The Vibration of Love - Chapter 7
Alice, Emmett and Jasper suddenly burst into my room. I met Alice’s eyes and saw what she had seen. In her vision, the monster had taken control. Bella was screaming for me to stop while I forced myself on her, and then I saw myself biting into her neck. I shut my eyes, wishing I could erase that image from my mind.
When I opened my eyes again, Jasper was staring at me. I knew he sensed my emotions.
“Come on, man,” he said. “Let’s go for a hunt.”
I nodded and gently pushed Bella off of me, grateful that my family had saved me from the monster who so desperately wanted to be liberated from his cage.
I felt myself starting to wake up and listened for the familiar sound of the waves hitting the beach. Instead, I heard birds singing and crickets chirping. I’m still here, I thought.
I dragged myself into the bathroom. There was a note from Alice taped to the mirror.
I thought you could use something decent to put on. We will see you downstairs after you freshen up.
I turned around and saw a pair of designer jeans and a blouse hanging up on the back of the door. Of course, a pair of Manolo Blahniks was sitting on the floor next to the door jam. I had to laugh. She acts exactly the way she is written, I thought.
After I showered and put on my new ‘Bella Barbie’ clothes, I went downstairs. The smell of coffee lead me into the kitchen.
“Good morning,” Alice chirped, handing me a cup of coffee with a lot of cream, exactly the way I liked it.
“Good morning,” I said, smiling at her. “How did you know that this is exactly how I like my coffee?”
“It was in an article about you. You know how they like to write inane things about famous people like, ‘She ordered the salad with vinaigrette?’”
I nodded and rolled my eyes.
“Well, the CANDID interviewer seemed to think that it was an oxymoron that a beautiful woman would add cream to her coffee.”
“The coffee is perfect. Thank you,” I said. “And thank you for the clothes.”
“I have to say, you wear them much better than our Bella. You also know how to work those Manolo Blahniks.”
“I’m a product of my mother,” I said.
“Oh my God! That’s right! Your mom is Kelly Jordan! You are so lucky!” She gushed.
I laughed. “Alice, I truly wish there was some way I could introduce you to her. You two would absolutely love each other!”
“You never know!” She said mysteriously. “Do you want breakfast?” She asked.
“Not yet, thanks. I need to wake up before I eat,” I said. “Where is everyone?”
“Rose is in the garage; Esme is upstairs; Carlisle is at the hospital, and the boys are hunting.”
“And you’re Bella-sitting?” I asked, smiling.
“I guess I am,” she said laughing. The smile left her face, and I saw her stare off into the distance. I assumed she was experiencing a vision, so I sat quietly and tried not to disturb her.
After a moment, she gasped, and then looked at me. “Bella, what happened exactly when you arrived here this time?”
I could feel my face turning red as I stared at my coffee cup. “Alice, I’d rather not talk about it.”
“Oh my God!” She gasped. “It didn’t happen while you were…?”
I looked at her and nodded.
“No! This is horrible!” She cried.
“Alice, what’s horrible? Why are you so upset? What did you see?”
She refilled my cup. “You’re going to need more coffee for this,” she said.
“Bella, as you know, humans are very attracted to vampires.”
“Many vampires who feed on humans take advantage of this asset and use it to lure their prey.”
An involuntary shudder passed through my body.
“I’m sorry,” she said. “But I think you need to know.”
“Go on,” I said. “I’m OK.”
“So, for a vampire to have sex with a human without killing them is next to impossible. Edward was convinced he could make love to the other Bella because there was a time when he thought she was dead, and he realized he didn’t want to live without her.”
“I know,” I said. “The whole cliff diving, Volturi incident.”
“Oh, I’m surprised he told you about all of that,” she said.
“He didn’t. It’s the entire premise of the second book and movie in the series,” I said.
“That’s so weird. I still don’t understand how our lives have become a movie in some other world, but we digress. Bella was determined to make love before Edward turned her, so he finally agreed to try. Apparently, you appeared just at the crucial moment?”
“That explains it,” she said.
“Explains what?” I asked.
“He’s fighting his instincts.”
“What exactly do you mean by, ‘he’s fighting his instincts?’”
“The vampire part of him wants to finish what he started.”
“And kill me?” I yelled.
“No, of course not! I would see that happening before he did it, just like last night,” she replied.
“What do you mean, ‘just like last night?’ I asked.
“Oh, well, last night, we kind of had to stop him from, you know…”
“Biting me?” I shouted at her.
“But we stopped him! As soon as I had the vision, I grabbed Jazz and Emmett, and they took him for a hunt.”
“Maybe I should just go stay in a hotel. Or maybe I’ll go to my parent’s resort and explain all of this to them,” I said.
“No, please don’t go. I will be watching. He won’t hurt you, I promise. Stephen is coming today. I’ve seen that he is going to help you,” she said.
“He is? Oh, thank God. I just want to go home.” Suddenly this all felt overwhelming. Tears filled my eyes, and I stifled a sob.
“It’s OK. Go ahead and cry if you want to,” she said, rubbing my arm.
I put my head in my hands. “I miss my husband so much. I miss my kids.”
I looked at Alice and saw her looking over my shoulder with concern.
“Let me guess. Edward is standing behind me?”
“And he’s read your thoughts and knows you told me everything, and he’s pissed?”
I looked over my shoulder at him. “Are you going to eat me for breakfast?” I asked.
They both burst out laughing.
“No, my brothers made sure I had my fill of mountain lion, so I should be fine at least until lunch time,” he said with a smile.
“OK, good, I’m glad I have a reprieve. Maybe Stephen will figure out how to get me home before then,” I said.
