A/N: This story starts out a bit slowly just as Twilight does. This chapter is in my new character, Ally's point of view, but there are other POVs to come in later chapters.
This starts ten years after Breaking Dawn.
Disclaimer: Twilight belongs to Stephenie Meyer, not me...unfortunately.
Ally: New Kids
"Ugh, it's raining again," a voice complained.
I didn't bother to see which girl said it; she was probably just worried about her makeup. I just got up, put on my glasses and trudged into the bathroom. I showered, brushed my hair, brushed my teeth, and popped in my retainer. One good thing about life so far was getting my braces off in August, problem was; the stupid retainer made me talk funny.
Our group mom, Janice, walked in.
"Alright girls, bus is here." She turned and saw me. "Aw, Ally! You're gonna miss the bus, get dressed, quickly!"
I rolled my eyes and threw on some clothes. I quickly tied my light brown hair into a ponytail, pulled on my shoes and shrugged into a waterproof jacket. As soon as my backpack was over my shoulder, I was pushed out the door. No breakfast.
I hopped on the bus.
I didn't go to the same high school as the other kids in the group home; they all went to a large public school called Cordova High. I went to a smaller, charter school called that you can't get into unless you're smart enough. I was smart enough.
When the bus pulled up at my stop, a girl said snidely "See ya later, Ally." I shivered; I didn't need to turn around to know who said it: Erica Prosper. I got off the bus before she could say or do anything else.
Erica was the whole reason why I was rushed this morning. She had put itching powder in my bed last night and I lay awake for hours, scratching, even after I changed the sheets.
It was still raining as I walked in the front gates of Rancho Charter School. No surprise there. It rained all winter in Sacramento Valley.
"Allyson Collins, please report to the front office, Allyson Collins."
I heard the intercom and considered ignoring it. They probably knew I was here anyway. So I walked into the warm office building. I scratched my arm. Stupid Erica.
The office was more crowded than usual. There were four new students occupying the only chairs. I was sure they were new because there were only 150 students here and I knew all of their names.
I was vaguely interested but I ignored them. I would introduce myself later, after I had dealt with whatever Ms. Rider had called me for.
Ms. Rider looked up as I entered.
"You called me?" I asked.
"Oh yes, Allyson, meet the new students," she gestured to the four in the chairs.
I turned and smiled without showing off my retainer.
"Hi, my name'sh Ally," I could have died; I wished I could melt into the floor. I normally avoided 'S's because they slurred.
One of the girls smiled at me with what looked like pity. I turned bright red. Great, that's all I need. Pity. She was very beautiful with long brown hair and golden eyes. The boy on her left also had gold eyes but his hair was bronze. The boy and girl on his left were no less attractive; the other boy had dark skin, dark hair, and dark eyes. The other girl had bronze curls and chocolate brown eyes.
Ms. Rider introduced them. The bronze haired ones were twins, Edward and Renesmee Cullen. The other two were cousins, Bella Mason and Jacob Black.
Apparently they were going to be my shadows today and it was my job to show them around. No one had ever had four shadows at once before but Ms. Rider thought I could handle it.
I left the office with my shadows and stood out in the light rain. I turned to them with a smile.
"Okay, let me see if I got your names right," I began, lisping again. "Edward, Renesmee, Jacob, Bella?"
"You got it," said Renesmee. "But you can call me Nessie if you want."
"Okay, sure," I smiled. "And I'm just Ally, not Allyson."
Bella smiled at me and I met her eyes. I looked away immediately. Shudder. Something about those eyes…I shook it off.
"So…" I asked awkwardly. "What grade are you guys in?"
"We're sophomores," said Edward.
"All of you?" They nod. "Okay, cool. Me too!"
As my shadows, they followed me to all of my classes to get an idea of how the school worked and what their teachers would expect of them. But having them around me all through my first four classes put me on edge and I couldn't fathom why. By lunchtime my instincts were telling me to bolt, but that was stupid, they were perfectly cordial to me and I couldn't figure out why I felt like this.
I could sit through lunch and two more classes with these four. This day was taking forever!
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