Squee! It's the last chapter! Regretfully, this chapter has a whole lot of nothing at the beginning, aside from rambly character introduction/development things. You'll have to excuse me. I've been sick since thursday, and I wrote basically all of this during that time. But, it is finished! I like the end, I'm not sure how many of you will, but I think it's great.
This was 15 pages on MS Word, so I hope it occupies you for a while!
I'm also going to mention (since people have asked) that no, they do not live in New York city. I never said which city, I call it 'The City'. Mysterious.
C H A P T E R S I X
As soon as I got inside my apartment, the phone was ringing. With a groan I picked it up.
"Hello?" I snapped. My head hurt like hell.
"Hey there Edward!" my big brother said happily. "It's me, Emmett. You sound so happy to hear from me." I rolled my eyes as I fished through the cupboard to find some painkillers.
"How's it going, Em?" I asked, downing the pills with a drink.
"Not so bad! Listen, I'm passing through the city on my way home, but I don't think I'm going to make it through the night. Can I come stay with you?" I shrugged, despite the fact that he couldn't see me.
"Sure thing," I told him.
"Rosalie's with me too, is that a problem?"
"Alice is staying with me now," I pointed out. He sighed.
"Yeah, I forgot about that… How about, if when I get there we can't figure out sleeping arrangements, I'll go stay at a hotel?"
"It shouldn't be too big of a problem, Em. I can go stay with one of my friends, or Alice can stay at her boyfriends place." It was quiet on the other end.
"Alice has a boyfriend?" he hissed. Way to turn into overprotective older brother.
"Yep, he's a really great guy." He seemed to calm down. "You'll probably meet him while you're here. Since they got together they've hardly been apart."
"Alright Ed, we're turning into the city now. I'll see you in a few."
"Bye Emmett, say hi to Rose for me."
"Oh, before I go, I forgot to mention. My company is starting a branch in your city, and they'll need a few local clients. So, seeing as who you are, I'm going to make sure you get an audition with them, alright?"
Shell-shocked wasn't a strong enough word. "Wow, Emmett… thanks so much, I can't wait to tell everyone."
"No problem. Talk to you soon." There was a soft click when we hung up and I sat down on my couch, staring at the black television, holding onto my freezing cup of water.
I heard footsteps outside and hushed voiced before the door opened revealing Alice and Jasper. They stepped inside and kicked off their shoes before Alice rushed over to my side.
"Edward? Are you alright?!" she asked. I could hear the concern laced in her voice and it made my stomach lurch. I didn't want my sister to see me so upset.
"Bella got accepted into a school in New York," I said hoarsely. "She'll probably be leaving, and I don't know if I could stand being without her."
"Why wouldn't you go with her?" Alice asked gently. Jasper moved about in the kitchen, getting more drinks. He seemed to always know what made you feel better.
"I can't leave the band," I murmured. "Emmett's coming into town tonight, and he says that his record company is starting a branch here. It's the first opportunity we've had. Emmett's never offered this to me before. Now that he has enough say in the company, I can't just pick up and leave. I like to think I'm irreplaceable, and it's just as much my band as it is Dev's or Nick's, or Jack's or even freaking Randy's.
"If I left, I can't make anyone come with me, and I don't want to separate us… and New York... it isn't this city! I want to stay here, and I want Bella to stay here with me…"
"Edward," her soft voice said from somewhere behind me. I stood up quickly and turned around. Bella was standing in the doorway, the letter in her hand, watching me sadly. I turned away, facing the window opposite me once more.
"Edward, I'm sorry," she whispered as she moved to sit next to me. Alice stood up and went into her room with Jasper. "Will you talk to me please?"
"Why do you have to go? Please don't…" I mumbled pathetically. She smiled, but it didn't reach her eyes. Instead, she looked down to my hands and picked them up with hers.
"I'm really not sure yet if I'm going to go or stay," she said. Her voice was strained, like she was trying not to cry.
"I want you to stay," I said, feeling a bit stronger. I stood up straighter, held her hands tightly. "Stay here with me, with Dev, everyone. Please? You don't have to go, Bella…" I knew I was being very stupid and selfish right then, but you have to understand how much this girl meant to me.
