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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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7. Chapter 7

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The next day at school was far less eventful than the first. After word of the 'altercation' in gym spread around, girls looked at me with jealousy and boys tried not to look at me at all. We were still the topic of gossip, but I knew I'd just have to get used to that. The first part of the day was boring and long, so I zoned out in class thinking about a certain someone. The sweet girl in my math class talked to us again, her name was Wren, and she was new too. I could tell that Alice and my mom liked her as much as I did. I made a mental note to get to know her better.

"Renessme, I don't want you talking to Josh again. At all. Even if it's just to tell him he's a jerk." my dad said with fury as we walked to lunch.

"Um, I wasn't planning on it, Dad." I said with annoyance. Jacob jabbed me in the ribs and raised his eyebrows. What was that for? I already knew what he thought of Josh, I didn't need an 'I told you so'. Then I got it.

"Ohh. Sorry Edward! I don't know where my head is today." I corrected quickly. "Why did you feel the need to tell me that?"

"His thoughts in 3ed period were disgusting. I know he's going to try and make another move when Jacob isn't around."

"I'll be around." Jacob assured my dad with a determined gleam in his eyes.

I stuck my hand on Jake's face to show him a memory, knowing Dad would see it too. It was he and I wrestling in the backyard of our house in Forks. I had Jacob pinned to the ground and he was struggling to get up, he wasn't quite as strong in his human form. I kept pushing him back down, laughing, as he tried with all of his might to move me. I pulled my hand away.

"That was a fun day," Jake sighed.

"Now do you two really think that I'm incapable of taking care of myself? Josh is human, for goodness sake!"

My dad looked at me softly, "You're right Nessie, we worry too much. You are more than capable. I trust your judgment."

"Thank you," I told him as we slid into the line for lunch. I was hungry, so I piled my plate with hard boiled eggs off of the salad bar. Eggs and very very rare steak were about the only human food I really enjoyed.

"That's not a very diverse salad." a raspy voice said from behind me. I spun around so fast I almost dropped my tray.

"Oh! Hey Owen! You surprised me. Um, yeah...I like boiled eggs."

"Obviously," he grinned.

I couldn't help but grin back. He stared at me without blinking for a minute and looked like he was at a loss for words. What had I done?

"So, I better go pay for this." I said, breaking the silence.

"Oh, Yeah..okay. Pay. Right," he stuttered. He seemed to regain his confidence after a moment and asked, "I actually came to ask if you wanted to sit with me," he paused and looked at the floor, "because, wow this is embarrassing, I don't really know anyone here but you and I didn't want to be the pathetic new guy sitting alone."

I was positively beaming. He looked up at me and a smile started at the corner of his lips. I answered quickly, "Of course! I'd like to sit with you, sure. Let's go!" He started walking toward an empty table on the other side of the cafeteria from my family, thank God.

"So where did you sit yesterday?" I asked.

"In my car. Lame, I know. I'm normally pretty outgoing and it's never been hard for me to make friends. But this place...I dunno. The girls are all outrageously flirty and fake, and most of the guys have been jerks. I'm sure you've noticed." he teased.

While he was talking, I saw my family staring at me over Owens shoulder. They had different expressions on their faces that ranged from curiosity (in Jasper's case) to anger (Jake, of course). You could tell that half the students in the room were waiting for Jake to flip out. Hoping for it, I'm sure. I needed to take care of this. "Owen?" I said after he'd finished speaking. "Excuse me, but I need to speak to my family really quickly. I'll be right back." He nodded, so I stood up and walked to their table.

"You need something, Renesmee?" my mother asked.

"Yes! I need you all to quit staring at me!"

"You didn't tell us that you wouldn't be sitting with us today," Alice stated, "we were curious. You could have brought him to sit over here you know. We don't bite."

She giggled and I glared at her. "If you would all go on about your business as normal, that would make me immensely happy." I looked directly at Jacob as I said the last word. He looked slightly dazed, but nodded in agreement. "Thank you, Jake. See you in gym." I spun on my heel and started back to my table.

"I'm sorry about that. I just needed to let them know that I'm sitting here today." I explained, slightly exasperated.

He squinted his eyes, "If it's an issue, we can sit with them if you'd like. I don't want to cause problems between you and your family."

Wow. He must like me, at least a little bit, if he offered to sit with my family. They were quite an intimidating group. "NO! That's okay. I'd like a little time away from them anyway. English is the only class I have without one of them in it." I wanted to nip his idea in the bud as quickly as possible.

I found out a lot about Owen that day at lunch. He had a 12 year old sister, Amanda, who he adored. His house was full of animals. His parents, being hippies, took in every stray that wandered into their yard. He drove a hybrid VW Jetta, but wanted a big SUV for off roading. His mother was an architect who designed environmentally stable, modern homes and his father was a rather well known sculptor. He hoped to be a writer one day, or a doctor.

His life sounded delightful to me. Free spirited parents who took him roaming through Europe and gave him the freedom to do and become whatever he wanted. Luckily, questioning him about his life took up most of lunch, so I didn't have to think of any answers of my own. The bell rang and we stood to walk to gym.

"With the risk of sounding too much like Josh," he winked at me, "would you like to run the track with me today?"

If he hadn't winked at me, it would have been easy to tell him that I should probably work out with Jake. But he did wink, so I smiled and told him that I'd love to. He walked me to the locker rooms and disappeared through the door marked 'Men'. I stood and waited for Jake, a hard knot building in the pit of my stomach.

