Bella has a secret... the secret to why she was expelled from Stanford school for young ladies, in England. Now her father moves her away from her mother, to live with him in Forks, Washington, back in the US. To start a new life, and new school, how long before her secret gets out? And what lies ahead?
I had spent half the night trying to decide what to wear for my first day at my new school, I couldn't really have slept if I had wanted to, so I didn't even try. I can't even think of a time when I was more nervous, I didn't normally bother with make-up for school but it was more favourable than the dark circles I was sporting under my eyes right now from my lack of sleep, so I did what I could. Today was sure to be awkward, I guessed that at the very least I'd have my brother there. He was in his senior year just like me, although he's been at the same school most of his life, and he wasn't technically my brother. His mother Anna and my dad Charlie were shacked up together, they had been together for years but never got around to getting married. So if my brother was an idiot like he normally was, I could just deny being related to him.
I'd known my brother Emmett for most of my life, but didn't really know him, I'd only ever been around him during holidays. My mother Renee had me living in England with her, but now due to circumstances beyond my control I had been asked to leave the all girls school that I had attended. Okay so maybe the circumstances were well within my control and I had manipulated them slightly, miss read the rules some what purposefully, and my actions were not the actions befitting a 'Stanford girl.' Ha don't make me laugh, 'Stanford school for young ladies of breeding and intelligence. That was a joke, anyone who handed in work that received less than an A* would be kicked out. Regrettably that is not what happened to me.
"Bella, get your ass down here, its time we were outta here." Emmett called up the stairs, I couldn't help but giggle at his accent, I always had, but now I lived here in the States after twelve years in England. I'd have to remember not to lose my head and giggle at everyone. Plus I'd have to remember to change so much or I'd fail English which was totally absurd, why they have to spell so many things differently I'll never know, and I would need to remember to stop using the letter U almost entirely, and so many things are pronounced differently... herbs has a H in it god damn it! And I truly count my blessings that I never took to smoking, saying I need a fag means something else entirely over here.
My life was doomed, but at least the reason that I was expelled was slightly less frowned upon out here, helped by the fact that I already had them before starting at this school. Not that many of the teachers would be informed, it was only the head and the gym teachers that knew about them, so I guessed no one else would need to know.
"I'm coming Emm, keep your hair on." I said as I ran down the stairs.
I climbed into Emm's Jeep, I couldn't help but take a few deep breaths to hold off the hyperventilating, why was I so nervous?
"You'll be fine Bells." Emmett said, putting his hand on my arm. "If anyone tries giving you any crap I'll kick their ass." I had to smile at that, he'd always been protective, the fact that I could beat the shit out of him never seemed to register when it come to others. He liked his big brother role, yes he was a whole two months older than me but he was a good thirty cm taller and twice as wide, he wasn't fat, just very muscular.
"I think I'm going to be sick." I said, I wasn't a nervous person, but it had been a stressful few weeks and I had no idea what to expect from Forks high school or its students and teachers. I think it was the unknown that made me nervous, I had asked Emmett to fill me in, but outside of music and sports he was pretty useless.
"Not in my Jeep you don't." He replied grinning at me.
The rest of the journey was quiet, so I distracted myself by thinking back over the last week, my dad had insisted that Renee give up her insistence that I stay in England. Dad wanted to bring me over here to live with him and Anna, he thought her recent mothering skills were well below par. I had outright refused of course, told them that it wasn't going to happen, I would not leave my horses Ace and Jack for anything, they were my life. It had been Anna that arranged to have them flown over here, she understood my love for them. It cost a fortune, but they were more than able to afford it, plus they had the room, Anna too was a keen rider and did very much the same circuit that I did, only in a different country. So I did at least have Ace and Jack with me, and I would be able to continue working the show circuit, although I had a lot to do if I was going to have enough points to make it to Nationals in a few months, that was one of the reasons I had insisted on taking both Ace and Jack to the show in Seattle last Saturday.
With one or two exceptions it had been a great day, I had won the dressage class with Ace, he was damn good and he never let me down. Then I remembered the incident as I was leading Ace out of the trailer, I had my dressage outfit on, all black vintage dress coat for sitting side saddle. I wrapped my arms around Ace's neck and hugged him, he folded his head over my shoulder in a hug and nibbled my bum, this was his favourite trick.
"You're playing with my arse again, aren't you?" I said to him, he gave me a playful nod of his head and stamped his foot,
"I don't blame him, that is a very fine 'Arse.'" a velvet smooth voice said from behind me.
I spun around to see who had spoken, my view was slightly obscured by the black veil on my hat that hung over my face. Still the man standing before me was jaw droppingly gorgeous all chiselled looks, and beautiful to look at. But fortunately I'd been trained to control my emotions, ladies of breeding don't express emotions in public, 'argh... crap' I was no lady, but I didn't let him know that, and I kept my jaw from dropping to the floor.
