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The New Guy

Summary:
Mike Newton has thus far lived a silly, desperate life. Whenever he tries to steal the heart of Bella Swan, the girl of his dreams, he tends to find himself in the shadow of the intimidatingly perfect Edward Cullen, whom he never really understood. But when a traffic accident turns Mike into something he never knew existed, he gains confidence - can he measure up to Edward and steal Bella's heart?


Notes:
I hope you like it! It's my first Twilight fan fiction. Until now, I've only done HP fan fics. But I have a good feeling that this will be a great fic!


2. An Unanticipated Invitation

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“Have a nice day, and do come back soon,” I bid goodbye to the man who had just made a purchase. I had decided to work at the store for an hour or so, but I’d ended up staying there for an extra hour. I had nothing better to do that day, anyway. May as well get something out of it, I figured.

The store was suddenly empty. It was not so much lonely as it was peaceful; it was almost as though time had been paused, and nature was giving me a moment to clear my head.

After that last incident with Bella, I was totally unsure as to how I would ever manage to be with her ever again without feeling like an idiot. It seemed as though I was constantly trying to redeem myself – like there was so much to make up for, and yet everything else was always getting in the way, making me more and more confused, and feeling more and more left behind. But now … now I had a moment to myself, for the first time in a long time, and it was good – while it lasted.

A tall, handsome boy around my age walked into the store, smiling at me. So much for peace.

“Hello, Mike,” Edward greeted in a friendly tone.

“Good afternoon, sir,” I said impartially, as though I’d never seen him before in my life and had no interest in getting to know him. It was true after all, that I intended to get rid of him as soon as possible, and, almost as though he read my mind, he looked determined to get what he wanted – whatever that may be. “Anything I can help you with?”

“I was wondering if you wanted to come to the pond with Bella, Alice and me – Bella told me you could use some company,” Edward replied as though he actually cared. “And besides, it’s a cloudy, rainy Saturday afternoon, and there is no reason for a socially active teenager such as yourself to be working in a store all alone when he coluld be spending it with some friends.”

Was he mocking me? I sincerely could not tell.

“So what do you say?” he asked.

“Why do you suddenly care about my social life?” I questioned suspiciously after a moment of silence.

I’m not the concerned one,” he assured me. “It’s Bella who worries. In fact, she was going to come in here and ask you herself, but we both agreed that I was more persuasive.” He grinned a shiny, flashy grin that sickened me.

“In case you haven’t noticed,” I began, “I’m not a fourteen-year-old girl, and I can’t say I’d faint in your presence. I’m surprised that you don’t know that I would be a lot more inclined to join you if it was Bella here asking me.”

“But Mike,” Edward said, shaking his head, “I am Bella’s boyfriend, and we’re very serious.” I cringed. He continued, “Don’t you think that since we’re both so close to Bella, we should at least try to not hate each other? Forget best friendship – I doubt it’s even possible. But I’ve noticed – trust me I’ve got ways – that you’re not my biggest fan, and I don’t think it’s fair to Bella if her boyfriend and her good friend have a very negative relationship with each other. Don’t you agree?”

“I’ve known plenty of people who befriend a person and yet want nothing to do with that person’s romantic partner,” I stated. “I don’t see why we have to have any kind of relationship at all, quite frankly. In other words – we don’t want any, boy scout.”

“Oh, Mike,” Edward laughed. “We’re seventeen years old – don’t you think we can act like adults?”

“I don’t know what you’re smoking, but last I checked, Bella is much more interested in you than she’ll ever be in me. So if it came down to her needing to choose between the two of us-”

“I don’t want her to have to choose,” Edward pointed out.

“Trust me, it really wouldn’t require any thought whatsoever,” I assured him. “Bella would allow me to fall into a volcano if it meant that she could spend five more minutes with you each day. It wouldn’t hurt her to give me up for you, and she’d certainly do it shamelessly.”

“Mike, Mike, Mike,” Edward sighed. “All I came here to do was ask you whether you wanted to go out with a few people for a nice time. Nobody said you have to fall into a volcano.”

I thought about it for a moment, partially to humor him. I could just go with them, and it could turn out to be fun. Just me, Bella, and another two people; it’s not really such a bad idea. I might even get to like the Cullens.

Then again, it could be torture. Bella and Edward could be in a very lovey dovey mood, and that would just kill me inside.

And if I stayed here, well then … that would make me look like an idiot (which I must agree I have always had the potential to be). Bella was giving me a chance to redeem myself, and I’d be a fool to pass up the opportunity. It would be immature to refuse the offer, and I couldn’t stand any more embarrassment.

“Okay, okay, Edward,” I sighed in defeat. “I’ll come along.”