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Just Do It

Summary:
Bella's life falls apart when she finds out her parents are getting a divorce. A sudden trip to Forks finds her under the care of her older brother Emmett. What happens when she meets a handsome Professors assistant & my cause him to loose everything?


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1. Chapter 1

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“Bells can you come in here for a minute please?’

Bella Swan sighed and set the stack of college applications she had been carrying and set then down on the kitchen table.

That didn’t sound good.

Charlie had never been one to strike up a conversation, but the tone in his voice differed greatly from the mildly pleasant tone he usually carried.

Bella’s suspicions grew as she walked into the living room of her families Arizona rancher. Charlie was slouched over on the couch, his head in his hands.

“Charlie what’s going on?”

“Sit down Bella, we need to talk.”

“Did something happen? Where’s mom?” Bella walked over to the loveseat that sat across from the couch but remained standing.

“Sweet heart, that’s what I need to talk to you about. Your mother and I have been talking a great deal lately about the problems we’ve been having and we came to a decision about it.”

“Wait! What are you saying?”

“Your mother and I have decided to get a divorce Bells.”

“What? You cant!” Bella sat down as a wave of dizziness came over her. “I mean what about counseling? Aren’t you supposed to try that out before you just a huge decision like that?”

“We tried. We went to a couple of sessions while you were in high school. This has been going on for years Bella,” Charlie sighed and ran a hand through his already messy black hair. “We didn’t want to keep it from you for as long as we did, but we wanted you to get through high school without any interruptions.”

Bella finally sat down on the blue cushions of the love seat, hoping that the world would stop spinning around her.

“I’m sorry Bella. I was trying to figure out how to break this to you but the only way that made sense to me was to just come out with it.”

“So what does this all mean for me? And how soon is it happening?”

“Well your mom is going to be keeping the house and staying here. I already have a new place lined up for us.”

Us, she thought. I’m going with Charlie.

“How come I am going with you?”

Ouch. That’s was kind of harsh.

“Renee got a job as a sports writer for the Arizona Sun Times. She’s going to be traveling a lot and you need someone around to help with college and everything.”

College things? What college things?

“So where are we going?” Bella sighed. She had a feeling that there was no way she was going to be get out of the arrangements her parents set.

‘Washington.”

‘DC?”

“State Bells,” Charlie said and stood up. “We’re heading out at the end of the week.”

“But that’s in three days,” Bella protested.

“That’ll give you plenty of time to say goodbye to your friends Bells. If you want I can pack your stuff so you can spend more time with them.”

“Don’t touch my things.” Bella yelled as she stormed out of the room. Her feet kept going until she made it into her small bedroom at the top of the stairs.

She immediately grabbed her cell phone that had been sitting in its charger on her desk. Her fingers quickly typed in ten digits, leaving her waiting to listen to the phone ring four times before someone picked up.

“Well if it isn’t my little sister!”

“Emmett this is not the time for pleasantries.”

“Uh oh, you sound miserable. What happened?”

“Mom and Charlie are getting a divorce,” Bella blurted out.

Emmett stopped shuffling the papers he had in his hands, “They told you?”

“Wait. Did you already know?”

Great, when it rains it pours.

“They told me this morning,” he said quietly.

“Why didn’t you say anything?” She demanded angrily.

“Bella, Charlie wanted to tell you on his own. And considering that this is his ordeal, I figured I should respect that.”

Damn you.

“What am I going to do Emmett? I’m moving with Charlie, to Washington State.”

“Well we’ll be closer to each other again.”

‘”That’s right! I forgot you moved when you got that law firm job!” Bella exclaimed, the hope of something positive happening from all of this was somewhat of a reality.

She was going to be reunited with her best friend, her older brother Emmett.

“I map quested where you guys are going to be staying the other day, we’re about twenty minutes from each other.”

“Emmet you just saved me. I thought this whole thing was going to be a disaster.”

“Hey now, Charlie isn’t that bad. I mean he’s not as personable as Renee is but he is still a good guy at heart.”

“It’s just going to be weird living with him by myself. Em, you should’ve seen the way he looked when he told me.”

“I can imagine that it was just as bad as he sounded when he told me.”

“I’ve never seen him so upset.”

“Well I have to imagine this is hard on him,” Emmett sighed as someone started talking to him in the background. “Bells, I have a meeting to go to. Can I call you when I break afterwards?”

“’You better,” she muttered.

“Darlin’ have I ever let you down?”

Bella remained silent; she already knew he knew the answer.

“Just give me an hour, ok?”

