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A Pretty Strange Love Story

Summary:
A Pretty Strange Love story banner My lovely banner up there was made by the generous Marauder by Midnight... *stares adoringly* Bella is becoming a vampire, and Jacob can't stand it. Can Ang help him come to terms with it? Angela thinks that Bella will be the same after she is changed, but Jacob is convinced that she will be a monster. Who is right? And will Angela get to keep her best friend and her boyfriend? Oh, by the way, this is the sequel to A Not So Every Day Romance, so read that one first unless you want to be majorly confused. Go read the author's note... big, plot changing edits! DISCLAIMER: I don't own anything from Twilight.


Notes:
Sequel to A Not So Every Day Romance


3. Reappearance

Rating 5/5   Word Count 1735   Review this Chapter

Ch. 3

“Angela! You are going to be late!” my mother yelled from downstairs. I groaned loudly. She had arrived for graduation late last night, and had been making my life miserable for the last nine hours, including the ones I had been sleeping. She had haunted my dreams with her customary, “You’re much too thin, isn’t your father feeding you?” or, “So, have you been accepted into any good medical schools yet?” or even, “I knew that it was a bad idea for you to stay with your father! He’s ruined your ambition! When I was your age I knew exactly what I wanted, even though I didn’t get it! I had you …” After that, I would wake up. Thank God.

Mother was staying with us, just because she demanded to. It was making things awkward for dad, but I was thrilled to be able to see my sister Clara. She had grown a lot since I had seen her last, and changed too. It was like getting to know a completely new person! She was going into tenth grade this year, and was starting to think of careers, courtesy of our ambitious mother, I’m sure.

“She wants me to be a doctor too.” Clara complained as we got ready, “And I don’t get to move out like you did. I’m going to have to go to medical school!”

The doorbell rang, saving me from having to answer what I’m sure was a rhetorical statement.

“I’ll get it!” I yelled, hoping to deter my mother from doing it. I was expecting Jake to come get over, and I didn’t want mom to scare him off before she realized who it was. Then, of course, she would try to scare him off, but I would have time to warn him.

“Hey,” he said as I opened the door. I smiled, standing aside so he could come in.

“Hey. Be warned, my mother is here, and is as scary as ever. She’ll most likely ask about your father, your plans for the future—“

“Angela, calm down. As long as she doesn’t ask if I’m a werewolf, we’ll be fine,” he joked.

I took a deep breath and tried to do as he said. “Well, unless she has expanded her interrogation, she doesn’t usually ask whether my boyfriends are supernatural creatures.”

“Thank God.” He was laughing at me, I realized.

“Angela! Why don’t you bring your friend into the sitting room?” mother demanded imperiously.

I sighed. “Come on. Let’s get this over with.” I led him into the sitting room, carefully maintaining my distance. The last thing I needed was for my mother to think we were sleeping together, which technically we were. Mom was the sort of person who would jump to that conclusion if she saw even the slightest amount of physical affection.

“Who, may I ask, are you?” Mother began the interrogation as soon as we were seated.

“Jacob, ma’am. Jacob Black,” Jake responded respectfully. I almost smiled; mom wouldn’t be able to find any fault in his manners.

“And how long have you been seeing my daughter?” Ah yes, that was my mother. Right to the point.

“Almost a year,” he answered directly.

“And what do your parents do for a living?”

I winced. Jacob’s mother had died when he was young, and his father was a cripple.

“My mom died when I was little, and my dad is in a wheelchair,” Jake told her, without any hint of self-pity. Mom and I would be having a talk later. I could already hear what she was going to say. “My daughter, dating a boy whose genes have that in them!”

“I’m sorry to hear that,” she said blandly. “And what do you plan on doing with your life, now that graduation is at hand? You know Angela plans on attending medical school, I assume.”

“No I don’t, actually. And mother, that is quite enough. I’m not having you interrogate my boyfriend any further.” I raised my voice slightly, knowing my father was cowering in the next room.

“Dad, it’s time to go. I’m riding in my own car, and I’ll see you there. Remember to look for the seats with my name on them.” I turned to Jake, who was staring at me in open mouthed amazement.

“Are you coming?” I demanded, picking up my cap and gown from the kitchen table on my way out. Jake followed without a word, and we rode in silence to the school.

“Tyler Crowley!” the principal called from the pulpit. After Bella had left, I had fallen back in with my old group, including Tyler, so I felt obliged to clap.

Then I tuned out again, staring at the sky, waiting for another familiar name to be called.

