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The New Kids

Summary:
The Cullens start high school for the first time since Bella has been changed and Renesmee has been born. Will Nessie learn to love Jacob the way he wants her to? Or will she meet someone at school and repeat the history that brought her Mom and Dad together? The sequel to this story - Nothing But Time- should be up ASAP! Keep a look out for it!


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11. Chapter 11

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I had never felt as alive or normal, as I did when I was with Owen. All of the crazy things I lived with on a daily basis just melted away. Our relationship was going exactly as I wanted it to. It was obvious that there was an attraction, but we were still getting to know each other, so no moves were made. We spent some afternoons studying in the gardens behind my house, and others with our friends from lunch. I wasn't terribly eager to have them all to my house, so we were often congregated at Wren's large farm on the outskirts of town.

Nearly three weeks after Owens first visit to my house he walked up to me in the hall after Spanish, "Hey, I have to take off early today for a doctors appointment, but you'll be at Wren's tonight, right?"

"Of course. She said we were having a movie night."

"See you tonight then," he smiled and disappeared into his next class. The day passed slowly knowing that I wouldn't see him at lunch or in English. Uncle Jasper and Dad had taken the day off to go on an extended hunting trip a few states away, so Aunt Alice and Mom joined our lunch table. It would have looked odd if they never interacted with Jake and I at lunch, so a couple of times a week they sat with us. It gave my parents a chance to get to know and trust my friends, which helped out greatly when I was asking permission to go out on the weekends.

I tried desperately to get my father to tell me what was in the heads of my friends, but he wouldn't reveal a thing. It must have been good though, he often had bemused looks on his face whenever he was near them.

"Hey Bella! Hey Alice! Where are the guys today?" Luke asked jovially as he came and sat next to my mother.

"They went camping with their big brother for the weekend for male bonding and all that," she told him.

"Why didn't you go?" Rory said to Jake quietly. I really liked her, she was shy and reserved, but when she spoke it was worth listening to.

"Eh, camping with them is more trouble than its worth."

Alice, Mom and I laughed. Jake hated hunting with the guys, all of their competitions, bets and games drove him crazy.

"Since the guys are gone, why don't you two come over to my house tonight. I hate that you never hang out with us!"

UGH. Wren and her inclusive nature...a quality I loved in her most of the time, but not when she extended the invitation to my family. I discreetly pretended to wipe a smudge off of my mom's face and showed her my feelings about her attending the outing.

"I don't know, Alice and I were planning on hanging out at home, but maybe! We'll catch a ride with Jake and Nessie if we decide to come," she said sweetly to Wren after I lowered my hand.

Phew, dodged a bullet there. If my dad had been here, he would have jumped at the chance to observe my friends and I away from school, Mom seemed to understand my desire for a life separate from my family.

Gym and choir passed without incident. As I made my way to English, Meg passed by in the hall and didn't spare me a second glance. After that first week, much of the gossip had quieted and we were generally ostracized. I didn't mind one bit. Josh hadn't even bothered me again after that first day in gym. Apparently a few dirty looks from my family had done the trick.

I sat in my usual seat, looking sadly at the empty one in front of me. Mrs. Cross got up from her desk and began to teach. We were finished a day early with our 4 week section on A Separate Peace, so we were going to go ahead and start on Shakespeare. We would be reading Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, and Henry V. These would take us all the way to the end of the semester. Next week would be learning about Shakespeare himself and the time period he lived in.

I sighed. How boring. I loved Shakespeare, but not dissecting him to death, and I'd already read these plays. My home education had been more than thorough over the past 7 years. I sat and daydreamed about the upcoming weekend until the teacher gave us our homework. Watch any movie based on one of the plays we would be reading, it could be a direct or loose interpretation, then write a short essay about it. Hum, that was a kind of cool assignment.

"So what time are you heading over to Wren's?" My mother asked Jake and I in the car on the way home.

