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Summary 1. Prologue 2. Chapter 1 3. Chapter 2 4. Chapter 3 5. Chapter 4 6. Chapter 5 7. Chapter 6 8. Chapter 7 9. Chapter 8 10. Chapter 9 11. Chapter 10 12. Chapter 11 13. Chapter 12 14. Chapter 13 15. Chapter 14 16. Chapter 15 17. Chapter 16 18. Chapter 17 19. Chapter 18 20. Chapter 19 21. Chapter 20 22. Chapter 21 23. Epilogue
she fell pregnant. Edward's sudden success made her run in fear.Summary Bella Swan fell in love and soon after. Now Edward's getting married and Masen Swan's doing anything to stop it. taking her unborn child with her. -4- .
I guess that's what they mean when they say that sometimes. A wife and child would only get in the way. His compositions were becoming more and more popular and I knew…it was only a matter of time before he would be on to bigger and better things. and then it all came crashing down around us. I fell pregnant at the young age of 23. He was charming and funny. Edward's music career suddenly took off. it seemed as if the two of us were set. I packed my bags while Edward slept and then.Prologue Prologue BPOV I was very young when I met Edward Masen. Out of nowhere. after seven years of dating. onto his dream. The two of them could have been twins. He looked exactly like his father with the same bronze locks and green eyes. he was sweet and kind. I kissed his cheek one last time. looking after a little boy all on my own. you have to do things alone. Edward had proposed to me. Of course. nothing could ever stand in the way of our happiness. I had never loved anyone before him and I doubt I'll love someone after. So that's were I was now. If only then I had known how wrong I was. I gave birth to Masen without any complications. Edward never found out. He would go on to be famous and I would care for the child he would never have to know about. I took of my engagement ring. So that night. I knew it would be the last time we ever saw each other. I placed it on my pillow and pulled the blanket up over Edward. -5- . What Edward and I shared was special.
leave it alone. Disclaimer: I don't own Twilight. he was asleep. The light above the stove was still on so I knew that Masen had come in. Masen and Cameron are nothing alike. So why was I up? I always got up before I was supposed to. "I show up for attendance." "Since when do you go to school?" I questioned sarcastically. I don't have to go at all." I heard his voice say from behind me." I snapped. SM does. choosing to eat at night instead of when I put the food in front of him. "It's not even time for school yet. not even probably. "You shouldn't wake up so early." "They're trying to decide whether you're just a pest or a serious terrorist threat." I growled. "I got another letter today. I promise. so this is just a heads up. they should feel lucky. Chapter 1 BPOV I opened my eyes and looked out the window of my apartment. But he gets better." He sat down at the kitchen table. better to make breakfast early. -6- . I stood up and stretched. That was one of his many quirks. I walked down the hall and into the kitchen. you need to at least try and make some friends and stop pissing off the FBI. he most likely wasn't going to eat it anyway.Chapter 1 Okay. You are probably going to hate Masen. Masen was probably still asleep. the brattiness doesn't last that long. I wasn't getting back to sleep anytime soon. For those of you who loved Cameron." "I should write back and tell them to upgrade their system. I sat up and ran a hand through my hair. "School is important. The sun hadn't even begun to rise yet.
" "And yet you still live here." "…" I passed him a cereal box instead. MPOV "I don't understand why I have to go. "Masen please. it's fun and constructive and you'll get to make great friends that could possibly last a lifetime." My mother said happily." "You aren't a normal 16 year old. They now know that their system is crap enough for a 16 year old to hack it. "You cannot cook." I growled angrily. "Shut up." "How do you expect to go to college then? You never show up and you're failing." "Masen!" I warned. "What? I'm helping people. School is a good thing. I didn't feel like eating anything." He winked and then gagged as he bit into the toast. -7- . "That's because you had friends." "I'll start bouncing my signal then." She said pointedly. not people threatening to beat you up at every turn. your teachers don't think you're smart. you seem to care about neither. I mean really mom. "I just want you to stay out of trouble. I have something I want to try." I gave up and pushed my cereal away from me. I liked riding the bus when I was in high school. They won't have a clue." I handed him a piece of toast." I pointed out. I don't see why you don't want to ride the bus."Can't do. twirling a strand of hair around my fingers. Normal 16 year olds care about cars and girls. "What the heck? Did you buy gourmet coffee beans this morning or something? You seem way to happy to be going to that job you supposedly hate so much. school isn't as fun now as it used to be in the good ole days.
don't forget your helmet or your pads. I could probably sweep Harvard's freshman class and not loose a wink of sleep. "Sure you aren't miss I'm almost 40 but I like to pretend like I'm 25. angry with my always logical backtalk. She blew me a kiss as I rode off down the street."I'll ace the SAT. That was the way my mother raised me to behave." "Glad to know money is more important than my safety and well being mother dear. who takes a limo through this neighborhood?" "I apologize. School isn't all that important. "I am not that old. it was a limousine. I heard the door open and soon. That was the first time I ever looked at the car." I shouted at him. "Are you alright. that's just the way we go back and forth. I rolled over and got to my feet. I didn't see you. it's our relationship. I rode along as usual waving to my neighbors when it hit me. -8- . Now you might think that I was disrespecting my mother. last thing I need is someone rich taking care of me. "You just hit me with you car." he said quickly." I leaned back in my chair." The back door opened at the sound of my voice. it's not a big deal. we can take you to a hospital." She huffed. I slammed against the asphalt. Now. I'm sure my boss would pay for any bills. "Whatever. grabbed my backpack and went to go load up my bike. I know my turning signals and the basic laws of safety. "Oh just go to school." He tried to drift my attention back to my injuries. no. I jumped onto my bike and waved to my mother. He flinched at my tone. "What the heck. my bike landing on top of me." I stood up. a man in a black suit was looking anxiously at me. you could have killed me. The car that hit me screeched to a halt right before it actually ran me over. I'm a safe biker. I am not alright! You're lucky I'm not allergic to the type of paint you're using or something." I laughed at my own sarcastic humor. I can't afford another trip to the emergency room. the truth is. please don't fall either.
not all fancy and prudish. "Please don't make a scene. the back wheel was crushed. That was. "We hit someone sir. "Do you have a computer in your car?" I asked quietly. "No thanks. "Yes? Why do you ask?" "No reason. calm down. worry etched onto his face. He wasn't dressed like the others." I picked up my bike to look over the damage. you could be seriously hurt. until the last man got out. it was bad."Victor." I growled at him. we should take you to the hospital. just a few -9- . but I'm fine. he was clearly the boss." "I am not a child. "Well move his body and let's go! We have a deadline!" she shouted even louder. "Daddy! What is going on! We have to get to the church!" a shrill voice shouted. "Tanya. I'm most likely smarter than you so I can tell I'm fine. I tried to refrain from covering my ears. my mother will hear and that's the last thing I need. "Why were you riding in the street?" "Because it's against the law to ride on the side walk you nimrod. can't you see we've hit someone?" the man said softly. I heard another door open. I groaned. The man looked me over with curious eyes. "Hey. He was wearing a grey power suit with a tie. what's going on?" he asked." I whimpered pathetically. Thanks for the offer. I'm almost eighteen. really. he seemed to be the only one actually concerned about my welfare. "No really. He wore a simple tee shirt and jeans. are you alright?" he walked closer. My eyebrows rose. total nub if you ask me." He insisted." I told the driver. a child.
flaunt it." I snapped. why are you looking it over?" "I'm not. a genius. You can stop here. "Smarter than me." I said to the driver. He stopped the car and then came to open the door for me. just because the weren't paying for my medical bills didn't mean they weren't going to pay." He was still laughing." Air quotes again. education's important. that's a strange first name. Genius. I ignored her as I pulled out my laptop. I sighed and finally relented and climbed into the limo. "I have an IQ of 173. Edward looked over at my screen." I shrugged and got out of the car.10 - . His eyebrows rose at my words. "If you got it. take it up with her. are you so sure?" he was just being stupid then. "Masen. we don't have time to be charitable. I'm just screwing around with it. "Oh." "My mom's a strange person. She glared rather frostily at me. I'm what the call." "Masen Swan." I held up air quotes." I wanted to call him an ignoramus but I figured he wouldn't know what that meant. He laughed loudly. She had strawberry blonde hair and blue crisp blue eyes." The woman shrieked. . Edward stuck out his hand. he looked closer. that's the code for computers. "Edward. I cracked my knuckles and logged on." He looked shocked for a second and then shook his head. Then. "Edward Masen. what is this? We have a schedule to keep. After a couple of minuets. "What's with all the numbers?" "It's binary." now it was his turn to cross his arms. "At least let us drive you to school Mr. "Well you don't seem to modest about it.lacerations.
I'm taking you to the hospital…oh…this is going to cost a fortune!" "Don't worry mom. "Yes. "Masen. Edward Masen hmmm…he didn't seem like a challenge. did you get hit by a car?" My mother's voice screamed as soon as I hit the talk button." I smiled grimly and closed the laptop. the records. no big deal. "Bella Swan.Masen what ware you thinking." I hissed at it. . credit card transactions. the driver said he'd pay. you still somehow manage to survive. My cell phone vibrated in my pocket.11 - . you could go into shock! You could have hit your head. everything will be just fine. and everything else I needed." I shut the door and walked away. leaving a very surprised man behind me." "You little. "No matter what happens to me." I smiled as my computer screen finally showed what I wanted. I can walk. I had social security numbers."What's her name?" he asked slowly. "Don't worry mom.
a hand on his shoulder.' I knew Tanya had no real interest in me. what if there was a husband in the picture. Tanya loved me. he thought he was better than everyone. The more I thought about his appearance. Clearly. she moved on. I had been wracking my brain all the way to the church. 'Oh my god…' she had a child. with his project on computer robotics. he had won some huge science competition in D. it wasn't the first time I'd thought of her in the sixteen years that we'd been apart. Bella had left me alone. My eyes skimmed over the picture again. However. She was standing next to him. I knew he had to be hers. I clicked on the link beneath the picture. she didn't want me like I thought she did. she loves your money. the more he resembled my Bella. 'No. Isabella Swan. But it was the first times in years that I longed to see her standing beside me again. His smirk seemed to mock my intelligence through the screen. I logged onto my computer once we got home from the church that night and typed in the name 'Masen Swan'. it wasn't him that interested me at that moment. I had been staring into the face of her son. even if it was for purely superficial reasons. but I was lonely.C. so clearly. I was engaged. To be truthful. I just wondered why she never told me. Masen was an arrogant child.12 - . His picture popped up instantly. my Bella. it was the beautiful chocolate-haired woman standing next to him. just as it ha din the car.' .Chapter 2 Chapter 2 EPOV Masen Swan puzzled me. I wondered how someone as sweet and innocent as Bella had given birth to such a boy. He had the same heart-shaped face and the familiar pale skin. The article called him "masterful" with technology. with the same radiant smile on her face. what if she was happy without me? I shook my head to clear the thoughts from my head. in love with himself. I closed my laptop after a few and plopped down onto my bed. 'She's gone. Apparently. clearly proud. I needed someone who would stay with me. holding a trophy in his hands.
