Rebellious Choices

When Bella is matched with her best friend Jacob, her family couldn't have been more pleased. But a mistake is made, and she rediscovers Edward, a kid she had long forgotten about in her classes. They become friends, and Bella decides that she might want to be with him more than her matchee. Can she break the match without starting an all out war?

FYI, this is the first story. I am working on a second story to begin where it ended.

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3. Fortune, Not Luck

Dazed, I struggled to grasp the table in order to be able to remain standing. My head was swimming, as I tried to process the words i had just heard. How was I lucky enough to be matched with my best friend? It would mean that I wouldn't have to leave my family and the province, I would be able to visit everyone whenever I felt like it. As my vision cleared and my ears stopped buzzing, I turned to look at Jake, who was grinning broadly at me. I smiled back and looked to my parents, who were holding a mouthed conversation with Billy. When they saw me looking at them, they stopped abruptly, smiling up at me. I received a small silver box containing a card, with information about Jacob. I wondered how much was on there that I didn't already know. When the feast ended, Billy and Jake joined our small party and we proceeded out. Before I could exit, however, an Official grabbed Jacob and I by our elbows. "Bella and Jacob, right?" She asked gruffly, though it sounded like more of a statement than an actual question. "Yes, ma'am?" Jake responded, clearly as confused as I. "Can we help you?" The woman snorted, "I am the Official assigned to monitor your Match. Considering the unusual circumstances  I will arrange specific times for your meetings and such, seeing as most matches have to do it by ports. It will be an interesting situation..." She trailed off, glaring at me with such hatred that it made me wonder if there was something wrong with her. Finding my voice for he first time, I, as politely as possible, asked her, "Ma'am, could we please go now? Our parents might be, concerned, wondering where we are." With a final glare, the Official dismissed us. We ran out together, catching up to our group of parents just as they turned around to look for us. Charlie looked at our flushed faces and said, "Do I even want to know?" Jake and I couldn't help it anymore. We broke out laughing, almost crying with mirth. Charlie and Billy exchanged looks, the they-are-entirely-bonkers look. Renée, in attempt to bring everyone back, said, "Well, we are certainly very lucky families, to be Matched together." Phil, quite a rule-follower, stated one of those things you always hear at Assembly. "The Society does not believe in such foolishness as luck. It is simply fortune, the Society's good idea, not luck." And on that cheerful note, our party split 3 different ways, the Blacks further south to the next street, Charlie turned east to his house, and Phil, Renée, and I west to our old little home.

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