Disclaimer: All characters belong to Stephenie Meyer.
In Six Months I Lost My Mind But Found My Heart
Chapter One: On My Way To Hell
I live the life of the high and mighty. My father is the Duke of Cambridge and my mother the Duchess. That gave me the title of Marquess of Cambridge and my sister Lady of Cambridge. We are deemed royalty because that is in fact what we are.
My life has been planned since birth and there is nothing I can do about it. I'm expected to graduate high school, go to university, get married- before or after university- it's up to me, have children, then eventually take over as Duke of Cambridge from my father Carlisle.
Unfortunately that's not what I want anymore. I want her.
Isabella Marie Swan
Six months ago Alice, my sister, dragged me into the school's annual exchange program. Basically I spend three months at their school and they spend three months in mine. Alice signed us up together and we were gladly accepted, like they would turn us down.
In our school we are at the top of the social ladder, simply because of whom our parents are and the titles we hold.
Anyway, six months ago I met Bella and from then on I've been denying any sort of feelings for her. Until now.
My father has gone ahead and found me a bride. Nice girl, daughter of a Duke so we're a perfect match, on paper. I've met her twice and can't see myself marrying her. Instead I see myself married to Bella. The girl who drove me crazy with desire. The girl who fought me at every corner. The girl who hid all emotion right up until breaking point. The girl who gave me one chance to prove myself.
Now, the clock is ticking. Six months is winding down, my father will go ahead with the arranged wedding without a proper reason not to and Bella's going to leave soon.
The main problem is she doesn't know how I feel about her.
We fight like cat and dog and I'm not even sure if she likes me. Alice insists she does but I think she's just trying to comfort me and my foolishness.
Bella and I are from two different worlds. We don't belong in each other's as we've discovered. She was ridiculed at every turn for being 'common' and I was met with hostility for being 'a stuck up rich boy'. The chances of survival for us are slim but I still want to try.
Only thing is, how do I tell her that?
Six Months And One Week Before
I woke up to the house staff knocking on my door. That told me it was five thirty. I rolled out of bed and stretched, taking in my bedroom. All I can remember from last night is being behind on homework, drinking lots of coffee then playing video games until two in the morning with some friends.
School starts at eight o'clock sharp which means I have to leave the house at seven o'clock. That gives me an hour and a half to get ready. I walked across the floor and headed into the bathroom for my morning shower. Glancing in the mirror confirmed that I had very little sleep last night, purple bruising below my eyes was the dead giveaway.
After showering and dressing I went downstairs for breakfast, no doubt there would be some elaborate spread out but we would only eat a fifth of it. When I entered the dining room my father was sitting at one end of the table and my mother at the other.
The table itself seemed completely pointless to me. We could seat twenty people yet only four of us live here. There is a more practical table next door in the kitchen but my parents don't like to be amongst the staff whilst they cook.
I sat down sighing. It's going to be another day in my boring life. Alice was smiling cheerily at me across the table, a smile I did not return. I can tell she's up to something, it's only six o'clock and she's got something planned. No doubt it's going to something I will hate or I'll get annoyed at.
"Cheer up brother, it's a nice day." She sang I glanced up from the plate that was placed in front of me to see her smile again.
"Why are you in such a good mood anyway? Jasper stay over?" That caught her attention, and our parents. Alice kicked me fiercely under the table as she tried to look composed.
"Was Jasper here last night dear?" My mother Esme asked her.
"No he went home after practicing with Edward. I didn't see much of him last night-"
"Unlike the other nights where she sees all of him." I muttered, receiving another kick.
"He's a nice young man. Nice parents. Lovely sister. Perhaps you should take her out Edward." My father suggested.
"I don't think that would be appropriate father. Rosalie is currently seeing Emmett, one of my best friends."
"Oh yes. I believe you told me that before."
"So you're not currently seeing anyone?"
"No father." We had this conversation every morning. I know my parents care about me but sometimes it seems that my father cares more about me getting married and having kids than being happy.
"Well there is still plenty of time. No need to worry Edward." He told me, returning to his breakfast and newspapers.
"I'm not worried." But of course this was ignored as he had become bored with the conversation. "I better get going." I said standing up. There was no point sitting here. I'm likely to lose my temper with someone and I don't need that right now.
"But Edward you barely ate anything." Esme pointed out in her motherly tone, the one that's caring but firm at the same time.
"I'm not hungry." I excused myself from the room and headed back upstairs to my bedroom. Alice caught up with me on the stairs.
"What's wrong with you?" She asked, linking her arm through mine and leading me towards her room.
"Nothing. I'm just tired." I said nonchalantly.
"I can see that." She said gently touching the skin below my eyes. "Want to talk about what's bothering you?"