I had chosen not to inform Masen of his parentage for fear of upsetting him. He had felt abandoned by his father. "Mom. c'mon.13 - ." I stood up and walked into the kitchen. He wouldn't be searching anything else that night. If he wanted to see something naked."EDWARD!" Tanya's piercing scream met my ears. "…Who is he to you?" Masen asked softly. Just tell me what it is. he was to calm to be looking at software. "What are you doing looking at articles about him?" I demanded rather harshly. don't ask questions. "None of your concern. what I was looking at was my worst nightmare: Edward Masen. Masen wasn't the type for porn or anything." He said rather nonchalantly. please. I was the first to tell him that that wasn't the case. BPOV "Masen. I was just wondering who he was in case you decided to take him up on his offer. I snatched the computer from his hand and looked at the screen. I went into his room and unhooked his computer. should there be something else?" he asked suddenly interested. just browsing software. you don't normally keep things like . just go to your room. I closed my eyes and tried to block her out. "Oh. He was up to something. so that's it? That's all this is about?" "Yeah. Even if it didn't come from me. heck women weren't his style (men weren't either if that's what you're inferring. Still Masen had always been curios. that wasn't his style.). Masen would get the information he wanted if it took all he had. That was out of character for him. Therefore. That wasn't what I saw. it would be the inside of a computer or an expensive hard drive. "Oh. "No. he had never been one to ask. No. what are you doing?" I asked suspiciously." He shrugged. "He was in the limousine that hit me. Nothing." I should have known then.
this from me. You are my son. If I were my mom. I mean it!" I was so close to tears. Mom kept a bolted down safe in her room. I drummed my fingers on the kitchen tabletop and thought." she stood up and then left." She smiled at me and then leaned across to kiss my cheek. So if info on Edward Masen would be somewhere. It wasn't that she stayed up late or got up early. "I really don't care. "I'm sorry I snapped at you yesterday. I wouldn't take me long to figure it out. it was locked.14 - . A large smile spread across my face. "No. that was just all the sleep she needed to function. my mom only slept around four hours every night. I hate yelling at you. it would be there. "That's no excuse. I placed the box back in the safe and closed it. it was for important things. this is something you need to keep your nose out of. It only too me about five minutes to put in the right combination. things that not even I could know about." I shrugged and sat down at the kitchen table." She sighed and sat down across from me. where would I hide a key that I never wanted my son to find. You haven't yelled in my entire sixteen years of life. it makes me feel like a bad parent. even I didn't know the combination. It would have to wait until the day after. I reached inside and pulled out anther metal box. you're actually a bit overdue. "You raised a nationally ranked science fair champion who may or may not be a terrorist. . I had expected she would do something like that but I hadn't planned for it. I lightly traced my fingers over the door and tried to rotate the knob. I needed to find that key. "I love you. She could have hidden the key anywhere. things like that came naturally to me. the safe finally clicked open." Masen said desperately. "Mom…" MPOV I knew I only had a little time. Sadly." Mom said as she sat down.
It was Claire De Lune. sorry. I stuck the key in and turned it." "Screw what?" my mom called from the other room. I cringed at the sound that came out. I'd already crossed the boundaries of our trust. her favorite. satisfied by the click I heard. She didn't even bother with the school argument that morning. why had she wanted to hide it form me.I walked into the living room and opened my mom's music box. then why had my mother freaked out so much when she saw his picture. I shoved the key into my pocket.' I put my head in my hands. Did I want to know what was in the box." That key suddenly felt like it weighed 20 pounds. Okay…so that was just one thing. turned it over and dumped its contents onto the floor. "There you are. I reopened the safe and pulled out the box. We never kept secrets." I snatched the key out and rolled it in my hands. just a few pieces of paper.15 - . That was stupid. she knew I wasn't going in that day. why keep things I knew about locked anyway? I picked up the box. knowledge wasn't everything after all… "Screw that. "Nothing. our birth certificates and her will. happy . what had happened? Why wasn't he with us? Why hadn't he stayed with my mom? I sifted through the papers again and saw a manila envelope. I was greeted by smiling faces. I opened the envelope and grimaced. mocking me with the plain black ink. I lifted the top and looked inside. the box was a secret. I froze. then again. Edward Masen That name was written right where a father's name should go. My mom went off to work at the publishing company she worked at. 'Because I had been staring into the face of my father. I thought for a few moments. I absolutely hated it and had always tried to avoid hearing the garbled mess. talking out loud. what would my mom say if she saw me sneaking around. Edward was a still a common name right? And Masen was a common last name. It was nothing. I doubted she would care if I looked just a little bit deeper. my birth certificate lay right in front of me.
people. They were rich, I could tell. A huge house rested in the background, my father standing in the middle with whom I assumed to be his family. The rest of the photos were even more. They were of the two of them, my mother and him. I held one of them at eye level, juts the two of them, sitting together. I suddenly felt angry, rage ripping through me like a fire, licking my insides, burning everything it touched. I felt out of control, furious at the thought of us being alone for so long without him. He got to ride in limousine, running around with all the younger women, all blonde and busty, leaving his son to rot in misery. I ripped the photograph right down the middle, he didn't deserve to be pictured with her. I shoved the other half in my pocket and put the paperwork back in its holder. Mom would never have to know. "You should get your bike fixed, you won't be able to get to the library without it." mom said at dinner. "I know, I just don't know any decent places to take it. and I don't spend that much time in the library anyway, it's not like they'll miss me." I shrugged my shoulders. "Please, you'd spend all your time there if you could, I'm telling you, by tomorrow, you'll be suffering from withdrawal syndrome." She laughed. "Yeah. You're probably right, you're always right." I stood up and put my plate in the microwave. I knew she didn't expect me to eat it in front of her in the first place. "What's that sticking out of you pocket?" she asked suddenly. I looked down. The half of the photo was peeking out. "It's nothing, just something I got out of my room." "Alrighty, head off darling, lord knows you're tired from you're long day of hard work." She laughed loudly at her own sarcasm. "Okay, whatever. Lay off the pasta, you know it makes your ass huge." I ran before she could get up.
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Chapter 3 MPOV "C'mon you stupid thing, c'mon!" I shouted at my bike. The back wheel was practically destroyed. I couldn't ride it anymore without a new wheel or a completely new bike. There was no way I was going to buy a new one though, the bike I had was a gift from Charlie, my grandfather, right before he died of a heart attack. There was no way it wasn't going anywhere. "I told you, just take it to the shop and try to get it fixed. I have some extra cash lying around, we might be able to get it done really soon." I knew that last part was a lie, she barley had the money to keep the two of us fed. My mom said brightly. She looked down on me from our porch steps. In reality, I stood actually about a head taller than she did. "No, I've got the money in my award fund remember, you don't have to pay for anything." I made a lot of money via scientific competitions and robotics expositions. "The award fund is for college expenses. You don't need to pay for it yourself." She smiled at me and pulled out her wallet but I pushed it away and told her to put it away, I didn't need the money. "Really mom, it's fine. I've got more than enough and I've got another robotics exhibition this summer, it'll make up for the cost of my bike." She laughed at me. "You're way too sure of yourself. I'm sure Jasper knows a good auto shop somewhere, you could go and ask him." she blew me a kiss and disappeared back into the house. Jasper was our Texan next door neighbor. He'd lived next door to us for three years but he was already one of my mother's best friends. I was cool with him, he never crossed me. I ran across our front yard and hopped the fence surrounding it. After three quick knocks on his front door, he opened it. "Hello Masen, what brings you here, I never took you as one for boy scouts."
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"I don't have the time or the patience for something as stupid as badges. I did however come over to ask if you know a decent auto shop in town." "Mom finally broke down and bought you a car? Never thought I'd see the day." "You probably won't. Actually, the back wheel on my bike got smashed when I was hit by a car the other day." His eyes rose at the mention of me being ht by a car but said nothing. "I need to get it fixed, money's no object." "You're in luck then, a good friend of mine owns an auto shop, it's not that far. I'm sure he'd that wheel fixed in a matter of minuets for ya." He retreated back into the house to get a pad of paper and a pen. He brought it back and gave me the slip of paper. "Em's great, he can fix pretty much anything. So can Rose, she might be there as well." "That's good, I don't feel like buying a new bike. That would mean breaking it in and I don't have time for that." I waved my hand around dismissively. "I don't understand that. That thing is ancient, but hey, it's your little death trap, keep it if you want." "It has it's quirks but it's a good way to get around." I shrugged and looked over the address, it wasn't all that far. "Thanks Jasper, I'll take my bike there today." "Tell Em I said hi." I nodded yes. "I'll head over around four, that'll give me time to get back by the time you get home." I told my mom. "Who do you expect to drive you there if I'm not home, I'll be at work until at least eight o'clock, I'm working the late shift, remember?" she asked, genuinely curious and concerned. "I can walk, it isn't that far and I could use the exercise and some vitamin D. Going outside and walking for a little while could do me some good. Really, look at my skin, people are going to think I'm a vampire or something, look." She looked confusedly at me and then smiled. "Masen, you're a child still, you shouldn't be walking around alone. I'll drive you there and drop you off, we'll just have to leave early. You can ride back can't you?"
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I'll be just fine. "Yes." I nodded to her. My mother looked as if she was trying to keep from throwing up. Jazz said he'll be watching for you to get back."Sure. you'll be lucky if he doesn't outsmart you first. looking her up and down.19 - ." "Hush. we don't need to talk to anyone. your license? Make sure your card hasn't reached it's expiration date." she kissed my cheek. taking in her small but curvaceous form." I promised her." She climbed out of the car and waved to get the man's attention. "Got your wallet? Got you're debit card. Within the hour. I knew she hated reading other people's work when she could be writing her own. "Oh look. "Mom. Mom was already in one of suits that she wore for work. very smart choice missy. you'll have to do them with him. we're fine. "You're on your own kiddo. it's also his money. "Okay. "Hello ma'am. she was used the being hit on by many different men. don't worry." She left me standing there as she got back into the car. you can outsmart him. Mom was pretty." I assured her. If you want to do business dealings. this time with a smile. She was ready to head to the publishing company where she worked." she said not missing a beat." she asked as we pulled up to the front of the garage. I'm sure you're interested. If only I'd known how wrong I really was. we were loaded up into the car and ready to go. just stay safe. We do good work for good prices. we can talk to him. "It's my son's bike." she pointed to a tall man with russet skin and long black hair. Call me when you get back to the house okay?" "Yeah. Don't worry. "So you brought it here. . I've got everything I need. "My son's bike needs fixing. let's do that then. you know you never use it. what brings a pretty young thing like you to this side of the tracks?" he asked. Don't think that just because he's a kid. He looked up from his work. it doesn't make any sense but okay." He winked at her. She waved again.
My next door neighbor said that you were the man to go to. what happened to it?" "Back wheel got ran over when I got hit by a car. I was already angry with him for hitting on my mom.20 - ." "Good to know. we'll get it done in at least an hour. "Shut up Jake. damn. No big thing. "Hey kid!" a big burly man with thick dark curls. I'll go get Emmett. I have the money. so you're the smartass who lives next door to him. "Yo Em. c'mon. it's kind of my ride home." . so that's not the problem." I crossed my arm and tapped my foot impatiently. I would really like it done by today.I waved goodbye to her and watched her disappear into the distance. "Alright." I glared at him." "Really. we just have to look at the damage." Jacob grabbed my bike up and they wheeled it into the garage." he yelled. you know. "Let's get my bike fixed." I griped at him. "Alright. Just come on. Rose might hear!" a booming voice shouted back. Oh right." The one named Jake shouted back. He'll take a look and we'll get you back to mommy. Jasper tells me to tell you hi. "I'm Emmett. so about my bike. you got hit by a car?" he actually started laughing at me. what brings you here?" "Wow. "So. matted with sweat (gross) came out of one of the back rooms. assess what we need to do to fix it and all." "Should've known it was Jazz. this is only the thirtieth time I've said this but my back wheel is broken and I need it fixed. The kid has money though and it's a quick job. sounds pretty big to me. a bike huh. I already felt lonely. "Your call. His eyebrows rose at my tone but he didn't say anything about it. we got a kid with a hot mom. "What did you do? Go head to head with a truck. He says good things about you and your mum though. It's a lot of mechanical stuff.
" I squirmed under her gaze. some people can be really inconsiderate. I looked around to see whom she was talking to. I thought you were heading back to L." she cupped my face in her hands and turned it back in forth. you look exactly like my friend Edward. don't worry. he didn't know the roads." She said. they weren't going all that fast. "It's not you I'm worried about right now. Plus your name is Masen?" she took a step back to look at me again. and now. She was a woman in one of the pictures.21 - . who are you. "Will you please leave me alone.A. "Yeah. Emmett looked at me closely. Like." I looked her over and then gasped. "The face ."Limousine. "I'm just fixing his bike real quick." he grinned lovingly at her. "Edward. she would figure me out and Edward would be able to get to my mother." "Yes it's very weird." He shrugged and disappeared back into one of the rooms again. "I guess he does." "Shut up. a lot of people are auburn with green eyes. my name isn't Edward. if I stayed around her long enough. today. the blonde one. "Wow. what in the world are you doing here. it's Masen. sorry to hear about it though. the hair and the eyes are like his. we looked dead up the same. "Weird…. she wasn't stupid like the other one." "Ouch. doesn't he?" she exclaimed. She already connected me to Edward. you alright?" he asked. "No. no one but Edward has hair that color. running his hands over my bike. "Um. Doesn't he look like Edward Emmett." "EMMETT!" a woman's voice shouted. but hey. my bike suffers for it. we'll be on time. I can sue for harassment you know. I'm aright. How in the world did that happen?" "Some asshole was having his driver take a shortcut through my neighborhood. just him…and now you. that's really horrible. exactly. I looked up from my lap to see her." I was still upset about the whole ordeal.
rounder. . and you could probably overpower me if I tried anything. my bike on top of me. I just have a few questions." "Don't be stupid. you're crazy." It was the woman." She hit the gas we were off. "No. Walk myself home and maybe get there by nightfall or accept a ride with a stranger and end up in god knows where. it went straight to her voicemail. "C'mon. you're taller than me.22 - ." Emmett shouted after me. I don't like shouting. leave me alone!" I picked my phone out of my pocket and dialed her number. "No. really. I mean it. there's no way you're riding that back. "HELP." I kept on walking.shape is different. There must be some baby fat still around there. I grabbed my bike and tried to wheel it out of the shop. "Just get in the car!" she yanked me into the convertible and I fell in the backseat." I contemplated her offer. pushing her away. want me to drive you home. Then again. I can walk. just get in the car so I can get you home." "Get off me you psychopath. why couldn't I just get a dang car?" I tried her phone again just as a red convertible pulled up next to me. "Hey. we can talk then. "Shut up." I shouted at her. THIS WOMAN IS NOT MY MOTHER!" I shouted. "Hey. really. "I'll catch a cab. I won't hurt you. We want to help you. She didn't like that. you are still just a child. I haven't finished fixing it up yet.
