This is something that will come in handy in the story.
Dominic-the duke who holds the party
Hunter- is the earl of London
Jack- is the count for London
Mike- he is the Baron of London
Also Bella brings up her past, I will get into that at a later time :)
My dress maid pulls the lace ties on the back of my dress. I turn and look into the mirror seeing
my Dark pink gown with my black underskirt. The sleeves of the dress flow out at my wrist, and I am just
so happy that I pick this out. "Ma'am we have to get your hair done." Nancy my Dress maid says coming
up behind me with a chair. "Something simple, please." I ask taking my seat as she goes to work
brushing my hair. "Of course Ma'am." I just love how Nancy does my hair that's why I took her in, she
only 11 and just like my daughter.
Half an hour later
After washing my hair, and brushing it Nancy has done a wonderful job. It just simple like I asked
for, my soft curls fall over my shoulder and the sides of my hair are gentle pulled to the back of my head
and tied with a pink ribbon. I get up and walk over to my jewelry box and pick out my diamond heart
necklace, I clasp it around my neck and sigh. Why do I not feel nervous? A quick rasp comes at my door,
followed by Nancy walking in. "Ma'am Lord Cullen is here." my heart jumps at this, oh my now I am
nervous "Thank you Nancy, you can retire now." She walks to my closet and hands me my red velvet
shawl. "You can sleep in here tonight, Dear. If you would like." She looks at me with sad eyes, I walk over
to her and sit her down on the bed. "What is the matter?" I ask while gently running my hand down her
hair. She buries her head into my shoulder "All of the maids say that you don't like me. And that you're
going to give me away." By the end of this she is crying into my shoulder, I drop the shawl and wrap my
arms around her. I 'sh' her but she still cries and it kills me. "Nancy do you really think I don't like you?"
she gasp for air as she looks at me, I reach for my purse and get out a handkerchief that I hand it to her.
She wipes her eyes and then looks at me "No." "Do you think that I would ever give you away?" I ask
keeping and arm wrapped around her shoulder "No." "Then why are you so upset?" she looks down at
the handkerchief "I don't know." I chuckle lightly before kissing her head "Then sleep my dear, I will
have a talk with the rest of the maids later tonight." I get up and grab shawl from the floor. "Be safe" I
laugh at this "I will, now sleep." She walks behind the changing wall so I exit the room
I hear her heels click as she descends the stairs. I stand up as she enters, she looks beautiful pink
is definitely her color. "Bella, you look lovely." I gush making her blush and look down at her outfit "Well
thank you, you look exceptionally handsome this evening." I smiled at her before taking her ungloved
hand to kiss it lightly. "Thank you." "I must apologize for making you wait. I had to deal with something
upstairs." I smile at her as we head to the door "It's perfectly alright, I was early anyhow." She nods at
me as we exit the house; a cold breeze of the night hits us making her shiver. I help Bella into the
carriage before entering, I sit down next to her my black assumable contrast from hers.
At the party Bella's pov:
So far Carlisle and I have met up with many of the couples that I know very well. But now it is
time to meet his friends, and I'm not sure I'm ready. See I'm not very popular with aristocrats, so I guess
that's why. We walk over to the Duke of Wolfberry and Carlisle introduces me to him, and I had no idea
his name is Dominic I suppose you do learn something new every day. And now the earl, great, I let out
a sigh and tighten my grip on Carlisle arm which he seems to notice quiet quickly.
"Don't take anything he says personally" he whispers in my ear as the earl approaches us
"Of course i have heard the rumors." Which I have and they are horrible one at that.
"They are true, trust me." He says sternly making me smile at him he really is adorable when he's
worried."I do." And I do I trust him but the question is because of my past can I really ever trust him
enough. The Earl walks over to us and stops in front of me.
"Carlisle, it's a pleasure to see you."
"It is nice to see you as well, hunter. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Lady Isabella."
The Earl turns his head towards me, gentle he lifts my hand to his lips. I try to hide my disguise when I
Feel his tongue touch my knuckles. I pull my hand away gently and place it at my side.
"It's a pleasure to meet you Lady Isabella." he bows slightly
"It's my pleasure My Lord." I curtsy at him, and just now i notice that a lot of men have surrounded us.
