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Chapter 18:  Bella

Alice was throwing clothes at me from my closet.

"What are we doing tonight? Where are we going?" I asked.

"It's a surprise. Oh! Wear these boots! Get dressed and meet me in the garage," Alice said, rushing out of the room.

I checked to see what clothes Alice had picked out, and found a very small tank top, a pair of jeans, and a pair of knee high black boots with two inch heels. I took a deep breath, got dressed, quickly ran a brush through my hair, and decided to leave it down. Leaving my room, I headed to the garage to find Edward was standing in the doorway with his head down. When he looked up at me, his mouth opened but he didn't say anything. I walked over to him and put my arms around his neck, burying my head in his chest and heard him sigh. His arms began to squeeze me, tighter than he had ever held me before.
"Edward, let her go. We have plans." Rose said from the garage.

He didn't loosen his grip. He looked up at Rose and furrowed his brow before bending down and sniffing my hair.

"Jesus Christ, Edward. We will bring her back in a few hours. Stop being such a baby." Rose yelled. Edward finally loosened his iron grip on me, and with a sad smile, he kissed me. The kiss was slow but incredibly passionate, but he pulled away suddenly.

"Alright, Rose. Stop screaming at me with your thoughts."  He took me by the hand, leading me in into the garage and opening the passenger side door to Rose's M3. As I got into the car, he looked at Rose and said, "Behave yourself."

Both Rose and Alice laughed and then Rose pulled out of the garage at quite a speed, whipping the car around and speeding away from the house. Alice looked at Rose and started laughing again.

"Can you let me in on what is so funny?" I asked.

Rose smirked. "We played a little joke on Edward."

"We've been thinking about what we are going to do tonight," Alice explained.

"And what were you thinking?"

In between laughs, Rose managed to get out, "We kept thinking about taking you out to a club to go dancing."

"We're not really taking you to a club, Bella. I don't think you are quite ready for that, but Edward has been going crazy thinking about you dancing at a club without him." Alice smiled, winking at me.

"Now I know why he didn't want to let me go!"  I exclaimed and I couldn't help but join in the laughter.
Rose drove at an insane speed so we made it to Seattle in about an hour. She pulled up to a small building and parked the car.

"Pit stop.  I'll be back in just a minute," she explained, hopping out of the car.

Rose was back after just a few minutes, handing Alice a small box before she started driving again.

"So, are you going to tell me where we're going?" I asked.

"We are not going to a club, but we are going to be dancing," replied Alice.

We drove two more blocks before Rose parked the car in front of a large building.

"We're here." She said. We got out of the car and Alice took my hand and led me into the building and into the elevator. As the elevator doors opened, we stepped into a large dance studio. There was a women standing at the far end warming up.

Alice stepped in front of me. "I've arranged private dance lessons for us. You are going to have so much fun, but I need you to remember to act human. You will have to hold back from dancing to your full potential- don't get too crazy with any jumps or leaps, and keep your turns to doubles or triples."

Alice glided over to the dance instructor. "Hello, Miss Debra. Thank you for lessons. What are we doing first?"

Rose ran over. "Can we please do some hip hop first?" she pleaded with the teacher.

Debra laughed. "Of course, Alice knows that Hip Hop is my favorite." She looked over to me. "I don't believe we have met.  I'm Deb."  She greeted me as she walked over and held out her hand.  I shook it quickly.

"I'm Bella. It's nice to meet you." I replied. She went to the shelf to started looking at her CD's. Alice, Rose and I went into a room in the back where we changed into more appropriate clothes.
As we started our class, the excitement of dancing made me forget all about the fact that there was a human among us. It didn't seem to faze me in the slightest. Debra put on some music with a heavy bass line and we began our class. We started our warm up by stretching; Debra then taught a simple Hip Hop routine. It was hilarious watching Alice dance this way. She was definitely built for Ballet, but she danced her heart out. Rose was good at the hip hop, really letting herself get into the music. After about thirty minutes, Debra decided that we should try more advanced moves and taught us how to pop and lock. I was amazed at how fast I picked it up and how fun it was. I had always enjoyed dancing, but I had never that good at it. Now, I could remember routines easily and my balance was perfect. I hadn't any interest in Hip Hop in the past, but dancing with Rose and Alice was beyond amusing, especially when Rose and Debra started break dancing during the last twenty minutes of Hip Hop. Alice and I were in hysterics when Rose broke out into a head spin for her final move.

Debra asked me what my favorite style of dance was and I told her modern. She admitted that modern dance was not her forte and I asked if I could show her a dance I had been working on. Everyone seemed OK with the idea, so I looked through Debra's CD's collection and was struggling to pick out some music, when all knowing Alice handed me a CD. It was Radiohead's The Bends. I immediately put on one of favorite songs off the album, Street Spirit. As the music started, I put myself low to the ground and made gradual syncopated movements, similar to the pop and lock style, moving my body upwards. I danced across the floor, letting my body just move with the music.

