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Your Ex-Lover is Dead

Summary:
All human. When Jacob takes Bella to meet and old friend, 2 months before their wedding, she gets a big surprise when that friend is Edward, Bella's ex. With Edward back in her life will Bella be able to follow through with her wedding?


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8. One more Night, that was a Good One

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Alternative Chapter 7: One More Night, that was a good one

Time moved on for Bella and Jacob. Alice and Rose were relieved to know that Jacob forgave Bella and still wanted to marry her. Their plans continued, the bachelor/bachelorette parties went as planned, and the rehearsal party was a success. Both families got along. Charlie was happy with her choice in husband and Renee was happy she had gotten serious with Jacob. Billy found Bella charming and sweet, the perfect wife for Jacob.

Things were not going so well for Edward. After reading the letters numerous times, Edward didn’t know what to do. The letters expressed such raw pain so heart wrenching, and a love so pure and endearing. He knew he had hurt Bella, he had felt a great pain when he had to leave and he had imagined a great loss on Bella’s behalf but he never realized it was so great.

Edward read the letters all over again, especially the last one, realizing that there was still hope for them. No other loved compared, she had said it herself. It was then that Edward concocted a plan he hoped Bella would come back to him.

Edward had kept tabs on Bella through Emmet and Rosalie. He needed to, so that his plan could work. Is only real shot would be the day of her actual wedding, it was cutting it real close but it was a risk he was willing to take.

It was the morning of the wedding. Bella had awoken early in the morning; her nerves had made it impossible for her to sleep. The foreign bed and room hadn’t helped either. Jacob and Bella decided on a small wedding at the Century Wilshire, it was elegant, classy, and simple.

Bella went downstairs to get some breakfast in the café. She sat there thinking about how important today was. She knew that Jacob had forgiven her too easily, she wasn’t sure why but it unsettled her at how easy it was. Jacob was forgiving, but she had expected some time before he forgave her. They never really had spoken or mentioned Edward in each other’s presence. The deal had obviously been broken but Jacob never got into the specifics.

She was enjoying her coffee when she noticed a bronze hair god in the corner of her eye, but when she turned around he wasn’t there. She brushed off the ghost from her past and went to her room.

It was until around eleven thirty, when Bella heard a soft knock on her door. Alice had come early to make sure Bella had everything in order. Alice was excited for Bella and the dress she had worked so hard on. Alice had wanted the dress to be a surprise, Bella had only agreed as long as she didn’t go overboard.

The girls began to get ready, Alice was the maid of honor and Bella had asked Rosalie to be her other bridesmaid last minute. All the girls gathered at Bella’s room, including Renee and Jacob’s sisters.

Anyone who knew Alice would not have expected the dress she created for Bella. The usual integrate details, beading and shapes, she was known for were not so dominant on Bella’s dress. She handed Bella a simple draped dress. However, as soon as Bella put on that dress it transformed. It no longer looked like a simple dress, but a beautifully woven dress that hugged Bella. There was beading all through the hem of the skirt. The soft bodice was sexy but not revealing and the draping accentuated Bella’s figure perfectly.

Rosalie helped Alice with Bella’s hair and makeup as she got ready and soon everyone was dressed and ready to go. There was still about two hours before the wedding and the girls were bored, their excitement had sped up the beatification process immensely.

The room went silent when they heard room service at the door. Alice let the waiter come in with a giant arrangement of roses in hand. Everyone got excited and had Bella read the note out.

“To My Bella,

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love.

It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.”

Bella couldn’t explain it but she knew that those roses were not from Jacob.

Everyone gushed at how beautiful the flowers were and how lucky Bella was to be marrying Jacob. She played along until she feigned a headache to get some time alone. The look of worry on Bella’s face hadn’t gone unnoticed by either of her friends. Alice and Rose decided to make sure the wedding would go smoothly and that the guest were finding their seats.

Bella sat in her room waiting for the ceremony to begin. She glanced at the roses and felt a small smile escape her. A loud knock interrupted her thoughts she looked through the peep hole and couldn’t believe her eyes. Edward was at her door.

Bella opened the door and let Edward in, without hesitation.

“Hi,” Edward said, softly.

“What are you doing here?” Bella asked, already knowing the answer.

“Bella, you know why I’m here,” Edward said, sternly.

“Yeah I do. Thanks for the flowers. You should probably take them back,” Bella said, turning away from him.

“Don’t be silly,” Edward said. “They’re meant for you.”

Bella didn’t respond the way her body stiffened when he spoke was obvious for the two.

“Bella, let’s not waste time, you’ve got a wedding to go to,” he said, chuckling.

“Edward,” Bella said, disapprovingly.

“No, you need to hear this. Bella I love you, our love is special, and it’s timeless. After all this time you can’t deny how much you still love me, I know I can’t. When I left, I hurt you so much, I didn’t even realized how much until recently. But even then you didn’t give up on us. When you met Jacob, you still didn’t give up on us. i just don't understand that now that weve found each other you are so hell bent on ruining our love?”

