Looking at the new Eclipse stills that were released the other day, we oooh'ed over the Cullen Clan, ahh'ed over Edward's sideburns, and meh'ed at Bella's wig in that one picture. But we actually paused at the picture of Bella and Jacob. The still is obviously from the campfire scene, where Billy Black reveals the ancient legends of the Quileute tribe. As they sit around the fire, entranced by the tale, Bella can "see" the stories take place in her mind's eye. It's also the origin of Bella's martyr-complex in Eclipse, but that's another post.
It was a touching moment, where Bella really and truly understands the responsibility, the duty involved in being a member of the wolfpack.
It just reminded us of our high school bonfire field parties.
The picture made us pause because it looked familiar. You see, where Andee and Grey grew up, there wasn't much to do. We didn't have any money, so we couldn't spend all our free time at the mall or the movies, and kids didn't hang out at Barnes and Noble and piss off adults until much later. So what we did was park our cars in the middle of an empty field and set stuff on fire.
Oh, and drink.
Annnnnnnnd make out with boys.
We know we promised you something epic for today, and for us, it is pretty epic, because we get to go back in time and relive our very first venture into the world of popularity and partying. It pretty much ends with us puking our guts out into the bushes, but oh....we were so innocent, so pure, so ready to go out and get wasted and smoke cigarettes (btw Andee NEVER smoked cigarettes because she doesn't want CANCER...GREY!) and dance innapropriately to rap music.
But since we promised you epic, and you probably don't want to hear about how we lost our party virginity, we're going to change the story up a little bit.
We're going to invite Bella and Jacob along with us.
It was a cool fall night in southeast Alabama. Five friends have gotten permission from all their parents to go to their very first field party. This was a very big deal...the first party where there were NO parents, NO potties, and NO RULES. Just ol' fashioned, irresponsible fun. Of course, our parents thought there were would be marshmallows and weenie roasting, not beer drinking and pot smoking (which technically Grey never got high...and Andee never tried...and Andee just found out her bff Grey did try it. You never know about people). Parents don't know anything...
The girls are in the 9th grade, so young....fresh meat, if you will. Bella Swan is the new girl at school, and already everyone is falling for her. You can kind of tell why...come on, she totally looks hot in this picture. It's like she has a wind machine following her around everywhere she goes, tossing those shiny brown locks everywhere. And don't get us started on her freaking perfect complexion...you have to admit, she gives great face in pictures.
Actual Picture from our first Field Party (We actually can't remember if Bella was there or not...It was that kind of night.)
But we were happy to be in her company...that means we'd get lots of attention by association. Which was fine, because we were all just relentless social-climbers anyway. Why else would we be heading to an upper-classman party in the middle of a field?
We spend two hours getting ready, everyone sharing clothes, putting on make-up, fixing their hair, hating what they have on, re-fixing their hair. Bella doesn't really do any of this...in fact, she looks kinda bored and keeps staring out of the window, like there's something out there. It's a little creepy, honestly. We try to distract her by talking about that Cullen guy that she seems to be hanging out with, but she's pretty tight lipped. Maybe we can get her drunk and then she'll talk.
Then we spent two hours waiting for someone to pick us up. Because we can't drive.
Then when someone FINALLY shows up to get us, it's a boy, because at our school, girls are really ageist and would never offer to pick up five freshmen girls and take them to a party. Normally, a boy picking you up for a party would be great. Except that he was picking us up in his pick-up truck.
A pick-up truck that only seats three. And there are five of us. Which means Grey, Andee and one of the other girls had to hitch a ride with someone else. So we asked Grey's dad to drive us.
To a field party.
Because we wanted to be at that party so badly, we let a 50 year old father, who still to this day doesn't know his daughter drinks occasionally, drive the remaining girls into the country in his company car.
Which was a white Mercury Grand Marquis. Yes, that's right....Grey's dad took us to a underage-drinking field party in what was, essentially, A COP CAR.
We almost didn't make it out of the driveway. Not because we were embarrassed to be going to a field party in a car that looks exactly like an unmarked cop car driven by Grey's father. No, it was because Andee had forgotton to put on her seatbelt, and Grey's dad wouldn't move the car an inch until she did. But he didn't tell her that. We just sat there for a full minute before Andee asked why we weren't moving.
When we finally made it out of town and into the country, Grey's dad missed the entrance to the field, probably because that stupid kid in front of him thought he was a cop and just drove on past it. When we realized that we should turn around and go back, Andee offered a friendly suggestion to turn around in someone's driveway.
Grey's dad really didn't appreciate the suggestion very much.
(To be fair to Grey's dad, he was having to chauffeur his only child--his sweet baby girl--to a field party, so he was probably entitled to be a little grumpy.)
After being dropped off, we hitched a ride on someone's truck tailgate and rode into the party. The other girls were already there, and Bella had already gained an admirer. They were talking and laughing, and he was really hot, but she still looked kind of lost most of the time. And was still doing that stare into the woods thing. Creepy.
The party was winding down. Andee had stopped drunkenly sobbing and Grey had thrown up, so they both felt much better. Now to find a ride home. That hunky Jacob kid offered to take us back in his car. We walked over and he got in, but Bella, Grey and Andee stood outside the front passenger door, huddled in a chick conference, debating on who would ride up front with Jake. We didn't understand why Bella didn't want to ride up front with Jacob.
Andee: The dude is hot. He was talking to you all night. Why won't you ride in the front?
Bella: *looks nervously into the woods*
Grey: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?
Bella: Nothing. I don't want to sit up front with Jake because *mumbles something that sounds like "he's watching me"*
Andee: I'm sorry, what did you say? I can't hear you, you'll have to speak up.
Bella: I said *mumbles something else, sounds like "Greek god". Or maybe it was "jealous vegetarian vampire boyfriend"*
Grey: We still can't hear you. Talk louder.
Andee: You know what? I'll sit up front. Jacob is freaking fine.
Grey: Maybe you'll make out with him, too.