Genre/Warnings: AU, not set in the Twilight 'verse.
Summary: Based on the prompt, "Sunburn, a trashy romance novel, and Elle Fitzgerald on the radio".
Disclaimer: I don't own the novels.
Author's Note: This is just a silly little ficlet I wrote way back for the Twilight fandom. Don't give me too much shit, I can't help but like the fandom! I had planned to flesh it out some, but I have a lot on my plate, fanfiction wise. So here you go! This prompt was from the comm staringout , a wonderful cure-all to writer's block. I highly recommend it. So enjoy! Tell me if ya'll enjoy this silly little thing!
~Sunburn, a trashy romance novel, and Ella Fitzgerald on the radio (Twilight, Bella/Alice)~
Bella hissed as she adjusted herself on the lawn chair, the towel she had laid on it rubbing against her reddened shoulders. She had stretched out on the beach the day before and fell asleep. When she woke up, most of her back and shoulders were aching with sunburns. Her dad Charlie bought her some aloe vera, which she would apply to her burns every couple hours or so.
She finally found a position that didn't cause her skin to throb and sighed in relief. She reached up to the little radio set on the stool next to her and adjusted the volume on the oldies station. Ella Fitzgerald crooned about summertime and Bella smiled, picking up one of the Harlequin Romance novels she had bought at the store. It was entitled Lady Arabella's Scandalous Marriage. She had already finished her assigned book for English and written the report needed. Now she just wanted to bury herself in historical romance and melodramatic plot lines.
She adjusted the volume on the radio once more before beginning to read the book. It was easy to get absorbed in the book, and soon the sounds around her faded into a soft hum. So absorbed was she that she didn't hear the cried out warning of, "Watch out!"
Suddenly she felt a sharp whack against her forehead. She dropped her book, hissing in pain, and looked around for the culprit. She looked to her left and spotted a bright pink fresbee.
"Oh my God, I'm so sorry! Are you all right?"
Bella saw a pixie of a girl jogging toward her. She had jet black hair, styled in a cute short cut, and was dressed in a brightly colored floral one piece. Rubbing her forehead, she winced a little and laughed, "Nothing I can't handle. Just surprised me."
The girl grinned as she jogged up the stairs and said, "Yeah, I'm sorry about that. My idiot brother, Edward...I swear, sometimes he throws that thing like it's a missile!"
They both shared a laugh at "Edward's" expense. Bella bent over and picked up the Frisbee, handing it to the girl and saying, "I'm Bella, by the way. Bella Swan."
"I'm Alice Masen," she replied, taking the disk. She walked towards the steps, and Bella felt a pang of disappoinment. But that quickly faded when Alice tossed it to who Bella assumed was her brother and shouted, "Go hang out with Jasper and Emmett. I found myself a new friend!"
Edward caught the Frisbee and walked off down the beach. Bella smiled at how easy going Alice seemed to be. They took seats on the sandy steps. Alice turned to look at her and asked, "So are you here for the summer?"
Bella nodded, pulling on a frayed string of her cargo shorts, and replied, "Yeah, my parents are divorced and my dad gets me for a month and a half out of summer. But he lives in a really small town up in Washington, so he has a friend who owns this beach house. So we meet sort of halfway."
Alice pouted a little and said, "I'm so sorry. I don't know what I would do if my parents split up."
Bella shrugged. "You just deal. So...how come I've never seen you and your family here before?"
"My dad just bought a beach house that freed up," Alice explained. She pointed to their left and continued, "We live in the light blue house about four down. My dad is a doctor and my mother does interior design. What about yours?"
"My dad's a cop," Bella replied, curling some of her dark brown hair behind her ears, "and my mom owns her own surplus store. She'll do extra work on some of the clothes there for customers who ask for it."
"That sounds so cool!"
They continued to talk, the sun slowly making its way along the horizon. Then, right in the middle of their conversation about their favorite bands, Edward showed up and said, "Al, Mom and Dad said you have to come home, dinner's ready."
Alice nodded, waving him off and saying, "I'll be right there. Give me a second."
They stood, both reluctant to end their time together. Bashful smiles were on both of their faces and Bella suggested, "Hey, do you want to maybe hang out tomorrow?"
"Totally!" Alice grinned, clapping her hands together happily. "Maybe we could go to the mall? Buy some romantic comedies and have a girls' night? Make a day of it!"
They shook on it, and Bella blushed at how her skin tingled after Alice touched her. Alice's cheeks took a pink shade as well, and she murmured, "Bye, Bella."
"Bye," Bella replied breathlessly. As she watched Alice walk back to her house, she grinned at the fluttering sensation in her stomach before heading inside to find something to eat.
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