One Love, Two Worlds, Three Words
Bella is single handedly the most popular and beautiful girl in all of Fort Lauderdale High, along with her best friends, Alice, Rosalie, and Angela. Edward is an odd ball out. The mysterious and charming boy isn't your average foster child. The traditional story of “boy meets girl” takes on a new twist, when the most unexpected happens and two people who couldn’t find themselves, find one another. One day, fate will bring them together and change their lives forever. Filled with tragedy, love, family hardships, and humor. Not your average fanfic. ALL HUMAN. OOC/AU -tlm
8. Wanna Piece of That!
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My head was still spinning in disbelief and excitement as I walked away from Bella. I could hear my heart drumming in my ear. And like a stupid little child, I couldn’t stop smiling. My mind reviewed the recent events of my conversation with her to what happened during class. I must have been really out of it to not notice her at first. I mentally slapped myself once again. Get a grip; don’t get your hopes up. But…Lunch with Isabella Swan…that was something. I hoped nothing had happen that would give me a reason to beat someone up. Regardless, I just prayed that she was okay. There was absolutely no way I’d be able to pay attention in class at this point. I walked with a bit of dignity in my step as I made my way to my next class, which I had been switched into because of my schedule change.
I was on time for class thankfully. Students were still filling up the classroom. After giving my slip to Ms. Holten, I made my way to the back of the classroom ignoring the giggling girls that stared at me from the doorway. I could already see this class would be extremely aggravating. I felt alone again and in this moment I had established something that was bad…really bad.
I was happy when I was with Bella. That was a first in quite a while and I knew it wasn’t healthy. Still I was eager to feel something other the emptiness that dominated all my emotions.
The boisterous laugher of a couple of the football jocks interrupted my thoughts. A big burly guy with brown hair entered the classroom. The guys flanked at his sides were not as intimidating but were also obviously athletes because of their varsity jackets, one slender but lean with blonde hair and the other I had unfortunately already met before hand. Mike, I ground my teeth. Just wonderful.
I focused my attention back on the lesson. The class was almost bearable, except for the constant snickering and noise that was going on around the room.
I wasn’t really paying attention to the background noise till I heard her name.
“Bella! Yeah, man. Ah, nice.” I faced my attention to the huddled chairs of the boys that had walked in earlier.
“She’s gotta be the finest thing alive!” Mike exuberated. My nose automatically wrinkled in disgust. “I’d let her bear my children dude. You know what…fuck the kids, I just wanna tap that shit!” The small group that had gained a couple more listeners started breaking into fits of laughter. My fists curled back and my nostrils flared. She wasn’t a sex toy! It took more restraint than I thought anyone would think to be necessary, not to walk over there and punch him square in the face. Still looking towards them, I notice the blonde one starting to look slightly uncomfortable. He turned his attention back to the teacher.
“Yeah, she’s a babe but you don’t have a chance with her, buddy,” the brown haired one mocked. “Give it some time and she’ll be wrapped around my finger, Mikey boy,” he leaned back in his chair confidently. The blonde one shot him a scathing look that I couldn’t fathom. Did he like Bella as well? Geeze, who was I kidding? I bet every man on the planet who even got a glimpse of her wanted her. Of course those guys didn’t know that there was so much more to her than just her looks. She had this charm, sincerity, this purposeful walk and determination. What did it matter if I took a less forward approach? I still didn’t stand a chance. I was too average, plain, and she was way out of my league. To think of the crap I’d get for being seen at lunch with her. Aww look at Bella, such a nice girl, supporting the nerd/outcast community. Such a joke.
I didn’t know if I could bear listening to anymore of their vulgar comments. I tuned them out for the rest of the hour and only thought about the lunch that I was pathetically looking very forward too.
The bell couldn’t have taken any slower to ring. I leaped out of my seat immediately almost knocking over the person next to me. I walked swiftly as I finally let my mind wander. During class, I was determined to not think about lunch or…him. Of course it was very difficult, but the problem was it shouldn’t have been difficult. I heard a couple hellos and my name called in the distance but I ignored them, letting my brain analyze what in the world was going on. Just when I thought I was getting somewhere my mind abruptly went empty as I ran into something hard and large. I fell back on my butt, taking a second to come back to reality.
Emmett Cullen was staring down at me with a wide grin plastered on his face. He stuck out a hand to help me up. Not wanting to be rude, I took his hand. In this process he pulled me towards him full force, crushing me to a chest, holding me way too firmly and way too close.
“Thanks,” I muffled trying to break free of his strong hold but he held me firmly.
“Don’t you look beautiful today…well as always,” he said loosening his grip on me and eying me up and down. I suppressed a muffled laugh as I rolled my eyes.
