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Friendships

Summary:
I could not understand why she liked it so much. The rain. When we were in her room packing for her to leave and she mournfully threw all her tank tops into a pile to give to me, she said that she hated Forks because of the rain. Now, on the phone when I called her in response to the wedding invitation, she sounded like the rain was the greatest thing since…well Edward Cullen, her fiancé. For being so against marriage at a young age, Aunt Rene and my mother sure were exited about this wedding. So much so, that we were flying in two weeks early in order to help out. Edward/Bella, Jacob/OC


Notes:
I can't stop writing. It's boardering on obessive.


1. Reunion

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I could not understand why she liked it so much. The rain. When we were in her room packing for her to leave and she mournfully threw all her tank tops into a pile to give to me, she said that she hated Forks because of the rain. Now, on the phone when I called her in response to the wedding invitation, she sounded like the rain was the greatest thing since...well Edward Cullen, her fiancé. She had emailed me about him when they first met and Uncle Charlie had told me he had just packed up and left, leaving her heartbroken. He had wanted me to come and cheer her up, but school and my mom's paranoia about letting me leave her sight, kept me from going. The next time he called, he was enraged. Edward had returned and Bella had taken him back.

I did not know what to think about this. After all, we had been raised that if a man left you then by no means should you take him back. He was not worth it. Yet Bella had and now she was marrying him. Fresh out of High School even. It was strange and, though I could not tell my aunt and mother this, I was thrilled to meet the guy who melted Bella's heart.

For being so against marriage at a young age, Aunt Rene and my mother sure were excited about this wedding. So much so, that we were flying in two weeks early in order to help out. The Cousin-in-law-to-be, Alice had said she needed all the help she could get and that I was to be one of the bridesmaids. That made me very happy, though I hoped the dress was decent. I had seen some horrible bridesmaid dresses in my day. No matter what, though, I had to remind myself that Bella was my cousin and best friend.

Even though Bella and I were two year apart, we were very close. Our mother's were sisters and had the bond of a best friend, so it made sense that we would be close as well. We told each other everything and I knew that her depression must have been bad, since she barely emailed or called me. When she finally did, it was about this boy named Jacob. She said he was my age and a great conversationalist. He was helping her fix up two motorcycles she had found. It had relieved me that she had found someone again. When the emails stopped, I figured she had found love again, with this Jacob, she had mentioned that he had a crush on her, and was happy. Then I got the phone call from Uncle Charlie.

I did not say anything to her. I was her friend, her cousin, not her parent and she needed me to support her. I was happy for her, though a little put out that I had never met this Edward and I hoped he was worth it. If not, well, I probably would set the dogs on him.

"Evelyn?" my mother questioned.

I looked from the window of the plane and at her. "Yeah?"

"You seem quiet. Are you excited?"

I nodded. "I can't wait to meet Edward. He better be worth it."

Aunt Rene smiled. "He is a polite boy. A little formal, but polite and he cares for her."

I snorted. "It better be more that. He better ‘care' for her more then his own life."

My mom rolled her eyes, like she often did at things I said. "I highly doubt he'd kill himself if something happened to her."

"I don't know..." Aunt Rene said thoughtfully.

I studied her, hoping to learn something from her expression, but came up empty. Still, she knew something I didn't. Perhaps I would figure it out when we land.

The pilot announced our landing and as I buckled my seatbelt, the lush green of Washington hit my eyes. It truly was something else.

The airport was busy and we had a hard time seeing over the crowds. Bella said that she and Edward would come and pick us up, but I could not see my cousin at all.

"Evy!" an excited voice called out. I turned towards the sound of my nickname and saw Bella waving frantically.

"Over here," I called to the adults and practically ran over to my cousin.

She gave me the biggest hug she had ever given me. "Oh, wow, I missed you."

"I missed you too," I said.

I took the time to look at her. She was still the same Bella Swan in looks, only something had changed. She looked happier, of course, but there was something haunted in her expression. Like something pained her. It was almost covered by her wide smile and sparkling eyes, but I who knew her almost as much as she knew herself, saw it.

"You got taller," she smiled. "What have they been feeding you?"

The smile faded momentarily and that hurt expression came back in full. A hand rested on her shoulder and she suddenly smiled again.

"Oh, this is Edward. Edward, my cousin Evelyn."

I turned my attention to the man standing behind her. Funny I did not see him before. He was gorgeous. That was the only word I could use to describe him. Bronze hair framed a pale chiseled face and strange dark gold eyes. Everything about him was...I don't know, what it was. Like I said, he was gorgeous, in a cold, creepy kind of way. A smile was playing on his lips, like he knew something I did not, when he looked me over.

"It's great to finally meet you," I was finally, with some difficulty, able to croak out.

"Pleasure is mine. I have heard so much about you." That smile was still there. I felt awkward...very awkward.

"Likewise."

