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So, lets move on to chapter fifteen:
Previously: I hadn't even realized I had been crying, but I usually did when I thought about Jace. And now Edward I guess too.
Bella's Point Of View:
"Hey Jess," I smiled at Jessica as I got into her car. She pulled away from my house and smiled back. "Hey Jelly Belly." she smiled. I grimaced hearing the old nickname she had for me. "What do you have planned for the day?" I asked her.
"Well," she said, thinking for a second. "I thought we could maybe go shopping, then we could maybe see a movie or something. I don't know. It's up to you really."
"Anything sounds fine to me."
We had decided to go out for lunch at the Forks diner that had stayed exactly the same since we were children. It was so nice to hang out with Jess again.
"So Bells, how have you been?" Jessica asked once we were sitting across from each other in a booth at the diner.
"Well, let's just say that after I left, things didn't get any better."
"What do you mean?" she asked, her eyes wide with concern. I leaped into an explanation of everything that had happened since I had last seen her, which was when I was about fifteen. Her eyes stayed wide the entire time I spoke. She also stayed quiet, taking in everything I told her, which was surprising since Jessica was more of a chatty person.
"Jesus Christ." Jessica finally spoke after I had finished my story with a 'the end'. "Bella, I am so sorry you went through all of that. I wish I could have been there for you. But I didn't know where you were. Your mom and dad wouldn't tell me. All they said was that you had left and you weren't coming back. I thought you had run away. I admit I was pretty mad at you for awhile, but I got over it. And now... well, damn. I feel awful."
"Don't. It's fine. I'm sorry I never called or anything, but I had no money for a pay phone. And I was too focused on figuring out what I was going to do."
"Well, you have to promise me you won't leave me like that again. We'll stick together from now on. "
"I promise. You do the same."
"I promise." Jessica said.
"Pinkie promise?" I held my pinkie out, which she took with her own. "Pinkie promise." she agreed. And just like that, we were instantly best friends like we had been when we were young. We sat there giggling about everything. Jessica told me all of the Fork's gossip that had gone on since I had left, er, gotten kicked out. That's when a very familiar face walked into the diner.
"Alice?" I screeched. Her gaze fell on me and a wide grin spread across her face. "Bella! I found you!" she chirped, waling over to the booth where Jessica and I sat.
"What are you doing here?"
"Well, I know you said you'd be back, but I had to get out of there. They're all miserable. I can't stand to be around them anymore. So, I thought I'd make a day trip to come here and see you. I hope that's alright?"
"It's fine." I told her. Then I looked at Jess, who was looking at Alice, her expression unreadable. "Jess, this is Alice. Alice, Jess." I said, introducing them. Alice grinned down at Jessica and held out her hand, which Jessica took, smiling as well, and said "Nice to meet you. Bella told me about you. She said you helped her out a lot. I'm glad she had friends to help her out."
"Yeah," Alice smiled, sitting down next to me. "Were you two friends?"
"Yeah. Bells and I were best friends, until she, um, had to leave. I was so glad when I ran into her the other day. I had missed her like crazy!"
"I missed you too Jess." I smiled at her.
"So," Alice looked at me. "When do you plan to come back?"
"Your going back?" Jessica asked.
"Yeah. I am." I told Jessica before answering Alice. "Probably in a few days. Maybe a week. How is... how is Edward?"
"He's not doing too great." Alice told me, her voice serious. "I mean, he's healing. He got to go home the other day. But he's miserable too. He's worse then the others. He doesn't talk to us much. He sits on the couch or lays in bed and cries."
"Edward? Is he the ex boyfriend?" Jessica asked me.
"Ex?" Alice questioned.
"Well, yeah." I answered Alice. Instead of responding, Alice huffed out a breath of frustration, and rolled her eyes.
"So, Bella," Jessica started. "Your leaving?"
"Yeah." I mumbled. I wasn't sure I wanted to leave, meaning it would cause me to leave my best friend behind. Again.
"Well, what if I came with you?"