Bella sighed and muttered a quick goodbye before hanging up.

Now what?

Her eyes darted around her room in hopes for an answer. Packing was out, considering how much stuff she had, it wasn’t going to take her more than a half an hour. She didn’t want to be around when her mother returned either, knowing it would be filled with a mix of silence and awkward conversations.

Coffee shop.

With a single thought Bella scooped her laptop into her old book bag and grabbed her car keys off of her bed. There was no sign of Charlie as she tiptoed down the stairs and out the front door, letting out a sigh of relief when her skin met the warm sun light.

“Bella honey, where are you going?”

She was almost home free, but of course Renee had excellent timing.

“I’m going out mom. I need just need to get out of here for al little bit, I’ll just be at the coffee shop.”

“Bella honey, I really think we should talk.”

“The last time I heard that from someone I found out you guys were getting divorced. I don’t feel like talking right now,” Bella quickly unlocked the drivers side door of her pickup truck and climbed in before Renee had a chance to retaliate.

The coffee shop isn’t going to work, it’s too close. Bella thought as she pressed her foot to the gas peddle, making it out of the neighborhood before Renee could catch up with her,

Why does Emmett live so far away? I need him right now.

“Emmett!!”

The Honda Civic in the lane next to her beeped as she cut it off, pulling into the parking lot of a nearby restaurant, switching the gearshift into park.

She couldn’t, could she?

The idea was completely absurd, yet it sounded like the only open window she had. He’d be home by the time she got here. And she had a way to get there.

Her fingertips slowly grazed over the emergency credit card that set in the front pocket of her purse.

This isn’t an emergency isn’t it?

Charlie and Renee would flip a lid, but so would she if she was stuck at home with the both of them.

She had absolutely nothing with her but her purse, but it wouldn’t matter. No luggage meant easier travel.

Just do it.

Without another thought she shifted into drive and took off down the main street of town towards the interstate.

God what am I dong?

The impromptu plan was completely out of character for her, but desperate times called for desperate measures.

As she merged, her older model pickup truck onto the interstate, part of her couldn’t help but to hope that this trip to Emmett’s would be permanent. Bella’s relationship with Charlie has always been awkward, but found it had[b1] been easier to manage with her mothers’ carefree spirit to counteract Charlie’s quietness.

Charlie and Renee were so different. Renee was wild and carefree, while Charlie stayed reserved and by the books. Bella had always thought it was their differences that brought them together, yet now it seemed like it was doing nothing but tearing them apart. At this point it almost seemed like sitting there and trying to figure out what happened to her parents was pointless, it was happening whether she liked it or not.

Once she arrived at the Phoenix airport, she commended herself for not going back and taking any of her stuff with her. It only took her forty minutes from the time she raced through the front door to Gate 32, non stop to Forks, Washington.

Bella could only imagine the look of total shock and surprise on Emmett’s face when he would come home, and find her sitting on the couch in his living room. She was just hoping he still hid a key under the doormat like he always did.

He was going to be furious at first,that much she knew. She only hoped that it would subside and he wouldn’t send her on the first flight back to Arizona.

Not right away anyway.

Bella sighed and leaned against the small, cold window of the plane. The weather was changing drastically as the plane started its journey. The sun eventually gave way to dark clouds and rain, which only increased as they prepared for their final decent into Forks.

Oh so this is what I have to look forward to? Bella frowned. At least I didn’t bother to tan while I was in Arizona; I’ll fit right in.

Many people at the airport seemed to maintain the same skin tone, their attitudes surprisingly upbeat considering the weather. Although, the downpour was creating a large amount of traffic at the entrance to the airport as everyone stared out into the gloomy atmosphere.

An umbrella probably would have bee a good thing to grab on the way. She frowned; fighting for a cab was going to be a challenge.

”No umbrella huh? You must be new here.” A tall, blonde haired man came up beside her.

“Poor planning I guess,” Bella muttered.

“Where are you from?”

Bella stared at the man curiously. He couldn’t be much older than she was. Soft brown eyes and a head full of messy blonde hair. He seemed innocent enough, besides she didn’t think he would try anything with several uniformed guards standing by the entranceway.

“Arizona,” she said finally.

“And you came here?” He chuckled and shook his head, “I would have picked Florida or something.”

“I have family here.”

The man nodded, “You sure travel light.”

“This trip was kind of spontaneous,” she shrugged.

“Do you need a ride? Taxi’s can be kind of expensive and by the looks of things you might be waiting a while too,”

“But rides with strangers are more dangerous.” Bella felt around for some sort of money that she may have left in her pockets, but the only thing her fingers brushed across was her credit card.

