(pretty banner made by the one and only-Marauder by Midnight) The sequel to the amazing and much anticipated story Nightmare at the Dance more info- bella and edward's lives that they will soon start together go out of control. it seems that every time they over come a problem, there seems to be another. but when this one big problem comes there way bella has to make a very big choice. so many possibilities comes with so many answers. if bella makes the wrong decision what would happen? if bella makes the right decision what could happen? this little answer out of her mouth could make bella and edward's life never the same again. story is finished, final chapter added'Daunting' posted (3rd story in the series-the one that comes after this)
yes, this is the sequel that i was talking about. i hope you guys enjoy
6. Dance Lessons
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This was the big day- and no, it isn’t the day of the wedding, it’s the day we figure out everything about the wedding. I never realized how much went into planning a wedding, but from what Rosalie and Alice were saying-it sounded as though it was going to be a long night.
“Dad?” I called to him as I was walking down the stairs. I tripped on the last step-luckily Charlie was right there. He grabbed my elbow and helped me back up.
“thanks.” I said as I steadied myself.
He nodded. “Bella, what is it?” he asked me.
“Oh, I just need to go over to the Cullen’s house tonight-Alice insisted that we go over wedding plans.” I said. His face dropped a little at the word wedding-but he was okay.
He was doing better now, actually. He never yelled or anything like that. After Edward and I came back from Florida he seemed to be nicer to Edward- there was still a glint of hate in his eyes anytime I mentioned Edward or he saw him though. I think he realized that there was nothing he could do-especially after that little get-together with Billy and Jake.
“Well, since its Friday night I suppose you can go-but you have to go straight to the Cullen’s house and back.” He warned.
“Yes sir. In fact- I think Alice is the one picking me up this time.” I said as I got my shoes on. There was a little knock on the door. I quickly ran over to the door-narrowly avoiding a collision with a kitchen chair- and opened it. There was Alice.
“Hi, Alice.”I smiled.
“Hello Bella!” she smiled back. She quickly hugged me and gave me a peck on the cheek.
“Alice, how are you?” Charlie was smiling at her- that smile really did make him look 10 years younger.
“I’m great Charlie. And you?” she asked as she stepped inside.
“Fine. So what will you be doing with Bella tonight?” he already knew, he just wanted confirmation. I rolled my eyes.
“Just making some wedding plans. Carlisle and Esme will be there to help us- all in all I think we will get a lot accomplished tonight.” She smiled. She didn’t think that we would get a lot accomplished- she knew we would get a lot accomplished. She quickly winked at me.
“Well, alright. You have…fun I guess.” He said. We both took that as a confirmation that we could leave.
“Bye, I will see you later tonight.” I called as I shut the door. Charlie was already half way to the TV to watch the baseball game that was on tonight. It was the Detroit tigers vs. Washington’s team. It is actually sad-how I remember these things. I shuddered as I got into a car.
It was a car. Not Edward’s Volvo that she usually drived. It was one of the most vivid cars that I will ever remember in my life. The last time I was in that modal of a car I was racing to save Edward’s life. It was a bright yellow Porsche that had the word TURBO written on the back in silver. It was the car Edward promised her for Christmas. It sure wasn’t Christmas.
“Alice-how did you get the 911 TURBO now? Christmas is at least 8 months away.” I said as I got in the passenger’s seat. The smell of new car was in it.
“I couldn’t wait for Christmas. So, I talked Edward into buying it for me early.” She smiled pleasantly as she was already speeding down the road. If it wasn’t for the night time that was hiding the car from view, Charlie probably would have gawked at it.
“Cleaver. I will admit.” I laughed as we were weaving through the woods. Alice came to the house but kept on going. She was still weaved through a part of the woods I never been in. “Alice, where are we going?” I asked her.
“I’m going to put this in the garage, silly.” She rolled her eyes.
“You have a garage?” I asked. In the whole time I have been with Edward he never told me about a garage. Let alone showed me it. It would make sense though-where else would all of the Cullen’s cars go? Maybe it was too obvious to say anything.
