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"Won't you stay?" Alice looked at me with sincere pleading eyes. And they pierced me as if they were silver knives. My heart tells me to stay but my mind tells me to leave. Which one would I follow? I mean, all things will always come to an end….eventually.
"I can't Alice. I have to leave Forks tomorrow." I explained to her.
"Do I have a choice?" I shook my head slightly.
A minute passed.
"Bella," Alice said flatly. "I know you're going to get mad at me for asking you this question." She paused to look at me. "Do you still love or even have feelings for my brother?"
That question struck me. What was I going to say? Is this why everyone went on a hunting trip? I had no choice. I stood up and turned for the door. "Now's really not the time."
Alice hands restrained me from going anywhere. "Please, do you?"
I was speechless. How in the world will I answer that question? If I say yes, I would stay stuck here at Forks because I wouldn't have the nerve to leave him. But if I say no, it will be the most stupid decision that I will regret forever. It's now or never. "The truth is—I still love him. I've never stopped. I just ignored the feeling when you guys showed up. I thought my life was perfect. And for real, it wasn't." I admitted. "I was incomplete. And now everything's gone totally wrong. I messed up."
I paused for a moment, looking at Alice's reaction. She flashed her laser white teeth at me. She urged me to continue. "I've learned my lesson Alice. All relationships particularly end the same." It took me one word. "Betrayal."
"Edward didn't really mean to leave you. No matter how stupid and annoying he really is, he was just scared for your life. He never stopped loving you too Bella." Alice stared at me as if she was seeing my soul already.
"I know that."
"Then why—?" she trailed off.
"I already told you. I have difficulty in trusting other people. But please don't tell anyone this. I don't want to have a reason to not leave tomorrow." I pleaded.
Alice eyes suddenly brightened. "Well, I'm not really the only person here now." She confessed happily. What does she mean? Who else heard everything I said? Oh God. "Edward?" she called out.
And there he was. Standing with his pure perfection. Smiling playfully at Alice. "Thanks a lot Alice."
I gasped out loud, my mouth hanging open. "Alice! Wha—"
"Oh relax Bella. You know that I wasn't just gonna let you leave, right?" Alice said innocently.
"Yes but do you really have to torment me this way?"
She just laughed, a tinkling of bells.
I buried my face in my hands. "No,no,no." I said repeatedly.
I felt a pair of cold hands supporting me. I shivered involuntarily.
"Oops sorry," Edward said and let go of me.
A long moment passed. I decided to speak up. "Well, this is—awkward."
"Not really." He said happily. "Have you figured out your decision yet?"
I removed my hands from my face. Edward was staring at me. "What decision?"
"Have you completely forgiven me yet?" he smiled his breathtaking smile at me. Oh that.
I blinked twice. He was already forgiven. A long time ago; "Um…isn't it obvious?"
"Thank you." It happened so fast. He kissed me so passionately that I gasped out loud again. And at that moment, I didn't want to leave anymore. Like it would kill me to leave.
"Edward," I breathed. I didn't like the feeling when I said his name. "Don't give me another reason to stay." I stared at the floor as I spoke. "You're making it harder for me to leave."
I just shook my head stubbornly.
"Is this about college, Bella?" he asked ever so sincerely.
"No, it isn't. Besides, you wouldn't understand."
"Tell me," I knew that he hid the curiosity in his voice.
I glanced at the window. How did it get so late already? "I—I have to go. It's late." I grabbed my purse and headed for the door.
He also stood up. "How are you planning to get home?"
I turned around. He was smiling playfully again, like I was missing some inside joke. Alice really planned this hard, didn't she? "Well….I was wondering if you could take me home." I smiled back.
"Let's go." He held my hand and we headed for the door.
"Waiiiiit!!!" Alice shrieked from the top of the stairs. She looked accusingly at Edward. "We were having a sleepover right?" She was beside me in a flash and tugged my arm.
"You had your fun already Alice." Edward snickered.
"But that was just part of it, I'm not yet finished." She glared back.
It turned into a glaring contest after that. Edward reading Alice's mind while Alice was trying to see if she'll really win this; I felt really annoyed at that.
"Fine," Edward resigned. "Only if Bella wants to stay."
