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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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4. Chapter 5

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My father informed me that Senor DaVinci was supposed to arrive today. He was going to be the guest of honor at the ball in which I would announce my marriage, to either a Prince from Spain or Edward. But from the looks of it, right now I would be marrying a Prince that I had never seen, nor wanted to. I was excited to see DaVinci anyway; his ideas and contraptions seemed very...indescribable. Almost free in a way. I loved the very idea of them almost as much as I loved my books.

I had just been brushing my hair (What else was a princess that was pampered beyond belief supposed to do?) when another one of our maids softly knocked on the door, telling me that DaVinci had arrived. I walked in a careful rush to the stairs where I slowed down so I wouldn't trip. At the bottom of the staircase my father and DaVinci waited with smiles.

"Isabella," He had to use my formal name in public, "This is Senor Leonardo DaVinci." He was a delicate old man with a white beard, standing in a hunch, and yet he seemed young and strong in a way.

"Please, please. Call me Leonardo. That title is far too long to say every time you greet me."

"I'm hoping that will be very often. Your work inspires me. And you may call me Bella." I felt like I could open up to this man like an uncle particularly faster than I have been able to talk to anyone before.

"As I'm hoping to see you just as often. Would you like to come see some of my work?"

"Of course. Will you be coming with us Dad?"

"No, he already showed me the bulk of it. I'll just go and...sign some papers." He strode off in the direction of his large office.

"So, shall we be off then?"

"Sure. Where exactly are all of your gadgets?"

"Well, many of them are in the guest room your father set up for me. But the one I want to show you is outside."

I willingly followed him to the lake that lay outside of the clear area around our castle. We got there but quickly new that we weren't the only ones there.

I quickly wanted to vanish as soon as I saw the beautiful faces of the most beautiful girls in the whole county, the pixie-like brunette and the heart-breaking blond.

"Maybe we should go somewhere else." I suggested in a low tone to Leonardo.

"Of course not! We can share the lake, I assure you, for this invention that I conjured up."

I reluctantly continued walking with him until we hit the water’s edge, standing right next to the gorgeous women. They curtsied as any other person would do. Their grace stunned me. They were pale beauties, no doubt about it. My alabaster skin was usually plain, but probably looked even more bland next to theirs.

"Would you young ladies like to witness what many would call a miracle?"

The blond one and I looked over to him in confusion, but the small one just shook her head and said, "Yes, we do!"

"Alright, then. You can watch me first, but then you three will all be able to try it."

He picked up to wooden blocks that were intricately hand carved, mad to look like the bottom of the ocean. To my surprise he slipped them on his feet, and descended into the water. I couldn't think of what he was trying to do until I saw it. He had successfully figured out how to walk on water! I could only imagine the freedom of walking on the water, excited for my turn until it actually came.

"Now Bella, don't be afraid. Just slip it on to your feet and walk as if it were solid ground." The only problem with that logic was that I tripped over smooth, flat ground, and I could only get more embarrassed falling into the water. "Don't worry, if you fall, we'll come out and get you out. Right ladies?" He turned to look at them."

Of course we will." The smaller one answered for the both of them again.

I took a deep breath and continued to walk forward. I would close my eyes to think of it as solid ground, but then I would definitely trip. Breathe in, breathe out. I kept repeating to myself, I would need to remember not to do that when I went under.I had been so focused on just breathing; I didn't notice that I had gone all the way out to the middle of the lake. I turned back around to look at Leonardo and the women who had introduced themselves as Alice and Rosalie. They looked astonished themselves. Apparently they had all heard the rumors of the clumsy princess, too.

I did it! I started to explore the nooks of the lake, back where I wasn't visible. I came to a place where the lake led directly into the forest and saw something white flash in front of my eyes. I fell back in shock, and became even more astonished when I saw Edward directly appear in front of me. I was on water! How? What? Many questions ran through my mind while I fell backward with a loud smack. Everything but the pain in the back of my head blacked out.

-Several Minutes Later-

I awoke still aware of the throbbing in my skull. I didn't dare open my eyes, knowing that there would be many people standing over me. Not to mention Edward. I just listened as they spoke.

"Do you think she'll wake up soon?" I knew that smooth velvet voice, but I couldn't let myself believe that Edward was showing any concern at all for me.

"Well, I'm an inventor and artist, not a doctor, but I'm guessing soon."

"I believe in a few minutes."

There was cautious silence for a moment until Alice spoke again.

"Princess, can you hear me? If you can make any noise possible." I managed a slight moan in the back of my throat.

"Oh thank goodness!"

"But you thought she would wake soon. I'm confused."

"Well, I was just trying to lighten everything up!" Leonardo was definitely not a psychic.

"Stop." I mumbled.

"Isabella! She coming out!"

I unwillingly blinked my eyes open, and tried to sit up but was pushed directly back down.

"Hey!"

"You need to stay down Princess, you hit your head."

I moaned again out of annoyance, "Where's everyone else?" I voiced the first thought that came to my mind.

"Well, Emmett and Rosalie went back to the woods, and Jasper's just sitting a ways back."

"Who's Emmett, and who's Jasper?"

"They're my brothers. They were with me when we found you in the water and we brought you back here."

"Wait, what? That wasn't what happened!"

"Bella, you don't know what you're talking about. Remember, you hit your head." I knew the truth. He was already with me. He was the reason I fell.

"We'll leave you two to sort this out."Alice got up, "Come on Jasper, Senor DaVinci."

They both followed her into the forest.It was silent for a few moments. I guess he was waiting for me to ask him about what happened. But I wasn't about to ask him, I was going to tell him what had ensued.

"You were already there." I accused.

"No, I wasn't Bella."

"What did you just call me?"

"Oh, I'm terribly sorry, Princess."

"No, I didn't mean it that way. It's just that no one knows to call me Bella instead of Isabella. How did you know?"

"As you probably noticed, I know Billy Black."

He kept careful of his distance as I sat up and he didn't try pushing me back down.

"Really?" No, he was distracting me, "But how did you do it? You were so fast, I..."

"I didn't do anything Bella," He shook his head, "I just saw you through the trees, floating in the water."

"No you didn't." I stated firmly.

"You're not going to let this go, are you?"

"No."

"Well, I hope you enjoy disappointment."

He stood and glided away. Leaving me again without any answers, but only more clues.