Poor Esme. She was trying to figure out what to do about Renee. She was trying to be a good host, but Renee would be staying with us for a day or two, and things had already gotten awkward and dull.
A shopping trip! I could see it clearly. It would be the perfect thing to entertain and get everyone more comfortable with each other. I would see if Jasper would come, that would help calm and relax everyone.
My thoughts turned to Jasper; he was watching football with Emmett again. He was also reaching a level of boredom immensely hazardous for our attempt at projecting a normal family for Renee. All it would take would be for Emmett to do something, or simply say something, anything. He was that bored.
The half of him that wasn't longing to drink Renee's blood was bored, at least, but he seemed to have himself under control. I was so proud of him for that.
He felt my emotions and sent back his gratitude and joy at my pleasure with him. I let him know I loved him, and he returned the feeling. We did all this without thinking about it. It was a natural as existing for us.
I mentioned the shopping trip to Esme and Rosalie.
Esme thought it was a great idea. "It'll be a chance to get out of the house and do something." She remarked cheerfully.
"Assuming she's not like Bella when it comes to shopping." Rosalie commented. Then she grinned. "But I'm game, whether the humans want to go or not."
"How long has it been since the last time we went shopping?" I asked Rosalie, feeling guilty. Jasper was there, reassuring. She isn't upset, she's actually excited.
Rosalie shrugged. "A while." She replied. "How are you going to bring it up?"
"I'm just going to go sit with Jasper and wait for the opportunity to present itself." I decided.
"And if it doesn't you'll suggest a trip out of the blue." Rosalie teased.
"Exactly." I grinned.
I looked towards Edward as I entered the room moved to sit beside Jasper. Everything alright? Jasper okay?
Jasper was fine.
"Renee's bored." Edward commented. "She thinks we're a boring family." Jasper found this amusing. Of course, right now, we were a boring family.
I turned to Jasper. He already knew what was coming.
We were thinking about taking her shopping. He didn't like clothes shopping, he didn't need anything, so I'd better not be planning on shopping for him. He didn't even have to actually think it for me to know.
Bella won't want to go. Was what he did reply. She hated shopping with me.
She'll go anyway. I had seen that much.
You want me to drive? He wanted to go, to be with me.
I'd love for you to, if you don't mind going. He basked in my pleasure at his offer.
With you? Never. He'd go anywhere with me, do anything for me. The feeling was mutual.
Rosalie even wants to go. She did enjoy shopping with me, though she'd never admit it. Just like her arguments with Jasper. Neither of them would ever admit they enjoyed them. I could sense his smugness on that subject.
She does like going with you.
It has been a while. I felt bad, but didn't need to. Rosalie hadn't felt slighted, we just hadn't had the opportunity lately.
I turned my attention back to the others.
Bella looked up at Edward, speculatively, before turning to Renee. "Sorry, Mom." She apologized. "There isn't much exciting to do around here."
The perfect opening. She had walked right into this. "We could go on a shopping trip." I suggested.
Bella groaned. "Not again."
"Your mom might enjoy it." Edward commented. "She did want to get to know the family. What better way to get to know Alice than to shop with her?" Thanks.
Bella sighed. "That's easy for you to say, you don't have to go." She grumbled at him.
Emmett snorted "That's because she shops for us, so we don't have any say in the matter." He informed her.
Sheesh, it isn't as bad as all that.
Yes it is. Jasper teased. I flashed irritation at him, he responded with alarm. I reminded him that I loved him. As if I needed to.
"Oh, come on, Bella." I pleaded. "Rosalie's even going to go."
"Fine." Bella surrendered.
I was ecstatic. This was going to be fun. "Great! Let's go." I jumped up as Esme and Rosalie came in from the kitchen. Bella got up less enthusiastically. Renee stood and followed us out the door. I felt rather than saw Jasper get up to join us.
I led the others outside and straight to Jasper's car.
"Um, Alice?" Bella asked. "Who's driving?"
"Oh, Jasper, of course." Had they not realized that?
Apparently not. Jasper thought as Renee noticed him and about had a heart attack. She giggled nervously as he moved into the driver's seat. I slipped in beside him. Rosalie followed me, leaving Bella, Renee, and Esme to sit in the back.
"He doesn't mind?" Bella asked.
"Nope." I replied . Why would he? Jasper didn't know either. He found her confusion amusing, though.
He started the car and we drove off. He was silent throughout the chatter that slowly picked up among us. He was happy just to be here with me, he wasn't interested in anything else.
He moved his hand to rest on the back of mine, a movement that went unnoticed by anyone else. I sighed happily, still amazed by the good fortune that had brought him to me.
I love you too. He said. I thought I was the lucky one.
I couldn't live without you. I informed him
I didn't live until I met you. You gave me life, happiness, peace.
You did the same for me.
By the way, there's this shirt…
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