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6. Chapter 6
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“Isabella Marie Swan! Get your little butt out here. I’ve known you since
birth and you have never taken this long to get ready.” Alice said, “I
specifically told you not to be late.”
“I’m ready, I’m ready. Alice, relax.” Bella said walking out of her
bedroom, purse in one hand, heels in the other, “Did you like drink a gallon
of coffee, you are so hyper?” She asked, sitting down on the couch.
“No I just haven’t gone out for a really long time and I’m excited. I
actually feel good tonight, I’m not tired or in pain. It’s perfect.” Alice said.
“Well I’m glad your feeling good.” Jessica said as Bella pulled her heels
“So where are we going tonight anyway?” Shane asked as she readjusted
her dress into place.
“We’re going to that Area in Port Angeles.” Bella said as she and Angela
looked in the mirror making sure everything was in the correct place.
“I’m ready to go.” Bella said.
“Let’s go then, we still have to drive all the way up there.” Alice said as
they walked out of the house.
“That’s what the radio is for Alice.” Bella smiled, climbing to the
passenger’s seat of Alice’s SUV. She tuned the radio station to one of their
favorites as everyone else got into the car. Alice pulled out of the driveway
and started driving towards Port Angeles.
“So let’s see the ring, Bella.” Jessica said. Bella turned around and
showed the three girls in the back seat her engagement ring.
“It’s beautiful.” Angela said.
“Alice did a good job, picking it out.” Bella laughed.
“You went with James?” Rose asked.
“Yeah he needed some help. The one he wanted to get her was so ugly.”
“Good thing he had you to take.” Angela laughed.
“So how is apartment hunting going, Jess?” Bella asked.
“It’s going okay but I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m so terrible at
picking stuff out. I’m lucky I have Mike with me, I would have no idea what
I was looking at. He’s the one who looks at the structural integrity of
everything.” Jessica said.
“That’s good, I don’t know what I would do without Emmett.” Rose said.
Bella looked over at Alice and realized she quickly needed to change the
“So our apartment is really cute.” Bella said.
“Did James propose in the apartment or somewhere on Campus?” Jess
“He proposed when we were standing in the living room.” She smiled.
“Have you broken in the apartment yet?” Angela asked.
“No not yet.” She said.
“Are you ever going to have sex with the poor guy? You two have been
dating for almost four years, he has to be dying.” Jessica asked.
“I want to wait until it feels right, I want to have that perfect moment.
We’re waiting until our wedding night to do it. Then he can have it all.” Bella
“I don’t know if Mike would have waited that long.” Jessica said.
“James would wait even longer if I asked him too.” Bella said smiling.
“How much longer until we get there?” Angela asked.
“At least a half hour it depends on traffic.” Alice said.
“So I still don’t understand why you proposed to Bella if you refuse to
stop sleeping with Kylie.” Mike said as he and James sat in his bedroom,
playing X-Box 360.
“Bella will not have sex with me no matter what I do. The girl has a vice
grip on her virginity and I can’t get to it. I thought for sure she would give it
up when I asked her to marry me but then she pushed it back and said she
wanted to wait until the wedding night.” He said.
“So why even propose to Bella? You could have drawn this out for a few
more years and had nothing to worry about.” Mike asked.
“Bella’s father is the police commissioner. I’m graduating with a law
enforcement degree in a year and if I’m married to Bella I’ll have a job for
sure. It won’t be a BS entry level job either. We’re talking like heading a
department. I spend five years with him and I’ll have enough experience to
get into the FBI or CIA, something better then detective. I’ll be set for life
I’ll never have to worry about a job again. It’s like the best possible
situation for everyone.” James said.
“So why not stop sleeping with Kylie once you marry Bella? I mean you’ll
be having sex it’s part of marriage.” Mike asked.
“Even when we get married, Bella is a virgin, she’s going to be terrible in
bed. Kylie is so good at everything, she’s so good she’s practically
professional. I don’t really want to give that up.” James said.
“So let me get this straight, you are marrying a girl you don’t really love
just to make sure you have a job after graduation?”
“It’s not just a job it’s setting myself up for an amazing career.” He said.
“So you’re doing it for an amazing career?” He asked, “And you refuse to
stop sleeping with Kylie.”
“Yeah it sounds bad doesn’t it?”
“Just a little.”
“Oh well, I hope it doesn’t blow up in my face.” He laughed, “So what are
the girls doing tonight? Bella said they were going out but she never said
“They are in PA at Area. The guys are coming over in a bit I figured we’d
head into PA too. We have to celebrate you’re engagement. We can head
to a strip club or meet the girls at Area.” Mike said.
