*Just another apology for the technical problems last chapter. I didn't save it right, so I had to go back and attempt to fix it on fanfic, which was no fun. It won't happen again.*
We marched back to the Volvo in silence. Alice had left her car back with her parents as some sort of spending money compromise, and Edward had kindly let us borrow his precious car while he, Emmett, and Jasper were having a boys day in.
The ride was incredibly awkward, to say the least. Once we were in the car, Rosalie burst into laughter, and gradually it faded to the occasional hiccup. Alice was driving like a madwoman, while shooting glares at me in the rearview mirror.
After Alice screeched to a halt in the college parking lot, she pulled me out of the car by my wrist, which was starting to get incredibly red. Wild tendrils of hair floated around and tickled my face as a light breeze tugged some of my tresses free from its bun. Rosalie finally sobered up when people began giving her strange looks.
"Where are they?" Alice spat.
"Your room has the X Box…," Rosalie muttered sullenly as she half-heartedly glared at a gawking boy.
Alice nodded stiffly at Rosalie, and we pressed onward. I'm sure we looked peculiar, with little Alice in heels and a sundress dragging someone five inches taller than her in a prom dress and a sullen gypsy trudging behind.
We finally arrived at the room, and Alice wasted no time in plunging a hand into her mammoth purse, producing her key. With more force than I thought possible, she jammed the key into the door and turned the lock.
When the door finally swung open, it was clear that we were interrupting a heated battle. Jasper sat upside down on a chair with his feet over the back and his back on the seat, his face screwed up in concentration. Emmett bounced around on the balls of his feet, bellowing expletives at the television, while Edward lay on the ground with his tongue hanging out in concentration. They didn't even notice our presence.
Alice finally released her death grip on my wrist and marched determinedly over to the outlet, pulling out the cords that connected the game box and TV.
"What the… Alice! I was five points away from my high score!" Emmett bellowed. Jasper blinked in confusion, and Edward furrowed his brow as he stared at the blank screen.
"Where is it, Bella?" Alice demanded as she surveyed the scene.
"Same spot, opposite side," I told her weakly, telepathically screaming at Edward to run as fast as possible.
Damn Edward for not being able to read minds.
Alice promptly waded through the tangled mess of game cords and food wrappers and pulled Edward up by his ear.
"Ow! What the hell-OW! Alice!" Edward complained as he scrambled awkwardly to his feet.
Alice was much shorter than Edward, so instead of just pulling up his shirt to see the tattoo, she decided to pull the whole thing off.
"OW! Alice, your nails are like daggers-Jesus, Al! OW!" Edward howled as Alice all but crawled up his back to remove his shirt. She didn't stop until she could see his entire back. However, because she never actually bothered to take his shirt off completely, he was stuck with it covering his head while his arms just kind of flopped around awkwardly. Even with his shirt covering his wonderful face, his beautiful abs and muscular back gave me plenty to admire. I staggered my staring because any longer than 5 seconds and I would start to blush.
Damn Edward and his sexybility.
"Way to go man! You finally grew a pair!" Emmett applauded when he saw the lion. "Wait…that is real, right?"
"Yes Emmett, it is real," Alice hissed angrily as she whirled around to face him. "Bella has one too."
"Bella?" Emmett repeated. You could tell that this was not processing properly in his brain, and it was frustrating Alice to no end.
"This is why they shouldn't play video games," muttered Alice as she came to my side.
"Why are you wearing a prom dress?" Emmett asked in confusion. "You look nice…but it's October. We're in college. We don't have prom…"
Alice glared at him and wordlessly spun me around. "Emmett. Tattoo."
"Huh. Wait, what does spes mean? Aren't those the candies that come out of the character's heads?" Emmett wondered.
"No, I think those are Pez," Jasper added, still sitting upside down. His face was growing progressively redder as the blood flow to his head increased, and his voice sounded strange and warped as it floated up.
"Oh man, I love those things!" Emmett exclaimed. "I had this Snoopy one that was so cool! But then Alice got mad and threw it out the window…huh…um, Al? Ally dear? That look is sickeningly familiar…"
Alice's face was all screwed up, her little button nose scrunched, and her eyes all squinted as she glared whole-heartedly at her brother. You could all but feel the heat radiating from her little body, and her fists clenched so tight that they were pale white.
"Does anyone care that we may not even know Edward and Bella anymore?" Alice growled quietly, fear more obvious than anger.
"Alice, it's just a tattoo-"
"They lied to us!" Alice exclaimed, cutting off the formerly silent Rosalie. "They skipped school, got tattoos, and lied to us about the whole thing!"
"Alice, we told you! It wasn't an intentional thing at first, it just snowballed!" Edward interrupted tiredly, his voice muffled by the fabric of his t-shirt and the flesh of his left arm.
"But you were afraid to tell us! You hid the tattoos until now! Who's to say that you would have ever told us!" Alice retorted angrily.
"Alice, we would have told you guys. We just didn't think it was that big a deal," I explained.
"How would this not be a big deal? You both did something completely out of character! You were irresponsible, and reckless, and-"
"And that was the point! We wanted to be out of character for a little bit! And quite honestly, it's none of your business!" Edward shouted his anger less intimidating given his current state.
"I want it to be," Alice replied in a small voice. I did a double take, surprised at her abrupt mood swing. "I'm your sister, for God sake. All of us are family, unofficially. I can see it happening. I don't want to lose any part of that happiness."
"Aw, Alice, we're not going to join a motorcycle gang or anything. We just needed to be someone else for a little while," I explained as I wrapped her in a hug.
"Yeah, Al, I've got a tattoo but I'm still here!" Emmett added as he wriggled his way to the middle of the hug.
Jasper stared quizzically at our strange little trio for a moment before tumbling out of his chair and happily shouting, "Group hug!"
Jasper enveloped Alice's tiny frame while successfully managing to elbow Emmett in the gut, and Rosalie sighed before falling to peer pressure and joining in.
After a moment of peaceful silence, Edward's voice cut through. "Is anyone going to help me out?"
Thanks again to the ever-wonderful SavageWoman for fixing all the things I didn't even think of. Hands Down by Dashboard Confessional, from jlm8808; you won me over because one, it was a great song, and two, I am a hopeless romantic like you wouldn't believe. But there were so many other great recommendations out there! I've got a list about as long as my arm (which, while long enough to snag the jar of peanut butter from the top shelf is really not that long) of some fabulous music, so if you want to know those, just ask and I can send them your way.
Question: Of the people who follow people on YouTube (if that even makes sense), who is your favorite?
Answer: EvilIguanaProduction, hands down. I found them because of their Twilight Trailer Spoof, and fell in love with them for The Allen and Craig Show. If you haven't seen either one of those, go watch them now. They're hilarious.
Oh, and I figured an explanation for why this is late-ish would be good. Basically, this chapter was three-fourths of the way done when my laptop pulled a suicide mission and heroically leapt off a desk. The screen shattered. It was horrific. After about two weeks, I managed to find and purchase a new laptop, and now two more weeks later I've got the Windows Suite on it. So I'm all squared away now, but if someone could tell me how to get these annoying corner edging things off my document, it'd be much appreciated.