A/N - Ok, for people who have read my other stuff, you'll know I don't usually post until I've completed the story on my laptop. But I'm so unsure about this one I don't want to carry on with it if it turns out to be rubbish!
This one deals with celebrity, a bit like my other story, Damage Control. Hopefully it's still alright though. I'm hoping that if you like it, then the pressure of having readers to please will make me keep writing because I'm losing the will to live at the moment!
"What about celebrity crushes? Have you ever had a major thing for a celebrity?"
"Of course I have! But my answer is hardly going to be original, and I think I've probably answered this before elsewhere. Every guy out there is in love with Bella Swan, right?"
"You're not worried she'll see this?"
"I'm going to guess that she has more important things to do in her life than watch my interviews, I doubt she even knows who I am!"
"Apparently she's a fan of the books..."
"Yeah, I heard that somewhere!"
"Are you hoping she'll be at the premiere?"
"Well, it'll be one more person than I'm expecting to be there!"
"You're not expecting a big turn-out then?"
"It's a relatively small movie, there's no huge stars in it... who knows?"
"Hey, I've just heard you've got a new admirer, and he's not very shy about announcing it to the world!" Angela said excitedly as she waltzed into the room where Bella was strumming softly on her guitar.
"What are you talking about?" Bella shook her head, ceasing her playing and putting the guitar on the floor next to her, carefully leaning it against the wall.
"Edward Cullen!" Angela swooned. Bella pressed her lips together firmly, looking to Angela for further explanation.
"You're shitting me! You don't know who he is?" Angela's eyes widened infinitely as she chastised Bella incredulously.
"Should I know who he is?" Bella shrugged, totally oblivious.
"He's starring in Junk, you know? The books you like? He is Jack Porter!" Angela gushed, her hands coming together as she looked away dreamily. "He is so hot you wouldn't believe!"
"Oh..." Bella shrugged again, "I think I got an invite to the premiere the other day," She started looking around in the piles of paper around her, "Daniel's going to take me."
"You can't take Daniel!"
"He's my fiancé, Ange. Who else am I supposed to take?"
Bella laughed as she found the invite and pulled it out of the envelope to take quick look over it.
"Yup, Junk. Next week. Exciting..." Bella raised her eyebrows and nodded her head, trying to seem excited.
"Are you not excited?" Angela asked, sitting down on the couch opposite Bella.
"I've just heard that maybe the film isn't as good as the books," Bella shrugged, "I don't want to be disappointed."
"Believe me, Bella, you will not be disappointed once you see Edward Cullen!"
"About that..." Bella eyed Angela, "Now I know who he is, I can tell you I saw him on a movie poster the other day," Angela leaned forward, excited to hear Bella's judgement, "I wasn't all that impressed to be honest."
"No way!" Angela cried, "It must be a bad picture, he's a God. A God I tell you!"
"I'll take your word for it!" Bella laughed at her friend's indignant love for this man. "Look, Ange, I need to get this arrangement together for tomorrow..." Bella sighed, reaching for her guitar again. Angela nodded and got up, heading out of the room, but turned before she left.
"I think he's said it in like, 7 interviews now..."
"Said what?" Bella asked, her heavy day crashing down on her.
"That he loves you!" Angela squealed and ran out of the room.
Bella shook her head and laughed, going back to working out her performance for the following night.
Bella was first and foremost a singer, but she'd turned her hand to acting a few times, most recently in a spy film, playing the evil seductress to Daniel Turner, who had later become her fiancé. She'd been in the business since she was 14, discovered while shopping at the mall by a scout who was looking for girls to join a band.
Bella turned up for the audition, thinking it would all be some kind of joke, but was surprised when the group of people she was auditioning for asked her if she'd be interested going solo. After getting an agent, a manager and signing a good deal, she set to work on an album. It was received well, considering Bella was only 14 at the time and interest started to grow.
