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B/N: Hey guys, it's Angel. Just wanted to let you know that this being delayed is all my fault. Gee had this sent to me like three weeks ago and I completely sucked balls on this edit. I'm sorry :( Make sure to give her some much deserved love in the form of a review at the end :)!
I dropped Nate off back at the apartment and sat for a long while in my car debating on whether or not I should go up and see Bella. However, I knew Alice was there and she was not in the best mood with me at the moment, especially considering I'd kept her up all night with my moping. I would have to go buy her something nice to make up for it; presents are a sure fire way to get on Alice's good side.
With that decided, I made a trip to the mall. I'm not the biggest fan of shopping centres, there are always too many people and they are all rude and pushy, the staff look miserable, and you can never find what you want in the place you expect it. I avoid these places as much as possible. Today it was inevitable, everything I could think of that Alice would appreciate was found in the mall.
I pulled into the car park and took a deep breath to steel myself for what was sure to be a horrible experience. I hurried straight to the jewellery store. When buying for any woman, you can never go wrong with jewellery – Alice was no exception. I looked at bracelets first before I realised I had bought her one last time I fucked up, so I moved over to the earrings, recalling her complaining about having none to go with her new shirt or some shit. It was a light blue if I remembered correctly.
"Can I help you?" I looked up to see a pretty, blonde woman leaning over the counter toward me. The amount of makeup she'd slathered on her face made me grimace and lean away in disgust. She smacked her lips and fluttered her caked eye-lashes at me. I'm sure she meant the effect to be something other than what it was but all I felt was revulsion.
"Ah, yes," I said, remembering she had asked me a question. "I'm looking for some earrings for my girlfriend." I stressed the girlfriend bit and her hopeful expression fell, thank goodness.
"Yeah, no problem," she said, still keeping up the merry attitude to make the sale. "What kind?"
Relieved the tension was gone from the conversation, I explained the situation – leaving out that the jewellery was for my sister of course – and the blonde was quite helpful, picking out a set of lapis lazuli teardrop studs that were pretty and sparkly.
Alice will be pleased, I thought as I left the store with the tiny box. How something so expensive could come in a box so small would never cease to amaze me.
With my task for the day done, I was at a loss as to what to do with myself. I sat in the car watching people walk in and out of the mall until I realized it would look borderline psychopathic and pulled my phone out to call Emmett.
"Howdy-doody Eddy-rino?" he boomed into my ear so loud I had to hold the phone away. "'Sup?"
"I'm bored shitless, what are you doing?"
"What happened to Bella-Bambida?" he chuckled.
"Uh, she's at home, with Alice. I just got out of the jewellers."
"Eddy, dude, you know I love you in a macho-man kind of way, but you just met the poor girl! Aren't you going a little too fast?" His laugh boomed through the phone.
"Yeah, real funny smart ass, I bought Al some earrings."
"Uh oh," he hushed, getting it right away. "What did you do this time?"
"Just tell me where you are, I'll come see you."
It turned out Emmett was at the bar working on some new equipment, he was always handy like that. When I got there, he somehow roped me into putting up some new cabinets in the office and some shelves in the DJ booth. I spoke as I hammered and drilled, explaining what had happened with Tanya and me and subsequently what she had said to Bella, then my nocturnal conversation with Alice.
Emmett whistled when I finished. "You got yourself in some shit there, friend."
"Thanks for making me feel better Em," I grumbled, but I wasn't really mad. He was right I had gotten myself in some deep shit with Tanya, and that wasn't even the half of it. I shut the thought down, not wanting to go deeper into my sordid past.
Emmett slapped me on the back. "Come on, loser, let's go to the pub for a beer." I lifted a brow and looked around me, silently pointing out that we were already in a bar. "Yeah, yeah, they have awesome hot wings at Jimmy's down the road."
