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Summary:
Co-Written with ObssesiveCullenDisorder
Photobucket >>Banner By Me<< Bella, Alice, Rose, Adrie, Emmet, Edward, Jasper and Jake have all grown up to be the best of friends... However... Alice has Jasper... Jake has Adrie... Rose has Emmett...Bella and Edward have... Well, they have a strong friendship. But would this all change if one of them feels differently towards the other? [Sequel to ~Baby Twilight~ *You don't have to read it first =D*] [[Chapter 13 is being validated ...Bella's POV... ]]


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This is the sequel to Baby Twilight!!! Do you have to read BT before this story? No...not really, but it would probably answer some questions you might have in the future... ...Co-Written with ObssesiveCullenDisorder !!! Thanks so much for wanting to co-write this story with me *hugs* Disclaimer: Any recognizable character/setting/etc belongs to SM. The rest belongs to us : ]


11. Dresses, Shoes, and Coffee, Oh My!

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Chapter Ten: Dresses, Shoes, and Coffee, Oh My!

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It was one week until the dreaded day. How had Homecoming snuck up on me like this? Alice, being Alice, was going. Of course, she was dragging everyone to Seattle for a little designer shopping. She had even invited Jessica and Angela, and was paying for their dresses.

When I had questioned her as to why she was going to buy the two girls dresses, she replied, “Oh silly Bella that should be obvious. I’d rather have a stake driven through my heart than sit in a store full of poorly made ball-gowns.” She shuddered in horror. Sometimes, I just didn’t understand my best friend….

Alice, Rosalie, Adrie, Jessica, and Angela pulled up in a shiny new SUV early on Saturday morning. I’d bet my life on the fact that this vehicle had been purchased for this event. The speakers were booming, and Alice waved to me impatiently. In the front, I was wedged between Alice and Rosalie, who was driving.

“This is going to be so much fun, isn’t it?” Alice was nearly bouncing in her seat.

“Yeah, it is. I’m like so excited.” Jessica laughed.

Angela merely nodded her assent. I had always liked Angela. She was quiet, and good at keeping secrets. A good quality.

“Bella,” Adrie began from the back seat.

“Yeah Adrie,”

“The boys, well Emmett, decided to come with us. We’ll be meeting up with them for lunch. Just thought you ought to know?”

“Are they going dress shopping, too? Oh, we should have invited Lauren. She’s going to die when she finds out!”

I frowned. No one noticed. Lauren would have been invited over my dead body! I was having a good day until Jessica had brought her up.

“No. The boys are going to some the Experience Music Project downtown. Edward’s really into that kind of stuff. He hasn’t visited it yet.” Rosalie cut her off.

“I’ll bet that was the only way Emmett could get him to go.” Adrie snickered.

“Something like that.” Rosalie replied. Did I imagine it, or did her eyes flicker in my direction?

“That’s all well and nice; back to dresses. I love Oscar de la Renta this season, don’t you guys?” Alice took over the conversation. Fashion filled the car for the next two hours. I sat back, dreaming about Edward and me; the dream that would never come true.

The next thing I knew, Angela was declaring, “We’re here.”

I looked up. We had parked the car in an underground lot. How had I missed that? Getting out of the car, Alice nearly pulled me to the elevator. Apparently there was a mall awaiting us upstairs. Joy. Sometimes I wondered why I loved Alice.

“Let’s go to Versace first.” Alice said, still pulling me.

“Versace? Really Alice? I thought you had written him off your approved designer list.” Rosalie said, looking at her perfectly manicured nails.

“Yeah, I know but I had this dream, and Versace…well, let’s just say it’s back on my list.”

“What’s Versace?” I asked, totally confused.

“You’ll find out soon enough, Bella dear.” Alice declared patronizingly as we entered the designer boutique.

“Hello misses,” A woman smartly dressed in black welcomed. “My name is Anne. How may I help you?”

“Good morning, Anne. I’m Alice. We’re looking for dresses.”

“Well, look around. Tell me if I can help with anything. I’ll get a dressing room started for you young ladies.”

“Thank you.”

As we looked around, I noted Jessica and Angela’s facial expressions. Jess seemed almost hesitant to even touch the delicate fabrics, but Angela took everything in stride.

Alice found a few things and went to the dressing room. After about an hour of trying articles on, she, Angela, and Adrie found dresses.

Alice’s was a short, one ruffled shoulder number in a deep wine color. She seemed happy with it. I didn’t see the difference between the other hundred dresses she had tried on.

Jessica, with a lot of help from Alice, had picked out an electric blue, floor length dress. Apparently, it was “made for her.” It looked like a very expensive toga to me, but what did I know?

I liked Adrie’s dress the best. I thought Jake would appreciate it, too. Barely brushing the floor, the black satin flowed down her slender frame like a waterfall. The gold beading at the top of the strapless dress gave it what Alice would call “dimension.” It was alright…for a dress that she was going to only wear once.

Alice had Anne wrap the dresses up very carefully in tissue paper and boxes. I thought I saw a pair of elbow-length silk gloves.

I raised my eyebrows, preparing to ask Alice about the purchase. Why would she need gloves?

“None of your business, Bella. Don’t even ask.” Of course she knew what I was going to ask. Stupid psychic.

“Fine. I figure it eventually.”

“I’m sure you will.” The sneaky pixie had a nasty grin on her face. “Now, on to more shopping. Rose, do you want to go to Isadora’s next?”

