What if Bella and Edward were best friends and the opposite poles? What if the line between friendship and love started to erase? All Human!
All characters belong to Stephenie Meyer
All happenings belong to me (Emma Cullen!)
A normal day in Forks. The sun was in the sky even though the clouds were surrounding the blue, well I guess as it was summer; the sun had to be there no matter what.
Charlie, my father, had already gone to the Police Station, and I was alone. In peace. Eating my breakfast and enjoying the quiet. I finished quickly and went to the bathroom to brush my teeth and peep myself one more time in the mirror. I was still too white for July, but I guess being me – it was no surprise.
The sound of a horn made me jump. But the rhythm was just too familiar. God, did he always need to be so punctual?
I grabbed my bag and was already outside the house in a second.
“Hey Bell, why are you running?” my best friend laughed. “Late again, huh?”
“Ha ha,” I mocked as I sat in the passenger’s seat of his Volvo. “You know, Edward, some of us actually have something to do rather than speeding all night till sunrise in a Volvo.”
He arched one eyebrow. “Yeah, like reading for example? What, are you reading Wuthering Heights again?” his deep voice came husky, maybe because he’d been awake all night racing as he some times did in summer.
“Actually, is Romeo and Juliet,” I mumbled a bit ashamed. Yes, I was geek. I loved reading, so what? Sue me!
I sometimes couldn’t believe how two totally opposite people could go so well one with the other. Edward and I had been best friends since I first put a foot on this town, when my mother Renee died and I came to live with my dad when I was seven. We had been inseparable for eleven years now. But we were truly different.
He was the popular guy, the best one of the swimming team. And overall, he was charismatic and… well - I had to admit, really handsome. And me, I was the total opposite. Not social at all, more of the indoors sports –with that I mean; reading and watching a movie from time to time, and I was completely average in beauty. I’d nothing that shocked people in my face, unlike Edward. His emerald green eyes killed almost every girl on this town. I said almost, because I couldn’t count me. He was my friend, almost like my brother.
“Sure,” he amused and then his eyes turned mischievous. “Ready for a swimming party?” he gave me his Colgate smile.
I sighed, always the same with him… “You know I don’t swim, Edward.”
“We’ll see that,” he chuckled as he pressed the gas pedal to the max to go to the lake to spend a sunny day together – as we loved to do in summer.
“No, no. Edward let me down, NOW!” I shouted as I tried to get out of his tight grip.
“No way, Bell. I’m taking you down with me!” he was running to the edge now, and I wasn’t being able to get away.
I thought about something fast and that had always scared men. “I’m with my period!” I shouted as my face colored with red involuntarily.
He shook his head as he kept on running, how could he run so fast with me on top?!
“You are not.”
I clamped my teeth. “Oh! How can you know that?”
He breathed deeply. “Because you are in a bad mood when you have your period, and much more sensitive… You’d probably be crying by now if that was the case.”
“Pst,” was all I could say. I truly hated him sometimes; it was as if he was in my head. God.
“I know, huh? You can’t fool me!” he laughed as if he were the killer of a horror movie and held me tighter to him. “You ready?”
I suddenly realized we were already there, in the top of the lake. This was it, the end, hasta pronto, au revoir.
All right, maybe I was exaggerating, but anyway, I truly hated the water. I took a deep breath anyway, there was no way back now. And besides he would never let me fall. I felt in the safest place when Edward was with me, there was nothing to fear.
So I nodded and shut my eyes close. “Please make it feel light,”
I heard a loud guffaw and then the wind all over my body.
The water found my body and wrapped me on its invincible cage. I was totally submerged for some seconds and starting to panic when two warm hands brought me back to the surface just in time.
“You’re not dead, you see?” Edward smiled while he held me in the water.
I coughed once to take out some water I’d accidentally let inside my body and on purposely exaggerated the act a bit so he’d feel bad for having taken me with him.
“I could be,” I whined as I saw all the water that surrounded us. Unconsciously my fingers clenched to his shoulders.
“Hey, hey Bell, I won’t let off you. Don’t worry,” he reassured me and then started to unclenched my fingers one by one. “Just relax, all right? Enjoy…”
I was still too tense but with each second passing by I tried to relax my body a bit more. I let him put me in horizontal position, so now I could see the sky. My heart was beating really fast for the adrenaline, but it actually felt really nice. Something I wouldn’t admit to him.
“Are you feeling fine?” he whispered quietly. I had my eyes closed so I couldn’t see his face, but I felt it really close.
“Mhm,” I tried to make an ugly face, but I was enjoying the time too much to pretend.
“Great,” he laughed then, but went quiet in the same instant.
I opened my eyes. “What?”
“Shh,” he placed my head back in the water. “Sorry, it was funny watching you trying to fight with your own nature.”
