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Someone said the truth will out
I believe without a doubt, in you
I don't know how I managed to put her into that damned ivory colored wedding dress without starting to scream and run away. Somehow there was nothing but awful numbness inside of me and I had a certain suspicion that Jasper was trying to control me from getting an emotional outburst.
This wedding, no matter whether it was just a pretended wedding or not was going to break my heart and deep inside me I knew that I could do nothing to stop it.
"Alice, do we really have to do that?" she asked me nervously, her voice sounding incredibly tired. Bella hadn't slept one single minute during the last night and now her beautiful eyes were red and slightly swollen.
I pulled the tiny pot with the concealer out of my handbag again and added another layer of it over the purple shadows under her eyes.
"Now you look perfect," I told her, pulling the translucent silk veil over her face.
"This is so wrong," she whispered, taking my hand in hers to rub small circles over my wrist.
"But we have to…I mean I have to do it anyway, haven't I?"
A deep sigh escaped my lips when I walked towards the closed door of the room.
"I love you mostly for being you and because you are you is why I know that you are going to do it."
"Will it change anything between me and you when I marry your brother?"
I remembered the light blue garter in the top dresser and pulled it out to roll it gently up her left thigh.
I hesitated for a moment. Usually it was easy for me to lie but right now it felt almost impossible to tell her that nothing was going to change between us.
Things would definitely not stay the same after this whole…procedure was over. Tomorrow she wouldn't be Bella Swan anymore but Bella Cullen and heaven help me, I couldn't endure the thought that it was he who would be able to make her a part of our coven and not me.
"I give you a human minute now. Try not to destroy your hair and makeup. I put so much work in it."
She placed one hand on my bare shoulder and I felt the warmth of her human skin against my cold one like fire against ice.
"I love you, Alice. Tell me that you don't want me to marry Edward and I won't do it."
"I love you, too, Bella but this is not just about me and you anymore. It's about us all."
I took her hand to blow a soft kiss over its back before I rushed out of the room as soon as I could.
"Weren't we supposed to wear the same dress?" Rosalie asked me when I entered the tent were the ceremony was supposed to take place.
"I felt more like black would be the appropriate color to wear today," I told her, wiping my hands on the crinoline of my dress.
"She's not dying, you know; At least not today."
"Is this an attempt to cheer me up or something like that?" I snarled at her.
"No, it's not. I'm just trying to be…supportive. You look completely miserable and I don't want you to feel that way."
She wrapped one arm around my shoulder and pulled me closer.
"What does it matter what anyone else is thinking? We know that this wedding isn't real."
"I would like to see you if Emmett would get married to another woman, no matter if it was just pretended…,"
"No, it's not. You know how our brother is like. For Edward this wedding ceremony means so much. He dreamed about getting married since he first laid eyes on Bella."
Someone cleared his throat behind us and when I turned around I blinked into the smiling face of Aro who was wearing some blue contacts over the ruby colored iris of his eyes in an attempt to make them look more human.
"Alice, what a wonderful day for a wedding, isn't it?"
I nodded my head, unable to bring out any reasonable words.
"How many of you are here?" Rosalie asked him, trying to start some small talk with the Volturi leader while I sat down on a chair in the last row.
There was no way I was going to endure this ceremony from the…,
"Aren't you feeling well?" Aro asked me curiously while I tried to avoid touching his arm inadvertently.
"Just a bit nervous," I mumbled, staring down at the rose petal covered ground underneath our feet.
"Why? Did you see anything in the future that would give you a reason to be nervous?"
"You aren't wearing your wedding ring anymore," he stated calmly.
"You don't have to explain that kind of thing to me. Forever is a very long time to spend it with someone who isn't your real mate."
"How do you know that Jasper isn't my…,"
I couldn't manage to finish the sentence because in that moment Rosalie started playing the piano and Bella walked up the aisle on her father's arm. She didn't stumble; I knew she wouldn't do it. But still I could see that her entire body was trembling slightly.
"Magnificio," Aro whispered into my ear when he leaned over to me.
"Isabella looks lovely today. Did you help her to choose the dress?"
"Yes," my voice came out so low that a human wouldn't have been able to hear me speak at all.
"It must have been difficult for you, I guess."
"What makes you think that? In case you haven't noticed it yet. I'm pretty good with clothes and everything that has to do with it."
"I'm not talking about the dress thing,"
He glared down at my hand and I quickly hid it behind my back. There was no way I was going to let him read my mind now.
Angela's father cleared his throat before he spoke up again and each word that came out of his mouth was like a punch straight into my face.
"We have come here today to join this man and this woman in holy matrimony…,"
My mind drifted off again and I instantly stopped breathing when he came to the part where he directly addressed Bella for the first time.
"Isabella Marie Swan, do you take this man to be your…,"
He didn't get any further because suddenly she turned around so fast that she landed flat on her face. Edward tried to help her up again but she growled at him and he shrugged back.
Then she grabbed the hem of her dress and ran out of the tent, swirling up the countless petals of roses on the ground when she passed me by.
I followed her and found her curled up into a ball of ivory colored silk, crying on the ground.
