Flicking through the channels of the large TV that adorned the wall in the Cullen's living room, I gazed unseeingly at the blurs of bright colours that hurt my eyes in the dark, empty room.
Edward was out hunting with Tanya, apparently, they were hitting it off really well, already passed the first kiss mark.
It was unbelievable, to think that less than a week ago, those lips were in sync with my very own.
It made me feel dejected and incensed beyond belief.
As my eyes began to drift closed and my head hit the soft cushions with a clunk, the door burst open, revealing a glorious Edward with his arm draped lazily over Tanya's shoulder as she giggled gleefully.
They quietened down after a few seconds as Edward slowly bend down to lift up Tanya's chin to meet his intense gaze, his familiar and intoxicating fragrance casting over her with every exhale, "I had a great time tonight, Edward." Tanya whispered as a feeling of fury and rage burned in my blood.
Tanya lent up on the tips of her toes, leaning in for a kiss as Edward met her half way. Her lips pressed eagerly against his as he stood their motionlessly.
His eyes were wide open and much too my astonishment, they were trained on me.
I froze in my seat, my eyes widening in horror at the realisation that I had been caught washed over me.
But for some bewildering reason, he looked... frightened. Like he didn't understand that a beautiful creatures lips were pressed against his own, like he didn't want to kiss her, like he wished for Tanya to be replaced by me.
I still couldn't bring myself to tear my gaze away from his tortured eyes, it was all too confusing.
It was impossible for such an exquisite creature such as Edward to want to be associated with someone like myself. But, somehow, he did.
I just had to figure out why he wouldn't allow himself to.
As if on cue to my ridiculously paced heart rate, both eyes reverted to me, "Oh, I didn't see you there, Bella," Tanya smiled at me, not seeming phased by my presence at all, "We were just going to go up to my room. Isn't that right, honey?"
Edward smiled his signature lopsided grin at her, but it didn't reach his eyes; they were still filled with anguish.
I bowed my head in embarrassment as the colour spread across my cheeks. I sighed heavily as I made my way over to Edward, leaning up and pecking him lightly on the cheek, "Goodnight Edward." I whispered as I began to retreat up the stairs. All the while, his eyes were trained on my receding back as I climbed the stairs sluggishly.
After brushing my teeth and changing into some of Alice's pyjamas, I climbed into Alice's bed as she painted her nails on the dressing table.
I internally debated with myself whether or not I should confide in Alice with the recent discovery of Edwards and Tanya's progressing relationship.
"Alice?" I mumbled unsurely, my eyes already drooping closed.
"What's up, Bells?" She asked, still fiddling with her nails.
"Umm, I was just wondering," I began, "Is Tanya... Is Tanya related to you?"
"In the true sense of the word, no. Tanya is not, and never will be, related to me. Now, tell me what you were originally going to say." Alice ordered, taking on a comforting and considerate tone.
I took a deep breath, now determined to get through my speech without wavering, "How can Tanya make Edward fall in love with her so fast, when all I've ever shared with him was a kiss but still remained as acquaintances? I mean, am I really that awful? He can't even look at me now without looking pitiful or tortured!"
Alice froze for a second before hastily situating herself on the edge of her bed, that I now shared, "Bella, is Edward suddenly becoming distinct and immune to you now?"
I nodded my head, gulping loudly in the process, "Alice, what does this have to do with anything?"
"Just be quiet and answer my questions," She demanded, now hefting herself to her feet and pacing calculatingly across her bedroom, "Does Edward show affections and feeling for Tanya when she's around?"
"Yes, why?" I asked, bewildered.
"What about when she's not around?" She asked, still pacing back and forth dizzily.
"She hasn't been away from him since we met, she's at least in the same building as him." I answered, still feeling dazed and disorientated due to my lack of sleep.
"We'll have to do something about that tomorrow," Alice whispered to no one in particular, "But, right now, you need your beauty rest."
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Stretching and yawning, I was yanked out of bed by a very enthusiastic and cheery Alice.
"Why are you doing this to me, Alice?" I whined, rubbing my eyes tiredly.
"Keep your voice down, " Alice demanded, raising her finger to her lips in attempt to quieten me, "You don't want them to hear us, do you?"
"Who?" I asked, still dawdling behind her.
"Edward and Tanya, of course." She rolled her eyes exasperatedly.
