"Are you sure you'll be fine here by yourself Bells?" Charlie asked me anxiously as he laced up his boots. "I feel horrible leaving you here alone for Christmas but…"
"Dad, I'll be fine, I told you. Besides, I'm going up to Jessica's house tomorrow." I attempted to lie. Thankfully, Charlie fell for it.
"Alright," he said slowly, "I better head out then." He gave me a hug & walked out the door.
Charlie was spending Christmas Eve, Christmas, and Boxing Day at the Black's house. He said it was something to do with owing Billy….. But I didn't mind the slightest. I wouldn't be spending a moment alone. I wondered around the house contentedly as I waited for Edward to arrive, taking in of the decorations Alice had pinned onto every surface of the house after running out of room at the Cullen's. (However that was possible.) I was glad that Charlie was under the impression that the Cullen's were vacationing in Hawaii for Christmas; he didn't have the slightest idea….
"Bella!" Alice's wind chime voice pulled me back to the present. I turned around and was nearly knocked to the ground as she tackled me with a bone-crushing hug. "Merry Christmas!"
"Can't… Breathe… Alice" I gasped.
She laughed her musical laugh and pulled away, grinning at me. She held out a silver-wrapped box.
"Alice, you're not supposed to open presents until Christmas morning." I reminded her mildly.
She laughed again and darted into the living room to put the present under the tree. I sighed, but couldn't stop myself from smiling and catching on to her Christmas spirit. Soft Christmas music drifted from the living room.
A pair of arms encircled me from behind.
"Merry Christmas," Edward murmured softly into my ear.
I twisted in his arms and kissed him eagerly. He returned the kiss but pulled away too soon and took my hand in his, a sparkle in his eyes.
"If that's all you two are going to be doing for the next three days I'm going home." Alice pouted from behind me. I turned around to see her looking annoyed.
"Relax, Alice," Edward assured her.
She grinned, her good mood already returned. "So, what do you guys want to do?" She asked excitedly "Caroling, Build snow forts…" She continued down her mental list.
"Alice!" I exclaimed "I do not sing. How about we watch a movie?" I suggested. She pouted, clearly not in the mood to sit around.
"You can pick." I said, hoping to appease her.
"Okay!" She said excitedly, and darted out the door, no doubt heading back to the Cullen's house to pick out one of their thousands of DVDs.
Edward chuckled and pulled me into the living room while I sighed at her erratic mood swings. He sat down on the couch; I sat in his lap and rested my head against his shoulder.
"She's very excited," he informed me. "You know that she doesn't remember anything of her human Christmases."
"I know," I sighed.
"Aren't you excited at all?" He asked disapprovingly.
"Of course I am," I grinned at him. "Alice can just be a bit… over the top." And overwhelming.
He laughed, "Don't worry, later tonight she'll want to go spend time with Jasper."
Alice darted back into the room, a pile of DVDs in hand. She handed them to me with a grin.
"Okay Bella, I couldn't decide which one you would want so I brought a few." I sifted through the classic Christmas flicks while she bustled around the room, possibly too hyper to sit.
"Bella," she whined "hurry up!"
I sighed and handed her one at random. She pressed play on the small TV and sat down on the couch.
After a few minutes of quiet she blurted out, "Oh I just can't stand sitting still! You two enjoy the movie; I'm going to see what's going on at home. And FYI Bella, Renée is going to call in about ten minutes." She darted out the door before I could get a "Bye Alice" in.
Edward laughed and stretched out on the couch, pulling me closer against his chest. "Are you happy that she's gone?" he asked with a smirk.
"Edward!" I scolded him. Then I actually thought about it. "Well a little, yeah. She was getting a bit irritating. But don't tell her I said that!"
"Don't worry, love, she'll be back in the morning."
"So what do you want to do now?" I asked him as he stroked my hair.
"I was under the impression you wanted to watch the movie."
"I was using that as an excuse so Alice wouldn't make me go caroling."
I giggled as he pressed his lips to my throat. I twisted my face around to his but was interrupted by a shrill ring from the phone. I scowled at the interruption and he laughed at my expression.
I walked over to the kitchen; Edward followed close behind and wrapped his arms around my waist as I picked up the phone.
"Hello?" I said. Already knowing, thanks to Alice, that it would be Renée.
"Oh Bella, sweetie! How are you?" she exclaimed.
The extensive conversation lasted for nearly an hour when I finally convinced her I had to go. With a deep sigh, I hung up and looked at the clock on the microwave. Nine-thirty.
"Let's get you up to bed." Edward said. Grinning as he scooped me up into his arms and flew up the stairs. After showering and brushing my teeth, I walked back into my bedroom. I expected to find him waiting for me but he was no where to be seen.
"Edward?" I murmured.
He appeared silently next to me, a cup of hot chocolate in his hands. It was topped with whipped cream and candy cane crumbs. I laughed.
"Thanks." I said.
"Try it." He said excitedly.
I took a sip, and grinned.
"Good?" he asked, flashing my favorite crooked smile.
"It's the best hot chocolate I've ever had." I assured him, which earned me another delighted smile.
I finished the hot chocolate while we curled up on my bed. Setting the mug aside, I reached up to kiss his jaw line. His hard lips met mine and he pulled me into his lap, resting his back against the headboard. I wrapped my arms around him and melted into his chest. His hands twisted into my hair as his mouth moved down to my collarbone. I shivered when I felt his cold lips on my shoulder.
"Look at you two. I leave you alone for two hours and this is what you come up with for entertainment!"
Edward's head snapped up, and a soft growl escaped his throat for the interruption when he saw Alice leaning against my wall, like she'd been there the whole time.
"Alice!" I exclaimed "I wish that you would knock."
She giggled, "Don't worry; I just came to say goodnight." She leaned over and pecked me and Edward on the cheek. "See you tomorrow morning!"
"Ugh!" I groaned and Edward chuckled.
"She can be rather irritating." He smiled sympathetically. "Now, where were we?"
"Right about here." I murmured as he brought his lips back to mine.