“I won’t try anything I assure you. I know this whole stranger in the airport thing is a little weird, but I’m just trying to make my way to campus to be with the girl I’m crazy about.”

Bella sighed. She really didn’t have a choice. It was either hitchhike or call Emmett, and that idea was out. She was hoping for a warmer welcome than that.

“Alright. I’m out of options anyway.”

The man offered his hand to her, “I’m Jasper by the way.”

“Bella,” she couldn’t help but smile as she shook his hand.

“So Bella, what’s with the spontaneous trip to Washington? The family ok?”

“My life at home is falling apart and I kind of needed to get away for a little bit.”

“Fair enough, are you going to be ok here? I mean without any of your stuff?”

“Well like I said, this trip wasn’t exactly planned. My brother lives in Forks and my dad’s going to be moving somewhere close to here once the divorce goes through. I don’t even know how long I’m going to be here.”

“Definitely doesn’t sound like you’re having the bets of times right now.” Jasper opened up his large blue umbrella as they made their way outside.

Bella shook her head, “I’ll get over it I guess, I don’t really have a say in any of it so I might as well accept it.”

“That’s true, just look at what you can learn from it and move on.”

“I’m afraid all I am going to take away from this is the lack of desire for a relationship.”

“Don’t let it get to you Bella. We don’t all turn out like our parents.”

“I don’t know about that. My brother is pretty relationship challenged too.”

“You’re thickheaded and stubborn aren’t you?” Jaspers laugh echoed as they entered the large parking garage that sat across from the airport terminal.

“I get it from my mom,” Bella grinned. “So now that you’ve been subjected to all of my drama, what’s your deal Jasper?”

“Well I just moved here myself. I transferred from Michigan State after my girlfriend got accepted here.”

“That’s a little cliché isn’t it?”

Jasper shrugged, “When you’re in love you know it and you’ll do anything to keep it. She was all I really had there after my dad gave up on me during my freshman year of college. She’s a great girl though, awesome family. They ended up moving here as well, they’re all so close.”

“You’re lucky,” Bella said quietly.

“Hey it’ll happen for you too. It took me a long time to find Alice.” Jasper turned to her as they stopped in front of his black Honda Civic[b2] , “I was all by myself after my mom passed away and my dad left. The sun always shines after a storm Bella.”

“If you say so,” Bella grumbled as they climbed inside. Bella fished around for the piece of paper that held Emmett’s address on it and handed it over to Jasper.

“I do, and if I could I’d prove it to you. I could always set you up with Alice’s brother; he’s a little uptight though.”

“I’m going to be living with one of those, I think I’ll pass.”

“Well if you’re going to be looking for love while you’re here, what are you going to do?”

“I don’t know, I guess I’ll have to figure that out. I was looking at colleges before my life exploded, trying to get out of community college.”

“You should come to Washington State, that’s where Alice and I go.”

“Do they have a good English department?”

“You’re looking at an English Lit major,” Jasper grinned.

Bella nodded, “Doesn’t sound like a bad idea.”

“I would, it probably will make the transition here a little easier.”

“Oh shit,” Bella muttered as they pulled up the Emmett’s house. “He’s home.”

Emmett’s Jeep Grand Cherokee sat in the driveway and the lights were on in two rooms of the house.

“That’s a good thing isn’t it?”

Bella sighed, “He doesn’t exactly know that I’m here.”

Jaspers eyebrows rose in curiosity, “Is that good or bad?”

“Hopefully good, he and I are extremely close.” Bella pushed the passenger door open but turned to face Jasper before she got out of the car. “You know, I’m really glad I met you Jasper. The ride here wouldn’t have been as easy as it was without someone to talk to.”

“It was my pleasure,” Jasper turned the piece of paper that held Emmett’s address and jotted his phone number down. “Give me a ring sometime, just to hang out or if you need help with school applications. I’d love to introduce you to Alice, I have a feeling the two of you would get along pretty well.”

“I definitely will,” Bella waved and tucked the piece of paper into her pocket. She turned to face Emmett’s house, taking a deep breathe before she started up the driveway.

“Good luck!” Jasper shouted as he drove away.

“I’m going to need it,” she huffed and pressed the doorbell.

Emmett’s heavy footsteps could be heard as he made his way across the hardwood floor of the entranceway. Bella held in her breath as the large oak door swung open, and her brother appeared in the doorway.

“Bella! What are you doing here?!”

[b1]Could be has or had

[b2]Why does everyone have a civic?