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The Bet

Summary:
AU OOC? All Human. Bella meets the magnificent Edward during her first year of University. Bella and her friends are evicted, and Edward and his roomies decide to take them in. Despite the girl’s no-sex policy, the boys are desperate. ExB, EmxR, JxA.


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4. Payback

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Payback

“Hello, girls!” Carlisle greeted us, seemingly very happy although he was still on the floor. He stood up and straightened his tie. “I’d like you to meet my nephew and his two friends, Edward, Jasper and Emmett.” As he introduced each of them he pointed them out.

The six of us stood in shock, staring between Carlisle and each other. Finally, Alice spoke up. “Does that make us like, cousins?” She was referring to Edward.

“Well Alice, you know you guys aren’t technically related to me. And Edward is a nephew on Esme’s side of the family. So no, you’re not cousins.” Carlisle explained.

“Thank god!” I sighed in relief, which kind of surprised me.

Carlisle looked like he was about to tell me off, when Edward spoke up. “That is a relief.”

Edward shot me one of the most dazzling smiles I’ve ever seen in my life. His lips curled over his shiny white teeth and a dimple formed in his cheek. I know dimples were a sort of babyish thing, but he’d never looked so damn good. I couldn’t help but smile back.

“Right, well then. I take it you know each other?” Carlisle was finally catching on.

All six of us laughed and nodded our heads. This was the most random thing ever. Who would have thought that Edward was Carlisle’s nephew? With our laughter, the guys seemed to know they were forgiven for the scene at the diner earlier. How could we stay upset at them with their dazzling smiles and gorgeous faces?

“Well,” Rosalie began, “As fun as this has been, I really need to get back out there.” She was pointing back through the kitchen into the bar.

“Yeah, me too.” Alice said.

Grudgingly we all headed back through the kitchen to pick up our orders. With a last glance into Carlisle’s office we could see the guys just standing around chuckling. We all had idiotic smiles plastered on our faces.

“I can’t believe that just happened,” Rosalie whispered.

“I know,” Alice replied, “I can’t believe they know Carlisle!”

I nodded in agreement. It was kind of odd. We were finally picked up all of our orders and made our way back into the bar. We agreed to continue our conversation after our shift. Since it was now near dinner time, the amount of customers had picked up considerably. I was running around frantically trying not to trip or mess orders up.

To top it off, at the table in the back of my section, I noticed Emmett smiling stupidly at me. When he saw that I noticed him, he curled his finger at me to say ‘come here.’ I served another table their drinks and took their dinner order before I paid him any attention. I waited until I saw Rosalie begin to walk towards the kitchen before I took my order in. I handed my order to the chef and turned to Rosalie.

“Guess who decided to sit in my section?” I asked her.

“Emmett,” She answered easily. “And guess who’s in mine?”

“Jasper,” I said knowingly. “I guess we know where Edward is.”

She nodded her head and rolled her eyes. “Let’s go find out what they want.”

We walked back out into the noisy bar. The DJ had finally set up and was playing music. The dance floor now had a considerable amount of people grinding against each other. Rosalie and I separated and I made my way over towards the table where Emmett was sitting.

“What do you want?” I asked blatantly, getting right to the point.

“Well, it’s nice to see you too,” he smirked. “I need a favor.”

I lifted an eyebrow. What on earth could he possibly need me to do for him? “I’m listening.”

“I need you to ask me out.” He shrugged his shoulders as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.

“What!” I exclaimed. Like hell I was going to do that.

“Bella, come on,” he bargained. “As soon as you ask me out, the sooner the bet is over, and the sooner you get Edward.”

What the hell was he talking about? What bet? And what did he say about Edward? “And what makes you think I even want Edward?”

His smile grew wider. “You’re all he’s been talking about since your run-in this morning.”

My heart skipped a beat. He’s been talking about me? Why do I even care? He’s been nothing but rude to me. I just couldn’t help but melt every time I thought about his bright green eyes looking into mine, and his pale skin shining in the sunlight. God, he was hot!

“I’m not going to ask you out, Emmett,” I told him. His face fell the tiniest bit. Obviously he wanted to win this bet they had. Then I added, “Rosalie would kill me.”

His face brightened. He smiled at me and looked giddy. Could a man his size even be giddy? It was scary…

“So she likes me then?” This obviously made him happy.

“She doesn’t even know you,” I began. “She just thinks you’re really hot.”

