Continuation of "Alone" All Human Now that Bella and Edward are together, will their lives settle down or will there be more bumps along the way? There will be a lemon chapter here and there.
5. Chapter 5
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It's been a few weeks since the miscarriage. Thankfully, I had the twins, school and Alice kept me busy. However, at night my mind would still wonder if I didn't do something to cause it. Edward reassured me time and time again that it wasn't my fault, am I'm pretty sure he was sick of me crying over it, but he never let it show.
Alice's business has really taken off lately. The majority of the senior class at Forks High have been buying her dresses before they hit the rack in anticipation of the up coming winter formal. Rose and I have had to help out when we can, and she's even had Emmett and Edward in her shop too. Jasper has taken a position on the city council and making a name for himself.
It was only a week before the wedding. I was incredibly nervous for two reasons. One: because finals were going on and two: Charlie hadn't said whether or not he would be coming or not. Alice, Rosalie and I were in my room, putting the final touches on our dresses. Alice was working on Maddy's at the moment.
"Have you heard from Charlie and Rebecca," Esme asked.
"No. I mean, I talk to Rebecca almost everyday, but she hasn't said anything about the wedding."
"Maybe you should go talk to him," Rose said.
"He has his invitation. If he comes, then he comes. I'm not going to force it."
"I really think you two need to talk. I know how important it is to you to have your father give you away," Esme said.
"There. Go ask you dad what he thinks of the hemline," Alice said to Maddy.
"And no rough-housing with Emmett," I yelled as she ran out of the room.
"Rose, you're next," Alice said.
I sat and watched as Alice looked over Rose in her dress. Luckily, her dress didn't need a lot of changes, if any. Maddy came running back in.
"Mom, can I go out back and play with Dad and Masen?"
"Yes, but take the dress off first."
Maddy quickly took her dress off, threw her play clothes back on and ran out the door.
The next morning my stomach was turning. I had three finals and then had to race to the airport to pick up Renee and Phil. Esme had promised to keep Renee occupied so I could get enough rest and study time in, and Edward and the boys promised to do manly things with Phil.
After my exams, I walked back to my car and found Edward waiting for me.
"How'd they go," Edward asked.
"Hard to say. You?"
"Easy as pie."
"I take that as your way of saying you need food?"
"Yup. I'll have to stop somewhere on the way to the airport."
"I'll drive you. I couldn't let you suffer through Renee and Phil all by yourself."
"Did I mention that I love you?"
"Not in the last three hours."
"Well I do. Now get in and find me food!"
Later that day, after Renee and Phil were unpacked and settled, I was sitting in Carlisle's study with him. He was working, I was reviewing notes.
"My dictation doesn't bother you, does it," he asked.
"Nope. I've been tuning you out, actually."
My cell phone rang - it was Charlie.
"Hey dad," I answered. "...sure, I can come now...alright, see you in a few."
I groaned as I snapped my phone shut.
"Maybe you should have Edward go with you?"
"Yeah, I'd rather be locked with Renee and Alice Nieman Marcus for an hour."
An hour later, I was walking into the kitchen of my old house. Rebecca was making dinner, with Daniel in his bouncer on the kitchen table. Charlie was sitting with him.
"Smells good, Rebecca."
"Thanks. It's Charlie's favorite."
"So what's up, Dad?"
"Just wanted to talk to you about the wedding, that's all."
"Okay," I said hesitantly.
"I don't think I'll be coming on Saturday," he said.
"Because I still have issues with you and Edward."
"Don't you think five years is a bit long to hold a grudge, dad?"
"I'm sorry, maybe I'm being stupid, but, you're my daughter and I still think you can do better."
"Dad, Edward has changed so much. Can't you see that?"
"Yes I can, and I'm grateful for that."
"But I just don't think he deserves you. You've said it yourself, 'once a cheat, always a cheat.'"
"And I suppose you think Jake would have been better?"
"Jacob was a good boy, who made a bad decision."
"A bad decision. Which one are you talking about, Dad? The drinking or the fact that he broke my wrist so badly I needed surgery?"
"It was just a bad day, is all."
"Bad day. Right."
I sat there for a moment. Rebecca was quiet at the stove, not taking her eyes off of what she was doing. Charlie kept fidgeting with Daniel's blanket. I knew that nothing I could say would make him change his mind.
"Alright then," I said quietly.
Another moment passed,and I left. By the time I pulled up to the Cullen house, my eyes were filled with tears. I wanted what every girl who was getting married wants: their father giving them away to the man they loved. After everything Edward and I had been through, I thought for sure he'd come, but obviously I was wrong. My stomach grumbled, and I wiped my eyes. When I got in the house, Esme and Renee were gabbing and cooking.
"How'd it go," Esme asked when I walked in.
"What do you mean," she asked again.
"I don't want to talk about it. Where's Alice?"
"Upstairs with Jasper," she said.
I left them in the kitchen and went upstairs, and quietly knocked on their door.
"Come in," Alice said.
I walked in and found the two of them snuggling on their bed, watching a movie.
"Oh, sorry, I'll come back later," I said.
"No, it's okay. What's up," Jasper asked.
"I just wanted to tell Alice that two people aren't coming."
"Which two," Alice asked.
"Charlie and Rebecca."
"What, are you sure," Alice asked as she sat up.
"Yeah. I'll see you guys at dinner."
At dinner, Alice started drilling me about Charlie.
"Well, what exactly did he say?"
"It doesn't matter, Alice. They're not coming."
"Maybe you misunderstood him."
"Nope. He made himself pretty clear."
"Maybe I should talk to him. The two of them not coming throws off my numbers."
"Alice, it's an even two, how does that throw you off?"
"It just does. I have something very special planned for you and Charlie."
Esme changed the subject to everyone's finals. Emmett said he struggled, even though he had a few tutor sessions prior to the finals; Edward bragged that he aced his tests and I was clueless. Since Jasper's been working in the mayor's office and on city hall, he had dropped his classes. Surprisingly, Esme and Carlisle were okay with it. The rest of dinner passed, without another comment from Alice, until dessert.
"Now Bella, I really think you should talk to Charlie again,-"
"DAMN IT ALICE! HE'S NOT COMING, OKAY? HE DOESN'T WANT ME TO MARRY YOUR BROTHER!! DROP IT, OKAY?"
Everyone was quiet. I took a few deep breaths and spoke again.
"Sorry, Alice. I didn't mean to snap at you."
"It's okay," she said with wide eyes.
The rest of the week passed quickly. I thought I did fairly well on my remaining finals and was happy when I woke up on Friday morning. The entire house was abuzz with wedding happenings. Alice had her blue tooth permanently attached to her ear; her blackberry working on overload and several dozen people were coming and going through the house getting everything set up. I sat back on the top stair and watched Alice work her magic. I was still upset about Charlie, but I was determined not to let him ruin my day. Tomorrow, I would be marrying the one person I loved more than anything else in the world. Tomorrow, I would be marrying my Edward.