CHAPTER ONE- The Ball that Could Change Everything
It is 1779, I am in the land of Britain, and I am a vampire. My name is Isabella Swan, but I only go by Bella. I am what my kind calls, “crazy” for my way of feeding, since unlike most vampires, my family and I eat only the blood of the animals living around our current area. I live with Carlisle and Esme, the best people I’ve ever met. I love them like my own parents, which makes sense because I’m technically only seventeen, though I am really 115 years old. I have never felt the feeling of true love, as I walk the world with my parents.
Carlisle is a doctor, but we frequent balls when he returns from his work. Money has never been an issue in our family, since Carlisle is given massive amounts of money for his work.
“Bella! Come into the dining area, we have a lovely surprise for you!” Esme’s voice called from the bottom of the grand staircase. They continually were trying to push suitors into my life. From vampires to humans; everyone they thought that might sweep me off my feet never did. It felt like all of the time, I was putting gowns to meet with men that I never fell in love with. Most fell for me, that was obvious enough, some continued to write letters of affection, but I continued to ignore them, knowing I would only hurt them if I said I loved them back.
“Coming Esme!” I whisked down the marble staircase to see a muscular man standing five feet away from Carlisle and Esme.
“Hello, you must be Isabella Swan. I am Mr. Cullen, Emmett Cullen.” He had a deep, rich voice, but I knew right then that we would never work.
“Hello Mr. Cullen, please, call me Bella.” I said giving a small smile and shaking his hand. Vampire. His hand was warm against mine, but the kind that only other vampires felt. No blood pulsed through his veins.
I couldn’t find that spark, he was easy to talk to, but he clearly was in love with another girl.
As we sat in the porch of my house, I asked him, “Who are you in love with?”
He suddenly became tense and full of regret. “Her name is Rosalie Lillian Hale, she is a beautiful human, but I cannot marry her.” My pain and sympathy for him instantly rushed through me.
“Why not, is she of another class?” I asked worried.
“Yes, she is my maid, the most beautiful creature I have known, but alas, she is human and engaged to a clergyman. I have never told her my true feelings. I am sorry, but I cannot continue to talk about her, the pain is unbearable.” His fist was clenched, covering part of his face.
“I am so sorry Emmett. But there must be someone there who is part of your family that helps you through this agony.” He looked up at me.
“Yes, there is, my brother Edward Cullen.” Edward, I quite liked the sound of that name, Mrs. Edward Cullen- no, I do not even know of him.
“I do believe he would be interested in meeting you.” Emmett said with a smile.
“Will you tell me about Mr. Cullen?”
“He is a vampire like myself, but he is incredibly quick and agile. He is muscular, but he does not have the same build as me. He loves music, and the piano. And the rest, you will have to wait and see about. You should come to our next ball, you and your family. We are holding one next week in fact. You can meet my sister as well, Alice, and her fiancé Jasper.” He smiled as he stood up.
“I need to get back as soon as time allows. But we shall hopefully meet very soon.” Emmett gingerly took my gloved hand and kissed it. I smiled and waved goodbye as he sprinted into the forest off to his estate. I walked back into the house, and I saw Carlisle and Esme looking disappointed that I did not fall in love with a man.
“Do not look so disappointed, we were just invited to a ball by Emmett Cullen. You might have been onto something mother.” And right then, I sprinted up the stairs to find a gown to wear to the ball that might change everything.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~ONE WEEK LATER~~~~~~~~~~~~
We arrived in a carriage with our footmen and driver, the night was clear and starry, and I could hear the chatter and bustling sounds of unassuming humans dancing with vampires and other humans.
“Are you ready Bella?” I heard Esme whisper to me in my ear as we walked into the grand estate. The castle was elegant and extravagant, swirls and columns decorated the wide and tall estate. The mere sight would have taken my breath away, if I had not seen the man standing next to Emmett at the front double doors.
I felt my pace quicken slightly in excitement. Esme held onto me tightly, trying to hold me back I presume.
“Hello Mr. Cullen, it’s lovely to see you once again.” I said to Emmett.
“The feeling is mutual Ms. Swan, you look so gorgeous. Please let me introduce you to my brother, the other Mr. Cullen. Edward, Bella Swan.”
“Vous êtes donc enchanteur Miss Swan.” (AN: You are so enchanting in French.) I would have blushed if I could.
“Would you care for a dance?” He asked with a smile. I bit my lip and nodded. Edward kissed my hand and lead me into a grand ballroom full of high class men and women. All eyes turned unto us as we started to whirl around gracefully, just gazing into each other’s eyes, his a lovely golden color, the color of the sun. I couldn’t see anyone else, I felt like my frozen heart could beat once more.
I took a good look at him, his smiling face, his messy, bronze hair, and his unbelievable face. We danced until the song ended, and I curtsied as he bowed. But right then, he took a light hold on my hand and walked me out onto the courtyard. He turned and looked deep into my eyes. His fingers lifted my face up to his lightly, and kissed my lips ever so gently.
“I am sorry. That was wrong of me.” Edward said looking away.
