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ExB/AH -3- . Originally posted with Uncle Sam's Little Ficsters.Summary A visit to the carnival palm reader sends Bella on a search for the Boy in Blue.
" I still didn't want to budge. She read my face. -4- ." "I know. I'm begging. Alice knew it. Every color. "I'll buy you cotton candy. I placed the magazine back on the stand and stared across the street at the Firecracker Festival." Alice always found my weak spot. Pleading. They just make me write these things. But we were in college now. Pretty please. Every year for as long as I could remember. Pretty. "Bella. Bella. don't you think you're acting a little irrational? She's a palm reader." I replied. pretty please.Chapter 1 I don't own Twilight or the hot pictures of Rob on the WfE set." Drawing in a breath. I'll call Rose and we can all go together. pretty. I sighed." "The girl wore a Syracuse sweatshirt everywhere. But she told Lauren last year that she'd get into Syracuse and she did. knowing that I was going to give in. thank you. LittleSecret84. Come on. She probably had it on!" I argued. it just didn't fit her face. I loved the cotton candy at the fair. "I just can't get used to Ashley Tisdale's new nose. flipping through the pages of US magazine. I didn't even need to say a word. From the look on her face. I originally wrote this back in July and posted it with one-shots written by WriteOnTime." I mused. focus. "Alice. Forks held a festival Fourth of July weekend. Spanglemaker9 and the-glory-days as Uncle Sam's Little Ficsters. I found the whole thing creepy. It was one of those things you looked forward to every year as a kid. too. You pay someone to look at your palm and tell you what you want to hear. squealed and pulled out her cell. I'll be your best friend." "You're already my best friend. "Bella. I love them more than cotton candy. The Boy in Blue "Please. No. It was a little passé. Madame Zelda is supposed to be amazing.
Bella. I wasn't surprised. When Alice told her our plan for the evening. She was barely paying attention." she said motioning to the velvet stool. Inside the room there was a small table covered with a multicolored tablecloth. but I don't think Madame Zelda has any insight into that. sarcastically. You've only been dating for three months. my dear. I wonder how he feels about winter weddings. I wondered if she was from the Reservation." "Open mind. infuriated because the old woman insisted she'd watch fireworks with her true love. You'll freak him out. "My turn. "You're up. Bella. The heart knows." "You go ask him that. Alice went first and came bouncing out. The woman sat in a large chair with a high back. Right is going to sit next to you in class this semester. she agreed grudgingly." she sang. "Go find out if Mr. "Sit down. I didn't think she'd be happy about anything until he came home. as I walked through the hanging tapestry and into the old woman's sitting room. I just know that it'll be me and Jasper forever." she replied. Okay. which looked like a giant tapestry sale." Rosalie replied. "How the hell am I supposed to spend the fourth with the love of my life if he's in Colorado!" she exclaimed." "So dramatic. "She said that I've met my soul mate and we're more in-tune that most couples." "The heart knows. her eyes bright and her grin wide. we were walking through the gate to meet Rosalie by the ticket booth. child. her dark skin wrinkled and hair pulled back.Less than a half hour later. "and you'll never have a chance to find out. Or maybe you'll bump into him at the lab." she said." Less than five minutes had passed when Rosalie stormed out of the small room. We made our way to Madame Zelda's tent. "You don't believe in the power of the spirit?" -5- . Rosalie. rolling her eyes." "I'll settle for Mr." Alice muttered. pulling her cellphone out and marching out of the tent. shaking her head. "And she called me dramatic. I waited as each of them took a turn behind the curtain and sat down on her velvet stool. I waited as they held out their hands and heard their futures. still brooding because her boyfriend Emmett was vacationing with his family for the month.
