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Songs for this chapter are: Hollaback girl-Gwen Stefani , Gravity-Sara Barellis (B. pov)
Song playing at the party when Edward and Bella talk: Sway by The Perishers
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When I finally got home after saying goodbye to Jacob my blackberry showed that it was one o' clack in the morning.
It turns out that Jacob had pocketed my Blackberry for me for which I was eternally grateful, that thing was my life.
Thank god I didn't have work tomorrow, normally I loved what I did but it was nights like these that made me bless whoever invented the weekend system.
Christmas was over so it was back to work on Monday morning and boy was I looking forward to that. Working hard would mean that I wouldn't have time to think of what a mess my life had become, it would mean some normalcy. I really needed some sense in my life right now.
I went through the usual night time rituals: changing into PJ's, brushing my teeth etc, and got into bed grateful for the fact that I didn't have any alcohol in my system and wouldn't have to face a raging hangover in the morning.
Just as I was about to shut my eyes my Blackberry beeped.
I looked at the screen and Edwards's number was flashing on it.
I repressed the urge to hang up and answered it instead.
"Oh for the love of God, what do you want?"I said.
"Bella?" I didn't expect her to be on the phone.
"Oh I'm sorry Rosalie; I thought you were….."
"Edward? Yeah but now that you know I'm not lets get down to business. Our engagement party is on Monday evening at Edwards's apartment, dress formally if you can."
I'll show that white trash what's formal. Then I heard Edwards voice in the background.
"Rosalie what are you doing?"
"Oh nothing, I'm just giving our Bella the invite to the party."
There was nothing less hers in this world then me.
I was about to hang up on her when she said, "Bella dear, don't be late." In a sickly sweet voice that made me want to puke my guts out then she hung up.
That's it, I didn't want to bring in reinforcements but she was forcing me to fight back.
If that dog thought that she could walk all over me then she hadn't seen what Bella Swan was capable of.
And with thoughts of revenge on my mind I dropped off to sleep.
My dreams that night were, well to be honest I didn't mind them.
They kept changing but all I can remember was that they all involved me hurting Rosalie in one way or another.
My favorite was the one in which I was throttling her with her own wedding dress.
I wasn't usually I violent person but people like her just brought out the worst in me.
Today was Sunday so I slept in a bit, then went into the kitchen for some coffee. I was sitting on top of the counter swinging my legs singing along to "Mustang Sally" by Wilson Picket which was playing on the radio with my coffee cup in hand.
"One of these early mornins', yeah
Gonna be wipin' yo weepin' eyes
What I said, now
I bought you a brand new Mustang
A nineteen sixty-five, h'uh!
Now you come around
Signifyin', now woman
You don't wanna let me ride
Mustang Sally, now baby
Guess you better slow that Mustang down
H'uh! oh Lord!
Listen, you been runnin' all over town
I have to put your flat feet on the ground
What I said now, yeah"
My Blackberry beeped again and this time an unknown number flashed on the screen.
What was with people calling me when I wasn't in the mood to pick up the phone?
"Jingle hey, Its me Jacob."
"How'd you get my number?" I asked, pretty sure that I didn't give it to him last night.
"I took it." He sounded smug, like a school boy who had successfully stole candy from a baby.
I turned down the volume of the radio.
"Are you listening to Mustang Sally?"He asked.
"It's not such a great song is it?"
"What do you mean? Of course it is. Everyone loves that song."
I realized that we sounded like five year olds but what the heck?
"Jacob, you sir, are a block of cheese."
"Why thank you, I'm out of cheese and I needed to make a sandwich." I laughed.
"So what's up Bell's. Got anything special planned for today?"
"It's a Sunday Jacob. What do you think I would be doing? Oh wait that reminds me, will you be my date for this thing that I have to go to?"
"Easy Bella, you have to make an appointment if you want this hot piece of candy. There's a long line of girls just begging for a date. I can't drop them all and go out with you."
"Quit fooling around Jake, I need to show up a certain floozy and what better way to do that then to bring you and rub it in her face. She's probably thinking that I'll come alone anyway."
"Oh." He sounded strangely disappointed.
"Is that disappointment I hear in your voice Sir Cheese-A-Lot?"
"Yeah, I could have gone out with some other random hot chick." He said laughing.
"Aww you think I'm hot? That's the sweetest thing I have ever heard coming from a hunk of cheese."
We made plans for Monday night and after a few more jokes we hung up.
Stage one for getting back at that scarlet she-witch complete.
I called Alice next and this time I was the one who asked her for a makeover.
I told her all about Rosalie's antics and she was just as mad as I was and encouraged me to suck it to her. She even asked me if I wanted her to hang "that banshee up by her who-ha"
I laughed so hard at that, that there were tears in my eyes.
After making these arrangements I proceeded to clean up my apartment but there really wasn't much to do since it was already spotless.
I then made myself a sandwich and watched house re-runs all day.
"So Nathan tell me about this dream that you have been having."
It was Monday morning; I was in my office with Nathan a patient of mine who had been coming to me for a few months.
He was seventeen and was traumatized because he had seen his mother being murdered in front of him by a violent boyfriend of hers.
Though this happened when he was just thirteen he had never really gotten over it.
