How does one know when to start their life in a new direction? Is it when what you had going on before has failed? Although, if you left that behind and started new, wouldn't that be giving up? I wasn't the type of person to give up, yet that was all I had wanted to do lately. I saw the road before me in plain view, yet my map of directions was lost with the coming wind. I thought I had always kept myself prepared. I was perfectly mediocre. Then It was like I turned 20 and my life went up in the air falling apart like dust particles. I took a deep breathe. My walk to the beach wasn't ever long enough. Twilight had descended overhead and it was beautiful.

"Bella! Over here!" I heard Jacob's voice down by the water. The boy had a thing for me, I know, but I just didn't see him like that anymore. Jacob had changed a lot over the past year. We gave it a shot, and it didn't work. At least, it didn't work for me. I didn't have the heart to tell him that, so I made up some story about needing to focus more on me and what I was doing with my life. So far... it had worked.

I waved my arm to him, and started walking towards the water. I heard people laughing from all sides of me. The bonfire had just been started. The flames went up to the sky in brilliant colors, and the smell of the ocean was intoxicating. I was suddenly thanking myself for deciding to smoke one before I came here. Weed heightened each experience that came my way in terms of partying. I walked up to Jacob and nudged his arm playfully.

"I'm so glad you came." He said sweetly.

"Yeah, I kind of had to lie to my mom, so it better be worth it," I joked.

"You won't be disappointed, I promise." he laughed. Jacob's skin was shining gold in the fire light. It contrasted well with his long dark hair. I kind of wished that I found him appealing because he was a great guy with an awesome sense of humor.

"Want a beer?" He asked over the crowd of people around us.

"Definitely." I stated.

"Great, I'll be right back. Oh, Bella," He said turning around to face me again, "This is my friend Edward."

Jacob pulled on the shoulder of a guy that was slightly taller than him, and more lean. The boy turned, and seeing his face was a punch to my stomach. He took my breath away literally. His features were chiseled and pale, with hair as wild as the wind blowing around us. The color was bronze, and his eyes were a golden hazel color that almost glowed against the light of the raging fire behind us.

"Um, hey," I breathed out. He nodded his head to me and smiled.

"What's up?"

"Edward, this is Bella. She just moved back here from Arizona. Keep her company will you? I'm gonna go grab another beer."

"Sure thing. Grab a Corona for me, will you?" He called out to Jacob who was now jogging back up the beach.

"Yep!" Jacob's far voice called back.

I stared at Edward trying to think of something to say. While he was looking away from me, I quickly took my hair down from the messy bun it was in, and tried to straighten it's craziness out. It fell to the middle of my back, heavy and an auburn color. I suddenly wished I had applied some make-up-not that I owned much-or wore a more fitting t-shirt over my lame one-piece bathing suit.

"So, Arizona to Virginia, huh? That's quite a change isn't it?" He said absently. I ripped my hands back down to my side and thanked God that Edward had said something first. I found it easier to open up to people if they started the conversation.

"Uh, yeah. A big one, but I'm actually from here." I laughed at how crazy my situation truly was.

"I never thought I would be back here again, surrounded by all of these southern people," I teased.

"Hey, now," He joked. "People of the south are cool! We may be able to marry our first cousin in some states, but we sure do know hospitality!" He said happily. I laughed loudly.

"Can you really marry your first cousin?"

"I think you can in West Virginia..." We laughed together and the sound was beautiful.

"You've lived here all of your life?" I questioned.

"The south? Yes, and never a dull moment. Well, actually I'm from a bigger town that's more inland. I just moved down here a couple months ago. "

"I wonder why we never met. I thought everyone knew everyone even if they were from different towns."

"Wasn't meant to be, I guess." He said plainly. The guy had a point, and it got me thinking.

"How long have you known Jacob?"

"My dad and his mom used to date back in the day, and though it didn't work out, they remained friends to this day."

"Oh. Wow. I thought I knew everything about Jacob. Including his friends." I stated. This was getting strange.

"How long have you known him?" He questioned.

"Since middle school..." Edward's face changed from confusion to recognition in seconds.

"Wait, you're Bells?" He said starting to laugh.

"Yeah. Bella... Bells..." I said annoyed.

"Wow, I didn't even make the connection, my bad. I guess I've had one too many already. He didn't tell me you were coming."

"It's no big deal. I wasn't sure if I was or not anyway. He's the only one who calls me, Bells."

"He never mentioned you going to Arizona." He said while pulling up two rickety chairs behind us, and offering me to sit.

