Two Broken Hearts

Chapter 8

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Chapter 8

Edward was completely breath taking. I thought he looked amazing in jeans and a T-shirt but Edward in a suit was drool worthy. His broad shoulders looked even more masculine in under the fabric of the jacket, making him appear even more muscular then he already was. The crisp, white dress shirt he wore underneath was obscured by a thin black tie that begged for me to grab a hold of it, pull him to me, and kiss him senseless.

I think I'm actually drooling. I thought to myself before licking my lips. Yup. Definitely drooling. Attractive, Bella.

"Earth to Bella." Alice almost yelled, waving a hand in front of my face.

"Huh?" I uttered, my Edward-induced haze slowly lifting from my brain.

"We need to leave now to walk over to your parent's house." Alice said to me very slowly.

"Okay." I answered, my voice slightly breathless before I cleared my throat.

I didn't remember the ride over or even walking in to the hotel ballroom, for that matter. All my brain could on was thoughts of Edward. Alice found me the second I walked in the door.

"Bella, I think that we have a problem."

"What is it now, Ali?" I answered distractedly.

"Look around and see if you spot anyone."

I looked around and saw no one that I could recognize.

"Alice, I am way too tired for this just tell me." I sighed, nearly begging.

"Fine. Jacob Black is here with some bitch on his arm." I looked around again and sure enough, there Jacob was with my ex-best friend hanging off of his arm.

"I need to go. I can't face both of them." I turned to leave just as Edward came over to say hello.

"Bella, going so soon?" He asked with a sad smile.

"Yes," I replied, trying to keep the tears of betrayal from my eyes. "I can't do this." I said to him.

"Do what? It's not like these people bite or anything." He said sarcastically.

"Ha. Ha. Hilarious." I said to him, rolling my eyes and relishing in his presence as he stood close beside me.

"Edward, look behind you." Alice told him.

He looked over at them then back to me. "Fuck. Is that them?"

"Yes." I said sadly. A pained expression flowed across his face and he bent down to cup my face within his soft hands, rubbing his thumbs over my cheeks.

"Do you need to leave?" He whispered sincerely, seemingly prepared to do whatever it took to make me happy.

I took a deep breath and tried to smile at him. "I think I will be fine." He nodded quietly and I smiled genuinely at him. "Thank you." I told him.

Reluctantly, I broke his gaze looked back over at them and saw that they were sauntering over to where Edward, Alice and I were.

"Perfect. Now they are coming this way."

When Jacob caught sight of me, he smiled at me. But it was not the same happy grin I had known. It was menacing and tyrannical. I shuddered. "Shit." I muttered so low that only Edward heard me.

"Bella! It's so nice to see you again! How long has it been? Six months?" Angela

asked me, plastering a smile on her face.

"I can't say the same about you." I huffed indignantly. Now, if you wouldn't mind, please leave us alone." I turned away from them, and back to Edward and Alice.

"Are we intruding on something important?" She asked, persistent.

"Nope." I said matter-of-factly. "Just talking."

"Anything I would know about?" She hedged.

"Cheating whores of best friends, or I guess now ex-best friends." Alice piped up.

"So, I think that the answer would be; yes, you know everything about cheating whores that happens to be my ex-best friend." I finished, tilting my chin up defiantly.

The expression that crossed her face made the entire night completely worth while. As they walked away, murder in Jacob's eyes, I couldn't help but thinking back to that fateful day.

-Flashback-

Today was the day that I could finally tell him. Jake. God, I loved him so much. And today was the day I could finally confess my feelings for him. The moment that I had figured out the depth of my feelings for him, I knew I wouldn't be able to keep it within me. I had thought about telling Angela, my best friend, first, however I quickly decided against it. Jake needed to be the first to know.

This is the day that we can finally take our next step. I thought to myself. The day that I can give myself over to him completely. He had been pressuring me to have sex with him for months, and now he can get his wish. But only after I tell him I love him, of course.

How was I supposed to tell him? Should I tell him we need to talk? No. I quickly answered to myself. That sounds like I'm going to break up with him. I wondered if I could just come right out and say it, just out of the blue. Secretly, a part of me wanted it to be more passionate than that. I finally decided that I would just go to his house and let the chips fall as they may.

I was surprised to find that the front door was open, nevertheless, I walked in to the small house. I was immediately engulfed in darkness, but I knew someone had to be home. He was probably just taking a nap. When I reached his room, I turned the door knob, and slowly pushed the door open. I couldn't believe what I found on the other side.

Angela and Jake. Curled up against each other, both topless in his bed.

The two people that I trusted most in this world had betrayed me, in the worst way possible.I loved both of them dearly, and they completely broke my undying trust in them. The thought was nauseating. Seething quietly in the threshold, I vowed to make sure they would know what they had done. Without another thought, I threw the door open, letting it swing and hit the picture frame hanging on the wall on the other side with a loud, bang!

That woke them up from their slumber.

"Bella, this is not what it looks like." Jake said to me lowly, looking mortified and scared completely shitless of me

"Well, then please tell me what the hell that this is supposed to look like!"

I screamed at him, awakening Angela from her sleep.

"Bella?" She asked sleepily, then quickly realized where she was and what she had done."Oh, fuck." She muttered, a look of mortification flowing across her face.

"Yeah." I spat sarcastically. "I'll say. You know what? I don't even care anymore." I told them.

"Goodbye, Jake." I told him, not even bothering to acknowledge Angela.

