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A Small World
Edward leaves Bella. She is attacked by Laurent and turned into a vampire. Now, twenty yeas later, she's back in Forks. The leader of the coven, Meg is getting engaged. The Cullens are invited. Will Bella let Edward rectify his mistake? Or will she move on as he intenede for her to do so?
8. Chapter 8
Word Count 1679
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"Breathe Bella," Dan whispered in my ear.
We were just getting out of my car. We were outside a small hall in Port Angeles, one of Meg's possible locations. It was time for Operation Ignore Edward- I was going to pretend that he wasn't with us.
"I am breathing," I hissed back.
"What are you two whispering about?" Shelly asked loudly.
Tasha turned at Shelly voice's. I suppressed an internal groan. She smiled to me.
"I guess we know who's wedding we'll be attending next," she said.
"You wish!" cried Dan and I together.
"Why don't you guys just admit that you have feelings for each other?" asked Tash.
"Let me think. Oh. Right. Because we prefer to keep our personal lives private," Dan replied.
"Stop fighting," Meg ordered us.
"Tash started it," Dan and I replied in unison.
"You see, you guys even speak together. It's so cute."
Meg laughed at us. "She's right, Bella."
I turned to Dan. "Get me out of here," I begged.
And then I got an idea. I winked inconspicuously at Dan and walked over to Tash.
"Well, now that the cat's out of the bag. Do you think you can get Meg to give us some time alone?"
Tash gaped at me before throwing her arms around me. "Bella, that's great. Of course."
She walked over to Meg who was busy talking to Alice.
"Where's Esme and Carlisle?" I asked Shelly.
"Esme is decorating or something like that. Carlisle's at work."
I watched as Meg's face lit up when Tash spoke to her. She nodded animatedly. I smiled. Alice turned to me with an arched eyebrow. I gave her a small wave. I had nothing against her.
My smile quickly faded as I noticed someone approach Alice and Meg. Edward stiffened before turning to me. I met his dark, seemingly angry gaze for a nanosecond before turning to look at Tash.
"Bye, Bella," yelled Tash.
I forced out a laugh and winked at her. "Thanks," I mouthed.
I walked back to Dan. "Let's go."
"I don't know. Where do you want to go?" I asked seductively.
He caught my drift. He smiled flirtatiously at me.
"Where do you want to go, Bella?"
"Wherever you want to go."
Everyone awwwed behind us. Dan wrapped an arm around my waist and pulled me into the car. For the next two hours Dan and I sat in the car, listening to music. It felt good-I didn't have to pretend anymore that Edward wasn't around because now he really wasn't.
Meg let us skip the location scouting but she insisted that Dan and I be present for when she choose cards.
I got out of the car with a scowl. There was no way in hell that I was spending time with the Cullens.
"Stop moping," Dan whispered.
Of course, since we were surrounded by vampires, it was a wasted effort.
"You had the whole morning with him, Bella. We understand that you've just admitted your feelings for him, but it's my wedding. Please humor me."
"It's your wedding. Why do I have to be present for the choosing of cards?"
"She reminds me of you," Shelly said to Tash.
I glared at her.
"What? You do," she insisted.
Dan pulled me into the printers. I made a face but followed him. I felt a familiar pain in my chest. I was dangerously close to remembering that Edward was here.
I concentrated on my breathing.
In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. In. Out.
I was starting to feel a lot better. I looked up and nearly stopped breathing at what I saw.
Edward was making his way over to me.
I kept my face expressionless, silently cursing Dan to the fiery depths of hell.
I contemplated running away. No, that would be childish. It was too late now, he was already in my of me.
"Hello Bella," Edward said to me.
His voice! The hole in my chest began to grow bigger. Fifty years of work was going down the drain.
"Bella, how did you…Why did…" he stopped.
Edward speechless was a very entertaining sight. However I still hated him with a fiery passion. He had ruined my life. I would been better of if he had never entered my life. My chest constricted painfully at the thought. A life without Edward? That wasn't a life. It was a prison sentence.
Perhaps if I had never met him, then maybe living without him wouldn't be so difficult.
Edward took a deep breath and began again. "Who changed you?"
Angry swept through every part of my body. I smiled coldly at Edward.
"You're not the only vampire out there," I reminded him.
I continued without waiting for a response. "It was Laurent. I was in the meadow, and I saw him there. He was hungry and so he bit me. Dan and Jake found me just in time. If it wasn't for them I would be dead," I made a face at the thought, pretending to prefer an eternity of suffering as opposed to death.