“You can let me go now,” I said incredibly annoyed. Of course I could easily break out of his grasp if I really wanted to but I didn’t want to make a scene, nor did I want to be attracting the eyes that were watching now. Just as I was about to make an attempt to break through he tightened his grip once again.
“Hey now, slow down baby,” he slurred in a way he probably thought was suppose to be attractive. “Why don’t you have lunch with me today?” He asked confidently.
“Or…how about you let go of me asshole!” I half yelled as I pulled against his grasp on me. “Your dating my best friend, you freaking jerk! What the hell is your problem?”
I could see he was about to say something smart back but he paused whipping behind him.
“What the you want newbie?” He said menacingly. I tried to position myself so I could see whom he was talking to but that soon wasn’t necessary as Edward stepped in view. My heart soared ridiculously once again, but at the same time I felt just as relieved to see him. He eyed Emmett’s grasp on me with an expression full of fury. His attention was focused back on Emmett.
“I think the lady asked you to let her go,” he said flatly. The cat caught my tongue. I didn’t know what to say and this wasn’t looking good.
“Why don’t you mine your own fucking business punk,” Emmett growled letting go of my arm and facing Edward full on. There was a red mark left on my arm in the shape of Emmett’s hand but that was the least of my worries at the moment. I watched the two stare each other down in fear. Emmett was a humungous guy and could surely cause some serious damage to anyone that went up against him but the emotions Edward’s face held were just so intimidating…and vampire like. I would have backed away from him and took off running.
“It’s everyone’s business when you’re being persistent to the point of harassment,” he retorted with force. By now there was a circle formed around us. I stumbled on my step. I wasn’t sure what to do. Edward finally broke away from his glare and walked towards me.
“Are you okay?” He said only loud enough for me to hear.
“Yeah, let’s just leave,” I mumbled. He took my hand gently and started pulling me along with him. We broke through the crowd but not without the gasps and murmurs of curiosity coming from our audience.
“This ain’t over pretty boy!” Emmett yelled over the talk of the crowd. Edward abruptly stopped in his tracks and turned to face him.
“Well I say it is,” he said with authority. Emmett still had that stupid smirk on his face with a hint of acceptance. To him, Edward had just proposed a challenge that he would gladly sign up for. He continued pulling me away from the crowd until we could no longer see the Emmett or any people in the hall. Edward remained silent facing straight ahead.
“Bella!” Angela called from behind me. I pulled Edward to stop and turned to face Angela who had caught up to us and was panting heavily. She took one swift look at me and at Edward. Then she enveloped me in a large hug. “I saw what happened and so did Rose.” Oh no…Rose. “She’s happily chewing him out right about now. Seems that this is going to be over a lot sooner than we thought it would be. Not the way any of us wanted it to happen but it’s probably for the best,” she pulled away from me slowly keeping contact with my eyes. “I’m so sorry Bells. Are you okay?” I contemplated that for a second. With the recent events I shouldn’t have been, but if I were being honest with myself, I had never felt any better. What was worse was that I knew that was partially because Edward was still holding my hand, which I was currently hyper aware of.
“I’ll be fine Ang. You know this kind of thing gets old after a while, but for now I think I’ll be fine,” I said. I was about to say something else but Ang interrupted. She was facing Edward curiously, but also thankfully.
“And thank you…” She paused.
“Edward,” he said calmly.
“Edward, thank you for defending Bella, that was really brave of you,” she said nervously. I could tell from the flicker in her eyes and the sudden upturn of the corner of her lips that she noticed Edward was holding my hand. I gave her a warning look, which she acknowledged. Her phone suddenly rang. She pulled it out briefly reading a text.
“I don’t want to have to ask you to come back Bella, but I need to go back to help out Rose. Alice and Jasper just got there and Alice is furious. Plus we’ve got to do some gossip control. I promise hun this thing will blow over soon,” she finished.
“Thanks Ang,” I replied giving her another hug. She gave me a quick smile and took off running in the other direction.
My heart was still racing and stupidly I couldn’t help but be super aware of the fact that Edward was STILL holding my hand. I stared after her aimlessly.
“I feel like I should go back there. I promised I be there for Rose when…” I sighed deeply shaking my head from side to side.
“Bella,” Edward said emotionlessly from behind me. “I don’t think that’s a good idea. I think you should avoid that guy from now on. I don’t think you realize how close I got to ripping him to shreds because of what he did to you. I don’t think you want to see a fight,” he said.’
“I really appreciate you sticking up for me, but you don’t have to go back with me,” I said. His eyes immediately constricted in pain and I wish I could take it back. I hurriedly tried to come up with a way to explain without further hurting his feelings. “You don’t understand. You see, Emmett is dating one of my best friends Rosalie. She was going to confront him today about his constant attempts at flirting and over friendliness towards me. I promised I’d be there for her if she ended up breaking up with him,” I continued. He nodded his head slightly in understanding, but I could still see the disgust and hatred in his expression.
