Here you go my peoples what you all have waited for I like to thank and dedicate this chapter to my beta MarinaDiamond. Who not only did an amazing job but stuck with me and my crazy computer glitches. Enjoy
~~ Haven't Met You Yet-Michael Buble~~
Forks high was nothing and everything how I imagined it would be. It was retentively quiet. There didn't seem to be many student's, not like back in Arizona. Many kids choose to hangout around their beaten up second hand cars, while others hurried inside away from drizzling rain.
Edward wrapped his arms around me his warm touch kept the chill of the morning at bay. He tucked me into his side shielding the rain from me and towards a small building detached from the school that read Campus Office.
As soon as the glass door was open, a rushing wave of heat poured out of the tiny room. I shivered from the temperature change but, it was defiantly welcomed. I looked around the room and was amazed but not shocked at how out dated everything was including the staff. It was as if I stepped back into the seventy's, a counter divided the room was made out of old laminated hard wood floor, and papers littered the wired baskets.
Flier's hung on every surface, some dating back a year or two ago. Pictures of landscapes hung on the peeling white walls, and a few plastic chairs lining the room. The other half of the room was a desk with a sad looking fern decorated with cat photos. I wrinkled my nose at the cheap smell that perfumed the room and when I thought it couldn't get any worse a short plumped woman came around the corner. She was pasty white, with smeared red lip stick painted on her lips and teeth. Her eyes were framed with thick rimmed glasses.
"Excuse me may I help you?" She asked.
I stepped away from Edward taking my chance at some kind of breathing room.
She smiled at me with her yellow, lip stick covered teeth.
"Yes, I'm Bel…I mean Isabella Swan. I'm new here and I wanted to see if I could get my class schedule," the older woman's dull brown eyes lit up.
"Oh, yes you must be Chief Swan's daughter. Welcome to Forks dear I'm Ms. Cope, let's see if we have your file." She busied herself with scrumming through her messy desk behind the counter.
I glanced over my shoulder to where Edward stood leaning back against the wall next to the door. His hands were in his pockets, his legs crossed at his ankles with a pleased look on his handsome face. Edward stared back at me- well checking me out would be the more appropriate term, he winked at me grinning like a fool.
"Miss Swan?" I jumped at the sudden interruption.
I turned back around to find Miss Cope with a secretive sort of smile playing on her thin lips.
"I see you meet Mr. Cullen, he's a handsome boy is he not?" She loudly whispered as she giggled.
I fought a scowl, "Thanks so much for your help Miss Cope." I took the big manila envelope from her and made my way past Edward. I opened the envelope pulling out my schedule ignoring the rest of the paper work. I kept my eyes glued on my schedule trying to memorize it.
Home Economics...Mrs. Clark
I started to repeat the list in my head getting familiar with it when it was suddenly snatched from my hands. I sighed, annoyed at how immature he was being. Edward's brows furrowed in concentration as he read my schedule. A spark of hope ignited in me; would it be too much to have a little hope that maybe we didn't share any classes together. That spark was put out as soon as it was lit when I saw Edward's lips pull into his famous grin.
Handing me back the paper and draping his arm over my shoulders he led us both to the end of the hall to my first class. Instead of releasing me to allow me to go to class Edward held onto me guiding us both to the last two seats in the back.
I looked up questionably at Edward, with suspicion creeping into my mind, "Shouldn't you be heading to class?"
"I'm already in class," he sat down tugging the desk next to his closer to him than patted the seat for me to sit. My head started to hurt from all the stress of today and it wasn't even lunch time yet. I dropped my bag to the floor and plopped myself down putting my head down on the desk. It wasn't even eight o'clock yet and I was already having a bad day. Edward started to play with the ends of my hair, twisting it around his fingers. Couldn't this day just end already?
Turning my head away from Edward I glanced around the room, there weren't many students in class yet but one particular girl stood out. A small petite girl was seated by the window watching the rain drops chase each other down the stain glass. Her black hair flowed over her shoulder; her tiny features made her look childlike along with her slender figure. She wore a sweater dress that looked way too large for her small frame and made her pale skin look sickly.
As if she sensed someone watching her she turned her face towards me. Her lifeless brown eyes were a few shades lighter than mine and bore into mine with so much malice that it sent a shiver through me.
Our eyes were locked on one another and I couldn't help but to feel like she knew who I was. She glanced over at Edward for no more than half a second than she turned around giving me one last lingering stare.
"Edward," I whispered. "Who is she?" I asked not looking away.