my child?" she asked." she said. but I couldn't be that rude. I stormed out of the room like Rosalie. I had kept my voice down in the waiting area. twenty dollars short and irritated as hell. and your love line—what a lucky girl you are. I never meant to offend anyone. The boy in blue? That's only like eighty-percent of the population." "Um…okay." she said." -6- . is Blue Man Group playing in the city because face paint is hot. pointing to a line bisecting my palm. You are truly blessed. Not many get to experience the love that you have. I didn't want to be rude. "Ooh." I replied. feeling the heat in my face.I was immediately embarrassed. Watch for the boy in blue. Way to narrow it down. "It wasn't your words that I heard. "Hmmm." she said." I explained. bouncing on her toes. Shaking my head. I didn't mean for you to hear that. "I'm…I'm so sorry. I was glad she found this humorous. "Have a good evening. Madame Zelda. holding her hand out. I don't have anyone." She chuckled and again motioned to the seat across the table. I wanted to leave. chuckling again. uncomfortably. "Not the ones you speak. "I have to look for the boy in blue. "You have a very long life line. "So. Her fingers were dry and rough and moved along my palm. "Is that it?" I asked. but I hadn't gotten much out of her. I just didn't believe in palm readers. so someone drop me off at a police station." she said again. Or wait." "So sweet. sitting back and placing my hands back on the table." "You must be mistaken. See here. "May I see your palm. He'll need some encouragement. I hesitantly placed my hands palm up on top of hers. what'd she say?" Alice asked.
" While Alice walked up to the counter to place the order. Rosalie glanced at her phone for the hundredth time." Alice began. decisions." "Naturally. "I'm feeling… blue. Right. Really. Since you were such a good sport and didn't complain once. I'm not willing it to ring. Bella." -7- ." she replied. passing carts selling red. "Sure. "What color cotton candy are you starting with?" "Decisions. When you're not around. alright? He never screens my calls and he always checks in. he's kind of lost. You know how forgetful he can be. "Rose. I hadn't seen the fireworks in ages. "Thanks for that. right? Maybe they're out of cell range." I replied. I'm worried. Maybe his battery died. is a major turn-off." she explained. he tone dripping with sarcasm." Alice added. I didn't care what they wanted to do next. Whatever."Bella. you never know. tapping a finger against my lips. Bella. I was grabbing a spot on one of the picnic tables and staying right here for the rest of the evening. You're buying. indignantly. "I'm…waiting for a text. As we approached the cotton candy vendor. I remembered begging my dad to buy me glow-in-the-dark light sticks to wave in the air before the fireworks when I was a kid." I finally said. I've found." We walked through the midway. the sweet scent of sugar filled the air and made my mouth water. "Alright." "They're camping. Let's go do something productive…like eat cotton candy until we throw up." "Emmett hasn't been answering his phone and it's weird. shaking her head. "Puke. staring at it won't cause it to ring. white and blue hats and light-up wands." "And you wonder why you haven't found Mr." "So much different.
and we're going to find him. but he was incredible. shaking my head." She gave me a weak smile. "Bella saw a guy. too." I began. who was naturally staring at her phone. I scanned the crowd. Alice? You're really listening to Madame Zelda? No. "Less talky and more walky. We need to find this guy." I said. "Bella saw a guy?" "Yes." she replied." "But he's not Mr. "Alice. White. He was tall and muscular with crazy russet hair. -8- . but I knew it wasn't much consolation for her. but Rosalie was just as lost without Emmett. looking down at the screen once more. reaching back and picking up the bag from the counter. Bella?" "There was a guy…." she replied." she announced. Right. "Are you kidding me. come on." I said. "Wait. grabbing her hand. Just no. Emmett was kind of lost without Rosalie. Bella." she cried. looking for any familiar faces. walking through the crowd and past the midway. "He's fine and probably in the mountains somewhere staring at the blank screen of his phone." "You two. unable to put into words the way he made me feel. Yes. I tore through the crowd in the direction he headed." Alice called over to Rosalie. That's when I saw him. "A guy? Was he wearing blue!" "Um…no. "What the hell. As Alice paid for my cotton candy and Rosalie continued to press refresh on her phone."I hope he's okay." Grabbing Alice's hand again. impatiently.
