Message in a Bottle
Edward's parents have just died. Bella just broke up with long time boyfriend, James. Neither know the other exists until Bella finds Edward's message in a bottle on the beach. Can love overcome death and pain? AU/AH
So this is a story i've been thinking about doing for a while. Read on!
8. Chapter 8
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Alice has a plan. I can tell. It’s almost like a sixth sense, but at the same time there are signs. She gets this evil look in her eyes and she’ll start glancing at you every now and then, studying you. It’s kind of creepy in a way, but that’s Alice. I’m almost certain that it has something to do with my birthday this weekend. She loves a chance to throw a party and a surprise one is even better.
After the last note from James it’s as if he disappeared. Perhaps he gave up on me or perhaps he’s just waiting for the right moment to strike. I shuddered at that thought as I sat down at the table in the kitchen to do some editing. Alice was still glancing at me every now and then with that evil glint in her eyes.
I crossed my eyes at her the next time she looked over and she responded by childishly sticking her tongue out at me. I rolled my eyes and turned back to the manuscript I was reading. After the tenth time I caught her looking at me, I finally closed my manuscript and focused on her.
“What?!?” I said, exasperation obvious in my voice.
“Nothing.” She said evasively. I raised an eyebrow at her and then re-opened the manuscript and continued reading. After another five minutes of having Alice ‘secretly’ staring me I finally gave up with a sigh and went to my room.
I booted up my laptop and signed onto gmail. Edward wasn’t on so I left my laptop up and opened the manuscript in my lap. I chewed on the end of my red pen, my mind wandering from the story. After reading the same sentence over and over again I finally gave up. I stood up and stretched, glancing once more at my laptop before walking into the main room. Emmett was on the couch watching football and Alice was talking to someone on the phone. I became more suspicious, but brushed it off easily.
I felt my phone vibrate in my pocket.
Why didn’t you tell me your birthday was this weekend?
I groaned. I should have known this was coming. Alice you are such a conniving little pixie. I thought, adding in a mental growl.
Because I hate when people make a big deal out of my birthday.
I waited a few minutes and groaned when I read Edward’s response.
Well I’ll just have to get you something special.
Please don’t spend any money on me.
I knew one text wasn’t going to help anything, but you never know.
He didn’t reply again so I assumed he was ignoring me. I sighed and tossed my phone onto the bed.
“OH BELLA!!!!” Alice called from the kitchen.
“Yes Alice?” I replied.
“WE’RE GOING SHOPPING!” I groaned.
“Why?” Alice now stood in my doorway, hands on her hips.
“Because you need something special for you birthday surprise.” I knew it had something to do with my birthday.
“Fine.” I sighed, giving in. I knew she’d get her way anyways so there was no point in fighting her on it.
“Yay!!” She started jumping up and down and clapping her hands happily.
The rest of the week passed by without any creepy notes from James and without anymore talk of my birthday, until Friday that is.
I woke up to an excited Alice bouncing up and down on the edge of my bed. “Go away.” I mumbled into my pillow.
Alice simply laughed and pulled the covers off me. “Wakey wakey sleepy head.” She sang.
“I don’t wanna.” I whined.
“Come on, I already called in sick for you. Now we get to go shopping!” She started rummaging around in my dresser. I groaned and pulled myself up into a sitting position. “Go shower and shave and then come back in here, I’ll have your outfit ready for you.” She commanded.
I resisted the feeling of needing to salute her and just followed her orders. I showered and shaved and wrapped myself up in a fluffy towel. Alice was waiting for me in my room. She had a red tank top, some black skinny jeans and a pair of red plaid flats lying across my bed. It wasn’t an awful outfit and I could be comfortable in it.
She left me to get dressed and when I was I wandered out into the living room to find her. She was tapping her foot impatiently, but her face lit up when she saw me.
“Let’s go!” She half dragged me out the door and towards her car.
On the way to the mall we sang along with all the annoying pop songs that every hates and yet knows all the words of the song.
Alice drives like a maniac so the drive didn’t take very long before we pulled up in front of the mall. Alice squealed happily and dragged me into the building.
The first store we went into was Victoria’s Secret. I automatically blushed and looked everywhere except at the lingerie. “Alice, what are we doing here?” I hissed.
