A.N: This is a collab fic with Leigh Warner and Loopylou992. This will be posted on both of our profiles so please leave love for both of us. I don't own Twilight or its characters. No copyright infringement intended etc. Thank you again to Boosboys for being our beta and working this over.
I had to make one final stop then I would drive away from my childhood home and my hometown for the final time.
I pulled up to put some gas into my car and grab some red vines for the drive home. I love red vines and thought I would get some to try and cheer myself up.
I was waiting to pay when I heard a familiar voice call my name. I thought my heart would stop when I turned around and found myself facing Alice.
Alice hugged me before saying, "Hey, Bella. I didn't know you were back in town. How long are you here for?"
I swallowed my guilt before answering, "Oh, it's just a fly by visit. I'm actually on my way home. I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to catch up with you while I was here. Maybe you could come out and visit me sometime while I'm not filming."
"That sounds like fun. I will have to hold you to that promise. So did you get to see Jasper while you were here? He was saying to me the other day how much he misses you. We all do, Bella."
I felt my face crumble, and I only just managed to hold back my tears.
"Bella, what's wrong? Are you OK?" Alice paid for my things before taking my hand and leading me from the store. She pulled me over to a bench and sat down beside me.
"I'm sorry, Alice. I've messed everything up by coming back here. I shouldn't have come back. I'm sorry for everything, Alice. You're my best friend, and I never meant for all this to happen. The only way I can see to start making things right is to leave and never come back," I said, hugging Alice before standing and grabbing my bag.
"You don't have to leave, Bella. We can work through whatever is happening. We all love you and would do anything to see you happy."
"I wish that was the case, Alice, but you don't know everything yet. When you do you will hate me and never want to see me again. Alice, I have to tell you…"
"Shh, you don't have to tell me, Bella. Wait until you feel ready. Also, I could never hate you. You could hit me with your car and I would never hate you; you could even steal my man and I still couldn't hate you."
I burst into tears and started walking quickly to my car. I got in and started the engine looking at Alice before driving away. "Please swear that you won't tell anyone you saw me today, Alice."
"If that's what you want, Bella. I pinkie promise that I won't say a word to anyone. Just call me if you need anything, OK? Anytime day or night."
I hooked my pinkie finger with Alice's before I replied, "I will. I love you, Ally."
"I know, my Bella. I love you too."
I squeezed Alice's hand before pulling away and driving from town. It was a long drive home but I managed with a few stops.
The whole way back my phone kept ringing and alerting me to messages and emails. When I checked them, I found that most of them were from Edward. I couldn't talk to him yet. If I did he would end up convincing me to come back.
I finally walked in my door and dropped my bags in the hall, intending to put them away later. I didn't feel like doing much at the moment, so I plonked myself down in front of the TV and channel surfed for a while. Unable to find anything to hold my interest, I switched off the TV and walked out of the room to head up stairs. I grabbed my bags, slinging them over my shoulder, and carried them up to my room.
When I walked in, I dropped them at the end of my bed before throwing myself down among my pillows, and quickly fell asleep.
I was woken up three hours later by my phone ringing again. Knowing I would keep getting calls and messages I grabbed the phone to turn it to silent when I noticed I had a voice message from Alice.
"Hey, Bella, hope you don't mind me checking in. You seemed kinda upset and I wouldn't be a friend if I didn't at least check you got where you were going okay. Anyway, you know where I am, and I won't tell anyone I saw you today. Call me?"
I couldn't ignore Alice, and I had to tell someone I was safe. I quickly typed out a message back to her.
I'm okay, just needed to bail. Will call you later. Thanks for not saying anything. B xoxo.
I placed the phone down on my bed side table and went to grab my purse. I wanted to find the red vines I had tossed in there when I was getting out of the car. As I was moving things around, I felt a little ball in the corner of my bag. I pulled it out and gasped in shock.
