Here is the long awaited chapter that seemed like it was never going to written! I rewrote the beginning like 3 times and I rewrote the ending like 5. But, it's finally to my liking! I hope you enjoy it. We get to see some acting. And a little something extra. . . Hehehe
"Hey Stella." No. No it's too early to be hearing that voice. And, Stella? Really?
"It's Bella." I say, as I crack open my eyes. My power nap is over. I have been up since 4:30am. My last minute costume fitting, though at the ass crack of dawn, went very well. I've been sitting in this make-up chair for only 40 minutes. And I planned to nap through hair and make-up, but someone has other plans.
"Sorry, my bad." Edward says as he plops down in the empty chair next to me and takes a sip of his Starbucks. Coffee. What I would kill to have right now.
"It's alright, Edwin." I shoot back, with a little irritation.
"Ooo. Feisty this morning, I see. Did you land on the Worst Dressed List again?" Edward says with amusement.
"Asshole," I mumble, and then I speak louder so he can hear me. "And I'll have you know E! wouldn't know what was fashionable even if it was standing right in front of them."
"So, you did end up on the Worst Dressed List again? Ha," Edward chuckled. "It's alright. Some of us have to look the worst or else there would be no best." He sipped at his coffee as his make-up artist touched up his face.
"Oh, you mean like that one time you ended up on it because it looked like Kesha and Lady Gaga threw up all over you? Yeah, I guess you're right." I turned my attention back to the mirror in front of me, smirking to myself. I did some more research on him this morning, while I waited for my car to pick me up. Who knew Edward had a bit of drag queen in him?
I saw him out of the corner of my eye; he knew what I was talking about. The tops of his ears got bright red and it traveled down to his cheeks. Score one for Bella! And at that moment, a burst of noise came into the Hair and Make-Up trailer. Both Edward and I turned toward the commotion.
"Alice, for the last time, you cannot have my brother's number! Do you know how weird it would be if you started dating my brother? I'll answer that, creepy!" Rosalie sat down in the chair on my right.
"Rosalie, I don't want to ask him out! I just want to talk to him." Alice said, sitting down next to her. Alice has this pleading look in her eyes. Rosalie was shooting her, her signature death glare.
"Talking, leads to dates. And, I don't want you dating my brother. End of story. Now, shut up." Rosalie turned away. And you knew the discussion was over.
"Hmph," Alice crossed her arms, defeated. "Bella. . . ." She dragged out my name in that, 'Please help me!' voice.
"Uhh, I'm staying out of this one," I say. "You're on your own. Besides, there has to be a reason she isn't giving you his number. Right, Rose?"
"What?" Rose said, pulling her earbud out of her ear. "I couldn't hear you over the sound of Florence blasting in my ear. And, if this is about my brother's number, she can't have it. Stop asking. Good lord!" And she put her earbud back in.
"You know? Sometimes I feel she doesn't want me to be happy." Alice says, as her hairdresser begins styling her hair. Which, there isn't much to do with it because it's cut so short.
"Of course, she does. She's your best friend. She just, knows her brother and maybe she doesn't want you to get hurt by him." I say matter of factly.
"You're such a typical girl!" Edward chimes in. I almost forgot he was even in the room.
"Excuse me," I say, raising my eyebrow. "How am I being a typical girl?"
In his best imitation of my voice he says, "She just, like, knows her brother, and she just doesn't want to like see you get hurt, like," he then goes back to his regular voice. "Please. That is every girl's excuse. Did you ever think that maybe she doesn't think you are good enough for her brother?" Alice gasps.
"Hey! First of all, I don't talk like that. Second of all, that was very rude. And thirdly, I don't remember inviting you to give your opinion." How dare he say that Alice isn't good enough for Rose's brother! He doesn't even know him.
"Oh, I'm sorry," Edward rolled his eyes. "But, if I wasn't meant to put my opinion in, maybe you should have saved your conversation for when I wasn't around. And, I was only telling her the harsh reality. Not everything is cats and rainbows, Ella."
"How many times do I have to tell you, it's Bella?! B-E-L-L-A," I snapped. "Even better, call me Isabella, seeing as we're not friends, you don't get to call me by my nickname, or is that too big of a word for you? You're such a jerk!"
"Whatever, Isabella." Edward got up from his chair and walked out of the room. The room fell eerily quiet after that.
"Wow. That was, intense. I didn't know you had that in you, Bella." Alice said. She had a shocked expression pasted on her face.
"I didn't either. But, he has been a jerk ever since I met him. I couldn't take it anymore." I didn't realize it but all the hair and make-up people stopped what they were doing. I looked up in the mirror, making eye contact with them. They quickly went back to what they were doing.
"Hey, where'd Edweird go?" Rose asked, finally coming back to the real world. It's amazing how much you miss when plugged into your music.
"He went to wardrobe." I said, re-closing my eyes. Maybe I can get a few more minutes of sleep.
