Needing To Let Go

Night On The Town

A/N: Ok so here is the next chapter of this story. Please be sure to add this story to your favorites amd alerts if you haven't already done so! Again this chapter has been rewritten and have had some tweeks here is chapter 6 of this heart-warming (hopefully lol) story!

"Bella Marie Swan! You don't need a job, you have one already, and it's called 'going to school! And once you've completed that, you're off to college!"

"I know mom, I know you want me to get good grades. Don't worry about me I'm just fine."

I sighed and continued working on my homework. Jasper was out at one of his tutoring sessions he usually gives twice a week.

Mom was at the stove trying out one of her new recipes and dad was somewhere in the house. All of a sudden a song comes on over the radio; apparently it was a song that was both my mom's and dad's favorite from when they were my age. The song began and my mom started humming along and out of nowhere in comes my dad singing right along with her and abruptly grabs my mom and starts twirling her around the kitchen.

I sighed as the memory slowly faded. I felt a tear trail down my cheek as I lay on my bed thinking of all the memories of my parents. I mean, yes, I still had Emmett and Jasper, but they weren't my parents. Whenever I feel depressed I just remember a fun memory of my mom and dad, it seems to help a lot actually. But then I think I'll always feel some sort of emptiness without them here; I felt that same emptiness when Charlie finally went back to Forks, Washington. It was kinda refreshing to have some sort of 'father figure' in the house again, even if it was only for a few days.

I thought that mom and dad had each gotten a life insurance policy, but I was wrong. Thankfully, Charlie offered to loan us some money to help get caught up on the bills. This gave Emmett and Jasper time to find jobs that had a stable income, this way we wouldn't have to worry about where money for the electricity bill was going to come from. Jasper had managed to get a managerial job at the local grocery store, and tutored part time with math and history. Emmett worked, shockingly, at the Sports store that was located on the main square in town.

They also had to do a lot of the farm work as well. Well, Emmett still had problems getting milk from daisy, our dairy cow. I know that Cows aren't typically seen as 'family pets', but I made an exception with daisy. When Emmett finally got fed up with her, he deiced to go and move on to feed the other animals, and I went to take over for him.

We had about maybe twenty chickens, like three pigs, five sheep, about fifteen Jersey cows, and one HUGE jersey bull that had its own pen for many reasons, one being that he was very aggressive towards the other farm animals.

Jasper mainly dealt with the chickens and the other farm animals, but refused to even get near Daisy, my favorite cow we had. See, Daisy had just given birth to her calf, and he made the mistake of getting between her and the baby. Jasper ended up with three cracked ribs and a bruised ego for the next couple weeks. Ever since that day I offered to be the one to milk Daisy from now on. The reason I offered to be the only one who would milk Daisy was that Emmett made the mistake many times before to attempt to milk her without rubbing his hands together first. There's nothing worse than having cold hands touching your sensitive areas.

I still remember the first day I went out to milk Daisy in the privacy of the barn.

Just as I started milking Rocket, our half-brained rooster came scurrying in while chasing one of the hens around the barn. Thankfully Daisy was used to all of Rocket's antics that his running around and crowing didn't faze her at all.

"Rocket, leave the girls alone, you little pervert!" I yelled over my shoulder as I was finishing out with Daisy all the while trying not to burst out laughing.

"What if Rocket's just trying to get some?" I rolled my eyes at Emmett's comment. Only he would side with the 'horny' little rooster.

"Only you would side with a bird Emmet. So what do you want?"

"Can't your older brother come and talk to his favorite little sister?" Ok, now I know he wanted something from me. I knew this mainly because I'm his only sister.

"Emmett, I'm your only sister." I said matter-of-factly.

"This is why you're my favorite." Emmett said with a big grin on his face.

I rolled my eyes as I put the wooden stool away, and I couldn't help but laugh thought because the way Emmett was trying to butter me up was the same thing he used to do with mom and dad.

"What do you want Emmett? I'm finishing the chores you were supposed to do."

"Well seeing as how you're pretending to be the 'mother of the house' right now, I would like to ask permission to take Sally Mae out tonight…please?" Emmett begged. I couldn't help it, but I let out an annoyed sigh. Not just because he was asking me, but that he's saying that I act like their mother. I mean, if I don't then how will we get all the chores that need to be done done? 0He even tried to sway me by getting on his knees and clasping his hands together.

He kept repeating 'please' over and over again that I couldn't help but start to burst out in laughter; something that he was very good at. I can remember when I was so sad and depressed when my first horse, Skittles got colic it was so bad that the stomach had ruptured. We later found out that Skittles had eaten so much food that her stomach ruptured. We had no clue, and when I went to go take her for her afternoon ride I saw her on the ground in her stall, which is a big red flag because that means that the horse isn't feeling good at all. Emmett kept saying stupid stuff and tickling me until I smiled.

