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Forever After

Summary:
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.


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3. Chapter 4

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I looked in the mirror and saw a white gown floating down my body. It's intricate designs made my standard hips look less plain, and my waist curvy. It would be a perfectly acceptable dress if I were getting married, but as far as I knew, I wasn't. I walked into the large hallways of my castle to figure out what was going on, only to find flower petals covering the floor making it considerably harder to walk, and white cloth coating the walls. I continued walking even when I tripped through the maze of hallways that I didn't recognize. After several minutes of aimless wandering I got to the end of the maze to find that mysterious man dressed in wedding clothes, too. A shock came over me as I realized I must be dreaming, and he suddenly stalked toward me with a vicious look in his eyes. He bent his head down to my neck and what I thought was about to be a caress, was a bite. No, this must be a nightmare. I didn't feel any pain, but I knew that I wouldn't live much longer if he kept on drinking my blood. At that thought another large monster came out and jumped on him. As much as I didn't want to die, I didn't want him to die either.

I sat up and screamed, "No!" I knew I was awake now, but terror still ripped through my body. I tried to calm myself down as I was wiping the sweat off of my forehead, my breath coming out ragged and tense. I still had twenty-nine more days to find this man, but did I really want to? No, I wouldn't. It wasn't because I didnt want to, because I undeniably longed for him with every fiber of my being to be by my side, It was because I knew he wouldn't want me, and I wouldn't be able to find him.

It struck me then. Of course I knew where to find him! Hadn't I just gone to his castle the other day? A new wave of hope spread through my body, totally devouring the fear that ran through my mind only a minute ago. I got up and dressed to set off toward his house. I had no idea what I was going to say or do when I got there, but he would either reject me, or embrace me.

I walked down the steps in a trance, not even tripping once. I knew everyone was staring at me as I walked out of the castle, and it would usually turn my cheeks bright red or even pink, but it didn't bother me this time. I was just too eager. I walked at an excited pace in the direction I had last time. I was nearly off the castle grounds when I saw the exact man I was about to go see standing in front of me, his face, if not more, just as beautiful as the last time.

He seemed just as tense as I was in my bed, even more so actually. He looked like he was concentrating very hard on something. I would have said something but his intense stare captured my mind. I couldn't remember or see anything but him even though he looked just as vicious as he did in my nightmare. We just stood like that for an immeasurable moment until he spoke.

"I'm sorry about that." What was he talking about?

"Sorry for what?"

"For staring at you like that. It was inexcusable."

"I didn't mind it at all." Did I just say that? Now I felt the warmth that was my blood creep into my cheeks. His face turned rigged again, but this time he spoke.

"Do you always do that?"

"Blush?"

"Well, that, and do you always let strangers stare at you?"

"Blushing I do a lot, but I don't usually notice if anyone stares at me. I am the princess, people tend to do that."

"Well you shouldn't. It's very dangerous to talk to strangers. Especially ones like me."

"And how is that? You seem like a decent man to me." He didn't seem dangerous at all. Well maybe his stares put that off, but that couldn't be the real him.

"You don't even know who I am, or what my background is. What if I'm the bad guy?" I thought about that for a moment, but immediately discarded the possibility.

"You know you could just tell me if you wanted to walk away. I know you're not that dangerous. I think you're just trying to convince yourself."

"You're very perceptive for only having talked to me for thirty seconds. It's too bad you're wrong." He walked up close to me. So close that I could feel his breath on my skin, and breathe the intoxicating scent in. "I am more dangerous than you could imagine."

"Then tell me." I prodded.

"It's more complicated than that."

"Look, you were a gentleman at your castle inviting me to stay, and you were a gentleman a minute ago. I see that you just want people to think that you’re bad so they'll stay away from you, but it won't work on me."

"Like I stated before, you don't know me." I noticed that with every exchange he was still getting closer.

"Then we'll start off with baby steps. What's you're name?" He just stood there. "Would you please tell me?" I was about to start begging. I needed to know.

"No."

"How can you expect me to get to know you if you won't even tell me your name?"

"I don't. I don't want you to be anywhere near me." A new sense of rejection hit me like a wall. Or in my case the floor. He didn't want me. Those few words hurt me more than expected. I felt a hole open up in my chest, a burning sensation encompassing it. This wasn't a comfortable burning, it was agonizing.

"Why?" That was all I could get out of my mouth. The word summarized all my thoughts though, why don't you want me? Why are you dangerous, and so on.

"I never said that I didn't want to be near you, just that it wouldn't be the best thing for you." Tha comforted me however slightly.

"How? I don't get you."

"Just trust me." He looked over my shoulder and I turned around. It was Billy, and he didn't look happy.

"Bella," He acknowledged me, "Edward." He said gravely. So this was his mysterious name.

"Edward." I tried his name out on my lips, soft enough for only me to hear.

"You shouldn't be here. Especially near her." He looked pointedly at me. He always turned up at the wrong time.

"I was just telling her that exact same thing, sir."

"Well, you got your point across, now leave." He said this harshly, Edward left without another word.

"What was that for Billy?"

"I was just protecting you Bella."

"Well you're not my dad Billy, leave it to him."

"You're father isn't entirely aware of this boy, and you apparently don't know too much about him yourself, so I'd stay away, Bells. Far away."

"Why is everyone so insistent on protecting me, and making decisions for me?! This is why I ran away yesterday Billy. I don't want you or my dad to decide what's good and bad for me, I'm my own person!"

He just held his hands up like he was innocent and said, "I'll pass the memo along to your father." He finally left.

I turned around hoping to see a glimpse of Edward walking away, but was only disappointed again to see that he wasn't there.