"Seriously?" I asked, immediately perking up.
"Yeah. If that's alright with you. I'd hate to lose you again."
"Oh my god! I'd love for you to come! You can stay with me and everything."
"Bella, what about Edward?" Alice spoke up, her eyes wide.
"What about him?" I asked her.
"Well, he's still living in your guy's apartment."
"Oh. Right. Well, maybe he could stay with Jasper and Emmett. Or he could sleep on the couch or something."
"Bella," Jessica said. "I can get my own place. I wouldn't want to intrude."
"No, it's fine! I want you to stay with me."
"Well, at least let me sleep on the couch then. And just until I get my own place!"
"I just don't know if it would be a good idea for Edward and I to sleep in the same bed though." I mumbled.
"Bella," Alice sighed. "Edward loves you to death. He'd do anything for you. I'm sure he'd be here right now, begging you to forgive him if he could, but unfortunately, the car accident kind of caused him to be a bit crippled."
"Well, we'll just see how things go when I get back. Maybe when I see him, I'll change my mind and forgive him. Maybe not."
"So, Jessica, I guess your going to be part of the gang now." Alice said.
"The gang?" Jessica questioned.
"It's just our little group. It's not really a gang. It's me, my boyfriend Jasper, Rosalie, her boyfriend Emmett, Edward, and Bella. And now probably you, since I'm assuming you'll be hanging out with Bella quite a bit." Alice explained.
"Oh," Jessica said. "Sweet!"
By the end of the day, Alice had gone home, and Jessica and I had plans to move into my apartment in Port Angeles, well Forks, but it was right on the border of Port Angeles, in three days, which would give Jessica enough time to tell her parents and pack her stuff up. I had told my mom and dad that I was going back, but we had already discussed that I would be a part of their lives, and they would be a part of mine.
Edward's Point Of View:
I laid in bed, thinking of nothing but Bella. I never thought of anything but Bella. Ever since she left, all I can see, or think about, or even hear, is Bella. I hold her pillow at night because it smells like her. I say her name, wishing she would respond to it, but she can't since she's not here. I replay some of the things about her in my head, like the first time we met, and the first time I told her I loved her, and cry because I miss her. I don't talk to anyone anymore. It sounds crazy, yes. But I loved her more then anything. I need Bella. There is no comparison between Bella and Tanya. Bella is much more beautiful, much sweeter, much more caring, and I love her.I couldn't even imagine life without her. Even though I'm without her right now, she's all I dream about. And if she doesn't, as soon as my legs heals up and I can walk, I'll go after her.
There was a knock on the door, interrupting my thinking. I didn't respond to it, but it slowly opened anyways, revealing a tall blond. Rosalie.
"Edward, do you mind if I talk to you?" she asked. I wanted to say 'no', but I urged myself to talk with her anyways. Rosalie and I didn't talk much usually, so it must have been important.
"Um, no. Go ahead." I answered.
"Okay. Thanks." she said. "I know we hardly talk to each other, but I just wanted to say that I really wish you would talk to us. Bella's leaving has been hard on all of us-we all love her. And I get that you love her, and miss her, but so do we. Emmett doesn't do anything he used too. He sits around, pouting. He won't play video games, or make jokes. And Jasper... He doesn't talk much. Alice, well she's been a little bit more perky lately, but I think it's all a show. Alice likes to try and be tough sometimes."
"And what about you?" I asked her. It was almost... nice to talk to Rosalie. We had never talked much. And now, I wasn't sure if it was talking to her that felt nice, or talking to someone.
"Like you and the others, I don't talk much." she admitted, ducking her head as if she were slightly embarrassed. "But honestly, I think that all of us should talk about it. It may help us. All of us. But who knows? Maybe that's just me. Anyways, I just wanted to say that I'm sorry and I know this is hard for you, and don't get upset, but there's always a chance that Bella might not come back. Or she might. Right now though, Bella needs some time." I was silent for a minute before choking out a "Thanks Rosalie." She nodded and left the room, leaving me to think more of my Bella. However now, I couldn't help but think that Bella might no ever come back.