" I muttered. Then he looked at me. When it was time for the wheel to spin. stopping right in front of me. I'll be over here. It was the only reaction I had seen from him throughout the entire time I had been in line. But then he cleared his throat and I looked down. matter-of-factly. He locked the bar on their chair. The edge of his mouth turned up slowly and his chest moved slightly. Right in my eyes. I usually dated science geeks and book nerds. he would step back and wipe his brow with the back of his hand. Let's get in line. almost as if he had laughed." I said. As we waited.and we were having an actual moment. sounding winded and breathy. -9- . I thought I was going into cardiac arrest. I couldn't explain how looking at him made me feel." I was getting more and more impatient so I tugged Alice by the hand over to the end of the line. It wasn't until we reached the carnival rides that I saw him. My hands were shaking when the couple in front of us started to board." Rosalie said. and he was staring. He stood next to the ferris wheel. and walked back to the line. I watched his arms move as his pulled the lever. He didn't speak to any of the patrons. noticing that he was reaching out his hand and looking for a ticket. "Like as a job?" "Come on. "You go on with her. suspending it just past our heads. I wondered if his hand would touch mine when I passed him my ticket. Al. "He works here?" Rosalie asked. holding it out for him. his leg bent and resting on top of the gate with a large metal lever in his hands. "Oh. too ." "We can't fit three people. Such a pretty steely gray and I wanted to stare forever. I watched the muscles in his arms flex as he pulled on the lever to start and stop the ride. I had no game plan. sorry. He didn't even smile. But I had to do something. "That's him.looking in booths and kiosks for any sign of him. I had no game. Once again. My heart began beating faster and faster the closer we got to the front of the line. He had some dirt on his face and a fine layer of sweat on his skin. sending the chair up in the air. His were beautiful.
breathy and low. It was the longest five minutes of my life as I waited for all of the cars to be filled and the ride to begin in earnest. I just didn't know what I'd do next. My heart stopped—literally ceased beating. right above where Edward would be standing. I drew a deep breath. my heart beat faster and chest felt tighter." Alice squealed. Bella?" "I'm twenty." I replied. I wanted. "What's your name?" I yelled. "I'm Bella. waiting for us. "So. I wanted to look into his eyes again. I hopped in. he walked toward us. Each time I saw him. That edge of his mouth that sort of turned up had morphed itself into the sexiest smirk I'd ever seen." Alice suggested. smiling. "How old are you?" . when he turned around. "Give him your number." I replied. Each time we dropped down and swept across the platform. I knew he was letting people out. sending us backward and into the air. shutting and locking the bar in front. Edward stared right at me. his eyes so clear and bright. "I can't believe you just did that. before shifting the lever. "Bella. So much. waiting for Alice.10 - . I wanted to see that smirk. I was usually so shy. bending and placing his hands on the bar.I gathered up my courage as we walked to the chair." he said. and once she was inside. I knew my time was limited." I said. "Edward. I began to panic when the ride began to slow down and stop. Our feet hovered in the air. As the wheel moved us down." Yes." "How old are you. as he turned to head back to his station. "Where is this coming from?" "I don't know. He walked toward us. "Or ask if he has a break. do you think it's fair that you know my name and I don't know yours?" he asked. I wanted to touch his lips—kiss his mouth.
I could feel the heat from his body. "You know how to work the ride." he said. and I wondered if he could feel the heat from mine." she offered. "Do you get a break anytime soon?" I blurted out. Now." he replied. "How about this? Would you like to take a ride with me?" he asked." He hopped into the seat next to me and I was immediately overwhelmed by his closeness. smirking." he said. "Yeah. it really didn't. smiling again—amused by how forward I was acting. But I couldn't. looking at me as he spoke. actually. It must have been awkward. Only his smirk wasn't sexy like Edward's. leering at us.11 - . staring while I blatantly flirted with Edward. His smirk looked more like a sneer. I want to look in your eyes and lose myself and feel this way all the time. Edward opened up the gate." I could see the people in line getting aggravated. An hour ago this would have embarrassed me."Older. letting Alice out. I couldn't help anything I was saying or anything I was doing. this is a first. but I couldn't help it. and whistled over to a scruffy-looking blonde man at the concession stand. Not that. right?" "Of course. "James. raising his eyebrow at me and then Edward. I want to run my hands along your chest and hold you against me tight. He reached his arm around the back of the car. "Enjoy yourselves. then put two long fingers into his mouth. so that I could feel . "Why?" What was I supposed to say? I want you to take me somewhere private and kiss me until I can't breathe. "Well. hands in his pockets. motioning to the wheel above us. would you mind covering my break?" he asked. I looked over to Alice who was watching the whole exchange with wide eyes. "Um…I'll go sit with Rosalie and help her stare at her cellphone. He walked over.