I walked away from him with a broken heart. I was supposed to be the only one

that he would ever wrap in his arms. He even gave me a promise ring. He had said it was

to say that I was marked as his girl. I nearly gagged at the thought, now. As I thought of the promises he made and broke during his time with me, I pulled the ring from my finger, smashing into the ground.

And through my tears, I could still see their dirty little secret.

-End Flashback-

I shook off the horrible memory. That day was supposed have been the best day of my life, but it turned into the worst when I saw them in that bed together. But in a way, only as an afterthought, of course, I was happy that it happened before I gave myself over to him and told him that I loved him.

"Bella?" Edward was waving his hand in front of my face pulling me from my reverie.

"Yes?"

He seemed pleased I had returned to the conversation."I couldn't help but wondering why they are here."

"Her Dad works for us. That is how we met in the first place." I explained.

We lapsed into silence. We ate the dinner making small talk here and there but

otherwise keeping quiet.

Angela walked up to me just as I was about to leave. "I am not a whore." She claimed timidly.

"You can keep telling yourself that, but you slept with my boyfriend. Do you any idea what it is like when the two people that you care about most in the world betray you? And do you know why I was going to see him that day? I was going to tell him that I love him and that I was ready." I was crying by this point, reliving the memories in anger and sorrow. I could see Angela was going to cry as well but I didn't care about her anymore. "And now, having to come to this stupid thing and see you two together and that is like twisting the knife that you both stuck in my heart. We had something good going and the two of you completely ruined it. You had no right to do that to me. Your best friend. At least, that's what I thought I was to you." I felt a strong arm wrap around my waist in comfort. Edward. I immediately felt comforted through the mayhem surrounding me.

"Bella," She smiled sadly. "You will never forgive me, will you?"

"What the hell do you expect? You ruined my life! I had to move away to get away from all of this shit! Do you know what it is like being stared at in the halls when your best friend and your ex are walking down the hall hand in hand?" I spat at her.

"No, but Bella we didn't mean to do that to you! It just...happened." She finished lamely.

Pulling away from Edward, I turned and walked over to the car, getting in and driving away from all of the lies I had faced.

I was in a meadow. A bright, warm, abundant meadow. Wild flowers and long grass grew tall around me as I lay facing the blue sky, not a cloud to be seen. I could almost hear the faint trickling of a stream at the edge of the woods through the sound of birds happily chirping. I closed my eyes and basked in the warmth before I became acutely aware that someone had laid down beside me. Slowly lifting my eyelids, I turned and saw Edward propped on his elbow facing me, a few of his fingers brush strands of hair from my face as he smiled down at me.

"I've been waiting here for you." He said, a crooked smile on his lips.

"I've been here the whole time." I told him earnestly, unable to keep my own smile from spreading across my face.

He smiled wider, and before I could process what was going on, he leaned down as if he was going to kiss me. His cool. sweet breath washed across my face as he exhaled, leaning in closer still. Our lips just inches apart, I knew he was going to kiss me.

Closer. Closer. Closer...

"Bella up." I heard a voice.

Edward disappeared as did the meadow, as I groaned, opening my eyes to see Alice standing over me. "Alice," I whined. "What are you doing?"

"I need you to show Rose and I the town because we need to go shopping." Alice

said with an innocent look on her face.

I groaned, completely ready to protest when she unleashed her puppy dog face. "Ugh! Fine." She squealed happily. "Let me go grab a shower and you can pick what I am wearing." I muttered to her.

After my relaxing shower, I rushed through my morning routine and ran out to see what Ali had picked for me. She set out a gray v-neck sweater, a pair of dark wash Lucky Brand jeans, and gray Chuck Taylors. I donned the articles and examined myself in the mirror. Even I had to admit I looked good, not that I expected anything less with Alice dressing me. I walked slowly down the stairs to find Alice, Rose and my mom sitting and talking.

"We tried to keep Jacob out last night, but he got past Emmett somehow." Rose

was saying to my mother.

"Don't worry about what happened last night. Bella is stronger than she gives herself credit for, and I know she can take care of herself." Mom said cutting them off.

"We're just worried about her. When he showed up at the school, we didn't know

what to do or how to handle it." Alice said, clearly troubled.

"You had nothing to worry about." I told her as I walked in the room.

They all looked up at me, somewhat shocked I had caught the end of their conversation. I smiled at Alice and Rose, relieving them of the apologetic expressions, knowing they only had my best interest at heart.

"Can we leave now?" I asked. Alice nodded and she and Rose started heading out the door. "Mom," I called to my mother. "We'll be back by two so don't worry about us missing Thanksgiving dinner."

She nodded and smiled at me, and I too, headed out the door and into the BMW outside.

We pulled up to the only diner in the town to have some brunch. Alice saw her limited

shopping options and decided that she could wait and shop when we got back to the school.

"All this town has is a furniture store and a thrift shop." Rose said incredulously as she shook her head. "That is so unhealthy. How did you survive?" Rose asked.

"Online shopping is one of the best inventions in the world." I said to them, smiling.

"But still what about trying things on and just having fun being in a store

with friends?" Alice muttered.

"I lived." I rolled me eyes. "And there is a mall in Seattle, and some of the near by small cities have okay stores." I replied, shrugging.

"Shocking." Alice said.

When the server came to take our orders, we decided to get something to share so we wouldn't be stuffed when it came time for the sure to be wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner.


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