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Side Effects

Summary:
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?


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8. Chapter 8: Bliss

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Bella POV

"Hey Bella," Alice exclaimed. "Edward has something amazing planned for you. I can't wait for you to see what it is!" Alice was hopping around her room like she was a rabbit.

"Alice, you know if you just told me, you could see my reaction sooner." I goaded. She finally plopped down next to me on her couch and stared at me with this goofy grin.

"If I told you than Edward would not get to surprise you. I know how much you love his surprises." She winked at me.

"Alice is this going to involve another one of your make-overs?""Maybe."

"Alice, I let you have your make-overs all the time. For once will you just let me be."

"Bella, you know whenever I make you over it is worth it in the end. You love Edward's reactions. Plus, I did not get to be human so at least I can live out those moments through you-for the time being." She grabbed my arm and turned me so I was facing her directly, she gave me the puppy dog pout and I could not resist.

"Fine Alice, we will do it your way. But only if you tell me what Edward is planning." I was proud that I finally thought up a way to get what I want."Bella," Alice whined and I rolled my eyes.

"It's this or nothing, Alice." I stared her down for what seemed like hours and then there was a voice from the other side of the door.

"Bella, stop trying to find out what I am doing from Alice," Edward's voice rang."B-but, Edward, please, just this once," I said sounding like a five-year-old asking for another cookie before dinner. Edward just chuckled and I heard his very faint foot steps going down the stairs.

Then I came up with a plan. "I will compromise with you. I will let you dress me up but you cannot do my hair or makeup. Deal?" I stuck my hand out to make the pact.

She sighed, thought about it for a second, and then smiled. "Fine, Bella, it's a deal." And with that she took my hand and shook it.

After about an hour, Alice had finally settled on an outfit. It was a silk sun dress, which went right above my knees. It had a heart-shaped neckline and the bottom half was a light blue and tan plaid. It was comfortable enough, so I did not put up any protest. She handed me one black flat and when I finally had the whole outfit put together she took a step back to admire her work.

"Bella, you do not realize how perfect this outfit is for what you are doing," she squealed, clapping her hands together.

I thought I would take this opportunity to, once again, try to find out what I was going to do. But Alice, being Alice, knew all about my plan and interrupted.

"Bella, I will not tell you. You should know that by now," she said while smirking. She took my hand and started pulling me to the door. Her pulling made me go off balance and I was about ready to the bite the dust, but two cold arms surrounded me before I ever had the chance.

"Wow, you guys really have that saving me thing down to an art form," I said with a relieved sigh.

"We've had enough practice." Alice then picked me up and I looked at her with a questioning look. "It will be faster without you falling all the time." She said. I nodded my head in agreement which made her laugh her bell like laugh and she ran me to the Porsche.

"Alice, why are we taking the Porsche?"

"Because Edward had to set up for what you two are doing, so he asked me to drive you there."

"Oh, okay," I said hesitantly.

We took a drive that was so familiar that I could have done it in my sleep. I now knew where we were going. We were going to the meadow.

When Alice stopped the car, we were at the beginning of the path leading there. Edward was waiting for me with a grin on his face. He opened my car door and gave me a hand to help me out of the car. Once I was out of the car he immediately took me in his tight embrace and gave me a loving kiss. I was so wrapped up in Edward that I did not notice when Alice drove away.

"Hello," he purred in my ear. "You look lovely."

"You don't look to bad your self," I whispered. I don't think Edward ever could look bad, but today he looked especially handsome. He was wearing light jeans and a green striped collared shirt with the sleeves rolled up and his hair was a perfect mess.

Edward chuckled at my comment and picked me up. "Are you ready to run?"

"Since when do you ask?"

"Good point." He smirked and then took off.

We had reached the meadow in about five minutes. Edward let me down from his grasp and I was in awe. He had set up a little picnic in the meadow with a basket, picnic blanket, and various candles. I looked at Edward who was looking at me, trying to gage my reaction.

"Edward, this is so sweet."

"Well, I had to make up for this morning." He led me towards the blanket and gave me a half smile.

"Edward, please don't bring that up. It will just ruin this beautiful moment we are having," I pleaded.

"If that is what you want, the subject is gone. Come and sit down. I will get the food out."

I went and sat across from Edward, who was unpacking assorted foods from the basket, like pasta salad, potato salad, and fruit salad. I noticed how there was not one single piece of meat. 'Nice Edward, real nice,' I thought.

He handed me a plate of food and I began to eat. I had never been to the meadow at twilight and it was even more beautiful. The stars shining in one part of the sky and the faint touch of the sun on the other. I put my plate of food down and just stared at the mesmerizing sky.

"Beautiful at night, isn't it" Edward said, noticing my fixation.

"It is so amazing." The last glimmer of the sun went down and left us with the breathtaking moon and stars, which usually are not visible in Forks. I laid back on the blanket and Edward did too. There was a breeze which made me shiver and Edward brought out another blanket from the basket and wrapped it around us.

We were perfectly at peace watching all the stars, enjoying each others company before heading back to reality. "Bella," Edward whispered in my ear.

"Yes, Edward," I responded.

"I need to tell you something important." I could tell that Edward was hesitant about whatever this subject may be and I knew right then that our bliss was over, reality was now taking over.

"Edward, can this wait?" I was trying to preserve this feeling-this moment-for as long as I could.

"I think it best that I tell you now."

"Okay then, tell me."

"Bella, Carlisle has been thinking about testing you."

"Testing me? Testing me how?"

"He wants to see what other vampire characteristics you have, so he wants to run a series of tests to determine that."

I was slightly confused, but I didn't know why. "What are these tests going to consist of?"

"I am not really sure, Carlisle has not decided on that yet. He is still in the planning stages. But I am sure he will figure out soon."

"When did you find out about this?" I questioned.

"I only found out about it this afternoon when Carlisle told me. If I had found out sooner I would have told you."

I sat in silence for a few minutes and gathered my thoughts when Edward's voice sounded again. "Bella, what are you thinking about right now?"

"I am not really sure myself." I answered honestly. I could tell Edward was grinning at this statement and he took me in his arms again.

He kissed the top of hair before saying, "So Bella, are you okay with this."

"Yes, anything that will help."

We fell back into our world of peace and I fell asleep with Edward under the stars. The next thing I knew I was being placed on the bed in Edward's room.