Bella's Point Of View:
Today was the day. The day of my return. And this time, Jessica was coming with me. After a tearful parting with Charlie and Rene, Jess and I were on the road. She was following me in her own car to my apartment. We needed both cars to fit all of her stuff though. Jessica was more of a shopper, which I had grown out of after I became homeless.
I was unbelievably nervous to see Edward again. The others I wasn't worried about, but Edward? I felt like I had broken his heart with the way Alice had explained him. Last night I had done a lot of thinking, which made it impossible for me to sleep, but I had come to a decision is the end. If he would still want me, I wanted to go back to Edward. I realized how much I had missed him, but spending time with my parents and Jessica had been a distraction.
I hated myself for leaving the way I did. I was glad that I had reconciled with my parents and Jessica, but now I had a whole other problem. I had abandoned my best friends, and the man I loved. And I had a feeling that one of them wouldn't be as open to forgiving me.
Alice's Point Of View:
Bella had told me last night she was coming back today. I was thrilled, but I wasn't so sure about having her friend here too. Jessica had seemed nice, and maybe I was just being silly, but I had a feeling she was going to be more possessive of Bella now that they are friends again. Didn't Bella have enough friends? She had the entire Volturi gang, and us, and now Jessica.
My phone buzzed on the small table next to my bed. I grabbed it and saw there was a text from Bella.
I'm about ten minutes away. I'm going to be brave and face Edward before I come see you and the others. -Bella
I quickly typed back a 'Okay. See ya!:)' before sighing and heading out of my bedroom. Rosalie was at Emmett's and Jasper's apartment. Emmett had been pouty, like usual, and Rosalie felt she needed to take care of him. I should have been with Jasper, but I couldn't stand to sit around a bunch of sad and depressed people without spilling the secret. I wondered how they would feel about Jessica...
Bella's Point Of View:
I pulled into the parking lot of my apartment, parking in a spot that was close to the doors. Jessica parked in an open spot right next to me. I took a deep breath before getting out of my truck.
"This is it?" Jess asked, getting out of her own vehicle.
"Yeah. Home sweet home." I said. "Well, I'm going to head up and talk to Edward quick. It might be better if you just stay out here until we're done... If that's okay?"
"Of course! Go get your guy Jelly Belly!" she cried. I chuckled to myself as I headed into the apartment. I stopped at my door. This is it Bella. Don't ruin this. I told myself. I took a deep breath before opening the door.
The apartment looked the same as it did the last time I saw it. Exactly the same. Nothing changed at all. I trudged through the house until I came to the bedroom. The door was shut, but I knew he was in there. I put my hand on the doorknob and sighed as I turned it. I slowly opened it and called Edward's name. He was lying on the bed, clutching my pillow, with a cast on his arm and leg. He had a few cuts on his face, but behind them, was the face of the most beautiful man I had ever seen. Even when he looked like he had been crying. His eyes were squeezed shut.
"Edward?" I called again, walking towards him. When I was finally right next to him, his eyes flew open.
"Bella?" he gasped, his voice filled with doubt.
"Hey." I tried to smiled at him, but it was difficult. He looked so sad and small. I could tell I was going to lose it soon.
"I'm dreaming right?" he asked. "Your not really here."
"Edward, I'm here. I'm here to stay, if you'll have me back. I'm sorry that I left. I should have listened to you. I was just so... so upset. I didn't think. It's a terrible excuse, but all I know is I'm so sorry, and that was possibly the biggest mistake I've ever made."
"Your back for good?" he asked, sounding almost hopeful. I nodded. My eyes filled with tears, and so did Edward's.
"If you'll have me." I nodded tearfully. He put a hand up to my cheek, tracing the side of my face with his long fingers.
"Bella, I'm so sorry I never told you about Tanya. I should have, I know that. But I didn't like talking about her. She cheated on me and I didn't want to think about it, so I never said anything. I'm sorry."
