Here we go folks, as promised here is the New Moon version of the Sun Never Sets. I owe a huge thank you and debt to Nesi Cullen without whom, the title of this fic would have been really lame, so thank you thank you thank you again! As some of you may have read in the final upload of The Sun Never Sets this fic will not be updated as often as that one was, I put myself into a corner on that and should have spread it out better then I did. So do not expect an update of this every day. This fic was one of the most challenging fics I have written and was great practice as well. So I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I did writing it.
"Chris!" I heard my name being shouted as Edward parked the car. In the front seat I could hear Bella giggling and saw a passing glance with Alice. I rolled my eyes and pushed open the rear seat door before Edward had even put the car into park.
I didn't even have my bag out, before arms were around my shoulders hugging me tight. I didn't need to turn around to know who it was. Marie has a very distinct scent of strawberries. I think its her shampoo or something…besides, she is the only one here at school besides Alice who would randomly hug me.
"Hi, Marie" I replied pulling my bag off the floor of the Volvo "have a good holiday?"
She looked at me with an accusing look "or not?"
"Where were you all summer?" she said quietly her voice shaking "I tried calling your cell phone but it was out of service and when I tried calling your house, your sisters said you were on vacation and wasn't sure when you'd be back and I tried asking Bella Swan, but she hadn't seen you all summer either!"
I glanced back at Bella who shrugged innocently. I know Bella knew where I had really been all summer since she was at our house practically every day when I was home and the days that I was not home.
But all the other humans were supposed to hear that I had gone to Scotland for the summer to visit my family there.
Actually that was what everyone was supposed to be told. Apparently Marie had been left out of the loop. I sighed and glared at my brother who also shrugged might as well keep up the lie that was supposed to be told.
"I was in Scotland, with my aunt and uncle. My older cousin graduated from medical school and they wanted me to be there to help them celebrate."
Now Marie smiled
"Oh, ok." She paused "I was…just worried. I mean my dad said your whole family was gone on vacation, but then your parents came back but you didn't."
"That's true, my family went with me to Scotland for the graduation, I just stayed an extra couple of weeks. Chill Marie," I said, my own grin widening "I brought you back something."
I would have loved to have gone back to England for summer vacation and actually that was the plan for the whole family to go for a few weeks in Europe.
Unfortunately England was experiencing the sunniest summer it had experienced in decades, which Alice predicted a week before we were flying out. There wouldn't be enough cloud cover the whole three weeks so the trip was canceled. Instead we took a three week long "camping" trip into Canada.
First time I had ever been to Nova Scotia, which is basically a Canadian Scotland. It was like someone had taken all the parts about my homeland that best represented it and threw them onto the North American continent. It was quite a trip and no one the wiser would realize I had gotten Marie's souvenir, a very soft cashmere sweater from Nova Scotia, not Glasgow.
I pulled it out from the backseat and handed it to her. It was still wrapped in the brown packaging the woman at the store had wrapped it in, after assuring me that the materials used to weave it came only from the finest ewes in the highlands.
Surprised that I had gotten her a gift, Marie carefully opened the package and gasped at the sweater inside.
"Chris…this is beautiful!" she exclaimed "it must have cost you a fortune." She looked at me and I saw tears welling up in her eyes. Oh bloody hell I made her cry? Quickly I looked at Edward for a clue about how to handle this and he simple wrapped an arm around Bella and gave me a sly grin.
Alice and Bella however were more helpful. Both had the same look on their faces telling me it was ok and that crying was a good thing.
Hoping that they were right I gently patted Marie's shoulder
"I hope it fits ok, it fit Alice perfectly and you guys are about the same size." Without waiting a second more, Marie slid the sweater over her first day of school blouse, from the looks of it I had been right that her and Alice were about the same size.
"Chris I love it! Its so soft and warm!"
"That's cashmere for you." I explained, "there's nothing on earth that's softer or warmer than the wool of a highland sheep."
"This is real cashmere?" she exclaimed "Chris that's a lot of money. You didn't have to spend any money on me!"
Crap…I had been hoping that Marie had only a limited knowledge of real cashmere and wouldn't know that while it's the softest and warmest stuff out there, its also not the cheapest.
