A/N: I don't know where this is going yet but I am open to suggestions. I love reviews and comments. . I thrive on them. .
Disclaimer: I don't own them. . Stephanie Meyer does. . they just star in my imagination
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." I mumbled under my breath desperately trying to divert my attention away from what I was doing. I felt like a total ogre or better yet one of those heinous circus sideshows. Oh how I hated dresses!
"Bella will you please quit fidgeting, I would hate to accidentally stick you with one of these pins! And while I am at it, why on earth are you reciting the preamble to the constitution?" came the beautifully melodic voice of the dark haired pixie darting maniacally around me with a cushion full of pins.
She was dangerous like this. No one got in the way of Alice and fashion, especially as of late. I seriously think she has become possessed by the dead wedding fairy. I had once and only once tried to argue with her about mine and Edward's wedding and I swear her eyes rolled back in her head and she sprouted horns and all because I didn't understand the need for a dress. I wanted to wear a nice pant suit, no need to call attention to the extreme klutziness that was me. I was a sideshow in their sea of beauty already so why did I need yet another marker pointing me out? I was the one dull rock in a sea of diamonds. Yea, like that didn't make me stick out like a sore thumb.
"It's the assignment for Mr. Burns Alice. Remember our government homework?" I flung back. "Besides if I do my homework then I certainly don't have to look in the mirror, at least until you finish playing the latest version of Bella barbie" My eyes darted up and I flinched seeing the alien in the mirror in that dress staring back at me. It was a beautiful dress with all of its old world elegance and lace. I didn't do it justice.
" We are supposed to recite the Preabmle to the Constitution as part of our final."
"Why do I need to memorize it now when I can have Jasper teach me later? His methods are quite unorthodox but he is such a great teacher and besides Bella he was there." She said with a wicked glint in her eye.
"Ewwww Alice that is not need to know information! I am sure Jasper is very persuasive but I would rather not hear about the finer points of his teaching abilities."
Her resounding chuckle did nothing to divert the tidal wave of pictures that flooded into my brain. I did not need those visual images. Alice and Jasper. Jasper and Alice. Jasper teaching Alice. A shiver ran down my spine, it didn't even bear thinking about. Closing my eyes tight I began to wonder how I got roped into yet another dress fitting. How many did a person need to make sure one dress fit right? It seems like she had me here on this silly pedestal in Carlisle's office every day. Her powers of persuasion were un paralleled in the Cullen house and besides, this time she had help. Her contagious happiness and perkiness affected Emmett whom she had enlisted to capture me and bring me here.
I was just minding my own business when BAM! There was Emmett bounding out of nowhere, tossing me head first into my truck, and trapping me there! I started to protest only to have my new radio turned up and a ridiculous rendition of Drop It Like It's Hot blared so loudly my voice was drowned out. I loved my siblings enough to indulge them most of the time but this really was getting out of hand.
"Quit muttering under your breath Bella, we can all hear you. You are done. Let me go ahead and take the dress off of you. I am hiding it this time, I don't want it to magically disappear."
Filled with relief and excitement that it was finally over and I could go find Edward, I jumped off the pedestal at mach fifty and managed to do what only I could. I tripped over air and landed very ungracefully in a heap in Alice's rock hard arms.
"Silly little Bella, what am I going to do with you? Stand still and put your arms above your head."
And just like that, before I could even blink, the dress was gone leaving me standing there in nothing but my underwear.
"Oh and Bella, I would hurry if I were you. Carlisle will be home in less than 2 minutes." she tossed back on her way out of the door.
Leave it to Alice to drop something like that. I walked toward the desk that held my clothes and retrieved my shoes from the floor just in front of it. I was walking carefully to the couch and was just about to sit and dress when Carlisle burst into the room and came to a complete stop inches from my face. I propelled backward with surprise and landed in a tangle of my own arms and legs onto the couch. There are very few moments in a girl's life that are more embarrassing than your future father in law finding you half naked in his study. While trying valiantly to recover from the shock of his presence, I saw a brief flash of something indescribable cross his face. My eyes were to slow however and before I could discern what it was, it was gone.
"Oh Bella, I didn't know you were in here. Was my daughter making you try on the dress again?" he asked in a tone so rushed I was sure he would be blushing if he still possessed the ability.
By then I had untangled my self and was sitting there gaping at him like a total fool and unable to move for the embarrassment that was washing over me. So I just sat there staring at him, clutching my clothes to myself wearing only my trademark blush and underwear with my mouth wide open. I wished desperately to be able to move and get out of here to the safety of Edwards room to dress, but he kept staring at me. I want so badly to freeze time and understand the flicker in his eyes earlier or at least why the unflapable Carlisle Cullen couldn't manage to work his voice box either. I know why I couldn't talk. Duh Bella! You are half dressed and staring at him like he is the anti-Christ.
"Um. . .uh. . yeah she made me try it on again. Apparently it needs yet another alteration."
