AN: Hey everyone out there in FanFic world! So this is my very first story, hope you enjoy! Basically, this is a story where instead of meeting Edward and falling in love with him, Bella falls head over heels for Jasper. The rest of the Cullens will appear probably in the next capter though I'm not sure if I should continue writing this story so read and review!
The funny thing about life is that it is unpredictable. It can change at any moment, and especially when you least except it. Some might say that it's fate that I moved to Forks, Washington, but I beg to differ. My name is Bella Swan, and you could say fate hates me.
Forks was just a small town, almost uncomparable to Phoenix. Did I miss the sun and scorching heat? Yes. Did I hate the constant cloud cover and rain? You bet. But did I regret moving in with Charlie? No. Charlie was the best dad anyone could dream of. He was loving and caring, but wasn't up in your business 24-7. He didn't drink or do drugs or any of the horrible things you hear about on the news. He was just Charlie.
"Bells, get up. You don't want to be late for your first day do ya?" Charlie called from down the stairs.
Groggily, I opened my eyes. The clock read 6:45, the traitor. How could it be time to get up already, when it felt like I just went to bed. Oh yeah, because I did. I was so nervous that I couldn't sleep. It was the middle of the semester, so I was totally screwed. Plus, these kids had been going to school together their entire lives, so I was going to stick out like a sore thumb. "Well, let's get this over with." I mumbled as I grabbed some clothes and proceeded to take a shower.
I turned the water up as hot as it would go so that steam filled the tiny bathroom. I hoped that the combination of heat and steam would calm the swarm of butterflies in my stomach. So far, it seemed to be helping. As I lathered on the sweet, Jasmine scented bodywash, I realized something: I had no way of getting to school. Back in Phoenix, Renee would just drop me off or I would catch a ride with one of my friends. I couldn't do that now because I didn't have any friends and didn't have a car to drive. Fabulous.
As I stepped out of the shower, I grabbed a thick fluffy towel and dried off. I quickly stepped into my favorite pair of jeans and threw on the t-shirt I had randomly grabbed from my closet. I put on my Converse sneakers and ran down the stairs. At the bottom stood Charlie, grinning from ear to ear. What was that about? He usually had a frown or no expression at all. This couldn't be good. "I have a surprise Bells. Follow me."
Confused, I followed him out to the driveway where there sat an old, rusted truck. Wait, what was this? Was this mine? "No way! You got me a truck? Oh my god!" I said as I engulfed Charlie in a hug.
"You like it? I was skeptical at first, as to whether or not you'd like it, but you seem to like it." He said, smiling.
"Are you kidding me? Of course I like it! I'd love to tell you in detail how much I like it, but I'm going to be late for school." I said as I jumped into the driver's seat and started the engine. It roared to life almost instantly.
School was school. I made it through the first half of the day with only minor problems. Everyone kept staring at me, like I was some kind of freak. No one had even really said hi, but that was fine with me. The classes were ok, I didn't favor any above the rest. Finally, though, it was time for lunch.
I wasn't all that hungry, so I just got an apple and sat down at one of the empty tables. I could feel dozens of pairs of eyes on me, watching me. I quickly took out a book and began to read. No sooner had I begun to read when someone came up to me. "You must be new or you obviously wouldn't be sitting there. This is my table, not yours. I'll let it slide this time, but don't let it happen again." the girl in front of me snapped.
I quickly gathered my things, and moved to yet another empty table as the girl and her group of friends crowded around the table I was just at. The room was quiet for a moment, but then everyone started whispering things like, "Who is that?", "What's she doing here?" and "Wow, she actually had the nerve to sit at Jessica's table!" Apparently the snob that had just made me move was Jessica, the most popular girl in the school. She wasn't very tall and wasn't the prettiest girl I've ever seen. Who was I kidding, I wasn't pretty myself. At least she had some slight fashion sense, whereas I could care less what I wore.
Suddenly, I was broken out of my random thought by the most angelic voice. "Excuse me, ma'am. May I sit here?" a beautiful blonde hair guy asked me.
"Don't tell me this table's 'reserved' too. I'm sorry, I'm new here, so I don't know which tables are claimed and which are not. I'll just get out of your way so you can enjoy your lunch." I said as I yet again picked up my things and attempted to move.
"No no no! This table is vacant, I was simply asking if I could sit with you." the angelic boy said.
"Oh. Um. Sure, I'd like that. Did you know that you are the first person today who was actually nice to me? That is if you don't count the teachers, who have to be nice to you." I said, sitting down once again. "I'm Bella by the way."
"Nice to meet you Bella. My name is Jasper Whitlock." he said with a slight drawl, "Now that is a shame! You would think people would have at least said hello or attempted to be friendly!"
"You would think. But, judging by the girl that kicked me out, the people here aren't the friendliest. Except for you of course." I said as I gazed into his beautiful topaz eyes.
"Oh, you mean Jessica? Yeah she's some piece of work, isn't she?" he said, "Well, don't feel bad, she's like that to everyone."
"What's that you're reading?" he asked peering at the worn paperback in my hand.
"Just the absolute best book ever!" I said, "Romeo and Juliet."
"I would've never pegged you for the romantic type. Not that it's a bad thing; I quite enjoyed Romeo and Juliet. It's just, you don't seem to be the type for a sappy love story" Jasper said as he absent-mindedly flipped through the book.
"You said that you like R and J, but what books do you really like to read?" Bella asked.
"I personally enjoy civil war novels. There's just something about them that fascinates me." said Jasper with a gleam in his eye.
"Well that's..." Bella began, but was cut off by the bell. "I guess I'll see you later then. Tomorrow at lunch? Same time?"
"I'd like that very much. I'll see you then." he said as he handed Bella her book back and left to go to his next class.
Maybe this school isn't as heartless as I thought. I wonder if that was just a pity lunch or if he actually likes me. Shut up Bella! It was one lunch, you can't honestly expect him to be in love with you after one encounter. I mean, grow up and get to class!
Bella hurried to find her next class, but failed miserably and had to get help from someone. By the time she finally found the Biology classroom, she was horribly late. "Ah, Miss Swan, I see you that you're my new student. I have one seat open, the one to your right by the window." the teacher said as he handed Bella her book and syllabus.
Awkwardly, Bella walked to her seat, trying not to draw attention to herself. Focusing on that and trying no to trip, she didn't see that her lab partner would be none other than Jasper Whitlock. "If I'd known that we had the next class together, I could've saved you the trouble of trying to find the classroom and escorted you here." Jasper said as Bella sat down.
"No, it's fine. Neither of us knew that we had this class together. I found my way here with a little help from the secretary." Bella replied.
The rest of the day seemed to go by quickly and painlessly, with Jasper helping Bella find the rest of her classes.