And they are all looking at me! Well this is greatly uncomfortable; i step closer to Carlisle who seems to
sense my discomfort. "if you gentlemen will excuse us, I think Lady Isabella needs some fresh air." He
places his hand on my lower back and walks away before they can answer. "I am terribly sorry about
that." He says turning me around to face him as we enter the rose garden "It's perfectly alright." I say
breathless, oh my all those men looked like they were undressing me. "Are you alright Bella?" Carlisle
ask looking down at me, his blonde hair falls somewhat in his face and his plump lips are so close to
mine that I could feel his breath. God pull yourself together you've had men undressing you with their
eyes for your whole life, and you freaking out now! "I'm sorry, I just um… got very overwhelmed. My
apologizes." His eyes turn to sadness "There's no need to apologize, you just looked very flustered
that's all." The pianist starts to play his next set Carlisle looks at me and bows "Would you do me the
honor of dancing with me for this set?" I curtsy to him and place my hand in his waiting one. "It would
be my pleasure."
Later on in the party
The duke and Carlisle are talking with a group of other men; I let my attention drift away from
the music. "We need one more player for the poker game." The duke says in an annoyed matter "Well I
think I have an idea of who can play." Mike says, he knows I know how to play that dirty scoundrel he
better not have meant me. They go quiet for a few moments until I feel their eyes on me, I turn around
with an innocent look on my face. "Would you like to play My Lady?" The demon duke asks that's his
nickname and he seems to be very fond of it. "If you gentlemen would like." They all nod their heads
'yes' and we walk off to the drawing room with Carlisle by my side.
In the Drawing room
Mike pours me a glass of whiskey and hands it to me "Thank you." I say taking a sip "You're very
welcome." I look around the room while all the men are getting situated; the walls are a dark red and
the windows are covered with black shades. The floor is wood and the Chairs and table are a beautiful
oak set. "Are we really going to take all of this little ladies money? It would be extremely rude of us."
"If you don't mind me speaking out of term sir, I think that you are comparing me with most women."
All of the men gaze at me in shock, except for one and that is Carlisle. "My Apologizes, I did not mean to
offend you." Jack says bowing slightly "Of course, would you gentlemen mind if I also played." I ask
looking at the group of men, who surrounded the table. They all shake their heads 'no', Carlisle pulls out
my seat for me and then gently pushes it in before taking his own seat. "Lady-." "Please if you will call
me Isabella." They all give me another look of shock before nodding yes "Isabella, there might be some
language that you are not used to hearing." I hold up my hand to stop Joseph from saying more "No
need fret about that. I know how most men are when they drink." I hear some of the men chuckle at
this "Then let's play, beginning bet 30 dollars"(I don't know what kind of money they use in London)
An hour later
"I pay you 25 and raise you 50." Dominic says throwing the chips into the pile which is well over
a thousand dollars. Bella and he are the only ones still playing and by god she is exceptional, her face
never gives a hint to what she has. She sighs shaking her head at him "Alright I will pay you 50 and raise
you… 10." Her shoulders slump coaxing a small smile to form on Dominic's lips "10?" "Yes ten." Her eyes
lock with his "Fine, I pay you 10 and call." He raises an eyebrow at her as she nods her head. The room
falls silent, all eyes are on them again, my god he's going to take all of her money. She flips over her
cards "Royal Flush." Holly Crap she just tricked Dominic "How?" Dominic asks as Bella reaches across
and gathers the money. "Experience, My Lord." A strange tension enters the room as Dominic glares at
her. Dominic stands up slamming his fist on the table, making the chips bounce. "There is no way!"
Everyone stands up, coming to stand by Bella I move in front of her. We all know how Dominic is when
he's drunk, this is not a place for a Lady, why did I bring her to this game? By god I am surly not the
gentleman that she thinks I am. Bella pushes me out of the way, so she is standing directly in front of
Dominic "Are you calling me a cheater?" Her voice is cold, but at the same time has a hint of
amusement. "Yes I am. How do you a lady win?" Dominic start to raise his voice at her, I want to rip his
head off. I gentle grab Bella's arm trying to pull her back, but she pulls away from me even more gently.
"Like I told you experience. That is how I won, and why would I cheat when I have more than enough
money." She steps closer to him, he raises his hand to hit her but I pull her back just in time, Dominic's
hand slaps the air. The rest of the men step forward, Mike takes a hold of Bella's arm as I glare at
Dominic. "Would a few of you gentlemen mind escorting Lady Isabella to the front yard please." I turn
around to face the group of men "We will Carlisle." John says motioning to Joseph and mike. "Thank
you, Bella I will be out there in a moment dear ." She nods her head my way, making her way to the
door with the three men close to her. "Cheating whore" Dominic spats out just as the door was being
closed. For Bella, I swing my fist and as it connected to Dominic's jaw it made a sickening crack.
Okay so idk a cliffy. I hope you guys liked it :+) Idk if it was to long so if it was sorry. And just in case all of you didn't know for now It is all human. So review review review .