"Oh she will." Alice proclaimed confidently.
I will? I'll be leaving soon anyway. "Whatever makes you happy, Alice."
"I told you so." Alice stuck her tongue like a five year old. I giggled at that one. "I'm going hunting. I'll see you tomorrow Bella." And she was gone.
I turned confusingly to Edward. "But I thought she wanted a sleepover?"
"No she's just using that as an excuse to dress you up tomorrow and to probably give us alone time." He chortled. Clever Alice;
"C'mon," he held out his hand to me. "You'll sleep in my room."
His room? Sure, the couch in his room is probably longer than this one in the living room. I took his hand and we went up the third floor again. Nothing much has change from his room. It was still the same since the last time I was here.
"I'm sorry. We didn't have a chance to get a bed for you to sleep on." Edward sat on the couch while I rested my head on his lap. And honestly, I really felt drowsy.
"It's fine. So, you never did tell me,"
"Yes?" he asked politely.
"What made you come back here?"
"I only came back because of you. I can't live in a world where you don't exist."
I stayed silent.
"Did you fall asleep?" he asked sweetly. Then something touched my hair slightly–his lips?
"Not really. I was just thinking." Thinking of whether to leave or not if that's what he means.
"Is that something I get to hear?"
"Nope." I replied stubbornly.
He just laughed at me—frustrated. "Stubborn as always."
"Yep." I agreed.
"Sleep now Bella," he said more seriously this time. "Tomorrow's a big day for you."
"Not anymore," I whispered and I knew he could hear it.
I didn't quite understand in what Bella said before she slept. What does she mean? And more importantly, what is she keeping from me? Maybe I'll ask Alice later. I waited for the hours to pass by as I watched my beautiful Bella sleep on my lap. From time to time, I would kiss her hair or caress her cheek as she dreamed away. I just can't let her go away to Florida like that. It would totally destroy me this time.
I heard everyone enter the house. They were back. Thoughts suddenly floated around the house. But Alice's was the most annoying. She was blocking me again.
"Alice," I groaned. "Stop blocking me."
She was suddenly beside me. "I was just thinking of what I would do to Bella later. After all, what's life without a little surprise?"
I glared at her again. Bella's phone unexpectedly buzzed. Alice turned to look at it. I read her mind as she analyzed the message. It was from Lauren Mallory.
I need the headband. NOW. Give it to me or I'll swear to REALLY end you Bella Swan.
"What was that about?" I asked as if I don't know. And what significance does a headband have anyway?
"I don't know. Maybe I'll ask Bella later." Alice shrugged and returned the phone. So have you asked her yet? She added in her mind.
I shook my head.
"When are you planning to? She'll be leaving soon." Alice questioned me like I was a suspect in a crime scene.
"I was hoping that she will change her mind." I said. "Can you see her decision?"
"No. Even in her sleep she's deciding on whether to leave or not. Bella's still undecided." Alice said, annoyed a little.
Bella's voice suddenly interrupted our conversation. "I love you Edward." She sighed in her sleep. It made my undead heart jump up and down.
"Would you bear to let her go for the second time?" Alice asked. "Think about it, Edward. If you don't ask her sooner, you'll lose her."And she walked away.
Alice was right. I should ask Bella after graduation. I don't want to ruin her day.
Bella's almost gonna wake up Edward. Wear some decent clothes for graduation. Alice grimaced in her thoughts.
Today was the day. The day that I will have to face reality and bid the fairy tales and folk legends goodbye. I opened my eyes. "Edward?" That's funny; I thought I fell asleep on his lap last night. He must've got bored watching me sleep already.
"Yes?" he suddenly appeared in front of my face.
"Gah!" I almost fell of the couch.
"Did I scare you?" he chuckled.
"No, just surprised actually." I sat up slowly.
"How was your sleep? Though I'm sorry I didn't have time to get you a bed." He said so sweetly.
"Good." I smiled.
Alice suddenly appeared at the door. "Good. She's awake. C'mon Bella. I have to dress you up." She yanked my arm.
Not again. "I-I really have to get home first."
"My point exactly."
"Humans have breakfast, Alice." Edward said as a matter of factly.
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