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03 December 2007 @ 04:01 am
Angela in a Week  
Title: Angela in a Week
Rating: G
Pairing (if any): implied Edward/Bella, but it's Angela centric
Spoilers: for the first fifty pages of Twilight? there aren't really any there anyway.
Summary: This started as a protest against the relative shortness of the main females in Twilight - and then I realized that Angela must be more interesting than anyone gives her credit for. A one-shot with no real plot about what it's like to be Angela.

Angela in a Week

When Angela rises from lunch and offers to help Isabella Swan find her next class, she immediately wishes that she hadn’t. It’s not because she doesn’t like Bella—she hardly knows her, after all. But Isabella Swan is a full six inches shorter than Angela’s 5’10” frame, and Angela feels like a giantess next to her. As they walk away from the cafeteria, Angela feels awkward, uncomfortable in her skin, like she should be slouching down to match the height of the girl next to her. It doesn’t help that Bella is the new fad amongst the male population of Forks High. The admiring glances shot at Bella’s petite frame skim past Angela’s collarbone. She is invisible, as usual, lumbering about in a skin too big for a girl who feels so small.

Bella was quieter than Angela had thought she would be at lunch, only smiling when others smiled at her, only talking when the conversation required her to reply. Instead, her eyes flicker over to the table where the Cullens sit. Angela looks once, too, even though she knows exactly what she’ll see—the Cullens, together, silent, not touching a bit of their food. But when Angela looks up, she is surprised; Edward Cullen is staring right back at Bella, and she can feel the heat of the gaze from this far away. When Bella drops her eyes, blushing, Edward’s eyes meet Angela’s; but only for a moment. Angela blinks, and Edward looks away.

When everyone gets up from the table, Angela taps Bella on the shoulder. She’s still sitting down, seemingly unaware that everyone is leaving. The Cullens have that effect on people the first time, and Angela feels obligated to bring her back to reality. “I’m Angela,” she says, and Bella’s face immediately smoothes out into an expression of relief. “I’ll walk you to your next class.”

Angela feels too big for the hallway. She apologizes silently with her posture.

In Biology, Angela sits in her usual seat near the back, glancing around the room for the empty spot. Of course, it’s near Edward Cullen; she wonders, vaguely, what Jessica will think of that. She wonders, even more relevantly, what Bella will think of that. Then class starts, and Angela promptly forgets about Bella. She is a nice girl, after all, and if Edward thinks so too, it’s really none of her business. And she’s petite. Who could resist the perfect package?

Later, when she’s walking with Jess—too big again, but she’s used to this height discrepancy by now—Jessica plagues her with questions about Bella. She’s already heard from Mike that Bella sat next to Edward in Biology. Angela just shakes her head. She doesn’t have the glib answers to the questions that Jessica asks, and Jessica finally gives up in disgust. “I’ll call you later,” she says, when she sees Mike across the parking lot. It’s a statement fraught with meaning. Angela resigns herself to a long, Mike-filled night on the phone. It’s the least she can do; she can’t gossip like Jessica wants her to.

The days slip by. Jessica plans to ask Mike to the dance. When he asks her to give him more time, Jess is crushed. She slips silently through the halls, a shadow of her ebullient self. Angela, of course, glides by her side, supportive to the last. It surprises Angela that she’s envious of Jessica even now; when Jessica wants to be, she can be completely invisible, go unnoticed. Angela can’t.

Everything works out the way it’s supposed to. Mike says yes to Jessica. Angela wonders how much Bella has to do with that answer. It’s good that Bella, at least, is diplomatic; but it’s when Bella orchestrates the dispersal of her admirers that Angela is truly impressed. She’s escaped all of the drama and made everyone happy. When Eric comes up to Angela, shy, Angela spares him the trouble of asking her to ask him to the dance. She just asks him straightaway. After all, it’s what’s supposed to happen, and his face lights up when she does. Angela, too, can be diplomatic.

She wonders if Bella set it up this way on purpose. She doesn’t particularly like Eric, but he’s the perfect date—he’s tall. Does Bella notice how self-conscious Angela is about her height, about being the sidekick? Eric is a bit shy too, and he’s genuinely nice. She supposes that the niceness makes up for the greasiness of his hair. And it makes up for him being star struck about Bella, too; who isn’t star struck about Bella? It’s really not his fault. She should give him a chance.

Jess chatters the whole way to Port Angeles, but Angela is quiet. She watches Bella instead, the way that Bella inclines her head to hear Jess speak, the way she stares out the window at the dripping scenery. It is impossible to tell what Bella really thinks or who Bella really is, but Bella is fascinating nevertheless. Does Angela herself look the same to outside people? Do people study her the way that Angela feels compelled to study Bella?

In a way, Angela is glad that Bella isn’t going to the dance—mainly because it would make life a lot more difficult with Jessica—but also because she knows it isn’t what Bella wants. She watches her sidelong as Jessica complains about the dresses she’s found inadequate. Angela herself finds a dress that looks amazing with her long legs, but in the mirror she still feels the need to hunch over so that she doesn’t look like a different species next to the tiny, glowing Jessica. Hunched and awkward. It was thoughtful of Bella to get her a date taller than she is, though, so when Bella begins her awkward questioning about the Cullens, Angela doesn’t ask her why. She just quietly supplies information, content to surmise briefly about what Bella wants and then forget about it. It’s really none of her business what Bella does, after all.

And when Edward Cullen appears out of nowhere outside the restaurant, making Bella’s cheeks flush with color, Angela is the first one to react. She pulls Jessica away, not looking back. Angela isn’t one to be dramatic, and she isn’t one to question. And she certainly isn’t one to stand in the way of fate. Jess is indignant, but Angela is content, and at the dance she twirls with genuine happiness, looking the right size against her smiling date.
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Daintress: Mike Newtondaintress on December 3rd, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
This is very sweet. :) I like Angela a lot. I think you did her justice.
Emily: b. swanoverdramatise on December 3rd, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Hannahhan_corrupted on December 3rd, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Aw, that is so sweet. This would definitely be a way I could see Angela thinking. I love that you chose her to write about. So many choose Jessica or Mike - if any minor human character - and that makes your protrayal of Angela that much better. Really great. It feels like you've really captured her as a person and not just as a minor character. Really good job!
Emily: b. swanoverdramatise on December 3rd, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I feel like Angela is a bit more complex, and I'd like to see what other people have to say about her character. Loved your comment.
Togutogu on December 3rd, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
aawww that was nice^^ you portrayed Angela perfectly.
You should do another one (when Edward Bella starts dating?) ^___^ It was refreshing to see everything from Angela's pov.
Emily: b. swanoverdramatise on December 3rd, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for reading! And on the "another one" note - I was thinking about doing the same sort of story for Lauren.
equinox_blue: Twilightequinox_blue on December 3rd, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Aw, that was so cute! Definitely you've written Angela--she's exceptionally believable and really makes the story her own. It isn't an "Angela narrates Bella's life," but "Angela's life once Bella comes." Wonderful job!
Emily: b. swanoverdramatise on December 3rd, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's a very fine distinction to make and I'm glad that I made it for you. [: