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A Rite of Passage by Caracol

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A Rite of Passage by caracol Table of Contents Preface.............................................................................................. 1 Chapter 1..........................................................................................2 Chapter 2..........................................................................................5 Chapter 3........................................................................................10 Chapter 4....................................
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  A Rite of Passage by caracol  Table of Contents Preface..............................................................................................1Chapter 1..........................................................................................2Chapter 2..........................................................................................5Chapter 3........................................................................................10Chapter 4........................................................................................12Chapter 5........................................................................................15Chapter 6........................................................................................19Chapter 7........................................................................................24Chapter 8........................................................................................28Chapter 9........................................................................................33Chapter 10..................................................................................... 37Chapter 11..................................................................................... 41Chapter 12..................................................................................... 46Chapter 13..................................................................................... 50Chapter 14..................................................................................... 55  Preface I know what anyone would expect out of a story like ours. Well, let me tell you, that is not us. Thisis not the story of a boy and girl that grew up together, best friends, where the boy makes a vow to protect the girl. If you were to tell that to us we'd laugh our butts off. But the story of our friendship, of our bond is quirky and weird. And it is full of humor and drama and just plain awesomeness.This is the story of Edward and Bella. This is our story. This is not a love story, though we do loveeach other. This is not a glorified Harlequin novel that the intellectual in me despises though from timeto time enjoys a worn and forgotten copy found wrapped in paper at the bottom of one of my friends' bookcases.Our back story is plain and simple: We grew together, to be honest I don't really know how we met.I just know that I cannot think back to my childhood without Edward's goofy face in it. I guess our moms were friends, or met at a park when we were babies. Who knows... Who cares...I'm the only child of only children. Grandparents long gone. At the age of ten I learned what it is to be all alone in this world, as all my past, and all my hope of some sort of tangible history went down ahill on a dark rainy night. It was hard. I won't trivialize it.But I want you to see with my eyes, to understand even more what this friendship has meant to me.I was taken in by Edward's parents, Esme and Carlisle. I thank my lucky stars for them. Their family ismy family, and yet is not. A few months before I was born Esme had Edward and Emmet. The joke isthat they are too far to resemble twins. Not only physicaly but personality wise they couldn't be further apart. Esme jokes that Edward and I are more twins than her own sons, and when she talks about her tiwns, people that don't know us that well assume that it is indeed Edward and I the ones that sharedEsme's womb. I love Emmet as well, he is by all menas my brother, but we don't have the sameconnection Edward and I do. I feel bad because more than once he gets left outside of our world, butyet again, he was always the extrovert. Carlisle told me once they were happy about me being so closeto Edward. They were worried about his shyness. I can't think of him as shy, he's no Emmet, but he isconfident and outgoing, Carlisle said that that was me bringing that out in him. I was glad to hear that, Ialways thought he had gotten the crappy end on this bargain. Edward and I are best friends but yetmore, we are like sibling and yet not quite.We are about to graduate form high school. Just about to dive head on our adult years, and this isour year of discovery. This is the story that I want to share. Of how this amazing and terrifying worldcan be perceived, seized by us, by someone like us.1  Chapter 1 6:00 am. Alarm goes off. I hate Mondays. And who wouldn't?I look back to the dormant figure next to me. He's a good sleeper and I hate him for it. And I lovethat he can fall asleep so easily and stay asleep. Not me, every night is the same battle, the same dreadof my mind running amok, taking me where I don't want to be taken. That is why he is on my bed.There is nothing sexual, nothing romantic about it. It is plain survival.Since I was ten, when I knew the vertigo of standing before the edge of the world, we found thesolution was sneaking into each other's rooms. And now, nightmares at bay, it's plain custom. We don'tknow any other way. This is our routine, this is our reality. Our parents (his parents actually) knew andchose to look the other way. And now I don't know if its a well known secret, something that is just theway it is and no one mentions it. Or if it's just a distant memory for them, a funny and incredible sadmemory of a tormented past.I look at him, placidly asleep. And I smile, not because of his looks, though I know he is goodlooking, but I don't see him that way. I truly hate comparisons of beauty with greek and roman deities.He makes me smile because he exists, because he helps me define myself. He is the other side of me. Not in a cheesy creepy Cruisesque You complete me kind of way.But enough of this internal monologue. It's a downer. I know. And yet I'm not a tragic one. Not somuch of a I'm only happy when it rains very Shirley Manson kind of way. Though there is some of that in me. I just like observing life. I'm a sucker for discovering everyone else's secrets, their personaluniverses. And I'll give an arm and a leg, heck! my first born, for the dark humor in every day life. Bella... You are over thinking again. The voice of a not so much sleeping beauty brings me back.He's right. Wow, not yet 6:05 and we are already sharing wisdom Captain Stating-the-Obvious. I said with aglare. Always a pleasure to fight alongside you Sarcasm Girl I guess we should get up and get ready if we want to make it on time On time on the first day of school? That will be a first. He looked at me quizzically, knowing itwas out of character. I know. But you heard Esme and Carlisle last night. I guess you lose car privileges if we keep upour shit, their words not mine. Ouch... Wait! What was your punishment? I only heard bout mine Put up with you without a car I guess that is fair I don't really .We sat at the cafeteria table that Emmet and our friends Alice, Jasper and Rosalie were sitting at.Emmet and Rosalie were together, as Alice and Jasper were. They were cool, but sometimes Edwardand I need to get away from all the syrupy love expressions. Hey guys we didn't expect to see you in today. Don't you always ditch first day of school? saidAlice Yeah, well Carlisle laid the law. He said he would be calling the school every hour to make surewe were here the entire day. He said senior year must be taken seriously. Edward shared with our friends And if he catches us ditching Edward loses the volvo I added smiling. I guess then you will be putting up with all the moaning and bitching, right Bella? said Rosalie Yeah. I guess if you think about it I get the worse part of it. So anyways, now that we are staying2
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