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Summary 1. Chapter 1 2. Chapter 2 3. Chapter 3 4. Chapter 4 5. Chapter 5 6. Chapter 6 7. Chapter 7 8. Chapter 8 9. Chapter 9 10. Chapter 10 11. Chapter 11 12. Chapter 12 13. Bella POV 14. Bella POV 2 15. Chapter 13 16. Chapter 14 17. Chapter 15 18. Chapter 16 19. Chapter 17 20. Chapter 18 21. Chapter 19 22. Chapter 20 23. Chapter 21

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Summary
Three stipulations are keeping Edward from receiving his inheritance money, one of them being he must obtain a serious relationship. His solution? Pay Bella to pretend to date him. There's absolutely no way this plan can backfire. AH, EPOV

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I couldn't follow in his." Emmett said with a smirk. What'd you do. I lacked the compassion and understanding. "No shit? What'd you do this time?" "Apparently I'm not who they want me to be. no. Off. I just couldn't connect with people that way. no. Chapter One "Welcome." Emmett shook his head. even though rack of lamb is awesome. My thoughts trailed back to the day of my parents funeral when Esme held my -5- . "No. "How'd dinner go?" "Carlisle kicked me out. Hence the suitcase. Edward?" "You mean besides crushing their dreams and telling them over the five course meal that I have no desire to be a doctor or to go to medical school? Oh. and my uncles." I sneered. I could eat a corn dog and be as easily impressed. footsteps. I was almost jealous of Emmett for possessing that quality. "I'm judging by the suitcase that you're planning on staying a while?" "Fuck. and then adding that." Emmett laughed for a full five minutes before speaking. but he's known for some time that I didn't want to be a doctor.Chapter 1 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. It never would be me. "Whoa." I said as I shoved past my brother who had the audacity to look shocked at my outburst. "Did Esme cry?" Emmett asked as he handed me the bottle of Jack that he pulled out from the cabinet. "What do you think? Esme's been known to cry over much less. It wasn't me." I replied cryptically. What's with the hostility?" Emmett asked.

hand and told me that it was okay to cry. I'm still trying to figure out how to pop the question. So. At least you have good hair.like. get your ass into shape dude. "Because no one told me. "Yeah. I can use that money for the wedding.." Emmett smiled and I made a retching sound." "Fag. shit." "What the fuck does that even mean?" "How do you not know about our inheritance?" Emmett asked as he turned the Xbox on to play FIFA. something about it being good I didn't get my inheritance yet. -6- . Why can't they just be happy that I finally graduated and am not a complete fuck up?" "Because you are a fuck up. "Damn. You think ma and dad would have left us without anything?" "Never crossed my mind. How the hell do you know about it?" "Carlisle told me. Why would Carlisle and Esme not tell me?" I questioned." We were silent for a few minutes before I remembered something.." "Wedding? You engaged and I don't know about it?" "Not yet. one of the conditions is that we get the money at the same time... "Carlisle said something before I left. "I mean. You know you're going to hell. I really do. right?" "Nah. And no. I pulled the bottle of Jack to my lips and washed away the memory." "Yeah." Emmett added. "Did they already give you your money?" "You've never made the smartest decisions regarding finances." I handed him the bottle and began to laugh.

" "Have a job or be at least attempting to find one. what are all of the conditions?" "Uh." He gaped at me and asked." "I don't see why you don't like her." "That's the way I like it though. good luck to you then." "Just have trouble keeping them around. why do you even need to have a wedding? Go to Vegas. "Are you kidding me? She fucking hates me! I don't think there's a time that I've seen her when she hasn't introduced me as the other one. but you of all fuckers know I've never had trouble with women. Let's go down to Cain and Abel's. You're too sensitive." "Check. If I wanted to keep a girl around. gotta graduate college." "Okay. I know."God. So. then. I'm going to bed. Quick and painless. man. don't be an old man. Next?" "Be married or in a serious relationship. Easily. not so much a check but I can work on that." "Rosalie would die." "Ha." I snorted at this and punched his arm. I could." "You kidding me? That's easy. "You engaged and I don't know about it?" "No. "Come on. "She's joking." Emmett shook with laughter and said." I shot up from the couch and stared at him like he was an imbecile." "Well. Grad school will do. Early class tomorrow. We should be getting our money soon." "Whatever." "Remember mom used to call us Cain and Abel? More like Can't and Able -7- . It'll be like old times.

"At a bar? You definitely know how to pick 'em. Even when she's not here." Emmett rolled his eyes and put the cap on the whiskey then turned the tv off. I was so going to hell. right? Am I Right?" Emmett howled and I glared at his fucking head." "Trust me. "If you fuck on my couch. Thanks for reading! :) -8- ." I smiled widely and popped my knuckles. "Really funny. "Shut your mouth and don't go too crazy tonight. make sure to put a towel down. she makes sure she's here. Add that to your list of Why I Shouldn't Marry Rose. "Controlling. I sat in silence trying not to replay the days events. okay?" After Emmett closed his bedroom door. you dumb ass. He was right. Did Rose tell you to say that?" I asked before pointing at him. Just be sure not to tell her that you're only dating her so you can get your inheritance. I won't have to win her over with my words.nowadays. I'm going to find myself a long-term relationship." "That doesn't sound like you." I winked. Go to fucking bed and don't wait up for me. Some girls might not like that.

So am I. so good. Glancing at her left hand." she said. I kept my eyes on ESPN while she kept her nose in her book. "Amazing. Chapter Two Lazily walking into Cain and Abel's. We were both silent after that. "Don't bother. "That's cool. She was reading from some textbook and drinking Blue Moon. "This might not be any of my business. I noticed she wore a name tag and wondered if she worked here. Tell me. "Congratulations. too?" I laughed and sat next to her. So far. I stood behind her. You're so observant. but no. can you see the future. from what I could see. There was a blond sitting with a redhead in the corner. An attractive brunette that was sitting alone caught my eye. fully knowing she was bullshitting me." I said too quickly. Blond's boobs were too big and fake and Redhead's hair was too frizzy. Nice skin complexion.Chapter 2 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. I ordered a Heineken from the bar. Moving on. who didn't look up at me as she spoke. but are you seriously reading? In a bar?" I asked the brunette. winked at the cute bartender and scanned the room for a potential relationship. If she would just glance up at me. -9- . startling her as I spoke. I took in her appearance from the corner of my eye: long." she said with zero emotion on her face. barely acknowledging my presence. I could get a look at her eyes. straining my neck to see what she was reading. I saw no ring. wavy brown hair that was pulled back. Great tits with a petite frame. I'm married.

who also glared. Thanks for the drink. I spotted her within seconds." I sighed and ran my hands through my hair. I feel terrible for lying to you. trying to pull her attention towards me. It's neat. back turned to me. I kid you not. Bells. Knock yourself out. like. divorced." . Okay."Okay. there was a lot of fucking glaring going on around here. by the way." I pointed with my beer and left the table. I have to go finish my conversation with that girl over there. Edward Cullen." "Yep. No social problems. I sat alone for exactly three minutes until a new brunette waltzed over and tried to grab my attention. no. "Fuck. she narrowed her eyes at me. Jake. not a good start. her beer and walked away from the table. See you tomorrow. sitting at the bar. "Excuse me. "Oh. you're very observant. "Excuse me? Is this seat taken?" She tried giggling but it somehow came out as a wheezing snort." "Thanks. I'm Edward." Holding my hand.10 - . "I realized it was rude of me to not introduce myself. your name is Isa?" Brunette grabbed her books." I gave her a crooked grin but she didn't look up or react to my joke. "See ya later. Don't you just love Cain and Abel's? This place is so awesome! I come here." I spoke slowly. "I'm not married. actually. "Tough crowd." Isa muttered as I pulled out the stool next to her. talking to some beefed up guy with too much baby oil on his arms. "Do you have some sort of social problem?" She glared while removing her name tag and tossed it to the beefy guy behind the bar. "You work here?" "Like I said earlier. god. "So. but this brunette had the nicest tits. "Nope." She smiled at him and grabbed her stuff to leave." I muttered and looked around the bar for another prospect. "Uh." I quietly laughed and turned my body around to find Isa. To make a long story short. They were dark brown." I said happily. all the time.

you didn't have your own mechanic growing up? Or did you just make your chauffeur drive you around everywhere?" She snorted then realized she had said too much and avoided my eyes. That dude has too much baby oil on his arms. "Fuck!" I heard her scream when her truck sputtered to its death. "Why did that dude call you Bells? I thought your name was Isa?" I yelled as I chased her through the parking lot. I threw the cables into the bed of her truck and said. shitty red truck and attempt to drive off." she sneered. "God!" Isa yelled and spun around to face me. and watched her crawl into an old. your battery might just be bad. That's nice. "Look." "No way.11 - . so I see you've heard about me. because that's what her laugh sounded like. Jake can help. "Ah." This actually produced a laugh from her for the first time and I momentarily wondered if that's why her friend had called her Bells. "Need help?" "No. "Look. I stood there. mystified. I walked over to her truck and tapped on the window." "What. thanks." . Like Edward Cullen would want to just talk to a girl. Laughing. pull your car around."Yeah. "Don't be rude. So excuse me if I'm not interested in being a part of your little hobby. I have cables in the back. leaving with a different girl each night. "You're positive you know how to jump a truck?" "Positive. That can't be safe while jumping a car." "Right. thanks for the drink. but if this happens after you've changed your battery then your alternator might not be working. threw a few bills down for my Heineken and followed her outside." Isa instructed and I complied. I won't have your safety at risk. "What the hell do you want?" Her little outburst caught me off guard. I suggest getting a new one. no fucking way. Jake!" I smiled." I scoffed and proceeded to jump her truck until it finally started. I just wanted to talk. I've seen you around the bar.

Let me know what you think! Thanks for reading! . dude. "She." I smiled." I added for good measure. Just get it fixed. Oh. "Hey! Wait!" she shouted after me. I think I found one. sitting up. Maybe I'll see you around. "So this one is actually smart." Emmett looked at me with sleep in his eyes and asked what the fuck I was yelling about." "Tell him he's a shitty mechanic and a less than mediocre bartender. okay?" I said curtly and started to walk to my car. Thank God. I think she might hate me. "This does happen quite often." Emmett laughed so hard that the bed shook. "So. I'm sorry. There's only one problem. turned the light on and jumped on his bed. Isa gave me a small smile and said. "A relationship. I'm sorry if I was rude earlier.Isa bit down on her lower lip and said." I hope y'all like Emmett because he is my favorite. "Thanks. "Like I said. snotty brat with an overly-active sex drive.12 - . where is he?" Emmett asked. and social problems. He's a mechanic when he's not a bartender. clearly proud of myself. I ran into his room." she said before running to her truck. I'm used to people thinking I'm a spoiled. "I think I found one. but I usually have Jake help me. Once I was back in Emmett's apartment." "No problem.

Chapter 3 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended Chapter Three "Wake up. "Dude. "Hurry the hell up." No. "We can go eat if you're buyin'. I yanked and covered my head with the blanket Rosalie oh-so-casually had resting on the back of Emmett's couch." Scowling. Eat your Fruity Pebbles and let me sleep in peace." I sat up and lethargically rubbed my eyes. causing the breath to be knocked from me. unbeknownst to Rose. I wanna spend quality time with my baby bro and hear all about his new relationship. "What the hell do you want?" "Payback. Get up!" Emmett stood above me on the couch and punched my stomach. "It's still dark outside. "Let's grab breakfast before my class. but of Isa from the night before." New relationship? The blanket slid off my face." "Don't I always?" Emmett asked as he smacked my face. With my eyes closed. I smirked at the thought of her finding out. . "Shit!" I yelled once I was able to breathe normally. No longer was I thinking of Rosalie throwing a shit-fit. The same couch that I had thrown up on a time or two. revealing my full-on grin. Mother of fuck. jackass.13 - ." Emmett winked.

Shall I go on?" "Ha!" I pointed my fork at him." I smirked and brought the mug to my mouth then added. do much. "Maybe you should just stick with what works for you. Especially not with someone who was clearly stubborn and had greasy. drinking black coffee and stuffing our faces with syrup-covered carbohydrates. Tanya. Because I definitely didn't want a relationship. Was brunette. and it worked. "You usually go for blonds who don't say much." Chuckling. I motioned for the waitress to refill my coffee. ample ass. Tanya's roommate. "True. So maybe only blonds go for me. did any of those relationships with my "type" last? No. "Kate. but this was all business. or eat much." Emmett sighed contently. Female is my type. ogre-type friends who claim to be mechanics in their spare time." "Doesn't sound like your type. "Feisty isn't a bad thing.14 - ." Dammit. Not that I wanted or needed a relationship until now." Emmett mumbled through a mouth full of waffles. And even if that were true. "Okay. "Syrup is fucking heaven. The waitress gave him a disapproving glare before stalking away. "Exactly. Irina. that one girl with the lazy eye." I definitely do not have a type. but she was a little feisty. "So. She colored her hair platinum blond so you would go out with her." Emmett agreed. "Irina was brunette. I could pour this on anything and there would be an orgasm in my mouth." "Where do you come up with this shit?" He held up his hand and started listing names with his fingers. unsuspecting lady?" "Brunette with matching eyes. Seriously. great rack. Who's the unlucky.Ten minutes later we were sitting in a small diner near campus." Emmett interrupted my . actually. tell me." Em pulled the pancake off my fork and said. You would fuck any female within a ten mile radius. "Huh? I don't have a type.

Everything starts off exciting and new and you want to just touch the person for the sake of fucking touching them. "What happened to quality bro time?" Rosalie snorted at this while Emmett apologized. No. Rosie's gotta eat. I forked my way around his plate to steal some of the waffle he had defaced. We're in public.train of thought. "You're so fucking whipped. when a little brunette head caused me to open both eyes. get a real job and then you can have the money?" A real relationship? The mere thought made me shiver in my seat. "Does it happened to be called shut the f-" "Children. I just wasn't a relationship kind of guy. "Sorry.. Edward. and a-" "Emmett?" I said sharply." "Oh. You know this is totally going to blow up in your face. right? Why don't you actually just find a real relationship. thank you. dude. I didn't know that. Five minutes later. "Maybe you should find a job. out of fucking no where. "Don't you dare call me a child." "Whatever. cutting Rosalie off. we can't exactly talk about my situation anymore. "No. Emmett! Your brother needs to get his shit together and stop sleeping on your couch! Don't you think that he.. meet and greets with the parents and then eventually sucking me off and expecting me jerk it into an old t-shirt because said relationship had just brushed her teeth. you know?" Rosalie quipped with a grin. Then. Edward? They have cream for that." He smiled and kissed her cheek." Rosalie's voice made me jump as she suddenly appeared in the booth next to Em.15 - . . everything turns into comfy socks. I opened one eye to see if she was still at it. Seeing as how Rose is here now. "Yes." Emmett whispered. too. pissing me off." I dropped my head in my hands and drowned Rosalie out. "Maybe you should mind your own fucking business and let me do this my way." I said flatly. I stared at him for a full minute before speaking.

"Do you usually eat carbs?" "Emmett. He yelled her name five times before she finally glanced over towards us. "Excuse me?" Isa asked as she dropped his hand. what on earth are you doing? You know that girl?" Rosalie asked with a tiny hint of jealousy. Emmett and Rose before she set her bagel on the plate. Emmett loved doing shit like that in front of Rosalie. "No baby. and the three of us stared in Isa's direction. That's the feisty bar girl. Feisty. put her book bag over her shoulder and walked right past us to some old lady who was sitting two tables behind us. "Emmett." "His what? Edward? The same Edward who chooses to own a pay as you go cell phone because the two year contract with AT&T was too much commitment for him?" I ignored Rosalie. Emmett. Her innocent doe-eyes bounced between me." I dropped my head in my hands." Emmett smiled while blatantly staring at her ass. I knew exactly what he was doing and I couldn't bear to watch. nibbling on a bagel. Isa made her way back to our table and stood with her hands on her hips. stared in delight. I eat carbohydrates." I nodded towards Isa who was sitting alone in a booth." "Why not get a head start on the fuckery? Her name is Isa?" he asked. Rosalie. No doubt the rest of the day she would be checking her appearance in car windows and spend the rest of her night in front of the bathroom mirror.16 - . According to him. "You're right. After chatting for a few minutes. "That's her. Emmett cleared his throat. "Hi. but Edward wants her to be his girlfriend. loose curls falling around her face. grabbing my attention. then yelled her name before I could respond. I'm Edward's brother. Your point?" . causing Rose to slap his arm. "Yeah. waiting for me to say something." He smiled widely and held out his hand. used to his antics."Dude. but all I could do was glare at Emmett for calling her over before letting me divulge a plan. Her hair was down today. and I involuntarily smiled. it was his way of keeping her in check.

call me crazy. Emmett. but that's the second time someone has called you by a different name."Do you have any idea what carbs will do to your ass?" "Didn't keep the two of you from staring at my ass when I walked by. who her best friend is and has Bella promising to tell said best friend . She tucked a piece of hair behind her ear.." "Bella. "Wait. Christ. it's Isabella but. this was so going to work in Emmett's favor and get him laid tonight." Shrugging my shoulders. I stared at the two of them bantering back and forth and had to swallow back the venom. But I really have to go. it makes it too easy for drunken idiots to hit on me.. looking unaffected.. "If that's all you wanted. I broke the silence. at work. Bell-uh. I really have to go." Smooth. Bet you can't think of a pick-up line with the name Isa in it.17 - ." The little old lady she had just been talking to waved goodbye as Isa smiled politely." Rosalie scowled with insecurity. Bella actually laughed at his lame attempt at a joke. Bella darling. Please tell your grandmother I said hello. I like it. So. I thought your name tag said Isa?" "Perceptive. When I'm at the bar and my name tag says Bella. Bella." she muttered. My idiot brother here is very interested in you. "My best friends name is Alice.. "That's. Well. we all stared at Emmett as he searched for a pick-up line in his head. "Wait." "Bye." Wow. Emmett talks to her for less than five minutes and already knows her real name." Emmett grinned as he practiced saying her name like the fool he is." She stared at me for a second. then why-" "Because. then turned to leave." she said without hesitation and Emmett smiled wickedly. "Okay.great. I'll have to tell her you said that. Your body Isa wonderland and I want to be Alice. I'm Isa. "Got it. "My name is Bella.

So it sounded a lot smoother in my head. "Me.18 - . "Parents?" . "Oh. I have to go to class now. I should give you my number. then watched the two lovebirds walk away. then tried to explain Emmett's behavior. "This is painful to watch." Okay." she replied evenly. Flashing her Malibu Barbie." "No problem. causing me to momentarily forget what the hell the point of all of this was." she admitted while playing with the salt shaker." "That's probably the nicest thing she's ever said about me. I'll put my number in it for you. Bella." "I don't have a cell phone. Bella cocked an eyebrow at me. I can't afford one and I don't like the idea of people always having a way to be in contact with me. Rosalie held out her hand and said." I said in awe. I shouldn't have expected the two of these nimrods to possess any manners. seriously. it was nice meeting you." she warned. "She just called you guys nimrods.about him. "I like him. She couldn't be serious. "What if there's an emergency with your grandmother?" "I visit my Gram every Sunday night. "By the way." "Who doesn't have a cell phone?" I laughed. Watch out for him. I'm Rosalie." Bella said decidedly with a genuine smile. I would eventually find out. so if something happened to her. clearly noticing my sulking." Emmett awkwardly fist-bumped her before throwing cash down on the table and pulling Rosalie behind him. "Thanks again for the help with my truck last night. in case you need to be jumped again. Word of advice? Don't put up with my brothers shit. nothing-smells-better-than-my-shit smile. give me your cell phone. Bella gave a tentative smile before taking Emmett's seat.

just staring at me. I slept in the cab of the truck until morning when a very nice. broken down on a dark. "Don't lose that. so I had to take the bus. Hey." "Bus? What happened to your ever-trusty piece of shit?" Bella scoffed as we stood up from the table to walk outside. because it was still very early in the day and I don't do well with emotional people." Her face scrunched up like that was the dumbest thing I could have asked. By the way. Her name tag said Mary." I decided against asking her for information about her mom leaving. I mean. it broke down again this morning. my dad used to be Chief of Police for a small town in Washington. "Why would I be scared? I had mace. I swear to God she fucking giggled! Carlisle and Esme would eat this shit up. elderly man stopped to help me. in fact. "After your ever-trusty handy work last night."Charlie tags along with me to see Gram. It's valuable. Maggie. "Yeah? Like I'll ever believe a name tag again. And my mom left when I was younger." Bella whispered. Besides." "Liar." I smiled and handed her a napkin with my number on it. now I'm late for class and missed the bus. "What if your truck breaks down on a dark." "Um. conveying that she was getting bored with my questions. I suggest you get a cell phone and put my number in it. "As if a tiny can of mace could stop someone from raping you. who willingly handed me the pen from her apron. Got a pen I can borrow?" I asked the waitress." . so chances of hearing from her aren't too high. cold night before. "My truck has. Got a pen?" "Nope. cold night and you're stranded?" Bella's foot tapped under the table. "Her name isn't Maggie. He's taught me a thing or two. "You weren't scared? To be stranded. so again." She giggled. I would eventually find out. thanks. waiting to see what I'd ask next.19 - ." Bella sat there in all of her confidence.

Instead." "I know. "Now that's how a car should start." I admitted and waited for her to apologize but she didn't. Your little mechanic friend has yet to fix it. drinking himself into a stupor until a girl seemingly good enough stumbles over to take him home." "Did mommy and daddy buy it for you?" she asked in a mocking tone. she just sat there quietly and bit her thumb nail. letting her hair fall over her right eye. no. Please don't ever do that again. "You know Of Montreal?" I asked." she blurted out. I opened the door. so I'm surprised no one told you about my parents. ." "You listen to Of Montreal?" she asked." Nudging her shoulder. I'll stop. and ushered her in the passenger seat. The Volvo purred to life and I sighed in fake relief. People talk.20 - . "You already have quite an impression of me. ignoring my little dig at her truck and focusing on the music seeping through the speakers. I want to." she said. My mouth fell open and I tried really hard to keep from laughing. as any gentleman would do. I pushed her in the direction of my Volvo. surprised. Nice car. "Actually."Stop trying to make me feel bad." She stopped walking and blushed. "You are an awful singer. tortured soul who sits alone in the bar. "That's okay. biting her lip before she started singing along. "Let me give you a lift. either. "You're right." "It's not like I asked around about you. Especially not in my car." "Thank you. My parents are dead. You've obviously heard a lot. Everyone wants to know about the brooding. You were nice enough to give me a ride and I'm torturing you." I pushed the door open and let her walk through. by the way. You don't have to do that." Bella laughed and said. Come on. "I'm only slightly obsessed.

the blush spreading over her neck giving her away. later. aren't you?" I asked playfully. yeah?" "Yeah. "You talking about that grease monkey? Your wanna-be mechanic friend doesn't scare me in the least. Do me a favor and try not to stalk me." Shaking my head. you. getting off on using her real name. So I will see. And lied. Also annoying. "Okay." she said slowly." "Why not?" "You're.21 - . curiosity getting the better of her. I gave her a fake smile and whispered. tortured soul who drowns his sorrows. "I just asked a pretty girl to dinner and was denied. "I'm everyone's type." "Exactly." she said a little too harshly.I made a mental note that she rambles when she's nervous.you are not my type.. for that matter. I'll see you later tonight." "I can't. "I said I'm not going to-" I held up my hand. okay? I have some really huge friends that wouldn't appreciate it. "You wanna get to know me? Let's grab dinner tonight." ." I said slowly. "Bella. "Thanks for the ride." Bella admitted without looking at me. "You're going to make this hard for me." She finally looked at me." she stuttered. "You can drop me off here. shifted into park and turned in my seat to face her. I don't want someone who is everyone's type." I quickly pulled the car next to the curb. right? Gotta keep the image. Bella muttered something under her breath and exited the car. Which was fucking cute.." I popped my knuckles with each word. "You work tonight. "Yes. causing a dull throb to form between my eyes. I'm a brooding. causing her to flinch.

So." I laughed at Emmett's doubt. this would be a hell of a lot easier. I'm aware that you aren't supposed to nap for longer than forty-five minutes). you wanna go to Cain and Abel's tonight?" Emmett paused the game. "Did you not see the way she was glaring at you today. But. "Hour ago.22 - . I reached for his beer to wash the shit taste from my mouth. a little too hard if you ask me. Five hours later (yes. not exactly feeling any better than before I passed out. "When did you get home?" I asked Emmett. if you're there. I have a feeling he's going to want to witness the misery this girl is going to put you through tonight. I woke up from my nap. I waved goodbye to her backside and laughed all the way to Emmett's so I could take a much needed nap before tonight. trick her into dating you and then convince Carlisle and Esme that you're in love?" "Woo? Who said anything about wooing? You make it sound like I'm going to have to work for this." "Deal with it. Try to woo this girl. I have a feeling if you show up with me tonight. Hey. this whole thing will go a little smoother.Bella's face grew red as she slammed the car door. "O ye. "Are you really going to do this?" "Do what? Drink?" I laughed as I stood and stretched. Your snoring is getting fucking old. "For some odd fucking reason. "No." "What do I have to do with this?" He paused the game again and drained his beer. you down?" "Call Ben and tell him to meet us there. popped the top off a Heineken and murmured." Emmett resumed his game and shook his head. Em. . but he intercepted. she likes you. man?" "I've endured harder conquests. who was sitting on the living room floor playing FIFA.

of little faith.23 - ." I would ask if you guys think Bella is going to give him a hard time but I'm pretty sure the answer is obvious. Thanks for reading! :) .

No! You lose at pool and you take the fucking shot. setting his pool cue against the wall to hand me the shot. I grabbed the shot of Jim Beam and threw my head back. "Let the games begin. My father would be rolling in his grave if he knew we even looked at this shit of an excuse for whiskey. "It's barely 8 p. "Pussy. I don't make the rules." Emmett yelled louder. At least. I chalked the tip of my cue and watched Emmett break. Chapter Four My name is Edward Cullen and I am an idiot. you did make the rules.24 - ." I grinned at Emmett. "Actually." "Tomayto. creating a nice little set up for me and my stripes. sinking a solid in the side pocket.Chapter 4 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. bro." Emmett said slowly. and breezed through the place with ease before disappearing. tomahto. I blinked at him. leaning over the table to shoot. that's what Emmett keeps yelling out loud." I spoke slowly. "Feisty bar girl is here. Bella waltzed in. who just shook his head and muttered something that I'm sure would have pissed me the fuck off if I could hear . waved at some girl. "Where's that fucker." Rolling my eyes. let alone consumed it like water. thanks to the cheap whiskey I've been forced to consume." "No. Low and behold." he said without looking up from the table. Ben?" "He'll be here soon. feisty bar girl had graced us with her presence. Fucking idiot! Take the damn shot!" "Calm the fuck down.m.

him clearly. Ben smiling. I leaned against the wall and waited for Bella to return from the back. We'd love to play with you guys. you're playing pool? Are you winning? I'm not that great at pool. I groaned." She winked and I had a sneaking suspicion she wasn't talking about pool anymore. and her friend lacked in the chest department. I would be all over that shit. Oh. myself and Jim Beam were about to make our way over to the love fest when the annoying brunette from last night bounced in front of me. I'm pretty sure she didn't have a bra on. Bella blushing. That's my friend. a shirt that was way too small. but maybe you could show me how to shoot!" She giggled. But none of that . I was fucking staring. Ben nodding his head. but I was trying not to stare. "Hi! Remember me? You were here last night.25 - . Bella laughing. bounced five fucking times in the matter of seconds and waited for me to respond. "'Bout fucking time. wore way too much makeup. and her hair pulled back. The hell? Who the fuck high fives? Me. but she kept glancing my way and I didn't want to get caught. Ben receiving a high five from grease monkey bartender." My head shot in the direction of the bar and I assessed the situation. Lauren. over there. She did not disappoint. she was dumb as fuck." Leaning over. She appeared behind the bar wearing tight jean shorts. I pulled the cue back and released in one fluid motion." Emmett smiled. Normally. Okay. "I'm Jessica. "You gonna play or what?" Emmett waved a hand in front of my face. So. "Yep. "He's talking to Bella. Grabbing my pool cue. missing my shot as Emmett announced that Ben had arrived.

Perfect timing." She smiled at Ben. "Benjamin. "Oh. Or in my case. Bella. yeah.26 - . this is my girlfriends friend. Bella. "No shit?" Ben asked. Emmett cleared his throat and discreetly shook his head no. "Nice to meet you. "Ah. Jess." I said in a stern voice as I pulled out a stool. didn't. just for good measure. We've actually met before. "Cullen!" I heard Ben yell from the bar. avoiding eye contact. Why don't you and your friend go wait over there for me and I'll get us some drinks. I wasn't even in a relationship yet and I was already not getting laid. Strictly business. I could feel someone's eyes glaring at me." Bella's tone was stiff. . This fucking blew. shit. "Yeah. If I was gonna do this. It makes me bloated. I was just getting her opinion on what to get Angela for her birthday. then walked to the other side of the bar to assist someone in becoming belligerently drunk. "Angela is going to love the photo album. introduce me to your friend?" Cue lazy smile at Bella. so I slapped Jessica's ass before she skipped away." Okay. I was gonna go all out. but Ben noticed my glare and felt the need to cough up an explanation." That's disgusting. We've been waiting on your ass. this is Edward. and I was sure it was either Emmett or Bella." I gave her a side smile and winked. Edward. "That's my brother. glared at me." Jessica smiled widely and waved her friend over. It was a little more innocent than I had originally thought. Well. "No beer." "Sounds perfect. He's just fucking with you. uh.mattered. Emmett. She would still come in handy. Bella nodded.

trying to buy time. But I didn't expect her to be so. Look. Cullen. but when Bella got jealous and tried putting me in my place? It was fucking hot.27 - ." "Ah. I was used to girls calling me an asshole and some form of the word "penis". Run along now. Jealousy is definitely my friend. I see.. That's why I slapped that girls flat ass in the first place." "I wouldn't bet on that. It was already working. "The girl's name is Angela. Chuckling. "Still deciding." she said with raised eyebrows while skillfully filling a pint.. "I know what the fuck it is. Cain and Abel's has a strict policy against soliciting prostitutes. But grease monkey set four Heineken's in front of me and walked away." I muttered and whistled to get Bella's attention.articulate about it. Snap out of it. East sixth is more of that scene." I lied. Cullen. isn't she? What's with the pussy gift?" Ben slid off the bar stool and walked towards Emmett. "What's this?" "Heineken. I expected her to be jealous. "Photo album? Christ. The girl is already fucking you. as if I were a fucking dumb ass. "What's it take for a guy to get a little service around here?" "I thought you were already being serviced?" Bella sent a pointed look in the direction of Jessica. It's a pale lager. Bella isn't interested in you. "What can I get ya?" Grease Monkey asked caustically as Bella walked away with a tray of beers. "Although. Ben." . Why is it in front of me?" "Isn't it what you've been drinking all night?" "I didn't order this.I laughed. I ran a hand through my hair. Head. You'll understand some day. of course I did. creating the perfect amount of head." he said.

" I assured. "Who?" "You know who. You've been staring at her all night. but for once. Emmett was still kicking my ass in pool. cash me. man. what could I say? This fuckhead was right. I whistled and stiffed him on a tip. "You into her or what?" Ben asked after he hung up the phone with. I decided to number them. I'm assuming. Slut #1 had to accompany Slut #2 to the bathroom. creating laughter from the sluts.My mouth opened to speak. I tell them you have chlamydia. I had a gut feeling who he was talking about." ." "Nothing a few weeks of antibiotics can't cure. the sluts had made out with each other a dozen times and I was still trying to ignore the glares coming from Bella." "Fuck." I muttered. "Again? God. Holy fucking shit." I handed them each a beer while Emmett flipped me off. "Ladies. Seriously. Three hours later. Grabbing the four beers. Angela. "Em. who the fuck laughs at STD jokes? Emmett gave me a pointed look. but had to ask anyway." Emmett sneered. ignoring the fact that the skanks were within ear-shot. "Next time. Why waste my time trying to make her interested when I had two sluts practically finger fucking each other on the pool table waiting for my dick to grace their mouths? I happened to look over at Bella." Emmett tossed me his wallet just as Rose walked in. it was easier than trying to remember their names. I turned back around towards Grease Monkey and realized he had been staring at the same thing I was. who dropped a receipt and bent over to pick it up. We need beer. Bella wasn't interested. Edward. "Stop using me to fucking entertain your harem. Ben was still going on about Angela. My question had been answered. don't you have your own means of income? You can't mooch off your brother forever.28 - .

then ran to the bar before Rosalie could retaliate." "James. readying myself to talk shit when I saw Bella prance behind him." I pushed. "Not a chance. "You need somethin'?" "Yeah. Because I was fucking serious. pretending to sound apologetic." "You're telling me you'd rather stay here at work with a guy who fucking high fives and uses the word bud?" Bella began to laugh but quickly cut it short. He's having a Wii bowling party. I narrowed my eyes at grease monkey." I laughed at the bait I used to get girls to go back to Emmett's place." she said. the tiniest of smiles forming on her pink lips. She seemed to find this all too amusing and then her smile suddenly evaporated. darn. and farther away from Rosalie's tantrum." She nodded but avoided all eye contact. bud. and waved a finger. What respectable. "Oh. No doubt I would pay for that one later. . my beautiful Bella. huh Jake?" she said in a cheerful voice then paused in place when she saw me. I noticed Bella wasn't anywhere to be found. "Bella." I said seriously. "You have a problem with high fives? What next? You're going to tell me you hate baseball and hot dogs?" "No one in their fucking right mind is ever pumped up enough to actually high five. Who knew that Nintendo would be my unofficial wingman? "I work until close. "I'm sure ole Jake will cover for you."Again? Don't you have your own fucking friends to hang out with you insufferable bitch?" I spat. Come over to Emmett's tonight. grown man has blond hair? "You haven't returned any of my calls. "Busy night. Bella. As I got closer to the bar.29 - ." A guy with blond hair walked up to the bar." Bella shrugged. He laughed.

That was the one thing she was good for. No fucking way was I going to get my AG jeans fucking dirty by sitting in an alley. I wanted to say. "If Jake finds you out here. "I'll meet up with you guys later. letting her know where to find me. Much to my enjoyment.. "Is he your boyfriend or something?" I was suddenly interested but stayed standing. but for some reason. He's just very. I pointed over to Emmett. "I can tell. She didn't look like she was in the mood for a snark competition. you might be dead." Scoff. Stealthily sneaking out the back entrance that was solely for employees only. What about that James guy?" She shook her head no but said nothing more about James. sticking his wallet into his back pocket.30 - ." I said. I found myself standing in a back alley and Bella sitting on the damp ground against the building. Ange is waiting on me." Ben added. untie her tiny apron and walk through the back door. "You comin'?" Em asked while Rosalie scoffed. I held back my laugh. "No.. "We're gonna head out. Our fathers were best friends and my dad pretty much threatened Jake into moving here with me. "What do you want? Can't you take a hint?" Her words were playful but her tone was dull and sad. sad smile as I walked away.protective of me. You do know that. She gave me a tiny. To keep an eye on me. I held back. "Yeah." she admitted and I pretended to . right?" The laughter was not held back this time.Who was this douche? Clearing my throat. I realized the sluts had left. Edward Cullen doesn't get rejected." Emmett said. She was known to do that every once in a while. I looked over at the bar and noticed Bella whisper to Jake. "Jake and I grew up together. It was more likely that Rose kicked them out of the bar.

And I didn't really care that much anyway. I thought. "If you wait around until I get off. "Not really." "Oh." "I'm assuming you're done with work?" She nodded and bit her thumb nail. As if anyone had to be threatened into doing anything for this girl. "He does now. Who would have thought a dick like you would be friends with someone as sweet as Ben Cheney?" The back door to the bar suddenly swung open and Jake began speaking before he saw us. You want me to. I guess he missed me a little too much and moved to Austin. "Wii?" "Are you suggesting I go with you to your brothers or are you speaking French?" "No. "Souhaitez-vous comme moi de parler français?" Bella smirked and stood up.31 - . "Cool it." He looked pissed but nodded in agreement. dusting herself off. I think that was the highlight of my night." . "You think you can still cover for me? I'm not really in the mood to work anymore. "How'd you get your little protector to cover for you?" "I don't feel like talking about it.be interested. remembering she and her father visit her grandmother every Sunday.oh. He growled. Bella looked up at me with shock and narrowed her eyes." I chuckled. I can drop you off at home.." Bella said honestly. "Bells. James left. yeah." Bella scolded. I could respect that. "Doesn't your father live here?" I said. I think the highlight was finding out that we have a mutual friend." I waved. Jake.. really? The highlight of your night?" I raised my eyebrows. A disgusting habit that I possessed until I started taking piano lessons when I was seven. "Your little girlfriends were kicked out earlier.

"You're becoming my personal chauffeur. I'm not about to take the bus home. She obviously had to own some sort of telephonic device for him to leave messages on." ." "Okay. He's the only person I trust." She joked." he said before glaring at me and shutting the door." "I'm holding you to that. Text me when you get home." "I don't have one. "He takes the whole keeping an eye on you thing to a whole new level." She smiled. Just like her truck. "I'll make this easy for you. but I can't.. huh?" I tried to keep the sarcasm light. Especially so close to midnight. I really just need to go.32 - . "Jake means well. I recalled that James guy mentioned she hadn't returned his calls. I pulled up in front of a three story building that looked in major need of remodeling."That's okay. "Sounds appealing." "Okay. "Don't tell me you're about to take the bus home. "Bella.give me a ride home?" "You sure you don't want to go get your ass kicked at Emmett's?" Her nose scrunched." Seriously? A guy who wears baby oil is the only person this girl trusts? We walked around to the parking lot and I realized her truck was no where to be found. "Thanks.. Really." "Give me your number." She actually didn't live too far from the bar but that still didn't make it okay for her to ride the fucking bus. giving me an odd look. Maybe another time." Frowning.

sexy. I don't do the whole fuck and duck thing. I glared at the passenger seat. What are you doing tonight?" Tanya purred into my ear. I can't wait that long. It was pretty self explanatory but the main goal was to fuck a girl and duck out of her apartment before she emerged from the bathroom. Just FYI. ready to release some of this tension that had been building. It dawned on me that this girl might have noticed me for a very long time and I had no idea. after cleaning herself up. It was oddly nice of you. Did I honestly care what this girl thought of me? "Thanks again for the ride. Maybe next time. I'm flattered." She caught me off guard with that shit. Not even two minutes later. my cell phone rang. I'll be there in fifteen?" "Make it ten. really. saw me leaving with random sluts every night and watched me drink like a fucking fish. She overheard me speaking obscenities to my friends. I smiled. If she doesn't attempt to clean up then you just walk the fuck out cause that shit is nasty. let her out of the car then drove off after she made it inside her building. Jake will not be a romantic . "Hey. The key to this is to come on her chest. I tried to come up with something to smooth over the situation but came up short. Coughing. But I'm not into this. Tossing the phone next to me. "Hopefully you. "I overheard you talking about it one night at the bar." Bella became flustered and stared down into her lap." She giggled and hung up. What a fool he is.33 - . It was a while back. That was my game." I nodded my head. So much for relationships. stomach or back making her obligated to actually leave the bed to clean up. A/N: Poor Edward."Look. Those were my words.

