Chapter 2: Open book
"Who wants to read next?" Alice asked.
"I will." Esme volunteered, Alice handed her the book.
"Chapter 2: Open Book" Esme read
"Whats that about?" Emmett asked.
"How should we know?" Alice snapped.
The next day was better… and worse.
"I bet that Edward had something to do with that"
"Yeah, I bet he made it worse" Jasper said.
"You're wrong, he made it better" Emmett said making kissy faces.
"No betting on my expense" Edward said annoyed
It was better because it wasn't raining yet, though the clouds were dense and opaque. It was easier because I knew what to expect of my day. Mike came to sit by me in English, and walked me to my next class, with Chess Club Eric glaring at him all the while; that was nattering.
"Wow, now the guys are rivaling over her" Rosalie said in a sad voice
People didn't look at me quite as much as they had yesterday. I sat with a big group at lunch that included Mike, Eric, Jessica, and several other people whose names and faces I now remembered. I began to feel like I was treading water, instead of drowning in it.
It was worse because I was tired; I still couldn't sleep with the wind echoing around the house. It was worse because Mr. Varner called on me in Trig when my hand wasn't raised and I had the wrong answer.
"Ugh, I hate it when he does that" Emmet said annoyed
It was miserable because I had to play volleyball, and the one time I didn't cringe out of the way of the ball, I hit my teammate in the head with it.
Emmett laughed and said "Ok, I need to have PE wit her"
And it was worse because Edward Cullen wasn't in school at all.
"Ha, he did make it to the worse list… pay up" Jas per said as Emmett glumly gave him 300 dollars..
"You left" Esme said sad and Edward shrugged
All morning I was dreading lunch, fearing his bizarre glares. Part of me wanted to confront him and demand to know what his problem was. While I was lying sleepless in my bed, I even imagined what I would say. But I knew myself too well to think I would really have the guts to do it. I made the Cowardly Lion look like the terminator.
But when I walked into the cafeteria with Jessica — trying to keep my eyes from sweeping the place for him, and failing entirely — I saw that his four siblings of sorts were sitting together at the same table, and he was not with them.
Mike intercepted us and steered us to his table. Jessica seemed elated by the attention,
"Yes. How glad am I that she isn't obsessing over me … as much" Edward said and we laughed at the last part.
and her friends quickly joined us. But as I tried to listen to their easy chatter, I was terribly uncomfortable, waiting nervously for the moment he would arrive. I hoped that he would simply ignore me when he came, and prove my suspicions false.
He didn't come, and as time passed I grew more and more tense.
"She can't seem to take her thoughts of you" Emmett teased.
"I was staring at her as if I hated her for years and suddenly disappear, of course she is" Edward said rolling his eyes.
"I'm not sure that's why she's thinking about you," Emmett said and I laughed.
He was right and Edward just rolled his eyes not thinking about it.
I walked to Biology with more confidence when, by the end of lunch, he still hadn't showed. Mike, who was taking on the qualities of a golden retriever, walked faithfully by my side to class.
"I'd love to see Newton with floppy ears" Edward said as we all laughed
I held my breath at the door, but Edward Cullen wasn't there, either. I exhaled and went to my seat. Mike followed, talking about an upcoming trip to the beach.
He lingered by my desk till the bell rang. Then he smiled at me wistfully and went to sit by a girl with braces and a bad perm. It looked like I was going to have to do something about Mike, and it wouldn't be easy. In a town like this, where everyone lived on top of everyone else, diplomacy was essential. I had never been enormously tactful; I had no practice dealing with overly friendly boys.