"Um, Jake. Can I talk to you?" I asked quietly.

"Sure, Ness. But before you start I wanted to tell you that it's fine if Owen runs with us today. I figured that's what you'd want to ask, and I'm looking forward to getting to know him." An evil smile spread across Jacobs dark face.

I stared blankly at him as I comprehended what he was saying. "You jerk!" I shouted when I figured it out. "You heard me say yes when he asked me! You know I can't keep you from working out with us...I swear if you embarrass me, Jacob Black, I will never forgive you!"

I huffed off into the ladies locker room. I should have known that Jake would try to turn the tables. I knew if I begged Jake to leave us alone, he would, but I shouldn't have to beg and pull the 'I'm your imprint you better do what I say' card. Besides, it would hurt him if I did and he knew I wouldn't hurt him on purpose. What a Jerk.

I opened my bag and got out my clothes to change. I froze with my pants half down when Annie came and introduced herself and said hello. "Uh, Hey." I returned, quickly pulling on my stretch pants.

"I just love the shirt you're wearing today," she said in a sugary tone. "Where did you get it?" Silence. "I meant to ask you in Spanish, but I didn't get the chance," she continued.

I recovered from my shock and told her truthfully, "I'm not sure, actually. My cousin, Alice, does most of the shopping." I pulled the shirt off and looked at the label. "Umm, the tank top is Dolce and Gabbana," I bent down to pick up the cardigan that I wore over it, "and this is Michael Kors." I finished with a shrug. She looked at me with her eyes wide and mouth slightly hanging open.

I really needed to learn more about fashion from Alice. I liked to shop, but I rarely looked at labels or price tags. I should have just said 'Banana Republic', that probably wouldn't have elicited the stare that was boring into me now.

The voice of the coach boomed from outside the locker room door, "Girls, you all need to be out on the track in 2 minutes!" he bellowed.

"We'd better get going." I said to Annie as I shoved my bag under the bench. I'd gotten up and walked off before she started blinking again.

As soon as I walked out onto the track I wished that I could melt into a puddle on the spot. Standing apart from the rest of the group, Jake and Owen were talking to each other. What were they saying?! Had Jake scared the crap out of him yet?! I couldn't hear over the chattering of the rest of the class. As I moved closer, I began to pick up their conversation.

"That's really cool!" Jake said happily. "I love Volkswagen, I built a Rabbit from scrap. I'll have to drive it to school sometime to show you."

"Yeah, man. That'd be awesome. I've been thinking about restoring an old Bronco my dad used to drive back in the day."

What was going on here? I walked up to where they stood, not sure what to say. "Uh, hey guys."

Owen smiled at me and Jake said "Yeah, hey Ness. Just a sec., 'kay?" He turned back to Owen and continued talking about cars. What the...?

"Sorry about that," Owen said a minute later when they had wrapped up their conversation, "Jacob knows so much about restoration! He's going to help me with my Bronco, isn't that cool?"

"Yeah, and I might even bring Rose along to help out." Jacob attempted to joke.

"Jake, Edward wanted me to tell you something this morning and I forgot, can I see you by the bleachers for a minute?" I said sweetly. I didn't want Owen to think this was about him. "We'll be right back.”

I glided over to the bleachers and turned my back to Owen, so he couldn't see my face as I confronted Jake.

"What are you doing?!" I hissed at him.

"Oh calm down. Edward just made a very good point over lunch, and I decided that it was worth a try." He told me nonchalantly.

"Do tell," I seethed.

"Well, he said that we might as well be nice to the guy. If you liked him, we will have to meet him eventually. For me it's more of a keep your friends close and your enemies closer thing."

"Owen is not your enemy."

"Okay, but he is my competition."

I growled at him and walked back to Owen.

"So do I get to ask you some questions now?" he asked as we started walking around the track to warm up.

"I guess that's only fair." I told him.

"Why did you move from Arizona?"

"Carlisle, my uncle, is a doctor. He got a good job offer from the hospital here."

"Do you miss it?"

How to answer this question? Did I miss it? No, because I'd never actually lived there. "I do miss some things, but I wasn't unhappy to go." That was a good nondescript answer.

"Do you like living with so many people?"

Well, this I could definitely be truthful about, "Sometimes. Sometimes I hate it though. There is no privacy and we all have very different personalities. Thankfully, the house is big enough that you can go off into a corner by yourself if you need to."

Jacob caught up to us then and joined the conversation. "Nessie just gets mad because everyone picks on her. She's the baby." He laughed at his little inside joke.

Owen continued on with his questions, "Do you have any pets?"

I was about to answer no, when Jake opened his stupid mouth, "Yeah, she has a dog."

I wished I could smack him. I couldn't, so instead I replied, "He's pretty dumb though, impossible to train. We just let him roam around in the woods behind the house, hoping he'll find a new home and not come back, but he always does."

Owen looked a little confused by the rant about my stupid dog. Jake looked at him and in a very serious voice said, "That dog loves her more than anything, he'll always come back. No matter what other new pets she decides to get."

"Sounds like an okay dog, Nessie. Do you really not like him?" Owen asked.

I shot daggers at Jake with my eyes and answered, “Most of the time, I love him...but there are days when a trip to the pound or the vet,” I raised one eyebrow to be sure Jacob got the point, “doesn't seem like such a bad idea.”