cook."

Her father nodded and then turned his attention to the road. "One more thing Bells, the house needed some repairs so I contacted a construction company. They are sending their man tomorrow, would you mind looking after him?"

She sighed, but agreed. At least she would keep herself busy until the beginning of school. Studying had never been a problem for her but she was suffering at the idea to go to a school where she knew nobody. Well, what she couldn't change she didn't dwell on. Nothing could be done. "Okay Ch-dad. I'll see that the guy does the work he is paid for."

Her father chuckled. "Try to be nice, Billy Black, do you remember him? You used to play with his son Jacob Black. Well, he recommended me this company but he told me that Paul isn't really a piece of cake. I met the guy and he seems to be a ladies' man so don't take too much notice of his flirting..."

She groaned, great! Just what she needed a smart-ass to make her blush seven ways to Sunday. "I vaguely remember Jacob and Billy. Regarding this Paul I can't promise anything, if he tries something with me I'm going to kick him."

"Bells, I'll give you a can of pepper spray. How's that sound?" her father said chuckling.

She put out her tongue at her father's teasing. "Thanks dad, I see that you don't care to feed me to the big bad wolf."

Charlie Swan laughed. "Bells! I know you can look after yourself, it'll be okay."

Shortly after they arrived home Bella saw a huge red truck in their driveway and two natives that she guessed were Billy and Jacob Black. When they got out and the reintroductions were done her father grinned at her and asked, "So what do you think Bells? Is it nice?"

She looked at the big truck and smiled. "Yes, it's cute in its own enormous way."

Her father beamed. "It's yours; I figured that you need to be able to move around Forks on your own."

She was stunned by her dad's thoughtful present. "Thank you... I don't know what to say."

Jacob grinned. "Come on Bella, I'll show you how to drive it."

Bella hugged her dad quickly and then followed Jacob inside the truck.

"So, are you happy to be back?" asked Jacob.

Bella shrugged her shoulders. "I'm okay with it, it feels like forever since I saw my dad last."

"It has been a few years. So now here's your new truck, are you going to come and visit me in La Push? My girlfriend Maria is looking forward to meet you." said Jacob.

"You've got a girlfriend? How long?" Asked Bella curiously, she had seen the way Jacob's eyes had shined when he said her name.

He grinned. "We've been together a year. She is awesome and very patient with me. I really love her."

"That's nice... I'll make sure to come and meet the girl who stole your heart." Bella joked.

After a while Charlie and Billy called them in, they had decided to have pizza together.

When Bella finally managed to get to her room she saw that it hadn't changed much. Her father had taken down some posters and changed the sheets to a lovely dark green. She closed the door behind her and sat on the bed.

Overall her arrival had been good, she got a car, or something like that and a friend. She lay down and closed her eyes; she hoped that the guy she had to spend the day with tomorrow wouldn't really be that bad.

She was woken up by some voices downstairs, she recognized one belonging to her father, and the other one was unfamiliar. She realized that she had fallen asleep in her clothes and her father had put a blanket on her for the night. She quickly went to the bathroom and tried to look somewhat decent.

Slowly she descended the stairs; with her record she might be lucky if she managed not to break a leg on her first day. When she was finally on ground level she looked up and met the dark eyes of a huge guy. He was taller than her, dark skinned, definitely Quileute and had muscles on his biceps that seemed to almost bulge out of his t-shirt. When she finally met his eyes again he was looking at her with an amused stare.

"See something you like, babe?" he said gruffly.

Bella felt a blush coming on her cheeks. "I..." she didn't really know what to say.

He smirked and took a step towards her; she took a step back and was met with the stairs. She felt herself falling backward and she closed her eyes ready for the impact that didn't come.

Bella opened her eyes again and noticed that she was in the guy's arms. He was resting his hands on her hips and the heat of them seeped through her t-shirt.

Her blush definitely intensified.

He chuckled. "Don't be scared babe; I don't bite... unless you want me to."

Bella felt a flick of anger at his cocky attitude. "Geesh, do you always speak in lame pick-up lines?" She realized her mistake when his eyes darkened and he pulled her closer.

"Babe... don't push your luck with me. I don't like being insulted." He whispered in her ear, then let her go and took a few steps back just in time for her father to appear from the kitchen.

Charlie Swan was oblivious to the tension smiled at his daughter. "Bells I see you've met Paul. He's going to be around for a while. Have a nice day." He kissed her forehead and left for work.

Bella and Paul were staring at each other for what seemed an eternity, and then he gave her his back and opened the door. "I'm going to get my tools."

He left her abruptly and she was confused. One moment he was this playful guy and the next he had a murderous mood. She sighed; it was going to be a long day.

Paul came back with a smirk and Bella,who was still standing where he had left her, watched him with a mix of insecurity and curiosity. Who was she going to get now?

"Is that piece of junk out there yours?" He teased her.

Ah, the player. "Yes, but it isn't a piece of junk! It's cute..." she said lamely.

He chuckled. "Babe that thing ain't cute. I guess we'll take my car tonight for our date."

Bella blinked once, and then again. "Our date? Our date? I wouldn't go out with you even if you were the last man on this planet." She spat.

Paul reached her before she could move and put his hands on her shoulders. "Come on babe, we both know that you like me. The sooner you say yes the sooner you can get to have me."

She opened her mouth and then closed it again. Was this guy for real? "I... ugh... I have to go grocery shopping." Slowly she extricated herself from his grasp and when she was almost out the door she turned and said, "By the way, don't you ever call me babe again and forget about the date... I would rather become a nun."

She was opening the door of the truck when Paul put his head out the front door. "By the way... babe, I'll see you for lunch. I like my meat well cooked!" And then he shut the door.

Bella was fuming; Paul was the most infuriating guy she had ever met. Hopefully he would finish the repairing work in her house soon; she definitely couldn't stand him more than necessary. Then a plan started to form in her mind. She would cook meat all right, she wondered if he liked spicy food. With an evil grin she entered into the supermarket.