Bella has just come to Forks after a breakup with her boyfriend from Phoenix. But how long will she actually last? Warning: I have the ending in mind, and it is a MAJOR twist. Muahaha. * not done, and i don't use deadlines. i write when i am in the mood. :] *
2. Chapter 2
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When I woke up, I used the bathroom and then tiptoed downstairs. I didn’t know if Charlie was up, but I didn’t want to wake him if he wasn’t. When I was halfway down the stairs, I heard his voice.
“You should have seen her, Renee, she was lifeless. I don’t know what happened to her there, but it really hurt her.” There was a long pause, and I guessed that Renee had a lot to say about me disappearing.
“I’m not making her go back there. If you want her, then you can come get her, but I will not make her go back there.”
I let out a silent breath. I never thought Charlie would actually want me to stay here. I mean, it obviously must get lonely, but having a teenage girl in the house probably isn’t his idea of company.
“I’ll have her call you when she wakes up. ‘Bye.” He slammed the phone onto the receiver and sighed. He muttered something, but I couldn’t hear it from where I was crouched on the stairs. I waited a few minutes and slowly made my way down. I hoped he wasn’t too angry.
He smiled when he saw me. “Morning.”
“Morning,” I said back and let out a fake yawn. I didn’t want to show any sign of hearing his and Renee’s conversation.
“Your mother called.”
“Oh,” I said, taking a seat at the kitchen table. “What’d she want?”
He gave me an exasperated look. “To know where her daughter was.” He let out a chuckle. “She wants you to call her back.”
I winced, thinking about what she was going to say. I was sure that lots of yelling was going to be involved. “Do I have to?”
His responding smile was big and made deep wrinkles around his eyes. He resembled a little kid. “I’m not gonna make you.” He fell silent for a minute. “We need to talk about this, Bells.”
“I can leave whenever you want me to.” I didn’t really expect him to let me stay.
“You want to leave?”
My eyebrows furrowed. “I didn’t think you’d want me to.”
He sat down at the chair across from me. “Are you kidding? I’d love it if you stayed., but… Renee wasn’t too happy when I called. She thought you were just over some Aiden’s house or something. Who’s he?” He raised one eyebrow.
I looked down at my hands, studying them silently. I thought about fingerprints, and how everyone’s were different. It seemed so intriguing. Charlie noticed my silence.
“Is he the reason you’re in Forks?” I stared at the cabinets hanging on the wall. “What happened?”
“Would you understand if I said I didn’t want to talk about it?”
“Now, I know I’m not a girl, but you can still talk to me. I want to understand this.” I almost laughed at the thought of me and Charlie discussing my love life. If I thought we’d had awkward conversations in the past…
He sighed. “Okay. Call your mother and just talk about this. If she decides to let you stay, well… we’ll talk about that later.”
“Okay,” I mumbled, unenthused about the thought of Renee, worried, at this time of the morning. I almost just went back to sleep.
I walked across the kitchen and picked up the phone. For two minutes, I just listened to the dial tone. Charlie laughed at me and I gave a weak smile. I slowly dialed her number, trying to drag it out.
She unfortunately picked up after one ring.
“Hello?” She spoke quick and urgently, like she was waiting to hear if someone had died or not.
“Mom. It’s me.”
I heard her let out a big gust of air. “Isabella Marie Swan, do you have any idea how worried I was?! What were you thinking?!” I almost laughed when she said she was worried, considering she’d thought I was with Aiden. “ I ought to ground you for life, young lady. What could possibly possess you to travel all the way out to that dreadful town of Forks and-”
“Phoenix,” I cut her off. “Phoenix made me come to Forks. I can’t be there mom. I just can’t.”
“What do you mean, baby? You have me and Phil here. What about all your friends? What about Aiden?” My breath caught, and she heard it. “Bella, honey, is it Aiden? Is that it?”
“Yeah, mom. He’s it.” Charlie was still seated at the kitchen table, watching me intently for my reactions. I hated being watched. Unless it was by Aiden. I shied away from the thought, because tears were at the brims of my eyes.
“Honey, you don’t have to leave because of him, he’s just a silly boy.”
I scoffed. Aiden was the only friend I had. The reason I went to school five days a week. He was my oxygen. “Mom, I just… I can’t be there. I don’t know how to explain it.”
She didn’t speak for a while. We just stayed listening to each other’s breathing until she finally spoke up. “It’s your choice, Bella. Make sure it’s the right one. We gotta leave for Phil’s baseball game. Just promise me you’ll think this fully through?”
“Alright, hon. Love you, ‘bye.”
I hung up the phone and sunk back into the chair. Charlie looked at me and gave a weak smile.
“I’m okay with whatever you decide.”
“Thanks,” I sighed. “I just feel so guilty about leaving her. I mean, I know she has Phil now, but… she doesn’t know how to handle herself when she’s alone.” I sighed again and looked Charlie in the eye. “Are you sure you want me here?”
He laughed. “Of course, Bells. It’s your decision.”
“Then I’m staying here.”
Smiling from ear to ear, he got right to the point. “I’ll call the school and sign you up. It’s right down the road, so it’s not far for me to drive you. I don’t know if you want to handle cooking, because I’ve been living off fried eggs all these years. Might not be too appealing, it’s an acquired taste. There’s a jar of money on the counter, that’s for weekly grocery money. You can look about for jobs if you like. I don’t know how much money you girls need for clothes and such.” He gave a sheepish grin. “Do you want to call Renee back or should I? I’ll do it if you don’t want to, it’s not a problem--”
“Dad,” I cut him off, laughing, “calm down. I’ll start looking for jobs in the Monday paper. And I would appreciate it if you would call Mom for me.” I shot him a small smile.
“No problem, kid.” And with that, he walked into the living room and turned on the TV, but walked then walked back in.
“I was supposed to go fishing with Harry Clearwater today. You remember him, right?”
“Yeah,” I nodded.
“I can cancel if you want. I know it’s probably not much fun being stuffed in the house alone all day.”
“Don’t worry about it,” I assured him. “You don’t have to cancel your plans. Have fun.”
“Thanks,” he said, with yet another smile. Did me coming here actually make him this happy?
I climbed up the stairs, leaving Charlie to his sports games, and made my way to the bathroom. I slowly undressed myself, trying to take as long as I could. I didn’t want any extra time to think about Aiden. My reflection mimicked my every move, revealing my body. This was something a hated - bathroom mirrors. This is why I hated them - my body. It wasn’t really horrible. Says everybody else who doesn’t have it. Why did nobody see my flaws?
I waited until the water was steaming and stepped in. I always love the way the hot water makes you shiver at first. Carefully sliding my favorite strawberry-scented shampoo and conditioner through my hair, I avoided all thoughts of… him.
Oh, who was I trying to kid? I couldn’t do anything to get him out of my head! Anger suddenly flushed my face. I hated that someone could have this kind of effect on me, and now I was glad I would be going to a new school. The hot water was running cold, so I got out and dried off, avoiding the stare of the mirror.