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Bella's Point of View
The alarm clock started ringing, signaling five-fifty. I groaned and turned it off. I sighed as I rolled over. Time for another boring day at school.
I groaned again as I heaved myself off my comfortable bed and walked clumsily to the bathroom. I turned on the shower and stepped into the warm water. I stood there for ten minutes with my eyes closed. After I was done washing up, I stumbled out and dried myself with a towel. I brushed my teeth, looking into the mirror, not really seeing myself in it. Instead, I was trying to remember the basics of all living things.
I had a test today in Biology. I had studied for it yesterday. I had gone to sleep at midnight yesterday, doing my homework and studying for each subject.
It was almost the end of the year. We only had about a month left of school. I just had to survive the month, and my junior year was officially over. At least I wouldn't have to work as hard as I usually do during summer.
I didn't look forward to school because of friends like other teenagers in Forks did. I didn't have any friends. I didn't fit in with my peers. I was always alone at school, and I was fine with it. I had gotten used to it from a very young age.
I was shy and unconfident. I didn't communicate well with others except my mother, Renee. But I didn't talk to others because I didn't want to. I couldn't. I was too shy and embarrassed all the time. Most people assumed I didn't want to talk to them and ignored me. It was mostly true. No one noticed me twice at school except the teachers. The teachers loved me. I always had the right answers, perfect notes and homework assignments, and straight A's.
I dressed automatically for school, not caring what I wore. Who cared about fashion in this small, dreary town of Forks? The popular girls at Forks High School, obviously, all of them cheerleaders. The jocks that were in the football team cared about fashion. I personally didn't.
I groaned when I looked outside. It was supposed to be spring, but it looked like winter. It was always raining here, but thankfully, it was a light drizzle today. I put on jeans, a turtleneck long sleeve, and a jacket.
I headed downstairs carefully, trying not to fall. I entered the kitchen and found my dad, Charlie, seated at the dining room table with his coffee.
"Good morning," Charlie greeted me.
I merely grunted, gathering the stuff for a bowl of cereal.
Charlie looked at me, amused. "Today's going to be pretty dreary. It's drizzling all afternoon. Do you think you're going to be okay in that thin jacket?"
"This jacket's not thin, Dad," I sighed as I sat down next to him. "And besides, I have a long sleeve underneath, it's fine."
A few minutes later, Charlie got up, wished me goodbye, and left the house. I could hear the police cruiser backing out of our driveway.
Charlie Swan was the Chief of Police in the small town of Forks. Everyone knew him, and me, of course. The daughter of the Chief.
My mother, Renee, and Charlie had divorced when I was young. Although I had lived with Renee for a majority of my life, I decided to come join Charlie for high school when Renee remarried Phil. I had come to my hometown in the ninth grade, and had survived here for nearly four years now.
I glanced at the clock. I got up and dumped my bowl into the sink. I grabbed my stuff and exited the house.
I got into my car, a black Lexus ES 350. I didn't really care about cars and how they looked, but Charlie had insisted on getting a pretty car. I picked the color and chose to coat the windows in order to avoid attention. My car may look nice, but everyone at Forks High School had a better car than I did. The town was small, but teenagers' ego was bigger.
I pulled into a parking space in the parking lot. A lot of people were here already, hanging out by their car with their friends. I got out and locked the car. I walked toward the buildings, passing by a shiny silver Volvo on the way. The car belonged to Edward Cullen, the most popular guy at school. Every girl was in love with him, except me, of course. I didn't really care for boys. He sat next to me in Biology, but had never spoken to me except during labs. He didn't notice me, like everyone else.
Edward Cullen was hanging out by his car with his jock friends. They were all on the football team and were chased after a number of girls, most of them cheerleaders. Sure enough, a group of girls wearing skirts and shorts headed towards the boys. Why they even bothered showing off their skin in this cold, dreary town that rained almost every day was a mystery that will never be solved.
I rolled my eyes. I'd better get out of here before they bumped into me. Too late.
Being clumsy, I tripped over my own feet and splashed a bit of water in front of the girl that was leading the group, Tanya Denali. She was the captain of the cheer squad and the most popular girl in school.
