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Your Future Awaits

Summary:
bannerThank you to the wonderful Oh, Mike how will I go on for this Perfect Banner!!! Go read her stories! Bella feels a strong pull towards the Czech Republic, always dreaming of a strange man on the Charles bridge that she can never reach. So when she graduates high school and gets a mysterious letter stating that her tuition to go to university in Prague has been taken care of, she follows fate towards her destiny. But once there, will she finally unravel her mysterious dreams and the stranger within, or the danger lurking beneath them? AU and yes this is a BxE, but with a few twists along the way... Rated Adult for Lemon's in the end.


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10. The Stink Eye

Rating 5/5   Word Count 2650   Review this Chapter

So it was already a full week since Edward told me he was a vampire and I still couldn’t care less. It didn’t matter to me that he saw himself as a killer. What mattered to me was the fact that despite his circumstances, he made a conscious effort to change. He was the most caring, passionate man I had ever met, and he was beautiful. Every literary hero and prince charming all combined together into one being would still never be enough to compare with Edward; he was everything, and he was everything to me. I could see the wheels in his head ticking, believing that at some moment I would run screaming from his side, but I was determined to prove him wrong. Nothing would ever make me run from him, nothing. Even the fact that I discovered my ex-boyfriend is a werewolf didn’t scare me…. Yes, that’s right; my ex-boyfriend is a werewolf. Edward had happened across a picture of Charlie, Billy, Jake and I in my room and had asked about it. Not wanting to lie, I admitted that Jake was my ex, and Edward being the ever jealous boyfriend, wanted to know everything. I got as far as his name and why we broke up when Edward stopped me.

“Wait…his name is Black, as in Ephraim Black?” Edward asked.

“I think that was his grandpa’s name.” I said, confused.

“When he would get upset, would he shake?”

Yeah, that was part of the reason we broke up, his anger issues were starting to scare me, in addition to the fact that he was never there.”

Why is it that you are a magnet to all things mythical? First one shape shifter, then shape shifter number two, and now a vampire. If we bottled your luck, we’d have a weapon of mass destruction.” He chuckled darkly to himself.

What are you talking about?”

This Jacob Black of yours is a werewolf, or shape shifter if you like.”

How do you know?”

Look at the facts, his grandfather is the same one Carlisle made the treaty with years ago, you said he was being secretive hanging out with a gang, he would shake when he was angry… does the shaking ring a bell?”

Oh…. I guess your right. But maybe he’s not, maybe it’s just a coincidence?” I said hopeful.

Or maybe he suffers from epileptic seizures.” Alice giggled from the next room.

You’re not helping, Alice!” Edward yelled.

Wow…so Jake’s a werewolf…. Explains why his house smelled like wet dog.”

Despite knowing that Jake was a werewolf, it still didn’t make me hate him. In fact, it made me realize that Jake hadn’t been unfaithful. He was just…changing. I still felt for Jake, but more like a friend, and I understood why he had been so different towards the end. I think Edward had been so surprised I had taken it so lightly. I honestly didn’t care, it was just like hearing the score of the World Series, worth knowing, but useless at the same time.

But back to reality, today was the day Emmett and Rosalie were flying in to visit with Edward, Alice, and Jasper. And I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. From what I had heard, Emmett was quite the jokester and he would be easy enough to get along with, but his wife would be another story. I was already warned not to expect a warm welcoming from her, but the warning still didn’t soften the blow of her initial reaction. I had arrived at the Cullen’s swanky house in one of the more secluded and sought after neighborhoods in Prague, and was quickly wrapped within two giant arms crushing my body. It took me a second to register that I was being hugged rather than strangled, and I was set back down, my knees almost giving out and swaying to catch my balance.

“You must be Bella! Wow Eddie, you didn’t tell me she was so hot.” A thunderous voice escaped from the massive body before me, reminiscent of a bear. I couldn’t help but blush crimson.

“And she changes color! This one’s a keeper.” He laughed.

“Wow Emmett, it’s always nice to have your big mouth around, if only it were more tactful.” Edward said. “Bella, this is my brother Emmett. Emmett, this is my Bella.”

MyBella? Did you buy her or something?” Emmett laughed again.

“Oh shut up.” Edward said, losing his patience.

