It was difficult waking up on a different side of the country, but it was even worse pulling up to Forks High School. I was not ready for this. I was never one for change and well this is too much. My whole life is in New York, but my mother doesn't seem to care. I looked over at my sister. She was ready for this. She wanted the change. She was already planning to be Homecoming Queen. I guess that is just who she is. I parked next to a beat up old truck that seemed to be a center of socialization. At least ten kids were standing there talking. I tried to ignore them. Yet, wasn't able to after I bumped into someone. That's when I first saw her. She was beautiful. Long curly brown hair that had to hit her lower back and she had the biggest brown eyes. Dressed to impress in short red dress, dark tights, and black knee high high-heel boots. She was small and pale almost like a doll. "I am so sorry." I said as I saw her fall to the ground. I reached out my hand to help her up.
"It's okay." She said as she got up. "I wasn't paying attention." She said as she leaned against the truck. She smiled as she asked "Are you new?" I knew she knew the answer. After all there is a whole thousand people in this town.
"Yeah. We just moved here with our mom." I said as I pointed to my sister. Alice seemed to be off in her own little world amused by the blood drive banner.
"Hope I see you around newbie." She said her and her group head towards the front doors. I didn't know how to process that. I just led Alice to the office. She seemed star struck in this place. There office was so simple. Just one desk for a secretary and a couple of chairs. I saw her again there. She was talking into the PA system. "Good morning Forks High School listen up for your morning announcements." She went over everything from the blood drive to the football game tonight. She just smiled at me as she talked and the lady at the front desk gave us our schedule. A schedule and a map is all we got before we got pushed out of the office.
"I'll see you at lunch." Alice said as she headed the opposite way than I was. I walked down the empty hallway until I reached my English class. I took a deep breathe before I walked in. It was a nearly empty classroom. Eight kids maybe typing away on laptops.
"You must be Emmett." The teacher said as he looked at me. He was in the middle of issuing my books when the same girl came rushing in. She laid a piece of paper on his desk and went straight to work. He went on to explain the paper that they were working on and gave me the semester reading list. I took a seat in the back of the room. I couldn't stop myself from looking up at her. There was something about her that I couldn't get out of my head. It's the first day and I am already falling to far down to save myself. I waited till the classroom cleared out to leave. I could only hope that Alice was doing better than I was.
I pulled into the driveway to see mom standing in the yard talking to some man. Great she is already replacing dad. I looked over at Alice who was smiling. "Why are you so happy?" I asked as I parked the car.
"She's happy for the first time since dad moved out." She said as she looked at our mother. I got out of the car. My eyes were locked on the front door, but mom had other plans.
"Kids!" Mom yelled toward us. "Come meet our neighbor, Charlie." She said as she motioned us over there. "Charlie these are my children Emmett and Alice." She said as she placed her arms around us.
"Nice to meet you." He said as he looked at me. "I have a daughter about your age, Bella. I will have to have her look out for you." He seemed kind enough. He looked grounded no piercings or long hair. But, I don't want my mother falling for him.
"Charlie has invited us for dinner tonight and to join him at the football game." My mother said with the biggest smile.
"Great." I said weakly.
"See you later Esme." He said as he walked away.
I never felt as dumb as I did as we stood outside Charlie's house. I watched as my mother tried to knock on the door while holding a pie. It was when Charlie opened the door I let my eyes catch that same truck from earlier parked in his driveway. But, I didn't think that hard about it. "Come in." He said as he held the door open for us. "It's nice to see you made it." He said as I noticed loud music playing from upstairs.
"Bella is getting ready. She's in the marching band." He said as he looked up the stairs. "Come on there is pizza waiting in the kitchen." We sat down at a small table in the center of his simple kitchen and started to eat. That is when she came running in. Wearing basketball shorts and a tight fitting Forks High School Band t-shirt. She was singing along with her iPod I assume. I recognized the song as one of Katy Perry's. She had a beautiful voice. Everything about her was truly beautiful. Her long hair was pulled back in a pony tail.
"Great news dad. Mia has the flu." She said as she grabbed a piece of pizza. "I am a field commander tonight."
"That's great." He said as he started to look at me. "This is Emmett." He said to her as he pointed to me.
"We meet already. He ran me over in the parking lot this morning." She said with a laugh. Then she looked at the clock. "Shit. I got to go." She said as she ran towards the front door.
"Language!" He yelled to her, but she was already gone. "I have to love that kid she works so hard. Band, student council, future business league, and honor club. I couldn't ask for anyone better."