"I really, really want to stay here, I love you so much Edward," she told me and kissed me lightly. "But then I think about it, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. I'd be so young out in the professional art world, I'd be nearly famous, long before I'm even thirty!" I smiled. Bella spoke about art the way I spoke about music. "And this school… God, it's such a good school to learn at. I'd have so many more opportunities, and so many different things to learn, so much more critique!"
I pulled her into my arms, letting her lie down on my chest. "If it means so much to you," I said. "Then you should go. But I still really hope you choose not to. I'm not sure how I'll cope if you're not here." Bella laughed lightly and turned her head to face me.
"I really don't want to leave you, either. Which is why this is such a hard decision. Here's how I look at it: Elite school and my own art gallery, or Edward." I smiled. I was glad to hear that she broke things up like that.
"I'm going to think about it a little more, but Edward… I sort of really want to go… I mean, this has been my dream for the longest time." I nodded. I understood, but I loved her too much to let her go so far away from me.
"I know, this is what you want to do, just like music for me," I said softly. "If it comes to it, you decide to move, I'm going to visit you every freaking time I can. Don't doubt it." She smiled and moved in to give me a kiss, one I gladly accepted.
"I love you so much," she whispered against my lips. "It's late, and I'm sleepy, so I'm going to go home and kick everyone out and call my parents to let them know about New York. I smiled and saw Alice peeking at us from the hallway. She caught my eye and jumped before hurrying back into her room. Jasper's blond head followed quickly after her. I chuckled into her lips and pulled her closer, letting my hands roam over her arms. My lips were pressed so forcefully against hers, she couldn't kiss me back.
"I love you too," I whispered when we broke apart. We rested our foreheads against each other and I stared into those beautiful brown eyes. After a few moments Bella grinned sheepishly.
"You're so wonderful," she murmured. "Now I don't want to leave!" I chuckled again and pressed myself in for one last kiss before sitting us both up and bringing her to the door.
"Good night Bella," I said, my arms on either side of the doorframe. She watched me with a smile, flung her scarf around her neck, and without a seconds notice she jumped into my arms, wrapped her arms around my neck and kissed me strongly. Her tongue snaked into my mouth and I nearly lost myself in her kiss. My knees went weak.
"Night," she called with a smile, making her way down the hallway.
Frig. If I didn't have any self control I would have ran after her, but it was late, and there were too many people who could hear. Stupid apartment buildings.
With a loud sigh I stomped down the hallway and into my bedroom. I heard Alice call out to me, something about having one last Halloween movie marathon, she was popping the corn. I let out a loud sigh that was more of a yell, to let her know I'd heard her. I very lazily changed out of my costume, into a looser fitting tee shirt and a pair of plaid pyjama bottoms. I topped off that stylish arrangement with wool socks and my winter toque before slumping back into the living room.
"Yay, big brother, you're such a spoil sport I didn't think you'd join us!" Alice exclaimed throwing herself at me in a hug. Jasper was smiling from the couch, three huge bowls of popcorn on the coffee table in front of him.
"Watch out," he warned me. "She did something to each one of them. I wouldn't trust any of them."
"Thanks for the warning!" I said happily, slumping down next to him on the couch. Alice glared at both of us, gave us both a smack on the head and then fell into the big comfy chair, refusing to sit with any of us.
By the time the first movie was halfway over Alice and I were leaning forward with anticipation, I'd even begun eating some of the accursed popcorn, and Jasper was fast asleep on the couch. There was a buzzing from my intercom and Alice and I both swore before doing rock paper scissors to see who would get it.
In the end, I won, and Alice grumbled on her way over to the door. She pressed a button and put on a strange, and I'll admit, frightening voice. "Who is it?" she called.
There was silence for a moment, before "Alice?"
"Emmett?" she asked surprised.
"Oh yeah!" I exclaimed. "Emmett's in town by the way." She glared at me a buzzed him in, and before long our giant of a big brother was walking through the door. Alice and I both yelled before running towards him. He yelled back and picked up Alice in a huge hug.
"I'm so sorry about the rehab and everything," he told her. "I wanted to come sooner, but this was the only chance I got. Forgive me?" Alice grinned wickedly.
"Only if you brought me a gift!" I laughed. Emmett tended to spoil her.
