What We Become
All human. Edward, the ghost of the school, has seen her from afar, but has never approached her. He and Bella have come to an unspoken agreement:don't talk to me and I won't talk to you.Hate is always the feelings that arise. With one night together, Bella becomes pregnant. What will happen? Will they find away to love one another? There's always a sneak peek at my next chapter on my site.
So here it is. A brand new story. I just need a little input from you, my fabulous readers and reviewers. While you read this story, think of what I should do to make it better. I mean I have a vague outline, but it is still changeable. I’ve changed the Bella character a bit, but she hasn’t changed in essence. Does that sound cheesy? It probably does.
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12. Chapter 12
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We pulled up in front of one of the last places I wanted to be. Somehow sensing this, Edward squeezed my hand. My door opened from the outside and I turned to look at Edward.
"I can't do this..." I whispered. Edward watched me for a moment and then he blinked.
"Look." He whispered, his gaze on the door. I turned my head and saw Alice waiting by the door. She was rocking on the balls of her feet, obviously excited about something. "Just walk towards her, okay? I'll be by your side the whole time." I took a deep breath.
"Miss." Someone said from outside my door. I silently swore, but put my hand in the valet's and let him guide me out of the car. Edward was by my side in an instant. He dropped his keys into the valet's hand, and then took ahold of my fingers. "Just breathe." He whispered into my ear. I curled my fingers into his upper arm and let him lead me up towards the doors. Alice danced towards us.
"You're late!" I said to Edward, but lept into his arms anyway. She let go of him and leaned towards me. "I'm so glad you could come!" She grabbed a hold of my hand and started dragging me into the building.
"Uhh.." I turned to look at Edward. He was right behind me. He smiled, reaching forward and placing his hand on my side. It calmed me more than I wanted it to.
The inside was packed full of wealthy people. I started to hypervenilate.
"No one's going to bite you, Bella!" Alice said. I tried to smile. Edward's hand tighted on my side and he came up beside me, wrapping my arm into his elbow. He started rubbing my hand.
"She gets a little nervous around strangers." Edward said to his sister. I didn't say anything. "Come." He started to walk, and I could do nothing but go with him. We walked past three burly men with earpieces. Edward slipped them tickets I presumed, and then we entered the hall. It was grande and gorgeous. Huge gold drapes covered the tall windows, and there were three huge chandeliers above us. A band playing soft jazz was at the front of the hall near another table that sat higher up. There were old people in their obvious richness standing everywhere. Women held onto champagne glasses, keeping them at eyelevel by holding their elbow with their other hand. Men kept their backs strait, nodding at everyone who passed by. I suddenly felt very sick to the stomach. "This way, Love." Edward murmured, leading us farther away from the people and towards about a hundred identical tables over to the right. Alice walked in front of us. I didn't even look around me, keeping my eyes on the floor.
"Edward. it's about time you showed up." I heard Emmett's voice and felt some of the tension pass. I looked up at him. "Hey, Bella. Haven't seen you in a while." He winked. I turned and looked at Rosalie.
"I know." I said, turning back to look at Emmett. Rosalie wouldn't meet my gaze.
"Mum, Dad, this is Bella." Edward said to two amazingly attractive people already seated at the table. I recognized his father from that night I walked to Edward's house. At least now I knew where he got his looks from.
"Pleasure." Edward's father said, standing up and coming towards me. He shook my hand gently, a warm smile on his face. "We've heard a lot about you of course." He said. Charming.
"From the rest of them more than Edward." Edward's mother laughed. "My name is Esme and this is my husband, Carlisle."
"Hi." I murmured, clearly bashful. Damn me.
"Sit. Sit." Carlisle said, leading me to an empty chair. He literally pulled it out for me to sit down. I had never been treated like this and it started to scare me. Edward sat down beside me, taking my hand under the table. I didn't look at him. Rosalie was sitting right beside me and it made me anxious.
"So, what's the occassion?" I asked.
"Edward didn't tell you?" Esme asked.
"We didn't have enough time." Edward said innocently from beside me.
"I bet." Edward coughed. I glared at him, but he just grinned.
"It's a charity function raising money for cancer." Wow did that ever hit home.
"Oh." Was all I could say. Edward rubbed my thigh. People started taking seats all around us.
"Good Evening, Doctor Cullen." A man said as he walked by. Carlisle just nodded and smiled at them all. After everyone was seated, a man stood up at the front of the room. he held a microphone in his hand, and I knew he was most likely the host. He pressed a button the the mic and a high pitched sound came from the speakers. I wanted to cover my ears. Yes, now I get a headache too.
