Continuation of Eclipse Bella's wedding day finally arrives, but her streak as a danger magnet isn't over quite yet. No, you are not delusional. I have actually updated. *cheers*
6. Life takes Visa
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My bed was my best friend for first day Edward left. I just laid there, counting the seconds and trying to push the thought that I was being completely pathetic out of my head. I missed him horribly, and I couldn’t help but think I was being a little unhealthy. I knew laying around and moping wasn’t going to solve anything, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything without Edward by my side. This dependency probably wouldn’t do me any good in the long run, but who cared at the moment? All I wanted was Edward and all I was getting were crumbling cracks running along the wall.
I could feel my brain just wasting away due to the inactivity. It was screaming at me to do something. I wanted more time with my family and I got that. So shouldn’t I have been tying up loose ends? Saying goodbye to my human life?
I groaned before rolling onto my side, tired of my brain giving me the biggest headache I had in the past few months. There was only one person that I wanted to see more than anything and he wasn’t there. He was off in who-knows-where because I was selfish and caused him too much pain.
Thankfully a knock sounded at the door, breaking me out of my self hating thoughts. I jumped up quickly, slightly tripping over a blanket and rushed down the stairs. I didn’t take the time to make sure I was presentable, which I probably wasn’t, and flung open the door before I had a second thought. My face must have expressed extreme shock because Angela and Jessica laughed at my expression.
“We wanted to make sure you were still alive over here,” Jessica chuckled before stepping around me and into the house. A huge smile was plastered on my face when I realized who was at the door. I needed some girl time with my human friends- the thought of leaving them started to tear me up inside.
“Yeah,” Angela agreed. She turned to face me so that our eyes were locked. “We were worried about you.” With the wedding being canceled and all. I nodded the best I could before motioning them into the living room.
“I’m glad you came over,” I said quickly. “I was getting a little lonely.” They both nodded before they seated themselves to the couch. I plopped down on the chair, my brain racking for something to say.
“You must be in some need of entertainment,” Jessica suddenly announced, a large grin flashing on her face. I was a little worried of what she had in mind until she flashed a DVD from out of her bag. “Are you in the mood for some sappy chick-flicks?” she asked, waving three DVDs in front of my face. I couldn’t help but smile, wondering how someone like me deserved such good friends. Angela laughed when she saw my face.
“There’s nothing better to take your mind of your problems than stock characters in an overdone situation.”
I made popcorn while Angela and Jessica tried to navigate around the room to find the remote. Charlie was usually disorganized when it came to small, rectangular objects. The remote was no exception.
“Found it,” Jessica called from underneath the couch. I was a surprised she risked getting dirty from the floor, but then I realized I hardly knew my friends any longer. It wasn’t as if I hung out with any of them out of school more than once or twice.
I wasn’t sure why, but fresh tears started to leak from my eyes. I tried to brush them away, but Angela saw them before I could dry off my cheeks.
“Oh, Bella!” she gasped. “We don’t have to watch them if you don’t want to.” I shook my head quickly and offered her a weak smile.
“I want to watch them,” I said. “I was just…thinking.” Of what I was loosing. But I couldn’t tell them that without making them suspicious. But at the moment I really wanted someone to just confide in. Someone that I didn’t need to keep secrets from. I looked down, not wanting them to see the suddenly anguished expression I was wearing. But by the time Angela and Jessica were settled down and ready to watch the movie, I looked happy again.
It took five hours, but we made our way through three movies and five bags of popcorn. The silly romances didn’t hurt as much as I expected them to, which was a relief. Angela and Jessica had to leave soon afterwards, leaving me standing in the living room, another huge hole in my chest.
The heart seemed to be divided in three.
Three: My human friends and family.
And for once I had no idea which part was larger; which parts would hurt less to cut out completely. My heart pounded just thinking of it.
I groaned again and clutched my head. Since when was life so complicated? Since when has every choice I made brought pain to everyone around me? Ever since I moved to this small town….I didn’t regret it at all, but that was the price I had to pay for true love. Or so I thought.
I turned on the television, hoping for something to distract me. The nightly news came on, and my eyes grazed over the screen, not really paying attention to what I was watching. That was until I heard a voice announced three deaths and one missing person.
“Missing without a trace until a wandering hiker found the dead bodies thrown in the woods. Partially buried but…”
I didn’t hear what was said after that; mainly because I was struck with a pang of fear that traveled all the way up my spine.
“No blood left on the scene-”
“Mangled with a broken neck-”
I screamed, the situation crashing down on me. People were dying. Edward wasn’t there to protect me and I smelled really good.
For a small town, Forks hid too many horrors and secrets to be possible. The scary thing was, though, I was right in the midst of it.
I was pacing around the kitchen, my heart fluttering around in my chest. I was anxious for something to distract me from my fears. I wanted to be the hero for once-to save the day. But how could a human fight a coven of vampires?
I groaned and flopped down on the couch. Everything was too confusing. Why did I have to make this choice between life and death? Why did I have to choose between Jacob and Edward. Was it because my situation forced me to? No…I forced myself to, didn’t I? If I wasn’t so selfish during the time when Edward left me, I wouldn’t have dragged Jacob into my chaotic life. If I wasn’t so weak, I might have been able to stop Edward from leaving in the first place! I banged my head against the arm rest, self hatred welling up in me again.
I had to distract myself. Desperately. I glanced around the kitchen wildly, looking for something; anything. My eyes finally rested on my car keys sitting on the dining room table. I grinned, hopped up, and ran towards my keys. I could take a drive. That would take my mind of things. And it wasn’t too dark outside. The coven just fed, they wouldn’t be looking for another meal.
I knew I was being stupid and compulsive, but I couldn’t help myself. My house was turning into a prison. I ran outside, locked the house and drove. I was intending to just drive to the supermarket and get some food. But it was dark and my headlights were dull. But I still drove desperately.
I was steering by memory. I’ve been to the supermarket enough times that I knew the way by heart. But when trees started to show up and houses started to get fewer and fewer, I knew that I went the wrong way.
My heart fell down into my stomach. Icy fear shivered through me and I pulled over to stop myself from hyperventilating. I tried to convince myself that I wasn’t lost, but I knew I was. I had no idea where I was. I looked out the window, trying to see if I could recognize the area around me, but that turned out to be a mistake.
Instead of only seeing trees, I laid eyes on a pale figure right outside my door. Red eyes met mine and the air was sucked out of my lungs.