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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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18. Chapter 18

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I made good on that promise, and Aunt Alice definitely took advantage. It was the 12th time we'd been shopping in the past 3 weeks. As we wandered around the racks of luxury clothes, she occasionally tossed a shirt or a dress in my direction. I hadn't worn half the things she'd bought me on our recent excursions, but it didn't stop her from going overboard every time.

"I'm ready to go home, Alice. I don't think I can handle much more time in the dressing room today, and besides, Owen will be at our house in 40 minutes. It'll take us at least 30 to get home." We had driven to the large city about 70 miles away.

"Ugh," she moaned. "I don't want to go home!"

I understood why, things had been a little strained since the benefit. As soon as I had gotten home that night, my father immediately picked up what had happened in my thoughts. He was furious with Aunt Alice, and had hardly spoken to her since. He was even more unbearably overprotective of me than before, if that was even possible. I was impressed that Owen would even come over anymore, we never got even a second alone. The occasional visit to his house was fun, but I wasn't allowed to go over anymore unless his parents were home.

I started pushing Aunt Alice toward the register while trying to discard things I didn't want along the way. Alice just turned around and scooped them back up again.

"I don't need those," I told her as she grabbed an item I set down.

"It's not for you. It's for your mother."

"Right, because we both know how much she loves snake skin gloves."

She just grinned and put them on top of my towering pile of stuff. I rolled my eyes and heaved it all onto the checkout counter. It was a new employee checking us out, I knew because she looked at us suspiciously. Anyone who had worked in the womens department for any length of time knew us, or at least knew of us.

We piled all of our bags into the Porsche and sped off toward home, pulling in 5 minutes before Owen was due. I raced inside with my bags to change and brush my hair before he arrived. I grabbed a pretty red sweater and ripped off the tags, throwing it on over a camisole. As I ran a brush through my hair I heard someone come in my room.

"Why the rush? Owen on his way?" Jacob asked as he leaned against my bathroom door frame.

"Yup," I said as I started vigorously brushing my teeth. Jake and I had a kind of silent agreement about the whole Owen situation. He didn't ask and I didn't volunteer anything. After he heard from Wren that we were indeed an official couple the day after Halloween, I'd tried to tell him everything, but he just didn't want to talk about it. As he stood there watching me brush, I thought about what he'd told me.

'I know, Ness. I know. But I just don't want to hear the words, not from you. I won't get in your way. If it has to be this way, I'm glad it's Owen. I like him. I just don't need details.'

I was okay with that arrangement. He didn't like to hangout with us when we were at our house, I'm sure he felt like the third wheel, but we still spent a lot of time together over at Wrens and on our regular weekly hunting trips.

"Are you going over to Wren's?" I asked as I spit into the sink. "I think we're planning on going later."

He rolled his eyes and nodded, making me laugh. I knew the cause of that eye roll, and for once it wasn't because of me. Wren had not listened to a word I'd said to her, and she was still pushing Rory and Jake together at every opportunity. Jake didn't seem to mind too much, Rory was sweet and easy to be around. They were becoming good friends, despite her shyness and his obvious issues.

"Owen's here!" my mother shouted from downstairs. A half second later I heard the sound of his car on the driveway. I gave Jake a playful punch in the arm and ran downstairs, sliding to a stop right in front of the door. I was so excited to see him that I threw it open right as he was reaching to ring the bell.

"Good timing," he laughed as I wrapped my arms around him and he pressed his lips to my neck. "God you smell good," he muttered into my hair. I smiled, another vampire quality that worked in my advantage.

"Hey, Owen!" Uncle Emmett said as he walked down the stairs, sent by my father to keep watch over us, I was sure. Dad rarely stayed around for too long, fearing that Owen would see more to confirm his suspicions. Instead he sent others to do his dirty work. "Feel like playing a game or two on the playstation? You and Jasper against me."

"Actually, I think Nessie wanted some help with science and then we're going over to Wren's. Tomorrow afternoon though, for sure!"

Aunt Rose glided down the stairs and raised an eyebrow. "Not tomorrow," she said. "Carlisle wants to go hiking, the weather is going to be nice."

Darn the sun. We'd had to miss school a few times because of it this semester, but not as often as we'd expected. There were lots of those 'partly cloudy' days, but since we didn't have to walk outside to any of our classes, we were able to carefully avoid windows and park in the shade. Alice must have seen a particularly shiny day tomorrow.

"You're so lucky, I'd love it if my parents would pull me out of school in the middle of the week to go hike," Owen said wistfully. He did love hiking, and often asked to go the next time my family went on a weekend. Too bad we never did any actual hiking.

The rest of the night went by as most of ours did, homework and then off to Wren's. I stole as many kisses as I could in her driveway, knowing Alice couldn't see me since Jake was already there. I made sure to keep the PDA to a minimum around Jake, so the few minutes spent in the Fraser's driveway were the only chances we got. Of course my father would see it as soon as I got home, but he would just grumble and gripe to my mother. They couldn't keep me locked up at home all the time.

"Do you want me to bring your homework to you tomorrow? When will you be back from hiking?" Owen asked as he drove me home later that night.

"Yeah, that'd be great. We won't be back until after dark though, so you shouldn't come over until about 6:30 or 7:00." It was getting dark earlier now that winter was bearing down on us, the sun usually went down at about 6:00, so that should be safe.

