Nessie just turned five and it's starting at a new school, where she'll find new people and have new adventures, while hidding who she really is. She'll find friends, enemys and maybe even a new love. Sequel of "A New Life" but it stands on its own.
A New Path
"Happy birthday," I heard in my ear and my eyes flew open. Jacob. I smiled and he smiled back.
"What time is it?" I asked him.
"Time for you to go to school," he said, smiling even wider. "I came here to see you in your uniform and to gave you this," he handed me a little gift bag with a pink ribbon.
I opened it and saw a beautiful bracelet inside. I took his arm and showed him my first Christmas, when he gave me a bracelet that looked exactly like this one.
"Yeah, you grew too fast so I thought you needed a new one," he said taking the bracelet out of my hand. "Do you like it?" he asked me, a little insecure.
"I love it," I told him, stretching my arm so he could clasp it around my wrist and I felt myself blushing instantly at the feeling of his touch.
Jacob and I are close, like really close, best friends, to be more specific, but he doesn't know that I want us to be more and I'm scared to tell him 'cause I'm sure he doesn't feels the same about me. He's always been there for me, ever since I was a little girl, he's been like a brother to me, but lately those feelings morphed and now I can't stop thinking about him; his smile is always in my mind, making my head spin and butterflies to fly in my stomach. He is so caring, so understanding and so beautiful that I'm slowly falling for him, not that he notices me, I mean, yeah we're best friends and spend lots of time together, but for him is just that; we are friends and nothing else. That only thought bummed me in a second.
"Why the long face?" he asked furrowing his eyebrows, he could read my face so easily. "You should be happy; today is your birthday and you'll get to go to school, isn't that what you have always wanted?"
"Yes, it is, I'm just nervous, that's all," I lied to him and smiled. School starts today, actually started a couple of weeks ago but my mother told me I was able to go the moment I turned five, that day being today, so today I'll start school with new people to now and new experiences to live. Even though I'm five I look like I'm fifteen, that's why my parents allowed me to go; I'll start today as a sophomore in a private school here in Seattle. My father insisted in a private school, agreeing with that was the only way he would let me go, so I accepted immediately, the second reason he let me enroll in high school is that my mother we'll be a literature teacher there, so I'll always be protected, and, like my father always says 'protecting you is the most important thing'.
Is a good thing no one in the school would now the teacher is my mother, they'll think she's my sister, at least that's our story now; my mom is my sister, she's 22 (actually she's 18, and will always look like one, but she can go by like a 22 years old), she just graduated from Dartmouth (she actually graduated a couple of years ago) and she's my dad girlfriend. My dad is 20 years old (he's really 17) and he's in his second year of medicine in U-Dub. My dad is grandma's brother, she's acting like she's 26, so my dad can't act like her foster kid anymore, grandpa is acting like he's 27 and he will be working in a hospital here in Seattle. Aunt Alice is acting like one of the foster kids; she'll be 18, just graduated from high school and is starting a business with Aunt Rose, she is also pretending to be 18, is the same business as they had in New Hampshire – an event planner company – but they started again so they can act like they are younger and we'll be able to be here for a while. Aunt Rose and uncle Jasper are acting like they're twins and they are relatives of grandpa Carlisle, Uncle Jasper helps with Alice and Rose's business, but only when is extremely urgent. Finally is Uncle Emmett, he's also acting like one of the foster kids, he's 19 and he's Alice's brother, he got a work in a bar downtown.
Messy, huh? Well, that's my life, we always have to pretend because we are vampires and we don't get old, well, actually I'm a half-vampire and I do get old, but from Grandpa Carlisle's estimations I'll stop growing when I turn 7 and I will always look like an 18 years old, just like my mom. One of the benefits of being a half-vampire is that I look much more human, my skins isn't that white and my eyes don't change color depending if I'm hungry or not, I have human needs, like going to the bathroom and eating something besides blood, and I get human reactions; I can blush and I can cry, so is easy to hide my real identity.
We are not all vampires, Jacob is actually a shape shifter, he can turn into a wolf willingly and won't age if he keeps shifting and that's why he looks like he's 25 ever since he was 16. He looking like a 25 year old since he was 16 is due to the fact that half breeds – like me and Jacob – age really fast, so he aged from 16 to 25 in a matter of months, like I've aged from newborn to 15 in five years.
