"Bella, may I speak with you for a moment?" Eleazer asked from the doorway of the lounge. I marked the page I was on in Wuthering Heights and closed the book gently.
"Sure." I smiled. I untangled myself from Edward's arms and placed the book on the coffee table. I felt fingers entwine with mine and I looked behind me to see Edward's glorious face, beaming lovingly at me. I smiled shyly and pecked him on the lips.
Eleazer turned and led us into the kitchen area. Edward had been extremely protective of me since the incident with Tanya; he barely lets me out of his sight. We sat around the island in the middle of the kitchen. Edward dropped my and but placed in on my thigh. Eleazer folded his hands on the table and concentrated on me.
"I would like to discuss the possibilities of your power." He started. We were suddenly joined my Carlisle, who had an interested yet excited expression on his face; I resisted the urge to roll my eyes.
"I have never encountered anything like it before. It's as if there is a wall that is stopping me from getting a read on her." Eleazer shook his head and glanced at Edward, "You say you can't read her mind." Edward shook his head.
"No. It's like what you said; there's a wall that's stopping me from hearing her thoughts. But I guess it adds to the mystery of her…" He trailed off, gazing at me. Someone cleared their throat.
"Yes, well. I would be very interested to see if she could expand her shield to protect others." My head snapped up.
"What? You mean, shield others' thoughts from Edward?" Eleazer nodded and I smirked, glancing at Edward who, in return, narrowed his eyes at me.
"Interesting." Carlisle mused, rubbing his chin in thought, "A shield. I think it is possible that she could expand her shield."
"Can we try it?" I asked hopefully. I never thought that I'd have a power, but now I did, I desperately wanted to see what I could do.
"Sure." Eleazer smiled. He stood up and glided out of the backdoor, into the garden.
"Everybody, can you come out to the garden please?" Carlisle called throughout the house. I smiled and stood up. I was about to take a step when Edward pulled me back by my arm.
"Are you sure you want to do this now?" Edward asked; he seemed concerned.
"Yes." I replied. He still looked worried so I cocked my head to the side, searching his face, "What's wrong?"
"I just thought…after everything that's happened…" He looked at me for a long time but I stayed in my position, blinking once.
"I'm confused." I pouted. He chuckled, looking down.
"It doesn't matter. Just…be careful, okay?" He pleaded. I nodded my head and kissed him lovingly on the lips before I bounded outside with him on my tail. Surprisingly, everybody was already outside. I saw Jasper smirk in my direction and I looked down sheepishly.
"Alright. Bella, I want you to close your eyes and try and feel your shield." I nodded my head and obediently closed my eyes. I felt around but I couldn't feel anything. I frowned slightly.
"I can't feel anything." I said.
"Focus harder." Eleazer replied calmly. I heard a soft growl. "Sorry Edward." He murmured. I squeezed my eyes tighter, trying to focus harder. But it was then that I felt it. It was like an elastic band wrapped around my mind.
"Do you feel anything?" Eleazer asked.
"Yes." I grunted, trying to keep hold of the elastic.
"Eleazer, stop it." Edward ordered. "It's obvious that it's hurting her."
"No." I cut in quickly. "It's fine."
"Now Bella, I want you to firmly grasp your shield." I did as Eleazer told me. "Good, now see if you can stretch it. Everybody, tell me if you feel anything different." He addressed everyone.
I tightened my grasp on my shield and started to pull at it. It wouldn't budge so I used more strength to pull it. I felt it shift a little bit and I gasped. Suddenly, I felt an arm around my stomach whilst the other was rubbing my back.
"Bella, please." Edward whispered. "Don't strain yourself darling." I ignored his request and continued t tug at my shield. It was starting to stretch nicely now. After a few more minutes of tugging and pulling, I heard someone gasp.
"Amazing." Edward breathed in my ear. I suddenly registered that there was someone else inside my shield.
"What is it?" Eleazer and Carlisle questioned at the same time.
"I just felt a tingling sensation." Edward murmured. I opened my eyes and my shield immediately snapped back into place.
"Sorry." I chocked. The force my shield used made my knees go weak and I starting collapsing onto the floor, but luckily, Edward caught me.
"Bella!" He asked frantically. "Are you alright?" I nodded my head as e cradled me to his chest. He looked down at me once again, searching my body, but then met Eleazer's eyes.
"That's enough." He said with finality. Eleazer nodded his head understandingly as Edward scooped me up and took me back to the house. We headed upstairs and into our room. Edward gently laid me down on the bed and then crawled behind me. He rubbed my arm soothingly as I tried to regain my strength. Edward buried his face in my hair and we stayed like that for a few hours.
"How are you feeling?" Edward asked as he nuzzled further into my hair.
"Much better." I sighed. I gently sat up on the bed and Edward followed suit. He wrapped an arm around my shoulders and placed his other hand on my stomach. I sighed and leaned into him. If Tanya hadn't have been here, then my life would have been perfect. Thinking about Tanya made me frown. I knew that she wouldn't give up Edward, but Alice hadn't seen her plan anything. Peter understood that me and Edward were supposed to be together; so why couldn't Tanya?
"What's wrong?" Edward asked, sensing my mood change. We were so attuned to each other that we didn't even need Jasper's gift to tell what the other was feeling.
"Tanya." I mumbled. Edward visibly stiffened.
"I won't let her hurt you." Edward determinedly said, holding me tighter.
"I know." It was quiet for a few seconds.
"Is that what's been bothering you?" he asked. I shrugged my shoulders and he exhaled sharply.
"You don't need to worry, love. As soon as she shows her face, we'll be ready for her." I nodded my head and closed my eyes, resting my head on his shoulder.