“Ben Cheney!” My head turned again, and I applauded for my ex-boyfriend, who was my temporary best friend, at least until Bella could come back.

More names that were unimportant were called, and I snuck a glance back at my family. Jake sat between my father and Clara, who had taken an instant liking to him. Jake saw me looking and waved, so I smiled back.

Other familiar names were called, Mike Newton, and Lauren Mallory among them. I clapped politely, all the while zoning out. When would my name be called?

Finally, we were in the S’s. “Jessica Stanley!” Jess got out of her chair and made her way to the pulpit, grinning from ear-to-ear. I still wasn’t on the best terms with her, especially after the vicious rumors that she had spread after Bella left.

Then, we had made it to me.

“Angela Delphine Weber!” I stood in a daze, and stumbled to the stage. I shook hands with Mr. Banner, who was handing out the diplomas, and with the Principal.

My head turned when I heard a familiar voice shouting my name and cheering.

Bella.

The Cullens stood in the back of the auditorium, looking as beautiful as ever. The only difference from before, however, was the newest addition. Bella stood beside Edward, his arm draped over a shoulder. I could tell from the whole way at the front that she wasn’t breathing, but she looked happier than anyone in the room to see me graduate. She waved, and I moved off of the stage.

There was a lawn party for all who attended graduation afterward, so I headed outside to meet up with my family … and the Cullens.

Jacob met me outside the door, a tense expression on his face. “Did you see them?” he asked quietly.

At my nod, he grimaced. “I don’t think I can do this Angela. Not with her as one of them.”

“Jake, you promised! You said I wouldn’t have to choose! Now come on. We have to go find my parents.”

They were standing by the refreshment table, mother looking around in obvious disdain. “If you would have stayed in the city with me, Angela, you would have had a much better graduation. And we could have had a proper party-“

“Mom, I love it here. And, I think that my graduation was great,” I broke in, not wanting to listen to another one of her rants. She stared at me in disbelief, and began to sound off about respecting my elders, and the woman that bore me, and so on.

I felt Jacob stiffen beside me, and turned around, looking for the source of his discomfort. Edward Cullen stood near the trees. When he had my attention, he crooked a finger, telling me to come that way.

“Excuse me, I’m going to go talk to some friends,” I said, interrupting my mother’s tirade.

Then I just walked off, nearly sending my mother into an apoplectic fit. When I felt Jake behind me, I stopped.

“Jake, maybe you shouldn’t come. You said that it would be hard for you—Bella’s only been a vampire for a few months. It would probably be harder for her.”

Jacob glared at me, looking very surly. “Like I’m going to let you go into the woods, alone, with eight vampires. I’d rather neither of us went in, but since I know how stubborn you are, I’m not even going to suggest it. We’re both going.” He didn’t look at me the entire time he spoke, but towards the woods where Edward stood.

I walked the rest of the way, and greeted Edward cordially. Jacob said nothing, but gripped my hand tightly. “Ouch! Jake, that hurts.” I pulled my hand away and smiled apologetically at Edward.

“Don’t mind him. He’s just—“

“Our mortal enemy. I know. He shouldn’t be here, Bella’s control is tenuous enough as it is. She may snap and do something she would regret.” He stared at me with his golden eyes, and I momentarily forgot what I was doing. I was rather befuddled until, suddenly, Jacob’s eyes replaced Edward’s. Not literally, they just popped into my head, protecting me from Edward’s charm.

“Go back, Jake. Please. Mom will be tearing into Clara by now, she needs a knight in shining armor. I don’t, not right now. Go.”

“No!” He snarled, beginning to shake.

I stretched up on tiptoe to kiss his cheek. “I’ll be fine, I promise. If anything happens, I’ll let you pick the movie every day. That ought to tell you how sure I am that I’ll be fine, I hate the Terminator movies.” My joke was wasted on him, he just continued to glare.

“Go!” I said finally, and pushed him towards the party.

“Ten minutes.” He growled at me, and left.

Edward glared after him with such anger that I was suddenly afraid for him.

“Please stop glaring at my boyfriend like you’d like nothing better to rip his throat out,” I said plaintively, and raised my hand as he began a retort. “I don’t care if that is what you want to do, I just don’t want to know about it.”

He closed his mouth and smiled at me, for the first time. “You grew a backbone,” he said, as if he was impressed. “Good. Now come on. I can’t get Bella to go home until after she sees you.”

Without asking permission, he picked me up and threw me over his shoulder, not even bothering to warn me to close my eyes.