I shrugged my shoulders at him. Rosalie also thought many other guys were hot, why would he be any different? My face grew very serious. “So what about this bet you guys have going?”

I put my hands on my hip and waited for an answer. Emmett chuckled. “It’s stupid. We have to get a girl to ask us out.”

“So why didn’t you just ask Rosalie?” I asked him.

“Well, the guys had to pick the girl,” he explained. “And of course they chose you for me. You’d never ask me out!”

We both laughed when he said this. Nothing he said could have been truer. “The girls aren’t going to say yes to Edward and Jasper either you know.”

“I thought as much. But it was worth a try, right?”

I smiled at him. Of course he would be the one bold enough to come right out and ask. I couldn’t imagine how shy Jasper was handling Rosalie, or how Edward was dealing with Alice. Emmett seemed like the only one stupid enough to just ask and hope I’d say yes.

“Well, as fun as this has been,” I began, “I really need to get back to work.”

He nodded and I smiled. I began walking away back towards the kitchen. I was nearly at the kitchen when I heard a booming voice behind me. “See ya later sexy!”

I turned around blushing, seeing Emmett waving at me frantically from the other end of the bar. A few customers were staring at me, snickering. I blushed deeply. I’d definitely get him back for that.

I picked up the rest of my orders in the kitchen and brought them to the right tables. The amount of people ordering food started to decline as more people were beginning to dance and drink. When eleven o’clock rolled around I was relieved my shift was finally over. I handed over my information to the girl taking my place and waited at the punch clock to meet the girls. I hadn’t been able to speak to them since earlier in Carlisle’s office. I only had to wait a few minutes before they came through the door.

“Can you believe those guys?” Alice asked us.

I shook my head, “I can’t believe they actually bet on us.”

Rosalie agreed, “Especially with all the wrong girls! I mean, it’s obvious you want Edward and Alice would choose Jasper. Like, why do I get Jasper? He’s shorter than me!”

“I say we get them back,” I proposed. Both girls smiled evilly, matching my own.

“I like the way you think, Bella,” Alice said. “What do you propose we do?”

“We’re going to make it impossible for them to win the bet. Simple as that.”

“How are we going to do that?” Rosalie asked.

“We’ll go after all the wrong guys! Bella, you’re brilliant.” Alice offered up the answer, and she obviously thought it was a good idea.

Rosalie smiled, approving of the idea also. “Let’s get back to the apartment! We can start doing some packing tonight and plan our sabotage at the same time!”

We grabbed our coats out of our lockers and walked out onto the street. We hurried home and changed into comfy pajamas. After grabbing a bunch of boxes we kept handy, we moved our way into the living room. Since the first time we’d had to move, we found it easiest to start in this room.

“So,” Alice began from the couch. “All we have to do is try to seduce one of the guys that haven’t bet on us?”

Rosalie and I nodded as we pulled some CD’s off of a shelf. “I call Emmett!” Rosalie shouted.

Alice and I rolled our eyes as if nothing could have been more obvious. “I obviously get Jasper, and Bella, you get Edward by default.”

She was smirking at me as my face blushed, although I tried to will it not to. “But I have a feeling you would have chosen him anyway.”

Rosalie looked up from the box of CD’s and smiled. “Bella! What aren’t you telling us?”

After hearing about all of the things they had to say about Jasper and Emmett, I hadn’t really informed them of my new found wanting. I wasn’t even sure what I felt for him. It was more of a need rather than a crush or obsession. I’d never really felt that way before, but when I looked at Edward my stomach started fluttering. I for sure didn’t believe in love at first sight, but there’s just something so mysterious about him that draws me to him.

“I may or may not think Edward is a little bit cute.” I rolled my eyes as they squealed and sat on the couch, waiting for me to continue.

“Just a little bit?” Alice questioned while smiling like a goof.

“Okay,” I reasoned. “Maybe a lot. But still, I’m way out of his league.”

Alice and Rosalie both grabbed a pillow from the sofa and threw them at me. “Hey! What was that for?”

“Bella,” Rosalie began sincerely, “There is no man out there that is out of your league. You are a very smart, beautiful girl, and any man that could lay his hands on you should consider himself lucky.”

