Getting Through To Her
A/N: So thank you all again for those who read and review my stories (also those who just read ;) you are also important) lol so not much to say here, so I will just stop here and let your read the next chapter of Paralyzed.
Previously on Paralyzed
I would take Bethany to one of the Steeler's training camps fan day so she could watch. I just hoped that she would actually want to go, and not make up some sort of excuse.
That's when it hit me; I would call her house tonight, that way she wouldn't have a chance to psych herself out of going and having a fun time with something she was probably passionate about. That's what I would do when I got home. I would call Bethany up ASAP.
"I still can't believe that you tricked me into spending time with you Isabella, I mean yeah I like football, and wanted to join the powder puff league at my school in the spring, but why would I want to sit around and watch a bunch of guys who can run around and catch balls while I'm stuck in this – Oh. My. God. Is that Jasper Whitlock, the most amazing wide receiver ever to have lived?!" Bethany said as her eyes about bugged out of her head when she caught sight of Jasper walking out to the field from the bench. I couldn't stop the smirk that was growing ever bigger on my face.
See, Bethany was against the whole idea of spending time with me. I tried taking her to the museum, and she spent all but five minutes in there before demanding that we go somewhere else that she didn't like being made fun of and people staring at her. I had no choice but to agree with her and take her somewhere else. Alice, the faithful friend, was our chauffer for the day. She had the most patience out of all of us, but even Bethany was wearing her patience rather thin. Every idea that Alice or I tried to think up she would immediately shut it down with some lame excuse why she couldn't do it.
"Bethany, you gotta stop being such a party pooper. All we want to do is help you have some fun for a change." I said as I let out a long exasperated sigh as we made our way into the shopping mall. The museum was a complete bust, and when we tried to go to a local ice cream parlor she claimed that she was bored.
Finally, Alice brought up going to the mall. It was the only idea that Bethany hadn't shot down right away so we decided to act on it before she could change her mind. So we made our way over to the mall as fast as we could. Bethany was silent the whole car ride. All she did was look out the window at the cars passing us by.
When we finally got to the mall and got inside and looked around, Alice found this cute little shop that had different clothes she thought would look good on her. But she was indifferent about the clothes and refused to go in and look at any of them.
Alice let out a long exasperated sigh and stalked off. I hollered over to her that Bethany and I would wait for her at the food court.
After we found a table, and a few nice people moved two of the chairs out of our ways for us we waited in silence for Alice to finish her shopping.
"I know the real reason you wanted me to spend time with you and your annoyingly chipper friend. You feel guilty because you get to use your 'pretty' little legs sooner than I will. I should say if I do walk again I suppose." Bethany snapped as she jerked her head to the side. I could tell that she was fighting back tears. I knew what that felt like. Having the hope that you would one day walk again jerked from your grasp was something I had come to live with.
"Yes, I feel horrible about the whole thing that happened, but don't you for a second think that I am excited that I might get to walk again and you won't, because I want you to walk again Bethany. Rick told me about you, and how you were an amazing gymnast before you fell from the uneven bar thingy and ended up paralyzed."
"Don't for a second think you know everything about me Isabella, because you know nothing!" Bethany all but shouted at the top of her lungs and crossed her arms across her chest and huffed.
I felt my cheeks flush a bit when I saw people stop talking and turn to look in our direction.
"Um, it's Bella…I don't li –"
"Oh I know you hate your full name. I heard you tell Rick when he tried to tease you about it. I know perfectly well you hate it, that's why I'm using it."
Ok, so she was out to make sure that everyone was just as miserable as she was.
"Fine, so tell me about yourself. I want to get to know you."
"You're just saying that to do your civic duty that you promised Rick. Yeah, I heard him all but beg you to 'help' me. Newsflash Isabella, I don't need or want your help. I am perfectly fine!"
I let out a sigh and let the subject drop. She was set on trying to make sure that no one could help her, or WANT to help her I should say.
"After I say this, then we won't talk about it anymore; why do you push everyone away? Everyone wants to just see that you are ok, and that you get better."
Just as she was about to say something, Alice came back with the subs for us to eat. Bethany snatched hers up and quickly started eating without another word about anything.
After that whole incident at the mall, we took a walk through the park. Alice and I tried to get Bethany involved in conversation, but it ended up just me and Alice talking. Bethany remained quiet and said nothing to either of us.
Alice checked her phone and got a text from Edward that was a reminder that training camp visitor day was today and that if she and I wanted to go we could get in for free, Bethany was included too obviously. When Alice informed me and Bethany about the training camp, I of course agreed to go. Bethany was all nonchalant about the whole thing, but I could tell that she was excited to be seeing the Steelers practicing. Something told me though, that she would put on the act of a girl who wouldn't want to be there.
"So, do you want to meet him or not Bethany?" I asked I did my best not to be so giddy that I was smiling like a complete idiot.
Bethany looked like she was about to fall out of her chair from the sheer shock of seeing on of her favorite football players, at least I think so considering the reaction she had when she saw him.
"Uh, I don't know, I mean am I allowed to meet him?" she asked as she started getting a bit flustered. It was the first time, I think, I was seeing the true Bethany and not someone who was angry at the world and out to make everyone else as miserable as she was.
"That's why we're here sweetie, her brother is Emmett Swan, and she's dating Edward. He's the one who made it possible for us to be able to be out on the field." Alice said with a smile. I'm sure she was just as relieved that Bethany was having fun for a change as I was.
