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Red Strings of Fate - Chapter 15
by Lauren (unicornhime)
at December 5th, 2009 (10:16 pm)
anxious

current mood: anxious

Rating: T
Genre: Humor/Romance
Summary: AH AU When Edward finally gets the chance at getting the girl, he has no idea what to do, so he turns to a message board call The Red Strings of Fate. A story told in technology.
Disclaimer: Characters to SMeyer, I'm just pretending to hack their computers and cell phones.





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Chapter 15

From: Alice (fortunexcookie(a)mymailman. com)
To: Bella (ciaobella(a)mymailman. com)
Subject: It’s been two days
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You weren’t in class and Mike said you weren’t at work. I’m worried about you, Bella. I know you’re mad and hurt, and you have the right to be, but you don’t have all the details.
Look, you don’t even have to talk to me. Just read the board. Start from the beginning and read all of it. Please.
I’m always here if you need to talk.
Hearts,
Alice

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From: Mom (esmecullen(a)mymailman. com)
To: Edward (eacullen(a)mymailman. com)
Subject: We missed you at dinner
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Edward,
I know something’s going on. If you’re not going to answer your phone, you can at least email me to let me know you’re alive. Emmett told me something happened with Bella, but that’s all. He won’t give me any more details. My boys are turning against me.
I kid. You know that right? That I only want what’s best for you? And if Bella can’t see how great you are, then she doesn’t deserve you.
But I did like her a lot, and hope you fix whatever you did wrong.
Love,
Mom

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REPLY TO YOUR POST
Hungry_Like_a_Wolf posted:
Sooo, are we just waiting around now? I need some closure here.
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REPLY TO YOUR POST
Sparklemotion posted:
Here’s some closure for you, and to blow your minds a little – when Edward mentioned his brother and Dad are on here, well, I’m his brother. (That hot, strong one).
I introduced him to this board. And I thought it was just going to be some big joke, and registered with this silly name to mess around with him. I figured the more ridiculous, the less likely he’d think I’d be on here. I was right about that, at least.
At anyway rate, yeah it’s pretty much a waiting game right now. B’s not talking to anyone. I can’t blame her, and I think you can all understand.
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REPLY TO YOUR POST
Squishy posted:
But why Sparklemotion? And who’s your dad?
Wow, that sounded awkward.
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REPLY TO YOUR POST
Sparklemotion posted:
Well my daddy is certainly no one named Squishy, I’ll tell you that much. And why not? It's pretty much the opposite of what I am, and I was going incognito.
He was under the name DRHB. I’m trying not to think about it too much.
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REPLY TO YOUR POST
SmoothCriminal posted:
I feel like I need to go take a shower or something.

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From: Bella (ciaobella(a)mymailman. com)
To: Edward (eacullen(a)mymailman. com)
Subject: I think I owe you an apology
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I’m sorry.
I read the whole post. Alice told me I didn’t have all the details, and talked me into reading it.
I should probably be telling you this in person, but I’d like to keep some of my pride in tact.
I was wrong. I can see now that you were just trying to impress me. I’m actually really touched at all you went through for me. No one’s ever tried that hard for me before. I wish you would have just talked to me, but I can understand why you didn’t. I’m not mad at you anymore.
However, I’m still very much mad at Alice. She should have told me. Or at the very least, not posted on the board. She was going behind my back. And when I was freaking out about you and everything, she knew exactly what was going on and still didn’t tell me anything. She was my best friend, she’s supposed to tell me everything.
But that’s a whole other thing. Please come over.
-Bella

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FR: Edward
555-1912
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Em – Bella forgave me. I’m going over there now. You can all relax now.
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FR Emmett
555-1935
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That’s great, bro! I’ll tell Mom, she’s been calling me like every hour. But I stayed strong, promise.

