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Chapter 3 of "Dark Secrets"

Title: School
Author: Me (Stephanie)
Rating: PG
Spoilers: No
Summary: Leslie's first day of school.
Word count: 1,388
Author's Note: I hope you like this chapter. It isn't very long.

I awoke for school and said good-bye to Edward. I was riding to school with Leslie today.

I grabbed a pair of jeans and an orange shirt, threw my hair into a ponytail, and ran downstairs, sneakers in hand.

Leslie was there already, her hair was pushed back with a black hairband.. She wore a black jean skirt and a black striped tank top over fishnets. The fishnets were now her sleeves, the tank top straps touching her shoulders. She had a handmade necklace on her neck, and she wore a black onyx stone in each ear. Two silver rings pierced the cartilage of her ear.

She grinned. "Hungry?"

I nodded and sat in a chair, sliding on my sneakers. "You’re up early," I commented as she placed a plate of eggs and bacon in front of me.

She shrugged and sat with her own plate. We ate in silence, until she finally asked, "Do I look over-dressed?"

I laughed and shook my head. "No, you’re fine."

She smiled in obvious relief. "Now, whose truck are we taking?"

I raised an eyebrow. "Wait a minute, you don’t want me to give you a ride?"

She grinned. "I’ll go with you, though preferably in my truck. No offense Bella, but I don’t like cars that only go 60 miles per hour."

"Shut up," I said and I playfully punched her arm. She stopped laughing and gave me a small smile.

"We should get going," she said standing up. She grabbed her bag, a green messenger bag with hand-drawn designs all over it. I followed and in the end, we were going in her truck.

She turned on the radio, and a song blasted out of it. It was hard rock, something I rarely listened to.

"Looking back at me, I see that I never really got it right. I never stopped to think of you. I’m always wrapped up in things I cannot win. You are the antidote that gets me by, something strong like a drug that gets me high. What I really meant to say, is I’m sorry for the way I am. I never meant to be so cold. Never meant to be, what I really meant to say, is I’m sorry for the way I am. I never meant to be so cold to you. I’m sorry about all the lies. Maybe in a different light, you could see me stand on my own again. Now I can see, you were the antidote that got me by, something strong like a drug that got me high." Leslie continued singing. She knew all the words.

"What song was that?" I asked when she was done. She smiled.

"Cold by Crossfade."

I nodded. We were in the parking lot. "Ready?" I asked her.

She nodded and stepped out, her head held high and proud, her eyes surveying everything. I was amazed at her confidence.

We walked side by side to the office, all the students staring at her. I wondered if Mike was already crushing on her.

We got her schedule, and she headed to Biology while I headed to Spanish.

I anxiously worried about her all day until I saw her at lunch. She was at a table by herself, her iPod in her ears. I grabbed my food and Edward, Alice, and I joined her.

"Hello," she said smiling. She took her headphones out and waited for us to get settled.

Alice could hardly contain her excitement. "Hi! I’m Alice Cullen, Edward’s sister." She held out a hand and Leslie shook it. 

"Hi. Leslie Smith. Bella’s cousin."

Alice grinned and caught sight of her iPod. "Mind if I look?"

"Go ahead," Leslie said with a smile. Alice picked it up and turned to Edward.

"At least she’s nice. She lets me look at her iPod, unlike some people I can name."

Edward scowled. I laughed and Leslie smiled uncertainly.

When she was done, Alice turned to Leslie, announcing she had good taste in music. She studied Leslie for a moment. "Nice outfit," she said.

Leslie blushed. "Thanks. Your hair is really cool. If I cut it that short though, my mom would have a heart attack."

Alice laughed and Edward chuckled. Leslie smiled. I could tell they were all getting along.

Edward reached for the iPod. "May I?"

"Go ahead," Leslie said smiling.

He thanked her and looked through her songs. Smiling for a moment, he set it on the table and blasted the iPod. The song blared from the headphones on the table, loud enough for us to hear it.

"Good choice," Leslie commented. Then she sang. Edward and Alice joined in. They were all oblivious to the people around us in the cafeteria.

I saw the song was called "Bring Me Down" by Pillar. Their voices merged, singing words they all memorized.

 

You can't bring me down, you can't bring me down

Back in the day when nothing really mattered to me
I only saw with my eyes what they wanted to see
And everything around me seemed to never change
Looking for an easy way out, someone to blame
Why does it work this way, still today?
You wanna take somebody down along the way?
But I won't let that one be me, 'cause I don't want the drama it brings
See, today isn't "back in the day" anymore
I know a little more than I did before
So, don't forget before you try bringing me down
What goes around always comes back around

You can't bring me down
Do you hear what I'm trying to say?
You can't bring me down
I'll never turn the other way
You can't bring me down
What is it you're trying to say?
You can't bring me down
It's not like I'm running away

So, you think you can see inside my mind?
You probably could if you just took a little time
I know exactly what you're trying to sayBut sitting in the stands ain't the same as playing the game
So, I can't comprehend in my mind
Just why we can't leave it all behind
So, come on and stand beside, and hold the line
'Cause tonight is the night we cry

You can't bring me down
Do you hear what I'm trying to say?
You can't bring me down
I'll never turn the other way
You can't bring me down
What is it you're trying to say?
You can't bring me down
It's not like I'm running away

Oh

Why can't we feel what it takes for us to be real?
Why can't we see what it takes for us to believe?
Why do we say all of these things that bring us down?

You can't bring me down
Do you hear what I'm trying to say?
You can't bring me down
I'll never turn the other way
You can't bring me down
What is it you're trying to say?
You can't bring me down
It's not like I'm running away

They laughed when they finished, and Edward turned the iPod down.

"Thank you," he said, a wide grin on his face. Alice laughed in delight.

"That was fun," she said.

"It was," Leslie agreed.

The rest of the day passed uneventfully. Mike did hit on Leslie, but she ignored him. Great I thought. My poor cousin has to put up with his annoying habits.

On the drive home, Leslie sang "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" by Panic! At The Disco. I knew some of it, so with her encouragement, sang those bits.

We cooked lasagna for Charlie, then went upstairs to do homework. Leslie slept in my room now on the pump up mattress Charlie bought. She slept with headphones in her ears, so Edward was still going to come.

"She seems happier today," Edward commented that night.

"She does. I think she likes it here."

Edward hummed and pulled me to him. "Alice likes her a lot. Plan on getting a call for a shopping trip this weekend."

I groaned. Then I glanced at Leslie and shook my head, smiling. She looked so peaceful and carefree. "I think she likes Alice too."

Edward smiled. "She does." He bent down and kissed my lips softly. We talked for a while until I became tired and fell asleep in his arms.

 Links to songs:
  
Cold by Crossfade:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgGFZ2qvwVQ Ignore the video.

Bring Me Down by Pillar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksrQg-fSIGs

And here's a picture of Leslie's top.

 

 

 


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