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Disclaimer: I don't own any of the characters, Stephenie Meyer does though. I merely use them for my own convenience. I don't own any of the lyrics as well. Ahh, such a waste.
Hey girl, you know you drive me crazy
one look puts the rhythm in my hand.
Still I'll never understand why you hang around
I see what's going down.
Cover up with make-up in the mirror
tell yourself, it's never gonna happen again
you cry alone and then he swears he loves you.
Do you feel like a man when you push her around?
Do you feel better now as she falls to the ground?
Well I'll tell you my friend, one day this world's going to end
as your lies crumble down, a new life she has found.
Face Down – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
The next few days were about the same. Alice and Charlie would come and visit Bella, each at different times of course, to keep her company. Alice still had to go to school after all and Charlie had to work but Bella was still grateful that they took the time to visit her. She would have been bored out of her mind. It helped though, that she got to know Alice even more. She got to know Emmett too, as he had visited her twice with Alice. During that time, Bella had a permanent blush on her cheeks as Emmett kept going with his inappropriate comments and jokes.
On the fifth day though, Carlisle stopped in the morning by Bella's room and told her she was free to leave by the afternoon. She'd been healing well; only yellowish bruises were still visible and her bruised ribs didn't hurt as much as before.
After a small talk, Carlisle had told Bella quietly that he'd already made the report to the authorities. They would be contacting her in the next few days to give her statement. With a trembling voice, Bella had asked if Charlie was taking charge of the case. That would explain why Charlie would sometimes be deep in thought and studying her closely when he'd visit her. Carlisle confirmed her suspicions and explained that the only reason why Charlie hadn't confronted her already was because he had asked him not to, as to not overwhelm her. Charlie had agreed for the time being but said that he would do everything possible to punish Edward for his cowardly actions.
Bella had cried silently. She didn't know why but it somehow felt right for some reason. It helped her deal with all the stuff going on at the moment. Carlisle left her then, with a tender kiss to her forehead and pleas for her not to worry about Edward anymore. She'd agreed half-heartedly.
She was ready to leave as soon as possible though. It was already three thirty in the afternoon and it wouldn't be long before Charlie arrived to take her home. Bella sat on the bed, having already changed into a blouse and sweat pants, and chewed nervously on her nails.
At that moment the door opened, revealing a male nurse pushing a wheelchair and Charlie right behind him. Charlie walked past the nurse and stood in front of Bella, holding his hand out. Sighing, Bella took Charlie's hand and let him guide her to sit on the wheelchair near the door.
She slowly sat down on the wheelchair and gingerly adjusted her feet on the foot plates at the bottom. With hopes of her getting better, the nurse left the room. Charlie looked at Bella and smiled sadly at her.
"Well Bells, the paperwork was already taken care of an-"
Charlie was interrupted by a shout. Bella turned to look behind her where a figure quickly appeared by the door.
"Wait! I'm here, I'm here," said a slightly flustered Alice as she walked into the room, "Sorry I'm late! I had to stay afterschool for some stuff and then I lost track of time and I had to practically race over here," she looked at Charlie, "but not that I went over the speed limit or anything, I was right on the limit but hey that doesn't matter now does it? Yeah, it doesn't matter because I'm here already, right?" She looked innocently at Bella.
Bella stared at Alice for a second before she started outright laughing at her ramblings. A few moments later Charlie joined too, leaving a confused Alice standing there. A few minutes passed when Bella and Charlie's chuckles finally died down.
"What was that for," asked Alice, with a hand on her hip.
Bella grinned at Alice, "Nothing, but what are you doing here? I thought you weren't coming since, you know, I get out today."
"Why wouldn't I come, Bella? I'll always be there for you, that's what best friends are for!" She clapped her hands excitedly.
Bella shook her head in amusement but at the same time she couldn't help but feel a streak of sadness when she mentioned they were best friends. She didn't know why but being only best friends didn't satisfy her. She ignored that feeling though, for she had no idea what it meant at all.
"Tell me already," said an exasperated Bella.
The pixie-like girl standing in front of her smirked and shook her head in a negative. Bella groaned and stepped back. She was all but ready to kill her. Not literally of course, she didn't have many friends to start with, so she couldn't really lose one at the moment but hypothetically, yes she would. She was used to Alice's behavior though; after all she'd spent most of her time with her after that haunting event a few months before.