“Edward, how could you possibly know how much I loved you? How much you hurt me? How much I missed you? The tears I cried? How can you compare our love with the love I have with Jacob,” Bella said, fighting back the tears.

“Because I read it somewhere,” Edward said, softly.

“What are you talking about, Edward?” Bella asked, confusion filling her face.

Edward took out a few envelopes from his jacket. Bella recognized them right away; they were the letters Jacob had thrown away.

“Where did you get those? Those aren’t yours,” Bella said, attempting to grab them from his hands, instead he grabbed her hands and kissed her.

“Don’t do this to me, Edward,” Bella said pleading.

“Why not, Bella? Haven’t you thought about our future together? About our wedding day? Haven’t you imagined our baby girl, with your chocolate eyes and my bronze color on her head? Our little boy with my eyes and your soft curls? Hopefully both of them have my grace and not yours. What about our grandchildren? Growing old together? Seeing Italy together? Remember all of our plans? We can still do all of them, please just don’t marry Jacob.”

Bella was in tears now; she couldn’t fight them any longer. She had never admitted it to herself but she had thought about all of this. She spent nights fantasizing what her life would have been with Edward if they had ever reunited.

“Please stop,” Bella croaked out. “Leave me alone, Edward. Please.”

“I can’t do that. I have to know I did everything for our love. I can’t walk away you can’t ask me to do that. I love you, I always have. I know I screwed up, but there has to be a reason our paths have crossed. Why you kept these letters for so long? There are no coincidences in this world; I have to wonder why it was Jacob who reunited us? Who brought these letters to me all unknowingly? Don’t you see, we’re meant to be?”

“No, you don’t see it, do you?” Bella asked, wiping her tears.

She sat on the bed and began, “This is hard for me to talk about because when you left you not only took a part of me, you took a life we could’ve had. I was so sure we would make it, that we would be together forever, but then you left me… I grieved for you, I cried, screamed and kicked, for you. It took me years to get over you. I wasn’t completely over you until I saw you again. Jacob isn’t just my rebound guy, I dated plenty of those. He is my life now he is the one who finished what I had started. I’ve moved on, whether you want to see it or not, I’ve moved on.”

Edward was struggling with Bella’s word, they were so final and true, but he refused to believe it.

Bella hesitated and began again, “That last letter, I found myself regressing to my old ways because I was afraid to love him. Jacob isn’t my savior, he helped me be my own savior, the fact that he was there for the ride made me love him. What happened between was beautiful, something that I will treasure always, but we just can’t be anymore. After we said goodbye, a few weeks back, I couldn’t understand why I was feeling the way I was. I felt a great loss for you, but I was also happy to be with Jacob. I know I’ve made mistakes, but he’s forgiven me, because he now knows what you meant to me. I’ve made my peace that we are just not meant to be. Jacob and I, we just make sense. You and I we just don’t anymore.”

“You pretend to move on but you know that deep down you will never get over me. That life you loss is still here, you can still have it. All you have to do is take that dress off,” Edward said, with a small smile.

“Edward, you’re right, I will always love you, but not like that. I can never forget my first love. But I can’t do that to Jacob, to my family, to his family. Just go, please,” Bella said, needing this to be over.

“That same girl who loved me still exists now, as you reject me. That girl always put others before herself. Bella, I will face it all for us. Just let me, I’m here now,” Edward said

“I never asked you to. Please understand, I choose Jacob. I… I don’t want you,” Bella said, with all her might.

“I don’t believe that. If-when you change your mind, I hope it’s not too late. I’ll be waiting for you,” Edward said, kissing Bella on the forehead.

The truth was Edward was not willing to face the truth just yet, he needed to believe Bella still loved him.

Bella broke down, she hadn’t been prepared to deal with all those emotions in such a short time. A few minutes passed and Alice came knocking.

“Bella, how are you feeling?” Alice asked, softly.

“I’m okay,” Bella said, attempting to clean her tears from her face.

Alice walked in and almost had a heart attack when she saw Bella crying. She helped her get cleaned up and asked, “Bella, are you sure this is what you want?”

“Alice, I need Jacob, can you bring him here?” Bella asked, ignoring the question.

“Bella, that’s-”Alice began, but one look into her eyes for her to realize that Bella needed Jacob. “I’ll be right back.”

Bella was just finishing the final touches of her make-up, when Jacob finally came.

Jacob couldn’t be happier that this day had finally arrived. He was finally marrying the woman of his dreams. After all the drama Edward had caused it was nice for them to go back to the way they were. Jacob was getting ready in his room when he heard Alice come in.

“Jacob, Bella is freaking out. She needs to talk to you,” Alice said, in a hurry.

“Ok, let’s go,” Jacob said, not giving it another thought.

