Okay so I know I haven't updated in like 324684 years but here it is. I've had a terrible case of writer's block and I've been busy with high school, work and a couple of college classes i take on the side soo I'm sorry, but maybe you can sympathize with me. Anyways, here it is. Enjoy!
Oh joy, shopping, I thought as I sat in our living room watching a movie that was at least thirty years old. Last night me, Brooke, and Darrin all went hunting in preparation for our big shopping trip too Seattle, since we would be around hundreds of humans all day, it wouldn't exactly be a good thing to take a risk on, even though I really had nothing to worry about.
Brooke and Darrin were now shut up in their rooms trying to figure out what all they wanted to buy. I'm sure Brooke's mental list would consist of mostly clothes, shoes and accessories. It had been awhile since we had been to Seattle so I'm sure she'd go crazy and buy way more than what she actually needed. Darrin's list would probably be car parts, car accessories, movies, a limited amount of clothes, since a lot of his tended to get ruined from grease and oil, and of course random other things he would see along the way.
My list, well I didn't exactly have a list. Alice would insist on numerous items of clothing for me to buy so there's really no sense in me even contemplating that. And other than clothes I didn't really need anything.
The plan was to leave about ten o'clock, we'd catch a movie and then we'd head to the mall. Alice arrived at nine thirty. I heard a car pull into the drive way and then someone practically sprint to the door. Of course, it was Alice. She burst in the house ran into the living room and jumped onto the couch next too me.
"Bella, I was online all night looking at clothes and I have like seven complete outfits that would look amazing on you. And no rejections please. It's been so long since I've had someone to shop for because Rose won't let me anymore." She said, practically begging me to let her have her way.
"Alright, whatever Alice. You and Brooke will probably be together most of this trip anyway." I said, which was totally the truth. "Who's all going anyway?"
"Well, obviously me, you, Darrin, Brooke and Edward. And Rosalie and Esme. The guys are going hunting in the Appalachian Mountains this weekend. But of course I'll pick up a few things for Jasper even though he's not coming." At this I chuckled, I knew that Alice actually meant like at least twenty or thirty things, not a few.
"Yea, a few." I replied. "Can you do me a favor Alice?"
"Well, can you please let me pick out some of my own clothes today? Please? Just some."
She started laughing and said, "Well of course Bella, I wouldn't do all of your shopping for you."
At this I laughed again, because I knew that if she had the option she definitely would do exactly that.
"Well how about we get going then? To your house I mean, to meet up with everyone."
"Sure. Let's go. Brooke, Darrin, ready yet?" She said, directing her voice towards the stairwell.
"Yea, yea. We're coming." I heard Darrin say as he came out of his bed room and closed the door behind him. Next cam Brooke and they both were down in the living room with us within seconds.
It was down pouring, the hardest it had rained in a long time. The long curvy driveway up to the Cullen's house was muddy and I could hear the river rushing along. We pulled up to the house and Alice jumped out of my car and ran to the front door. God forbid a little rain touch her, which I'm sure it didn't at the rate that she ran. I laughed as the rest of us piled out of the car and made our way, at a normal pace, to the door.
We were greeted by Edward and Esme and Rose wasn't far behind. Hugs were exchanged, kisses from Esme, as we made our way into the living room. We all took our seats, Edward next to me, I noticed, and then Brooke and Alice started talking about which stores to go to first. Before they could get too far along I had to interrupt.
"How about you and Alice shop together so we all don't have to worry about keeping up with you two and the rest of us can just go wherever we want. We all do have cell phones, so we can split up." I said, directing it towards Brooke since she was the one who was talking just before I interrupted them.
"Alright. Whatever's good for you. Me and Alice do have a pretty big schedule."
"Schedule?" I asked, "For shopping? Wow, if they had a rehab for shoppers, you two should so get into that."
"Ha-Ha, very funny." Alice said, with a scowl on her face. "Just because we plan to enjoy ourselves today doesn't mean we have something wrong with us, we happen to like shopping, it doesn't cause us pain as it seems to do to you."
"Yea, yea. Funny. But actually I do plan to enjoy myself today." I said, glancing over towards Edward. "As long as you don't lock me up in one of those torture chambers you call a dressing room."
"Whatever." She replied, as she jumped up from the couch and ran up stairs. I looked at Edward and before I ever asked, he answered my question.
"She went to get her purse. It's time too leave."
"Oh." was all I said in response.
Once we got to Seattle, which didn't take very long since I was riding with Edward, everyone else rode together, we all got out of the cars and walked into the mall. Alice had apparently forgotten about the movie and when I asked her why she'd come straight here, her only response was something about good sales in the early hours. So I dropped it. There was no getting out of it anyway.
"Well me and Alice, are going this way first," Brooke said, pointing to her left, "So how about we meet up in a couple of hours at the food court, you know, for 'lunch'?" She said, using those stupid air quotes when she said lunch.
"Sounds like a plan." Edward said, and Brooke and Alice left.