It'd been five months to be exact since the 'incident' and her life was back to its normal boring state. Now though, she and Alice were inseparable and she wouldn't have wanted it any other way. She'd become great friends with Emmett too but that really wasn't surprising, the guy was the most likeable person she's ever known so it was impossible not to become friends with him. She didn't know what she would've done without them two if they had not been with her that first day at school after her stay in the hospital. The whispers and rumors about her being the reason that their 'precious and popular' Edward was in jail had been too much to take that she had almost resigned herself to never return to school. Alice hadn't let her though, saying that everything would get better and that she would always be with her. Emmett, being the typical 'macho' guy, had promised to kick anybody's ass if they dared to say or do anything to her. She'd laugh at that but made sure to tell him that it wouldn't be necessary. It did get better, though. After a while people had gotten over it and moved on to the next piece of gossip which was that Lauren, a not so friends of hers, had gotten knocked up by a college guy from Port Angeles. She didn't know where people got those kinds of rumors from but she was glad that they weren't talking about her situation anymore.
It wasn't like she wanted the constant reminder of Edward. She'd been ready to forget all about that after dealing with the police report and the rest of the process. She'd been glad, though, that Charlie hadn't been the one to ask for her statement that day when a few police officers had arrived with him a couple of days later after getting out of the hospital. Instead he had hovered at a distance while he let Officer Marshall deal with her statement. It'd been a fast process after that and before she knew it, she'd received news that Edward had been sentenced to jail for 3 years for assault and other stuff she hadn't cared to pay attention to. She'd been relieved that Edward wouldn't be getting anywhere near her anytime soon but there was still a small part of her that felt guilty for Edward being in jail. Not so much for him but for his mother, Esme, who had always been so nice to her the few times she'd seen her.
Snapping out of her daydreaming, Bella glared at Alice with her hands on her hips. "You will tell me right at this instant or I won't go at all," she said defiantly.
"But Bella," Alice whined, "it's a surprise! I can't tell you. Please, just trust me on this. Please, for me," she begged, making her famous pout and puppy eyes more pronounced.
Bella tried to look away but it was already too late. Those puppy eyes and pout of hers always got to her. She was a sucker for them as she was for the petite girl in front of her. She could never tell her that though or she would totally use it in her advantage more often.
Bella sighed, "Fine!"
"Yay," Alice squealed.
Bella smiled at her enthusiasm. She could really be a handful sometimes but she loved her nonetheless. Heck, she was in love with her, if she were to be honest. It hadn't taken long for her not to adore Alice but somehow along their friendship she had fallen for the small pixie. It wasn't like she was a lesbian or anything; she had actually never considered that thought before, but there was no denying she felt an attraction to her. She'd like to think it was because of Alice in particularly and not woman in particular, after all she'd never been attracted to other woman before. That is until Alice, of course. Not that it mattered really; she knew she'd never have a chance with a goddess like her. She was everything she wasn't; beautiful, charismatic, and truly one of a kind. She was nothing compared to her but that still didn't stop her from being her friend. She knew that as long as she could be around her she would be somehow satisfied.
"Ok then, I'll be here later at 7 to pick you up," stated Alice, oblivious to the brunette's thoughts.
"Alright, alright then," responded Bella.
Alice gave her a big smile, kissed her on the cheek, and left her bedroom with a quick goodbye.
Bella ran a hand through her hair as she sat on her bed.
"She's going to be the death of me," mumbled Bella. Looking up to her clock she noticed it was already 5 in the afternoon. Standing up, she decided it would be better to start getting ready as she still didn't know what she was going to wear to their….date? She didn't really know what it would be classified as. Alice had said she wanted to take her a special place of hers and nothing more, only commenting to dress nice and comfortable. Her hopes of being something more were nothing but illusions.
Alice took Bella's hand in her own and guided her forward. Coming to a halt, she hesitated for a moment.
"Are your eyes still closed," asked Alice, looking at Bella suspiciously.
"Yes! I had already said so, now hurry up," complained Bella.
"Ok, ok don't get your panties in a twist," muttered Alice.