34 - . and Edward said "Would you like me to speak french?". Love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for reading! . Oh. Cocky little thing.part of Bella's life! Just ew. We will find out more about James soon.

" "Give the girl a break. That's just nasty. Get it? Chill?" He laughed while sticking his head in the fridge. which I skillfully blocked. I rolled my eyes. "I'm serious." "It hasn't been that bad." I flipped Emmett off before he could attempt to make a dirty joke." I said with conviction.Chapter 5 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. this story contains drinking and will now contain drug use. Her ass was decent. what does she do after she pukes? How does she brush her teeth to get rid of the puke smell?" ." I huffed in annoyance." Shrugging my shoulders I said. If you haven't already noticed. Right back where I fucking started." "So. "It's been a month and I've gotten nowhere." "Are you kidding me? If I'm going to date someone for a believable amount of time. I have A Jasper For Me as my beta! I think I annoy her. Chapter Five "I'm back where I started." Emmett tossed me a beer and attempted to throw the remote at my crotch. I'm not going to deal with a fucking gag reflex." "And where exactly did you start? In the closet?" Emmett grinned before ducking behind the refrigerator door as I threw the remote control in his direction. "and every other girl I've tried to date since then has been a fucking disaster. "What happened with Charlotte? I saw you two together a few times. "Gag reflex. "She admitted to me that she throws up every time she brushes her teeth. Nothing crazy. bro. Maybe she has a medical condition or something. I'm not that cool. Bella pretty much blew me off.35 - . Not like she can help that. "You need to chill. Lucky for me (and you).

." Emmett agreed with a solemn nod. "Right. "Drunk and alone." "Good call. He wants to know if you wanna go." I complained. "Now that's funny. okay. You've spent the past month trying to find someone you can pretend to date and here you are. I'd like to call them minor setbacks." Emmett's reply was a blank stare. That's what I meant." "What exactly is your plan."I have no idea. Kim? Her tits were pretty nice." My phone chirped. As in ten." ." "Claire?" I asked.36 - . "That's bullshit. and she kept laughing and whispering in my ear that she doesn't wear deodorant because it causes breast cancer. Multiple. Honestly.. Devising a new plan is an option. sufficiently alone. I walked in to her apartment then walked right out." I shook my head at Emmett." I added with a tilt of my beer bottle. I don't even want to know. "My plan is fine. "That wasn't failure. uh. "Well. "Ben just text and said he's going to Cain and Abel's later." Emmett said while switching the channel from some stupid fucking weight-loss show to an infomercial. Yet. what about Blair? She had nice legs. Didn't you go out with Ben's cousin." Smug bastard. anyway? What are you going to do after you get the money?" I blinked." "Body odor. "It wasn't that bad but she was just fucking weird. I hadn't entirely thought that part through. creating a nice distraction. You've spent an entire month failing at a plan that you didn't think through. We went to watch her friend's band play at Emo's. "So. Emmett snorted. Ten fucking cats." "Okay. What about Claire?" "She has cats." "And drunk.

I'm not going to waste more time trying to come up with a new way to get our money. "No way. time for a new plan. Like I said. Apparently. I whispered. chill." I mumbled." "Picky?" My scoff was loud and exaggerated. mostly to myself."I'm down. Emmett always looked confused." Genuine shock spread over Emmett's face." Emmett said happily. "Excuse me if I don't want to spend my time with girls who smell like fucking cat liter. "But she did admit that she knows about the Fuck and Duck. grabbed my pipe and began packing a bowl. Why are you still avoiding Bella? Did she hurt your feelings when she blew you off?" "No. this whole thing wouldn't be so hard. Glaring. "I still don't understand why you won't go to Cabel's.37 - . Em! How fucked up is that? Our money and it's being held from us. "She didn't hurt my feelings. you pretty much screwed that one up. she overheard me a while back talking to someone about it at Cabel's." Emmett offered. "Yeah.." he said. barely paying attention. body odor and puke.. Have fun. "Mom never said that. "Mom always did say you were the sensitive one. "Huh. How am I supposed to get any girl to date me if they think I'm an asshole?" . "Just." "If you weren't such a picky motherfucker. Esme was always the one who said I was more sensitive than Emmett." I knew he knew I was right because he just shrugged. Emmett looked confused." I muttered. And maybe I was "sensitive" because I apparently always get my "panties in a wad" whenever Emmett slips and refers to Esme as "Mom"." Emmett chuckled. asshole." I said leaning back against the couch." Emmett ignored my rant and began to text on his phone. "How am I supposed to chill? Apparently being a 'picky motherfucker' gives the impression that I'm an asshole.

her Facebook was private but her profile pictures were not. which struck me as odd. She was wearing a hooded sweater." "Ah.38 - . After hearing from Bella that her mother left when she was younger. throwing my hands in the air. holding a bottle of wine and giving a cheesy smile. Unfortunately. Bella only had three profile pictures in her album. not wanting to spend any more time Facebook stalking. She and her mother were sitting in a meadow. They were sitting on some steps outside of what might have been her apartment. I. . "Bella. It was pointless. anyway. Not that it was any of my business to even wonder. I'm assuming. After Emmett left for Cabel's." I hesitated for a moment. on the other hand. Don't most girls have at least twenty different pictures of themselves? Clicking on the first picture." "You mean a month ago? When you dropped her off and then went directly to Tanya's to have your ego stroked?" Emmett sneered. "That's the most aggravating part! Bella never even used the word 'asshole'. She didn't have to. The second picture was of just Bella. But after talking about her with Em."Who said you were an asshole?" Pause for dramatic effect. Bella must have been around five or six when the picture was taken. Back to Bella. I spent the night drinking all of the beer in his fridge and trying to Facebook stalk Bella. "She said you were an asshole?" Emmett was suddenly interested in my dilemma. I knew there was no way I'd add her as a friend and I wasn't sure why I had been so curious. It's pretty easy. I quickly logged off. facing each other while laughing." Emmett said with an amused tone. The last picture was of a young Bella sitting with. "If you want to find a girlfriend then don't be an asshole. her mother. I was interested in what she had been doing for the past month. I could tell by the way she slammed the passenger side door when I dropped her off that one night. "No!" I yelled. then decided it was best to just ignore Emmett's advice from here on out. not at all. was not amused. part of me wondered why she would even post this picture. surrounded by wildflowers. I stared at Bella and a black-haired girl. I wasn't proud of it.

Edward! What are you doing?" Seth asked with enthusiasm. I don't think I would have ever wanted to go ice skating when I was his age. not much. see ya!" Forty-five minutes later.. "Uh. The door opened before I even knocked. I woke up with a slight hangover and the remnants of what felt like guilt.I don't know. I would never admit this to anyone. I guess. I mean. Seth was in sixth grade. okay?" "Okay. I had only signed up to get Carlisle off my back about "doing something for the community" but now." Seth explained. pulling the phone away from my ear. but being a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters foundation was. come on!" Seth hurried past me. sure. "Can we go ice skating?" Seth asked very seriously.. I will. I pulled up in front of the tiny duplex that Seth and his mother lived in. It wasn't that bad. whispering so his mom couldn't hear. why didn't you say so? If it's for the ladies. "Edward! Let's go. Seth was a pretty cool kid and I was able to hang out with him every week.39 - . Not helping the hangover. running towards my car. . Are we still on for today?" I asked. being Seth's Big Brother for almost two years. My phone began to ring and vibrated loudly on the table. then I am all for it. not willingly.The next day. This girl I like is supposed to be there with her friend. "Awesome! Tell him I said hi!" Seth yelled. glancing around and realizing Emmett must have stayed at Rose's last night. man." I said. really." I laughed. "Yes. "Hello?" "Hi. "Uh. I'm at Emmett's right now. I almost felt proud for sticking with it for so long. At least. I laughed. "I will. "I'll be there in an hour." I mumbled. "You really want to go ice skating?" I asked in disbelief. "Ah. realizing it was already noon and I was supposed to pick Seth up in an hour for our weekly meet.

let's goooo!" "Seth Ephraim. Seth had it pretty good compared to some of his friends that I had the chance to meet. Mom. I wasn't used to seeing her home since she cleaned houses during the day and worked the front desk at the hospital overnight. and Seth nodded. Come on. You know. you hear me? Be safe and call the hospital when you get home. confused. I saw your Uncle at the hospital last night. Edward. which made him complain with embarrassment. Seth. Hey. "Sorry."What's the rush?" I asked. whatever." Carmen whispered." "Nah. I'll make sure he burns some of that energy off before he comes back. no way. Carmen. "You weren't officially invited?" . "Can you make sure Seth eats dinner before you bring him back home? I'll be leaving for the hospital before you guys get back and I know if I'm not here he will try to survive solely on Cheetos and beef jerky. "He's a little hyper today. Enjoy it while you can. "Hi. wherever that is. "You listen to Edward. I just really want to go!" Seth cried. I think he wants to go ice skating. asked with a laugh. you do not speak to Edward like that! Show a little respect or you will not hang out with him today. "Thanks. "Sure. no! I'm sorry. How are you?" Seth's mom. Hope that's not a problem." Carmen walked towards the car and kissed his head. He looked worried." Carmen scolded.40 - . hopped in the car and asked Seth where we were going. Bree is the girl you like? " I asked. I wasn't falling for it." Carmen laughed and patted my arm. trying to get something out of me. "I heard Bree saying that her aunt is taking her at one-thirty to the Whole Foods skating rink." "Wait. which made me laugh. you wanna grab a burger after ice skating?" I yelled towards the car. I waved goodbye to Carmen. kid. So. You're a real hero." "No problem.

slowly. which worked out fine because it took me for fucking ever to lace the skates. ignoring the fact that I cursed in front of him. man. "How about you skate and I'll just stand over here and watch you?" "But she's not here yet! I'm going to look like a loser out there all by myself. Second attempt at lacing skates worked in my favor. we were skating. which made me laugh. we're just going to have to change that.41 - ." Seth whispered to my lifeless body." "She'll think I'm gay!" "Who is she with?" I asked. Yeah. Waiting for Bree and her maybe aunt to finally enter the rink. "Maybe it's her aunt? Go talk to her aunt! Please! I will owe you big time. We had to wait until two o'clock to skate. Bree doesn't know I like her. interested in the older girl with long black hair who was standing with Bree. God."No." I huffed. shit! Fine." "Oh. I smirked at how nervous he seemed. Finally. Edward!" Seth pulled on my shirt. "Okay. now aren't we?" I gave him a devious smile which made him laugh with delight. I see. Please." Seth pouted. "I don't know. Okay. the things I do for this kid. Say you like her hair or something." I gave him a slight push in Bree's direction. Pulling myself up from the ice. Well. in circles around the rink. but I had a feeling he wouldn't pick up my language when he had Carmen as his mom. I skated in their . almost knocking me back on my ass. so he was young and impressionable. "Go talk to her. "There she is. until I finally fell on my ass. "No! I can't! What would I even say?" I forgot how intimidating girls were at this age. Seth fell a handful of times.

"I wanna skate a few more minutes. the shame. what are you doing here?" Bella's gaze shifted towards Seth. then back to me. Honestly. "Let's go eat. "You think Bree thought I was cool?" Seth asked as he held on to the side of the rink." I frowned." Seth predicted. I slyly introduced Seth to Leah and Bree. Seth skated over about halfway through me getting her phone number. Who hits on a girl while wearing skates? Oh. "So. "I'm pretty beat. fucking ice skates in hand. Skating into her. "Edward?" I slowly turned around. "Bella. Her name was Leah. before speaking. Seth didn't even mutter a "hello" to Bree but after she and her aunt left. Bree's aunt. was a great ice breaker. Anyway." I admitted. she was twenty-six and she seemed normal enough. He obviously thought he had done something right. That's what I heard her voice. Boring and normal. what are you doing here?" Seth smiled widely and reached his hand out over the rink. the look on his face was one of triumph. Are you a friend of Edward's?" ." "That rhymed. pretending I had no idea they might already be acquaintances. "My friend Alice is obsessed with all things Christmas and forces me to go ice skating every year. indeed. "Even when it's not Christmas and it's seventy degrees out. watching me finally succeed in taking the skates off." she said while shaking her head with frustration. I was still struggling with the skates. so I didn't question. And sweating my ass off. kid. hey. How hard could it be to get skates off? Ten minutes later.direction. it'll probably be a while until you get your skates off. Turns out she was. Skating with seventy degree weather was just fucking weird. "Hi! I'm Seth. I felt like the biggest dumb ass alive. "Better watch it." Bella laughed softly.42 - . I'm not sure why I'm still friends with her. total accident by the way." Seth pointed out. and gave Bella a tentative smile.

. Bella! Have you even tried sweet potato fries before? They are the bomb!" . who blushed. you want to come eat with us?" Seth asked cheerfully. I'm only here for her amusement. "Yeah! Edward is probably my best friend. I did just get here and Alice would kill me if I left her without falling on my ass a few times. Alice is the girl in your-" I suddenly stopped myself from admitting I tried to Facebook stalk her. Romeo. this is Seth. Fuck. Are you?" Bella asked while shaking his hand. the black-haired girl from Bella's profile picture. We hang out every week or so. So. it's not that.43 - . well." Seth confessed and stared at Bella. Bella eyed me cautiously for a second." "No. "Come on." She looked confused. "Bella. As she should be.. "The girl in my what?" Fuck. "Oh. "Seth is my Little Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Fuck." Bella stared at me. I'm sure she's busy. I mean. "Bella. Little punk." Seth beamed. "Uh. I might be a friend of Edward's. I guess it is that. "Seth." I playfully scolded while grabbing Seth to pull him into a headlock. Seth. "You're pretty. "Can we go eat now?" Seth asked while easily taking off his skates." Bella joked and pointed towards her friend. Fuck." I reassured her. My Little Brother."Hi. The confusion on Bella's face was quickly replaced with something else." I explained as Seth left the rink to stand by Bella. Seriously? Who blushes after an 11 year old compliments them? And what happened to Seth being all nervous and intimidated around girls? "Okay. Back off. "It's okay. "Can we go eat at that place with the sweet potato fries?" Seth interrupted.

"She'll understand. "I don't know her. kid. Let me go tell her I'm leaving and I'll meet you guys in the parking lot. they also have Smashchicken and they have these super duper regular french fries with some sort of spice on them. "Um. I won't tell anyone." Me either." Bella instructed as she walked over to Alice. how could I pass up the chance to eat at Smashburger?" Bella teased Seth. do you like her?" Seth whispered once Bella was out of ear-shot.She kept her eyes on me as she said. A/N: Seth was not lying about Smashburger. that's just sad. Me either. if it's cool?" "I don't want you to get in trouble with your friend. "Liar. Running my hands through my hair. I could eat ten pounds of the but my mom won't let me. I'll tag along." I joked while pulling on the back of my neck. after that shining review.44 - . "Don't worry. Thanks for reading! . liar. Where are you guys going to eat?" Seth's face lit up. That would have helped with my fucking hangover and would have made this whole exchange a little less awkward. "Smashburger! It's the most awesome burger place in the world! But if you don't like burgers. I love sweet potato fries." Seth teased. I knew I should have smoked a bowl before coming here." That was as close to the truth as I could get. Hopefully there is one located near you. It's too amazing for words. Seth. "Actually. I said with an exasperated sigh." "Well. "Edward. because if not.

kid. fighting a smile." Our eyes stayed locked as she gave me a shy smile. ignoring the glob of ketchup on his face. that truly was the best hamburger I've ever had. "Bella should come eat with us every time!" Seth all but squealed. Thanks to A Jasper For Me for beta love! Chapter Six "I can't believe your dad shot someone!" Seth exclaimed. are you forgetting I ditched my friend for you guys? I'm gonna need a ride . "I'm sure Bella has to get home. "Can we go see a movie?" Seth asked innocently. "Not today. Thanks for letting me come. Bella laughed." "Hey. I bet Bella wants to see a movie. Seth. "At least Bella will talk to me!" "Who wouldn't want to talk to you?" Bella asked. man. or maybe giggled. "Jeez." Bella explained with a smirk. Moving on so quickly? What happened to Bree?" I questioned.45 - . "It wasn't a real gun." Bella agreed and took a small sip from her drink. Seth wasn't deterred. maybe another time." Seth said. just a taser. "Bree? She doesn't even know I exist.Chapter 6 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. seeking an accomplice. and handed him a napkin for his face." "Aw. "Still. "I must say. that's awesome!" "Pretty much. I'm supposed to take you home." Seth pouted.

he'll let us stay and play a few games. She wasn't really disturbed by it though." "Oh. Everywhere we went.46 - . that's spontaneous for me." This made me laugh." Seth beamed and jumped up from the table. with you no less. Not me or Bella.. You'd think she'd go all girl crazy and take it as some sort of sign from the universe that we shouldn't be hanging out. it ended up in disaster. maybe if you ask him nicely. Edward. but the people who were around us. please! Please." I liked this Alice chick because whatever she said to Bella apparently worked. whatever. The only problem was that every time we went out. slowly meeting my eyes.home. Lately. she accepted without hesitation. spontaneous. Go clean your face. "Thanks for the warning." Bella pointed out. I wasn't aware that eating a hamburger could be spontaneous.. dude. someone threw up. Seth?" "Yeah. can we do that?" "Yeah." Bella stared down at the table. You're getting a little too crazy. That didn't mean I was going to let him get his way with everything. practically tripping over his chair. After our lunch date with Seth. "Do you have any games at your house. then we can head out. So yes." "Well." "Watch out. the few times that I asked Bella to hang out. in a way. my wingman. "Ah. turning my attention back to Bella. "Alice? No. "Was your friend pissed at you?" I asked. Okay. It was the oddest fucking thing I had ever witnessed. I thought girls were into signs and all that shit? . I hadn't planned on coming here today. I have all these cool videos games for the Xbox that Edward bought me for Christmas!" "Well. she's been bugging me to be more. so he was a cool kid. fine.

She blinked. The most awkward moments of the night: Esme: "Tell me. I. Is Esme your wife?" "Would that make you more inclined to come with me?" "Not exactly. Trust me." The drive to Carlisle and Esme's house was silent. but I completely forgot that Esme is hosting dinner tonight. what are your thoughts on children?" Carlisle: "You're the first girl Edward has ever brought home who didn't try to steal our silverware. naked? She couldn't have stolen any silverware. dear. That might solve all of our problems with regurgitation. This is going to be more painful for me anyway. Remember the time Edward brought Chelsea over and Esme found them in the laundry room. That's fine. Were you wishing I had said wife?" "No." Emmett (four glasses of wine later):"That's not entirely true. meet your family? That's kind of-" "Yeah. I just wasn't expecting to." "You look disappointed. "She's my aunt." "Oh. "I know I said we'd go somewhere decent." With a smirk I said. if that's okay?" "That depends. we're going over there instead. "Okay?" "So.47 - . I couldn't figure out if it was because she was nervous or just didn't care. We can stop by..Well. I don't know. say hi and leave." I said as Bella buckled her seat belt. took it as a sign that I should take her out to places that don't serve beer in a plastic cup.. for one. Where would she have put it?" . I fucking know.

My family had finally met Bella and now everything else would fall into place. Why do girls need to take pictures of everything they do? Who gives a fuck if you're eating dessert at PF Changs? Bella was talking to me about Seth when Esme walked over. After that riveting. ." Esme said kindly enough." It was fucking painful.Rosalie: "Which foundation do you use. I thought. "Uh. If only it were that simple." Bella said playfully. Bella? I'm thinking you're using the wrong shade. "Say cheese!" Bella had an arm wrapped around my neck and I had an arm wrapped around her waist. we were all subjected to watch Rosalie force Esme into taking pictures of her and Emmett. It was done." I said. camera in hand. we were all subjected to listening to Rosalie drone on about how hard it is to work the Clinique counter at Nordstrom. Edward. Maybe he'd rather take a picture with Chelsea?" "Get over here. one-sided conversation. Yet. After dinner. grabbing her wrist and pulling her into my lap. "Edward doesn't want to take a picture with me. I was just glad Carlisle was nearby. yet every time I dared to glance at Bella. "Let me take a picture of the two of you. it was all fake. The hard part is over. why?" "Be a sport. she was laughing right along with them. I didn't get it." Esme chided. Clockwork. "It's okay.48 - . Esme looked like she was about to have a coronary. It was the closest I had ever come to feeling like I was in a relationship.

waiting for her to slap my arm or pout. "Is that so?" It was all I could manage to spit out. right?" The way she said my name and the last part of her sentence made me stop. You know? Right?" "Right. What's true?" "Emmett wasn't lying. but I can't stop thinking about you. Shit. but I have a feeling you're about to tell me. "What's wrong. "I was thinking we should move in together." I grabbed her wrist and pulled her back down into her seat." I whispered. She definitely knew something. It had been. Aren't you looking for 'something serious'? That's what you told Carlisle that night at dinner. "You mother fucker!" "Wait. but she just smiled even wider. her cleavage subtly peeking out to say hello.49 - . reached out for the waiter and ordered tequila. I know this is fast. She couldn't be serious." she declared and stared at me expectantly. My eyes traveled to her chest." She giggled causing her chest to shake. Her tiny arms were crossed. "Nope. "I know that we haven't been seeing each other for very long. beer mid-gulp. "So it's true?" Bella asked with wide eyes. "Yes. but this just feels right. "Will you just calm down? What are you freaking out about?" . nostrils were flaring and she was staring at me like she knew something. three weeks? She hadn't even let me kiss her yet and she wanted to move in together? Bella glared at me while I pretended to be occupied with my phone until the waiter brought us our shots. what. She took my silence as confirmation." I snickered. Edward? I thought you'd be happy."You know what?" Bella asked. eyes lighting up the same way they did when she found an unopened bag of Goldfish under the seat in my car last week.

shit. "There's no other way to put it.okay. not going to admit any such thing. or were you just going to tell me you had a wife and kids. But. watching her throw cash down on the table. Bella. I just really needed the money. "Didn't think I'd be mad? God. Almost. I set my beer on the table. "Well."You're only dating me so you can get your sticky little hands on your trust fund? Really?" Bella stared at me with so much disappointment that I almost laughed. hoping I'd bail?" She was enjoying this a little too much. you're more self-centered than I thought. she held her beer in the air as if she was making a toast and said. Mother fucking Emmett." "A huge ass. without missing a beat. I left enough money to cover our drinks... you like me.. will you help me out? Please?" ." She laughed with disbelief. standing to leave. Admit it. "So.. you were just going to grab the money and run? Kick me to the curb? Fake your death?" Bella grabbed both of our shots and downed them." "Nope. Having Bella find out about this wasn't part of the plan. wiping her mouth with the back of her hand. I was an ass." she said. "Oh." "Wait. I didn't think about her feelings at all cause." Looking thoughtful for a moment. I really didn't think she'd be mad. "To Edward." "That's not what." I muttered. "I hadn't really planned it out that far but faking my death might have been the route to take. May he rest in peace. dropped her wrist and held my hands up in defeat. like. Look. I didn't think you'd be mad. In all honesty. "The biggest ass in the world." Bella laughed and rolled her eyes. when you put it that way. That should help until you get your money. you were using me!" "Admit it.50 - . would you just. it doesn't sound great.

ignored stares and promptly called Emmett."Unbelievable! Fuck you. shit.51 - . That fucker had some serious explaining to do." Bella erupted and stormed out of the bar. Shit. shit!" I kicked the chair at the table next to me. A/N: Would you help the guy out or what? Leave some love! Thanks for reading :) . "Shit.

Whose got your panties in a wad?" "Bella." Emmett laughed and then pointed at me." I blinked. stealing my beer. It's easier this way. Rose. "Oh. pal! Buddy. Why'd you fucking tell her about the money?" Emmett didn't even hesitate." "Then find someone else." Emmett said." "Okay? I really like money." "What? She's nice to look at and she's funny but I do not like her. She's neat :) Chapter Seven Thirty minutes and four shots later. "I meant Rose. I blinked again.Chapter 7 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. "My fucking bro! Hey. Emmett finally showed up. She overheard you talking to me on the phone the other day or something. "Rose was right." . "I don't have time for that shit! Carlisle and Esme already met her. She asked me about it and I told her the truth. Fuck.52 - . How are you? How's Rose? How's your perfect life going with your perfect tits and perfect money?" "My perfect tits?" Emmett asked confused as I burst into laughter. I really need money." "That makes a little more fucking sense. Beta'd by A Jasper For Me. You really fucking like her. "Why in the hell would you do that?" "I really like her.

I waited. She had only let me in her apartment once and that was because I had puke on my shoes from our first date. "What am I gonna do now?" "Don't look at me. chill. Put the fucking seat down when you're done." I scoffed and pulled my hair. to her closed door that I really had to urinate and hoped she didn't mind a little indecent exposure. comin' up. duh. "Like your advice has ever helped me. After knocking a few more times. Few minutes later. I announced. rather loudly. Can't lie to me. I'll think. "Bathroom's on the left." "What's plan B?" I asked cautiously. I was still waiting." "Yeah." Deciding against washing my hands with her girly. lavender scented soap. that's why it took me so long to get here.53 - . My hands fumbled with the belt on my jeans before her door flew open. "What the fuck are you doing? My neighbors are going to call the cops!" "Then you better let me use your bathroom. hurry!" she screamed and slammed the door. bro." "God. . I not so stealthily stumbled the five blocks to Bella's apartment. And you do like Bella." "How?" "You drink. We'll figure this out."I already did. "B for Bella. Knocking on her door. I skipped out to the living room and laid on her couch." "Baby bro. her eyes narrowing towards me as if I had a bulls eye on my forehead." I muttered for him to shut the fuck up and sunk down in the booth. Plan B." Emmett smiled proudly.

" "Okay. are at least attempting to find a job and are either married or have a serious relationship." she laughed." "Really? You're still trying to get me to help you with that?" "Why not? You have a nice ass and your tits are fun to look at. "No."Get your ass off of my couch. Leave. At all." "It's been three weeks." Bella snorted and said. "We have nothing to talk about. Cullen. the heat from her body was warming." "Wow. I need help getting my inheritance. Bella. "What do you want?" "I need you to help me. I do." "Emmett's set." I glared. "At least we both agree on something. Their conditions are that Emmett and I graduate college. but I seem to have a little problem with the conditions." Bella laughed but sat down next to me. problem is my parents put Carlisle in charge of all of this before they passed. "You don't say? Why is that exactly?" . "And keeping a long-term relationship." I said seriously. You don't want me to leave." "We need to talk. Swan. "You don't know me." Bella ignored my stare and said. and you're a little intrigued as to what I have planned.54 - ." "Trust me. you're not doing a good job convincing me." "Bella." "Like finding a job?" she sneered. Why can't you just do this yourself? Isn't it your inheritance?" "Yeah. I know you.

55 - . I wouldn't be paying you to fuck me." "Actually. It would just be easier if we played this out a little longer. unless that's what you wanted to do." "Alright. which was causing my dick to twitch." I slowly offered.I shrugged my shoulders and said. no you did not. so no." she replied again. I took note that she didn't offer me a drink." I pointed at her. "We haven't hooked up. Oh." "I can pay. "Look." My eyes were glued to her ass while she walked over to the fridge and pulled a beer out." I admitted while she shook her head in disbelief. remember?" Bella smiled but it didn't reach her eyes.. thinking hard. "If you're going to be a dick about this. just help me. "Who knows?" "Uh-huh. you. Guilt and inebriation do not mix well. guilty. Why did I ever think this would be a good idea? "So I'd be like a hooker?" I laughed at this thought. "nice tits and ass. teeth piercing her lower lip. really? I said I was sorry. I can give you some of the money. . not a hooker. then just pay the damn girl to be your girlfriend. "Come on." "Why can't you just find someone else?" "Carlisle and Esme already met you and they liked you. Problem solved. I'd just pay you to pretend to be my girlfriend for a while. so I'm not sorry." Emmett's Plan B speech kept playing in my head. Her eyebrows knit together and she bit her lip.. Shit. for the first time in my life. Maybe your lying and scheming tendencies have something to do with it. "I don't know. and I felt.

"'Scuse me?" "You heard me." "Spill it.. It was pretty easy to do the math on that one. "Okay. It was none of my business what she did with the money." I said in one easy breath." Quirking an eyebrow.56 - . . How much would I get?" "Emmett and I would split the mill." I jumped up and paced her tiny living room." For some odd reason."Come on. okay. we need to toast." "How much?" "What?" "How much money are we talking about?" "Oh." I gestured with my hands and she rolled her eyes. I want a fourth of your share." "What are you going to do with all of that dough?" Bella hesitated. which I assumed was at my use of the term mill. "It's definitely a handful." I smiled and stole a beer from her fridge. Just a few months. "I want a fourth. "I. "Do you know how much fucking money that is?" "Yes. "Come on." Bella reluctantly walked to the kitchen and held her beer to mine as I spoke. Cullen. it never occurred to me that she would ask that question. "Sorry. Um." "One million." Now it was my turn to fucking choke. Cullen.shop a lot. Bella spewed her beer everywhere and I tried to keep from smiling. I glanced around her bare apartment. but decided not to ask..

"Are you serious? I was half joking about that. my head fell into her neck and I let my lips linger as I spoke. Bella?" She looked up at me with her big. "Do you think I'll get lucky. I sighed and said. "Are you coming to Esme's game night this weekend? She'll be devastated if you don't show up. but honestly? I'm just impatient. "We're done here. I don't know."Congratulations." "Busy? Doing what? I'm your boyfriend now. What do you think Bella really needs all that money for? Thanks for reading and I hope you're enjoying the story! ." Bella's chest started to rise and fall and a lazy smile spread across my face. I'm busy. So keep your hands to yourself. You're officially my girlfriend and you'll get a fucking fourth of my share." she said deadpanned." "Yeah? Well I'm not. breathing her in. A/N: I know I'm posting this chapter early." "Really. knowing exactly what I was doing to her." "Maybe. You can only make plans with me." Pulling her in. "What can I say? I'm easy. Cullen. chocolate brown eyes and smiled from the corner of her mouth. You can leave now." Bella snorted and opened the front door." I shrugged and clinked our beers together. She pushed my chest away and stalked towards the front door. "Really? I'd be willing to renegotiate your share. If you're lucky. "Maybe I'll meet you over there." Leaning against her fridge. then slammed the door in my face." I slowly walked to her and leaned down.57 - .

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" "That's awkward.. watching her bend over to put her shoes on." Bella snickered and said. Beta'd by the awesome A Jasper For Me! Chapter Eight "Just laugh at everything I say." I ignored her and went on. "Of course a guy like you doesn't hold hands. a dick. We can kiss at least once in front of them." I instructed. Uh. I doubt they'd blink an eye if I were to say that in front of them. "And no. "What else? Oh.. going over the do's and don'ts for Esme's game night. Besides. that's Emmett and Rosalie's thing." "What's that mean?" I asked. so that's out of the question. "We aren't in front of your family." "A guy like me?" "Yeah. Why don't I just judge for myself if I'm going to laugh or not?" "Whatever." . I don't do hand holding. "It will be. "You can't call me a dick in front of my family!" Bella smiled. Bella made a face and said. "Of course you don't.59 - ." she said in disgust. No tongue." "I don't know if I can trust you on that one. I don't do kissing.Chapter 8 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. "But what if something isn't actually funny?" I glared at her." she said easily.

"We're going to be late." I. I believe that. "Why don't I just act the exact same way I did at dinner a few weeks ago? That seemed to work. grabbing her waist." I said sternly. wasn't so sure about that." "Lucky for you. I realized how short she actually is. "How is this going to look believable?" Bella leaned in close and whispered." Bella tried to hide her laughter but failed. "Bella Swan doesn't do kissing. but hopefully it made you laugh! Thanks for reading! :) .60 - . A/N: I know." I said decidedly. I waited. short chapter. "I have an idea." "At least my stipulation will keep me from contracting any communicable diseases. "This is going to be fun." she snapped back. for one.Walking over to her. "Let's go. I towered over her." Bella mocked my voice. "I don't kiss guys who aren't my boyfriend." she said. dropping my hand. "I could never date a girl like you." "Oh. She pulled back and arched an eyebrow. I am." "You're too snarky. Edward Cullen doesn't do dating." I smiled.

" Bella let out an exasperated sigh. Just go with the flow." Nudging her arm I said. "You make it sound like you're about to tell someone that their loved one died. I don't do this. Right. most likely being forced to listen to Rosalie's new shampoo regimen. Yes? I don't know. ." "Oh." she said quietly. Chapter Nine "How do you wanna break the news?" I asked Bella in a low voice. "I don't think it's necessary to mail out an announcement or anything... "Seems fitting. inside. I feel like a died a little." "Go with the flow?" I suspiciously asked as I tried to steal a glance of my family sitting in the den. that we're dating." "I'm beginning to realize why you've never had a girlfriend." she said sharply. how she wanted to go about this.Chapter 9 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. catching the clear doubt on my face. "Are you wanting to make some huge announcement or something?" Bella produced a smirk as I hesitated. I think everyone will understand what's going on when they see me accompanying you to certain events. "Okay.61 - . "No. I keep forgetting that you're a man whore." she trailed off. "I don't think you accompanying me anywhere will convince people that we are in a serious relationship." She rolled her eyes but fought a smile as I asked." "I've noticed... "Exactly which news are you talking about?" "You know. for the second time. well.

Which is precisely what we're trying to make you not look like." "What makes you think-" Bella paused as she was interrupted by the sound of miniature dog barking. well. "What is that?" I asked as she reached into her pocket and pulled out a cell phone." "I take my dessert very seriously! It's cute and snarky when I tell you to fuck off. avoiding my gaze. I'm not.62 - ." she said. That is not going to work. well." "Fuck off.I don't even know how I felt. "Oh my God. I can't stand when Rosalie wins.. "If I'm not mistaken. "Yes. you said the same thing to me less than five minutes ago regarding your dessert." "If my being right makes me ridiculous. "Excuse me? No way." I muttered under my breath.I can do this. "Well. how hard could it be? Pretending to date Bella shouldn't make me feel this." Bella said sternly. I mean. "What?" "You can't tell me to fuck off! It's rude!" My laughter began to echo throughout the foyer. Bella caught my eye and smiled. then yes." I said with a frown. remember?" Okay. you are!" "Don't be ridiculous." "No. You're nervous! Edward Cullen is nervous. "I picked it up earlier. .. I am being ridiculous. "Fine. Since when does Bella Swan own a cell phone?" A slight blush began to color her neck. I promise to be nice as long as you're good at Catch Phrase. pointing at me with her glass of Cabernet. so she had a very italicized point. but it makes you look like an asshole when you say it.

are you doing?" "I've learned that you like to make the simplest of things difficult for me. It's nothing fancy.." "Come on. I can set time aside to show you how it all works." "No. . "." Bella smiled triumphantly. "I think I'll manage." "Thank you. you know." Edward: sup sexy? Bella: why the hell are you texting me when you're sitting right next to me? E: then why did u respond? B: did you mean to text someone else? smooth. E: 3 wishes & I waste one of them on you being jealous? don't think so." "Wonderful. E: do u? I'm usually too busy staring at ur tits B: your charm is too much for me to handle. "Now I have your number. it's a very complicated device.." she deadpanned. B: stop texting me." Bella said dryly." she narrowed her eyes as I stole the phone from her hands. E: jealous? B: you wish. E: stop smiling B: stop being an idiot. "You do know how to work this. Charlie paid for it..63 - . seriously. Let's go kick Rose and Emmett's ass in Catch Phrase. right? I mean. What. ignoring the sound of my own phone ringing from my pocket."Sure.. & stop cheating at Monopoly! I have eyes.

I'm shocked. E: stop blushing. don't panic..E: that's not all that will be too much for u to handle . I mean. we have a doctor in the house E: are u ignoring me? E: I was joking abt ur rosacea . E: then u suddenly have a bad case of rosacea B: . okay. E: whats w/ the grammar lesson? u know u can send a simple text.. B: I'm not blushing. the implication of the winking smiley was enough. really. E: you abbreviated. right? u won't be graded on this B: punctuation in texts is underrated these days. E: no. is there an acronym for "ur tits look awesome in that shirt"? B: STOP. E: w/e.) B: classy. we're sitting in a room with your family & you're texting me about your penis? E: penis? I said nothing abt my penis. aren't u? B: stfu. B: that was an acronym. I was talking abt my skills as the monopoly banker B: right. words deserve to be more than just abbreviations. E: why r u rambling? ur still thinking about my penis.64 - .

win/win. er. u cheat for Rosalie all the time Emmett: she puts out Edward: asshole Emmett: I've tried but she's not into that Edward: that's not what I've heard BPOV Bella: I'm here.. A: random? & don't act like you're not impressed w/the mansion B: I can't believe I'm doing this. I need u to give me park place Emmett: why would I do that? Edward: Bella has a hotel on boardwalk & I have to win.65 - .. btw. you like him & you're getting paid. whatever. Emmett just randomly punched the shit out of Edward's arm. c'mon dude.E: its cute B: stop wasting all of my texts. mansion. . A: believe it. I have to go partake in game playing now. B: shut up. Emmett to Edward: you two gonna text each other all night like a bunch of middle school pussies? Edward: fuck off. Alice: here? as in outside my apt? B: no! at Edward's uncle's house. A: Bella likes Edward B: shut up.

anyway? A: Luke Wilson does things to me. "ttyl" B: omg.A: is that code for something? B: board games. ttyl. I'm supposed to pay attention to him. A: not nearly as interesting as what I thought B: it's better than watching you & Jas make out during Legally Blonde. "You're gay?" Emmett asked loudly. covering her face with her hand.. BYE A: lylas B: I hate you. Edward is glaring at me.. I'm so glad my brother and fake girlfriend are so mature." "Oh. EPOV "I have an announcement to make.66 - .. attention." Bella groaned beside me. stop. at least. in that movie anyway B: ew. Bella snorted behind her hand. A: not my fault if your eyes weren't on the tv! B: who the hell can make out during that movie.. A: oh. A: huh? B: glaring. you're such a bitch.. . talk to you later. God.. ppl still do that? B: do what? A: type shit like that.