"Ok, ok, ok," I said while trying to catch my breath from laughing so hard "you can go out, but be back by midnight." I said then stuck out my tongue. Emmett quickly got up off his knees and nearly tackled me to the ground when he grabbed me in a bear hug. "Thanks Bells, both Sally and I thank you actually." As he rushed out he passed Jasper and nearly knocked him down, mainly to do with the fact that Jasper was carrying in two hay bales at one time. I rushed over to try and help steady him.

"Where's Emmett going in such an all fire hurry, he's got chores to do too, that's part of the deal!"

"Well he kind of quilted me into doing the rest of his chores so he could go on a date with Sally Mae, whoever that is."

"Figures, let me guess," Jasper said as he started stacking the bales. ", he used the 'favorite sister' excuse didn't him." Jasper said as he finished stacking the last bale of hay.

"SO it's just you, me, and the animals tonight Bells?"

"Jeez, don't sound so exited Jazz." I said sarcastically while I smiled widely to let him know I was jerking his chain."

I sighed and went back to what I doing before my trip down memory lane; my homework. I was halfway through my English report when I heard my phone buzz over on my desk that was across the room. I sighed and got up to see who it was and saw that it was a text from Raven.

Raven" Hey Izz, you wanna hang tonight? We miss your face!

Bella: I miss ur guyz fazes too! Where we hangin'?

Raven: a new band's playin 2nite at the coffee house u shld come!

Bella: Sounds good. Be there asap!

I snapped my phone shut and groaned. I remembered that I promised Jasper that he and I were going to spend some much needed bonding time together tonight. He may seem all cool and nonchalant, but there was more to him than what meets the eye. I decided to side with Izzy and do what I wanted instead of pleasing others; something that I was very prone to doing.

I guess you could say that I was fed up with making sure that everyone else was happy and take care of. Screw that, it was time that I do what I want for a change.

Bella: Hey cn u nd Jackson stop and pik me up?

Raven: sure, be there in 5

I got caught up in texting Raven that I was bombarded by the tantalizing smell of that which was macaroni and cheese, and with another whiff I could smell my favorite dish cooking; eight-can taco soup. I couldn't help but drool all over myself at the smell of the food. I mean, it was so good I nearly considered rethinking my plans and stay in and eat. I put my phone away and hurried down stairs to see for myself if what I smelled was actually what was cooking. You never know, my mind could've been playing tricks on me.

"Hey Bells, I'm cooking your favorite, eight-can taco soup, and some mac 'n' cheese with small pieces of bacon in it. Why don't you go wash up it's just about ready to eat!" Jasper said with a huge smile on his face.

Ok, now I felt bad. Here I was about to go and ditch my own brother to go hang out with my friends. I mean if he hadn't gone through all the trouble to make my favorite meal I wouldn't have felt as bad lying to him. "I-I'm not feeling too good, I think I'm going to head to bed." I cringed as I heard myself flat out lying to him.

The really scary thing about lying to Jasper was that it was actually very easy to do. Before Jasper could say anything I quickly hurried back upstairs and shut my door and locked it. I changed out of my 'farm' clothes, as Raven and Emily called them, and into a decent blouse and a nice pair of jeans. If I was going to sneak out, I was going to do it in style. Just as I was applying some finishing touches to my hair I realized I still had to sneak out of the house without Jasper finding out. I grabbed a few extra pillows I had lying around my room and bunched them up and put them under the covers. I punched and slapped the cushions into a form that vaguely resembled a sleeping me.

After I was sure that the pillows looked believable I opened my window and carefully made it down onto the roof. Sadly though my window was right above the living room picture window; which meant I would have to be careful when I climbed my way down the side of the house. I had managed to get to the ground rather unscathed, not to mention, Jasper had no idea I wasn't up in my room sick. I had told Raven to have Jackson wait at the end of the driveway for me; I couldn't risk Jasper spotting the headlights coming up the driveway.

When I got to end of the driveway I saw Jackson's clunker of a car in the shadows and darted off towards it. "Your brother know you're gone Izz?" I sighed and shook my head no. Raven seemed impressed that I managed to sneak out of the house undetected. I couldn't help but smile at Raven's comment.

Before I knew it we made it to the coffee house and I saw Emily and Kaleb sitting out front on a wooden bench, and Emily was leaning against Kaleb's shoulder. They were so cute together that it was almost sickening.

