Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight or the song Take a Chance on me.
A/N: I do not have a Beta and I'm too lazy to read over my work, so sorry in advance for what I'm sure will be numerous grammar mistakes and probably some missing words.
We can go dancing, we can go walking, as long as we're together
Listen to some music, maybe just talking, get to know you better
'Cos you I've got
So much that I wanna do, when I dream I'm alone with you
You want me to leave it there, afraid of a love affair
But I think you know
That I can't let go
Forks was a small town. A really small town. I knew when I first moved here that it was small and it hadn't bothered me too much; at least not until now. Forks really needed to get some sort of attraction, like a theme park, a small pet farm or something that would have people come to visit it. It doesn't have to be anything too abstract, just something. I never realized before, that Forks could be so boring.
Within half an hour, I had shown Tanya all around Forks. I had thought about maybe showing her the reservation, at least there's a beach; but then I remembered she wouldn't exactly be welcomed there. The pack wouldn't allow that; especially since they didn't a treaty with the Denali's.
I had just finished showing where Charlie and I go to eat at least once a week for some father/daughter bonding when I fully realized how boring Forks was… and that I'm out of stuff to show her after only showing her a couple things. I guess I had to play dress up with Alice now that there wasn't anything else to do aside from going back to the Cullen's house. Oh joy.
"That's all of Forks. I doubt much has changed, besides new technology." I said; making sure I kept my eyes firmly on the road.
I was actually very proud of myself. Not once the entire trip, had I looked at her. I kept my eyes on the road. Even when we were stopped at a red light, I did not glance at her. The same couldn't be said for her though. I felt her eyes on me the whole time; not that it was entirely unwelcomed. I actually liked, for some reason, that she seemingly couldn't take her eyes off me.
With Edward, that sometimes made me feel creeped out; but with Tanya, I really liked it. It also told me that I was not the only one that could have a staring problem. I was thankful that she didn't mention how much I stared at her when we first met. Having a staring problem wasn't really good while driving though; so I did my best to keep all my attention on the road and not on her. No matter how much I want to just stare at her.
I turned my truck around and started driving back towards the Cullen's house. I didn't really want to go back; but there was nothing else really to do. Plus, I didn't want to take all of Tanya's time away from visiting with the Cullen's. That was mostly why she was there anyways since she hadn't seen them in a while.
"Where to now then?" Tanya asked me.
"Um, well, I was going to take us back to the Cullen's house. There's nothing really else to show you." I said with an apologetic smile.
I tried my best not to sound disappointed that I wouldn't be able to spend any more time with her; but I was pretty sure I failed. There was just something about her that I couldn't seem to get enough of. I couldn't help but want to spend more time with her. I liked having her around me, it was very calming; more so than Edward's presence… when he was able to be around me longer than five minutes that is. I didn't think it was good that I wanted to be in Tanya's presence more than Edwards; but I attributed it to the fact that being around Edward hurt him because of his hunger and I didn't like that.
That was another thing I loved… er, liked, about Tanya. She had commented on my scent, a couple times actually, but she didn't seem to struggle with it like Edward. I've even noticed the other Cullen's, at times, have problems with my scent; but it seems like Tanya had no problem what so ever. It was like she was immune to my scent. I was fairly confident that was because she was so old; but I didn't bother to ask about it.
"Well, that's no fun. I'm sure there's more to do around here." Tanya said with a slight pout.
The pout seemed so foreign on her, like it didn't belong. I didn't like seeing that look on her at all; no matter how adorable it looked.
"Well, there's not much to do in Forks." I said dejectedly, upset that I wasn't able to think of something to do when she so clearly wanted me to.
"Then how about any cities around Forks?" Tanya asked quickly.
Well, I wasn't planning on going outside of Forks; I would have to ask Charlie since he only thought I was going to stay at the Cullen's house. I wasn't sure he would be okay with me going out of town with someone he had never met before. Plus, I still didn't know what we would do in whichever city we went to.
"Well, I would have to ask my dad and I'm not sure he would say yes." I answered, this time I was able to keep my voice from sounding sad. I managed to only sound disappointed. I know that those two emotions can sound the same, but to me there was a big difference. I swear Tanya could tell the difference and knew what that difference meant. I didn't know how or why I knew that, I just did.
