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Strained Emotions

This is Jasper's point of view of everything that happened it Forks. Bella's arrived and none of the Cullens know how to react. Jasper is by far one of the most intriguing characters to write in their POV. It's so much fun. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it!!

So I've decided that I should probably change the rating of this to teen purely because of language. Of course it isn't that bad, I just want to warn some people. :D

5. Rumors

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The morning went smoothly for us “older” students in the family. Emmett and Rosalie kept sending off the weirdest emotions and I tried to ignore it. Same thing as everyday. I doodled on my notebook bored and wondering how Alice's day was going. She seemed to be enjoying the whole Edward situation a little too much. She's going to get Edward angry. Of course she could handle it. She really is the only one of us who can tell Edward our true opinions without worrying about him bursting with anger. Maybe we'll get to play baseball soon. That always seems to get Edward in a good mood.

Rosalie, Emmett and I walked into the lunch room together. We bought our “lunches” and sat at our usual table. I murmured, “Where are Alice and Edward?” Both Rosalie and Emmett just shrugged.

As if to answer my question Edward burst through the doors and quickly bought his lunch. He sat down, and his anger was overwhelming. I quickly tried to calm him down but he just looked at me and growled, “Don't.”

Where's Alice?

He looked over at the doors and glared. Just then Alice and Jessica were walking through the doors, arm in arm, giggling. My jaw dropped. What in the world? What is she doing?

“Trying to annoy me to death, I guess,” Edward whispered harshly. His anger was out of control. Pretty soon it would affect how I felt. I touched his arm and forced him to calm down. He just glared at me, but he was at least under control.

“I have to go talk to her,” I quickly told him and I got up. Alice and Jessica were just finishing buying their lunches when I walked up to them.

“Alice I need to talk to you.” I quietly said. Jessica stared. I felt her amazement and tried not to grimace. She thought I was rude yesterday, did I really have to do this?

“I'm terribly sorry,” I said to Jessica, much to her embarrassment. “But I really must speak with Alice.” I grabbed Alice's arm and pulled her outside.

“Alice! What the hell are you doing?” I asked her confused. “I thought you said she wasn't the girl?”

Alice grinned mischievously. “She's not.”

“Well then, what is God's name are you doing?” I demanded.

“I just want to get Edward properly annoyed,” she said matter-of-factly.

“Why?” I swear. Sometimes Alice does the strangest things.

“Because,” she hesitated. “He won't say anything to her.” I gave her a questioning look. I still didn't understand. “She doesn't think of it like she should. She thinks that he's just shy. If he doesn't say something soon, something bad will happen.” Her face paled even more than usual.

“Why don't you just tell him that?” I asked. That seemed like the most obvious solution.

“If I tell Edward what will happen,” she hesitated again. This must be bad. “He'll freak out. He'll leave. I don't want to be the one to tell Esme it's my fault. He needs to say something.”

Suddenly the cafeteria doors burst open and Jessica was running to the bathrooms, crying. I felt her anguish briefly, then she was out of sight.

Alice and I shared a confused look when Edward came out. “Is she gone?” I felt his relief and I wondered what had happened. “I told her I wasn't interested,” he said flatly.

“Oh,” was all Alice or I could get out.

“She didn't believe me,” he continued. I was shocked. Was she really that stupid? “Rosalie had a little bit too much fun telling her that she wasn't good enough. Jessica thought that that was my opinion too. She burst into tears and stormed off.” He was filled with relief, but there was also some remorse. He felt bad that it had to happen, but was relieved that she would leave him alone.

“Don't worry Edward!” Alice exclaimed. “Something great will happen and you won't even remember this!”

I froze. What was she saying? Is this about... Wait, no. Alice... Alice and me. I'm going to take Alice out shopping tonight. She'll love it. Where do you think she'd want to go? I tried desperately to not think about anything else.

“You two are hiding something from me,” Edward said his anger flaring up again. We both just shrugged. I wrapped my arm around Alice's waist and walked her to her class.

“I'll find out eventually!” Edward called after us.

I smiled and continued on my way like nothing had happened. I could feel Edward's annoyance, and he couldn't do anything. Ha! You'll never know! I dropped Alice off at her classroom and looked around quickly. No one was watching so I ran behind my classroom building. As I walked around the building to go through the door a group of kids stared unsure of why I had come from behind the building. I smiled at them and walked through the door. As I sat down I began to hear the whispers:

“Edward Cullen said Jessica wasn't good enough.” “The Cullens are so full of themselves!” “Do you really think they're all like that?” “I heard it was all that Hale girl.” “Really? Her brother seems okay.”

I sighed. Didn't they have anything better to talk about? The rest of the day was like that. Everywhere I went the whispers followed. It was funny to hear because sometimes there were the outrageous ones like, “Did you know that Emmett Cullen sleeps in pink princess pajamas?” I hope he hears about that one. Or “I heard Edward is really a model from Paris, he just doesn't want anyone to know.” I laughed at that one. Did they really think that about us? Occasionally I heard a few that upset me. “Alice Cullen is a whore. Alex swears that she tried to pay him to sleep with her. Can you believe it?” I had to ask to go to the restroom when I heard that one. If I had stayed in the room I would have killed that pathetic human. No one talks about Alice that way. I would have to find that Alex kid and talk to him. The idea of that made me smile.