Chapter Two: Plus One
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Bella smiled at her dad as he dropped her off at the school. “Thank you, and an extra thank you for not putting on the sirens on the drive over here.”
Charlie smiled at her. “Didn’t want to embarrass you on your first day. Be safe and call me if there is anything you need. I hope you like it here, Bells.”
“Don’t worry about it, dad, I’m sure I’ll like it just fine.” Bella took in a deep breath and ignoring all the stares and the whispers she walked to the front office. She wasn’t surprised when the woman at the front desk already knew her name, in the small town of Forks everyone knew everyone’s business.
Bella smiled politely as the woman handed her a schedule and a map of the school. The map was obviously outdated as the library was still the cafeteria, a renovation that had been done over 10 years ago. “Thank you.”
Bella turned on her heel and exited the office, her eyes glued to the paper in her hands trying to analyze the courses she would be having for the rest of the semester. She didn’t notice the person heading towards her, and soon she found herself on the ground. Bella groaned out as this was just her luck, of course she had to publicly embarrass herself on her first day.
“Hey, I’m so sorry. I was just trying to find my way to the front office and I wasn’t looking. I’m so sorry.” A male voice said extending a hand to Bella. “Again, I didn’t mean to knock you down.”
Bella sighed, and accepted the extended hand. “Don’t worry about it, the office is the door right behind me.”
“Thank you, I really am sorry, it’s my first day.” He said bending down to pick up the papers she had dropped.
“Again, don’t worry about it. I get it, it’s my first day too.” She grabbed her schedule from his hands. “I’m Bella.”
“Jeremy.” He said giving a smile at her. “I should probably get my schedule; it was nice to meet you Bella.”
Bella nodded, “Good luck, Jeremy.”
Jeremy grinned, “Same to you.” He said watching her walk away before he turned back to the door to the front office and walked in. He grabbed his schedule and the map of the school and set off, it was moments like these that he truly hated that Elena had forced him to leave Mystic Falls, starting a new school in the middle of the semester was a living hell.
Jeremy entered his home room and handed the teacher the sign in sheet. He looked around the room and couldn’t help but smile at the only empty seat, it was next to the girl he had knocked down. He was slightly confused when she still had her sunglasses on, but pushed that back in his mind.
“I hope you don’t mind if I sit here.” He said as he took the seat beside her.
“I’d be an asshole to tell you to sit somewhere else since that’s the only seat open.” She responded pulling out a book and opening it up to read.
“I’m assuming you’re not blind, so is there a reason you’re wearing sunglasses indoors?” Jeremy questioned leaning back in his chair and watching her. “Is it to hide from the stares of everyone else?”
“I don’t tend to care what others think of me. Afterall, I won’t be seeing any of these people once high school is over.” She glanced over at him, her glasses hiding her eyes, therefore hiding her analyzing look. “Sensitivity to light, I can’t take them off, doctor’s orders. I’m not an asshole hiding behind a pair of glasses. Is this game of 21 questions over? As much as I enjoyed it, I would like to read my book.”
Jeremy smiled, “It wasn’t really a game of 21 questions, but by all means continue with your book. Tell me how it ends when you’re through with it.”
“They all die at the end.” Bella responded turning her head to the book with a smirk.
Bella turned her head as Jeremy followed her to her next class. “My dad’s the sheriff, I can have you arrested for stalking.”
Jeremy smiled, “I think we have the same schedule.” He said walking directly beside her. “I shouldn’t be in AP anything, yet I am. I think the school just didn’t want to create two schedules, so they gave me yours. I figured there was no reason for me to get lost on my first day if I could just follow you.”
Bella looked at him for a second and sighed. “This doesn’t make us friends.”
“Of course not.” Jeremy responded with a smile. “It makes us acquaintances, we don’t get to the friendship level until we’re able to sustain a conversation for more than 5 minutes. After that we become best friends when we have nicknames for each other.”
Bella didn’t respond but continued to walk to her next class. She entered the history class and handed the sign in sheet to the teacher at the same time Jeremy did. She waited for him to fill out the paper and took a seat in the back, ignoring the loud whispers from Jessica and Lauren as she walked past them. These were two girls Bella already knew are the royal gossipers of Forks high.