Alice nodded, clearly agreeing with Rosalie. “Thanks guys.” I was always finding myself on the receiving end of these sorts of speeches since we were in seventh grade. That was when we finally realized that boys do not have cooties. I’d been turned down so many times, but Rosalie and Alice never let me feel bad about it. I’d always felt like I was the one that didn’t fit in. Alice and Rosalie were goddesses compared to me! But they always made me feel better when my self-esteem was a little low.

“So,” Rosalie started, waving her hand to brush away our previous conversation. “What’s plan number one for Team Sabotage?”

“Hm,” Alice was deep in thought for a few moments. “I say we ask them on a date. Or more like a bunch of friends going out together.”

“What would we do?” I asked.

“See a movie!” Rosalie suggested.

Alice and I smiled. That would be perfect. The guys wouldn’t be able to resist in a dark movie theater. “I think it would be a good idea for us to get to know them better first, you know? Just to make sure they’re not like, axe murderers or something.” Like I’ve said before, I was always the logical one.

“Good thinking, Bells,” Alice said. “How will we do that?”

“Well I’m pretty sure they’ll be sitting beside us in as many classes as they can. We’ll try to stay as close to them as we can.” Rosalie was in total plan mode.

“It might be a good idea for us to talk to them as much as we can. We might as well try and become friends with them, right?” Alice asked us.

Rosalie and I nodded, agreeing. “Just one problem.” They looked at me, waiting for me to continue.

“I have no conversation skills whatsoever! How am I supposed to do this when I turn to mush every time I’m around a guy?”

Rosalie and Alice had sly smirks on their faces. I had an idea of what they were planning, and I didn’t like it.

“Bella, do you trust us?” Alice asked. She continued when I nodded. “We need our Barbie Doll Bella rights back.”

They were both pouting at me like puppy dogs. I weighed the pros and cons in my head. Maybe they really could help me. I grudgingly gave them their rights back.

“Perfect!” Alice exclaimed. I knew she’d be happy.

We were all pretty content for the rest of the night. We didn’t have a class until two the next afternoon so we stayed up until the early hours of the morning to pack. We played some music full blast and danced around the apartment to work out some of our built up energy. When we were finally too tired to move, we all plopped onto a couch and pulled a blanket over us. I quickly set an alarm on my cell phone and let sleep overcome me.

The next morning, rather than waking up to the sound of my cell phone alarm, I was being shoved off of the couch by an angry looking Alice.

“Get up!” She yelled at me, when she realized she couldn’t push me.

“Alice,” I looked at the clock on the wall, “It’s only eleven thirty for god’s sake.”

I snuggled back under my blanket and pulled a pillow over my head. Alice wasn’t having it.

“Bella Marie Swan! Get your lazy butt off of that couch this instant and get into the shower! You gave me back my makeover rights and I plan to use them! Now go!”

Since no one could ever win a fight against Alice, I decided it was best to just listen to her. I got up off of the couch and waddled my way into the bathroom, still half asleep. Alice ignored the obscenities I was muttering under my breath. After taking the quickest shower I could manage, I pulled my white fluffy towel close to my body and met Alice in the living room.

“Your outfit is on your bed,” Alice told me without looking up from her fashion magazine. “When you’re done getting dressed meet me in Rosalie’s room!”

She said everything hurriedly before I could shut my bedroom door on her. I finished drying the water from my body and looked at the outfit Alice had chosen for me. She had everything down to my underwear and accessories. I noticed that I’d never even seen any of these things before and that they were all new. They must be from her personal stash of new clothes she kept in her closet. She had too many clothes for her own good.

I pulled on the black pair of leggings (which I didn’t like, by the way) and shoved the deep red shirt down over my head. The shirt was knitted and tight fitting which just barely covered my bum. The shoulders fell down revealing most of my upper half. I put the black bangles on my wrist and pulled the silver beads over my head. Apparently this was stylish. The only thing left were the shoes. And Alice was a complete idiot for thinking that I’d even consider wearing heels.

I picked them up and went to Rosalie’s room where they were both waiting for me patiently. Of course they were both wearing the most amazing outfits. Alice was wearing a black and white dress which hugged her slim body. A black belt went around her waist and matched her high heel boots. When I actually realized what Rosalie was wearing, I laughed. She was wearing the outfit she’d bought a couple months ago for Halloween. She was Christina Aguilera. She had a pink and black pleated skirt with a pink belt hanging loosely off of her hips. Instead of wearing the knee socks, she’d pulled on a black pair of strappy heels. Her top was black and looked like it was painted to her perfectly formed body. When I saw it up close, I noticed that the wording on it said her name.