"I'm not taking you home. It would be great." I considered jumping out of the car. . you can call your mom and tell her to come get you. By the way. "Please. Chapter 4 MPOV "For my first question. I still am." She snapped at me. That's why I haven't been able to update for so long. I'm running rather low on ideas. goodness. I want to go home so I can call the cops and get the heck away from you!" I shouted." she said as we pulled up to a red light. So if anyone has any ideas. stay away from me.23 - . I'm taking you to my aunt and uncle's house." I inched away from her. I would skid up my clothes and my skin. and technically. I know how this story is going to end and I basically know the middle climax.Chapter 4 Okay. that would probably be a bad idea. "Now why don't I believe that? You're too defensive. I really don't care. leave me a review of PM me. this time. "No I don't. will you please take me home. Why don't you just drop me off and I'll stay with my neighbor. I really want to meet her. that wasn't what I wanted at all. she was crazy and there was no way I was staying anywhere near her. you can wait there for your mom to pick you up. "MASEN!" "Stay away from me!" I dialed my phone again. I just need the filling. just leave me alone. a different number. trying to get away. why do you look like my cousin?" she demanded. "I don't know who you cousin is and frankly. you know exactly who I'm talking about." She hit the brakes in loudly and popped a u-turn. Forgetting my bike. trust me. I'm sure that they'll have some questions for you to. I opened the side door and took out running. he can look after me. so I've been in Raleigh North Carolina for the last couple of days. "Don't worry.
please come get me!" I yelled. there you are!" I jumped up. hold on. red convertible? Is she blonde. She's in a red convertible. You look to much like my cousin for it to be considered a ." He hung up quickly after that. I looked down the road and then sat down. maybe I shouldn't have put you in my car and drove off. where are you?" he asked rather urgently. "Hey. you know any?" I said sarcastically. why didn't I take a course in engineering? Did they have that at my school. "Listen kid. where are you?" "There is a psycho chasing me. "Leave me alone. But hey. kind of snobby?" "Yes…?" "Oh…that's Rosalie. I'll come get you. you should be back by now. "Run. maybe I could go for that one class. "Lee Street on the north side." "You wouldn't hit a lady would you?" "Sure. I will hit you. just so I would know how to fix my bike if it ever broke again. and now. She was almost as tall as me. I'm already on my way. I did it and I've still got some questions." "Wait." I was almost crying. maybe I jumped the gun." "So what. don't run? What am I supposed to do?" "Is she chasing you?" "Yes she is. she wants to take me back to her lair.24 - . please. she was angry. run. maybe that wasn't the smartest idea. blue eyes. the crazy woman was back."Hello?" "Jasper?" "Masen. "Okay.
coincidence, no one has that color hair but him. So what, are you some long lost family member, twice removed?" "No, leave me alone and I might not press charges." I shouted at her. She didn't even flinch. "I'm not scared of you little boy." She said darkly, "I just want the truth." "The truth is only relevant," I tried to dial my mom again, this time she picked up. "Mom." I turned away from Rosalie, "Mom, please, Jasper's on his way to get me, there's this crazy lady trying to kidnap me." "Masen…are you being serious?" she asked slowly. "When have I ever lied to you…okay, when have I lied to you recently?" I whispered fiercely. "Masen, is she with you?" she was still so calm. "Yes, she's still here, she's watching me right now?" I said growing more impatient with her. "You said Jasper is on his way, just keep stalling, stay calm until he can get there and find you, stay in sight of the road." She commanded, "If all else fails, be the hell out of her." "You told me never to hit a woman." "This could be life or death." Rosalie was inching towards me and I was slowly inching away. "I'll give you your bike back if you come without a fight." She tried to bribe me. "If you don't give me my bike, I'm going to hurt you." Where the heck was Jasper, shouldn't he have found me by then? "Bluffing again, c'mon Masen, I can see that you want answers just as much as I do." She reached her hand out to touch me. "Masen, Masen? Are you there?" my mom was talking, but I couldn't hear her anymore.
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"I knew it. Is mommy keeping secrets?" I flinched. She grinned wickedly because she knew she had me. "I'm not going to hurt you, I want answers, you want answers. We can work this whole thing out together, we can both get the information we want." I breathed deeply and hung up the phone. EPOV "Edward? Didn't your flight leave today?" My mother asked when she saw me lying on her couch. "Yep, Tanya and Aro went ahead. We're having issues." I said truthfully. "Edward, if you're having issues, you need to talk it out with her and now. You're getting married, you need to get that through your head." Esme said. "I know, but don't you think…we're rushing it a bit?" "She isn't coming back Edward." she said quietly. "That's not what I meant." I huffed indignantly. "That's exactly what you meant." She sat down near my feet. "Edward, no one knows why Bella left, no one understands why she decided to go, but you need to move on, this isn't healthy." "I know it isn't health, I just, I just want this all to go away. But it won't, nothing is going right." I crossed my arms in front of my chest as the front door opened. "Hello Edward, Esme." Rosalie came walking in, she looked flushed. "What are you doing here Rose, I thought you were helping Emmett at the shop." Esme inquired. "I ran into a small complication." She said disdainfully. "It's good to know that you think of me as only a complication." That voice, the sarcastic, condescending voice. "Well that's what you are, shut up and sit down somewhere." Rose snapped at him.
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"You are so rude, are you sure that you're a woman? I bet if you took of that wig, you're whole face would fall off." "Why you-" "Masen?" I asked. "Hm, oh hello Edward." he looked me over. "Haven't hit nay other small children have you." "You aren't small." "Smaller than you, nimrod." "Again with the nimrod thing. Is that the only word you know?" his eyebrows were. "I bet I could fill a couple books with words you don't know Edward." he snapped at me. "You two have met, I thought you didn't know my cousin." "Please, I don't know how many cousins you have, that's not my problem." He looked at her skeptically. "You are such a little brat." She growled at him. "Didn't bother me when my mother said it, doesn't bother me when you say it." he looked around the room and then moved to the photos on the mantle. He inspected each with great care. "Who is this little boy?" "What is it about rich people calling me a 'little' boy? I'm not little." He strolled into the kitchen. "Who is he?" Esme asked frantically. "Some kid from Emmett's auto shop, look familiar?" she looked directly at me. "What are you saying, the kid and I look nothing alike."
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Masen looked a little peeved that his statement had been interrupted.. Bella Swan." He looked around the room once again.. Maybe if you would actually look at him. he's standing right here." It was my sister Alice. no wait."Edward. so are you. the eyes? You two could be twins. how old are you?" Rosalie asked. "This is a nice house. That's when Bella left. shocked." I noticed she wasn't looking at me." "Shut up Rosalie. "Hello Alice. wait." Rosalie greeted." He replied slowly. 17 in the fall. he was always dangerously overconfident." She gestured to Masen who seemed even more uncomfortable. The hair. I'd never met him before now and I knew you had to be related somehow." Masen said irritably. "Yes. were you and Bella always abstinent?" she asked. you would see the similarities. "Hello Rosalie. Masen wasn't the type to be nervous. "16. "No…we were engaged remember. we didn't see a reason to be. almost nervously.it's rather large don't yo-" "I'm home!" a singsong voice said. We aren't related." He glared at me." "You're pretty perceptive for a blonde." I said slowly. it doesn't matter okay? Just leave it alone. the wheels turning in his head at her question. she froze. "But. He's Bella's son. But then again. I doubted that. "Sixteen and a half years. you're there. Sure. He ran a hand through his hair. I could see Rosalie counting in her head. but at Masen. you. But I'm guessing. "Look what I bought. that's when you got engaged…Edward…here's the reason Bella left. "You're his father. Edward. she was home as well. in passing. "Masen. you're there…" she looked from Masen to . She looked over to Esme to greet her but when she saw me. she was trying to figure something out. this one already figured that much out.28 - . "Bella. Bella Swan?" Esme asked. "Edward. he's one hell of a smartass.
Finally she seemed to decide. but I'll try not to take offense. there's no denying it." . Edward. clearly confused." "Offense to what?" I questioned him. "Personally.29 - .me and then back to Masen. "That's it. I clapped my hand against my forehead while Rosalie was recounting." He smirked. I think we look nothing alike. this is your son. "You aren't exactly the most handsome man in the world.
Chapter 5 BPOV "Yes officer, he has auburn hair, kind of bronzish, it looks different in the light. He's got pale skin, really pale and bright green eyes." "How tall is he ma'am?" the police officer asked me. "Masen's about, oh, he's grows like an inch a day! Jasper, how tall would you say Masen is?" "He stands about a head taller than you, you're 5'2'' so I'd say, around 6 feet, maybe even 6'1''?" Jasper said from my kitchen table. "Around 6 feet." I said into the phone. Masen had hung up on me so I assumed the worst. Maybe the crazy woman had him, maybe he was trapped somewhere, heck, maybe he was dead, all I knew is that I wanted him found. "Miss, you have to calm down, we'll find him, just calm down." The officer told me. "I know, I'm calm, I am, just please, send someone out to find my son!" I was trying so hard not to break down in tears. "We've already got cars on the lookout." "Call me if anything happens, please, let me be the first one you call." "Is there a father in the picture, should we be worried about him?" "No, his father doesn't know about him, that's not a concern of mine." "We'll need to look into it just in case, I'll send someone right over." He hung up soon after that. I started to pace again. "Bella, calm down. The police are already on the case, they're looking." Jasper tried to soothe my qualms.
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"Jasper, you don't understand! He could be dead, he could be hurt? What if she dismembered him? What if the police can only bring me back pieces of my son? What then?" "You panicking isn't helping anyone. You need to relax, stop being so frantic. The more that you freak out, the less time is being spent on finding Masen. We don't even know if he was kidnapped, he might have just wandered off and got caught up I something." "You're talking about him as if he's normal! Masen isn't normal, normal children wander off when they see bright lights or cool things, Masen doesn't wander off, he mouth's off! He's smart, he only does things that he stands to gain from. Either that, or things he's forced into…like school." "Oh right, I forgot he doesn't go to school. You really should work on that with him." "Jasper, we are not here to discuss my parenting style, we are here to discuss what may or may not have happened to my son!" I shouted at him. "I know, Masen's a smart kid, give him some credit. He smarter than most grown man and he's got the resilient attitude to match. Plus he's not going to give up free room and board without a fight." "Be serious." I snapped at him. "I am being serious. Masen's fine, he's going to be fine." "I know, I'm just, I'm just worried. I just, sometimes I just worry. He's so different from everyone his age." "Because he's smart?" Jasper asked. "Yes, he's always stuck out. For the first couple years in school, he was always the awkward child, the one who was solving quadratics in 5th grade, unsatisfied with picture books and connect the dots, he always needed something more, something I could never give him." I had always hated the fact that I never had money, never had enough to buy my son the things he wanted, things he could use. "Schools have technology, they have programs. He would be welcomed into the community." Jasper tried to explain.