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To: Mom (esmecullen(a)mymailman. com)
From: Edward (eacullen(a)mymailman. com)
Subject: I’m fine, Bella’s fine, you can stop calling every hour
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Long story short, there was a really big misunderstanding. I didn’t tell Bella about something I should have. But we’re okay now. I’m actually still at her apartment, and she’s asleep on the couch next to me. We spent a long night talking about everything that happened and how we can prevent it from happening again.
Which brings me to why I’m emailing you. Her best friend Alice played a part in the misunderstanding. I think Bella needs to talk to her, too, but Bella refuses. And I’m not sure if I’m right. What do you think I should do? Alice is the one that finally got Bella to listen to my side of the story, and I feel like I owe her one. But I don’t know how to go about fixing this without making things worse.
Suggestions?
Love,
Edward

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To: Edward (eacullen(a)mymailman. com)
From: Mom (esmecullen(a)mymailman. com)
Subject: Ok well
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Thank you for asking me, sweetie. You know your mom knows best.
Is Bella happy with the way things are now? Ask her if she would be happier if she and Alice were talking again, and if what Alice did is worth the unhappiness they’re both experiencing now. Because I’m sure if Alice is any real friend, she’ll be just as upset as Bella is.
And this all happened over the weekend, right? Everyone’s had time to cool down. Ask Bella to talk to Alice.
Let me know how it goes.
Love,
Mom

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To: Alice (fortunexcookie(a)mymailman. com)
From: Bella (ciaobella(a)mymailman. com)
Subject: (no subject)
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I’m still mad at you, but Edward says I need to talk to you because if it wasn’t for you I’d still be mad at him, too.
What I want to know if why you went behind my back like that. I can understand why Edward did, but not you. You have no problem talking with me about anything and you’ve never kept secrets like this from me before.
Just be straight with me. What were you thinking?

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To: Bella (ciaobella(a)mymailman. com)
From: Alice (fortunexcookie(a)mymailman. com)
Subject: I was only thinking of you, I swear
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It was a pure coincidence that I even discovered the site. Jasper just happened to be posting and reading there, and didn’t even know who Edward was until they met on that double date. Remember how weird they were acting? That was Jasper recognizing him.
When Jasper told me, I hesitated at first. I thought the same thing you’re probably thinking now – that I was going behind your back. But then I realized that I’d be helping you and Edward, and you were so happy that I couldn’t do anything that would jeopardize that. And I didn’t tell you, because I thought you should find out from Edward first.
So I’m sorry if you thought I was betraying you. I thought I was helping, I really did.
And does this mean you and Edward made up? And did you read the thread?
Hearts,
Alice

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To: Alice (fortunexcookie(a)mymailman. com)
From: Bella (ciaobella(a)mymailman. com)
Subject: Edward is here, actually
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I read the whole thing and realized that he was just looking for help and that I might have overreacted a little. I apologized and he’s been at my apartment pretty much ever since. I feel asleep on his lap last night, and we skipped all our classes and called into work so we could spend some time together and get absolutely everything out in the open.
Then tonight he asked me to email you as a favor to him. He said he owed it to you for getting me to take him back. I grudgingly admitted that he had a point, and here we are.
I’m still a little bit mad, but it not worth losing our friendship over.

