I was engaged! It sounded like a swear word to me, but I couldn’t complain about the results that were to follow. I loved Edward more than life itself, and he knew it. I would die for him. I would be immortal as a vampire, as his wife. I wanted to spend the rest of eternity with the most perfect boy on the face of the earth. But of course, he had his own list of things to do before he would change me into a vampire. We had to get married. Edward wanted me to himself, no one else. CHAPTER 16 Will be up soon! Sorry for the delay...I just graduated from High School! Banner by ME! Let me know if you would like me to make you a banner! send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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15. Chapter 15: Arival
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Chapter 15: Arrival
Two days later…
I paced my room, twisting my hands together. Renee was going to be here any minute and I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. I had convinced Charlie that I was trying to prepare my room for Renee’s stay and told him to go to the airport without me. After finally having convinced the Cullen’s that I would be much happier staying at their home then Renee, I got Alice to let Renee sleep in my bed. However, Charlie wasn’t too keen on the idea of me sleeping over with the Cullen’s, even though I promised I would stay in Alice’s room. Charlie didn’t have to know that Alice was happily married to Jasper and that it would be awkward for me to sleep in there, but if it made him happy, I would sleep on Edward’s couch. I smiled light to myself as I thought of how Edward would react to my decision. I didn’t want to hear his lecture on how he had purchased the large bed for a reason and that the couch was unsuitable for me to sleep on.
I bit my lip as I walked. It was almost like I was in a trans. If Renee found out the Cullen’s secret, I was doomed, and so were they. Nonetheless, Edward had promised that she would expect a thing when we had our rehearsal dinner at their home tomorrow night. My mind suddenly flashed back to Edward. He had taken this time to go on a quick hunting trip so he was sure he wouldn’t have any problems controlling his urge bite me when I stayed the night, not to mention that there was another human in his presence. I thought he had more control than he gave himself credit for.
And to top it all off, I was getting married in four days! Me, getting married? I felt faint just thinking about it. Plus, I was overdue for a moment of clumsiness. I hadn’t had one in awhile and I knew my internal clock was ticking. But then again, I couldn’t help but dream of how wonderful it would sound to be Mrs. Edward Cullen. I smiled as I looked at my reflection in the mirror. It was hard for me to believe that my wish was finally coming true. I hadn’t wanted anything but Edward and I was finally going to get that.
Then it hit me. I was going to be a vampire within the next week and I would have to say goodbye to everything I once loved so that I could stay with Edward for eternity. I couldn’t believe that after my wedding, I wouldn’t be able to see Charlie or Renee anymore, but it had to be done. I knew that when I made my decision. It would hurt me, but I would have to let them go at some point anyway. I needed Edward more than I needed my parents. I was an adult and ready to move on with my life.
However, I didn’t have time to worry about that right now, as I had just heard Charlie’s cruiser pull in the driveway. I couldn’t even imagine Renee sitting in the passenger seat of the cop car; it wasn’t her style. I could feel my blood pumping through my veins as I sat down on my bed, trying to clam myself. I picked up the book on my bedside stand and tried to busy myself with something. It wasn’t working.
“Bells?” I heard Charlie call. “We’re home!”
“Bella?” called Renee’s voice. I heard footsteps quickly climbing the stairs. Before I knew it, my child-like mother had burst through my bedroom door, her eyes dancing with happiness. I met her in a rib-cracking hug. “I’ve missed you so much, Bella,” she whispered in my ear. Her hands were pushing my head to her chest as she did when I was younger. I felt like a child again.
“I’ve missed you too, Mom,” I responded. I knew after this, it was going to be harder to let go than I thought. It was then that I noticed Phil standing in the doorway. I flashed him a light smile. “Come on in, Phil.” I was embarrassed to have them stay in my room, but at least is was better than them staying with the Cullen’s and risking finding out their secret.
“Oh, Bella, I can’t believe you’re getting married!” my mom gushed. Was this the same Renee that had always warned me about not rush into marriage? Maybe she remembered how Edward and I acted around each other when he last visited her; maybe she understood how deep our love was. “And look at you, you look so mature, Bella.” My mother was now looking me up and down. Where was the child in her that I always knew? Had she grown up too?
“She’s been talking about you all the way here, Bells,” Phil said with a smile as my face flushed. He had set his bags next to the old rocking chair in the corner that Edward liked to sit in and watch me sleep. I watched as Renee’s eyes met his. There was that sparkle of love that I could relate too. I never thought I would understand the force of love that Renee and Phil had, but that wasn’t until I met Edward Cullen. I completely understood how my mother felt now, if not more so.
I bit my lip as I looked between them. I felt like I was interrupting a private moment between them. I cleared my throat after a moment, Renee’s attention coming back.
“So, what are the plans for this evening?” Phil asked, his attention turned back to me as well.
