Post Eclipse. Another vampire has arrived in Forks, but wants nothing to do with the Cullens and everything to do with Bella. Is this newcomer friend or foe? Ok, so it's all finished. Thank you all for your wonderful reviews and be sure to check out the sequel, "Unraveled", which will be coming soon. :)
14. Chapter 14
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“Dawn?” cried Alice back at the house. “Tomorrow? They wouldn't dare!” She was wielding a heavy glass vase and looking very intimidating. Bella, Edward, and I were seated in the living room, while Alice raged through the house.
“Tomorrow is the engagement party!” she said to anyone who'd listen. She was shouting. I looked over at Bella, who was suppressing a smile. “Everyone is coming! We can't have an epic battle while serving h'orderves! What if we have to cancel?”
“Oh that would be horrible,” said Bella, her voice dripping with sarcasm. Alice shot her a deadly look, but Bella just smiled.
“You're getting married,” I said. It was obvious how in love Bella and Edward were, but I wondered how they would deal with the age difference.
“Bella wants to be changed,” stated Edward, answering my unasked question. I nodded, understanding.
“Would you like to see the dress?” asked Bella. She looked up at Alice, who was still fuming and I could see she wanted to escape.
“Oh yes,” I replied enthusiastically. She took my hand and led me upstairs. She took me into a bedroom on the second floor which she said was Alice's. I sat on a couch in the room while Bella disappeared into a large closet. She came out moments later dressed in a lacy white wedding gown. If I had breath it would have been taken away.
“Beautiful,” I whispered. She smiled this hopelessly warm smile and twirled. I could see a glow in her eyes. Despite her hesitation for a wedding, as Alice had mentioned, I could see that she really did want to be Edward's wife.
“I wish,” I began, choked again by humanly emotions, “I wish I was as strong as you Bella. You are afraid. You'll do anything for love. Look at me. Vampires are supposed to be tough as nails, cold as steel. I'm...” I trailed off, tears bubbling up in my eyes. They ran like icicles down my cheeks. Turning away, I hid my face in my arm, but the sobs grew louder and soon my whole body was shaking. I felt Bella's hand on my arm. Lifting my head, I saw she was knelt beside me. Her eyes were also filled with tears.
“You are strong,” she said. The hot tears spilled down her face, making trails and settling on her collar. “I might be dead if not for you. You don't even know me. I don't know if I'd risked everything for someone I didn't know.”
“I saw it,” I said, now desperate for her to understand. “In her mind, I saw you and Edward. And I felt how much you loved each other. It was so warm, so much like things used to be before I was... a monster. I knew I couldn't... I didn't want that to go away. I didn't want to feel cold and empty again. Oh Bella.” Without another thought I threw my arms around her neck and hugged her tightly, minding very carefully not to crush her in the process. When we'd had enough, we separated and Bella went to change.
“Lilly,” she called from inside the closet, “when you say you saw it in her mind, who did you mean?”
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