"Ew!" Tanya complained, even though it didn't splash on her. The girls behind her started giggling and sneering at me while the boys near the Volvo turned their heads to see what the commotion was about.
Thankfully, I hadn't fallen.
"Ew, look, girls, it's the Swan," Tanya sneered. A few of the girls pretended to dance like a swan by putting their leg up in the air.
I didn't look up. I stared down at the damp ground blankly, waiting for Tanya to be through with me.
The boys by the Volvo headed towards us now, curious.
"You'd better watch where you're going, Swan," Tanya said bossily. "Do you know how much these heels cost?"
I didn't answer. The boys had arrived just in time to hear her remark. And in the center of the group was Edward Cullen.
"What's going on?" one of the boys named Mike Newton asked.
"How can you even ask?" Tanya snorted. "It's the freak. Duh, Mike."
The boys looked back at me without saying anything. I could feel their eyes on me. And, as usual, they were looking at me with pity, not with disgust like the girls did. They had always done that, which irritated me constantly. I didn't know why they did that. Looking at me with disgust would be better.
I looked up and saw Tanya chewing her gum while staring at me with disgust. Her arms were crossed and she was putting her weight on one of her legs.
"Why is it that you always trip?" Tanya wondered while her friends jeered at me. "I mean, seriously, you can't even walk on flat ground. Why do you even exist?"
I stayed silent.
"And do you even have a mouth?" Tanya asked, her voice getting louder and capturing the attention of the whole parking lot. Many looked amused to see me bullied by Tanya and her gang again. Some of the nicer girls like Angela Weber looked at me sympathetically. She looked scared for me.
"I mean, you never talk," Tanya continued loudly. "Or are you mute? How do you even maintain an A in every class? I mean, that's a HUGE accomplishment for someone like you."
I said nothing.
But someone spoke up angrily. Someone I least expected him to.
"Tanya," Edward Cullen said, sounding annoyed and angry. "Leave her alone."
Tanya turned to look at him in shock. The rest of the students in the parking lot, too, looked at him in surprise. He had never stood up for anyone before except his friends.
"What?" Tanya asked, her expression shocked. "What did you say to me?"
Edward sighed in exasperation. "I said to leave Bella alone. What has she ever done to you? It's not her fault she's clumsy."
Tanya opened and closed her mouth like a goldfish. The boys looked at Edward in surprise as well, but none of them rose up to defend Tanya. The whole parking lot was in shock.
"Edward's right, Tanya," someone said from behind me. I turned like the rest of them.
Emmett Cullen, senior and elder brother of Edward, was striding up to us with his usual gang of friends. He was a jock as well as his younger brother. He was the captain of the football team.
"I mean, think about it," Emmett continued, arriving next to his brother and throwing an arm around his shoulder. "It isn't her fault if she's clumsy. What if you were clumsy and fell all the time, Tanya? Would you like it if people laughed at you for something you have no control over?"
Tanya looked speechless as the next popular guy in school stood up for me. She looked confused and intimidated by Emmett's big figure.
Edward smirked. "Well said, bro."
Emmett chuckled and ruffled his brother's hair. He turned to me. I quickly lowered my gaze to the ground, blushing as I usually did when someone I wasn't close with made eye contact with me.
"You alright, Swan?" Emmett asked in his deep voice. He actually sounded like he cared. I raised my gaze slightly.
The parking lot was quiet as they waited for my reaction. Edward was looking at his brother gratefully for some reason. Then, he looked at me too. He smiled encouragingly.
Edward Cullen was encouraging me? The next thing I knew, the world was going to end.
Everyone was still looking at me. Tanya had narrowed her eyes dangerously. I knew I would pay later for responding to him, but I just couldn't leave without saying anything. He had helped me.
"Yes, thank you," I said quietly, my voice barely audible. My head was still down.
"Oh, my gosh," a girl in Tanya's group said. "She actually said something."
Emmett and Edward turned to glare at the girl who immediately became silent.
What was going on?
Edward stepped forward. "Come on, guys. It's time for class. See you later, bro."
Emmett nodded. Edward passed me without another glance but his friends looked at me curiously.
I looked up. Emmett was still looking at me, now in confusion. He grinned when he saw me looking and gestured for me to go. He watched me leave until I had disappeared into the building.
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