“Of course.” She snickered.
There in front of me looked like a 10 car garage. It was a huge building in the woods. Probably 5 minute walk from the house. And maybe 1 second run from the house as well.
Alice pulled into one of the garages and parked the car.
“Okay, are you ready for the longest night of your life? Because right now would be it.”
“I guess so.” I sighed. She was already on my side. She held out her arms for me to be carried back.
“Wait, can I take a look around. What other cars do you have in here besides Edward’s 2 cars, Carlisle’s car, Rosalie’s, and Emmett’s?” I asked. Now she held out a hand. I took it as she led the way through the massive garage.
“Well, for starters, everyone has at least one car. So, Esme has one and so dose jasper. Actually, jasper has 2 like Edward dose.” She informed me as she led the way past Rosalie’s sports car. Then came Edward’s vanquish. Then the Volvo, and next to it was Carlisle’s car. And then Emmett’s massive jeep. After all the car’s I have already seen-there was 3 that weren’t familiar to me.
One was a shiny looking Porsche. The only reason I knew it was a Porsche was because it said it on the back of the car. It was painted a shocking bright orange-it stood out so much that no wonder it was never driven around in forks. It had a black leather interior and looked very fast.
“Jeez- whose car is this?” I said. Alice was standing next to me looking at it. It actually looked as though no one had driven it in a while.
“Oh, that’s Esme’s car. It’s the Porsche Carrera GT.” She said laughing.
“What is so funny?” I asked her. “Oh, nothing. Just a memory with this car-that’s all.”
“A memory? What happened?” I asked her. I was curious, after all.
“Well, I didn’t have my own car so; maybe 10 years ago, I decided to take Esme’s car. We were in Alaska at the time-and it was brand new. Around our area there were, at the time, large robberies. Anyway, long story short I forgot to ask Esme if I could use it- so nobody knew that I took it out for a spin. They all thought it was stolen. I came back and put the car in the garage. Then when I was in the house everyone was ready to go kill something. I didn’t know what-but I finally got the gist that they wanted to go find the robber who ‘had stolen’ the car. I explained that I took it. They were actually mad-it was quite funny though. Emmett was a little disappointed that he couldn’t go track that guy.” She said still laughing at that memory.
“oh.” Was all I could say at the moment.
“Come on, let’s go see Jasper’s two cars and then we need to work on the wedding plans.” She said.
I fallowed her to where two other sports cars were parked. The garage was bigger than my house. There was a little corner set up further down-it looked like where Rosalie would work on the cars.
One car had black and a deep red for its color. There was tan leather inside. It looked rather familiar. Like I have seen it on a movie. I studied it more. It was the car from James bond! That was it. I remember I was forced to watch that movie with Charlie one summer. Unfortunately I didn’t do a very good job blocking that painful memory.
“Isn’t that-” I didn’t even have to finish the sentence.
“Yes, the same one in James bond. It’s the Buggati Vayron. Jasper loves that car-but not as much as the one over there.” She pointed to a black sports car next to it. “That one is the Koenigsegg CCX. Both of them were in the James Bond movies. Funny, huh?” she said.
“He must be a fan of the movies-unlike me. Although, these cars are very nice.” I said.
“Ha, yes. Come on now-we need to get to work.” She held her arms out. I sighed and she picked me up.
As soon as I could blink we were already in the house-I was sitting at the dining room table. There was a bunch of papers set up. Alice sat next to me. But there was no Edward.
“Edward?” I called.
“Yes?” he answered me. He was now sitting in the chair across from me. “hi.” I greeted him.
“So, that’s what took you so long. Alice showed you the garage. I thought it was going to be Charlie.” He snickered.
I rolled my eyes. “Come on-if I am going to make it home at all before 1 in the morning we better get to work.” I picked out a piece of paper. I read it over-it was option for a church.
“Is there a picture of this church?” I asked them.
“Which one is that?” she asked me. I looked for the name. “Um…..St.Mary’s church- or something like that.”
