"Edward, what exactly are we doing tonight," I asked him as we made our way up the steps to the Cullen house. I had finally finished studying for our upcoming finals, so Edward and I had decided to spend some time at his house with his family. "I can't tell you, it's a surprise," he said, flashing me my favorite crooked smile.
I followed him into the living room, where everyone was sitting and talking anxiously. I noticed that Carlisle and Esme weren't there. A puzzled look crossed my face. "Where's Carlisle and Esme," I asked. Edward lightly laughed. "They usually leave during these things," he explained. "It tends to get pretty nasty."
My eyes widened at his words. Nasty? What did he mean by that?
Emmett's head popped up from the tight circle of conversation to give me a devious smile. "You're going to have loads of fun tonight Bella," he said, wagging his eyebrows like a villain in a bad sitcom. When Emmett did things like that, I knew something was going on, or at least about to go on. Luckily, Alice chimed in before Emmett could continue torturing me with his comments.
"Ok gang, get in a circle on the floor around the bottle," she said, clapping her hands in excitement. Edward grabbed my hand and towed me towards the forming circle of Cullens. I was completely clueless as to what was going on, but something told me that I wasn't going to like it. I went and sat next to Edward, and he put his arm around my waist and nuzzled his nose into my hair. "Don't worry, this will be fun," he said, smiling.
Before I could question him, Alice spoke once again. "Ok, I know that we have all done this before, but I will still explain the rules for Bella". Finally, she was explaining to me what was going on.
"Ok, so tonight is of course, our Cullen family game night, and our first game of the night is, spin-the-bottle."
"Spin the bottle, Alice? Really," I said disbelieving. "Isn't that a little childish for your taste."
She wagged a finger at me and had almost the same devious smile as Emmett. "Oh Bella, you might think spin-the-bottle is childish, but you have never played it Cullen style." She turned back towards everyone else and continued explaining the rules of the game.
"So, we will all choose a number and the person who gets closest to the one I'm thinking will go first. Edward will of course go 2nd since he can cheat during this part." Edward rolled his eyes and she stuck her tongue out at him.
"The person who goes first will spin the bottle until it lands on someone else, and then you will give that person the option to do a truth or a dare. So it's like spin-the-bottle and truth or dare combined. Now remember, everyone gets one freebie to use if they don't want to do their dare or answer the truth question, but use it wisely. Any time after you use the freebie, you don't complete the dare or answer the truth question, you will have to walk into school on Monday, completely naked."
My eyes widened and I stared at Alice in disbelief. "Wait, so if I don't do a dare or answer the truth question, I have to go to school naked?"
Alice nodded her head solemnly and shrugged her shoulders. "Those are the rules," she said. I settled back into my spot next to Edward and leaned into his stone cold side. He lowered his head slightly to whisper in my ear. "Don't worry Bella, I won't let them make you do anything to outrageous," he promised. I believed him without a doubt. I immediately began to relax. No matter what they (especially Emmett) had cooked up for me, I knew that if it was too much, Edward wouldn't make me do it.
"Ok, I'm thinking of a number between 1 and 100, what is it," Alice said enthusiastically. Emmett went first. "36," he said confidently. Jasper went next. "70," he said eyeing Alice suspiciously. Then Rosalie. "14." Then it was my turn. I wanted to go first more than anything, just so I wouldn't have to worry about getting picked. I decided to top Emmett's 36, just to piss him off. "37," I said nervously. Alice looked at me and smiled before saying the number. "It was 39," she said, slightly giggling. I couldn't help but smile and I could feel Edwards smile against my hair as he held me. Emmett murmured a swear under his breath, which made me smile harder.
"Ok Bella, it seems that you get to go first," Alice stated, clearly trying to sound formal. I nodded and grabbed the bottle. I quickly looked at everyone in the circle before giving it a little twirl. It seemed like it was spinning for ages, but it gradually began to slow down. Teasing me, when I thought it would stop, yet it would continue to spin. The bottle finally gave a small twist before landing on my favorite Cullen besides Edward. Alice. I smiled, knowing that I had the perfect thing for her to do. Even though I had never played this, I still felt as if I knew what to do. Apparently, nothing was off limits that I knew of.
"Ok Alice. Truth or Dare?" She contemplated this for a moment, and then answered. "Dare."
"I dare you, to go upstairs to your room, find the most amazing and beautiful outfit you own, then cut it up," I said with a small smile. Alice's face immediately dropped. I had made sure to make my dare a sudden decision, as to make sure she would have no prior knowledge. I felt kind of bad at first. Alice loved her clothes, so this would be hard on her. But it was dare, right? Dares aren't supposed to be easy.
"Are you serious Bella?" You can't actually expect me to do that," she said nervously.
"Well, you do have a freebie," I reminded her. But do you really want to use it on the first dare." I looked at Alice and she began biting her lip. After about 20 more seconds of silence, she suddenly stood up and threw her hands in the air. "Oh Fine!" she yelled. But I will definitely get you back for this." I definitely believed her on that one. Alice was sweet and happy most of the time, but she also had a devious side.
Alice silently stalked up to her room and I could hear her rustling around, as she searched through closet for the outfit that would soon be destroyed. I caught Emmett looking at me with a small smirk on his face. "What?" I asked curiously. He shook his head at me. "I hope you realize what you're getting yourself into." Alice won't let this go easily," he told me. I laughed but I secretly knew he was right. The second that the bottle turned towards me, and Alice was the spinner, she would get her payback. Hopefully I wouldn't have to worry about that.
Speaking of the little pixie, here she was. Alice was walking back into the room with a pair of black leather skinny jeans, red high heel shoes, and a blood red blouse. It was very beautiful and definitely looked like something that Alice would miss.
"Ok, I'm ready," she stated, trying to sound confident. I could hear the nervousness behind her calm façade. She grabbed a pair of scissors from a nearby table drawer and grabbed the pair of black leather skinny jeans. I saw her hold her breathe as she jammed the scissors straight threw the pants, creating a good sized hole. A flash of pain crossed her face as she began repeatedly cutting, stabbing, and jabbing the scissors into the pants. After a few more minutes, the leather pants were nothing but a memory of what was once probably a $200 item.
She threw the remains to the side then grabbed the shoes, swiftly breaking off each heel and ripping off the straps. The shirt was last. I could tell she loved it more than anything. Alice held it at arms length, examining it for the last time. Suddenly, it was gone. In less than 3 seconds, the beautiful blouse was in tiny shredded pieces.
The remnants of the outfit were scattered everywhere and Alice plopped down on the couch, letting out her breathe in a loud " WHOOSH". I let out a slight giggle. I was pretty proud of myself. Even Edward couldn't hide his smile.
"Good one, Bella," Rosalie whispered to me. It surprised me. Rosalie was the last person that I expected to give me a nice comment, but I thanked her. Maybe our relationship was improving.
Alice shot me a death glare and I shrugged my shoulders.
Emmett burst out in laughter that he must have been holding. Alice through something at him that I didn't see.
"Well, I guess the games have truly begun," Emmett said.