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Bless the Broken Road

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Thanks to lunamoon for the awesome banner please show her some love Bella and her family are con artists. Her path crosses with Edward and the opportunity is too great to pass up, making him her next mark. Edward is blissfully unaware, and it will take a lot of mistakes to finally lead him back to Bella and the truth.


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13. The Big Day

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Chapter 13: The Big Day

“What you don’t know is that I sent reinforcements. I know you’re probably going to be upset with me but I needed to make sure I was doing the right thing. I mean we’re talking about millions of dollars down the drain and the amount of time we spent here. So when Jessica called me and said he didn’t do anything, I sent Vanessa to seduce him and he took the bait,” she said, sternly.

I stared at them, mulling over her words. I opened my mouth to explain that what she said was impossible, but nothing came out. I knew that I was the only one with Edward, but if I admitted that to them I would be in deep shit. If Renee ever found out I cheated she would not only make me go through with the job she would also cut me out of the profits. If Vanessa did manage to seduce him I would still have to go through with it, a deal was a deal. I was trying to think of a way to get out of this mess when realization hit. I knew he didn’t cheat on me. I was with him last night.

After considering all of this, I set up a new strategy. I wanted tangible proof and they were going to have to deliver it, if they wanted things to go their way. Instead of breaking down, like they probably wanted me to, I became very angry. I watched them as they studied me but I didn’t say anything. Finally, I took a deep breath and initiated my new plan.

“How could you Renee? We only agreed on Jessica, you cheated you sent Vanessa when you said you wouldn’t! How can I trust you? How am I supposed to believe you?” I said, pushing the tray out of sight.

“Bella, I know you’re upset but don’t yell at me. I needed to make sure. Maybe Jessica lost her touch or maybe he doesn’t like blondes, whatever the case I needed to know he was worth it. I was doing it for you and you alone. Getting serious with someone is a very critical step in life, and I didn’t want to see you unhappy ten years from now. I needed you to be absolutely sure he was worth it. You have to believe I did this for you,” she said, in fake concern.

“I refuse to believe it. Edward would never cheat on me, he loves me. I need proof,” I said confidently. I was staring at Renee waiting for her reply, knowing full well that they didn’t have any proof.

Vanessa, who had been extremely quiet the whole time, exited the room and came back with and envelope.

She handed it to me, and averted her gaze from mine. “Here’s your proof, Bella. James took these pictures, and we both know he is still working on his skills but the ones he took are enough.”

I reviewed the pictures, there were five descent pictures of what appeared to be Vanessa and Edward and another dozen that were blurry. There were a few from the actual party where she gave him a lap dance. There were other pictures of them in the same room I had taken Edward to. In one they were making out and she was straddling him.

I was stunned this couldn’t be happening, after all my hard work I still had failed. I studied them carefully looking for any clue that disproved what she had just said. Renee and Vanessa stayed silent as I looked through them a few more times.

Finally, I noticed that they were still clothed, in every picture. In the picture he was kissing her with his eyes open, his body language hinted at disgust, and in the straddling poses he looked like he was pushing her off not holding her on. It was obvious Vanessa was trying to seduce him but was failing miserably.

I hid the smile that wanted to break out once I realized that they were trying to pull a fast one on me. Ironically, the tools Renee had taught me were the reason I was able to figure them out. I wasn’t going to let them win, it was clear to me then that I would have to outsmart them in order to be with Edward.

“He doesn’t look like he was enjoying himself much, Vanessa,” I said, calmly trying to measure her reaction.

She was slightly flustered and looked at Renee briefly before looking at me. “Yeah, he resisted at first but he got into it later. The only reason I didn’t include them was because those pictures were too blurry. Besides, I didn’t think you wanted to see us together since you’re in love with the guy.”

I couldn’t tell if she was lying or not. I wasn’t sure if she was flustered because I caught her in a lie or because the pictures were really that bad. Now what? I still didn’t know what happen. I considered asking Edward about it, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to know. Especially if I asked him before the wedding, Renee would kill me for ruining our chances at the money.

“I just don’t know. I mean maybe if I had caught you two together or if those other pictures weren’t so blurry… I just need to make sure. I love him and I know he loves me and it’s just so hard to believe that he would do this to me,” I said, tossing the pictures.

I had already devised a plan to disprove them, they were predictable and I knew just how to use that to my advantage. I was watching for a reaction from Vanessa but all I could see was a gleam in her eyes.

“Well,” Vanessa hesitated, “If you want to hear it from the horse's mouth we can always do a set up. I can ask him, after the wedding of course, and you can be listening in. If he admits it you walk in and do your thing and if not we can all go on our merry way.”

God I hated her sarcasm, but I loved her plan. It was exactly what I needed to believe that Edward had cheated. He was the only one I would believe about the events of last night.

“I guess we could do that,” I said, pretending to be unsure.

“That sounds like a good plan girls, this way it’s a win-win situation no matter what happens,” Renee chimed in.

Renee’s warped thinking was so disgusting I wanted to throw up. All she cared about was the money. The fact that my feelings and my heart was on the line didn’t concern her. I wanted to roll my eyes at her, but stopped myself before I could. I needed to keep my cool in front of them, never letting the vampires smell blood.