“Oh, I forgot to through that one away. It’s not big enough.” She snatched it from my hand and wadded it in a paper ball. “That narrows it down”, the sarcasm was heavy in my voice, “Did you go to all of these places?” I asked her.
“yes-it took a me 2 days.” She informed me.
“I like this one Bella.” Edward reached out and handed me a picture of a church. It was gorgeous. It had an old cathedral look to it and was huge. “Um……Oak point church. It’s beautiful- but huge. Wait, how big dose it need to be?” I asked them both. They looked at each other.
“Well, big enough.”Alice muttered. “What is that supposed to mean? Wait. We will deal with this later. I like it though. Where is it located?”
“It’s outside of forks. It faces the ocean and the yard is huge-so we could have the reception there too. What do you think?” he asked me.
“I think…….it sounds good.” I nodded. “Alright. We figured out a reception area and a church. We just need invitations, seating arrangements, dresses and such, food caterers, music, oh and a bunch of other stuff.” Alice said.
I groaned and buried my head in my hands. “Don’t worry we will get this all done.” she said.
“How did I get here?” I asked. I was in my bed; I didn’t remember how I got here though. I remember something about food for the wedding-and then I blanked out.
“You were so tired that you fell asleep right at the table. I took you home. And that, my love, is how you got here.” Edward explained smiling.
“Alright. How did Charlie react?” I asked. How would my father react, after I come in Edward’s arms asleep?
“The saying ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’ must be right because when we got here Charlie was asleep on the couch with the TV still on. I turned it off though. Then I wrote a note and put it by him saying that you were upstairs asleep in your room. Of course, I signed it with your name.” he explained. I was lying on my side looking at him, as he did the same.
“You know that’s illegal-signing something with someone else’s signature.” I joked.
“Well, a lot of things are illegal-aren’t they?” He asked. I shrugged.
“Come on-Charlie is down stairs.” He said. “Huh?” since when was Charlie ever down stairs. He was always at the police station in the morning.
“Yes. I have a surprise planed for you both-well Alice and I have a plan. But Charlie needed to be here when I was going to pick you up. So, if you don’t mind I’m going to go and change and then bring the car with Alice to go pick both of you up. I love you.” He kissed my forehead and darted off out the window. “That’s not fair.” I muttered. I heard a distant laugh. He escapes right when I needed to ask him a question. What kind of plan are he and Alice pulling? Because if it includes Alice and Edward- it’s going to be a painful experience.
I suppose I should go down stairs and see Charlie. I rolled out of bed and pulled on a pair of jeans and a shirt. I was heading out my door when I saw something laid out over the rocker. I went over to go see what torture was there. I saw a note from Alice-
Edward and I have a surprise for you and Charlie today-and be nice. This is a good surprise. You are going to have fun. No questions are being asked at this point- I want you to wear what I laid out for you-well what I instructed Edward to lay out for you. Just put it on-that’s all.
I closed the note and picked it up to examine what I was supposed to wear. There was a black and white adidas Capri work out pants, also a t-shirt that went with it. There were new tennis shoes my size as well. “Oh, no. oh, no. no. no. no. NO!” I said. I stepped back in horror as I dropped the cloths on the ground. I know what they will make Charlie and I do. DANCE.
It was the only option. They would make Charlie and I learn how to dance. The only reason I could ever come up with that is that you always need to know how to dance for a wedding. I am sure that Charlie and I can’t dance to save our lives…and Edward and Alice knew how. What else would we be doing? How could they?
I picked up the house phone and dialed Edward’s cell phone number. There was a ring and then Edward answered. “Hello?”
I was mad now. “Hello yourself. You’re dead. How could you even think I would go along with this ‘surprise’ as Alice says? Edward- I can’t and I won’t!”
“Bella, be nice. How did you figure the dance lessons out anyway? oh, and i'm sorry but i am afraid i am already dead.”
“I’m not that dumb. I could figure it out. Edward, I don’t want to. and don't try to be smart with me on that whole 'your dead' thing-you knew what i meant” I complained as I stomped my foot on the ground.