Her agent was beginning to receive offers for acting roles, but was vehemently turning them down, under the impression that Bella was solely focussed on her music. However, when she received an offer asking her to star in a T.V remake of a very successful film, Bella admitted her interest in acting. She went for that audition and stormed it, aged 15.
Bella made a name for herself on the show that ran for 6 seasons, all while still recording and releasing her music. By the end of the last season, Bella had made the transition from child star to successful, desired woman. This was helped by her role which had, towards the end, needed her to partake in some heavy R rated make out sessions and barely there costume.
However now, 3 years down the line and aged 24, her music took precedence.
"Hey, baby," Daniel called as he walked through the front door of her L.A condo. He walked into the room and leant down to kiss her temple as she continued playing.
"Hey, yourself! Where've you been?"
"Oh, here and there. I had to do a script read through," He answered and walked to the kitchen, grabbing a beer from the fridge before coming back in and sitting where Angela had been previously.
"How's it going with the thing?" He asked, gesturing towards the guitar with his beer.
"The thing? I'm guessing you mean the arrangement?" Bella laughed, putting the guitar down.
"Yeah!" Daniel laughed in return, "All done?"
"Pretty much," Bella shrugged, "There's only so many ways I can make it different!"
"What's this?" Daniel asked, leaning forward while pulling a swig of beer from the bottle, taking the premiere invitation out of the envelope Bella had put it back into, "Junk?"
"Yeah, you know those books that I like?"
Daniel shrugged with a shake of his head.
"Oh, well, they're adapting the first book into a movie."
"You want to go to this then?" Daniel asked, tossing the invite onto the coffee table.
"Only if you want to go? If not then Ange really wants to go, so I'll take her."
"Oh, hang on, what time is it?" Daniel asked quickly, after he had nodded.
"Erm..." Bella leaned forward peering at the invite, "7:30."
"I... Should be able to make it," Daniel said, looking like he was trying to work something out.
"Are you working?"
"Um, yeah..." He said, obviously still trying to work out how the timings would coincide with his work.
"How excited are you for the premiere then Edward?"
"I'm really excited, I mean, I've been doing all these interviews non-stop for weeks. Once the movie's out, I can relax and sink back into normality!"
"Do you really think your life will go back to normal?"
"I don't see why not, it's the movie that people are interested in. I'm so... boring!"
"The media don't seem to think so though. They're loving the speculation about you and Bella Swan..."
"There's speculation? How can there be speculation? I've never met the girl!"
"I think they're all waiting for you to fight Daniel Turner for her!"
"Ah yes, Daniel Turner, the bane of my life! We'd be happily married with kids if it wasn't for him!"
"Have you seen her Maxim shoot? I've brought you a copy just in case you didn't have it!"
"Oh how thoughtful! I didn't even know she'd done a Maxim shoot. I don't get out much anymore... Holy shi- Wow."
"Does anyone know if Daniel Turner has a good left hook?"
"Ange, I haven't heard from him all day, I don't know if he'll be coming..."
"Yeah, but is he really that interested? I mean, you know I'd be a much more willing participant tonight!" Angela begged Bella as they walked into the store to pick up Bella's dress for the premiere.
Angela was Bella's personal assistant, but Bella had always been pretty independent, not being happy with having an assistant for anything. Angela had been appointed after Bella had begun working on her T.V series. Angela was only in her early twenties at the time, and they became best friends so Bella kept her around ever since, paying her to not really do much at all.
"I'll give him a call once we get back to mine and I'll see if he really wants to go, ok?" Bella laughed as they reached the sales lady who immediately recognised her.
"Miss Swan! It's a pleasure to meet you, we've got your dress safe out the back, if you just want to pop into a dressing room I'll bring it in."
"Thank you," Bella nodded politely and headed to the dressing room, Angela following behind her.
"Just wait here, ok? I'm going to take the dress inside and then we need to go and pick up Jessica and Mike."
"I don't see why you let her do your make up, you do it so much better yourself!"
"Because, Angela, if I want Mike to do my hair, they come as some kind of weird fag hagging package deal!" Bella laughed, grabbing the garment bag and stalking off towards the condo.