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REPLY TO YOUR POST
Fortunexcookie posted:
So it looks like things are good again! Everyone’s talking to everyone, and Edward and his girl are still together.
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REPLY TO YOUR POST
Hungry_Like_a_Wolf posted:
Well then. Show’s over, everyone go home.
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REPLY TO YOUR POST
BurningCherubim posted:
Oh, good. I was actually really worried. I’ve gotten so attached to these people, even though I don’t even know them.
By the way, whatever happened to that Anon guy? He hasn’t been posting during the whole ordeal, and I was expecting some kind of sarcasm or cynicism.
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REPLY TO YOUR POST
Squishy posted:
Maybe he grew a heart
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REPLY TO YOUR POST
Death_and_taxes posted:
Or maybe he got banned.
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REPLY TO YOUR POST
Anon posted:
No, I’m here. I was working on my side project of tracking these people down based in the information given on the board. I couldn’t find them, so I can only reach one conclusion:
This whole thing is made up. These people aren’t real, and we are all wasting our time here.
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REPLY TO YOUR POST
Lollipop6789 posted:
Well, I’m real. And I’m glad that things worked out. I wish we got more of the story, though. I mean, all we got is everybody’s fine now? Bor-ing.
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REPLY TO YOUR POST
Ciaoxbella posted:
So, hi. It’s me again.
I’m not going to freak out again. And I can give you the story now.
The date was going really well. He gave me the bracelet he mentioned, and told me the story about red strings of fate. I couldn’t remember the exact quote, so when I got home, I tried to google it and ended up finding this site instead. I was curious so I started skimming, and quickly realized that you were all talking about me.
After I saw the board, I freaked out, as you all know. I went home and locked everyone out, ignoring all my phone calls and texts, and refused to turn my computer on to check any emails. Basically cut off all human interaction, save my roommate, who is rarely home anyway and doesn’t care about my love life.
Edward wasn’t going to let me go without a fight though. He camped out on my doorstep and refused to leave. And while I refused to talk to him, I didn’t want him to get sick or thrown in jail for loitering or something, so after asking him to leave failed, I called in a favor from his brother, as you saw from uh, fortunecookie’s post.
When his brother came, Edward put up quite a fight, and I hear he keyed the car in all the hassle. But finally, I was really alone, and I distracted myself by drowning my sorrows in ice cream and a Saved by the Bell marathon.
I skipped classes on Monday because I didn’t want to see him on the bus or fortunecookie in class. Then I didn’t go to work either, because I just couldn’t muster up the energy to really do anything. I was miserable.
So I caved and checked my emails and texts. Edward hadn’t given up and neither had fortunecookie, in her attempt to fix her mistakes. And through all the messages, I decided to read this whole post and see what had really happened.
I spent hours reading this whole post, analyzing and over analyzing every comment and now I can understand why Edward did was he did. And I can’t thank you all enough for giving him the courage and support he needed to make his move.
After I realized my mistake, I emailed Edward and apologized. He came over right away, and we…um… made up.
I fell asleep in his arms on the couch, and when I woke up the next morning, we decided we needed another day to be really alone. No outside influence or advice, just us.
We went back to the aquarium, and this time it was open. We walked on the boardwalk and watched the lights and the ferries. There wasn’t any plan or agenda or anything. Just us, and it was perfect.
There were a few other monumental events, but we’re keeping those to ourselves.
When we got back, Edward convinced me to talk to and forgive fortunecookie. Long story short (because I don’t think you care as much about that part), we’re still friends.
And now we’re here. And we’re good. And you have your story.
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REPLY TO THE POST
That_boy posted:
And this is the last time either of us will post here on the board. We both decided that the board has served its purpose.
Goodbye, everyone, and thank you so much.

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FR: Edward
555-1912
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Is it sad that I already miss you?
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FR: Bella
555-3285
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You just left!
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FR: Edward
555-1912
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I know. But I can’t help how much I love being with you.
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FR: Bella
555-3285
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I love you, too. Save me a seat on the bus tomorrow. :)
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FR: Edward
555-1912
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I always will.

TO: You the Reader (freakingawesome (a) mymailman. com)
FROM: Me (unicornhime (a) mymailman. com)

SUBJECT: So that's pretty much it

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This is the last real chapter. There'll be a short epilogue, and then that is all for this little fic of mine. Can you believe it?

Thanks to everyone who's reading and reviewing! I read and appreciate every single one of them, even if I don't get the chance to respond. I figure you'd rather me be writing the next chapter than responding, right?

Again, a HUGE thank you to bublichka for helping me with this chapter. I always struggle with endings, and this was no exception.

Hearts and Love,
unicornhime
PS - Standard Disclaimer: Characters to SMeyer, I'm just hacking their computers.