“No, it was not. It was just right.” I turned his head to face mine. Edward smiled, and so did I. Because I couldn’t believe it, I was falling in love.
And then my dream came crashing down.
“Isabella, I cannot love you. I am engaged to another.”
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TANYA!!!! Oh i dont think so im gonna have to get rid of her ill have to call jane
*runs and grabs my phone calls jane*
me--hey jane its Izzy i need a favor
Jane--Ummmm yea i cant im uh im pretty busy
Jane *in a deep guyish voice*-- Jane i need you for a minute *normal voice* ok master sorry i have to go *jane hangs up* I Me-- You just made a deep voice your talking to yourself your going crazy *look at phone and run back to the computer*
Ok new plan Bella get rid of her!!!!
Thank you for calling Jane, Izzy! I'll see what I can do! Thank you for reading!
Chapter 5- Tonight Love, Tonight
Shock in the Rosalie’s eyes, the anger in Emmett’s, the hatred in Edward’s, and the pain in mine. My entire being collapsed onto the dusty alley way, and I felt my emotions fall apart.
“You must leave at once. You make this family in disgrace Edward Anthony Mason Cullen. You cannot come and bring pain to my, my wife once more.”
“Wife?!” Rosalie screeched.
“Rosalie, love it is not like that, I married her, knowing I would never love her, to relieve of the pain of loosing you. She is my best friend, you are the only woman I see.”
“Hypocrite; that is what you are Emmett.” Edward said forcefully.
“We are leaving, now. Without you Edward, Rosalie, please come with me and my family, we cannot stay here any longer. Isabella, get up and dust off your dress, we have no business being here.” His voice was strong and clear.
“I need two moments to say goodbye to him. You shall give me that Mr. Cullen.”
“Fine Isabella, two minutes,” he said turning on his heel and walking away with Rosalie in his arm.
I opened my mouth to speak, but before I could, Edward enveloped me in his arms, and lightly whispered in my ear, “Tonight love, meet me in the courtyard of my estate just four miles up the road from here, and we shall meet in the dead of night.” He told me as he lifted my head and kissed my lips lightly, and whispered, “Goodbye Bella, my love.”
I ran on my way, looking back, to see him waving at me, and whispering, “Tonight love, tonight.”
Emmett pulled me up to him and told me that we were leaving at once.
“You have said your goodbyes, tonight we are leaving for Scotland with Alice and Jasper, Rosalie, you and I shall be married in the morning, understand love? Isabella, you are never to speak to that man again; he is not even my brother, I am not sure who he is anymore.”
I ran back to our estate in silence, staring straight ahead. Tonight I shall see him; Alice is just not allowed to interfere.
“Bella, may I have this time to speak to you, outside, for just a moment?” Rosalie spoke to me timidly.
“But of course Rosalie,” I said, taken aback.
She led the way to the back porch.
“I know what is going to happen tonight, you are going to meet in the dead of night with Mr. Edward Cullen, but as a former maid of his, I would strongly advise against this, you are too lovely of a person to have him hurt you once more, he is leaving in the morning to run off to the United States, with Tanya.”
“No, I refuse to believe you, it is not going to happen. He is in love with me, that is what he said, I remember…” my voice trailed off, seeing the painful truth in her eyes. “I understand, thank you Rosalie, I am glad to know the truth.” I said shaking my, feeling like an idiot.
“Would you like comfort, or would you prefer some time alone?”
“Alone, thank you Rose. I wish you luck with Emmett, his is a wonderful man, you are incredibly lucky he loves so.” I patted her shoulder and went inside the forest. I sat under a tree and wished and hoped that for this time, I could cry. I finally did, so I cried, and cried, because I had been lied to and played by a Mister Edward Cullen.
A rustle in the trees pulled me out of my world and back into reality. I tensed my muscles at the scent seeping through the trees.
“Get away from here,” my words were like steel as they fell out of my mouth.
“Not until we are perfectly clear.”
“I said leave, now.”
“Do not go there once more Edward, enough excuses, you are leaving soon aren’t you? You should be packing, since your company is not wanted here.”
“SHUT UP ISABELLA. I am in love with you. Get that through your narrow-minded, stubborn head. I love you, I love you, I love you. I crumble to my feet when I see you. I am not leaving this place without you. I am the most selfish creature on this planet, but I refuse to leave anywhere without you. You are why I am here right now,” he said taking my arms and pulling me up to him, I didn’t look at him.
“Look at me, I am speaking!” he said turning my head to him, “Isabella, I will not live 100 more years without you beside me. Forget about Tanya, or Rosalie, or Alice, or Emmett, forget about everything and just kiss me,” he didn’t give me the chance to respond, my mouth was at his and held his arms wrapped around my waist, pulling me to him, though he didn’t need to, I was pulling myself to him.
“You are not leaving my side Bella,” he said pulling me up to him by swinging me so my side was at his chest.
“But what about Tanya; Rosalie told me you were leaving for the United States with her this very tomorrow.”
“I am not love; that was a town rumor that the wench must have heard.”