"Heck yes I did!" he said, whipping out a gift certificate for one of her favourite stores. Alice squealed and gave him a hug before snatching it from his hand. Jasper jerked awake from the laughter, and that was when I noticed a different voice mingling in with out own.
"Oh, everyone, this is Rosalie, my fiancée!" I smiled and reached out to shake her hand. She was beautiful, I'll give Emmett points for that, but she was still nowhere near my Bella. Alice ran up and gave her a hug and they both broke into laughter.
"This is so great; we all get to meet each other. I'm really happy to meet you, Rosalie, now you can meet my boyfriend, and Bella too!" Emmett raised an eyebrow at me.
"Bella? You haven't mentioned her before." Alice punched my arm and I immediately began to smile thinking of my Bella.
"Ah, she's the most wonderful and beautiful person in the entire world," I said dreamily. Alice giggled and Rosalie laughed.
"Now what about this boyfriend of yours, Al?" Emmett asked.
"Hey Jasper!" Rosalie called happily, waving at the boy behind us.
"Rose!" he yelled, rushing forward to give her a hug. We all froze, watching the two with utter confusion, waiting for them to explain.
"Um…" Emmett said quietly, moving to stand next to us. "How do you two know each other?" They both looked at us surprised, like we'd suddenly appeared there.
"Oh, well… he's my brother!" Rosalie said matter-of-factly. Ah, that made more sense.
"Okay, now I don't have to feel jealous," Emmett said with a sigh of relief. She laughed and moved forward to wrap her arms around him.
"So when do we get to meet your Bella?" Emmett asked me curiously. I smiled and picked up the phone, putting on the speaker. I heard her beautiful voice answer and immediately moved to the window, looking across the street to Dev's living room.
"Hey there Bella!" I said stupidly. She giggled and moved towards the window.
"Hello Edward, how many people have you got over there exactly?" I saw her set down the phone and Dev came to stand next to her.
I pointed them out as I spoke; "This is my big brother Emmett, his fiancée Rosalie, who is Jasper's sister, who, as you know, is dating Alice, my twin sister." Bella and Dev both laughed.
"That's a pretty vicious circle, there," Dev pointed out. I nodded and waved at him.
"Guys, the fool waving back is Dev, my bands lead singer, and he is also the lovely Bella's cousin."
"Hey Dev!" Emmett shouted. "Hey Bella!" She waved back at him and I heard her laughing.
"Nice to meet you!" she called. Emmett gave her a thumbs-up, and I shoved him, enough to make him lose his balance.
"Anyway, I just wanted you to meet him and everyone, now go to bed!" Bella laughed again and I saw her nod.
"I am, good night Edward, I love you." Everyone in the room aww'd and Dev slapped his hand to his forehead.
"I love you too, goodnight." I clicked off the phone. Alice and Rosalie has these expressions on their faces that looked painful, but were actually probably just really caring. Emmett grinned at me and slapped his hand on my shoulder.
"I always knew you'd meet someone, she sounds like a fine girl. I can't wait to meet her." I smiled; it was nice having my big brothers approval. "But, on another note, I'm really sleepy." Alice and I both laughed, he was very forward like that.
"Well, I think that Alice and Jasper are staying put for the night, and the only thing I can think of to do is to stick you guys in my room, I'll go over to Bella's.
Jasper looked at me concernedly.
"You sure? I can always head home if you want, Alice is more than welcome." I smiled and shook my head.
"You live a few block away, the opposite side of the university, and you're pretty much asleep on your legs right now. You guys stay, it's only across the street." Jasper nodded and promptly went into Alice's room. I heard the bed hit against the wall as he fell down into it. Alice jumped back onto the couch, getting back into her movie and Rosalie headed down the hallway to change. I was instructing Emmett on where everything was when she came out in pyjama's and sat down next to Alice. The two girls smiled at each other and then turned up the volume on the television.
Emmett rolled his eyes. "She's like a vampire or something, she's stays awake all the time."
"I am not! I'm just excited to be here with your family. Goodness, let me watch my freaking movie." Alice and I laughed at the two of them. Emmett glared and quickly bent down to give her a wet kiss on the cheek before going down to my room and into bed. Rosalie yelped and wiped at her cheek, but she was still smiling widely.
"See you later guys, don't be up too late." Alice waved lazily and I merely locked the door behind me.
