Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight.
Summary: It took less than two seconds for him to know that she was the one that he was meant to spend the rest of his life with.
AN: I have wanted to pair these two together since I first read the books. I have finally found a way to do it.
Bella Swan wasn't the type of person who did things without thinking them through first. She had been contemplating moving to Washington for over a year before her mom mentioned that Phil wanted to try to get his baseball career started. Bella knew that her mom wanted to go with him wherever he went but that she wouldn't do it if Bella were in the picture. Renee had been reluctant to agree to let her go at first. Once Bella brought up that she hadn't seen her dad in almost a year and that she wouldn't have any time to see him before she started college in a year and a half Renee realized that she was right.
Charlie was happy to have her coming to live with him. He had never been the type to show his emotions unless something really affected him. Bella had never known him to be this excited about anything. The moment she stepped off the plane she saw her dad in the crowd. She smiled warmly at him as he walked towards her.
"Hey you," she said as he pulled her in for a hug.
"Hi," he said with a smile of his own.
"How are you?"
"Good. You look good."
"So do you," he said with an easy smile.
They walked through the terminal with an arm draped over the other's shoulders. In the cruiser on the way home he filled her in on everything that had changed in town.
"You remember Billy and Jake don't you?"
"Not really," she said with a nervous laugh.
"You'll meet them later. They come over a couple times a week. I'm sure you and Jake will get along fine, he's around your age."
Bella nodded as she watched the passing scenery. Charlie fiddled with the radio dial and a pop song that Bella hadn't heard in years came on.
"You listen to this?" she asked.
"I thought that you might like it."
"I did, when I was ten. What you had on before was fine," she said with a laugh.
She changed the station back herself as he turned off the highway. The town of Forks hadn't changed since she had been there last. It was one those towns that would be never change. The people were nice as far as small town people went. She saw a mother walking her daughters across the street once Charlie came to a stop to let them pass. The woman smiled and waved and Charlie waved back.
Ten minutes later they passed the high school. It also hadn't changed from the way Bella remembered it. The ride to the house once they were in Forks took less than half an hour. She got out of the car and immediately went to the trunk to start bringing her stuff into the house. Most of her things were still in Phoenix because her room here wasn't that big while her room at her mom's was three times larger. Her mom would take everything with her if she ever decided to move so that Bella would have a place to stay whenever she wanted to visit.
She was pulling the last of her things out of the trunk when a truck pulled in behind the cruiser. A teenage boy got out on the passenger side and quickly walked around to the back. He pulled down a wheel chair while Charlie opened the driver's side door. The boy's long hair fell in his face so Bella wasn't able to get a good look at him. He came to stand beside Charlie and helped pull the man out of the truck and into the chair. He shoved his hair out of his eyes before looking at Bella. He gave her a wide smile as his eyes met hers.
"Hey," he said, still smiling.
"Hi," Bella said with a wave.
"You two used to be best friends. Hopefully that hasn't changed," The man in the chair said.
"Neither of them would remember that. They weren't even in school yet," Charlie said with a laugh.
"I'm Jake," Jacob said walking up to her.
"I'm Bella," she said with a smile.
"I'm Billy," Billy said getting her attention.
"Hi," she said moving around to look around Jacob.
"I can take those inside for you. Our dads have something that they want to show you," Jacob said taking her bags from her.
"You should be out here. You're the one who worked on it for her," Charlie said as he walked towards them.
He passed them to stand by an old truck that was parked in front of the cruiser. It had some miles on it, but it didn't look like it would be breaking down anytime soon.
"That's mine?" she asked with wide eyes.
"I bought it from Billy a few weeks ago. Jake was able to get it working."
"Thank you," she said looking between the two of them.
"You're welcome," Charlie said with a nod.
"It was nothing," Jacob said with a shy smile.
"Get in, see if you like it," Charlie said gesturing to the driver's side door.
Bella opened the door quickly, not seeing Jacob trying to pass her. She hit him in the knee with the door before quickly apologizing. He limped around the front of the truck. He got in on the passenger side as she ran her hands over the wheel.
"I really am sorry for hitting you with the door. I'm such a klutz."
"It's okay. It doesn't hurt anymore," he said with a shake of his head.
He talked her through how to shift before she asked him if he wanted a ride to school in the morning.
"I go to school on the Rez. Trust me, I wish you were going there."
"It was nice to think about. It would have been nice to know somebody already."