I stared up at him. "Excuse me?" I said, as if I hadn't heard him correctly.
"I said I don't blame him, that is a very fine 'arse." he said in a bad English impression, though I was slightly distracted by his strong jawline, perfect cheekbones, the intense green eyes and the messy bronze hair, to really be offended by his cheek. He was dressed in a riding jacket and jodhpurs which I knew fit snugly and left little to the imagination so I told myself repeatedly not to look down, but he was tall and depressingly handsome and I couldn't stop my eyes from travelling over his body, I managed to pull myself together before my eyes got any further.
"As a gentleman you shouldn't be looking." I said.
"I never said I was a gentleman, and that posterior of yours is not something that should be overlooked." he said.
"Well Mr not a gentleman, if you'll excuse me I have no desire to continue this conversation." I said with as much derision as I could muster, and I turned away from him feeling hot and flustered as I took hold of Ace's reigns and saddle to get up on him. A hand appeared to help me up, and if it wasn't so difficult to get on side saddle on Ace I would have refused, but as it was I put my foot in his hand and he helped me up.
"There's no need to get your panties in a twist, milady." he said.
I got seated and turned to stare down at him, thankful that Ace was so tall and domineering. "Oh please be assured good sir that you have no effect what-so-ever on my panties," I said, though that was not entirely true, his hand had been placed on my bum as he helped me up. A fact that had not gone unnoticed and even through my clothes I could feel the heat from it. It had sent shivers right through every part of me and ending in a party between my legs as my pelvic floor muscles contracted in excitement.
He just smirked at me, like he knew the truth, so I pulled on the reigns and squeezed my heels into Ace's sides, his signal to rear up, forcing this man to step back away from us, I glared at him for a second longer before riding off.
I had forgotten all about this when I was back at the trailer later that day, I had changed into a riding jacket and jodhpurs so that I could ride Jack. It was just before I was due to go back to the ring for the jump off and I was bending over checking Jacks hooves, when I heard that velvet soft voice again.
"Damn that ass is even better than I imagined, and no visible panty line, does that mean you are wearing a thong?" he said.
I stood up and looked up at him again, he was sitting on the horse that had been Jacks major competition all day. He had matched us jump for jump and now we had reached the timed rounds, I made a mental note to make sure Jack and I beat his sorry arse and wipe that smug smile off his face. I got back up into Jacks saddle and turned to face this arse man.
"No actually, it means I'm not wearing any at all." I said and turned to walk away, though not before I caught the expression on his shocked face.
I'm am very happy to say that Jack got extra treats that night for beating that arrogant arse by seven seconds. Well at least I wouldn't have to see that devastating panty dropping smile again for two weeks, until my next competition in Portland. Argh, who was I trying to kid? I couldn't get that damn Edward Cullen off my mind.
Once we arrived at the school, Emmett took me to the office for my class schedule and then showed me to my first class, he put his hand on my shoulder. "You'll do great sis." he said, by this time I could barely even manage a smile, it probably came out looking more like a grimace. "I'll see you in biology." he said, as he turned and walked off to his first class.
I walked into the classroom and looked to see that I still had five minutes until first bell, the teacher was already there fortunately, so I introduced myself. I asked if the seating was assigned but she told me that I could sit anywhere, I chose a seat two from the back next to the window. Then as the bell went and people started to file in, I bit my cheek to try and stay calm, I kept my head down as I could feel all the eyes on me.
By the time the second bell had gone the class was full and the teacher shut the door, then she introduced me. I looked up to meet curious eyes everywhere I looked, I nodded and half smiled before looking down again. I was grateful that the seat next to me had remained empty, it gave me a little breathing space.
I heard the classroom door open again but I didn't look up, I could hear girls whispering and several deep sighs.
"Thank you for joining us Mr Cullen." the teacher said.
Any other name on the planet and I'd have taken no notice at all, but as that particular name had been on my mind constantly for the last few days I looked up.
"Oh crap." I said under my breath. Of all the Cullen's in the world, why did it have to be the one engraved on the inside of my eyelids, of all the crappy, sodding luck! I had no idea that he was still in high school, he looked down at me with that damn smirk on his face.
"Ms Dwyer." he said as he sat down next to me.
"Mr Cullen." I replied and turned away from him, and then stared at my hands in my lap.
I bit on my bottom lip and tried to ignore him, what was it about him, he irritated the hell out of me, but he also captivated me, well that was definitely it, I knew that without a shadow of doubt my life, home and school was going to be purgatory to me, I could almost see the river Styx flowing beneath me.