“It’s nice to meet you, Edward’s Bella.” Emmett said, flashing a childlike grin. I couldn’t help but smile at the enormous man. Despite his teasing, it was obvious he loved his family and accepted me into it as well.

“It’s nice to meet you, too!" I said, walking towards the living room where everyone else was waiting. “You’ll have to tell me some embarrassing stories about Edward, he’s refused to tell me any, and I have a feeling you would love to.” I said, flashing a smirk at Edward. He growled, and I couldn’t help but be a little turned on by that fact.

It wasn’t until I saw Jasper shift uncomfortably; that I felt embarrassed and blushed, making sure to focus my thoughts on something else. Edward chuckled as he sat down beside me, no doubt reading Jasper's thoughts, damn!

“So you like it when I growl?”

“Shut up.” I mumbled. He couldn’t help but laugh.

“So where’s Rosalie?” I asked.

“She’s coming down the stairs now.” Alice said. And at that moment, I saw descending the stairs the most beautiful woman I had ever seen before. She was like the reincarnation of Helen of Troy; no… she was even more beautiful than that. She could rival any of the Miss Universe winners, any Victoria secret model, anyone! If you looked in the dictionary at the word Perfection, you would see her picture. She literally took my breath away…That is until she opened her mouth.

“So you’re the one that my family has risked their lives for, including my own? You could have at least been prettier.” My jaw dropped. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t blink, I couldn’t even think. Did she really just say that to me? The rational part of my brain told me that no one would be that calloused to someone they just met, but my ears told me I heard right. I heard Edward growl beside me, tensing his muscles.

“Rosalie! You will not speak to her or about her in that way again, or so help me you will be headless by the end of the day and I won’t tell Emmett where I’ve hid it.” He spat.

“Babe, calm down, I thought we talked about this, you were at least going to try and be nice.” Emmett said exasperatedly.

“I did try, but honestly Edward, you couldn’t find a nice little vampire to fall in love with? It’s so typical you would go the tragic route and fall in love with a human. You could have at least found someone a bit more…interesting.” She said lazily as she plopped herself onto Emmett’s lap.

The next second, literally, passed in a blur. One moment Edward was sitting next to me, then the next he had Rosalie in a choke hold, threatening to snap her neck if she didn’t apologize and swear to keep her comments to herself unless they were of importance. I sat horrified at the scene before me, not because of the violence I was just witness of, but because of the evident disdain she had for me and the fact that I could take care of myself.

“Edward its okay, I’m fine, let her go.” I said loudly, catching their attention.

“No it’s not Bella, Rosalie needs to treat you with respect, and apologize at the least.” He said angrily.

“Let her go, or I walk out.” He released her, obviously unhappy about it. “Thank you Edward.” I said as smiled apologetically at him. I didn’t want him to ruin his relationship with his family over me, and besides I was just about to prove that I could take care of my own feelings.

“You can hate and despise me all you want,” I said to the glaring Rosalie, “but the fact of the matter is that I love Edward, and he loves me and I’m going to be a permanent fixture here. Either you can accept that and at least play nice, or you can wallow in your own unhappiness while your family, including your husband, and I enjoy ourselves. And that death glare that your giving me that you think is intimidating really is only making you look like the girl in Juno with the stink eye.’ And with that, I took Edward's hand and led him back to the sofa where we sat down, “So where were we, oh yeah Emmett, you were going to tell me funny stories about Edward,” I said smiling from Edward to Emmett as if nothing had happened.

“Bravo!” Jasper commended. “I’ve never seen anyone make Rosalie feel that insecure in her life.” Everyone couldn’t help but laugh, except for Rosalie, who stormed from the room back to her own upstairs.

“Stink eye, really?” Emmett laughed. “You know I’ll have hell to pay later for that comment. Especially since I laughed.”

“Oh come one, obviously it’s not true, Rosalie could never look anything less than beautiful, but if she was going to be mean, then I might as well borrow a line from one of my favorite movies to put her in her place.” I giggled. “I really am sorry though, I hope she doesn’t hate me forever. I was hoping she would at least respect me for holding my own.”

“Oh, she’ll hold a grudge, definitely. But she may come around, I could feel her respect you slightly. It’s not everyday that someone stands up to Rosalie.” Jasper assured.

