What if Bella's only side effect after being bitten by James wasn't only a scar? What if she had a few more things to worry about?
7. Chapter 7: Shock and Absurdity
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Sometimes you gotta smile and walk away . . . hold your tears in and pretend you're okay.
I saw Alice coming back with baggy sweatpants and a comfy white, cotton tank top. Since when does Alice own baggy sweatpants?
"Alice? What are you doing with those?" I pointed at the clothes.
"I am bringing you another outfit to wear. Don't you usually dress like this," she asked with innocence in her voice.
"Yeah, I do, but you don't."
"Oh, well, this outfit just popped into my head and I knew it would make you happy so I picked it out."
This was officially past 'starting to get weird', this was just plain weird. "Edward, will you come in here. Immediately," I demanded.
In an instant Edward was at my side. "Yes, Bella," his voice rang.
"I think something is going on here."
"Something? Like what something. More side effects," he said with an uneasy tone but still authoritative.
"Maybe? I am not really positive what it is. I just know something fishy is going on. I mean, at first it was you and now it is Alice, it doesn't seem like luck anymore."
"Okay, Bella, I have no clue what you are talking about. You need to explain it to me. Now, lets start at the beginning." He said putting a hand on my shoulder and looking intensely into my eyes.
I explained to him about yesterday and how badly I wanted him to forget and then all of a sudden he did. Then I told him about Alice this morning and how I wanted her to change outfits and then all of a sudden she did. I also told him about the blank expressions they both had on their faces. He listened intently to every word I said and had a contemplative expression on the whole time, taking every word in like it was air. After I finished my story, Edward just stood there in silence.
It was a few minutes later when I heard his voice again, when I did hear it, it startled me. "Bella, this is what we are going to do. I am going to get Carlisle to come home from the hospital right now. Until he gets here and we get this all sorted out I need you not to want for or wish for anything. Is this understood?"
"I promise Edward. I won't do anything." Tears starting to pool in my eyes. He pulled me into a tight, reassuring hug and whispered consoling words into my ear.
He left a couple of minutes later and went to call Carlisle. I was left with Alice and we walked back into Edwards room. She put on some light music and started talking to me about trivial topics-just like I did to Edward in Port Angeles-to take my mind off of our current predicament. Edward walked slowly back into the room several minutes later and sat down next to me. He picked up my hand and started rubbing circles into it-his usual trick to get me to calm down. I rested my head on his chest until I heard a knock at the door and straightened up.Jasper and Carlisle walked in both wearing the same small, reassuring smiles. Jasper sending a wave of emotion to calm us all.
"Hello Bella. So you have a special power, I hear. Would you like to tell me about it?" Carlisle asked.
I told him everything I had just told Edward and Carlisle just kept on nodding his head throughout the story. Then Edward and Alice told him how they felt when it happened. Jasper was just standing there as a silent bystander, observing everyone while they spoke. After Edward, Alice, and I shared our stories, there was a brief moment of silence and then Carlisle spoke.
"Well, Bella, I have come to the conclusion that you have the power of mind control. I do not think you have the complete effect of it though. My theory is you have about half the power of what you would have if you were a vampire. It would take less strength for you to use your gift and you would be able to control it for a longer period of time . . . but that is only a theory. I think that is best if you stay with us for the rest of the week, so we can observe you. I will talk to Charlie and have him agree to this. Until we have a full knowledge of what other symptoms you have, I dissuade you to use your gift, except for observing purposes. I would like you to try in once more on Alice, so Jasper can understand what it feels like."
I did not know how I was feeling after Carlisle told me all of this. I mean, mind control. I always thought that if I became a vampire I would be like a bad luck charm or something. With everything I have been through it did make sense, but no, I have mind control. Don't get me wrong, it is cool, I guess. Just so unexpected. It took me a minute to take in everything but then I nodded my head in agreement and turned toward Alice.
"Okay Bella, just relax and concentrate," Edward said speaking for the first time.I took a few deep breaths and concentrated all my thoughts on Alice. Alice at first just stood there staring intently at me and then her face went blank like before and she started doing jumping jacks. She only did the jumping jacks for about 30 seconds and then she returned back to normal.
"Thank you, Bella," Carlisle said calmly. "That will be for all for today."
Alice and Carlisle left, Jasper following behind them after sending a calming wave around the room. I nodded at Jasper great fully and made myself comfortable in Edwards arms like this morning. The light music still playing in the background. Edward and I sat there in silence for what seemed like forever, matching breath for breath, listening to the other person. Then Edward spoke, "Everything is going to be all right."
"I know it will be, especially when I have you next to me," I said turning to look him in the eye at the end. Edward didn't even bother putting up his facade. I could see every emotion through his eyes. They were full of worry, concern, love, and sympathy.
"Bella, how do you feel about all of this," he asked.
"You know, I have been thinking about that and I don't really know. I was a bit shocked at first. I have imagined me with so many different powers when I would become a vampire, but mind control was not one of them. I have accepted it more now. It is just different though . . . a change. I am still a little worried."
Edward sighed and started on his feelings. "Bella, if I told you I wasn't worried, I would be lying. But we are going to get through this and everything will be okay, you will see. I won't let anything bad happen to you. This is a change for both of us, but Carlisle is doing everything that he can for you and the rest of the family is looking out for you too. Everything will be fine," he assured but with a hint of self doubt. I wondered if he was trying to assure himself or me.
I was still on edge, but to calm Edward down, I tried to relax and make it seem like I was okay. We went back into our meditative state, every once in a while Edward would brush his lips against my hair.
After Edward and I had sometime to think, Alice came in.
"Hey Bella, do you want to get something to eat," She asked sweetly.
"I am not really that hungry right now."
"Bella, you have not eaten all day, you should go get something with Alice," Edward said.
Emmet popped his head in and said, "Yeah Bella, we could let you eat raw steak if you like?"
Edward shot him one of his death glares. "Emmet," he growled.
"Calm down, Edward. I was just joking." Emmet chuckled and sprinted out at vampire speed.
Edward turned back to me and grinned. He picked me up and ran me down to the kitchen. He set me down in a chair. "Bella, what would you like to eat," Edward asked.
"I really am not hungry right now." He ignored me and opened up the huge refrigerator. He pulled out some ingredients for a salad.
"Well, it looks like I am eating anyway," I mumbled.
"What did you say," Edward asked innocently.
"Ah . . . I said hip hip hooray." Edward groaned and came over to me with the salad.
"Bella, I am doing this for your own good. You are so fragile. I don't want anything to happen to you."
"Edward, everything will be fine. I will be fine. This will all work out you will see."
"Bella." Edward's tone was now pleading. "I know that everything will be fine. I do. But sometimes I can't help but to think how much better off you would be if you didn't have me in your life."
Right when I heard those words come out of Edward's mouth I raised my hand in protest. "Edward, if you think I would be better off with you not in my life, you are truly blind. If it weren't for you, I would be dead, both mentally and physically. You have saved my life on numerous occasions and knowing that every morning I will get to see you again is the main reason I open my eyes. So for you to think that my life would be better off without you is completely absurd."
"If it wasn't for me, you wouldn't need any saving," he whispered.
"Don't you even think of talking yourself into leaving me, Edward. You promised me you wouldn't leave." I picked up his hand and looked him straight into his inky black eyes. "You promised me." I whispered, keeping my voice from shaking.
"Bella," his voice choked at the memory. "Please try to see my side of things."
"No, Edward, I will not. Your side of things are twisted and delusional," I screamed at him and he winced. "I will not discuss this topic anymore." I stabbed my salad with the fork particularly hard and began to eat. Edward just sat there rubbing those circles into my hand.
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