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Tourniquet

Summary:
Bella ran into Victoria when Edward left her, and fifty years later she is back in Forks with her family. They've formed a band; Tourniquet. An ironic name, to be sure, seeing as they're all vampires...


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13. Prom Night - Part I

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Days flew by, and before we knew it, it was the week of the prom. Tourniquet had agreed to be the band, but only if the DJ took over for half the night. I wanted to dance with my fiancée at least once at the prom.

The night arrived, and my sisters looked absolutely amazing. So did Alice and Rosalie when they arrived with the boys. All five vamp boys were in suits, although the colours of their shirts varied to suit our dresses. Andre was stuck in an all-black suit, shirt included, although he was allowed a white tie. Emma’s black dress was absolutely gorgeous. It was a black halter dress, floor-length with silver details. It clung to her body in all the right places and looked amazing. Luckily it was altered – she and Alice had made a slit up the side of the dress to her middle thigh – so she could still play the kit when we had to perform. Michelle’s dress was strapless, deep purple and had a slit to just above her knee. There was silver along the edges, and so Lee’s silver tie and deep purple shirt were definitely complimentary. Alice had an off-the-shoulder red dress without any detail, and it suited her perfectly. Jasper was in a black suit, red shirt and black tie. Emmett had to wear a green shirt with a black tie, as Rosalie’s dress was a tight green number that hugged her curves perfectly. It had a scoop neck and small sleeves, and flared out just below her knees. I was slightly envious.

My dress was – without a doubt – the most intricate of them all. It was deep blue, with silver embroidery at the top which went along one edge – my dress looked like the skirt had just been wrapped around – and all over the bottom. The embroidery shone and looked like vines. It was strapless, and I absolutely adored it. Edward – naturally – was wearing a black suit with a black tie and deep blue shirt the same colour as my dress. I'd never forget the look on his face when he saw me. Prom was something I'd never forget either. Not that I could…it was just something I would never want to forget if I could.

I could tell everyone at the prom – who was human – should have faces the colour of Rosalie’s dress and Emmett’s shirt. Of course, Tourniquet’s loyal fans gave them all death-glares and welcomed us like paparazzi…much to my eternal horror. Literally. I was never going to do this again. “The Islander” – a song from fifty years ago at least by a band named Nightwish – was playing when we entered. I couldn’t figure out why…it was too calm-sounding for a high-school prom.

“An old man by a seashore
At the end of day
Gazes the horizon
With seawinds in his face
Tempest-tossed island
Seasons all the same
Anchorage unpainted
And a ship without a name

Sea without a shore for the banished one unheard
He lightens the beacon, light at the end of world
Showing the way lighting hope in their hearts
The ones on their travels homeward from afar

This is for long-forgotten
Light at the end of the world
Horizon crying
The tears he left behind long ago

The albatross is flying
Making him daydream
The time before he became
One of the world’s unseen
Princess in the tower
Children in the fields
Life gave him it all:
An island of the universe

Now his love’s a memory
A ghost in the fog
He sets the sails one last time
Saying farewell to the world
Anchor to the water
Seabed far below
Grass still in his feet
And a smile beneath his brow

This is for long-forgotten
Light at the end of the world
Horizon crying
The tears he left behind so long ago…”

By the end of the song, I was waltzing with Edward in the middle of the floor. The music sounded like it came from Ireland or Wales centuries ago – long before even Carlisle was born – and was rather soothing. At the end of the song, we left the floor and went to where our families – soon to be one family – waited for us. Michelle grinned at me cheekily, and I shrugged before kissing Edward’s cheek lightly and going with my family onto the stage prepared for us. We had three songs lined up to begin with, and then another four to finish it up. The first was one everyone loved, because we’d performed it at the concert in Port Angeles and now everyone was listening to the original version.

“Perfect by nature
Icons of self indulgence
Just what we all need
More lies about a world that

Never was and never will be
Have you no shame?
Don't you see me?
You know you've got everybody fooled

Look here she comes now
Bow down and stare in wonder
Oh how we love you
No flaws when you're pretending
But now I know she

Never was and never will be
You don't know how you've betrayed me
And somehow you've got everybody fooled

Without the mask, where will you hide?
Can't find yourself lost in your lie

I know the truth now
I know who you are
And I don't love you anymore

It never was and never will be
You don't know how you've betrayed me
And somehow you've got everybody fooled
It never was and never will be
You're not real and you can't save me
Somehow now you're everybody's fool”

Everyone cheered, and I rolled my eyes at the “We Love Tourniquet” signs some of the more desperate children had brought along in the hope to get into our good favour. I noticed Edward scowling at a few boys, and smiled at him when he glanced my way. I nodded to Andre, and we started on the next song.

“Tell me lies, slap me on the face, just...
Improvise, do something really clever,
That'll make me hate your name forever

You might swear, you'd never touch a lady
Well, let me say, you're not too far from maybe
Every day you find new ways to hurt me

But I can't help it if I'm just a fool
Always having my heart set on you
Till the time you start changing the rules
I'll keep chasing the soles of your shoes

Ahh, fool

God resigned, from hearing my old story
Every night, I'm paying hell for glory
I'm embarrassed but I'm much more sorry

All this pain, begins to feel like pleasure
With my tears, you'd make a sea a desert
Salt my wounds and I'll keep saying thank you

But I can't help it if I'm just a fool
Always having my heart set on you
Till the time you start changing the rules
I'll keep chasing the soles of your shoes

Ahh, fool…”

It was rather funny that both songs we sang had the word ‘fool’ in the title, but who cared? Certainly not us. As a wind-down, we played a slower, sweeter song…who would have thought Nightwish could do sweet? But ‘Sleeping Sun’ was rather sweet, and was one of their best songs. Lee didn’t particularly like the effects he had to use on his keyboard – he preferred the original sound – but he always went along with it. We very rarely used sound-effects, and we sounded so much better than the original artists most of the time.

“The sun is sleeping quietly
Once upon a century
Wistful oceans calm and red
Ardent caresses laid to rest
For my dreams I hold my life
For wishes I behold my nights
A truth at the end of time
Losing faith makes a crime

I wish for this night-time to last for a life-time
The darkness around me - shores of a solar sea
Oh how I wish to go down with the sun
Sleeping
Weeping
With you

Sorrow has a human heart
From my God it will depart
I`d sail before a thousand moons
Never finding where to go
Two-hundred twenty-two days of light
Will be desired by a night
A moment for the poet`s play
Until there`s nothing left to say

I wish for this night-time to last for a life-time
The darkness around me - shores of a solar sea
Oh how I wish to go down with the sun
Sleeping
Weeping
With you

I wish for this night-time to last for a life-time
The darkness around me - shores of a solar sea
Oh how I wish to go down with the sun
Sleeping
Weeping
With you…”

When we finished, I gestured to the others behind my back and they left the stage silently for me to give the welcome speech like the prom committee had asked me to.

“Hey, everyone, welcome to the 2056 Forks Hugh School Prom! I hope everyone enjoys the music, and Tourniquet will be back on stage at the end of the night, so if you have any requests see Abigail or the DJ and give them your request! Have fun!” I turned off the microphone and slipped away into the shadows as the DJ started up the hours of music he had planned. Tonight things would go well.