"Nessie, you have to get dress or you'll be late to school," my father told me from the first floor. Jacob stood up from my bed and offered me his hand; I took it and got up for school. I went to my bathroom and he got out of my room. I took a short shower, I tried to get the knots out of my hair while I was there; my curly hair becomes a wild mess if I don't brush it constantly. I got out of the shower and dressed with my new uniform, it's a deep blue tartan pleated skirt with a white blouse, a deep blue tie and cardigan, with the school logo in the chest. I went down stairs and everyone was waiting for me in the kitchen.
"Ohhh, you look so cute," Aunt Alice squeaked and went to hug me. Everyone hugged me, telling me I looked beautiful, wishing me a happy birthday and giving me gifts. Aunt Alice and uncle Jasper gave me like ten new outfits I could wear when I was with my friends out of school (of course this was Alice's idea), aunt Rose and uncle Emmett gave me an iPhone, they said I could do a lot of fun stuff with it, but more importantly I could call them whenever I needed and they'll be there in a heart bit, all the important numbers where already on the phone. Grandpa Carlisle and grandma Esme gave me a brown leather diary, so I could write every exciting moment of the new adventure that I was heading and finally, my mom and dad gave me a simple silver necklace with a big R.
"If I could produce tears I'll be crying now," my mother said hugging me again. She kissed the top of my head and held me a little tighter.
"You grew so fast," my father added, joining the hug. "I can't believe you are already five and you are going to school!"
"I'm fifteen," I whined.
"You may look like you are fifteen, but you are only five," he replied. Jeez, if they all keep treating me like I'm five Jake would never take me seriously. I felt my father stiffen and I rolled my eyes. That's what happens when you hear another people's thoughts, I added in my mind.
"You know I can't help it," he said sighing. "I wish I could."
Everyone looked at us funny, but then understood that I was having a silent conversation with my father, something we do a lot. My father new before I do that I was falling for Jacob, he tried to get me distracted, he did his best effort of keeping me away from him, but he could pick from my mind that that wasn't helping matters. I was falling for him irrevocably and no one could do anything about it, not even me.
Then they sang "happy birthday" with a cupcake, saying they'll have a real cake in the afternoon; I thanked everybody, ate the cupcake and drank a cup of tea. My mother always says that I should drink milk, but I don't like the smell of it and the flavor is even worse, so she stop trying to persuade me when I was four. At least I eat more food now that back then, but I drew the line in milk.
"Okay, are you ready to go?" My mom asked me. My father was going to give us a ride, something I'm not particularly excited about; no one wants to be seen with her parents on the first day of school.
"You won't be seen with your father, you'll be seen with your sister and her boyfriend," my father reminded me and I winced at the word 'boyfriend', that was plain creepy.
"I can give you a ride if you want," Jacob said smiling at me, obviously sensing my discomfort. My dad growled softy and I smacked him on the arm and warned him with my eyes.
"That's actually great," I answered smiling. My father was going to protest but my mother spoke first.
"Edward, is already too embarrassing for her that I'll be a teacher in her school, maybe it'll be less embarrassing if she doesn't show up with us on her first day," she said, stroking his face. My father melted instantaneously at her touch and I knew he wasn't going to argue anything after that. I touched my mother and thanked her silently; she winked at me and smiled.
"Okay," my father agreed, "but you'll go behind us at all moments. Are we clear?"
"Sir, yes, sir," Jacob and I said at the same time and laughed afterwards. They all looked at us and rolled their eyes; coincidences like this were common with me and Jake.
We went outside and everyone went to the door and said goodbye. We were living in two secluded houses near Lake Union; my father's house and my grandparent's house. In my house it's only me and my parents; in the other house is everyone else. Jake is sharing an apartment downtown with Seth, Seth is also at the U-Dub – studying business management – and Jake is working at a restaurant; he's taking a couple of classes to be a chef.
My parents went to my father's black Volvo; he used to have a grey one but changed before we got to Seattle, saying it was way too updated. I went to Jacob's truck, he used to have a rabbit but changed a couple of years ago for a new shiny silver ford; it was big and it was manly and I loved the stupid thing.
We were already on the road when I started nibbling my bottom lip nervously and shaking my leg furiously.
"Don't be nervous, you'll do great," Jacob told me, patting my hand.
"I don't know," I said looking through the window. "What if no one likes me?" I asked him and he snorted the moment the words came out of my mind.
"What's not to like?" Jacob argued and gave me a reassuring smile. "You are funny, smart and beautiful; everyone will like you, just wait and see."
"Yeah right," it was my time to snort. "You only say that 'cause you're my best friend."
