My New Life is @quirkyalone98
Chapter 7

I got a call from Renee once I got home.

I hesitated to answer my phone but I knew she'd just keep calling. It was better to get over with it quickly.

"Hello?"

"ARE YOU OKAY?!"

I had to pull my phone away from my ear at the sheer volume of her voice.

"I'm fine, mom."

"Are you really?! What did the doctor say?!"

"Calm down. Come on, breathe with me. Take a deep breath in...and exhale. One more time."

Once she relaxed a bit, I continued to fill her in with the details of what had happened. She was abnormally silent after I finished.

Well this is surprising.

I figured she'd be freaking out a lot more just like earlier. Based on personalities, she was more expressive and open. On the other hand, I was more of a recluse and private person.

"Are you okay?" I asked. "I would have thought you'd be more distressed."

"Of course I am! The thought of losing you I can't-"

I waited for her to finish.

"I'm so sorry," Renee suddenly apologized. "Bella, I realize that I haven't been such a good mother to you. This short time you've been away, I've noticed how much responsibility you've shouldered over these years."

"I wanted to help," I replied. "You don't have to apologize."

Growing up, Renee had become more like a friend but I acknowledged how hard she worked to provide for me and be a mom. To help ease some of her burden, I was forced to mature quickly and take responsibility over the house.

I took care of the bills. I helped her with taxes. I also took up cooking (cutting myself and setting fires here and there). I helped as much as I could since Renee got busier ever since she got a full time job as a teacher.

My early maturity made my interaction less than that of a mother and child. I found myself scolding and taking care of Renee a lot of times. She was the optimistic happy go lucky type which led to some irresponsible decisions on her part. In contrast, I was more pessimistic and was in charge of dissuading her out of said irresponsible decisions.

I didn't mind taking that much responsibility at such an early age. It made me more independent as a person. I mean I could do taxes now which is very useful stuff.

Now back to my current phone call.

"Of course I have to! You nearly died today. When Charlie called me earlier, I almost fainted. I couldn't stomach the fact I wouldn't have been able to tell you how sorry I am."

I could hear her begin to sob.

"Renee...mom. I'm alright. Still breathing," I comforted her. "You did your best for both of us. I understood that."

"God I'm so sorry, Bella," she cried over the phone.

"Shhhh. Stop feeling so sorry, mom."

At this point, I also felt myself getting emotional. It would be a lie if I said I was never envious of the other kids. But, when I was younger and I would come home from school to see Renee looking troubled as she scanned through the bills in the dining table, I told myself I didn't have time with such useless emotions.

"Trust me when I say I never resented you growing up," I assured her.

I listened as she continued to cry. I lied down on my bed and waited for her to calm down. It took a few minutes before she spoke to me again.

"I love you."

"I know," I softly replied. "I love you too."

"Charlie and I may have had our differences but I know for sure that he is a good man. I trust he'll treat you better than I have," she said.

"Mom-"

"Bella, please," she cut me off. "I hear you but it doesn't change the guilt I feel. You deserve better and I'm hoping Charlie will give you what I couldn't."

"I…," I bit my bottom lip then I continued to say, "Then let me at least tell you that it's all thanks to you that I grew up well. I mean, I didn't turn out too bad, did I?" I joked.

"Hmmm I'm not so sure," she joked back.

"Hey, you'd rather I'd have been rebellious?"

"Well if it got you to act more your age, then I wouldn't have minded," she answered honestly.

If she could see me right now, she'd see how incredulous my expression was. You would think parents would prefer not having a rebellious kid.

"Anyways, don't give me all the credit. You partly raised yourself too, you know?"

After that, I asked how she and Phil were doing. She told me they were doing great. She told me she was adjusting to moving around quite well and liked how she got the chance to travel around and sight see. In turn, she asked me about school and how I was adjusting. I told her a brief summary of what has happened so far. After I finished, she became silent afterwards.

"So are you dating any of the people you just mentioned?"

I just knew this question would come up.

"Nope. I'm single as a pringle."

"Really? You're not even remotely interested in any of them? Not even that Jacob?"

"I told you no."

"Then what about this Alice?"

"Wha- absolutely not! She's already taken."

"..."

"..."

"Are you seriously just going to stay silent? I already brought it up so you can finally come out to me," she huffed in annoyance.