"Seems like a great kid." Mom said as she looked at us. I could see the why aren't you like that look.
"She is." He said as he looked around.
I had never been on this side of a football game. Back in New York I was on the field not sitting in the stands. It was something else. To feel the cheer of the crowd. To watch as the team enter the field. I can promise you one thing this was the only team I have ever seen enter the field to "Hells Bells". It was interesting, to say the least. I loved how Charlie's face was when he saw Bella playing the guitar on the sideline. "That's my girl." He said to the lady sitting next to us. He really was a good guy. Just a little too much of a proud daddy. The game was good enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. I was surprised in the half time show that they actually played a Lady Gaga song. But, hey they at least got talent. Third quarter came around and Bella was allowed to sit with us then. "You did so good baby girl." Charlie said as he wrapped his arms around her.
"Thanks dad." She said with a smile.
"How come you can mange to pull off that uniform?" Alice asked. Typical Alice question. This was a complement in Alice speak.
"I am not really sure." Bella answered.
"I am going to get something to drink." I said as I avoided the small talk.
"I'll come with you." Bella said as she followed me down the steps. She waited till we were out of Charlie's view. "Sorry for him." She said as she looked at me.
"It's okay. I get that he is proud of you." I told her.
"He goes overboard sometimes." She said as she approached the snack counter thing.
"If it isn't the one the only Bella Swan." The guy behind the counter said. He was our age and obviously had a thing for Bella, but who wouldn't.
"Having a good night, Mike?" She asked.
"You could say that." He said as he looked at her. "What can I get you?"
"I would like water." She said as she looked at me. "Emmett?"
"The same." I answered. He passed her two bottles of water. I watched her try to hand him the money, but he gave it back.
"It's on me." He said to her. "I'll see you at Sam's party tomorrow right?"
"Would I ever miss one of Sam's parties?" She asked as she walked away.
"So, I think I know who is getting voted as most popular." I said as we walked away.
"I put myself out there. Try it sometime." She said as she threw a bottle of water at me.
"I have before, but I never got free water." I told her.
"It must be the uniform." She said with a laugh.
"I guess so." I said as I watched her.
"I have to go." She said as the quarter ended. "But, meet me here after the game. I want to get to know you better." She said with a big smile.
I watched as people filed out through the gate. "Coming Emmett?" Charlie asked.
"I think I'll get a ride home from Bella." I told him.
"Okay then." My mother said as they walked away. I think that she was surprised I was reaching out to people here so early. I waited for a good ten minutes before Bella came back in another outfit: ripped jeans with a gray short sleeve shirt over a long sleeve pink shirt.
"Do you have a closet in your car?" I asked as I looked at her. She was smiling so big at that comment.
"No, but I will keep the idea in mind." She said as she led me to the parking lot. "How does a hamburger sound?" She asked as she got in her truck.
"Honesty, like heaven. The cold pizza wasn't that great." I answered as I looked out the window as we pulled out of the parking lot.
"Great, I know this great place." She said as she turned on the radio. "Enjoy the game?" She asked.
"Yeah, it was a good game. It was little unbelievable that you won by a field kick." I answered.
"You know you are a Spartan now to, right?" She asked me.
"Yeah." I answered weakly.
"Then why did you say you?" She asked.
"I am not used to it yet." I answered as she pulled into an almost empty parking lot.
"We are here." She said as she turned the car off. I looked out at a small diner. "Trust me Lulu's has the best burgers from here to Seattle." She said with a smile as she got out.
"I hope you are right." I said as I followed her in. The place was like the rest of the town, simple. Just worn out tables and a counter. The woman working was a small older lady.
"Be with you in a few dear." She said as she looked up from her newspaper. I followed Bella to a table in the back counter of the restaurant. I looked on the table for a menu, but I couldn't find one.
"Where are the menu's?" I asked. Bella just laughed.
"You don't need a menu. Trust me." She said as she looked at the special's board. "Go with the bacon burger." She said.
"You better be right about this." I told her as I looked around.
"You are such a newbie." She said with a laugh. "So not to be pushy or anything, what is the story behind that?" She asked.
"My parents split." I answered a simply as I could. "Mom has a sister who lives a town away. This is were the job was though." I concluded.
"I see." She said. "Was it another girl?" She asked.
"No, another guy." I answered.
"Esme doesn't seem that way." She said.
"She isn't. Dad is the one who found a new guy." The look on Bella's face was priceless.
"I assumed sorry." She said.