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"That's what I always thought, however, it wasn't the case. Masen never fit in, in schools, he was always the trouble maker because he had no friends. He was to young, I mean, a ten year old, in the tenth grade? It never made sense to teachers, they never understood. He's been absent so many times that his records are screwed up. The best thing I could do for him would be to put him in private school, I don't have the money." I threw my hands up. "What about scholarships? He could apply." "Masen's impatient, irrational, he would never just wait for something good to happen to him. It doesn't work that way. Nothing works that way." I sat back down at the kitchen table, exhausted. "You're working yourself up over what could be nothing. Stop worrying, just stop worrying. I've known him for three years, he's fine. A little bit of a smartass, but fine." Jasper assured me. I sniffled a bit but tried to calm myself. He was right after all. "Do you think he'll come home on his own or be dragged back by the police?" I asked. "Knowing Masen, he'll wander back on his own. Same mischievous smile planted right on his face." he smiled again. I rubbed my hands together and looked towards the door, imagining him walking through it at any given moment. MPOV "So…" I said looking around the room. "No, there is no way, there is no way that this is my son." Edward stood up. "That's fine, I don't like you either." I looked around the room again. "So this is how the other half lives. Wow, if mom and I had this kind of money, maybe I would actually go to school. Maybe she could actually afford to send me." "You don't go to school?" his mother asked. "No, why should I?" "What are you doing? Selling drugs, I bet. Where is Bella, she isn't raising you like a mother should."
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you're really hard to understand while you're yelling." I shoved him backwards." "Listen little boy. Mom was probably looking for me. he's the one who broke it. stalking me or something? Or are you stalking my mother?" I growled at him. she was probably going to shackle me to my bed when I got back." I stood up. she's raised me from nothing with nothing! You leave her alone or I swear. calm down! Please. she was probably freaking out over me.33 - ." "She must be doing something right. I'm on my way. Moreover. those are good people who are genuinely worried about you. with your happy family."Don't judge my mother. I'm just incredibly confused. from my family?" Edward demanded. I'm talking to you. you really nee to work on respect. I walked down their driveway and dialed my phone again. "She's a good woman." He growled at me." I turned around to see Edward looking me over "Besides." Edward pointed out. The door was right there. "What about your bike?" Rosalie asked. I'm coming. I know. with blonde Betty Boop and Carmen Miranda on crack? Forget this. "I guess she didn't want me to grow up to be like you. "She's a good woman. "You're going to need a ride back. I'm gonna have to talk to your mom about this." I hissed at her. that's my family and you are not going to talk to them that way. I'm coming home." I pointed to Edward. Heck. You living here like you're the king of . and I'm not saying that you are. If you are my son. why did Bella keep you from me. "Ask him. you are going to some up missing. Living in your nice big house. you stay the hell away from her. you're always winning those awards for robots and stuff. mom." "And would that be? My mom doesn't have anything to say to you. I know. "I'm not talking to them. "What are you." She was so mad. stop shouting. "Hey mom. "I'm not stalking anyone. I'm out. you're talking my ear off. She's got a lot to answer for. God.
Edward paid for it seeing as it was his fault. "It's covered. I wanted to go home." I looked to the street and saw Emmett. I'll take you home. why should I respect you? You're nothing to me. "Whatever. do you need my card?" I reached inside my pocket but he lifted his hand. you think I should respect them? Why the hell should I respect them. you're mother is freaking out. I just got even. I've never seen him get so worked up over someone." I turned my back on him and started the long walk home." I waved my hands in the air. let's get you home. I wasn't one to shout. a new wheel in the back. c'mon!" I sighed and gave up. "Alright kiddo. Edward just glared at me. About half way there. "What do you want?" I huffed. "Get the hell out of here. we got by without you before and we'll keep on. I don't have time for this." he said. I was hungry and I wanted my mom. Guess what dad. just get in the car. I didn't understand why I was so angry. it's all fixed up." "Keep your dang money. You think they care about me. I climbed inside and relished in the heat. We don't need you Edward. I don't need his help.34 - . you need to go home before you catch your death.the mountain. "Hey." he smiled a big goofy smile. she's looking for you. Please. "Masen. He reached across and opened the door." He shrugged. it had started to rain. "Rose brought your bike over. make me respect you. I just want to be left alone. He didn't have to do that." "Edward's a good guy." He rubbed his forehead. or you can go to hell!" I didn't know why I was shouting. either you can step to me. I was cold." He looked around. It's raining like cats and dogs out here. All you gotta do is come and pick it up. He . trying to get the message across to him. "I thought I made it clear to Edward. "Masen please." "Oh. I just wanted to go home. I'll call your mother and we'll work out the whole child support thing. "Jasper's got everyone looking for you. when I got mad.
" "What? Did you do this to take me home or to give me some lecture? Dude." I opened to door and ran up the front steps into our house apartment thing." "I don't know what that son of a you know what said to you. My mother never yelled. "Go to your room.wants to care about you. Edward can go suck a-" "You have got some serious anger issues. he wants to care about Bella. You won't let him. "What. she was sad. I-I was with…I was with Edward. "Masen SWAN! Where the heck have you been? I called the freakin' police on you and you…oh I could strangle you! Where have you been?" she demanded. but he doesn't have anything to do with me or my mother. stop. Only one person has earned that and that's my mother. . She froze. she was so angry. You stay in there until I tell you to come out!" she suddenly screamed. "I'm sorry mom. I wasn't sure whichever one it was. I could tell that she had been crying. I'm sorry.I said stop the damn car!" I shouted. I'm sorry. Jasper rounded the corner looking alarmed. Go right now. Don't come out for the rest of the night. what's wrong. I don't owe him anything. "Mom!" I shouted when I opened the door.35 - . and it was all his fault." She was angry. "Mom. You and your mom need to-" "Stop. the computer's off limits. her eyes had dark circles under them. everything's off limits. especially my respect." I whispered. what happened.
Time to finally come clean. Heck.Chapter 6 Chapter 6 BPOV I paced around the room nervously. That was my fault." He rubbed the back of his head. How was I supposed to face him? Lord knew he would find out." "So are you. That was my fault. I left him. "Yeah. to be normal. what was I going to tell him. Why didn't I just tell him the truth? Why didn't I just tell him what had really happened? If Edward had figured things out. what would I do then. that's one way to put it. Masen was watching me with carful eyes." . Surely he would want answers. "'S no big deal. "I don't like him." I drummed my fingers on my knee. he's an ass. He's just mean. how would I explain why I kept hi son away from him for 17 years." "They don't know you Masen. whenever you say something's off limits. but I'm a different kind of ass. I'm sorry I went behind your back. I'm sorry I yelled at you." I pointed out. What was I going to do." I whispered. he's the first one to go snooping around." He shrugged his shoulders. He doesn't like me and he expects me to go to school. surely they would be difficult questions.36 - . waiting for me to make the first mov "Masen. it would be a matter of days before he came knocking. He moved to sit next to me. "Sure. taking a seat on our couch. "Mom?" I turned around. I should have known that from the very beginning. "So you met your father…that must have been interesting. "I didn't tell your father that I was pregnant with you." I breathed out. his whole family expects that. they haven't seen the things that you can do. He would be furious with me.
If he really loved you. you really think wouldn't have grown up resenting someone who was barely there? It would have changed anything. I knew Edward wouldn't be happy." Masen leaned back into the couch cushion." I was getting even more nervous. . he was tired. he was like that. When he came home. "I hated being around his family. It would have been awful. with the glory. "Yeah. I still wouldn't go to school.37 - . he's a jerk. Greece in the springtime." He sighed evenly. everything fell apart." I began. Most of them already weren't that fond of me. How certain designers went with other designers. you were just the straw that broke the camels back. it's true. There was no more time for the two of us together. not tea parties and doilies.' "Masen! He's a good man. when he was awake. how would they react? Me." I pulled my knees to my chin. It was unexpected. More so to rebel against him. he would have tried harder to find you. why didn't he send anyone for you." Masen scoffed at me. I need chaos. no more us…we were fading away. I can't deal with the conformity. to afraid he would reject you." "Not really. Things just changed…a lot of things changed. Just for different reasons. he was becoming famous in his own right. too afraid that he would reject me." "Things got complicated when you got pregnant. He has the money. he was writing. pregnant with one of the Masen family heirs. And what would his family say. I knew he…" "Wouldn't have time to settle down? To live with a wife and child? I guess that wasn't in the Masen master plan. the straightforward clean cut side of the world. for both of us?" okay…so that was a good question."Well I can see why. Edward's first steady girlfriend? The pitiful girl form forks. they would talk about. I grew up here. I never could identify with the wealth. you raised me. There was no more time. he was sweet. Not incense and classical music. considerate. When I got pregnant with you. Japan in the summer. I was too afraid. "But I didn't give him the choice." "What?" "Mom. "You must hate me for taking your father away from you. Soon. uncalculated. "But Edward wasn't like that. Then. "No…they were complicated before that. He knew how to make me feel comfortable without actually having to try. Edward's musical compositions were getting more and more attention.
"Hello Bella. "Mom! God. I may not have been born then but it means I was put on the back burner too. he was annoying sometimes but when it came down to it. when are you going to realize that you can't always see the good in people.38 - . You aren't dead. he was in tears. No of this is your fault. still just a sixteen year old boy struggling to find who he really was. You knew he was going to be successful. Sure. So I just held him like he needed to be held." I groaned. You never have to worry. then he kicked you to the curb. "I'm sorry. "Who in the world comes over at." "No you didn't. I went right down. she doesn't need you!" Masen shouted at him. it's never been your fault. You are my son. "Mom."He doesn't-" "Mom! Please. put you on the back burner. he was an arrogant know-it-all. he just doesn't know it yet. We need to work this whole thing out and fast." Edward really was there. standing there in all his Adonis like glory was Edward Masen." . you're alright." I kissed his cheek and pulled him closer. Edward would never do that. I knew I should've been off to but…something kept me awake. I love you but god. "Masen. Within moments. "Get out of here." he said. "I just wanted to talk. He loves you. "Masen. he was still a child." "She was breathing. But still. most of the time. "Please. I bet you wanted to kill her didn't you?" That was Masen. what did you do to her. Then the knocking came. And just like that." I looked at the digital clock above my TV "12:30 in the morning?" I opened the front door expecting to see Jasper or something. stop yelling." I wrapped my arms around his broad shoulders and held him close. I ruined everything." I kissed both of his cheeks and pulled him even tighter. It had been a couple hours since Masen headed off to bed. and you say I'm the nimrod. He laid his head on my chest and sighed again." he admitted. I just don't want you to feel like he abandoned you.
I need you to go to your room so I can talk to your father. Edward turned to me. He's not getting an education." I pleaded with him. calm down. "Bella.39 - . It'd be best if we talk about this. he needs his rest. Edward glared at him. I hadn't been expecting the hostility." my voice was barely a whisper. "Who kept him away from me? Oh right. "He is not my father. Like. "May I sit down?" "Yes. As soon as he was gone. it was you!" "Edward please." "For what. if he . getting to his feet." "Yes. He's trying to sleep. we have some things we need to work out. "Obviously."Say one more thing to me you son of a-" "Masen. my family obviously wants some answers." he greeted. What do you expect is going to happen to him after he moves out. "Edward. I was taken aback. It all must have come as a shock. you don't know Masen like I do. of course!" I began clearing off the couch so he could sit. what does he do all day? He's not going to school. "Well…" he said after a few moments." Masen shouted more at Edward than he did at me. "I suspect you know why I'm here. I immediately regretted leaving the house as messy as it was. that would have been to close. keep your voice down. why is he not attending school?" "I try to get him to go-" "Well obviously you aren't trying hard enough." "And who's fault is that?" he shouted." He snapped." I didn't want to sit down next to him. "Don't sit there and judge me Edward.
I was afraid. Just a little bit different. "What the heck are you talking about.moves out?" "Edward stop it! You think you know everything. everything was going fine!" "What about our life was going fine? See. you might actually like him. you were my life!" He yelled. I didn't want him to grown up hating you for not being there." I smiled at him accidentally as I thought about my son. He's a good kid Edward.' Just as second my ass! I would leave and by the time I would see you again." Why didn't he get it? "See? You always tried to see the worst in everything. You just haven't had the chance to see it. "Yes. The only things that's changed is the fact that I have a crazy sixteen year old who seems to have missed the hormonal car stage. He's a good kid. I'm just…I was just confused." "That's just Masen. "I'm not angry with you. I'll be done is just a second. it would be maybe six in the morning? Edward." he reached out and touched my cheek. you don't know anything now." I whispered to him. I was scared for me and I was scared for my baby. I didn't want him to grow up angry like I did. "No I wasn't Edward. Work was always your life! You didn't have time for a wife and a child! You never had the time. this proves that you don't know anything! You didn't know anything then. "Why are you so angry with me? Bella. what was so bad?" he demanded. you were always way to busy. work was your life. you always think you know everything when you don't know anything!" I shouted back. I loved you! Things just weren't working. if you actually sit down and talk to him instead of getting angry all of the sudden. "You never did pay attention to me did you?" I put my hands on my hips." "Are you blind? He called my sister Carmen Miranda on crack. "What is this about?" he whispered. you knew things weren't working!" "What are you talking about. . 'Bella. I left you but I wouldn't have done it for no reason.40 - . can you wait a minuet. he's got a good heart. I couldn't deal with that and I most certainly wasn't going to make Masen deal with that. He's different.
