Bless the Broken Road
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21. Didn't I say No More CurveBalls?
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Chapter 21: Didn't I say No More Curve-Balls?
We were celebrating Carly’s 4th birthday, and I was eerily happy. Emmett had taken Rose’s lead and supported my decision to stay hidden. They both became infatuated with Carly and spoiled her endlessly. Leah recovered from the devastating blow and took a liking to Rosalie. I finally told her an abridged version of my story, and she was happy that I finally cold trust her. Leah had finally begun to mend her heart, with the help of Jacob.
Much like he had done with me, he helped her rebuild her life, and gain a new perspective on life.
Carly was running around with her friends from the neighborhood, when Emmett cornered me in the kitchen.
“Bella, can I have a minute?” he asked, with a serious look, Emmett hardly ever wore.
“Yeah, of course,” I said, as I began to get things ready to cut the cake.
“You should probably hold off on the cake, this conversation may take longer than a minute.”
“Okay, I’ll bite, what is it?” I asked as I put the utensils away.
“Look, Bella, I get it, you’re a changed woman now. And I know things haven’t gone the way you had hoped, but do you really think it’s fair to judge Edward and his actions? More importantly keep him from his daughter?”
I should have known this would be coming. I began to respond but was interrupted by his hand signaling to stop.
“Let me finish please. I will stand by you and deal with consequences of keeping this secret for you. I just think it’s time for you to face the music, and own up to what you did. I know you’re worried about Carly but the Vanessa and Renee I’ve seen are different. Your death really affected them. Rose’s anger won’t let her see that, she only sees the negative. I think the only reason they got together was because they were both so heartbroken and found comfort in each other, and may have misconstrued that for love. Even after what you and Rose have told me about them, I got to believe that deep down they were affected by what happened. I don’t know, I may be wrong, but I think it’s something to consider.”
“I guess I never really thought of that, but it’s hard to believe that they were affected. After what I’ve lived through it’s hard to ignore all the bad and move one. As for Edward, well I just don’t know what to think. I’m not purposely trying to punish him, I still love him, but I just don’t think we’re meant to be. Look at all that happened, can you honestly say that we’re meant to be? Everything keeps pointing me away from him.”
“Are you sure about that? From my perspective, I can understand that you weren’t ready just yet to be with Edward back then, but the woman I see today says different. Maybe you had to get away from him, so that you could come back. God blessed you with his child, a reminder of him that you will have forever. And, in this big city you managed to run into two people from you past, another road that leads to him. What more signs do you need?” he asked me with a pleading look.
“I just can’t face him. What if that spark is gone? What if I’m not what he expected? The woman he fell in love with is gone. You're right about that, I’m different, and from his actions, so is he. He’s changed, and I know it sounds judgmental, but it doesn’t seem it’s for the better. What if he is a total asshole? Or worse what if he isn’t, but is too hurt by what I did, faking my death and hiding Carly, and decide to take her away from me? You know him better than I do at this point and yet you decided to stick by my side and Rose’s, why? There must be a part of you that thinks he can’t handle the truth,” I said accusingly.
“You want to know why I let Rose curse him and everyone else? Why I haven’t told him?” he asked, trying to hide his anger.
“Yeah,” I said, crossing my arms.
He took a sigh and said, “In a way, you’re right, he wasn’t ready for the truth. I supported Rose, when she said all those hurtful things because they needed to be said. After your supposed death, we all became such dicks, never really dealing with what needed to be dealt. I haven’t told him because Rose has great affection for you and for Carly, and she thinks we shouldn’t force you to do anything you don’t want.”
“I’m a little confused, when I first met Rose, she hated me. She was so protective of Edward; I thought she may have had feelings for him or something.” I stopped to asses his reaction, but he just shrugged. “And yet, now when she was finally was proven right about me, she decides to keep my secret because of the affection she has for me?”
“Well, it's more complicated than that. Carly has to do with a lot of it,” he said.
Stunned by his revelation I asked, “What does my daughter have to do with it?”
“She has a soft spot for kids. She always planned on having kids, but circumstances haven't allowed us to just yet. Anyway, the point is the way you've changed for her because of Carly really affects her. She's taken a liking to Carly, and she wouldn't want to hurt her or you,” he finished.