Bella pulled out a notebook and pencil and looked towards the front of the class. This school was too small, she missed her school in phoenix. There were so many students she could be invisible, no need for anyone to know who she was or to involve her in their gossip.
She looked to Jeremy for a moment and rolled her eyes, of course he would sit beside her.
“Want to hear the news?” Jeremy said pulling out a notebook from his bag.
“No, I don’t believe I do.” Bella responded glancing over at him for a single moment.
Jeremy grinned. “I’ll tell you anyway.” He leaned in closer to her. “We’re partners now, there’s a history project due in two weeks, so we get to work together.”
Bella sighed, “That sounds great.”
“I’m glad you think so.” Jeremy responded with a wide smile.
Bella looked to Jeremy as he wasn’t paying any attention to the lecture, but only doodling on his notebook. She couldn’t help the twitch of a smile when Jeremy held up his notebook to her to show the drawing of Jessica and Lauren in cartoon version, their heads on chicken bodies. She turned her head back to the front of the class as Jeremy smirked at her slight smile.
As class ended Bella slowly headed to lunch, not surprised when Jeremy followed after her. “It’s lunch, you don’t have to follow me to the cafeteria.”
“You can act all you want, but you like me. We’re going to be friends.” Jeremy responded walking slowly at her side. “So, Bella, where did you come from?”
“Hell.” Bella responded with a smirk. “I’m part demon.”
Jeremy laughed and smiled. “That’s interesting, I’m from Virginia, Mystic Falls to be exact.”
Bella sighed as they entered the cafeteria. “Phoenix, I’m from Phoenix, but my first answer was accurate. Phoenix is hot as hell.”
Jeremy smiled, “Interesting. Your dad move here for a new job?”
Bella shook her head. “My dad has lived here his entire life, I moved here because my mom left me and I don’t like living alone.”
“I…” Jeremy took in a deep breath. “I don’t know what to say, I feel like if I say I’m sorry you’d only get annoyed with me.”
Bella smiled, “You’re right, truthfully, I’m not sorry she and I never got along very well. I feel obligated to ask, why did you come to Forks?”
Jeremy smiled, “My sister thought it was the best choice for me, our parents died a few years ago and she believed it would be best if I got a change of scenery.” The lie came out easier than he thought it would, the truth was Elena had sent him here, not for a change of scenery but more because of his constant urge to kill her. His hunter instincts had been taking over and it was decided it would be better for him to leave, so he and Alaric packed up and headed to the most boring town they could discover.
Bella smiled, “You’re not entirely telling the truth, but okay. I’m sorry about your parents, you can change the topic if you wish.”
“I am telling the truth.” Jeremy argued instinctively.
“No, you’re not.” Bella responded with a smile. “I can spot a lie a mile away, my dad taught me that before I could form sentences. You’re telling a partial truth, but there’s a lie in there. I don’t think you’re lying about your parents, but I think you’re partially lying about why you moved here. Don’t worry, I’m not one to pry.”
Jeremy nodded, “Okay.”
Bella grabbed a salad container and moved forward to pay for her lunch. She moved around the cafeteria and took a seat at an empty table by the window. She wasn’t surprised when Jeremy took a seat across from her.
“Just a salad?” Jeremy asked. “You didn’t even add anything to it! You’re going to starve to death.”
Bella rolled her eyes and opened the container. “I don’t eat meat, and unless you didn’t notice, there aren’t a lot of options for me to take.”
“How long have you been meat free?” Jeremy questioned as he unwrapped his sandwich.
“Ever since I was a kid.” Bella responded as she began to pick at her salad.
Jeremy looked over his shoulder as he got that strange feeling in the back of his head. Something was wrong with the family in the corner of the cafeteria. He turned his head back to Bella as she reached for her phone as it rang on the table. He partially saw the name Luther pop up on the screen before Bella quickly turned it off and stuck the phone in her bag.
“Is your dad really the Sherriff of the town?” Jeremy asked curiously. “Or did you just make that up?”
Bella grinned, “He’s the chief of police, and has been on the force ever since he turned of age. My grandad used to be Chief of Forks as well, it runs in the blood.”