I rolled my eyes but allowed myself to be dragged to Jimmy's Bar & Grill. We took a table right in the middle of everything and ordered our hot wings and a beer each. Emmett was looking around at the people curiously. That's Emmett; people person extraordinaire. People nodded to him as they walked past our table. I slouched back in the chair, trying to look as comfortable as he did, I'm pretty sure I failed.
"Rosie and I are having a little get together on Friday, at the club. You reckon you can invite Hella-Bella and Mini Me?" Emmett said suddenly. I started, shocked that he realised we called Nate that.
"Uh, sure," I said slowly. "Who's coming?"
"The usual suspects, plus I gave Jake the night off so he's gonna bring some of his buddies along. I've booked out the VIP, of course and Jessica will be serving our bar." He said the last bit softly, awaiting my reaction. I didn't disappoint, groaning at the thought.
"Jessica's still around? I haven't seen her, thank God."
Emmett chuckled. "She'd not that bad, dude."
"Maybe when I'm not around." I rolled my eyes and shuddered at the thought of having to deal with Jessica's goo-goo eyes and dreamy sighs. The girl annoyed the shit out of me.
"Come on, Eddy, you'll have Bella there and Jess is the only person I could get, I can't put her on the main bar yet. At least I didn't invite her to join us." Emmett wiggled his eyebrows suggestively and I punched him lightly in the arm.
"Not funny, at all," I grumbled. Though the idea of having Bella with me did give me a little thrill of excitement.
I can't wait to see her again.
We finished our wings and I waved to Emmett as I left, promising to tell the others about his shindig.
I drove straight back to Alice's after deciding I was finally tired and settled enough to get a few hours' sleep in before someone got home. The house was empty when I let myself in and I felt a pang of loneliness, which was ridiculous considering how long it had been since I had actually been by myself. Before I started dating Tanya, I used to love being alone. I would play some music and cook or read a book and it would be no problem to be absolutely alone for hours at a time. Now, I felt oddly like some of me was missing.
I sighed and went to my bedroom. I lay down and stared at the ceiling for an hour. It was full light outside and I was finding it difficult to fall into the oblivion of sleep. Finally, I sat up and rubbed my hand furiously through my hair, trying to decide what to do. I got up and went into the next room, the room that had been Bella's. The bed was neatly made but Alice hadn't had time to wash the sheets. I fell face first onto it, inhaling the lingering tendrils of Bella's scent. She smelled like flowers and candy. At that moment I just wanted her there with me so bad it hurt.
Having managed to make myself completely miserable again, I grabbed one of the pillows and shoved my face into the feather down, smelling her all over it. I wrapped my arms around the cushiony softness and settled into the bed. The smell of her surrounded me as I finally closed my eyes and fell into a restless sleep.
I dreamed of Bella. We were in the garden having a picnic, the sun was shining and Bella's laugh rang out among the flowers. Her face was so bright it was like the sun was shining from behind her eyes. She dragged me to my feet and spun us around, still laughing. We spun so fast the world blurred around us and it was only us. Her laughter echoed through my head and I suddenly realised it wasn't her laughing any more. I had let go and suddenly couldn't see her anywhere. The world didn't clear up as I looked, yelling her name but only hearing the now manic laughter.
A spot cleared in front of me and I ran toward it, the laughter growing unbearably loud in my head. Then, there she was, right in front of me, a stricken look on her face. Her mouth formed an 'O' but nothing came out. I tried to take a step toward her but my feet wouldn't move, it was like they were super glued to the ground. I reached down to try to pull my foot free but it just sank into the ground like quicksand.
I looked up at Bella and held my hands out to her, trying to get her to come to me. She took a step closer and I felt a sense of urgency. I beckoned her closer frantically waving my arms, almost as if I had lost the use of my tongue. As she took a second step closer, I noticed the laughter had stopped. As the realization flicked through my head, something happened, James stepped out from behind Bella holding the longest, sharpest knife I had ever seen, it was almost a sword.