“Sounds good. When are they coming?”
“They should be here anytime now.”
Alice pulled into a parking spot on the same street as the club. The five
girls climbed out of the car and started walking down the street before
walking into the club. They found a small booth in the corner and took their
“Am I going to be the only sober one tonight?” Alice asked as the girls
started getting drinks.
“No I’m staying sober with you. I don’t feel like drinking tonight.” Bella
said, sitting down next to Alice in the booth.
“Good. I hate being the only one.” She said. A few boys came to the
table to hit on the girls, they quickly informed them they were taken and
sent them away.
“We’re popular tonight.” Angela laughed.
“Yeah we are.” Rose laughed.
“Do you know where the boys are tonight, Is?” Jessica asked
“Yeah, James just text messaged me. The boys are all on their way to
PA, they are going to a strip club. He didn’t say which one though.” Bella
said crossing her legs as she sipped on her coke.
“You know Mike and James, any excuse to go to the strip club.” Jessica
“Let’s beat them there.” Bella said,
“What do you mean?” Angela asked.
“Let’s go to The Body Shop. It’s right down the street. Strip clubs are so
much fun. It’s James and Mike’s favorite, we’ll have a little fun before the
boys get there. Then we can keep an eye on the boys once they get there,
make sure they don’t have too much fun.” Bella said.
“So where are we going to go once we get to PA?” Jacob asked as they all
sat outside Mike and James’ house.
“The Body Shop best strip club in PA and the girls are already there.”
“Wait the girls are at a strip club?” James asked, “Bella, my Bella is
getting lap dances as we speak?”
“Probably.” Mike said.
“We have to go.” James said.
“Strip club sounds good to me.” Jacob said, “Should we go get Kylie or did
she already go with the girls?”
“No, we are not taking my little sister to a strip club, she’s not old enough
anyway.” Emmett said, “ She’s the cheerleading thing tonight anyway.”
“Really? She didn’t tell me that.” Jacob asked.
“Yeah it’s like the end of the year sleep over I don’t know.” Emmett said
as they walked out to their cars. They drove to downtown PA and found
some parking spots by Alice’s car outside of the strip club. They piled out
and walked into the club.
“Hey baby.” Jessica said kissing Mike as he sat down next to her. He
wrapped his arm around her.
“Hi sweetie.” Bella said as she sat down on James’ lap. She leaned down
to give him a kiss.
“Hi baby.” He said wrapping his arm around her waist.
“Can I get you anything?” One of the waitress’s asked after they all sat
“Five Budweiser’s, Four Cosmo’s, and Two Coke’s.” Edward rattled off their
typical drink order.
“I’ll be right back with those.” She said walking away. She returned a few
minutes later with all the drinks and handed them out accordingly. After
they finished their first round, Bella and James started looking around.
“Okay baby, time for a lap dance.” He said, they called a stripper over
and James pulled out his wallet and handed her a twenty as she started
giving Bella the lap dance.
“So is there a special occasion?” She asked.
“We’re getting married.” Bella said, leaning back against James.
“Congratulations.” She smiled turning around to dance some more.
After two more rounds, Edward and Mike cut themselves off to make sure
they were okay to drive home that night. James didn’t seem to have that
good sense even after Bella asked him to stop. He was incredibly drunk and
starting to get very inappropriate with Bella.
“So when do I get my lap dance, Bells?” James asked.
“Not here, James.” She said pushing him away slightly.
“Bella, we’re engaged we can do what ever we want whenever we want,
where ever we want.” He said starting to kiss her.
“This isn’t a good idea.” She said.
“It doesn’t matter.” He said sliding his hands up her sides under her
“No.” She stood up after finally having enough. She walked over to
Edward, “Will you drive me home I don’t really want to be here anymore?”
“Of course, Bella.” He said standing up.
“Mike, James is wasted, will you make sure he gets home okay?” Bella
“Yeah of course.” Edward set his hand on Bella’s back as they walked out
of the strip club. He unlocked the door to his Volvo and let her in before
pulling out of the spot and getting on the road heading back to Forks.
“I’m sorry to make you leave. James was just being so drunk and
unreasonable. I just needed to get out of there. Thanks for leaving with
me, Edward.” Bella said.
“It’s not a problem, Is.” He said, “So what happened back there anyway?
You and James just got engaged, aren’t you two suppose to be in your
honeymoon stage or something?”