“Yes. I hear they just got their new line in.” Rosalie’s gold eyes shown with excitement.

Walking to the few blocks to Isadora’s, I gloried in the old downtown architecture. I loved the tree-lined streets with coffee shops on every corner. Going into the antique bridal and jewelry store was like stepping back in time.

Rosalie went straight to the dresses. Since freshman year, she had bought all of her school dance dresses at this store.

A crimson red number caught her fancy. Taking it off the hanger, she held the silk up to herself, looking in the mirror.

“Alice?” She asked.

“That’s the one.”

“Perfect. Let’s go get this one wrapped up, and then we can walk down the street to look for Bella and Angela.”

“Okay.”

While the cashier woman rang up the purchase, Rosalie looked at a few engagement rings that were close to her.

“So, does Emmett know that you’ve picked out the ring he’s going to buy you yet?” Adrie asked, a sly smile slowly lifting her face.

“I might ask you the same thing.” Rose retorted.

Adrie blushed. “That wasn’t an answer.

“Yes, Emmett knows exactly what I want. He has since we started dating.”

“So, like are you going to get married?” Jessica asked, her mouth falling open in socked revulsion.

“Yeah. Someday. Does that seem odd to you?” Rosalie asked, arching one perfect eyebrow.

“Well, you’re just so young…” Jessica trailed off. Apparently direct eye contact with vampires made humans nervous. I myself had never had the feeling, but it was apparently quite uncomfortable.

“Age isn’t always the most important thing, Jess.” Adrie broke in; fingering her Quileute promise bracelet Jacob had given her years ago.

This subject was just as sore for her. Her parents weren’t Quileute, and didn’t understand imprinting. We all knew they didn’t exactly approve of how serious their daughter had been with Jake. If only I could have a problem like that with Edward. Maybe….No! I couldn’t let my mind wander that way. It would only break my heart.

“Hey Jessica, tell me again how Mike asked you to Homecoming. I don’t think I ever got all the details.” I said, deciding to save Rose and Adrie from her prying questions.

“Oh, well-“

“Done!” Alice declared. Let’s move on. We don’t have a lot of time left.

Walking down the street to another little hole-in-the-wall designer shop, we found Angela’s dress. It was a lilac beaded dress that draped her tall frame nicely.

“Now we only have Bella to look for. This has been such a successful day! Let’s go.” Alice was in full army-commander mode now.

After trying on for half-an-hour, Adrie brought me a charcoal satin dress. It was strapless, and the bottom of it was higher than the back, so as to show off the death trap heels Alice was surely going to force my poor feet into.

Rosalie helped me into the dress, and shoved me out of the dressing room. I nearly tripped; luckily Alice had seen it, and she was there to catch me. Jessica laughed, while Angela smiled slightly.

“I straightened myself, and asked, “Well, what do you think?”

Utter silence met my query.

“That bad?” A blush began to climb my cheek as I looked down.

“No. That good.” Angela whispered, almost in awe.

“Really?” I asked, disbelieving.

“Yes.” Alice sounded like would be crying, if she could. What was the fuss? It was a dress.

“We’re getting it. Now. Good job, Adrie.” Walking up to the cashier, Alice pulled out her platinum credit card. Swiping, and signing, we were out of the store.

While walking to the next destination, I said, “You knew what dress you were going to buy me, didn’t you, Alice?”

She smiled, “I had a pretty good idea.”

“Then why did you make me try on all those dresses at the other stores? We won’t even mention the fifty I tried on at the last store.”

Her smile grew wider. “That, dear Bella, was purely for my enjoyment. Didn’t you have fun, too?”

“Sure.” I replied sarcastically.

After another hour-and-a-half of looking for shoes and jewelry, Homecoming shopping was taken care of. It had been a long process, but the girls seemed happy.

“How about some coffee?” Adrie asked.

We all chorused our approval. Personally, I had such low caffeine tolerance, I couldn’t stand the stuff, but I did enjoy the smell of it. Maybe a nice hot cocoa would be nice.

Going into Starbucks, Rosalie took our orders, and went up to the counter, while we sat down in the comfy leather chairs around the fireplace.

As Jessica was sitting down, she jumped up. “Katie! Lee! Tyler! What are you guys doing here?”

“Oh, just hanging out. We needed to get out of Forks.” Tyler answered.

“We were dress shopping.” Jessica volunteered.

“Of how…fun.” Lee declared, sounding like he’d rather eat his own tongue than go dress shopping.

“Do you want to hang out with us? We were going to go to the Space Needle for a while.” Jessica and Angela looked like they wanted to.

“Well, we were going to meet the boys…” She said, unsure.

“Oh, go on. It will be fun.” Alice encouraged. “We’ll drop the stuff off at your houses tonight. Does that work?”

“Um…yeah. Come on, Ang. Let’s go.” Grabbing their coffee from Rosalie, who had just returned, they left with the group.

“Well that went better than even I expected.” Alice sighed in happiness.

“What do you mean?” I asked, skeptical.

“Well, Jessica would have drooled over Edward through lunch. How convenient for Katie to appear.” She smiled again. There was something else in her eyes, but knowing she wasn’t going to tell me, I let it slide.

Just then, the bell dinged, and Jacob, Emmett, Jasper, and Edward walked into the coffee shop.