This story is my first attempt of fiction after entering a one shot contest. I love Twilight, don't own it, but I like making the characters more diverse.
It was a lazy Wednesday at the Ladder 8. No emergency calls or even an alleged gas leak. Not even a busload of kindergartners to look around the firehouse. It was then when it was decided we should go grocery shopping because the cupboards were bare.
I went to the supermarket with my closet friends who I had joined New York's Bravest with, Jasper and Emmett. Instead of judging me for my rash decision almost not even a year after 9/11, they decided they would join with me. For me, it felt like that was the one thing I could do to help the city most.
So instead of finishing my Masters in Collaborative Piano at Julliard, I worked out and trained until finally I passed FDNY's exam with flying colors. It made me happier than I'd ever been.
But not everyone was happy. My girlfriend, Tanya, broke up with me when she learned of my plans. She was too busy plotting her own schemes of social climbing to approve of my choice. I can remember the look on her face.
"So you're working class now?" she said in disgust. I shook my head as I remembered.
My father and mother weren't too thrilled at my new career choice. My father kicked me out the penthouse they placed me in while I was in school. I had no choice but to leave out on my own.
On the salary I had, I was able to afford rent at a cheap apartment in Park Slope. Surprisingly after I moved in, I felt more at home in Brooklyn than I ever did on the Upper East Side.
Besides my friends, my sister Alice was excited. Not only had I become a hero in her eyes. Her boyfriend Jasper was now a hero. Alice was the one who helped my strained relationship with my parents. It turned into more of a relationship as the years went by…even though I knew I was still considered the black sheep.
Jasper pushed the cart around as Emmett started to fill it up with junk food.
"Dude, were gonna need unprocessed foods too. Like veggies…" I told him. He looked at the Pringles and Cheetos in his hands.
"I guess we can get some tomatoes or something" he shrugged. I left them in them in the chip aisle and walked slowly to the produce section. It wasn't often I had quiet time with my schedule, so trips to the supermarket were somewhat of a treat to me.
I grabbed a basket and then few of the plastic baggies and started to fill them with peppers, tomatoes, spinach, squash, egg plants and some other veggies. I grabbed a bag of onions, and some garlic.
"Maybe we can use some potatoes too," I thought to myself as I noticed a sale sign in that direction. I walked over and noticed a young lady was there holding a basket too. I thought she was pretty cute, possibly one of the many artist types who lived in Tribeca.
I tried not to be so obvious as I checked her out so I pretended to stare at the potato sacks. I glanced over to her again and saw her hair was in a messy bun and she was wearing a large purple sweater with leggings. Her umbrella had created a small puddle where she was stood.
"Mommy! Look-it! Look-it! I told you there were firemen here!" I heard the voice of a little boy yell.
I stopped my stealthy gazing to see the little boy had run towards me with a huge smile spread on his little face. I smiled back at him as his mother followed close behind.
"When I grow up, I wanna be a fireman too! See?" he pointed to his rain hat which resembled my helmet. His raincoat was even black and yellow like mines were.
"Yes!" he shouted and started jumping up and down. His mother tried to restrain him by grabbing his hand.
"He saw the truck outside and got really excited" she told me. I nodded and stared at the boy.
"I'm sure that you'll make a great fireman one day" I tell him as I rub the top of his head. His little mouth dropped open in awe.
"C'mon Jacob, let's finish shopping. Let the fireman buy his groceries," his mother said as she pulled him away.
I turned to see if the young lady was still there and she smiled shyly at me. "I guess you hear that a lot," she said.
"Not often," I respond. I made eye contact with her. She had beautiful almond shaped eyes and a nice milk chocolate complexion.
"Well you should. You guys are heroes," she said as she grabbed a few of the sweet potatoes.
"Thanks", I said with a smirk. Then there was a silence that fell between us as we stared at each other. I broke the silence as I said, "They call this a sale? The prices are cheaper in Brooklyn"
"Tell me about" she agreed. "You're from Brooklyn?" she said as she looked back at me. I stared at her cute face again.
"Yeah, I live in Park Slope."
"Oh, that's cool. I live in Forte Greene. I just didn't want to go grocery shopping in the rain. This overpriced place is close to my dance studio". Her voice was soft and kind of did something to me with each word she spoke.
"I understand. If it's still raining when I get off, I may come back here before I go home" she nodded her head again. "By the way my name is Edward," I said as I stretched out my hand.
She reached for it and static shocked us both. "I'm Isabella" she giggled. "Sorry, I'm pretty sure it's this sweater."
"Isabella" I repeated to myself. My hand tingled slightly from the shock.
"I don't know if you're into modern dance or not" she stuck her hands into her bag and pulled out a flyer. She handed it to me "there's a show coming up that I'm in. You should come Edward."
I took the flyer and glanced at it and looked at the date. "I'll try my best to" I said as I placed it in my pocket.
"Edward? You ready to check out or what?" Jasper called to me. I looked over to them and then back at her.
"I'll be looking for you at the showcase" she smiled. And then she walked away.
"Who was the cutie with the rain boots?" said Emmett. I noticed he didn't wait for the check out and had already opened the Cheetos. I looked back at Isabella as she walked over to the fruits and reached for some apples.
"Someone who thinks I'm a hero" I said as I smiled to myself.
"Oh way to play the hero card" he responded with a smile.
"He probably said he'd check to see if her apartment was up to fire safety code," Jasper said slyly
"Hey, you can't walk around wearing this stuff and not draw attention" I said as I playfully kicked the shopping cart.
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