“I am so sorry… I didn’t even know she wanted kids. I just assumed that she didn't,” I said my voice trailing off.
“Yeah, well she does. Back to my point, she tends to focus on the negative, and I must admit Edward's actions have left much to be desired. I just think that the Edward, you love, died with you, and will only come back when you do,” he said.
“Emmett, I won’t make any promises, but I will consider your words,” was all I could say. He had given me so much to think about. Could it be possible that he had a point?
He helped me set the cake up and we enjoyed the rest of the day.
After Carly’s birthday, time seemed to move quickly. I stuck to my routine taking care of Carly, avoiding Edward, and going to school. Emmett and Rose became major roles into our lives, and soon Carly had two more people to add to her family.
I still debated with myself on what I should do, and found myself taking Emmett’s words to heart. There were times when I hoped he was right and was extremely close to going to Edward’s home, but the events of that night with the blonde always prevented me from doing so.
After my conversation with Emmett, I had a brief conversation with Rosalie about not being able to have kids. I tried to be delicate, but Emmett had already told her I knew. We had gone out to dinner one night, while Emmett babysat.
Our food had just arrived when I brought up the topic. “Rose, there was a reason I wanted to talk to you alone,” I began.
“I’m sure I already know what it is. I talked to Emmett and he told me that he told you,” she said, taking a bite from her chicken.
“So what’s going on? Why didn't you tell me anything? I thought we had grown close enough to trust each other,” I said, trying not to seem accusatory.
“You were dealing with a lot, and I didn't want to add to it. It was also kind of embarrassing, I feel like such a failure. I mean making babies is what we’re programmed to do and I can't even do that,” she said, fighting back her tears.
“You're not a failure, it’s something out of your control,” I reassured.
“I know that, but we’ve always wanted a big a family and we never once considered that we couldn't. We started trying as soon as the business began to flourish. When things weren’t happening we went to see a specialist. That’s when we found out that my body kept attacking the fetus.” She wasn't fighting back her tears anymore.
“Rose, I’m sorry,” I said giving her a hug.
“It's okay, we have looked into other options,” she said, wiping the tears from her cheeks.
“That's good,” I offered.
“Yeah, after dealing with the fact that I can't carry out a pregnancy we considered other options from surrogates to adoption. After discussing it for a long time we're going to give adoption a try. The agency is hopeful, they think we have a good shot at getting picked,” she said, her face lighting up instantly.
“I’m glad to hear that, that’s really amazing,” I said.
“Yeah,” she said. “Thanks for listening.”
“Of course, any time,” I reassured.
In the months that followed Rose and Emmett were in interviewed by several mothers but were never selected. It wasn’t until Christmas that their dreams were fulfilled; a teenage couple had picked them to be the parents of their unborn child.
The New Year was upon us, bringing us many new changes. Rosalie and Emmett began to prepare for the baby's arrival in April and making sure they were ready. I tried to offer them the same love and support they had with me.
Jacob and Leah’s relationship had developed into something more romantic and became attached at the hip. Leah was the happiest she had ever been and it was apparent to everyone. The jump in her step and the light in her eyes, every time she was with Jacob, was heartwarming.
I was a little shocked to find out that Jacob had always had a crush on Leah, but never acted on his feelings, distancing himself, in fear of betraying Sam. With him out of the picture, Jacob hadn't wasted any time in being there for Leah. With that love and support they developed a budding romance.
Of course, change was only limited to other people, I was still stuck. I was in limbo, and content. There were times when my mind would wander, but I held it together for Carly. A part of me knew I was being selfish, but another part told me I was being smart and being cautious. Seeing all my family move and be with the people they belonged to, made me think back to Emmett's words. I remember thinking as a kid, before Renee interfered, that when I fell in love it would be easy. That would be it for me and nothing else would matter. A part of me still had kept that idea, even after I had become a heartless leech. But with everything that had occurred that lead me to this point I wasn’t sure if love even existed for me anymore.
Time moved on and everyone was passing me by. I had made efforts to move on and continued to go to school and care for Carly, who seemed to be growing up so fast.
