A Not-So-Every-Day Romance
I originally wrote this for the Odd Ship Challenge, but since Kaiwynn said we could post it... Jake has recently become my favorite character, and I began this story before that happened. Angela has always been my faovrite one of Bella's normal friends, so it was only natural that I put them together, especially since I couldn't bear to separate any of the real couples. Angela discovers the truth about the Cullens, and about the guy she's in love with. Could it really be true? And what happens when she finds out that Bella wants to be a vampire? Can she come to terms with everything and keep the people who have come to mean so much to her, or will their relationships crumble to dust? There is a sequel now posted: A Pretty Strange Love Story. Look it up!
2. A Night Out
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I had been really restless, so when Sam suggested that we all go see a movie together, I jumped at the chance. I missed Bella, and I hoped that doing something would take my mind off of her.
She chose the bloodsucker over you. I reminded myself, like the guys have been doing every day since the last time I had seen her, over three months ago.
Secretly, I had wondered if she hadn’t chosen him over me because she was afraid of me and the Pack. It didn’t make much sense; she didn’t have any problem being around a bunch of vampires, but it was the only thing that I could think of.
We got to the movie a half hour early. We all bought popcorn, and managed to keep Paul from phasing at the teller. The poor guy had no idea that by telling Paul he needed another dollar, he was risking his life.
This is what it’s like, being a werewolf. We have to be in control of our emotions at all times. Paul is the worst at it. He can’t even go to school any more. The last time he did, he had to run outside before he tore the face off of the school bully.
We had just found our seats when I smelled her. Bella, and a bunch of other girls.
I glanced at the guys, and they were all staring at me with worry-or worse- pity, in their eyes. I looked away from their annoying eyes, and went back to watching Bella. Two of the girls had ditched her and her friend, and they were heading this way. Crap.
I could smell her perfectly, even in this crowded theater. She smelled the same as always, like some kind of flower, except for the sickly sweet smell that came from associating with vampires. I heard her soft intake of breath, indicating that she had noticed us.
“Hey Jake.” She said softly. “Sam, Paul, Embry, Jared. Quil.” She said Quil's name the softest, and we could all feel her pity for him. The last time she had seen him, he had been a normal guy.
“Oh, hey Emily. I didn’t see you there.” Emily nodded at her, and then stopped because of an angry look from Sam.
“Bella, I don’t see any other seats. Maybe we should just leave.” The girl with Bella said hopefully. Bella looked at her and laughed.
“Do you really think that we can tear Jess away from Mike?” She asked teasingly. I bristled as Mike’s name came up, the only memories I had of him were not pleasant ones.
“Oh, how silly of me. Angela, these are some friends of mine from La Push.” She introduced us all, and introduced the girl as Angela.
I couldn’t stop staring at her. Angela, not Bella, for once. She didn’t have the kind of beauty that hit you in the teeth and made you take notice, but the kind that made you want to get to know her. She had light brown hair with honey colored highlights, and soft brown eyes, nowhere near as dark as Bella’s, but beautiful anyway. She was tall and thin, but not bony, and had curves in most of the right places. I wanted to get to know this girl. She was intriguing.
Sam ended up inviting them to sit next to us, reluctantly, albeit. Bella sat next to him, and Angela sat next to me. Electricity seemed to sizzle between us. It felt like at any minute, we were both going to combust.
It felt like the movie lasted forever. When it was finally over, Bella told us that they were supposed to meet their ride in the front lobby, but when we got there, Jessica and Newton were nowhere to be seen.
“They ditched us! In the middle of Port Angeles! How are we supposed to get home!” Angela was really upset.
“Ang! Calm down! I’ll call Charlie, and he’ll come get us.”
Somehow I found myself inviting them to ride with me. The ride back to Forks was extremely tense. Angela tried to break the tension once.
“So, how did you guys meet?” She asked innocently. She had no idea what her seemingly innocent question would release.
“Well, our father’s are best friends, and then when Edward left, I spent all of my time with Jacob. He’s my best friend, I think.” Her voice was strained as she said this. Angela seemed to realize that neither one of us wanted to talk about this.
“Hey, Angela. Do you wanna spend the night at my place?” Bella asked in an attempt to change the subject.
“Sure.” Came her reply.
When we pulled up at Bella’s, I could see the Volvo in the driveway ahead of me, and smelled the stink of vampire in the air.
Angela didn’t see the nervous glance Bella shot in my direction, but it made me angry. When I opened my door, the disgustingly sweet scent of vampire hit my nose like a ton of bricks.
I opened the girls’ door as quickly as I could, and said goodbye. As I pulled away, I allowed myself one last glance at Angela. She was staring after my headlights. For some reason, that made me feel better.
When I got home, the pack was sitting on the porch with Billy. They were all staring at me, Paul with anger in his eyes, Sam and Emily with pity in theirs, and Billy with understanding. The rest of them just stared blankly at me, as if expecting me to phase at any minute.
“I’m fine.” I said gruffly, and pushed past them into the house.
Emily followed me. “Jacob…”
“What? What can you possibly say Emily?”
“I can say I’m sorry. I’m sorry that you’re hurting. But you have to understand where she’s coming from. After I found out what Sam was, and he left, I was just like Bella. And when he came back, I was ecstatic. It didn’t matter what he was. I loved him, and that’s exactly what Bella is going through. You have to cut her some slack.”
“That’s not the only thing any more. I still love Bella, but one of her friends…” I told Emily all about Angela. She started grinning.
“That’s great! Invite her to my place some time! You can introduce her to Sam and I, and I can make dinner. It’ll be a blast!”
“I don’t even know her that well! Let alone how to get a hold of her!”
Emily looked at me like I was crazy. “Ask Bella.” I looked away. Did I really want to tell Bella that I was interested in some one else?
Emily was still looking at me. “If I know Bella at all, she’ll be as thrilled as I am. She never meant for you to fall in love with her, you know that. She just wants you to be happy.” And that decided it for me.
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