"Laurent," Edward repeated.
He looked shocked.
I clucked my tongue. "Don't worry, Edward."
It still hurt to say his name. "Once the wedding's over, we'll leave town and you and Tanya can continue with your happy life."
"Tanya's not my mate."
"No?" I was still being callous. "That's a pity. You guys make a very cute couple. Almost as good as Meg and Peter."
Edward winced as if my words had stung him.
"Bell-" he began.
"Bella," yelled a voice behind me.
I turned around and saw Dan waving frantically at me. He looked apologetic.
"Bye Edward ," I said with a pleasant smile.
I walked away from him. Just as he had left me, I had turned my back on him and walked away. But I didn't feel as good as I thought I would. Instead I felt guilt. Horrible, gut-wrenching guilt.
At the end of the day, Shelly, Tash and I were gathered in the Cullens living room. Alice wanted us to help her plan Meg's engagement.
We were all alone since Alice had insisted that it was an all-girls event. Odd, considering that Jasper and Emmett were busy on the Xbox while Edward was at the hospital with Carlisle. I had overhead Esme on the phone with Carlisle-they were going to be early.
"Alice?" I asked politely.
Alice spun around and faced me with a huge smile. I felt bad for ignoring her for so long. The feeling disappeared as quickly as it had appeared. Jasper. I turned to where the boys were. Jasper winked at me before turning back to his game. I faced Alice with a smile that mirrored her own.
"If this is supposed to be an all-girls event, why are they here?" I pointed at Emmett and Jasper.
"We're exceptions," Emmett replied.
"No. Bella's right," Tanya said with a devilish glint in her eye.
Rosalie beamed at Tanya. "Yep. Unless…"
"What?" the guys cried eagerly.
"If you two were girls we would let you play all the videogames you want," Rosalie said, smiling sweetly.
Emmett and Jasper exchanged glances and ran upstairs. I giggled.
"Are they really going to change into girls?" Shelly asked.
"I hope so. Bella, do you have your camera?" Tash asked.
I smiled. "Obviously."
I turned around. Emmett and Jasper were both wearing jeans and sweatshirts. But Emmett had long curly blonde hair and Jasper had shoulder-length black hair.
"Wow!" was all I could say.
"We're imitating them," Emmett explained to me, gesturing to Alice and Rosalie.
"Good job," Tanya complimented them.
"So can we continue with our games?" Emmett asked Rosalie, hopefully.
Alice snorted. "All girls are to help with the planning of the engagement. Now everyone sit down!"
I sighed and sat down at the closest chair. There was no stopping Alice when she was in planning mode.
"What are we starting with?" Shelly asked.
"Décor," Alice said brightly.
"Yipee," I muttered under my breath.
"Stop being a party-pooper, Bella," Tash chided me.
"You weren't supposed to hear that," I replied.
"Who wants to do tables?" asked Alice.
"Waitering or décor?" I asked with a laugh.
Alice glared at me.
"I'll do it," Esme said, walking in and sitting next to me.
I felt a pang of sorrow hit me. The Cullens were always like family to me. Jasper sighed heavily and sent a burst of excitement my way. I glared at him.
Stop interfering with my emotions, I mouthed to him.
He shrugged and jerked his head in Alice's direction. She was watching me. I sighed again and rested my head on the table. It was then that I noticed that I was sitting opposite Tanya. I suppressed another sigh.
"I'll do the flower arrangements," said Alice.
"Outfits," Rosalie replied.
"I'll do the sound system," Emmett said in his booming voice.
"Amelia, is there something wrong with your voice?" Rosalie asked Emmett, feigning concern.
We burst out laughing.
"No, Rosy," Emmett answered obediently.
"What's her name?" I asked Alice, pointing at Jasper.
"Jasmine," Alice replied.
We burst out into even more hysterical laughter. When we finally stopped, I realized that there were two vampires standing in the hallway. Edward and Carlisle.
My cell phone rang. I checked the caller ID. It was Dan. I answered the phone, walking outside to get as much privacy as possible.
"Hey. What you up to?"
"Are you away from them?"
"Okay. Can you make up an excuse to get away?"
"So you don't have to go through the torture?"
"I'm just saying. Do you really want to be there with them?"
I considered his question.
"Alright then. It's your decision. Bye Bella."
"Dan, you aren't upset, right?"
"Of course not."
"Okay. Bye Dan."
I turned around. Edward was standing behind me, his expression impassive.