April came and Rosalie and Emmett finally got their baby boy, naming him Wyatt, after Emmett's grandfather. Motherhood suited Rosalie much better than it had for me; it was almost as if she was meant to be a mom. Emmett had also stepped up to the plate to take care of Wyatt.
The spring came and summer began. It didn't get past me that Edward's birthday was in June, and I wanted more than anything to spend it with him, but the pain was still there. I had managed to bury that feeling for the sake of my sanity, but every time I considered going to him, I always held back.
The summer passed, it was filled with days at the beach and the park, Rosalie with Wyatt and I with Carly. It was a carefree summer and slowly I managed to let go of my pain and rebuilt my life. Watching my daughter and my family move on had finally been the kick start I had needed to move on.
I decided on leaving all the memories of my past behind and focus on my future. I wasn't going to confront Edward or even hold on to him; too much had happened for us to ever be together. When Edward was brought up I made sure to voice my opinion. I could see the disappointment in the eyes of Rosalie, Emmett, Jacob, Leah, and especially Charlie. They must have thought of me as a coward but all I wanted was to be happy, and I wasn't so sure if Edward could provide that. Nevertheless, they stuck by me, Emmett and Rose continued to follow through on their promise, and I had no need to be so afraid.
I was running an errand for an end of summer barbeque Rosalie and I were planning and was placing an order at the local bakery, when fate decided to play another cruel joke on me.
I finished filling out my order and headed for the car. I was about to get in when I heard my name being called. The voice sounded familiar, but I couldn’t place it right away.
I turned around and froze. I cursed the gods for all these damn run-ins with people from my life. Wasn’t enough that Edward and I couldn’t be together?
I was speechless; the person that belonged to the voice was the last person I ever thought I would see. I had been so careful in where I went and what I wore, and the one time when I thought I didn’t need a disguise I was caught red handed. Alive and well, I might add.
“Bella, what’s going on?” Jasper questioned.
Seeing Jasper in front of me brought me back to when we would talk for hours at Edward’s apartment, while everyone else watched a movie or played video games. I knew he and Edward were close and were probably even closer now that Emmett and Edward were fighting.
I honestly had no idea what to say, in fear of his reaction. Jasper was fiercely loyal, especially to Alice and Edward.
This was it Edward was going to find out when I had finally decided to truly move on. I think subconsciously, I had decided to move on because I could never deal with his reactions. It was my biggest nightmare, Edward reacting terribly and never forgiving me. I'd rather love him from afar than have to deal what I had done.
I looked at Jasper and saw a calm confusion on his face and wondered how best to approach this. I stared into his deep blue eyes and saw the trust I once held for him, reassured my next move. I was going to tell him the truth consequences be damned.
After the shock wore off I finally responded to the person in front of me, “Look, I’ll explain everything to you, can you just give me a minute. I didn’t expect to see you, today, or ever really.”
“Didn’t expect to see me? I was just going about my day, running errands and I end up finding you, someone who is suppose to be dead, I might add. What are you doing here?”
“It’s a long story. I can’t give you all the details. Look, can you just follow me back inside and we can talk about this.”
“Talk about what? How you faked your own death? What kind of sick person does that? Do you have any idea what kind of damage you’ve caused?”
“I do, but I have a good reason, please let me explain,”
“Fine let’s go inside. I didn’t get a chance to get what I came here for.”
“Come on,” I said sternly.
As Jasper followed me inside I texted Rosalie and Emmett, Ran into Jazz about to spill the beans.
We sat in the corner of the café, watching the people pass by, when I felt my phone vibrate.
Where are you? We're on our way.
Porto’s on Brand.
Be there in five, stall!
When I was done texting I noticed Jasper studying my expression,before he finally spoke, “Bella, I’m waiting, could you explain to me what you’re doing here? How is this possible?”
“Jasper, it’s a long story and I will tell you everything… as soon as Rosalie and Emmett show up.”
“Rosalie knows?” he said through gritted teeth.
I nodded my head and then, the usually calm and collected Jasper, got up and walked out on me. I followed him to the parking lot. He was pacing and looking around the parking lot.
When Emmett and Rosalie came into sight, Jasper began walking toward the passenger side, where Rosalie was.
