This is a short story inspired by the song "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift. This is a repost of a story I am finally going to finish. Beta'd back in the day by Kefe & TwiDi. I own nothing to do with Twilight.
I was sitting on the porch swing at Edward's, reading my worn out copy of Wuthering Heights. Checking my watch yet again, I smiled. He should be coming up the road any minute. I blushed, shaking my head. Just thinking about him brought a huge smile to my face. He was the sweetest and the best looking guy at school. But even better than that, he was my best friend. We had known each other since we were in diapers and had been joined at the hip since we could walk. Nobody knew Edward like I did and probably no one will ever will.
We hadn't had much time to hang out like we normally did ever since football practice started. Our friends down at the La Push Reservation were having a bonfire party tonight down at First Beach. The whole gang; Emmett and his girlfriend, Rosalie and Jasper and his girlfriend, Alice, were all going. Alice and Rosalie were my best girlfriends while Emmet and Jasper were Edward's best guy friends. It had always been just the six of us.
I jumped off the swing when I heard his motorcycle coming up the road. I smiled and watched him pull up into the front yard, stopping just a few feet away from the porch.
"Hey, Bells!" he called out as soon as he had the helmet off his head.
"Edward! I thought you would never get here!" I exclaimed, jumping off the front porch and into his waiting arms.
"Sorry, coach kept us late after practice." he laughed as he spun me around.
"It's okay. I've been sitting here reading."
He groaned, "Oh, please tell me you're reading something other than 'Wuthering Heights' for a change."
I mocked hurt and slapped his chest. "Edward! You know it's a classic!"
He chuckled and pulled me over to sit down on the front steps. "Yeah, Bells, I know it's a classic. But there are other classics out there you could read too."
"You know I do. This one just happens to be my favorite. Besides, it's better than those trashy smut novels some of the girls at school are reading." I laughed, sitting down on one of the porch steps.
"True." he agreed, sitting down next to me.
He sighed and wrapped his arm around my shoulders, pulling me closer to him. "Listen, Bells, about tonight."
"Oh, I'm so excited, Edward, I can't wait! It's going to be so much fun!" I smiled as I laid my head on his shoulder.
"Yeah it is." he cleared his throat, "But I think we should talk about it."
"Look, Edward, I know what you're going to say." I cut him off again.
He blanched, "You do?"
I laughed as I bumped shoulders with him, "Yes, I do. And it's okay I understand."
He looked surprised, "You do? Really?"
I laughed, "Of course, I do, silly! I know you have to practice, it's okay. I understand we can't hang out as much as we used to."
He gave me a small smile as he shook his head, "Bells, you're the best, you know that right?"
I smiled, leaning in and kissed his cheek, "That's right, mister. And don't you forget it!"
He chuckled as he stood up and grabbed my hand, "Come on, I gotta shower."
I followed him into the house and up the stairs to his room. I jumped onto his bed and stretched out across it, my feet swinging off the side.
"So, are we going to grab something to eat on the way to the beach?" I asked as he pulled stuff out of his closet.
"Uh, yeah we can do that."
"Awesome! I would need a Taco Bell fix." I rolled over onto my stomach and grabbed the remote to his stereo turning it on. The sounds of Muse filling the room.
"Okay, behave yourself and I'll be back in a few." he said, kicking off his tennis shoes.
"Yeah, yeah." I mumbled, flipping through a comic he had laying on his bedside table. I kicked off my shoes and made myself comfortable on his bed. I was so comfortable here in his room, it was almost like a second home to me. I turned around on his bed with my head on the pillow, so engrossed in the comic that I didn't even hear him come out of the bathroom, he nearly gave me a heart failure when he jumped onto the bed causing us to bounce.
"Gotcha!" he chuckled, jumping on top of me and hovering over me on all fours. He was grinning down at me as he grabbed my arms pinning them down onto the bed over my head, his knees digging into my hips as he straddled me.
"Edward!" I screamed.
