Alright! This is my first story that I have wrote in several years, so please feel free to critic it! I am very excited for this story. I developed this idea during a long and boring car ride yesterday and have worked all afternoon and evening on it. I did my best to make sure I got all the spelling and grammar errors, but I apologize if I missed any. Please enjoy! :)
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Most people considered me ordinary. Simple, easy going, and less than girly. Although all of that was true about me, it started to change when I turned seventeen. At about that point in time in my life is when I moved to live with my father, Charlie Swan, Chief of police in a small town named Forks.
I was born in Forks, Washington to my parents Charlie and Renee. However, that was short lived. My mother desired more in life that she never had the chance to experience before she married my father. She packed us up and left for Phoenix when I was only a year and a half old.
Renee had took to calling me by my birth name, Isabella. As I grew older, I began to dislike being called Isabella. It felt odd, like it wasn't my name. I began going by Bella instead by the time I turned eight. When I turned eleven, my mom re-married to a man named Phil. I like Phil don't get me wrong, but everything just felt out of place.
I put up with it for six years before I really noticed how much it upset my mom to be away from him when he traveled. I made the decision to go live with Charlie so Renee could be happier. At the time I thought it was a good idea.
My first day at Forks High was absolutely indescribable. The students acted as those they had never seen anything as interesting as my freakishly pale face. Me being the shy natured person I once was, I attempted to shut out the rest of the school. That mission failed as well though once I met Alice.
Alice is my best friend and honestly I can't thank her enough. Back when I first met her though I thought she was a mad woman with an obsession for shopping. Her hyper personality through me for a loop and I often had trouble keeping up. Alice really helped me out of my shell that first year in Forks.
She taught me all about fashion and gave me lessons on how to walk in heels. This was a difficult task considering my extreme clumsiness, and I give her all the credit in the world for it. I began wearing more make-up and doing my hair in a style besides a ponytail. I found myself being more and more comfortable in girly clothes. I finally felt like a woman rather than an awkward teenage girl.
Shortly before I graduated, I had a photographer approach me and ask me to be a model for his company for a few weeks. Needing the extra cash for gas money, I took the job and found I really enjoyed it. After I graduated high school, I went on to college and I got my degree in business management. Being over productive person I am as Alice would say, I actually got my degree and had graduated by the time I turned twenty. Now, I know what you are thinking. What a psycho right? Well, I was just so anxious to begin my life that I got done with it quickly. I soon was hired at a big time fashion company. Within my first six months of working there, I had my own office, did part time modeling for the company, and became an assistant manager. I was making more money than most people do when they had been working for several years. I put in many hours, but I loved every minute of it.
I awoke to my alarm beeping just like every other week day. Smacking the hell out of my clock and rolling over, I allowed my self to let my feet hit the floor. Stretching as I walked to my bathroom, I had the feeling that it was going to be an amazing day.
After my morning shower, I slipped my robe on before going to the tiny kitchen in my apartment. I grabbed a bowl, spoon, and opted for Captain Crunch rather than my Special K cereal. Once I had successfully downed my cereal and a cup of coffee, I headed back to my room.
Pulling out my favorite black pencil skirt from my closet and my short sleeved navy blue ruffly top, I made my way to my bathroom once again. Applying some natural looking make-up, I decided on some soft curls instead of straightening my hair since it was less time consuming. Glancing at the clock, I panicked, realizing that I had to be at work in ten minutes.
Running into my room I grabbed my purse, my black belt to go around my shirt, and my black stilettos. I forced my feet to moves as fast as they could as I snatched up my keys and fled out my door. As I drove frantically, I somehow managed to get my stilettos and belt on while basically flooring the gas pedal on my car.
I cursed the elevator and its dinosaur speed that morning. Looking up from my Blackberry, I sighed in relief as the doors open. Sneaking a glance at the clock above the secretary's desk, I was pleased to see I made it in record time with three minutes to spare.
Unlocking my office door and flicking on the lights, I smiled. Turning on my laptop and setting down my belongings, I switched my attention to my phone that was dinging. Wondering why it would be dinging when anyone who would need to get a hold of me was in the same building, I cocked me head in confusion. Picking it up and reading the text, I had to laugh to myself a little.
Hey skank! Lunch today at Olive Garden... Be there by 12:30 or I'll have to kick your pretty little ass with my brand new wedges! :) Love, Alice
I replied back to her threating message before tackling the large stacks of papers that existed on my desk. An hour after I started in on the aggravating mess on my desk, my boss, Aro appeared at the doorway.
"I'm sorry to interrupt you Bella, but I have a favor to ask of you."
"Sure thing. What is it Aro?" I asked as I continued to look at a paper about the previous month's income on the underwear line.
The only downfall of this job was Aro. He's constantly piling me up with more work when he knows I am busier than two monkeys eating bugs off each other's backs.
"I have hired a new employee and I was hoping that you could show him the ropes." Aro said while staring blankly out the floor to ceiling windows.