“So Bella, you want to hear about the time I caught Edward….” Emmett was cut off.

“No she doesn’t, how about a different one.” Edward rushed. I eyed him suspiciously. He knew what Emmett would say before he started, and I was afraid this would happen often.

“Aw come on! Fine, how about the time…”

“Not that one either.”

“Come on bro, jeez, how about the time when…”

“That wasn’t even me you idiot, that was Jasper!” Edward said.

“Edward stop it, I want to hear some stories! Besides, you looked through my high school yearbooks, and those have enough embarrassing ammunition in them. I need some embarrassing moments of you before were even close to being even.” I begged.

“Fine.” He grumbled.

“Wow Bella, were gonna keep you around more often if you keep putting Eddie in check like that. So where were we… right, the time that I…”

Rosalie's POV (un-betaed)-

“You must be Bella! Wow Eddie, you didn’t tell me she was so hot.” I heard Emmett say from down the stairs. I couldn’t help the surge of jealousy coursing through my veins. Of course I knew that Emmett loved me and to be honest, no one could rival me, but despite that fact, I was still a little insecure. Here we go, I promised Emmett I would try and play nice and for the sake of my family I would. I’ve never seen Edward as happy as she makes him, so I might as well give it a shot. I descended the stairs slowly, deciding to put this girl in her place, making sure she knew who she was dealing with. I could help but prepare myself for what awaited me.

“So where’s Rosalie?” I heard her ask.

“She’s coming down the stairs now.” Alice said.

Sitting right beside Edward, across from my husband was her. A human! What the hell, no one told me Edward decided to doom her life with this curse, for that’s what he’s done is doom her. She knows our secret obviously and now she must die one way or another. The anger coursing through me was enough to spoil the delicious scent of her blood. Screw playing nice, that idea flew out the window.

“So you’re the one that my family has risked their lives for, including my own? You could have at least been prettier.” It was true, had she been the vampire I expected, she would have been prettier. Dammit Edward! You’ve doomed her to this life like the rest of us, are you that selfish? I yelled to him in my mind. I heard him growl, from what I just spoke or said in my head, I didn’t know.

“Rosalie! You will not speak to her or about her in that way again, or so help me you will be headless by the end of the day and I won’t tell Emmett where I’ve hid it.” He spat.

He thinks I deserve to be headless, are you kidding me?!

“Babe, calm down, I thought we talked about this, you were at least going to try and be nice.” Emmett said exasperatedly.

“I did try, but honestly Edward, you couldn’t find a nice little vampire to fall in love with? It’s so typical you would go the tragic route and fall in love with a human. You could have at least found someone a bit more…interesting.” I tried to act nonchalant, as if she didn’t bother me, but the fact that she was human ate me up inside. She had a pulse, so in many ways she would always be better than me. My vanity flared for a second, imagining snapping her little neck so that she would cease to exist, but I quickly banished that thought. It wasn’t fast enough, because the next thing I know, Edward has me in a head lock. And the voice that came to my rescue shocked me.

“Edward its okay, I’m fine, let her go.” She said. After what I just said to her, she was protecting me? What kind of human is this??

“No it’s not Bella, Rosalie needs to treat you with respect, and apologize at the least.” He said angrily, squeezing my neck a bit harder and probably ruining my hair in the process. Someone could have helped me; Emmett is going to pay for this later.

“Let her go, or I walk out.” He released me. “Thank you Edward…You can hate and despise me all you want,” She said to me, “but the fact of the matter is that I love Edward, and he loves me and I’m going to be a permanent fixture here. Either you can accept that and at least play nice, or you can wallow in your own unhappiness while your family, including your husband, and I enjoy ourselves. And that death glare that your giving me that you think is intimidating really is only making you look like the girl in Juno with the stink eye. So where were we, oh yeah Emmett, you were going to tell me funny stories about Edward.” She said smiling from Edward to Emmett.

Stink eye?! I did not have a stink eye! Emmett and everyone else will surely pay for laughing, I thought as I stormed up to my room. Had this girl honestly deigned to talk back to me? She had more guts than I gave her credit for. But she still had a pulse, and I still couldn’t accept that. She was damned, and no one could help her now.