"Oh well, I don't really care about it being a Bryon instead of a Meghan. He still walked out on us." I answered. "Now I only talk to him once a week."
"At least you get to talk to him." She said. "My mother left when I was a baby. Haven't heard from her since." Wow. I couldn't image that.
"Sorry." I said softly.
"Why say that? I had a great childhood. My father goes out of his way to make sure that I am happy." She said softly. I watched as the waitress came over.
"What can I get you youngens?" She asked us.
"Two bacon burgers." Bella answered. "And a peach tea."
"I'll have a Coke." I said to the lady before she walked away.
"So…what was the deal with the free water guy?" I asked.
"He is a friend." She said.
"I friend really?" I asked hinting at a relationship.
"I don't have a boyfriend, if that is trying to figure that out." She answered.
"Miss. Popularity doesn't have a boyfriend I am shocked." I said as I looked into her big brown eyes.
"No one here makes me feel special." She said. "I have gone out with a ton of guys. Most didn't get a second date."
"Really?" I asked her.
"Yeah." She answered. "I blame it on the fact my father is a cop."
"Charlie's a cop?" I asked. How did I miss that one?
"Chief of Police." Bella answered.
"Poor Bella. Your daddy scares away all your boyfriends." I said with a laugh.
"It's not funny. Just ask some of the guys who got the cleaning my gun act." She replied.
"Wow and I thought my mother threatening a girl with a frying pan was bad." I said as I looked at her. I realized that I had a problem as I looked in those big brown eyes. I was falling for Bella.
"Oh my god that is so funny. I don't see Esme being that kind of mother." She said with a giggle.
"You don't know my mother very well. She is protective of Alice and me." I answered. "One of Alice's boyfriends was dragged out by his ear for kissing her too much." She just laughed.
"That should be a new MTV show 'Parents from Hell'" She said with a laugh.
"I would totally watch that." I said as I watch the waitress bring our food. She didn't say anything to us. Just placed the plates in front of us and walked away. "Weird." I whispered.
"That's Meg for you." Bella whispered back.
"This has been really nice." I told her as I looked at my burger.
"Try it." She said. "Join me Emmett." She said with a laugh. I took a bite of my burger just for that comment. I was surprised that it was really good.
"That's good." I said.
"What did I tell you?" She said as she started to pick at her food.
"So…you think I would hypnotically get a second date?" I asked her.
"I would even say a possible third. Hypnotically of course." She answered with a smile.
"That's nice to know." I replied.
"I really didn't think I was going to like you when you knocked me down this morning. I was wrong." She said.
"I am sorry about that. The knocking you down part." I replied.
"That's nice to know." She said as she looked at me. I wonder if she felt the same way. I wonder if she felt that we some how belong together. "There is a party tomorrow on the beach. You and Alice should come. It's a great chance for you to meet some of the others." She said.
"I'll be there as long as you are." I said with a smile.
"I'll pick you up at seven then." She said.
"Sounds great." I replied.
After we left the diner we went home, but we spent a good hour just talking in her truck listening to the radio. "I can't believe you never heard of the Outfield." She said as she turned the radio down.
"I guess Charlie will have to send me to jail for lack of music knowledge." I said.
"He should, but unfortunately that is punishable by only a warning." She said as she looked at her front window. "Speaking of my father he is spying." She said as she looked at Charlie looking out the window.
"He is a horrible spy." I said as I waved at him.
"That's why he is a Forks cop and not a CIA officer." She said with a laugh.
"I am sure my mother is looking too." I said as I turned around towards our house. I saw two figures looking out the window. "And she has a partner in crime." I said as I looked at her.
"I think we better head in." She said as he looked over at Charlie again. "You can mange to walk across the yard by yourself, right?" She asked as she turned the car off.
"Yeah." I said as we got out. I started to walk away. "Bella, I had fun tonight." I told her before I walked closer to my house.
"Good." I heard her say. As I opened the door. I waved to her before entering. My mother and Alice were sitting in the living room waiting for me.
"Where did you all go?" My mother asked as Alice pulled me down on the sofa.
"We got a bite to eat." I answered.
"Oh, who paid?" Alice answered.
"I did." I answered.
"You like her." My mother said.
"No, this is not turning into a pal-wow." I answered as I got up.
"That means he likes her a lot." Alice said as I started to walk away.
"It's nice to see you smile, Em." My mother called after me. I just went up to my room and went to bed. Or at least I tried too. I just couldn't fall asleep at first. It must be something about her that makes my mind replay every minute of the day.