The next morning, Edward seemed strange around me. He looked happy, but almost like he was ashamed to be happy.
I kissed him and reassured him that we would not go any farther, and that I was willing, if he wanted to do it again. He did not respond, merely took my hand and guided me toward the door.
Today we were visiting the Cullen house, something that had become a trend since Charlie set me free. I was so tired of being around my house that Edward simply brought me to his. We waited until Charlie was gone, ran to the house, and came back before he was even on his way home. Of course we would tell him we were there, and then inform him that his family said hi, so he knew we had "supervision," something he had become irritatingly careful of lately.
Oh, yeah. He had a reason now...
As soon as I got off of Edward's back, I felt someone tugging my arm away.
"I need to talk to Bella." the high, soprano voice said to Edward, who raised an eyebrow and walked into the house. Alice flipped me around and stared at me with wide, confused eyes.
"What's your problem, Alice?" I asked.
"Last night?" she growled.
Oh. I had forgotten to factor her into this equation...maybe I should have. My mouth failed to give sound as I searched for an answer to her question. "I don't know. It just...would you sit back and wait?"
"This is different, Bella, I've lived several decades and I'm indesctructable. You're eighteen and incredibly fragile. Now what was all that about?"
I blushed. "It...it was about me wanting to do something."
Alice groaned. "You could at least give me a full explanation, Bella, you forced me to see a part of Edward I never even imagined and frankly never wanted to! I think I at least deserve some form of accurate explanation besides you wanted to 'do something.' If you wanted to do something you could have been a little more subtle besides opening with 'I want to suck you.'"
I flushed even deeper, and I was probably purple by now. "Well what other choice did I have? He's so obsessed with not hurting me, and he's also so obsessed with keeping me 'chaste' that I can't even move my hands under his shirt without him stopping everything and hypnotizing me! What else could I have done?"
Alice stared at her like she came from the planet Venus. "What else could you have done? You don't know- you need help, Bella."
"What?" I said, completely confused now.
"You need help. I'm going to tell you what else you could have done."
I gaped at her.
"Just do me a favor and at least warn me before you go do these things so I am never subjected to seeing Edward's...Edward again, okay?"
"Okay." I said, still confused as she walked into the house, told Edward she was taking me out shopping, and ran to the car with me before he could think to read her thoughts.
a/n okay, the story ends there. I just had to put Alice in there somewhere.