Bella pushed the door open and was surprised to see a t-shirt on the floor just by the door.
"Dan? Dan, are you here?" Bella called out as she picked up the shirt and walked through the condo towards her bedroom.
She nudged the door open with her shoulder and was met by Daniel sitting up in the bed, shirtless apparently, with the comforter pulled up over the rest of him. He looked a little startled and Bella raised an eyebrow at his face.
"Dan, what are you doing here?"
"Shit!" Bella whipped her head around to the strange, female voice and stood frozen as she saw a dishevelled, underwear clad girl falling out of her closet.
"Bella... Bella, this isn't-"
"Don't say what I think you're about to say," Bella said with a low, menacing tone. Turning her head extremely slowly to look at Daniel, who was desperately pulling his boxers on.
She turned back to the girl who was stood, shell shocked and embarrassed, staring at her.
"I suggest you get out of here. Now," Bella said in that same deep tone.
The girl gathered her clothes quickly and literally ran out of the room, Bella heard the front door slam behind her.
"Bella," Daniel whispered, taking a step towards her. Bella's head whipped round to him quickly, a menacing glare on her face.
"Are you going to make me ask the questions or do you want to save me the hassle by just giving me the answers?"
"Don't bullshit me. Just tell me what I want to know."
"A year and a half, we met at the after party of the premiere. Yes, we were dating then. No, I don't love her."
"We've been engaged for a year-" Bella stated simply, to which Daniel nodded, "You asked me to marry you, all while nailing her behind my back for 6 months already..." She thought for a little longer, "We were only dating for 2 months before you met her, I've only had 2 months of a real relationship," Bella's eyes were void of emotion. She stared forward, focussing on nothing in particular.
"Don't," Bella said shortly. The emotion in her voice non-existent.
"I suggest you leave now."
Daniel looked at Bella for what seemed like hours before gathering up his clothes and looking around for his shirt. Bella held it out for him, still staring at nothing. He took it and put it on, he got to the door of the bedroom, turning and looking at Bella again before leaving.
For a long while, Bella sat, staring at nothing. She didn't cry, she didn't scream, she didn't feel anything.
"Bella? What happened? I saw Dan run- Shit, what the fuck happened?" Angela said as she rushed to Bella's side, putting an arm around her.
"Um... he, did you see...?"
"I saw a girl run out in her underwear, and then I saw him come out after, I thought maybe I'd seen wrong?"
"No, you didn't."
"Go and sit down in the other room, play the drums, or the piano. Whatever you do when you're pissed, just while I change the sheets, ok?"
"You don't have to," Bella turned to look at Angela, trying to put on a brave face, to which Angela laughed slightly.
"Hey, let me earn my money somehow, I've basically been fleecing you for years!"
Bella nodded with a very quiet, forced laugh before heading out of the room and walking to her piano, sitting down and playing a soft haunted melody.
Angela came into the room after a short time and sat on the bench next to her.
"Right," Bella said brightly, clapping her hands together, "Let's go get Jess and Mike!" Angela looked at Bella warily.
"Bella, I'm not sure y-"
"Ange, you want to see this movie right?" Angela nodded slowly, "I'm not wasting my fuckhot dress..."
"But what about D-"
"Please don't say that name in my house," Bella stated simply before standing up, "He's not going to ruin my life. Tomorrow is ice-cream day. Tonight is movie night, okay?" She looked at Angela with a hopeful, almost pleading look in her eyes.
"Okay," Angela agreed and stood up quickly.
"And don't worry, I've got a dress you can borrow so Edward Cutler can't keep his eyes off you!"
"Cullen," Angela corrected, "His name is Edward Cullen."
"Cutler, Cullen... same thing!" Bella laughed and pulled Angela out of the house, grabbing her keys off the table. "Oh, and in the morning, can you start looking for a new place for me?" She whispered, her hidden emotion suddenly making an appearance as they walked towards the car.
"Sure thing. And you're staying at mine tonight, no questions."