It was pretty freaking cold outside. As soon as I got into the downstairs porch I took off across the street and ran up the stairs to Dev's apartment. I knocked on the door lightly and waited for one of them to answer the door.
Inside, it was dark and the same movie my sister's (is it alright to use it plural now? She's basically family already) were watching was on. Dev stood behind the door looking at me funnily.
"Hey!" I said brightly, stepping into the toasty warmth. "I need a place to stay, so I'll just leave you be and get on my way upstairs, alright?" He was glaring at me as I kicked off my sneakers and headed for the stairs.
"Don't get up to anything! I'm still here!"
"Don't worry!" I called. I went as quietly as I could up the stairs and I peeked around to Bella's bed. She was lying underneath a mound of covers and blankets that were pulled up tight to her chin. With a leap I sent myself flying into her on the bed. She screamed and jumped upright, but I latched my arms around her waist and pulled her back down with me.
"What the hell is going on?" Dev asked, rushing up the stairs. I glanced up at him innocently, my wool socks and toque still in place, making me look like a rapist. I flicked my hand towards him, shoo-ing him downstairs.
"Sorry Dev, I just scared her, go back to your movie!" He glared at me, and when he wouldn't move, I yelled, jumping upright.
"Dev! It's the best part of the whole movie, I've seen it, you're missing so much!" With a squeal he ran back downstairs. I turned back to Bella with a smile and she glared at me.
"I hate you," she said, making it sound like one word. I smiled at her the best I could and watched her eyes glaze over before I bent down to give her a sweet kiss. She wrapped her arms around my neck and pulled off my hat, throwing it across the room. Keeping my lips locked with her was proving to be a difficult task while trying to get out of my socks, so she did me the greatest of favours by opening our mouths and giving me the best kiss ever.
I didn't want to fall asleep then. My hands moved up her waist and she pressed herself closer to me, one leg kicking off the covers to wrap around my thighs. I sighed into her neck as I began trailing kisses along her jaw, under her ear. Finally, when a scream issued from the television downstairs I was jerked back into my senses. I slowly unlatched Bella's arms from my neck, and savoured the last taste of her lips before pulling back.
"If I don't stop you now, I'll get carried away," I pointed out, letting my hand run along the leg that was wrapped around me.
"I wouldn't mind if you did," Bella murmured, her lips dangerously close to mine. I let out a soft moan, this was nearly painful.
"God, I would fucking love to get carried away right now, but if I remember correctly, it was just this morning that he caught us, and I'm surprised he's even letting me in right now. And, he's downstairs." Bella nodded, and her cheeks turned a lovely shade of pink. She smiled and brought her leg back under the covers. I pouted at her, that wasn't nice…
"I was cold," she pointed out. We both laughed softly and I managed to get under the covers, holding her to me tightly.
"Your toes are freezing," she pointed out, jerking her legs away from me.
"I did just run here," I told her. She smiled and held onto my waist tighter, bringing her warm legs back to my feet. It was so easy to fall asleep after that.
I woke up with the beautiful scent of Bella's hair bombarding my nose. I inhaled it heavily and rubbed her back softly. There was a small sound, someone clearing their throat. I groggily looked over my shoulder and was face to face with Dev.
"You there, boy," he hissed. "You're lucky I even let you in here last night. I don't know what the fuck I was thinking, but you have gained some points with me again." I was confused…
"How did I gain points?"
"You were a noble gentleman; you kept your hands off the innocent maiden and therefore did not evoke my fury. I knight thee, Sir Edward Masen, noblest of all noblemen."
"You used noble a lot," I groaned before rolling back over to fall asleep. Dev left a little bit later, announcing he was heading down to the green room for a band practice, and I'd better show up. With a moan I rolled onto my back and stretched. I did not want to get up.
"Wake up sleepy head!" Bella yelled, jumping onto my chest. "You have to go to band practice!" I moaned again and sat up, burying my face in her stomach.
"I have no clothes, I can't leave," I said. I could practically feel her roll her eyes. It was common knowledge that my pants were over here since one of the days when everyone had been gone. I was wearing a normal tee shirt to bed. I gave her some fake sobs as I pushed her onto her back and gave her a quick kiss before hopping out of bed to grab my pants.
