“It’s been five years Edward! She’s probably in college now or in graduate school.” Alice told Edward as the family gathered around the dining room table. Edward shook his head, he promised Bella that she would have a happy human life, and he would make sure she got it.
Carlisle held out his hands signaling for silence. “We’ll call first, and then decided. Alice does have a point. We brought her into this world; the least we can do is make sure that she is safe and happy around humans again. Alice, your phone please.”
“Why do you want my phone? Why not Edward’s?” Alice hedged.
“Oh come on Alice. We all know you still have her cell phone number. Edward deleted it from his, two years ago.” Rosalie said. Alice sighed and handed Carlisle, her phone. He found Bella’s name at the top of Alice’s contact list and hit send.
“Hello, this is Bella’s phone. Please leave your name and message at the beep. If this is Isa, talk to me later. Bye.”
Click. Carlisle shut the phone and handed it back to Alice. They sat in silence for a few minutes before Emmett broke the silence.
“Who the heck is Isa?” Emmett asked, and then laughed. “Bella’s rooming with another girl with the same name!”
“Her voice sounds different. It sounds happy, but that’s not it.” Jasper commented.
Rosalie snorted. “Her voice sounds like ours. Perfect bell chime voice.”
“No!” Edward exclaimed. Alice smiled a little, as it meant the family would be paying Charlie Swan a visit.
Alice smiled as she got out of their private plane; one of the perks of being a vampire. It felt good to be back in Washington and soon they’d be back in Forks, where this all began.
“Don’t get your hopes up Alice. She’s probably not there anymore; she might have left soon after we did, without anyone knowing.” Jasper said calmly. Alice just shook her head. “She loves Charlie too much to have done that to him.”
“I just don’t you to get your hopes up.” He said as got into one of the cars waiting for them. They didn’t have to ride with Edward, fortunately. Emmett and Rosalie were much better company anyway. They drove to their old home in Forks. It was decided that Charlie would react better to Alice than to Edward or even the whole family. Jasper would go to keep Alice in control.
Charlie’s house looked the same from the last time she had seen it. Alice skipped up to the door and knocked three times. Charlie opened the door and smiled softly when he saw Alice but then frowned. “What are you doing here? Why now?” He asked. “You were her best friend and then you just left like she was nothing to you. Well, now you’re five years too late. She has a new best friend, who actually cares about her, and who would never have left in the state she was in when your family left.”
If Alice was human, she would have been bawling. Edward had told them that Bella wanted them to leave. That she didn’t want anything to do with them. “I didn’t know!!!!! She and Edward had a huge fight the night of her birthday, and when he came back, he said that she didn’t want anything to do with us anymore. So Carlisle accepted a position in Ithaca, New York, and we all started college. I wanted to come back, but Edward said it was better if we just left her alone.”
Charlie’s frown softened a bit, as he heard that not only had Edward broken Bella’s heart, but had lied to his family, who, if Alice was anything to go by, still cared about Bella. “I seriously disappointed in your brother. He seemed like a good guy. I don’t want her to get hurt like that again. I don’t know much about Bella’s whereabouts these days. I’m sorry, Alice.”
Jasper subtly nudged Alice. Charlie was telling a half truth. He felt guilty about something, which meant he did know about Bella’s whereabouts, but was wary of telling them to him and Alice. A car pulled up to Charlie’s house. Like Alice’s Porsche, the dark blue Ferrari stood out like a sore thumb. A young lady in her early twenties got out of the car. She had wavy dark brown hair down past her shoulders and hazel eyes, as well as an amiable, pleasant face. The lady, herself, looked as out of place in Forks, as her car did, dressed gray skinny jeans, black boots with a small heel and a light brown trench coat. She walked right up to Charlie and hugged him. Alice and Jasper were surprised to see him hug her back. He seemed reluctant to let her go.
“Ciao, Charlie. How are you?” The girl said in an Italian accent. Charlie smiled at her. “I’m doing well, Isabella. And yourself and Bella?”
“We’re doing fantastic. We just took a trip to Milan. Such a lovely city. Bella’s a little homesick, but I said I’d bring some pictures back with me, if you could spare a few. “ She told him.
He nodded. “Come on in, and get them for you.” He looked over at Alice and Jasper. “You two may as well come in as well.”
They followed Charlie and Isabella into the living room. Isabella made a quick stop in the kitchen setting a bulky envelope on the kitchen table. Alice asked the first question after Charlie went up the stairs. “Who are you?”
“Scusa, I didn’t introduce myself. I’m Isabella Rossi. I’m Bella’s best friend and roomate. And you two are?” She asked in return.
“I’m Jasper Whitlock and this is my wife Alice. We knew Bella when she was in High School. She and Alice were best friends. Bella dated Alice’s brother, Edward.”
“Oh, so you’re that Jasper and Alice. Bella talks about you two a lot.” Isabella said as Charlie came downstairs. “She really misses you guys. Hey, why don’t you come visit us. I’m sure she’d love to see you.”
“Here you go Isabella. Tell Bella to write her old man more often. Don’t be a stranger now.” He said warmly. Isabella gave another huge hug and left. Charlie then slumped into his chair looking over at Jasper and Alice on the couch. “I kind of have to tell you now don’t I?”
“You don’t have to, but if we’re going to take Isabella up on her offer, we do need know where they are studying.” Jasper said evenly. Charlie got up and walked into the kitchen. He came back with a nila envelope and handed it to them. “Bella got accepted in the University of Florence with a scholarship. Isabella Rossi, the girl you just met, was the first person Bella met and just happened to be her roomamte. Bella used to write a lot, about the college and all the fun stuff she and Isabella did. She doesn’t write as much, but now Isabella comes every couple of months with a letter and a bunch of pictures of her and Isabella. She and Isabella are planning on getting an apartment when they graduate in the this year.” Alice got up then and gave him a huge hug. “Thank you so much! This means so much to me!”
Jasper got up and shook Charlie’s hand. “It does mean a lot, that we are able to contact Bella again.” Charlie smiled softly at Alice. “Don’t let your brother anywhere near Bella.”
“I’ll do my best.”