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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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26. Alice, Enough Said

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Chapter 26: Alice, Enough Said

BPOV

After my talk with Carly, I went back downstairs where only Rosalie and Emmett remained.

“We're going to get going, it's been a long day and you should get some rest. We have brunch with Jasper tomorrow. We haven't updated him on everything, but he knows enough,” Rosalie said.

“I'm going to miss you, Bells,” Emmett said as he walked behind Rosalie.

“Me too,” I responded softly.

After having a quiet moment to myself, I looked around and remembered why I had never decorated in the first place, in the back of my mind I knew the day would come when I would have to leave. I began to pack everything of importance to us and made some calls to moving services and travel agencies. Everything we didn't need would be donated; we would only take our clothes and personal belongings. The agencies I talked to each pitched exotic locations but none held the appeal of California. It was obvious to me that my heart now belonged to L.A., unfortunately for me I would have to take it back.

When Carly was calm enough to come downstairs I attempted to get her help me pack but was unsuccessful. The first thing that came out of her mouth was, “Mommy, where are we going?”

“I don't know, but we can't stay here anymore,” I answered, averting my gaze.

“Why? Is it because of that mean lady? Mommy please, I promise you I won't go with her again,” Carly pleaded.

“No, honey, it's not your fault. We just need to get out of here, for your safety,” I said.

“I don't wanna!” she screamed storming up the stairs.

It broke my heart to see her so unhappy, but I continued packing and made my way upstairs. Carly refused to open her door and I didn't persist. I packed everything but Carly's room well into the night. Carly only came out to eat or drink some juice, but she never said a word. The night came and all I could do was toss and turn in bed. Morning came all too quickly and I checked on Carly to make sure she was still asleep, safely in her bed. I finished packing the last of our belongings and got ready. I dawned my red wig and took Carly to visit Charlie one last time. He didn't try to stop me from leaving, something I greatly appreciated. I drove to the Beverly Hills Hotel to find Rosalie, Emmett, and Jasper already there.

“Hey,” I greeted them softly.

“Don't do this,” Jasper began.

“Jazz, I have to,” I responded.

“Bella, you don't understand. Keeping this secret has put a strain on my marriage. I told you from the beginning that I would keep this for as long as I could, and I have, but things have change. Alice is still not okay and she has a right to know,” Jasper explained.

I looked at Rosalie and Emmett but they offered me no reassurance. “I'm sorry, Jasper, but you won't have to keep lying to her once I'm gone,” I offered.

“That's right, because I'm going to tell her everything. Rosalie and Emmett told me about what happened yesterday and I understand why you're leaving, I can't blame you. You have to do what you think is best for Carly, and I have to do what's best for Alice and my marriage,” he said.

“Jazz, you can't! There is no point in telling her. I'm going to be gone by tonight anyway,” I countered.

“I'm sorry, Bella, but I'm not changing my mind. This has been eating at me for so long and it's unnerving how easy it has become for me to lie to her. I need to fix my marriage,” he said.

I looked into his soft blue eyes and couldn't find the strength to protest. After everything he had done for me it wasn't fair for me to ruin his life. “I understand, and I'm sorry at the way things played out. Could you at least explain to her why I did what I did?”

“Of course,” he said.

We sat in silence until the waitress came to take our orders. After she left, no one said anything. The food came and we ate in silence until Emmett said something.

“Where are you going?” he asked.

“I don't know, and even if I did I wouldn't tell you. I couldn't risk your lives that way,” I said softly.

“Right,” Rosalie muttered.

Silence fell upon us again and that dreaded word popped into my mind, Fatherhood. I knew this was my only chance to ask Jasper, despite Rosalie's assurance, I needed to be sure.

“Umm, before we start saying our goodbyes I need to ask you something, Jasper,” I whispered into his ear. Rosalie and Emmett eyed me suspiciously but didn't say anything.

“Go for it,” he whispered back.

“Did Edward and Vanessa ever have children?” I asked nervously. His reaction was enough to worry me. He became pale and rigid and didn't respond. He looked to Emmett who looked back at him in confusion. Emmett knew too? I thought to myself. Rosalie looked at me in confusion, and I had no clue what to do.