“Cute outfit, Rose,” I said, then turned to Alice. “You are completely insane.”

She must have thought I was talking about her outfit because she turned to the mirror and began looking herself over. She pouted, “I thought I looked nice.”

I laughed at her, “You look amazing! You’re just completely insane because you think I’m wearing heels.” I threw them on the floor at her feet.

“But Bella,” she whined. “Nothing else will look good with that outfit!”

“Sorry to disappoint you, but I’d rather not break my neck today.” I told her.

“I have a nice pair of flats that will look good with that outfit,” Rosalie said, while rummaging through her closet.

She pulled out a plain pair of black flats. I put them on and realized they were just a little too big, but I could manage. “Thanks Rose!” She was basically saving my life.

Alice scrunched her nose at my feet, “The heels would look way better.”

I rolled my eyes at her. “You should just be glad that I’m letting you do this.”

She brightened up a little. “Come sit down, we need to start your hair and makeup.”

I walked to the chair as if I were walking towards my death. Alice shoved me down and made me turn away from the mirror. Something about this being a surprise scared me. After Rosalie had dried my hair, they both tackled me at the same time. Rosalie was curling and pinning my hair up, while Alice was attacking me with eyeliner and lip gloss. About twenty-five minutes later they both stood back and looked at their work. They were both smiling at me like lunatics.

“Turn around, Bella,” Rosalie told me, still smiling.

I turned and looked into the mirror. I was about to yell at Alice for putting way too much makeup on me, but I stopped. It looked sort of nice. Rosalie had curled my hair and pulled it back into a loose ponytail exactly how I liked it. She left a few curls hanging down the front. I looked pretty good.

“Thanks,” I said smiling. “I look nice.”

NICE?” Alice said, “You looking effin’ gorgeous!”

I smiled and blushed, “Thanks.”

I watched as they both began to hurriedly do their own hair and makeup. Alice spiked her short, black hair and put on her usual amount of makeup although she didn’t need it. She always looked like she was glowing. Rosalie had pulled her naturally wavy hair into a tight ponytail and put on lots of makeup. This was the usual for Rosalie. She felt that makeup was an art, and she always looked spectacular. When they were both satisfied with their appearances, we grabbed our stuff to go. We had twenty minutes till class started.

We walked as quickly as the girls could in their high heels. I hoped to get there early enough to get my morning coffee from the Starbucks on campus. We arrived in a hurried thirteen minutes and have seven to spare. I was willing to be late to get my coffee. I lead the girls over to the shop and they rolled their eyes. They knew about my obsession.

I bought my coffee and smiled as I smelt it. I’d probably die without it. We continued walking to our class. We only had one this afternoon and Alice worked tonight. We usually tried to get our shifts at the same time, but sometimes we didn’t. We were almost at the North building when Rosalie stopped in her tracks, causing Alice and I to do the same.

“Look who it is,” she whispered in our direction. She nodded her head towards the doorway of the building.

I looked over and saw Edward, Emmett and Jasper standing in the doorway. They were leaning casually against the wall, talking amongst themselves.

“What do we do?” I asked worriedly. Why was I so worried about it? Rosalie and I looked to Alice.

“Okay,” her voice sounded a little worried too. “Act casual.” She was nodding along with her instructions, assuring herself that it would work. “Walk right past them and only look at them for a second. If they say anything, just ignore them.”

Rosalie and I nodded. We could do that. We began walking again, considerably slower than we had been. It took all I had in me not to look at them. It literally felt like a magnetic force was pulling my eyes to Edward. Out of the corner of my eye I could see that they had noticed us. We looked at them for a second, surprisingly all at the same time, and turned away. Their jaws dropped when we walked past them.

“Hey!” Emmett boomed.

I looked back and scowled at them.

Stalkers…” It was the first thing that came to mind.

Their eyes opened wide and they couldn’t take their eyes off of us. I turned back around and saw a small smile on Rosalie’s face. When we sat down at our desks in class we burst out laughing.

“Good one, Bells,” Alice hugged my shoulder.

“They looked so shocked!” Rosalie was still laughing.

“Well, they shouldn’t have bet on us.” Alice said.

I nodded in agreement. “Payback’s a bitch.”

We all looked at each other and erupted into another fit of laughter.