“She is not a wench Edward! What if you are lying to me? Dear, I love you, but not enough to hurt myself again.” He set my down I dusted off my dress, and re-tied my corset,
“Here, let me help you while I give you the entire story, leaving nothing out,” he started by tying my corset and let down my hair, which was respectfully put in a neat bun.
“Well, let me start 100 years back, I was getting ready for a ball Alice insisted on hosting, she adores a good ball. So, as I was putting my black coat on, to stand outside and greet everyone that entered, I started to wonder if I would ever want to be a part of the Volturi, I didn’t really of course, but one of us was meant to, so I went in place of my brother and sister. But it would have been absolutely improper to arrive without a wife, so before I had ever met you, I asked my betrothed to become a vampire and join the Volturi and that would be that. She heartily agreed, but she did not come to the ball with me. And then, you came into the picture.”
He was sat down on the green grass with his shins on the ground, and my puffed out dress was draped around the area around us. With my dress underneath, I sat on his lap, as his fingers ran through my hair.
“You, practically ruined the entire plan, and all you did was believe that my brother was trying to set you up with me. I can imagine how much he wants to take that back. You stepped out of that carriage with your mother by your side, and I fell for you, right then and there. You stole my heart, and you hadn’t even laid eyes on me yet. When you did, I felt a pull to be around you, and to be in your life. So, I made myself a part of your life. I did the respectable thing at the time, and asked for a dance. When you hand intertwined with mine, I felt a spark, a need to hold you closer, when you stepped outside with me on that sparkly, starry night, I was impulsive, and I kissed you. Though it was wrong, I still loved you as I have since that night.
“Ever since then, since I married, and went to Volterra, I only saw you. Every time a thought came to my mind, I went back to you. Since that first look at you, I have been in love, with a stubborn brunette, who has pale skin and golden eyes, long hair, curled gently at the end. Whose heart is good and pure, I love her, and look!” He said with arms out wide, “She, is sitting right here,” he said while placing a light kiss on my cheek. I let my head fall back on his chest and whispered,
“So, if you do love me, and are not romantically linked to this, Tanya, and Emmett and I aren’t married, married, since he is in fact going to be wed to Rosalie very soon, is the offer of your hand in marriage still open?” I asked as we laid, looking up at the now starry sky.
“So you will marry me love?”
“It is the proper thing to do, isn’t it?” I asked with a smile.
“Indeed it is Bella. But please, let me ask you in the most gentlemanly form.” I nodded and he knelt to the ground pulling a velvet box out of his coat pocket and pulled me to stand up.
I heard the snap as the box opened, and a diamond ring perched itself in a silk cloth.
“Isabella Marie Swan, will you give me the honor and happiness of spending the rest of my existence of being my beautiful wife?”
“Yes, yes I will!” he slipped the ring onto my pale finger and lifted me up and swung me around, I laughed whole-heartedly. He planted my feet on the ground and he kissed my lips longer than he ever had.
He let go and gestured to the path up to the estate.
“You know they already know, Alice has told them everything already. Emmett is not so shocked; you two are officially “divorced”, so we are not a scandal. And you really should have Carlisle and Esme meet me.” I sighed, picked up my dress and started walking up to our estate. In through the courtyard I went, with Edward right by my side.
I stepped into the parlor, where everyone was seated around, not drinking the tea that was set out for them. I saw Rosalie had been changed into a white dress that had sunshine yellow delicately flowing and swirling all around the gown, thin and small lines decorated the design, giving her an elegant look. I quickly grabbed a tight hold on Edward’s hand.
“Hello, Bella, Edward, why don’t you have a seat and join us?” Alice said calmly, pointing to a loveseat over on the North side of the parlor.
We nodded, scurried over to the loveseat and sat down.
They resumed their talking and I took a silent sigh of relief. With Edward sitting next to me, I felt my breathing regulate back to normal.
I felt Edward squeeze my hand as he cleared his throat to speak, I suddenly very self conscious as everyone’s eyes fell on us.
“Yes Edward?” Alice asked him.
“Um, with recent events, I felt it-“
“Oh don’t worry Edward, we already know about your engagement, and congratulations! Can we discuss this later? Getting into further detail, about the wedding and all that jazz;”
Alice was interrupted by an obnoxious bang at the pine door. We all snapped our heads up and sped to the front door. When Edward slowly opened the door, someone jumped on his lips with hers’ pressed on his. She wrapped her arms around his neck and I felt the tears I wished for coming back. But before they could come flooding back, he shoved her off, and she stood with her hands on her hips.
“Edward dear, why don’t you introduce me to your friend, how about I go first? Hello, I’m”
“Save your breath, I know who you are.” I said storming off.
I reached outside and I tore off the bottom of my dress. When I was about to start running, loud steps of a horse came fast, impossibly fast. I felt myself scooped up by a man, and I screamed, “Edward!” I outstretched my hand but the girl’s got in the way.
“Oh no you don’t,” she pushed my hand and held Edward back. I suddenly felt myself slip away into a black coma as I landed with a thud on the dusty ground.