“You’re a good friend you know. Very unselfish, too much I’d almost say. I feel like the admiration people feel towards you is constantly causing you anxiety rather than making you feel flattered, like most girls,” he contemplated.
“Well, I guess you could say that I’m not really like most girls,” I chuckled. He looked at me with a more relaxed expression nodding in agreement.
“Your friends seem very caring as well, though understand that this Emmett guy in on the same list as Mike,” he said irately. He started walking again, pulling me along his side. The cafeteria was starting to come into view.
“Hah, don’t worry, I don’t even could hardly them my friends, more or less my enemies. I only put up with Emmett for Rosalie’s sake,” I sighed resigned. “Do you ever feel like your whole life is just a complete mess and God doesn’t ever just cut you some slack?” I asked animatedly. He chuckled at my sudden outburst.
“I know what that feels like all too well, but to be frank, I consider my spending time with you a very welcoming break from the idiocies of life,” he pulled me to a sudden stop but moved me to where I was facing him. “I haven’t felt very at peace or…normal for a very long time. It’s strange that I describe it that way, because it seems like a very unlikely way to explain the emotions I’ve felt after the events of the past few days. If anything I should just be angry at the world, but I’m not. So thank you,” he finished out of breath. I couldn’t help but smile in return. That had to be the sweetest thing anyone had ever said to be in my life and it wasn’t even necessarily romantic. Still it held such sincere meaning.
“You know It’s really nice to have met like the cheesiest friend in the world who just thinks I’m just so special,” I said over-exaggerating by cracking towards the end and placing my hand over my chest. He narrowed his eyes and elbowed me playfully.
“Okay, so now I’m the cheesy slowpoke?” he asked raising his eyebrow slightly.
“Yes,” I giggled.
“Pft, okay,” he rolled his eyes. “Let get in line, I’ll feel better once you get some food in you,” he finished.
“Um why might I ask?”
“Let’s see,” he said walking forward as I followed along beside him. “Food gives you energy, energy makes you capable of working properly in the brain and physically,” he continued in a professional tone. “Hense, if their in food in your body, you will be able to continue your smart-ass little remarks to unsuspecting victims such as myself who find it very entertaining,” he finished. I burst out laughing, effortlessly.
“You are such a nerd,” I mocked accidentally meeting direct contact with his eyes. Bad idea. Our eyes locked, searching for something in each other’s. His eyes broke away from mine and focused on the floor. Taking a look at my surroundings, I noticed that part of the cafeteria was whispering and staring and Edward and me. I knew I shouldn’t have been surprised but it was still very nerve racking. Edward had sensed my tension. We walked continued walking towards the lunch line, which I tired to focus on instead of the curious eyes. Suddenly Edward was inclined towards my ear.
“You know part of the reason I think all these people are staring is because you are gripping onto my hand for dear life,” he whispered. I was hit by two different things at once, his warm breathe that trickled against my ear and the embarrassment that flooded in my mind as I abruptly let go of his hand.
“Sorry,” I whispered back immediately. “I didn’t realize I was still holding your hand. Did I hurt you?” I asked hurriedly.
“Bella, calm,” he said placing both hands on his hips. “My hand just might survive,” he smiled widely. We waited quietly in line for an immeasurable amount of time, while I tried to gather my thoughts together. I clasped my hands together. Why did they suddenly feel empty? And ugh gross they were clammy.
“Is that all your getting?” he asked. I looked down at my tray, an apple, apple juice, and a slice of apple pie. “
“What’s wrong with what I got?” I asked confused.
“I just think you should eat more,” he eyed me. I took a look at his plate, he had 2 hamburgers, a salad, a banana, French fries, and a coke.
“Well, sorry we can’t all eat a restaurant,” I retorted. He handed his money to the cashier lady.
“Are you calling me fat?” he asked seriously. I laughed again. Wow, did it feel good to laugh.
“No, of course not, I’m simply making my point when I say that not everyone can eat that much in one sitting,” I finished triumphantly. He eyed my food once again as we began walking towards a table.
“Well, we know you like apples,” he chuckled. Hah HAH. We sat down at the girl’s and my usual table. Others were still looking. I wish they would just stop staring, but I couldn’t blame them. There was a perfectly gorgeous guy sitting across from me and talking me. STOP IT BELLA.
“You look uncomfortable. Are you okay?” Edward asked. Always so perceptive.
“It’s nothing don’t worry about it. I just wish that they would stop staring,” I mumbled opening my juice carton.
“Maybe we should a paper bag over head and they’ll stop,” he said thoughtfully. My face felt hot once again, though my face had been uncharacteristically warmer than usual this whole time. I picked up my apple and threw it at him. He caught it effortlessly.