"Rosalie, do you know any stores that sell sound systems? The one I have in my truck just isn't big enough anymore." Darrin asked.
"Yep, right this way." She said, pointing straight ahead and they walked off. Now it was just me, Edward and Esme.
"Well where to first Esme?" I asked her. Since I wasn't exactly here to shop I figured we might as well do what someone else wanted too.
"Well I was thinking we'd head to Pottery Barn. I think I need some things for the living room, it hasn't been redecorated in so long." And we started walking to our right, the opposite way of Brooke and Alice, I noted thankfully.
"Cool, let's go. Maybe I'll find something for my house while we're at it." I said, which would also give Brooke something to do, other then to mess with my hair and do my make-up.
"Speaking of your house, I've never seen it Bella." Esme said.
"Well, how about you all come over after shopping. You can give me some decorating tips." I said, just as long as I got to spend more time with them, I was up for anything.
"That's a great idea." We walked the rest of the way in silence and once we got to the store, Esme was on her own. Me and Edward couldn't have kept up if we wanted too. So we just browsed around the store on our own. We hadn't talked for such a long time that when Edward finally did say something it scared me.
"You know, we're not going to vanish right?" He said, smiling at me.
"Uhm… what do you mean?" I said, honestly confused.
"You keep going along with things just to spend time with all of us. Like this shopping trip, you never would've agreed to it this easily before. And the decorating tips from Esme?" He said, then chuckled. "Like you really care what your house looks like in terms of its decorations. Seriously Bella, we're not going anywhere, I promise." He said as he reached over and took my hand. I didn't really know what to say so I just turned toward the closest shelf and started examining everything on it in great detail, but was careful not to let go of his hand.
"I know that. It just seems like we have a lot of time to make up for. So why waste the time we have right now? You know?"
"Yea I know. Well, Esme is going to be awhile I'm sure so, is there anywhere else you wanted to go?" He asked, obviously trying to change the subject.
"Yea, I kind of wanted to go to Border's sometime. I could really use some new books." I said, some of my books had worn out a little bit.
"Alright, well let's go then. Esme we're going to go to Border's don't forget what time we're supposed to meet back up." He said to her as if she were standing right next too him, even though she was on the other side of the store. He waited a second and then nodded and walked toward the door. I was assuming that there had been some kind of mental response from Esme since he hadn't said goodbye or anything.
As we walked down through the mall still holding hands, Edward began asking me all these random questions again.
"Has Brooke or Darrin ever had a boyfriend or girlfriend?" I was pretty sure I knew what he meant by it, because he didn't make it sound like a good thing at all, and I was pretty sure he meant a human boyfriend or girlfriend.
"No, they haven't really. They've had human friends though. Which I was a little bit skeptical about at first I mean, as a mom I try to protect my kids and letting them hang out with humans all the time just didn't really seem all that safe. But they did fine. So I had to relax and enjoy the extra company that dropped by the house.
"It was weird though," I continued, "seeing them interact with people everyday because when I first met you and your family, you really did your best to avoid them, except Carlisle of course. But I got use to it, and even made some friends of my own at some of the high schools I taught at."
"What all states have you lived in?"
"Well we lived in Washington, obviously, North Dakota, Maine, Michigan, and Pennsylvania for a winter. Mostly northern states. I've always wanted to go back to Arizona though, but the sparkly skin doesn't exactly fit in real well down there." I said, laughing as he laughed and nodded his head in agreement.
"Not exactly, no," was his only response.
We had finally gotten to Border's, after multiple other questions had been asked and answered. I browsed the 20th century section for a long time before deciding on one book to buy from this section. If I didn't limit myself, we'd have a really bad situation. But I desperately needed a new copy of Pride and Prejudice, which made the decision easier. After I'd found my copy we browsed around the rest of the store, looking at recently released books.
Edward picked up a few for himself and I grabbed a couple of the new ones that I thought I might like and we headed up to the cash register. The cashier was a girl in her late teens, she looked as if she had just started college, she just had her hair thrown up into a messy bun, and she looked like she hadn't gotten enough sleep the night before.
Edward walked up to her and handed her his books. She hadn't really looked at either of us but when she did she quietly gasped, which she tried to pass off as a cough. She blushed and looked down. Slid his books across the scanner and told him his total. He handed her his card and he picked up his books. She handed him back his card and he slid it into his back pocket.
Next it was my turn. I placed my three books on the counter and watched at she did the same thing with my books as she did with Edward's. She told me my total and I pulled my card out of my pocket and handed it to her. But before I could Edward's outstretched arm was in front of me, with his card in his hand as he handed it to the girl.
"This is on me," he said, I didn't argue because I knew it was pointless.
"Okay, I guess," I said as the girl once again took his card.
Just as she was handing it back to him we both froze. I knew what he was thinking and I wasn't even the psychic one. A vampire had just entered the store, and it wasn't anyone we knew.
Sorry about the cliff hanger guys! I promise to work on this chapter as fast as possible! although that still may not be very fast. Sorry.
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