DISCLAIMER: STEPHENIE MEYER OWNS ALL THINGS TWILIGHT!
"Hey, Bella. You will be there, right? At the carnival?" My friend, Angela, asked me when we were closing the bookstore at the end of the day.
Yup, I'm Isabella Swan aka Bella and I worked at a bookstore with several other co-workers, but Angela was the closest one. There were also Lauren, Tyler, Mike and Jason, but none of them were seemed to interest in working here. They were probably only looking for the monthly payment.
I was graduated from Literature and now I worked in Seattle. I spent my high school time in Forks with my dad after my mom re-married. I liked working here. I got the chance to read lots of books and I dreamed to have my own bookstore someday.
I smiled to Angela. She has brown hair just like me while her eyes were hazel and mine were also brown. "Of course I'll be there."
Angela grinned and put the books on the shelf. There were only the two of us until the place was closing. "I can't wait to get read again by you."
I rolled my eyes. "You really believe those cards?"
Angela shrugged. "I know it's kind of superstitious, but it's true, Bella. Remember the last time you read me? You told me I will find someone who is really meant for me and then I met Ben. I swear, Bella. He's prefect."
I wrinkled my nose. "And what happened with the guy you were dating at that time? What was his name? Eric?"
Angela scoffed. "He has another girl in his arm while he's not with me."
I raised my eyebrows. "How did you know?"
She smiled sheepishly. "I caught him with a girl when I was shopping at the mall."
I sighed. "Angela, it could be a coincidence."
"Where did you learn how to read Tarot, Bella?"
Well, I have a story about that.
"My mom taught me before I moved out to Forks to stay with my dad. I never good at it, but I don't know..." I sighed. "Somehow when I looked at someone's face and those cards were in front of me, I could tell something from the person. It's weird."
Angela chuckled. "You could have your own show at a television, Bella."
I laughed lightly. "Like what?"
"Bella Swan, the Tarot reader."
We both laughed again.
"Have you ever read yourself, Bella?" she asked.
I sighed and continued to put the books on the shelf. "No, not really. Not interested."
"Oh, come on, Bella. You already read lots of people. Why don't you read for yourself?" Angela asked again.
I rolled my eyes.
After we locked the front door, I went home to my small apartment. I didn't have many things with me because I rarely spend my time in my place. I only had one bathroom, one bedroom, kitchen and living room. Simple, right?
The carnival which Angela was talking about is a yearly event and the head of the event was Alice Brandon. I knew her when she bought some books in the bookstore and overheard Jessica and Mike who was talking about me and my Tarot reading skill. She offered me a tent where I can read Tarot to the visitor and this was my third year attending this event as a Tarot reader.
Alice Brandon was an energetic girl with black spike hair and tiny figure, but she seemed to have lots of energy because I knew handling this kind of event especially an event this big was not easy.
The carnival will be held this weekend and today was already Thursday. I sighed. Time flew so fast.
"Bella, are you free tonight?"
I blinked at Angela. "Um...yes. Why?"
She smiled. "Let's have some girly time. I want to do a make over with you?"
I gaped at her. "A make over?"
Angela nodded. "The carnival only be held for two days Let's do something with your look so people won't recognize you." She grinned.
Honestly, I didn't like this idea at all.
"What happened to my hair?" I wailed when I saw my brown hair suddenly disappear and now it was blond. A sexy blond.
Angela grinned. "You look sexy."
I made a face. "If my dad sees me like this, he will have a heart attack."
Angela giggled. "Well...you should try hiding your hair so your father won't get the heart attack."
I rolled my eyes.
I still didn't pass the annoying phase after Angela successfully dyed my hair to blond. On the next day, we arrived at the carnival in the afternoon and I wore my costume with long skirt a scarf in my head and long sleeve shirt. I looked ridiculous, but Angela assured me it was for the carnival's sake.
"Wow, Bella? Is that you?"
I looked over to the front of my tent and I saw Alice grinned at me. I grinned sheepishly.
"What happened to your hair?" she asked me again.
I arranged my cards on the table in front of me. My mom gave me a set of Tarot cards for my 15th birthday. I rarely use it, but one time I was bored and I brought those cards to work and tried to read Angela. Soon, my ability to read those cards was known to my other co-workers.
"It's hiding so well under this blond one," I answered her.
Alice chuckled. "But, seriously. It suits you. You look sexy."
I rolled my eyes. "God, Alice. You're the second person who said that to me."
"Who's the first?"
She laughed. "I was hoping you will say your boyfriend."
I snorted. "Nope. No boyfriend."
Alice raised her eyebrows. "Really?"
And then, she walked in and sat on the chair across from the table. "Why don't you try that now?"
I looked at her curiously. "What are you? A psychic?"
She shrugged and grinned.
I rolled my eyes. "I don't believe such things."
"You don't have to believe it. Just try it," she suggested.
I pursed my lips and looked at the stack of cards in front of me. I honestly never tried to read my future or something like that before, but deep inside I would love too. I really do! I want to know what kind of future I had or perhaps what kind of man who will stand by my side. If there were any...
"Go on. Try it," Alice said softly.
I took a deep breath and began to shuffle the cards in my hand. After some moments, I stopped and put one card on the table. I glanced at Alice briefly and she smiled before I opened the card.
My heart sped up.
"Well...what the card says?" Alice asked me.
"It's The Magician," I answered her in low voice.
