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Settled over a cup of coffee and a slice of my vanilla bean cheesecake that I knew she would love, Rosalie surveyed me with a critical eye. She was always the type that could see the cracks in someone's soul no matter how hard you hid them. She was the only one who had ever called me out on my then would be crush on her brother.
"How are you holding up?" she asked me in a soft voice that hinted at the sympathy that I had grown to hate.
"I'm fine," I mumbled with a mouthful of cheesecake, letting my rudeness stall the conversation.
"Hey, I'm sorry about Jessica-"she began, but I silenced her with a wave of my hand as the words for her to stop strangled me into silence.
"You got the flowers, right?" she continued on as if flowers sent to a funeral were enough, when there were no words, or flowers, for that matter, that could ever ease the ache that losing a sister creates in inside of a person.
"Yeah, they were lovely. Thank you," I managed to say while giving her a polite smile.
"I know that Edward wanted to go, you know, to pay his respects, but Asshole had him in Topeka at a seminar instead," she continued to grumble on as I shook my head over her nick name for her head strong grandfather.
"No big deal, Rosie. I wouldn't have had time for him anyway," I managed to say as she took a dainty sip of coffee.
"And truly, it's the thought that counts," I finished through gritted teeth as I thought about the card he sent over a year ago when Jessica died. It was one of those generic cards that you pick up at any store, filled with some generic message of condolence with his chicken scratch scrawl across the bottom simply stating his name.
"Yeah," she murmured as she watched me swallow the bitter the words that bubbled from with inside me as our conversation took an awkward turn.
The silence heavy hung between us as I looked from her to the near empty streets of the downtown where my shop was located.
"Why are you here?" I asked, not caring that I was being blunt. I was tired of the game she was playing.
"I wanted to see if you were ok?" she shot back as if her concern would be enough to spur her into action, but I knew her enough to know that was a lie.
"Ok, well, I am… So…" I began as I stood up to dismiss her since I was done with her and this conversation.
"Bella," she half pleaded in a whine whiel pouting at me. It was that pout that had gotten her out of trouble in her teen age days, but I was far from the naïve teen I had once been so it did little for me.
"Rosie," I mocked her using the same tone that she had used against me only to earn a scowl in return.
"What do you want?" I repeated as she looked at me with an expression that was supposed to be innocent, but I knew her innocence was long gone. She could fool others, but I knew her. I knew she was a master manipulator. I had witnessed it and experienced it firsthand.
"Not me," she finally conceded with a defiant look upon her face as if it were righteous anger that brought her here.
It took a moment for her words to sinks in as I realized what she was saying. It wasn't her that needed help and there was only one person I knew that she would willingly sacrifice for.
"No," I said firmly as she took a deep breath to rally back in her response.
"Listen, I don't know what lovers spat the two of you had ten years ago, but I do know you. I know you care about him otherwise you would not have asked if he was ok," she began in a loud rambling tone as I tried to talk over her shrill tone, but instead of silencing her I only caught Seth's attention. His dark eyes watched us with a curious look as Rosalie rambled on about my failed friendship with her asshole brother.
"He needs some help, Bella," she paused, giving me the moment I needed to speak so that she would actually listen to me.
"Oh, he needs some help alright! He needs someone to help him take the stick out of his ass that he had lodged in there up in Northwestern," I mocked as she rolled her eyes at me over my jab at his prissy know it all behavior.
"You know, I would be more offended by your comment concerning my brother if it wasn't common knowledge that he was right," she stated with a knowing look as she verbally knocked the wind out of me.
"Don't," I hissed at her as I refused to acknowledge what he did six years ago as being anywhere near right. It was an asshole move by someone who I had always assumed was my friend even if we weren't in constant contact.
"Listen, I'm tired of fighting with you," she breathed out with a sigh as if all of this was draining for her when it was, my past, and my life, which she was interfering with.
"Good, then don't," I said with a shrug as I stood up to walk away from her as I had done other times before.
"You know, he told me not to come here," she called out to me as I walked away.
"You should have listened to him. I mean, we all know that Edward Cullen is always right. Just ask him," I scoffed without looking back at the scowling blonde while I brushed past an astounded Seth on my retreat to the safety of my kitchen.
Thanks for reading! It's a day early, but that's ok, right?
I decided that it would be nice to start sharing recipes on here here since I love to cook : )
Recipe for Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with White Chocolate Mouse
1 1/2 cups finely crushed graham crackers
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg yolk, beaten
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
vanilla bean, from one pod
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 ounces white chocolate baking squares, melted
1 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
beans from one vanilla pod
Crust: Crush the graham crackers. Mix in the sugar. Add the egg yolk and vanilla, then stir in the melted butter. Line a springform pan with non-stick foil. Press graham crackers into the pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes or until edges are slightly brown. Remove and let cool.
Cheesecake: Combine cream cheese, sour cream, corn starch and sugar, mix until sugar is dissolved. Add butter, vanilla and beans, blend until smooth. Don't over mix. Pour over crust. Bake at 350 degrees 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 1 hour.
White Chocolate Mousse: In a cold mixing bowl beat cream until soft peaks form. Gradually add powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Put this in a bowl in the fridge. Don't wash your mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese in it, until fluffy. Add the white chocolate and beat until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream.
Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream: In cold mixing bowl, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Gradually add powdered sugar and then vanilla beans, beating until stiff peaks form.
After the cheesecake has cooled spread the mousse evenly on top. Refrigerate for about an hour then spread the whipped cream on top. Refrigerate several hours before serving.