He followed Alice to Bella’s room. He didn’t bother to knock and found Bella lying on her bed.

“Bella, what’s wrong?”

“Jacob, why did you forgive me?” Bella asked, not wasting time.

“What? Bella, I love you, that’s why,” Jacob said, confused.

“Why do you love me?” Bella asked, not meeting his gaze.

“I just do. Bella where is this coming from? Where about to get married. If you’re doubting my love-” Jacob didn’t continue, Bella raised her hand to stop him.

“What did you do with those letters?” Bella asked, confusing Jacob more.

“I left them somewhere. I don’t remember,” Jacob, responded with more confusion.

“Where?” Bella asked, again.

Jacob’s was growing impatient; Bella was acting strange today. How could she doubt him today of all days?

“I don’t remember, it was that night I found out. Bella, why are you bringing this up?” Jacob asked.

“Jacob, why do you love me? What made you forgive me so easily?” Bella asked, turning her back to him.

“Edward is the reason. Are you happy now is that what you waned to hear?” Jacob answered through gritted teeth.

“No, I’m not happy and that was not what I wanted to hear,” Bella responded curtly.

“We’re not getting married are we?” Jacob asked, already knowing her response.

“No, we’re not. I can’t ruin your life like this. I can’t love you the way you deserve. I’m sorry,” Bella said, raising her head to meet his gaze.

“It doesn’t matter, Bella. Don’t go back to him. All he’s done is hurt you,” Jacob pleaded.

“Yeah, he did hurt me. But I still love him, I can’t hide or push these feelings aside for him. I want that life back, I need that life. I’m sorry,” Bella said, with all her confidence.

“I know,” Jacob said, with no emotion.

“I got to go,” Bella said.

“I hope he’s worth it,” Jacob said, bowing his head.

“Me too,” Bella said, exiting the room.

Alice and Rosalie were waiting out for Jacob to come out but they knew it was a lost hope. They both knew Bella wasn’t going to go through with this once she received those flowers, they had probably known before Bella did.

When she exited the room they weren’t’ surprised.

“The wedding is off, I need to go find Edward. Will you stay here and make sure Jake is okay?”

“Of course,” Rose responded. “Go!”

Bella didn’t know where to find Edward, but she knew he would be waiting. She walked around hoping to see him, getting sideway glances from onlookers.

After walking for about an hour Bella ended up sitting in a bench at the some park nearby.

The familiarity did not go unnoticed by Bella. Here she was again waiting for Edward, so they could be together, and he was no where to be found. Bella hoped and prayed that she had made the right decision. She waited another half hour when she heard a rustling behind her.

“You came,” Bella said, turning around.

“I promised I would,” Edward said, with a crooked smile.

“Yeah you did,” Bella said returning the smile. “You know I always imagined what it would have been to have you show up that day, but I just realized my imagination sucks because nothing can compare to right now.”

“Did your imagination include this?” Edward said, as he pressed his lips against hers. He lifted her up into her arms, realizing that this is where they belonged.

“Not exactly,” Bella responded.

“Come on, let’s take that dress off,” Edward said, grabbing hold of her hand.

Epilogue

After that faithful day in the park Bella and Edward had been inseparable. Bella’s family didn’t stay angry for too long. All they wanted was for her to be happy and that’s what she was, with Edward by her side.

Alice and Rosalie, along with Jasper and Emmet, had helped end the festivities. They hated being the party poopers but loved the fact that Edward and Bella were now together.

While Bella and Edward were enjoying there happily ever after, Jacob was no where to be found. Bella called his number but he never responded, she stopped by his job but none of his coworkers were cooperative, his family wasn’t either.

Edward tried to reassure Bella that he was fine, he just needed some time but Bella couldn’t let it go.

It wasn’t until two years later that Bella got the peace she needed. Edward and Bella were grabbing a bite to eat at P.F. Chang’s, it had become their favorite restaurant, when they noticed Jacob and a dark haired beauty.

Bella walked over to him without thinking, but stopped when she saw Jacob kneeling, ready to propose. Edward joined her and watched as Jacob and his girlfriend got engaged.

Jacob had found Vanessa, Ness for short, in the midst of his depression and never looked back. It only took one look into her eyes for him to realize they belonged. Deep down he had known Bella was never really his.

When Jacob had proposed he hadn’t expected to see Bella or Edward that day. They were standing a few feet away, holding hands. He just nodded at them and continued enjoying his dinner with his fiancé. He no longer resented them, but he didn’t want to share something so special with anyone else that night. That night it was only about their love.

When Edward and Bella saw Jacob nod, they knew he was happy, and they were too. They finished their meal and went home.

Bella couldn’t believe how much had to happen for Edward to return into her life. She had been closed off for so long, it took some getting used to have him around. Edward of course was patient, and understanding of Bella’s weariness but they got through it and they knew it had all been worth it.