I opened my mouth to warn Bella, but I couldn't force the words past my throat. James swung the knife; it disappeared into Bella's back and reappeared in her stomach. She looked at me, puzzled and reached down to grasp the point of the knife. As her hands wrapped around it, she fell to her knees. James loomed above her, his cackling laughter began again. I wanted to clap my hands over my ears but I was too busy watching Bella push the knife back through her torso. She was oddly calm.
When the knife clattered to the ground, the laughter stopped and I suddenly found myself able to move. I lurched to Bella and grabbed her as she collapsed. She was paler than usual, her lips almost blending into her face. She looked up at me as I cradled her head in my lap. I looked down to see my hands scarlet with her blood. I clenched them tightly, trying to stop the shaking which only resulted in my fingers sticking together as her blood dried and clotted before my eyes. I panicked, looking around to find some way of cleaning the sticky crimson substance from my fingers but the surrounding area was as empty as outer space.
Bella's hand flashed up and slapped me viciously across the cheek. I was stunned by the force of the blow and my vision turned white. I couldn't see anything but her voice came through the emptiness.
"I love you, Edward," she said fiercely. "Do you hear me? I love you. Edward? Edward!"
She was shaking in my arms, almost convulsing. I could feel her there but I couldn't see her. I was disoriented. Where the hell was I? Everything was shaking and I realised suddenly that someone was trying to wake me. I grunted and sat up, looking around the room still stuck in my dream.
"Alice?" I said blearily, rubbing my eyes and yawning.
"Of course it's me, who else did you think it would be?" my sister grouched. Yep, still pissed at me. "Get up, we have places to go and people to see. Chop, chop."
"We do?" I ran hand through my hair, groaning when it caught. I tugged it free. "What's going on?"
"Dad's got the night off; we've been summoned to dinner." Alice bowed formally and stalked to the door. "Did you switch rooms while I was out?"
She disappeared behind the closed door before the pillow I'd thrown could hit her. It thumped and slid down the door. I cursed her loudly and fluently, stomping my way to the bathroom and vowing to use all the hot water just to spite her. I did too, and enjoyed it immensely, feeling the lingering horror of the dream go down the drain with the water. I got out feeling refreshed and awake and ready to deal with my father's questioning.
I was halfway through my third consecutive movie when Alice's phone rang. She jerked awake straight away, flinging the blankets off and flipping open her phone with such speed that I swear she was still asleep even as she said hello. She mumbled something before hanging up and flopping back down on the couch.
"More dinner," she groaned. "You know, as odd as this sounds, I would kill to eat in for once."
I chuckled. "Maybe I could make us all dinner one night?"
"Bella, I would love you forever if you did."
"What?" I feigned shock. "Does that mean you don't love me forever already?"
"You know I do." She hit me with a pillow. "I have to go get ready I suppose. Are you coming?"
I thought about it and as much as I wanted to see Edward I was kind of looking forward to spending the night at home doing nothing. I shook my head and Alice shrugged. She gathered her things and leaned down to give me a hug before she left.
"You going outside dressed in that?" I asked looking down at her rather crumpled PJs.
"Why not? I can't be bothered changing out of them, just to change again when I get home. It's not like I'm going far." She shrugged.
"See you later Nate," she called as she headed out the door.
Nate appeared in his bedroom doorway. "What was that?"
"Alice leaving, she said bye."
"Ah, right," he mumbled. My brother came and sat next to me on the couch. "What you watching?"
I shrugged. "Change it if you want, I'm not paying attention."
Nate started digging through the bag of DVDs Alice left for me, making noises of disgust at the amount of girly movies. I rolled my eyes, what did he expect?
"Woohoo!" he yelled, brandishing a Transformers DVD. "Some action!" I smirked, knowing that Alice had probably included that one especially for him, seeing as it was Emmett's favourite movie of all time.
Pretty sure it has something to do with Megan Fox's boobs…
We got halfway through Transformers before Nate's stomach started rumbling louder than the robots sound effects. He glanced over at me sheepishly.