Actually. right?" "Beard?" Esme leaned over and asked Carlisle. Bella isn't my beard. disappearing down the hallway. They are obviously going to fall for each other but who do you think will crack first? Thanks for reading :) . dammit! I'm not gay. who was trying really hard not to laugh. literally. Esme beamed. we aren't getting married and I'm still pissed that I lost in Monopoly!" I fumed. "Yeah. The room went silent. I didn't like it at all.. Bella excused herself from the table. "No. "That's wonderful!" I sank back down into my chair. I just said it because. All I really knew was that things suddenly felt different. "See? You're already better at this whole dating thing than you think."No. her overall demeanor changed and the color of her skin suddenly became brighter.I wanted to? Cause it was the truth. Bella and I-" "Aren't actually dating?" Rosalie said this time. shit. she isn't pregnant. She batted her lashes before tilting her head back to laugh. Well." I whispered. "How the fuck did you do that?" I asked Bella. creating laughter throughout the dining room. so. That shut her up. who just shook his head in response.. Fast. "She's your beard. that's my boyfriend. Like." Bella said quietly. You'll catch on soon enough." With that. A/N: Sorry for taking so long to update." "You look really pretty tonight.67 - . "Clearly you're not good at this sort of thing. Not because I was playing a game or because anyone else was listening. I'm not sure if I should consider that a good thing or a bad thing.

link down below!) for the awesome pre-reading & beta skills. I lied.Chapter 10 Disclaimer: do I really have to? No copyright infringement intended. I also knew Emmett would never walk across the street by himself. When I spilled all of this to Emmett over sushi at Uchi. so tolerating her was easy. Did this mean I was supposed to invite Bella? According to Emmett. According to me. this wasn't news to me. What I was trying to say was I liked Bella. She also didn't put up with my shit. it meant Bella had the opportunity to say no. which was a nice change compared to every other girl I had been around. Otherwise. some pull towards her. The only thing I could think of that would make me feel uneasy was the fact I knew Ben would be there with Angela. Her ass also had a lot to do with the attraction. yes. Huge thanks to A Jasper For Me and Cullen Confection (check out her story. She was pretty chill. Not my normal reaction to a weekend full of gun powder and binge drinking. I automatically felt sick. let alone leave the fucking city without Rosalie. reject my invitation. we wouldn't be in this situation right now. not going to lie. She got along with my friends and could probably out-drink me. he almost choked on his spicy tuna roll from laughing so hard. I really suck but I think they still like me. I didn't actually mind what was going on between Bella and me. But. Chapter Ten So.68 - . So when Ben invited me and a few other friends to stay at his parents cabin for the weekend. I obviously had some sort of attraction. .

Emmett brought me out of my thoughts as he said. "Does Bella know?" I shook my head. so honoring them only three hours out of the year seemed like more disrespect to me than anything. Besides. and it would ruin my streak. "It's this weekend. not the date. letting my voice drop to almost a whisper. he asked." I explained as I intricately dipped my roll into the soy. You gonna eat that?" Pushing the rest of my Alaskan roll towards him. You should be the one to tell them though. I knew it broke Esme's heart and Carlisle considered it disrespectful. "I think C works this weekend. I pulled at my hair. "I just listen. "I bet she's already going anyway." "Guess you aren't going to make it to the annual dinner and therapy session Esme has planned this weekend?" "Do I ever?" I scoffed. Ben's girlfriend?" This was true. Obviously." "Sounds good." Emmett said easily. "She knows they passed away but not the details. We can do something with them when we get back. "Oh.69 - ." "Yeah. Emmett knew I never attended that shit. you know. Why hadn't I thought of that? "How do you remember so much shit about Bella?" Emmett shrugged. I didn't like the fact they hardly ever brought my parents up. Isn't she friends with Angela." . "Since when do you care if a girl rejects you?" "Since never having been rejected before." "I'll call Esme tomorrow.After settling down. I thought about my parents more than I liked to admit. I know. and you should invite Bella." Emmett fell silent. save for that day. knowing I was no longer speaking of the camping trip. Text her or something. but I couldn't handle the pseudo-therapy over a five course meal.

I glanced up to let Emmett know Bella was in and caught him staring at me. E: not an option. B: I have to head back to Austin early Sunday afternoon to visit my Gram. E: good girl. prob some other ppl u don't know B: cool. if you insist.70 - . see you friday night." Emmett being right all the time was getting old. E: yea. B: lol whoa. then don't you drive it E: give it up. that's why I need my own transportation. k? E: that's fine. me. okay. that's what I was thinking. Bella. I don't trust your truck. i'm trying to be nice. B: I can drive myself. . off the rest of the weekend. I'm assuming Ben invited you? E: yea. Em & Rose can ride back w/ Ben."Why are you so adamant on me inviting her?" "Because I know you fucking want her to go. fast. Em & Rose are going. E: you going to that rock place w/ Ben & gf? B: Enchanted Rock? lol yes & her name is Angela. B: well. Edward: plans this wknd? Bella: I work until 9pm Friday. but you're too much of a pussy to actually invite her. make sure your aunt & uncle know that we're spending the wknd together. that should look good for your little plan. we can pick you up after work so you don't have to drive out there alone. I can drive u back early.

" she said in a bored tone. Fresh air. less because she actually cared. letting my smile fade. "Oh. "Bonding."What are you looking at?" I asked. baby. This does not qualify as a cabin. snorted. yeah. The next hour and a half was spent listening to Emmett and Bella fight over which Journey song was better while Rosalie snored. whatsoever. After picking up Bella from work. she has a deviated septum. Bella caught my eye roll in the rear-view mirror. Bonding. "You said cabin and I pictured a one bedroom shack. "Ask your brother. Bella sat up a little straighter and let out a whistle. more for the conversation." she said icily. she is. Before I knew it. As we pulled into the mile long driveway of the cabin. In her defense. "Have any of you been to Enchanted Rock before?" Bella asked. She in?" "Yeah." "Remind me again why you came along?" I snapped from the driver's seat." . We just love Enchanted Rock. and it was pretty late at night to be taking a road trip. Bonding. Emmett snaked a hand over Rosalie's seat. the four of us were on our way to Ben's parents' cabin in Fredericksburg. Tell her she better be prepared to listen to Journey's Greatest Hits or else she's walkin'. Rosalie. hiking and nature." "Right. it was Friday and for some reason I was fucking nervous. "Nothing. who was seated in the passenger seat due to her "car sickness".71 - . touching her shoulder." The week passed by quickly and I wasn't sure if that was a good thing or not." "Good.

"Unpack or whatever and meet us out back. Angela is already asleep." Ben and Bella both laughed. and I heard Bella groan next to me. Since when were they close enough to greet with hugs? "So." "Sounds good. "Nice place. "Sweet." "What?" I asked." Ben smiled. I nudged Bella's shoulder and pointed her in the direction of the stairs." I said as I grabbed Bella's bag from her shoulder. the four of us emptied the car and walked into the house. "Thanks. . "I was getting a little worried about you guys. even I was impressed. "Is something wrong." Emmett smiled widely. trying not to smile. I'll let y'all duke it out for the bigger one. There are three upstairs.. and hugged Bella." Emmett said. "Not at all.72 - . but instead of making a scene. It only makes sense that you two share a room. I knew what she was worried about. "The bedroom situation shouldn't be a problem. man." I had a bad fucking feeling Rosalie knew what was going on. two are left. "So. You know. "Angela and I have the room downstairs." Ben started. since you and Edward are dating. What are we waiting for?" "The room situation. but finally smiled back. Bella?" Rosalie smiled sweetly. My parents just had it renovated." Ben said in a breezy tone. "Eric and Tyler are out back drinking." Ben said as he opened the door for us. Hope it was easy to find in the dark. After struggling to wake Rose." "Good.I had to agree. right?" Bella had trouble..

"Let's go pick the room with the biggest bathroom. That'll really piss Rose off," I said loudly as Bella laughed. After we unpacked a few things, we all spent the night sitting on the patio around the fire, drinking and fucking around. I tried not to drink too much, knowing the alcohol would only intensify my emotions. Being here with everyone was the last place I wanted to breakdown. Em knew what this date meant, but no one else knew what we went through on this date years ago. I knew it was about time for me to make an exit before anyone realized I wasn't drinking anymore or really joining in the conversations going on around me. I used the excuse of using the bathroom and left everyone on the patio. I went to the bathroom down the hall from the room Bella and I were going to share, then went to the bed and laid down with my arm draped over my face. I stared at the ceiling, lost in thought, lost in memories, lost in the blank space that had existed since the accident. Not sure how much time had passed, I heard footsteps in the hall. The next thing I knew, the bedroom door opened. "There you are." Bella's warm voice filled the room before the light blinded me. "What are you doing in here?" "Tired," I mumbled, covering my face with the blanket. I felt the bed shift as she crawled towards me. "Really?" "Yes, really. Turn the light off." Bella scoffed as she hopped off the bed to turn the light off, then jumped back onto the bed. "What are you brooding about?" she whispered. "Not brooding," I said without missing a beat. She giggled, pulling the covers off my face. "Of course you are. I know brooding when I see it."
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"You're drunk," I said with my eyes closed. "You smell like whiskey." "You smell like whiskey." "Good one," I deadpanned. "If you aren't going to sleep..." "Oh, you're no fun." She sighed and slid under the covers. "You were a champ earlier with those drinking games." Bella shrugged. "Why are you being anti-social?" "You don't want to know." "Yes, I do." "Emmett probably already told you with that big fucking mouth of his," I snapped. Even in the dark, I could feel her eyes on me. "Today is the anniversary of my parent's death. It's been 12 years, to the day." She shifted a little closer. "Oh." "Yeah. Car accident. Head on." "Edward..." Rolling over to face the wall, I said, "Don't, Bella. You don't have to say anything. It was a long time ago." "That's awful," she whispered, her voice breaking on the last word. Waiting a full thirty seconds, I sat up and poked her shoulder. "Jesus, Bella. Are you crying?" "No, I just-" She wiped at the corners of her eyes. "I knew your parents passed away, but I didn't know how. You miss them." It wasn't a question. "Of course I do, but even before the accident, Emmett and I spent most of our time with Carlisle and Esme. My dad traveled a lot for work, and my mom didn't want to take care of us on her own. We were sent to boarding school in Austin when
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I was eight." Bella finally sat up, sitting Indian-style, and faced me. "Seriously? Boarding school?" "It wasn't that big of a deal. It's not like they didn't love us. They were busy trying to give us a certain lifestyle." Bella wasn't buying it. "But it's-" "Not a big deal. Like I said." "So were you not close with your parents? I mean, did you ever see them?" I nodded. "Holidays, yeah. Emmett and I weren't close with my father; he preferred it that way. My mother was..." I trailed off, wondering if I should allow myself the memory. "I remember I always sat on the counter as she baked. There was one time she allowed me to eat the leftover icing before Emmett could get his hands on it. She said it was because I was her favorite, but I had a feeling she used to tell Emmett the same thing." Even though I could barely see her in the dark, I knew Bella was smiling, waiting to hear more. But that was all I could share. As if I hadn't faltered, I cleared my throat and put my wall back up without hesitation. "Why do you give Carlisle and Esme such a hard time?" she questioned. "I would be more concerned if I didn't give them a hard time." I smiled slightly. "They know I appreciate them." "Do they actually know though?" I shrugged. "What time do we need to leave on Sunday?" It took her a second to realize the conversation about my parents was over. "Ten would be good." "Ten it is," I said quietly. "I really am going to bed though. Knowing them," I nodded towards the door, "they will all be up for a few more hours, so feel free..."
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"No," she said, a little too quickly. "I'm tired and don't feel like being hungover tomorrow." "Okay." "Okay," she repeated. Before she could lie back down, I pulled her shoulders into me and hugged her tightly. "Thank you," I mumbled against her hair. I wasn't exactly sure why I was thanking her and that was kind of weird. Maybe it was for listening to me talk about my parents. Maybe it was for agreeing to this fucked up deal. Maybe it was for putting up with my shit. Any of those would have sufficed, but, for some reason, Bella never questioned what I was thanking her for. After the initial shock wore off, she wrapped her arms around my neck, squeezing me once. "You're a good guy, Edward," she whispered into my ear before pulling back. I stared at her, really stared at her, and realized I really fucking liked hugging her. "We should get some sleep," I said, clearing my throat. "Yeah. Yeah, you're right. Goodnight." Bella sighed as she crawled under the covers. "Hey," I whispered as I stared at the ceiling. "I'm glad you're here." "Me too," she murmured, on the verge of sleep. "Thanks for telling me, Edward." Unfortunately for me, sleep did not come easily. That was, until Bella rolled over a while later and nuzzled into my side. I listened to her soft, shallow breathing and only hoped that tomorrow I could forget about all of this.

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Emmett gave me a meaningful look. I used my time in the shower to. heads up: citrusy! Chapter Eleven The next morning. ass in the air as I gripped her hips.Chapter 11 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. Walking into the kitchen. That was the only exchange we would have regarding yesterday's date. Disappointed Bella was no longer sleeping next to me. I stood under the scalding hot water and tried to clear my head before turning the water off. I imagined her tight little pussy as I fucked her from behind. I grabbed a pair of basketball shorts and a t-shirt from my bag before walking into the bathroom.78 - . Mojo40 for pre-reading & ttharman for giving me the ok on the lemon.gather my thoughts. I awoke with a slight hangover and an empty bed. I had to admit I was a little disappointed. It was all we needed. which would not have included Bella. Thanks to: A Jasper For Me & Cullen Confection for the beta love. I tossed my towel over the shower and ran a hand through my wet hair. I imagined pounding into her as she moaned into the mattress. Oh ya. except her fucking strawberry scented shampoo filled the shower. Disappointed I slept next to her and didn't try anything. Disappointed I let my guard down and told her about my parents. I tightened the grip around my cock as I growled. . releasing every bit of tension I had.. what'd you make me?" I rubbed my stomach and smiled innocently at Bella before she threw a grape at my face. Quickly drying myself off. Groggily crawling out of the bed. "So. When I was finished. I had no choice.. I walked out into the hallway and involuntarily smiled when I heard Bella's giggle echoing through the house. to which I just nodded.

pancakes and oatmeal. . Bella huffed and puffed as her face began to simmer. tiny black crumbs falling in my lap." I lied for her sake. and thanks to Bella. except for the sound of bacon sizzling in the skillet. Romeo. Oh." Emmett interrupted. Everyone grimaced as I took a bite of the bread. "Why the fuck are you guys staring at me?" "Edward? You like burned toast?" Bella asked flatly. giving up on her curiosity. The kitchen was silent. What's going on?" "Huh?" "You're up to something." I grabbed the clearly burned toast from her tiny hands and tossed it on my plate." Ben's smile was plastered on his face as he waited for Bella to be out of ear-shot. we have a plate full of burned toast." "Good idea." Emmett explained as Ben and Rosalie quietly laughed. thank you very much. "No! Are you color blind? That is brown!" "Dark brown."What didn't we make? We have eggs." Emmett said with a sigh. Bella snatched the toast from the plate to examine it. "Okay. Bella shrugged her shoulders. bacon. "It's not burned! It's just-" "Completely black. Everyone stared with their mouths agape as I added butter and jelly to the piece of bread that could have easily passed for charcoal. "Now she admits it. "It's not burned. "What?" I asked." Emmett added while whisking the eggs like he was Bobby fucking Flay. "Whatever! It's-" "Just the way I like it. "I'm gonna go see what's taking Angela so long." Ben added this time.79 - .

tell your girlfriend to back off before I yank the extensions from her head." I cleared my throat. I cleared my throat and said." Huh. But you're not normal." Rosalie argued and pulled my plate away. spill. I wondered if that sounded slightly believable." Ben confirmed. "Emmett. . no pulp." "You definitely have no problem being a complete asshole." Rosalie pointed out while Ben laughed and called Emmett a pussy. okay? Big deal. Rosalie snorted." I said. "You were embarrassing her. so I ate her burned toast. She was crying because she twisted her fucking ankle! You cry when you get a splinter in your finger.80 - . it's not like everyone else didn't notice. "You were a complete asshole when we were at that art show with Tanya and she walked out of the bathroom with her dress tucked in her underwear. a normal guy can. Now. dude." I said while calmly pouring a glass of orange juice. Correct me if I'm wrong." "Please. Why are you eating Bella's burned toast?" I glared at Emmett. "It is a big deal! Since when do you care if someone is embarrassed or not?" "Jeez. "I'm not a complete asshole. and you're up to something. but you were the one to point it out to everyone!" "Come on. "Emmett won't eat slightly browned toast even if I cut off the crust. silently telling him to back the fuck off. I felt bad for the girl."Can't a guy enjoy his breakfast without having an ulterior motive?" "Yes. Pussy. Cut me some slack. defending myself and failing miserably. "What about the time that Kate chick tripped in the mall and twisted her ankle while getting off the escalator? You laughed so hard you made the poor girl cry. Rose." Rosalie's eyes grew wide. she's right. Emmett doubled over with laughter and added. "No.

it wasn't that confusing. clearly not registering what his big mouth girlfriend had just revealed. And it dawned on me. "Wait. "There's no use in lying.. was it? "Carlisle and Esme can't. "What is Rosalie talking about? What money?" Ben asked. still confused. cutting off my inner-monologue. I was a smart mother fucker. Rosalie coughed to clear her throat. clearly embarrassed of her slip-up." I admitted. I get a good laugh at other people's expense. Rosalie knew. what does that have to do with Bella?" Ben asked."Sue me. and not just so you can get the money. so I figured why not. Shit. what did you say?" Ben suddenly asked. If I were smart. I just didn't think my idiot brother would run off and tell his precious girlfriend about my scheme.81 - ." Emmett frowned and pointed the whisk at me." "So. give me the money unless I'm in a serious relationship. I met Bella the night I found out that little bit of information. obviously proud of her realization. "Bells? Since when do you refer to her as Bells? What's the point to all of this?" "You might just actually like her. Honestly. Scratch that. There was no use in lying. or I guess won't. "Edward is trying to get the money his parents left him and Emmett after they died. stealing my plate back from Rose. I wouldn't have told my idiot brother. Rosalie fucking knew about everything. Mother fucking Emmett. "Except when it comes to Bells. Fuck." Rosalie whispered. I would have come up with a back-up plan in case anyone were to overhear the conversation. Scratch that." Rose said assuredly. I narrowed my eyes at Emmett's back as he cheerfully flipped an omelet.. too. If I were smart." .

She's not going to get hurt." "No." Emmett blocked Ben's path and said. Until Carlisle and Esme assume we're going to pick out a china pattern?" "What the hell. Please. But you should know. "We just need you to keep your mouth shut. "I know it looks fucked up." "You don't have to be. I don't know. "Unbelievable." I pleaded with Ben. "I'm not going to be part of this." I said clearly. Angela. man."Are you fucking kidding me?" Ben half-laughed as he stood up. "You can't tell. To be honest. "I don't need any threats. "Listen man. I don't think she really even likes me all that much." Ben's jaw slightly dropped. okay? I get enough of those from Grease Monkey." . "Does Angela know?" "No. Emmett and the frying pan." "Come on. and she isn't going to know.82 - . "Emmett was the only other person who was supposed to know about this. If you hurt Bella. but apparently that was too hard of a task." "I don't give a shit. dude?" Dropping my head I muttered. Bella agreed to this. I said. it is fucked up." "How long are you going to date?" "Fuck. we don't want you to be a part of this." I reasoned." "And why would she? The past five minutes were spent discussing your asshole behavior. Ben glanced between me. The less people know." Rose added before she left the kitchen. I dislike it as much as any of you. I-" Rolling my eyes and tuning him out. Shit. the better.

They'll be good sharing that. causing Bella to laugh and Ben to roll his eyes as he walked out of the kitchen. causing Eric to attempt a cartwheel only to faceplant.Ben wasn't falling for it. I hope." "Well. technically. We're trying to get to Enchanted Rock before sunset. "But once Edward explained he'd pay her." . signaling her over with my finger. right?" "Yes." Ben laughed humorlessly. "You realize this is fucked up. I said." Angela explained. so I didn't mind. "What about them?" "Emmett brought a blunt. the joint in my pocket was going to make it a little more exciting. she didn't at first.83 - ." Emmett pulled out a blunt from his shirt pocket. but Bella seemed a little excited. "Good job. I wasn't actually looking forward to it." Emmett felt the need to add." "Okay. She knows. Also. "Want some?" She stared at the joint in my hand and glanced towards the group as they walked ahead of us. "What's fucked up?" Angela asked as she walked into the kitchen with Bella trailing behind her." "Right. "Were you bullshitting me? Does Bella really know about this?" Nodding. "Of course. She agreed." Emmett and I both said in unison." I said quickly. "Look what I have. We each paid the six dollars to get into the park before we piled out of the vehicle and made our way to one of the many trails. Three hours later." I called out to Bella. she was all for it. "Emmett burned all of this toast. She's getting paid. "Hey. so we'll be heading out around two. the eight of us piled into Ben's Tahoe and made the trip to Enchanted Rock.

brought the bottle to her lips and tilted her head back to thirst her quench." I commented lamely as she held the joint between her fingers." Bella squealed. "I have no idea. I guess right now counts or something. "Oh my God. refusing another hit. we all wandered around. I love you right now. She inhaled and said. Bella just shrugged. "Nice." then exhaled and coughed. . "I know. stealing the bottle from my hands. inhaled and passed it to her. I almost forgot." She sighed. After we finally made it to the top of rock. "Don't even think about drinking all of that. When have you ever taken a leisurely stroll?" Bella stared at me for a second before she was also in hysterics. "I'm so fucking thirsty." I pulled a Naked Mighty Mango bottle of juice from my pocket. staring in awe at the amazing view. Maybe I'd smoke the rest on the way back to the car." "I didn't realize this would be such a fucking hike. I watched as she unscrewed the cap. I mean.Bella and I stayed a good twenty yards behind everyone as I lit the joint. and they are speed walking. "Oh." I lied. "Nothing. whatever the fuck it was. "Why the fuck are they walking so fast?" I asked suddenly. "Such a fucking nice day out. I put the joint out on a rock and carefully placed it in my pocket. "I don't even know. slightly out of breath. quench her thirst." I said.84 - . "Leisurely strolls? Bella." We passed the joint between the two of us a couple more times before Bella's eyes began to glaze over and she shook her head. or mountain." I warned. honestly. The one place people are expected to take leisurely strolls. "What?" She laughed as she wiped her mouth." This had me in hysterics.

" When we made it back to Ben's place. claiming she was taught how to handle firearms because her father had been Chief of Police in Washington. It was awful. the evening was spent grilling. that's all I'm saying." I said. "Chill. turning her body so my lips were almost touching hers. who knelt down to sit next to me. Bella leaned close to me and said. "Bella. you hear me?" "No argument there. I was hard. Either way. the girls went inside to do whatever it was girls do while we stayed outside to smoke a bowl. A little later. I undressed down to my boxers in a matter of seconds and crawled into the bed Bella and I were sharing. give it up. She was a natural.85 - ." "Oh. which was hard to do since people apparently loved this place. I sat down and let my feet hang over the edge as I pulled the leftover joint from my pocket. "Bella. When we were all sufficiently full of brisket and whiskey. you're not allowed in the kitchen. Edward! It was awful. "Whoa. shaking my head. and I was pretty sure the other guys were. too. drinking and shooting our beer cans with a 12 gauge." "It wasn't that bad. "Thanks for eating the toast earlier. watching Bella handle a firearm was fucking hot. it would be a fucking shame if you fell." "Well. It was really weird. assuming she was already asleep. Next time we cook. I was getting tired of the cock fest so I made my way to the bedroom. . Letting her feet dangle over the edge next to mine." "You're right. but nice of you. watch the fuck out!" I snapped at Bella. too. I have to admit. are you asleep?" "No.Finding a secluded area." I whispered close to her ear." she breathed.

and I was pretty sure that's what she thought. Bella?" I asked with a smirk. she scooted a little closer to me. somehow." "I also can't stop thinking about you. I'm not. she squirmed around the bed as I rubbed her clit incredibly slow. and melted into the bed. I stared in her eyes through the darkness. was she wet and warm. "I can't sleep.have a little fun?" I asked smugly. maybe we could. "Feel good?" "Yes. letting my fingers hook around the edge of her underwear and. waiting for her to object. "Okay." I said lamely. you know." . I thought you'd be asleep. I pushed her underwear to the side and slid one finger in her..86 - . My lips found her neck as she moaned. Shaking her head. granting me access. fuck. "Hey. and I had to smile. But it was the goddamn truth." she repeated for some reason."Oh. "Me either. "I was thinking." She breathed and lifted her hips slightly. "I'm not. then two. or something. "Oh my. "Why are you shaking?" I asked quietly. I just needed to be in her. All she could do was nod. It sounded like a fucking lame line. Letting my hand snake down between us. All I could think about was how fucking hot she was with that shotgun earlier. She gasped out in relief." I admitted. She didn't." Silence." she panted with each rub of my thumb. Yessss. With my teeth biting her earlobe.fuck.. So I pushed further.

fuck. slow down. shit. almost twisting my fucking ankle." she snapped. so she was lying under me. so I did too. breathing warm air all over me. keeping myself in her. I let my lips find hers and kissed her. Bella held on to my neck as she pumped up and down. "No. I needed to fucking last. "Fuck. while wrapping my hands around the back of her head. I am fucking you. "Just fuck me." I didn't need to be told twice. I pushed her hair out of her face. "Oh. "Bell. infuriatingly slow. you're not. and grabbed a condom out of my bag." Bella let out a laugh or a moan as she leaned down and let her lips linger on my neck.Bella's hand reached down and found its way into my boxers." I said." "I'm in you. She pulled away and sat up. fuck. I wrapped an arm around her and threw her on her back. I pushed. It wasn't lost on me that this was the first time we had kissed. I hopped off the bed. scratching my neck with her fingernails. I wanted this to last. because I wanted to." she pumped faster." I said with a small laugh. hard. starting to get annoyed." I hissed as she grabbed on to me. sliding down my cock in one swift move. because it felt right. "Fuck. into her and smiled. off her sweaty forehead. I rolled it on as Bella threw her shirt on the floor then straddled me. What the fuck was she talking about? ." I said in shock." "I am.87 - . "You need to fuck me now. I kissed her again. "Stop." "No.

I fell asleep before she made it back. ." Not even a minute later. "Fuuuck. With one hand holding onto the headboard and the other holding on to her hip." I panted as I dropped my head on her shoulder. I kissed along her jaw before walking to the bathroom to clean up."No. A/N: Surprised? Yeah. she was squirming under me. I laid there for a minute. cursing and making the most beautiful fucking sound I'd ever heard. I didn't have any intentions of letting them sleep together for a while. so am I.88 - . Just make me come. "Is this better? You want it rough. I pushed and growled as I came harder than I ever had before. Slowly pulling out. I grabbed onto the headboard and began thrusting as she twisted her hands in my hair. "Yes. it was the truth. Hope that isn't too crude. huh?" "Yes." That pissed me off. "You're not. Bella." she said a little louder. Poor MoJo40 had to endure an email from me that more or less stated that these two "really need to fuck". letting our bodies stick together and just breathed her in. making me push deeper. which I assumed was to use the bathroom down the hall. wrapping her ankles around my waist." she said again. this time with a glare. When I got back Bella was gone.

and a bit creepy.89 - ." I smiled against her cheek." I whispered in her ear. I ignored my urge to bend her over the bed and glanced at my phone to check the time. Obviously. I watched her chest rise and fall. but it was hard to understand her as she pulled the comforter over her head. Apparently. which was funny considering how responsive she was to my charm last night." I started slowly. If I wasn't going to get my dick wet. I pushed my body against hers and nuzzled my head in her neck." she said with a yawn and eyes still closed. and I smiled. I couldn't help but think back to last night." I said as I stretched my arms above my head. Thanks to Mojo40 and avidreader69 for prereading the shit outta this thing. you are good. As fascinating.Chapter 12 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. as that was. or we can pick something up on the way. Half a second passed with no response. "Yeah. Adjusting myself. "Wake up. She's awesome. We have to leave soon. slightly angling herself closer to me. Chapter Twelve I could feel Bella's back against mine as the morning light forced me awake. "I'm good. "We can eat breakfast here. She stirred. A Jasper For Me beta'd. "You know. . "Bella." She grumbled something along the lines of I'm up. "I can think of a few ways to help you wake up. the next best thing was food. Slowly turning towards her. she wasn't a morning person. I apologize to all three of them for my tendency to ramble." Pulling the blanket away from her face.

Note to self: get the poor girl coffee." she said coolly before shutting the bathroom door. An hour into the drive." she mumbled and crawled out of the bed with one eye open. ."I'm not hungry. "Sorry if I'm doing a horrible job at entertaining you." "You're acting weird. growled and snatched her bag from my possession. fewer words had been exchanged than when we had woken up. Something was bothering her. Bella sighed. as if she didn't know where the music was coming from. I watched. But for some reason. I didn't see the appeal of that game. as Bella removed the sheets from the bed and tossed them into a pile on the floor. replaying last night and recalling that she came. I mean. I knew if I ever actually tried playing. far away. with a smirk.90 - . "Are you okay?" I asked. From Angry Birds. "What's up with you?" I finally asked." Typical female answer. asap. Fifteen minutes later when Bella was finished hogging the bathroom. her focus never leaving her invigorating game of Angry Birds. who didn't find it nearly as funny. But if she wouldn't talk to me. I'd become hooked." I said and pointed at the stereo. I gathered our two bags and made sure we didn't leave anything behind." Bella. Why was she already in such a pissy mood? "Definitely. that much was obvious. "I'm pretty sure Ben's parent's have a maid who does that. It seemed pointless and a huge waste of time." "Nothing." "Are you upset because I'm not joining you in the stimulating conversation about this awesome song?" Bella put her feet up and laughed. how was I supposed to find out what was wrong? "This is an awesome song. That's why I stayed far. "You're killin' me. Honestly. her less than white converse marking my dashboard with traces of dirt.

"Oh my God." "You're gross. well. but I kept my fucking mouth shut." she said with no emotion." "Yeah. "Yeah." "Why would you need to sit on the seat? I thought you had to pee." she pointed at me." "Lucky for me." The last part wasn't true though." "Emmett's place has a bathroom." I replied flatly and. It was definitely in a nicer part of town and must have cost a pretty penny. And. When we finally made it to Austin. Gas stations have restrooms." she mumbled. disease infected toilet seats and a floor that looks as though someone's water broke. I also didn't think it was very polite for her to put her shoes on my dash. a little annoyed. no problem." . as if I didn't already know this. They also have used condoms lying around. to be honest. motioning for me that it was ready. "I can't hold it. "That's twenty minutes away.91 - . "What do you think you're doing?" "I have to pee really fucking bad. Bella's eyes went wide. "You didn't tell me your grandmother lived in a nursing home. I didn't think it was very fucking funny. I watched as Bella carefully entered her grandmother's address into my GPS.Well. "Assisted living." I said as I pulled up in front of The Summit. She silently put it back in the holder. But seeing how worked up she already was from merely mentioning going inside. "the most germ infected thing in a bathroom is usually the faucet handles or soap dispenser. I'd be lying if I said I didn't find it amusing. "Thanks for leaving early to give me a ride. you're like a child." I said easily as I unbuckled my seat belt and turned the car off." she explained. I didn't have to pee that bad. I don't wash my hands.

"What the-" She stopped herself from cursing and narrowed her eyes. Soup in a cup always freaked me out. or so I assumed. I used the bathroom. It just wasn't fucking true. "Isabella! How are you today?" "I'm okay." Bella sighed and got out of the car. The receptionist pointed me in the right direction before realizing she had a tomato soup mustache. I watched as she sipped her soup as if it were a beverage. He just needs to use the restroom. "He's been here for an hour." she said while shoving her hands deep in the pockets of her cut-off shorts. As we walked in." Bella mumbled as she signed in. Fine. much to Bella's fucking dismay. You're in. I'm joking."I'm not gross. He stood from the chair he was . So." "Thanks so much for granting me permission to use a public restroom. "What are you doing?" I held up her bag and tried to smiled." Bella shrugged. "Who's this?" Her father. To say Bella wasn't pissed to see me standing in the doorway was like saying I never woke up with morning wood. you're out. "How's Gram?" "She's with your father right now. But my jokes are less than funny because I can't focus on anything other than the fact that my bladder is about to explode. you're gone." the lady said quietly. I did what any normal person would do: I retrieved the bag and flirted with the soup loving receptionist until she told me which room Bella's grandmother was in. we were greeted by some older lady sitting behind a desk with a pen behind her ear and a cup of Campbell's tomato soup in her hand.92 - . "This is my friend. "You're so dramatic. asked." Cringing. and was on my way out when I realized Bella left her bag in my car. What's the point of drinking your food? It was an odd concept for me to get my head around." "It's not a public restroom.

okay?" . I realized something was up. you must be Bella's grandmother." she poked my chest with her finger. Couple that with the fact Bella had mentioned he used to be Chief of Police. then walked back and pulled my arm when I failed to follow her into the hallway. Her grandmother looked over at Charlie and asked who Bella was. you are mistaken." "Oh. my daughter. crossed his arms and began sizing me up. "Look. "expect to be a part of it." I smiled and allowed myself to fully step into the room despite Bella's blatant anxiety. "This is Renee. the mustache was a little intimidating. "Oh dear. "Why did you have to come back?" she snapped after quietly shutting the door. he's such a handsome young man!" Bella's grandmother squeaked from her chair." "What is that supposed to mean?" "You've been acting like a.93 - . do you play gin rummy?" "Ah. "You could have given me my bag some other time!" Frowning. my smile faltered." she explained." My jaw must have dropped to the floor. "Charlie. I bet Edward needs a quick review of how to play gin rummy. I said. this is my friend Edward. He gave me a ride back from Fredericksburg. because Bella quickly covered for me by saying I must be a few peas short of a casserole. but I had to fucking admit. "snob." I paused to choose my words wisely." Bella shoved past me. Whatever the fuck that meant. "I didn't know you were going to get so upset.just a little. When neither Bella nor Charlie answered her.sitting in. Bella's non-grandmother just smiled and focused on shuffling the cards in her hand. "Tell me. But I guess I should have figured by the way you've been acting all day long. "We'll be right back. I was a little taller than he was." "A snob? Just because I wasn't all over your dick this morning?" Bella lowered her voice as a nurse walked by. This is stupid! You can't waltz into my life and.

"I'm sorry. dropping her arms by her side." "Charlie Swan. not really." I said out loud before I could stop myself. Bella pulled back. "Bella." Charlie said. "You can't. Cue awkward silence. when someone cleared their throat. okay? It's-" She started to poke my chest a second time until I grabbed her wrist. Bella started pacing while pulling her lip between her teeth.94 - . I'm sorry. she's more than okay."Ow. too. Okay. We stood there hugging. Is she okay? Is she asking a lot of questions?" "Oh. She keeps asking if the handsome young man can come back and play cards with her. A sigh of relief escaped from my mouth as she wrapped her arms around my waist. making Bella laugh beside me. "She thinks I'm my mother." his mustache replied. "Maybe she really has completely lost her mind. "Alzheimer's?" I suddenly asked.. Esme's mom suffered from dementia." she mumbled into my shirt. "Nice to meet you. "I'm Edward." Bella said with a smirk. It's not like I knew anything about the disease. but. Edward didn't know Gram was sick. I wasn't sure if that was a good or bad thing. "Sorry. For some reason." I deadpanned." "I'm sorry. . this made her stop pacing. It caught me off guard more than anything. Dad." I reached out to shake her father's hand. But that thing was intimidating as fuck. so I wasn't really sure why I even asked. so I said it again.. but I had only met her a few times before she passed away." I stepped forward and pulled her against me. for maybe a full minute. Not all the time. hoping she wouldn't pull away.

" I admitted. She invited her father who." Bella cleared her throat and stared down at the guacamole. for a few hours. handing me a napkin. I just wasn't ready to be interrogated by someone who owns multiple guns." I looked down at a fidgeting Bella. Edward?" "No." I scolded. "You have salsa on your lip. "Bella. "Better than playing gin rummy?" I teased. "Do you want to watch a movie later? Emmett hasn't text that he and Rose are back yet. Wipe your mouth. I couldn't pass up the chance to see how different she would act. smoked a bowl and napped for five hours."Well. Sorry if I caused any trouble in there. There was too much truth in my words." Bella giggled.95 - . sure." "Don't think you're going to get out of playing cards with her." . Gram can be a pushy little thing. I said. in truth. and losing. I'm sure Edward has better things to do. There's no point. you have so much to learn. "Yeah. I had to quickly look away from her. Bella and I grabbed a quick bite to eat at Torchy's Taco. this was the first time I had seen Bella around people who weren't associated with me. "Who better than you?" I asked with a sly smile. "Do you even know how to play gin rummy. "Never. bumping her shoulder." Rolling my eyes and wiping my mouth. that's all. I probably could have found something else to do. to my delight. But again. We can watch a movie." "You're gross. "I guess I'll head out. It wasn't that he intimidated me or anything. I could have gone back to Emmett's. politely declined. "But I'm sure someone can teach me." In truth. "Um." "And you think that someone is going to be me?" Bella playfully teased. right Bells?" Charlie asked with a sigh. ever attempt to use a napkin at Torchy's. After playing gin rummy.

