An Alternate Twilight
Pretty much the same as the original, except with me as Bella, and Jasper is the single one.
I have severe writer's block if you have any ideas put it into the review and I will consider it.
5. Chapter 4: Invitations
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It was very dark in my dream. There was only a little light and it was emanating from Jasper. He was off in the distance. I tried to get closer so that I could see but every time I took one step closer he took two steps farther. As the light started to dim more and more I started to run, in fear that I would be in blackness forever. But as I ran he just got farther and farther away until he was only a little speck on the horizon. That’s when I awoke with a jolt. Jasper always starred in my dreams after that. But he was never close enough to reach. The first week after the accident was very embarrassing. And no matter how much I said Jasper was the hero nobody really believed me. I could tell. They all said that they hadn’t seen Jasper till the van was pulled away. I was wondering why they hadn’t seen Jasper by his car right before the van almost hit me. At the end of the first weekend I came to a very sad, pathetic and somewhat annoying realization. No one was as aware of Jasper as I was. No one stared at him, or wondered about him as I did. No one was infatuated with him like I was. After school one day I got a call from Jess.
“Hey Caitlin!”, Jess said happily.
“Hey Jess. What’s up?”, I asked as I chopped vegetables for supper.
“Well a week from Saturday is the spring dance. And it’s girl’s choice so I was wondering if I could ask Mike. You know in case you were going to ask him.”, she explained.
“Sure you can ask him. I don’t like Mike like that. I’m not going to the dance anyway.”, I said nonchalantly.
“You aren’t?”, Jessica asked sadly.
“No, I really need to go to a bookstore so I was planning to go to Seattle that day. Also I don’t dance and I know that Jasper Hale would not go to the dance with me so I am not even going to bother asking him so I would just be a third wheel or something ya know?”, I replied.
“Aww, but Caitlin you could hang out with us too. We would dance with you. You wouldn’t be a third wheel., but you are right Jasper doesn’t go out with any one”, Jess whined.
“No thanks but you ask Mike. I’m sure he’d love to go.”, I said reassuringly.
“Okay if you insist.”, Jess laughed.
“I do insist.”, I laughed back.
“ Well I gotta go. Bye Caitlin.”, Jess replied.
“See ya Jess.”, I said as I hung up the phone.
The next day I noticed that on the way to the language building Jessica wasn’t her usual gushing self. I suspected that Mike had turned her down. My suspicions were confirmed when Jessica sat as far away from Mike as possible at lunch. Mike also looked really nervous when he sat on the edge of my lab table in biology.
“What’s up Mike?”, I asked pretty much guessing what he was going to say.
“Well Jessica asked me to go to the spring dance with her.”, Mike said looking at his feet.
“That’s great Mike! So what did you say?”, I asked pretending to be excited already sure of what he was going to say.
“I told her I’d have to think about it.”, Mike said still staring at his feet.
“Why’d you do that?”, I asked mock confused.
“Well… I was hoping that maybe you’d ask me.”, Mike said shuffling his feet.
“Mike, I’m sorry but I don’t like you like that.”, I said sighing.
“Oh…”, he said his eyes suddenly shifting from Jasper to me and back again, “Did you ask someone else?”, he asked suspiciously.
“No, I’m going to Seattle that day. And you shouldn’t make Jess wait any longer. She really likes you.”, I replied.
“She does?”, he asked confused.
“Really Mike are you blind?”, I asked thinking it was unbelievable that he couldn’t see how much she liked him.
“She does?”, he was still unbelieving.
“Look I’m going to say something to you. And if you repeat this trust me I will cheerfully beat you to death. Jess is all over you, she really wants to go to the dance with you. That first day I was here she thought of us as friends, me and her, and when we were taken to your table she liked me even more because I, being the new girl, had instantly got her popularity and closer-ness to you.”, I explained quickly. He only nodded and went to his table as Mr. Banner walked into the room.
I sighed and saw in my peripheral vision that Jasper was staring at me. I turned to look at him and there was a little bit of frustration in his eyes. Surprised I stared back and expected him to turn away but he didn’t. Mr. Banner asked him a question I didn’t catch and he turned away reluctantly to answer Mr. Banner’s question. I also didn’t catch the answer and quickly looked down at my notebook before I could get lost in those deep, topaz eyes again. I took a deep breath and took my hair out of the pony-tail to shake it out and make a really frizzy and put it into a loose side pony-tail so I didn’t have to look at him.
“Caitlin?”, a voice asked hesitantly. I turned slowly to the mass of perfection beside me.
“What? So I’m not a disgusting, little bug anymore? I‘m actually fit to talk to now?”, I asked sarcastically.
“No not really.”, Jasper replied.
“Then what do you want?”, I whispered closing my eyes and taking deep breaths. I had had an ice tea lemonade at lunch again and when I was on a sugar high I was known to excessive amounts of violence if I got angry. I didn’t want to be the daughter of the chief and get a fine for assault.
“I’m actually really sorry. I know I’m being rude but it would be better if we weren’t friends.”, he explained.
“I’ve heard that one before.”, I seethed my eyes still closed swallowing the lump in my throat, “You know you would have saved so much regret for yourself if you knew that sooner.”
