Twisted

"Sometimes love and honesty don't go hand in hand"

Description: Edward is new in town and hiding a dark secret; when he enrolls in Forks High, it's not long before he captivates Bella and turns her life upside down. When the truth comes out, will they be able to move past it, or is the damage beyond forgiveness?

Twisted isn't your average high school drama, it's an emotional rollercoaster of deceit, betrayal, and yes, a few twists that you may or may not see coming, but like all my other stories, it's ultimately about love finding the ability to overcome even the most seemingly impossible circumstances. HEA is guaranteed!

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AH, B/E, Romance, Drama, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, etc. and so on…

**A/N: I realize there is a TV show with the same title that deals with a similar plotline, BUT I have never seen a single episode and have no idea what's happening there, so don't expect this story to coincide.

Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight or its characters, but everything else is straight from my brain so please don't copy without permission.

Enjoy the ride!


Chapter 1 – Stuck
BPOV

My mother always said that the world is made up of billions of tiny moments that keep us moving through life. Most are instantly forgotten like dust in the wind, whereas others float beside us forever like indestructible kites tied to steel cables. But a moment can also be paralyzing – grabbing a hold of you and never letting go. There is absolutely nothing worse than being stuck in a moment, and until you find a way to break free, you'll never be able to truly live.

Unfortunately for me, I had found myself stuck in such a moment, and after the worst summer of my life, finding a way to move past it seemed impossible…

"So, I was thinking about getting the old gang together this weekend…like a, you know, senior year kickoff party, sort of thing," Jessica said as we walked towards the cafeteria for lunch.

"Uh…maybe," I replied unenthusiastically. The truth was, the idea of a party of any kind sounded like torture, and I hated that I felt that way. It was the beginning of our final year of high school, I should've been having the time of my life, but instead I was jaded and everything just seemed so insipid.

"Or we can forget the whole party thing and just all hang out," Jessica offered, sensing my lack of gusto for her idea.

"That would be fine too…Whatever you want to do," I told her, regretfully sounding even more dreadful than before.

"Hey Bella…if you, like, just need to ever, you know, talk, I want you to know that I'm here for you."

I forced out a smile. "Thanks Jess…And I'm sorry for being such a downer lately, but really, I don't want to talk about it…In fact, the less I have to think about it, the better. Hanging out with everyone would actually be a great distraction."

She nodded in understanding. "Okay….but, what about Jacob?" she asked carefully. "I know things are strained between you guys at the moment, so…"

I huffed. "Things aren't strained," I told her bitterly. "We broke up. It's not a temporary break. It's over. Completely. For good."

"I know…you already said that, but you two have been together forever. I mean, you're Bella and Jacob, I can't even imagine you guys apart permanently. I just thought that maybe, with time…"

"No!" I snapped. "Too much has happened; we'll never get back what we had."

"Okay…sorry." She took a deep breath. "So, if you don't want to be around each other, how should we handle everything? We're all friends and none of us are going to want to take sides. It's been okay at school because everyone is all over the place, but when we all hang out together, we can't just not invite one of you."

"We don't want you to take sides either; we just don't want to be talked about as a couple anymore… Look, why don't you plan whatever it is that you want to do, and just invite Jake? I'm not feeling up to going out anyway."

"Bu-"

I put up my finger to stop her. "We'll get together at some point, maybe do a girl's night or something, but right now I'm just not ready. Go out. Have fun. Please don't let me get you down."

She nodded solemnly. "Girl's night soon. You promised."

"I don't think I actually promised."

"But you're about to," she said with a grin.

"Fine. I promise we'll have a girl's night soon," I conceded.

And like a good friend, I kept my promise. I went through all the motions of the admired trendy Bella Swan everyone expected me to be, but it wasn't long before I found myself breaking away.

When I received a camera from my dad for my eighteenth birthday, I got really into photography and decided to spend my breaks and lunch period with the artistic types in the west wing. The fashionable popular girl that I was the year before would have been horrified by the plaid wearing slightly introvert that I quickly became, but I didn't care…I really didn't care about anything anymore. Ironically, the moment I was stuck in had changed me, and I was still trying to settle into my more mundane existence when I finally saw Edward Masen for the first time.

The latest addition to Dr. Cullen's foster brood had arrived in our tiny town of Forks several months earlier, and strangely enough, I had never even crossed paths with him. The entire school had been buzzing about the newcomer since the first day, and as I locked eyes with him across the art studio, I could instantly understand why.

With his unruly bronzed colored hair, his sharp defined jawline, angular nose, and strikingly intense green eyes, there was no way anyone could not notice him. People in that dreary town all seemed to blend together after a while, but not Edward; he stood out like monarch amongst moths. He was more than attractive, his face was unique and interesting, which was strangely so much more alluring than standard beauty. But as I stood there, stuck in his gaze, my heart sped and suddenly I was drowning in a rush of unexpected emotions that I had no way of possibly understanding.

The way I saw it, I had two options – I could either find a way to pry my eyes away from his and try like hell to never look back into them, or I could go over and actually talk to him. Both were equally terrifying….


***A/N: Confused? Yeah, I didn't give you much to go on, but all questions will eventually be answered. I have no update schedule at this time, but I promise, when the chapter is complete, it will not just sit on my computer. Currently I have an alarming five WIPs (Writing In Process), which is something I have never done before, but hopefully I can manage all of them and find a steady flow of postings. I didn't intend on starting another story before finishing my others, but over my vacation this plot came to mind and refused to be ignored (yeah, I'm crazy like that). I hope you decide to take this new ride with me; it should be a lot of fun (well, my version of fun anyway ;)