"You don't really know that without asking though. So ask him; then we spend some more time together." Tanya said with a giant smile.
I knew I said I didn't want to look at her because it was so hard to look away; but I'm using the excuse that I couldn't not look at her forever. She was just so pretty; not just because she had vampire enhanced beauty I swear; it was because she had a beauty all her own. She was a lot better to look at than Edward was… was it wrong that I didn't feel bad saying that about my boyfriend? That was something I would have to both think about and ignore.
It took a lot more will power than I ever thought I had, but I managed to look away from Tanya and pull into a random parking lot for some random store that I was not really all that interested in.
"Yeah, I guess you're right. I'll just call him real quick, I guess, and ask." I said as I parked my truck.
Tanya didn't respond, but I guess she didn't really need to. I pulled my phone out and dialed Charlie's work number since in theory, he should still be there for a few more hours. Thankfully, it didn't take long for Charlie to answer.
"Chief Swan." Charlie grunted in greeting through the phone in a professional voice.
"Hey dad; I have a question for you." I said, trying to sound like I was trying to get him to agree to something I wanted and I think he may have fell for it since I normally didn't ask for anything.
"Hey Bells; what's up?" Charlie asked, his voice sounding more like the Charlie I was used to.
"Well, the Cullen's cousins are in town and I'm showing one of them around town; but we ran out of things to see." I said, causing Charlie to chuckle a little since he definitely knew how small Forks was. "So, I was thinking of going to Port Angeles, would that be okay?" I asked Charlie.
I briefly thought about lying and saying Alice just wanted to take me out shopping there, that would have been a guaranteed yes since he practically loved Alice; but then I would have felt bad about lying to Charlie, so decided against it. I'd just have to mentally cross my fingers that Charlie would let me go without having to lie to him.
"Wouldn't he want to spend time with his family?" Charlie asked, his voice indicating he already didn't like the idea.
Well, at least he thought Tanya was a boy. Which meant I could try to get on his good side by telling him Tanya was a girl; his relief of me not spending time alone with a boy, other than Edward, might be enough for him to let me go. At least I hoped; it sounded good in theory at least.
"Well, she wanted to see the town since she hasn't been here in a few years." See not lying, just leaving out details that he didn't need to know, like it had really probably been centuries since she was last here, not just a couple years that I made it sound like to him. "So I showed her around but we ran out of things to see, so we thought it would be fun to go to Port Angeles; plus it would get me out of shopping with Alice." I added at the last second.
I've complained several times about shopping with Alice to Charlie. He knew how much shopping with the little vampire could annoy me and that the only reason I did was because Alice was my best friend.
"Well, how long are you going to be gone?" Charlie asked. I could practically see him rubbing his chin as his mind slowly started to be okay with what I wanted to do.
"I'm taking you to dinner." Tanya said before I could answer Charlie.
Well, I guess I was staying later than I thought. I was going to say just an hour or so and be back in time for dinner with the Cullen's; Tanya seemed to have other plans though. But, I couldn't even think about not agreeing with her. I gave her a look that showed my confusion and all she did was smirk at me. It showed me that she had a plan.
"Well, we'll probably get something to eat while we're there. Right after though, we'll head back to the Cullen's place. Is that okay?" I asked him, going along with Tanya had said.
"Well, is this Tanya person responsible?" Charlie asked me; making Tanya snort at the question.
I actually had to hold back a chuckle myself. Charlie just asked me if a coven leader, one that's been alive for about a thousand years, was responsible. I understood why he was asking. If I was a normal teenage, I would have thought he would expect me to lie and automatically say 'yes' to get my way. I knew he trusted me not to lie to him, which I really did try not to because there was already so much about my life that I had to lie about. I just found it funny that the one time he asked me if someone was responsible, he was asking it about a person that had to be the epitome of responsibility because she was responsible for her coven's lives.
"Yeah, she is." I answered confidently.
"Well, I guess then. Just make sure to be safe and not to do anything reckless." Charlie cautioned, just like a concerned parent should. The thing was though, was that even though I'm nowhere near the reckless type; except for all the times I hung out around a bunch of vampires.
"Thank you dad; I promise we'll be good." I said, making Tanya snort in amusement again.