He laughed as he released my arms and began tickling my sides, "What's the matter, Bells?"
"Stop it!" my chest vibrated with laughter and I tried to wiggle away from him. The feeling of his hands on my body, specifically on my skin elicited these feelings that were inappropriate for one to think of about their "best friend". His touch created some kind of warmth that spread through my body like wildfire and settled in areas that I yearned for him to touch.
"Oh no, you don't." he laughed and wrapped his arms around my waist. He then laid down beside me and pulled me closer. He kissed the back of my head and nuzzled his head into my neck causing my breathing to waver slightly.
I smiled as I melted into his embrace. This was where I belonged, wrapped in his arms, I thought. I turned to face him, snuggling into his chest and sighed in contentment. Nothing in the world smelt as good as Edward. He had an earthly smell mixed with a hint of spice that I couldn't determine.
"Let's skip the party and take a nap." he murmured as he snuggled into me.
"Sounds good to me." I agreed, allowing my eyes to drift close.
"Bella, there's something I really need to tell you." he said, giving me a squeeze.
"Edward, we're supposed to be taking a nap."
"Yeah, I know." he chuckled.
"Well, then, be quiet!"
He sighed, "But, Bells."
I looked up at him, and didn't like the expression on his face, it was too serious. His jaw was tense, like he was clenching his teeth together. His eyes grew dark, like they normally did when he was nervous or worried about something. He reached up with one hand, pinching the bridge of his nose as he squeezed his eyes shut. He was starting to make me nervous. What could have been so bad, to make him react this way?
"Edward, is everything okay?" I asked.
He groaned and ran his hand over his face, "I'm afraid you're going to be angry with me."
"Uh oh, what did you do?"
He smiled sheepishly, "Well, you see..."
But he never got to finish as we were interrupted by a horn blaring from outside.
"Hey, guys! Come on! Let's go get our party on!" Emmett bellowed from the front yard.
"The gang is here!" I exclaimed, hopping off the bed and quickly slipping my shoes on.
"Bells, wait! I need to tell you something first!" Edward called after me as I ran out of his bedroom.
"Come on, Edward!" I called out over my shoulder, laughing as I ran down the stairs.
I was anxious to get down to First Beach. This was the first night in what seemed like forever that we have all gotten to hang out together. With the guys being tied up with football practice; and Rose and Alice having been off to cheerleading camp; and now practice. I was almost a little jealous of them. At least they got to see each other at practice and I had been spending the majority of my summer alone.
"Emmett!" I yelled, running out the door and straight into his huge spread arms.
"Hey, Bells baby!" he laughed as he grabbed me and swung me around.
"Emmett, ya big ape, put her down!" Rosalie scolded.
"Bella! I really need to tell you something." Edward's voice came up from behind me.
"Edward..." I stopped when I turned to look at him. "What the hell are you wearing?" I asked, my eyes raking his figure from his head to his feet.
I hadn't paid much attention to his outfit earlier on when we were in his room, I was too busy relishing in the way his legs straddled me and the way his hands tickled me that every other rational thought had disappeared. Normally, Edward and I were very casual people who loved jeans and t-shirts. So when I saw him dressed in a pair of khaki pants and a green button down shirt, I was a little bit shocked.
"I think he looks very nice." an unfamiliar feminine voice complimented behind me.
"Tanya! Hey!" Edward replied in a nervous tone.
I looked up at him wide eyed, "Who the hell is Tanya?"
His lips pulled into a tight nervous smile. "I tried to tell you, Bells."
I looked over at Alice and Rose. They were both looking at us nervously and shooting daggers at Edward. There was a girl with them who I had never seen before. She was probably about three inches taller than me, had long beautiful strawberry blond hair and ice blue eyes. She was wearing a mini skirt and some sort of silky looking dark blue blouse. She looked like she had just stepped out of a fashion magazine, or like a Barbie Doll come to life.
"Oh, you tried to tell me what? That you invited a date to tag along on our night out? That's messed up, Edward!" I snapped back at him.