Tanya licked her lips and said. hurt.." I admitted too quickly." Pretty sure she purred.. It wasn't our normal." . "I mean-" shit. "We need to talk.96 - . How did you even-" "Wait. is she your girlfriend?" Tanya's tone suddenly changed to one I knew meant trouble.The ride from Torchy's was more relaxed than the ride to her grandmother's nursing home. I'm busy right now. "No. cute banter glare. Bella must have taken it the wrong way because she glared at me. "I didn't know you were seeing other people. It was the I'm going to fucking rip your balls into shreds and feed them to my dog glare. That plan was shot to hell when we stepped off the elevator onto Emmett's floor. I knew she fucking worded it that way to make it sound like I was dating her. she looked like she was over this and ready to jet. Why haven't you returned any of my calls?" Tanya barely glanced Bella's way before snickering. which I so fucking wasn't. Not hiding the fact that I was annoyed. And she didn't even own a fucking dog. Awkward. "Tanya. not because it was true. I laughed because it was funny to me. "Tanya? What are you doing here?" "Good to know you're alive." I said in a duh tone. I was just glad she seemed to be in a better mood and was looking forward to spending some time alone with her before Em and Rosalie got home." Tanya said lamely. I turned toward Bella who looked. What was the protocol for explaining what Bella and I were to someone who didn't know about my inheritance situation? "Kind of. I immediately froze. "Who is this?" "This is Bella.I don't know. Maybe she was just tired because we did drink a lot over the weekend. "Was there something you needed?" I snapped at Tanya because the thought of my balls being eaten by a dog put me in a bad mood. Either way.

" Tanya stomped her foot. okay? Good seeing you. "I can't even begin to explain how fucking annoying you are. "I'm gonna go make sure that girl you just pissed off doesn't hate me. I'll see you later this week. I can come by." The look on her face was priceless. "Excuse me. so I ran to the end of the hall and decided to take the stairs two at a time. "You didn't think I was annoying when I-" Rolling my eyes. Have fun getting your dick sucked. I just want to talk. Tanya. I was furious. I'm no one. go home. if that works.97 - . "Look. . I had to fucking admit. placed a hand on her hip. okay?" Tanya scoffed but couldn't stop herself from smirking. "Who the fuck are you again?" "Don't worry. Patience was never my thing. "Ed-ward. The Bella I knew was too stubborn for her own good and lived for snark competitions." I had to hand it to the girl. huh?" Bella laughed." Bella said while she grabbed her bag from my hand. I bet your tits are real too.later. okay."Kind of? Since when do you-" Tanya began but stopped herself. "God. I'm no one. Tanya. she didn't give up easily." Bella suddenly found her voice. I said. and Tanya was still going on and on about not being appreciated. Edward. "Tanya. That wasn't the Bella I knew.. momentarily caught off guard because no one ever spoke to her like that. it was pretty funny watching the two of them get feisty with each other. tossed it over her shoulder and practically ran towards the elevator.. "I'm going home." I said loudly as I watched my snarky-less Bella disappear into the elevator." The elevator was taking too long." "Yeah. I do not do that.

It's really awkward. still two steps ahead of me. if you haven't noticed. I'm not. "I'm not into the whole threesome thing. Second. flying down three flights of stairs. What hint is she supposed to take when you're obviously fucking her?" "Whoa. huh?" About two more things I was absolutely positive. catching my breath as she finally slowed to a complete stop. I was an asshole. "No. "Hey! Can you hold up for a second?" "Dude. First." I felt the odd need to reassure her. "I thought we were gonna hang out. hey. I just don't want to be around when the girls you're sleeping with get jealous because of me. She shrugged. I pushed through the doors." About two things I was absolutely positive." "Tanya isn't staying. not bothering to face me." I dropped my hand from her arm. "I honestly don't even know how she found out I was staying here. not apologizing to the older couple I practically ran over. Bella was definitely jealous." "Why does that not surprise me? Kind of hard to pull off the fuck and duck in your own place." "That's funny. "We did have a good time." Bella said. "What the hell is this about? I thought we had a good time this weekend. "She's never been to Emmett's apartment before. "Bella!" I called out as I followed her retreating form down the sidewalk. Now it's back to reality. I was an asshole. back to Bitchy Bella and Egotistical Edward. "Why are you getting all Bitchy Bella on me now?" She laughed as she took a step back. I'm going home. Where are you going?" I asked.98 - . it's cool." I pulled Bella's arm and made her face me instead of the streetlight that suddenly occupied her attention. Second. so I added. "Are you jealous?" "Of her?" Bella scoffed. Tanya showing up was definitely fucking awkward. She's a pain in my fucking ass and can't take a hint. First." .I was literally chasing after a girl.

"Not that I owe you an explanation. "I obviously know I am not a whore. you aren't a prostitute." I said jokingly. no! This has nothing to do with my hormones. Pinching the bridge of my nose. Boy." Bella said sarcastically. I mean. but I haven't done anything with anyone else since you agreed to help me out.99 - . you ass. That was very considerate of you to refrain from fucking anyone else. you wouldn't be one of them." she muttered before I grabbed her shoulder." Not sure why I thought that would make Bella laugh. This is why I refrain from being in relationships. Bella. "You obviously do. "Unbelievable. was I wrong. but that's what everyone else thinks. I don't have whores. I thought to myself. "The biggest whore in a fifty mile radius? Who gives a shit what she thinks." "Oh." Even I knew there was an entirely different way I could have phrased that sentence. This way. Edward. One time she walked out of the bathroom with her dress tucked in her underwear. I'm not even sure why. I said. Maybe to comfort her or to just let her know I was sorry she felt this way. turning her around. and I'm pretty sure she did it on purpose. . but if I did. which pissed her off even more because she turned to walk away." "The only thing that's obvious here is the fact you're fucking a prostitute." "Bell. Tanya?" I asked as I pointed back toward Emmett's apartment.I winced." "Everyone else? Like who. "I don't really care. and everything to do with being treated like I'm another one of your whores. how super nice of you. "Are you PMSing or something?" "God. I took my hand and rubbed her arm. I didn't want her to feel this way." "You're not one of my whores." she said icily.

" "So. am I allowed to be pissed over Grease Monkey?" "I don't sleep with Jake.real or not. she laughed. you're completely right. The miscommunications and jealousy and being forced to use napkins." I admitted. I couldn't look her in the eyes. well. and I could never figure out the right thing to say. "He eye fucks you." She shrugged." she said quietly and jutted her chin out. "Yeah. but I needed to hear her say it. "Okay. "You should go back upstairs and try to console your friend.100 - . I know you probably wanted to hang out with everyone a little longer. She looked pretty upset. you're not allowed." . I wanted to hang out with you." It wasn't lost on me that she ignored my question. It reeks of bad romantic comedy. "I don't care about Tanya. That's gotta count for something. Thanks for letting me hitch a ride and for leaving early." I shook my head in disagreement. So no. but for some reason. There were so many rules and expectations. are we okay?" I asked with hope or something that resembled hope." "Do you still want to watch a movie?" "Not really. "For once." she shrugged. "If you're allowed to get mad about Tanya." I said as I dropped my hand from her arm." Finally. Bella pushed the hair out of her eyes and said. "No. so many things to do and not do. I wasn't even exactly sure what I was asking. which must have triggered something because she asked why we were standing in the street yelling at each other. "No fucking clue. "I'm exhausted and should go home.

All I could focus on was Bella." she said easily. save for the sound of Bella's foot tapping on the floor mat. Edward." I reached over her with my arm and shut the car door.I quickly realized she would need a ride home and was thankful she had a piece of shit for transportation. "Bella. Just in case they get suspicious or something. I had no fucking clue. whatever. Are we okay?" "We are fine. All I knew was that I had the urge to keep her in the car as long as possible. or someone. "Sure.I don't know. but I hoped to God. I hadn't even parked the fucking car yet. trying to stay occupied. "We were drunk. We were sleeping in the same bed. Why wouldn't we be?" "Should we. and she was already trying to open the door. I'll give you a ride. so I'm going to get out of the car now. talk about what happened last night?" Bella crossed her arms. I figured it out soon. It hurt a little." she said as soon as I was in front of her place.. If that's okay with you?" My fingers tapped on the steering wheel. I have to admit. I'm really tired. I couldn't bring myself to care." Yeah. I wasn't even sure what I was trying to attempt at this point. The fifteen minute ride seemed to take only two minutes. "You didn't answer me earlier.101 - ." Bella agreed. "Come on." Even after I said it. . Wasn't I supposed to be the one to tell her there wasn't much else to it? "Should we kiss?" I asked quickly. "What's there to talk about?" "Um. I knew it sounded fucking lame. There's not much else to it. she had me there. The ride was silent. "I'll see you. and I grabbed the bag from her hands without protest.. I didn't know if Tanya left Emmett's because I never actually saw her walk out of the building. "In front of Carlisle and Esme.

"Yeah. I let my head drop to the steering wheel and asked myself the same question over and over again: what the fuck did I do? A/N: Thanks for reading! . okay?" Bella stared at me for a second.102 - . "Right. Bye." "Nothing's changed." I cleared my throat. we have a plan. Text me tomorrow. "Don't get all awkward on me now. "Right." I laughed and nodded." Once Bella was inside her building." It was her turn to laugh. "Get some rest. Let's stick to it.

bragging to his friends about sleeping with girls and drinking Jäger like it was vital for his life. He gave good banter. Edward didn't ask much of people.103 - . avidreader69 and ashley0125 for making sure that. I've always been known to make good decisions.Bella POV Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. standing in the bathroom. almost two months into this screwed up plan. I had been known to play it safe. All he really expected was for people to accept him for who he was. That all went to shit the day I met Edward Cullen. . was in the top ten percent of my senior class and was accepted into the University of Texas. not so much a good decision). Now here I was. A/N: Bella POV occurs after chapter 11. I saw past all of that. and the one time I went shopping with Alice after we each consumed a pitcher of margarita's (okay. I didn't purchase the mustard yellow skinny jeans she tried to convince me to buy. Yes. even when I knew he hurt people for the sake of getting what he wanted. it's that good. What he thought he needed. I didn't consider myself inexperienced nor slutty. when it came to life. Only ever having one serious boyfriend. It was true. you know. But the thing that really got me was the jaw and the hair that fell into his eyes as he tried so hard to be a douche and the jaw. All of his Edward-ness just sort of consumed me from the first time I realized he was going to weasel his way into my life after he helped me jump my truck. honestly. wasn't much. But even when he was being a douche. Good banter was hard to come by these days. yet he didn't even know who he was. and sleeping with less guys than fingers on one hand. this wasn't total crap. Let's just say. I did exceptionally well on my SATs. crying my eyes out. Love and squee's go to Mojo40. I carry mace with me at all times (Charlie is annoyingly persistent). Which. I'm a smart person. Even in the beginning. it was just a fact.

Staring in disbelief." I lied. I shrugged and tried to exit the bathroom.104 - . blocking my path. I couldn't let myself wallow too much." I mumbled before turning off the faucet and unlocking the door. Rosalie." . "I knew you wouldn't last. Okay. the girl had attitude. I wasn't one of those people who did things only to regret them later. but more why? Why did I do that? Another stupid question. "Are you almost done in there?" I jumped from Rosalie's voice and the sharp knock that accompanied her icy tone. "I wasn't. so maybe I shouldn't be asking what. I knew why I slept with Edward and I sure as hell wasn't going to admit it. blew my nose. and pulled my hair back. hoping it would be dark enough in the hallway to hide my puffy eyes. "Yeah. Sorry for using it without your permission. Even cold water didn't seem to help clear my swollen. "Bella.What did I do? What the fuck did I do? That was the stupid question I kept asking myself over and over again in my head. "What are you doing in here? You and Edward made sure to choose the bigger bedroom with the bathroom. Rosalie stepped in front of me." Rosalie snapped. I rolled a few sheets of toilet paper into a wad. even to myself. The decisions I made in my life were my own and I owned up to them." I snapped. Even at three in the morning. tear stained face. "Why were you crying?" she asked in a weird tone. there was no hint of remorse in my tears." "The bathroom is all yours. She sighed as she stepped aside. not wanting to put up with her shit.

" she said smugly." Rosalie put her hand up to stop me from talking." "Again. He doesn't even cover his mouth when he sneezes!" . "That's what I thought. fine. nothing came out. "What?" I asked." I said with exasperation. The Cullen charm is hard to resist." Rosalie said. Well. Sue me. almost melancholy. or so I thought. You realize that. Swan. anyway. I did divulge the plan to Alice and Jasper. "I'm not in love with him. you can refrain from-" "Bella. "He's. It's good to know you're not a lesbian.. "I just didn't think you had it in you. and not just about the sex. Rosalie stared at me for a long minute before speaking. Although.." I blinked. "Actually. "No judgement. I won't tell anyone. Apparently she did know everything. we were all getting a little worried." I whispered harshly. "How could you let this happen?" "Let what happen?" "You're stupid for falling in love with him. Don't worry. What are you expecting to get out of this? That was an easy question. Rosalie let out some sort of laugh that let me know she knew exactly what had just happened. It wasn't exactly my secret to keep.an awful person who smokes way too much and only cares about himself. when I opened my mouth to answer. not making a move. smoothing my hair down with my hand.105 - ."What is that supposed to mean?" I asked. Yet. "Let me just ask one thing: what are you expecting to get out of this? Besides the money. right?" Rosalie's voice dropped to almost a whisper. I obviously had that just fucked look going on." "Do you realize what time it is? You can refrain from being a bitch right now. I guess you did last longer than any other girl.

" Rosalie smiled. I preferred Edward's long. and said. right?" I fell silent.. for some reason. causing me to give him a tiny smile. "Okay. Rosalie? Never.he's just not-" "Who you thought he'd be. Blondie was . I don't want you to get hurt." "That was a fluke." Rosalie frowned. right?" Rosalie slapped Emmett's bare chest. I just don't take the time to get to know Edward's friends because they don't usually stick around for long. "I'm a bitch. "What'd my brother do this time?" he asked seriously. my thoughts drifting back to last night when Edward told me about his parents. what are you doing?" Emmett asked with sleep in his voice. cutting off all thoughts of his brother's body.106 - . I was shocked that she caught on. "Babe. "What game are you trying to play here?" "No game.. "He ate your burned toast. Rosalie and I exchanged a glance." Whoa. He was obviously high or something and he. The way his jeans hung off his ass." Rosalie stopped talking as we heard footsteps approaching down the hall. Bella. The way his"She giving you a hard time?" Emmett asked me. He looked pretty shocked to see me standing in the doorway of the bathroom. like genuinely smiled and said. sure. "You're playing nice. It wasn't friendly or even anything really noticeable. Thanks?" I wasn't too sure how to respond to that." Emmett's throaty laugh was infectious. "I don't even know you but. Just my silent plea to make sure she didn't open her big mouth about just having slept with Edward."That's not exactly a deal breaker. "Nah. "Of course!" He and his brother really were built so differently. lean stature. what the actual fuck? Blondie was giving me whiplash.

Because he's an idiot. Not that I think any of this is fair. but you're . "I realize this situation of yours isn't ideal. "I'm sorry if I was ever rude to you or something. "Make sure he gets you back to Austin safely." "No problem. "Your idiot brother is in the bathroom." We did some awkward tango until I was finally out of the doorway. my voice never faltering. "Thanks for the advice. "Exactly." she whispered so Emmett couldn't hear. then began speaking before I could answer. Emmett. It really doesn't suit you. Edward is an idiot for even agreeing to pay you. Apparently. who isn't as dumb as he looks. "No need to apologize. Once the bathroom door was safely shut. I just don't see a point in getting too close. stared at me for a second in the dim light of the hallway. so. Standing in the hallway. Forcing myself to not regret any of this was becoming harder by the second.perceptive. "Just finish this thing out and get the money. Rosalie didn't know this little bit of information. Rosalie shook her head. "Can I make a suggestion?" she asked." "Actually. Edward is an idiot and I don't see you not getting hurt. "You're funny. so Bella had to use this one.107 - . Whatever. you know?" Was this girl for real? I gave her the same smile she gave me and said. fatigue overtook me and I realized I was on the verge of tears." She gave me a tight-lipped smile. okay? I need to pee.." I pointed out." I repeated." "Right. trying to play it off." This made her laugh. it was Emmett's idea to have Edward pay me.." Rosalie said with a roll of her eyes. She shrugged." I said coolly. I knew she'd give Emmett hell once Edward and I left. Way too nice for your own good. "I'll definitely take all of this information into consideration.

As I drifted off to sleep. What was I expecting to get out of this? Money was definitely the main reason. I quietly shut the door behind me and crawled into bed next to a sleeping Edward. this plan seemed flawless in the beginning. get my money. none of them would understand. I felt horrible with it being almost five in the morning. but most of all. go to a few family functions and then. But somewhere along the way. He had issues. I waited for my eyes to adjust to the dark so I could stare at him. too. but I don't really think that was an option for me. allowing myself to eventually get hurt again. Rosalie was right." "See you tomorrow. but I knew she'd understand. who agrees to be paid to pretend to date someone? I had my own issues. I realized I had lied to myself. eventually. . regret that I had let part of my wall down.funny. I got about an hour of sleep before I had to get up and call Alice. I was going to get hurt. things changed and." I said before practically running back to the bedroom. fuck. Who agrees to pay someone that much money just to pretend to date them? Then again. obviously. he could have been the devil. regret that I pretended to not notice he had started looking at me differently.108 - . In reality. James' face kept interfering with any peace I almost had. and I hoped Edward wouldn't realize I was as broken as he was. Sleep would have been awesome. I thought I would occasionally hang with Edward. I could finish paying for school and could help Charlie with the cost of my Gram's assisted living. Regret that I let Edward kiss me earlier. I would never actually admit that to anyone though. I did feel regret. Rolling over to face Edward. I knew with that kind of money. which was becoming harder and harder these days. He looked so nice and normal while sleeping. It was a lot less stalkerish than it sounded. If I was being honest with myself. Especially not after the conversation I just had with Rosalie.

but it was still a little rude to have my two friends betting about my sex life." "I hate you both so much. a little too cheerful for it to be so early. No.. "How was it and why are you calling me at five in the morning from a bathroom?" "Seriously. "How do you know I'm in a bathroom?" "I can hear the echo. thinking I was some freak who likes to chill in bathtubs while wearing pajamas. even though Alice probably knew every detail. hiding in the bathtub behind the closed curtain. "You slept with Edward. "How do you do that?" "Jasper owes me ten bucks." That obviously wasn't true. He said you wouldn't have enough balls to sleep with him until y'all made it back to Austin.. I definitely knew what I was doing. Go on. I could hear her moving around." .not? I don't know." I could hear Jasper mumbling in the background for Alice to shut up. I didn't feel too out of it.She picked up on the fourth ring. "Now spill or I'm hanging up on you. what the fuck?" I said out loud this time." I said quietly. so I assumed Jasper kicked her out of bed." Alice laughed. "He definitely knew what he was doing. she was squealing. okay? So chill the fuck out. These are the types of things a girl needs to know!" "Why would you be a prostitute?" Alice asked. "Bella?" "Alice. you freak." I began." Alice accused before I could say another word. Nothing here reeks of Pretty Woman.109 - . it was not cute. Alice! I'm freaking the fuck out! Am I a prostitute? Please be honest. Sorry it's so early. down to which condom brand he used." I paused for effect. "We were kind of drunk but. "You're evil." "I don't know. Yes. "You both obviously like each other and you agreed to this arrangement before sex was even involved. "Sorry. sorry." "We slept together." I whisper-yelled. I wasn't sure how light of a sleeper Edward was and I couldn't have him walking in.

And how am I ever supposed to trust Edward? This whole thing started as a lie! We were lying to everyone.. but do his aunt and uncle know?" "Doubtful. "That's not weird. I can't help it though. you idiot.scared. Blondie knows. in a bathtub.I don't know. "He was acting weird during sex." "How? I'm fucked up. But he's been out of your life for almost two years. but at this point.Sighing." "I'm just. then who? "My boyfriend does have freakishly pretty cheekbones.. "I've fucking been over him for quite some time now." I finally admitted. "Okay. "No! He was kissing me and staring at me and." "Yeah. I wondered what would happen if Edward didn't need my help to get his money." she agreed.. I wouldn't be surprised. sorry." Alice sighed and I suddenly felt bad for making her relive this with me. throwing me off. maybe I phrased that wrong. why? You have got to get over James. "I am over him. We need to get to the bottom of this." "Weird how? Did he ask you to suck on his toes or something? Wear a strap on?" Alice asked greedily. You have sweet Jasper with a cute grin and pretty cheekbones." "Easy for you to say." ." Alice deadpanned." she said a little softer this time.110 - . I said. but most of them now know. You have to get over what he did to you. but maybe it would be for the best.. Not every guy is a James." I said harshly." That would be pretty awful. it freaked me out. Jasper who adores you and would never cheat on you or get the girl he's cheating on you with pregnant. "James fucked up. he was making love to you." I explained in exasperation." "So. two hours away. Kinky fuck. jeez. It was easy to admit that to my best friend while I was sitting in the dark. "Oh." "I know. But if not her. "Bella. yes." "Okay.

Definitely in over her head. "Sorry for waking you up."Making love?" I squeaked." "Deal. to figure out how to do that without getting hurt. Text me when you get back into town. You'll thank me!" "Yeah? You get to buy me Chipotle with that ten bucks you earned with my promiscuity. If he wants you to wear a strap on." "I will." "I don't care. Edward was still sleeping soundly. dontcha think? Thanks for reading :) . maybe not. okay?" Dropping my head to my knees. I closed my eyes and thought about Alice's advice on letting my guard down. Let things take their natural course. Edward makes you happy-" "Thanks for the pep talk. Just stop being so guarded. Night. So soundly that I let my hand hover over his chest to make sure he was still breathing. "Oh my God. From what I've seen. I couldn't hear any more of this. Now. Stop freaking out over nothing. Just go back to bed. "Shut the fuck up. I said. Washing my face helped calm me down a bit before crawling back into bed. A/N: There you have it. It was only a matter of time. Now you might be able to understand Bella and her motives a little better. just say yes." "I love you and you deserve to be happy. "Maybe. He doesn't love me." I could practically hear Alice rolling her eyes." I cut her off. Because one of us had to get hurt." I said before hanging up. Once I was assured I wasn't sleeping next to a dead body.111 - .

I was that type of ranting over a guy. but how hard could it be? A little hair pull and a few clawing motions. bottled blonde with acrylic nails? The bows would definitely be in my favor. For good measure. The sluts on TV could do it and I highly doubted they even graduated high school. She could handle this. Asshole. The only thing I did learn from that class was elbows are a good weapon. I was paired up with some twelve year old boy who packed a mean fucking punch. accidentally kneed me in the vag and busted one of my knuckles. Alice didn't look surprised. Compared to a one-hundred pound. That was the only thought that kept replaying in my head after Edward dropped me off at my apartment. I wasn't going to post another BPOV for.112 - . too. "Such a fucking asshole!" . surprise. Limited history of cat fights aside. So. "He's a dick!" I screamed out loud before I even opened the door. I wanted to beat the shit out of Tanya. I mean. I did take a free Krav Maga class once and that shit was hard.Bella POV 2 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. well. Compared to a gun? Not so much. I called Alice and managed to almost spit out ten words before she decided she needed to see me in person for this sort of rant. What the fuck was I thinking? I wasn't actually going to fight anyone. I don't know how long." Slamming the door helped. A/N: Surprise. I've never actually fought anyone before. But the girl wouldn't shut up. Over Edward. I slammed it again. Yeah. "Heard he's got a huge one. shit out of luck. I probably could've taken her ass. Especially not over Edward. Especially not over Edward with his stupid smirk and concerned eyes. Alice walked past me. barely even blinked and said.

pulling my knees into my chest. And it does prove something!" I said louder as she disappeared in the kitchen." Alice smiled sweetly. I don't see why you're so upset. You have no evidence to prove him guilty. anyway?" She flipped me off. "And who uses the word blowjob." "Yeah. "I can't believe how big of a douchebag he was." . Good to know. Peeking her head around the corner. Alice smiled widely and said." "Did you not hear a single word I said? Leggy blonde who was purring like a fucking cat in heat." "I can't even. "Please don't make me come up with something for that one."No. obviously. fuck. I said." I muttered as I began to simmer down. okay?" "You are absolutely no help." "No. He said you'd be the first one to get jealous." Glaring. you're the bad friend. "I draw the line at douche. But actually. because I hated agreeing with her. now I owe Jasper ten bucks and a blowjob." I sighed as I sat on the floor. Do you have vodka?" "Yes.you're such a bad friend!" I snapped. "It was on sale. but I'm sure he wanted to put his dick in yours. Freezer.113 - . "Why are you even here?" "Because Jasper is having a Counter-Strike LAN with some buddies at our apartment." Alice said as she jumped up from the couch. I caught all of that.. I said. "I need vodka. "I'm here for you." Alice said with wide eyes.." she smirked. "Proves that you're jealous and." "Shit sale vodka is better than no vodka. waiting for big dick douchebag." Rolling my eyes. "No. "Oh. Who the hell buys Svedka? This is a shit choice of vodka. I mean.

alleged." "Whatever. "Edward is supposedly some asshole. Fuck and duck. anyway?" Alice said. right?" "Right!" My nod was way too enthusiastic. well-" "And isn't it true that you told me Edward revealed he pulls some duck and fuckery on females? How could he do that at his own place? The logistics of that even working-" "Fuck and fuck. "I just thought it was rude that he would have a skank waiting for him after he invited me over for a movie. douche. Good job. You don't like him. wouldn't he have planned it a little better? If he's supposedly good at his game?" "I-" Alice poured us another shot and said. blah blah. "I mean." Alice giggled.Jumping to my feet. are doing a horrible job at hiding your feelings for my client. who fucks a lot of girls. head spinning from her mouth moving a mile a minute. if he were trying to play you and fuck that skank tonight. "Nothing is up. bottled blonde?" "Okay. I produced two glasses and found an old bag of gummy bears in the pantry. This definitely needed to happen. "Come on. "Except. trying to hide a smirk. I could have come up with. You win." I corrected. Just say it. or lie. Edward whateverthefuck?" "Why is he your client?" I pouted." Alice pushed. It was better than any answer. "Wouldn't he have just taken you home and then proceeded to fuck the. I shrugged. Bella Swan. not even wincing like I did as the vodka burned its way down my throat. already feeling warmer. And isn't it true that you. wait. "What's up with you." I swallowed hard.114 - ." "You're super stupid. "Fine." .

And Charlie was there. and rappers.Why did it feel like I had lost? Picking out the red and green gummy bears. listen. Bella. girls like Summer Roberts from The OC. Why had I forgotten that? One thing goes wrong and I forget all of the good? I was becoming those girls I hate on tv." "Isn't that a good thing?" Alice perked up. I shook my head. And he made Charlie laugh. "He did what with your who?" "He dropped me off to visit my Gram but then he had to pee or something. playing cards with my Gram. But. You know.115 - . warm face. Now he met yours.I think he actually had fun. though. "Listen. because they were the only bears worth eating. Because she was right." Alice leaned against the couch and asked. I think." I was listening. And now he does. "Maybe? I didn't want him to know about Gram. you have a point. Never knowing what they have until someone else has it." A smile broke out on my stupid." I pointed out. "You like him and he likes you and I like that he makes you laugh. Oh." "Way to get me tipsy on a Sunday night when I have class tomorrow. and I was over thinking all of this. I think." "Way to screw things up. Definitely rappers." . "Way to turn things around. Al. the best friend of a girl who uses the word blowjob. Yeah. "Who says tipsy?" "Apparently.." Alice punched my arm and said. "What's the big deal? You met his family. He did make me laugh and I made him laugh." I blurted out. And. and then we were like. and I'm sure one of those bitches from Laguna Beach.. "He played gin rummy with Gram today.

116 - ." "Yep. "When have I ever been wrong?" I didn't want to say. but it also somehow did. "Go on a date with someone else then. But Alice totally deserved the vodka that I poured down her shirt." I laughed because yeah. I don't know. Maybe this would backfire. A/N: Yeah. I guess I'm going on a date. it was weird and funny. she stole the bag of gummy bears from my hands."I guess.. girly move and see how he reacts.. Okay. Now we just have to find another guy who will pay to go out with you. But maybe she was wrong. Thanks for reading! . anything was actually anything." Biting my lip. "What's the problem here? You need him to prove something to you?" she asked seriously this time. When I didn't answer. but maybe that's what I needed to do to see if. well. Games weren't really my thing. That probably made no sense." I trailed off. "Okay. so I poured another shot and nodded. Maybe I should do a stupid. See how he reacts and then you'll have your answer. Maybe she was right. "Are you sure?" I asked warily. well. and in the end I'd be dating some loser just to make Edward jealous. I thought about it for a full half second. It had to happen.

117 - . "To what do I owe this pleasure?" I asked sarcastically. it was Rosalie who came out to see what all of the ruckus was about. then Tanya had to come along. "What's your problem. Chances were Rosalie would get mad and send Em out here to shut me up. Chapter Thirteen I wanted to beat the shit out of Tanya. but I couldn't stop myself from thinking it. I hopped up on the kitchen counter. but she didn't comment on it. so I opted for being loud and obnoxious. I didn't feel like banging on his door to get his attention." she instructed as she pulled a chair out from the table. It seemed like Bella was starting to open up to me. Instead. Luckily. The light was on in Emmett's room. Tanya was no where in sight. To my surprise. ttharman & Ashley preread and didn't hate it. Three minutes were spent slamming the front door and performing a rather loud rendition of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". but didn't question her.Chapter 13 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. when I made it back to Emmett's. Mojo40. I would never actually raise my hand to a female. That's a fucking horrible thing to want to do. I knew she hated that shit. Unlocking the door. because the last time I did that I had to wash my eyes out with bleach. I made my way through the dim apartment. I arched an eyebrow. Stop rolling your eyes. Edward?" . creating just a sliver of a glow from under the door. "Sit. dig her claws into Bella and push us back to square one.

But they were fucking crazy. It's not like I invited Tanya over. clearly pleased. Yeah. but at least she gave me enough credit to know that I'd never bring a whore over to my brother's place. they were hot. the details don't matter. You're not dumb." I shrugged. Was it seriously that hard to understand? I didn't fucking want Tanya. who knows. "You know that Tanya was waiting for me outside Emmett's door? Yeah. "I'm impressed. Maybe she followed me. Probably plotting my death."Problem?" "Yes." "That's Tanya for you. they always put out." I snickered. All Bella sees is that there was a girl waiting here for you. "Eh." "Come on. which I thought was rather nice. Bella and I were going to watch a movie and-" Rosalie began laughing. "Of course Bella was upset! You guys spent the weekend together and then one of the girls you used to fuck was waiting for you!" "I didn't invite her over!" I said loudly. Yeah." "That's pretty creepy.118 - . and I don't even understand why. and it suddenly occurred to me that I've never had the best taste in women." Rosalie explained and waited for me to speak. Edward ." Rosalie said. and asked. "Bella was pretty upset." Rosalie. "Where's Em?" "Where's Bella?" she countered." paused. "At home. "That doesn't matter. "I more or less told Tanya to fuck off and I ran after Bella. crossed her arms and smirked. What matters is how you handled it. Why are you out here throwing a hissy fit?" Half a minute into the conversation and I already didn't like where this was heading. "So? How did you handle it?" "I. "How did Tanya even know where you were staying?" It was a known fact that Rosalie didn't like me very much. uh.

" Shrugging. But to be honest. that doesn't mean you have to completely disregard people's feelings and be an asshole!" "I'm not disregarding Bella's feelings. I didn't expect her to always be around whenever I needed to be entertained." "Yeah. Eddie is being considerate for once. Just because you're a female. Which was weird. A few days passed without any interaction with Bella. "I was.Cullen chased after a girl?" "I guess. Which was fine. but Edward needed to talk some stuff out." Emmett stretched his arms out and yawned." "As she should be." I wanted to counter that with a smart ass remark. even if I didn't agree she should be upset. "Shut the hell up. Talking to Rosalie somewhat help me see things from Bella's eyes. "I'm pretty sure she's still mad at me. I finally got around to unpacking my bag from . "I'm going to bed before you teach Eddie how to properly insert a tampon." "Oh." I really needed to get my own fucking place.119 - ." I snapped while Rosalie rolled her eyes at him. come on. I tried to ignore the feeling that crept into the pit of my stomach. it just looks like you two girls are having a sleepover and gossiping. but I held back. Three days after the Tanya incident. enjoy. that doesn't mean you have to automatically take her side!" "And just because you're a male. because she wouldn't even respond to any of my texts." Emmett said as he walked into the kitchen. "Thought you were going to join me in the shower?" Emmett smirked and rubbed Rosalie's shoulder. baby. "Well. I shrugged it off as her being busy with school and working at Cable's. What I really fucking needed was a job.

I was about to eat a bowl of cereal." I raised both eyebrows and asked. wear it or anything. So. I can hang until then. It definitely belonged in the latter pile. allowing me in. I stared at her ass. I briefly wondered if something had happened to her phone. I ate at Threadgill's earlier with Ben.120 - . Internally sighed-is that even possible?. I found one of Bella's shirts stuffed in the bottom of my bag. Yours. still refused to answer my texts. "Hi. Yes. Sure. or if the girl even knew how to properly use it. I drove to her place. "Thanks. "Hey. Cereal was never boring.. Knocked on the door.the weekend." Bella shrugged and opened the door wider. but I could use this to see her. classified as smells like shit and has one more week until it smells like shit." "That's fine. why?" . and I smiled when I realized I could use this. we had exchanged a few texts. stranger. "I'd invite you in. she hadn't had it for very long. After all." "Hi.. it was just as good as the last time I saw it. Not like." "That's not boring. is your phone broken?" "No." "Nice.. Bella." I scolded." She awkwardly tossed it on her shoulder." I smiled. I needed to give her the shirt. Yes. As I was throwing everything into two separate piles. "Want some?" she asked as she pulled out a bowl from the cabinet. who clearly wasn't concerned with getting back her shirt. "Nah. so.when she opened the door. maybe. I'm good. but." I handed her the shirt.. but I'm leaving for work at 3. "Oh." "Okay. "But it's going to be a really boring twenty minutes.

" . "Did you really snort milk through your nose?" "Yeah." I rubbed my eyebrow. "Because it's supposed to be funny. definitely. I smiled and said. but Apatow was executive producer for that one." I pointed out. Maybe." "Pineapple Express." Still chewing. that was disgusting. "Did you really abbreviate the word phenomenal?" I nodded. Movies are my thing." Bella snorted milk through her nose and asked. Why not?" "You don't think Judd Apatow is a bit overrated?" she asked innocently before a heap full of granola was shoved into her mouth. "What? Not at all." she said and grabbed a paper towel." "I would've text you back but-" "Not a big deal."Just wondering. she asked why. "Why do you even know that?" Shrugging." I said as she hopped up on to the counter to eat her cereal. "Em and Rose want to watch Get Him To The Greek later. "Oh! Kicking and Screaming was definitely underrated. "I like movies. "Anchorman.121 - ." "Forty Year Old Virgin was phenom. I don't know. You think that?" "No." "I think that's the first time you've admitted to actually liking something other than drinking or smoking. Superbad was funny." "Yeah. I smiled at the simple move.

" Bella said easily. She was sticking to the plan and I could do the same." I paused. I didn't care. Which was a good thing.with who?" Bella rolled her eyes and said." Bella shrugged at my subject change and kept her focus on the cereal. so I was fucking pouting." Yeah. did I? We never specified.122 - . "With. It was off. And you're welcome for the shirt. She brought the bowl to her lips and gulped down the leftover milk. "Okay. "What are you going to do after work?" Bella stared at me for a second too long before replying." "A date?" I asked too quietly and too accusingly." "Okay. She made her point. and I'm pretty sure Bella didn't . sliding off the counter. "I'm supposed to hang with Seth for a few hours later. I couldn't justify why I was upset over the thought of Bella going on a date with someone else and that pissed me off even more." "Don't act like that." "Oh. uh. "Don't act like what?" I snapped and ran a hand through my hair. I didn't actually care if Bella went on a date... I could only fucking wish." I admitted. "You want to watch that movie after you get off work?" "I'm kind of busy later. "The way you acted when Tanya was waiting for me at Emmett's?" Bella fell silent. But she also has some fucking nerve. but I couldn't put my finger on what it was lacking. "Have fun with that. well. It was actually an accident because I don't normally blurt out shit like that. "It's not like you know who he is. "I have a date. because I didn't really need her to say anything else. "Maybe if I get home early enough I can stop by or something. anything."I like you. she had a point. "See you later. so what's the point of knowing his name?" Well. gauging the tone of her voice." I cleared my throat." Bella scoffed. My mouth was suddenly too dry and it wasn't cottonmouth from smoking.

I wanted to scream. I was still pouting.a little. "Yeah. "I'm pretty sure she's supposed to be like. Shit. coming from Seth's mouth and innocent mind. He eyed me for a second. I think." "That's shitty. I don't know what to tell you. Can we go eat dinner? And can Bella come?" Seth squeaked. "Why? That's not how the world works. "She's at work. "I mean. Fake." "It's. "Complicated.." "Did you tell her you didn't want her to date anyone else?" "No." A look on confusion passed over his face as he asked." I said. half to Seth as we played FIFA. Sorry. Except maybe to stay away from girls. It actually sounded rather nice.shit. half to myself. "Yeah." Seth explained. that's. not sadly. I'm realizing that.. kid. "Why do you sound like someone just told you you can't have ice cream?" "She has a date tonight.. "You're kind of bad at this game..either." Running my hands over my face. Well. it didn't sound complicated at all.." Crap. I was still pouting as I gunned it to Seth's and an hour later." I said sadly." Maybe it really wasn't that complicated. Confusing." Touche for the double meaning. yeah." Seth giggled before he scored a goal on my ass." I scoffed.123 - . "But I thought she was dating you. At least. "The girls I like never like me. But. When is your mom getting home?" "An hour. You both have fun when you hang out. even when I give them Twizzlers. How did a kid ." "How? You like her and she likes you. They suck. in love with me..

after a certain time." Seth instructed "You think?" Seth sighed. "You're a smart kid. you need a code or a key to get into the fucking building. I was going to tell Bella that I liked her and that I didn't want her to see anyone else.124 - . which didn't last long . which either meant she wasn't home yet or she and her date were getting busy. I could see her apartment lights were still off. My ass was beginning to go numb on the concrete. But then I heard her distinct fucking giggle around the corner. Although. Unfortunately. Yes. thanks to Emmett. and patted my shoulder. that's why." Deciding to follow Seth's instructions was suddenly a no-brainer. I don't think Seth would approve of the four whiskey shots and six beers I consumed. The thought made me nauseous. I walked to Bella's thinking it would sober me up. I had to smile to myself. you should go tell her that you like her and don't want her to see anyone else. It was almost midnight and not too many people were on the street. I was wrong. Worst-case scenarios filtered through my head. Not even Emmett's apartment building had that type of security. and his place had less mice and more zeros in the tenants salaries. That I wanted this to be real. I finally sat my ass on the cool cement and let my back fall against the brick building. like the thought of her going home with him or him already being upstairs with her. which was pretty amusing.know more about this stuff than I did? "Why not?" "Because it never came up?" "After her date. before walking here. After a twenty minute wait outside her apartment. "How do I know more about this stuff than you?" I smiled and said. at least not in these parts. Standing from the street. so I stretched my legs out in front of me.