"I thought your last name sounded familiar Isa – Bella. So that was you in the news a few months back with that car accident?" So, that whole incident I wanted to forget made local news? I guess it shouldn't be such a shock considering Emmett is a Pittsburgh Steelers football player.
I confirmed her suspicions that I was Emmett's sister, and that I was the girl dating Edward Cullen, the quarterback.
"That's so cool, I mean you have a brother who's a famous football player and you're dating the quarterback! I told you I was a gymnast right? Well, my mom pushed me to do gymnastics; I always had a love for football. That's why I wanted to try out for the powder puff football league at my school. My mom and I argued over it, because if I signed up for the tryouts the game would be the same day as regionals, and I couldn't miss that…" Bethany said as she trailed off. It was obviously something that was highly personal and she didn't feel like sharing.
Just then the coach had blown his whistle and announced that the team could take a five minute water break then had to get back to practice. I looked around in search of Edward, and then felt myself light up when he jogged over here with Jasper and Emmett bringing up the rear.
"Hey guys glad you could make it. You must be Bethany, and I hear that your favorite player is Jasper, here." Edward said with a playful wink. Bethany blushed a bit and nodded her head without a word. I guess she was just too star struck to say anything. Jasper smiled at Bethany and asked her if she would like to meet some of the other players on the team. If only I had a camera so I could've taken a picture of Bethany's reaction. You would've thought that she had won a medal or something; she grinned big and enthusiastically agreed to go with him to meet the other players. Alice, being the intuitive one that she is, offered to push Bethany through the AstroTurf; this gave me and Edward some alone time before he would have to go back out and continue the training camp for the day.
"So how has she been? Has she been as annoying and grumpy as she seemed the other day?" I had confessed to Edward how she had bailed on me before finally agreeing to go to the mall with me and Alice. I filled him in on what happened and how she opened up to me a little bit, even if it was only to spit something hurtful back at me. Edward's expression shifted a bit, and I had to convince him that he didn't need to talk to Bethany and that everything was okay for now with us. I went on to say that she apparently was a gymnast before she became paralyzed. I even told him how it happened. Edward's face turned into a frown and grimaced a bit. He agreed that that must've been very painful.
"What's worse is, if she's able to walk again she won't ever be able to play any contact sports or even do gymnastics either."
"Poor girl, she probably thinks her life's over before it even begins, but she needs to realize that she's lucky enough to be just paralyzed, and it not be any worse." I nodded in agreement. Just then the coach blew two short tweets on his whistle signaling that their break was over. Edward leaned down and gave me a quick kiss before heading back out to the field. Alice came back over with Bethany, who was grinning ear to ear. She was holding a Steeler's jersey with, what looked like, a bunch of signatures from the different players. I laughed when I saw that jersey number was Jasper's.
"I am still in shock; I can't believe that I got practically all of the team's signatures, and on Jasper Whitlock's jersey to boot! All my friends at school are gonna be so jealous when they see it tomorrow!" Bethany said. I smiled right along with her, because nothing could wipe that smile off of our faces.
"Well, look what the cat dragged in, I suppose they allow just about anyone in these days."
Well, almost nothing.
I let out a sigh and turned my head, and my ears didn't fail me, I had heard the nasally voice that was Tonya. She had publically humiliated me before, and even convinced Edward to second-guess mine and his relationship. She had dated Edward in the past, and I guess she was the type of person who didn't want their ex to move on with their lives if they weren't happy.
"Hi Tonya, it's nice to see you out and about today. You're looking good as well." I rolled my eyes and forced myself to play nice and ignore her attempt at getting me to play right into her little trap. She wanted me to start an argument with her, and that wasn't about to happen.
"Humph, well, I can't argue with that I guess…" Tonya said with disappointment. I just smiled to myself, and didn't a private happy dance when she walked off defeated.
I can't believe that actually worked! I've gotta 'play nice' more often with her!
"So who was that? Is she a friend of yours or somethin'?" Bethany said as she looked over her shoulder at Tonya leaving. I didn't want to go into complete detail, but I told her a brief summary of what happened between us, which caused her to crack up laughing at the realization as to why Tonya walked off wide-eyed and confused.
"I still can't believe she's still that immature and aggravating. I mean, I know you 'stole' her 'man' but technically Edward was never hers to begin with." Alice said with a drawn out sigh. We all agreed with that last statement.
We decided to let the drama drop, and to force ourselves to have fun and watch our boyfriends/friends practice football.
I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to get Bethany to open up a bit about why she's always so grumpy most of the time, and glad that she was letting herself have some fun. I would have to hang out with Bethany more often; she and I have a lot in common in some ways. Granted, she became paralyzed in a different way, but our outlook on it is, or was, the same. We both wanted to give up and just live with what happened, and not try and fix it at all. I'm sure how it happened, but for me it just clicked in my head. I wasn't about to give up, I was going to do whatever I could to try and walk again.
I helped Bethany take a step in the same direction, but I know that it will take a lot more than just a trip to the mall or hanging out at professional football training camp.
A/N: So what did you think? Not a lot happened, I know but I wanted to show a bit into how Bella starts getting through to Bethany, and getting her to realize that it's not time to give up on the possibility of walking.
Hope you all enjoy it and I look forward to reading your reviews!