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Bella's Wedding Day

Summary:
Bella's big day has finally arrived. BUT what happens when an old friend comes to wish her good luck? WARNING...if you don't like Jacob, you won't like my story. :)


Notes:
Disclaimer: Stephenie Meyer rocks! The people are hers...not mine.


9. Chapter 9 - Assumptions

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Chapter Nine - Assumptions

Alice POV

As if this day wasn’t bad enough I’d had another horrific vision.

Instead of calling for Carlisle I went to his office. I didn’t want to draw any attention to what I’d seen. I knew Edward was too upset to be listening to my mind, but I blocked it the best I could anyway.

I heard Esme and Carlisle talking so I knocked softly. “Come in.” Carlisle whispered. I pushed the door open and closed it behind me.

“What is it, Alice?” Esme was always so perceptive.

“Aro has decided to pay Bella a visit.” I stated as calmly as I could. Yes, I was mad at Bella for hurting Edward. But I still loved her, still would protect her at any cost.

Esme gasped. “What? Why now?” She looked at Carlisle.

“I can only guess it’s because of our little chat with Jane a while back.” He speculated. “How long do we have?”

“Not long, a few days maybe.” I answered. “We have to do something. We can’t just let him kill Bella.” We all just looked at each other.

Esme finally said what we were all thinking. “Bella is in no state to be changed right now. She has to make her decision first. She can’t know what’s coming or it might make her decision for her.” She took a deep breath. “I would hate for her to regret that choice later...when it’s too late to change it.”

“I agree,” said Carlisle. “Can you tell what her future will be, Alice?”

“No. I’ve tried but it keeps going from Edward to nothing. I can only guess she is still undecided.”

“Okay. Well, we cannot do anything until that decision has been made with no outside influences or distractions. She must make this choice all on her own.” He sighed. “That’s the way Edward wants it too.”

“We can’t tell him this.” The words rushed out of Esme’s mouth like a tidal wave. Again, she was absolutely right.

“I think I should go check on her.”

“Alice.” Carlisle said with an edge in his voice.

“I won’t let her know I’m there. I just want to make sure she’s okay.”

Edward POV

My phone rang and I knew that it would be Bella without even looking at the caller id. I did look though. I couldn’t talk to her right now. I needed time to sort out my feelings on what had happened today. My feelings on her feelings for Jacob.

The phone rang again, signaling there was a voicemail. I wanted to listen to the message right then. To hear her beautiful voice. But I felt fear more than anything. Fear of what she might say. I’ll wait, I told myself, Put off the pain.

I laid on our bed and stared at the ceiling. How had this day gone so terribly wrong? If only I hadn’t sent that stupid wedding invitation. If he hadn’t showed up today, I would be married to her right now. She would be in my arms, forever.

Would it really be forever though?

She would have seen him sooner or later. When that time came she would have had to confront the feelings I knew she had -- even if she didn’t. Her dreams gave her away.

My mind flashed back to one specific night.

I held her in my arms when she started to become restless. “Jacob,” she whispered. “I need you, Jacob.” A growl came from deep in my chest. “Please Jacob, don’t ever leave me. I love you.” What was left of my heart broke at that moment. Confirmation. All of my suspicions came crashing in on me. I wanted to scream out in agony but I didn’t want to wake her.

Instead I held her as she talked to him in her sleep all night.

The next morning I was still hurt -- and angry. I took it out on her. She didn’t know what she’d done. She even asked. I told her everything was fine. What a coward I was -- am!

I opened my eyes and noticed the little red light on the top of my phone. A message. Bella’s message.I picked it up and sat it back down. I can’t -- not yet.

I had told Bella all or nothing. Did I really mean that? Could I live with only having part of her heart? Could I share her with the memory of Jacob Black, forever? I wasn’t sure. I was selfish. But I loved her so much.

Enough of this! I grabbed the phone, dialed my voicemail and hoped for the best.

“Um, Edward. It’s me, Bella. I just wanted to let you know that I’m um going away for a while. I’ll be okay. Don’t worry about me. I just need some time to figure all this out.” she paused, “I love you.” There was another pause and then very quietly she said, “I’m sorry. So very sorry.”

What had she done? Where had she gone? I told her I would give her space. Why would she feel the need to run away? “I hate you, Jacob Black!” I growled.

I snatched up my phone again and dialed Charlie’s number. I needed answers.

“Hello?”

“Charlie, it’s Edward. Where is Bella?”

“I’m sorry, Edward, but I can’t tell you that.”

I asked again. “Charlie, where is Bella?”

“Look, Edward. I can’t tell you anything. Bella asked that we don’t tell anyone where she is or who she’s with.”

“Who she’s with?” I hissed. I did not like the sound of that at all. Charlie had always been partial to the dog.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to imply anything.” It sounded as if Charlie had realized what he’d done. “I will tell you that she is with a female.” Relief rushed over me as he continued, “she is in communication with me and she will be okay. Don’t worry.”

“Please let me know if anything happens to her.”

“I will,” he promised.

“Thanks, Charlie.” I said as I ended the call.

I ran to Carlisle’s office and threw the door open. Three pairs of eyes met mine. I didn’t give them a chance to say a word.

“Bella’s run away.”

“What?” all three of them shouted at the same time.

What are you talking about, Edward? Where did she go? Why would she do that?

The questions from their minds were maddening. “Can you please stop shouting at me in your heads?” I yelled. “Let’s please discuss this out loud!”

“Okay, fine.” Carlisle was always so even keeled. “Please explain what you’re talking about. What do you mean Bella ran away?”

“She left me a message saying she was going away for a while. I was concerned so I called Charlie. He said she left instructions not to tell anyone where she was or who she was with.”

“Who she was with?” Jacob? Alice had jumped to the same conclusion I had. When she realized I’d heard his name in her thoughts, she dropped her eyes and thought, Sorry. I didn’t mean that.

“No, that’s what I assumed too. Charlie assured me that Bella was with a female.”

“That’s good, right?” Esme tried to soothe my worries.

“I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not. At least if she was with Jacob he could protect her. She’s out there running around with no protection whatsoever.” I groaned in frustration. How could she be so irresponsible? “I can guess who she’s with, can’t you?”

“Stop! Don’t try to figure out anything more.” Carlisle’s tone was serious. We all looked at him. He closed his eyes like he was trying to concentrate. “Alice, I want you to tell Edward what you saw.”

“You saw something?” I questioned her. She nodded.

Before I could say anything else Carlisle said. “Don’t worry. I have a plan.”