Tragedies and Sins
In an alternate universe, the Cullens are human. The beautiful boy that sits next to Bella in Biology is cold, hard, and not exactly friendly. He doesn't speak to her; she doesn't speak to him. These two human beings resort to minimum interaction with each other. And yet, she finds herself falling for the man that she knew never had a clue. Slighty OOC.
Hey guys! This is Tragedies and Sins, my second fanfic. Read, review, enjoy!
8. Chapter 8: I'm Your Boyfriend, Baby
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The ride to school that day was dreadful. Edward had abandoned me, basically handing me over to Alice and Rose. I was certainly not willing to spill the details of my relationship with their friend and brother, but they pestered me nonetheless while my hair was styled and my makeup done. I winced and flinched when they were tormenting me, however, I was more than content with the final product. My hair curled forward slightly, and my long side bangs were feathered back. Mascara was coated along the length of each eyelash, making my eyes look large and innocent.
My feet were comfortably enclosed in Keds canvas sneakers, my torso in a white pleated blouse, my legs in dark wash skinny jeans. I felt very beautiful, but I would much rather be dressed in some flare jeans and a t-shirt, with my hair in a high ponytail.
I shoved my discomfort to the back of my mind, and tried to act confident. Alice, Rose, and I all grabbed our school things (which permanently resided at the Cullen household, showing how little time I spent in my own home), and made our way to Alice’s canary yellow Porsche. Only seating three in the solitary row, we all squeezed together. On the way to Forks High, my two best friends shot question after question at me. They wanted to know exactly when and for how long Edward put his deliciously cold hand on the small of my back, and exactly what he said to the waitress about her silicone chest.
Thankfully, we arrived at school when Rose started talking about how he had kissed my hair last night during the movie. “Emmett was finally starting to kiss me when that prude went and kissed above your ear! I almost had a freaking heart attack. I never thought that Edward had it in him. Did he kiss with a lot of pressure, or just a little? Because he seems like the type to do it gently, but trust me, it’s much better harder.”
Alice squeaked, and we turned to look at her. She was grinning broadly.
She looked over devilishly at me while she pulled into a parking space. “That’s what she said!”
I snorted out of my nose, and Rose just threw her an exasperated look. “Em and Jas already crack enough of those that’s-what-she-said jokes! I don’t need you saying them too.”
Alice just laughed and pressed the button that would put the top up on the convertible. We got out of the car, grabbing our things and heading to the front of the school. Jasper and Emmett caught up to us as we were lounging around at the front.
I slyly craned my neck, looking around the parking lot for Edward.
“Easy, killer. Eddie’s parking the Volv.”
I giggled and just turned towards my first class.
I endured Emmett’s taunts and Jasper’s sidelong glances in my general direction during the car ride. Ignoring them, I stopped the car near the front of the school so they could exit, and I went to park the car. When I returned to the front to see my friends, I was informed that Bella had already left for class. Disappointed but dealing with it, I noticed Angela join our group. I was glad to see her; Angela was one of my best platonic girl friends. But I observed her downcast gaze, and she didn’t seem very happy. Her eyes were forlorn and set on a boy across the courtyard area.
I followed the path her eyes were taking, and landed on Ben Cheney, a boy in our grade. A good eight inches shorter than the girl staring at him, he was talking animatedly with Eric, moving his hands as if describing something. Magically, he felt the first pair of eyes on him, and looked up at Angela. She was instantly embarrassed at being caught, and turned to start speaking with Alice.
Angela didn’t notice the way Ben’s eyes lit up when he caught her staring at him, and the way his hands immediately dropped to his sides. He smiled slightly, but frowned when she turned away.
I furrowed my brow at this exchange. It wasn’t the first time I had witnessed Ben and Angela timidly flirting with each other. It worried me. Couldn’t they both see the obvious and pure attraction for each other?
I could tell that it was different from the polluted lust that most of the other students felt. They wanted each other for who they were, not what they were. I smiled broadly at my revelation, and made a resolution to do something about it. I slipped away from the dispersing group, and caught Cheney’s attention before he left for his first hour class.
He looked up at me, startled. We didn’t typically hang in the same social circles, and he probably didn’t even realize that I knew his name.
“Oh, hey Edward.”
I smiled genuinely, trying to make him feel at ease. “I noticed that you were looking at Angela, and I just wanted to say go for it. She’s a really cool person.”
“Oh,” he said, looking self-conscious. “I wasn’t looking at her.”
“Yes, you were,” I laughed. “But I think she likes you. She was staring at you, and she always mentions your good points.”
He grinned and a faint red tint appeared on his ears. “Really?”
“Okay, I’ll ask her if she’d want to go on a date. Thanks Edward!”
I laughed and replied, “Sure,” before dashing off to class before the bell rang.
I was last to arrive, and most everyone was seated. The teacher looked sternly at me, but was still writing something on the chalkboard. All the students were taking this as an opportunity to converse and socialize, and several people called out to me as I took my seat.