"And this is my aunt," Bella continued. "Rachel. Aunt Rachel this is Edward."

My mom nodded to him and smiled, obviously smitten by his polite charm and good looks. I just stood there as we caught up in the airport, trying to figure out what he gave off that made me so nervous.

Edward flashed smile over our heads suddenly, revealing overly white teeth that gave me a start. Predator. It came to me suddenly. He gave off the aura of a predator.

"There you are," he said to a small, spiky haired, girl.

"Sorry," she apologized, moving over to Bella. "I had a hard time finding a parking space. Summer and all everyone is going on a last minute vacations." She rolled her eyes and turned to look at me. "You must be Evelyn. I'm Alice. I talked you to on the phone, remember?"

I nodded and said I had.

"Great," she said. "Now, since I did not have your measurements I have not been able to get your dress made. We have to do that as quickly as possible, maybe even today. Also, I need your opinion on the center pieces. There is just something about them that I don't like-"

"Alice," Edward interrupted her gently. "Let's wait till we get in the car. She and her family must be tired.

"Oh, yes of course. I'm sorry. C'mon, the luggage collection is this way."

For all her bubbly-ness and petite-ness, even Alice gave off the feeling of a hunter. It must be a Cullen thing. Edward still looked amused by something as we collected our luggage and went to the Cullen's, very nice, car.

Through out the drive, Alice talked about the wedding to Rene and my mom and I talked to Bella. We whispered mostly, but she refused to say too much in front of Edward.

"So," I said finally. "What ever happened to that Jacob guy you told me about."

Silence descended on the car and the tension spiked. It answered my question. Edward came back and Bella left the boy high and dry for a better model.

Edward snorted, which he disguised as a cough and looked in the re-view mirror at me. There was something in his eyes that I could not place and I looked away, quickly.

"I-It didn't work out," Bella finally said.

I nodded in understanding.

We arrived at the Cullens, where Rene and I would be staying with Bella, while my mom and little sister took Bella's old room at Uncle Charlie's place. He and Bella were not on the best terms, as he did not like Edward or agree with the marriage. He would be a supporting father however, but Bella thought it would be best if she spent some time away. I got the guest room with her, but she confided in me that she would just end up in Edward's room anyway. At my raised eyebrows she blushed.

"Nothing like that. H-he wants to wait until we're married."

"Aw, he's old fashioned, how cute," I said as I packed jeans and sweaters into the dresser provided for me.

"Oh, very." Once again there was an unexplained note in her voice. It sounded like amusement, but to what I did not know. I seem to be missing a lot since I got here.

"So, what's he like really? When he's not trying to impress the harpies otherwise known as our mothers, I mean."

Bella shrugged. "Pretty much the same. He's sweet, protective-"

"How about possessive. He looks at you like he wants to eat you."

Her face turned red. "W-well he has to have some flaw."

"Hmm," I said folding a jacket. Something fell out of the pocket and into my lap. I looked to see if Bella had seen it, before stuffing the carton of cigarettes into the pocket of the jacket. I know it's bad, but I don't do it all that often and I do know I shouldn't do it at all.

"We're going to college in Alaska."

Surprised, I turned around to face her. "You hate the cold," I said bluntly.

"Not anymore. And Edward wants to go."

"You're isolating yourself from us because of Edward?"

Bella blushed again. Still the same Bella. "You must think he's some abuser."

"I never said that."

"I can tell by the tone in your voice that you're accusing him of something. I know it sounds like it, sort of. It's complicated. Anyway-"

"You don't have to explain yourself to me," I said quickly. "I'm your friend, I want you to be happy. Friends want friends to be happy and they are there to help mend any mistakes."

Bella smiled at me. A strange smile.

There was a knock on the door and Edward opened it. "I can't keep her at bay anymore. You have to go get fitted for your dress."

I nodded. "I just left something in the car."

Edward reached into his pocket and tossed me the keys. "Here."

I left them alone like they wanted and jogged downstairs, successfully avoiding Alice and the other Cullens. Stepping out onto the porch, something crackled under my foot. I looked down to see a delicate piece of cardstock. When I picked it up I recognized the RSVP card for the wedding. Scrolled on it was the number 2 in dark pencil. The imprint of it was almost noticeable on the other side, as if the person writing it was angry or the pencil had been so light that they had to continuously writer over the mark.

Alice must have dropped it. I tucked it in my pocket and went to the car to grab my camera bag. I don't normally take the school's camera places with me, but my cousin's wedding seemed like a good excuse. After locking the car, though I doubted it would be stolen, I headed back in the house. Edward and Bella were waiting for me in the living room.

"Alice will me down in a minute," Bella told me.

I nodded and reached into my pocket, handing the card to Edward. "Here, this was on the porch."

Edward looked at the card and his nose wrinkled in distaste momentarily, before his expression went back to its stoic self.

"Thanks," he said tightly. "Alice must have dropped it."