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My Beautiful Rescue

Summary:
Bella is the new girl in Forks. When a scare alerts her to some unexplainable activities, she doesn't know what to do. She soon finds herself in love with somebody who isn't exactly supposed to love her back. Bella/Carlisle


Notes:
This is Bella/Carlisle m'dears. Just throwing that out there. If you don't like it DO NOT read it. Really. I don't want one star reviews shouting "THIS IS GROSS"... and if I get them, I may be forced to throw on of my knight friends at your face. :D


5. Niche

Rating 3.9/5   Word Count 1234   Review this Chapter

The next morning while I was enjoying a heaping bowl of cheerios, Charlie decided he wanted to have a talk with me. He sat in his chair across from me, and cleared his throat before speaking.

“So…how are things going at school?”

“They are going fine,” I answered, keeping an eye on one of the crunchy little circles in my bowl.

“Really? That's nice." He paused for a moment, before finally cutting to the chase. "There's a dance coming up, you know that, right?”

My spoon fell out of my hand. So that's where he was going. “Uhm...actually, I had no idea.” I had to pay better attention. If my dad knew there was a dance and I didn't, well, there were some issues with my focusing.

“Oh. Well there is. It's girls' choice. Have your eye on any guys?”

I groaned. “Da-ad.” I was trying to sound as much like a teenager as possible, a problem for me sometimes. Maybe if I flung enough of my inner teenage girl at him, he'd drop it.

“Alright, Bella,” he sighed. “Just keep me...updated, I guess.”

“Okay, Dad."

“Have a good day,” He said, getting up from the table.

“Bye.”

I heard his boots squeak against the linoleum, and then the front door slamming. I rinsed my bowl in the sink, being careful to avoid anything that would injure me further. It was difficult to rinse with one hand, but I eventually got it.

When I started the truck, I had to drive extra carefully to get to school. Two-handed driving, I was a professional, but one-handed? Not so much. I was amazed when I pulled into the parking lot alive.

I got out and gathered my stuff. I tried to ignore the silver Volvo that had pulled into the spot next to mine. The Cullens were at least civil to other people, but when they were near me, I could practically feel the disdain.

I sloshed my way as quickly as I could towards the building. I thought I was in the clear when I heard Alice call my name from a few feet behind me.

“Bella, hey!” she exclaimed.

I looked at her curiously. She must have noticed.

She sighed, not the action I was expecting. I was thinking she would follow with a nice little warning, perhaps another one about Carlisle. “I just wanted to say... to say sorry. I know we've been a little less than unfriendly to you, and I know that being new doesn't help the situation. I just... I just didn't know what to say to you earlier this year. We just don't know how to deal with... change, I guess. I overreacted and I just want you to know that we don't hate you,” she explained. I looked around for the rest of the family, but I couldn't find them.

I didn't know how to reply. “Thanks, Alice, really. That makes me feel a lot better about things.”

She looked at my bandaged hand. “I heard what happened, sorry about that.”

“Oh, it's no biggie. I'm surprised that it's actually this small of a cut. I'm usually much more clumsy.” I blushed after revealing that little bit about me.

“We all have our clumsy days,” she laughed. It sounded like bells tinkling, the sweetest sound I'd ever heard.

It was a sharp contrast to the school bell that rang, announcing the start of our classes.

“Well, I'll talk to you later, Bella,” she smiled.

“Right, bye,” I mumbled. I jogged to my first class, ignoring the slight pain in my hand.

Alice had just apologized, something I would have never expected. It wasn't like she needed to. I didn't have any problems with her; I was just a bit intimidated. I noticed the looks that people gave me, the looks of absolute envy. They wanted Alice to talk to them, not me. I wasn't surprised. She was gorgeous, of course. As were all of the Cullens. Painfully gorgeous.

I sat down in my seat, hoping nobody would talk to me. Unfortunately, Eric came in seconds later, taking his usual seat next to me.

“Hi, Bella! I saw you talking to Alice.”

“Yep,” I sighed. It was going to be a long day.

The class periods droned on. People in every one of my classes said something about Alice talking to me. I was beginning to get a little aggravated. It was amazing how little it would take to cause the school to gossip like fiends. When the bell for lunch rang, I evaded everyone from my usual table. It wasn't like they'd miss me or anything. I wasn't anything but a placeholder at the table.

I entered the cafeteria, but I wasn't even close to being hungry. I looked around, trying to find somewhere to sit that wouldn't draw too much attention to me. I saw the Cullens at the table in the corner. Alice waved me over.

My heart started to race in my chest. I told myself to focus on the ground, just to make sure I didn't trip over anything. Falling would do nothing but bad things for me at that point.

“Have a seat,” said Alice when I got to the table. There was only one place to sit. Alice was sitting next to Jasper, Rosalie next to Emmett. There was a spot open between Alice and Edward, so I took that one. I noticed Edward lean away from me a little, but I had grown used to it. He never got close to me when we were next to each other in Biology, so I didn't know why he would now.

“Bella, this is Jasper,” said Alice, gesturing to the person beside her. I already knew who they were, of course, but I played along. I waved. He nodded.

“That's Rosalie, Emmett, and that's Edward,” she continued, pointing out each of them.

“Hi,” I said. All of them had trays of food in front of them, but nobody took a bite.

“So, Bella, you watch sports?” asked Emmett.

I smiled a little. “I can't say I'm a big fan.”

Alice laughed. “Oh, I know! The only good part is seeing the guys in tight pants run around!”

I laughed along with her.

“Hey,” said Jasper. Alice clamped her mouth shut, but I could see she was struggling to keep a straight face.

“I don't know how they do it. They get all dirty, it's nauseating,” said Rosalie. She was cleaning her nails.

“Rose, you spend half the day under the hood of a car, you shouldn't be talking about getting dirty,” said Edward, smiling a crooked smile. I had to remind myself to breathe.

She grimaced at him.

“So, Bella, what about shopping?” asked Alice.

“Oh…shopping,” I grimaced.

“You don't like shopping?!” Alice gasped, appalled.

“Yeah! One for the anti-shoppers!” exclaimed Emmett.

Jasper and Edward both smiled, saying, "Hallelujah" at the same time.

“You guys are crazy,” scoffed Alice. I was smiling, despite being with a group of the most imposing people I had ever met.

When I looked around the lunchroom, everyone had their eyes fixed on the table. A few of them even had their mouths open.

I grinned wider, glad that I had seemed to find a niche in this school. It was simply luck that it happened to be with the most beautiful family I had ever seen.