I hated fighting with my family, so when I arrived at the Cullen’s tears were streaming down my face.
Edward and Alice were waiting on the front porch for me, and I flew straight into Edward’s arms.
He held me for a few moments, rubbing my back and wiping away my tears until I calmed down.
“Are you okay?” He asked, kissing my forehead.
“Yea, that just really upset me,” I smiled at him the best I could.
“Good, now let’s go Bella!” Alice grabbed my hand and pulled me from Edward’s arms.
“Don’t protest Bella, please, I haven’t done this in so long.” She looked back at me pleadingly, “Besides this is payback for considering leaving Forks yesterday - yes I saw that.”
I sighed and followed her up the stairs to her room.
An hour and a half later Alice had dressed me, done my hair and my makeup, and I had to admit, she had done a good job.
I wore a billowy off the shoulders white sun dress, and strappy high heeled sandals (which I could
walk in now). She had put my hair in loose curls and my makeup looked natural.
When she took me downstairs, Edward was speechless.
After a few moments he regained his composure and wrapped his arm around my waist.
“You look beautiful.” He whispered in my ear.
I smiled up at him and he leaned down to kiss me.
After we broke apart Alice flounced out the back door, and Edward and I followed hand in hand to take a seat on the Cullen’s back porch.
About ten minutes later Edward’s head snapped up and he looked toward the forest. I followed his gaze and saw my family emerge; Eric was with them.
As they reached the porch the rest of the Cullen’s came out of the house.
“Wow Bella, I’ve never seen you dress like this.” Lilia teased as she hugged me.
“Blame Alice,” Alice smiled and skipped forward.
“I take it Bella’s fashion sense hasn’t changed much in the last hundred years.” She looked to Lilia for confirmation.
“Nope not much,” Lilia laughed a little.
“We’ll have to go shopping soon!” Alice exclaimed and I groaned.
“Oh please Bella! It would be so much fun, and I would love
to update your style!” Elsbeth grabbed my hand and looked at me with big puppy dog eyes, Lilia and Alice joined in – I couldn’t say no to their faces.
“Fine,” I really needed to be less of a push over.
“Yea! This is going to be so much fun! Let’s go tomorrow!” Alice closed her eyes for a moment. “Oh no, that won’t work, next Saturday then.”
“Wait why no tomorrow?” Lilia asked.
“Oh, it’s just not a good day…” she glanced at me quickly and then looked away.
“Okay…” Everyone shot looks at Edward and Alice, trying to comprehend what was going on. Alice was beaming and Edward had that beautiful crooked smile on his face.
“Now, who wants some food?” Esme asked cheerfully.
I looked around the Cullen’s back yard and smiled.
My whole family was here, and they were all getting along.
Alice, Rosalie, Lilia and Elsbeth were already planning out our shopping trip – it was an over night one. Emmett and Jason were cracking jokes to Esme and Carlisle, and surprisingly Eric and Jasper were getting along, they were talking about sports or the civil war or something.
Two stone cold arms wrapped around my waist.
“Happy?” Edward whispered in my ear.
“Yes,” I turned to face him and wrapped my arms around his waist.
He kissed the top of my head. “Tomorrow will you come with me somewhere?”
“And where is that somewhere?” I looked up at him, the crooked smile I loved so much spread across his face.
“It’s a surprise.”
“You won’t tell me?” I pouted.
“Nope, that’s why it’s a surprise.”
I huffed and crossed my arms in front of me. “Fine.”