“We’re getting you something sexy.” She said as if it was the most obvious thing ever.
I frowned, but followed Alice as she wandered the store. She ended up buying me, although I argued against it, a blue lace bra and panty set and a blue baby doll and thong.
Alice continued to drag me around the mall after a few hours we finally stopped for lunch. We got sushi at the food court and sat down at one of the tables. We were both covered in bags filled with clothes, shoes and jewelry. Of course all of it was charged to Alice’s credit card because she is beyond rich, but I hated that all this money was being spent on me.
Alice happened to check the time on her cell phone and she got a worried look on her face. “Shit, we’re going to be late.” She muttered.
“Late to what?” I asked.
“I have to pick up some friends at the airport.” She explained.
“And how do you plan to fit them in your car?” Her face turned from worried to plain panicky.
I laughed and took pity on her. “Come on, we’ll leave now and you can drive past you crazy speed and we’ll switch to your other car.”
“Ok.” She said calmly enough. We exited the mall quickly and made it back to Alice’s home in record time. We left all the bags in her Porsche and took off again in her VW Bug. It was such and un-Alicey car that I had ended up rolling around on the lawn, laughing with Emmett when she drove up in it. But now she had totally Aliced it. It was sparkly and had a bright blue paint job with dark purple swirls. It was a pretty awesome car and it could seat 5 people.
As she drove, she kept glancing at the clock on the dashboard worriedly. I stayed silent and just watched the scenery blur past. It surprised me that Alice’s driving used to scare me.
Alice let out a deep sigh of relief when we made it to the airport. She parked the car and jumped out, half running into the building. I tried to keep up without tripping as we headed towards baggage claim. Alice stopped when we reached one of the large luggage belts and started tapping her foot. I started people watching and continued to do so as Alice pulled her phone out. I turned to ask her when her friend’s plane was due when I heard my name.
“BELLA!” I turned my shocked gaze towards the man of my dreams.
Edward was walking towards me, a crooked smile on his face. I barely registered Alice next to me calling my name before everything went black. (A/N: I almost left you there, but I’m nice so I’ll continue.)
I slowly started to hear the sounds around me. People were asking if I was okay and Alice was worriedly telling me to wake up. There was another smooth velvet voice near my ear telling me to wake up so everyone would stop worrying.
I blinked my eyes open and found myself staring into a pair of the most gorgeous green eyes I’ve ever seen. The web cam and my imagination didn’t do him justice. He was simply perfect. Everything about him was perfect, from his unruly bronze hair to his great ass.
“You made me faint.” I accused weakly.
He gave me a relieved smile, amusement and worry evident in his eyes.
”Silly Bella.” He whispered as he slid his arms under me and lifted me as if I weighed nothing. “Don’t worry, she just fainted.” It was then that I realized that we were still in the airport. I felt my cheeks heat up and I buried my face in Edward’s chest. His silent laugh made it vibrate against my cheek.
Edward walked with a smooth, gently swaying gait towards the exit of the airport. I closed my eyes and breathed in his spicy, but sweet, smell. I reveled in the fact that I was in the arms of the man of my dreams, even if it was only because I fainted.
Alice directed Edward towards her car and he chuckled when I snuggled in deeper against his chest. He slid into the backseat as Jasper and Rosalie put all their luggage in the trunk of the car. Edward kept me on his lap for duration of the ride back to Alice’s place. It occurred to me that I had no idea where we could house three more people. I worriedly bit my lip and Edward smoothed the crease between my eyebrows. “Relax, love.” He whispered to me.
Did he seriously just call me love? I thought. Edward had a light pink blush across his cheeks and I found that extremely funny. I brushed a finger across his face and then immediately blushed and looked away. Alice was chatting happily with Rosalie and Jasper. I noticed him looking at her and I couldn’t help but think about how perfect this whole set up was.
I looked up at Edward as we walked. He was looking down at me intently. “I’m so glad I found you, I love being around you.” I smiled up at him.
“Bella?” Alice asked worriedly. She had a piece of paper in her hand. “I think you should read this.” I felt a sense of dread as I picked up the sheet of paper and read what was written on it.
Moved on so fast? I’ve always loved competition. Tell your new boy toy to watch out.
I saw the paper flutter to the ground and then everything went black again.