"Ok, looks like we're here." Jackson said as he pulled into a parking spot across from the coffee shop. As soon as we got out Emily rushed over to me and gave me a huge hug. "Oh I've missed you so much Bella! I thought I would have to suffer through this performance all by myself." Emily said. I knew she was teasing Raven, but I also knew she was serious. Emily and I don't really like the whole coffee shop vibe, but Raven seems oddly at home in this environment.

"Sorry guys, I've just been busy trying to keep up with the chores around the farm."

Not to mention making sure that we get the bills paid and don't lose the farm!

"Hey, let's get inside. I heard we don't want to miss this awesome band." Kaleb was oddly excited to see the band perform. According to Emily, one of Kaleb's friends was in the band; which explained our reserved seats near the front of the stage.

The band's performance was actually better than I had expected. They played one too many love songs, in my opinion, so I decided to go outside for some fresh air. When I got outside I saw that the sun had already set and the street lights were already on at full capacity. I looked up at the sky and saw a clear sky, no moon, hardly any stars, but it still seemed plenty bright.

Raven, Jackson, Kaleb, and Emily came out too, and Emily came to sit down beside me and took me into a hug. "Izz, you're our friend and we love you, so if you're not having fun you can tell us." I couldn't help but smile at Emily's successful attempt to make me feel better.

"Hey I have an idea, do you guys wanna sneak into the old Calloway house? I hear that it's haunted!" That was the house a couple of blocks from the square where Mr. Calloway, a man who wasn't all there, had lived. It was said that he all of the sudden went insane and killed his wife, his son, and the family dog. Of course, this was mainly a story that was passed around to scare the little kids, but still no one wanted to go anywhere near the decrepit old rickety house. It was a house that would put the Boo Radley house to shame.

We all were in agreement and we made our way towards the outskirts of town and up a dirt road. The house was something out of a vintage horror movie. The house looked as if it needed a new coat of paint, new shutters, and the shrubs needed to be tended to.

After opening the old Victorian metal gate, that sounded as if it hadn't been oiled in over fifty years or so, we snuck in through an open side window. Jackson went first and helped each of us inside. Once we were in, Jackson tried to turn on a nearby lamp, but nothing happened. "Looks like someone forgot to pay their electricity bill on time." We rolled our eyes at Kaleb's lame attempt to make a joke. "Now isn't the time babe." Emily said as we took in the scene before us. The furniture in this room looked as if it has been here since the early nineteen hundreds.

I decided to see what the rooms looked like upstairs. I carefully made my way to the stairs. The first step was a little squeaky, but the next few were a little iffy, because halfway up one step gave way and I nearly fell through. I quickly grabbed ahold of the banister, but that was slowly starting to crack. "Uh, guys, a little help please!" I yelled as I struggled to keep myself from falling down to what looked like the basement. There wasn't anything I could see that would break my fall either. Jackson and Kaleb were the first to reach me, but just before they got there more of the step where I was holding onto start to crack. Ok, now would be a good time to panic! I thought to myself. I must've showed my anxiety because both Jackson and Raven were telling me to relax and that they would help me.

"Izz, give me and Kaleb your hand, and we'll pull you up." Ok, easier said than done, but I carefully gave my hand to Kaleb first then slowly reached over to give Jackson my other hand, but just as our fingertips reached the step I had previously held fell through scaring me and I slipped down. I heard Emily let out a terrified shriek, but thankfully Jackson reached down and pulled me up. Finally, they pulled me out of the dark abyss and back into the house.

Jackson and Kaleb helped me down the stairs rather quickly and let me catch my breath. I had just regained myself when Emily nearly knocked me down in a big bear hug. "Oh my god, I thought you were going to fall through and get hurt! Thank goodness you're alright!"

"Uh, Em, I'm fine, but I…kinda need to breathe..." I said in between gasps of air. She quickly let me go and blushed a deep shade of crimson. "Let's get out of here before someone else gets hurt." And just as Raven suggested the best thing all night, red and blue lights illuminated the frayed curtains.

Well so much for a 'fun night on the town'.

A/N: Ok, so what did you guys think? I want to mention again that this chapter has been rewritten for the most part so I would like your thoughts! As I am writing this I am realizing that you can't review the same chapter twice…UNLESS you review as a guest ;) I guess that guest reviewing can come in handy lol ;p

In case you're wondering here is the recipe for the 8-can taco soup! (Yes it's a real recipe!)

1 can of Black beans (rinsed; drained) 1 can of Pinto beans (rinsed; drained)

1 can of sweet corn (drained) 1 can of diced tomatoes (drained)

1 can of chicken broth 1 can of cream of chicken soup

1 can of chicken breasts (drained) 1 can of enchilada sauce (either red or green)

1 packet of taco seasoning

*if desired I also sometimes add in cilantro (to taste) and either half or a whole onion (again to your preference

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