Jacob nodded as Charlie and Billy continued to rough house in the street.
"Are they always like that?"
"It's gotten worse with age. My best friends think it's hilarious," he said with a laugh.
"It is pretty funny," she said as Charlie danced around Billy pretending to box.
They got out of the truck and Jacob and Charlie carried Billy's chair up the stairs. Bella carried her bags up to her room and Jacob stood at the door a few minutes later.
"Do you want some help?" he asked.
"That would be great. There isn't much," she said as she opened a box.
Half an hour later they were back downstairs when Charlie suggested that they order pizza for dinner.
"Is that what the three of you normally eat?" Bella asked.
"Yeah," The three of them said at the same time.
"Expect a home cooked meal the next time you come over. Living off of pizza alone is great for someone Jake's age, but the two of you can't."
"If you want to cook I'm not going to tell you no," Charlie said with a laugh.
They talked while they waited for the pizza and Bella was surprised to find out that it was only Billy and Jacob that lived on the Rez. Bella did remember that Billy had daughters once he mentioned them. Where were they? Jacob couldn't take care of Billy by himself.
Bella slept through her alarm clock the next morning. Luckily Charlie had woken her up only ten minutes after it was supposed to go off. He was downstairs reading the paper while he drank his coffee when she came down.
"Do you need me to go with you?" he asked looking over a corner of the paper.
"I don't think so. You said that you had gone in the other day to get everything taken care of. I should be okay," she said as she made herself a glass of milk.
She sat down at the table with a piece of toast and an apple a few seconds later. He watched her as she ate silently.
"Is that all you're going to eat?"
"I can't eat when I'm nervous. I was lucky to get that down."
"I'm sure that it will be fine," he said with a smile.
She nodded as she read a section of the paper that he had already looked through. There was an article about a doctor who was being awarded a humanitarian award for all of his charity work. She read the article while her dad washed out his coffee cup and finished getting ready for work. He hugged her tightly before leaving. Once she was done reading the article she realized that it was time for her to leave.
The fifteen minute drive to school was the most nerve wracking fifteen minutes of her life. She worried that none of the kids would like her and that they would make her life a living hell. Maybe she should have talked her dad about letting her go to school on the Reservation with Jacob like she had wanted to last night. It was too late now.
It had started to rain while she drove to school. She hadn't thought to bring an umbrella. She hadn't even worn her jacket with a hood. She sighed before gathering her things. She opened her door only to step in a massive puddle. She groaned before looking up at the sky wondering if God was playing some kind of cruel joke on her.
"That happened to me yesterday," Someone said from a few feet away.
She looked up to see a skinny Asian boy with straight hair that fell in his face and over his ears.
"My dad wasn't kidding when he said it always rained here."
"Your dad has lived here a long time."
"He's lived here his entire life."
The boy crossed the rest of the way to her and she was grateful to be under the shelter of his umbrella.
"I'm Eric by the way. You must be Isabella."
"It's Bella. Thanks for sharing your umbrella with me."
"Not a problem. So when did you get here?"
"Yesterday afternoon. It didn't leave me much time to meet anyone that goes here."
"Well then I am happy to be the first person to welcome you to town. Where are you from?"
"That's a big stretch. I hope you don't resent moving here," he said with a laugh.
"It's not so bad."
"So you're Chief Swan's daughter? I never knew that he had any kids."
"I lived here when I was little. My mom and I moved when I was two."
They walked into the school and she was met with a rush of heat. She was glad to have the chance to thaw as he walked her to the office.
"I can wait out here if you want. School doesn't start for another twenty minutes."
"That would be great. I'll be right back."
Bella filled out paperwork and the secretary gave her a folder filled with paperwork for Charlie to fill out. She also got her schedule and locker assignment before meeting Eric in the hall. He was talking to an Asian girl with long dark hair and she wore glasses. His attention was on Bella once he noticed that she was standing a few feet away.
"We'll finish talking about it during lunch Angela. I'll see you later," he said abruptly.
"Okay," Angela said quietly before walking away.
He stepped up to Bella and she watched Angela walk away.
"You didn't have to make her leave. I've got a map of the school; I could have found my way around."
"We weren't talking about anything important. Let me see your schedule," he said holding out his hand.
She handed it to him as they started walking down the hall.
"We only have Science together. I can walk you to all of your classes if you want."