"Is it working?" He asked the crowd. A young guy at a nearby table stood up and yelled " We can hear everything!" Everyone laughed. I didn't find it funny. None of the Cullens laughed, they just kept on smiling. "I just wanted to thank everyone for coming. We've been planning the event for a long while now, and so far everything is going quite smoothly. I just wanted to say..." This was where I drowned him out. I leaned back in my seat, closing my eyes. When I heard him stop talking, I opened my eyes. Rosalie was looking straight at me. I was the first to look away.
"Bring the food!" Emmett yelled. This is where I smiled. They were still the same people. As if on cue, waiters from hidden entrances came walking into the room with trays. They put them in front of us. Just seafood. Shrimp rings. I could hold down shrimp rings no problem. The dip was good.
The main course is what hit me. Chicken in parmesean and tomato. The cheese didn't mind me, but the second I took a bite from the tomato, I felt it like a bowling ball dropping down into the pits of my stomach. I tried to keep it down, raising my hand to my neck.
"Are you alright?" Esme asked from across the table. I looked up at her; she seemed sincere. I nodded. I turned and looked at Edward. His eyebrows were tightening. I tried to swallow, not a good idea. I stood up, shaking the table.
"Bella?" Carlisle said.
"I'll be... " swallow "right back". I turned around and rushed out of the hall and into the entrance. I could not find the bathroom, but someone helped me. A woman came out of a side door, primping her hair. I took the chance and ran past her and into the washroom. I made it in time. Just in time.
I saw Bella hold her stomach as she sat down on the bottom stair to lace her shoes. I knew I should bend down and help her, but I just stared. It had been over two months, almost three. There had to be some kind of change in her. She finished and looked up at me expectantly. I blinked and then held out my hands to her. She smiled. I couldn't think, I pulled her towards me, and started lifting up her dress. I had to see. She eventually caught on and held the fabric for me. I fell to my knees and placed my hands on her belly. She shivered from the cold of my hands. I couldn't feel anything different. Well of course there was a bump, but it's not like I could feel a baby. I rubbed my cheek against her stomach, placing my ear agaisnt her skin. I admitted to myself that I wished that I could hear it. A heart beat, anything, and for a moment I almost thought I did. This was my child within her. And I had as much part as anything in coming to a plan on what to do. She wasn't getting rid of me that quickly. I looked up into her beautiful brown eyes, and actually thanked myself for that night so long ago. I know I shouldn't have, but I loved Bella. I always did. And I loved what was growing inside of her.
I came out of the stall and walked straight to the sink, rinsing out my mouth. My stomach was dancing inside me. I turned around to walk out and Rosalie was standing there. She had her arms crossed they way she always did when she wanted something her way.
"Hi." I said, clearing my throat. Rosalie took a step forward.
"I know you're pregnant Bella." She whispered. My jaw dropped open.
"Rosalie, I'm not.."
"Yes you are! I heard you. It's kind of hard to miss."
"Is that why you stopped talking to me?" I asked.
"I wanted you to tell me."
"I haven't told anyone!" I said, then lowered my voice. "Only Edward knows."
"Of course." I sighed.
"Oh, I thought you... I don't know." She shook her head and dropped her arms to her sides.
"Sorry." I murmured.
"Me too. What are you going to do?"
I took in a deep breath.
"I don't know." I felt the tears rise up and fall over my cheeks. Rosalie came forward and I took comfort in her shoulder. A few minutes later, Rosalie and I left the washroom. I felt suddenly embarrassed when I saw the Cullen family waiting outside the door. I walked straight to Edward and stood by his side without touching him.
"Will you take me home?" I asked.
"It's only just started." Emmett said. I looked up into Edward's eyes, silently praying that he would understand. He nodded. I smiled sheepishly.
"Good night, Bella." Esme said. I smiled at her.
"I hope you feel better soon." Carlisle said. I turned to give the same answer to him, but the look on his face stopped me dead. The wisdom and knowledge in his eyes seeped into me. He tilted his head, his jaw set. Oh Dear Lord...
Edward led me out into the night and drove me home. When we pulled up in front of my house, I couldn't say anything to him. I just wanted to go upstairs and sleep my misery away. Edward opened his door and got out. He came around and opened my door, I climbed out on my own. Edward shifted his feet nervously.
"Can I stay with you?" He whispered, taking my elbow. I needed to say no, but I didn't want to. I took a long breath. I needed him to keep me sane tonight. I nodded. "I'll park my car around the corner so your father won't see it." I nodded again. Edward leaned forward and kissed my forehead.
BACK AT THE CHARITY FUNCTION...
Lauren walked out of the stall and watched as Rosalie Hale and Bella Swan left the washroom.
"Oh My God, this is going to be good." She smiled.
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