I looked in her mirror to arrange my hair in a semi-orderly fashion and then pulled the toque back on top. Bella scoffed before skipping forward and flicking the ends of my hair around my face.
"You're cute!" she said finally. I grinned at her and turned around, grabbing her quickly in my arms.
"You're amazing," I whispered before kissing her cheek. She smiled; I felt her cheeks warm up.
"Have a nice day at work, dear. Don't forget to get something to eat." I couldn't help but smile again at the way she was talking.
I walked down to the café, stopping in to say hello to Jade and Sebastian, and to get a coffee and muffin before heading back down to the green room.
I threw open the door with a bang and stepped forward, puffing out my chest like superman. Everyone stopped playing and looked at me curiously. "I have an announcement!" I exclaimed. Dev slumped onto the couch, looking at me angrily.
"We," I said very slowly, taking a sip from my coffee. "Have a record deal."
There was complete and utter silence.
Right before all the screaming. "Are you kidding?!" They all yelled. I shook my head proudly.
"Nope, my big brother works with a record company, he practically owns it. They're opening a branch right here, and they need some local artists. Us." I hardly had time to brace myself before they launched themselves at me.
They were hugging me? Hell, Jack and Nick were nearly crying. Dev was jumping up and down on the couch with excitement, and they actually did knock me over. My coffee went flying and my muffin was squished. Jack, Nick and Randy were all on top of me, screaming and yelling, and then Dev jumped on us.
I started yelling too, but in pain. I was pretty sure my chest cavity had just collapsed. "Guys you're killing me!" I wailed. They got off, but reluctantly, I'm pretty sure. They just looked at each other, glossy eyes and wide smiles.
"We need to practice! When do they want to hear our stuff?" Jack asked. I shrugged.
"Emmett didn't tell me anything yet, but probably in the next few weeks. We have plenty of songs we can play for them. I mean, we're not amateurs." Dev nodded.
"We need to keep that in mind, we're actually good." I agreed with him. I'd heard too many stories of bands losing a deal from nerves.
For the rest of the afternoon, we attempted to calm down, and picked out a few of our better songs to practice, to perfect.
It was a simple task, but occasionally one of us would forget to play, thinking too much of the deal. Dexter called it quits around two o'clock, we'd been there since eleven. That was nowhere near the amount of time we usually spent.
Dev and I walked back home with a skip in our steps waving and greeting every person we met, which probably made us look a little insane, but whatever.
Dev kept pointing out that we were "Gonna be fucking superstars!" And I just smiled and nodded. We had a big local audience, but who was to say what the masses would like?
I didn't go home. Instead, I followed Dev inside his apartment and hurried upstairs to see Bella. After this morning I was missing her quite a bit, and Dev let me in like normal. I guess being Sir Edward Masen gave me a few bonus points. I got inside without any death threats or vulgar language.
"My love!" I yelled once I got inside. "Come to me at once!" Bella's head poked out from behind a kitchen counter and she looked at me curiously.
"What's wrong with you?" She asked. Dev and I both laughed but I ran to her and swept her into my arms. I plastered her faces with kisses; I had to be the happiest man alive then.
"We are getting a record deal," I whispered in her ear. She shrieked, clamped a hand over her mouth and stared at me wide eyed. She looked between Dev and I, her lips curling into a smile.
"Are you serious?!" she yelled, throwing herself at me in another hug. "That's so wonderful! Dev! This is like, your dream come true!"
"I know!" he yelled and bent to take her into a hug as well. "I'm gonna go call my parents!" he yelled again. He ran into the bedroom and I turned back to Bella.
"How has your day been?" I asked her sweetly. She looked at me and grinned.
"Well, I've been making a big dinner, since your brother and his fiancée are here, that's been keeping me occupied. I haven't missed you at all." I chuckled and leaned in closer to her, pinning her into a corner of the cabinets.
"I'll have to do my best next time to make sure I'm missed, then," I whispered in her ear. Bella's eyes flicked back and forth between mine before she leaned forward to kiss me. And then I lost control of my senses again.
It seems as though, whenever I kiss Bella I just can't help myself. It's the truth, of course, but its ridiculous the level of an effect she has on me. Her arms locked around my neck, pulling off my toque and her fingers knotted in my hair. I moaned against her lips as I lifted her to sit on the cupboard. She wrapped her legs around my waist and my breath caught in my throat, then sucked in with one huge shudder.