"You knew?" I spoke seconds later.

"I try to be open minded. One of my students came out to me which made me think of how I should prepare myself if you ever came out," she explained. "I saw a rainbow patch on one of your shirts while doing laundry one time," she continued. "It then got me thinking."

"I may have also seen you looking at pictures of Angelina Jolie on your computer by chance. I must say, I should have scolded you for looking at such pictures," she continued.

"Mom!"

[What pictures is she talking about, lass?]

None of your business.

[I won't judge you, lass. I've had my fair share of appreciation of the human body.]

Oh my god. Shut up.

"Thank god you at least have taste," she commented.

"Mom!"

She then rambled on and on about certain observations. I could only cover my face as I felt somewhat embarrassed. I would have liked to end the call right then and there.

"So?"

I sighed.

A chance has presented itself so...

"I'm straight...," I paused then continued, "..up gay."

I laughed to myself as I heard her groan.

"You are such a tease, Isabella Marie Swan."

"Pulling out the full name card, huh."

"Can't help it since you took this long to come out to me. I even had to initiate it. You really had to move all the way to Washington to tell me?" she complained. "Did I...did I do anything that made you uncomfortable? That made you not come out to me?"

"It's not like that, Renee. I just wasn't ready to come out to you yet," I explained. "Even though I thought you'd be cool with it...I still couldn't help feeling scared."

"Oh Bella."

"I did think you would have accepted me. It's just...I couldn't help thinking 'what if', you know?"

"For what it's worth, I'm telling you now that I do accept you. And I still I love you."

I felt my vision blur as I felt my eyes turn watery with tears. I let out a sniff. I quickly wiped my nose with the back of my hand as well as my cheek as the tears escaped my eyes.

"Thank you."

"Well, this phone call certainly turned into an emotional roller coaster," Renee remarked.

"I know, right?"

"Have you told Charlie yet? I can't imagine him reacting badly."

In my mind, I believed he wouldn't and I believe it even more that Renee said so herself. It made me feel relieved.

"Nah. Not yet. I was thinking I'd surprise him."

We shared a laugh.

"I'm glad to hear you're doing well and making friends over there. If I knew, I would have let you move there earlier," she said.

"I had friends there too," I defended myself. "And, it's not like I want to be rude by declining. At least, some of them are nice."

I was referring to the six people I sit with during lunch.

"Mhmmm. Just call me or tell Charlie if anyone bothers you, okay? I don't want anyone bullying you."

"I can take care of myself. Don't worry about it," I tried to assuage her worries.

"Let's talk again soon. I'm sorry our call took too long. You must be tired."

"It's fine. I was planning on sleeping afterwards. Tell Phil I sent my regards."

"Will do."

After telling each other 'bye' I hung up.

[That was certainly a pleasant chat with your mother. You should probably rest now.]

Yeah.

As I laid there, it didn't take long for me to fall asleep.


Because of what happened, I became a hot topic in school once again.

I was starting to regret my decision to attend school today. I should have listened to Charlie and stayed home to rest. But I assured Charlie I was fine so he dropped me off at school.

I passed by my truck on the way. I could only sigh as I saw the large dent on it. Alice tried her best to cheer me up (god bless her).

I went through the whole day with so many stares shot my way. At lunch, Tyler spent the whole time apologizing to me again causing Lauren to give me the stink eye. Jessica happily told me that I'm the most popular kid in school now. I noticed some jealousy underneath her tone.

I hope to god she won't do anything drastic to get attention.

[I won't be too surprised if she does, lass.]

Eric was all too happy he could add something to the newspaper, earning him a glare from Angela.

"You're taking advantage of someone's misfortune," Angela pointed out.

"But come on, Ange. It's been so long since we've had anything so newsworthy. Bella doesn't seem to mind," Eric argued.

I shrugged. It doesn't change the fact that I already got a lot of attention from the incident. At least someone would benefit from it.

"So what are you gonna do about your truck?" Mike asked.

"I'm still thinking about it."

"I'll help with the repairs as much as I can," Tyler suddenly said.

"Dude, it's fine. You've got your van to fix too, right?" I replied. "Besides, it was dead before you even crashed into it."