And with that I felt secure again in what my outcome was going to be. I would get to be with Edward and prove my family wrong.

The weeks that followed I did my best to keep a poker face and avoid the temptation of asking him directly. I sometimes had my moments of panic and doubt but I kept telling myself I was right. When he would ask me what was wrong I blamed it on pre-wedding jitters.

The day of my wedding I woke up earlier than was necessary. I was nervous about what this day meant. The rest of my life depended on today, and I never felt so scared in my life.

Alice, who was my maid of honor, picked me up and took me to the Masen estate. Her old room served as our dressing room and she helped me achieve the classic look I wanted for the wedding.

The interior of the house was decorated very subtly with flowers and candles everywhere, almost oblivious to the guest that it had been decorated. A white carpet led to the outside tent, where a giant chandelier centered the room. A soft pink glow illuminated the white interiors of the tent, and the tables were set with giant centerpieces that included white and pink roses. When we arrived to get ready, I was speechless at how well everything fit and smiled at the fact that all this was just another symbol of the love Edward and I shared.

As I was getting dressed, I was a ball of nerves. Alice and I had chosen a simple white dress that hugged every curve of my body. It had a subtle v-neck, a corset top that had beautiful embroidery and a beautiful skirt that hugged my hips slightly and waved out with small beadings at the ends. Alice insisted on getting another dress for the reception and I couldn’t say no. It was a beautiful soft pink chiffon dress that was synched at my waist and flowed down to the floor.

Renee figured that in between changes would be the best time for Vanessa to talk to Edward. She didn’t want to waste anymore of her time. I only agreed because I wanted to be able to be with Edward without doubt looming over us.

I had walked down the aisle many times, but after hearing the wedding march this time I knew something was different about this day. I was marrying the man I loved. The idea of being with Edward forever sent a rush of adrenaline though my body. I couldn’t believe any of it was real. I had complete faith in him and in our marriage. Suddenly, I wasn’t worried about my future with him, one look into his beautiful green eyes and I knew he was the one.

Phil walked me down the aisle, and my thoughts went back to Charlie for a brief moment. I wanted to invite him, but I knew things with Renee were too shaky to risk.

I saw my mom and Vanessa in the front row with James and Jessica. I was glad that at least I had one friend rooting for me, my family clearly wasn’t. I invited a few of the other bartenders from work out of courtesy and they sat behind my family. I hadn’t invited anyone else. The ceremony was small, the Masen’s co-workers, friends, and relatives were there.

Emmett and Jasper were Edward’s witnesses and Rosalie and Alice’s were mine. My little tiff with Rosalie wasn’t forgotten but Renee insisted that it was better to have legitimate witnesses, so she was my only other option.

The judge talked briefly about the importance of commitment, honesty and how love conquers all. I listened to his words and couldn’t ignore the guilt I was feeling for going through with all this.

When we said our ‘I do’s’ all my nerves disappeared. I was ecstatic that the ceremony was over and we were finally together. That is, until I saw Vanessa and my nerves came back. I was sure Edward had been faithful but my instincts were always to mistrust men and take them for all their worth, which only caused me more distress.

While the guest exited the manor, I began to change quickly, so that this could be done and over with as soon as possible.

I sat at the top of the stairs and I reluctantly gave Vanessa the thumbs up to begin.

“Well Edward, congratulations on marrying my big sis, she certainly is a great catch,” Vanessa said, giving him a wink.

“Thanks,” he mumbled back, shifting uncomfortably. Why is he so nervous?

“I wonder if she would think the same if she found out about our little rendezvous the night of your bachelor party?” she said seductively. I was watching for Edward’s reaction he looked uncomfortable and very unsure of himself.

The tears were building and I was feeling my heart break slowly.

He tried to regain composure before speaking again, “What are you talking about Vanessa I didn’t see you that day?”

He really was a bad liar, not even my blind faith could miss it.

“Come now, Edward, surely you remember me dancing for you, kissing you, and fucking you?” she said before lunging at him with a kiss.

He didn’t push her away! He really did sleep with her. Oh my god and I was about to change my whole life around for this prick. Anger and sadness was overwhelming me and I couldn’t decide which emotion to give into. I walked down the stairs feeling the tears welling up and falling down my cheeks. I let out a gasp to get his attention and he turned around. I wanted to give in to anger but instead sadness won.

“Edward?!” I couldn’t even finish what I wanted to say. I just ran away with Vanessa in tow.

I had never felt so betrayed, hurt, alone, and so broken. He really did sleep with her. I felt myself going down into a spiral of depression and I couldn’t see a way out. I could hear Vanessa walking behind me. I couldn’t decide whether to slap her or hug her. We had run past the crowds deep into the Masen’s backyard/forest.

I embraced Vanessa into a hug and cried on her shoulder

“Bella, I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you, but…” she trailed off.

“But what?” I said, in between sobs.

“This is all you fault, if you just stuck to the plan in the first place you wouldn’t be going through this,” she said, casually.