“Regret? Regret for what?”, he scoffed.
“Regret for not letting Tyler’s stupid van squish me like the little bug you’ve been treating me like.”
“You think I regret saving you?”, he asked in disbelief.
“I know you do.”, I hissed, “It’s pretty obvious.it is either that or you have a crush on me”
“You know nothing.”, Jasper hissed back.
I closed my eyes again and tried to take deep breaths when the bell rang. I got up and tried to sweep dramatically from the door but of course I tripped over my own boot. I sighed as I bent to pick up my books. But Jasper was already there handing them to me. I took them from his hands and started walking away. I walked about two steps when he called out icily.
I turned quickly gasping in mock embarrassment. “I don’t recall saying thank-you.”, I said icily. Gym was horrible. We had moved onto basketball and my team never passed me the ball which was a relief but sometimes I would get hit in the head or fall down. And sometimes when I fell I would take people with me. I hurried out to my truck only to see that Eric was leaning against my door.
“Hey Eric.”, I said as I neared my truck.
“Hey Caitlin.”, he replied.
“So what’s up?”, I asked.
“Well…um…I was wondering if you would go to the dance…with me?”, he asked his voice broke on the word me.
“Um…isn’t it girl’s choice?”, I asked.
“Well yeah, but I was wondering if you were going to ask me?”
“Um…sorry Eric I’m going to Seattle that weekend.”, I said.
“Oh…ok uh… see you later.”, he said walking away.
I hopped in my truck and pulled out to leave the parking lot. I was just about to go when Jasper pulled out in front of me and cut me off. But his siblings were still halfway across the parking lot. I saw a line of cars behind me. I sighed and laid my head against the steering wheel. I jumped and hit my head on the ceiling as I heard a knocking on my driver’s side window. “Damnit!”, I muttered under my breath as I started to roll down the window seeing Tyler Crowley.
“Sorry Tyler. I’m stuck behind Hale.”, I said.
“It’s alright I just wanted to ask you something while we’re here. Would you go to the spring dance with me?”
“No Tyler. I’m going to Seattle.”, I said trying not to sound annoyed. It wasn’t his fault that Mike, Eric and Jasper had used up all my patience for the day.
“I know that. I just thought you were letting Mike and Eric down easily. Oh well. We still have prom.”, he said grinning and walking away. Okay so it was completely his fault. I sputtered as I put up the window. I growled inside. Screaming curses at Jasper in my mind. I could see him laughing. I put my foot on the gas. I wasn’t going to total his car or anything, just scratch the shiny black paint job. I acted on a whim and did tap his bumper. I could see that he was upset. I knew he was one of those bratty car obsessed teenage boys. Bratty being the keyword. I screamed that in my mind. He got out and stroked his car lovingly. The insensible side of my mind had somehow escaped that metal door I had locked her behind and said “I wish he would stroke my face that way.” I cleared my mind of that thought as he came to my window.
“You are so lucky you didn’t damage my car.”, he threatened.
“Oh my gosh what would you do , run me over?” I asked sarcastically. He only turned away and sped off as his siblings got in his car. I could see that in his rear view mirror he was scowling as his siblings laughed at him. I went home and made supper for Charlie, hoping that the Cullen’s wouldn’t call Charlie.
“Hey Dad?”, I asked as he sat down.
“Um… I was wondering if it would be alright if I went to Seattle a week from Saturday.”
“Uh…sure but are you going to be back in time for the dance?” Ugh…only in a town this small would the father know that there was a dance.
“I don’t dance Dad.”, I said
“Right.” he muttered.
The rest of the night was uneventful and Charlie decided I could go even if I had to stop a lot.
That night laying in bed I tried to understand what Jasper meant when he said it was better if we weren’t friends. Of course…he knew that I constantly watched him. He was very aware of how observant I was of him. He was interesting and I wasn’t. Of course I wasn’t interesting. My eyes stung as I swallowed a painful lump in my throat. But the tears still silently streamed down, soaking my face. I cursed the fact that I cried so easily. When I woke up the next morning I was still a little annoyed. Although I think I had mostly forgiven Jasper. I arrived at school and slammed my truck door. Then I dropped my keys. I went to grab them but Jasper did first.
“How do you do that, cutie?”, I asked.
“Do what?”, he asked back.
“You know appear out of thin air.”
“ I don’t Caitlin. You are just extremely unobservant.”
“Of course.”, I grumbled turning away.
“Look I’m sorry. I just wanted to ask you something.”
“Are you bipolar or something because the past few weeks you have been ignoring me and then suddenly you start talking to me and everything. And you‘re giving me whiplash or something with your mood swings.”
“Will you just listen to me?”
“A week from this Saturday, the day of the spring dance I was wondering if you would to go to Seattle with me?”
“Because I need to go anyway and honestly I don’t think you’re truck could make it.”
“I really honestly don’t think it’s any of your business.”
“The wasting of nonrenewable resources is everybody’s business. Please?”, he asked his eyes smoldering into my mine. Oh God what was I just thinking?
“Um… okay.” I answered.
“I’m not good for you. If you knew what was good for you you’d stay away from me. I really mean it. You should stay away from me.” And then he walked away.
- Mrs. Caitlin Edward Cullen
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