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New Life, New World

Summary:
We've all heard it before, Edward leaves, Bella gets changed into a vampire, and after years, she meets Edward again. But what if this time there's a twist?


Notes:


14. Leaning

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Chapter 14

Alice walked over to the couch and snapped the sheet of and a cloud of dust filled the room, flying up nostrils. But, as everyone should know, I do not sneeze. Even though I do have some human qualities.

Anyway, enough with me rambling. I looked round the room to see dust on every surface, including Edward’s beautiful baby grand piano.

“Alright. We need to get to work. Get all the sheets off of everything. Dust everything, get cobwebs down, do everything you can to clean up this pigsty.” She said.

I nodded and grabbed another sheet off of the love seat and snapped it and another cloud of dust flew up in front of my eyes and obscured my vision. I closed my eyes shut, trying to keep the dust out of them.

For the next two hours we cleaned up the dust and pulled down cobwebs and started the electricity and the heat back up. The only thing that had not been dusted off or even touched was Edward’s piano.

I walked up to it with a special polish and a rag. I sighed, knowing this would have to be done sooner or later. I decided with the sooner. I took the sheet off the piano and began to dust of the dusty keys, letting forth notes every now and then.

After the piano was polished and dusted, I sat down at the bench, feeling the spring breeze the open window had let through.

I sighed and rested my hands on the keys, playing the lullaby Edward had played for me so many years ago. My eyes shut as my fingers flew over the keys.

I had kept the CD from my birthday that Edward had given so long ago and had listened to it over and over again until I could play it on my keyboard. This song kept calm if I was angry or helped the tears go away when I was sad.

I sighed and let the last note hold on. Right then, I heard a ringing.

I jumped and opened my eyes to see that my cell phone next to me was ringing. I shook my head and picked it up, looking at the caller id.

It was blocked. I picked it up and said, “Hello?”

“Bella?” I heard a panicked voice on the other line.

“Danny?” I asked.

“Yeah, it’s me, Bell. Look, where the hell are you?” He asked angrily.

“No where.” I answered quickly after the question came.

“Bella.” He growled.

“Danny, I couldn’t choose. You and the Cullens were giving me an ultimatum and I don’t like ultimatums. So, I left.” I said.

“Bella.” He growled again. “Where…” He started but was cut off by someone grabbing the phone from him and Jasper’s voice suddenly filled the earpiece.

“Bella? Are you okay? Is Alice with you? Is she okay?” He asked all at once.

“Yes, Jasper it’s me. I’m okay and yes, Alice is with me and she is fine. She came with me on her own accord. I told her not too, but she wanted to come.” I sighed.

“Okay. Bella, I need to…” Jasper said, but he was cut off by the phone being snatched away from someone else.

“What the hell?” I heard Jasper yell on the other line as Edward’s voice came over the line.

“Bella? Are you there? Where are you?” He asked in a rush.

I paused, tears coming to my eyes. I couldn’t do this. But I had too.

“I’m here.” I said in a choked voice, a single tear came out of the corner of my eye and fell down my cheek and onto one of the piano keys.

“Bella, sweetie, where are you?” He asked me, his voice demanding but nervous.

“I can’t tell you.”

“Bella, where are you?” He asked me again, yet more forceful.

“I love you, Edward. Always know that.” I said and hung up my cell phone.

I collapsed onto the piano bench and rested my head against the keys, sending off a bang of music.

“Bella, you okay?” Alice asked, coming down the curving staircase and asking the same question that four people had already asked me that day.

“Danny, Jasper, and Edward just called. They’re looking for us.” I said, not looking up from where I was resting.

“Well, I wouldn’t expect any less. I heard you playing Edward’s lullaby while I was upstairs.” She whispered the last sentence. “How did you figure out how to play it?” She asked.

“I learned how to play the piano over the years because I needed a hobby besides sitting in the dark and feeling sorry for myself. Plus, I still had the CD Edward gave me for my 18th birthday and I listened to it so many times, I learned how to pick out the keys on the piano.” I said.

“You learned how to play piano?” She asked.

“Yeah.”

“Who taught you?” She asked again, cocking her head to the side in interest.

“Alexandra did. She played piano when she was a human in the late 1800s. She was a famous pianist and that was the only thing she remembered when she became a vampire. She remembered how to play the piano and she was famous for it when she was a human. That was the only thing.” I said, tears welling up in my eyes.

“I’m sorry, Bella. I shouldn’t have brought that up.” Alice said, hurry forward, enveloping me in a tight hug.

“It’s okay. You didn’t know.” I said, hugging her back.

Alice pulled away from the hug and looked at me. “Just answer me one question.” She asked, looking at the tear tracks down my cheeks.

“What?” I asked her, confused.

“How can a vampire cry?” She asked, getting a surprised look on her face.

I laughed out loud, throwing my head back.

“Well,” I started to say as Alice sat in a chair next to the piano, “One of my strongest ‘abilities’ you could say, as a human for me was, well, my humanity.”

“Then why can you control the weather?” She asked.

“Now, that is something I am totally confused about.” I said, wiping the trails that the tears had left on my face off.

Alice laughed and then we sat there for a while, sitting in a comfortable silence.

“I’m gonna go upstairs and rest for a while.” I said, standing up from the bench.

“Okay.” Alice said, not standing up.

I walked upstairs and into a room I hadn’t been into in years. The floors still had a thick golden carpet on them and the walls had a fabric in a darker gold on them. There was still a big, black leather sofa against one of the walls and on the opposite wall, near the door had a wall with shelves where Edward’s CDs had been.

But one thing was different.

Instead of a glass window that covered the whole wall that faced the back of the wall, there was a just a wall. No window, not even painted. It was just plain wood. But it was pieces of wood crossed over each other as if the window had been broken.

Tears sprang back into my eyes as I remembered Edward.

‘Why did I leave him?’ My heart said.

‘Because you couldn’t choose between Edward and your family.’ My head seemed to answer back.

‘But my family would have eventually accepted Edward and the Cullens and I could have had both.’ My heart replied.

‘But Aidan would have left, feeling rejected because you chose Edward over him!’ My mind stubbornly replied back.

‘But I love Edward more.’ My heart said. ‘And my family, if not Aidan included, would have accepted that.’

‘No, they wouldn’t have.’ My head said.

And then the argument between my heart and my head ended. I was still so damn confused, I thought to myself as I slumped back in the couch, closing my aching eyes.

Why couldn’t I have them both? I asked myself again.

I heard the door creak open, thinking it was Alice, my eyes stayed closed. A space next to me on the sofa sunk in from the weight of the tiny person.

“Bella.” A familiar voice said and my eyes snapped open.