When he was first brought here by his aunt he was a silent dark and brooding person who didn't say a word to me for two weeks.
I could understand that because most people don't want to share their weaknesses to a complete stranger but he had progressed so much in these past few months that it was incredible.
"So I am running through what seems like a forest, there are a lot of trees. I am alone. It's night but there is a silvery sort of light coming from the center of the forest. That is where I am always headed but I never reach it because whenever I get close I hear this long wail like someone being tortured. Then a hand grabs me from behind pulling me back to where I started."
Nathans time was up so I told him to write all of his dreams down, every single detail that he remembered, anything new and show it to me next time.
He went out but I sat staring at the door for a long time after he had left.
I just felt so bad for the kid.
It was lunch break now and I was planning to head out for lunch today when the door was wrenched open by Alice.
"Next time please, try to open the door like a normal human being."
"Well hello to you too."
We headed out to a dinner across the road.
Alice ordered a sub but I ordered a triple fudge banana split.
Alice raised her eyebrow at me.
"I want to get my vibe up, listening to Nathan always bring me down."
She nodded understandingly.
We discussed work for a bit but were interrupted by the arrival of Emmet who just happened to choose the same dinner for lunch too.
I didn't believe him; he could smell my dessert from a mile away.
Sure enough as soon as he sat down he snatched up my split and began devouring it.
"Get you own!" I shrieked.
But he just smiled his dimply at me and went on eating.
I pouted at Alice but she would never take my side against him.
When it comes to dessert everyone knows not to mess with Emmet McCartney.
"So who are you bringing for the party?" I asked Emmet once he had finished eating.
"I'll just pick someone up from there." I crinkled my nose at the way he said that.
After lunch I headed back to work leaving Emmet and Alice bickering over who was going to pay the bill.
They both didn't want to pay it since according to them they each paid it every time.
I shook my head; I knew they were both wrong because it was always me who paid for it.
A few patients and a short drive home later I was sitting in front of my dressing table in my room while
Alice was fussing over me.
She wouldn't let me see my dress because it was a surprise. I hoped it wouldn't be too revealing.
After hair and makeup she made me stand up and close my eyes.
I could here her unzipping the garment bag and when I opened my eyes I was looking at the most beautiful dress I had ever seen.
The dress was made of dark blue satin with a fitted bodice but it flowed like water around the waist and stopped at my knees, it also wasn't a strapless so I was happy.
She eased the dress over my head and zipped it up.
It looked even better on.
I couldn't wait to see the look on Jacobs face.
If he thought I looked like a girl in jeans just wait till he see's me in a dress.
She made me twirl in front of her.
"That dress is an Alice original, one of a kind."
"Thank you Alice."
"No problem now I just need to get ready and then I'll drive us over."
"Oh I forgot to tell you Alice Jakes dropping me. He's my date for the party."
I had my back to her when I said this but I immediately felt all five foot seven of Alice latch on to me to give me a hug.
"My little girl is finally becoming a woman."
I smacked her arm. The door bell rang and I said bye to Alice, picked up my black clutch and headed out.
Jake wolf whistled when I came out of the house but smiled to show me that he was just kidding.
We arrived but this wasn't where the party was.
"I thought the party was at Edwards's apartment."
"This is the address that you gave me."
Sure enough there was Alice getting out of her car.
How she beat us here I don't want to know but she looked fabulous.
We got out of the car and walked towards her.
"Hey Alice I thought the party was at Edwards?"
"This is Edwards." She looked at me strangely.
"No this isn't…."
I trialed off, unless he changed his apartment.
"He didn't tell you about this? We all knew."
I gave her a look which said obviously and we went inside.
It was time to face the dirty mistress.
Well technically Edward and I weren't married but she came between us all the same.
Alice went to find Jasper and Jacob grabbed my hand and made a bee line to where the food was piled up on the table.
Men and food.
I talked to Jacob all the time, Alice and jasper talked with us for a bit but when "Low" by Flo Rida came on she couldn't resist the dance floor and they left.
She always loved that song.
There were so many people that I didn't know here.
The pace was packed but I didn't like Edwards's new apartment.
It was bigger and fancier sure but it didn't feel like his apartment. His personality didn't ring out of it.
I continued talking to Jacob even when the bride to be descended to a round of applause or when I saw pale skin and a tux next to her, I didn't even turn around.
A waiter was passing with champagne flutes and I grabbed one and downed it in a gulp.
"Slow down Bella what's wrong." Asked Jacob concerned but I shook my head and motioned him to keep talking.
I felt a tap on my shoulder and turned around only to have my breathe taken away.
It was Edward looking like he had just stepped off the rank.
I took a deep breathe and smiled at him.
"Thanks, Bella I just wanted to say how sorry I am for everything, I shouldn't have yelled at you at the bar…" But I lost myself in his green eyes and didn't hear any more.
"Don't be silly Edward, you don't have to apologize for anything." Yeah I was the one who fell in love with you I added in my head.
"So we cool?" He asked in a fake African American accent.
"Yeah we're cool as long as you promise me not to use that accent in public again."
Then unexpectedly he hugged me.
I breathed in his scent.
If only time could stop right now.