Her sweater alone cost me $200 and that's cheap for real cashmere. Alice bought her own that was nearly $500 and we're not even going to touch Rosalie's sweater, scarf and purse set.
"Um, if I may draw your attention little freshmen, the bell is about to ring." Alice spoke up, interrupting Marie's protests and tears. From her body language I could tell she was moved by my apparently thoughtful gift, but also mad that I had spent money on her like that.
I sighed, I will never understand girls…never.
But Alice was right, the bell was about to ring and Marie and I had to find our way to the auditorium to get our schedules and meet up with "our" friends. Our in quotes because they are more Marie's friends then mine.
With a knowing grin from Alice and Edward and an eye roll from me, Marie and I found the auditorium in a separate building.
A welcome speech was given by the principal and a distribution of school maps, guidelines for what was expected of students and a reminder to utilize our senior friend we met the previous year.
Considering I lived with mine, that wasn't an issue, but my plan was to become good friends with Bella's friend Angela that way Marie had four seniors to look out for her, one of them that was bound to by the schools decision. Alice and Bell had already promised to help her out indiscreetly as much as possible, which left Jessica Stanley, Marie's actual senior friend and Angela who I hoped would continue to look out for her as she had before.
As soon as that was taken care of, our schedules were passed out. Big difference between high school and middle, no lockers here in high school, the school expected us to carry less supplies and since we're allowed to carry our backpacks from class to class this made perfect sense.
As soon as we got our schedules, Marie grabbed my hand, ignoring the coldness of it as she attempted to drag me to where her friends were crowded around, studying their own schedules.
I didn't fight her as she dragged me, but I did move cautiously as we neared them. Marie may have accepted me, as had her friend Sarah, but the others still appeared cautious. This was confirmed when Patrick looked up, he was excited to see Marie, but froze when he realized she was holding my hand. I studied Patrick's face he likes Marie, more than just friendship that I tried to maintain with her. I could tell that Marie wasn't oblivious to this, but she liked me. I had a feeling that if I wasn't in the picture, Patrick would have first cuts.
This was something to consider for next year, I had to decide if I should continue to interfere with these relationships that might be. I know I wasn't doing it on purpose, wasn't my fault Marie liked me, but I knew what I could do to put it to an end and give the actual contenders a chance.
"H…h…hi Marie!" Patrick stuttered before he glanced at me "Chris…" The tenor in his voice wasn't cruel, it was complete surprise.
"Nice to see you guys." I answered
Last year none of us were overly friendly to one another, the same had been for sixth grade through to eighth. Paul had acted as kind of a spokesman if you will for the guys last spring when my English class heard my memoir for the first time.
At Marie's party I was welcomed, but no one acted all buddy, buddy to me, no emails were exchanged and no promises to hang out during the summer. But I think the fact that Marie has accepted me has really impacted her peers, who have known her since pre-school.
"What's your schedule look like?" Sarah asked both of us. Sarah has always amused me, she likes me on the same level as Marie does, but her love and desire to protect Marie outweighs her own feelings and is more of a friend to me then any of our classmates.
"American History, first period." I answered glancing at my schedule "and phys Ed second." I made a face not even bothering to hide my dislike of that.
Gym is torture for most students, but for a vampire it is our version of a living hell, since we can never use full strength we have to appear less then capable of playing sports, even though we are perfectly able to play. If gym in high school is as bad as middle school and as Emmett warned me, this year was already at sucking point.
"Ew!" Sarah replied "who wants gym at 9:30 in the morning."
"You apparently." Paul spoke up pointing at her schedule "you, me, and Chris have the same gym period. I hope Tonys not in our class, if we have to play dodge ball he's psychotic, we're gonna die."
"I don't think you have to play dodge ball in high school." I spoke up "at least my brothers didn't say anything about it."
"That's right!" Jenna exclaimed "Chris would know he's got inside sources."
"Uh, I didn't say that. I said my brothers didn't mention anything, that's not to say that there is dodge-ball and they're not telling me for humor sake. None of my brothers are particularly reliable sources."
"No they are not." Sara added, she looked at me panicky for a moment "nothing against your brothers Chris, just-"
"Siblings in general" I finished for her, Sarah's older sister is in the same year as Bella, Edward, and Alice "trust me I know."