"I only say that because is truth," he said stopping at my school's parking lot. We saw my dad getting out of his car and walking to open my mom's door, he extended his hand to help her and she came out in a fluid movement. Everyone in the school was watching them; the girls were clearly talking about my dad, whispering who knows what in other girl's ears and the boys were elbowing each other and pointing at my mom. It was always like this with this two; the worst of it is that they both get jealous every time someone of the other sex notices them and that's why my dad kissed my mother thoroughly in front of everyone. I shivered and screamed 'stop it!' in my head, so my dad stopped and laughed, he obviously heard me in his mind, he told something to my mom, kissed her one more time and let her go. When he was getting to his door he looked at me and gave me a little wave, I say 'bye, I love you,' in my head and he smiled, he got in the car and drove away.
I took a cleansing breath and shivered when I was exhaling. Jacob put his hand on my shoulder and I turned around to look at him.
"Everything is going to be fine, stop worrying, call me if anything goes wrong and I'll be here before you hang up, okay?"
"Okay," I said with a shaky voice.
"I'll come to pick you up in the afternoon; I don't have to work in the restaurant today and I want to know how everything went. Relax you'll do great."
"Okay," I said a little more forcefully, knowing that Jacob we'll be here when all of this is done is something to look forward. I smiled and he smiled back.
"Now, go kick some asses," he said and his smile grew wider.
"Here we go," I said and came out of the car, ready to start my newest adventure.
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I started walking to my classroom slowly, I memorized the school map and where my classes were in my house, not wanting to look like a total loser with a map in my nose. Even though I was trying really hard to blend I could still feel people looking at me, and heard them talking about me. I was really grateful that the school was small and my memory impeccable, 'cause it was easy to find the classroom to my first class; Biology.
I got inside and everybody sat there watching me, my eyes traveled the room and only found one chair in the middle of the class, a blond guy was next to it, looking rather hopeful. I walked to my teacher to tell him about my situation but he spoke first.
"You must be Renessmay, right?" he asked, smiling broadly.
"Ruhnezmay," I correct him quietly, trying to smile back, but too nervous to form one.
"Well, why don't you introduce yourself, Ruhnezmay," he said, indicating me to stand in the middle of the room. Great, just what I wanted to do, stand in front of everyone and make a fool of myself.
I stood there in the middle of the room, everyone still looking at me, I felt myself blushing furiously and I coughed before starting.
"Hello, my name is Renesmee, but I prefer to go by Nessie. I'm fifteen years old and I just move to Seattle a week ago," I said trying to smile, I saw a couple of my new classmates nod and another couple roll their eyes, that couldn't be right.
"What kind of name is Renesmee," one of the eye-rollers asked, it was a brunet girl with brown eyes. She plastered a fake smile after asking her question.
"It's a combination of my grandmothers' names," I answered, giving her the same fake smile in return.
"Anyone has any more questions?" the teacher asked, looking quite annoyed by the eye-roller's intervention. When no one said anything he sent me to the only free spot.
I sat next to the blond guy and he smiled broadly to me, I smiled back. I was getting my books out when I felt my phone vibrate in my pocket, I looked at it hiding it from my teacher and saw that it was a text from Jacob.
Need some rescue? Jake.
I tried not to laugh but it was a little difficult, so I coughed trying to disguise my giggles. Jake was such a fool sometimes, always making me laugh. I sent a text back immediately.
Not yet, but be ready just in case. Ness.
I put my cell phone back in my pocket and tried to focus in the class in front of me, when I looked up I saw the blond guy still looking at me and I felt a little weird, he's stare was too intense and it was making me a little uncomfortable. Does he know I'm not human?
I tried to get that thought out of my head and concentrate in the class, which resulted to be quite easy, all the concepts we saw today I've already saw them with my dad long ago. Maybe school won't be as terrible as I was picturing it. When the class was dismissed the blond boy next to me spoke to me.
"I think Renesmee is a great name," he said a little shyly. "I'm Chris by the way."
"Hi, nice to meet you," I said, smiling warmly.
"Do you like Seattle so far?" he asked.
"It's nice," I told him, we were walking outside; I still could feel a lot of people staring at me. "I like the town and love the ferries."
"If you live in Seattle you got to love the ferries," he said. When we were outside I could hear someone saying that Renesmee was a stupid name and my hair was horrible, I looked around to see eye-roller a few steps away talking to some friends. She thought she was out of hearing range when she said that, but didn't count that I have better hearing then humans.
"Don't mind her," Chris whispered to me. "Carla is always a pain in the ass."