"That's okay. I'd feel better if I was able to find them myself but if you could help me find my locker that would be great."
"It's upstairs. If you think that you can find your way then I'll take off. Welcome to Forks High Bella."
"Thank you," she said with a kind smile.
She made her way upstairs and had trouble finding her locker. She walked through the maze of halls were every locker looked the same. What had happened to expressing yourself and making your locker your own? She was going to find a way to make hers stand out so that she wouldn't have this problem again.
After five minutes of searching she finally found her locker. She spun the dial with precision only to find that the locker was jammed. Someone's arm passed by her shoulder and banged on the bottom edge of the locker and the door opened slowly.
"I had that locker last year. It's a pain in the ass sometimes," The person said from behind her.
"Thanks," she said as she started to pull the binders that she wouldn't need out of her bag.
"Bella," she said before turning to face him.
He was cute in a tough guy kind of way. He was a little taller than her and his smile reminded her of her stepdad's.
"You're Chief Swan's daughter?"
"Mm hmm," she said with a nod.
"Do you need any help finding your first class?"
"No thanks. I passed it on the way here. I remember where it is."
"Let me know if you need anything," he said before smiling again.
Bella nodded again before walking away from him. She wasn't used to getting so much attention from guys. They were being awfully friendly. She could have sworn that Tyler was trying to look down her shirt. She pushed the thought from her mind as she walked into her first class.
She handed the teacher her schedule for him to sign. He handed her the piece of paper along with a text book and a work book.
"You can have a seat behind Miss Stanley. Jessica, will you raise your hand so that Miss Swan knows where to sit?"
Jessica raised her hand with a smile which Bella returned as she passed her.
"Hi," Jessica said as she turned in her seat.
"Hey," Bella said as she put her schedule in her bag.
"Have you met anyone yet?"
"A couple of people," Bella confirmed with a nod.
"I know pretty much everybody here if you need me to introduce you to people."
"No thank you."
"Which lunch do you have?"
"Lunch B I think."
"That's my lunch. You can sit with me if you like."
"That would great. It would save me from sitting by myself. Thank you."
The bell rang and the teacher called the class to start. Bella paid attention to the teacher, trying to keep up. The subject that they were on wasn't something that she had gone over at her last school. They were half way through Much Ado about Nothing and she would more than likely spend all weekend trying to catch up.
The bell rang and she quickly stuffed her things back in her bag. Jessica stood at the same time she did.
"I can give you my notes on what we've gone over so far if you want."
"That would save me from spending all weekend going over it."
"I'll give them to you at lunch. Good luck with the rest of the morning."
"I'm gonna need it," Bella said with a laugh.
She headed back upstairs and was looking down at her map while quickly looking up at the room numbers. She didn't notice the person watching her from a few feet away. The person watched her with curious eyes as she stopped in front of her math class.
"What are you staring at?" Someone asked who was with him.
"The new girl," he stated, not ashamed.
"I haven't seen her yet."
"She's in your math class. You'll see her when you go in," The guy murmured.
"Does she have a second head?" A girl asked with a laugh.
"No," The second guy said giving the girl an even look.
"Then why are you still watching her if she's in the class room?"
"I'll explain later. I've gotta go."
"See you later."
The bell rang as Bella took her seat behind Tyler. He turned in his seat and smiled kindly at her. She returned the smile with a tight lipped one of her own. She did notice that the girl and boy who had walked in late were watching her. The boy was tall with dark red hair that went in every direction while the dark haired girl was petite. They sat in the first row with the girl sitting up front.
She pushed the two of them out of her mind and focused on the teacher. Math had never been her best subject, so she was glad that the class was going over something that she already knew. She was able to follow the teacher's instructions easily and before she knew it the bell rang again. She gathered her things and noticed that the girl who came in late was standing at the front of her row.
"Hi," The girl said with a kind smile.
"Hi," Bella said quietly.
"I'm Alice. You must be Bella."
"I am," Bella said with a nod.
"I have a feeling that we are going to be good friends."
"Me too, I can't know how to explain it," Bella said shyly.
"Alice, are you ready?" The red head asked.
"This is my brother Edward."
"It's nice to meet you," he said politely.
"You too," she said with a tight lipped smile.
"What class do you have next?"
"I have History with Mr. Williams."
"Edward has Mr. Williams next," Alice said brightly.
"I can walk with you if you'd like," he said shyly.