I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. I couldn't believe he was doing this, tonight was supposed to be our night! He knew I had been looking forward to this! It was supposed to be the six of us hanging out together. Now it was the six of them, plus me. How could he do this to me? It felt like he was cheating on me, only as much as I wanted us to be, we weren't a real couple. I looked at my five friends standing together with Tanya. They were all pretty nicely dressed, khaki pants, button down shirts. Alice, Rose and Tanya all dressed in skirts. God, I didn't even fit in with my own friends. Was I being replaced? Had they gotten tired of me?
"Come on, Bells! I tried to tell you numerous times! Give her a break, okay? She's new here and she doesn't have any friends." he pleaded with me.
"Whatever, Edward." I grumbled, rolling my eyes. She needed to go find her own damn friends. She couldn't have my Edward, I thought to myself.
"Bells, don't be mad." Edward pleaded, grasping my hand.
I felt the all too familiar jolt of electricity shoot up my arm. I wondered for about the millionth time if he could feel it too. He never gave any indication that he did. Obviously, he didn't if he invited Cheerleader Barbie to tag along on our night out together.
"Bells?" he repeated in a low voice, squeezing my hand again.
"Ya'll have fun. I'm going home." I sniffed, biting my bottom lip to keep it from trembling as the tears welled up in my eyes and I turned away from him to head to my house.
"What? No! Come on, Bella! Don't be like that!" he pleaded.
"Hells, Bells what's going on?" Emmett asked coming up and wrapping his big arm around my shoulders.
"I'm going home." I repeated.
"No! Bella, come on, you've been talking about this all week!" Alice exclaimed.
"Yeah, come on, Bells!" Rose urged on.
"Come on, Bella, don't leave me to deal with the Pixie here if you back out." Jasper joked, causing me to giggle.
"She obviously doesn't want to go. Let her go home so we can go." Tanya muttered under her breath, but it was still loud enough for me to hear. I narrowed my eyes at her and she just smirked at me. Oh it's on, Barbie.
I looked up at Edward, but he obviously hadn't heard her. His eyes were still trained on me, silently pleading for me to not go home.
"Okay, I'll go. But I'm still pissed off at you." I stated looking him in the eye with a frown.
My favorite crooked grin spread across his face as he pulled me into a hug.
"Okay, kiddos, let's partay!" Emmett cheered as he headed back to his SUV.
I started to follow Alice and Rosalie to Emmett's car when Edward stopped me, his hand grasping my arm, "What are you doing?"
"I was going to ride with them." I replied, nodding towards Em's car.
He looked surprised and a little bit disappointed, "But you always ride with me."
I looked towards his car where Tanya stood waiting by the front passenger door, "Well, my spot has been given away, obviously."
He sighed, running his hand through his hair, "Come on, Bella. Please, try to be friends with her. For me?"
I bit back a groan as he gave me that wounded puppy look he had perfected over the years. Damn him. He knew I couldn't say no to the sad puppy dog eyes.
"Dammit, fine." I grumbled.
He grinned down at me, "Thanks, Bells."
"Yeah, you so owe me."
He chuckled, giving me a one armed hug before opening the door for Tanya.
"Such a gentleman." she giggled as she kissed his cheek.
I felt the surge of jealousy building up inside of me and didn't even wait for Edward before I climbed in the back seat and slammed the door shut. He frowned at me through the window, shaking his head as he walked around to the driver's side door and climbed in.
"Bells, you still want to grab some Taco Bell on the way?" Edward asked as he pulled out of his drive way.
"Yeah! I'm starving." I answered.
"Oh gross! How do you eat that stuff?" Tanya whined.
"Well, we could get something else." Edward offered, "What do you like?"
Oh no, he didn't! My eyes grew wide in shock. We always got Taco Bell, it was our favorite!
"Oh you're too sweet, Edward!" Tanya cooed, "I would love to go to The Salad Shack and get a garden salad."
"Oh brother." I muttered under my breath, rolling my eyes.
