Alice was not prepared for what she saw. None of them were. Three jaws dropped simultaneously, and six eyes stared relentlessly.
Bella shifted her feet uncomfortably.
"Say something," she whimpered, willing the silence to disappear.
"You could have told me," Alice accused.
"I tried," Bella murmured,"I just had no way to contact you. Sorry."
"Not you, honey," Alice said sweetly, "I was talking about my husband," she finished glaring at Jasper.
"What?" he asked.
"When we talked on the phone? It was like an hour ago? Remember that?"
"I assumed you saw it."
"Yeah, well, I haven't seen much of anything lately," she said bitterly.
Just then Carlisle walked in, Esme in tow behind him. She looked concerned. She always hated when her kids fought. Carlisle was, as always, the epitome of calm.
"What's going on guys?" he asked smoothly.
Rosalie nodded to the doorway, where Bella still stood.
"Hello, Bella," he said, ever polite. "When did you get here?"
"Just now," she said.
"How are you?" he asked.
Esme, Rosalie, Jasper, Alice, and Emmett glared at him. Was he making some kind of joke or was he really just oblivious?
"Fine," she lied, a habit, "And you?"
"Great," he said, smiling.
Silence came over them again. No one was quite sure what to say. Edward was frozen. He hadn't moved since she walked in the door. Alice was starting to be concerned, but knew she shouldn't push him. This must be a huge shock for him.
Rosalie finally broke it.
"How did you do it?" she asked, her curiosity temporarily masking her coldness.
"Do what?" Bella was confused, and extremely embarrassed if Rosalie was asking her what she thought she was asking.
"You know what," Rosalie said, very harsh this time.
"Um, well," she started flustered, "I guess just like the same way everyone else does it. I don't know. Is there more than one way to do it?"
She looked to Edward for help, for a confirmation, for anything. He still hadn't moved.
"Not that!" Rosalie screamed, "I know where babies come from. What I meant was how did you hide from Edward, and everyone, for that matter, that you were pregnant for six months?"
Bella didn't say anything.
"Answer me!" Rosalie bellowed.
Esme put her hand on Rosalie's shoulder, and whispered for her to try to gain some control. Bella was a guest, after all.
"I'm not six months pregnant," Bella murmured finally.
"Fine. Five months then, whatever. How did you do it?"
"I-I haven't been pregnant that long," Bella stuttered. "It's Edward's."
At the mention of his name, Edward's head finally snapped up and he moved to join the conversation.