A/N: There is nooooo way to possible begin to explain why this chapter is late. Just know that I had to deal with some things, this is not an excuse and I accept the fact that some of you might not want to read further. I just hope you can enjoy, if you do. This is a short chapter, but I hope to have another one posted soon! 3

Loving Time Itself

Chapter 7: Cosmopolitan, who?

The next morning I was awoken from my dreams by an over excited Emmett, bouncing on my mattress. "Hey, Masen! WAKE UP! Isn't it a perfect day for our Spanish quiz?" My eardrums felt like they were going to burst.

"Ugh...Emmett, it's too early in the morning." I moaned, rubbing my eyes. Emmett responded with a snicker and a, "Los monos bailando en el bosque." I sat up slowly and stared at him, bemused.

"What did you say?" I asked, hoping I had heard wrong. He repeated what he had said, causing me to burst out in laughter. "Really, Emmett, monkeys dancing in the forest?"

He shrugged and nodded. "Yeah, I'm gonna put it down for everything. Mrs. Gonzales has a sense of humor and a crush on me, so I think I'll do decent." I stared in amazement at the big goof.

A lot of people mistake Emmett of being stupid, because of his size, but he was amazingly intelligent. He just preferred to go around his life spreading happiness in the form of jokes. I applauded him for not caring what people thought about him.

I stretched and climbed out of the bed, startling when I realize that Alice was sitting in the corner watching Emmett and I with amused eyes. When she realized that I had to get ready, she threw my clothes, for the day, at me and breezed out of the room.

"You Cullens have absolutely no sense of privacy, do you?" I asked Emmett, who seemed to have settled down now that I have awakened. He shrugged, but nodded as he acquiesced. I shooed him out so I could dress.

When I arrived downstairs, I found that Esme had made some pancakes for me. I wanted to thank her, but she didn't seem to be anywhere. Instead, I found Alice. I decided to thank her for choosing my clothing, but before I said anything she nodded.

I still wasn't used to the future seeing thing.

"Mase, we have to talk." She said her voice solemn, something I didn't think was possible for the hyper pixie.

I sat down and pulled the plate of pancakes closer. After taking a bite, I nodded to show that I was listening. She took a deep breath.

"Masen, I know that you like Bella, but you have to think about how all of this could affect the family. I think that you might be acting a little rashly." I frowned and swallowed the bite in my mouth.

"Rashly?" I asked, befuddled. Alice glared at my interruption and I quickly mumbled an apology before taking another bite of the pancakes.

"Yes, rashly. I think that you're overwhelmed and homesick and you just want to find a girl so that Jake's wish is fulfilled and you can go back home." I opened my mouth to protest, but she silenced me with another glare. "I know that you don't owe us anything, but if you care for us at all, please, stay away from Bella."

I finished the last bite of the pancakes and thought about what Alice was saying while I chewed. I was aware that what she was saying was true. I think Bella's physical appeal just made me think, automatically, that she was the one that I was supposed to fall in love with. I thought of how devastated Esme would be if I ruined their family because I was selfish. Before I could nod in agreement, Alice tackled me with a hug.

I grunted in pain and she released me, realizing she was crushing me.

"Time for school." She squealed and I sighed with dread.

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It was a strange day at school.

Jessica kept walking towards me in between classes before turning away abruptly at the last second. It was making me jittery, also Alice seemed to burst out laughing whenever she saw me.

The rest of the day passed without trouble and the Spanish quiz passed without incident, until I reluctantly walked into Gym. I'd have to tell Bella that I can't really talk to her anymore. Coach Clapp was continuing his chat about Badminton today, so I didn't need to undress. My eyes scanned the crowd inside and I saw Bella talking to the same blond haired guy I saw her with yesterday.

A surge of unreasonable jealously raged through me, but I suppressed it bitterly. Bella deserved a normal guy like him. I was glad that I didn't form an emotional attraction towards her, because this would've been all the more difficult.

I sat on the complete opposite side of the bleachers from her, deciding that I could talk to her tomorrow, since she was talking to that other guy.

Gym was filled with surreptitious glances and halfway through I stopped myself. This was just going to make it more difficult. When the bell rang I couldn't help but sigh in relief. I picked up my backpack and looked up only to see Bella making her way to me. I watched as she struggled and stumbled through the crowd and I couldn't help but smile.