"It's fine Edward. I should have listened. So I'm sorry."
"So we're back on?" he asked.
"We're back on." I confirmed, not able to hold back a tearful smile. "Oh, and Edward?"
"Um, would it be okay if my friend Jessica stays with us?"
"Jessica. She's a really good friend from when I lived with my parents still, and when I went back to Forks, I ran into her, and she was wondering if she could come live near us so we wouldn't lose touch again, and I offered to let her stay here, but that was when I was still sort of upset and I wanted her to come really bad, and right now she's right outside." I said all in one breath.
"Oh," he said sounding surprised. "She's here?"
"Yes. But she'd be on the couch. And it won't be permanent."
"Yes. She can stay. This is your apartment Bella, remember? If you want her to stay here, she can stay here."
"Right. Okay. Well, I'll bring her up here so you can meet her quick."
"Okay." he smiled at me. I gave him a peck on the cheek before racing outside to Jessica.
"Your back on, aren't you." she stated, smiling at me.
"How did you know?"
"Your face. Your grinning. That means something went right."
"Oh. Yeah. Well, we're back together. Now, come on. You have to come meet him!" I grabbed her hand and pulled her with me.
"But, Bella! My stuff!" she protested, but didn't stop following.
"We'll get it after." I told her. I opened my apartment door and showed Jessica in. "Sorry," I started. "It's a mess. I need to clean it still. Edward hasn't been able to move around with a broken leg and arm but I'll clean later."
"Oh, no, it's fine! This place is cute."
"Thanks." I showed her the bathroom and kitchen and living room before bringing her into the bedroom to meet Edward. "Edward," I called once we were in the bedroom. He was sitting up now. "This is Jessica. Jess, this is Edward."
"It's so nice to meet you!" Jessica grinned at him, putting her hand out for him to shake. He shook her hand and said "You too."
"Thank you so much for letting me stay here. I promise I'll start looking around for my own place."
"It's fine." Edward smiled.
"Well," Jess started. "I suppose I should start hauling in some of my stuff."
"Oh," Edward said. "Bella, maybe you could call Jasper and Emmett to come and help you. I know they've both been miserable without you. Almost as bad as me." I grimaced. "Okay." I said. "But I want to surprise them, so you call them. Have Rose come too."
"What about Alice?" Edward asked.
"Oh, she already knows I'm here."
"Um, she knew I was coming back the whole time. Well, almost the whole time. She called me one day, and I mistakenly answered it, and I told her I'd be coming back. And then a few days ago I was hanging out with Jess, and Alice showed up and that's when the plans were arranged for Jessica to come with me."
"So Alice has known all this time?"
"Damn pixie... No wonder she is hardly with the others lately. She's been trying not to say anything."
"Yeah, I told her not to say anything. I wanted it to be a surprise."
"Well, it definitely was one." Edward smiled. I bent down to kiss him quick on the lips, however Edward grabbed my hand, holding me there so the kiss would last longer. I had almost forgotten Jess was still there until she cleared her throat. I stood up and smiled apologetically at her.
"Sorry." I told her.
"It's fine." she smiled.
"Well," Edward said. "I'll call Jasper and have him and the others come here."
"Okay. And don't tell them I'm here!"
"I won't." he assured me. I led Jessica to the living room and we both flopped down on the couch. Edward and I had sex on this couch... I couldn't help but be reminded about the first time we had sex together. After being away from Edward, the memories flooded back to me.
"Bella, he's super nice!" Jess cried, distracting me from my memories.
"Yeah. I like him." I grinned at her.
"Well, I can definitely see why! Man, that boy is yummy. You scored big time Jelly Belly. I mean, have you seen those eyes? And that hair! One word- Yum."
"You best not hit on my man, girl! He's mine. But yes, doesn't he have the most amazing eyes? And hair. And oh my god, his cheekbones are so chiseled... Just like his abs. HOT!"
