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Chapter 6: Phone Call.

Alex's POV

I straightened up my skirt and took a deep breath. You can do this Russo, we practiced all night.

I glanced nervously at the closed door where the applicant before me, a petite woman with blonde hair, had disappeared through five minutes ago. She was nice enough while we sat together in the waiting room but she was mostly reserved so we had to sit in an awkward silence.

It was early morning, around quarter to nine and from outside the window in the office, I could see parents dropping off their little children. Most were happy but some were crying and clinging to their parents. I couldn't help but chuckle at the scene.

I looked around the small office. It was joined to the school building, only seperated by two double doors. The room was painted white and there was a table in the middle with a bouquet of flowers which looked like they had been there for a while, judging from the deadening petals. There were two seats to the left of the door which led into the small principal's office.

The school wasn't in the best condition but it wasn't far from where I lived so I applied. The knob of the door turned and I stood up. I tugged on my dress once more and cleared my throat just as the principal, Mr Kavanagh I believe his name was.

The other applicant smiled brightly at me and him before she disappeared through the double doors.

"Miss Russo, would you like to step into my office?"

-0-

I breathed a sigh of relief as I walked out of the school building. That had to be one of the most nerve-wrecking interviews I had ever experienced.

Mr Kavanagh was a pleasant man, somewhere in his forties and I could tell he adored his family very much. His office was filled with tiny picture frames of him and his family at various places around the world. The first five minutes of the interview was spent by him talking about his last family vacation in Paris. I had to pretend to look interested, sucking up was a good way to help you get a job.

Aside from that, I was confident that the interview had gone well. I had answered his questions without hesitation and i gave him all the necessary details.

Now it was time to head back to my small apartment via the subway.

As I walked through the streets to get to the subway, I couldn't help but smile to myself as the familiar loud sounds and busy people made me feel welcome. However, as I looked around at everybody I coudln't help but feel lonely.

Everywhere I looked there was always at least one couple. I felt envious of them but the one person I wanted to be in a relationship in was miles away and didn't have any feelings for me anymore.

Why was he at the airport then? my voice sneered at me.

I shook my head to dismiss the thought as I stood on the platform waiting for the train to come. A few minutes later, the train arrived and i walked in. Fortunately it wasn't as crowded as it usually was so I was able to get a seat.

I sat down and felt a vibration coming from the small handbag I was carrying. I zipped it open and checked my phone. It was Gabriella calling.

"Hello?"

"Alex! Where are you at this very minute?" came her response.

"Um, I'm on the subway heading back to my apartment, why?" I asked curiously, my brows knitting in confusion.

"Oh yeah, you had that interview today. How was it?" she responded, side tracking off the topic.

"It went great... I think."

"Don't worry, it'll be fine. I'm sure you'll get the job."

"Yeah, hopefully. So why were you asking where I was?"

"Oh yeah, I'm in New York at this very moment."

My jaw dropped in shock. What?

"What're you doing here? You guys just got back from your honeymoon like yesterday?"

"Yeah, I'm exhausted and so is Embry. But-"

"Is Embry here with you?"

"Well duh. He wouldn't let me go alone." I could hear the disapproval from the tone of her voice. "Anyway, I'm here right now because you and me need to have a conversation. Asap."

"Ok, where are you guys?"

"In some cafe sipping coffee."

"What cafe?"

"How the hell am I supposed to know?"

"You look at the sign."

"It's called Cosca I think?"

"is it near some fancy fashion boutique?"

"Yeah, why?"

"I know that cafe, it's only a few blocks down from my apartment. I'll head over there once I get out of the train. Don't go anywhere."

"Ok, c'ya soon."

What could be so important that she paid me a visit in New York just to talk to me about it rather than just calling me over the phone?

I sighed and put the phone away.

Please don't let this be about Seth, please please.

My wounded pride still hadn't quite recovered from his rejection and I wasn't ready to talk about my feelings to Gabriella. I was butt hurt and I wanted to just be alone for a few days in my apartment eating junk food and being lazy.

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I walked once again onto the busy streets of New York and walked the short journey to the cafe. As I was walking past, I saw a homeless man lying on the street, shivering. I felt sympathetic and before I knew it, I had fished a twenty dollar bill from my purse and was setting it on the pavement beside him.