and I found myself watching them. The words were just spilling from my lips. I was pleasantly surprised. I hadn't noticed that I was hunching over." "No? Then why are you doing it now?" His lips pursed." he added. tell me. not so bad. is this a regular thing for you?" he asked. .it lightly grazing across the back of my neck." he said. I don't usually…" "Relax. "See." "I surprised you?" "Talking to me when you did. letting me off the hook. "Is this how you meet new people?" "On a ferris wheel? No. "You surprised me. I shivered." I didn't know why I was telling him this. feeling nervous and awkward. "So. I don't usually go on rides with the customers." he said. Wanting them. I wanted him to curl it around me and pull me closer. "I didn't know I wasn't. "Are you going to relax?" he asked me. still breathy and unsure." I said. Bella. "Tilt-A-Whirl? Rollercoaster?" "I don't…this is so weird.12 - ." I laughed. away from the arm behind me. feeling the hair on his arm on the back of my neck. "I saw you…walking through the fairgrounds. chuckling as James threw the lever back and sent the wheel up in the air and our chair out of sight." he explained cryptically. I slowly relaxed my shoulders and leaned back. I didn't even know his last name. Every time it brushed against me. I was just teasing you. "Lean back. speaking into my ear. bending down. "I'll tell you a secret.
We were held back by the barrier from the chair. "Can I have a taste now?" he asked. but he was sweet and warm and so much better than I ever thought he could be. It's mine. and softly. Emboldened. then. I watched his eyes as they focused on my mouth. "So. he moved his hand along my back." So I pulled some cotton candy from the bag like he had done for me. reaching out for it with my tongue. kissing his lips. Would you like some?" I asked. it had already melted on my tongue. he pulled out a small wisp of candy. before pulling my bottom lip into his mouth. but Edward was able to snake ." I replied. I had never been so forward. It's always been my favorite part of the fair. I held it up—an offering—and he opened his mouth and showed me his pink tongue. leaving a sweet taste behind. But he didn't reach for the bag. and I noticed that Alice had left my bag of cotton candy on the seat. always watching. I was sure it would begin rocking the chair. Then something inside me snapped. I had never felt this way. My face felt hot and I wasn't feeling quite as brave anymore. He leaned over. grazing his fingers as I drew the candy into my mouth. I'd never met anyone like him. drawing me closer. almost imperceptibly. pressing my tongue into his mouth."And what did you think when you saw me?" "I thought you were beautiful. but instead of eating it. My whole body shuddered and I know that I let out a harsh breath. "I'd love to try some. so close to my lips that I could feel the heat across them." If my heart beat any harder. He laughed and shook his head and I realized what I had said. too." he said. Reaching in. "That's definitely the best way to eat cotton candy. no one could see and I wanted so badly to taste it on him. opening up the bag. it seems like we have something in common." he laughed. rubbed his lips against mine. his gaze steady and unwavering. "I agree. we were so high up. you brought snacks?" he asked. I watched his eyes as I leaned forward.13 - . "Well. gliding his tongue along it before kissing me softly again. he held it to my lips. So I launched myself at him. He was so disarming and honest. By the time I leaned back. "Is this your friend's?" "No.
his eyes smoldering." I felt his hand settle on my thigh and move slowly up. as the wheel began to move forward.his arms around me and pull my upper body up against his. Kissing him was better than the most thrilling thrill ride. I was so lost. Kiss me." I would have said yes if I could have spoken. When we stopped again at the top. watching and waiting for his lips to touch mine. pulling back." he said." "You're not worried about who'll see?" "No. Bella. "I know a place. I don't think I'm going to want to let you go. his lips latched onto my neck and his hand traveled onto my shirt—cupping me. "Kiss me. making me sigh and pant into his mouth. "Mmmm. I could tell that he was answering him. . shouting down to James. Bella. Kissing him was all I wanted. And when they did." he said. once again. Edward looked over the railing. it was wild and fast and exhilarating. I threw my head back. I was shaking and quivering. his eyes boring into me. but his candor was causing my brain to malfunction. "Is this okay? I want to touch you. squeezing. "You don't have to. "Can we…go somewhere?" I panted." I said again. "I really need to touch you." I replied. "They're working on it. breathing heavy." he replied. There was no way I could pretend I wasn't. I had hardly noticed that the ride wasn't moving. making me want to cry out. moaning and panting and he had barely touched me. If he ever needed an ego-boost. "Are we stuck?" I asked. but I can't seem to get very upset about it. this was it. I think I like being stuck with you. this would bother me. grazing my skin with his fingertips. but I couldn't hear him at all. and he took that as an invitation to taste the skin on my neck and begin moving his fingers higher up my skirt. squeezing and holding me. He pressed a soft kiss on my lips. I was on fire. pleading with him." he said. "Normally. Bella.14 - .
