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Your Future Awaits

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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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13. Dress Fittings and Awkward Conversations

Rating 5/5   Word Count 2282   Review this Chapter

"Good morning love," Edward whispered in my ear the next morning.

"Mmmm…mmm," I mumbled as I tried to cover my head with my pillow. I was not ready to wake up yet.

"Hmm…I guess this coffee, fresh fruit and eggs Benedict I made for you are unwelcome here. Maybe your neighbor wants them; she sure looked lonely over there…" He said, slowly getting up from the bed. I reached out and managed to take hold of his shirt.

"Oh no you don’t. This food… and you, of course, are staying put," I said as I sat up. "Um, stay. I need a minute to be human." I said jumping out of my bed to the bathroom. I looked in the mirror and gasped.

"What’s the matter?" Edward called; I could hear him making his way to the door.

"Why didn’t you tell me I look like I got in a fight with my pillow? My hair is a haystack!" I yelled to him.

"You don’t look like a haystack," he said as he opened the door and leaned against the door frame watching me. "Besides, I kind of like it." He smirked.

"Oh jeez thanks." I said right before I splashed my face with water. I continued with my usual morning habits, putting lotion on my face, brushing my teeth, combing my hair, all with Edward watching me. "Um, Edward…I need to close the door now." I said, needing really badly to pee.

"Oh… right." He said closing the door; I think he got the hint.

"So what am I eating again?" I asked as I plopped myself back on the bed.

"I made you some coffee, cream with 2 sugars, and I ran over to the market and got some raspberries and strawberries for you. And I made eggs Benedict. While you were sleeping, I watched a cooking show and learned a few tricks." He said smiling at me.

"Wow… you know, if I opened a restaurant, we could be easy millionaires with how fast you are and," I said taking a bite,"how much of an amazing cook you are!"

"I’m already billionaire." He said. My mouth dropped open.

"What?!" I managed to cough out.

"How else did you think we could afford Alice’s shopping addiction." He said nonchalant.

"I knew you were rich, just not that rich." I said, still eating my breakfast. "Okay, so what are our plans today?"

"Well, I have been asked by my sister to bring you by the house for a dress fitting. Then I was hoping we could maybe see the art festival in Old Town Square, and then I have dinner reservations at Allegro at 8pm?"

"Old Town Square sounds fun, but isn’t Allegro the best restaurant in Prague? How about we skip Allegro and you can make me dinner here?"

"Is it so wrong that I want to treat my girlfriend to a nice dinner in a nice place?" He asked.

"No, but wouldn’t it be nicer to have a romantic, private dinner here? Besides, now that I know you can cook like a god, why deprive me of that pleasure? Please?" I asked, giving him my best puppy dog eyes impression.

"I can’t deny you anything!" He said as he leaned in to kiss me.

"Oh and I’m not going for a dress fitting." I quickly said before shoving a forkful of berries in my mouth.

"Oh yes you are. You promised my sister to wear the dress, besides if I don’t take you then I won’t have enough time to destroy Emmett’s new Jeep." He said mischievously.

"Well in that case…," I said smiling.

***************** 3 hours later****************

"Alice, that hurts!" I cried as she tightened the corset even more.

"Beauty hurts, Bella." She said, tying the final laces on the damned contraption.

"Why do I have to wear this anyway, no one’s going to see it?" I said motioning to the lingerie that she was forcing me to wear under the Chanel dress she bought me.

"Because for one, you look hot. And two, you never know if no one is going to see it." She smirked at me.

"Wait right there pixie… are you saying… Edward and I…" I gulped, thinking at what I was hoping she was suggesting.

"Hahahaha, nope, but it was funny to make you think that. Actually the dress wont work properly unless you wear this under it to keep you place in all the right places." She said. I felt my hope disappear. After my fitting was done, we sat in the living room flipping through magazines.

"Alice, can we talk? Like girl talk?" I asked quietly, putting my Home Magazine down. I never really had girlfriends growing up that I could confide in, aside from my mother, and right now I really needed someone to talk to.

"Of course Bella, what’s the matter?" She looked up at me expectant.

"This is going to sound completely dumb and hormone ridden, but it’s not like that I promise. When are Edward and I going to take the next step…physically?" I asked, utterly embarrassed. It wasn’t that sex was all I thought about, but he was a vampire, and I wanted to know if it was even an option. But I was too embarrassed to ask him about it, so I figured Alice would be a nonjudgmental person to go to.

"Bella, you know I don’t know the answer to that." Alice frowned.

"I know, and that’s not what I meant. What I meant was, is it possible for he and I to do that?"

"I don’t know Bella, I really don’t. When we become close to someone in that way, we lose control and let go, and Edward can’t lose control when he’s around you, because he could easily kill you. Any one wrong move or twitch of his arm and you could be dead." She said seriously.

"I didn’t know it would be that dangerous," I said quietly, thinking it over in my head.

"It’s even worse for him because your blood calls to him so much more than others. His bloodlust could consume him for a split second and it could be fatal for you. I need you to understand that it’s incredibly hard for him even now to kiss you and be with you through the whole night like last night. And then your little stunt of wanting to take off his shirt, he was very close to losing it Bella. I had to text him to calm down and suggest talking instead. The last thing Edward wants to do is hurt you."

"I didn’t know it was that close Alice," I said apologetically. "I’m just frustrated with myself because I want to touch him and kiss him and be with him, and I know I can’t but I keep tempting myself. Is it wrong that I want to push my limits in hopes that he’ll take it farther?" I admitted. The feelings I had when I was with Edward were completely new to me, and all I ever wanted him to do when we kiss was to take me right there. This was not a normal thing for me. I wasn’t a hormonal teenage boy!

