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Strangers in the Night

Catherine Dashwood is dragged to Forks by her grandparents unwillingly and thinks this is hell. She becomes friends with Bella Swan and both girls seek comfort in each other, as they cope with high school dramas, break ups, revenge seeking vampires, werewolves and a hell of a trip to Italy. Please read and review!! =)


3. Chapter 3 - First Day in School

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Chapter 3 – First Day in School

“Great. Monday morning.” groaned Emily as she slowly finished her breakfast, delaying leaving for school as long as possible. Catherine wasn’t in a rush either, and stared distractedly towards the forest. She missed Hogwarts so much…everything about it, even potions class with Snape and the Slytherins seemed more appealing than going to a normal high school. What was the point anyway? She was way far behind than most students her age…she might as well stay home and do something better with her time.

Catherine got hold of a jacket and her backpack, heading towards the car as if headed for her execution. She sat in the car, and watched as the house disappeared among the trees as they drove off, turning, suddenly, and facing her sister. Emily didn’t look happy either.

“Come on, Em. It won’t be long until they realize we don’t belong here…and then we’ll move back. I bet that in one, no, two months time we’ll be going back to Hogwarts.”

“I don’t know. They seem pretty determined…and I don’t understand why we have to run away...the rumours haven’t been confirmed.”

“I know, I know. And we’ll make their minds to go back. If that fails, we can always turn to sabotage…” winked Cathy with a wicked smile all over her face, “now, let’s go and find out which lesson we’re supposed to be attending.”


It was half past eight when Catherine reached her literature class, trying hard not to turn on her heels and leave. The teacher, a middle aged man, saw her standing outside the classroom and invited her in.

“Ah, so you’re the new student…Catherine Dashwood, correct?”

“That’s me.”

“Now, grab a copy of Romeo and Juliet and have a seat.”

Catherine tried hard to focus on something else as she walked across the classroom, completely self-conscious of the whispers. She sat in the last row, next to a window and took out her books, only to realize she had two quills and a roll of parchment in her bag. She felt a knot in her throat and tried to breathe steadily, holding back the tears that wanted to fall.

“Are you alright?” she a heard a soft whisper in front of her. Edward Cullen and Bella Swan stared at her, curiosity stamped all over their faces.

“Yeah, I just…hmm…I’ve got the flu. That’s all.” Great lie. What the hell was she thinking? Got the flu? What kind of dumb excuse was that? Nice move, Cathy.

“Do you think someone could lend me a pen…and a sheet of paper? I forgot my books this morning.”

“Sure” answered Bella.

Catherine remained completely distracted for the rest of the class, though she tried hard to concentrate and write down her own notes without success. It was so much easier if she could charm her quill.

“And next class we’ll take it from here. Class dismissed. I want an essay about the main themes in this play for next class.”

“Cathy!!! This is great, us being in the same class, huh?” asked Jessica.

“Yeah, it is…so, what do we have next?” asked Cathy as they walked out of the classroom, absolutely sure she’d be stuck with Jessica throughout the day, predicament that later was proved right. Jessica sat next to her during morning classes, and lunch wasn’t going to be any different.

“Hey…do you remember me, right?” asked Eric, as he, Mike and Angela joined them.

“Yeah, sure. Eric, right?”

“This is Mike, Mike, this is Cathy. She just moved here,” said Eric, “By the way, you made it to the front page of the school’s paper. You’re news, baby.”

“Gees, Eric, you’re such a paparazzi” snapped Angela.

“Who are they?” asked Catherine, staring towards the Cullens and Bella Swan. “Two of them were in our class…”

“Oh. Those are the Cullens and Bella. Bella dates Edward, the gorgeousssssss guy sitting next to her. The others are Alice, Jasper, Rosalie and Emmett. And they’re together…they’re not related, but it still freaks me out a little bit,” finished Jessica.

“Hmmm, I need to talk to my sister…so I guess we’ll be seeing each other later.”

Catherine walked out of the cafeteria and darted towards the parking lot. Emily seemed to be getting along as well and making new friends. It seemed that she was somewhat at ease, unlike her.

“Cathy,” called Emily rushing towards her, “anything wrong?”

“Uh, no, not really. Just wanted to check on you…see if everything was fine. How’s class?”

“Couldn’t be worse. I hate these subjects and I just don’t get them! Detention with Filch and Madame Norris is better than this…I don’t know how much longer I can take, and this is only our first day here! I mean, the people are nice…but just that.”

“Well, we don’t have to play by the rules…we can simplify a few things.”

“What do you mean, Cathy? I’m still underage”

“Let’s just say that the problem with schoolwork can be solved quite easily…after all, I have a few tricks upon my sleeves that I learned from Fred and George back in the day.”

“But we’re not supposed…”

“How do you expect us to get through this without a bit of help?”

“You’re right,” said Emily absentmindedly, as she noticed that they were being watched, “Who are they?”

“The Cullens, I guess. Jessica told me about them earlier…”

“Oh…the famous Cullens. Every girl in my class is crazy about Edward Cullen…and all the boys are crazy about Rosalie and all they do is talk about them. What do you have after lunch?”

“Physical education” sighed Catherine.

“I’ve got Physics…whatever that is, I can definitely say I’m not looking forward to it.”

“Neither am I. How about we do a bit of exploring?”

“Truanting, Cathy? On our first day?” laughed Emily, “You can count me in. Let’s wait everyone goes to class…and we get out of here.”


Catherine and Emily chatted excitedly as they walked through the forest, planning different ways of persuading their grandparents to go home. If that failed, they should at least allow them be home schooled. If not, charming their pens and school material would do the trick…cheating would be so, so easy…and they could always ask for some of the famous devices of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.

“This meadow could be turned into a Quidditch field…” wondered Emily.

“Yeah…but one: we don’t have enough players, two: people around here don’t fly around on broomsticks…”said Cathy as she sat on the floor, “although it’s a nice place. I like it.”

“So, have you heard from someone?”

“I did…Fred and George…they sent me a bloody howler earlier this morning disguised as a letter. So you can picture scene: I woke up with an owl pecking on my window…I grudgingly got out of bed, took the letter in my hands…and got yelled at.”

“That’s so typical…” laughed Emily, “maybe they could come over sometime…”

“We’ll visit them…I just got my license to apparate and can’t wait to use it!”

Both girls turned their heads around as they heard voices approaching. At a distance, they saw Bella and Edward walking out of the woods. The couple looked puzzled…no one ever came to the woods…except them.

“Uh oh…awkward moment,” teased Emily, “maybe we should go…walking, I guess.”

“You’re the new girls. I’m Edward and this is Bella…said Edward.

“Catherine…Cathy, actually, and this is my sister, Emily.”

“Hey. So, enjoying Forks so far?” asked Edward politely.

“We haven’t been around a lot…so it’s hard to say,” answered Cathy.

“You should visit La Push. It’s really nice down there…” added Bella.

“Oh…the beach. Jessica, Mike and Eric were planning to go there this weekend…Feel free to join us.”

“I’ll be away, but Bella would love to,” replied Edward before Bella could say anything.

“Great. So, we’ll see you in school.”

Bella shot a dark look towards Edward. She didn’t like the way he replied to the invitation addressed to her.

“It would be nice if you spent sometime with normal people…” said Edward, guessing what was going through her mind.

Bella remained silent. There was a strange edge on his voice, and ever since that doomed birthday party he’d been acting weird… In her heart she knew it couldn’t be good.