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"Yeah, I'll be there in five. You better be up when I get there!" I waited for a minute at her response, "Yes, I love you too, baby." I hung up the phone with Rose, smiling to myself in the car on the way home from the grocery store. I had to pick up things for lunch; since I was up early this morning, I figured I would save Esme a trip. Everyone in choir had the day off of school to ready themselves for the huge Holiday concert tonight, and Esme was going to cook lunch for us before we spent the whole afternoon getting ready. It was a huge deal, our biggest concert of the year. I was already dreading wearing a dress. The thought made me shiver as I pulled up into the driveway, that was covered in a thin layer of ice from the previous night. I almost slipped and caught myself on the back of the car before grabbing the groceries in the back, and trudging in the house.
There was an unusual quietness that went throughout the Cullen household, and I knew it wasn't because of the December chill in the air. Everything went to normal for the most part after the gang left, but the one person who I knew wasn't the same was Bella. Although she had overcome her usual shyness and was better at meeting and being with new people, I knew something inside her had changed when Jasper took off. I knew he did everything that he did because he thought it was for the better. On the other hand, he never saw the nights that Bella cried, wishing he was there with her still, wishing he hadn't just left. Rose and I were on "get Bella herself" duty; as her best friends it was our unspoken job. Not a glance or word was ever exchanged between Rose and I about Bella, we knew that Jasper leaving tore her up inside, and Rose and I did everything we could to make it better. Fortunately, Bella did come around again, and I feel like she hasn't been this happy since her rape. I also knew that Bella missed Jasper so much deep inside, and nothing Rose and I did could ever heal that.
As well as Bella, Rose and I's relationship had improved so much, and I was so grateful to wake up every morning next to her. I was that lucky to be able to have such an angel all to myself, one that I had the beautiful honor of calling my girlfriend.
"Need any help?" Bella asked, taking a few of the plastic bags that were hooked around every body part except for maybe my eyebrows.
"Thanks Bella." I laughed.
"You girls can just set those on the counter, everything I'll be using for lunch for the most part anyways, and I'm going to start cooking now." Esme told us.
"Thanks Esme." We said in unison, before ascending up the stairs to get Rose's lazy ass out of bed. It was noon, time to get up. Bella went into the bathroom to shower and I went over the bed, waiting for a minute before I pounced on top of Rose, who was evidently lost under a massive duvet.
"What are you doing silly? I told you to get your beautiful ass up already." I played with her, tickling her in her side until she turned over.
"Fine fine! I surrender! White flag!" She yelled, laughing in between her words.
"That's what I thought." I said, grinning at her.
I gave Rose and Bella a bit to get ready while I went down and helped Esme get lunch together. Carlisle was at work like usual, which left only us around the house.
Lunch was filled with excitement in the air, I could tell Esme was so thrilled to see us all in concert tonight. Maybe even more excited than us, but who could blame her. She loved to see us all shine, choir was the one thing that brought us all together.
"Will you stop moving? You and Bella are killing me!" Rose whined, doing my makeup shortly after finishing Bella's hair and makeup.
"Ugh. This is torture. I hate makeup." I snapped back.
"I know it's not your thing. But can you please at least be good? For me?" She begged.
"Fine." I gave in, letting her make me into something I wasn't the other 364 days of the year normally.
"Come on, have some enthusiasm, will you? Esme's really excited, and so are Rose and I." Bella said, smiling.
"I never said I wasn't excited, I just hate this." I replied.
"Okay. I think you're done." Rose said after a minute, and took a step back before examining her work of art, "Yep. You're done."
"Thank heavens." I got up off the bed.
"Now for dresses!" Rose ran to the closet, grabbing the dresses out and handing one to both Bella and I before putting her own on.
"Kill me now." I said, sliding the silky fabric up my legs after undressing.
"Oh stop" Bella said, grinning at me.
"Hey! Quiet little one!" I said, laughing back at her.
Rose zipped her dress up her back, before returning back to the bathroom.
"Oh Rose, what are you going to do with this face?" Rose asked herself, staring in the mirror.
"Seriously, Rosie? You're so beautiful." I said, kissing her on her neck when she fastened her necklace. She did her makeup within a few minutes, before we all grabbed our heels and headed out the door with Esme and Carlisle, who had just arrived moments before our depart.
I walked into the auditorium with Rose and Bella, while everyone in the class scurried around to do last minute makeup touch ups and exchanging flats for heels. Rose went to the bathroom to do whatever she deemed necessary to her face, which left just Bella and I.
I smiled at her, "You okay?"
She let a shaky breath out before responding, "Yeah, I'm just really nervous."
"Oh Bella, don't be nervous. You're going to do great up there, I promise. Let everyone hear your beautiful voice and see your beautiful self." I took her hand and squeezed it, "You're going to do wonderful. Don't worry about a thing."
"You think?" She asked, looking worried.
"I don't think, I know." I reassured her, "You can do this. You'll be brilliant and beautiful."