" I said with mild concern. Dr. falling to the ground with a squeak of some sort. "Thanks." Bella said flatly before narrowing in on me. "Me. "It's very likely that you'll live to see another day." "What are you doing out here?" she almost snapped. because I wasn't exactly sure if she was happy to see me." I smiled and let go of her hands. "The bleeding isn't too bad. and thenHer focus was back on her hands and I frowned. . which were covered in gravel and tiny shards of glass. She put her hands out to stop herself from face planting. Maybe it was because she was drunk. My slow reaction time had nothing to do with the whiskey. Bella tripped over my legs. An odd expression came over her. "Let me see. Did he take her out for drinks? Typical first date move. She was bleeding and it was my fault. Was she drunk? She didn't look or smell like it. "I'm sorry. tempting me to play along. she failed to see me and my legs. I couldn't even react." I demanded and grabbed her hands to inspect the damage. but for some reason. man?" Man? You don't fucking know me. I stood from where I had been sitting and said. just clean with soap and water and remove any glass with tweezers. "Are you okay?" A blonde prick who had been walking along side Bella was hovering as he helped her to her feet. Maybe it was to impress the prick. You probably won't need to use any bandages once you clean up. It happened too fast. "You. get her liquored-up." With a tentative smile. kept her cool. "What's going on. "Fuck!" she muttered to the cement. "Awesome. Cullen. God. what's the diagnosis?" Bella asked. man.because as Bella turned the corner." "So.125 - ." The prick cleared his throat. Take the girl out for drinks. taking a step forward. Bella dusted off her jeans and examined the palms of her hands.

"What? Edward. drunken jealousy. except I had much better hair and my teeth weren't bleached. I swear. Prick looked very upset that I had so clearly ruined his plans for alone time with Bella. it was Bella's almost amused look. "Who I am not dating. shit. Prick was so fucking wearing pleather. I have to admit. tapped her foot on the cement and let out an audible sigh. ruining a completely good night.. I was pulling a fucking Tanya on Bella and Prick... You'll find out. I wasn't expecting it to be that easy. Fuck. "That's not entirely true. Waiting outside someone's apartment without their knowledge. "Did you forget we were hanging out tonight. In fact. it hurt. I thought you were going to be at Emmett's tonight?" Prick began to lose his smugness as he asked who I was exactly. this seemed all too familiar.I decided to go with amusing. I was Tanya. Yeah. Knowing which one Bella could tolerate would work in my favor greatly. And when I say almost.126 - . Oh. "Riley. But then my thoughts trailed back to the hallway with Tanya. I fucking winked. Yep. "Is that. when I pretty much disregarded her comment about dating Bella.are you wearing pleather?" I suddenly realized. Prick did not look amused. "I'm the other prick she's dating." Bella said with a glare. drunken jealously as opposed to annoying." Fuck. I mean she barely blinked. "Yeah? Why?" he replied. That wasn't annoyance. Well. I didn't think he'd actually admit it . Bella almost looked amused. give it time. man. this is Edward." I replied with a smile." I winked. Bella?" I teased.. The night was not going to end with Bella leaving with Prick. I had to step up my game.

Time's running out. man.because who fucking admits they are wearing pleather? I gave Bella a blatant are you kidding me stare." I lied. To be honest. Pleather Prick glanced at his watch and said. I'm a helpful guy.. don't trouble yourself." Yeah. whoa.. I'm tired. Bella. "We can get you a cab. almost to her breaking point. She shook her head." Step it up." "Yeah. have you been drinking Bella?" I asked as she narrowed her eyes. "Hey. then he's going home. I love helping people. "Edward. What exactly did you need?" "I thought we were going to hang out. Riley was going to help me set up the wifi on my laptop. Cullen. she was hiding a smirk. I think he got the point five mans ago." "It's okay. I definitely didn't need to drink that much whiskey tonight. I also didn't need to overuse the word man that much. she likes it rough. And by hiding a smirk. I mean she covered her mouth and pretended to cough. I'm just trying to help you out." There was no way I was going to let Pleather Prick set up anything on Bella's laptop. man.127 - . "Have you been drinking?" "The question is. man. who leaned a little closer to me and smelled fucking amazing. although three of those might have . do you want to go up to your apartment?" he asked while lightly touching her back." "I can help you. Well." "I think we've heard enough. Edward. asked. "Hey. Maybe she was getting sick. Bella." "No trouble. that was just unacceptable. "No. just know that when she drinks.

" "Nice meeting you and the pleather jacket. Really. But I noticed Bella's arms were crossed and a scowl was plastered across her face. When I turned around. Bella was halfway down the street. "I'd feel better about leaving if I knew there weren't going to be any problems. how much are you paying her? Bet you're getting a hell of a better deal than I am. walking in the opposite direction of her apartment." His jaw stayed locked when he realized he wouldn't be getting laid." Bella spoke as she turned around. I rolled my eyes." she said before hugging him. trying to push me away. "So. "My problem? I'm not the one out fucking a new person less than a week after-" "Riley. Right where I want him. half skip to catch up to her. or tried to. "I'll be fine. "Thanks for dinner and I'll call you tomorrow. Ha. some would say we aren't all that perceptive. I caved. Just go. I perceived she was upset. hands still on my chest. . "I'm sorry." I said as I smiled and waved at his retreating form. "Did she ask to see your bank account before you went out tonight?" Pleather Prick looked at Bella questionably. I did a half jog. Three blocks later. "Edward." Bella smiled. "Where are we going?" I asked since we were about ten minutes from her apartment." she said calmly enough. I really need to deal with this right now.128 - . so I decided it was best to let her speak first. It was comical." I said loudly as Bella brought her hands to my chest. "What the hell is he talking about?" Pleather Prick was suddenly interested in what I had to say.been in my head. and put her hand on his arm. Can I call you tomorrow?" "Uh. Being a guy. "What is your problem?" Bella snapped.

you could have the decency to not be with anyone else. all the time. But that was it. but her eyes never met mine."We're not going anywhere. I didn't want to be an dick. that were once safely crossed. "I know. I knew I didn't own Bella. jealous. I wanted to tell her that I wasn't trying to hurt her. Those were all the things I wanted to say. You offered to pay me.. were now flailing about. and tried to hide the fact that she was on the verge of tears. and shrugged. but I was starting to have the sneaking suspicion that this was more than what we had originally planned. "I know. that was the extent of my knowledge on being jealous. I didn't want her to cry. Yeah. I had no idea. which made me like her even more." she whispered. Edward. I knew Bella wasn't mine.possessive. "You do not fucking own me." To be clear. So I stood in place." Because I did know. Because I'm Edward Cullen and I am confused as shit. hands in pockets.. I wanted to tell her that her hair always smelled nice and that she made me laugh more than any girl I had ever known and that I wanted to kiss her. but I didn't." Shoving my hands into the pockets of my jeans. During my inner monologue. "Then what is this?" she asked quietly. That shit just wasn't normal. Like." Bella began to explain.129 - . Bella's eyes became distant." . and I wondered if she wore some sort of chapstick because I never saw her put on lipstick. I had heard about it and seen bad actors pretending to be jealous on shit shows like The OC. I felt. I said. especially not over me. "You're an asshole. Her lips were really soft. God! What the hell was all of that about?" Honestly. but why would she believe me when that's exactly what I was doing? "You wanted this! You wanted a fake relationship." she snapped as her arms. I had just wondered if she had soft lips due to chapstick. I had no answer. "And. how could I explain something that I had no idea about? "I just figured if I'm paying you. Two things that I had never felt before. So. that wasn't the first thing I wanted to say.

but that was to be expected. I said nothing. "I'm not your girlfriend." As if I needed to be reminded. and watched her walk in the direction we had just came from. I began walking in no particular direction and. and waited for a cab to drive by. but instead. right? Anyway. my buzz was wearing off and I was able to think somewhat clearly.. almost blowing the beanie off my head. but also to myself. "I know. He's always so calm and knew the right things to say. I sat on the curb. But.. I shivered as the wind picked up.130 - . His genuine concern for people made them feel safe. you're acting like a jealous boyfriend. if not already head over fucking heels." I know. . of course. Bella sighed at my silence and wiped one cheek with the back of her hand that wasn't covered in dried blood and dirt." I know."And now." I wanted to offer to walk her home. because I had been lying to them about dating Bella. under the glow of the streetlight. I was falling. He'd probably tell me to man up and tell her how I feel. "I'm going home. In a haze. wished I could talk to Carlisle. thanks for reading." "You can't act like this and expect me to. for the first time in my life. Dropping my head in my hands. It was becoming clear that I had not only been lying to my family. for Bella. I was so screwed. something I couldn't do for Bella. Edward. After all the drama. I cursed to myself. A/N: He finally admitted it to himself! He was a bit of a jerk.to even want to talk to you. I couldn't tell Carlisle or Esme.

since I accidentally flashed her on Saturday. I wouldn't say it was intimidating. and I insinuated that she was only interested in Pleather Prick for his bank account. but I'd go with luck. I was no stranger to witnessing hormonal women. Don't get me wrong. because of what I said. I knew she wouldn't answer. . and fuck. Halfway to her apartment. I was just an asshole.131 - . but I had to try. I had to try. Maybe it wasn't considered word vomit. It may have been a coincidence. Slipping the phone back in my pocket. but it definitely left me feeling unsettled. It had never worked on me before because the tears were usually used to manipulate for one reason or another. because I knew what I was saying. I more or less called Bella a prostitute. I ran a hand through my greasy hair and jumped to my feet. I pulled out my phone and dialed her number. There was no doubt in my mind that I had to fix this.Chapter 14 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. Chapter Fourteen Five cabs passed by as I sat on the curb. I noticed a familiar face walking towards Bella's building. There was no way I was going to be able to go home." I said out loud. Ashley might be biased though. crossed her arms and scowled. borderline douchebag. contemplating the most epic case of word vomit I had ever suffered. But the look in Bella's eyes was not one of manipulation or a result of a monthly uterus attack. I could only hope she would hear me out. "You're the girl from Facebook. I wanted to beat the shit out of myself for that. she was hurting. because that just sounded fucking ridiculous. For once in my fucking life. Mojo40 & Ashley0125 preread & promised I don't suck. knowing that Bella was upset. catching her off guard. let alone fucking sleep. She stood on the steps. which couldn't have been too impressive considering he was wearing fucking pleather. Pulling the beanie off my head. I wouldn't go so far as to calling it fate. I had made her cry.

I honestly had no fucking clue why Bella agreed to this. "Spontaneous for Bella means eating a tuna sandwich on a Wednesday instead of her normal Tuna Tuesday. Alice asked. literally and figuratively. you moron. Unlike Ben. more to myself. having no doubt she had a lot more to say." "Guilty. "Well?" Well. so I found Bella's claims of being a shopaholic hard to believe. which made me chuckle." . "Do you know why Bella started hanging out with you before the money was ever on the table?" Shit. I'm not blind though. "I've always given her a hard time about it. I had no fucking clue if Bella had told any of her friends about this. Do you know why Bella even considered going out with you in the first place?" Nodding. but I still had no answer to give."You must be the idiot who fucked my best friend. but she shrugged it off as me being the bitchy friend that I am. It wasn't a brain buster.132 - . I said. and it wasn't my place to"Before the money." I muttered. no." Alice said matter-of-factly." She smirked and I waited. She claimed it was because she shopped a lot." she confirmed. she fucking names the days of the week after what she eats for lunch. right?" "Yes. Not that it was his fault." Alice interrupted. Yeah." "Bella has never been one for spontaneity. spritzing unsuspecting people with nauseating cologne. I'm not sure if I like you yet. "Cut the bullshit. I'm not hyper aware of female clothing brands. I'm going to be honest. Welcome to the fucking club. Edward. She gave me some sort of satisfied chuckle and asked. seeing as how I never saw her wear more than two pairs of jeans and the occasional dress. "I honestly don't know. "Understandable." But I wasn't about to tell her the only reason that Bella was putting up with my shit was because she was getting a generous amount of money. he used to spend his summers working as a brand rep for Abercrombie and Fitch. "You're Alice. "Is she okay?" Raising an eyebrow. "Yeah." I sheepishly admitted. Then you came along.

It was definitely Emmett's fault. so I don't see how she can be too mad at me. "I talked her into going out with you. In fact. "Ooh. helping her with her truck. "That's almost worse than liking LMFAO. because it wasn't Alice's fault I blew up at Bella. this is all your fault." "Ah. because she's been so out of her element. I felt like there was a faster way she could explain this. telling me you were hanging around the bar." I teased. Alice's eyes lit up as she asked."What's Wednesday?" "Wasabi Wednesday. There's this place about a block from where I work that has an awesome happy hour and-" Alice's eyes lit up for a second. "She doesn't have a thing for Riley. I had to get her drunk off shitty vodka to agree on going on a date. "I talked her into going on a date tonight to make you jealous. "Bella doesn't have a thing for the Pleather Prick?" I asked." "What is your fault?" I couldn't figure out how Bella." I said sternly. but went for it." I said with disdain. Riley wore pleather?" Alice looked both shocked and disgusted. "It's the equivalent of liking LMFAO.133 - . I was both surprised and grateful to see her mouth was no longer moving." "No. Preferably with less words and more of a point. brooding. I was the one who convinced her into giving you a chance before you offered to pay her. and tuna were connected. but it worked!" She released a long breath as if she was coming up for air." Alice explained. "What I'm trying to say is this is probably all my fault. She was hesitant. or how any of it was Alice's fault. "There were multiple times when Bella wanted to back out of this. "You're right. so shitty vodka is the secret. wasabi. even though it kind of backfired. Which apparently worked. because that was the only information my brain was able to gather from her little speech. though. I wouldn't doubt his theme song is "Party Rock Anthem". She mentioned you a few times. It was partly a joke. what's a pleather prick?" "The douche you made her go out with!" "Wait. Whiskey always puts me in Hulk mode." Alice rolled her eyes. ." I feigned pain as Alice slapped my bicep.

It's not like you've proven otherwise. wears beanies and probably still eats pop-tarts. yeah. because who the fuck was James. two years. He had the fucking nerve to send her an invite to the baby shower. "Who the fuck is James?" "Down." . she was right. but I couldn't help it." "James? Who the fuck is James?" I didn't mean to snap. There's only so much tequila and cupcakes you can force a person to consume to make them get over a break-up." I chuckled and glanced up at Bella's window. "Oh. I wasn't exactly the poster boy for monogamy. It was awful seeing her like that. I see you two haven't had the ex talk yet. "So. James was her ex-boyfriend. you will. I'm surprised you fucked up. Bella was sick for weeks. boy. Big time. and he's like." "You're a guy who smokes weed." "I'm gathering that." Pouting. I asked again. are you here right now because she called you?" "Of course." "Ouch. They dated for.134 - . okay." Alice gave me a pointed look. "James cheated on her. "Apparently the one thing I'm consistently good at is fucking things up." "Tell me about it. You're allowed to fuck up. Anyway." Rubbing the back of my neck helped with the tension I was feeling as I thought of Bella being upset. mentally unstable or something because he still expects Bella to forgive him. but you're not allowed to hurt my best friend." I scoffed." Alice explained and."I'm kind of a bad influence on her. I must say. "I would never-" "But in the back of her mind. he fucked her over. noticing the light was still on. "Good to know she wouldn't actually date a guy with blonde hair." "James is blonde. I don't know. It was a rather foolproof plan. Alice wasn't phased by my Hulk mode outburst. got the girl pregnant.

I asked." had to look away. I also know that she is scared and." "Were you jealous?" That question made me wince. which made Alice smile. and said. well. three.. and I know she feels something for you. I don't want her to ruin this because of her fear of getting hurt." Looking up from the ground. "Yeah. listening to Bella's friend tell me about her past. which made me scowl. "Why are you telling me all of this? Aren't you supposed to hate me or something?" "I already told you I don't know if I like you yet. five.This Alice chick was pretty spot-on. "That's the code to get into Bella's building.. "What?" She rolled her eyes and said. nine.I don't really-" Alice interrupted me. swung open the door and paused where I was standing. What the fuck was I going to say to her? How was I going to make this okay? ." "Thanks.. "Eight. "Are you sorry?" I focused on my shoe scuffing the pavement a few times before I answered. Not that I enjoyed standing outside at midnight. She was also very fucking helpful. Alice.135 - . much appreciated." Alice stared at me for a second then asked." "Five minutes. I know Bella.. but any information that helped me better understand Bella was. "More than she'll believe. You have five minutes and then I'm coming up." "Are you in love with her?" Who the fuck goes around asking people they just met if they are in love with someone? "I. well. "It's. I swear to God! You tell her whatever you have to say to make this better!" I punched in the code. I was. But.

thinking clearly? I felt a presence behind me. "Fuck. ." Alice sighed and said. I could definitely tell her that I was. I'd just tell her the truth. That's easy. raising both hands as if I were pleading innocent. "The fuck are you doing. I wasn't prepared at fucking all. She raised her hand again and I winced." Don't fuck this up was my mantra as I took each step slower than necessary.was I in love with her? Why did I suddenly want to puke? Oh." I nodded. Just apologize to her. Please open the door. "Now. somehow reading my mind. fuck. Of course. but I knew she was in there. Why did I drink so much earlier? What was I trying to accomplish with binge drinking on a weeknight? Emmett is definitely taking the blame for this. Some sort of wheezing sound escaped from my throat as I tried to speak. fuck. "Chill the hell out. Or maybe she was just good at reading body language."Just tell her the truth." "Right." I said." Reaching for my shoulders was a task. Edward?" Alice called from the sidewalk. She eyed me for a second. Lightly tapping her door with my finger. I knew I had to fix this. okay? I wasn't telling you to get on your fucking knees and promise her a lifetime of kittens and Starburst's. "Bella. I'm good. Except when I finally made it to her floor. that seemed more likely. Was I having a panic attack? Why was I thinking so clearly? Or was this not thinking clearly? What is one supposed to think about to know whether or not you are thinking clearly? What the fuck does that even mean. not that I would have taken it anyway.. anyway. I cleared my throat and said." The silence was deafening.136 - . but Alice grabbed and spun me around in the right direction. No Starburst's. That's all she'll want. I knew she was upset." Alice said. I swear. "No. fuck." I gasped. seeing as how I was more than a foot taller than her. I needed time to prepare what I was going to say. "You're hopeless. just apologies. Of course. you know.. It's me. then Alice slapped my face. "Okay. Twice. go forth and don't fuck this up. her building didn't have an elevator.

"Bell. I wasn't thinking clearly.. Reaching for her face. that was pretty screwed up." I murmured. I felt like a dick. Please. "Where is Alice?" she asked quietly. I'm exhausted and. With both arms on either side of the door." "My mood swings? What about yours?" I accused a little too loudly. I dropped my head and was about to apologize to the door." "Why should I?" "Just listen." I glanced behind me. "I was upset. I stared down into her eyes and swallowed." I half laughed at that. honestly. Don't fuck this up." "Yeah. Edward!" . "Leave my hormones out of this." I practically begged." "Why? I realize I overreacted." She ground her teeth together and motioned for me to continue. when I heard the soft click of the deadbolt. "Listen.. "She's downstairs. dropping my arms by my side to stand up straight. "Bella. "Why are you apologizing to me?" "Because-" "Stop. I was certainly thinking clearly now. rubbing her eyes. It took everything I had not to grab her and pull her into me." "Maybe we should just talk tomorrow or something. "Bell. Please." Her voice wavered. I'm sorry. You don't deserve to be treated like that. please just talk to me.Don't fuck this up.137 - . Christ. I'm so fucking sorry. your mood swings are giving me whiplash. My head snapped up and I stared into Bella's bloodshot eyes. I'd get on my mother fucking knees if I had to.

. anyway.. Besides. I was pretty sure all of my pride was out the fucking window. Leaning my head closer. "Fuck . trying to bring me closer. "Look at me." "I don't care!" "You obviously do care if you're willing to get my attention by enduring a night with someone who wears pleather. "Why were you trying to make me jealous?" She shook her head. so was it the shitty vodka that convinced you. "Fuck.. "Maybe.." That was lame." I breathed with my eyes closed. it made me smile.jealous?" I breathed the last word. cornering her between my body and the door frame.." She exhaled." one step closer. "You talked to Alice? Don't you dare talk to my friends!" "She talked to me. refusing to answer. I asked.. then?" I was half teasing.138 - ." I demanded. gauging her reaction to me being close.. Maybe because I knew she was only lying to protect herself and to keep her pride. I wanted her to admit she felt something for me." "Pleather is totally underrated. mouth hovering over her soft lips. "No. She was lying to me and for some reason. taking a step closer.. and she knew it."So." she lied. looking everywhere except at me. "Bella. My lips crashed into hers. I don't want your attention.. even for her.. and released a soft moan as I blew warm air against her neck." Bella seethed with fury. "to make me. and her hands instantly pulled down on my neck. "You. but I also wanted to hear her admit that she was trying to make me jealous. "Were you trying to make me jealous?" I asked.trying. "Were you. your hormones didn't tell you to go on a date tonight?" "No!" "Oh." I gave her a tiny smile.

she bit her lip and weaved her fingers through my hair. this was about her. Bella laughed and pushed her hips forward to meet the bulge in my pants. Frantic and needing and." She hummed against my cheek. I pulled her body against mine.you for doing this to me. pulling my head down to meet hers." "What?" She pulled back and stared innocently at me with her lust hooded eyes. "Fuck.. It felt natural and so good." Not a second after she closed the front door. pushing her body closer to mine. it was good to be with her this way. "You like that?" I asked as I let my fingers roam..139 - . she whispered. "I just fucking want you so bad. shit. My hand slid down her soft stomach and into her jeans as a moan escaped her lips. "Shit. My lips traveled to her ear as I pumped faster." "Don't say that." We fumbled backward until her back was against the front door.. to pull her shirt over her head." My smile was smug before I covered her mouth with mine. kissing her again. She knew exactly what she was doing to me. Smiling against my lips. "Good?" . hoping I knew what would push her over the edge. You're so wet. "I hate you. "Mmm. "Come inside. Bella murmured. to unbutton her jeans. I considered that as confirmation to take her. pushing her underwear to the side. not expecting a response.." I scolded. It was different this time. "Why do I want you so bad?" I questioned. baby. rubbing her clit with my thumb." My hand traveled to her waist as I pushed into her hip with my thumb. fuck. shit. Sliding two fingers inside her at a painfully slow speed. too.

"Too good. lightly biting. "No one. creating a thud against the door." she panted." I blurted out." She was slowly coming undone and I loved watching her face. I wanted to know every little thing that made her quiver in ecstasy." "You do. feeling my dick get harder with each moan she egged me on with. "Don't stop. anything to make her squirm. "Right there. yes. baby?" "Fuuuuuck. "Never." Her head fell back.. feeling her convulsing beneath the touch of my hand. "I said five minutes . She moaned louder. I brought my mouth to hers as she came.. "Hey. fuck. causing my dick to ache. hearing her pants." I admitted. I watched in awe as she bit her lip. so I pushed harder." "I'm serious.." I was the one making her come undone." Unhooking her bra with my free hand.. I wanted to explore her body and learn what every facial expression meant. Oh my God. Hitting that spot again." I whispered in her ear before slowly grazing her neck with my teeth. The thought of her being with anyone else like this was enough to make me lose my fucking mind. It was too easy to get caught up in the moment. curling my fingers to hit her spot.fuck. "Edward. breathing my name against my lips. She had to know I was serious." she said with closed eyes.. hard. "No one else. ya jerk!" Alice screeched from the other side of the door.140 - . I leaned my head down to her breasts and began sucking. rubbed faster.. making her moan my name. "Tell me what makes you feel good. "That was. "I don't want you to be with anyone else. "You do." "I want to make you feel good. I breathed her in for a second as she caught her breath. making her feel this way.wow." I said. and she kissed me back." she whispered.

!" Bella gave me a tiny smile as she smoothed her hair out of her face and buttoned her jeans. I fuck up. Picking up her shirt from the floor. Bell. Three knocks on the door and a "Dear God. I narrowed my eyes and gauged her reaction and the way she avoided my stare. "She's waiting. And. which made me laugh. A lot." "Yeah. "Look. but I have class until four." I handed her the damn shirt and ran a hand through my hair. out of her reach. That works. "I don't have work.. Six. I held it above my head." "I heard you. Noticing her shirt in my hands. people! It doesn't take that long to put on clothes!" tore Bella's focus from me and my almost-declaration. "Yeah.141 - . "See you tomorrow.. "I don't want you to be with anyone else. "I think about you too often. but do you believe me?" She nodded slowly and pointed at the door.. "What way?" Bella questioned.. Tucking a piece of hair behind her ear.thanks. I mouthed thank you to her before walking away. I say the wrong things. but it's because I'm not used to. I do the wrong things. she mumbled thanks and reached for it." I blurted out. not wanting this conversation to be over with just yet." Bella blushed. "We can talk tomorrow?" she asked with wide eyes. I said. voice softer than mine." "I'll bring stuff over to make dinner?" Which meant I'd pick up take-out and hope that it would be good enough." I whispered so Alice couldn't hear." I admitted lamely.feelingthisway . Now all I had to do was find a way to convince Bella I wasn't the same guy she had ." Alice lightly punched my arm immediately after I opened the door. "I was serious." "So am I.

Pleather is not. he was all about the giving in this chapter. nor do I believe it is underrated. huh? I mean. okay to wear. because nothing said I'm sorry quite like spring rolls and Kung Pao chicken.met two months ago. . I figured I could start with PF Changs. A/N: Seems like Edward is making progress.142 - . Thank you. and never will be. Thanks for reading! Disclaimer: I do not condone wearing pleather.

I handed her the white paper bag filled with spring rolls. Livie79. did you order the entire menu?" I sighed. She nodded and grabbed one of the bags before letting me in." I said with a mouthful of beef and broccoli." "If I forgot dumplings. huh?" "No. "Don't tell me you're already full? You haven't eaten anything yet.143 - . digging through each container of fucking amazing food. Pointing towards the tiny. I'm quite the whore. "You can set that over there. Bella appeared with two plates. "Hi. Just so you know. "Jesus. actually." "I hope you're hungry. We sat on our asses around her coffee table. she said. "I didn't know what you'd like." I called towards the kitchen. I went a little overboard. I'll go grab plates and silverware. if you managed to completely forget dumplings. ttharman." A tiny smile played with her lips as she handed me my beer.Chapter 15 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. it's only okay to speak with your . I'd expect you to kick my ass out." Bella said hesitantly. A Jasper For Me beta'd & boy. & ashley0125 preread." She peeked in the bags and said. "Although. Ffaddward. wooden coffee table in front of her couch. apparently. I might have to kick your ass out. A little help?" I asked from behind the two large paper bags of take-out I held in my arms. do I love her. Hi. only to have her shake her head. "Starving." I said seriously before taking a swig of beer. Chapter Fifteen "Wow. resting my hands on my hips. two forks and two Shiner Light Blonde's.

"I don't like spring rolls. "How's med school going for him?" "Good. I guess." she admitted as she stuck her fork directly in the container of food. "I guess I'll know what to order for next time.. delicious Chinese food.. at least not to me." she said with laughter. but this is my favorite. but that's probably because he still has a long fucking way to go. Go on with your bad self and enjoy that beef and broccoli." "You're serious right now?" "Dead serious. "Hey! Stay away!" Smirking. "This Chang's Spicy Chicken is about to make me cry." Reaching over.144 - . I attempted to fork a piece of the chicken that was about to cause Bella to defile the food. I said. "Get your own Chang's Spicy Chicken." Bella gave me an odd look as her laughter died down. You should have foregone the two orders of lo mein for more Chang's. "It's being held hostage. Why?" "Just asking. the things I would do to this chicken if you weren't here." She shrugged. "How's Emmett?" "He's good." "I did!" I pointed at her in disbelief. "And just because I'm laughing. "Oh." "Sorry. I physically recoiled as she hissed and swatted my hand away. It's so fucking good." "Shut the fuck up. God. "I forgot you're an only child. There's this thing called sharing. I guess. He doesn't talk about it much." I pouted." She moaned." I can honestly say I've never heard anyone say that before. out of my reach. doesn't mean I'm not serious." .." "Fine.." "But. completely foregoing the use of her plate.mouth full when eating overpriced." Bella laughed and pulled further away. "To each their own.

I pulled out the six fortune cookies that we were given due to the size of the order. "I need to ask you something. "I don't know." I teased. I wish I could get paid for hanging out with Seth." Bella glanced at my fortune before reading hers. Bella sat back down next to me and grabbed her own cookie. I read the fortune." "That's a good one. Go!" Squinting."Yeah. "It's not a wish.. but I'm not really sure what to do with it now." "But then it won't come true. "You go first. "Be assertive with decisive action is needed. and you're asking me what I want to do with my life?" "So?" I sighed and began folding my napkin." "Isn't that a bit heavy? We have yet to read our fortunes. Maybe I'll find something part time. Grabbing the bag." Bella smiled and said. I meant with your life. I got my business degree." I shrugged. I carefully chose one and unwrapped." She trailed off and looked up at me.145 - . "No. "Not exactly." she said.. "I'm going to get some water. I'm sure he doesn't care how long it will take. But it's almost summer." . "You have to read it out loud." Bella nodded and opened the container of Kung Pao shrimp. "After the beef." "Yeah." Bella stared into her lap and said. Need some?" I shook my head and watched her disappear into the kitchen. "What are you going to do?" she asked. not really knowing what to say." "Have you looked for any jobs?" I gave her a pointed look. "All the puzzles in your life will soon fit into their proper place. I'm moving on to the orange chicken. "But if it's what he wants to do.

Rubbing the back of my neck. it was the fact of just having it. which caused me to knock over a container of sweet and sour sauce as I set my beer on the coffee table. Again. what are you going to use it for?" I hadn't actually thought about it. "I don't know." "Shut up. "Yeah. You're cute when you get mad. I know some things. I rolled my eyes and mocked her tone. "Yeah." she boldly blurted out." Reaching for my beer." I said." "Edward." "Are you serious?" My eyes stayed on her.."Okay." "What are you going to do when you get the money? I mean.why do you not see this going anywhere?" . Edward. but she shook her head and wiped up the sauce with the wet rag.. I still like you. "Okay. What I did with it didn't really matter." "Do you know anything?" She snapped.146 - . I'm trying to have a serious conversation. like. uh. I stared at her and said." "Other than how not to puke after taking five Jager bombs in a row. but you know what I mean." "I don't see this going anywhere." Ouch." Bella stood." "So am I. Us. "What?" "This. "I know that even when you're trying to be a bitch. Not that there ever really was an us. "I can do that. "Bella. walked down the hall and returned with two rags and spray bottle of cleaning shit. with the mood swings. Yes. which caught me off guard.

and ignored me. Charlie and Gram. . I only regretted the flash of pain it caused her when I mentioned his name. because I wasn't letting her get away with this without a fight. once again. "Alice told me about James and what he did to you. end of story." "Don't pretend like I don't know you! Christ. and I immediately regretted bringing him up. it was so fucking simple." It was suddenly simple. The only reason you think we have something real is because you finally found someone who will put up with your shit!" Bella snapped." I mumbled. "But.147 - . I wanted her."I can't really focus on a relationship right now. God. Actually. I caught myself staring at her." "Excuse me?" She glared my way." "I know that you're scared. Because it was different. I thought the hard part would be admitting all of that to her but. "I'm busy with work. Bella proved me wrong. "That doesn't exactly deem me your fucking soul mate. I'm terrified. "Don't bullshit me." Bella gathered the food together. I want you. I didn't regret bringing him up. but it's different. right?" That seemed to catch her attention. but. Just because James fucked you over." I accused. no. "The only reason you agreed to date me in the first place was because you thought you couldn't get hurt! It was supposed to be easy. She was always fucking proving me wrong. So. watching her smile. "You're scared? Well. I pushed her buttons to get a reaction." "You don't know my life! You know nothing." "You're just scared. I thought about her all the time. putting the trash in one of the paper bags. Bella. but it wasn't enough." I spoke softly. waiting for her to look at me. too. class. shit. come on. suddenly focused on scrubbing the table. doesn't mean every guy will do the same thing. There's just no room for you in my life right now. never getting too close. "You made sure to keep your distance. Edward." she replied. now does it?" "No. You have to know I wouldn't do that to you. I'm fucking scared." "Don't pretend like you know me. Is that how you play this? Now it's becoming too much and you're pulling away.

you'd flip out!" My mouth opened to rebut what she was accusing me of. but truth is.. Typical Edward. No . and I do know you. yet when I mention anything about you." I said harshly. then you shut down and basically tell me to fuck off because you can't handle me talking back. Esme. God bless that man for putting up with your shit. "I am listening. They treat you better than you deserve. "You had a shitty situation growing up. No inkling that she felt so.. It made me want to kiss her." "It's true." "You get to tell me how I feel. And Carlisle." "I didn't tell you to fuck off. no matter how much you fuck up. They are the best thing that ever happened to you. but she kept talking. Like you don't enjoy the Cole Haan loafers you wear or the Lacoste bathing suit you own. and you have the nerve to throw it all back in his face."You think it's different. would give her life for you." Bella let out an exasperated laugh and said. Bella and I joke around and bullshit all the time. living in boarding schools and being brought up by Carlisle and Esme. You try to act all bad ass. I'm wrong? Grow up and stop being such a fucking hypocrite. if you went a day without hearing the word yes." She took a deep breath. "The only difference is that I made you wait two months before getting into my pants. but I know you do. yet you still try your hardest to displease her. I'm trying to get you to understand. so get your shit together and realize it. "You accuse me of being scared of getting hurt." Honestly.passionately about this." "Stop saying shit like that.148 - ." she insisted again. "Maybe you do and say things to upset her because you're trying to convince yourself you don't consider her your mother. they are your family and they love you. but you just won't listen because you're fucking stubborn. I was shocked. your mother for all intents and purposes. he tries to steer you in the right direction. but she wasn't holding back. but I had no clue she felt this way. You're a spoiled fucking brat! You get pissed off when things don't go your way. like you don't give a shit about anything. but it's not. oddly enough. no.

"Stop. This wasn't supposed to happen. Bell. "Not worth it?" I asked. Edward! And of course." I was stumped. All she could do was shrug." "I can't promise either of us won't get hurt. who the fuck doesn't like spring rolls?" . "Oh." I wanted to ask her how this could not be worth it." I practically yelled. furiously wiping at her cheeks. "Wow. It's a complete mind fuck. That's when the tears began." she sobbed. I would have junk punched them and told them to fuck their mother sideways. You're kind of selfish in a nice way that makes you not selfish at all. "Just stop. I wondered how long she had been thinking all of this. I laughed because this was so beyond fucked up.idea she had it in her to say these things to me. I went into this whole fucked up thing without even thinking. So. finding it hard to speak because my throat was too dry. It's never you. I wasn't supposed to fall in love. the person who is going to get hurt will be me. only to have new streams of tears take their place. "It's just not. Edward." Bella said. Why should she believe I wanted this? If someone would have told me two months ago I'd be trying to convince this girl to be with me. and she definitely wasn't supposed to turn me down. That's what you do to me. "Maybe you think I'm being a bitch." "Stop what? You're delusional! I don't even know why I love you. I could only find it amusing. "I can't believe this is happening." she whispered. You're too stubborn and snarky." "No? Then why the fuck am I hurting right now?" I hissed.149 - ." "I never promised you anything. but why can't you just trust me?" "It's not worth it. but if you think-" "That's the problem! I didn't think. and also wondered how much of it was true. but there was no point. but I'm just trying to save us both from getting hurt. "I know you didn't. and you don't even like spring rolls! I mean.

don't. and I knew Bella couldn't say the same.. Shaking her head slowly. barely even blinked. before I admitted my feelings for Bella. This whole fucking time. Bella was sitting in my lap. because that was the only thing I could think to say. Surprise! I'm in love with you. "That's just great. let out an audible gasp." I mumbled to myself. "Right. The money obviously had to be something she was worried about. still holding the rag in her hand.. It was too late. it was real.. Because really. mocking me. and asked.happy. I dumped the food in the trashcan and made sure to do it loud and dramatically.you love me. I pulled the photo off the fridge to further inspect it. I guess I had accidentally admitted that I loved her. Bella quietly entered the kitchen and with a shaky hand. Just. Go fucking figure. grabbed as much of the food as I could and stalked to her kitchen.. "Well. okay? I'll see to that. "Don't you see? It was never about the money. right?" Bella... I replayed my dramatic rant and yep. I didn't know what I was supposed to do." . so. "You'll still get your money.. It was the photo Esme forced us to take.if I would have known this was going to happen. Bella. We looked. Even back then. it's still not worth it. "One of the best things ever. Bella laughed to the point where her tears were ones of laughter. and I had no idea what I was supposed to say or do next. it was real to me. It was the photo of us. Yeah.. Bella." I pointed at the paper bag by my feet. "You said that you. I clapped my hands together once and sighed." I offered. "What did you say?" "Spring rolls.. there you have it. ignoring her pity.150 - . grabbed the picture from me." She frantically shook her head." I ran a hand over my mouth." "No.Bella suddenly stopped crying. it was almost creepy.. while my arm was around her waist. right in the middle of her fridge. one arm around my neck." I pushed past Bella.. the first time she met Carlisle and Esme. This fucking sucked.." "Don't." Huh. "I don't. I chuckled darkly and said. And then I saw it. But let me guess.

