I held her face in my hands, not letting her break my gaze. "I won't let anything happen toyou," I promised. She smiled, reaching up to touch my lips, and I felt that familiar spark of electricity her skin had always given me."I'm not worried about myself so much," she said softly."Why am I not surprised by that?" She scowled at me slightly, and I took a deep breath,knowing our quiet moment was at an end. It was time for both of us to put on our best fakesmiles. Together, we would get through this evening and then, we could focus of what wasto come next. "Ready to celebrate?"She groaned, and I pulled her close, knowing she wasn't going to be happy with the sceneAlice had set. If Bella was hoping for
or anything resembling a normal graduation party for that matter, she was about to be very disappointed. While the rest of us still sawthe advantages of keeping up appearances, Alice's attitude was that it didn't particularlymatter anymore if we blended in, since high school was over and Bella was about todisappear forever."Unbelievable," Bella said when she walked through the door. I'd lived in this house for years, and it was barely recognizable."Alice will be Alice," I sighed.Having decorated every visible surface of the house, Alice was busying herself bythumbing through a variety of music.
Wouldn't hurt to bring a little bit of culture to thistown. Maybe some of it will stick, leave my mark after we leave...
"Edward!" she called, her eyes wildly excited at the prospect of playing a more eclectic mixof music than Bella's friends were used to. I rolled my eyes. "I need your advice. Should wegive them familiar and comforting? Or educate their taste in music?""Keep it comforting," I told her. "You can only lead the horse to water." Disappointed, shenodded, but I could hear there were a few favorite she was still planning on adding to the