“He’s just really drunk and not thinking clearly. He was all over me and
that’s just not okay with me especially considering we were in public.”
“Well, not to defend him or anything but you did bring him to a strip
“No means no, and stop means stop, not matter what. I don’t care how
drunk he was or what else was going on. He should have stopped when I
asked him too. I don’t care what anyone else says it doesn’t matter how
intoxicated you are, you still have control of your actions and make your own
choices.” She said.
“I know, I’m sorry he treated you like that, it was totally out of line and
he shouldn’t have done it.” He said, “Don’t take this the wrong way, but are
you sure he’s ready for this, Bella? I mean he spent the whole night tonight
acting like a drunken frat guy. Are you sure he’s ready for that kind of
“He doesn’t normally act like this. He’s just so stressed out between
finishing school and getting married this year. He was just blowing off some
steam. It’s a lot for him to handle and he’s nervous about entering the real
world after graduation.”
“I just care a lot about you and I don’t want to see you make a mistake,
if this is a mistake, that could haunt you for the rest of your life. I don’t
want to see that happen to you. Are you sure he’s ready for this?” He
“Edward, James flew all the way to Chicago just to make sure everything
was okay and to ask me dad for his permission to ask me to marry him. He
took Alice with him to pick out my engagement ring just to make sure it was
the perfect ring for me. James is doing everything he can t make sure
everything goes perfect.”
“Now, I wanted to talk to you about something else. Can you and James
please try to get along for my sake? You two hate each to other and I don’t
know why. It makes so sense.” She said.
“I just don’t like him. There’s something about him I don’t trust.”
“I don’t get it. He’s never done anything to you, and you’ve never done
anything to him. I don’t understand why you two don’t like each other.
Aside from my Dad and Alice, You two are the most important people in the
world to me and it kills me that you two can’t get along.”
“I will bite my tongue and try to get along with him. I’m not making any
promises and I’m not going to be his best friend though.”
“That’s all I’m asking, I just want to two to try.”
“Thank you.” She smiled.
“So did you get your apartment assignments when you were up at UW
today?” He asked.
“Yeah, Alice and my apartment is absolutely amazing. It’s huge and it
has hardwood floors and our kitchen is awesome. Alice got the bigger room
and hers has a cute little area for baby. It’ll be perfect for all of the
furniture and extra supplies. It’s the better then I hoped.” She said,
“James’ dorm room on the other hand is smaller then my closet. It’s
ridiculously small. He’s lucky it’s a single.”
“It’s going to be especially interesting considering he already has a
U-haul truck full of stuff he plans on bringing up there with him.”
“That’s not going to go well.”
“I swear he has more clothes then I do. I’m not even bringing all my
clothes up with me.” She said.
“That’s pretty pathetic.” They both laughed.
“I know, I’m marrying a woman.” She said, “So did you get your place
“Yeah I saw it yesterday. It’s good, right on the edge of campus. I
signed my lease so I’m an official resident now.”
“Ironic, how we ended up there. I never though that would happen.”
“I know. I remember the four of us sitting on the deck when we were like
twelve talking about how we were going to move to Manhattan one day.” He
“I remember that.” She smiled, “Well at least were all together up at
“Yeah.” She smiled, “I feel like such a slacker compared to all of you.
You and Alice are pre-med. James is going to be a cop. Jacob is going to
be a marine. I’m going to be a crisis counselor, while you all make a
difference in this world.”
“How can you say your not going to make a difference? You are going to
be helping kids work through their problems. Why did you want to become a
counselor anyway?” He asked.
“I had such a hard time when I lost my mom. I didn’t have anyone to
talk to because my dad was in such a daze and no one else knew what to
say to me. I was just in such a bad place. I never want any other kids to
feel like that, I don’t want any of them to feel alone.” She said.
“And how can you say that’s not important?” He questions, “You picked a
job that was tailor made for you. You are caring, compassionate, easy to
talk to, perfect….for this job.” He caught himself.
“Thanks Edward. You’ve always been good at making me feel better.”
“I’m glad I could help.” He said pulling into her driveway, “I think this is
“Thanks for driving me home.” She hugged him.
“No problem.” He said. She climbed out of the car and walked into her
guest house. She pulled off her heels and hit the play button on her
answering machine as she walked in her bedroom.
“Hi Bells its dad. My flight gets in at 10:47 tomorrow morning. It’s
Northwest flight 2234 in case you want to track it. I should be home by noon
at the latest. I’ll see you in the morning, I love you.”