"Okay, that sounds good. I could go for a salad myself. How about you, Bells?" Edward asked, looking up at me in the rear view mirror.
Is he freakin' serious?
"No thanks. I'll eat something at the party." I grumbled.
"Come on, Bells." he said pulling into the parking lot of The Salad Shack. "You just said you were starving."
"Edward, you know me well enough to know, I don't eat salads and neither do you for that matter. We always go to Taco Bell."
"Oh come on, Bells. Change is good. Try something new, you might like it!" He chuckled.
"I agree." Tanya purred, grabbing his hand.
And then, I felt as if someone stabbed me right through my heart. Edward picked up their joined hands and brought them up to his mouth and kissed the back of her hand. This can't be happening, I thought. Can't he see how wrong she is for him? They are nothing alike! Why should he have to change things about himself to be with her?
"Bells? You sure you don't want anything?" Edward asked as he pulled up to the drive through window.
"Suit yourself." he sighed, before ordering his and Tanya's salads.
I rolled my eyes as I pulled my cell phone out of my pocket and sent a text to Jake.
Hey! Edward has lost his marbles over Cheerleader Barbie and won't get Taco Bell. U guys got sum food there? - B
"Hey, Edward, turn on some music?" I asked, hoping it would drown out the sound of Tanya's giggling over everything he said and did.
"You got it."
I smiled as he flipped on the stereo and the sounds of Kings of Leon filled the car. Sweet.
My phone chimed signaling I had a text. I eagerly flipped it open to read Jake's reply.
U know it, B! We grilled burgers and bacon dogs! Come on down! - J
"Sweet!" I laughed, flipping it shut.
"What's up?" Edward asked.
"Nothing. Jake and the guys grilled burgers and bacon dogs!" I sighed. This was definitely going to make up for missing out on Taco Bell.
"Sweet!" Edward laughed.
"Edward! That sounds like a heart attack waiting to happen! You can't eat that while training for football!" Tanya reprimanded as if she were talking to a small child.
I laughed to myself thinking a bacon dog or two might do her some good.
He sighed, "You're right."
My mouth fell open in shock. No, she did not just say that! And no he didn't agree! What the hell is going on?
"Ugh, what are we listening to?" Tanya whined.
"Kings of Leon! They rock!" I answered.
"Edward! I just got a new CD, can we please listen to it?" she pouted. I saw her place her hand on his leg and it sent chills up my spine. I wanted to slap that little pouty look off her face as she stuck out her bottom lip and batted her eyelashes at him.
"Of course, babe. Whatever you want."
Did he seriously just call her 'babe'? I sadly shook my head. What the hell is happening? Had I entered The Twilight Zone? Am I on Candid Camera?
"Yay! Thanks, baby!" she squealed, pulling her CD out of her purse and promptly ejecting Edward's and tossing it into the console.
Before I even knew what was happening, the sounds of Miley Cyrus filled Edward's car. God, please tell me we are almost at La Push.
I glanced up into the rear view mirror to see Edward looking back at me in horror. I just rolled my eyes shaking my head as he smirked at me. Okay, so maybe he hadn't gone completely insane. Yet. Maybe there was still hope for him. For us.
Two very long songs later, we were pulling into the parking area at First Beach. I didn't know how much more I could take of Tanya's, or Miley's voice for that matter. If I had to listen to that damned "Climb" song one more time I was going to pull all my hair out.
"Oh, Edward! This is going to be so romantic! A bonfire on the beach!" Tanya cooed, grabbing Edward's arm.
He smiled as he wrapped his arm around her and headed towards the beach. My heart broke a little with each step they took. It was like he had completely forgotten I was even here. He made it about halfway before he stopped and turned back to look at me over his shoulder.
"You coming, Bells?" he asked.
"Yeah. Sure." I mumbled.
Damn it was going to be a long night.
I have nothing against Miley! I actually have a few Miley songs on my iPod. Leave me some love, and let me know what you think!