"Yeah?" I asked, trying to hear Carla's conversation, but they weren't talking about me anymore, they were talking about Chris, wondering why he was talking to me.
"That's why I broke up with her last summer," he added.
"Oh," what's all I could say, nodding.
"So, what's your next class," he asked smiling.
"Literature," I said with a weak smile; that one is the class my mom, scratch that, my sister, is imparting.
"Oh, I heard we have a new teacher in that class," he said smiling. "That's good, 'cause I heard the old one was a really bad teacher, besides," he added whispering, "I heard that the new teacher was really hot."
"She's my mo-sister," I said so annoyed that I almost blow our façade in less than one hour.
"Oh my god, I'm so, so sorry," he pleaded.
"And how could you hear that already, this is her first day and you haven't had classes with her!"
"I got a text from a friend," he said looking apologetic. "I'm sorry Ness, I didn't want to offend you or your sister."
"That's okay and don't call me Ness, nobody calls me Ness," that's actually a lie, there's one person that calls me that way; Jacob, and I want to keep it that way.
"Sure, sorry," he said. "If you want I can take you to your sister's class, it's on the way to my own class."
"Sure," I said. He walked next to me to my mom's class; I could see everyone staring and a lot of people whispering at me. Apparently I'm popular between the boys and not so much between the girls. Chris left me at the door; he waved with a weak smile and left.
I came inside the classroom and this time the room was only half full. My mom was there, reading some paper. She must have smell my scent, 'cause a smile formed in her face the moment I came in. I walked to her desk and she looked at me with a big smile.
"How is your first day so far?" she whispered, no one near us could hear the question even if they tried, I touched her shoulder and gave her a small rerun of my first class, she had to hide a snort when my classmate said that she was hot.
"Are you going to make me introduce myself?" I asked, panicking slightly. I don't want to be the center of attention, is enough that people is already staring at me and talking behind my back.
"Don't worry, I'll give you a little introduction, remember that I have to introduce myself also. So just go and take a sit."
I went to the farthest seat in the room, it was next to the window and no one was sitting in the seat beside it. A girl came to sit by me after a while; she gave me a weak smile before sitting and focused on a book she was carrying in her hand, she had red hair and black glasses, you could see freckles all over her face. She was the last one in, apparently this seat was empty, 'cause nobody came to ask for it.
"Hello students," my mom said when everybody was already in the room. "My name is Bella Cullen and I'll be your Literature teacher from now on. I know a lot of you must hate Literature, but I'll try to make it as fun as I can, because, believe it or not, Literature can be fun."
She smiled broadly and I could hear every boy's breathing pitch the moment she did it. A student in the other side of the room whispered 'so hot' to the guy beside him, something my mom and I could hear perfectly clear, but my mother made no signs of hearing what he said.
"I also would like to introduce you to Renesmee Cullen, your newest classmate," she said smiling and pointing at me, everybody turn to see me and I gave a little wave. "I want you to know that, even though she's my little sister, she won't have any special treatments."
Not that I would need it, anyway.
"Now, let's start with today's lesson," she said and the class began. I already knew that my mom was a good teacher; she – with the help of my dad, grandpa and uncle Jasper – taught me everything I know. So she got the class' full attention, everybody was nodding at her every statement, scribbling notes in their copybooks and answering every question, although I think that some of the attention she got was because the boys couldn't take his eyes off her, something I wasn't particularly happy. Nobody wants to see people drooling over your own mother.
The girl next to me, that I learned was called April, was really interested in my mom's class, she looked really excited and asked questions enthusiastically. Apparently the feeling was mutual, 'cause my mother smiled and answered every question with the same level of enthusiasm.
When the class was over April turned around with a big smile in her face.
"Your sister is a great teacher!" she said really excited. "Our last teacher was so boring and she always talked about Shakespeare and nothing else. You can tell that your sister has read thousands of books."
"To say the least," I told April, rolling my eyes. "She'll be glad to know that you think she's a good teacher, she was so nervous."
"Well, tell her she did great," she said with a worm smile, I stole a glance towards mom and I could see she had a big smile; I knew she was really hoping for this kind of reaction. "What was your name, again?"
"Renesmee," I told her. "But I prefer Nessie, it's simpler and shorter."
"Nessie it is," she smiled, we were walking outside, my mom gave me a wink before I left, she was with her cell phone in hand, probably texting dad about her class. "So, where were you living before coming here?"
"We were living in New Hampshire," I said. "My sister was studying there."