"Oh. Alright. Where is he at?"
" Just outside your office door, to the right and around the corner."
"I'm on it."
"Thank you very much Bella dear." He smiled as he turned and left.
Standing up and adjusting my skirt, I took a deep breath before I walk out to face the new employee.
When I turned the corner I was shocked to see this gorgeous man before me. He was tall with bronze hair and the deepest green eyes I had ever seen. His hair had the "I just had really hot sex" look to it. Swallowing, I continued to walk towards him with a straight posture and confidence in my step, just like Alice had taught me.
"Hello, I am Bella Swan. I am one the assistant managers here at Societ disegni e modelli." I said, proud of myself for how fluent I had become in Italian.
Reaching forward he took my hand and planted a kiss on it before saying, "I'm Edward Cullen. It's a pleasure to meet you."
My cheeks betrayed me as they flushed a bright crimson red. That I was one thing I never had grow out of. It was then that I noticed on the floor next to his feet was a medium sized box.
"Do you need shown to your office?" I blurted out quickly as I internally slapped myself.
"I was actually told that I would be sharing an office and if I was patient that they would have my desk moved in shortly."
"Alright then. I guess in the mean time I can give you a quick little tour." I stated, breaking the eye contact he had created.
"That sounds wonderful." He said with a crooked smile that made my heart skip a beat. And I swore I heard him mutter that he would prefer a tour of something else other than the building.
I had shown Edward the entire building before we ended up outside my office door.
"Well, I hope that you get settled in here. It's a great company. What field are working in exactly?" I asked, curious to know more.
"I was hired to be part of the advertisement and sells managers."
My eyes grew large when he said he had been hired as a manager. Aro never hired a manager off the bat. He always made people work for that kind of status.
"Is something wrong Bella?"
"Your eyes just seemed like they were about to burst out of your head." He laughed.
"Oh it's nothing. I just was shocked to hear that Aro hired you as a manager."
"And why is that?"
"Aro just generally makes people earn their positions. He takes it seriously." A frown was now officially plastered on my face.
"Is that so?" He asked with a smug little smile.
I wanted to punch him. Yup, I did. One punch to the nose won't get me in that much trouble, would it? As I continued to contemplate how to go about punching in Edward's perfect little face, Aro approached us.
"Alright Edward. Your desk has been moved in and is all ready to go. I am so terribly sorry about the wait. It's hard to get good help these days." Aro said as he patted him on the shoulder.
"It's quite alright. Thank you very much Aro."
"Where is his office? I'll show him if I know who he will be sharing a room with."
Aro's hearty laugh filled the room. "Oh Bella. Dear Bella. Look to your left."
"Yes? That's my office."
"Correction. That is now you and Edward's office." Aro said as he walked away.
"No, no, no, no, no!" I said stomping my foot.
I had worked so hard to have my own office and now I had to share it. I was livid. And by livid, I mean pissed off. Majorly. By now Edward was hysterically laughing at my little temper tantrum.
"You think this is funny? Well, let me tell you something Mr. Cullen. This is as far from funny as it freaking gets! And if you think for a second that you have more rights to this office than I do, then you can think again. I was here first and just because your a male does not mean that you have any say over me!" I whisper yelled at him.
He gulped and nodded his head. Good, I think I scared him.
"Now, if you will excuse me, I have to meet my psycho best friend for lunch and if I am not there on time she will kick my ass." I said as I opened "our" office door and grabbed my purse.
"She'll kick your ass?" Edward asked with a amused look on his face as I walked toward the elevator.
"I wouldn't doubt it if I was late."
As I pulled into Olive Garden's parking lot and put my car in park, I looked over at the entrance to see a bouncing Alice waiting for me. I no more than got out of my car and got it locked before she had me in a hug that could literally kill.
"I missed you so much Bella!" She squealed in my ear.
"Pixie! You are gonna break my eardrums!" I choked out.
"Oops.. Sorry Bells."
"It's alright." I sighed.
"Oh no, something is up. Come on. Mama Alice is gonna get to the bottom of this before we even get our drinks!"
I laughed as my pixie like friend drug me into the restaurant. Three and a half minutes later she already had me spilling about what was wrong. And of course, our drinks hadn't even arrived yet.
"There's a new employee at work."
"Yeah. Is there something wrong with that?"
"Um yes definitely. It was bad enough that I had to show him around the entire building and that he has a major ego." I said taking a sip of my ice tea.
"I can't stand when guys think they're all that! It just makes me wanna hurl all over a penguin!" Alice shrieked out.
"A penguin? Really?" I asked between my laughter.
"Mm hm. So, tell me more about Mr. Hot Shot."
"He's tall, has green eyes, and bronze hair. I've never seen hair like it before. It looked like he had just had the hottest sex of the century."
"Why do you say that?"
"Oh no reason." Alice said nonchalantly while faking interest in the menu.