Rows of houses all bearing down on me I can feel their blue hands touching me

I moved my arms across my chest to mimic being touched.

All these things into position

   All these things we'll one day swallow whole

And fade out again and fade out

I raised my arms up and made them float down. When my arms were by my side, I moved my body close to the floor.

This machine will not communicate

These thoughts and the strain I am under

Be a world child, form a circle

Before we all go under

And fade out again and fade out again

I turned, whipping my hair around, before I spun around and made a gentle leap to the ground and rolling onto the floor. I reached my arms out as though I was reaching for something, something that was escaping my grasp.

Cracked eggs, dead birds, Scream as they fight for life

I can feel death, can see its beady eyes

All these things into position

All these things we'll one day swallow whole

And fade out again and fade out again

I arched my back, and then jumped to my feet, wrapping my arms around myself and swaying back and forth until the music changed. I turned and turned, waiting to feel dizzy, but I never did. I made each turn slow and deliberate, stretching out every movement as long as I could.

Immerse your soul in love

Immerse your soul in love.

As Thom Yorke sang the last words, I threw myself to the floor and ended the dance.

Debra, Alice, and Rose were up on their feet clapping and shouting. Debra was the first to speak.
"Wow, Bella, that was excellent. You must have taken lessons?"

"Yeah, when I was younger."

Alice just stood there smiling. Debra suggested that we take a break and she excused herself and left the studio. As she was leaving, Alice stepped away and walked toward the window.  She was laughing when she turned to us.

"You are not going to believe this," she said shaking her head. "He totally fell for it. Edward told Emmett we were going clubbing."

Rose huffed. "Great.  Emmett does not like me going dancing without him. He is going to be pissed."

"He is pissed. All the boys are on their way to that club in downtown Seattle, and Edward is driving the Vanquish." Alice said before breaking into laughter. "They are going to even more pissed when they figure out we are not at the club."

"Serves them right for trying to break up girls' night, I told Emmett that we were off limits tonight,"
Rose huffed again. "Edward's driving the Vanquish. Oh, this is not good."

"What is up with the Vanquish?"

"Edward worships that damn car and he rarely drives it.  It's his special occasion car and as much as I hate to admit it…  It's incredibly fast.  That is why he is driving it right now." Rose said, putting her face in her hands.

"Is Jasper with them?" I asked Alice.


"Can't you call him and tell him to calm them down?" I suggested.

I laughed, but I was slightly nervous that Edward would be angry. Once he knew that we weren't at the club, he should be relieved. I hoped...

"They will forgive us after we show them what we learned in dance class," Alice assured with a rather large grin on her face.

"You want me to break dance for Emmett?" Rose asked sarcastically.

"Our class is not done yet.  We're just taking a break." Alice said. "They are going to highly appreciate our next class."

Alice refused to say anything else before the class started.  Debra came back into the room and began our exotic dance class.  Rose jumped up and down in excitement, Alice was laughing, but I was nervous.  I slowly followed everyone to the floor and Debra passed chairs to all of us.

What started as an awkward thing became quite humorous and super fun. We learned how to give a lap dance and all took turns spinning on a stripper pole. We laughed the entire time. When Debra wrapped up the class, Alice rushed us into the dressing room.

"Change quick! If we leave now, we can beat them home."

We rushed down to the car and sped off to Forks; Rose displaying what should have been frightening driving as she flew through the streets of Seattle. She finally slowed down once we hit the back roads, and Alice assured her that we would beat the boys home.

Alice tapped me on the shoulder and handed me a small box.

"This is for you from the whole family."

I looked down at this box. What else could this family give me that they haven't given me already? They had helped me in so many ways.  It was my fairy tale all over again. I removed the top of the box and stared down at a shiny silver cuff bracelet. I picked it up to examine the engraving.

"It's the Cullen crest. Everyone in our family wears it," Rose explained. As soon as the words left her mouth, I remembered the leather cuff that Edward wore- it had the same emblem.

I looked at Rose who held up her necklace and spun the pendant that held the crest. I was speechless, truly honored with this gift, and I would be proud to wear it. I put the bracelet on my wrist and held it up. Alice cheered and Rose pressed her foot to the floor and we were at the house soon after.  

"We have five minutes until they get here.  I'm going to my room," said Alice.

"Me too."

Rose walked into the house slowly. "I am going to wait right here."  She sat on the couch facing the door.  "I want to see their faces when they walk through the door."
Disclaimer: This is a work of fanfiction, namely Twilight. Stephanie Meyer owns these characters. I own nothing.

This is an all vampire love story. No human Bella, no Jacob love triangle. Just me... playing with Stephanie Meyer's characters.

This is an AU (Alternate Universe) story with canon pairings.

Please! Tell me what you think.
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