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.
20. Chapter 21
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Tonight was the night of the ball, and Alice already had the decorations set up. I had nearly forgotten that Senor DaVinci was staying with us, but apparently that was because he was in the studio that my father provided for him, producing great works of art that would serve as decorations that Alice had described. Of course they were beautiful. They would even move, like the boat. It was placed on some wooden device that would sway and move up and down, like it was a ship sailing through the ocean. It added even more magic to the decorations.
I had planned on sneaking away to see Edward, but all my attempts to escape were in vain. First Alice told me I had to get ready, and I agreed, but now she was just torturing me. I had even sized the jump from my window, but Alice informed me that I would just get injured if I tried.
“Come on, Bella! You can’t expect me to have you ready in time if you keep moving like this!”
“Well, I can’t stay still for this long, Alice. It’s inhumane.” I explained.
“And that is why Edward should make you a vampire.” Her face became annoyed, and I could definitely relate with the feeling.
“I totally agree, but he is so stubborn.” I shook my head.
“I don’t know how you can stand it all the time, although you are equally just as stubborn.” She looked up slyly, a slight grin on her face.
“That may be, but at least I’m in the right on this one. Right?”
“Of course you are, Bella. Edward just needs time to get over it, but the thing is, you don’t have any. Something has changed, though.” She looked up thoughtfully, “I think he might have changed his mind.”
“We can only hope.” I replied.
I stood still for a few more seconds, letting her set my hair.
“Okay, close your eyes. I’ll take you to the mirror.”
“Alright,” I let her guide me.
“Open them!” She practically squealed.
When I looked, I nearly didn’t recognize myself. The dress was beautifully embroidered, and hugged what little curves I had perfectly. My hair lay atop my head, in a perfect bun and intricate braids accompanying my crown.
“Thank you, Alice.” I hugged her, “You’re a miracle worker.”
“No problem. Now go and see your dad. I’ll meet you after you announce the engagement!” She waved as she walked out the door, and I made my way to the doors that led to the ballroom.
Charlie was waiting there in the dark, facing the door. He looked over, and looked again.
“Bells, you look beautiful.” I looked down self-consciously.
I became blinded by the light of the party, and deafened by the announcers. Everyone made a path as we walked through the crowd, my arm laced through my dad’s. It was mostly proper, but I also needed his support so I wouldn’t trip.
We eventually reached the thrones, and took our places. I rose slightly in my seat, searching for Edward in the crowd. I couldn’t find him anywhere; in fact, I didn’t see any of the Cullen’s.
“What’s wrong, Bella?” Charlie ominously leaned over.
“I can’t find Edward.” I was feeling very disgruntled. Surely they would have been here by now. I mean, Alice worked so hard for this, and Edward is my fiancé, he should be here by now.
“Maybe you should-” he stopped speaking and I looked to him to figure out why. I followed his gaze to the doors opposite of us. There, standing beautifully was Edward.
He was dressed in another beautiful costume, thanks to Alice. His mask was in his hand. His attire was white and very light blue. He looked entirely angelic, but he was an angel to me in a very lovely way. he had gotten me out of a dark time in my life that I hadn’t even recognized as a dark time. He brightened my every day. I loved him so much.
I sighed a breath of relief when I spotted him, I was beginning to be nervous, and who knows what would have happened if they hadn’t shown up. There were so many possibilities of what could have materialized, and I didn’t want to think about them, I was just thankful he was there.
My father rose and began speaking, “Finally,” he said under his breath, “Friends,” he said louder, “we come here today to celebrate a momentous occasion. Today we announce-” he stopped when he saw me start walking away.
I was eager to just be near Edward, I didn’t care if anyone else saw us together, I needed his comfort after this long tantalizing day.
There were whispers all around us as I stopped in front of Edward. I smiled at him, “You’re finally here! Charlie was just about to make the announcement, come on.”
I began to turn, but Edward grabbed my hand and turned me around.
“Wait, Bella.” His face was solemn, it made me very apprehensive.
“What’s wrong?” I questioned. All those scenarios shot back through my mind.
“There’s something I have to tell you.” He wouldn’t look me in the eye, “Bella, we’re leaving.”
“Right now? But we have this whole party that Alice planned, and we’re supposed to get married. We aren’t supposed to leave yet.”
“Bella, when I say we, I mean my family and myself.”
“What?” I was entirely confused. Why now? Why here?
“It’s not safe for us to be here, with everyone watching us. You’re disappearance would be more scandalous, and we can’t jeopardize our charade with this whole thing.”
“It’s alright, Edward. I can come with you. My dad would understand.”
“Bella, you aren’t getting the point.” He paused and looked me square in the eye, “I don’t want you to come with me.”
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. After all this he didn’t want me. But the more I thought about it, the more I understood. I was a frail human, and he deserved more. I loved him more than enough to give him that much.
“You don’t want me?” I asked.
“No.” he clarified.
It stung so much, I felt like collapsing, but then I remembered our audience.
“Look, I’ll walk you to the other room if you would like. But after that I can promise that you’ll never see me again.” I moved my head in a circular motion, trying to nod for him, but shaking it at the same time in unbelief.
He took me through the doors, and sat me down on a chair.
“This will be better for the both of us, Bella. We can both move on and live our lives the way they’re meant to be. It will be just as if I was never here.” I didn’t reply. I didn’t want to. The things he was saying were blatant lies, I would never forget him.
“Good-bye, Bella.” Were the last words I heard. When I finally managed to look up, he was gone.
I felt myself breaking down, every last shred of hope was gone, and my love was gone. I wanted so badly to run after him, but I knew there was no hope, I was much too slow. My second option was to subside, but I couldn’t do that with my father waiting for me, so I went back out.
I walked slowly back to the thrones. Everyone watched me patiently as I approached my father.
“Dad,” my voice was monotonous, about to crack at any moment, “he’s gone.”
“What are you talking about, Bella?” his brows came together. He wasn’t expecting this either.
“Edward. He left.”
“Just now? How could he? How could they?” he corrected himself.
He seemed livid, but I didn’t want him to be. It wasn’t Edward’s fault, but I had to admit that it was bad timing,
“Its okay, Dad. But I think I’ll go to my room for the night.”
His face softened, I expected him feeling empathetic now.
“Alright, I’ll entertain the guests. Don’t worry about anything.” He gave me a tight hug, which was slightly comforting, like he was holding together my poor excuse for a body. By now it was more like skin holding together an inwardly broken princess. Broken was an understatement, shattered is what it felt like. All my bones had shattered along with my heart, unwilling to support me.
I sort of limped to my room. It took me several minutes, but I was in no rush. There was no need to.
All I could think of was the horrible pain in my chest, and my family, gone. Charlie was my biological father, and I loved him, but the Cullen’s were special. I was supposed to be with them forever. Charlie was more temporary, we would both have died eventually, and now, that was how it was going to be. Horror washed through me as I mentally embraced what my life would consist of. No love, practically no family. Long-enduring pain constantly consuming my body.I was furiously hoping that this was all a dream, or a nightmare. It all depended on which part of it I would remember.
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