“Hey Bella you’re back.” Esme called out as she met her youngest at the entrance to their dorm rooms. “You look a little wind-blown.”
“Yeah I’m telling you that was a trip and a half.” Bella giggled as the two started back up the stairs to their dorm room. “Those boys have no clue how close they were to me.”
“I bet. Did you see Carlisle? And the others?” Esme asked as she opened the door.
“See them, yep. I was close enough I thought about hitting them with some sticks.” Bella grinned and Esme shook her head at her youngest. “Let me get ready and we’ll get to class.”
“We’ve got Italian in about forty minutes so we need to get going.” Esme said as she saw Bella nod.
“Just give me a few minutes to shower, I smell like my bike.” she grinned and disappeared into her and Rose’s room. Within twenty minutes Bella was back and the two left the room and started down the hall again to their shared Italian I class.
“I want to thank you Bella for what you are doing for all of us.” Esme said and Bella continued to walk beside her adopted mother.
“Esme it is nothing. I mean I know that they all made a mistake but I truly think that this will help everyone remember why they fell in love to begin with.”
“I do to. Rose and Alice can be a little vindictive though. So don’t let them drag this out too long.” Esme said and they laughed and Bella told the story again of how the men acted from what she could see in the woods after delivering the package. As they entered their Italian class room the amount of students surprised Esme. “Do this many students really want to learn Italian.”
“I know that you already speak this Esme you are going to have to help me.” Bella warned as she grinned at the older woman.
“Pff you won’t need that much help, but I’d love to. We’re supposed to meet Rose in the Student center after this class and Alice will join us this evening she said after her class she was going to be purchasing something.”
“I think it is the next step, somewhere in Texas correct?” Bella asked as they took two seats towards the middle of the classroom.
After their Italian class Bella and Esme walked to the student center where they saw Rose sitting at a table working on some work for her classes. “Rose, how has your day been?”
“Normal I only had to terrify two males today. It was quite humorous to watch them cringe. I think I should teach both of you the art.”
“No thank you Rose.” Esme grinned as she sat down between Bella and Rose. “So what are we going to do tonight?”
“Well what about if we go out. To do something not normal for us but normal for most college aged kids?” Rose said as she leaned forward.
“Like what?” Bella asked as she looked suspiciously at Rose.
“How about karaoke?” Rose said as she heard Esme laugh. “Seriously. I heard some people talking and there are several bars within walking distance that have karaoke nights. One is tonight at a place called Smokey’s. I think we’d have fun. I’d love to see shorty try to get out of this one.”
“Sure Rose, remember we are here for the full college experience.” Esme said as she grinned at Bella who shook her head.
“Maybe I should have just let them catch me.” Rose laughed at Bella’s expression. Esme’s phone rang and she looked at the text message she had received from Alice.
“Alice says she’ll enjoy it and she’ll meet us there. And Bella no texting to Edward she said he’ll find a way to trace it.” Rose laughed out loud as Bella dropped her head to the table and banged it several times.
“I think this plan is going to back fire on my butt.” Bella groaned out from where she was banging her head on the table.
“No, Bella, Edward will fully appreciate you always Bella its the other three that need to learn from him.” Rose said as she turned back to finish up her work.
The rest of the day passed quickly and soon Bella, Esme and Rose were walking into the bar called Smokey’s as they heard someone singing a strange rendition of Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi.
“Rose over here.” Alice called out from a table near the stage where people were singing. The three women quickly made their way over to Alice. “Rose this is perfect. Esme you are going to go up with Bella and sing. You two will rock the house. I’ve already signed you up.”
“What is the song Alice?” Esme asked as she sat down and a server brought over drinks that Alice had ordered them so that they could mix in with the others in the bar.
“Don’t worry you both know it.” Alice said mysteriously and Rose laughed. Bella grinned she loved the happiness that radiated from Rose recently.
Soon the bar was full and Rose was rolling her eyes at the two boys currently singing When A Man loves a woman. “Goodness, I’m glad they are drunk.” Rose said and Alice snorted.
“They won’t remember this night.” Alice predicted as Bella turned when their server appeared at their side.
“Hello, are you Bella and Esme?” the young blonde asked them.
“Yes,” Bella said as she glared lightly at Alice.
“You two are next if you don’t mind going ahead.” she smiled encouragingly to them.
“Thank you, we’ll be right there.” Esme said as she grinned. “I’m so looking forward to this. Come on Bella.” Esme said as she giggled like a school girl and drug Bella thru the crowd to the stage.
“Okay guys and gals we have two newcomers tonight, Bella, Esme get up here.” the crowd clapped as Esme drug Bella up on the stage. Bella laughed as she shook her head as Esme took one microphone and handed her the other one. “Lets give them a huge round so they get thru this.” the announcer said as he left the stage.
Esme looked at the screen and saw the title to their song. ‘I Hope You Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack. “Perfect.” she whispered and Bella grinned and told Esme to take the first part. Esme and Bella both groaned slightly when they saw Alice pointing a video camera at them.
Esme looked over to Rose and Alice who were cheering and whistling as the guitars started the intro to the song. She then started her part her clear voice ringing in the room “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder. You get your fill to eat But always keep that hunger. May you never take one single breath for granted. God forbid love ever leave you empty-handed. I hope you still feel small. When you stand by the ocean. Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens. Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance .” The crowd went wild as they both then sang the chorus.
“I hope you dance. I hope you dance ”
Bella then moved forward and started her part grinning at her sisters, ” I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance. Never settle for the path of least resistance. Living might mean taking chances But they’re worth taking. Lovin’ might be a mistake But it’s worth making. Don’t let some hell-bent heart Leave you bitter. When you come close to selling out. Reconsider. Give the heavens above. More than just a passing glance. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance I hope you dance.”
“Time is a real and constant motion always” Esme sang.
“I hope you dance” Bella sang. “Rolling us along” Esme sang. “I hope you dance” Bella sang. “Tell me who” Esme sang. “I hope you dance” Bella sang.
“Wants to look back on their youth and wonder.”Esme sang softly. “Where those years have gone.”
Then they both came together to sing “I hope you still feel small. When you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens. Promise me you’ll that give faith a fighting chance. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance. Dance I hope you dance. I hope you dance.” “Time is a real and constant motion always” Bella sang.
“I hope you dance” Esme sang. “Rolling us along” Bella sang. “I hope you dance” Esme sang. “Tell me who” Bella sang. “Wants to look back on their youth and wonder””Where those years have gone” Bella sang.
“I hope you dance” Esme sang. “Tell me who” Bella sang. “Wants to look back on their youth and wonder. Where those years have gone.”
The crowd cheered and clapped as Bella and Esme grinned and mock bowed to them at the end of their song. As they walked back to their table most of the people cheered them and congratulated them.
“Alice what are you doing?” Esme said as she glared lightly at the small pixie.
“Oh believe me Esme, Carlisle will love this. And Bella you singing what do you think that will do to Edward.”
“You set me up.” Bella accused and Rose just nodded at them.
“Yep and you two fell for it hook, line and sinker.” Rose’s beautiful laughter filled their table as Esme grinned.
“Believe me Bella this will be well worth what you just went thru. But don’t worry I’ll take care of delivering this one.” Alice said as she then darted out of the room before anyone could catch her.