They care about Masen too. I wanted you to be able to trust me. Edward looked hurt. last time I heard. they just expect to get respect from him. the girl from down-home. I'm another human being." I shrugged." "That doesn't matter to him.41 - . "You should leave. You'll have to work for it. you were engaged." I told him. "I shouldn't have to work for it." "My parents did not hate you. they were just…" "Confused as to why you chose me. I expect respect from him." ." he wrapped his arms around me. "I didn't want you to feel afraid. they cared about you." I shook myself out of his arms. "That's not true. I won't get in the way of that. You want his respect. Why didn't you trust me?" "Your parents hated me. He should automatically respect me. Bella. They think I didn't deserve you. you have to earn it." "Masen doesn't respect anyone."Bella.
I took another long sip of wine as I watch the Masen family continue to duke it out. clearly pleased with his handiwork. my little gift doesn't work that way. Flashback 4 hours "Do we have to go?" Masen whined. "Can't you use your intuition for anything besides causing chaos? Maybe for the common good instead of making people unhappy?" I begged him." "Thank you. "Not my fault. "I did." He shrugged and then looked disgustedly at his food. "Yes. Nothing worth wearing .42 - . I wish that we did." I whispered as he began to walk away. batting his eyelashes at me. I glared at him haughtily.Chapter 7 Chapter 7 BPOV "Seriously. do you have anything stronger than white wine? I'll take anything. Masen leaned back in his chair." "You promised me that you would make an effort to get along with everyone." I pleaded with the waiter. I'm just intuitive." I reminded him. "I'll check in the back. It feeds off the negative energy." He was watching my family argue with a worried expression. "At the rate this meal is going." He winked at me. maybe the waiters have something in storage. I'd even eat the food you cook. "For your sake honey. I showed up didn't I?" he watched Edward's family again. "Sorry." I told him as I looked through my meager selection of jewelry. Edward expects you to be there and it's about time you met your family. heck.
" "Yes.to a Masen shindig. but you." I kissed both his cheeks and then shooed him away. "I thought he was rich. Besides. me. "Like I care. You had a constant reminder. I can't be my jackass self if you're babying me. "What'd he bribe you with?" I asked him." I said quietly. it is never to be worn anywhere else. "I left it all behind. "She's going to kill me for letting you dress like what she views to be a 'hoodlum'. And now. you still have a constant reminder. I should be considered a little gift from heaven. don't embarrass me in front of the people I hate. most people there age want grandchildren. That otta be a nice enough wake up call." I warned him." He warned. they're over the shock." "Shouldn't they have wanted grandchildren. "Mother. didn't he ever buy you anything nice?" Masen said noticing my choice." I finally settled on just a plain set of fake pearl earrings and a string of even more fake pearls. . and our Texan neighbor." He strolled out of his room with an ACDC graphic tee and skinny jeans. You've always been special to me. it's my job to make things difficult." "You haven't met Carlisle." He was heading towards the car.43 - . I have just the outfit to give old lady stick in the mud a heart attack. Jasper came down his walk with a spiffy looking white dress shirt and necktie." "No way. "And yet you were carrying his baby? Wow mom. He seemed incredibly uncomfortable. you. heck." "You're my little gift from heaven. I don't mind." I pinched his cheek just like I knew he hated. they're actually prepared to meet you. "Put the suit Charlie gave you on. "I've met them remember? And besides I have all the family I need right here. I dint want anything that reminded me of him. that makes no sense at all. "I'm your mother. that's the science fair suit.
Don't let the past."He said he'd fix my computer but I've got the sneaking suspicion that he's the reason it's bugged up anyway. she said invite family and hey.44 - . "May I see that. "Things were getting boring. "Edward." I handed Jasper the bottle. Masen was trying to hide his hysterical laugher. you love her don't you. I just opened the bottle and took a swig. Tanya will need time to adjust!" Edward cut right across Masen." I didn't even bother with a glass." He was lucky he was my son or I would have punched him. we have to post pone the wedding. "You know mom. will you finally let yourself be happy?" she snapped back. I won't here the end of it for weeks! They're going to blame me for this. you're like family to us." I said as he left." I hit the gas and we were off. you have a chance to end up with one of the most beautiful women in the world. "Ah well. nice to spice things-" "I can't get married now mom. "I will be happy. I wouldn't have been hit by a car-" "I am not buying you a car Masen." The waiter set a bottle of tequila in front of me. I just have a certain situation to handle first." Masen said. "Edward. addressing his mother. you've put off getting married long enough. It's on the house doll. "You'll be lucky if you make it to twenty after this stunt. "Bless you. "I wish I was twenty one. Back to present "I found this." Esme's eyes met mine "mess up your future." I climbed into the front seat." I took another drink." Jasper shrugged. Jasper sat in the passenger with Masen in the back. He . I didn't sign up to do this sober.
Ha…rich people are so stupid. Edward still sized Jasper up. "My son is not a failure. "And look what that did to the rest of us!" Alice growled at me. "You don't even go to school." Edward tried to defend me. he just continued to study Masen." she pointed to me "you will not ruin my son's life again. Esme exploded." Masen laughed.45 - . Carlisle hadn't said anything the entire meal. you're raising a failure!" Esme shouted. she did what she thought was right. Even thought Edward and Jasper probably knew each other. he will never be a failure and you will never refer to him as such. Mom sent me back t get the experience." He laughed." I stood up. she made me get up every damn day and got to that rat hole. "Well Edward and family. you know make friends and all that jazz? It's optional and I just happen to choose not to go. this has been wonderful evening but really." I tried but Masen would have none of that. "Masen doesn't have to go to school if he doesn't want to. Don't you get it." Masen laughed. 1 hour ago We all sat down at the table together. "Now hold on a minute." Why didn't they get the concept? "Are you insane. I already finished high school once. And you. He's one of the best and the brightest!" "How can be so bright if he doesn't go to school?" "Wow. how . watching his protective arm on my shoulder. "Right. now I see were Edward inherited his nimrod tendencies from. it's a school night.took a swig before handing it back to me. You sit on your lazy butt all day and do nothing. "You think my mom didn't make me go to school? Hell. I was ten when I was in the tenth grade." "She didn't do anything mom. we should be heading home. The combination of the alcohol and the insults had made me more than a little confrontational. Masen sat next to me with Jasper on the other side of him.
maybe a rodeo clown? You know. what do you do now?" "Oh. "So!" Esme interjected on our little moment." He smirked. check for sure. they look like family. she might be lying about this whole thing. "You can't be serious." Esme said darkly." I said with just as much warmth.Masen laughed and smiled with him. you know how Bella is. obviously angry about something. I tried to smile at Alice but she glared at me. the two of them could be twins. also looking Masen up and down. I work at a publishing company. "Bella. "Okay what is your problem with me?" I demanded. Why was she even there. "My mom doesn't let me eat at McDonalds." "I don't know. something fun like that." Rosalie greeted frostily. Edward shook my hand. It almost didn't show. I knew then it was going to be a long dinner. He seemed genuinely interested. "Dressed like we should be at McDonalds." Alice sneered. tried to and actually tried to say hello to Masen without grimacing. she and Edward weren't even biological family. .46 - ." She sighed. "Bella. She said hello to Jasper and sat down. Return to the present "I still think we should get a DNA test." I said nervously. "Rosalie. Esme looked Masen up and down before shaking her head. they were cousins by marriage. I threw a smile at him and he actually grinned back." He said in a mocking tone. It's okay I guess. what do you plan to do in the future. Carlisle stood by her side. she says it isn't healthy. "And Masen. "It still be a good idea." Alice was still glowering at me.
Masen's eyebrows rose." Carlisle offered. Masen looked to me for permission before speaking again. Everyone looked towards him in shock. because you left him!" she shouted." Masen looked nervous for the first time that night. And cyber robotics." "Hey. "Awe. "See." "Masen?" Carlisle's soft voice drifted across the table. "You don't know anything about him and you have no right to judge him. "That sounds interesting. "Oh…I like computers. Masen glared at Alice. "Hey. And don't look down your nose at Bella either because she's done everything for that kid. "Um yes actually. Is that all you do or do you do other things. Masen's a good kid." Jasper said." He really was interested.47 - ." Masen didn't like talking about himself. ." I looked at him appreciatively. "The arrogant little brat. No discipline. absolutely no respect. "Is there something you wanted Carlisle." He had been sizing up the older blonde man the entire night. did you have to help the itty bitty baby get over himself. I prefer to enter my work into science competitions. "What is it you like to do? You obviously don't spend the entire time at home doing nothing. I had my reasons-" "And then you bring him into our life. you leave him alone. this is what I mean. a mother strung out on booze!" she snatched the bottle from my hand." She pointed to Masen."I had to pick my brother up off the floor because of you. I haven't had a real drink in 17 years. I know working with your computers has to take up a lot of time though. I have to stay coherent when I'm around him." he sneered right back at her. "Alice. that's what I've been studying. please. I'm a nationally ranked champion. Jasper had also been extremely quiet the entire night. Masen looked shocked. not once had he been asked what he liked. I'm so sad for you.
' I shrugged." Carlisle smiled contentedly at my son…and then at me. took the bottle from Esme's side of the table and sat back down. Masen appraised Carlisle again. . Carlisle didn't give off the aura of a rich doctor. Masen liked that.48 - . contentness. that's a very prestigious honor. Your mother must be very proud of you. Unlike his family. he just seemed to give off kindness. It was one of the first few shows of kindness that I'd received that night. And it was easy to see."Really. 'Well you'll catch more flies with honey that vinegar.
making sure it was tidied correctly." He offered. "I came to offer your mother a ride and wish you luck. but Esme will really appreciate seeing you in a suit sounding more like the genius you are. "Yeah. "I know. it's not as if we're going to loose.49 - . just make sure they don't embarrass me. She ran to the door and opened it up. I looked different in dress clothes." My mother did another once over and went back to my hair. "I wasn't aware that Jasper would be attending. family. "It looks fine mom. I grimaced as Edward Masen walked through the door. "Coming Jasper!" mom shouted. "I'll do fine. I assumed she was redoing her makeup. Edward just rolled his eyes at me. he likes to support Masen." My mom called from the bathroom." She went from my hair to my tie. Jasper wasn't the one standing there. "We have a ride." I almost bit him when he called me that. "I know. it's not just the judges that we're trying to impress. "Well Esme can kiss my-" the doorbell cut me off.Chapter 8 Chapter 8 MPOV Mom ran her hand through my hair for the fiftieth time that day." I sneered." He said loud enough so she could hear. "I didn't come over here to argue little boy. but today. Jasper's just like family. you and Jasper already know how these things work. Show the Masens how smart you really are. He smiled alluringly at my mother before coming over to me. mom loves Jasper's car. "Of course. Almost as much as he likes her ." I looked myself over in the mirror. cleaner." I said swatting her hand away.
Jasper sniggered rather loudly at the two of us. I have your note cards in my purse. shoo. "Just came to wish you good luck. "He's very serious when it comes to his work.bedroom." Edward said looking around the exposition hall. If you screw this up for me Edward Masen. he would have chewed me out. one day. You'll make me look bad. "Well of course." She flipped her hair and marched away." "Never mom. you two are going to get married. "So this is what a science fair looks like." She stood up a bit straighter. "On the contrary." "You never change Masen. trying to comfort." Her eyes rolled over my display. That wouldn't have been pretty for anyone. Now." I snapped at him. satisfied with my work. Edward's shoulders stiffened and I'm sure. your work looks impressive as usual. I will shove my foot so far up your ass-" my mother snapped her hand over my mouth. never. "I swear. I've already made a place on our mantle for my new trophy. For all you know. She began looking through her bag. it's by me." I crossed me arms." I left him to ponder that. I swear. it's a robotics exposition." I pulled on my tie and walked back to my display." My mother told Edward. "This is not a science fair you nimrod. "Please.50 - . The full clan of assholes hadn't airbed yet so I still had some piece. still just as arrogant. "Do you remember everything. "Masen!" I turned to see a blonde girl running towards me and grimaced. . Do me a favor and keep your mouth shut." My mom said. it's nothing personal. this might be my year. if my mom hadn't have been standing there. its very personal. "Sylvia.