"Alice. What are you hiding?"
"Nothing at all! What was his name?"
Alice spit her hot coffee that she had just taken a large drink of across the table and onto me.
"What the hell Alice?" I screamed.
"Sorry! I didn't mean to, but man that caught me off guard."
As I desperately attempted to dab the coffee off my shirt before it stained, she continued to ramble.
"Do you not find his name familiar Bells?"
"I don't think so. Why?"
"What's my last name?" She asked with an annoyed look slapped across her face.
"Cullen.. Oh whoa! Wait! What's this mean?"
"Yes, your oldest brother."
"Well, Edward is the middle child, aka my otha brotha."
"For one Alice you are not gangsta, so stop talking like that. And for two, he's your brother?"
"Yup, he very much is."
"How come I've never met him, but I've met Emmett once or twice before?"
"Edward hasn't been around much. Us kids get along fine, but Edward and our parents aren't exactly on the best of terms."
"Why don't they get along well?"
"Nope that's not my place to tell you. If he wants you to know, he will tell you."
"Alice, what gives you the idea that I want to freaking talk to him?" I asked, looking at her like she was a crazy woman.
"I don't honestly know." She giggled.
"Anyway, to put the cherry on top, I now have to share my office with him! My office!"
"Good luck with that. I'll miss you Bella Boo."
"What do you mean you'll miss me?"
"Let's just say that Edward has the reputation of getting his way. Especially with the ladies." She said whilst wiggling her eyebrows up and down.
"Oh well isn't that fantastic! I guess it doesn't matter though since I'm not interested or available."
"True that sister!" Alice cheered as we dug into our meals like wild animals.
When I entered my office that I now have to share with Mr. Ego, I was surprised to see that he was still unpacking his box that he had brought.
"You haven't finished unpacking that dinky little box yet?"
"For your information, I did take a lunch break, so no I haven't finished. As a matter of fact I just began." He stated before turning back to his desk that sat along the windows. If I wasn't mistaken, I detected a bit of disgust in his voice with his last remark.
I decided not question it any more and went to my desk to continue on the paper work I didn't get to complete before Aro interrupted me that morning. It had been silent for almost half an hour before Edward spoke.
"Did your friend have to kick your ass or were you on time for lunch?" He asked as he flipped through some papers of his own.
"I was early actually."
"Is that so?"
"Yes. It is."
We fell back into silence once again. I was relieved when I had got all the papers sorted and I looked at my phone to see it was only three o'clock. I smiled to myself and decided I would check my email before I made sure that was all Aro had for me to do for the rest of the day. Just as I got logged into my account, Edward's hand closed my laptop.
"Hey! What did you do that for?" I asked, obviously angry.
"So, who was this friend you met for lunch?"
"What? Why do you care?"
"I'm just wondering."
"You think you would know her or something?" I said. I then realized that he would indeed know her.
"I know a lot of women."
"No kidding?" I mumbled.
"What was that?"
"Well, who was she?"
"My best friend from high school."
"Oh, well that makes it so much clearer. Thank you."
"You're welcome." I said and turned back to my laptop.
After I had answered all the emails that were extremely lengthy, I began gathering my things to leave for the night. I couldn't believe it was already six and I wasn't even home yet. As I waited on the elevator to arrive, I flipped through my missed calls. I missed one from my mom and from my college roommate, Rosalie who I had became great friends with. Alice, Rosalie and I were dangerous trio. Sighing and placing my phone back in my bag, I anxiously continued waiting for the incredibly slow elevator.
All the sudden, Edward appeared at my side with his briefcase in his right hand and his left hand in his pocket. I noticed him watching me as I pulled my top up a little. Don't want the girls to get loose.
"Could you not stare at my chest please?" I asked him rather rudely.
"I'd prefer if you didn't ask me that ridiculous question again in the future." He chuckled as he stepped into the elevator that had finally arrived. I stormed in after him and smacked him with my purse.
"What's wrong Bella?"
"You. That's what's wrong."
"I think I am very right."
"You make me angry."
"Do I now?" He asked as he moved closer to me. I tried my best to not give into his little games.
"Your sister was right."
"My sister? How do you know Alice?"
"We went to high school together when I moved here my junior year."
"And that's who you went to lunch with today?"
"Very good Einstein." I said mockingly.
"You confuse me."
"Good." I then existed the elevator and tried to walk as quickly as I could to my car. However, Edward caught up to me and cut me off.
"What do you think you are doing?"
"Going to my car and getting away from a major annoyance."
"What would that annoyance be?"
"You." I said before climbing in my car and speeding out. I couldn't help but smile at the look of disbelief on his face as I pulled away.
Well...How did I do? Please feel free to leave me a review. There is no way for me to improve without you guy's help! Thanks for reading! I hope to have the next chapter up in two or three days...But depending on how many reviews I get, it could be sooner :) Ta Ta for now!