I’m Only Me When I’m With You
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Chapter 1 First Day (Part 1)
Beep! Beep! Beep!
I was woken up by the sound of my alarm clock. I groaned as I went to hit the snooze button. My attempts at a few extra minutes of sleep were ruined when my phone went off, Taylor Swift lyrics blaring into my ear. Ugh. I knew who it was before I even answered it.
I flipped my phone open. “What could you possibly need this early in the morning, Alice?” I demanded. We both knew how grumpy I was in the mornings.
“What kind of question is that, Bella?” I cringed away from the phone. Her voice was just too loud for me to handle this early. “It’s the first day of school and I was just making sure you were up.”
“Why does it matter to you if I’m up yet?”
“Because I’m on my way over to your house right now,” she made it seem as if it were obvious.
“Why?” I asked, dreading the answer I knew was coming.
“Bella, you should be used to this routine by now.” I guess she was right. Practically every day before school, Alice would come over to dress me and do my make up and hair. It was like I was her personal Barbie doll.
I didn’t have time to answer her as the doorbell rang.
“EMMETT! Can you get that?” I screamed out to my brother, hoping he would hear me.
I didn’t get a response, so I was forced to get out of bed and trudge down the stairs.
I opened the door to find a smiling Alice bouncing in her spot. “Are you as excited as I am for the first day of junior year?!” she screamed at me.
I couldn’t help but smile at her enthusiasm. “I don’t think anyone could be as excited as you, Alice.”
“That is so sweet, Bella! I just know we are going to have the best year ever!”
“I hope you’re right.”
She dragged me upstairs and went straight to my closet. I decided to wake Emmett up. It would probably take Alice days to find something in my closet that she approved of, anyway.
I entered Emmett’s room and shook his sleeping form. “Wakey, wakey, Emmett.”
He didn’t budge. I knew that I would be in trouble if I decided to dump water on him like I did last year, so I only had one other option.
I started searching through his stuff until I came across what I was looking for. I took the speakers that were connected to his huge stereo system and put them right next to his head. I turned the volume all the way up before turning the radio on.
It was perfect. He had it set to some station that was playing screamo music. Emmett sat straight up with the funniest look on his face. He kept looking around his room, but stopped when he saw me doubled over laughing.
After a few minutes, I stopped laughing and Emmett finally seemed to realize what I had done.
”Bella! What the hell? Was this really necessary?”
“I just didn’t want you to be late for school again.” I knew that Emmett could be really irritable when you woke him up, so I didn’t push my luck too far.
I ran back to my room only to find Alice tapping her foot impatiently.
“What took you so long?”
I rolled my eyes at her impatience. “I had to wake Emmett up, and you know how hard that can be.”
She gave me a look that said ‘this is so much more important.’ “Here, put these on, then come right back so I can start on your hair,” she said, throwing clothes at me.
I ran to my bathroom and took my pajamas off. Thankfully I had showered last night, so I didn’t have to now. I didn’t look at the clothes Alice had picked out for me; she never wanted me to see what I looked like until she was completely finished.
I walked back to my room, dressed in what I realized too late was a cami and shorts, to see Alice had changed her clothes, too. She was now wearing a tank and a miniskirt.
“Alice! What are you thinking? This shirt is sleeveless. And these shorts are way too short! This is in no way appropriate clothing for Forks! And you’re outfit isn’t any better.”
“Calm down, Bella. I checked the news and it’s supposed to be really nice out today. And everyone’s dressing this way. I already called Nicolette, Gigi, Mary, and Rosalie. I helped them pick their outfits, too,” she explained with a smug smile on her face. “And just wait until my brother sees you,” she continued, “I think Edward will realize he’s in love with you as soon as he sees you.”
I sighed. Edward was my best guy friend, but I had stronger feelings than just friendship. I knew I was in love with him, but I also knew that he didn’t like me that way. He’s had many girlfriends in the past, but even that didn’t stop me from falling for him. My best girl friends, Alice, Gigi, Mary, and Nicolette, all knew I liked him. It was something I couldn’t keep from them.
I suddenly was anxious to get to school. I really wanted to see my friends; it’s been at least two weeks since I’ve seen them all. Gigi had gone to Hershey with her family, Nicolette had gone with her family to her shore house, and Mary had been grounded for the last two weeks of summer. She was so upset.
And, of course, Edward would be there.
I tried to distract myself from him by focusing on the makeover Alice was giving me. She was currently curling my hair. I figured this would take her a while, considering how thick my hair was, but she finished in twenty minutes. Never underestimate Alice.
She started working on my make up, putting on eyeliner, eye shadow, and even lip gloss to match the outfit I was wearing. She was amazing when it came to this stuff.
When she finished, I was finally allowed to look at myself. I already knew I would look great, since Alice had dressed me. Still, I gasped when I saw myself. Whenever Alice got to dress me up and give me a makeover, I was transformed into a completely different person. On the outside, anyway.
“Thank you so much, Alice! I love you so much for this!”
She laughed as she hugged me. “Anytime, Bells. I love you too, for letting me do this.”
We walked downstairs to have breakfast. I noticed that Emmett hadn’t made anything—there’s a shock—so I put a few Poptarts in the toaster. Alice and I waited for them to be ready and talked about the upcoming year. We were both going to be juniors, as were Mary, Gigi, Nicolette, and Edward. Emmett, his girlfriend Rosalie, and her twin brother Jasper, were going to be seniors.
The toaster went off and we ate as quickly as we could. We only had twenty minutes to get to school.
“Hey, who’s driving today?” I asked her.
“Out of the two of us, who do you think could get us to school faster?” she asked sarcastically.
“So we taking the Porsche?”
“Duh! It’s my baby.” Alice was addicted to her yellow Porsche. She loved it like a child.
“We better leave soon. We’re gonna be late.”
We gathered up our stuff and made our way out the door, nearly walking into Emmett.
“Oh, hey girls. In case I don’t see you later, good luck on your first day. And have fun,” he said.
“Aw, thanks, Em. That’s so sweet. And good luck on your first day of senior year!” I said. I tried not to think about the fact that he wouldn’t be here next year. The very thought brought tears to my eyes. He was the best brother anyone could ever ask for; he was goofy, protective and caring. Sure, he seemed scary because of his size but he was just a big teddy bear. I loved him to death.
He gave me and Alice a hug before walking out to his car.
“We’d better go,” Alice said. “Come on.”
We grabbed our bags and walked outside the house. Once we were in her car, she sped off, going much more than the speed limit allowed. It used to scare me, but now it was kind of fun.
We made it to school in record time. Almost everyone was there already. We picked up our stuff and started making our way into the building, when Alice stopped, dropped her bags, and screamed.
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