" She hugged me tight and then adjusted her blouse." I snapped at him." She pulled her purse tighter and the left." I winked at her. this is his big day. I'm going to head over to the parents section."Nah. "I don't understand why you always get so nervous. "Um. I breathed in deeply." Jasper moved to sit on my other side and glared at Edward. I heard one of the judges is male and single. I'm sure. You're the best. Why were they acting so hostile? Jasper was one of the sweetest men I knew and yet. you could have hurt him. The judges were already coming my way and looking expectant. "Maybe you should stay. he was glaring at Edward with just as much intensity." "I'm fine Bella. "Good luck. really. He's fine. "It still wasn't okay." I reminded them. Remember. she liked to look good when I had a competition." Edward shrugged. "If only it were that easy.51 - ." Jasper rubbed my shoulder comfortingly. I'm good. "Jasper's a solider. "Of course. "Oh my god! Why did you do that. "Yes. just need to get my bearings straight. Edwards's just a jerk. you're the best. BPOV I took a seat next to Jasper." I grinned at her. I saw Edward clench his fist out of the corner of my eye. He was still mad about my comment from earlier. good posture and manners. Edward wouldn't understand how important these kinds of things are . "You'll do great Masen." Jasper said as he ruffled my hair. He's going to win. remember. can we focus on Masen. then nerves were already beginning to disappear." Edward pushed Jasper out of his chair and sat down next to me. and just good showmanship. I looked between them nervously.
She didn't spare Jasper or I a second glance." Jasper said. assessing my blouse and dress pants. Sorry we're so late. something that makes him feel empowered. Esme looked at me critically. "You must be very proud of him." I boasted proudly. I watched as the judges walked over to Masen's table.52 - ." Alice and Rosalie arrived soon after and sat down in our row. jumping out of my seat. "What did they think?" I asked excitedly. Nothing seems underdone. teenage genius. "Always." Esme kissed Edward on the cheek and sat down next to him. Edward opened his mouth to speak but a glare from me seemed to shut him up. It's always a lot to take in at first. "Welcome to the world of living with and egotistical." Esme looked as if she were about to have a heart attack. clearly impressed with his handiwork." He smirked and sat down next to Jasper. "Impressed as usual. couldn't find the entrance. He cares about it. he walks.to Masen. "We're here. I wondered why they were all so interested in Masen's extracurricular activities. It wasn't as if it was any of their business. "Of course." Jasper crossed his arms and leaned back. talks. and even breathes his work. Jasper. I've got this one in the bag." Carlisle greeted calmly. "He's acting so formal." He was in awe. they left his display and he began walking over to us. Soon after. Those were usually details my son kept to himself. He whispered . He sat down next to his wife and looked around the room. we forgot who we were dealing with kiddo. He smiled charmingly and began a detailed explanation of his project. how it worked or what it was made for." I watched the judges nod and smile at Masen." she said quietly. "Good evening Bella. I still had no idea what the darned thing was. like he actually knows how to act properly. he loves every second of the competition. "And he's dressed in a suit! What has gotten into him?" "This is something that's important to him." Jasper added. "They really take these things seriously. He flushed bashfully and laughed with them. "This is the kids element.
I suspected something was up but didn't bother saying anything. Edward noticed he exchange and began pouting like a child. splurging on the treats. we can frame it right next to the trophy." He said ecstatically. who wants the stiffs around? I mean really." Masen set the trophy and the picture on the shelf above my end table. nor celebration. I watched the two of them carefully and for the first time. I kept wondering what his problem was. He handed it to Masen. What if they find out. I couldn't correct him on the family things as he had already taken the picture. "Hey hey hey! Do you all want a family portrait?" a person dresses as an ice cream cone came over waving camera around. "No. He saw another man fulfilling his role." Jasper shrugged. The two of them sure seemed to like taking jabs at the family. both he and Jasper had lied to the Masen family saying we were going straight home. "Because. I sat back down in my seat and waited for the competition to end. Masen just nodded in response. boys will be boys. "Nice idea kiddo!" Jasper high-fived him. how are they going to feel?" "Who cares? Edward can go suck a-" "Masen!" I warned. it wasn't right to lie to them. I'm sure they wanted to celebrate too. the air gets a lot less breathable when we're near them. I believed it just as much as Edward's family had. Jasper laughed again with him. Apparently. "Sweet. Rosalie is just the thing he carries around with him. "It looks good doesn't it. I'm friends with Emmett." I licked my ice cream cone. "I still can't see why you two didn't want the others to come with us. "I thought you and Rosalie were friends. . I thought I saw what Edward saw. Alice looked just as unhappy as he was.something else to Masen and winked. However. after Masen won (big shock there). "Still." I reminded him. I couldn't understand why we were sitting in Masen's favorite ice cream parlor.53 - ." Masen licked his spoon before dipping it back into his ice cream. No fireworks.
getting rid of the others was celebration enough." "I know they don't. "Why wouldn't you want them to care about you?" I asked him. he's a good man. it looks really good. he isn't judgmental or unkind."Yes. I just want you to know. They don't have to like me. .54 - . Especially Esme. He was feeling so many emotions all at one time. open your eyes mom." I said." He crossed his arms over his chest. And besides. It's quite delicious. they've ruined everything. "I didn't say all of them were bad." Masen said quietly." "I wouldn't want to go to anyone. they would try to hang around us so much if they didn't care. "Why are you trying to make me like them? They don't treat you much better. "I'm glad you won. you like Carlisle. That's not my concern. there are some other people you can go to." I said thoughtfully. He's not like the others." "I don't want them to care!" he shouted suddenly. You don't actually hate all of them. I hadn't noticed how badly this while thing was messing him up. I just said I don't like being around them is all. money. you're happy. "I don't count Carlisle. That's all that matters to them. "Exactly meaning that all of them aren't bad." He said. I'd want to live by myself and die a short painful death. The one that stuck out was his hatred for Edward. she treats me like I'm something lower than the ground she walks on. They care about the fact that you could go after Edward for child support." I said happily." I watched him beam at the picture." "You don't really mean that. You're my concern." Masen sunk to his knees and ran a hand through his hair roughly. "Because we're happy. Now everything's all messed up. "Masen! They care about you. if anything happens to me. I wish we could have done more to celebrate. And they don't care about me anyway. "I like ice cream.
you'll see how much you could learn from them. dear god. What could I learn from that nimrod? He's an idiot. his career is far more important than the two of us. he's a jerk. you want a man so bad. My feelings aren't the ones that matter here Masen. He is still your father. He doesn't like me." "You need a father!" "Why.55 - . I don't like him. Mom. some of the greatest people in the world have grown up without a father. "It's a recipe for disaster. I hate to force you into things but of you just give it a chance. Heck. go screw Jasper." He grabbed my shoulders and shook me lightly." "That has nothing to do with you." "What about our home is broken? The fact that daddy dearest isn't around? What's so bad about that? I actually kind of prefer it that way. . I know you don't like him but please. "Why do you keep defending him. You can't rope yourself into that kind of thing. more responsible. from Edward. "Because I know what it feels like to grow up in a broken home! I never wanted you to end up the same way I did. I couldn't show that kind of weakness in front of him. why can't you just leave I at that?" he demanded. he's engaged." I wasn't above pleading with him. stop saying those kinds of things!" I wanted to cry. I wanted to cry so badly and yet I couldn't.Chapter 9 Chapter 9 BPOV "You shouldn't ay things like that about Edward. You and Edward need each other. You and I don't need him. It makes you stronger. "You have officially lost your mind. We don't need him. like you still care about him or something!" I flinched." My mouth dropped open. Masen didn't miss a beat. I love you too much. I'm sure he wouldn't object. "You do still care about him! What in the world is wrong with you? Where is the strong intelligent woman that raised me? Mom.
That he could exist in their society and actually look the part. "Isabella please. "I'm coming. I yanked off the necklace and then the earrings. Didn't you and daddy dearest start off as friends. I stood up groggily and stumbled out my bedroom to get the door. Please just…just go do something. So why was I so determined to make him a part of it. here I stand." "I can't deal with this right now. It is one o'clock in the morning. The doorbell rang again. Maybe it's because secretly hoped he could be what I never was. I pulled the door open to see Alice Masen standing there. She looked me up and down before shaking her head." now that made me . And yet. I had to face facts. "Not drunk I hope. I was asleep and personally. My brother is engaged to one of the most important women in this nation.56 - ." I put my head in my hands and left for my room. keep your hair on!" I shouted. "Yeah right. It was my job to stand up for him…even it meant breaking my own heart in the process. A knock woke me up in the middle of the night. my son was my number one priority. I has been the one making things so miserable for him. it just didn't make since. It is possible for a man and a woman to be friends without having a sexual relationship. Why was he doing this to me? What had I done to deserve to be stuck in the middle? Who's side was I on? I knew I shouldn't pressure Masen to do something he wasn't comfortable with and he most certainly wasn't comfortable with Edward's family." I crossed my arms at him. the silent tears still rolling down my cheeks." She said sharply. I think I'm going to go take some aspirin and go to bed. I have some important things to talk to you about. "I am not drunk. I would very much like to go back. I was just going over this matter with my family and I thought I should be the one to bring this to your attention. "Do you ever think before you speak? Jasper is my friend. I was still wearing my outfit from the exposition.Sure Jasper was attractive. that was undeniable but…me and him. What in the world possessed you to show up at this time in the morning?" I glowered at her. I fell back on my pillow and began to cry. Don't think that you bring that little imp you call a son into his life will somehow drag him back to you. What had I been thinking? Masen would never exist comfortably in Edward's world. Why hadn't I seen that from the beginning? I closed my eyes.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with that Alice." I supplied. "Saw this one get out of her car and scamper up the steps. Yet he comes with you to all of our family events. And the get the hell out of my house." she went through her purse.57 - .sober up. "Bella. Good thing too. "Jasper isn't family. Jasper is my neighbor and my friend. I don't want Edward back." he swaggered into the room. we don't want this to get ugly. "What the heck is running through your head right now. She ignored me and began walking around the room. something more family oriented." "He'll get over it. "You think that would make him like you? That it would make him like your family? Alice you take him away from me and he'll hate you all for the rest of his life. "My mother is prepared to take legal action. Tanya and Edward would make great pare-" "Go to hell. Thought I'd come and check it out. Are you two together. He's not very polite. her eyes landing on the picture taken earlier that day. He's also rather fond of Masen and Masen is rather fond of him. . like a couple?" she asked rather lightly." I growled. she wasn't the first to assume things about Jasper and I. at the ice cream parlor." "She said get out." She said darkly. why would I have left if I'd wanted him?" I blinked rapidly at her." I snapped at her. They share a friendly bond." Now that made me angry." I looked past Alice to see Jasper standing in the still open door. Alice? You're the smart one. "Listen Bella. "I thought you all said you wouldn't be celebrating. "No. we don't want to make this difficult. I was very tempted to load the revolver my father had left me when he died. "Masen wanted something more private. She doesn't believe that you are a good caretaker for him.
" She said seriously. I collapsed. I don't need this. he'll be miserable. Why would you even think of doing something that stupid?" I stomped my foot angrily. "No! You sent Alice over there to tell her that you want custody of her son. He held my shoulders comfortingly.58 - . I'm just doing what's best for everyone. he's almost seventeen. You've met the boy." I said quietly. ." Jasper drawled at her. "She's not fit to take care of him. "Listen Bella. he's old enough to make his own decisions." He promised me. "Besides. "You're right." "Bella. I really care about him." "Then why don't you get off your high horse and actually look at the situation." Jasper nearly shouted at her." I sniffled." "Mom! He loves Bella. I love Edward. Masen isn't going to take that." She snapped. Jasper was at my side within seconds."Thank you Jasper. Masen won't allow that. EPOV "You cannot be serious!" I shouted at my mother. "Edward calm down. Are you crazy?" I demanded. if you take him away from her. She looked like she wanted to hit him but left anyway. "They're going to take him away. no they are not. I think you should leave. "Bella-" "Leave. "Alice. "You sure seem to know a lot about him for neighbor. he's to smart for you little lady. tears running down my cheeks." I could feel the tears coming. I'm already stressed out as it is. "They're going to take him away from me!" I sobbed.