"She told me to be there around 7:00," Jake said from the drivers seat, "we're ordering pizza before we watch the movie." Jake must have seen the look of disgust on my face when he mentioned pizza, "Chill out, Ness," he laughed, "You know her mom always keeps some hard boiled eggs in the fridge for you. Just crumble some on your pizza and it won't taste so bad...you little freak."

We spent the afternoon lounging around feeling the warmth of the last of the summer days, waiting restlessly for 10 to 7 so we could leave.

"Let's GO!" Jake yelled from downstairs as I pulled a light sweater on and reapplied my lip gloss. I flew down the stairs and stopped right in front of him with my hands on my hips.

"There's no need to yell," I teased.

"Did you put on perfume?!" Jake asked indignantly as the open back door sent a breeze past me in his direction.

I nodded, "It's just a light orange blossom body mist, I don't see why it's such a big deal."

"As if you don't smell sweet enough. I don't like it." He made a face.

Uh..what was I suppose to say to that? If I told him the real reason why I wore it, he really wouldn't like it.

"Well, that's the nicest compliment anyone has ever given me. Thanks so much!" I said sarcastically. There, that was the easy way out.

As we walked into the garage, I headed toward the Rabbit that we normally took everywhere when Jake drove, but he headed toward the Vanquish.

"Um, Jake? The Rabbit?"

"Is out of commission at the moment. I forgot to order a part I needed. I called Edward and he said we could take the Aston Martin out as much as we wanted." He grinned like a kid in a candy store.

Well, this was just wonderful. So much for seeming normal to my other friends. I dragged my feet across the smooth floor and plopped into the passenger seat with a sigh. Jake laughed loudly.

"Only you would rather ride around in an old VW instead of this."

We reached the sprawling farm in record time and pulled into the long drive right behind Owen and Allen. When we reached the house, Luke and Rory were just stepping out of the little blue Civic they shared and Wren was bounding down the front steps.

Owen didn't look surprised, he'd seen this car before. He must have told Allen, because he just looked at it appreciatively from a distance.

"Do we need to hide you out or sometime Jake? I knew you were a little crazy, but car theft? Come on man!" Luke said, only half joking.

"You know, you aren't the first person who thinks I've stolen this. Is it so unbelievable that it's mine?"

"YES" we all said in unison and then laughed at Jake's surprised face.

"It's my uncles," I lied. Telling them it belonged to Edward made no sense, him owning this car wasn't much more believable than Jake owning it.

While the guys stayed in the driveway 'Ohh-ing and Ahh-ing' over every detail Jake gave them about the car, the girls headed into the cozy house. It was so nice and welcoming, the first time I came over I felt at home instantly. The outside was a wooden and painted a light yellow, a large front porch wrapped around the entire exterior. The inside was full of family pictures, comfortable eclectic furniture and mementos of the life they'd left behind in California. I knew Wren missed it there, but this farm was her parents dream, so she suffered happily.

"Hey girls," Wrens mother said from the kitchen, "what kind of pizza does everyone like?"

"I'm good with whatever," it's all tasteless anyway, I added in my head, "but you know how Jake eats, Mrs. Fraser, so you might want to get a whole pepperoni for him!"

Once the pizza arrived and I'd choked down a couple of slices, Wren went and got out a stack of DVD's.

"Well, since Owen, Nessie and I all have Cross for English I thought we'd get our weekend assignment out of the way."

"Good thinking!" I told her, too bad she wasn't in 7th hour with us, she could have kept me company when Owen was gone today.

Jake groaned, "I don't want to have to sit through your homework! I doubt Rory, Luke and Allen do either!"

Wren ignored him and started listing the movies we had to pick from, "If we want to watch something Taming of the Shrew related these are our options; 10 Things I Hate about You, Kiss Me Kate, and The Taming of The Shrew- the 1967 version with Elizabeth Taylor. For Henry V we have Henry V from 1945. And for Romeo and Juliet we've got West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet, the 1968 and 1996 versions."

Romeo and Juliet seemed like a bad idea, too much symbolism that only Jake and I would get, "I vote for Kiss Me Kate," I said, "You know..keep it light."

"I hate musicals!" Jake exclaimed.