“Bella, I never said you were dumb. In fact you’re smart, very smart and I love you. Please just do this, for me?” he asked me over the phone. I breathed in deeply.
“Ugh, only for you. You have your work cut out for you, Edward Cullen, Charlie and I can’t dance.”
“I can do anything, remember. You said yourself.”
“Whatever. I will see you soon.”
“Goodbye my angel.”I hung up the phone and looked over to the work out cloths to the right of me on the floor. I winced and picked them up to change.
After I was done I went down stairs. “You look, different.” Charlie noted as he was reading the paper at the kitchen table.
I guess I did. I would never ever wear any work out cloths. I had my hair in a pony tail and the cloths that Alice picked out for me on.
“It’s all Alice. She said it was for this surprise she and Edward are going to take us on. I figured it out though. It’s going to be a very long day for us both, dad.” I said as I patted his shoulder. “It doesn’t have anything to do with-,” he gulped, “dancing, dose it?” he asked me.
My expression was wary. “Unfortunately. Were in the same boat though.”
“I knew it”. He muttered.
I opened my mouth to say something when there was a knock on the door. “I’ll get it.” I said to Charlie as I walked over and opened the door. I knew who it would be. I crossed my arms and looked pouty. I opened that door. Sure enough Alice and Edward were standing there. “Well, don’t you look lovely?” Edward said to me.
“Just tell me again. Is this some type of cruel and rude joke?” I asked them.
Alice shook her head innocently. “No, not at all. Unless you want to think it is.” I sighed and stepped aside so they could come into the house. “Well, good morning. So, you’re going to teach us to dance? Is that right? Because something sounds terribly wrong in that assumption. It should be a law for me not to dance.” Charlie said as he got up from the kitchen chair he was sitting in.
“You will do perfect Charlie. Trust me, both of you need to know how to dance before the wedding. Which we figured out the date of-it’s the day after graduation. We all thought it would be easier for Renée that way.” Alice said excitedly.
“Wow that is coming up pretty soon.” Charlie was surprised-and I don’t think it was the good surprise either.
“yeah.” I nodded. “So, where are we going for this dancing lesson?” I joked.
“We couldn’t find anyplace that worked so well, but we found something that is close to a dance studio if you get what I mean.” Alice explained.
“So that means….?”
“We are going to learn in the high school gym. Nobody is there, so no, you won’t be humiliated in school Bella.” Edward answered.
“I have to ask, how did you all learn how to dance?” Charlie asked as we headed out the door.
“Esme and Carlisle put us through lessons when we were smaller. Well, mostly Esme did. She thought we might need it later on in life, and it turns out she was right.” Alice lied as we got into Edward’s Volvo.
I sneaked a disapproving look at Alice, she winked at me. After some awkward silence and small talk we were at the high school.
“Here we are.” Edward said as he pulled into one of the many empty parking spaces. Everyone got out and I walked up to Edward to take his hand. He smiled down at me as we walked up to the gym doors. Never would I think I would be stepping into the gym on a day when we didn’t have class.
Edward was carrying a stereo in his other hand as Charlie opened the door. Edward let go of my hand so he could plug the stereo in and set it on the ground. I was still a little tired, which means more clumsiness then usual.
“Alright. Let’s get started.” Edward said as he walked away from the stereo, there was a controller for it in his hand.
I turned unwillingly to him and Alice, my expression probably the same as Charlie. He was standing next to me-and he looked as though he just wanted to get this over with-which was exactly how I felt.
“There are a lot of different ball room dances-but we will only be learning one. It’s really the main type of dance and most people use it for weddings and such. It’s called the fox trot.” Alice explained.
I winced, I heard of that one before. It looked hard, at least, that’s what it looks like when I am forced to watch Dancing with the Stars with Alice and Rosalie.
“It really is quite simple. There are just a few simple steps. But it will be reversed for a boy and a girl, so I will help Charlie and Alice will help Bella. But for right now, Alice and I are going to show you what it will look like.” Edward said.