It was awkwardly adorable.

"Masen!" A loud voice pierced my thoughts and I looked around, reflexively.

In hindsight, that wasn't the best idea. Jessica walked toward me, smiling and blushing. She looked nervous. My eyes quickly flickered back to Bella and I saw that she was staring at Jessica. She looked at me and turned around, before walking out the door.

When I turned around, I found that Jessica was standing really close to me and I took a step back. "Jessica." I nodded, keeping my voice neutral. She took a step forward, causing me to take a step back and we continued this dance until my back hit the railing of the bleachers. "Was there something you needed?" I asked, my voice quivering slightly in fear. Jessica's blue eyes sparked and she leaned forward so that her mouth was next to my ear. She had an overwhelming amount of perfume on.

"You." She muttered, making me shiver in disgust. Before I could say or do anything her lips were on mine. I was shell shocked. I wasn't sure how long I stood there, but by the time I snapped out of it, Jessica was pulling away with a smug smile.

"What was that?!" I all but shouted as I wiped my mouth with my hand. Behavior like this wouldn't be condoned back home in my time. Jessica's smile faltered and she bit her lip as her face slid into a frown.

"Cosmopolitan said that if you like a guy, you should just come out and tell him." Her voice was quivering and her blue eyes welled up. I couldn't help but feel guilty.

"Listen, Jessica. You seem like a splendid girl. And I don't know who Cosmopolitan is, but I don't think you should listen to her. I am really, truly sorry but I can't be in a relationship with you." I racked my brain for an appropriate excuse. "It's not you, it's me." I said, patting myself on the back for my genius line. That was sure to not offend her.

Before I knew it my head turned to the right and a stinging sensation resonated in my cheek area.

She slapped me!

I was flabbergasted as I watched her storm away. She seemed to be muttering about how all of the Cullens were jerks.

I contemplated what I could possibly have done wrong, while I walked to the parking lot. I found the Cullens lounging around the cars and when Alice saw me her mouth lifted into a smile. My eyes narrowed in suspicion.

"You knew!" I accused, watching her and the others giggle. "Alice, why didn't you inform me. I seemed to have made a grievous error, because she slapped me. What did I do wrong?" I watched as their composure broke down and they all giggled while I glared.

"Oh come on, Mase." Alice danced over to me and patted my arm, sympathetically. "You're here to find your true love and you won't find her if you don't take chances." She giggled again. "By the way, NEVER tell a girl that 'it's me, not you'." I stared in confusion.

"Would you rather have me tell her that it is her?" I asked, repulsed at just the idea. Alice's eyes widened and she shook her head frantically.

"It seems you have a lot to learn about girls, Mase." Jasper said, amused.

"Yeah." Edward chipped in. "Maybe you should go on a date with Jessica." He put an emphasis on the should. My eyes narrowed as I glared.

"Hey, Mr. Smarty Vampire. You do realize that if Jessica is my true love, she's yours, too." I watched in satisfaction when he blanched. He muttered something under his breath and climbed into his Volvo.

The drive home was silent, with the exception of Emmett throwing around a few taunts and jabs and when we arrived home I was planning on immediately going up to Alice's room. My plan, however, flew out of the window when Esme decided to ask me about my day. I just answered with a: "Why don't you ask Alice?"

This set of a whole round of debating whose fault it was. Esme properly chastised Alice, much to my amusement. At least Alice had the sense to look embarrassed.

"Masen, dear. I think it might be best if you don't go to school anymore. It seems to me that too much drama has arisen since you have. It will be easier to stay away from Bella and you wouldn't have to worry about all the human girls trying to steal away your virtue." Esme ended her little speech with a pinch to my cheek. The mother bear seemed to have come out.

"I agree, Esme. I think that would be best." I added smugly as I watched the Cullen children stare in awe. When Esme left the room, I casually mentioned that I was her favorite and I watched as their faces slid into frowns.

I was definitely the favorite.

A/N: I got the Spanish on Google Translate and I apologize profusely if I got it wrong. I hope that some of you are still reading this (even though it's terrible at the moment) and that you will review.

All my love