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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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4. The Dinner

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I was beginning to become anxious awaiting tonight’s dinner with Alice, her husband Jasper, and her brother Edward. The car had arrived and dropped me off at an overly swank restraint that, admittedly, had the best views of the city. Although it was only 6pm, the sun was already retreating down past the mountains, and the night was arriving. It was twilight. I sat at the table the host directed me to, stating that my party would be arriving shortly. I thought it was odd that I was here first, then I noticed there was only one other seat. Maybe something happened?

“Bella! It’s so great to finally meet you! I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.” Alice greeted me as she came to give me a hug. I couldn’t miss the cold feel of her arms, the same as her parents.

“I feel the same.” I warmly smiled. It was true, the way Esme spoke of her family, I had always longed to meet them.

“I’m sorry my brother and husband won’t be able to make it. Edward was feeling ill, or so he says. He’s so socially awkward sometimes, I don’t know how he lives!” she giggled. I could help but join her.

“Why would he be socially awkward?” I asked after Alice gave our order to the waiter.

“We’ve heard a lot about you Bella, I think he was just nervous about meeting you in the flesh.” She smiled. I couldn’t help but blush.

“I guess when I meet him, he’ll realize he over reacted. Its not like I’m anything special.” I said.

“Nonsense Bella! You don’t see yourself very clearly. You probably haven’t noticed how all the men in the room keep glancing at you. Especially in that dress, we’ll probably get our meal free!” She joked.

“I’m sure they’re looking at you.” I blushed again.

“I don’t think they are…So tell me, how so you like Prague so far? Has it met your expectations?” she asked, sincerely interested.

“It’s even more beautiful than I could have imagined. The school is great, its a lot more rigorous than I expected, but I like the challenge.” I said. “How is your trip with your husband and brother?”

“It’s been more of a business tip. I’ve been working with various boutiques selling my designs, I design clothes by the way, and Jasper has been helping me with the business spectrum of it. It’s been quite fun. My husband always seems to get his way.” She said smiling, almost as if it were an inside joke.

“And having your brother there, does he ever get in the way?” I asked. I was curious to know more about Edward, and she seemed happy to oblige.

“Well, it’s been awkward a few times, but Edward likes to be alone, so it works out. Esme told us that you love the classics, as well as classical music. That really peaked Edwards’s interest since he’s a fan as well.” She smiled.

“Oh that’s nice.” I said, a little embarrassed.

Dinner went on as usual, with the exception that the chef still added beef stock to Alice’s Dinner, and being a vegetarian, couldn’t eat it. I asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she just said that she had a late lunch, so she wasn’t hungry anyway. Shortly after dinner, we decided to take a leisurely stroll around Old Town square, something neither one of us has had a chance to do. Through the conversation, we felt as if we were old friends. It was easy to forget that I had just met her an hour earlier. Talking with Alice and laughing with her just felt natural.

“Do you have any plans tomorrow?” She asked me.

“Aside from class, no. But my classes are over at 4pm, so I’m free after that.” I said.

“How would you like to visit the park with Jasper, Edward and I tomorrow? I heard they’re setting up a screen and playing Romeo and Juliet. It should be fun…” She explained, trying to convince me to go.

“Sure. What time?” I agreed wholeheartedly. I was excited to finally meet them. It starts are 7pm, I can send a car to get you at 6:30 if that’s okay?”

“You know, I can walk; or take a cab, or the subway, or the Tran. I’m not helpless.” I said, slightly irritated.

“I’m sure, but from what I’ve heard, your also accident prone and I’d like for you to arrive in one piece.” She eyed me knowingly.

“Fine.” I said, resigned.

“Why hello Bella. It’s lovely to see you tonight.” I familiar voice said.

“Hi, it’s nice to see you too Axton.” I blushed.

“After you ran off yesterday, I wasn’t sure I would see you again, seeing as you didn’t even leave a means to get hold of you. But here you are before me, beautiful as ever.” He smiled. I could feel how tense Alice’s body became next to me.

“Axton this is Alice, Alice this is Axton.” I said, introducing the two.

“Hello.” He said coolly.

“Hi.” She said too quickly. I could have cut the tension with a knife.

“So…I’ll see you around?” I said to him, sad that our reunion came to an end.

“Actually, I was hoping to set up a definite date where I could sketch you again. I promise, I won’t ask anything else, just you in a chair fully clothed based on your blush, and me with a charcoal and paper. What do you say?”

“Okay… that sounds fine…if someone better comes along, I promise I will not be hurt if you cancel.” I said, still blushing a deep shade of red.

“There is no one but you.” He said, the intensity almost making me swoon.

“Okay, how about Saturday. I’ll meet you at the café on campus at 2pm?”

“Prefect.”

“Okay, well goodnight.” I said with a smile.

“See you around Bella.” Axton called over his shoulder.

“I hope so.” I said, sure that he was out of earshot.

“So you know him?” Alice asked as we continued walking.

“We met on the plane when we landed, and we keep running into each other. Maybe its fate.” I said with a smile.

“..Or maybe its not...” I heard Alice mumble.

“Do you know him? You two seemed a bit awkward with each other.” I asked.

“Our paths have crossed before.” She said tensely

“So tell me more about your brother, Edward. I’ve heard so many things about him from Esme she has me curious.” I said trying to change the subject. Alice immediately brightened.

“Oh he’s great; I know you’ll just love him! He’s just your type!” She said like an excited school girl.

“My type?” I asked amused.

“Well like I said, he loved the classics. He plays the piano beautifully, I’m sure he’d love to play for you sometime. If I were to be blunt and superficial, he is the tall, dark, and handsome type with a brooding artist façade. But inside, he’s the most caring, selfless, intelligent person you’ll ever meet. I’m sure by know, you’ve probably guessed my mothers and I plans, am I correct?” she asked.

“Plans?” I was overly confused at this point.

“Well, when you got to know my mom, she fell in love with everything about you. She felt that you were perfect for Edward. But obviously, that wasn’t possible because you were taking AP government while he was off gallivanting in Europe. So when she heard you were studying abroad in Prague, she called me up and told me. I always heard about you in conversations we had, and have been dying to meet you. So I decided to have her ask if it would be okay if I could stop by and visit while you were here. But I also had an ulterior motive. I’m sorry Bella if this creeps you out or embarrasses you, but you have to know, I honestly think you two are perfect for each other. I decided to set you both up using tonight as a double date, but I think Edward figured it out, and that’s why he didn’t come tonight. He didn’t want you to be forced out on a date with him, he wants you to have a say in it. So if you decide now that you don’t want to go out with us tomorrow I will understand. If not, then I promise you will not regret it!” She explained.

I was confused to say the least. She wanted to set Edward and me up. This was certainly awkward. I will admit, when I had seen that picture of Edward and the family on desk, I had harbored a huge crush on him. That was also a driving factor in wanting to meet him so badly; I wanted to see him in person. But to have Alice explain to me that she felt we were meant for each other was overwhelming. Based on his picture, I wasn’t even in the same league as this guy. He deserved a model, not Bella Swan! But she did say that he wanted to make it my choice, which means he knew of her intentions. If he were against them, I’m sure he wouldn’t have offered the date tomorrow…

“Okay, I’ll go.” I said, still unsure, but positive I wanted to meet him.

“You wont be disappointed Bella! I promise.” She exclaimed, trapping me in a bear hug.

“Now what am I going to have you wear…?” Oh no…