My eyes opened widely again. “You are saying I’m a fish?!”
He sighed. “Yeah Bella, a bagre.” He rolled his eyes.
“Ew,” I laughed. We stayed quite then.
Some moments later, when his presence at my side had relaxed me almost completely, he sighed heavily.
“What?” I asked as I peeped at him. He was now restraining me with one arm and in horizontal position as well. “Why are you sighing like that?”
His eyes were filled with anguish as he stared at mine. “I don’t know what I’m gonna do when you go to college…”
I gulped and try to compose myself. “You’ll be just fine, don’t worry.” I took his hand in mine, and rested it in my wet shirt.
“I won’t, I know I won’t, but anyway…” He shrugged. “You have to go on with your life; you’re too intelligent to stay in this tiny town with the dumb ones.”
“Don’t say that!” I complained, but as I tried to make my point clear, trying to stand up in a surface that was impossible, I ended up drowning again. His hands restrained me with urge one more time. “Thanks,” I breathed when I could see his emerald green eyes.
“No prob.,” his voice came husky this time and the anguish was still there.
“Edward you could go to any university if you wanted to, you know that. You are the best swimmer I’ve ever seen!”
He half smiled. “Yeah, well… we can consider that you don’t watch that much TV, so…”
I threw some water to him. “Shut up!” at least he laughed back. I tried to fake I was pissed off, but Edward’s laughter was the most contagious one I had ever heard. I never could resist laughing myself – and this wouldn’t be a first.
We laughed for some time and then the seriousness invaded the water again. “I was saying Ed, that you have the same opportunities I have.”
“You know I can’t live Alice alone,” his eyes turned dark toward the end, and I knew he was remembering that day. That awful, unbearable day. The day in which Edward’s father, Carlisle, had a car accident. The whole family was on it: Carlisle, Edward, Emmett, Alice and Esme. It wasn’t fatal, but Alice took the worst part. She’d been in a wheelchair for seven years now. After that Edward had been her guardian angel, always there, almost as her father. He there vowed he’d never leave her. And Edward wasn’t one of breaking promises.
I took a deep breath, this topic always tensed me. It wasn’t his fault, he shouldn’t feel so responsible. “Alice is a big girl, Edward; she can take care of her on. No matter her condition.” She was fifteen now and unbelievably independent for how she was. Even more, she was always happy. Laughing, dancing as she could, singing. I loved Alice, she rocked.
Edward sighed at my side, and put his chin on my shoulder. “Whatever, now I don’t see College as a possibility…”
I nodded. I couldn’t push him, but I’d try to make him see reason later.
A gush of wind made me shiver. His arms wrapped my shoulders. “Are you cold? Maybe we should get going, it’s gonna rain soon.”
I nodded again, but I didn’t feel cold like this. “Yeah, we better go.”
“Be my guest,” he smiled as he gestured me to wrap my legs on his back to start the journey to the safe land.
“So… ‘You coming tonight, right?” Edward asked as he parked in front of my house.
I sighed. I really didn’t like social life that much. Romeo and Juliet were awaiting me in my room, and they were dying to come out.
“Come on, don’t give me that sound. Jasper will be there…” He arched his eyebrows in a playful way.
God, would my face always sell me? WHY DID RED EXIST? “I don’t care about Jasper, and besides, it’s going to be cold tonight,” I said as I tried to compose myself.
His eyes were skeptical as he messed his golden hair up – a habit he’d had since forever. “What am I gonna do with you, Bella?” He sighed. “It’s a bonfire, girl; you won’t be cold at all.”
I shrugged. He always had the answer. “But you’ll be all night with Jessica and I’m sure Angela won’t go, so I’ll have to stay quiet in a side of a rock, far away from—” His index shushed me. Thank God, I was starting to lose it.
He shook his head and smiled. “Bella, Bella… Do you really believe I’ll be with Jessica all night instead of enjoying you when I still can?”
I started to nod when he grabbed my face with both hands and shook it himself. “Not possible, no way I’m doing that…” I surrendered to the strength and started shaking my head myself.
“That’s my girl, besides; I’m more worried about me. Jasper will be there…” His eyebrows arched one more time. I took his hands off my head with a tough movement and get off the car.
“You are a jerk, you know that?” I complained as I rolled my eyes at his smile.
“Yep, a jerk that loves you,” he grinned.
“Whatever. Now get that nice butt of yours to your house; your parents might start worrying.” I pointed him with my index in a mother-like way.
“Yes, ma’am,” He made a soldier gesture and laughed. “I’ll pick you up by ten. BE READY.”
“Pst, when am I not ready?”
He glared at me as he pressed the gas pedal to the max one more time, to go to the Cullens’ mansion.
All right… what should I wear tonight?