"The card represents the potential of a new adventure, chosen or thrust upon one. Something like bring things out of the darkness into the light."
"Isn't it that good?" Alice asked again.
I took a deep breath. "Depend on the person. It could be good or bad." I sighed. "As for me, perhaps it will be good. I'm not sure."
"Hmm..." Alice went silent for a moment before she looked at my eyes. "I think this will be a good thing for you."
I narrowed my eyes. "You can read Tarot too?"
She laughed lightly. "No, but I can see," she tapped her temple.
I looked at her skeptically, not sure how to answer.
"Alice, we're about to start, " a guy popped his head on my tent and we both looked at him.
Alice smiled. "Yes, I'll be right there, Nathan."
He smiled back and looked at me. "Hey, Bella."
I smiled. "Hey, Nathan."
And then, he disappeared from my tent. Alice looked back at me again. "Well...I hope you have a good time. And..really, I like your hair."
I giggled. "The brown will return after the carnival is over."
Alice laughed lightly and rose from her chair. She left me alone on my tent. I played absentmindedly with my cards before a couple got in into my tent. Nothing extraordinary about them and so was the other couples who got in after the first one.
When it was close to the end of the carnival, I prepared myself to go home when I heard noises in front of my tent.
"The carnival is almost close. I think we should just go home," a male voice was heard, a smooth voice and I was kind of like his voice.
"Please, Edward. I really want to go to this tent. I've never seen a Tarot reader before," this time it was a female voice.
I sighed and sat back on my chair with my cards in front of me, waiting for this girl and the guy name Edward to finally get in into my tent.
"We could do this tomorrow," I think Edward said.
I rolled my eyes.
Do I have to hear this?
And then, a girl popped her head on my tent. She was beautiful with blond hair and blue eyes. I smiled at her. "Do you still have a minute to read us?"
"Sure. Come in and sit down," I said to her.
She looked briefly over her shoulder and gestured to someone to come in.
I definitely didn't prepare myself when I saw the person who got in into my tent. He was beyond handsome; tall, with green eyes and bronze hair. My heart skipped a beat, but then I sighed. Of course he will choose a beautiful girl like her rather than like me.
I shook my head. What the hell I was thinking?
"I hope we don't disturb you. I know the carnival is going to close," The guy...I mean...Edward said to me and I blushed slightly.
"No. Not at all," I said to him in low voice.
Edward smiled slightly at me and the girl cleared her throat. I looked back at her and composed my face. "So, what do you want to know?" That was the most common question I asked to the person I want to read.
"Can you tell us about me and Edward? What kind of relationship that we have?" The girl asked again.
I smiled slightly and began to shuffle the cards. And then, I stopped and took one card, flipped it and blinked when I saw the card.
The High Priestess.
This card associated with mystery, when powerful female influences and support currently in force for the querant. And mostly it was associated with the card reader which is me. I furrowed my eyebrows. A mystery? A secret?
I looked at the girl. "How long have you two been a couple?"
The girl blinked while from the corner of my eyes I saw Edward's lips twitched.
"It's none of your business," said the girl.
"Six months," Edward interjected.
The blond girl glared at Edward and I raised my eyebrows.
"Okay...do you have any plans to take this relationship into more serious level?" I asked again.
"What is it to you?" said the girl.
"Maybe," and this was Edward.
I almost rolled my eyes.
The girl looked at Edward sharply. "I can't believe it. Maybe, Edward?" She rose from her chair and stomped outside.
"Tanya, wait!" He quickly rose from his chair and ran after her, leaving me alone in my tent.
I sighed and shook my head.
I went home with Angela after the carnival was over. The image of The Magician card was still playing on my mind until I fell asleep.
The next day of the carnival went uneventfully and I didn't see Edward and Tanya again. I went home after the carnival to prepare myself to go to work in the morning. Before I arrived in my apartment, I bought a brown hair dye at the nearest grocery store. I couldn't wait to have my brown hair back.
It was almost midnight when finally my hair turned to brown again and I breathed the sigh of relief. I never wanted to do a hair dye again. Ever.
On Monday, I went to work again and surprisingly I didn't get late. We were having a busy morning; even I didn't have the chance to talk to Angela.
It was nearly lunch hour when I cleaned up the shelf and then I heard a voice.
"Excuse me, Miss."
I recognized the voice.
I quickly turned around, forgetting the books which still in my hands.
Yes, there he was.
My heart skipped again, but he seemed didn't recognize me. My heart sank. I remember my hair was blond when I met him and now I'm back with brown hair again. For the first time in my life, I really wish I could have a magic wand and brought back my blond hair.
I swallowed. "Yes."
His eyes met mine and he furrowed his eyebrows. "Have we met before?"
I blinked. "Uh...probably not."
He looked at me for a moment before nodded slowly. "I want to look some books about trading regulations. Perhaps you can show me where."
I nodded. "Of course."
"I hope I didn't disturb you," he gestured to the books in my hands. "You seem busy."
I smiled. "No. Not at all."
I turned around and started to walk when I heard Edward said, "It's you!"
I stopped on my feet and turned around to look at him. "Pardon me?"
His green eyes stared at me. "You're the girl from the carnival, right? The Tarot reader."
I almost gasped.
And then, he smiled. "I'm so glad I could see you again."
The image of 'The Magician' card danced around my head.
Could this be my new adventure?
Should I continue or not?
Please, let me know :)