I'm only thinking about the child-" "No."She's right Edward." She tried. simply make better. This was why Bella had left without a word. some of the most important things clicked. I had been too foolish to see it." "The boy is just fine Alice. He knows how to behave! He just doesn't like us. he doesn't want to be around you because all you've done is treat him like crap!" my mother's mouth dropped open." "No you don't. He likes science and stuff that we don't understand." "Edward. yet she stayed because she loved me. you're only thinking about yourself. "Edward. the boy. "How dare you speak to me that way!" she snarled. this is about you making him conform. how could you do that to another mother. I understand where you're coming from. He's a great kid. My family had treated her just as they were treating Masen. I had to find ." I grabbed my jacket and went out the door. to someone who loves her child just as much as you love us!" I was trying to make her see how wrong it all really was. "I'm leaving. she had been suffering. Suddenly. That doesn't give you the right to strip him away from his mother. You saw him yesterday. I wasn't paying attention. her love for her son won out. Masen knew that right off the back. He saw right through you." I waved my hands around to make my point. He doesn't know you.59 - ." I looked around the room and suddenly everything seemed wrong. Sure. You think she's just going to stand by while you strip away the one speck of happiness she has left? No! Mom. You've probably freaked her out. We all already know that. "This is about what's best for the child. Nothing seemed to fit anymore. he's a brat." "No. "Not change. He's just a child. I have to talk to Bella. "What is there to make better. What would you have done if someone had taken us from you when we were younger? Mom please. why would you want to change him?" I asked. Still in the end. Taking him away from his mother isn't going to make things any better. he's an ass. However. "This isn't his thing. making him something he's not! He won't fit into this family because this. the only way you could possibly take that boy from her is over her dead body. The entire time. She didn't want him to put up with everything the way she did.
My hands clenched the steering wheel so hard that my knuckles turned white. He doesn't need your help mom.Bella and apologize. Yet. I was wealthy. I was handsome." I felt kind of strange. Bella wasn't most women. talking to Jasper. I watched the two of them for a few moments. I leaned back in the seat of my car when someone knocked on my window. Then again. he stuck up for her even when it meant standing up to my family. Why had she kissed him? Why? What did he have that I didn't have? I was charming. She leaned in and kissed his cheek. he did have an accent. I was talking about Masen like I like the kid. he was…. Most women found that attractive. imprudent. She was standing on the porch. he looked after his mother.Jasper. Then again. The annoying asshole was just a cover. "Edward. and rude. He laughed lightly. I climbed into my car and set a course for Bella's house. hugged her and then proceeded back his home. "You aren't helping him. What was there to like? He was disrespectful. there was someone real underneath and I was determined to find out more about him. don't do this! We're just trying to help him!" Esme chased after me. .60 - . He's smarter than you think.
"Fine. He looked me over. "I didn't come o make trouble." I said once I opened the door. She looked even more confused. maybe the three of us can go from there.Chapter 10 Chapter 10 EPOV I practically jumped out of my skin when I heard someone tapping on my window." I actually smiled at the thought. remember?" dang! Why hadn't I thought about that? To tell you the truth." He looked like he was ready to punch me. I'll kill you. I looked up to see Masen staring at me. "You break my mother's heart. Then. "What are you doing here Edward?" he demanded. "I came to talk to your mother." he appraised me silently." "Four?" "You're engaged. I'm sick of fighting with you. it's just us three. But right now. I had no idea that Alice was coming over here. the four of us." he didn't wait for me.61 - . He took up a lot of thought. I came to apologize to her. Actually. we don't want to deal with you okay. I hadn't thought about Tanya since I'd met Masen. "That's why I'm here Bella. I think I've been rather harsh towards her. I had no . "What are you doing here. Bella looked shocked at him before her eyes met mine. I just want to straighten things out. "When will you and your family get the picture. my mom has enough to worry about. he just walked up the steps to his porch and in the front door. Edward? Shouldn't you be at home devising a battle plan?" she hissed. I just want all of us to work together. "I think you mean four Edward. dark circles under his eyes.
then don't marry her. "My family thinks I should marry her. Don't worry about our relationship. "I'm glad you believe me Bella. "Yes…but do you love her?" I looked her over. I couldn't believe how much I had missed her touch. The question was completely innocent. She looked confused for a few moments but didn't miss a beat. I thought I might end up having to grovel." I explained. "I really wish I could understand you guy's relationship. you want anything?" she called. worry about yours. "Yes. "Are you the one cooking it?" he asked." She touched my hand lightly. "Masen's complex. I'm still considering making you do that. If you don't love her. you do realize that you are making a commitment to this woman. Who is this Tanya? No one will tell me anything about her. "Edward. I really didn't want to have to do that. I could hear the laugh in his voice. That's just a setup for divorce and unhappiness and I would hate for you to be unhappy. Masen. I might as well brew a cup of coffee. I'm never really all that sure when I comes to Tanya.62 - . because I'd eat you alive in court. I was really nervous." she sat down on her couch and gestured for me to sit down with her." She stood up tall and then led me into the house. My insides nearly exploded. Go sit down." I said darkly. she always keeps me guessing.idea that she was going to try and take Masen away from you. Don't worry about him. "I don't really know. "Yeah. I'd rather not die so early in my young life." He responded. It doesn't make any sense to me. "Good. who else would?" she demanded." I laughed. he's fine. "Sorry." I shrugged again and then leaned back. She didn't laugh with me however. We could build some musical empire ." I shrugged. she was just asking. "What is there for me to tell? She's nice when she wants to be. you stay out of his way.
" She said quietly. please. She shook her head and moved to leave the room. just let me go before I call Masen in here!" she slammed her tiny fist into my hand repeatedly. If you were a man. they would trust your judgment! You aren't a puppet.63 - . I grabbed her arm to stop her. You just never seemed to care whether or not my feelings got hurt. Esme just expressed her blatant dislike for me whenever you had your back turned. "Alright. "I wouldn't want to disappoint my family. a trait she had picked up from me. you can't fix it now!" she scratched at my hand angrily. "Bella. "What did they say to you Bella. What had I missed? Had my own family chased the love of my life away from me? "It was nothing really. they wouldn't criticize you based on your choice of women. Who the hell was she to judge me? "I am a man! I have been standing up to my parents. . if they really cared. You deserve better. I just want to know. goddamnit." "At the price of your own happiness. what in the world do you think you're doing?" she all but shouted. they don't influence my life. Sometimes when it wasn't." I rubbed the back of my head." "Edward. You don't have to do this. "You're family has always dictated everything about you Edward? Why do you always do what they say? Edward. trying to pull away from me. I wouldn't have left you. "What the hell is that supposed to mean?" I practically growled at her. if they loved you." I released her and sat back down on her couch. "Edward. They don't command me Bella." she looked me right in the face as she said it. She shook her head and stood up. just tell me. certainly nothing worth breaking my arm over.together. be a man!" now that was like a slap in the face. what did my family say to you?" "It's nothing Edward. I want the truth. "What did you mean by that Bella. I mean it!" I said angrily. Edward that's insane. I couldn't believe it." She ran a hand through her hair quickly.
He complied in silence and disappeared somewhere back into his room. I thought you went to your room. his eyes moving around the scene. I can't believe you thought I didn't care about your feelings. how could I not have noticed how unhappy she was. "He listens to you." he watched me cautiously. "And I presume that none of these things had to do with me?" "None at all. he wasn't her husband and he certainly wasn't Masen's father. I would like to be included in some things. of course I care. You were the most important person to me." I observed.64 - . I thought you all were coming straight home." she said. "He's my son too. That's why I'm asking. I couldn't help but hate him. Everyone was smiling. I would have put a stop to it immediately. Anyone who looked at the photo . it is not your ob to check up on me." Bella explained to him. Who did he think he was. "Are you two going to make out or sit here talking all night?" we both looked up to see Masen standing in the doorway. "Masen. his eyes boring into mine. Is that so wrong?" I asked. "I don't intend to let her so far into my life so that she can Edward."Bella. Why didn't you tell me you were so miserable." I told her truthfully." my eyes raked over the photo on the mantle. What are you doing out here?" Bella asked. He watched the two of us carefully. "Yeah. her voice quiet again. that's a really big thing in this house. an arm slung carelessly around Masen's shoulder. I would very much like to keep it that way." Masen knew when he had been dismissed. It is my job as the man of the house. Jasper sat next to Bella. "I figured I come out to check on you. You came to his expo today. My mother doesn't understand that. Please. this is my world. I would like to continue my discussion with Edward. It isn't necessary. "Masen. but I obviously wasn't invited to the celebrations afterwards. She doesn't get to see this kind of thing. I was just discussing some things with your father. "You are included." Bella stood and went back into the kitchen.
he will. If he wants to let you in. "So you and Jasper huh?" I asked. so natural. As for the 'situation' that's up to you and him." I shrugged involuntarily. there's nothing wrong with that. "Are you two dating?" "No. "Yeah. what are we going to do about this?" I asked her in a soft voice." She came back in with two mugs of coffee. They all looked so happy." "That's reassuring." "You know what I mean. The last thing I want to do is make you all uncomfortable. well." "Why does everyone automatically assume that Jasper and I are a couple? We really are just really good friends. so I let him. Should we be?" "I'm not saying that." She took a sip from her mug. He's old enough to make his own decisions. there's really nothing I can do about that. "So. anyone that looked would just guess stepdad or mom's boyfriend. I'm sorry.65 - . That ship has already sailed. "What?" she sounded surprised. "Really Bella.and had a brain could tell that much. "It's a bit too late for that Edward. What are we going to do about the Masen situation. Really Bella. They just looked too different. I knew all the questions about the little stuff was just our way of dodging the big situation. I just want you all to be happy and I want to know my son. If he doesn't. . He's a really great guy. we're friends. He just seems oddly friendly towards you. I bet he is. I want the fighting to stop." I leaned back into the couch again. Still. It didn't feel right. "That depends on what 'this' is. I sighed deeply." He said.
my cell phone rang. "He's hacked the FBI?" "Yeah." She too another sip of her coffee. There's no one like him. she was already laughing. It's something that I've never understood." I watched as her smile grew. you were so upset when you left. I'm not a little kid anymore.66 - . "I know that. he's going to prison. I felt so relaxed. Like he never eats anything I cook. where are you. "So. you were saying?" . you just disappeared!" "I'm fine mother. he's one quirky kid. like no lie. before the sun rises and as you already know." "Edward Masen. She raised her eyebrows but didn't comment on the three-second conversation. He always gets up in the wee hours of the morning. he carries batteries in his back pocket at all times."Easier said than done. Just as things were going good. I groaned as I picked it up. "Hello?" I asked. I've lived with him for seventeen years and I still don't know him. I was actually in the middle of something. I'm just worried about you." She said worriedly. he doesn't go to school. "Oh there's so much. though I do know that if he hacks the FBI one more time. he's a arrogant little thing. "What can you tell me? I'm curious and I know Masen isn't going to let me in on anything. it was just like old times." she smiled slightly at the thought. if you don't get your butt-" I snapped the phone shut and looked back to Bella." I sighed heavily. even in his pajama pants. "Edward. he's one heck of a unique kid. I'm never really sure what he does around here while I'm gone." By that time. "I'm fine.
the things she told me only served to entice my curiosity even more.67 - . I heard the shower begin to run. Within the next few seconds. It was already too late. hello Masen. soaking wet. "Wildflowers? What's wrong with them.' I pleaded with my mind.Chapter 11 Chapter 11 I don't know how long Bella and I talked. how are you this morning?" I asked politely." ." She laughed brightly. they're nice." Masen was snapping his fingers in front of my face. Wake up. don't think about her in the shower. I sighed with contentment. he was such an odd little guy. That he even knows that fact. "Oh shoot!" Bella checked her watch. "What's wrong?" I asked nervously. I listened to her talk about Masen. "He said. I'd forgotten how much I adored her laugh. I woke up. Only someone like Masen would know those sort of things. "Oh. I wanted to know so much more about him." I couldn't help but laugh with her. bees use the bathroom on them and butterflies have sex on them. about his interest and his hobbies. I have to start getting ready for work or I'm going to be late!" she hopped up from the couch band ran out of the room. I wanted to know everything. She had been right. "We talked the entire night. "Wake up Edward. and he absolutely hates wildflowers. I hated that I had missed so much of his life. 'Don't think about her in the shower." I said with a chuckle. Her long mohagany hair cascading over her shoulders like a waterfall. I could just imagine how she looked. I woke up again and you're still here. Still. "What are you still doing here. he was rather quirky. I think it's so hilarious. "Oh. I went to sleep. my mind was already adrift.
