Jake and I walked into the cafeteria at lunch time. It's been about a week since Charlie's death. I'm still having a little trouble getting used to it. But it seems like Karen and her daughters didn't. I think they're actually happy about his death. Because they sure weren't so heartbroken to give me another beating that night. But I don't want to talk about it, I never do.
Jake and I sat down down side by side across from Alice and Jasper, and Emmet and Rose. Edward and Tanya on his other side, sat to my right.
"So Bella, have you heard about the assembly this afternoon?" Rose asked.
"It's about an in school texting program. Apparently we get paired with someone in the school who's most like us. they say it's paired up boy/girl though. So no girls with girls and no boys with boys."
"I thought it was only a rumor."
"Well, it's not anymore."
"I wonder who I'd get paired up with."
"I don't know. I'm positive I'm going to be with Ben though." Angela stated. She sat down on the other side of Alice, Ben right beside her.
"You probably will get paired up with Ben. And Alice with Jasper, and Rose with Emmet."
"You forgot Edward and I." Tanya said in her nasally voice.
"I doubt Edward has anything in common with you. No would want to be with a slut like you."
"Well at least I have a dad." She sneered. She was trying to get at me, well we couldn't have that now could we? Even though what she said hurt, I didn't show it on my face. My face was no emotionless, though plenty of feeling were passing through me.
"That was low Tanya." Jacob said. Edward didn't say anything. That's what caused me to get a little mad, but i still didn't show it.
"Sticking up for the baby now? Well I guess I should've expected it. After all you are from La Push."
That got me mad enough to where I said. "What about you Tanya? You're from Alaska. But I guess that explains why you're so cold. Or is that just your heart?" she looked a little offended, then she smiled. Oh no.
"I only do it because they have to know where they belong. they have to know their place in high school. I guess we all know yours. Oh, except Edward. but I want to know why you kept it from him. why you're still keeping it from him."
"What do you mean Tanya?"
"Tell us Bella. What happens at home. What does Karen do to you?" Then I got what she was saying. She knew.
"How do you know?"
"Let's just say your stepsisters don't know how to keep a secret. They'll d practically anything for me anyway." I had expected them to tell her sooner or later.
"What's the matter? Cat got your tongue?" That's it. I grabbed my still full tray, stood, and turned to Tanya.
"Tanya. You look a little hungry. How about you try some of this." I poured my milk on her head then dumped my food all over her.
"There, now your outfit doesn't look as bad."
"You're dead Swan."
"Then how am I still talking, breathing, and walking? Now I understand why you failed biology."
"Uhhh!" She screeched. She turned and stormed out into the hallway and to the bathroom.
"Well I know what to expect when I get home." I said to the others, still standing up.
"Thanks. I think I'll need it." They grabbed their trays and we walked to class, leaving Edward sitting by himself at the table. All classes on the school grounds piled into the auditorium and let me tell you, even though there's only 200 or so students in this school, the auditorium was packed.
Finally, when everyone was settled into their seats, the principal walked onstage with a microphone in his hand.
"Hello students! Now I understand that there have been rumors about a new in school communication program. Well, those aren't rumors. So before you get too excited, I'll let the founder of the program come up and talk to you." At this, a woman with fiery red hair came up and took the mic.
"Hello, my name is Victoria Cornwell and I'm the creator of the IST or In-School-Texting. This is a program that allows you to be paired up with any student in thsi school of your grade level. that way you can get to know your fellow students better. To know their true selves without being judged on appearances. You learn what their favorite things are. When you get back to your class rooms, your teachers will give you a form to fill out, then turn back in. Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoy the program." She walked offstage after handing the mic. back to the principal.
"Thank you for coming Ms. Cornwell and have a nice day. Ok, now will the ninth grade teachers please escort their children back to the classroom?" they did exactly that. then it was the tenth graders. I turned to Alice and asked,
"So what do you think of the program?"
"I think it's pretty cool. I can't wait to get started."