"Do you really want to end up with Romeo and Juliet?" I said under my breath so only he could hear.

"Kiss Me Kate is fine!!!"

Owen put in his two cents, "Jake, I don't think you know what you're saying. That movie is one of my moms favorites and it is about as girly as they come."

"Oh, because the rest of our choices are all so manly," Luke said sarcastically and rolled his eyes.

Rory spoke up in a quiet voice, "I've see the '96 Romeo and Juliet, it's actually pretty decent. Enough action that I think the guys might like it."

"I've heard it's not so bad," Allen agreed.

Wren, who was growing irritated with the conversation, popped it into the player before anyone could object and came to sit in her spot by me. We were in our normal places around the Fraser's living room, Jake was stretched out on the love seat, his long legs hanging so far over armrest that they nearly touched the floor. Luke always claimed the huge recliner that was the most comfortable seat in the room, while Rory and Allen sprawled out on the floor with pillows. I sat in the middle of the long couch with Owen on one side of me and Wren on the other.

I'd never seen this version on the movie before and when it started, it wasn't at all what I expected. Over 30 minutes after it started I still wasn't sure if I liked it or not, but found myself being drawn in regardless. I looked at Jake and he had his eyes closed, like he was sleeping, but I knew he was just tuning it out.

Wren grabbed a pillow and slid onto the floor so that she could lay down, leaving Owen and I alone on the sofa. I froze. We had sat much closer than this in the gardens several times, but something about being a dark room, with no one else very close by, made it feel different.

Relax! I screamed inside my head. Nothing was different at all, we were still sitting exactly where we had been all night. I glanced at him out of the corner of my eye, and then looked back at the screen quickly. He was looking at me. I swallowed my fear and turned my head toward him, looking in his eyes (hazel in the darkness) and turning up one corner of my mouth into a half smile.

"You don't look very comfortable," he whispered. Jake opened his eyes a fraction of an inch and snorted softly.

"I'm not, really." It wasn't a lie exactly, but there was no need to tell him that the reason I wasn't comfortable had nothing to do with my position on the couch.

"Here," he said as he grabbed a pillow and laid it on his leg, "everyone else is crashing, I need to sit up to stay awake, so go ahead."

Jake got up and walked over to where we sat, "Hey, Nessie. I'm not feeling so well. I think I'm going to head home." He looked at Owen, "Would you mind taking her home man?"

A concerned look crossed Owens face, "No, not at all. Are you alright to drive home?"

"Yeah, I'll be fine. See you guys later."

I knew this would end badly. "Can you pause this for a minute? I'm just going to go walk Jake to the car."

I got up and followed him out the door. "Jake," I started when we got outside. He turned to face me and I was surprised by the look on his face. It wasn't the sad, hurt look that I was expecting, it was a totally serene expression. It stopped me in my tracks.

"Nessi, baby, I'm fine..I mean, fine with Owen. My stomach really doesn't feel too well though. I wouldn't let him drive you home if I wasn't cool with this. Have a good time, be happy." He leaned down and kissed my forehead.

I watched him drive away in my fathers flashy car and felt more confused than I ever had in my life. I tried to clear my head as I walked back across the porch and through the door.

"Is Jake okay?" Rory asked.

"Yes. He will be anyway."

I returned to the couch and made the split second decision to just go for it, to be happy. I laid down and put my head in Owen's lap. Wren turned the movie back on and I watched it with intensity, trying desperately not to think about anything other than Romeo and Juliet.

Of course, I couldn't keep it together the closer it got to the end of the movie. Tears began to slide down my cheeks well before the climactic ending. I sniffed without thinking and gave myself away. My body tensed as I felt his hand running through my hair soothingly.

"It's about time," I heard Luke say under his breath.

"No joke, I've been wondering when he would get up the nerve," Wren whispered in reply, too softly for Owen to hear.

Apparently, everyone saw this coming, and apparently this night changed things. I continued to cry as the final scene drew closer, but I couldn't figure out if my tears were for the movie or for the boy who left me here to be happy.