I just laughed and waved in response, and watched as Ben entered and took his seat next to Angela. I tuned everyone around me out, eavesdropping on their conversation.
“Oh, hi, Ben.”
“I was wondering, well…”
“Are you busy Friday night?
“I was wondering if you wanted to go out to dinner.”
“Okay, cool. Who all’s going?”
“Actually, I was kind of hoping it could be like a date. Just the two of us.”
Angela paused, and smiled. “Really?”
“Uh, yea. Do you want to go?”
“Of course I do!”
“Great. Pick you up at six?”
“Sure.” Angela smiled, and the expression in her eyes went from forlorn to excitement in a minute. Ben turned to me and gave me two thumbs up. I laughed, returning the signal.
All my classes before lunch passed mostly uneventfully, excluding Mike Newton holding Jessica Stanley’s hand during English, and Lauren getting hit in the face with a volley ball during gym.
I eagerly burst into the cafeteria, sitting at my usual table. Mike Newton and all his popular jock friends asked me to sit with them everyday, but there was no way I could abandon all my family and friends. I went to sit with Alice, Jasper, Rose, Emmett, Angela, Ben, and Bella. Ben usually didn’t sit with us, however, I tried to be welcoming and open to the addition.
I pulled an extra chair up to the next, placing it next to Bella. She looked up at me, smiling.
“Hey, sweetheart.” I set my tray down on the table, and realized that Bells didn’t have any food.
“Bell, are you gonna eat?”
Alice took this chance to interrupt. “Bella forgot about lunch money, and is too proud to accept money from us.”
I looked sternly at her, but realized that this was her choice. It wasn’t a fact of accepting the money; Bella didn’t want to be a charity case.
I nodded and draped my arm around her shoulders. “At least take my apple and lemonade, Bell. It probably cost about a dollar. You can pay me back tomorrow.” She knew I was lying. The lemonade cost at least two dollars, the apple one.
“Fine. Thanks, Edward.” She smiled grudgingly, and took the lemonade.
The chatter amongst our group was pleasant, and eventually Angela brought up the subject of her date on Friday.
Alice squealed in a decidedly Alice-esque way. “So that’s why you sat with us, Ben? Don’t get me wrong, I’m so glad you sat here! I didn’t know you were so funny! But it’s great that you guys are going out! Are you considered an item yet, or do I need to spread the word around? Or is it a secret? Because I can totally keep my lips sealed.” She mimed zipping up her lips.
Angela just laughed, and mentioned something to Ben in a low voice. Ben nodded, grinning.
“Well, it’s not really a secret, but you guys are the first people we’ve told. And yea, I guess we’re considered an ‘item.’” She air quoted the word. Ben beamed at her, and grabbed her hand from the table.
I leaned down to whisper in Bella’s ear, my arm still around her. “I told Ben to ask her out.”
Bella smiled, and looked over at the new couple. “Really? She’s been complaining for months that he never noticed her.”
“Trust me; he had a huge crush on her.”
She snuggled a little closer to me, and whispered back. “Thank you. Angela’s one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. She deserves to be happy.”
“Definitely.” I gently nudged her in the ribs with my index finger. “Bells, you need to eat.”
She grumbled a response, and bit into the apple. A bit of juice dribbled down her chin. I had to physically restrain myself so I wouldn’t lick it off her.
The bell rang, signaling the end of lunch. I threw away my trash, before walking with Bella to our Biology class.
For once, I was absolutely looking forward to sitting next to her. There was no ounce of fear or trepidation lingering in my thoughts, because she would no longer be looking at me in hatred.
I avoided holding her hand, merely for the fact that people were noticing our new found friendship. I didn’t want people aggravating Bella even more. I sat down with her at our lab table, and Mr. Banner rolled a projector into the room. I smiled, excited about the possibilities of sitting very close to Bella in a dark room.
The lights were turned out as the bell rang, and a boring movie reviewing things everyone in the class had already been taught a thousand times was played. None taking the movie too seriously, the room was filled with whispered conversations and laughter.
A giggle. “Hello, Edward.”
“I was wondering, sweet girl.”
A smirk, barely detectable in the light reflecting from the screen. “What about, silly boy?”
“If you would like to be my girlfriend.”
A gasp and a smile. “Truly?”
“No, I’m just kidding,” I said sarcastically. “Yes, truly, love.”
She grinned and gave me a tight hug.
I smiled wide, and turned to kiss her lightly on the cheek.
We spent the rest of the period holding hands and whispering to each other. I reluctantly left Bella to go to sixth period, and watched her be ambushed by Jessica. As I walked away, I heard her nasally voice exclaiming, “Am I seeing things, or did Edward Cullen just kiss you on the cheek?”
Bella nodded shyly, looking up at me when I turned my head. She giggled and waved at my retreating form.
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