He knew exactly what to do and where to do it." "He's back tomorrow. It's hard to fix it when your uncle isn't around. "Then you won't have to look at my ugly mug anymore. raising the bar on the chair." I replied. I kissed him again." "This is your last day?" I asked. blushing. Before I had a chance to explain. whispering things no one had ever said to me before. And as I shook and moaned and finally shattered. he held me against his body. "Well. confused by their conversation. unaware that I had spent the better part of the evening talking about the boy in blue. no longer teasing or testing." He stepped out of the car. His fingers on my inner thigh felt amazing. I am. but I take classes now so I only fill in from time to time if they're in the area. "You know how tricky this thing can be. no. I pulled back laughing uncontrollably. the wheel lurched forward and we were lowered to the ground. you don't work here?" "I've been helping out since I was a kid. noticing his tongue as it poked through his lips. not knowing that he was literally around the corner. And when I felt him I gasped. "No. waiting for him to push his fingers under the rim and onto my skin. unable to catch my breath." . but then he moved them just a little." James said. breathing into my neck and along my shoulder. "Sorry." he replied.15 - . unable to focus on anything other than the patterns they traced all over me." He looked at me like I was crazy and laughed. Helping out my uncle. "So. and held out his hand to help me down. I cried out when his fingers delved deeper. I'm just filling in. It's just…your tongue is blue. When I had regained my senses and was able to function. He knew exactly what I needed and when. "No." he said. "Is this the way you always react when you come?" he asked. grazing the edge of my underwear. I'm not laughing at you. arching his brow."You feel so good. I think I stopped breathing waiting for him to move. man.
I assumed he didn't live here. I assumed he traveled." James called after us. As we walked through the fairgrounds. "I live in Port Angeles. Small bonfires burned along the shore and couples on blankets curled up on the dunes. "I have a date. "Absolutely.16 - . smiling with his whole face—smiling with his eyes. It never occurred to me that he was local. shaking his head again—amused by something. That's just…perfect. I was giddy and crazy and needed to just get to where we were going. and I could tell what he was thinking." I replied. The grassy terrain slowly turned to gravel. "You forgot your sweatshirt. but him. you live around here?" I was having a hard time wrapping my mind around the concept. I wasn't looking for anyone. "Edward. It hadn't been ten minutes since he last kissed me and it was already too long. He lived here and he wouldn't be leaving." He reached for my hand and led me down the ramp. "No." he said. but would continually glance back at me. then finally to a pebbly sand. I didn't care. he led the way. He led me through the crowd and I could feel the anticipation building. standing with her arms wrapped . squeezing his hand in mine. I'm officially off for the evening. Bella?" he asked." I saw a blur of fabric as James tossed it over to Edward and my mouth fell when I turned and watched Edward slip into a navy blue hoodie. Is that going to be a problem." He smiled. "Bella!" I turned toward the voice and saw Rosalie. James. "I think after that. "Ready for some fireworks?" he asked. I could tell he was wondering if I was looking for someone who was about to move on. I realized that we were headed for the shore. just past the fairgrounds."So.
Emmett and Rosalie stood behind them. As the first set of lights exploded in the sky. Alice and Jasper whispered softly to each other—wrapped up in their own world. I glanced around the fire at my friends. I tugged on his blue sweatshirt and buried my head in his chest. marveling at his steely gray eyes. I felt his chest rise and fall. I wondered if they were discussing wedding vows." he said." I replied. but I also wanted so much sit with Edward by a warm fire with my friends." she said. You should have a jacket. grinning from ear to ear.around Emmett. "Should we sit?" Edward asked. A/N: As always. "Is that…are you sure?" I wanted to be alone with him. Her arms circled his waist and he bent his head down.17 - . so deep and penetrating. glancing at Edward. my love and thanks to Nina for beta'ing and Ser for pre-reading. Alice and Jasper were huddled by the fire behind them." "I'm not cold. motioning to the fire. And I craned my neck behind me. shaking my head. . Now I believe. I introduced him to everyone as we took our seats on the sand. "I missed you too much. He wrapped his arms around me. I'm sorry. Madame Zelda. kissing the top of her head. I relaxed into his arms. "He was flying back to me. He did this to me. still embracing—still beaming—watching the fireworks with their true loves. holding me tight. He made my body hum. Edward leaned back on his hands and pulled my back against his chest. "You're shivering. feeling so perfect and so right.
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