The morning seemed to drag on forever. I had to watch Edward film his scenes. The scenes he was filming were, the FBI telling them all about my character and how I was very important to them. His last scene filmed, was him running off to start his hunt for me. And I had to admit, he was a very good actor; great actually. When Aro called action, he would leave his jerky self behind and become Anthony Hawkins. But, that would last for however long the scene was. As soon as Aro yelled cut, he was back to himself. So, obviously his personality wasn't why he got hired.
After his scenes were over, we moved sets. And it was my time to shine. In my scenes, Alice, Rose and I think we have found the weapon to stop the FBI. We have hatched this plan and are going to put it into action. Of course, we get interrupted when we run into fugitives. We end up kicking their asses; which is the best part of this job. I get to fake fight people! We later learn, those fugitives were spies for the president. And, we basically doom the side we are fighting for.
By the time we wrap up our scenes, it's lunch time. And after lunch, we are filming the last 20 minutes of this episode. And, it is the scenes I've been dreading. Willow, Sarah and Raine run into Anthony. He says that he wants to work with them. That he too, has run away and wants to help bring the FBI down. It's all a ploy of course. Or at least, that's what I think. I haven't read the script for episode two yet. I hoping they don't fall in love. Because I am not kissing that man, no matter how much they pay me.
It's three o'clock by the time lunch wraps up and it's time to get going with the final few scenes. And, it's a lot of close ups and a lot of wide shots.
"Alright, Bella and Edward, to your marks please!" Aro calls to us from his director's chair. I sigh and march onto the wooded set. Most of the show is set in the woods scattered through America. My character travels a lot in this show. She is always moving because one place isn't safe for long. But, for most of season one and part of season two, she is near the Appalachian Mountains. For now, the woods we use are in a studio lot in LA. We start filming in actual nature in 2 weeks. We have to wait til fall and winter really set in.
"Don't make me look bad." Edward whispers near my ear. I shudder a little bit.
"Don't make me look bad." I whisper back, looking up into his face.
"I don't plan on it." He says, before walking over to his little 'X' taped to the floor on the far left.
"Rose and Alice, to your marks! Let's go people; I'd like to actually finish an afternoon shoot before dinner. Can we do that this season, please?" Aro chides from his chair. The camera crew chuckles.
I walk over to my mark and crouch on the ground. I pick up the kinife I've been using as my defense weapon. Alice lies down on the ground beside me. She does a few breathing techniques before getting into character. Rose squats other my other side.
"Is the mic working?" Aro yells to the sound man.
"Good. Okay. Let's see if we can do this in one take," Aro yells. Then whispers to himself, "I highly doubt it." I giggle. Then remember, that I'm supposed to be ready for whatever has found us, and snap out of it.
"And, ACTION!" Aro yells.
"Someone's coming." Alice, Willow, whispers with a fear dripping from her voice. "What do we do?"
"Kill them." Rose, Sarah, says point blank. She begins to get out of her position, but I throw my hand out.
"Now, let's not be stupid. Do you want to die? What if they have a gun?" I say.
Edward, Anthony, comes stalking towards us. His boots were stomping on leaves and twigs. "I know you're over there. You can either, come out now, or I can shoot into the grass and you can hope I don't hit you."
"I told you he might have a gun," I whisper smugly. "I think we better get up, before he decides he wants to have a shooting frenzy."
"I'll give you to the count of four. And if you don't come out, well, I hope you don't mind bullet wounds." Anthony says. "One." A step forward. "Two." The click of metal. "Three."
"Don't shoot!" Willow jumps up, with her hands in the air. "We don't have any weapons. Please don't kill me!" Sarah looks at me and we both roll our eyes before we stand up with our hands in the air. I'm still clutching the knife in my hand.
"No weapons, my ass. Last time I checked, a dagger was a weapon." Anthony says. We all take a look at him, and realize he doesn't have a gun in his hands; just a metal lighter.
"How were you going to shoot us with a lighter?" Sarah lets her arms down, crossing them across her chest. Looking at him with a sassy look, an eyebrow cocked.
"It's called a threat, babe. Learn it, "Anthony put the lighter in his pocket and relaxed his stance. "You two can put your arms down now. I'm not going to hurt you." Edward breaks character for a few seconds when his gaze stays on me a bit too long.
"If you're not going to hurt us, then what do you want?" I say, dropping my arms. I play with the dagger in my hands.
"Well, princess, I just wanted to invite you to tea. What do you think I want?" Anthony says sarcastically. "I heard a little whisper going around that there was a group of three little girls who were fighting against the FBI. And I wanted in."
"We're not little girls!" Willow says. "And, what makes you think we want a boy in your trio anyways?"
"We've been doing fine on our own." Sarah says. "And we don't need a hot head in our group."
"Hmm. Well, I just thought you might like to know that I know the FBI's secrets; because I've gotten around. And I pretty much know where their secret bases are. And I could help you out a lot. But, if you don't want that, "Anthony slowly turns on his heels.
"Wait!" I say. Sarah and Willow turn their heads towards me. "How, do we know that we can trust you? How do we know that you won't turn your back on us?"
"Good question. . ." Anthony pauses. "What's your name?"
