A/N: Here's the next chapter. Sorry I didn't do the song title this time around. I was too busy writing ;) You won't be disappointed, hopefully. Let's try this from Alice's POV, hmm?
Oh! Someone pointed out last chapter I accidentally said "Bella" instead of "Marie". It was an ACCIDENT. Ignore it, okay? Haha.
Chapter 4: Makes Me Wonder
Song: Makes Me Wonder - Maroon 5
Marie is being nice to me again.
I'm not sure what I did when she started ignoring me, but she's pretending it didn't happen. So I will too. I don't want to bring it up anymore.
I'm not sure why I care so much about what she thinks about me, but I do. There's some kind of connection between us.
But, I'm kind of scared. I haven't really gotten close to anyone since...
Well, I think I should make an effort. I shouldn't cut myself off from people. Bella wouldn't have wanted that. At least I don't think she would. I wish I knew why she left.
"So, Marie, you're coming to the New Year's party, right?" I asked.
"Uh, sure, why not?" she said, kind of nervously.
"Is something wrong? You can bring Madison too, don't worry," I said.
"Oh, okay, then. That's all I was worried about," she said, but I could tell she was lying. She was almost as bad of a liar as...
C'mon, don't go there Alice.
One Month Later
"So, do you want to come over? I don't really have anything planned tonight." I asked, hoping she would accept. My parents really want to meet her. They're excited that I've finally became social again.
"Well, Madison is actually staying at my friend's house tonight. She's like her aunt in a way. So, yeah, I'll come," she said.
I smiled widely, and gave her a big hug.
I linked my arm in hers, but when I looked at her, she looked uncomfortable.
I decided to let it go. She did say that something happened to her husband. Maybe she's just as anti-social as I've become?
We walked out to the parking lot and found my car. She got in very carefully, just like....
Stop it, Alice!
We drove to my house with the radio on once again. We sang to the songs we knew, just like I used to with...
Ugh! Stop it!
I need to stop comparing her to Bella and Rosalie.
They're gone. But, now I have Marie.
I can't compare. It's just not fair.
I pulled up in front of my house.
"Wow. This is a pretty big house for just one person!" she exclaimed.
Oh, I forgot to tell her.
"Oh, I live with my parents, actually. We moved.. recently and I haven't got my own house yet." I explained.
Technically, we have lived here for a little over a year. You can call that recently, right?
She looked like she had just seen a ghost, but she quickly recovered.
"Sorry, I just... realized that... I think I forgot to pack Madison's inhaler. She has... asthma." she took out her cell and dialed a number quickly.
"Angela! Did I pack Madison's inhaler?" she asked.
"Oh, right. Okay, thanks," she said and hung up, "It was packed."
"So, do you want something to drink?" I asked.
"Sure. Rootbeer?" she asked.
Wait. Rootbeer? How did she know we even had any? We always kept it stocked because Edward loved the stuff, but how would she know?
"Do you have rootbeer? If you don't I'll take coke or something," she said.
"Yeah, we have it. I'll get you some," I said, she followed me into the kitchen. I grabbed a coke for myself and we went back and sat on the couch.
"So, you know Jessica? The client? I used to go to school with her," I said.
There was a flash of realization across her face before she responded.
"Yeah, you kind of seemed like you knew each other," she replied.
"Oh, well, she said that she thought that you went to our school too. Crazy right?" I asked.
I knew Marie didn't go to our school. It was a small town, everybody knew everybody.
She choked on her soda.
"Are you okay?" I asked rushing over to her.
She coughed and nodded before washing it down with another sip.
"So, do you have a roommate or is it just you and Marie?"
"It's just us. I don't really like having roommates that much," she said.
She didn't like roommates, just like..
No! I need to stop. Everytime I meet someone I compare them to Bella and Rose, and that's how I end up losing them as a friend. No more comparisons.
"Marie, I don't mean to pry, but I told you a lot that day about my past, and I was wondering if you wanted to say anything about yours? I know it's hard to believe, but it actually helped to tell someone," I said. I really wanted to know about what happened to her husband.
"Oh, well, um-" she started, but was interrupted when Emmett bound down the stairs. Way to ruin it Emmett!
"And how is my favorite little sister doing?" Emmett asked, swooping down and giving me a hug. He then turned to Marie, who looked rather scared. A normal reaction.
"Hi, I'm Emmett! Don't be scared, I don't bite!" he said, putting his hand out, "And you are?"
"I'm...Marie," she said, as if she forgot her own name. I guess Emmett can be pretty scary, but he's really just a huge teddy bear.
Emmett sat on the couch, making it sink down a pretty good amount.
"Mom is making dinner. Dad's trying to help as always," Emmett said, rolling his eyes.
I was about to say something, but I was cut off when the kitchen door opened.
Followed by shattering glass.
We all looked up and saw Esme, who had dropped the dinner platter. Carlisle came running in, and followed Esme's gaze. She looked like she had seen a ghost.
Bella's POV - A minute earlier
Okay. Edward doesn't know. Alice isn't suspicious as far as I can tell. And even though Emmett is sitting right here on the couch with me, he seems pretty oblivious.
I think I'm actually safe. Maybe they won't suspect anything?
My thoughts were cut off when I heard the shatter of glass.
I looked up to see Esme, and then Carlisle running through the door.
No, no, no!
What just happened? Did she just find out who I was?
No! This isn't happening!
It was working so well!
Before I knew what was going on, I was being scooped up in a huge hug.
Esme held me tight and rested her head on my shoulder.
I couldn't face anyone right now. I just looked at the floor.
"Alice! Why didn't you tell us that your friend from work was Bella!?" Esme said, accusingly.
"I didn't know," she said sourly before storming out of the house.
I was still staring at the floor. At my feet, mostly. My shoes suddenly became very uncomfortable.
"Bella, honey! I'm so glad you're here! We've missed you!" Esme continued.
I looked up at her, "You don't hate me?"
"Of course not honey! We could never hate you!" she said.
"I wouldn't be so sure," I said, thinking to Alice's departure.
"Just give her time, honey," Esme assured. Before I could nod in response, I was smashed into a bone-crushing hug. Emmett.
"Bella! We were so worried! You just left! Where'd you go? Why are you here? What happened? Why'd you'd leave?" he fired. He paused for a second, "Do you know what you put us through?"
And then I broke down. I couldn't control the crying. I couldn't go anywhere, I couldn't get out of here. All I could do was cry.
A/N: Well, are you surprised at how everyone found out? Edward doesn't know yet though. I was going to put it in this chapter, but I knew you guys would want this part up, so I put it up. I PROMISE there will be Edward next chapter.
Oh, and I used the replace thing to make sure there were no Bella's instead of Marie's. There were two, haha. But I fixed them.