Bella pushed my jacket off, her lips sent a burning trail along my shoulder as she held onto them weakly. I kissed beneath her earlobe and then all the way to her shoulders, the scent of her hair making me even wilder. My hands instinctively went for the hem of her shirt.
"Excuse me!" a voice coughed through the room. Bella froze. I looked over her shoulder to see Dev standing in the doorway of his room, hands on his hips. "Don't make me de-knight you, Sir Edward." I grinned, my cheeks bright red and helped Bella back onto the floor.
"Is it possible to de-knight someone?" I asked him. Dev glared.
"It certainly is when I'm king! I rule this Devdom, what I say goes." He then stomped into the living room and threw himself across the couch, turning on the television and punched in Hunters' phone number.
"Devdom?" Bella asked.
"Yep," he said simply. "I am the king, this is my kingdom. It's a Devdom." I swear, if the boy couldn't sing I'd hate him for being so stupid. Bella merely laughed and turned back to the oven.
"What are you making?" I asked her, picking up my scattered pieces of clothing.
"I've got a turkey in, and a whole bunch of pumpkin pies to make!" This was why I loved this girl. Dev and I both exclaimed our love for pumpkin pies, and Bella laughed at us. That was the whole reason she was making them.
"Alice is making a dressing for the turkey, so she'll be here soon. Jas, Norah and Caroline are bringing things too. We're having a gigantic dinner."
"Where is everyone sitting?" I asked. Their dining table was only small.
"Ah, Edward. You poor, simple minded knight," Dev began, standing up. "You know nothing in the ways of magic." He and Bella somehow separated the ends of the table, and added in more pieces, making it over doubled in size.
"I am humbled. I will be quiet from now on." Dev nodded.
"That would be best." I rolled my eyes and merely went into the kitchen, helping however I could.
A few hours later, my sister and Jasper had sown up, bearing gifts of cranberry sauce and dressing. Bella happily bustled around the kitchen with Alice close at hand, preparing possibly the best dinner I would ever eat. Alice and I weren't used to such feasts when we lived with our mother.
After a while, the rest of the girls showed up, bringing different dishes and they were all set out along the table like a banquet, the turkey the centre piece. I ran home to change and get Emmett and Rosalie. On our way back across the street they chatted happily about the date of their wedding and how much longer it would be.
Back inside Dev's apartment, everyone was sitting around the table, wearing their finest. Dev had even put up tiny white lights while I was gone. It looked like a fancy dinner for the president, or something. But, it was celebrating our deal, and my brothers' wedding.
I took my seat next to Alice, an empty chair next to mine and looked around for Bella. It wasn't long before she sat down, and completely stunned me. Her hair was in beautiful curls around her shoulders and she was wearing a thick strapped black dress that barely came down to her knees. She smiled at me and held my hand as we watched the other take up their food, and then began with our own.
Throughout the dinner everyone got to know each other better. Dev and the other boys gushed over Emmett and they talked about the different things we'd need to do for this deal.
"I'll admit you guys, I have heard you play before, I mean… Edward's my brother! Of course I'm going to see his band play," Emmett was telling us. "And I, personally, really like the kind of sound and style you have. I'm positive that you're getting this deal."
After that everyone bombarded him with questions. He simply chuckled and answered them. When Bella and I started clearing the table to make room for the pumpkin pies, Emmett decided now was a time to get to know her.
"So Bella," he said happily. "What do you do?"
She smiled, plopping a large piece of pie on his plate. "I'm an art student at a university here in the city," she said simply. Dev scoffed.
"The best art student around," he said. Bella blushed. I smiled and kissed her cheek. "Bella just received a letter from the most prestigious school in New York, offering her a spot in their classes, and her own gallery." Emmett's eyebrows rose, and my heart painfully skipped a few beats.
"What did you say to that?" he asked her. Bella sat down next to me, the fork in her hand shaking slightly.
"It's such a big offer, I'd absolutely love to do it, but there are so many things here that I want even more… I'm still sort of on the fence."
"Sort of?" Emmett asked. "Does that mean you've come to a decision, but you're iffy?" Shut. Up. Emmett.