His eyes swept over me from my head to my toes before they landed on mine."Well, you have lost some weight Bella. Are you sure you have you been eating properly?"
"Yea I guess so. Sometimes I get so caught up in everything going on that I forget and others I am just not hungry. Is. . " I stammered yet again not knowing if I was allowed to carry on a conversation with him while I was in my current state of undress.
"Go ahead Bella and ask. You know I will do my level best to answer you and relieve any of the concerns you may have. I know this is a lot to take on, even with Alice's and everyone elses help." he added in a level tone.
"Is it normal to feel like this, like not wanting to eat and being so jittery?"
"Of course it is my dear. Your life is getting ready to go through some more radical and very drastic changes and it will just take a while for your mind and body to catch up with the pace. But don't for one second let that bull headed son of mine bully you into something you don't want to do or aren't ready for." He said with a graceful and tentative step forward. He grasped my upper arms in his beautiful hands momentarily forgetting my state of undress. I gasped as the cold registered and his close proximity sank in. He only then seemed to realize I was still standing in here in his study half naked.
As luck would have it Emmett happened by the study at just the wrong time and stopped gaping. Oh no. Please don't do it Emmett. Please! But as luck would have it, I had none. A loud wolf whistle peeled from his lips as Carlisle and I just stood there, both gaping at him. Once again my blush heated my cheeks and with an un characteristic snort followed by a small chuckle he dropped my arms and moved away.
"Damn little sister, if I had known you were hiding that banging body under all those clothes you wear, I would have had you undressed a long time ago! You are smokin! Edward is one lucky little bastard. Say can I have a hug too? Please Bella?" he said advancing on me with that big goofy grin on his face and mischief lighting his eyes.
"Uh thanks Emmett but how about we forgo that hug until later. I think I would rather put my clothes on if you don't mind."
"Aww Bella you never let me have any fun! A man has to get his kicks where he can." He said waggling his eyebrows at me.
I couldn't help it, I laughed. I loved Emmett and all his goofy single minded tricks. I could always count on him to give me a pick me up when I needed it. Carlisle brushed past me and stopped beside his son, but before any more could be spoken, we heard an unholy growl from downstairs.
"EMMETT! There had better be a darn good reason why you are picturing my fiancé in black lingerie with a whip!"
Never missing a beat Emmett called back to Edward. "Aww Eddie it was harmless. . she was stripping and I just happened upon the open door. I plead the fifth so blame Carlisle. . he found her first!"
"WHAT?!?!?!" he yelled as he suddenly appeared in the doorway next to Carlisle and Emmett.
Man it just kept getting better and better much to my dismay. So here I was still standing in my underwear in the middle of the study clutching my clothing with all but one male member of my new family gawking at me from the doorway. Well, all except for Carlisle who never did anything so undignified even if he was watching me.
Getting frustrated I dropped my clothes into a disordered heap at my feet and threw my hands up in the air. "Aw hell guys, why don't you call everyone else in here too? I am sure they are just dying to see me in my underwear too!"
Emmett being Emmett boomed "Hey Jazz you have got to come see this. I found Bella in her underwear and man is she hot." He was rewarded with an answering chuckle from Jasper and a low growl from Edward who swatted him. "Grab the girls on the way too would ya bro."
Jasper and Alice appeared at the same time followed by Esme and Rosalie.
"You better have a good reason for calling me up here. I was in the middle of a good book." She said haughtily like me walking around in my underwear was an everyday thing.
"Very nice Bella." Alice and Jasper called together.
"But it would look so much hotter in red. Oo Oo Oo and we can get some of those nice high heels too. We need to go shopping." Alice said beginning to jump lightly in place clapping her hands. I groaned. That was the last thing I needed or wanted, another shopping trip with Alice. I did love my sister though, but I did not adore her 8 hour long shopping sprees with me as the mannequin.
If Edward could, I imagine he would be 12 different shades of red by now. As it was he was visibly vibrating with anger. My face, I had decided, was going to be permanently red from now on.
" I am ashamed of all of you! I know I didn't raise you all to eavesdrop on poor unsuspecting females who are trying to dress." Esme said in a tone only mothers can use. "Now shoo and leave Bella to dress in peace before I lead each and every one of you out by your ears! " Eyeing them she quickly added. " and don't you think I won't Emmett McCarty Cullen. I have your number."
"Thanks Esme." I said as their forms retreated one by one. I bent to pick up my clothes and proceeded to redress. I had on my favorite pair of jeans today and a Rolling Stones short sleeved T-shirt and as I stared down the hall I snorted. What a family I was marrying into. But oh how I adored each and every one of them, crazy quirks and all.
Carlisle's behavior was still puzzling me and as I walked down the hall and down the flight of stairs to rejoin my family, I wondered what it all could mean. I took the stairs one at a time rubbing my arms not knowing why they still tingled so from where his hands had been.