It was one of those rings that kids get from bargain stores with their hard earned allowance. It was a little metal band and had a purple heart, which was my favourite colour. Rolled up inside the ring was a small piece of paper. I pulled it from the ring with shaky hands and unrolled it to find familiar handwriting,
My bestest friend in the world, Bella,
I have no idea how to tell you I know about you and Jasper being in love. Bella, I have always known. When you moved away and hardly came back to visit, Jasper and I turned to each other for comfort. I guess we just fell into a relationship, and rather than be lonely decided to stick with it.
I heard that you were back in town a few days ago. I have hoped for a long time that you would one day come back to confess your love to him. One day I found a letter that Jasper had written to you sitting on the desk in his study, and I figured out from what he said that you two had told each other about your feelings.
I waited for days, thinking that I would be having a conversation with Jasper about the end of what we have and what he hopes to have with you. When it didn't happen I grew worried. Jasper was becoming distant, and when I called him about a date we were supposed to have, he blew me off. Yes it hurt, but I hoped that he was with you.
When I got a drunken message from Jasper one night asking if I had heard from you and what he could do to get you to meet with him face to face, I knew for certain that it was the end of my time with him as more than a friend.
Do you want to know something, Bella? I'm not as sad as I thought I would be about it either.
So, my bestest, most awesome friend and sister in the world, don't overthink things. I know how you get. Follow your heart and go get the man you're meant to be with. If you need any help arranging anything call me and I will help in any way I can.
I love you, Bella.
All my love,
I rolled up the note and place it beside me on the bed. I looked down at the ring Alice must have slipped into my bag today. I couldn't help but smile as I slid it onto the ring finger on my left hand. I swear if I liked women and wasn't in love with Jasper I would marry that girl.
Realization swept over me as I looked into my purse and noticed the letters Jasper had sent staring up at me.
There was nothing stopping Jasper and I from being together. Alice had told me to go get him, and that's what I wanted to do.
I feared going back to get Jasper because of the way I'd fled town. I hadn't given him a real chance by meeting him at the beach. He hadn't mentioned that's where he wanted to meet, but I knew. That was our place.
Oh god. What had I done? Would he even want me if I came crawling back?
I needed to talk to my brother and Alice. I picked up my phone and dialled Edward first.
"Hello? Bella, is that you? Please tell me it's you?"
I feared his response, thinking Edward would be angry with me. I took a deep breath and whispered, "It's me."
"Thank god. Are you OK? Where are you? Why did you run away from us, B? Everyone is worried about you."
"I'm fine, Edward. I just had to get away from things. I was messing up everyone's lives by being there. Well, I thought I was anyway, so I headed home."
"You didn't mess anything up. We want you to come home, B. Please?"
When Edward finished talking, I could hear voices in the background; it sounded like somebody was upset. The voices started getting louder, and I heard someone yell 'Bella' and 'Give me the phone. I want to talk to her'
"What's going on, Edward? Who is that yelling in the background? I can't quite make out who it is. Dad isn't angry that I left without saying goodbye, is he?"
"Mom and Dad figured you left because of a work emergency. They said they'll call you later. I'll be honest, Bella; it was Jasper yelling and trying to get the phone from me. Actually, he is charging at me again, and Alice is having trouble controlling him. I'm going to give her the phone and take Jasper outside to calm down. Hang on a sec."
I waited nervously, listening to Edward arguing with Jasper as he dragged him outside.
"Bella? Girl, you need to get back here and calm your man down. He is sick with worry and frustrated that he can't talk to you."
"I want to, Alice. I really do, but have I screwed things up by running away? What do I do? I'm so confused and scared of what could happen."
"Do you want him, Bella?"
"You know I do, Alice."
"Then come and fight for him. Don't take no for an answer."
I thought back over the last few days. I thought of the letters and the dancing around each other we did, instead of talking it out face to face.
All of a sudden a plan started to form in my head.
"You're right, Alice," I said smiling.
Alice giggled and quickly responded with, "I always am, Bella."
"I have a plan but I'm going to need your help."
"Sure thing. What do you need?"
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