“Jazz,” I pleaded, but before I could continue Rosalie interrupted us.

“Bella, Edward and Alice are here,” she said, strained.

I turned around and was overwhelmed by the emotions that stirred within me when I saw Edward and Alice. I could see her determined and worried, and he lost and annoyed. Time moved in slow motion as they scanned the room and spotted us.

I got up quickly and hugged them all, not sure if I would ever see them again. I raced out of there and managed to avert my direction from Edward. I didn't make it far, I couldn't leave not knowing what was going to happen. I lingered in the corner and watched as Alice made a scene and accused Jasper of cheating on her while Edward stood there ready to defend his sister's honor. I could see the hurt in Jasper's eyes and the shame in Emmett's and Rosalie's all because of me. I hated that they had risked so much, hoping that one day things would work out. Emmett and Rosalie left in the middle of the fight. I knew they were headed my way but I couldn't look away. Jasper managed to give me a weak smile and continued defending himself.

In that moment everything changed; it had always been so easy to run when I didn't have to worry about the consequences, but seeing how everything played out in front of me, I knew I couldn't continue with my plans. I looked at Edward and felt that same pull and attraction I had since the moment I met him. I wanted nothing more than to run to him and hold him in my arms.

"That was close," Rosalie said, interrupting me reverie.

"Yeah," I said, still dazed.

"Are you okay?" Emmett asked.

"I will be. Do you think she will believe him?" I asked.

"I don't know, maybe," Rosalie offered.

"Not good enough, I can't leave you guys with my mess," I said.

"So you're going to stay?" Emmett asked.

"No, yes, I'm not sure but I am going to talk to Alice myself," I said.

"Are you sure you want to do that?" Rosalie asked.

"I have to, Rose, I can't leave things the way they are. You guys have done so much for me, I can't just walk away," I reassured.

"Bella, you won't be able to walk away after this, at least not the way you intended," Emmett pointed out.

"Yeah, I know, but it's worth it," I assured. In that moment I knew I could never leave, Alice would cement my place here and I had known it from the beginning.

When things seemed to finally calm down for Jasper, I headed to Jasper and Alice's home, Emmett and Rosalie trailing behind. We waited for them to arrive and Jasper turned snow white when he saw us. We waited for them to go inside, and we followed them shortly after.

"Bella, there is no turning back from this. Alice is unpredictable and she will not let you go just like that. You know what this means, right?" Emmett asked.

"I have to do it," I said. I didn't know where I got the courage, if that's what it was, but it was there and I was willing.

"Okay," he said, rubbing his hands together and ringing the doorbell.

Jasper answered and mumbled, "What are you doing here?"

"I'm here to man up," I said.

His eyebrow arched and he smiled, letting us in. I trailed behind Rosalie and Emmett and heard Alice's reaction when she saw them again.

"What are you doing here?" she asked, annoyed. "What is she doing here?"

"Hi, Alice," I said softly.

Her mouth fell open and she looked me over, and blinked several times as I took that ridiculous wig off.

"What the hell is going on?" she finally screamed.

"It's me, Al, Bella," I mumbled.

"I can see that, but how?" she asked, looking at all of us with tear-filled eyes.

"It's a really long story," Rosalie said.

"You all knew she was alive and didn't tell me," she accused, her voice breaking. "Why would you all lie to me like that? Jasper?"

"I'm sorry, Al, but they did it for me. I asked them not to say anything," I answered for him.

"Why? What's going on?" she asked, defeated and solemn.

"Like Rosalie said, it's a long story," I responded softly.

“Maybe the story wouldn't be so long had you come to me first, Bella. I was your closest friend and you told everyone but me.”

“I know, and I'm sorry. You have to understand, I needed to hide myself well and the less anyone knew the better, especially you,” I pleaded.

“Me?” she asked, horror-stricken.

“Yeah you, you know you have a big mouth and would go straight to Ed-” Emmett said as Rosalie punched his stomach.

“Why are you hiding from Edward? Do you have any idea what he has been through? Why would you make him suffer through all of that?” she accused.

“Alice,” Jasper warned.

“No, Jazz, she needs to hear all the hurdles Edward has gone through to be able to function properly. All the stupid mistakes he's made because she wasn't around. You know cheating on Vanessa wasn't the only wrong turn he took!”

