Its like waking up scared out of your mind, but not knowing why. Embry/OC.
3. Chapter 3
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Chapter Two: Pizza!
The hardest part of moving was making two trips back to our house to grab the second set of everything we needed. Not because it was exhausting, but because I didn’t want to go back. After all, my life wasn’t here anymore, it was on the LaPush/Forks border line, and I wanted to be there, with my new family.
I looked over at my step-brother to be, Caleb, he was smiling at me, helping me unpack my stuff. I had decided to let Kate and Kim try and get along, they do, it’s just not as much as Kim and I. So I decided I wasted to get to know Caleb a little better while unpacking and thought Kim and Kate should do the same.
Caleb’s deep russet skin tone was making me look albino. I was mentally telling myself to tan more often. Though the sun hardly ever shone in this town, so I doubted that I would be tanning anytime soon, a sigh escaped my lips at this thought. I noticed Caleb smile at me from across my room where he was unpacking my jewelry.
“So, Caleb, how’s school?” I asked him in a quiet tone, I found that loud noises made Caleb tense and he always looked like he wanted to bolt. I had asked Kim about it one day, she told me he was in the car wreck with their dad and loud noises had bothered him since.
“Its fine,” he said, “some days are better than others.”
Kim had once told me he was subject to bullying in school. I may be a quiet bookworm when it comes to school, but if someone I care about is getting bullied, even if he is in another school, I will do something about it. I looked at Caleb, sure, he wore dorky glasses and was scrawny, but obviously nobody saw how wonderful of a person he was. He made top grades, very polite, and treated everyone well. Especially Kate and I.
“That’s good, I’m glad. Are you excited for summer to be coming up for you and Kim next week?” I smiled, moving to help him un pack my jewelry.
“Yes, then you and I will be seniors, Kim graduating, and Kate a sophomore,” he stated with a small smile.
“I couldn’t agree more, I never asked, what is it you plan on doing after high school is all over with?”
I suddenly realized just how bad of a friend I was. I didn’t even know his aspiration in life, and here I was about to be his step sister and I didn’t know hardly anything about him. I had to keep myself from slapping my forehead. Way to go Michelle. I thought to myself.
“I’m going into veterinary school.” He said, smiling full on at me. I had to keep myself from going into shock, this was obviously something he was very passionate about.
“Like animals then?” I inquired.
“Yes, actually, I love animals, I’m mostly a cat person though,” he smiled.
“Why don’t you have a cat then?” I merely asked.
A silence fell over the room. I internally panicked what if I had said something wrong and triggered a memory of his father that would send Caleb into another depression? What would I do then? I would feel like shit.
“Mom doesn’t want animals,” he stated in a quiet voice.
I just nodded. Afraid to say anything that might upset Caleb. I really wanted to be his friend, someone who he could confide in if he needed to. I wouldn’t live under the same roof with someone who didn’t talk to me about anything. My family is very close; we tell each other things we should keep locked away. We never keep secrets, and if Caleb wasn’t going to be open, than I would just have to teach him to be.
“What are you planning on studying after you graduate?”
Relief washed through me instantly. He was making conversation.
“Actually I was planning to be a telephone operator. PSYCHE! Kidding, I want to study history and become a high school history teacher. And then I want to study to become an archaeologist one day and possibly become a college professor.”
“Those are great aspirations; I wish you the best in them.” Caleb said, genuinely, and I couldn’t help but hug the guy.
That was defiantly not what Caleb had expected; reluctantly he put his arms around me and hugged me back. I found myself smiling. I would get this kid to open up to me yet.
“Thank you! I wish you the best with vet school,” I smiled.
His birthday was next week, I knew exactly what I wanted to get him, know that I knew him a bit more, it was just that I needed permission from Molly and Dad to do it. That wouldn’t be too hard.
“KIDS, PIZZA’S HERE! AND KIM, SO IS JARED!”
I could hear Kim spring into action while the rest of us climbed the stairs slowly behind her. I smiled at her eagerness to be with her boyfriend. He was a nice guy, I had met him before. There was just something about him that I couldn’t place though. Some major secret that Kim knew and I didn’t like that. But hey, they were a couple; they were bound to keep secrets. Though, I couldn’t help but want to be in on it.
I got to the top of the stairs just in time to see the pizza guy talking to Jared. The guy was built exactly like Jared. I had to keep myself from smiling and laughing hysterically. What were they feeding these guys? As soon as I hit the top stair I went forward, landing flat on my face. I heard Kate laugh from behind me, and even Caleb let out a small chuckle.
I didn’t have to look in a mirror to know I was beat red. What made it worse was that the pizza guy helped me up. And that when I looked up at him, I saw gorgeous dark chocolate eyes, and the world seemed to melt away. Then I noticed the emotion they held. Passion, bewilderment, love. Wait a minute, love? Hold up.
“I’m Embry, a friend of Jared’s, you must be Michelle?” he asked, easily helping me to my feet.
I smiled, he knew my name. This dark skinned gorgeous angel knew my name.
I was simply amazed.
“Shelly, I’d rather be called Shelly,” I smiled.
Jared decided to ruin the moment. Prick.
“Well, Em, nice seeing you, you might want to get back to work now. Don’t want to get fired for being late for deliveries.”
Embry smiled at me and with a curt nod towards everyone else in the room, he left, Jared stopping him for just a moment to whisper something into Embry’s ear, Embry nodded once, and then was gone, disappearing into the rain.
I watched as the door closed and Kim looped her arm through mine and led me towards the pizza. My mind never left Embry’s face, never left the emotion in his eyes. I looked over at Kim and Jared and noticed the same look in Jared’s eyes. As soon as Caleb and Kate were gone and out of earshot I looked directly to the blissful couple, they looked at me as if knowing it was coming.
“What in the hell was that?” I hissed out, not meaning to sound so rude, but I wanted answers.
“What do you mean?” Jared asked innocently.
“Oh please give up the façade and tell me what the hell that was just a minute ago in the entrance hall!”
Jared heaved a sigh and took another bite of pizza, “I can’t tell you Michelle, honestly I cant. I would if I could, but it’s not something I have any control over. You’re just going to have to have patience.”
Jared was no longer cool in my book.
I leaned back in my chair and huffed, taking a bite of the pizza Embry had dropped off. I smiled, it was some good pizza.
And the guy who dropped it off was probably even better.