"It’s not wrong Bella, every person that falls in love feels like that. It’s just different for the two of you because you are very fragile compared to him. And until Edward can fully control himself around you, you guys can’t be too physical with your relationship. I’m sorry Bella, it’s not the ideal relationship, I know." Alice said hugging me.

"I just feel so embarrassed! Isn’t sex supposed to be only on boys minds?" I asked laughing.

"Oh trust me, women are just as bad." She giggled. "Trust me; Edward is just as frustrated as you are, if not more."

"Thanks." I said.

"Oh, you have a present at the window!" Alice exclaimed as she jumped up and dragged me to the window. "Look, over there! Wait for it…"

And just then I saw the most beautiful assortment of fireworks I had ever seen. It was coming from a mountain not too terribly far away, but far enough where the noise barely reached us. There were so many different colors, different shapes firing everywhere, it was amazing.

"That was a present?" I asked as the fireworks died down.

"Yup, and revenge all in one. Isn’t it nice?" She said smiling.

"Revenge?"

"You didn’t think Edward would let Emmett’s phone call from last night slide did you?"

"He was serious about destroying Emmett’s new Jeep?!"

"Yup, I think he crushed it into a ball and placed fireworks in all the crevices he could find… then lit it." She said.

"Aww… well that was sweet." I giggled.

"WHAT THE HELL???" I heard a thunderous voice yell as he ran downstairs. "Did he seriously just do that?! Why didn’t you tell me Alice?" Emmett cried.

"Because if I warned you and you stopped him, then it would have been my Porsche. Sorry Emmett, but Porsche trumps Jeep." She said apologetically.

"Do you realize how long it took to get that shipped from Forks? FOREVER!" He shook her lightly.

"Whatever, it was like a week." She said. "Do you want something to drink Bella; we have water and cranberry juice?"

"Juice please." I said. "Sorry about the Jeep Emmett, but weren’t the fireworks pretty?" I couldn’t stifle my laughter.

"Oh, so pretty," He said sullenly.

"Hello beloved family," Edward said as he opened the front door.

"Thanks a lot bro, now I have to order a new Jeep" Emmett said grumpily.

"You could always just buy one here?" I said.

"Emmett likes to support the Forks economy." Emmett said.

"Now I’m going to destroy your next car because you just spoke about yourself in the third person." Jasper said coming in from upstairs. "There’s enough vanity coming from your wife, not you to."

"Maybe I can Jacob Black deliver up here. I’m sure Eddie would like that," Emmett smirked.

"Darlin’, you’d warn me if Edward tried to make a move on me wouldn’t you?" Jasper jokingly asked Alice.

"Hmmm, I don’t know… It would be kinda hot to see." Alice said before she cracked up.

"Ha. Ha." Edward said sarcastically. "I’m just going to sit here with my girlfriend and have an intelligent conversation as you all continue to act like idiots."

"Edward… you once said you preferred brunette’s right?" I asked. He looked puzzled.

"Yes…" he said slowly.

"Jake’s brunette." I said quietly, trying to suppress my smile.

"BURN!" Emmett and Jasper yelled. "She got you good Eddie boy!" Edward jumped from the couch.

"Not you too!" he said pointing at me. "You’ve brain washed her!" he laughed then sat back down and draped his arm over my shoulders.

"Eddie, she’s funny. She’s definitely a keeper." Emmett said before heading to the laptop. "Now I have to order another Jeep."

Edward and I decided to skip the art festival and just hang out with his family. It was nice to talk and joke around with them, I really felt like I belonged. I had forgotten all about the creepy incident with my benefactor’s assistant yesterday.

"Are you ready for the banquet tomorrow Bella?" Alice asked excitedly.

"Oh, the banquet. As long as my dress is ready, I am." I said smiling at her.

"I promise all your alterations will be done." She said.

"Are any of you going tomorrow?" I couldn’t remember if they were going or not.

"Well, seeing as it’s for members of your school only, I think not." Alice said.

"Oh…right. What about you Edward? Will you come with me?" I asked him.

"Bella, I didn’t know, I thought you were going with your benefactor. I’m supposed to go hunting with Jasper and Emmett tomorrow night in the mountains." He explained. "But if you want me to go, I’d love to."

"No, its okay, you have plans. You thought I was supposed to go with my benefactor?"

"Well, usually one goes with their benefactor to these types of things. It is meant as a means for you to meet and give your thanks." He said.

"Oh crap."

"What’s the matter?" he asked.

"Well, his assistant came yesterday and invited me, as a formality I assume, and I said no. He wouldn’t give me a name and I got irritated so I told him no. What if he thinks I’m not thankful and takes away my scholarship? What if he’s creepy?" I was freaking out.

"Bella, it’s fine. He’s not going to take away your scholarship. And remember when I said I would find out who he is, well I did. His name is Victor Scarling; he’s a very rich man. He’s also very reclusive so I didn’t get much info on him. But nothing dangerous or sketchy came up, which is why we think its okay for you to go. If it weren’t safe, I would see it, and as far as I can see, all things are safe on the horizon," Alice said.

"Bella, its okay to go. If you feel uncomfortable about it I’m sure Alice would go with you. She does love any excuse to dress up." Edward said trying to make me feel better.

"No, it’s okay. I’ll be fine. I just feel horrible now that I said no. I hope he doesn’t hold it against me." I said.

I was nervous about tomorrow, and I had a bad feeling about it too. Edward and his family seemed to be sure that it would be fine, I hoped so. Alice would see if it wasn’t, right? Till tomorrow…