"I couldn't…I just couldn't," she stammered out, when I kneeled down next to her on the grass and wrapped my arms around her shoulder.
"You stupid, stupid girl," I whispered lifting the veil over the carefully arranged knot at the back of her head to wipe away the tears from her cheeks.
"I love you so much,"
"I love you too. You and just you…and I couldn't do it. I can't marry anyone else when my heart is all yours."
I helped her up and planted soft kisses all over her face, while I heard her human heart beating raggedly against my bare shoulder when I pulled her closer to me.
"Isabella, it's been a while since I attended a human wedding but I'm pretty sure that this running off from the altar isn't part of the ceremony."
"Oh Aro, please don't punish the Cullen's because of me. It's not their fault. Oh, please…,"
"Isabella, why in heaven's name, would I punish the coven? None of them has broken any law as far as we know."
"But I'm not going to marry Edward. I'm in l..,"
"In love with Alice, I know."
"How can you know about that?" she asked him, scrunching a wrinkled tissue between her fingers.
"It's obvious. It has been to me since the day you and her came to Volterra to…save Edward."
"I don't think I understand." I mumbled, rubbing my hands up and down Bella's arms until I reached the silk fabric of her gloves.
"We haven't recognized our feelings for each other since a few weeks ago. So how is it possible that you knew for such a long time?"
He grinned and that made him look like a shark that was about to attack his prey.
"Well, Alice, I'm older than you and wiser. Don't you remember when you told me that you would change her yourself?"
"Yes, I do. I want to do it but I'm not sure if I can. Carlisle says it's not that easy to change a human."
"And he's right about that. But to come back to you and the way you and Bella are feeling about each other…,"
He took my hand and squeezed it gently before he let go a few moments later.
"She's your mate. I have no doubts about that, Alice."
"Aro! Oh, god, I'm so incredibly sorry," Edward called out when he appeared behind us, followed by Carlisle and Emmett.
"I assure you that…,"
"Don't," Aro cut him off so harshly that I instantly took a step backwards, trying to pull Bella behind me.
"This whole ceremony today is a farce. What the hell were you thinking to set up a wedding with your sister's mate?"
"Yes, her mate. Don't tell me you haven't noticed the way they feel about each other. Is there something wrong with your mind reading talent or are you just good at blending out things that aren't too pleasant for you?"
"I love her,"
"Of course, you do. Bella is your singer. How can you not love her? But try to imagine her without the delicious scent of her blood streaming out of each of her pores. Do you still love her without that?"
"Yes, well, I don't know, it's difficult for me to picture her without it."
"It's not for your sister. She can see Bella as a vampire. Can't you, Alice?"
I nodded my head and hugged Bella tightly from behind, nuzzling my face against the hollow of her throat where her blood pulsated temptingly against my marble lips.
"Stop thinking about biting her! I'm going to rip your head off before I let you…," Edward growled angrily.
"Edward, calm down. You're forgetting who you are. Our entire coven has decided that it's inevitable to change Bella." Carlisle told him reproachfully.
"I know, but the way she thinks about it is just disgusting."
"You're still a child, Edward. There is nothing disgusting about changing a human into a vampire. Indeed it's an act of love."
"Act of love? How can destroying her soul be an act of love?"
"Souls are totally overrated but if it helps you to move on - what is what you should do soon, as soon as possible – whether Bella will or not have a soul once she gets turned into one of us, it's not yours and it never was."
Edward's eyes met Bella's for a moment and she nodded her head, forcing her lips into the weak attempt of a smile.
"I'm sorry," he whispered leaning forward to put a single curl of her chestnut hair behind her ear.
"I love you, Bella. But I can't watch you making such a wrong decision."
With that he turned around and disappeared somewhere in the woods behind our house.
"Will he come back?" Bella asked me worriedly.
"I don't know; he keeps changing his minds too often right now. It makes it hard to watch his future."
"And what are we going to do now?"
I cupped her face between my hands and pulled her closer to plant a tender kiss on her warm lips.
"I'm not sure,"
"But you are supposed to know what is going to happen. You are a psychic, remember?"
I kissed her again before we sat down on the ground again and I pulled her on my lap.
Maybe I was going to change her tonight. It was beautiful night for being changed into a vampire, wasn't it?
I took her hand and planted a kiss on her wrist before my teeth cut through the fragile skin. The taste of her blood was like nothing I had ever tasted before, seductively delicious. When her heartbeat started slowing down I pulled back.
"Did I do it okay?" I asked Carlisle worriedly when I recognized that her face was almost as white as the fabric of her wedding dress.
"Yes, you did. Don't worry."
"You should get her away from here. If one the humans saw her…that wouldn't be too good." Aro told Carlisle when they walked towards the tent again in order to call off the wedding.
I lifted her up and carried her into my bedroom where I laid her down on the middle of my bed. Then I sat down next to her and took her hand in mine, not intending on letting go of it until she would wake up again.
I knew that when that was going to happen she would eventually be mine for the rest of eternity.
[A/N] Thanks and hugs to all of you who have taken the time to read this story. Your encouragement and support means a lot to me. I have several new Bellice plot bunnies running through my head right now, so it will probably not be long till I come up with a new story.
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