She quickly took off the piece of cloth covering Bella's eyes and stuffed it away.
"Ok, you can open your eyes now."
Bella slowly opened her eyes and gasped. They were on top of a cliff and in the distance across the horizon; a beautiful sunset with bright orange rays greeted them. Bella was speechless. She'd never seen anything more beautiful. It felt so calm and serene with the cool air and the gentle, soothing sound of the ocean waves.
Bella slowly walked forward to the edge of the cliff, wanting to somehow get closer to the beautiful sunset.
"What do you think," asked Alice quietly, not wanting to disturb the peaceful mood.
Bella turned around to look at Alice and was greeted with an even more beautiful sight. Her.
"It's beautiful, Alice," Bella commented honestly.
Alice smiled shyly and stepped forward. "I'm glad you think so. I've come here a few times to think and get away from everything. I thought it would be great to share it with someone else."
Bella took a few steps to stand in front of Alice. "I'm glad you decided to share it with me. It's absolutely gorgeous," said Bella with a smile.
"Not as gorgeous as you," said Alice quietly, looking into Bella's eyes.
Bella was struck in silence. She thought she was gorgeous? It couldn't be, she was plain while she was easily the most beautiful girl she'd ever seen.
"I don't think so," mumbled Bella.
"You are Bella, so much and don't you ever doubt that," Alice said with so much conviction, as she took her hands in her own.
Bella looked down at their hands.
"Look, there's a reason why I brought you here. I've wanted to tell you for a while but I didn't have the guts to do so," Alice said, "but I think it's time for you to know. I can't keep waiting around without knowing if maybe there's a chance."
Bella looked up into Alice's beautiful blue eyes.
"What is it," Bella asked, her voice cracking slightly at the end.
Alice breathed deeply. "I like you, no, that's an understatement," she shook her head, "I feel more than that. Ever since I saw you that first day I knew you were special. That's why I talked to you because I wanted to get to know you more. But then the incident happened and I was worried sick about you. I knew there was more than a friendly intention towards you after I practically felt my world shift upside down when I saw you that night outside my house all beat up. After that, when we started to know each other more and hang out, those feelings started to grow. I found out you were an amazing girl with a heart of gold that had suffered through something she shouldn't have gone through. I felt the need to protect you from harm and others and that's when I found out," she slowly placed Bella's hand on her chest, "I fell in love with you, Bella. My heart is for you and no one else. But it's okay, I know you don't feel anything for me," she added quickly, "I unders-"
Bella cut her off by capturing her lips with hers, kissing her slowly. She felt Alice freeze for a second before she responded back eagerly. They kissed passionately, showing what they really felt through the kiss until they had to pull away for air a few moments later. Bella leaned her forehead on hers while interlacing their fingers.
"I love you too, Alice. Does that answer your question," she asked breathlessly, looking directly at Alice's wide eyes.
Without saying anything, Alice nodded slowly before capturing her lips again into a more heated kiss. Bella lightly pressed her tongue on Alice's lower lip before she was granted entrance and soon they were battling for dominance.
After a moment, they pulled apart and looked at each other. Alice grabbed Bella's hand and guided her towards the edge of the cliff. She slowly crouched down and sat at the edge, pulling down Bella's hand, indicating for her to sit down next to her. Bella followed and sat down, her hand still in Alice's.
Alice looked at the sunset for a moment before turning to look at Bella.
"I promise Bella, I will never hurt you and will make sure to make you the happiest girl alive. I know this is all too quickly and sudden but I do love you, with my whole heart," she interlaced their fingers, "And I would be extremely happy if you made me the honor of becoming my girlfriend."
Bella looked at Alice intently before giving her a chaste kiss. "It would be my honor, Alice."
Alice gave her big grin then. Bella smiled back at her, happy that the girl she loves loved her back.
Bella gently placed her head on Alice's shoulder and looked at the sunset. She then felt Alice rest her head on top of hers. She smiled at that.
Watching the sunset, she made a promise to herself right there and then. She would delete that one chapter with Edward in it and start a new one. One that contained her and Alice only.
A/N: Thank you so much for reading and please excuse any mistakes, I tried to get them all. Please review and tell me what you thought of it.