"I'm not promising that." Tanya muttered under her breath.
Completely choosing to ignore her comment, I hung up my phone and started my truck again. Instead of heading back towards the Cullen's house, I headed towards Port Angeles.
"I don't really know what we can do in Port Angeles either though." I admitted after I had started driving.
"Well, there are a couple things that come to mind." Tanya said; her voice sounded so much like a purr that I couldn't help but blush at what I thought she was insinuating. "But, I think we could just settle on perhaps… a bookstore?" Tanya asked.
From the corner of my eye, I saw her not so quickly put her phone away and I decided to call her on it since I was pretty sure I knew what she was doing.
"Are you texting Alice?" I asked, putting my eyes firmly on the road again before I could get trapped in staring at her.
"Of course not; why would I choose to give my phone any attention over you; especially since we just met?" Tanya asked in a teasing voice, making me smile but thankfully not blush. "But she has been texting me and I would feel rude if I didn't at least look at what she had to say." Tanya said with a smirk that made me start to think she was up to something.
The only reason I could think that Alice would text Tanya, without Tanya answering her, would be that Alice saw Tanya in a vision and was telling her about it. I think I knew what Alice was spying on Tanya for, but I wasn't sure I wanted to admit to it right now. I was happy playing ignorance; especially with my boyfriend not around to reel back in.
"Nothing bad I hope?" I asked, skirting around specifically asking what Alice had told her.
"Not at all; if anything, she's making everything much better." Tanya answered.
"Is that why you picked to go to a bookstore? Was it something Alice told you?" I asked as I felt her eyes bore into me.
The temptation to look at her just got a lot stronger. Thinking that Alice was helping Tanya spend more time with me was not at all helping my resolve to not be a creeper and stare at her while I was driving. Actually, thinking about anything having to do with Tanya at all, was not helping with my resolve. Feeling her stare at me was quickly bringing me to the breaking point.
"Yes. Alice thought it would be a good idea when she saw we were clueless of what to do in Port Angeles. She says you apparently are a fan of books." Tanya said, her voice sounding triumphant; probably happy that there was something to do.
I'm not sure why, but I'm one of the few drivers that drive how we were technically supposed to. I kept both my hands on the steering wheel and at the designated locations that everyone said it was best to keep them. Most drivers, that I knew of at least, usually only kept one hand on the wheel and the other to their side, or in their lap. I guess Tanya felt I should have a hand in my lap like other drivers because as she spoke, I felt her hand placed gently just above my knee.
I briefly looked down to confirm that it was in fact Tanya's hand on my leg and not just my imagination. Once I confirmed it was in fact Tanya's hand, I quickly stared straight ahead again, this time with a blush on my face; I wasn't about say anything about it and bring attention to what she was doing. Having her hand there, it… it felt nice. It was nothing that Edward and I have really done too much since we've been together. I mean, he's held my hand several times; but even then, it looked like it pained him to even do that. This though, I liked it and it didn't seem like Tanya was at all bothered to be close to me and I liked that. It was nice to have someone touch me and not feel pained by it. At least, I assumed Tanya wasn't bothered by it or I would assume she wouldn't have put her hand on me.
"Do you like reading?" I asked; mentally high fiving myself for not stuttering and for coming up with something to say that would bring attention to her hand; I found that I wanted her hand there and as afraid that if I mentioned it, she would remove it. I decided to ignore the fact it took me a couple seconds to find my voice; but I didn't stutter! And at the end of the day, that's what counted.
"Not really. I don't mind it if there's nothing else to do. But Alice says you do, so I'm more than happy to do something that makes you happy." Tanya said.
Her thumb started rubbing my thigh very lightly and it took everything in me to not shiver at it. It was almost like Tanya was trying to get me to react to her touch in some way. I felt my face go red, just a little, at the intimate contact. Normally, I swear, I didn't let people I just met touch me like she was doing; but with Tanya, I really wanted her to. In fact, if I had to be really honest, I wanted to get even closer to her. There's no way I'd do it, since I'm technically not single, but it was a very nice thought.
"W-well, thank you." I answered. Damn, I stuttered, and I was doing so well to.
A/N: Revised: 08/18/2014. I didn't change much, just added a bit more detail and changed the tense of the story to past tense.