"Alice," he grounded out. "She's Jasper's girl, a real nut job if you ask me. I don't want you alone with her, she's not stable sometimes." I almost scuffled at his last statement; did he really want to talk about being stabled? Well I didn't have much room to talk either not when it came to Edward. One minute I hate him the next I'm making out with him, with all my hormones going on I'm starting to wonder if my period was on its way. I need to keep my emotions in check if I was going to remain sane.
I mental shook my head and focused back on Alice, there was something about her and I couldn't for the life of me think what it was.
"Who's Jasper?" I asked my eyes never leaving hers.
"Just a guy I eat lunch with sometimes, you'll meet them later today," Edward dismissed. Alice seemed just so… unhappy, she stared at the book in front of her, her head slightly lowered as if she was trying to make herself as small as she could. The bell rang snapping me out of the trance bringing my attention to the front of the classroom.
More students rushed in claiming their seats at the last minute, as the class still chattered away about there up coming weekend.
A man of mid forty's followed behind them waltzing in with determination. His blonde-gray hair swept to the side, his glasses were round making his eyes appear fishy looking.
"All right class let's settled down, I would like to present a new student today she comes all the way from Arizona. Isabella Swan would mind standing so we can be formally introduced?"
I closed my eyes and my day just got a little worse, I stood up slowly the whole class besides Alice's eyes were on me. This was so embarrassing; I smiled not knowing what else to do.
"Welcome to Forks dear, I'm Mr. Johnson, here's your calculus book." He said, looking through his desk pulling out an orange tattered book. He handed to a boy in front who past it behind him till it reached me.
I sat back down taking the book covering my face with my hair wanting to block out the unnecessary attention. Class flew by faster than I had expected even with Edward whispering sweet nothings in my ear.
When the bell rang I quickly jumped from my seat gathering my things following the rest of the students. I didn't look back to see if Edward was following. The halls were crowded, it too was easy to get lost in it; I was pushed and shoved every way. The halls twisted and turned I found myself on the other side the school before I knew it. There weren't any lockers or any way of me knowing where I was. Just a set of wide double doors where a few students would enter every now and then.
I started chewing on the bottom of my lip anxiety building in my chest. Why couldn't this day already end?
"Excuse me?" I heard a voice from behind me.
I jumped at the sudden sound; I turned around and was meet with a set of baby blue eyes and a cocky grin. "You look a little lost; you must be Isabella Swan the new girl?"
I nodded, "Uh, its Bella."
"Bella? Well that's a pretty name. I'm Mike I can show you to your next class if you want?"
Mike seemed a little too eager to help me, he kept looking me up and down as if I wouldn't notice, there was no way I was going to let this boy scout take me anywhere.
"No it's fine could you just tell me where I am and I'll find way from here," I replied.
"Well through those doors is the gym, but come on it's no…."
"Bella!" I jumped again at the sound of my name echoing off the walls of the empty hall. Good grief!
Mike spun around unblocking my view, my eyes zeroed in on Edward's fierce stare. I swallowed hard against the lump in my throat. My hands started to shake but not in fear for myself my fear was for poor Mike. Edward walked past Mike and engulfed me in his long arms.
"That was a very wrong move you made back there," he whispered quickly in my ear before turning back to Mike. "I think it's time for you to run off to class don't you think?"
Mike look taken back, "Actually I was just about to take Bella to her next class."
"You're not going to take my girl anywhere you hear me Newton, so if I were you I wouldn't even bother to speak, look or even think about her again. Are we clear?"
Mike looked at Edward baffled than slowly looked over at me confused and a little disappointed. "Look I don't want any trouble I'm just trying to help."
"We both know that's not what you were trying to do, walk away Newton, now!"
Both guys stared at each other for a long minute before Mike ducked his head and backed away throwing one last glance at me.
The hallway was vacant of the few students Edward pinned me against the wall, grabbing my jaw making me meet his furious gaze.
"Why do you have to be so stubborn you see what happens when you walk away like that. Guys like Mike Newton comes along and tries to take advantage of girls like you, innocent, sweet, beautiful girls like you."
I wanted to roll my eyes, I jerked my face from his grasp.
"I was fine, I didn't need help, and I can take care of guys like him on my own." Edward pressed his body up against mine pressing me into the wall.
"You're too naive for your own good, next time you pull stunt like that back there running off like you did. I promise it'll be a mistake you wish you never had made. You just remember those guidelines I gave you." He pressed himself a little harder grinding me into the concrete wall.
I winced, "Let's get to class before your late."