My lips sank deep into my lip. I hadn’t thought of that. I knew I would have to make dinner but I hadn’t planned anything else. “Erm…” I stammered, trying to remember if Alice had told me of any plans. It was then that I noticed a smirk on Renee’s face. “What?”
“Oh, nothing,” she said, exchanging a glance with Phil. He was now smirking at me too. What was going on? I suddenly had the feeling that I didn’t want to know, and I somehow wanted to blame Alice.
I studied my mother’s face. I knew that there was some big secret hiding deep down in her somewhere. What could it be? What plans did she already have for her first night back in Forks, the little rainy town that she hated so much when she was younger? Oh, no, she hadn’t talked to Alice had she? I remember seeing the little smirk on her face this afternoon when I had gone over to drop off Edward. I actually was just looking for a way to avoid my thoughts of Renee’s visit. I knew it was only a matter of time before I started to get the lecture about marriage, and she had come with just enough time to try and cancel everything.
“Bella? Are you okay, you look pale?” My mother asked, ripping me away from my trance. I gapped at her for a moment before nodding. “Oh your going to be so excited!” Oh, no, what was there for me to be excited about? Then it hit me; they were throwing me a party.
“No,” I said firmly. I didn’t want a party. I didn’t want my wedding to be a big ordeal, just as long as I could marry Edward and be happy.
“No what?” Renee asked me, looking taken aback by my sudden negative attitude.
“No party, I told Alice I didn’t want any parties. I wanted a simple wedding and now--” I was angry that she had done this to me, after I told her that I wanted all wedding plans to be filtered through me. I didn’t like surprises and I didn’t want to embarrass myself at one of these silly parties.
To my surprise, Renee and Phil started to laugh. Was I missing something? “Bella, dear, there isn’t any party,” she laughed. There was the child-like mother that I had grown up with. “But we do have plans.” That last sentence scared me. The only plans I wanted involved Edward and only Edward. I wanted to distance myself from my family and friends, not get closer. I was going to be hard enough to say goodbye as it was.
“I’m going to go make dinner,” I said quietly. I didn’t want to hear anymore about the events that would take place later that evening. I only wanted to cuddle with Edward, and I knew I was being selfish, but I didn’t care. It was my wedding and it was just to offer my family some closure, not make my heart break more when I couldn’t see them.
“Bella,” my mother called after me, but I didn’t stop. I knew that Charlie was getting hungry and I couldn’t deny him nutrition for much longer, or things would start to get dangerous.
“Just make yourselves at home in my room,” I called behind me. “Dinner will be ready shortly.” As I reached the bottom of the stairs I saw Charlie standing there chuckling. Apparently he had heard everything.
“Relax, Bella,” he said as he pulled me into a quick. “It’s nothing worse than the prom.” I groaned and he laughed louder. “What happened to the good hostess act you were putting on when I left? I thought you were excited. But I wouldn’t blame you if you were getting the jitters. You can still call off the wedding if you want to, there are more fish in the sea. Jacob’s still an option…” I always knew he favored Jacob more, but I couldn’t let him try and talk me out of this. He had been dropping hints at it ever since I told him the news but nothing was ever this drastically blunt. I guess he figured he was running out of time.
“I’m not canceling the wedding, Dad. I just don’t want to go to a party. I hate being the center of attention,” I sighed. Charlie put his arm around me and gave me a quick hug.
“I know, Bells. It’s just hard to believe that you’ll be leaving your old man in four days. I knew it was bound to happen sometime but it’s still hard,” he said softly. It was on a rare occasion that I heard Charlie talk about his emotions like this. He usually liked to steer clear of this particular topic. “I love ya, Bells.”
“I know, Dad,” I said. I stood up on my tiptoes and placed a quick a kiss on his prickly face. It made me wrinkle my nose. I knew I would miss that. “I’ve got to make your dinner though. We can’t let Chief Swan go hungry now, can we?” I laughed and patted his stomach before pulling away and heading toward t he kitchen.
I took my time as I looked through the frig and cupboards to find something that would be a suitable meal. I finally decided on meatloaf and mashed potatoes. I knew that it was a favorite of Charlie and Phil both, so I couldn’t go wrong. I took off my engagement ring and set it on the counter next to me as the picked the lump of hamburger and started to work it between my hands. I smiled as I remembered the look on Edward’s face when he watched me cook. He hated the smell of human food and didn’t know why it always seemed so appealing to me. I missed him, even though he had only been away from me for five hours now. I hoped he would be back soon, as it was almost twilight now and that was his favorite time of day. My favorite time of day was whenever I was allowed to be alone with him, and it was enough for me.
I packed the seasoned meat down into to the glass dish and pushed it into the oven. I then turned to the box of instant mashed potatoes I had pulled out and set on the counter next to my ring. A smile appeared over my face as I watched it sparkle in the time light of my kitchen. It was as beautiful as ever, just like Edward. I carefully slipped it onto my finger as Renee entered the kitchen.