“Baby, I am so sorry. I acted like a complete asshole and I was a
drunken slob. Please forgive me, I was a jerk. I’m sorry. I should have
listened when you said no and stop. I’m sorry, it’ll never happen again, I am
so sorry.” James said.
“Hey Bella, it’s Alice. I tried your cell phone but I think it’s dead. Anyway
I wanted to give you the heads up. Mike and James just left and James is
on his way to talk to you I didn’t want you to be blindsided, call me in the
morning.” Bella really didn’t care, she wasn’t in the mood to fight with
James. She locked the door and turned off all the lights before crawling into
her bed alone for the first time in a while.
Around 2 AM, there was a loud banging on the front door. Bella got out
of bed and flipped on the lights in the main room, “Who is it?”
“It’s James. Baby I am so sorry I was way out of line. I shouldn’t have
“James I really don’t want to talk about this now. It’s two o’clock in the
“Please just let me in.” He said.
“Are you drunk?”
“I’ve sobered up a little.”
“Hold on.” She walked into the kitchen and grabbed to Tylenol PM pills
and a water bottle setting them on the coffee table next to the couch. She
pulled out a pillow and a blanket dropping them on the couch before walking
over and unlocking the door.
“Thank you baby. I am so sorry.”
“Save it. I really don’t want to talk about it tonight. I’m tired and I want
to go to sleep. Just take the pills and go to sleep on the couch.” She said.
She walked into her bedroom, locking the door behind her, and crawled back
into bed. She quickly fell back to sleep.
The next morning, Bella woke up close to ten o’clock. She climbed out of
bed and hopped in the shower before getting ready for her day. She walked
out of her bedroom and found James still asleep in her living room. At
sometime during the night he had fallen off the couch and was now laying in
a very uncomfortable-looking position on the floor. She walked into the
kitchen and made a pot of coffee. She was still a little angry about the night
before so she decided to let it go by loudly dropping a large pan into the
“What? What’s wrong?” James asked jumping up from the floor.
“Coffee is ready.” She said.
“I’m sorry, sweetie.”
“Let’s just not talk about it. I forgive you but it cannot happen again.
You can not drink like that anymore or I won’t be this forgiving.”
“I’m going to the main house. I have some stuff to do before my dad
gets home, I suggest you not be here when he gets here.” She said,
slipping her flip flops on before walking down the path to the main house.
She walked up the all too familiar stairs to the attic and opened the worn
leather chest. She pulled out her mother’s vintage cap-sleeved wedding
dress. She pulled it on and zipped up the side, the dress fit like a glove,
like it was made for her. She pulled out the photo album and sat down on
“Hi mom, I’m sorry it’s been a while since I’ve been up here. The last
year has just been so busy. I’m sure your up in heaven with Jasper. I bet
he’s worried sick about Alice. Please tell him she’s doing great, she’s so
strong. They’re having a little boy and I bet he’s going to look just like
Jasper. I’m getting married to James on Christmas Eve, that’s why I have
your dress on. It fits perfectly I was shocked. We were exactly the same
size when you were my age.” She said flipping though the worn out photo
album, she came across the a picture of her parents on their wedding day.
She looked so happy and Bella immediately broke down into tears, “Mom, I
need you. I have no idea what I’m even doing. I don’t know if I’m making
the right decision. James seems like the right guy but I’m not even sure.
I’m only eighteen, I don’t know if we’re ready for this. I just need you here
to talk to me and help me through these feelings. I just wish you were
here.” She said, she stopped talking when she heard someone coming up
the stairs, “James, don’t come up here.”
“It’s not James, sweetie.” He father said coming up the stairs.
“Dad.” She rushed over to hug him, “I missed you so much I’m so glad
“I missed you too.” He said, “You’re missing your mother I see.” He
wiped the tears away from under her eyes.
“I just needed to talk to her for a little bit.” She said sitting down on the
couch next to him.
“You look beautiful in her dress, are you going to wear it when you marry
“I was thinking I was going to. That way it’ll feel like she’s there and I
won’t have to get married in the attic.” She smiled.
“You know she’s going to be there no matter what you get married in or
where you get married.” He said wrapping his arm around her as they looked
at the photo album together.
“I just wish she was here. It feels so wrong getting married with out her
here. She was so good at this stuff, and she made all the decisions seem
so easy. I just feel like she should be here for all of this.”
“I know baby. She’ll be here no matter what don’t worry.”
“I miss her so much.”
“I do too.” He kissed her forehead, “So where’s my future son-in-law?”
“His house I think. He drank way too much last night he wasn’t feeling