Edward took me to my next class where shockingly he was in too. Each class was the same all the way up until lunch. People stared and whispered, laughing behind their pressed on nails. Edward tried to shield me from every single person who walked within a foot near me. I was exhausted, aggravated and hungry.
I just wanted to go home and hide beneath my blankets. We stood in the cafeteria line collecting our trays when a girl with bouncing curls and an overly cheerful personality came skipping toward me, she was a couple inches taller than me and she used that to her advantage as she blocked my path.
"Hi I'm Jessica Stanley you must me Isabella Swan the chiefs daughter. I've heard so much about you," Her smile had a hint of something I couldn't put my finger on it but there was something about her and the way she looked at me. Her eyes cut towards Edwards for a split second than back to me.
I nodded my head, "It's nice to meet you."
"What exactly is it that you want Jessica?" Edward sighed practically rolling his eyes when he said her name.
She smiled up at him, awe so that's what is was she liked Edward, "Oh just wanted to give Isabella here to the official welcome to Forks. I have a feeling we're going to be great friends." She cast her eyes at me, but her eyes carried a different meaning.
"I highly doubt that now, would you please move?" Edward said as nicely as he could manage.
Jessica unfazed by his cold demeanor sent him one last smile and sashayed to a table where the guy I ran into earlier was sitting with a few others. We finished getting our lunch of course Edward insisted on paying for my half, well I don't think insisted is the right word to use more like demand.
I followed him to a table in the very back of the lunch room. A boy no more than eighteen sat watching the other people in the room. His blond hair waved down past his ears, his brown eyes scanned the room almost waiting for someone or something to arrive. He was more slender than Edward and a little taller. I was guessing this was Jasper the guy that Edward hung out with that only meant that Alice couldn't be too far from him. Was that whom he was waiting on?
Edward pulled out a seat for me and sat down in front of Jasper.
"Where's Alice?" he asked as he opened his bottle of water.
"She's gone to the girl's room, I hope she's alright she's been a little..." He looked at me for a moment than back to gazing into the crowd, "Off today."
"I'm sure she's fine," Edward said nonchalantly.
Jasper didn't look convinced though, sighing he looked at me again. "I'm sorry I'm being rude, you must be Bella, Edward has told us all about you it's nice to meet you finally. I'm Jasper Whitlock." He smiled politely.
I returned his smile it was nice to have someone around so sincere it was very comforting after the day I had. "It's nice to meet you too."
Edward engaged Jasper in a conversation about God knows what; I tuned them out and picked at my turkey burger. It wasn't long after I finished my lunch that Alice joined us. She sat quietly beside Jasper and didn't even bother to glance up at me or Edward just sat there staring at that the designs in the table.
Jasper look over at her worry lining his face, leaning down he whispered softly in her ear. I couldn't make out what he was saying but evidently it was comforting to her. Her ridged posture relaxed a bit into her chair and took the sandwich he offered her off his lunch tray.
Something was very wrong with this girl.
After lunch the rest of my classes started to fly by quickly.
Home Economics was boring for me teaching kids how to make an omelet was not what I recommend as educational especially when said kids are around fire.
Biology was a little disappointing as well I had already learned over half of the text book, thanks to my advanced classes back in Arizona.
Then there was Gym, ugh why did I have to go through this torture? Did they not know how many lives they were putting in danger? But the upside to all of it was I didn't have to dress out to day.
When Edward dropped me home I crashed onto the sofa and buried my face in the cushions wanting to smooth out the anxiety of the day. Oh man it's been a long day, and I still had to get groceries. I nearly wanted to cry at the thought of having to deal with more people but it was sacrifice my stomach was willing to make if it meant a decent meal tonight.
Rolling off the couch and onto my feet I recounted the money in my pocket making sure it was all still there. Grabbing my keys that Edward so generously gave back to me, I locked the house's front door and slowly dragged myself to my truck. Not caring if Edward was watching me or not. I was actually shocked that he didn't show up as soon as I started the monster. I waited for a moment making sure he didn't just pop out of nowhere and started for the local market.
I was amazed at how much I had gotten for a lot less, Charlie actually had spare change left over which was going back into the coffee can. I grabbed a couple bags and made my way inside it was already getting dark, which was weird since it was only five in the afternoon. I guess that happens when you live in a sunless place.
Unlocking the door I flipped the porch light on, so I could grab the rest of the bags, I threw my keys down on the table near the door and made my way into the kitchen as soon as I flipped the light on a presence I wasn't expecting occupied one of the kitchen table chair.