24. Prom

The Twilight Twenty-Five

 Prompt: #22/Prom
Pen Name: Missus T
Pairing/Main Character(s): Edward/Bella
Rating: M

000ooo000ooo Fire and Rain ooo000ooo000

“Ow. It’s too tight.”

“Beauty is pain.”

“Not for me. Ow,” I whined as Alice pulled pulled tightly on my hair to create some half-up-do she swore was going to look beautiful.

“Shush.” She continued whatever it was she was doing and sighed. “Remember senior prom? I loved that dress.”

“Dress?” I laughed. “You wore a scrap of hot pink fabric.”

She snorted – really snorted – and slapped my shoulder. “That fabric was covered in sequins. And it was long enough to cover my ass.”

“Barely.”

“You looked good that night too, but I like this dress better.”

“God, I can’t believe I’m going to prom again.”

“Yeah, but this time you’ll have the hottest date there, not some tool who still wore headgear.”

“No one wears headgear anymore. My students probably don’t know what it is.”

“Haven’t they seen Sixteen Candles?”

We both sighed the name of the cute boy from the movie, “Jake Ryan.”

“Mmm. Right?” she giggled. “Edward might be hotter than Jake Ryan. You’re going to have so much fun.”

“We’re chaperoning a high school dance. How fun is that?”

“So what if you’re chaperones. You’re thinking about it all wrong. He’s taking you to dinner first, and then you’re going to a prom… with your hunky boyfriend. If you can’t figure out how to make that fun–well, I vote you off the island.”

I threw my head back laughing, which pulled my hair and made me wince. “Ouch. Fuck. Are you almost done?”

“Don’t rush perfection, but yes. Seriously, though, you’re going to have a great time. I can feel it.”

She was right. It didn’t matter that we were chaperoning, I was going to a formal dance with Edward. He was going to be in a tux. I’d spent hours daydreaming about how good he would look.

I couldn’t even remember the last time I’d gotten this dressed up, a wedding before I left for Italy maybe. I’d worn a simple summer dress to my own wedding; it was nothing compared to the gorgeous gown Rosalie had helped me find. It was dark blue overlaid with black beading and had a deep v-neck with a belted empire waist. It accented my waistline and made my boobs look great. I couldn’t wait for Edward to see me in it.

“I’m sorry, I was just being cranky.” I laughed but resisted shaking my head so she didn’t pull my hair again. “I feel old. How did we get to be old enough to be anyone’s chaperone?”

She shrugged. “When MTV stopped showing music videos.”

“Oh my God! Why do they still call it Music Television?”

Thirty minutes later we’d had a lengthy conversation about our favorite videos and Real World/Road Rules contestants while she finished my hair and applied my makeup. She helped me into my dress and shoes, smiling her approval at the final product.

When I finally looked in the mirror I was blown away by the transformation.

“Oh my God. That’s not me, is it?”

“Who else would it be, sweetie?

I looked like a Barbie version of myself. My hair was obviously styled, but still looked soft and touchable. My makeup was heavier than usual, but really brought out my eyes. I looked a little older too, less like a college student than I sometimes did.

“I don’t know. I mean, of course it’s me, but… I don’t know how you did it. I look-”

“Beautiful.”

“Yeah. Thank you.”

“No thanks needed. Anytime you’re going to prom, I’m your girl,” she laughed.

“Shut up!”

“Do you think Edward can be prom king even if he’s principal?”

“No!” I shook my head, laughing. “He recused himself.”

“Oh, God. He’d have to. Have you seen the way some of those girls look at him? Like he’s chocolate cake and they’re starving. It’s gross.”

“You look at Jasper that way.”

“Yeah, and we’re both consenting adults. You look at Edward that way too, and it’s cute, but those kids? Ewww. They shouldn’t be thinking dirty thoughts about him.”

“Oh, your grossing me out. Now I have to worry about all sorts of jailbait drooling over my date tonight.”

“How have you not noticed them?” She raised an eyebrow at me as she tucked my lipstick and phone into a tiny purse.

“Alice, I didn’t know you were even dating Jasper until you told me you were engaged.”

“This is true.”

Handing me the purse, she stepped back to give me a another look. She reached forward and tugged the shoulder of my dress into place and gave me a satisfied nod.

“Alright, I’m going to head out. Jasper and I are getting take-out and he’s going to help me with some inventory at the shop.” She leaned in and gave me half a hug, avoiding touching anything other than my shoulders. “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!”

“Like that limits me!” I called as she walked out the door, flipping me off over her shoulder.

000ooo000ooo Fire and Rain ooo000ooo000

For dinner, we went to a new French bistro near the casino in Sequim. Our food was delicious, and so was my company. I couldn’t get over how good Edward looked in a tux. He was like, 007 hot.

Prom was eventful, but fun. Mike harassed couples with a ruler, holding it between them to demonstrate how far apart they needed to keep their bodies. Edward caught some boys drinking in the bathroom and I held a poor girl whose date left the dance with someone else. Despite all of that, Edward and I were still able to slow dance and spend some time together while chaperoning.

We squeezed in one final dance as the night came to a close. Adam Levine crooned through the speakers as the DJ played Maroon 5’s She Will be Loved. Edward held my hand over his heart and I rested my head on his chest as we swayed to the music. He kissed the top of my head and tightened the arm around my back when I realized he was whisper-singing to the music.

I don’t mind spending every day
Out on your corner in the pouring rain
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile

And she will be loved
And she will be loved

I closed my eyes and let Edward lead us around the floor. The song ended and Edward brought his hand up to cup my cheek. I looked up and he was gazing down adoringly.

“I love you.”

His voice was barely a whisper, and my heart skipped a beat. Tears filled my eyes and I was overwhelmed with emotion.

“I love you too, so much.”

I put my arms around his neck and pulled his face down to mine. I didn’t care that we were in the middle of the dancefloor with our students watching us. When he put his mouth over mine, kissing me like I was the air he needed to breathe, I knew he didn’t either.

“Go, Mr. Cullen!” some student called, breaking us out of our private bubble.

We both laughed and Edward gave me one more sweet kiss before pulling back to rest his head on my shoulder.

“Say it again,” he whispered in my ear.

So I did—several times.

000ooo000ooo Fire and Rain ooo000ooo000

Links and stuff – again, if you like it:

Maroon 5’s She Will Be Loved lyrics

Bella’s dress

http://www.jovani.com/evening-dresses/4840-10794
[ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/m/maroon-5-lyrics/she-will-be-loved-lyrics.html ]

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