Edward and I made arrangements to go perform "Two..One" on talk shows like Ellen, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel. They were nice, but my favorites were Ellen and Jimmy Fallon. Ellen asked if Edward and I were dating, and we just shrugged and laughed. We still were resilient of protecting our relationship.
-December 2007 -
Edward, the band, and I were in Port Angeles on the set of our music video for "Two…One". The whole concept for the video was a love story between two people with a performance scene in between. The guy, played by Edward, was having trouble finding me, the girl, and he had to follow a path of red balloons to find me. In the end, Edward finds me in laying in a meadow, and we hug and run off.
It sounded easy, but in reality, it wasn't.
I kept tripping over the wires on the floors, which set off the mood for the whole video, and it made me really nervous to "act in love" with Edward in front of a lot of people. Our director, Shane Drake, was so nice. He showed me everything I needed to do in order for the point to come across. And after five times in the meadow, I finally got it. Edward and I laughed when we got home.
Shane told us the video would be edited later on in the month, and he would ship us a rough copy of the video for us to see. We couldn't wait.
New Year's Eve was coming up, and the Cullen's wanted to host a big party, inviting all their friends and close relatives. My sisters and I were invited, of course, and helped set up everything and mail out invitations that Esme and Edward wrote out.
We told everyone about our music video, and they were all excited. Our fans were just as excited as well. I started using my Twitter account again, and most people welcomed me back with open arms.
Emmett wanted Edward and me to perform, but I didn't feel like it and neither did Edward. After all of the work we put into our album, our voices were pretty worn out.
- New Year's Eve -
Everything was set up at the Cullens' house for the New Year's Eve party. Balloons, streamers, confetti, snacks, drinks, and other stuff were placed everywhere for our guests while music played overhead. Rose, Alice, Esme, and I got ready at their house because there was more room there. Alice donned a simple, sparkly, dark purple, mid-thigh dress. She wore silver bangles, hoop earrings, and silvery makeup. She looked like a fairy. Rose wore a sparkly, green, long-sleeved, mid-thigh dress. She wore minimal makeup and her long, curly, blonde locks fell down her back. I had on a simple, black lace dress with black stockings and black heels. I didn't want to wear them because I wanted to wear my Converse; but Alice got mad at me, so we compromised that I'd wear the heels at the beginning and then switch to my Converse later.
When the party started, right around 8:00 PM, everyone began to mingle. Edward introduced me to a few of his friends, and before the middle of the night, I'd forgotten all of their names.
About thirty more people came, and by 11:45 PM, I had switched my aching feet from the heels to my Converse. A few girls stared at my shoes, but when Edward wrapped an arm around me, they walked away.
When I saw Jake's face swarming through the crowd, I froze and hid behind Edward.
"What's wrong?" he asked.
"Jake's here," I whispered.
"What? Where?" He spotted him and started for him, but I pulled on his arm.
"No, please, don't. Let him go. He's not our problem anymore."
"Bella, he hurt you; you can't expect me to just stand here —"
"Yeah, I do!" I kissed him quickly. "I love you."
He sighed deeply and pulled me close and kissed my forehead. "I love you, too."
"Aww, how sweet." A sly voice crept behind me, and I rolled my eyes. We turned around and met Jake's sly grin. He looked even dirtier than the last time we saw him. His long, black hair was pulled back into a small ponytail. He wore a dark brown jacket, a white shirt underneath, and rugged pants. He had a bit of a crazed look in his eye that made me hold onto Edward a little bit tighter. "It's nice to see the happy couple together, isn't it?"
"What do you want, Jake?" Edward frowned.
"I just wanted to congratulate you both on making this album happen, especially with such a beautiful, talented female artist," he crooned and tried to touch my arm. Edward grabbed his arm tightly.
Jake growled. "Get your hand off of me."
"Keep your hands off her," Edward snarled.
I tried to stand between them, saying, "Don't fight!"
They stared intensely for a few minutes until Jake pulled his arm away and walked into the sea of people.
I shook Edward's arm, and he turned to me. "Are you alright?" he asked worriedly, cupping my face.
"Yeah." I nodded shakily. "He creeps me out."
"Do me a favor, please? Just don't be around him when no one's around."
"Edward, it's okay. It's not like I have an overwhelming need to get to know him," I said sarcastically.
He cracked a smile and kissed me on the cheek.
"Ten!" Someone shouted out, and we turned to look at the television, which showed the New York City ball starting to drop. We all joined in the shouting of the countdown.
And even before I shouted, "Happy New Year," Edward's lips were over mine. He pulled me close, and I wrapped my arms around his waist. I didn't even care that we were in public and that there would be pictures of us making out in tabloids and entertainment news channels the next morning. All I cared about was this moment with my boyfriend.
A/N: I had this crazy idea. If any of you guys have Twitter accounts, use the hashtag #TheSpotlightIsOn and tell me what you guys think of the new chapter! Thanks! :)