"Thank you," Bella said with a nod.
The three of them walked out of class together and Alice immediately walked over to a muscular blond with shaggy blond hair that fell in his eyes. A taller more muscular guy stood on the other side of the blond.
"I need to drop something off at my locker. You can come with me or you can go meet my brothers if you'd like," Edward said.
"Yes, Bella come meet Jasper and Emmett," Alice said coming to pull Bella away from Edward.
Jasper gave her a small smile but broke eye contact with her after a few seconds. Emmett on the other hand smiled broadly at her. Her heart skipped a beat as she tried to compose herself. What kind of reaction was that just because he had smiled at her? They talked amongst themselves while Edward walked to the end of the hall. He walked back with a tall blond girl with an arm wrapped around her waist.
"Bella this is Rosalie," Edward said with a smile.
"Hi," Rosalie said with a nod.
"We should go. We have to go downstairs then across to the other side of the school."
"It was nice meeting the three of you."
"You too," Rosalie said politely.
"Bye," Jasper said quietly.
"See you later Bella," Emmett called as she and Edward walked down the hall.
She looked over her shoulder meeting his gaze before waving. She didn't know why but all of them had a calming presence over her. They seemed nice, nice enough to go out of their way to introduce themselves to her. She had worried over nothing.
Bella was able to find the lunchroom with very little trouble. Jessica stood outside the doors waiting for her.
"Hey," Bella said as they opened the doors.
"Did you have any trouble finding your classes?"
"No. It's been pretty easy."
"Have you met anyone else?"
"I met a brother and sister in my Math class. Then I met their other brothers and sister after."
"You met the Cullen's?" Jessica asked with wide eyes.
"Why is that such a shock?"
"They don't associate with anyone here."
"They seemed really nice."
"In the entire time that they have lived in Forks I have not seen the five of them talk to anyone our age."
"I don't know why they've singled me out. I didn't do anything special," Bella said with a shrug.
They walked through the cafeteria to Jessica's table. She saw Eric and who she thought was the girl from that morning. They sat down at the same time that a guy with blond hair sat down. Bella sat beside Eric and the guy sat on the other side of her.
"Mike have you met Bella?" Eric asked.
"No, I haven't. Hi," he said with a wide smile.
"Hey," Bella said with a shy smile.
Tyler came to stand in between Bella and Mike before kissing her cheek quickly then pulling Mike's chair out from under him. Mike went after him with Eric following close behind. Jessica and the dark haired girl rolled their eyes as they shook their heads.
"Boys will be boys," Jessica said with a laugh.
"I'm Bella," Bella said turning her attention to the dark haired girl.
"Bella talked to the Cullen's."
"You did?" Angela asked with wide eyes.
"Why is that such a shock?"
"Did you tell her that they don't talk to any of us?"
"Tell me about them."
"Perfect timing here they come, Alice and Jasper? They're together, like together, together."
"Aren't they brother and sister?" Bella asked with furrowed eyebrows.
"They're all adopted," Angela said.
"Jasper is really weird. He won't come near anyone. The fact that he acknowledged you speaks volumes." Jessica said sincerely.
"All he said was hi and bye. He barely looked at me when Alice introduced us."
"Edward and Rosalie are together too. He seems really nice, from what I've seen. But she is stuck up," Jessica said.
"How do you know that if you don't know her?"
"It's the way she carries herself. Edward is a total babe, but you've noticed that already, right?" Jessica asked.
"Actually, I hadn't," Bella answered honestly.
"Emmett is the most approachable out of all of them. He hovers over Jasper like a hawk; he's very protective of him," Angela said.
"Did you go up to them or did they come up to you?"
"Alice came up to me and Edward came over a few seconds later."
"Unreal. I don't understand why they would single you out like that," Jessica said as she shook her head.
"I would have gone over and asked them to tell me about themselves, but Jasper doesn't look like the type to be okay with someone he doesn't know sitting with them."
"You're right. He's very skittish. No one can get near him without him putting his guard up," Angela said as the boys came back.
The conversation was dropped and talk of the upcoming basketball game was started. Bella ate quietly feeling someone watch her. She looked over her shoulder to scan the cafeteria. Each of the Cullen's had their eyes trained on her. Their food hadn't been touched, but lay open on the table in front of them.
The bell rang pulling her from her thoughts. She collected her trash and made her way through the crowd to head out of the cafeteria. She stopped at her locker to drop off her history and math books. She walked into the Science with a few minutes to spare.