“Nice reflexes,” I commented.
“I have to have them when I run into people like you who like throwing things at me,” he said. Over his shoulder I could see Alice and Jasper approaching. Crap, okay be cool, be cool.
“Hey Bella,” Alice called unenthusiastically. Edward could only pull me out of reality for so little time. He turned around to see who was coming as well. Of course Alice being Alice, she couldn’t help but smile at the sight and Edward and I eating lunch together. Her and Jasper sauntered toward the edge of the table where Edward and me were seated. “Hey I’m Alice,” she said holding her hand out politely to Edward. He stood up shaking it lightly. “And this is Jasper my boyfriend,” she said. Still standing griped Jaspers hand more firmly.
“Hey, dude, thanks for helping Bella out back there. I would of stopped Emmett myself it I hadn’t left him alone right after class,” Jasper said shyly. “Sometimes he just doesn’t know when enough is enough,” he continued. Alice took a seat next to me and Jasper went to take a seat next to Edward.
“Jasper has it easier,” Alice said. “Emmett’s my twin brother,” she sighed.
“You don’t say,” Edward said flatly.
“I’ll be getting on him for today when we get home. My parents won’t be very happy about this. Knowing them they’re going to make him apologize to Bella,” she said seeming to like the idea. I laughed out loud and the thought of him showing up at my front door. “Anyways, Rose went home. She understands so don’t worry about it Bella,” she said knowingly. “I just promised her that I’d take with me to her house after school,” she said.
“Of course,” I agreed. Though I was hesitant to ask, I needed to know. “What happened?” I asked hesitantly. Alice’s expression abruptly became tense and angry.
“His excuse was that YOU were hitting him and he had nothing to do with it,” she said mockingly. My jaw dropped immediately.
“That is total bull!” Edward burst out suddenly.
“She didn’t buy it though. She saw the whole thing. Rose isn’t really one to care about making a scene, so she broke up with him right then and there. I could feel my cheeks flushing again. I slumped in my chair and laid my head down on my cool table. It felt nice. I stayed in this position, barely paying attention to Alice questioning Edward. For the most part the conversation was light and casual.
I suddenly I felt a hand rubbing my back slightly.
“Bella, Bella wake up,” Edward’s voice called. I opened my eyes and jolted upright immediately.
“Oh my God I’m so sorry! Did I fall asleep? What time is it?” I rushed.
“Calm hun,” Alice said. “You dosed off for ten minutes or so,” she giggled. I sighed in relief, what was with me falling asleep randomly? That reminded me of the time I fell asleep in Edward’s car. How embarrassing.
“Bella, are you okay?” Edward whispered to me. He kept his eyes on me, probably evaluating if I was going to lie or not about how I was feeling.
“Not really,” I mumbled. He placed the back of his palm against my forehead. It was surprisingly cold and felt nice against my head.
“Your head’s a little hotter than it should be. If you don’t feel well I can drive you home,” he offered kindly. I smiled.
“That’s nice of you. Thanks, but I think I’ll survive the rest of day,” I replied. He continued evaluating my condition.
“What are you some doctor now?” I asked.
“Hah, no, but my dad was,” he smiled but frowned again, probably at the thought of him.
“Sorry,” I said quickly.
“No it’s fine,” he laughed placing his hand over mine that was on the table. I stared blankly at his beautiful smooth skin.
“Try to stay out of trouble please,” he asked. I looked back at him and nodded slightly. He got up without another word taking his tray along with him and walking away with a graceful lope.
I heard an enthusiastic laugh and wave of ‘oh my’ coming from Alice. I tried to grasp my surroundings once again. Idiot, what the hell is your problem Bella! I hesitated before looking back up to Alice whose eyes were sparkling with unfathomable excitement.
“I think Bella’s found her man,” she said victoriously. “I like him,” she continued. “It’s fate I swear. You too are so cute together and-“
“Alice! Shut it! Were just friends and I don’t like him that way!” I crossed my arms over my chest childishly.
“Hmm defensive are we?” She winked at me. Jasper chuckled at her side.
“Love, stop teasing her or she just might not end up going after this guy,” he added in. I rolled my eyes at him and decided to put my head back down on the table and ignore them both.
“Suit yourself Bella, you can’t deny it much longer,” Alice commented getting up from the table with Jasper. They walked away and I reluctantly put my head back up and thought silently for a moment. Staring into the almost empty cafeteria reality finally hit me along with the flush and burns in my face once again.
Of three things I had established at this very second where I sat. One, Edward wasn’t like any other guy I’ve ever met. Second, it was as if there was some type of invisible bond and connection between us, this effortless understanding of one another’s darkest secrets. And three, I liked him more than I should…in other words…I had a…crush on Edward Cullen.
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