“How’s it coming?” she asked, looking over my shoulder at the boiling water. I notice that she wasn’t focused on the meal, but on the ring that sparkled on my finger. “Is that the ring?” My mother asked, looking breath taken. “It-It’s beautiful!”
“Yeah,” I blushed and then quickly tried to change the subject. “You know, Charlie is a rotten cook. Why didn’t you warn me?” Renee smiled at my words.
“I guess I forgot and took Phil’s cooking ability for granite,” she laughed. Her face had such a childish air about it that I had almost forgotten for a moment that she was my mother. “Phil’s a great man, and I hope that you and Edward will be just as happy as we are. I just hope that you’re not rushing into this too quickly because you want to be a grown up.” Oh no, here comes the lecture I had been dreading. It was no wonder that she had cornered me in the kitchen when Phil and Charlie were out in the other room watching the game. “But you always knew best, Bella, I just hope you know what your getting yourself into.”
Oh, did I ever know what I was getting into. Little did Renee know how much I knew about the life I was choosing and how much it would change me. She probably wouldn’t even believe it if I tried to tell her. It was best if she didn’t know about the Cullen’s affairs, or mine for that matter. She couldn’t know about their secret and she wouldn’t find out from my lips.
“I do, Mom, and you don’t have to worry about Edward. He is very old fashioned and very much into tradition. You don’t have anything to worry about. I’m perfectly happy with my choice,” I said as I dumped the dried potato mix into the water.
“I just don’t want grandchildren within the next year, okay?” Renee laughed as she pulled me into another hug. I laughed with her. It was impossible for me to have children one the change was complete, but she didn’t need to know that. I would disappear after I was changed and then we would have to stage our deaths. It was going to be hard on Charlie and Renee, but it would be better than me being lost out in the world without contacting them. They couldn’t see me with blood red eyes. I carefully stirred around the potatoes until they were done and I could smell the meatloaf cooking too. Dinner would be ready soon.
“Don’t worry about that, Mom,” I sighed. She knew that that was a serious decision on my part. “Edward and I decided that we would like to wait a few years,” I lied. She didn’t have to know that it would never happen. I turned off the stovetop and started to set the table. Renee helped.
“You’re going to make a great housewife,” Renee giggled. “I hope Edward has a good appetite.” I smiled at that comment too. It was funny to me how little she actually knew about my fiancée. He couldn’t eat, sleep, produce children, let alone make his heart beat. I hoped Edward was right about them putting on good act tomorrow. My mother was extremely perceptive.
“Hey, it smells good out here, Bells,” Charlie said as he entered the kitchen. The phone rang as soon as he reached it. It was almost as if my dad had been expecting it to ring. “Hello?” I watched him smile and laugh. “Yep, she’s making dinner. No, not a thing, and Renee’s teasing her, I think. Sure, sure, honey. Okay, see later. Bye.” I gave Charlie a questioning look as he sat down at the table.
“Who was that?” I asked as I pulled out the meatloaf that had been in the oven for an hour now. Time always seemed to fly when I talked with Renee.
“That was Alice,” he said quietly and Renee threw him a glare. “What, she’s going find out when she shows up at the door later!” Renee groaned and took a seat a the table.
“You never could keep a secret, Charlie,” Renee sighed as Phil entered the small kitchen too. It felt cramped in the room all of a sudden.
I knew they had planned something behind my back, I just didn’t know what. I wanted to know; yet I had the urge to go lock myself in the closet. At least they couldn’t drag me anywhere and embarrass me if I was hiding in the closet. The idea was sounding better and better by the second. I suddenly remembered that Alice would know exactly where to find me now that I had made up my mind and she would be able to take the door down easily. I imagine she was laughing at me in a vision right about now.
I groaned as I set the meatloaf and the potatoes on the table. I didn’t feel very hungry all of a sudden and I knew that the feeling wasn’t going to get better any time soon. My anxiety would only grow as the night progressed as I realized that I wouldn’t be seeing Edward. I could tell, just by the way Charlie had spoke on the phone that it was going to be a girl’s night out. I imagined that Edward was just as upset by the news as I was, or maybe he had know about it all along and hunting was just a ploy for me to go along with. I hated being tricked. But the worse thing was, I was going to be kidnapped and not for a reason that I wanted it to be. I was going to be prisoner of Alice and Renee and no other thought frightened me more.
- Chapter 1: Anxiety
- Chapter 2: Announcements
- Chapter 3: Considerations
- Chapter 4: Preparations
- Chapter 5: Hiding
- Chapter 6: A Twist in the Road
- Chapter 7: Circumstance
- Chapter 8: The Truth
- Chapter 9: The Dazzling Game
- Chapter 10: Shock
- Chapter 11: Surprise
- Chapter 12: Meet the Connors'
- Chapter 13: Manipulation
- Chapter 14: Beyond Repair
- Chapter 15: Arival
- Chapter 16: Bridal Torture
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