Bella has a nightmare about her wedding day where her beautiful, but mysterious groom is attacked by a monstrous wolf. After she wakes up, she goes looking for the groom where she remembered she had noticed him in real life only a few days before. When their meeting is interrupted she wonders, why is everyone trying to make decisions for her? and why is Edward so dangerous? Banner courtesy of Eternitys_Charm Based off of the movies (and the book) Ever After, and Twilight.
15. Chapter 16
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As soon as James’ friend Victoria left, if friend was even the right word, I started to think of a way to escape. I would have to wait until Jasper and Alice left again. Until that time I would have pretend that everything was normal, at least how it was before I was visited by James’ accomplice. Acoomplice, that was definitely the right word for her.
I sat back down by the fire, letting the flames slowly hypnotize me from my current state of mind. Time went by slowly, I was probably only sitting there for a few moments, but it was too long without my Edward, without anybody to comfort me. I would never see Edward again. I closed my eyes and let another tear stream down my cheek. How could I explain this to him? I decided I would have to write him a letter. I slowly got up, my joints still sore from earlier, and crept to the trunk. I lifted the heavy wooden lid.
Inside, Edward had packed everything that was important to me, probably as a comfort. Within the large chest, the first thing I saw was the wedding dress my mother made for me before she died, and I would never get to wear it. The beading was extraordinary, it had a slight blue tint. I guess everyone thought that I looked good in blue. I quickly pushed the dress away, shoving anything else in my way, as to find the object of my desire. The quill and paper that Alice had used during her vision.
I knew that I couldn’t write anything that would reveal what I was doing, Alice would be looking at my future rapidly, and seeing this letter could disclose too much of my plan.
I’m terribly sorry about this whole mess. I miss you so much, and I hope that you can forgive me for everything. I don’t want you to ever forget me especially now. I love you. Forgive me.
That was all I could say for now, I was already saying too much. I placed this in a envelope and carried it with me back to the fire. Not much later Alice re-appeared alone.
“Hi, Bella.” She stood behind me and placed a cold yet comforting hand on my shoulder. “I saw the letter. Don’t blame yourself for this whole experience, you’re part of our family and we all love you. Always remember that. Besides, it will be over soon anyway.” Good. That was what she thought I meant.
“I know Alice. I just needed an outlet for my emotions besides crying. My eyes are practically dry.” I tried to reassure her.
“It’s alright, Bella. I can’t cry at all.” She sat beside me, our arms touching.
“Yes. I would give anything to be able to cry.” She looked over at me, the fire reflecting around her now dark face. The sun had gone down.
“But we can be there for each other, that way no one will have the need to cry.”
“I wish it could be that way, Alice.”
“It’s alright. I understand for now." She stood up. "Jasper will be here in a moment. Try and sleep again.”
It seemed as if that was my life now. I was either sleeping, or sitting around staring into the distance. But it was fine with me; it was an escape from the horrible state my life was in at the moment.
When I opened my eyes the fire was still going, thankfully. I guess with nothing else to do, they had kept putting logs on the fire, some that they probably ripped off of the trees with their hands. They had also placed many blankets across my body. A sudden chill had taken over our small camp, seeming to match the mood.
I sat up, letting the crisp air make sure I was awake. Jasper and Alice were still again, even more so than I was yesterday, their pale faces making them look like statues. They didn’t make a big deal out of my staring, their eyes still gazing into the distance. I half expected it when their heads suddenly jerked to the right, confusion written in their features. Great. something else was about to happen.
Alice’s eyes glazed over and in an instant she moved her head back over to the left communicating with Japer. She was speaking too fast for me to understand. They both looked toward me at the same time.
“Bella, we heard something. We’re going to see what it was, just in case, but don’t worry, nothing will happen.” That was only because I hadn’t decided on what I was going to do yet. “We’ll be back as soon as possible.”
Directly after I knew they were gone, I jumped up, ignoring the throbbing all over my body. I threw on my cape, tying the strings as close to my skin as possible. I set the letter that was glued to my hands back where I slept before, folding my blanket over it so it wouldn’t be the first thing seen, but it would be there, and they would notice. Eventually Edward would find it. I thought as hard as I could about staying near the fire and maybe sleeping later so that would be the only thing that Alice would see in my future.
I started off running, not knowing where I was going. Once I saw something that I recognized from once living in the castle, which was now inhabited by the person that would kill me, I would follow it until the end. It was the only way that I could save my dad.
I kept thinking back about staring at the fire and sleeping. This also helped to keep my mind off of how tired I was, not to mention the two people that waited for me.
One moment I was running, pushing myself, and then all I saw was red. I knew immediately that Victoria had found me and was bringing me to the castle.
I was getting dizzy, everything was happening so fast. Now I found myself outside the door of my previous castle, the vines growing on the walls from all the neglect.
“Come on human.” Victoria pulled me inside through the large doors. “You’re all the same. Slow and easy to find.” I ignored her callous words, thinking only of the fire, and that my dad would be safe, never why he would.
“Oh, come on!” She grabbed me up into her arms again, rapidly moving through the unidentifiable rooms until we were in the ballroom.
Alice’s vision was a perfect resemblance. There were white sashes everyplace where there wasn’t a mirror, almost like they were planning on having a ball of their own.
Victoria dropped me on the ground, my face hitting the floor first. I felt my nose and looked at my shaking hand. No blood, for now.
“Victoria,” James warned, “let’s be nice to our guest.” They laughed in unison, a maniacal laugh.
It was funny, James looked nice. He was wearing a stunning outfit, dressed for what seemed to be again a ball. His eyes were softer, though still rough because of their extreme color, his hair combed.
Victoria slowly backed out of the room, a smile fiercely taking over her face.
“I’ll see you in a moment, babe.” That was curious, I guess they were more than just partners in crime, or ‘mates’.
“Babe?” I questioned.
“Oh, you’re not jealous are you? She’s a real woman, we work wonderfully together, and not just as a couple.” That explained what Edward was talking about when he said he would marry me, but he would have more plans. This was probably one of them, death so he could still be with her.
“Where’s my father?” I tried to sound indifferent. He chuckled slightly, giving me a look of disappointment.
“Poor human. You fell for our trick.”
“You mean he’s not even here?!” So much for indifference.
“No. We don’t need him for our little ceremony.” He slowly walked toward me until I was against one of the large walls. I turned away as he reached for me, caressing my cheek, the coldness doing the opposite of what Edward’s fingers imposed on my mind.
“What are you talking about?” I tried sliding to the left, my face still turned away from his lingering eyes. All he did was follow, and push me further against the wall, the cold mirrors causing me to shiver.
“Just our short marriage. Don’t worry, you won’t have to live with me for too long.” His smile broadened. “And of course I can perform the ceremony, as a prince myself.”
“We can skip everything unneeded to make this more painless for you. Do I take you, Isabella Swan, to be my lawfully wedded wife and queen? I think I do. Now do you take me, James the Great Prince of Spain, to be your lawfully wedded husband.” I kept my mouth closed, my breath becoming erratic. “Say yes!” He smashed his fist into the wall, directly next to my head.
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