There was no point. and I realize when I go home tonight and tell Emmett about all of this." Bella whined as I grabbed my keys and phone from the floor." She stared at the photo in her hands for a beat too long. Save it. like I said." "What is your problem?" I yelled a little too loud as she stepped backward. Did I give a fuck? Hell." I dropped my head." Was it true? Not really.. "I don't want you to be upset. no. fucking defeated. Was it immature? Yeah. I get it." Bella finally looked up. but I don't care." she mumbled and bit her lip. Shit.151 - . I said. Bella. I was wounded and needed her to feel some sort of ." "Right. "I didn't think. you could even buy yourself a car that doesn't cost seventy-five dollars to fill the tank. but I'll still help you.. But." Resisting the urge to roll my eyes. So. Was it low? The lowest." I said quickly and walked out of the kitchen. Cause why the fuck was I still here? She didn't want me. At least I'm trying here."What do you mean it was never about the money?" I was on the verge of shaking the fuck out of her. You have my fucking heart." I spat. why don't you keep your money and your pity. I realize how ridiculous that sounds. "Edward. "You could have at least returned the favor last night. it was never about the money. confusing girl? "You could pay for school. get a decent fucking TV.. "Yes. and said. "You don't have to pay me. Bella. And buying myself a new car isn't going to make me feel any better. "I'm only upset because you never sucked my dick. "Don't bother. "Alright. How could I be in love with this hopeless." "I didn't think you'd react like this. "You don't have my pity." "I should probably go." I laughed. he's going to call me a pussy..

" Bella paused." My douche tendencies were about to overflow. I couldn't stop it. I was still pretty pissed she didn't like spring rolls. Also. so hang in there! Thanks so much for reading. it was second nature. "Next time you're going to shoot a guy down.152 - . make sure you do it before he spends two hundred bucks on food. okay?" "You said you were going to make dinner. and I had never felt more disgusted. Bella sucked in a breath and said." "Get the fuck out.pain as well." I scoffed. See you next Friday! :) . "I don't know when things started to change between us. Buying take-out doesn't constitute as making anything.Bella for being a bitch.. "You don't mean that.. It was apparent from the look on her face I had achieved what I wanted. or Edward for being a dick. I promise there is a reason for all of this. "It was obviously when we fucked. A/N: I'm intrigued to see who people are more upset with." And that's exactly what I did." "I do.

" I repeated Emmett's words. Thanks to the usual suspects: A Jasper For Me. "I miss Bella. "Whiskey? On a Thursday night?" "Yep. although mine were slightly more slurred. Chapter Sixteen "Are you drunk?" Emmett hovered over my lifeless body. "Do you also miss your balls?" "Emmett!" I heard Rose slap his arm. ttharman. "Go away." A great idea popped into my head. poking me with one finger. This was necessary after tonight's failed PF Chang's apology. "I was hoping I was just dead. keep it down." I mumbled into the couch. okay? Otherwise. and I miss my balls. I don't know why I can't have them both back." "Drink this. Emmett stopped in the doorway of his room and asked. Livie79." I said out loud. at least make sure it's something good. but yeah. "What are you doing? Who are you calling?" Rose snapped and yanked the phone from my hands. Ffaddward. & ashley0125." "If you're going to sing 80's music. "I miss Bella. Surprise! Early update. "I miss my balls. We're trying to sleep. but maybe my sanity was just being tested." Emmett instructed before turning the lights back off. which I graciously accepted. You people complete me.Chapter 16 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended.153 - . I think I'm also drunk. ." Rose handed me a glass of water. Stop judging.

Show me someone who doesn't. and in the morning we can talk about all the mistakes you've made. okay?" "Okay. Well. spoke only when spoken to. Later that night when I showed up to work. because I had the power to hurt him and because. That is.154 - . I ignored the concerned glances Jake shot my way and pretended I was fine.." I explained. "Go to sleep. and Angela's texts. I was nervous Edward was going to show up. then sweetly asked him to let me work the back of the house instead of the front."I'm calling Bella to tell her to give me my balls back. It was easier this way. BPOV The days following my fight with Edward were. I flirted with Aro. Truth was. I pushed him away because I could." I agreed." Emmett sighed. Worst idea ever.well. Just fine. I didn't want to have to explain to them I fucked up and couldn't stand to think about what I had done. I fucking hold grudges. The only guy who put up with my snarky remarks. Yeah. yeah. Isabella Marie Swan: Biggest Bitch on Earth. went home and took a nap. maybe not. Friday.fine. I knew deep down he wasn't lying when he admitted to being in love with me. because I couldn't deal with people. "She took them without asking. but that was only because I still wasn't over the Jen and Brad break-up. Charlie's emails. I went to class. Probably because he didn't actually . The only guy who actually enjoyed when I belted out cheesy 80's tunes after drinking the shitty whiskey he loved so much. Not fucking fair. paid attention. I ignored Alice's calls. but a bitch nonetheless. because I was a bitch.. but I was definitely in the top five.. Even with all the fear that was holding me back. I pushed Edward away. if you consider ignoring everyone and everything to be fine. trying to sit up. I believed Angelina Jolie had the number one spot on lock-down. The only guy who had ever said he loved me. that I had pushed Edward away. and I couldn't bear to see him.." "Worst idea ever. to ignore everyone until my emo phase was over. A scared little bitch. Because.

My Saturday evening was out of control." Nancy said before I walked away. I wasn't in the mood. "Renee or Bella?" I asked. Spoiler alert: my night involved two bowls of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and half a bag of Wheat Thins. She was sitting in silence.. Bella. After my carb-induced coma." Nancy said from behind the safety of the counter. I tapped her shoulder and smiled before she turned to see who was demanding her attention. "Good afternoon.. nor was she going to become a mental patient. I couldn't. and I was too good for that. I stepped through the huge glass sliding doors that led to the common area outside. I let myself sleep." "Thanks. I was entertaining the idea of skipping out on visiting Gram Sunday afternoon. then I forced myself to shower and ended up driving the junker to visit Gram. And I wouldn't. and Gram sitting by herself on a bench. That's when I realized I was being ridiculous. "How're you today?" "More like who am I today?" I asked without acknowledging her pleasantry.155 - . and received a sympathetic smile and a sigh from Nancy.. I didn't call in either because that would require using the phone. AKA wallow. "Renee it is. The same way it just kind of. and didn't go to work. .. Could I fault him for trying to hurt me. borderline psychotic. Bella wasn't going to become a shut-in." I said sarcastically." Navigating my way through the facility. didn't brush my teeth.slipped out while he was rambling. apparently.slipped out that he was upset I didn't return the favor. until I began answering myself out loud. Saturday was one big blur because I didn't leave my apartment. until noon on Sunday.mean to tell me. No. "Charlie isn't here yet. for blurting out nonsense when I had disregarded his feelings? No. There were two elderly men playing chess. It just kind of. a few women enjoying a brisk walk around the small trail. and I couldn't shut myself off from the world just because I was disappointed in myself. staring at the man-made pond. "She's in the back feeding the ducks.

"I made a mistake. it still left me feeling irked having to pretend my father was my boyfriend. Screwing everything up. "Whatever you did. Making the wrong decisions. I said. nor Charlie. I'm sure he will forgive you. I wanted to talk about Renee. He loves me. thinking of Charlie made me think of Renee. Does this have to do with that boyfriend of yours?" Barely nodding. Dear." Shaking my head." "Afraid of what. She didn't need the details. Running away from happiness. and it was an unspoken agreement we ignore the fact my mom was now living the life she dreamed.."Hello. .156 - . I thought to myself." "You don't understand. I wanted to talk about the days when the three of us would curl up on the couch and watch My Fair Lady and Roman Holiday. but it wasn't possible right now. and. unconditional love coating each word despite the fact Renee left us. Motherfuck. Have you been eating? Is Charlie treating you well?" As much as I loved my Gram and understood her disease." Gram shushed me and said. and I acted like I didn't care because I'm too afraid. I've missed you.. Of course.. She left all of us.. There's always a way. "What's on your mind." she whispered in my ear as she pulled me closer to her on the bench. but I had to talk to someone. I wanted to hear the warmth in Gram's voice as she talked about my mother as a child. and it didn't involve me. "Nonsense. I looked down at my hands. which had me on the verge of tears. But I wanted Edward. Dear. Sweets?" Gram asked after my silence interrupted the flow of conversation. "He loves me. "How are you? "How are you feeling?" I asked with concern." she said. I had a feeling that would never change. "Sit. even if he never changed. Gram absentmindedly stroked the back of my hair and hummed. "Don't you worry your little head about me.and. "I don't know if I can fix it. the warmth of her voice instantly soothing me. Dear?" Becoming my mother." I blurted out. or even sometimes my husband.

it will keep you guessing. And such great hair." I admitted. "That's not something to complain about." "Hey. Bella. It was exactly what I needed to hear. he will forgive you. "Bella. "You are not your mother. Passion is a good thing. and he scares the shit out of me. to finally relieve myself of the stress I had been feeling over the past few days."Of screwing up. gals." She laughed and patted my arm. Dear." "I thought you thought I was Renee. nothing should stop you two from being together. what? Edward? You're talking about Edward?" "Of course. just about how you've raised such an amazing young lady. my dear girl." I said cryptically. isn't it? If he cares for you." My tears suddenly stopped as my mind rewound everything Gram had just said to me. "Wait. . my tears coming to an end. "I miss her. giving himself a little too much credit. As batty as I am sometimes. she winked and said. "But he's so infuriating. but I could tell he was certain about you." "If he loves you. it felt good to cry. that one.157 - . He's a bit unsure about things." I whimpered." "I'm not sure it's that simple. you know." I whispered as the tears trickled down my cheeks. "Oh.." I trailed off.. "There are other factors as to why it probably won't work out." Charlie agreed." Gram kissed my forehead. but we all laughed anyway. The best things are worth fighting for. "And I love him. Mysteries can be a good thing as well. don't let fear rule your life. like you say he does. Gram said. and I began bawling. "That's a bit silly. and that fear? Well. and God. "What are you two going on about?" I glanced at Gram. even I can see that. You can't expect everything to be easy. Who are you talking about?" Gram laughed lightly." Wiping at my cheeks. "I saw the way he was looking at you the day he endured multiple games of Gin Rummy with your ole Gram." Charlie said from behind us.

" "I know it's tough." "Hey.. but. You can't become a writer if you're busy doing my laundry all the time. . just in the normal I don't want to wake up before noon way." Charlie shrugged and sipped his light beer." Charlie trailed off. Even you know that's a bit outdated. Charlie and I were walking to our respective cars in the lot as he pulled me into his side and said. Not in an emo way. I'm a little behind on that.After spending the afternoon entertaining Gram." "Figures. there's that smile. and who doesn't love their Salmon Burger with wasabi avocado spread? "Where's that fellow?" Charlie asked while we waited for our food. fuck. not looking forward to waking up. I know I haven't been able to help much with tuition and everything. "Forget my laundry and focus on your studies.158 - . no second guess.." Charlie wiped his mustache and said. He was lookin' to shed a few. I can come by tomorrow after class. looking pained. "Is dinner your way of saying you need me to do your laundry?" "Don't change the subject with me." I smiled and looked away. young lady. "But yeah. Aw." I scolded. Dad. "Finals are in two weeks. "Fellow? Come on. Cut it out." I joked." "Always is. but you're doing a great job. We settled for Central Market because it was nearby." Charlie almost sounded like a normal parent as he said." I mumbled. If Charlie ever found out. Dinner's on me." "I can't become a writer if I'm busy filling pints and serving tequila shots. "Let's grab a bite to eat. "He a good kid?" "He's not so bad. "Ah. Bells... he'd be so disappointed in me. An unsettling feeling crept over me as I thought of how much money Edward was willing to just throw my way.

.. I wasn't eighty-seven years old. ice cream therapy could not. "In here. I headed straight for the fridge. "He better treat you right.159 - . Walking into my apartment. There was a gallon of Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream calling my name. and I dug into the gallon with my spoon. I opened the freezer and watched as a few bags of frozen vegetables. Emotionally. my precious ice cream. Spoon in hand. jeez. It was loud. The mess could wait." He removed his hand and cleared his throat." He put his hand over mine. and it was going to help in assisting me with replaying my earlier conversation with Gram. Grabbing the ice cream first. You've helped plenty. Not at all. I was three spoonfuls in when I heard my front door open and couldn't even bring myself to care." I lied. otherwise he'll have me to answer to. If someone were breaking in. My visit with Gram and dinner with Charlie had worn me out." he admitted proudly.." I attempted to say with a mouthful of goodness. and I was pretty sure my feelings were not an ingredient of any sort. "Bella?" Alice called out. "Good job. but it sounded more like. Yeah. delicious ice cream. Alice and Jasper turned the corner and laughed. "It's the mustache.not what I intended. I didn't eat my feelings. Don't be so tough on yourself. Sitting on the kitchen floor devouring ice cream definitely did not qualify as emotional eating. And annoying. I'd surely die happy. and an ice tray plummeted to the floor.. my friend. I wasn't an emotional eater or anything." I muttered to myself and dropped to my knees to pick up the mess. I laughed."Dad." "You're pretty scary. my accomplice. stop. and said. not physically. I ate gratifying. My butt hit the floor before I could think about how fucking weird it was. I lifted the lid and smiled. Bella. . "You're a good kid. And this fellow of yours.

No. but for your sake. your first thought regarding Bella's silence was death. I concurred and handed him my spoon. I gave you space since I assumed you and Edward were locked up all weekend making sweet." "A break? You don't deserve a break! You deserve a nice punch in the face!" "When is a punch in the face ever nice?" Jasper stood on his feet and reached down to help me off the floor. no. is that Mint Chocolate Chip?" "Fuck off!" I snapped as Jasper sat himself on the floor next to me. set everything up for you. being lactose-intolerant must suck. didn't you?" she asked. "Uncalled for!" I hissed and pried the tub of ice cream out of his hands. All of my work. We were pretty awesome like that....down the drain. "Also. .. "I did my best.gone. "You fucked it up. glancing between us and wishing he could read our minds. dropping her head. we'd verbalize this one. The only thing you're making sweet love to is my nemesis.." "People still say that? Getting laid?" Jasper asked." "Yeah. "Oh." Alice shrugged." "Yep. so I assumed you had an accident that rendered you disabled from calling for help. "Ooh."Told you she didn't slip in the shower and accidentally hang herself.160 - . Bella. don't tell me. give me a break. not sex. Yeah." "Alice." Jasper said with a smirk." Jasper said." Alice gave me a pointed look before she realized what might have happened to cause said wallowing. What's with the wallowing? That's uncalled for. Alice and I were known for partaking in mind conversations. no.. sweet love. "No. "Good to know you assumed I was dead before thinking I was getting laid." "Okay." "How do y'all do that?" Jasper asked. "What do y'all want?" "You've ignored me since our chat Wednesday night. no.

"Who wants to get hacked up into little pieces while showering? They could at least wait until you're out of the shower. Jasper sighed." Jasper said with a smirk." "Yeah. remember?" I wasn't sure if I was supposed to be agreeing to this or not. no shit!" Jasper said animatedly. "Damn it. Bella. Goldfish were obviously the better choice. "Nah." Jasper muttered. It's really bad when Alice is the voice of reason." Jasper and Alice said simultaneously. I know." Alice held her finger up to shush him.161 - . to prove he had feelings. Haven't you seen any chick flicks?" Romcoms weren't my thing. right? That'd be a little more fair. "It worked! He got jealous and. "I think this is the part of the movie where I cut my wrists to make myself feel some sort of pain. looking disappointed in me. I was clumsy enough already. I'll take romcom over horror." I wasn't actually into that or anything. Cheez-it-loving ass." . "You wanted to make Edward jealous. what do you know. Blank stares always get you far in life."Yeah. I sighed in relief. that's probably a good thing. weed-smoking. woman. Sorry if I wasn't into overpaid. "Trust me." I whispered to Jasper. I have lost all faith in your sanity. he also has feelings! Feelings for your dumb ass!" Alice yelled. I refrained from flipping off his Counter-Strike playing. I guess. causing Jasper to snicker. so I just stared. "If my life has to depict a movie genre. Bella is also wondering about said nice punch. overrated actors portraying to be involved in something that terrified me. "No more sugar for you. "Fuck. No razor blades needed for your happy ending." "I totally agree." Meh. and said." I joked. Or what about stabbing someone in their sleep? Total cheap shot when the victim can't defend themselves. "Worst idea ever. so there was no way I'd purposely inflict pain on myself. "You're more romcom than indie flick. Sugar.

"You could have at least pretended to not know. catching our attention. But point taken." . "It's a bar and grill. so yeah. people bringing up my hormones was starting to get a little old. taking my side. other than the yawn she produced." Assholes." "Alice!" "Oh. They were partly at fault for making me agree to date Edward in the first place. "So? He's loaded. "What the hell kind of movies do y'all watch? Can we stay on topic. Although. two minutes after talking to him." Jasper said seriously. Bella. broccoli this time. come on! You work in a fucking bar. Alice. please?" "Right." Frowning. Sorry. "Edward said he's in love with me. Fuckers. like. "I don't like spring rolls. I held one finger out and began listing reasons why it would never work." Aaaand. I held out a second finger. Alice rolled her eyes and said. you pretty much work in a bar. Except. I expected something. My ovaries made me do it. well." I said. "So. I expected shock." "I agree with the Counter-Strike lover. all of this. why did you go all Hormonal Bella and screw this up?" Okay." I nodded and decided to get to the good stuff. Like my Gram said. so it's not like I had a choice in the matter. you do usually work after eight. anything. "He doesn't have a job. deep breath." Jasper said. I expected Alice to squeal and beg for the details. maybe my hormones did have something to do with. "Pretty sure I caught on to that.Alice kicked a bag of frozen vegetables towards us. he has really great hair." "That was buzz kill. and asked.162 - . You're judging the guy for not having a job?" "It's not a bar. Alice kicked another bag.

"Actually. But." "Fucking A!" Alice screamed. To put it simply. "You're in love with a guy who uses more hair product than you do." Alice hissed." I mumbled. Alice shot him a glare. "Don't be a bitch. I had no idea that was even possible. I don't trust anyone who flosses three times a day." Relief overcame me as I deemed my friends normal. and I said. until Alice spoke. Even Jasper looked frightened. huh? Angela? Sorry. That is." "Learn how to deal with the truth and maybe it wouldn't hurt as much when you hear it.oh my fucking God. Angela never uttered a bad word about Alice. the bet was whether or not you ran your fingers through his hair while ." Jasper piped up." "Okay."I don't know what the hell that even means. and it ended there." I scolded." Alice pretty much high-fived herself." "Whatever shuts you up. "Next thing you're going to tell me to do is to stop breathing. "Nah.. "Jasper wins again. I was their common denominator. but I'm almost positive you're just looking for reasons why this won't work out. Alice and Angela never quite got along. No residue. yeah." "Wha. "What truth?" I feigned confusion." "Oh? Who do you expect to keep you in check.." "Stop being mean. they were just too different. good. Alice never hisses. I've ran my fingers through those locks. or I'm demoting your friendship status. "We didn't make a bet on whether or not Edward uses hair products. dropping my head. "Don't tell me you guys made a bet on whether or not Edward uses hair products?" Jasper smiled triumphantly. the flossing three times a day thing.163 - .

y'all-" "That's it!" I screamed, pointing at Alice, then Jasper. "Demoted! Both of you!" "Stop being so hasty with this decision making of yours, Jesus," Alice said without smiling. "Before you demote me, let's figure out what you're doing to do." "I can't do anything. I overreacted, over PF Chang's no less. Edward probably thinks I'm some psycho now." Disgust took form on Jasper's face. "Who blows up in the presence of PF Chang's?" Alice elbowed him in the side. "Oh, sorry, not the point. Why don't you try talking to him? Maybe apologize for whatever you said. We guys aren't complicated creatures." I thought of Gram's advice, and skimmed the Spark Notes of Alice and Jasper's unconventional attempt at advice. Note the sarcasm dripping from my tone. "I'll sleep on it and figure something out," I promised. Jasper mussed my hair before disappearing from the kitchen, giving Alice and me a second alone. She grabbed hold of my arm and said, "I love you, Bella. But I'm not sure I can help you anymore. This is all you now." "I know." "Don't be scared, okay? It's worth it." Even if I wasn't one-hundred percent positive if she and Gram were right about it being worth it, I figured I owed it to myself to at least try. Or in the very least, apologize to Edward.

A/N: Hope y'all enjoyed getting inside Bella's head, even though it's a scary place. Epov will be Friday or Saturday. Thanks for reading! :)

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Chapter 17
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Chapter Seventeen "Good morning, Sunshine!" A husky voice bellowed in my ear. "The hell, Em?" I buried my face in the couch and groaned. My hangovers were very punctual and had apparently begun before I had even opened my eyes. Emmett sat himself on the couch, crushing my legs. No big deal. Not like I needed them for our annual ski trip or anything. "I have class today," he said quickly, "so we've got an hour to figure out how the hell you fucked things up." Opening one eye I asked, rather sarcastically, "You think it's only going to take an hour?" He laughed. Then Rosalie laughed. Pretty sure the people who lived downstairs were laughing, too. "Less than an hour, actually." "How do you figure that?" I asked skeptically. "Rosie and I have been keeping notes ever since you started this plan. So, look alive. We have business to tend to." Mumbling, I covered my face with my arm. "Notes? I'm not sure if I trust your notes. You two are clearly biased." Emmett pulled my arm away and said, "I wouldn't say we are biased. Since, well, we are on Bella's side."
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"That's what he meant," Rosalie said with a chuckle, nodding towards a plate of pancakes sitting on the table next to the couch. Slowly sitting up, I glared at the two biased fuckers. But they had pancakes, so my glare wasn't too deadly. I decided I owed them something for the pancakes, so I went with what first popped into my head. "I may or may not have told Bella I was in love with her." They barely blinked. In fact, they didn't blink at all. "Okay?" Emmett eyed Rosalie. "I forgot...are we supposed to pretend we didn't already know this?" "Uh..." I cleared my throat and ran a hand over my face. "How did y'all know?" "Wasn't hard to figure out." Emmett laughed. Rosalie held a hand up and said, "He's lying. I actually told him. He had no idea. You Cullen's can be so fucking clueless sometimes" "Okay, yeah. I had no idea. Rosie told me," Emmett agreed. "How the hell did you know?" I asked Rosalie as I reached for the pancakes. I needed strength to make it through this conversation. Sugar and carbohydrates would definitely help. "Do you want me to be straight with you or beat around the bush?" I laughed for obvious reasons. You try not cracking a smile when someone says 'beat around the bush'. "Give it to me straight." "I ran into Bella in the hallway the night after you two slept together. I didn't say much, but I did tell her to be smart and to not expect too much from you," Rosalie blurted out in a rush. "I didn't know you actually had feelings for her, okay? I wasn't mean about it; I thought I was helping." Rosalie shook her head furiously, looking almost...apologetic. Rose never looked apologetic, even after the time she convinced Emmett to get his balls waxed, forcing him to ice his junk for a week. "What the fuck, Rose? That's probably why she was acting all fucking crazy eyes at Ben's!" "Look, shut the fuck up" Rosalie snapped, her sympathy quickly fading away. "I
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didn't think you'd go and fall in love! I mean, really? It's you." "I knew he would. I knew the entire time," Emmett said with a smirk, eying the food on my plate. "What happened to being clueless?" I hissed, but not before shoving a forkful of pancakes into my mouth. "I didn't know you two slept together, or that you already admitted anything. But I knew you were going to fall in love with her. That was easy." Wiping the syrup from my bottom lip, I chuckled. "What? No you didn't." "I swear on my life! You looked at her differently. It was weird; real fucking weird. But Bella kinda reminds me of mom..so, that's kind of how I knew." The three of us fell silent. Well, besides Emmett smacking. The fucker stole my pancakes, but I suddenly couldn't care because he was right. Bella reminded me of my mom. That sounded fucking sick, but it was true. She was...innocent, despite her dirty fucking mouth. She didn't let me get away with shit, but she was also somehow very lenient of the shit I did pull. And her laugh. Her fucking laugh... "Okay. So go on. You told her you...loved her?" Rosalie tried to keep from smiling. "I did, yeah. She didn't take it so well." "What did she say?" Rosalie pushed. "Something along the lines of the only reason I think I'm in love with her is because I finally found someone who will put up with my shit." "That sounds like a pretty good reason to fall in love with someone," Emmett agreed. "What else is there?" "Right? That's what I thought." "Women," Emmett said out loud, receiving a slap on the arm from Rosalie. "I don't understand why she wouldn't think that was romantic." "Well, there's this ex of hers..." I trailed off, the two of them scooting closer as if I were telling a ghost story. "They dated, he cheated, got the girl pregnant."
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I had to admit. "It was never about the money for her. Now I was being told you weren't supposed to talk at all? "You look confused. I brought it up to Bella. claiming it was never about the money. and she turned it down. "Ouch. too. Bitches were crazy. what? We're finished?" I stood and ran a hand over the scruff covering my chin. She lashed out. Wait it out. I thought couples were supposed to like.talk and shit. She'll come around. "I'm supposed to just wait for her to come back to me?" "Yep. "I say wait it out."She told you this?" Rosalie asked skeptically. Maybe it was at . am I right?" The look on my face told her she was right... Not literally shit. I even offered to pay her the money I promised.. Fucking flat out refused. I agree with the blonde.. "Bella never admitted that. Her friend told me. now you wait. right? Bella was probably caught off guard with you knowing something so personal. and I sat quietly as Rosalie caught him up with the details." This was too fucking confusing. "I don't see Bella telling you this. "You never bring sensitive shit up like that." Rosalie grimaced and patted my back." "Wait what out? She's done with me.168 - . plate in hand.of it? I don't know. the only times we had been civil with each other were with Bella was involved." Emmett glanced at his watch." Emmett walked back into the living room. So.whatever it is couples talk about. but talk about their feeling and dreams and." "How was I supposed to know? I thought she'd want to talk about it or something." I said.. Shit." "Bad move." "Wait. Yeah.." "No. "I gotta go." "You said Bella's friend told you about her ex. giving Rose an odd look. Bro! Bad fucking move!" Emmett walked into the kitchen. and she completely shut me out. "Which part is confusing you?" "All. She even said it herself. She admitted she loves you. And I'm assuming you didn't hold back with the harsh words." Rosalie said with a smirk.

"Emmett is good. "Edward! I didn't know you were already here. "You graduated a year ago. And what about you?" I paused with wide eyes. "Oh. She's in love with you so let her figure this out on her own. They are about to head home. Edward. Maybe I'd just have to wait around for Bella to realize she missed me and my banter. "What about me?" Carmen pushed a tiny plate with garlic roasted potatoes in front of me. And Esme.one point. They worry too much. "No." Emmett said as he grabbed his bag out of the closet. She will. I showered.. and Carmen laughed. After my chat with Rose and Em." I could appreciate that." Maybe they were right." "Am I early?" I asked hesitantly. His mom.169 - ." . Even if I wanted to say no. saying it was their job. yeah? Have you been looking for a job at all?" Seth ran into the kitchen with his friends following behind.I don't know. Helping her in the kitchen actually meant leaning against the counter and sampling everything she was making which was fine by me. but she turned down your offer. "Edward. I fuck you up. Come help me in the kitchen until they leave?" She asked." I explained. the smell of something roasting made my decision for me. One more thing. and headed to Seth's. "How is your family doing?" "You probably see Carlisle more than I do. threw on a pair of jeans.. come on in! Seth is in his room with some of his friends. Carmen." "That's exciting. About to finish his first year of med school. Because she will. no. answered the front door with a warm smile. "You fuck anyone else.

I watched in misery as Emmett and Rosalie made pizza together. "Oh. Yeah. It was a respectable career choice."Thanks for making me wait. You never know. which Seth won "fair and square". I totally taught him that." After two games of basketball. I said awkwardly. Seth's eyes lit up as he fist-pumped." Carmen instructed. Seth. but I'm not looking to work at the hospital". pulling him into a headlock. resume. pulling my arm. "Edward. but it wasn't me." She winked and turned her back towards me as Seth walked back in. sure. Eat. "Not at the hospital." I scoffed. Thanks. "Can we go play basketball now?" He whined. and hoped for the best. "Yeah. yeah. It really pissed me off that people always assumed I would take after Carlisle. but I think I know of a recent job opening that might interest you. "Never!" He squirmed away." Once Seth and his friends were out of ear-shot." "Oh. "Walk your friends to the door. But then we have to go get ice cream to celebrate the end of sixth grade!" Throwing my hands in the air like I just didn't care. You should go online and check it out. we grabbed ice cream and talked about Seth's new love interest of the week. Best part of the night was when Emmett attempted to remove the pizza ." I said to Carmen before we walked outside to my car. Taking Carmen's advice. Carmen turned to me and said. Saturday: Boring as shit. I found the job posting that best suited me and my qualifications. I was starting to think you were done with me. I searched the Big Brothers/Big Sisters website for the current job listings. "Deal!" "I promise to ruin his appetite." Carmen shook her head. "With Big Brothers/Big Sisters.170 - . submitted a cover letter. I don't doubt you will. Never would be. I dropped him off at home and promised to see him sometime next week. "I don't know what you're looking for.

The had to order Domino's which. I took a deep breath and was led into an office. come on." My leg bounced under the table as I thought for a moment. Sunday: Boring as shit. But my applying to work here. "I graduated with my degree in business.from the oven and dropped it on the floor. of course. Their garlic crust was heaven. Collin gave me an appreciate look before scribbling something down.. and honestly. asking if I could come in Wednesday for an interview. You're qualified. Tuesday was better because I received a call from BBBS." A petite girl with glasses motioned for me to follow her. I wanted to text her something funny and. this interview is already over. "You've volunteered here for two years now." Mr. Had I already fucked up that bad? I mean. you guessed it: shit. He only asked me one question so far. and I was about to ask him why he was wasting my time.I had to get that shit out of my head. What made you decide to apply for position of Case Manager?" "I just. Collin said without looking up. this is for me. Seth's Case Manger adores you. Mr. Cullen. you're the only one who applied for the position. wasn't that bad of a trade-off. I. "Mr. Collin nodded towards the chair across from him. I skipped a shower and was somehow fifteen minutes early for the interview. "Thank you for meeting with me on such short notice." My heart stopped.171 - . and I was so brutally honest. I missed Bella. Monday: Boring as.. but she still had yet to contact me. and I took a seat. I want to do this because it's one of the only things I'm good at. we're ready for you. My leg began bouncing again. "To be quite honest. shit. Waking up fifteen minutes late. It had been only three days since our fight. you're responsible.." ." Mr. "I was pleased to see your name on the application. agreed and planned to meet with early the next morning. Ironic part was they made me wait fifteen minutes past my interview time.. more for my uncle's sake. I volunteered here because my uncle suggested it.

"I don't want him to have another Big Brother.. "You would be able to visit Seth on your own time. I suppose it would work out. "Then. Collin explained.. "Since you've been with Seth for two years and know him on a personal level.. then." "No. "That won't be necessary. making him laugh. I really don't think he's going to want anyone else and. Collin said with a nod. I'm assuming you read over the other job responsibilities?" I nodded. Collin narrowed his eyes." Mr." "You're hired. Just make sure you have a flexible schedule." "Thank you. and slowly sat back down. Collin shook my hand and said. Seth is my kid. he's my Little Brother." I stated as firmly as I could. "You can start Monday." Mr." Mr." He stopped. despite my shaking hands. Cullen. Mr. You don't need to volunteer any longer. Mr. you'll be able to go on home-visit intakes with prospective volunteers and children. Collin stared at me. "So. Mr.." Is that what you're supposed to say when someone hires you? Was I supposed to hug him." I said. You realize that. "I have a good feeling about you. You're hired.. if you'd rather not. you'll be in charge of finding his new Big Brother. even if he were to have a new Big Brother. I meant he doesn't need a new Big Brother." .I blinked. don't you. Cullen?" "I'm selfish. "You're a Case Manager now. yes. He shuffled some papers together and pushed his chair away from the table.and if me being hired here as an employee is going to interfere with my volunteering with Seth..I don't accept the position.. or. halfway out of his chair. still unsure of what was happening. "After some training. The pay will start at fourteen dollars an hour. "I suppose another employee can assist Seth. and said.." Mr. Prove me right. You're getting paid.172 - ." "It doesn't matter." "Well." "That's it? I'm hired?" I asked in shock.

"I was in the neighborhood. first she'd make some joke about me being immature enough to hang around kids all day.. but she'd be happy for me. sir. "I've never understood why you don't just hire someone to do this. I called out for Esme to warn her I was there." she teased."Yes." After filling out some new hire forms. and I leaned down to peck her cheek. that's wonderful! Where at?" "Working as a Case Manager for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. "Edward? What on Earth are you doing here?" She stayed kneeling. I was fucking ecstatic. I did the last thing I thought I'd do.. "Liar. My first thought was to call Bella.." "Edward. I knew Carlisle would be at the hospital. I walked out of the building feeling light and just. I walked to the backyard. When she didn't answer. The pay is shit." I snorted as I walked outside. catching her working in the garden. but it wasn't him who I wanted to talk to anyway. probably not helping her suspicion.173 - . I'm not sure what else there is." She looked at me suspiciously and asked. "Yes. but." "Well. "Is Emmett alive?" I chuckled a little too loud. I knew exactly where she was. Instead. you're not hungry and your brother isn't harmed." I lied. He's alive. Walking in without knocking. Esme looked up from what she was working on and smiled. Sure." Esme winked and pulled off her gloves. She'd probably be proud of me.I'd .happy. "Well?" "I got a job. "Are you hungry?" "Nah.. I hopped in my car and drove to Carlisle and Esme's house. shielding her eyes with her hand.

Yeah. I knew. Esme and Carlisle deserved so much more credit than I gave them.. It did sound like fun. Again." She was wearing sunglasses. I was looking forward to eating the leftovers Esme forced me to bring back and watching Always Sunny. I hugged her back. does that mean you're gonna start paying rent?" Emmett asked right when I walked in the door. and should. but the tone of her voice gave her away. Esme stood on her feet and pulled me into a hug. searching for the right words to say. You know that?" I smiled." "Invite her Saturday. Edward. Well. interviewed today. "Thank you for buying me underwear. do that ourselves. "You're welcome. Esme must have called him. Esme. Esme and I talked for a little while longer before I headed back to Emmett's." Esme said in shock. Esme smiled and pushed the hair away from my face." I agreed.man. Yeah. Carlisle didn't have to change the oil in our cars. "You're a sap." I mumbled as she pulled away. "I'm so proud of you. another boring night.." "Yeah. we could. "You're a great kid." I teased. Hell. "Carmen mentioned it to me last week." I shrugged. kicking off my shoes.do it for free.. It'll be fun. despite her dirt-covered clothes. "I know. all you kids can swim. I know.. so I couldn't see the tears in her eyes. we could have paid to have that done. Everything Bell said had been true.174 - . They didn't have to take Emmett and I in as their own. "Let's not get ahead of ourselves. seeming to know I was thanking her for much more than just underwear." "That was fast. You know how proud your parents would be of you? I focused on some bag of fertilizer on the ground. We can have a barbecue. so I applied and they called me Tuesday. Esme didn't have to still buy us underwear.. this obviously calls for a celebration! Have you told Bella yet?" Frowning I said." I said. Shit. They didn't have to support us.. "Not yet. . "Now that you're employed.

trying to stay as far away from Bella as possible.. right?" "That's what I'm hoping.something.. I could maybe apologize and tell her about my new job. Come on. I let Emmett buy the beers.the look on his face told me he definitely knew she was working tonight. "Don't listen to us." Emmett declared." "Pretty sure it's the only argument I need. "Nah."No.do." Emmett was partially right. Bro..175 - . Just go for it. Bella was working.." I joked. but kept my eyes on Bella. That was probably a good thing." Emmett fist-bumped me. watching her hand someone a pint. I had a feeling Emmett was certain of this little fact.. It's been a few days.what if she's working?" "So? Are you not allowed to go there? Free country. "Nah. One of us did have to do something. Put those back on. In the very least. follow me." "I don't know. We've got to celebrate!" "We can't celebrate with FIFA and beer?" I asked. So much for listening to their advice. setting the leftovers in the fridge. Emmett stared ." Yeah. "Am I supposed to stay away from her?" I asked Emmett." Standing from the table. "Pretty sure you're the only person who still thinks that is a valid argument. You're a working man now.." "You know I'm probably going to get drunk and try to talk to Bella.. Let's go to Cabel's. Yeah. one of you needs to make the first move. Sure enough. "Damn straight. I need to keep my wits about me." "What about all that shit you and Rose told me? I'm supposed to. if she were working. "Alright. I wasn't even sure if she had seen me yet. no. But no whiskey..

. I'll be your wingman for old times sake." "Yo.176 - . I hoped she meant me. Edward." "Don't listen to that either.as I stayed in place. "Hey. gauging her reaction... "She meant me.. If that's okay?" Bella bit the inside of her cheek. I looked up in confusion. Dumb Ass.crowded. Bella stood with her back against the wall. which made me smile. a nervous habit." I said easily." Bella's eyes softened for a moment. maybe a semi. Why would she have to talk to Emmett? "And to think.a boner. you're going to be the one saving people's lives?" "We can talk over there. it gave me hope." Bella nodded towards the door that read Employees Only. wud up?" Emmett said loudly. Less. yeah. no problem.." Even though she was looking at me. Bella waved at Emmett. I cautiously approached the bar and stared at Bella. And. he gave me a small smile and muttered 'kids today' under his breath. Did she really think I wouldn't hear her out? "Floor is all yours. "I need to talk to your brother for a second. I knew she was talking to Emmett. With a laugh." Following Emmett. Leaving my beer with Emmett. ruining whatever moment Bella and I could have shared.." At least. and that little fact gave me. "Yeah. "There are a couple of things I need to get off my chest. okay. I had to keep myself from laughing. Come on.. No. ya mind giving us a second?" Emmett asked. "You just said to not listen to you. She couldn't look away. . looking terribly uncomfortable. let's go. "Hi. but kept her eyes on me..

no. but Bella wasn't awful. you're certainly making this too easy!" Bella pouted. Don't coddle me." "Oh." I trailed off." she said. I was. "No. looking at me this time instead of the sticky linoleum floor. reaching my hand out to grab her hip." Bella mumbled as I hooked my finger around the belt loop on her shorts. "What? Why are you laughing?" "Because that's fucking funny." Bella let her fingers wrap around my hand." "Well. that'd be great." she blurted out. you don't. And I'm talking about Mike Sorrentino. our situation was pretty bad. Actually. "I'm sorry." "I'm pretty sure I owe you an apology."I tried spring rolls. the situation was pretty awful. "I still hate them. That was shitty. I prepared myself for the worst.. and here you are. "You don't. that guy was a piece of shit.. too... "It was all true though. "I'm sorry? Would you like me to make this harder for you?" I teased." "And?" She took a deep breath and said.177 - ." "No. Every word . Guidos aside. but I do." "You're not awful. She just wasn't. "I shouldn't have brought up James. because she asked. or something close to it.just. Maybe you should yell a little.." "Well. Next order of business?" "I owe you an apology. "Yes. or even throw a drink in my face." I whispered as a group of people passed by. Yeah. I was awful." "Good.. whatever. My laughter must have caught her off guard. I tried 'em." "I'm not coddling you.