“Is that your plan?” Jeremy questioned curiously. “Become a police officer after graduating?”
Bella shook her head, “No, I’m going to Julliard or at least that’s the plan. I have my final audition in December.”
Jeremy’s eyes went wide, “Julliard? really?”
“I play the Cello, and sing occasionally, it was enough to get me an audition so I assume I’m alright at my talent.” Bella said sipping at her drink.
Bella ate her salad slowly listening to Jeremy talk about his old hometown. She felt herself starting to like him, because he wasn’t one to force her to talk. Afterall, he talked enough for the both of them. “Come on, we have to head to Biology.” Bella said as the bell rang.
Jeremy stood, “So you’ve accepted that we’re friends and are going to happily let me cheat off your papers?”
Bella rolled her eyes, “I don’t really have a choice, do I? And I suggest you keep your eyes on your own paper, I’m not above giving you the wrong answers.”
Bella entered the science class with Jeremy behind her. They both handed their slips to the professor before being directed to sit at the only available table. Bella took a seat in the middle while Jeremy sat on her right. On her right was her other lab partner, Edward, someone who she knew wasn’t human.
Bella couldn’t help but lean towards Jeremy, she didn’t particularly like Edward. It wasn’t really that there was something wrong with him, she just didn’t particularly get along with his kind. She noticed his golden eyes turned pitch black in a matter of seconds. She knew exactly what that meant, he was thirsty, and she sure as hell wasn’t going to be his snack of choice for the day.
Jeremy looked at Bella strangely as she was sitting closer to him than before. He knew in the pit of his stomach that it had something to do with Edward. He pulled out his sketch book and opened to a blank page. He drew the hangman post and at the bottom wrote out the letters to the alphabet. Once he was done he nudged Bella slightly to get her attention.
Bella couldn’t help the twitch of her lips, she got her pencil and underlined a. She saw Jeremy fill in the spot and by the end of the class she had just about completed the puzzle.
As the bell rang and Edward ran out of the room Bella smiled at Jeremy. “Can I take a guess?”
Jeremy grinned, “If you think you can.”
Bella threw her backpack over her shoulder. “Was it, ‘our lab partner is creepy?”
Jeremy nodded, “Yes, whenever I play these sorts of games I tend to stick to true statements.
Bella rolled her eyes under her glasses. “I know you can’t see it, but I’m rolling my eyes at you.”
“Thanks for that information.” Jeremy responded with a smile. “What class is next on the list?”
“Study hall.” Bella responded heading out the door. “Where people normally study.”
“I thought we could play another round of hangman, or tic tac toe. Maybe we could even play rock, paper scissors!” Jeremy said walking beside Bella.
“Sorry, I have a GPA I have to maintain.” Bella responded as she expertly avoided the others in the halls.
“I’m starting to think this friendship of ours is going to force me to try harder in school. You’re going to make me a nerd.” Jeremy said with a smile. “Should I get glasses too? You know those fake ones that have normal glass on them. Or is that too much?”
Bella pulled up the hood of her sweater and began to head in the direction of her home, the walk wouldn’t be long and she appreciated the time to think.
“Hey.” Jeremy shouted after her. “Do you need a ride?”
Bella looked at him and sighed as his shout had caught the attention of just about everyone in the school parking lot. “No, I’m good. I like to walk. Thanks for the offer.” She turned back around and continued with her walk, she finally pulled out her phone and responded to Luther’s text.
Starting school in the middle of the fall semester, wonderful idea. I was stared at and whispered about all day, what a joy. Thanks for sending me to my own personal hell.
She couldn’t help the small smile that tugged at her lips at his reply.
She tucked her phone away, and turned her head and rolled her eyes at the black car that was driving agonizingly slow beside her. “I can walk.”
“I know, but I think we live near each other.” Jeremy responded with a wide smile. “Come on, are you tired of talking to me already?”
Bella grinned, “Frankly, yes.”
Jeremy laughed, “Fine, I’ll see you tomorrow.”