He walked me to the door and gave me a quick kiss. It was rarely more than that at my house, Owen was always wary of my 'brother' appearing out of thin air as he was prone to do. The house was quiet, so I went straight to bed and thought about how I was going to fill the empty, sunny day that I had ahead of me.

I awoke the next morning to the sun already high in the sky, shining in through the cracks in my heavy curtains. I stretched and listened for the sounds of my family, wondering what they were doing with their free day. I didn't hear anything. How odd. I made my way downstairs and found Grandma Esme sitting quietly reading a book.

"Good morning, dear," she said without looking up.

"Where is everyone?" I yawned.

"Most of them are out hunting, since we have the whole day, they went quite a ways out. I'm planning on joining them, but waited behind to see if you'd like to come. Jake and your mother went to Forks for the day."

They went to Forks? Without me!

"Now calm down," Grandma Esme said in response to the look on my face. "They weren't planning on going, but Jake had some business in La Push and Bella just went to keep him company. They didn't want to wake you."

"Fine," I huffed. "I think I'd rather just stick around here today. I have a ton of reading to do for English class. I just hunted a few days ago anyway."

"Okay, I'm sure you'd enjoy a day to yourself. We'll be home sometime this evening." She stood and walked to the back door after giving me a hug, breaking into a run as she got into the gardens.

A whole day alone. The more I thought about it, the more I was okay with missing a trip to Forks if I had the house to myself, this never happened. I skipped up to my room and changed into shorts and a tank top, hoping that I could soak up some sun outside. It was cold by normal standards, but it didn't bother me. I sprawled out on the grass in my Eden, a pile of books by my side. I held up my arm and looked at the shimmery glow imitating from it, and felt the warmth from the sun on my exposed skin. I liked the way it looked, definitely not natural or normal, but still pretty.

I reveled in my solitude, wishing I got this chance more often, but after awhile I began to feel lonely. When you spend your life surrounded by people, being by yourself can be an awkward thing. For a moment, I thought about calling Owen and seeing if he'd like to skip school and come hangout (inside, of course). But I knew that when my father found out, I'd be in big trouble and likely never let out of his sight again. So I returned my attention to reading.

I laid there for hours on end, finishing one book and picking up another. I eventually even got around to reading some Henry V. for English class. I'm not sure when I drifted off to sleep, but I woke up to my phone buzzing in my pocket. I flipped it open and looked at the tiny screen. 13 missed calls? How had I slept through that? One was from Owen, the other 12 were from Aunt Alice, and all had been placed in the last 15 minutes.

I sat up and put the phone to my ear, listening to the first voicemail. It was Owen.

'Hey Ness! Today has been so boring without you, I thought I'd see if you were home a little early. You're bad about having your phone on you...so I think I'll just come over. Hopefully I'll see you in a few!'

Oh my God. I knew without listening what Aunt Alice was going to say in her messages. I tried to rush the phone along, wanting to get to her instructions. Should I just stay put out here until dark? Or try and dart back into the house? I would normally run for it, but maybe that's what he saw in Alice's vision, but if I stayed put he might see me in the sun.

And then, like it was happening in slow motion, I saw the leaves on the hedge begin to rustle. I was so focused on my messages that I hadn't heard him approach.

Owen rounded the corner and skidded to a halt, his backpack making a loud thud as it fell from his shoulder. I closed my eyes and waited for his screaming, or the sound of his body hitting the ground as he passed out. I couldn't believe that just a few hours ago I was admiring the beauty of my luminous skin, and now it was going to ruin my life.

It felt like an eternity passed as I sat there, waiting for everything to crash down. But nothing happened. I opened my eyes a fraction of an inch and saw that Owen hadn't moved. He stood rooted to the spot, his eyes wide and mouth hanging open. I opened my eyes the rest of the way and he took a step back. It was like a knife going through my heart.

"Owen," I said softly. He stumbled back another step, and the knife twisted. Was he afraid of me? He was suddenly having a hard time staying steady, his hands grasping for the tall hedge to hold onto. "Owen, please." I didn't know what else to say, how could I possibly explain this away? I could tell him that it was safer for everyone if he just pretended that he never saw anything. That was definitely true, but what kind of relationship could we have if we had this huge untold secret between us?

He finally spoke, and I was surprised at his angry tone and the slight quiver behind it. "I want to know what's going on. Right now." He never talked to me like that, but I suppose he did have every reason to be upset. When I didn't speak for a moment, he continued, "Nessie, what are you?"

"I...I don't know if I can tell you that."

"Dammit! I loved you, Renesmee, and you've be lying to me!"

My voice caught in my throat. "Loved, as in..not anymore." We'd never come right out and said 'I love you' to the other, even though we both knew it. Hearing him say it for the first time in past tense had caused the tears gathering in my eyes to spill over in droves.

"How can I when I obviously don't know anything about you?" he told me in a softer voice. He picked up his backpack without taking his eyes off me and backed slowly away. He was leaving.

"Owen, wait!" I stood up and rushed toward him, hoping that if I could just hold him and kiss him it would make everything okay. I knew he wouldn't let me, but it still hurt when he put his hand out to stop me. "I love you," I managed to push the words out in between my sobs.

"I'm here Nessie. Whenever you feel like being honest with me, I'm here. But not until then. I'm not going to pretend this never happened, and I'm not going to go on knowing that you're keeping something major from me. I deserve to know the truth." He turned and started walking away. A pained look crossed his face as he looked over his shoulder and saw me crumpled against the hedge, sobbing so hard that I was beyond tears.