I saw the worry on Edward’s face. Apparently, Alice did too.
“What is it?” She asked.
“I’m worried about the affect this is having on our Bella. I’m also hoping Stephen can resolve this so both Bellas return to where they belong.”
I met his eyes, and the room started to spin. I shut my eyes and gasped. When I opened them, I was back in my own bed, and the most beautiful face I had ever seen was looking at me with a very worried expression.
“Baby, you came back to me,” Rob said.
I reached up to touch his cheek. “Yes, because this is where I belong, right here, in your arms.”
He grabbed me. “I was so scared that you wouldn’t come back.”
“I know, I was too. But I learned a lot this time. Stephen Hawking is going to help me,” I told him.
“What?” he said, looking at me.
“It’s a really long story. I’ll tell you, but right now, please kiss me.”
I ran my hand along his cheek as he kissed me. “God, your beard is sexy,” I said.
He smiled and continued to kiss me.
“How long was I gone,” I asked between kisses.
“About a minute,” he replied, and kissed my neck.
“That’s all?” I said.
“How much time elapsed in the Twilight Zone?” He asked.
“Well, I fell asleep there, so I’m not sure, but I think it was about eight hours.”
“Curiouser and curiouser,” he said.
“Yes,” I said. “Now another problem that I have is jet lag. I’m wide awake since I just slept through the night in the other reality, but you must be exhausted.”
“I’m OK,” he said. “I’ll sleep in a little while, but I want to hear about what happened first.”
I thought back to how I had arrived in the Cullen’s world. Rob apparently sensed my change in mood.
“What’s wrong?” He asked. “You’re tense all of a sudden. What happened?”
I looked into his eyes and felt a tear roll down my cheek.
He brushed the tear away. “What is it?”
“I …” I couldn’t get the words out. “I’m so scared of how you are going to react.”
He looked confused. “Why? Bella, nothing you tell me could ever change how I feel about you.”
I hoped that was true. I took a deep breath.
“Edward and the other Bella were also making love when I jumped into that world.” I looked at his eyes, terrified of what I would see there.
He let go of me and sat up. He ran his hand through his hair and then looked at me. “So you and he…?”
He stood up and put on a pair of shorts.
“Where are you going?” I asked, panicked.
“Bella, just give me a minute to process this, OK?”
I nodded, and he stepped onto the deck outside of our room.
I watched him walk through the door, and then I curled up into a ball and sobbed.
A few minutes later, I felt him lay down behind me. He wrapped his arms around me and whispered into my neck, “I’m so sorry, baby. I shouldn’t have walked out like that. I didn’t want to say anything that would hurt you. This is pretty overwhelming for me too.”
I rolled over and faced him; he wiped away my tears. “I love you,” he said.
“You do?” I asked.
He smiled. “Of course I do! I told you, nothing you ever told me could change that. What happened wasn’t your fault. It wasn’t anyone’s fault.”
This made me start crying again. He held me closer. “We’ll figure it out,” he said and kissed me.
“I’m scared that Edward will kill me while I’m there,” I said.
He looked at me. “Why?”
I told him what Alice had told me about Edward’s struggle.
Rob took a deep breath. “He won’t hurt you,” he said.
“How can you know that?” I asked.
“Because Stephenie wrote him that way. In his entire existence, he never hurt anyone who wasn’t inherently evil to begin with. He’s not capable of hurting you,” he said.
I felt myself relax a little. “Thank you, that helps.”
I noticed a far away look in Rob’s eyes. “What are you thinking?” I asked.
“I’m going to call Stephenie,” he said.
“Why?” I asked.
“She was the one who told me about the idea of pantheistic solipsism. She, Kristen, Catherine and I used to sit around for hours and discuss all kinds of abstract ideas about our characters and where they originated. I have a feeling she will be very interested in what is happening to you, and maybe she can give us an insight,” he said as he tried to stifle a yawn.
“So you aren’t worried she’ll think we’re insane?” I asked.
“No,” he said quietly, as his eyes closed.
Even though I had slept in the other reality, I found alternate world hopping to be exhausting. I rested my head on my husband’s warm chest and fell into a peaceful sleep.
The next morning, we walked over to my parents so they could watch the kids for a while, and then went into Mom’s office to give Stephenie a call.
“Well, hello!” She said, obviously happy to hear from us.
We exchanged pleasantries, and then I asked what she was working on.
“Ever since Midnight Sun was leaked, the publishers have been hounding me to finish it and write the entire series from Edward’s point of view. Initially, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea, but you two actually inspired me.”
“We inspired you?” I asked. “Why?”
“I admire your philanthropic spirit. I realized that the profits from these books could probably feed all of the starving children in Africa for the next hundred years. It would be selfish of me not to write them!”
“You go girl!” I said, laughing. “So how far along are you in the series?” I asked.
“I just finished Eclipse, and I’m working on the outline for Breaking Dawn. You know, it’s funny you two called. I guess since it was the two of you that inspired me to write again, I’ve noticed that it’s your face, Bella that I’m picturing when I write.”
I gasped. Rob and I looked at each other. “That’s it!” I said.
“What’s it?” She asked.
I looked at Rob. “Stephenie, we have quite a story to tell you…,” he began.
The next chapter is titled: “Inkheart.”
Inkheart is a young adult-child fantasy novel by Cornelia Funke. The book is about a 12-year-old girl named Meggie Folchart whose life changes dramatically when she realizes that her father, a bookbinder named Mortimer (Mo), has an unusual ability: when he reads aloud, he can bring characters from books into the real world. The novel was made into a movie starring Brandon Fraser in 2008.
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