“Excuse me, but this is not my fault. I can’t help what I feel. My only fault was being in love with that asswipe in there,” I said, anger taking over.

“Bella, please don’t get all sappy on me you know that’s not my style. This is your fault. You thought you could pull a fast one on us by telling Jessica to lie to us. Honestly you are so predictable. I knew you were bound to fall in love someday, you never wanted this life. You were always so weak you could never be like us. I saw it in your eyes everyday, there was no fire, no motivation, no joy in this, that is until Edward came into your life,” she sneered.

I was about to slap her but she stopped me before I could reach her face and continued. “God you’re so pathetic, has Renee taught you nothing? I can’t believe how surprised you are with how this turned out? One, men will always cheat it’s just of matter of embracing it your benefit. Two, you and I both know you don’t mess with Renee, she is a force to be reckoned with. You dug yourself into a hole when you fell in love, and suggested this whole thing. Three, you buried yourself when you had Jessica lie to us. Renee knew what you were doing the whole time, she was pissed, and she demanded I do everything I could to seduce Edward. He hesitated at first and it took a lot of work on my part but he finally gave in and we fucked and it was amazing. Well worth this little scene you’re pulling on me.”

She stopped her little speech and looked towards the tent. We both heard the footsteps of people approaching. “Look you’ve learned your lesson now. Do what you’re supposed to do and make this good,” she whispered into my ear.

Renee, Rosalie, Alice, Esme, and Elizabeth were in hearing distance now, which was her cue to play her role, “Bella, I’m sorry, Please forgive me. I didn’t mean to sleep with Edward it just happened.”

I was beyond furious, no word could describe the amount of hatred I had for Vanessa, Renee, and Edward. A new word would have to be invented just to describe the fury I felt. Hearing her pathetic acting was my breaking point. I couldn’t say anything and yet a million words came at me ready to be yelled, but I knew I couldn’t say them here with an audience. I was pissed but I wasn’t about to blow my cover so I slugged her, taking great satisfaction when I felt my fist hit her face.

I walked away, Alice and Rose called out for me but I just couldn’t deal with them or anyone else for that matter. Vanessa’s words still danced in my head, taking away any confidence I had. I got into my car and drove around not really deciding on a destination.

At first, I was angry at Edward. He was suppose to be that guy, the one who meant what he said, loved intensely, and was faithful. This was not what was supposed to happen. He should have said no. Why couldn’t he be that guy for me? I honestly thought he was the one for me. I cried until I was physically incapable of doing so, but the need to cry never went away.

I went home and got out of my ridiculous dress, but not before looking at myself in the mirror. The woman in front of me was a stranger; I had never seen her before. I felt empty, lost and afraid. I ripped the dress off and changed into some jeans and a t-shirt. I jumped into my car and drove.

I drove myself for hours on end, hoping, waiting for the release of this anger but it never came. Soon my anger transferred over to Vanessa and Renee, they were the ones to blame for all of this. The fury I felt for Renee and Vanessa felt like dirt all over my body that wouldn’t come off no matter how much I scrubbed.

I couldn’t be angry at Edward anymore he was just a pawn in their game, hell I was too. They thought they were so much better than me, labeling me the weak one. There were so many things left unsaid, but I was forced to bite my tongue making me feel restless and weak that sent fire through my body.

Underneath that anger was sadness, Edward and I could never be. My instincts would never allow me to be happy, not fully anyway. In a way I was glad he had failed because it meant I would never have to tell him who I really was. I wasn’t sure if I could ever handle that situation. I still loved him, despite admitting he cheated on me, it wasn’t his fault, at least not entirely. If only things had been different, I could have been better for him.

I didn’t regret meeting him; he was the only good thing that came out of this mess. He had taught me how to let my guard down, how to trust somebody, and how to love. I felt like dying once I realized that we really didn’t have a chance, no matter how much I tried. I was just too jaded, and he would never know the real me. Charlie and Renee had been right about that, and I didn’t know how to feel.

I heard my phone ring, the caller id said Renee, and I didn’t answer, instead I tossed it. I couldn’t deal with what was about to happen. I didn’t want to. I had been under Renee’s wing for far too long. I was tired of the games, the manipulating, and the heartache. I just couldn’t continue living this life. I thought about everything I had lived through, all the shenanigans, lies, and mishaps that had led me to this point and the only culprit behind all of it was Renee. It may have been my anger clouding my judgment, but the more I thought about it the more it made sense.

I could feel the anger well up and grow within me, never being released. What they did to me created anger inside of me I never knew I had. I wanted them to suffer, to beg for my forgiveness, I wanted them to feel weak, useless, and more importantly I wanted them to fear me. This anger scared me a bit but after attempting to release my anger through a series of profanities, screams, and damage to Vanessa’s car I finally came to a conclusion that I had to accept it, I was going to embrace it.

I was going to get even in the worst possible way. They hurt me where it hurt the most and I had to do the same. Any remains of that old obedient Bella was gone, they finally got what they wanted a cold heartless bitch. For now I was going to play nice but when the time came I was going to retaliate and it wasn’t going to be pretty.