"Yeah," Bella mumbled. "I was talking to my parents today, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, this is a jumpstart into my career. And… I think I'm going to take it."
Ah, my chest. It hurt too badly. I brought my hand up to rub the aching hole. Bella looked at me curiously, but I put on a brave faced and smiled at her. Her hand rubbed soothing circles on my back and tried to listen to whatever they were talking about.
I am being entirely selfish. But, honestly, I don't think I'd be able to survive if I wasn't with Bella. Being away form her for a few hours hurt enough, but if she were states away, and I could only see her every few months, I would go literally insane.
Words started suddenly bursting into my head, words that matched the beat of Bella's song. I ignored what everyone was saying, I stared straight ahead and listened to the words forming in my head.
When everyone was gone, and Bella and I had finished cleaning the dishes, I gave her a simple kiss goodbye, a sad smile clear on my face.
"I'm sorry Edward," She whispered at the door. "You know how much this means to me, and I wish there was some other way, but I really can't turn this down." I nodded. Our heads were so close.
"I understand entirely. It's exactly like the band for me. Don't worry about it too much," I told her.
"I know," she said softly. "But the thing is, I have to leave soon. After thanksgiving they're having my gallery, and I need to be out there for things to get started, then I'd be staying there over Christmas and then starting the winter semester."
"So we only have a few weeks?" I asked. I knew how depressed my face looked. Bella picked up on it.
"Yeah, I want to see if there's something else we can do, but that's how it looks so far." I smiled at her again, my hand cupping her cheek and I gave her one last good night kiss before turning around and walking down the stairs, clutching onto my chest.
I had to prove to her how much I loved her before she left. I had to let her know exactly how much she meant to me.
When I got to the green room Bella's song was lying out on the coffee table from practice earlier that day. I sat down on the couch and leaned over it, writing the title with my favourite way to greet her; 'Hey There Bella'. Then, I got to work on the lyrics.
I'd practiced so late into the night- making sure I knew it by heart- that I'd slept in until the afternoon. I was woken up when Jack and Randy came stomping down the stairs. They froze when they saw me. I jumped up and stretched, a loud grunt coming from me. Then I quickly put Eleanor back into her case and looked up at them. My eyes were wild with anticipation.
"I need a favour from you guys. Go get the van, and some amps for me, kay? I need a mic, too. Pick me up at my place."
"What are you planning?" Jack asked warily, heading for the back exit.
I grinned. "Just something for Bella."
I hurried home, bustling through the house to get changed into a clean pair of jeans and a navy v-neck sweater. I pulled on my toque and jacket, wrapping the scarf quickly around my neck. Alice was looking at me wide eyed.
"Jasper's at school, right?" I asked her. She nodded. "He and Bella get out soon for the day, right?" She nodded again. I smiled.
"Come with me, I've got a surprise." She jumped up and pulled on the black and white jacket over her black dress, grabbing gloves and a scarf as well. When we got outside, the ugly white van was parked on the sidewalk, Jack and Randy watching me confused as I hoisted Alice into the back and climbed in myself. There was a microphone and two amps sitting next to Eleanor.
Alice looked entirely confused. I whispered in her ear exactly what I was planning and she smiled at me.
"You're the most romantic goof on this planet," she told me as I put the guitar in tune.
We pulled up to the school and, I don't know how they did it, but Jack and Randy managed to get the amps working. We did a quick sound check, getting rid of any feedback, and that was exactly when everyone began pouring out of the school.
"This is a song I wrote for a lady who I'm madly in love with," I said into the mic. Everyone stopped and looked at me funnily. I began strumming out the chords.
"Hey there Bella what's it like in New York city? I'm a thousand miles away but girl, tonight you look so pretty, yes you do. Time Square can't shine as bright as you, I swear it's true…
"Hey there Bella don't you worry about the distance, I'm right there if you get lonely give this song another listen; close your eyes… listen to my voice, it's my disguise I'm by your side…" I could hear a few girls exclaiming that I was the one in the picture, from photography class. I blushed, but smiled, remembering that morning.