“You manipulative, self righteous, bitch. Who the hell do you think you are?”
Emmett quickly interfered and said, “Jasper, I know you’re upset but please do not insult Rosalie. She was only-”
Jasper cut him off and said, “Oh, now you decide to grow a pair. What about when she insulted all of us that day in the café? Do you have any idea how much you two hurt Alice and Edward?”
“It wasn’t intentional, but after we found out about Bella, we just couldn’t continue living that farce,” Emmett responded. Rosalie was still in shock, over seeing Jasper so angry, and so was I.
“You’re the reason Alice spent days in bed crying, because Rosalie and Emmett didn’t want to be her friend anymore. You’re the reason Edward hasn’t been able to function this whole time?” he said pointing at me.
I couldn’t meet his gaze and was staring at his shoes.
“Bella, look at me, not at the floor. Why did you do all this? Do you get some sick pleasure knowing you destroyed us all?”
“Jasper, it’s not like that. Bella had to do, what she had to do, for Edward’s sake. She had no idea things went the way they did. Bella is trying really hard to be a better person for her and her daughter,” Rosalie said, attempting to defend me.
I saw Jasper’s shocked face and knew I was really going to get an earful. As much as I appreciated Rosalie for defending me, she really didn’t need to mention Carly just yet.
“What daughter? Edward’s daughter?” Jasper said looking straight into my eyes.
“Umm look, Jasper, I think I need to tell you a few things before we even begin to talk about my daughter.”
“Oh right, like how you faked your own death? Tell me why I shouldn’t call Alice and Edward down here this instant?” he asked taking out his phone.
“Because, I’m not who you think I am. I didn’t leave to make anyone’s life miserable. I did it to make it better. I never imagined that Edward would marry Vanessa and screw up the opportunity I gave him.”
“Okay?” he said, looking to Rosalie for some answers.
Half an hour later, I had told him the cliff notes version of my story, with the help of Rosalie and Emmett. I wasn’t expecting him to keep my secret so when he responded the way he did I wasn’t surprised.
“Bella, I don’t know if I can support your decisions like Rose and Emmett have, and I don’t know if I should keep this from Edward and Alice.”
“I understand, Jasper. I’m not going to make you go against your wife. No matter how much the idea of all this falling apart scares me. I wouldn’t ask you to betray your vows or your friendship,”
“You're breaking my heart here, Bella. I wish I could but I just can't, it's not right,” he said firmly.
“Bella,” Emmett said, “Can you leave the three of us alone please?”
I looked to Rosalie and Jazz but their expressions were just as perplexed as my own. I shrugged and ordered a coffee. I honestly didn’t know how long they talked, but it felt like a slow and painful death sentence. I was looking through my phone and at a few pictures of me and Carly when Jasper scared the shit out of me, as he towered over me.
“She looks like you, you know?” he said leaning in to look at the pictures more closely.
“Yeah, she’s so much like him. Very stubborn and too smart for her own good.”
“That does sound like him,” Jasper said. He looked at a few more pictures before finally saying, “After talking to Rose and Emmett, I think it’s best to keep things under wraps. But if it becomes too much I will be forced to tell Alice.”
“Really?” I asked, with a shocked look on my face. That must have been some talk they had. What could they have possibly said to change is mind?
He nodded and I jumped from my seat to hug him. “You have no idea how much I love you right now. You’ve just prevented me from having a mental breakdown,” I said.
“Bella, please don’t make me regret this decision,” he whispered.
I nodded and wiped the tears that were building. “Promise,” I said.
- Meeting Bella
- Meeting the Parents
- This isn't Normal
- This is Definitely NOT Normal
- Second Chances
- Bella Bad-Ass
- The Aftermath
- And then She Was Gone
- Planning and Plotting
- The Big Day
- Everything is not always about Bella (VPOV)
- Just Shoot Me EPOV
- A Change of Plans
- Life Goes On
- No More Curve-Balls
- Didn't I say No More CurveBalls?
- Secret & Lies
- A Neon Sign Wouldn't be Too Obvious
- Survival of the Fittest VPOV
- Alice, Enough Said
- What Do You Want From Me? APOV
- Loving Ghosts
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