"But still…"

"Look, man. It was an accident. A lot of people saw your van slipping on that puddle from trying to avoid crashing into another car," I said. "I already accepted your apology."

"Okay. Thanks for being really chill about this, Bella," Tyler said, relaxing a bit in his seat. "So we cool then?"

He raised his fist towards me.

"We cool."

I grinned at him and bumped his fist.

Mike coughed at that moment.

"So Bella, how are you gonna come to school then?" he asked.

"Walk probably? Or maybe I'll ask Charlie for a ride until I get my car fixed."

I sighed.

Should I ask Jacob? Then again, he did say he was still just an amateur.

"If you want, we could carpool to school together," Mike offered.

I widened my eyes at that.

It was a tempting offer but…just thinking about having to deal with his advances on the way to school was more than enough reason for me to reject.

"I'll think about it," I replied, although I already made up my mind.

He looked disappointed.

[Poor boy.]

"Guys, why don't we go to the beach at La Push this weekend? The weather forecast said it's gonna be relatively sunny," Eric said enthusiastically. "It'll be fun. What do you think?"

The others agreed, Jessica already talking to Lauren and Angela about going to buy swimsuits. They then turned to me. It's not that I didn't like the idea, I just wasn't looking forward to wearing a swimsuit.

I've been told a lot about how pale and thin I was. I looked frail to them. It didn't help that I was clumsy which only further establish their impression of me. I personally didn't mind how I looked but I was conscious of how others saw me. I'm not the most confident.

I smiled at the sudden thought of a certain senior of mine back in Phoenix who just graduated last year. She was the epitome of confidence and would say things to me that would never fail to help boost my self esteem even just a little bit.

Not wanting to be a killjoy, I agreed on the condition that I wasn't swimming. Thankfully, they didn't seem to mind.

Of course, Alice got wind of our trip (because she has super hearing). She quickly came to my side after our last class was dismissed and excitedly told me we were going shopping after school this Friday.

"I don't see the need for new swim suit," I told her.

"Oh come on, Bella. You're going to the beach! At least wear something appropriate," she argued.

"But I don't even plan on going in the water," I argued back.

"Then let's still buy you a swim suit. You never know, you might need it in the future."

I fixed my gaze on her for a moment.

"You just want to drag me to go shopping with you, don't you?"

She gaped at my accusation.

Placing a hand over her chest, she replied, "Why Bella, do I look like the type who would do that?"

"Yes," was my quick reply.

She grinned at me as she linked our arms together.

"See! You're getting to know me better," she said. "We are in desperate need of bonding between best friends, Bella. This is an opportunity to get to know each other better."

"And that means shopping?"

"Of course! This way I'll know your sizes. That'll make it easier for me to pick out clothes in the future."

"My sizes- what?! Why would you need my sizes?" I suddenly exclaimed. "Don't start getting weird ideas, Tiny," I warned.

She looked up, batting her eyes at me.

"Hmm? I'm not sure what you mean?"

I squinted my eyes in suspicion. She averted her eyes and we continued to walk out of school.

It was out of habit that I found myself standing in front of my truck.

"Sorry about your truck," Alice sympathized. "What do you plan on doing with it?"

"I want to get it fixed but I don't know any skilled mechanic around here who can. I'm not even sure if it's possible."

Alice simply smiled and told me to stay put. She then jogged over to her siblings who were waiting on her. It was out of my expectations that she would be dragging a reluctant Rosalie back with her.

Alice wouldn't let go as they now stood in front of me. Rosalie was staring daggers towards the both of us.

"I refuse," were the first words that came out of Rosalie's mouth.

Alice pouted at her.

"Come on, Rose. Do it for Bella, my best friend ."

I'm confused. What the fuck is happening?

[You and me both.]

"I refuse," she repeated.

"Why not?" Alice complained.

"Would someone explain to me what exactly she's refusing to?" I interjected.

Turning her head to me, Alice answered, "She's a mechanic."

My brows raised all the way to my hairline as I switched between looking at Alice and Rosalie.

"You're shitting me, right?"

"I'm serious. My dear sister is one of the best mechanics there is," Alice said with pride.

Well goddamn.

[Oho. Lassie got some skills of trade.]

"And I refuse," Rosalie repeated once again. "I'm saying this for everyone's benefit, just get rid of this eyesore of a truck. I'll happily dispose of it myself."