"Thanks, Ali." She leaned over to hug me before pulling away. Rose came back a minute later, and we all got settled into our choir spots on the bleachers. The red velvet curtains pulled back to show our gleaming faces to the audience, and before I knew it, the lights were shining bright on my eyes, and music was filling every inch of the room. I let the music fill my whole body up, pulling us all into a different world. Hey, when words fail, music speaks. No one had to say anything, the music coming out of all of us was pure, and said it all, without having to say it at all.
We then were at our last song, Where Are You Christmas?, which was Bella's solo. I looked over at Rose, grinning huge at her, when Bella started her first line. Soon the whole auditorium was filled with her beautiful sound as she belted out her notes. It couldn't have been a better night. It was crazy, to hear such emotion and voice out of something so small and fragile. But that was just it. Bella wasn't small and fragile. She was strong now, she's been through hell and back, but she made it. Her strength came shining through in her voice in every note.
"I'm not the same one, see what the time's done, is that why you had let me go? I feel you Christmas, I know I found you, you never fade away." She was at the final stage of her song, and the audience was so captured by her beautiful voice.
"Fill your heart with love," she sang beautifully ending the song, and I couldn't stop the smile that spread across my face.
She looked beautiful dressed in a long cream pleated dress with nude high heels that made her a few inches taller. She was glowing in the stage lights and everyone in the auditorium raised to their feet with applause. She bowed her head, with her cheeks burning that familiar pink, and the show was over. The parents migrated to their kids and everyone's normal posses were formed. I watched Ali and Rose migrate from their choir spot to Bella and I slipped through my crowd toward Esme.
I'm glad she gave me the memo that this is was a formal event. All the men were dressed in suits and the ladies were in dresses or slacks. I was wearing a simple black suit and jacket with a white button up, I couldn't stand ties. I felt like they were going to strangle me. Esme's face brightened when she saw me and touched Carlisle's arm.
"I'm glad you could make it," she said as she embraced me.
"Me too," I murmured.
I shook Carlisle's hand and he hugged me too. "It's good to see you Jasper."
Soon Ali and Rose rushed over to us, and Rose practically jumped on me, causing a scene. She was always good at that. I hugged her tightly with a chuckle. "Good to see you Rosie."
"I'm so glad you came! Wasn't it great?" She smiled, her whole face lighting up as she took Ali's hand.
"You girls were great," I agreed as I stepped up to give Ali and hug. She annoyed the hell out of me sometimes but I couldn't see anyone more perfect for my cousin.
"Wow you can actually clean up well," Alice joked. "For a biker looking guy."
"Who knew you could pull off a dress," I teased back.
Honestly though, the girls looked stunning. Alice was in a red and black velvety looking dress while Rose was in a green and black polka dotted dress. Truly a Christmas pair. Then the girl I wanted to see most showed up, with her father in tow. Charlie gave my hand a firm shake, with something in his eye and I cleared my throat as I looked down at Bella.
"That was amazing," I told her.
"Thank you," she whispered. "It's good to see you're back."
"That's what everyone's saying," I laughed.
"Well it's true," Rose added.
"Is everyone ready?" Esme asked.
We were apparently all going out for dinner to celebrate the show. The girls and I lingered behind the parents while everyone chatter but Bella was quiet beside me. She only really talked when someone complimented her on her singing.
I reached into my coat and pulled out a single stem rose. Bella smiled slightly when I handed it to her.
"It was getting a bit uncomfortable in my jacket," I said.
"It's beautiful. Thank you," she murmured.
"You're welcome," I nodded, then I realized it was just me and her. Rose and Alice had disappeared. How convenient. "Looks like I'm gonna have to give you a ride to the restaurant."
"Please tell me I don't have to ride your bike in this dress," she joked.
"No worries, I brought the truck," I laughed. "I wouldn't want to ruin your outfit."
"Jasper," she stopped.
"Yes?" I asked. We were alone in the school corridor near the back door where I parked.
She stepped closer to me and wrapped her arms around my neck, hugging me tightly. I held her tightly, loving how perfectly her body fit in mine. She pulled back ever so slightly and gazed into my eyes.
"Please don't pull away this time," she whispered before kissing me.
I was surprised at first but slowly melted into her. Her lips were soft and sweet against mine, better than I could've ever dreamed. I let her control the kiss and made sure I didn't get ahead of myself. I didn't want to ruin this little moment that felt too much like a dream. She pulled away and blushed.
"No need to be embarrassed Darlin'," I drawled with a smile.
"I've missed my average vigilante," she smiled back.
I groaned, "I did say that didn't I? What an ass."
She laughed, "Yes you did and I think it's cute."
"Oh great, a cute vigilante," I rolled my eyes as I gave her my coat.
She snuggled into it as we stepped out into the cold December weather. "I will never be able to say how thankful I am for you saving me," she said as I helped her in the car.
"Bella, I'm pretty sure you saved me," I said as I placed a kiss on her forehead. "And I could never be more thankful."
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