"It's all my fault." I whispered. I felt Edward shift from beside me. I felt pressure in front of me as Edward's hands cupped my face.
"Look at me." He said firmly. I exhaled gently and cracked my eyes open, seeing Edward's face a couple of centimetres away from mine.
"This is not your fault Bella. I should have seen this coming. I should never have allowed Tanya-" he spat the name with such hatred, "to get near you." He stroked my right cheek lovingly. "I'm so sorry." I shook my head as his sweet breath washed over me. Without thinking, I closed the gap between us as my lips met his. Edward responded excitingly and I tangled my fingers in his hair. Still keeping our lips connected, he gently pushed me down onto the bed. He released my lips, only to trail kisses across my jaw and down my throat. I could feel desire and lust coursing through my body as every fibre of my being ached for Edward. I quickly tore off his shirt and trailed my hands down his perfectly sculpted chest and muscles. He growled with pleasure and reattached his lips back to mine.
Edward starting undoing the first few buttons on my blouse when all of a sudden, the bedroom door banged open. I shrieked and pushed Edward off me, causing him to fall off the bed and land with a thud on the floor. I looked at the doorway to find my pixie sister with her hands on her hips.
"Alice!" I scolded at the same time Edward growled. She simply rolled her eyes.
"Sorry for the interruption," she apologised sarcastically, "but I need to speak with Bella."
"Well, you can't have her." Edward growled at Alice, getting up off the floor and kneeling behind me on the bed. He wrapped his arms around my waist from behind and kissed my neck passionately before resting his chin on my shoulder, smirking at Alice.
"Fine." Alice sighed, examining her nails, "Then I guess Bella doesn't want to see her wedding dress." I instantly perked up. Edward had announced that our wedding was going to be on August 13th which was two weeks away. He still wanted to leave a little time to make sure that Tanya wouldn't interrupt things. Since I knew that our wedding was only a short distance away, I had become incredibly excited about it.
"Oh Edward!" I jumped, "Please can I see my wedding dress? Please?" I looked up at him and gave him puppy eyes which Alice had taught me to do.
"Fine!" He groaned, "But Alice, I want her back in two minutes tops." Alice nodded her head vigorously and I squealed in delight.
"Thank you!" I kissed his nose as he dropped his arms from my waist.
"I'll be waiting right here." He whispered and kissed my ear, sending shivers down my spine. I hastily got up and followed obediently as Alice grabbed my wrist and dragged me to her room.
"Wait here." She commanded as she closed the door behind us. She danced into her walk in closet and came out with a garment bag. She placed it on the bed and I shuffled closer to it to get a better look. Alice quickly unzipped the bag and what I saw took my breath away.
The white dress was absolutely beautiful. It was strapless and long, with a 'V' cut in the middle. It was simple, yet gave off the vibe of elegance.(A/N; Picture of Bella's Wedding Dress on my profile)
"Oh Alice." I breathed, "It's beautiful." Alice started bouncing up and down.
"Really? You like it?" I shook my head and her face dropped.
"I love it." I stated. Alice's smile immediately stretched back on her face. I reached out my fingers and gently stroked the smooth, silk material and I marvelled at the dress longer.
"So, what are you wearing?" I asked Alice. She looked at me a bit confused, and cocked her head to the side.
"What do you mean?"
"Well, I need to know what my maid of honour is wearing at my wedding." I rolled my eyes. It was silent for a moment until Alice squealed.
"Oh my God!" she launched herself at me and wrapped her arms around me, locking me in a vice grip. "Thank you Bella! Thank you!" I patted her back.
"Oh!" She gasped suddenly. She quickly released me and whizzed to the dress, zipping it up and putting it back in her closet. "I have so much to do! Quick, you go back to Edward whilst I-" I didn't hear the rest of her sentence as I was already racing back to mine and Edward's bedroom. I entered briskly and widened my eyes at the view in front of me. Edward was lying in bed with his hands folded behind his head, looking up at the ceiling. I could tell he was naked, even though the bed sheets covered him from his waist down. I licked my lips.
"Hello, love." Edward greeted, smiling his crooked grin at me and turning to face me.
"Hi." I said shakily. Edward opened up is arms, inviting me to join him. I obliged happily and lay on top of him as his arms constricted around me.
"That was a very generous thing you did." He noted, kissing my temple. I shrugged.
"It was nothing, really." I replied. Edward's fingers travelled under my chin and lifted my face to his. Immediately, his lips captured mine and we began to finish what we started before we were interrupted by Alice.
"Ok, now move your knight there." Edward murmured in my ear. I picked up my knight and placed it on the square he was talking about.
"Stop helping her!" Jasper whined. I smiled as Edward chuckled, resting his head on my shoulder. Jasper thought for a moment and moved his bishop. Alice waltzed into the room and picked up a flower vase, turned and walked back into the kitchen.
"Move your queen to here." Edward subtly pointed to the square he wanted me to move my piece to. I complied and then smiled smugly.
"Check mate." Jasper groaned and smacked his forehead. Suddenly, I heard and audible gasp and the smashing of glass on the floor. Me, Edward and Jasper immediately ran into the kitchen to see Alice frozen in place. Jasper ran up to her and wrapped her in a protective embrace.
"Alice! What do you see?" Jasper panicked. I felt Edward stiffen beside me. The rest of the family quickly ran into the kitchen as well.
"What happened?" Carlisle demanded.
"Tanya." Alice stuttered. Everybody froze.
"No!" Edward shouted. He immediately wrapped his arms around me, as if he was protecting me from something.
"What? What about her?" Irina asked fearfully. Alice sucked in a deep breath.
"She's bringing an army of newborns to Forks."