I stopped dead in my tracks, "Don't tell me your spying on them, Alice."
"Of course not, Bella. What do you mistake me for? A spy?" Alice snorted.
I relaxed instantly, "So, what are we going to do then?"
"We are just going to secretly obtain information from them." She said in a unconcerned tone of voice, shrugging her shoulders nonchalantly.
"Alice!" I chastised, throwing my arms exasperatedly, "That is spying! They are vampires, you know. They can hear our every word and movement and Edward can read minds!"
"Oh, yeah, I forgot about that!" Alice said to herself, furrowing her eyebrows quizzically and throwing he hand to he forehead, "Well, then, you'll just have to do it yourself."
"Do what by myself, Alice?" I sighed, getting frustrated with her due to the early hours of dawn.
"You'll see." Alice smiled before tugging me down the stairs.
The remainder of the evening was spent moping around after Edward and Tanya. Alice had specifically informed me to analyse their every touch, sound and movement and report back to her in a private place were her thoughts would be safe. She called it the meadow.
It was beautiful, a near replica of the meadow Edward had kept me safe in. If anything, it was more extraordinary with a variety of different shades of purple, yellow and white delicate wildflowers as they swayed in the slight breeze. The billowing trees ensured a constant cover from the impending rain but allowed rays of sunlight to slip through the gaps and bounce around, creating a magical feeling for the exquisite place.
As myself and Alice walked around the meadow in circles, I in a trance like daze at the pure and fresh beauty of the meadow and Alice oblivious -or already acquainted- with its striking aesthetics.
"Okay, so what exactly happened?" Alice questioned me, a thoughtful and calculating look on her face.
"Well, nothing really. Except a lot of kissing and cuddling. They were watching a chic-flick and Edward seemed really different and tense, like he really did not want to be sitting beside Tanya, but, somehow, like he wouldn't -or couldn't- move. Like he was forced to be there or something..." I trailed off, shaking my head to clear it.
"Okay, so here goes nothing," Alice began, taking a deep breath, "You know that Edward can read minds and you have telekinesis, a shield and can project your thoughts?"
I nodded my head to tell her that I understood so far.
"Well, Tanya has a gift like yourself." Alice informed me, biting her lip.
"What is it?" I asked, suddenly interested in our thought provoking conversation.
Biting her lip she delved into her shocking information, "She can control the feelings, actions and bonds of others. And from what I've gathered from you today, Tanya seems to be using her powers on Edward."
"What do you mean?" I asked, not grasping what she was trying to tell me.
She sighed and went into further detail, "You see, Tanya is trying to control every action, thought and feeling Edward has. But he's resisting. She knows that the bond forged between the two of you is strong; the strongest she's ever come across to be exact, but that makes it more fun for her. She thinks of it as a game. The chase, the capture and, finally, the control. She is trying to turn Edward upon you, make him hate you with a passion. But because he is resisting, she is starting to dislike you substantially and that makes her want to continue on with her quest even more.
She's decided to make Edward her own. She wants him and theres nothing that can stop her once she's started. Except, maybe you. With your shield, you can protect yourself from her and, with some practice, I can help you protect someone else with your shield. For instance, Edward."
"I don't think Edward likes me anymore." I whispered, fiddling with my fingers.
Alice sighed before lifting my chin up to eye level, "That's exactly what I'm trying to tell you, Bella. Edward is being forced to hate you, but its not what he's actually feeling. He still has feelings of his own, Bella. He just cannot process them or act upon them. And that's exactly why I'm going to help you. I know Edward has feelings for you, Jasper told me and that's what led me to believe that Tanya was working her magic on another victim, yet again. It's not fair, Bella, I need to put a stop to this before its too late. We have to stop her and I think your shield is the perfect remedy."
"Really?" I squeaked, a smile forming on my lips, "Do you think that will work?"
"Of course it will work, Bella. Never doubt a future-seeing vampire." She winked before explaining the gists of repelling my shield.
This was going to be interesting...
A/N- What do you guys think of Tanya's power? Ready for Bella to kick Tanya's ass and get Edward back? Hopefully, because I feel really sorry for Edward at the moment and Bella, of course:( Sorry for the lack of updating guys, but I've been super busy! I should be able to update a lot more regularly now because its finally the summer holidays! Please leave me a quick review to tell me what you think, please. Reviews=Updates:)