He opened one eye, looking alarmed that I was standing over him but calmed down when he saw that I was just giving him some money. He sat up slowly and gave me a kind smile.

"May God bless your soul child." he said softly as he pocketed the cash.

"Have a good day sir." I replied giving him a warm smile then walking away.

I soon reached the cafe and immediately spotted Gabriella and Embry. It was hard to miss them, they stood out from the crowd; their tanned skin making everyone around them look paler than usual and the fact that they both had brightly coloured suitcases beside them.

Gabriella spotted me and stood up. "Alex!" she said, pulling me into a hug.

"Hey Gab." I responded, hugging her back before quickly releasing her.

"Come on, you must be hungry."

We walked over to the table and I gave Embry a small smile.

"What do you want to eat?" she asked, handing me a small menu.

"Nah, I'm not hungry. Just really curious; why are you here?" I asked, getting straight to the point.

"It's a long story."

I glanced at the watch on my hand. "I got plenty."

"Well, we were in the airport in honolulu on the way back but then while we were waiting for our flight to board, my phone rang and it was no other than Leah Clearwater calling me. She had some interesting news about her little brother and my annoying cousin who had just flew back to New York."

I scowled at her. "Why was she calling you about that?"

"Don't look at me like that." she scolded. "And because as much as she dislikes you for what you did those three years ago, she wants Seth to finally get his happily ever after with no other than his imprint. And me and her happen to agree on that fact."

"But he doesn't like me anymore. I told him I still had feelings for him and he replied by saying he didn't feel the same and left." I said simply.

"That stubborn ass." Embry muttered.

Gabriella rolled her eyes. "Well we all know that that is just simply a bunch of bullshit. So you, my dear cousin, are going to have to fly back to Forks soon and fix this little mess you and lover boy made."

I scoffed at her. "Gab, I'm a freshly graduated college student who is still looking for a job, I can't just drop everything to go back to Forks. Plus, I'm waiting to hear from that kindergarden I had an interview from earlier."

"Alex, I'm sure there are plenty of kindergarden's in Forks for you to work in."

"But I dont want to work there. I want to work here. In New York."

"Oh come on, you and I both know that isn't true."

"Yes it is."

"No it's not." she replied, glaring at me.

I sighed, exasperated, "Listen Gab, is that all you came here for? Because I think you just wasted your time."

"Yes, that's all I came for. And no, I didn't waste my time because you know deep down that you want to go back. You're just being too stubborn to admit it to yourself. That's why I'm here."

"Where are you guys staying?"

"At your apartment."

I raised an eyebrow at her. "And when did you tell me about this?"

"I just did. Now come on, me and Embry are both exhausted and if i'm going to convince your stubborn ass to fly back to Forks, I need some rest."

"Fine, come on. We'll get a cab back to my place."

-0-

"Ok, I have two bedrooms in this apartment so you guys can have the guest one." I informed them as I took of my jacket and hung it on the rack. "The living room's there and the tv has decent channels on it. The microwave in the kitchen is broken so I don't suggest using it. The bathroom is two doors down the guest room so it's pretty close if you ever have to use it. I think that's pretty much all you have to know."

"Nice place you got here." Gabriella said as she gazed around.

"Yeah, my parents are paying half of the rent until I get a job and then once I get on my own feet, I'm paying them back." I responded. "You guys can take a nap in the guest room for a while. I'll just go out and do some shopping for food and cook for you guys when you wake up."

"Are you sure? We can go with you to the supermarket." she offered.

"Nah I'm good, get some rest, you're cranky when you're tired and I don't want to have a conversation with a cranky Gabriella."

She rolled her eyes at me. "Whatever. We're still talking about you know who once I've gotten some rest and you've come back from the supermarket, you're not getting off this so easily."

"Yes mom." I grumbled, making my way to the door. "Oh, and I just changed the sheets in that room. Please don't... you know." I said, flushing that I was having this conversation in front of Embry.

Embry raised an eyebrow at me and Gabriella looked like she was holding in laughter.

"No promises." Embry said winking, before he gently swooped Gabriella up in his arms bridal style and carried her into the room. I could hear her giggling.

I groaned.

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