"Bella, hold still. I really don't want to stick you with a pin," Alice snapped. "Why are you so antsy?"
"Because I'm going on the ice for the first time since London," I answered. "Edward and I need to come up with something for the exhibition for the rink."
"You better take it easy, girl," Rose chirped from her spot on the couch in Alice's shop.
"Our exhibition is not going to include any jumps. Well, maybe one but it's going to be a single," I answered. "This is the ugliest costume, Ali."
"You're dancing to 'All I Want for Christmas is You," Alice responded. "I made my own take of a holiday costume. Not your typical red dress with white trim."
"Alice, this is probably not the venue to veer from the norm," Rose explained. "You may want to stick with a red dress with white trim. Or at least choose a holiday color. Orange? It makes Bella look sick."
"Really?" Alice squeaked.
"Yeah, it does. I look sallow and pale," I answered. "I'll just wear one of my old red dresses, Alice. Save this for someone with a darker skin tone. It's a good design but not right for me."
"What will Edward wear?" Alice asked.
"We'll put him in a pair of black pants, white shirt, red tie and a vest," Rose answered. "And cuff the sleeves. Show off those sexy forearms of his."
"Rose! You're getting married," Alice admonished.
"So? It's not like I stop looking. Besides, there's something so attractive when a man has muscular forearms. Nummy," Rose said dreamily. "Emmett's arms are too big. Now, if I could transplant Edward's arms on Emmett's body, that would be my dream man. Are his biceps to die for?"
"Rose, you're weird," I laughed. "And yes, his biceps are strong and perfect. Just like him."
"I'm so glad that you two fucked and made up," Rose said dryly.
"Rosalie Lillian Hale!" I barked.
"What? You were miserable until you got back from Napa," Rose shrugged. "I bet you spent the rest
of the weekend and the first part of Monday going at it like porn stars. 'Harder, Edward! Fuck me, you dirty Brit!'"
"Rose, I cannot believe you," I said as I got off the podium to remove the orange monstrosity from my body. "We did not 'fuck,' we made love. There's a difference." I closed the curtain to remove the dress.
Bella's costume for All I Want For Christmas is You
Edward's costume for All I Want for Christmas is You
Edward's swan tattoo
Bella's caduceus tattoo (in green)