"I think I'm starving here," he mumbled, patting his belly. "How 'bout some pizza?"
"Sure, sounds good." We debated for a few minutes on whether we should get it delivered like the lazy people we are, or go for a walk and find a local place. "Let's walk, I need the exercise. I've done absolutely nothing all day."
Nate grumbled but nodded, following me out the door. I grabbed my purse and locked the door carefully behind us. The elevator doors opened to find the lobby empty, no Winston.
"That's weird," Nate muttered. "Never seen him away from that desk." I nodded my agreement but shrugged and walked out onto the street. I looked both ways wondering if maybe he was outside talking to someone, but nothing.
"Maybe he's gone to get himself a coffee or something?" I said.
Nate shrugged. "Oh well, I'm freaking hungry. Let's go."
Nate slung his arm around my shoulders and we walked down the road to the shops that still had lights shining onto the sidewalk. We weren't surprised to see that one of them was a pizza parlour. We stood in the doorway reading the extensive menu. Nate always chose a meat eater no matter where we went but I like to swap and change. I was pleased to see they made a Mediterranean chicken with olives and sundried tomatoes.
With our orders placed, we stood outside on the sidewalk, watching the neighbourhood pass us by.
"Why are we here Bells?" Nate asked me quietly. "I understand you wanted to get away from Forks, I think Dad's the only person I've ever met who actually wanted to stay there, but why are we still in this city after all the crap it's put you through? Don't you miss home at least a little? Don't you want to go somewhere else?"
"I like it here. I like living in a city, I like my friends and my job. I miss you and Dad, not Forks." I turned to look at my brother. "Forks is too small for me now, it will always be my home but I've grown out of it. Don't you ever feel that way?"
He nodded. "I do, and if I didn't feel so bad leaving Dad by himself, I would have been here with you a long time ago. I was actually a bit relieved to have an excuse to come, as bad as that sounds."
"Believe me, brother, I understand." I stood silently for a few moments, thinking. "We need to find someone for Dad."
Nate laughed. "You know, I was thinking that exact thing. Before I left, I was trying to get him and Sue Clearwater together, you remember her?"
I nodded, smiling. "Yeah, I remember. She was a great cook. Dad could use a good meal or ten."
Nate chuckled and slapped me on the back. "Maybe we should go home for a bit and see if we can set it up?" He wiggled his eyebrows suggestively making me giggle.
"That's actually a great idea. I'll keep it in mind."
"Swan?" The pizza boy called from the shop, letting us know our order was ready. Nate grabbed our pizzas and we started on our way back to the apartment.
I used the short walk to think about Sure Clearwater and the more I thought about it, the better the idea seemed to me. Sue's husband, Harry, had died a few years before I had left Forks. Her kids were both around my age and probably would be self-sufficient by now. I decided Nate was right; Dad would need a push in order for him to take the first step. If the thought had crossed Sue's mind, she would be too unsure to say anything herself and Dad was blind to anything romantic.
I chuckled and shook my head. I could imagine the look on his face when he realised what Nate and I were up to. Nate must have been on the same line of thought because he just smiled at me. We both burst into hysterical laughter and we stumbled through the lobby doors. Winston was back behind his desk reading a book and he looked up at us as we approached.
"Winston," Nate drawled. He couldn't say Winston without putting on a silly Jamaican accent. It sounded familiar the way he said it but I couldn't figure out where I had heard it before.
"Harry Potter? Really? A guy like you?" Winston lifted an eyebrow and I completely lost my sanity. I nearly choked on my giggles.
"Naw, why would you spoil my fun Winston?" Nate groaned, and yet he still said his name in that stupid accent. I gasped for air. "You right, Bells?"
"Please," I wheezed. "Never. Do. That. Again."
Nate just chuckled, leaning on the counter to address Winston. "So where were you before? Not like you to leave your post."
Winston turned red and started stuttering. Nate's eyes widened and he snorted, slapping Winston's shoulder.