“Alice, I know he married her and about his cheating,” I admitted.

“Yet you chose to stay hidden, why? He's never loved her, Bella, nor those women. They were all just mistakes that could have been prevented had you gotten the balls to come out of hiding. Not to mention the tragedy we suffered through,” she hesitated and continued. “Tell me, Bella, what was so damn important that you had to fake your own death, go into hiding, and drag all of my love ones into this mess?!”

“Rose, maybe you should hold her for this, she's not going to like it,” Jasper said.

“Don't you dare, Jasper. No one touch me, especially you,” Alice warned.

“It's fine,” I said. “Alice, the reason I've been in hiding … was because I lied to you when you met me. Rosalie's instincts about me were right, I was a con-artist so are Renee and Vanessa. I left to protect Edward from them, and faked my death to protect myself, but none of that worked out.”

Alice arched her eyebrow and looked at me with eyes filled with hatred and disgust.

“Bella, you're not telling her the whole story, come on! You only get one chance at this,” Rosalie said.

I nodded in acknowledgment and told her everything from start to finish. When I was done, she stood there stunned and angry. When she finally reacted she screamed “no” or “why?” over and over again. She seemed to be in her own world trying to make sense of what I had told her. When she finally snapped out of it, she looked at me and walked closer to slap me all the while screaming, “How could you? You ruthless bitch! I hate you! Why?”

Everyone was surprised except for me; I had always known she would react this way. Alice was about to slap me again and I braced myself for another blow but Rosalie stopped her before her small hands could touch my face.

"Enough!" Rosalie screamed.

"Let go of me, she deserves this and more," Alice shrieked, struggling out of Rosalie's grasp.

"Just let her go," I pleaded, hoping to get this out of the way as soon as possible.

"No, she has no right to attack you no matter how hurt she is," Rosalie said.

"Remember how much you wanted to hit me?" I reminded her.

"Yeah, I do, but this isn't right," Rosalie assured, still holding Alice down.

"Just let her vent," I said weakly. Rosalie let her go and she came at me and slapped me once again before embracing me in a hug and breaking down.

"I'm so sorry, Al," I whispered into her ear.

"I," she hesitated, "I think you should go, give me some space."

"Of course," I said, letting go.

"Wait, Alice, Bella came here because she wanted to set things right," Rosalie interjected.

"I just need some time," she assured.

"Fine," Rosalie said.

We exited their home and stood outside in silence.

“That was intense,” Emmett finally broke the silence.

“You're telling me,” I responded. “What do you think will happen now?”

“I don't know, Alice was really upset,” Rosalie responded.

“Yeah,” I said, bracing myself for the worst possible outcome.

“Bella, we have to get going. The babysitter only signed up for a couple of hours,” Rosalie said.

“We'll meet you at Charlie's,” Emmett offered.

“Yeah,” I responded.

“Bella, things can only get better from this point on, now that you've taken steps into the right direction,” Emmett assured giving me a quick hug.

Instead of going straight to Charlie's place, I drove around trying to process my actions. This morning I was so ready to run away from all of this and now... now I wasn't sure what I was doing. I was still scared, and I still wanted to leave but I didn't. I had faced one of the few people I thought I could never face.

I finally got to Charlie's house to find Jacob and Leah there as well. Rosalie and Emmett had already arrived.

“How do you guys get the invites so quickly?” I said as soon as I walked in

“Very funny,” Charlie commented.

“I guess the question we're all wondering is what happens now? Are you still leaving?” Jacob asked.

“I don't think I could leave. If these past few years have taught me anything it's that I'm meant to be here. The way things are now make it especially more difficult for me to leave.” I shrugged.

“What changed?” Leah asked.

“I don't know... me? I guess I just couldn't leave things they way they were,” I offered.

“So you're not leaving?” Charlie asked.

“Doesn't look like it,” I said.

“Good, I couldn't bear never seeing Carly or you again,” he said.

“Where is she?” I wondered.

“Upstairs, she's really upset,” he said.

I didn't hesitate to go upstairs and give her the news that we were staying. Instantly, she stopped crying and hugged me. The happiness and joy on her face was enough for me to know that it was all worth it and that the pain ahead would be bearable.