“You’re holding up traffic, hurry along now.” Bella said stopping in her walk to gesture for him to drive away. Once he had sped away she had continued to walk her way home. Her mind drifted back to what Luther had told her, he hadn’t restricted her powers, she had somehow done it herself.
She couldn’t help but wonder if he was right. Maybe there was a chance that she had somehow done this to herself. Her anger, frustration and hate had overcome her mind and were somehow holding her back in a way.
She groaned out in slight frustration as she didn’t know what to do. She didn’t know what to do to make her head clear, to get rid of the anger she felt inside.
AS she approached her home she saw the house at the corner of the street with the familiar black car in the driveway. “Perfect.” They were neighbors and partners in almost every class, it seems she had unwillingly found herself a new friend.
She headed inside the house and up to her room, if there was one thing Luther had always told her that seemed useful was to continue to play and she had been lacking lately so maybe that would be what she would do now.
“I met a girl.” Jeremy said as he saw Ric set down a bag of takeout from the diner. “Her name is Bella.”
“I thought you were in love with Bonnie.” Ric responded handing Jeremy a burger. “You know, the whole love of your life thing.”
Jeremy rolled his eyes, “We didn’t even date officially, she was too embarrassed, remember? Anyway, this girl, she’s different. There’s something off about her, but not in the human way in the supernatural way. I can sense it, but not really, it’s not the same as when I’m near Elena or Damon.”
“So you think she could be some sort of werewolf or something?” Ric responded glancing up at the young boy curiously.
Jeremy shook his head, “No, she’s too calm to be a werewolf, and werewolves are always physically at their best health, she has an eye condition. And she’s not a vampire, but I swear Ric she’s something. Then there were this group of kids, they’re some sort of family/cult. I got a vibe from them, they’re vampires or something. They kept staring at Bella, but not in the same way as the other kids, they were staring at her like at any moment they would all snap and lunge at her. I think they could notice something was different with her too.”
“Do you think she could be dangerous?” Ric questioned taking a bite of his burger.
Jeremy shook his head. “No, Bella seemed closed off, but not dangerous. Trust me Ric, she looks harmless, but there’s this sense to her too.”
Ric smirked, “Are you sure all of this isn’t just you having some sort of crush on her? Why don’t you just ask her out, see if that helps.”
“Ric, if I ask her out, she’d push me away. I have to be her friend first, get her to really like me before I can even think about asking her out.” Jeremy responded with a wide smirk. “Oh, and please don’t say anything to Elena, I don’t want her lecturing me and telling me to just lay low and play normal.”
Ric made the motion of zipping his lips before he took another bite of his burger. To tell the truth, he was happy to see this part of Jeremy come out. The part that reminded him of the kid who was supposed to be out living his life, enjoying his final year of high school. This is what he had been hoping for when they made the decision to move.
Bella laced up her shoes and decided that a good way to try and tire herself out was to go for a midnight jog. She slowly climbed out her window and looked around, once she had the location she wanted to head in she took off.
The only question that ran through her mind was Why?
She couldn’t understand why her mother hated her.
Why Luther waited until she was 12 to tell her the truth.
Why Charlie didn’t say anything until she confronted him.
Why was she cursed to live in this personal hell of hers.
Bella leaned over and took in a heavy breath, she placed her hands on her knees and tried to steady her breathing. She felt her vision blur and instantly regretted not bringing her glasses, she didn’t want anyone to see her eyes. She looked around to make sure no one was around before she started running back to her home.
She quickly climbed back up the tree and into her room. She quietly walked into the bathroom and looked at herself in the mirror. Her eyes were what she hated the most about herself, ever since she was 12, she despised the way they looked. They were the number one indicator that there was something wrong with her. That she wasn’t like everyone else.
She had lost her brown eyes, they had been replaced with a bright red, the white in her eyes was black. They had been the curse that had forced her to wear sunglasses everywhere, the curse that forced her to hide who she was for much of her life.
She tied her hair up and lightly splash her face with water before she headed back to her room. She hated to admit it, but maybe Luther was right and she needed to deal with her emotions. She needed to deal with everything that seemed to be destroying her.
Bella hated it when Luther was right. Of course, she would never tell him that he was right, that just wasn’t going to happen anytime soon.