Alice took his out stretched hand as he started the ball room music. Of course they were perfect and graceful, not messing up at all. They only danced for 2 minutes it seemed and then it was the end.
“Wow.”I said smiling at them.
“I’m never going to be able to do that.” Charlie muttered.
“Of course you are. Look, we will teach you. That’s what today is all about. We will be meeting more like this in the upcoming weeks. By the time of the wedding you will be just as good as us.” Alice encouraged. I cracked an unwilling smile.
Edward went over to Charlie and started explaining something to him. Edward did something with his foot, and Charlie tried it. It was getting funny. Man, this will be a long day.
“Okay, Bella. All you have to do for this dance is move your feet in a square. So, you’re going to move your left foot up first, like so.” Alice demonstrated. I did the same.
“Good. Now your right foot is going to move to the right, but keep your left foot where it is.” She said as she moved her foot. I did the same.
“Awesome. Now you’re going to move your right foot back a little.” she said. She did it.
“Like this?” I asked.
“Move your foot a little bit more back. In the end you’re going to make an invisible box.” I moved my foot back a little bit more. She nodded in approval.
“Okay, now your left foot moves to the left of your right foot, and then you’re back where you started.” She said.
I did it, and realized that it really wasn’t that hard. “Okay, I think I get it.” I nodded.
“Alright, do it with me now.” she got to the side of me as we both moved our feet like she told me too.
“Okay, I get it-but dose Charlie.” I looked over to the other half of the gym. I started laughing. Edward was having some trouble trying to explain something to Charlie. Charlie looked baffled.
“Exactly how I saw it.” Alice laughed. After a minute our laughing dyed down.
“Okay, so now you have seen the steps. Now, our part is pretty easy because the man’s job in dancing is to lead, so you just fallow him. Now, knowing Edward he will do a lot of fancy ‘tricks’ if you will.” She explained.
“Oh no, there’s more?” I groaned. She nodded.
“What kind of tricks?” I asked eyeing her.
“Oh, nothing unusual. As you probably noticed moving in a square isn’t what Edward and I did- well it may have looked that way. But, we do move in a square just since the man was leading I fallow him. The man usually will make the women twirl but more importantly, he will probably be moving around in circles. You remember, during prom?” she asked
I recalled when Edward was twirling me. That’s how he moved, almost in a circle. “yes.” I nodded.
“Okay, good. So, just dance with me once and then Charlie and Edward will be ready to try.” She held out her hands. I took them. “Okay, I will move in a circle but try to remember the box.” She warned.
Then she moved in the circle and all I did was concentrate on my feet. I stumbled but finally got it. Alice stopped. “Perfect!”
“Thanks, I guess.”
“I knew you would do fine”, then her voiced dropped lower, “it was Charlie that was going to do bad.”
I laughed as Edward and Charlie walked over. “Wow, dad. How did it go?” I asked trying not to laugh too much. “interesting.” He muttered as I snickered.
“Alice, how did she do?” Edward asked her.
“Really well, she’s a natural.” she assured him.
“Well, I would like to see. Bella, may I have this dance?”Edward asked me.
“Well, okay.” I said as he took my hand.
Alice started the music. Edward put one hand around my waist and another to the side of us which I took. I put my other hand on his shoulder. And then we danced. It really wasn’t that bad. And he did twirl me, as Alice warned. It ended up ok and then the music came to a stop. I smiled at him, as he did the same.
“You are really good at this, Bella.” He complemented as I walked over with him to where Alice and Charlie stood. They both said it looked good too.
“Why not have Alice and Charlie try and then Bella and Charlie can try dancing together because there will be the father daughter dance at the wedding.”Edward said.
After Charlie and Alice dance, which was hilarious because Charlie was having trouble with it, it was time for my dad and me to dance. It basically went the same as when Edward and I danced, but some things were defiantly different. I was a little uncomfortable, and I’m guessing Charlie was too. We both messed up a lot but we were more relived when it ended.
After that Edward and Alice said that was it for today and that we would do this next weekend. Charlie and I tried to be enthusiastic about that……
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