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Friendships

Summary:
I could not understand why she liked it so much. The rain. When we were in her room packing for her to leave and she mournfully threw all her tank tops into a pile to give to me, she said that she hated Forks because of the rain. Now, on the phone when I called her in response to the wedding invitation, she sounded like the rain was the greatest thing since…well Edward Cullen, her fiancé. For being so against marriage at a young age, Aunt Rene and my mother sure were exited about this wedding. So much so, that we were flying in two weeks early in order to help out. Edward/Bella, Jacob/OC


Notes:
I can't stop writing. It's boardering on obessive.


2. Dress Fittings, Rain Boots and Gangs

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I really don't like wedding anymore. Well, at least being a bridesmaid in one anyway. It involved a lot of poking and prodding by strange women who kept making disapproving noises about the size of my bust and hips. So what if I was bony. I mean really, it was more practical for me. And it's not like I had any control over it either. Bella seemed entertained by this fact and kept giggling. I was so glad Edward opted to wait outside. That would have been embarrassing.

Alice seemed pleased with the choice of dress. It was light blue, perfect for our pale complexions, with a darker blue ribbon around the waist. It was sleeveless and fell just to my knees, but Alice said that the wedding would be held inside so there shouldn't be any problem with the cold. All and all, it was a lovely dress and almost worth the pain of the fitting. Finally, I could go and while Alice and Bella finished up with Bella's wedding dress I went outside.

Edward was sitting on a bench, staring into space and drumming his fingers on the seat next to him in a steady rhythm. People who walked by kept tripping over themselves when the saw him. It was amusing, but I could see how it would get annoying after a while.

I sat down on the bench next to him and he glanced at me with a small smile. I was almost used to him, so I was able to react pretty quickly to his dazzling looks. I smiled back.

"How was it?" he asked.

"You're sister's insane."

Edward nodded in agreement. "That she is."

The silence was slightly awkward especially when a teenaged girl walked by and stared at Edward so long that she nearly walked into a light pole.

"Wow," I commented dryly

Edward sighed. "Where are they?" he muttered.

As if they had heard him, Alice and Bella came out of the dress shop with two different expressions. Bella looked sick of it all and Alice looked thrilled. I grinned smugly at my cousin as Edward led us back to the car.

When we got back, I told everyone that I was going for a walk around town. Bella offered to go with me, but I told her to stay with Edward (she wanted to anyway) and that I would be fine on my own. I was, until I got to this sports shop at the edge of town. I was never one for sports, but I needed some new rain boots. I had not realized this until I found my socks soaked completely through.

There weren't many people in the store. There was just a Native American man, probably from the reservation, who was speaking with the boy at the counter. He looked around Bella's age, the boy, not the Native American. The Native American looked almost thirty or something.

He was pretty big, but he seemed somewhat friendly with the boy and they chatted as the man paid for a pair of hiking boots. When the bell jangled above the door they looked up. The man's eyes flashed to mine and he sniffed, as if smelling the air. The look he sent her nearly made me want to bolt. I had never seen such a look of loathing before. I must have looked terrified because his face softened slightly, but his eyes were still suspicious.

I looked away and went over to the rain boots, searching for my size.

"Here you go, Call," the boy at the counter said, handing him his receipt.

"Huh? Oh."

I heard the bell tinkle and I knew he was gone. I relaxed a little. The boy came from behind the counter.

"Can I help you?" he asked. He was peering at me curiously and with good reason. "I've never seen you around here before."

I smiled at him. "Oh, I'm just visiting. My cousin's getting married."

He seemed surprised. "You're Bella's cousin."

I did not question how he knew that. It was a small town, not too many people would be getting married or having family come from out of town to attend a wedding.

"I'm Mike Newton, my family owns the store."

I nodded. "I'm just looking for rain boots. I just found out I have a hole in mine." I laughed a little.

Mike grinned. "I'm guessing it doesn't rain at all where you're from."

"Nope. So do you have anything relatively cheap?"

After a bought my boots and left the store, I had the surprise of my life. Half a mile or so from the Cullen's house I ran into the Native American with the name Call. I assumed that it was his last name. He wasn't alone this time. There were two other men with him, both tall with short hair. I did not meet their eyes as I passed and I prayed they did not mean me any harm. They followed me for a little while, before the veered off the path and into the woods. I made it back to the Cullen's without any mishap.

When I entered, I found Bella and Edward cuddling on the couch.

"Are you alright?" Bella asked. Unbidden the thought of the three men popped into my mind. Edward scowled a little.

"I'm fine," I said.

"You look a little freaked out," Bella continued.

"It's nothing."

"What did you get?" Bella asked, peering curiously at the bag in my hand.

"Rain boots," I told her, sitting down on the couch. "I found out mine are holey. I went to the sports shop or whatever. I think Mike used to be in love with you."

"He was."

I rolled my eyes. "You officially have broken all the hearts in the general area haven't you, Bells?"

She laughed, but it did not reach her eyes.

I paused. I did not want to tell her about the three men, but she wanted to know if there was anything dangerous or not out there. "Um...are they're any gangs around here?"

Bella blinked in surprise and Edward stiffened. "Gangs?" she asked.

"Yeah. There was this guy in the store, a Native American. He left soon after I got there, but when I came out of the store he was there with two others. They followed me a little ways before going into the woods...what?"

Bella was staring at me in shock, but she soon looked away. "Nothing. J-just be careful, alright."

"So they are dangerous?" Great. If I somehow dissipeared I did not think Uncle Charlie and his force of ten men would be very productive in searching for my mutilated body.

She shook her head. "No, not dangerous. Just...unpredictable."

"I see," I said slowly. I really didn't. They had been strange men and they had hated me or something about me. I had never seen such loathing in a person's eyes, until I saw their looks. I vowed not to go anywhere alone.

"Looks like there is something exciting about this place," I joked.

Bella just nodded absently while Edward looked murderous. Apparently he thought those men were more dangerous then Bella thought.