"God Bells, if only I could find a man like him. You are one lucky bitch."
"So ladies," Edward's voice called. I heard thumps and his voice grew closer. "Are you done talking about me now?" He turned a corner and appeared in the living room.
"Did you hear all of that?" I asked him. Jessica giggled. Edward hoped his way to me, sitting on the opposite side of me, leaving me in between him and Jessica.
"Every word, love." he smirked at me. I ducked my head, embarrassed, although I had no reason to be. Edward was the most insanely gorgeous man I had ever laid eyes on. "But, don't be embarrassed," he lifted my chin up so that I was looking at him. "You didn't say anything I don't already know."
"Way to be cocky, Ed." I had never called him that one before. Jessica giggled again.
"Ed?" He raised his eyebrows.
"Yes. Ed." I repeated.
"Would you not call me 'Ed'? It's not a nickname I'm very fond of."
"I won't call you Ed, as long as you don't be cocky."
"Deal." he grinned. "Anyways, the gang are on they're way, and they don't know your here. Well, with the exception of Alice who seemed to have known before me, which I find highly unfair by the way."
"It's not like I called her and told her I was coming back. She stalked me! When Alice wants something, she finds a way to get it. She wanted to make sure I'd come back, and now I'm back." I shrugged.
"True." he agreed.
After ten minutes, there was a knock on the door.
"Come in!" Edward called. The door quickly opened, and in piled Emmett, Rosalie, Jasper and Alice, who was grinning at me.
"What did you need, man?" Emmett asked Edward, he Rose, and Jasper completely oblivious to me and Jessica. Alice snorted at their idiocy and walked over to me. Finally, Emmett, Rosalie, and Jasper looked at me.
"Bella! Bella, Bella, Bella!" Emmett shouted. He charged towards me, and picked me up off of the couch, hugging me tight. "Bella! Shit Bella! Don't you ever leave us like that again!"
"Emmett. Can't. Breath. Ow." He wasn't listening. "EMMETT! CAN'T. BREATH. NEED OXYGEN."
"Right." he said, putting me down. "Sorry." Before I could answer, I was engulfed in another hug. This time it was Rosalie. "Isabella Marie Swan, don't you ever do that to us again. Do you hear me?"
"Yeah. I'm sorry Rose." I smiled at her. Next was Jasper. "Bella, take their advice, and don't leave us again. We missed you like crazy darling!"
"I missed you too. All of you!"
"Hey Jessica." I heard Alice chirp.
"Hi Alice." Jessica said back.
"Oh, guys. This is Jessica." I motioned towards Jess, who was still seated on the couch. "Jess, this is Emmett, Rosalie, and Jasper." I pointed at each one as I said their names. Jessica waved at them, smiling. "Jessica is my friend from childhood. When I was in Forks I happened to run into her, and she asked if she could come with me when I came back, so here she is."
"It's nice to meet you." Rosalie smiled at her.
"You too! Bella's told me all about you guys."
"So, are you here to stay?" Jasper asked her.
"Yeah. Bella and Edward are letting me stay here until I find my own place."
"Well, that's nice of them." Rosalie said.
"Why did you decide to come with her?" Emmett asked Jess.
"Well, after finally getting in touch with Bella, i couldn't bear to lose her again. I had missed her too much. So I asked her if I could come with her. Right Jelly Belly?"
"Jelly Belly?" Emmett laughed. "Man, that's awesome!"
"Right Jess." I answered, ignoring Emmett.
Emmett and Jasper had helped haul in Jessica's stuff. Rosalie, Jessica, and Alice were all talking. And Edward and I were snuggled up on the couch. It felt nice to be back in Edward's arms. being away from him was too hard. It was not something I planned to do ever again.
So, what did you guys think? What do you think the gang thinks of Jessica? What do you guys think of Jessica? You think she's good, or is she going to release her bitchy side? And are we glad Bella finally went back? I know I am! I hate when they're apart.
Anyways, I'd love it if you guys would review! They always keep me going! I love you guys!