"Yeah, I moved there to be with my dad, but it didn't work out," I told him as I eased into a chair. "I was only gone for a few months. So, wait, you've heard of me?"

"Well, sure. I think everyone knows who the love of his life is."

"His what?" I coughed out.

"Here you go, Bella!" Jacob said startling me. He handed me a beer cheerfully. I took a big sip to keep myself from yelling at him.

The love of his life? Is he insane? My mind was racing. I was more embarrassed than I was angry. Why didn't Jacob ever tell me about Edward? And more importantly, how many people was he telling about me being the love of his life? Since Jacob and I went to different high schools, the amount of people could be endless. I couldn't recall hearing anything around my high school, but since he moved schools, things had changed. I've never been popular with boys before. Jacob was the only guy I had ever dated. I kind of hated that, but no one else ever took interest in me, or me them. I kept looking back to Edward and each time I would catch myself and curse silently.

"You moving in on my girl?" Jacob teased to Edward. My shoulders tensed when Jacob stood behind me and rested his hands on them.

"Nah, just telling her about our parents," Edward said laughing lightly.

"Yeah, you never told me that they dated," I said plainly.

"It was forever ago. Kind of funny, eh?" He said after he chugged a sip of his beer.

"Yeah, funny," I replied sarcastically.

A couple hours had passed before the party started to wind down. Jacob and I had played chicken in the water with another couple. We won, of course. Jacob and I always won when we were on the same team. I shook my head and realized that I was thinking about him when I didn't want to be. I thought about him a lot. Probably because we were always doing things together or talking when we were apart. Maybe I was finally kind of getting bored of it all. He was my best friend and had always been there for me, but something inside me had me start to look at him differently. I wondered if he noticed how much I kept looking up the beach to Edward playing volley ball.

"Are you having fun?" Edward said causing me to jump. "Oops, sorry. I didn't mean to startle you."

"Don't worry about it. It happens easily," I smiled. He sat in the sand next to me and stared ahead at the dark salt water before us.

"Well?" He questioned.

"Oh," I breathed, remembering his question. "Yeah, it's been fun."

"I saw you guys down in the water. You kicked Mike and Jessica's ass." He said laughing. I laughed politely back at him while looking down at the sparkling white sand. The sand had always felt so good against my bare feet.

"Yeah, put Jacob and I together, and we win everything," I said quietly.

"I'm glad you moved back." He stated sincerely. My heart started to race. I turned to look at him and smiled.

"Really? Why?" I stuttered out.

"He missed you," Edward said sweetly.

"Oh. Yeah. I guess I did miss home, too."

"What's not to miss? Especially now that you've met me," He teased. Was he flirting with me?

"Um, yeah. We should hang out sometime. I saw you like poi. You're really good at it." Once it had gotten dark enough and the fire had gone out, Edward couldn't be seen behind the swinging and glowing lights of poi.

"Ah, yes. I've been doing it for years now."

"Could you teach me?"

"Absolutely." He said smiling. "Next time you're with Jake, let me know and we'll get together." My heart sank.

"All right." I sighed slightly.

"You guys ready to go?" Jacob called from the car.

"Yeah, it is getting late," I said yawning to myself. Edward and I looked back to Jacob silently before Edward gave a thumbs up in the air. We got up and started our walk to the parking lot. Jacob smiled and turned the radio in his Rabbit up to full blast. It was some new annoying rap song that I hated and he loved. He started bobbing his head violently to the beat. He was trying to show off and be funny, but in reality, he looked like an idiot.

"Did you hear about Mike Newton's party next weekend?"

"Jake mentioned it briefly. You know Mike, too?"

"We met a couple days after I got here. My mom also went to school with his parents."

"Well you just fit right in here, don't you?" I teased. "I bet my mom knows your mom."

"That would be weird, huh? So, are you going to his party?"

"Probably," I said lightly.

"Well, you should." My heart smiled but before I could respond, a football hit Edward in the chest.

"Fail on you Edward!" Jacob called out as he began to dance around again.

"On second thought," Edward began while squeezing the football tightly. I leaned in so that I could hear him, "I'll get your number from Jake, and maybe we could hang without the dancing doofus."

"Yes!" I said a little too loudly. "But, won't he get mad at you for wanting my number?" I hissed back.

"Nah, no worries," he said slyly before he winked at me. I sighed lightly as a huge smile began to spread across my face. A smile I didn't have to fake.

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