" Bella laughed before pulling out of my grip to slap my chest...bathroom sex?" My eyes darted towards the Employees Only door.. "Yeah. "I have to study for finals and don't need any distractions. I'd dazzle the shit out of her. Bella looked away. Or even. "Oh. letting her hand travel up and down my back. but right now. "Okay." "I'm a distraction?" I feigned innocence. I'm just scared.. "You should be mad at me. Do you not know how all of this works?" "No..we're good?" . it was. real romantic..." With a sigh.figure something out. yeah? Damn. It's easier to guard myself than to open up to you. "I have to get back to work.178 - . pulling her closer to me. so I pulled her even closer so she had no choice but to stare at me. I don't know how this works.. too. and all I managed to remember were the words I'm sorry. but. Edward. it's easier not to be. "Oh.you said. Since you're so understanding." "I guess I shouldn't tell you I would have even accepted a kiss as an apology. Whatever worked." I admitted. It's not all it's cracked up to be. And I spent all that time fretting." "I've done the whole relationship thing before. not pulling me closer. the worst! I had this big speech planned." "I told you I'm scared. Bella tilted her head to the side and smiled." Bella wrapped her hand behind me. "That's all you needed to remember anyway.that wasn't real." "Yes. can I ask if we cool it for the next week?" Now it was my turn to pout. "Maybe I should be mad. "Oh. we can try to." It was." she said in defeat. If I had to." "No? Have you not had fun with me so far?" I questioned.. After that. But..

You get where I'm going with this.. . Maybe there's hope for a HEA in their future after all! As if every review reply I sent didn't claim DEFINITE HEA! Psh.. Then yeah. A/N: Gotta admit. As for my balls. I had my Bella back. I blame this chapter for being late on Truckerhatward. I got a little emotional during this chap.We were good. but for now. fo real).yeah. Working on a collab with Livie79 & it's utter ridiculousness. we were good. but as long as Bella was the one to hold them. Check out "Dirt Roads".pretty sure those weren't coming back anytime soon.179 - .. unless you hate to laugh.. Link in my profile! Thanks for reading! See you Friday (fo real. I was pretty sure there were a few things we still had to talk about. Dirt Roads is not the story for you.

well. he glared. That is. Chapter Eighteen After turning down my third suggestion of bathroom sex." "I'm not jealous. He slid my beer across the table. Emmett stole a glance towards the bar as I said. Bella patted my cheek and got her ass back to work." "What the fuck?" I lifted my arm and flexed. whose eyes followed where she had just walked from and. I was forced to retract my last thought about Bella. Thanks & puffy hearts." I really wasn't. Yeah. until she sauntered past Grease Monkey. for Christ's sake. trying not to smile. No one needs arms that big.Chapter 18 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. Which was fine. who was focusing extremely too hard on the NHL playoffs. And I was pretty sure he growled. dude. Why was it necessary his arms resemble Donkey Kong's? I made my way towards Emmett. so I didn't really compare to . since I liked watching her ass do just about anything. He looks like Donkey Kong. & Livie79.180 - . and not just ones of anger. "You jealous? Cause your arms have been lacking lately. Ffaddward. right?" Emmett nodded and said. but he kept quiet as I sat down next to him.A Jasper For Me. I don't think kicking my ass in FIFA is considered a work out. I knew he was dying to ask what Bella and I had talked about. I did like watching her ass do just about anything except work with him. "His arms. I guess. At me. "Bella's biceps are bigger than yours. Grease Monkey apparently had issues. Seriously. he worked in a bar. "Look at that grease monkey." I scoffed.

huh? Way to go. I don't know.181 - . you two christened Ben's parents guest bed.Grease Monkey." "So. But what'd she say to you?" "She apologized. pointing at Grease Monkey with his beer. I spewed beer all over the table. "Ben is on his way. trying to not appear too enthused." Emmett said. turning his head away from the television. It was a little anticlimactic. As if he had ever been interested in hockey before tonight." "Why aren't you two fucking in the bathroom right now?" Emmett asked seriously." I replied. Standing. At least for now. "See. I said. "Don't even worry bro. that would've done a little more damage if you worked out like that guy. "Cause she turned me down when I came onto her. "You gonna make me ask?" he finally blurted out. "Rose might stop by after she gets off work at nine." I shrugged." "Sweet. still staring at my bicep. "Screw you." Punching the fuck out of his arm only made him laugh harder. ." "Cool. but I think we're good." Emmett went back to staring at the TV." Emmett raised his eyebrows a few times. yeah. I turned my chair around to sit in it backwards." "How do you know?" I asked hesitantly. I apologized. Once I was settled with my elbows on the table." "Yeah. not letting my voice give anything away." "Congratulations to her. "I'm sure we will have to talk later. I tried. Told him about your new job. "Trust me. burly type. Bella isn't into the big." Emmett huffed. but there was some definition there. "Bella tried spring rolls.

We slowly drank our beer and watched ESPN as we waited for Ben to show up.. "What are you celebrating?" Bella asked." I snickered. seemingly more proud than I was. Grabbing her wrist. then Emmett. "Since when did you get a job?" . Bella slightly smirked. I wanted a bathroom." Bella stared at me. Bella. There was a static between us that was un-fucking-real.thought I'd let you know. moving her face closer to mine. patting me on the back. "My shift is almost over." "Hi. "Hi. too. letting her hand rest on the back of my neck as she asked..Emmett.. I wanted her. I realized I had lost track of Bella. I wanted sex. Twenty minutes later. looking at me. refraining from raising my eyebrows. I discreetly watched Bella." With a cheesy smile." she said. confused at what she was asking me." she said with an easy laugh. I pulled her into my lap. "No way?" Emmett smiled. "Just. Emmett watched ESPN." Emmett announced. She shifted in my lap. "Since when?" "Since when what?" I asked. That was more interesting to me than NHL playoffs anyway.182 - . so I'm going to head home and go to bed. And I was pretty sure she did that shit on purpose. causing my dick to get hard. Well. You're looking good tonight. Emmett said.. "Your boy here is gainfully employed. "You're leaving? You don't want to celebrate with us?" I asked playfully. because fuck if I was going to let my brother hit on her."Subtle. so I turned around and noticed her walking over to our table with a smirk. "Way.

keeping Bella in my lap. Really." Emmett agreed. indeed. Seth's mom. but yeah. The poor kid is stuck with me." "That's a good show. running her fingers through the back of my hair." she snickered. mentioned an opening with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. causing Bella to slightly jump. "Poor kid.183 - . Ben glared. no joke about me being immature enough to hang around kids?" "I was getting there." I squeezed her thigh and smiled. then said. but I really need to go get some sleep. Emmett howled. "That's life.twelve hours ago? I wanted to call you. working or something. "What's going to happen to Seth?" "Nothing."Oh.. I don't really know what the fuck she was doing.. "So. We both turned around as Emmett motioned to catch Ben's attention. "That's awesome." Bella said as the rest of us laughed. "What." Bella laughed. I told them I didn't want the job if I couldn't still be Seth's Big Brother. When Animals Attack or some shit. "Not that I don't enjoy a nice sausage fest." Emmett suddenly yelled Ben's name. so I applied last Friday to be a Case Manager." Bella paused for a second." I nodded towards him. Like. Bella rolled her eyes. "What took you so long?" "Dude." Ben snickered.. That mean this round is on you?" Tapping the top of Ben's beer bottle with the bottom of mine.a flock of pigeons attacked her. "This lady was on top of a building. "Benjamin. I got hooked on some show.. causing her to fall off and become road kill." . Carmen. it began to rapidly foam and overflow all over the table.. Edward. but get this." "That's awful. I heard you're employed..

checking around to see if Bella had actually left. some random waitress served me the beers." I smiled slyly. okay?" "Fine. and just as I turned to leave. Barely two minutes later. . I'm sticking to beer. remember?" "Not a distraction if we're both sleeping. "You don't want to hang out later?" I questioned. "Since we're celebrating and all. Bella flipped him off and said. I never thought I'd see the day. I went to the bar to grab some beers." "Nah. changing the subject." "Then leave your door unlocked for me. "So. Bella tsked me and said." I offered." Ben and Emmett said simultaneously. "Dude." Emmett added." "Yeah. Ben leaned over and said. "I didn't want to hang out with you anyway. You boys behave. raising his eyebrows." Bella warned as she walked away. we getting shitty tonight?" Ben asked. I give up. I noticed a shady looking guy standing a few feet away from me. I'm sure I'll be asleep by the time you guys are done celebrating. But that didn't keep me from flipping them off. something about his demeanor felt off. shut the hell up. "Dude's got a point. "Distraction.184 - . keeping my hand wrapped around her wrist." I said as I dropped her wrist. but I was pretty sure I knew what he was talking about. "Nice try. But I can go get us another round." "Oh.Bella stood and patted my leg once. I'll call you tomorrow. cause that's totally safe." "What?" I questioned. They were so fucking right. "You're fucked. I overheard the guy ask the waitress where Bella was tonight.

He fucked Bella up.185 - . "Hey. "That fucker is dead.to my fist. that was pretty lame. You should break. "You know him?" "Nah. Who's that guy over there? The blond one.." Rosalie snickered. "Edward's about to do something he's going to regret. but Ben scanned the bar." "New job implies he had an old job. But I was about to introduce him. That's why I didn't fucking say it out loud. "Y'all don't get it. okay? Maybe tomorrow. slapping a hand across Emmett's chest. suddenly very aware of his every move. Ben handed me a pool cue in exchange for a beer. and why the hell was he looking for Bella? I noticed Emmett. had set-up camp over near a pool table. Emmett ignored me to talk with Rosalie." He frowned for a second before nodding towards the pool table." Emmett laughed uncomfortably." I asked Ben and Emmett. too sly for his own fucking good. and now Rose. Yeah. What's going on?" I pointed in James' direction. "Rose. "Em?" Ben reached out. so I walked over and set the beers on an empty table nearby. but tonight we're celebrating your new job. and gave Emmett a death glare. Ben." "Yo. trying to sneak glances in James' general direction. His facial expression suddenly changed as he looked away and pretended to be very intrigued with the tip of the cue. "Let's not murder anyone tonight." "That's James?" I asked. Bella's ex. narrowed my eyes. not now!" I yelled. "Hey.." "What do you mean?" Emmett asked slowly. "James.What the fuck? Who was this guy. ." I set my beer on the pool table's felt and popped my knuckles." "Whoa.

" After the shock of Rose's tone wore off. I let out a chuckle. Should I talk him up for a bit? Pretend I know him. This was the blonde douche who was at the bar trying to talk to Bella a few months ago. I had no idea how to go about this."He fucked her over!" "That's the douche who cheated on Bella?" Rosalie asked. blonde douche." "Dude's got blonde hair. "Who the hell are you?" Tilting my head back." James stood from the table and stared me down. Honestly. and neither is Bella. assuming he'd misheard me. then attack when he wasn't ready? No. giving me space. He obviously didn't see me as a threat." "Then what is this about?" James stepped back." "Excuse me?" James smiled slowly. I nodded and knew what I had to do. "Yes..186 - . I had to go with hostile. That's when it hit me. offer to buy him a drink." Emmett trailed off in shock. maybe searching for Bella." Rosalie said with authority. tilting his head to the side. "Leave Bella the fuck alone. I'd give her that. do you hear me?" . huh?" He glanced around the bar. I'd have to change that. I couldn't go with friendly. I will. "What's your deal?" he asked in a dark tone. "You're lookin' for Bella. I didn't actually know what I was supposed to do.. "That's none of your God damn business. So I walked over and said the first thing that came to mind. She was a little faster than Emmett. "Hey. "Go beat his ass. I didn't want the fucker to think I was gay. "Do I know you?" "Nope. then focused on me. "If you don't.

so I made the mistake of turning slightly to see what Emmett was yelling about. "Hey! You two!" Someone of authority. He pulled out of my grip. I cursed loudly. The fucker deserved it.His face flicked with recognition. I heard Emmett yell. James stood in place. especially while sober. Only a few people around us noticed the confrontation. I see what this is about now. That's when James sucker punched the fuck out of my jaw. literally. You see my dilemma. Adrenaline was pumping through my veins. Examining my knuckles. He stumbled back as I shook out my hand. Punching someone in the face wasn't as easy as it looked. waiting for the satisfying sound of my knuckles making contact with his eye. causing my anger boil over. but I couldn't give a fuck. I fuck you up. "Ah. So without hesitation. Were you wanting to compare notes?" James cackled. This was going to be fun. I wanted him dead." I spat. "The fuck is your problem?" James hissed as he brought a hand to his lip and inspected the blood that covered his fingers. You!" I lunged forward before Emmett could grab my arm. From behind me. ready for whatever wrath I was about to lay upon him. which were now bleeding from contact with James' teeth. "You fucked her up. Swinging my torso. at least that's what I assumed. I decked him. I threw my weight into the next punch. but I also didn't want to go to jail. in his face.187 - . Before I could throw another punch. James was still a little shocked. but the fucker dodged it. Grease Monkey pulled me back with his iron . I wanted this asshole to pay. I laughed at his confusion. yelled across the bar. You know Bella. so I stepped forward and grabbed the collar of his shirt with both of my hands. mid-cackle. Slightly stumbling backward into his table. and that's about the time when people began to notice what was going on. "Fuck you! Fuck. bringing his face close to mine.

"No..." "Fuck!" I screamed and rubbed my good hand over my jaw." "I'm with him. but from what I do know. "Nicely done. I tried to catch my breath. Em! Did you see that shit?" Emmett just nodded in shock as Rosalie stumbled outside. alright? I know why you felt like you had to do that. "What is your problem. but did you ignore what the fuck I just said?" . And I think someone just called the cops." "I get it. "This doesn't involve you! Donkey Kong! Asshole!" As we busted through the doors." Emmett agreed. "Back the fuck up. "You should be beating the shit out of that fucker. but I don't think Bella is going to see it that way. that was sweet and all. huh?" Grease Monkey asked seriously. Grease!" I screamed as he pushed me out the back entrance of the bar. which was a little hard since I was still worked up. Emmett was two seconds behind us." "Okay. shit. "At least now he will leave her alone. Probably not. too? I was there when he pulled that shit on Bella. You don't think I hate him.188 - ." "Then what the hell? Let's go back in there and-" "That's gonna make Bella feel better. trying to release his grip on me." My breathing began to slow." "She doesn't have to know!" I spat. but his arms were so fucking oily. Em. I would've thought you'd at least get two hits in. staring at Grease Monkey. I had to watch her go through it. "But it made me feel fucking better. She should at fucking least appreciate that.grip and baby-oiled arms. I fought against him. Although. "No one tells me much. too! Not holding me back!" "No. man?" I hissed. "He sucker punched me." "Thanks. that blonde dude deserved it.

.that was pretty badass of you. I entered the empty bathroom and made my way into the stall to take a piss. "I'll close the tab." "Go clean yourself up. Edward. okay?" Emmett said. It wasn't too bad. "Like a motherfucker. but my cheek had begun swelling. "What did you do?" "What are you doing here?" I asked. You need to get out of here. No use getting in trouble over this nonsense. Awesome. but. okay?" "Hey. Bella busted through the bathroom door that second and glared. It was." He nodded. patting my shoulder.." He pointed towards the door and said. As I washed my hands. I made sure the cops hadn't arrived yet so I could sneak inside." I shrugged nonchalantly. "Put in a good word for me. Hesitantly. okay? I care about her. "I'd go get cleaned up then get the hell out of here.. completely confused and slightly aroused at the same time.189 - . Meet me out front in a few. wasn't it? "I do what I can." I had a feeling that'd be the first and last time I'd call him by his real name. wait.. I examined the damage James had done. "The owner called the cops." Grease Monkey said as Rose and Em disappeared inside. huh?" Grease Monkey laughed. "I thought you were going home to sleep?" "I wasn't home yet when Jake called me. so I turned around. "Thanks. "Your hand my hurt pretty bad. snapping her fingers.. And Ibuprofen." "Yeah." I trailed off. Splashing my face with cool water helped a little. As if the universe was playing a trick on me. You punched James?" . "Bella will probably be pissed. I'd definitely need ice for the swelling. And maybe Bella." I smirked..Jake.Rosalie interrupted.

She asked, looking a little more pissed than concerned. "Um, yeah. I had an adrenaline rush," I said quickly. "Why do you look pissed?" "Because I am!" Leaning against the sink, I took in her appearance; she was livid, but I couldn't figure out why. "Explain yourself." Shaking her head, Bella grabbed a handful of paper towels and pushed me out of the way to turn on the faucet. "No, you should be explaining yourself. Why'd you do it? Are you drunk? Were you just looking to fight or what?" "No!" I breathed heavily, getting worked up all over again. "I'm not fucking drunk. I barely drank two beers." "Okay." With one hand holding the wet paper towel to my cheek, she inspected the hand that punched James. "I thought you'd be happy," I admitted as I stared down at her. Bella narrowed her eyes at the swelling of my cheek. "You started a fight, over me, at my place of employment. What part of that did you think would make me happy?" "I guess I didn't really think about it." I shrugged. "But...shit, that's a lie. The more I thought about it - about James and what he did to you - the more I wanted to fuck up his face." "Okay. You're just being ridiculous now! Why violence, huh? Really? Violence is the answer?" Bella poked my chest, trying to get me to answer her. "Not sure why you sound like a PSA right now, but yeah. Why not? If punching the shit out of his face is going to scare him away then it's obviously the answer." "Obviously," she scoffed and tossed the paper towels in the trash can behind her. "You're obviously really mature." "And you're obviously a fucking pushover. You're not doing anything to stand up for yourself! Christ, Bell! The dude pulls that shit on you a few years ago, then practically stalks you at work, yet you do nothing? Say nothing? I'm pretty sure if you told your bosses the situation, they'd help you out."
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"I'm a pushover?" she asked. Of course, that was the only part she heard. "I don't stand up for myself?" "No. You don't! I felt the need to do it for you. Be pissed off; I don't care. You're not getting paid anymore so you don't have to worry about being a bitch. Be my fucking guest." "Oh, that's great. Really nice. Thanks, Edward. Thank you." "I was trying to be nice. Apparently, you still think I'm being an asshole!" I sneered, but still felt the need to grab her face with both of my hands. "Look. Listen to me. I fucking love you. I love you. You don't deserve to be treated like that. I'm not good with words, so I was trying to handle the situation as best as I could." Bella looked down and covered my hand with hers. "What if he hurt you, huh?" I pulled back. "What?" "What if you started that fight and...I don't know. What if he hurt you?" "Is this about the size of my arms, cause...that's really shitty of you." Bella looked at my arms questioningly and said, "No. What? Look what he did to your face." Her fingers grazed over the spot between my ear and mouth that had begun swelling. I winced slightly; kind of realizing why she might've been upset. She didn't actually care if I started a fight with her ex – or maybe she did - but she cared more about me...at least, I hoped, otherwise her outburst was completely unnecessary. "Nothing a little ice won't help. Not a big deal," I said, tightening my jaw. "It was worth it." "What if he had a gun?" she asked with wide eyes. "Or mace? Anything could have happened..." "Is that probable?" I smirked at her worry. "What grown man carries mace around?" "You never know." "Are you still upset?" I whispered, taking a step closer. "Because..."
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"What?" Glancing behind her, I reached over her shoulder and locked the bathroom door. "Oh, no," she muttered. "Edward." "Bella. Now, listen to me. I have some frustrations built up here...and..." "Edward! The bathroom? Seriously. I don't think now is the time." She shrieked, but still not looking completely opposed to this at all. "You just got in a fight!" "Yeah, over you. Cause I want you that God damn bad; I have to beat up every fucker who ever hurt you." Bella looked torn. I knew she wanted it. I could fucking see her chest rising with each quickened breath. "Don't be silly," she said in a low tone. "Don't be so sexy." Bella raised an eyebrow, thinking hard about something. Or maybe she was thinking about something hard...like my dick. "I've always wanted to have sex in here," I murmured in her ear. Bella pulled away, slapping my arm. "Hey, I said I wanted to, not that I have." Rolling her eyes, she sarcastically said, "Yeah, let's talk about your promiscuous past. That'll really get me in the mood." "Then tell me what gets you in the mood, Baby," I whispered against her neck, letting my mouth travel to her earlobe. She brought her hands to my chest, as if she were going to push me away. Instead, she yanked me closer by the collar of my shirt and moaned. "Edward...distraction." My hands roamed down the side of her hips as I pinned her between the wall and my dick. "You feel that?" I asked playfully, pushing my hard dick against her. "That's what
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you fucking do to me," I said, almost angry. "Fuck," she said. "Yeah. Fuck." I leaned my head down, brought one hand to the back of her head and kissed her; ready to fucking take her right here, in this bathroom. I brought both of my hands to the bottom of her ass and easily lifted her as I walked backward. With her legs wrapped around my waist, I turned around and set her ass on the counter of the sink, standing in between her legs. She bit her lip, and then I stopped, pulled back from our kiss and stared into her lustful eyes. Was I really going to fuck Bella in a bathroom? "I really, really want you," I murmured against her lips. "I want you, too." "Right here?" She slightly moved her hips on the counter, trying to get closer to me. "No. Not here." Laughing, but defeated, I said, "Okay. Fine." I kissed her again, because she had nice, soft lips. And if I wasn't going to get to fuck her, I'd at least kiss her. As if on cue, Emmett began banging on the bathroom door. "Edward, what the hell? Come on, let's go." "Gimme a second," I said as I stared at Bella. He probably had no idea she was in here. "I know Bella is in there. You two better not be fucking. Cops are out here; we need to sneak you out the back while Ben is distracting them." Bella laughed and hopped off the counter, hitting the door twice with her fist. "Hey, I'm sorry if I was upset with you over hitting James. It was kind of nice of you, in a totally fucked up way." "I'm a nice guy."
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let's make like a tree and get out of here."I know you are.. And I don't want to have to visit you in jail. "Yeah. "More than you'd like to admit. okay?" "I know you do.. but you're more Marty McFly than Biff Tannen." If I wasn't sure before. If you wanna know more about that poor lady who was attacked by pigeons. huh?" What? I was fucking horny. I mean. "I bet you also like my dick.194 - . A/N: Back To The Future reference? Check! There roughly 4 chapters left. And you have to know I care about you." She nodded.S. check out Dirt Roads by winehoes (collab w/Livie79).I was fucked. I was in love with a girl who referenced Back To The Future to me in a nasty ass bathroom. . so. Ben and Emmett were right. She nodded again." I kissed her. you tried spring rolls for Christ's sake. Now all I had to do was wait for her to admit she loved me too. "I hate to break it to ya. That obviously counts for something. I still got big plans for these two kids! Thanks for reading & see you next Friday! P." I admitted. blushing this time. and I had to ask. I was definitely fucking positive now." Bella laughed before saying. "I do.

" After much needed sleep. I texted Bella around five in the evening thinking I had given her plenty of time to study. "Maybe we should finish what we started in the bathroom. and Advil." "Tomorrow." Bella pushed me towards Emmett's car and said. I am. She also suggested I look into signing up for anger management classes.which was not in handcuffs." "Uh huh. which I thought was a little overboard. "Such a romantic. Ffaddward. Livie79 and MsHavisham79 :') Chapter Nineteen After I was escorted out of Cain and Abel's ." I whispered in her ear as she hugged me goodbye. okay? Ice your jaw. It definitely wasn't a hobby of mine." "With you.Bella suggested it was best if I went home with Emmett.195 - . SO much love goes out to A Jasper For Me. water. and we'll talk tomorrow when I'm not busy studying. "Better text me back. "Get some sleep. I didn't kill anyone. but maybe it would become one if James didn't take a fucking hint...Chapter 19 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. And it's not like I went around punching the shit out of people's faces for fun. E: come over B: I'm studying ." I assured her. thank you very much .

. E: I wanna see u B: you always want to see me. Well. "Ah. B: studying. E: you need to eat. ." I winked and let Bell in. "Sure. surprise. come eat w/me.196 - . E: come over & i'll make it worth ur while Fifteen minutes later.." Bella sauntered past me. No fucking way she would wear that tiny of a skirt and that tight tank to only come over and eat grilled fucking cheese. will you leave me alone for the rest of the weekend? E: no. "I'm here for the grilled cheese. In her tight jean skirt. ur supposed to come with me to Esme's bbq on saturday to celebrate my job B: you're lucky you have good hair. ur texting B: Edward. grilled cheese? B: if I come over for an hour. you're too needy. I had to adjust the hard on I was getting. B: did you already get your inheritance? E: no." she lied. B: then why would I sue you? E: cute. E: sue me.E: no ur not. because cheese needed to be grilled. there was a knock on Emmett's door. let's get to it. Surprise.

too." I looked up from my laptop and smiled at her sleepy grin. Rose buys this shit. "Starving. No wonder. "Thanks?" "Enough small talk.197 - . and assumed she'd only be out for thirty minutes. You sit your cute little ass in the living room." she noted as she patted my cheek. That shit would put me to sleep." she mumbled." I instructed before kissing the side of her head." Silence. "I hope you don't mind the vegan. I let her sleep because I figured she needed her rest. I haven't seen him since this morning. "If you really don't like it. "Bell?" I called out before walking out of the kitchen to find Bella passed out on the over-sized beanbag in the living room. and I listened to the hushed murmurs of whatever show she was watching. "Go!" I smacked her ass. lactose-free cheese I have to use. I'm taking over. Two hours later. I pulled her into me." Still no answer. you. Bella turned on the television. maybe we have some peanut butter or something. "Hey."Where's Emmett?" she questioned." She scoffed as she wrapped her arms around my waist. for good measure. "Noooo. Bella stirred awake on the beanbag. but it actually doesn't taste too bad. since your last stint with the toast. ." "Well. she was watching TMZ. Grilled cheese me. covering her face with her hand. "Bossy. "I have no idea." Laughing." "Your face looks a little better. and I'll make your food.

no. So. anyway." She grinned. I don't know. I was just making sure he wasn't here because I'm about to fuck you on the beanbag.198 - ." "Have you ever fucked on this beanbag before?" Bella whispered." "He got home an hour ago. "Is Emmett here?" she randomly asked for the second time since she arrived. I mean. "No. "Not yet. "Never." she panted as my hand slid up and down her thigh. keeping her eyes closed. But you fell asleep before you could eat it. "Because-" "No. No.you're into Em now?" Bella stared at me in bewilderment and said."Did you drug my grilled cheese?" she asked with a yawn. Not hungry. Oh. "You know how hard it was to watch you sleep over here without being able to touch you?" "Mmm. "What. yeah. "Yeah. I drugged it.." Bella laughed." I let my hand slide under her bra. "Uh.. causing her eyes to fly open. huh?" ." my head nuzzled against her neck." "Good. and I'm pretty sure he's asleep. "if you're quiet we won't wake him. Is that okay with you?" "Oh." "Get over here.. "Good thing you're wearing a skirt. then under her tight shirt." "Are you hungry?" I asked quietly. lying next to her on the beanbag. so I didn't get to take advantage of you.. "What the fuck?" I pulled my hand out from under her shirt. tangling her fingers in my hair." My fingers trailed over her stomach. maybe. taking her breast in my palm.

"No. "Do we need..199 - . "You're really fucking beautiful. "Kind of?" she teased as I dropped to my knees and kissed the inside of her thigh. biting her lip." I hissed.. "Hey." I hummed against her skin. I pulled those fuckers off. Frantically unbuttoning my jeans. "You're kind of beautiful. She fucking needed me. that's so hot. "No. That was so much better than her saying she wanted me." I whispered." My dick throbbed at the thought." I hesitated. baby.I want to watch you. kicking them across the room. No. pulling her shirt over her head. pulling on my neck to kiss me. Apparently that was all she needed because her hands flew to her waist." I coaxed as I bit her ear. letting me slide that off as well." I growled. "I am. "I bet you're so wet. I gently pulled her underwear down to her ankles as she unbuttoned her skirt.. along with my boxers.."I come prepared. I need you in me." . She unhooked her bra." She shuddered. I just want you." Fuck.. "Take this off." Bella moaned as she slipped two fingers inside. "You like this? You like watching me?" "Fuck yeah. baby?" "Hmm?" "Touch yourself. Who says that shit? It was true though. "Fuck.. slightly pinching.. Just you." Bella winked. feeling like a douche.. "Wha-" "Come on." she practically begged as she lifted my shirt over my head. I cupped her breast. hand slipping in her underwear.

"Shit. She closed her eyes.fuck.I can't." She did." she writhed underneath me. so I thrust faster and kissed harder until we both came." I grunted... "Oh my. but I needed to wait for her..it's." "Bell.. No.... I had to put my hand over her mouth to quiet her.." "Al. "Hey. and I just. I was about to fucking lose it." I growled.. My feet were sliding on the carpet. a light laugh escaping from her lips. I felt her walls constricting against my dick.... hovering over her on the beanbag.. "Wrap your ankles around me. Because it was just us." "." "Your dick.. She bit down on it..fell in fucking love or something... "This beanbag. but that didn't slow my pace as she dug her nails into my back. Because"Holy shit..I don't. catching my breath." .is awesome. Baby. Just Bell and me.." I kissed my way up her stomach.. I pushed the hair out of her face. I had seen lust before... it's.. then my neck. That so wasn't fucking it.most. and fuck." she moaned." she started as I slowly pushed into her. I pushed deeper. ". "You. only causing my dick to twitch even more. "Ugh. And I wanted to fucking cry at how warm and wet and fucking good she felt. all of me.200 - .Bella gazed down at me with some sort of. And then I just laid there on top of her.I'm-" She started moaning my name.so fucking good.. trying to distract myself. so fucking loud.lust in her eyes.

.. of course." "You realize you pretty much just admitted you love me. in a way. I texted her to let her know I still had her underwear." "I'm surprised you lasted this long. she went home claiming she had taken a long enough break from studying. "What?" She non-crazy eyed me for a second. The next morning." she admitted quietly." I had a feeling she was teasing me.I'm shocked." "Because you're so charming. I didn't.. pulling her lips to mine.. right?" I asked playfully. right? You definitely have a way with words. looking thoughtful. That's all. "I know.. I rolled next to her on the beanbag and ran my hands over my face.. Oh. glancing down at my lap. "I know. I think we're good. How could you expect to not fall in love with me?" "Oh. "This is a first. Go on. "You're different. with me." I chuckled. Bella." Bella smiled against my lips. "It was only a matter of time." she paused. I'd tease her." I hummed.. And you're absolutely not cocky whatsoever. "Well. using a soothing tone. playing with a piece of hair that fell into my eye. you're wrong about that last part." Bella caught her breath. That fuckin' girl.Those were her words. "Only a matter of time. I was trying my hardest not to fucking laugh at her expression. knowing she was about to go all crazy eyes on me.201 - ." I teased. Unfortunately. my thoughts exactly. Bell. "No. But really. "You're kind of amazing. I was just saying that-" "It's okay. then lost it again as I pulled out of her. Bella didn't feel like sharing the couch.. or beanbag. So. still calm. I let her know she was welcome here anytime she needed a break. "I guess I just. It's good. and ." I smirked. But you're the same.

" "Are you okay?" Bella whispered so no one could hear. Just precious. finally had a job." Carlisle said. I knew I loved Bella. I snorted at that shit. Give the lady a break. but I had a feeling it was only so she could get her underwear back.I'd get my money. My aunt and uncle had spent all day telling me how proud they were of me but. I wasn't so sure. Did I? "Honey. . And it was sitting in my lap." I muttered as Bella walked over to sit in my lap. "We just can't get over how proud we are. Edward.I'd leave her alone to study for the day if she so graciously accompanied me to Carlisle and Esme's the following day. "Yeah. yeah. and I wasn't sure how Bella was going to react around her... I should come clean. the six of us were gathered on the back porch. and now." Esme sighed in delight. maybe if I loved her enough. grabbing the pan of chicken from Carlisle. I was having a great fucking time.. Yeah. But I wasn't. Rose was meeting us there. Or not. if you want to take the chicken inside.something felt off.. After a quick swim. I'll finish up the steak. too. I didn't have to say anything at all. Yeah. of course.. "Precious. I should've been ecstatic. "Makin' her do all the hard work. drinking and watching Carlisle grill. kissing Esme's temple. Something wasn't right. Bella and I drove over with Emmett to the barbeque the next afternoon.something that felt like guilt was making me feel sick for lying to Carlisle and Esme about Bella.202 - . but. "And you two. had Bella." Esme gushed for the tenth time today." Emmett sighed loudly.. She said yes. And.

come help me prepare the salad?" Waving at Bella." I snorted." Carlisle snickered. "Your parents would be proud of you." he commented as he focused on the grill in front of him." I could keep my mouth shut."Thank you. I was pretty sure Carlisle had never grilled a day in his life. but followed Em." "I'm serious. and I almost asked if they had fired their chef. but thought better of it. Rose and Esme inside. willing myself to keep my mouth shut." "Yeah. She stared at me in confusion. . "Girls." Carlisle expressed as he cut me off." I rubbed the back of my neck. "Thanks. But the guilt wouldn't fucking go away. "Can we talk for a sec-" "Congratulations on your new job." I said lamely.or something.. "Hey. regardless of the circumstances. listening to the steak sizzling on the grill." Esme hummed. Carlisle smiled and just had to add. Laurent. "Well.. her carefree laughter causing me to smile. "Esme and I are very proud of the man you're becoming. For a while . It was obviously a new fucking color on him .. "New implies I had an old job. Carlisle stared at me in shock and asked what was wrong.. Rose's words echoed in my head after his words of congratulations.dammit. "God. No problem. he wouldn't be as upset.after some of the stunts you pulled . I swallowed and stared at Bella through the kitchen window.203 - . maybe if I came clean to Carlisle. And. but it was good-natured. He almost looked and sounded proud.. Edward.at least regarding me . Edward. So.so it was hard to put my finger on it.I wasn't sure things were going to fall into place for you... dropping my head. C?" I asked.. I mouthed I'd meet her inside..here goes.. you mentioned that earlier. I was pretty sure Bella would no longer accept the money from me.

." "Use your words. "Or." .. Not at first. "What exactly does that mean? You two spend a lot of time together to not be considered dating." "It means." I set my hands on my hips." "That's good.." "Was there something else you wanted to tell me?" Opening my mouth." I blurted out. pretending like that was the best fucking news I had heard all day.. Carlisle gave me a weird chuckle and said. and waited for him to yell. "Well? What is it.did you fire Laurent?" Frowning.. I winced and. I lied.. be able to stand being around anyone for a decent amount of time. But he didn't. It's so hard to get a job nowadays. It means."I don't think you're going to like what I'm about to tell you. Carlisle followed my gaze... Yeah.we weren't.shit.204 - ." I admitted. "No.. I knew I wouldn't. I'd hate to think of Laurent living on the streets. I could give a fuck less about Laurent. "Bella and I aren't really dating." "Then do you mind grabbing that pan and helping me carry this food in?" Nodding. Edward?" "I." "It means Emmett told me about our inheritance money. sun beating down on my face.. "I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. Carlisle shut the grill and grabbed the pan from my hands before turning to head inside. we are but.he told me about the conditions.well... So. Because now or never. and I knew I wouldn't find a relationship. I watched in a daze as Carlisle grabbed a pair of tongs and set the steaks on the pan I held. eyes landing on Bella." Carlisle paused in place before slowly turning to face me. "Awesome. I stood there. right? Right.." Carlisle shook his head for a second.you know. or. "No.. I offered to pay Bella to date me.