The next day, I woke up to a call from an unknown number and soon discovered it was Alice.

“I got your number from Jasper. I need to talk to you, meet me at the Robek's. I'm going to need something for this conversation,” she said.

“I'll be there soon,” I said and got dressed. Rosalie stopped by for breakfast as usual and offered to come along but instead I had her babysit.

I met Alice incognito, unsure of what to expect. We sat in the far corner of the place, in silence, for a long time until I finally spoke. “What are you thinking?”

“I'm thinking that I really should hate you, but after Jasper pleaded your case for you, I can't.”

“What did he say?” I wondered.

“Well the short version, he told me that he believed all you needed was time to realize what you needed. He said after yesterday he was sure he knew he did the right thing because you didn't run,” she responded.

“Wow, he said that? Even after everything?” I mused.

“Yeah, he did. You can talk to him about it some other time. Right now, we need to talk about what we're going to do,” she redirected the conversation. I nodded my head and she continued, “Bella, I need to know, are you willing to fight for Edward, because the road ahead doesn't look like an easy one?”

“I'm not sure,” I said.

“Not good enough, you need to decide what you want, or else I can't help you. I am going to ask you again, are you willing to start fresh and fight for Edward's love?” she asked again.

I thought it over and as if a sign from fate I heard Edward's voice. He was there, so close and yet so far away. The feeling of loss and longing I felt every time I thought about him, or was near him was unbearable, but enough for me to know.

Alice managed to push him away and asked, “Well?”

“Yes,” I finally said.

“Good, I really didn't want to slap you again,” she said. “I know that he doesn't belong with Vanessa, he never has, and if you are the woman Jasper says you are then I think you have a right to fight for him. But, Bella, you have to know what it has taken for Edward to get to this point. Jasper hasn't really felt it was his place to talk about this, but I think you should know what you're in for.”

“What do you mean?” I asked, dreading her response.

“As you know, Edward married your sister and hasn't been the most loving and faithful husband. On top of that he became reclusive and bitter. He was really hurt for a long time. I know it's hard to associate pain with his actions but it's the truth. He pretty much fell apart after you left. The only thing that saved him was Vanessa's pregnancy.”

“So it's true, they did have a child together,” I almost screamed.

“No, she lost the baby,” she answered softly.

“The tragedy you were talking about, you were referring to the loss,” I answered my own question.

“Yeah, he changed after that, he really has committed himself to being a better person. It was like a wake up call for him. He's been faithful to Vanessa and has tried to function as best he could for her sake, although it's clear to me that it was all just an act for her. I think in the midst of it all he has never been able to let go. All he's managed to do is live.”

“I'm shocked; I don't know what to say. He was going to be a father for a second time with her,” I thought aloud.

“I know, it isn't exactly the best news, but throughout it all he still hasn't gotten over you, of that I am sure,” Alice said.

“Why are you being so nice to me?” I wondered.

“As much as I hate you right now, the way you're reacting to all of this tells me that Jasper was right. I'm still extremely pissed but I'm slowly moving past it and focusing on what's important.”

“Thank you, I know you're doing this more for Jasper's sake and then my own.”

“Your welcome, but, Bella, I'm not going to keep this a secret for too long, but I have a feeling the right now isn't the moment to do it," Alice said.

"Thank you," I responded softly.

"I'm not doing this just for Jasper's sake, I'm doing it for Edward... Bella, there is one condition to me keeping this quiet," she hesitated and continued. "Well actually two, the first is... I decide when it's time for you to go to him; he still needs some time to get his life in order."

"Okay," I cautiously accepted. "What's the second condition?"

"You have to let me take Carly shopping. I have almost 6 years to make up," she said, grinning widely.

I laughed and agreed.

We finished our drinks and went our separate ways, agreeing that Alice would come over after work.

Things seemed to be working out for the better. Alice and I were slowly rebuilding our friendship, reintegrating herself into my life quickly. It was still a struggle for me not to break down from the madness that was my life, but I kept going. I knew-hoped that the end result would be worth it.

A few weeks passed and things seemed to be progressing well, but I knew that one day Alice would call me and I would have to go to Edward. The call didn't come until after almost a month of waiting.