Midnight, Towards the Dark

Speech

William's POV:

We had a special class. It's where we write a speech on a certain topic, and then the teachers judge us and stuff like that. It works on your confidence.

I took it, and so did Sophie. The rest of everyone felt too self conscious to do things like that. I on the other hand felt that if I never spoke out while being a vampire, how could I ever act normal?

Sophie was late to class.

"Sorry, I'm so sorry," she said to the teacher in haste. I noticed that her contact weren't put on very carefully. I made a quick motion, pointing to my eye. She noticed, and fixed her contacts before anyone could notice.

"That's fine. Please, sit. Now, who wants to go first?"

Everyone ducked. Everyone was way too embarrassed to go first.

"Well, Sophie. Since you did come in last, think you could go?"

Sophie panicked for a bit, before she sighed and took her place in front of the class. How'd she choose this class in the first place?

I didn't pay much attention to the topic, I just daydreamed a bit until she started looking around the room, communicating with the audience.

Her green eyes were really pretty, except they were actually amber right now. She flashed a smile at me, and quickly turned her attention back to the teacher.

Once she was done, everybody clapped.

"Uh...Mr. Cullen?"

I sighed and stepped up.

When I started, I didn't pay much attention to the words either. They were well recited, and I had practiced last night.

Sophie stared at me from her spot. She didn't do any silly motions. She just kind of stared at me. I felt like I had to look away, but I couldn't.

Her cheeks became pink again, and I was worried.

Sophie noticed as well, and quickly looked down at her desk so nobody could see her.


"Are you sure you're not gonna tell her? Bella and I have the same intentions, so it's either you or us," Alice said with hostility.

I rolled my eyes. "Yeah Alice. You could, but you won't," I said. Alice wouldn't do something like that. Well, technically she could, but as far as I know, she was too nice for something like that.

"I know, I know. I'll get the chance too..."I mumbled.

Alice looked pissed. For such a tiny person to be pissed, it was amusing.

I waited at our table with the rest of them. Sophie was nowhere in sight.

"Where's Sophie?" I asked.

Emmett shrugged.

I tried not to be dramatic about it, but I went ahead and threw away all my lunch.

"Hey guys! Sorry I'm late!" Sophie yelled, running over to us with a tray in her hands.

What is it with her and being late today?

She sat between Alice and I, as usual, and didn't bother to try and eat human food, unlike the rest of us.

Our table had usual spoke with a quiet sound, but Sophie had said that it was really suspicious.

"Oh yeah, guess what? Mom said she saw some tickets in town for a really good band, wanna go?" she asked casually.

Bella shrugged, "We're...not really into rock bands, I guess you could say. We have enough music running in our house," she glanced at Edward while she said that and Sophie nodded.

"True, true," she nodded in agreement.

She was trying to make some small chit chat to make us talk. Oh sure, Emmett was talking to Edward about hunting somewhere up in Washington, but other than that, nobody was really talking.

"Oh yeah, Rosalie, I have to work on this fashion line, and I was wondering if you could be my model!" Alice said.

Rosalie looked surprised. "Fashion line?"

"Contest," she explained.

Rosalie thought about it for a moment. "Well, alright. But I get at least a-third of the benefits."

Alice agreed happily, and stuffed a bit of an carrot into her mouth, then turned to Jasper and talked to him about her designs.

Bella was chatting with Edward about class, when I turned to Sophie.

"Hi Sophie. Is your mom still keeping a tight watch on you, unless you're coming over to our house?" I asked, amused.

Sophie laughed a bit, then shook her head.

"She's definitely relaxed more, but don't bring it up around her, or else she'll freak out," she added.

We both laughed quietly and then Sophie smiled brightly.

The bell rang.

We all scattered quickly away, and tried to find our classes.

"Sophie!" I yelled.

She seemed alarmed to have me yell at her so suddenly, but stopped anyways.

"What's wrong?"

I sighed, "Blood testing day," I explained.

She inhaled sharply.

"Let's go then," she said, as she held her breath tightly.

We were all going to have to ditch.

Rosalie, Emmett, and Alice had already ditched their morning class, while Bella and Edward would ditch later in the afternoon. Sophie and I would have to go, now.

She sighed, "I hope my mom doesn't hear about it," she mumbled.

I laughed, "Just say you hated seeing the sight of blood, and you already know your blood type."

She nodded, "Positive...A Positive. Okay..."

We stayed inside my car for the rest of class. She seemed concerned that the smell would just drift out from there, and then she'd go and run to kill them.

Sophie didn't.

"Hey Sophie, I need to ask you something," I said, trying to suppress my laughter. "Just to kill time," I added.

She met my eyes, not looking worried at all. "Go ahead."

"How'd you feel when Mathew Jones asked you out?" I asked, grinning and waiting for her response.

Her face immediately heated up, and she seemed pissed. Sophie sighed and then turned to the front.

"Well, I didn't think about it. He was in my way, and the scent was extremely strong, so I just left. Besides, cutest boy in school? I'd think that would be one of you guys," she said with a small laugh.

I smiled again, now trying really hard not to laugh.

"Really? What about me?"

Her expression froze, and her cheeks immediately heated up.

"Well...you're nice," she said stiffly.

I wanted to howl with laughter so badly! But I held myself in a proper position and tried to look serious.

"Go ahead," she instructed. "Laugh all you want."

Now that she said this, I laughed so hard that I could swear tears would've fell from my eyes if they could.

I sighed and then leaned back on my seat.

"Okay, then. If you rejected him, do you actually like him? Or someone else?" I asked carefully.

"Another person, now maybe I should ask you a question," she said, grinning.

Uh-oh.

Sophie saw the change in my expression, and quickly dismissed that thought with a wave of her hand.

"No, I wouldn't be that mean. It's private, and you'd provide me with information I didn't want to know. Are you jealous?" she asked, eyes glistening.

It was basically the same question!

I covered my mouth. Don't speak, don't speak. I repeated the words over and over again in my head.

Sophie sighed, "Just say it. I won't judge."

My hand teared itself away from my mouth and I sighed.

"Okay, I am jealous. Because I would never have that courage to ask anybody that question. Also, I don't think he's good enough for you. Much too confident in himself. Leads them into trouble half the time. Therefore, you are better off with someone else," I said quickly.

She heard every word.

"I know that. I never really paid much attention to him before. No worries. Now, do you think you're good enough for me?" she asked.

She had asked the question as a joke, and it was yet the question I feared the most.

"Well, I am better than him in several categories. He's just too...vain. Plus, you have no idea how long he has been talking with people like that. And he's only liked you after you became a vampire. Alice explained that to you right? You know what I'm saying?" I asked.
Sophie nodded.
"Yeah, venom, and it makes you all pretty," she said, rolling her eyes.
Instead, I've seen you before you became a vampire. I kept very close tabs on you as well. Plus, he's not a vampire.
I winced. Okay, Bella and Edward weren't exactly the same when they fell in love...
Sophie glanced at her watch. "Time to go Will."
Next class!
And perhaps, it's time to tell her. Soon at least. Soon.



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