"Raine." I say
"Good question, Raine," he continues. He steps closer to me. We are now only three feet apart. "Well, I have a little beef with the FBI. They killed my parents in cold blood. I went to school. And then when I got home, they were gone. I thought they might have gone out and would be back. But, the day ended up turning into the next. I knew what had happened." While he was talking, I got lost in his eyes. They were the deepest shade of green. They were like emeralds. I didn't know he stopped talking, till Alice said her line. I blinked a few times to get back into the scene. Damn him.
"You poor thing." Willow says with condolence in her voice. Sarah just scoffs. She wasn't buying into this whole story. Anthony just ignores her and continues.
"I promise, I won't turn my back on you. I want avenge my parents. I want to know why they had to be killed. I need to know, what they died for." He looked right at me, and I saw his face soften just a bit. He broke character again. But, it was barely noticeable.
"Raine, think about this. He could be a fantastic liar." Sarah whispered next to me. She glared at him. I looked him up and down, skeptically; but, finally agreed.
"Alright. But, under on condition," I say, "you have to let us fight our own battles. We aren't damsels in distress." I stuck out my hand.
"Fair enough, Raine." He took my hand to shake it. A little shock of something went up my arm and spread through my body. I quickly let go, and looked everywhere but his face.
"Well, we should get going then. Don't want to be caught out her at night, where an actual killer could get us." Sarah huffed. Obviously agitated that Anthony would be joining us. "And pretty boy, if you do anything to me in my sleep, I'll kill you."
"Sarah, be nice." Willow said, starting to walk in the opposite direction Anthony came from. Sarah followed her. Anthony and I, looked at each other, before we waved me ahead.
"And, CUT!" Aro yelled. "Beautiful! That was perfect! I loved it! Now, time for close ups!"
It was 8 before we got all the close ups done. For some reason, Alice got a case of the giggles and couldn't stop laughing at everything for 20 minutes! Rose got a case of the hiccups at one point. It was just a very long shoot. Not to mention, Edward and I had to shake hands at least 15 times. And each time, I felt that same jolt go through my arm. I didn't know what it was. I looked at his face at one point, to see if he felt it too, but he wouldn't look at me. The only time he looked at me after that, was when he had to do his dialogue close ups and the back of my head was in the scene.
"You alright, Bella?" Alice asked me, later in wardrobe when we were getting out of costume.
"Yeah. Why do you ask?" I say, putting my black skinny jeans back on.
"I don't know, you just seemed funny after you and Edward had to hold hands." Alice says, changing shirts.
"It was a hand shake. We weren't holding hands." I clarified a little too quickly.
"Whatever. You still acted weird. He wouldn't look you in the eyes afterwards. And, what was with that look you were giving him when he was preaching about his parents. You like zoned out."
"Are you going to analyze everything, Alice?" I say, putting my white t-shirt back on.
"Bella likes Edward, Alice. As if it isn't obvious." Rose says, coming out from behind her rack of clothes.
"I do not like him!" I blurt out. "I could never like that pighead."
"Uh huh. Sure you don't like him. It's not like you didn't get lost in his eyes during that one scene." Rose said, sitting on top of a trunk.
"She has a point, Bella. And, during one of his close up shots, I saw you get lost again." Alice said, walking over to stand next to Rose.
"You guys are ridiculous. Besides, he has a girlfriend. So if I did like him, he is off limits." I say, slipping on my Converse.
"So, you do like him? I knew it!" Alice said, grinning.
"I said if! I said, if I liked him. I never said I did." I huffed. They were getting on my nerves.
"Bella, I'm sure Edward likes you too." Rose says, not looking up from her iPhone. "I could see that from a mile away. He looked at you the most. Even when he was answering one of us, he would look at you for a few seconds."
"And besides, "Alice adds. "His girlfriend is like 30 years old-"
"26." I said without thinking.
"How do you know that?" Alice asked.
"No reason. Continue." I could feel my face heating up.
Alice gave me a suspicious face. "Have you been reading up on him? Are you stalking him?!" She covered her mouth with her hands.
"NO!" I say defensively. "I just didn't know who he was. So, I Googled him; and we're moving on now!"
"You have it bad. " Rose chuckled. She was enjoying my flustered state. I flipped her off.
"Listen, Bella. The point I was trying to make," Alice said, moving towards me and putting her hand on my shoulder. "You like him. Now whether you acknowledge that feeling or not, is up to you. And I know he likes you. Even though he is the biggest asshole on the planet, he does have feelings. And, I'm sure if he knew he liked you, like I know he does, he'd dump his over aged girlfriend for you."
"Wow, Alice. That was inspiring." I say, kind of shocked.
"Yeah, I know. My mom is into these self-help books and shows. It's annoying really." She says, shrugging. "Well, I hope you figure out what is going in that mind of yours. See you tomorrow." She wraps me in a hug.
"See you tomorrow." We walk out of the costume trailer, I go one way and Rose and Alice go the other.
"Can I have his number now?!" I hear Alice say from behind me. I giggle out loud.
"Shut the fuck up, Alice! NO!" Rose shouts.
So, what did you think? Bella has a thing for Edward. And Edward might have a thing for Bella. But, only time will tell. Thanks for reading! xoxo