"That's the thing. Nothing is bothering me. I'm fine. I just...don't sleep." She nodded and kissed me cheek then pranced into her room. I stood in the doorframe watching as she gathered her things up.
We would leave in about ten minutes therefore giving us enough time to get our things at school and meet up with everyone. Alice would use the time to catch up with Jasper, her boyfriend and one of my best friends, whilst I would sit back idly and watch the morning proceedings.
"Get your things; I'll meet you at the car."
"Who's driving?" I asked as she pushed me towards my room.
"The driver. Who else?" Alice said it like I was stupid giving me one of those looks too.
"I thought maybe we would be allowed to drive our cars."
"Nope. Parentals are keeping a tight leash on the keys." I grabbed my belongings and dashed into the bathroom to clean my teeth as Alice continued to talk. "They don't want us getting in an accident since they know how much we love to drive fast. But it's not like we've ever been in an accident before so they have nothing to worry about."
"Do you want to drive today?" I asked coming out the bathroom.
"Well...yeah." I opened my desk drawer and threw a set of keys at her. "What are these?"
"Porsche" She squealed and practically knocked me to the floor with her hug.
"How did you get these?" I put my hands over my ears.
"Take it down a bit I'm pretty sure only dogs can hear you." She playfully pushed me as we headed down the back stairs to the garage.
"But how did you get these? I thought they had all the copies."
"They did. I found them in the study and thought they'd come in handy." She smiled at me as we got in the car.
This was her favourite out of all the cars we owned. She's like a speed demon, way worse than me. Before I had even put my seatbelt on we were away. She had revved the engine and raced out across the courtyard and onto the road out of the estate.
It usually takes us an hour to get to school but Alice had us there in twenty five minutes. The smile plastered on her face when we pulled in to the parking lot was priceless. She only ever smiles like that for two reasons, driving like she just did or partaking in activities with Jasper that a brother really shouldn't know about.
"Thank you Eddie!" She chimed as I got out and headed into the main building.
"Where's Alice?" Jasper asked as I walked up the stairs.
"Outside, she's got the Porsche so you might not see her a lot today." He smirked and jogged away.
I went to the private common room on the third floor to collect my books. This school prides itself on its royal students that it gives anyone with a worthy title access into the common room on the top floor, segregating us from everyone else. The privileges are that you can leave anything in here and no one will take it, if they were caught it would be disastrous for their family's reputation.
Baron Fitzroy, the headmaster was watching everyone carefully. He was looking for someone and that someone turned out to be me.
"Good morning The Most Honourable The Marquess of Cambridge-"Can you believe that is my title? "-I wanted to tell you that you have been accepted for the student exchange program. You and your sister, Lady Alice Cullen, will both be going on the exchange. I believe you will be staying at a female student's house for three months then she will stay at your lovely home for three months, all the while attending each other's school. I'm so proud to have two of my best students embarking on this brave adventure."
The way this guy is going on is making me think that the school we're meant to be going to is in the middle of the Sahara desert not a three hours drive away. But still, he must have the wrong guy because I never signed up to be part of the exchange program.
"I'm sorry Baron Fitzroy but I did not sign up-"
"I'm so glad that we can go. Thanks for getting back to us so soon." Alice said, suddenly appearing next to me. "When do we leave?"
"In one week. I hope you two have a lovely time. The details have been dropped off at your home for your parents to review. Any problems have them give me a call." With that he left. I turned to Alice who was smiling innocently at me.
"What did you do?" I asked between gritted teeth.
"I just...well I thought it would be a good idea to broaden our circles and meet new people. You especially need to meet new people Eddie, you're all alone."
"And I like it that way."
"Oh stop being a bore. We're leaving in a week and there is nothing you can do about it so just deal with it." She was acting sisterly again and taking charge of the situation.
"But I don't want to go." That made me sound like a petulant child giving Alice a good laugh.
"Oh shut it Eddie." I'll have to speak to my parents and convince them this is a bad idea.
A Week Later
"Now you two be good. Don't give Mr Swan any trouble. Alice look after your brother and Edward look after your sister. Be good my children." Esme said as she pulled us into a hug and kissed us both goodbye.
Carlisle hugged Alice and shook my hand before helping us load the car. I tried all week to convince them it was a bad idea for me to go, bad for my studies, bad for my music, bad for my social life, but they were resilient and thought Alice was a genius for doing this. Remind me to get revenge on my lovely pixie like sister.
I got in the car and the driver pulled away from the house. We would be driving for three hours but if Alice or I were driving we could get there in two. Unfortunately our parents still have the car keys and it's not like we could make a sneaky get away after saying goodbye.
"Where to?" The driver asked once we were out of the estate.
"Hell." I said grumpily. Alice swatted my arm and gave him the correct directions.
"Relax, for all you know you might surprise everyone and enjoy yourself or meet someone."