"Oh, it's what you do to me… Oh, it's what you do to me. Oh, it's what you do to me… Oh, it's what you do to me, what you do to me…
"Hey there Bella I know times are getting hard but just believe me girl someday I'll pay the bills with this guitar, we'll have it good. We'll have the life we knew we would, my word is good…
"Hey there Bella I've got so much left to say if every simple song I wrote to you would take your breath away, I'd write it all. Even more in love with me you'd fall, we'd have it all…"
That was when I saw Bella walking out of the school, a teacher on each side of her. I began to smile so widely, and everyone turned to see what I was looking at. "Oh, it's what you do to me… Oh, it's what you do to me. Oh, it's what you do to me… Oh, it's what you do to me…
"A thousand miles seems pretty far, but they've got planes and trains and cars, I'd walk to you if I had no other way. Our friends would all make fun us and we'll just laugh along because we know that none of them have felt this way… Bella I can promise you that by the time we get through the world will never ever be the same and you're to blame…
"Hey there Bella you be good and don't you miss me. Two more years and you'll be done with school, and I'll be making history like I do… You'll know it's all because of you. We can do whatever we want to; hey there Bella here's to you, this one's for you…"
She was smiling up at me, and I saw tears forming in her eyes. She took a few steps closer to the van, Jack and Randy were whooping for her, and Alice was laughing, holding back tears.
"Oh, it's what you do to me… Oh, it's what you do to me. Oh, it's what you do to me… Oh, it's what you do to me… what you do to me…"
I plucked the last strings, letting them ring through the air, and the entire crowd burst into applause. People climbing into their cars stopped to cheer, and the teachers next to Bella dabbed at their eyes, watching as she ran towards me.
I quickly passed Jack Eleanor, and then ran to meet her, grabbing her into my arms and letting her lips crash onto mine.
"What are you doing here?" she whispered. Her body was shaking, with laughter or tears, I didn't know.
"I had to sing that for you, before you left, because you mean too much to me," I whispered, kissing her again. The people around us cheered, Jasper moved to Alice, smiling widely.
"You're insane," she giggled, holding onto me tightly. "But I love you, and… I'm not going." My heart skipped a beat. A happy one.
"You're not leaving?" I asked enthusiastically. "But this is your dream!"
Bella smiled at me, cupping my face with her hands. "I know it is, but you mean so much more than that. And, my teachers have spoken with the university, we've set up a bargain."
"I'm going to finished my schooling here, and they're still going to give me a gallery once I graduate," she explained happily. "They really want my talents out there, so they're going to let me speak to classes, and sit in on them if I want to." I laughed loudly, and pulled her into my arms, spinning her around.
"That's amazing!" I exclaimed. "That's absolutely wonderful!" She smiled widely, nodding down to me.
"I know! And that's exactly what I'm doing, I'm staying here with you, so you can play me that song over and over again, alright?" My cheeks were hurting from the smiling, but I nodded anyway and bent down to kiss her.
Arm in arm we jumped into the back of the van, and drove off to whatever practice we'd have to face next, and to the group of people she would announce her new plans to.
In two years' time we'd find ourselves at the opening of Bella's first gallery, in the heart of the Big Apple. She'd already have a name among the university kids, and would tell me that her favourite pictures were the ones she took of me.
A group of critics would be gathered around a picture of me, that afternoon in the parking lot playing her song, snow falling all around. She'd say that was her absolute favourite. I'd joke that mine was the picture she'd shown her class, of me in bed. It would be ten times the size, hanging on the gallery wall.
And, when we left, the DJ would be playing the song that I wrote especially for her. The song that told her exactly how much I loved her.
Sigh, and there it is: the end.
This story, in total, was 65 pages. For only six chapters. It was originally planned to be a oneshot, but I'm pretty sure you like it better this way!
Just so you know, If you drop the first beat, you can fit 'Hey there Bella' in with the original beat. hah. I think it's cheesy, but really cute.
I'm going to get right to work on Lucidity, the sequel to Attraction. I've got two chapters written, and I'll start typing them up, so it shouldn't be much longer! Thank you so much for reading, and let me know what you thought of it!
EDIT: Here's where everyone is from!
Dev, Hunter, Nick, Norah, Caroline, and Randy are all from Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Sebastian and Jade are from The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
Jack and Jasmine are from Bad Kitty by Michelle Jaffe.
All really great books, and those characters are so much better than I made them!