"Oh, bit of that, eh?" He winked and Winston cleared his throat.
"Uh, yeah," he muttered, looking slightly panicked. "Don't tell anyone, I could lose my job."
"Dude, chill," Nate reassured him. "Was it a nice piece of ass at least?" Winston made a choking sound in the back of his throat and I felt a bit sorry for the poor guy.
"Come on Nate, leave him alone." I grabbed my brother's arm and dragged him toward the elevator, waving to Winston who looked more than grateful that I had managed to pull Nate away from his inquisition. I saw him take a deep breath and shake his head at us as the elevator doors closed on the lobby. "Nate, that was none of your business."
"What? I was just trying to be friendly," he protested.
"Don't you think you were going a bit overboard?" I chuckled, opening the apartment door. "He looked like he was going to die of embarrassment…"
I trailed off as the door swung open to utter mayhem. My mouth fell open in shock.
"What?" Nate asked, pushing passed me into the room. He stopped dead and held his arm out to hold me back.
Yeah right, like I was going to walk in there.
The place was completely trashed. I couldn't believe it. We were only gone for fifteen minutes or so but it looked like a hurricane had torn through the apartment. The table next to the door had been tipped on its side, the vase of flowers Alice had put on it was shattered and spread throughout the room. I could see that the cushions of the couch had been ripped open and the stuffing spread through the lounge room, the bowl that had the popcorn in it was shattered in the doorway, popcorn strewn everywhere.
My legs started shaking and my breathing sped up, partly in panic to what had happened and partially because it was Edward's home and I wasn't sure what he was going to say.
"Stay here Bella," Nate said softly. I gasped trying to get enough air to say no, don't leave me. Nate turned and wrapped his arms around me. "It's ok Bells. Calm down, I'm here."
I finally choked enough air down into my lungs and gripped his shirt fiercely. "Don't you dare leave me here alone," I growled, tugging on his shirt so he would look at me.
"Okay, okay. Stay behind me." He pushed me behind his back so I had to peer around his bulk to see anything of the mess we were walking into.
The kitchen was a mess, all the cupboards were open and it looked like whoever had done this had just swept their arms along the shelves and pushed everything onto the floor. The fridge door was open and the milk and juice had been opened and poured onto the floor. I turned from the kitchen to survey the lounge.
Damn, I am so screwed.
Edward's giant flat screen had been knocked onto the floor and shattered. The glass topped entertainment unit was smashed, tiny bits of glass glinted from every surface. Nate had moved to the bedrooms and for the first time, I realised he was scanning the house to see if there was anyone still here. He disappeared into my room, searching the ensuite. I couldn't bear to look in there and see all of my stuff destroyed. It was bad enough that I could see my bookcase from where I stood, all its contents dropped and scattered.
Nate appeared in my doorway and shook his head before sneaking further down the hallway. I stayed where I was, holding my breath until he was back within my sight.
"Well, whoever the fuck it was, they're gone now," he growled. "Come on, we need to get Winston to call the cops, and you need to call Edward and let him know what's going on."
I let myself be led back into the elevator. I pulled my phone out with shaking hands and dialled Edward's number. The elevator doors swung open as Edward answered. Nate left me to go talk to Winston.
"Bella?" I relaxed when I heard his voice.
"Edward, you need to get over here now," I whispered.
"What? What's going on? Are you okay?" I'd gotten his attention and he worriedly fired questions at me.
"I'm okay, we're okay, but you need to come here now," I said urgently.
"Okay, I'm on my way now."
I snapped my phone shut and slid down the wall. Resting my head on my knees I sorted through all of my thoughts. There were only two people I knew of who would do this, and only one who could have the resources to pull it off.
Uh oh! The bitch is back! They just can't seem to be rid of her can they? What will happen next? Will Bella & Edward jump all the hurdles in the way to be together? Or will they give up?
We shall see next time! Love ya'll long time!