She smirked at me and then gazed at my truck.

My maternal suddenly instincts kicked in and I found myself raising my arms in a shielding gesture over my truck.

"You wouldn't dare."

Rosalie took a few steps to stand right in front of me, making me incline my head upwards to meet her gaze.

"You think I wouldn't?"

"Okay break it up!" Alice quickly got in between us and pulled us apart. "I can't have my sister and best friend fighting now."

"Did you really expect I would agree to this, Alice?" Rosalie asked her.

Alice rolled her eyes.

"Oh come on, Rosalie. You've been looking for a new project, right? This is perfect," Alice pointed out. "I'm pretty sure you could restore this hunk of junk-"

"Hey!" I couldn't help but yell.

"-to its former glory."

Rosalie crossed her arms and pursed her lips.

The sisters continued to stare at each other for a while. I stood eyeing them both, not really sure what to say or do in that moment.

Rosalie then made a sidelong glance at my truck which made me anxious. I watched as she slowly circled my truck, looking at it up and down like she's inspecting a lab specimen. She would sometimes tilt her head to the side which I found oddly cute.

"She's gonna do it," Alice confidently spoke to me with a huge grin.

Rosalie quickly snapped her gaze towards us, frowning at her sister who continued to smile at her.

"It's not impossible," she stated.

"That means she can do it," Alice translated for me.

I felt a surge of happiness. I was so happy I didn't think through the words that came out of my mouth.

"How much are your services? Name your price," I said with so much enthusiasm.

Both of their gazes landed on me.

Absolute silence.

"..."

"..."

"..."

I wouldn't have needed my acute hearing to hear the roaring belly laugh from Emmett who was with the other Cullen siblings on the other side of the parking lot.

"You're getting bolder with your words, Swan," Rosalie spoke, a familiar sneer shot my way.

"Bella dear, you sure do know your way with words," Alice added. She smirked at me, obviously amused.

I was a bit slow on the uptake as my confusion turned into panicked embarrassment.

"I wasn't- you know that's not what I meant!" I tried to defend myself.

"I don't like what you're insinuating about me, Swan," Rosalie said.

"I didn't mean it like that!"

[HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.]

Oh come on. Not you too.

I got teased for a while.

After finally taking pity on me, Alice then brought us back on topic.

"So you'll do it?" Alice asked her sister.

Rosalie nodded and started to walk away.

"What about the payment?" I asked.

She stopped briefly to look over her shoulder.

"I'll make Alice send you an estimate once I'm done fully inspecting it."

She then continued to walk to her car.

Wait- Oh god. How much is this gonna cost? I should've asked that first.

[Got you covered there, lass. Don't worry about it.]

Really?! Are you sure?

[Of course.]

In that moment, Emmett came with his jeep. He got off and started towing my truck with equipment he pulled out from the back of his jeep. My eyes widened in shock.

"Wait you're taking it now?"

"I sure am!" Emmett answered.

"Why does it feel like this was planned?" I spoke with suspicion.

Emmett chuckled.

"Tiny over here told me this could happen. I quickly volunteered to help your damsel self," he said complete with a bow.

Playing along, I bowed back and replied, "I appreciate the help, dear sir."

"It's my pleasure, ma'am," he replied with a goofy smile.

I felt a tug on my arm.

"Now come on. We'll take you home," Alice said as she pulled me along with her.

"What?"

"You're riding with us."

Again.

"What?"

I was lost but then I realized where this was going as she lead me to her yellow Porsche. Jasper was already seated on the passenger seat so I sat at the back.

I awkwardly greeted him which he returned with a stiff 'Hello'.

I didn't have to worry about awkward silence as Alice filled it in excited chatter about our supposed outing this Friday. I caught Jasper's gaze through the rear view mirror. He smiled slightly at me which I understood was out of sympathy.

I had to sigh.

[I can guess fixing up your truck will cost quite a sum.]

Yeah. I can cancel it, you know? I don't wanna impose. I just got overly excited earlier.

[Not at all. I told you before, what's mine is yours.]

Is it really okay for you to be saying that?

[I wouldn't speak of it if I wasn't fine with it, lass. Now then, you'll need to get in contact with my person again.]

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