"She went to Dartmouth?" April asked in disbelieve.
"Yes," I said blushing furiously, even though she wasn't talking about me, the attention was too much and it made me a little uncomfortable. That happens when your only relationships through the years are with your family…
"Oh my god, I dream to go there," she said, her eyes shining.
"Really?" I asked.
"Yeah," she nodded. "Have you thought where do you want to go?"
"No," I responded sincerely, I've never put much thought about that. "I haven't decided if I want to go to college or not."
"Well, that's weird; you are the first person I met who doesn't know if she wants to go to college. Everyone here knows what they want to study and where they want to study it, they are all pretty focused in their future."
"Yeah?" I asked her. I guess is obvious, they have to think in stuff like that the moment they are in high school, 'cause, instead of me, they don't have centuries to live to do whatever they want, like my father who haves so many titles and knows so many languages because all the free time he had before my mom came along. Even with her by his side, he got a degree in Anthropology and now is going through med school all over again.
"Yes, I want to study literature just like your sister," she answered with a bright smile. "Hey, what's your next class?"
"I have PE now," I answered. "And you?"
"Math," she said scrunching her nose. "Too bad; you are really nice to talk to. See you at lunch?" she asked hopefully.
"Sure," I said with a bright smile. "You are not so bad yourself," I told her playfully.
"The gym it's that way," she pointed at me. "See you later."
"Bye," I told her walking to the gym.
In the gym I found out I shared another class with Chris, not that I could talk to him, 'cause girls and boys were working separately, but I least now someone. I was thankful that Carla wasn't in this class, I didn't want to hear her the whole time talking bad about me. The Coach made us jug and, even though I'm much faster than everyone else in this class, I tried to go somewhere in the center so I wouldn't stand out. After that she made us play a little volleyball, I was really good at it – probably due to my fast reflexes – and I was having a lot of fun. After the class another girl approached me.
"Hi, I'm Rachel," she extended her hand for me to shake it; I took it carefully, trying to keep my mind blank. I shook it fast and had my hand back before I could slip a thought into her mind, I still don't know how to "turn off" my power.
"I'm Nessie," I said, smiling.
"I saw you play back there, and let me tell ya', you're pretty good, where you in the team of your old school?" she asked me.
"No, but I just played a lot," I lied to her, maybe I needed some way to explain why I was so good, I don't know if regular humans are good without previous experience.
"Would you like to be in our team?" she offered me cheerfully. "I'm the captain and we need someone who can play like you."
"Really?" I asked hopefully. I've never been invited to form part of a team – maybe it's due to the fact that this is my first time in a school – and it made me feel good, important…
"Yeah, you are tall and your reflexes are spectacular, we need someone like you."
"Oh, I'm flattered, but I have to think about it first."
"Sure," she said smiling. "If you decide to join, just find me."
"Sure," I told her. After I took a fast shower I got out of the dressing room and saw Chris waiting by the gym's door.
"Hi!" he said when I got out, smiling brightly at me. "I saw you in class and decided to wait for you before going to lunch. "Care to join me?"
"Sure," I told him and we started walking toward the cafeteria. We made a line to get our food and I realized that I wasn't at all hungry, I hunted yesterday in preparation for today and that usually leaves me full for a couple of days, but I still have to pretend to have lunch like a normal human, so I won't stand out. I grabbed the smallest turkey sandwich I could see and a bottle of water. He lead me to a big table in the middle of the cafeteria, it was already full with people, Rachel and Carla where among them. Chris introduced me to everyone and they all say hello back, except for Carla, who rolled her eyes and started talking with the guy next to her without paying attention to me. I took a seat next to Chris and started eating slowly, not really tasting the sandwich; birds aren't my favorite animals. I was talking to one of Chris' friends when I noticed that April was at the door looking at me, she had her eyes full of tears. When I extended my hand for her to approach me she turned around and left. Chris saw this exchange and looked at me amused.
"You don't have to worry about her," he told me with a smirk. "She's such a weird-o, no one here pays attention to her, she's just not worth it."
I sat there looking at him in disbelieve, for saying such a bad thing, when I heard my phone chirping in my pocket. I looked at it and saw a text from Jacob.
Is everything okay? He asked me like he knew what just happened. No, I wanted to write back, everything is definitely NOT okay…
A/N: I couldn't cover the whole day like I pretended, the chapter got too long and decided to leave it there. Next chapter will be the rest of her day and the small party the Cullens are planning for her :) Don't know when that chapter will be though, I have a test coming soon and I have to focus on that...
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