"The conditions," I said in exasperation. "For Emmett and I to get our inheritance money." "Yes. I caught that part, but I'm not sure what any of that has to do with you paying Bella." Okay, I guess I could fucking repeat myself...for the third time...and if that didn't work, I could spell it out for him. "The condition of needing to be married or in a serious relationship. Emmett has Rose; I was all fucking forever alone, famous ladies man...so...I told her I'd pay her if she dated me for a while, just to appease you and Esme." Carlisle set the pan down on the brick counter next to the grill. "I'm slightly worried at what you're implying, but I have to first tell you, there was no such condition." "Huh?" "The only stipulation was you and your brother graduate college. Your parents didn't want you to depend on the money; they wanted you both to have something worth while to fall back on; to not become spoiled and unappreciative," Carlisle explained, eying me as if I had lost my mind. "I'm not sure what this condition about being married or...in a relationship is, but if you explain further, maybe we can figure it out." Mother fucking Emmett. I'm pretty sure fire blew out my nose. Or my ass. Or...just, some form of heat took over my body, because I was livid. "Emmett. He's dead," I chucked darkly, staring at the group of people surrounding the kitchen table inside. "He's dead!" Jogging towards the house, I leaped up the steps and burst through the sliding doors. "You motherfucker." Emmett greeted me with a smile. "Carlisle burned the steaks, didn't he? I told you he'd burn at least two steaks," he nudged Bella with his arm, and I slapped it away.
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Yeah, it looked as ridiculous as it sounded. "You lied to me!" I spat. "You fucking lied to me, and...and I had to pretend to be in a relationship! I had to lie to Carlisle and Esme. I had to...fuck!" Bella's smile faded when she realized I wasn't joking around. In fact, everyone looked a little...uncomfortable at my outburst. Including Emmett. Especially Emmett. Carlisle finally walked in, steaks in hand, and watched the show. Yeah, let's just all sit around and watch the spectacle that is Edward's life! Watch everything I've worked for go down the fucking drain. "Yeah. Yeah. You know, I'm just chillin' outside with my uncle, and I decide to come clean about pretending to date Bella and offering to pay her money." I kept talking, ignoring Esme's confused 'what in the world?'s and 'Bella? Bella what is he talking about?'s. "Imagine my surprise when C looks at me like I am insane. And I'm a pretty level guy, Em. I don't easily lose my shit." "Says the guy who got into a bar fight three nights ago," Rose snickered. I flipped her off. Esme gasped. I wasn't sure why; it's not like she thought I was a fucking saint or anything. "Carlisle said the only stipulation was we graduate college," I remarked calmly, because Emmett still had yet to speak and maybe this whole thing was a big misunderstanding. "Is that true?" "Yes," Emmett replied, never faltering. "It's true." "For fuck's...sake." "Edward." Bella suddenly snapped. "Isn't that enough? You're overreacting." "Overreacting?" I screamed. "No, no, no. Do you have any idea what I've been through these past few months? Thinking I had to...and then you! And it was all fake, but-" My breath became labored as I took in the stares of my family. And Bella. Oh, God. Bella. Each of their faces held something different:
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Disappointment. Confusion. Shock. Pity. Pain. The latter was the worst, and it was clear as day on Bella's face. Shit. Bella stared down in her lap and said as quietly as possible, "I think I'm ready to go home now." Esme began wailing about whatever the fuck, Carlisle regarded me with heavy eyes, and Bella stood to leave. Because I had fucked up. Again. "You don't have to leave," I said quickly, grabbing her arm, only to have her pull away. "I think," she hissed, "you made your point. I'm ready to leave." "Bella..." Emmett said this time. "He's a fucking moron. Take it with a grain of salt, okay?" "Not helping," I muttered as she stalked out of the room. "Edward. Go after her," Esme instructed without looking me in the eyes. Shaking my head, Emmett handed me the keys; I walked outside to find Bella leaning against his car. She avoided my gaze as I unlocked and attempted to open her door. "I got it!" she snapped, opening the door herself. Slowly walking around the car, I took a deep breath and held it until I was inside the car. "You have to understand..." I whispered, releasing my breath and staring straight
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ahead. "Start the car." I shook my head. "Not until you talk to me." "If you won't take me home, I'll get Emmett to." Bella began to open the passenger side door. So I leaned over and slammed it shut, because hell if I was going to let her walk away from me without letting me first explain. "I'm not in the mood to talk about this! You've already said what you had to say in there. I get it, okay?" She reached for the keys, so I stuck them in my pants. "You don't get it though." "I have ears. It's fine. You found out you didn't actually have to pretend to date me and...it's normal for you to be upset." "I'm upset with Emmett! I'm not fucking upset I met you, okay? I don't regret that. Don't you think I'm entitled to be a little caught off guard with this new information?" Bella shrugged before pulling the seat belt across her chest. "I think we want different things." "Oh, really? Please, do tell me what it is you think I want? Cause I'm pretty fucking sure it's you," I declared, causing her to snort. "Even before I realized it; it's always been you." "Edward, stop. Please? I shouldn't have come here today anyway. I should've been studying." Grabbing her chin, I forced her to look at me. "Can you look at this from my point of view for a second?" "Sure." Bella pulled away and turned in her seat to face me. "You needed me to help you get your inheritance. We pretended to date. You got to fuck me without any expectations. Emmett lied to you, for whatever reason, and now you're free." Her tone was as cold as her eyes. "I think that sums it up." "Will you please shut the fuck up?" I hissed, because she really needed to stop saying shit like that. "You know that's not true."
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trying to ignore the way she discreetly tried to wipe her eyes. you said I changed... "I can't change. never looking in my eyes. "You don't have to hide from me. I just." I admitted. You fucking. I had a feeling it'd be the longest week of my life. Thanks for reading! ." I started the car and drove her home. "I can't completely change. And.. Bella. I'm the one who did have expectations. anyway." "I also said you're the same. I vote for more beanbag time. almost defeated." "Excuse me for not wanting to get hurt. you somehow remind me of who I'm dealing with here."Don't talk to me like that!" "I said please.Hi.. Every time we hang out.can't right now." "Take me home. that would help clear things up. grabbing the back of her neck. It's all Emmett's fault. Do your thing.. You're the one who still won't admit you're in love with me. at Emmett's.209 - . and then we can figure this out. Don't shoot the writer. dammit Bella." "The other night." I spoke softly before she exited the car. A/N:. okay? Start your new job on Monday." she whispered. and I can't stop my feelings for you. I need space. slamming the door..you know I've changed. "Give me a week to finish my finals." "You-" Bell cut me off.

avoiding my glare." Fucker wanted to get drunk and hash shit out? Fine. You're an inconsiderate prick who doesn't think before spewing shit out of that fucking mouth of yours. "What I realize is I was doing you a fucking favor. no. "And you realize the only reason why she's upset is because she doesn't hate you at all. and you're too ignorant to understand that.Chapter 20 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. I could do that. yeah?" "You realize that has nothing to do with me." ." But I grabbed the glass anyway. Emmett immediately refilled my glass. Ffaddward. and added two ice cubes to each glass. Emmett." "Hissy fit?" I scoffed. "Get your ass back over here. don't you?" I asked as I wiped my mouth. downing his own glass. We need to address your little hissy fit earlier.210 - . "You realize Bella fucking hates me even more than before. Livie79 and MsHavisham79 :') Chapter Twenty There was a peace offering on the coffee table when I walked into the apartment: a bottle of Maker's Mark and two whiskey glasses. Big hugs and sloppy kisses for A Jasper For Me. yeah?" Emmett countered. I turned back around and almost made it to the door when he finally spoke." Emmett instructed as he poured a generous amount of whiskey into the glasses. no. because it was the good shit and who was I to refuse that? "No. Emmett appeared from the kitchen. "Not in the mood. "You realize that was all your fault. tilting my head back to empty the glass in one gulp.

I was busy playing with the burners on the stove. "So why'd you do it. "It was a joke.211 - ." I rolled my eyes and walked into the kitchen to grab more ice."Don't hold back." "That's your opinion. And I do shit. "I don't feel like dealing with her judgmental ass tonight." "Stupid shit. before Rose gets here and adds her two cents." I snorted. You'd be raw dogging some random ho and not doing shit. I didn't actually think he did this to be malicious. "You're my bro.what the fuck would you be doing right now if it weren't for me lying to you. you should probably get the fuck out right now because you don't know me at all. for thirty minutes until Emmett was sitting on the kitchen floor. "Nah. quick. ignoring my glass and swigging that shit straight from the bottle." "I don't raw dog. huh?" I opened my mouth and Em cut me off. If I did that. I passed him the bottle. Tell me how you really feel. "Well? Lay it on me. "Just because you don't agree with the shit I do." I muttered as I sat my ass on the counter next to the stove." Emmett argued." "Tell me. I had no where else to go. but I just want you to be happy." he grumbled." The conversation went on like that. Also. I'm sure." Laughing. humming the theme song to "Full House". "It was a stupid joke for kicks. doesn't give you the right to butt in and fucking lie to me. both of us disagreeing. you'd cry like a little bitch. I didn't think you'd ." Emmett shook his head and followed me.." "Yes it does. and I just want to see you do something. you asshole. huh? Were you bored? Wanted to see me fuck up even more? I'm intrigued. "If you honestly think I did this to be malicious. listening to the clicking sound when Emmett suddenly veered back on topic. It sounds homo." Okay.. " That does sound homo." I trailed off and grabbed the bottle of Maker's Mark. turning them on and off. "Exactly.

" Emmett explained.. It's. "You're just so clueless. "For some reason you kept bringing her around. And then you met Bella. and the more you hung out with her . man. I would've eventually met her at Cabel's. cause you're kind of a douchebag. "I shouldn't have lied to you." "Emmett. and I laughed at his drunk ass." Emmett slurred. I had my moments.the less likely it became that I was able to tell you I made all of it up.212 - . "But it's true. and I was like oh." "Enough with the points. maybe you weren't so wrong after all." I chuckled. and it kinda pissed me off. Because it was okay." I laughed again because he was right. but she probably wouldn't have given me the time of day.okay. "Well. it was wrong to lie to you. "Cause every time she'd stare at you. and if she did. I just wanted you to have what I have.. I would've never fallen in love with Bella..what was I supposed to do? You fucking showed up on my doorstep. . She's scary like that. but I figured it'd all work out in the end." He hiccuped. "No. or at least I hoped it would be. I know. "You have a point. Since when do you listen to anything I say?" "Yeah. I still would've wanted her around even if she didn't have to be." "Yeah. I would've most likely pulled the 'Fuck and Duck' on her. But.actually go and find someone. this's going to be funny. even though I went about it in a shitty way." I finally said. And now I realize that was mistake number one. not really. thinking back to the first time we met." "I don't know." "I don't think it would've mattered anyway. she looked like she was going to rip your balls off." "Nah." How could I hold him responsible for this? If he wouldn't have fucked up all of this and lied to me..the more involved you got . Sure." I yawned." I growled.

but I was grateful for the distraction. "Hey. Baby. hopping off the counter. "Do you want me to talk to Bella? I can apologize and tell her we're both just dumb asses and you love her and all that good stuff. and Rose walked in. I guess I just have to wait and see if she thinks I'm worth it. Luckily. asking if I could stop by his office. I was disappointed Bella hadn't tried to contact me at all. and the Littles family I was assigned to." Rose nodded before walking over to Emmett and reaching out a hand to help him up off the floor. at least until after she's done with finals. Passing out early Sunday night. She stared at me as she set her bag on the kitchen table. How's Bella?" I shrugged." I noted. Checking my phone more than necessary. "Now. Carlisle called and left a message for me on Wednesday. I woke up around four in the morning and decided I'd get a head start before my first day of work. so I had the place to myself to wallow in my own misery." "That's understandable. whatever kept my mind off Bella and our fucked up situation. their Little. "And that's my cue. sounding way more pathetic than I intended. I wasn't sure what to expect. "It smells like kerosene and whiskey in here.213 - ." The next day was spent nursing one hell of a hangover." "She already knows I love her. . "Hey. "She wants her space. I was busy learning about all of my job duties. It hadn't even been twenty-four hours. I didn't bother calling him back before I showed up after my work day ended." Emmett greeted her with a sloppy kiss. and I was already missing her." I admitted. Emmett spent the day with Rose and her parents.The front door opened. which mainly consisted of monthly meetings with the volunteer. the next few days passed rather quickly." Emmett blocked me from escaping the awkward moment. "Must be some pow-wow." she stated with a smirk.

Because the answer was no. "I know what you think of me and compassionate isn't on the list. played soccer. that's not true at all." Carlisle smiled tightly and focused on the paperwork in front of him." I shoved my hands in my pockets. Stop trying to convince yourself otherwise. removing his glasses. "Edward. We're good. and then graduated from college with a degree. You wouldn't be able to work around children if you weren't. I'll stand. Can you honestly say you were happy with the direction of your life three months ago?" I thought about it. Is that all you wanted to say? I know you're a busy man." "No.. "I know I'm the screw up of the family. and I didn't want to answer him. .214 - . "You are compassionate. "We hashed it all out over a bottle of Maker's Mark." "Esme and I just want you to be happy. I'm not as compassionate as you and. so spare me the speech. Do you honestly believe you're a screw up?" "No. Carlisle yelled for me to enter." Carlisle ordered as he picked up his pen.Knocking twice. I didn't want to go to med or grad school after I graduated." "Edward. "I'm sad to say I expected more from you. "You can have a seat. I have a feeling this won't take long." Carlisle said my name sternly. but I know you do. "You're a good kid." "No shit. you look down on me for that or something.. leading me to believe the conversation was over." I muttered with attitude. He didn't look the least bit surprised to see me standing in the doorway. okay?" "Is that what you think?" Carlisle set his pen down and finally looked up. Edward." I laughed uncomfortably and leaned against the door. It was hard not to be a dick. You did very well in high school.I don't know." he said without looking up. okay? "I assume you and Emmett made up?" This made me snort. "Nah.

I honestly didn't care. "Have you talked to her at all?" I asked and hoped I didn't sound too pathetic. shaking my head. but I had texted her a few times to wish her well on her finals. Alright then.. I think you're being hard enough on yourself. . "You're a sentimental asshole.aren't you upset I lied to y'all about Bella? Aren't you going to tell me I was deceitful and scold me for lying to get money?" "No. I'll admit. "You're right. After work on Thursday." "Yeah. so I was fine with a new destination. I gave him an appreciative chuckle." I agreed. "Huh. It was Ben's idea not to go to Cain and Abel's." "Besides." But he was right. We notice the way you look at her.. I had inherited a fucking heart. Even if you started this for the money." Carlisle started." I chuckled." "What's that?" I questioned. I was hesitant to show up after being kicked out last week." Running a hand through my hair.215 - . you know. and she refused to respond. "We have eyes." "You wanted your inheritance. because there was no point in lying anymore. "Love. I knew Bella was busy. I met Ben and Angela for drinks. it turned into something so much more than that. I showed some restraint by waiting five minutes before asking Angela about Bella. Now I had to wait two more days to see if Bella could finally understand how I felt about her."Is that all?" I asked carefully. You don't need me to tell you what you did was wrong. but I believe you're walking away with something greater than the cost of the money. Carlisle smirked and said." "No wonder Esme puts up with you. stating he was sure I was no longer allowed at that bar. "I mean. But at this point.

Esme shut the door behind me and asked." I trailed off.. She's all stressed out and talking about dropping out of school for a while to work full time and help Charlie with the costs. I need it to help Bella. Part of me wanted to show up on her fucking doorstep just to give her a hug. Although on top of finals. Edward. she has Alzheimer's. causing Angela and Ben to flinch. I sent her a quick text just to let her know I was thinking about her.. Yes. you know if things progressed. "She didn't say much. Bella was definitely on my mind.. "Sorry." "I know. "I need your help.she shouldn't have to do that. It has to do with Bella. we are both fine. Carlisle stared at me with concern and motioned for me to keep talking. Something about the cost going up and insurance refusing to pay the extra amount." "What? Why?" "I don't know." Esme whispered. "Look. I just mean. covering her mouth. "She is doing fine. I met her Gram a few weeks ago." Angela responded thoughtfully." Angela shrugged."I've only talked to her twice since Tuesday. I wouldn't be too upset." was the first thing I said as I walked in. My inheritance." "She can't do that!" I yelled." Well. and working full time really put a damper on my night. . "I need the money." "How are you proposing to help Bella?" Carlisle asked calmly. dropping out of school. she's been busy helping her Gram move in with Charlie until they find a cheaper nursing home. "Are you okay? Is Emmett okay?" "Yes. That pretty much killed any buzz I had. Thinking about Bella stressing out over her Gram. but apparently the new place they wanted to move her into was shit.." "That's awful. And. As I drifted to sleep that night. But you know Bella.216 - . and she wants to help out. But I wasn't sure how well that'd go over since her silence was leading me to believe she didn't want to see me. Friday I left Carlisle a voice mail letting him know I'd be stopping by the house later that night to talk to him and Esme. She loves her Gram. shit.

She's a nice girl." "Edward. and I can do whatever I want with it. "Bella's friend told me she wants to drop out of school for a while to help her father with the costs." "Just. "If I need to. I just want to help her. Esme laughed before mussing my hair.take a deep breath. but I was trying hard to not break." I protested. I don't care."Her Gram's insurance company is refusing to pay for her to continue care at the facility she has been staying at. but-" "Edward. wishing the words would come out faster." Carlisle and Esme stared at each other for a moment." I said seriously." .217 - .." "No. "It's not your job to help Bella. I understand and appreciate your concern. You aren't going to convince me to not help her." Carlisle scolded. "Really?" "Yes." Carlisle spoke slowly. okay? Let me figure out a few things over over the next week. I'm glad you two found each other. and if Bella isn't even talking to you. Why don't you take some time to think about this? It's a big decision. rubbing my chin." My voice was hard. no." "Have you talked to Bella at all this week?" Esme asked this time." "Fuck that!" I spat. I can meet with the lawyer myself. but this isn't your place. I just want her to be happy. Give me the details and the name of the facility her grandmother was staying at. "According to you. frantically shaking my head. and you apparently care for her. "It's my money. "You might not have to use your money.. I might be able to work something out. I'm already eligible to receive my inheritance. "You're a sweet kid. Because how could they not understand? "Bella doesn't have to ever talk to me again." I admitted. okay?" Music to my fucking ears.. She wants her space. "I don't need your permission.. and so is Bella. "Well. I just thought I'd be civil about this and go through you. She doesn't deserve this." I explained." "I fucking love her.

son. "Keep your money. Walking in like I owned the place. I don't know if she's told you anything. "Edward? What are you doing here?" Charlie asked in confusion." "Look. and I want to help out. It has to do with Gram. I gave Carlisle all of the information I knew. along with his face. Bella hasn't talked to me at all this week. she was young enough and would have to do. Well. He promised to get back to me next week with an answer on what would happen." I said." . so on my lunch break Monday. I drove over to Gram's old facility. I gave her a few winks and sly smiles until she revealed to me what I needed.I was glad I found her. I wasn't sure what I expected. "I actually wanted to talk to you." "Oh?" "Yeah. not like that anyway. I could handle that. "I didn't hurt her or anything." "What does this have to do with Gram?" The man was all about the facts. "I heard about the problem with the insurance company. But. but I was assuming all of this could be handled with the snap of a finger. causing him to snort. too. my confidence came to a screeching halt when I noticed the lady behind the counter wasn't the one I had met before. looking all too upset about my admittance. I was getting a little impatient and was having trouble focusing at work. "Bella isn't here. But I guess Emmett was ultimately to thank for that.218 - ." Charlie crossed his arms." "Oh." I looked over his shoulder anyway." Charlie's arms dropped. I skipped out on work entirely and drove straight to the address. straight to the point. but I kind of screwed up." "I know. "How do you suppose you could help out?" "I have money.

" was pissed because of course her father was going to be just as stubborn as she is. piss her off.219 - . Cheesy." Charlie's eyes grew wide before his face turned a scary shade of red. "Also. I know Bella will be grateful as well." Honestly." Charlie stuttered for a minute before pulling me into a hug. I also knew I cared too much for that girl. I just wanted Bella's decision about me to not be based off this. at least we were on the same page with that. thank you. I don't care.. A/N:He inherited feelings *sniff* Yeah. Thank you for reading! . "Like hell she is!" Well." Yeah." "Thanks. For free." I chuckled because I did know. There are two chapters left. If possible. "I'll see what I can do. my uncle is a doctor and apparently knows a few people at The Summit. But most of all. and fight with her just to see the way her eyes got a little crazy.. because you know she's going to eventually find out.. I knew I wanted her to be with me." I admitted sheepishly before he let go. I knew that. "Bella doesn't know about this. Crazy eyes and all. I also knew I'd fuck up. I. "You want me to keep this from Bells?" Charlie asked in shock. "I want to help out. "No." Charlie nodded before patting me on the back.I'd kind of like it to stay that way. "And.. I heard she wants to drop out of school to help you pay for care. too. They'll more than likely be willing to help out and let Gram stay there."No. "Do you know how hard it is to keep things from that girl? She is very persistent.

when I wasn't busy working or getting my ass handed to by Seth in FIFA . I don't know how y'all do it sometimes. I wasn't exactly sure what I was expecting to happen. Sure. Bella even made horrible reality television tolerable for me. At the end of the week. I felt no different than before.I spent my time apartment searching. A week after I finally received my inheritance .Chapter 21 Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. Nothing had really changed. Was I supposed to suddenly have all the answers? Was I supposed to be happier. Chapter Twenty-One It had been the longest and busiest three weeks of my life.thanks for putting up with me. That last thought pissed me off. it really fucking helped. As cheesy as it sounded. One week after speaking to Charlie about helping with the cost of Gram's care.220 - . but I had a feeling even without all of the zeros in my bank account I'd be just as happy sitting with Bella on a couch watching reality television. she had shown me you didn't need money to be happy. Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended. & Ffaddward & Reyes who preread! Liv & Julie. more mature? Because I knew none of those fucking things had happened. Thanks & love to Bridgette who beta'd. I had Bella to blame for that. once the money was finally in our respective accounts. Carlisle set up a meeting with Emmett and I to get the inheritance business sorted out. Emmett was horrible at being subtle with the whole . I didn't feel any different.

"Don't be sad about moving tomorrow. He obviously had issues. "If you're being emo again. Sure. and I needed to get the fuck out. "You're still a fucker. she had been successfully moved back into The Summit with no trouble at all.. Burned toast gets you no where in life. Bella and I had yet to speak. Her silence on both of those topics made me feel uneasy. I couldn't help but think of Bella when I signed the papers.you-need-to-move-the-fuck-out thing.if she wanted anything to do with me .221 - . we had texted a handful of times within those three weeks. I figured . and I just nodded or shook my head when asked if I liked whatever place we were deciding on." ." I quipped as I stretched out my arms above my head." "Screw you. In the midst of all of these changes. I had Bella to blame for that. "Oh. Apparently.I could teach her a thing or two in the kitchen. You'll still see me all the time. Everything was finally coming together. and there was definitely no mention of Gram. "You should be used to that by now.I can't even finish that thought. But yeah. I was trying to be understanding by giving her the space she asked for. You're still here. That didn't mean I wouldn't still give him a hard time. Esme offered to tag along for most of the apartment searching which really fucking helped. and I wasn't sure how to feel about that. I was probably being emo. I was just laying off for a while. and I even made her 'lol' a few times. Again.. but still. He also began leaving the door open while he shit. I finally chose a one bedroom apartment with roof access and a huge fucking kitchen. I couldn't seem to thank Carlisle enough. Exactly how much space and time did one person need? I wasn't that fucking awful." I spat. Fast. She ended up asking most of the questions. I think he was more shocked than I was that the words "thank" and "you" actually existed in my vocabulary. I'm outta here. He didn't hold back on the noise level while he and Rose. Emmett rolled his eyes." Emmett laughed and dropped his bag by the door. was I? Carlisle kept me up to date with everything regarding Gram. There was no mention of her wanting to hang out. I wasn't sure how much longer I could go without seeing her." Emmett noted as he walked in the door.

right?" "Right. I went straight to pick up Seth." I concurred.222 - . But seriously. "You think Bella will show up to the party Saturday night?" Emmett questioned as I walked towards the fridge. Just don't tell anyone else that. so I figured I'd put him to work. I'd still kick you out. "Although. "Eh." Emmett promised before stealing the bag of Cheetos from me. "I don't know. I'm pretty sure Bella had me by the balls before we ever did anything." He stole the remote from me and threw himself on the beanbag as he flipped through the channels. "You're like a grown up now. Yeah. sleeping on a couch cannot be good for your back. Who fucking knows anymore." I said honestly." "Okay. I may have also bribed him with a new video game. It was time. I'd miss the dude." "Time to spread my wings and all that shit. "I called her and left a voice mail with the address." I paused to give him a look. but Carmen didn't need to know that." Seth giggled as I opened the blinds to let in some . but I'd definitely be buying myself one of those for my new place." "You know you're pussy whipped. I'm pretty sure everyone already knew that though. but I was glad to finally be moving into my own place with my own puffy Cheetos. I figured he didn't have to know. After work on Friday. He had enough energy and excitement to help me move the last of the boxes from Carlisle and Esme's house to my new place. grabbing two beers and a bag of Cheetos Puffs. But your secret is safe with me."Let's hope not. "And you'd still totally kick me out even if Rosalie weren't being all Rosalie about this." I added before shoving the puffy. It's cool. "You know I wouldn't be kicking you out if it weren't for Rose. cheesy goodness in my mouth." I joked. I still hadn't told him about mine and Bella's time on the beanbag.

223 - . courtesy of Esme.." I instructed. a newly purchased television. I wanted to rebut what he just said." Seth replied easily. kid. and Seth saluted me. two kegs. He had them sent over yesterday with a note that read 'And stay out!'.. "First things first. He set the box on the wood floor as I playfully glared in his direction. Kid had a point in a non-fucked up way." I laughed. I didn't really have a choice. There were only four things in my apartment aside from a shit ton of boxes.light.. I'm just nice and know good jokes. . "Maybe someday you'll be good with the ladies like I am.. I needed some new jokes. A new bed. courtesy of Emmett. and damn." he said with a wide grin. Kid made a second point tonight. "What are these?" Seth asked as he kicked one of the kegs. you already know that. "The ladies finally dig the Twizzlers you give them?" "I didn't have to give them anything. "But is she going to come see you?" I didn't answer this time.we need to set up the Xbox in the living room. He sighed and caught the gaming controller I threw his way. courtesy of my inheritance." "Is Bella invited?" Seth asked with bright eyes.nah.Emmett and Rose are throwing a party. "You know she is. "Oh yeah?" I felt the corner of my mouth turn up. But you're welcome here anytime. Er." "Can I come?" "Not that kind of party. I'm throwing a party tomorrow night. "Housewarming gift from Emmett. but then I realized. "Ha." I mumbled under my breath. I could appreciate the sentiment.

224 - . He claimed to be a tough kid. working up the courage to give Bella another call. I kept my distance. But not before first laughing our asses off. I woke slightly disoriented in my own new room Saturday morning. which was empty of furniture. my apartment. So. The rest of the day passed by too fucking slow. I laid in bed for about an hour. eating my fucking food and drinking my beer while pretending to be interested in what the other person in front of them had to say. I had no interest in pretending with these fuckers. I smiled politely when one of the older tenants of the building introduced me to her niece.M. Terry's. I listened intently and pretended I was interested in my new neighbors as they gossiped about the other people who lived in the building. . We were eventually guilted into helping after she broke a nail. Sleeping in later than usual. I pussied out and showered instead. But I also knew that's what would make the night go by faster. I drank enough by then to bust out a few beats before I was told by Rose I wasn't allowed to be any form of entertainment at any part of the night. Even if she couldn't make it. I offered to let him kick my ass in FIFA for a while until Carmen got off work. They were assholes for laughing. Ben came by close to eight and set up an area of the living room to handle the music.After I took Seth to eat at P. I schmoozed with people I'd attended college with. Her hair was too blonde and her smile wasn't warm and her eyes were full of lust. hoping she would at least contact me about tonight. Emmett came by around five. fake smiles plastered on their faces. meaning they sent out an invite to every single one of their Facebook friends. They all stood around. and we promptly began taking shots as Rose struggled to move all of the boxes into my bedroom. A little after ten P. Emmett and Rose had taken over the guest list. but I knew he hated staying home alone the nights his mom had to work late. was completely full with people I didn't give a fuck about.

mid-conversation. The bass from the sound system Ben had installed. Schmooze. According to Emmett. I walked through and climbed two flights of stairs before opening the door to the roof. I schmoozed when someone familiar approached me. I brought the bottle of Jack to my lips and and closed my eyes at the familiar burn . Ignoring the glances my way as I pushed through the crowd. helping as I went through the motions again. My fingers twitched as I cursed the silence of my cell phone in my pocket. along with the whiskey. I listened when their mouths moved.I didn't want her.225 - . My ears perked up when I thought I heard someone say her name. I unscrewed the bottle of Jack and took a long pull before chasing it with the beer. My eyes lingered on the door at the end of the hall and I looked behind me before walking towards it. I wanted Bella. smile. I was losing my mind.I laughed bitterly as I thought of Bella enjoying the view. listen. who was was un-fucking-accounted for. I smiled when expected. I turned my body to appreciate the view of the skyline and the city lights. My eyes would dart towards the door. lulled me into some sort of trance. embracing the warm breeze that smothered me. moaning in pleasure. waiting for her. who noticed my aloofness. I was looking for her. I pictured her body bent over the ledge. Making my way over to the brick ledge. When I was finally able to sneak away. I grabbed an almost full bottle of whiskey before refilling my cup with beer. I safely placed my beer and whiskey bottle together before I hopped up. I opened the front door and stood in the empty hallway for a second to gather my thoughts.

I've been going out of my fucking mind lately-" I stopped and realized I was already getting worked up. "Well." . We sat." I patted the ledge and she hesitated before walking over. loose tank top and shoes that probably made her stand as tall as I did. surprise. When I opened my eyes." "I'm surprised you came. I'm surprised you invited me.in exchange for telling me where you were. "You look hot. thigh to thigh. The wind had picked up.all of them ." I admitted.226 - ." she whispered softly and took a nice swig from the bottle. and it was blowing her hair in all different directions. "I brought spring rolls. "Surprise... making it hard for me to see her expression. I suppose it was a housewarming gift. but Emmett ate them . unable to hide my attraction for her." "That's ridiculous. I was assaulted and caught off guard with a soft gaze. so I reined that shit in." she finally murmured and accepted the bottle of whiskey I offered. narrowing my eyes as she winced from the alcohol. "Of course I'd invite you.you. "You look drunk. "Nice place. I took in her appearance: skin tight jeans. She pulled off her heels and I grabbed her hand to help her up." "Thanks. on the roof of my building. Bella was standing a few feet away from me." "Is that a good thing?" "Of course." she said with a sly smile.in my throat before turning my back to the city. It was quiet but not uncomfortable. too." I said with a throaty laugh. "But you look good. "Very. Her arms were crossed over her chest before she brought one hand to tame her wild hair." I blurted out." "That fucker.

Bell. and I reveled at the sound. I don't know why. "But without you it wouldn't have been possible. when you call me Bell." Bella's laugh was light. I should've known. He did everything he could to avoid me these past few weeks.." she accused." She wiped her mouth with the back of her hand and held her hair away from her face. Well." "Huh.. I had such faith in him." I trailed off and gave her a small smile. That's all that fucking mattered.. and he offered some lame excuse about her winning a raffle."He's cool." I blurted out loud. I was just occupied with finals and then all of the mess with Gram. "Actually. to say whatever the fuck she wanted to say. "How'd you find out anyway? I hope it wasn't Charlie who spilled the beans. I was trying to sort a few things out." "No." "A raffle? You believed that?" I asked incredulously before bursting out in laughter. That was all Carlisle." "You don't need to explain yourself. Really. "I know you're the one who helped out with the funds to get Gram back into the nursing home. "It was the least I could do for the reigning champion of gin rummy. and for a second." . She was here now. "Me? No.227 - . Really?" Bella snorted and pried the bottle from my hands.." Bella said softly. I didn't. Because it was fine. "You have no idea. I haven't been trying to be a bitch lately. "I've always liked that. "You know. I had no idea what the hell she was talking about. "What?" I urged her to go on. Bella." she started to say. It's fine. She must have noticed my confusion because she started again. "You're always too guarded. I questioned the reason behind Gram suddenly having the funds to move back in. "Come on. "Edward. you know." Bella shook her head and looked over her shoulder at the skyline before turning back to me." Her eyes lingered on me before staring down at her lap." "No. I know it was you. then stopped herself." I insisted.

Bella brought her hands to the back of my neck as she deepened the kiss. I have noticed. I have been working out lately. "Um. Why not? I leaned closer." she began again before clearing her throat. like eating an entire can of Pringles in one sitting. Meaning I adjusted the hard-on that was threatening to rip a hole through my jeans. "Don't start with me. Then I realized I was an idiot.I bumped her shoulder with mine. "I see you haven't gotten any funnier since the last time we've hung out. That's a shame." I pointed out. "Yeah. Raffle?" "Yeah. Sleep deprivation can do odd things to a person. Cullen offered to help out. You don't have to strain as much to lift the whiskey bottle. I pulled back. as we gathered ourselves for a second. Where does he live?" "Why? Are you gonna punch him?" Bella laughed and bumped my shoulder this time." "And believing Gram won a raffle for free room and board for an expensive assisted living facility." she scolded. Things I'm not proud of. And convincing myself we weren't good for each other.fuck it. keeping my hands to myself as her lips met me halfway. pushing the strap of her tank top down her shoulder. trying really fucking hard not to kiss her." "Don't apologize for kissing me." I scoffed and brought my hand to her thigh. if you haven't noticed. "Uh. or she did. And then I thought. Sleep deprivation convinced you we aren't good together? What an asshole." "Hm." ." I said sheepishly. What was I saying?" I racked my brain for a second. I groaned as my hands trailed over her exposed skin. "Sorry. Anyway. "It's been too long. I don't know why I believed the crap about winning a raffle. "Man." she added.228 - . "One of the doctors mentioned something about it being nice that Dr.

who does that?" "This guy you speak of. grabbing her ass trying not to lean back and." "Uh huh. you see. "Now why would you want to go and do something as silly as trying to fall out of love with me." I laughed humorlessly and cleared my throat. You love me." She laughed." I mumbled. Talk to me. huh?" "I don't make the best decisions sometimes. fall off the building." "Well then. you know that?" Bella blurted out with a huff.is he extremely funny and good looking?" I asked as I leaned closer to her. and I kept my hands on both sides of her face. Shit. "I do love you. left her spot beside me and situated herself to straddle my lap. one time this guy offered to pay me a shitload of money to pretend to date him. "You've been done with finals for a while now. huh?" She pulled back." "Well. and Carlisle told me Gram moved back to the nursing home two weeks ago. "Stop be cryptic and acting all girly. "You know.." Bella said as she quirked an eyebrow. "So. What have you been doing that has kept you away from me?" "I told you I had to sort a few things out." "I'm a sucker for good hair. I couldn't stop the grin that was plastered on my face. you know. Pulling my hand away. Haven't had time to learn any new jokes. Bella kissed my neck while grinding against my hips. "Fuck.229 - . "This is highly dangerous."I've been a little busy. "Yes. I said. It sounds like he's cool and has great fucking hair. you're a really fucking hard person to fall out of love with. I'm sure you had no say in the matter. I mean. and I agreed." she said as she squirmed from my touch.. don't be too hard on yourself." I hissed. for starters." .

Bella moaned. "No. Like. She did the same for me before I carefully pushed her back against the brick wall." "When is this party going to be over. patting her ass. I suddenly stopped and smirked up at her." she explained.. She moaned and dropped her heels to the ground. shit. I pulled her against me and smiled against her lips before we opened the door to the stairwell. I can't wait."About fucking time. Dropping to my knees. And again.230 - . and she shivered as I unbuttoned her jeans. five minutes. "C'mon. feeling how ready she was for me." I said seriously. I pushed her underwear to the side and felt her hands tangle in my hair as I brought her clit to my mouth." I was down. and my hand as I reached for the bottle of Jack. Too long." I promised as she shook her head before moving her hands to my belt. ... "Too fucking long. huh?" she asked. I pulled Bella against me. "And then we can fuck again." I mumbled as her lips frantically crashed into mine.five minutes." "Damn. "I want you right now." Bella hopped off the ledge holding her heels. and I laughed as she rubbed against me." she hissed over and over again as I worked my tongue. pulling them down. "Give me. Let's throw 'em out. reaching her hands up under my shirt. shit.. and I'll kick all of those fuckers out. "Uh. "Shit." "I know. And then we can kick them out. She moaned so fucking loud and so fucking good as I slid two fingers into her. like." I hissed and set the bottle on the cement.

"I missed you. and she buried her head in my shoulder as she cried out her release. "Only you." "Fuck." I mumbled against her neck as she lowered her legs." I mumbled. and I lifted her shirt. . "This totally makes up for not indulging in the bathroom sex. She pulled out my dick and rubbed her thumb over my head that was already dripping." I kissed her over and over again." I groaned as I came. I picked up my pace and pinched her nipple as I felt myself losing control. her back staying put against the building as she wrapped her legs around my waist." I mumbled." "I'm also not going to last long. You feel so good." I hissed before lifting her against me. Too soon. grunting as I felt that familiar feeling building up." she begged. "Fuck. "Fuck. "N-no. grinding my hips against hers and gripping the brick with one hand. pulling her underwear down before standing to my feet. "Damn. Please. Baby. her legs tightening and walls constricting around me. I pulled back to stare at her. Too much." Her nails dug into my neck. trying to catch my breath as her fingers played with the back of my hair." she panted.231 - ."You're evil. "Don't stop." I admitted. "I missed you too. bringing her breast to my mouth. "Ever fuck on a roof before?" I asked as she slid down onto my dick. slowing my pace." she whispered. Bell. I stayed inside her for a minute or two. "Never.

232 - . but she also couldn't wait long enough to actually get me in the bathroom. "I promise to try to not be such an asshole. too. that's like asking you not to breathe. kick everyone out and maybe you'll get the bathroom sex you want." Bella nodded and softened her gaze as I kissed her head. causing Bella to laugh loudly. "I promise to learn how to not burn toast. We quickly dressed and walked downstairs to my apartment. I was about to throw everyone out when Emmett pulled Bella over and forced her to limbo. whispering in my ear. come on! You ate burned toast at Ben's!" . I let the party go on for a little while longer. But we're past all of that. "Because I really do fucking love you. only if you promise to eat the toast that I do burn. And then the bathroom." I said." This time I laughed loudly. searching her face as she rolled her eyes." I teased. Or drink." "Well?" I kissed her thigh. "I really am glad you finally admitted you love me. It was two in the morning after everyone finally left. It was tolerable once Bella was there." "Hey. interrupting a limbo game Emmett had started. Bella had promised bathroom sex. We laid in my bed exhausted but touching everywhere as we made promises to each other. "Seriously. Seriously." I whispered. Bella." "I really love you. "I am not promising to eat burned toast." "Oh. too." she said with a smirk. And I'm sorry-" "I'm sorry. sitting in my lap. I kissed her lips. so we ended up making love against the door. "What about kitchen sex?" "We can't leave the kitchen out."Well.

I couldn't guarantee everything would be easy from here on out. Finally.." "I don't go crazy eyes. All I could promise was that I would love her and give her some of the best goddamn roof sex ever." "I knew you and Emmett were cheating." She thought for a second. . I promise to keep the crazy eyes to a minimum. "I promise to not let you ever buy shitty vodka again. oh my God." I pointed out as she slapped my arm. "Fine." "But I don't know." she trailed off before kissing me. I'll eat your burned toast if you let me fuck you on the counter.." she mumbled and straddled me." "I promise to love you even when you go crazy eyes on me." "I promise to cheat with you in Monopoly. "Last one."That was before I got into your pants.233 - ." I shrugged. "Fine. Go. "Done." Bella said with a grin. I felt like I had changed. "I think your ass would look hot in pleather. and I wasn't going screw it up. but enough to know I had a good thing with Bella." I gave her ass a slap and pulled her head down so I could kiss her." "Fine. you don't have to worry about me ever wearing pleather." "Ha! Trust me. I promise to let you buy quality vodka with your inheritance money. "Your turn. after all of our ridiculous promises to each other." "I promise to never let you wear pleather. I couldn't assure her we wouldn't fight. Not completely." I laughed against her lips and thrust my hips against hers.

234 - .. and rec'd this story! You guys made this entirely too much fun for me to write :') . reviewed.. I do apologize. Things got out of hand.A/N: Thank you for patiently waiting for this to update! I'd started writing First of the Month and then. I truly appreciate everyone who read.yeah.

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