She handed her schedule to the teacher and he handed her a text book. He pointed towards the last row as he signed her schedule. She saw only one free seat on the last row seats. It was next to Edward.
"Hi again," she said as she sat down.
"Hi," he said with a tight lipped smile.
She immediately knew something was wrong. Had she done something she shouldn't have? Had his family somehow found out that she had asked about them? She racked her brain trying to figure out what she had done wrong while the teacher handed out slides and another student placed a microscope on their table. It was something that she had already gone over at her last school so it should be easy for her.
"You can go first," Edward said shoving the tray of slides across the table to her.
She slid in the first one and she knew immediately what it was. She wrote down the answer before showing it to him.
"Do you mind if I check?"
"Go ahead," she said with a nod.
He adjusted the lens before nodding in agreement. He put the next slide into place before writing down what it was. He showed her the answer and she pulled the microscope back to her.
"Do you mind if I check?"
"Be my guest," he said with a small smile.
She checked it and noticed that he was right. She wrote it down and they slid the microscope back and forth until they were done, not questioning the other's work again. They were the first ones done and Edward walked to the front to turn in their work.
Soon Edward was rising from his seat and seconds later the bell rang. It was almost like he knew that it was going to ring right then. How had he known that it was going to ring at exactly that second? Bella shook the question from her mind as she gathered her things. Mike leaned against the corner of her desk watching her.
"Did you need something?"
"Eric said that he noticed that you had P.E. last period when he looked at your schedule this morning. I thought that I would walk you since I have it too."
"Did Cullen give you any problems?"
"No. He was nice."
"You're the first person to say that," Mike said with a laugh.
"I had heard that they don't talk to anyone."
"You're the first person I've seen him talk to all year."
"He has been working by himself all year?"
"And making straight A's," Mike said with a shrug.
"Some people are just more comfortable working by themselves. I hope that I don't disrupt his routine," she said in a worried tone.
Mike showed her to the girl's locker room before walking to the boy's locker room at the other end of the hall. She saw Jessica as she made her way through the sea of girls changing into their gym uniforms. Charlie had already bought her a gym uniform and a lock for her locker so all she needed to do was to find a free locker. After quickly changing she made it out to the gym just as the bell rang. She went through the routine of giving her schedule to the teacher and she saw that the class was divided into two groups. The boys were playing basketball while the girls were playing volley ball. She was terrible at volley ball.
Her lack of knowledge when it came to volley ball was made known when she hit the ball and it went sailing off to the side and hit Mike in the back of the head. She gave him a sheepish look as she walked over to get it.
"It's okay," he said with a laugh.
"I told them not to let me play."
"It's a requirement to pass the class. I can work with you if you want."
"That's okay. I think the teacher is about to pull me out of the game," she said as she rolled her eyes.
He laughed before turning his attention back to the basketball game. Sure enough, the teacher pulled her out of the game and made her run laps around the court. She watched the boys playing basketball waving at Mike as she passed. Someone caught her eye and she turned her attention to the person. Emmett Cullen was wiping his face with his shirt before pulling it back down. Not before she got a look at his well-defined stomach. He smiled and she smiled back before turning a corner on the court. He didn't seem so bad; he wasn't like his brother's that was for sure. She cast him a second look, still seeing him look at her. She noticed his eyes then, they were a dark shade, not really brown, almost black. She brushed the thought aside; she was probably just imagining things.
The rest of the class passed without any more mishaps. She walked to her truck after going to her locker to pick up her books again. Her bag felt like it weighed ten pounds and she was struggling to get her door open and hold her bag at the same time. The truck rumbled to life with no trouble and people gave her weird looks as she pulled out of the parking lot. The truck did attract a lot of unwanted attention.
The day had gone better than she had thought it would. She made a note to herself to call Jacob and tell him how things had gone. She had promised him that she would call him. That would have to wait until after she did her homework. She had noticed that the teachers liked to assign a lot of homework. That would be something that would take some getting used to.
AN2: I wanted to add on to the summary but FF only gives you so much to work with so I'll put it here. Yes, Edward and Rosalie are together in this story. I have read stories where they were together and I promise that I will make it work. Also Jacob, Embry and Quil will not be joining the pack in this story which is a new concept for me. If any of you have any questions feel free to ask. I will answer whatever questions you might have.