" he said after a few moments. I just want to get to know you. From the impression I've been getting." I laughed again. ." "No. I can't believe you've done so much. He looked so much younger than he actually was. "What."Yeah. his voice a whisper. we can't all be like your mother." "True enough." Bella came out wrapped tightly in a bathrobe. You two need each other. I didn't expect you to be at all like me. you're a teenager. "I don't want anything from you Masen. I swear to you. He just leaned his head against his knees and sighed. "Why do you suddenly want to know so much about me? What do you stand to gain from it!" he closed his eyes tightly and twisted his hands in his hair. that wasn't surprising at all." I said responded almost as quiet. Especially about you. you could be doing do many things but you choose to care for your mother. by the fact that I'm not like you. your mom and I talked all last night. "Why did you come over here Edward? What do you want from us?" he asked. I was really surprised by what I heard." "There's nothing to believe Edward." Masen didn't respond. like a little boy." he sneered angrily. "Your family wants to take me away from her. I was just shocked to find out that you actually enjoy having fun. "Yeah well. "I'm aware." I laughed. She told me a lot about you. I won't let them take you away from your mother. It took all I had not to start drooling. Masen. that you've taken such good care of your mother.68 - . "I just told you. I stand to gain a son." "Well look at this. I think it's…I don't know what to think anymore. Masen. I assumed that you just liked to sit around brooding. I just met you a few weeks ago and I'm already so proud of you. He sat down on the couch and brought his knees up to his chin. "No. get to know my son. it just is what it is." I said tentatively.
" Masen replied." "Fine. "I mean it! Go out." I said quietly as I looked her over. I'm gonna head out." she touched my shoulder lightly and smiled. Please try to get along. I'm a guy too. "You're engaged Edward. You don't have to worry Bella." He stood up." "I'd rather choke on my own vomit. She didn't move at first but instead. I know how you think. I'm getting something really quick and them I'm going to go put some clothes on. "Put your eyes back in their sockets Edward. "How do I look?" she asked." I told her." she whispered. ." "You don't want to push him Bella. She looked more than good. "I mean it you two. "Thanks. I reached out cautiously reached out to touch her face. "I'll look after him. "Bella…" she pulled away and walked right out the door. I don't want to have to pay bail for the two of you. leaned into my touch."Shouldn't you be headed of to work?" Masen asked. He stalked off to his room just as Bella came out. "Why don't the two of you do something today?" Bella called from the other room." he snarled." I heard Masen say. go out and do something. "You look good." Masen huffed. we'll go to the library.69 - . the towel moving upwards just the slightest bit. "What?" "I saw the way you were staring at her. "Yes." She skipped out of the room. "Don't embarrass me Edward. do something! Have some fun. "Something fun. She was pulling a comb through her hair as she was smoothing out the skirt to her work suit. she looked downright beautiful.
70 - ." He groaned. we've attracted her attention." Masen sneered."Okay. I won't ask anymore. "Oh great. I'll probably just end up looking around. "Hey Masen! Why didn't say hi?" she asked. "I know. I recognized the girl. "Don't talk to anyone. you do amuse me. If you embarrass me." Masen threatened me. He went to the library that much. in reality. Apparently Masen had a computer reserved specifically for him. "Because I don't like you Sylvia. "I thought we already established that I wasn't going to do that. "Oh Masen." He replied angrily." Masen crossed his arms as we entered. I will kill you. "You ask way too many questions. "Alright. "Masen!" Masen's head shot up. "The spawn of Satan." Masen shuffled his feet anxiously. "What do you do on the computer if you don't have homework? You also don't ." she blew him a kiss before skipping away." I shrugged my shoulders and the two of us headed of to the computer lab. I just don't like her okay. I swear Edward. "I mean who is she? Like. don't talk to anyone. He sat down at his computer and began working." He said again." "I just told you Edward. She had been at the exposition. She just smiled coyly at him and tapped his cheek." I sighed. "Who is she?" I asked." "Why does she make you miserable?" I was starting to get curious. She is the spawn of Satan sent here to make me miserable.
My phone began to ring again." I said in dull voice. don't tell me that you're still with that girl. "No actually. I'm hanging up now. you should just come home. she went to work. "Edward please. I want you to be happy!" "Then keep your nose out of my business." I sat across from him in what I presumed to be his favorite ice cream parlor. "I told you where I was going mom. mom and I come here a lot. it was my mother again." "Edward! I want this to work out." I sat down next to him. "Oh look." I snapped angrily at her. I assumed you were dead!" she screeched." He said in a bored tone. "Edward! Oh thank god. "Yeah. If I ever went back. "She's probably freaking out. Bring Masen with you." I stood up and walked out of the lab and into the hall. always knowledge to gain." He said darkly. she was going to kill me. I didn't know you liked sweets. It's the mother of Satan." I closed the phone and sighed.71 - ." I said angrily. his fingers moving over the keyboard with such speed. I'll be right back.strike me as a video kind of guy. I'm going to take this." She hissed. we can come to a consensus!" "Mom. "So…you like ice cream. "There are always things to learn Edward. "That's cool. there was no reason to jump to conclusions. "Hello Mother." He said. "Edward. Bella wasn't just a girl." . I picked it up and checked the caller ID. I'm spending time with Masen.
Bella was wonderful. "Masen I…I don't know what I feel for your mother. Trust me. You want her back." "And by anything bad. "Okay Nimrod." For the longest moment. "Yeah. "Why does your mom keep calling you. I guess that's what she means. you mean my mom. What was I supposed to think? I knew I still had feelings for Bella." I tried to ignore the jab."Why would you think I didn't like sweets? I'm not a freak. it was all to complicated. She was beautiful both inside and out. Be a man and admit it. "Admit it Edward." He leaned back in his seat and looked around. I always had. You love her so much it hurts. "What do you mean?" "You're just sitting there looking like a little lost puppy. prove to me you can handle her." Masen rested his head on hi arm and looked up at me through his thick lashes. I see the way you look at her. "So is this how you always handle things?" Masen sat back down across from me. she's nothing short of an angel." he stood up and walked to the counter to order another cone. doesn't she have you micro chipped or something. I'm engaged." I smiled at the thought. Was he challenging me? . she doesn't have me micro chipped. It twisted my hand in my hair. She doesn't want the two of you to end up together. She just gets worried is all.72 - . mom doesn't go for that shit. heck. I just wasn't sure if it was love anymore. She'd been through so much and yet she was still strong enough to wear a smile on her face. I didn't like to think about it. "No. I'm not stupid. As you've made several points to remind me of." "Excuse me?" "She doesn't." it wasn't a question. I didn't want to think about my feelings. I don't usually take what she says literally though and your mother is nothing bad. she doesn't want anything bad to happen." I shrugged my shoulders nervously. you're in love with her still aren't you. I just stared at him.
what is your deal with me? I know you're upset but you don't have to keep throwing shit in my face. If you really love mother. I'm just trying to figure everything out. nimrod." "You're lying. "I mean. I told you I'm not even sure about how I feel about her." I stood as well." I laid down some bills and followed him out of the parlor. "You are such a-" "I know.73 - ." He stood up. And why are you practically threatening me?" "Because I want to know the truth. "Masen. Prove it to me right now Edward!" he hissed venomously. Go run back to mommy's skirts Edward. ." "That might actually be worse. You know exactly how you feel but you're to much of a child to admit." "I was going say coward. prove it to me."You know I don't get you. do you want your mother and I to be together or what? I'm confused." I said darkly. go on and hide. "There's nothing to prove. I don't know.
Someone knocked at the door and I jumped up. I wasn't worried about Masen though. They cornered me a lot whenever Edward wasn't watching. Carlisle. "Bella. Rosalie. He seemed honestly interested in my son. he always ." I was close to tears as I had often been when I was alone with his family. I'm toast. I ran over to the door and opened it. Sadly. "What are you talking about Bella?" he sounded more amused than he should. Esme and her posse shuffled through the doorway. I believed that he honestly cared about him. "They are her in my house and I don't have Masen's witty attitude to back me up. her eyes serious. Jasper was my best friend even though there were rare occasions when I actually needed his help like I did now." I pleaded with him. Maybe they were home. Esme stood there. they were nowhere to be found I wondered what could have happened." I heard Rosalie shout. expecting to see my son and Edward.74 - . we're waiting out here. I feel like I'm going to vomit. "Please get over here as fast you can. like the true hero he was. and Alice stood behind her. Better to just avoid confrontation and allow them inside.Chapter 12 Chapter 12 BPOV I wondered where Edward and Masen had gone." I said darkly. ` "I've been ambushed!" I whisper screamed. "Hello?" He picked up after the first ring. I was never ever that lucky. Still. I sat down on the couch and waited. I picked up the phone and quickly dialed Jasper's number. I told them to sit down and then ran into the back room. "Aren't you going to let us in?" "I'm seriously thinking against it. When I arrived home. Edward didn't want to hurt Masen.
"Well there's nothing to discuss." I said sharply. Maybe Masen would make some remarkable entrance and scare them away. There's no way in hell I'll let you take him from me without a fight. He just nodded in response." I opened the door and greeted Jasper heartily. "So. maybe you're psychic." "I wish we could just stop all of this arguing and talk about the situation like real people. Masen's staying here with me. "Actually yes. I heard there quick raps on the door and quickly rushed to get it. I would have to wait him out before I through myself to the sharks. what brings you all to this part of the neighborhood?" I asked shakily. "How did I know it would be you?" Alice crossed her arms at him. I'll be right over. "I don't know." Jasper glared at her with just as much intensity. I sat down in one of my smaller chairs that usually sat around our kitchen table. "Don't worry Sugah.rose to my defense when I needed him the most." I whispered to him. "We're the same age Rosalie. she just won't cooperate-" "I won't cooperate? What." He hung up. I smiled to myself and then huddled in the corner." ." Came Carlisle's calm voice. "Why else would we be here Bella. we're here to discuss my grandson." I snarled at her.75 - . "Watch your tone little girl. "Thank you for this. "Where you expecting guest?" Esme asked quietly. "I am trying to be calm. did you expect me to hand my son over! He is not an item Esme." Rosalie sneered." Esme looked at me as if I were the most stupid thing in the world. he is a person. "Now you wait just a second! I am only thinking about the safety of the child.
we're home!" the door swung open top reveal Masen and Edward. he loved Charlie and Sue but that's because they treated him like an equal. I am not afraid of you anymore. me trying to restrain a barking mad Jasper with Alice and Esme watching him warily. Carlisle muttering to himself in the corner. I lunged at Jasper." Masen said quietly. we were just there two hours ago. Texan white trash to the rescue. he never will fit his way into this high society life that you all have set up for yourselves." Jasper said as he watched them all. "Why do you need to go back. "Get out. You're thinking about the safety of your reputation! Masen isn't like the rest of you. Alice glowered at him. "Mom.76 - . That jus isn't his way of doing things. because they recognized him for the what he is! One hell of a kid. I know how it must have looked." "What'd you forget?" "God Edward. "You little bitch!" Rosalie shouted at me. If you can't accept that or you can't have him at all! Now I'm not against Masen being around family. get out!" I screamed at tem trying my hardest to keep him at bay. gaping like a fish who'd been yanked out of water. leave it alone!" . I don't think I'd ever stood up to her before then. pushing him back to the wall with all my might. She towered over me when she stood up." Edward reminded him." "I think you all should leave before I call the cops. He looked like he was ready to kill Alice. it doesn't change the facts. I knew the only thing stopping him was the fact that he didn't want to hurt me. "I forgot something. "Call me what you like. If you're going to sit there and criticize me as a parent thinking you can tear my son away from me just like you did with Edward then you're wrong! The only way you'll be able to take him is over my dead body!" Esme couldn't respond for a few seconds." She said snidely. I thought she might just slap me. "Of course. you all seem busy. she just stared at me."No you aren't. "I think I'll go back to the library.
involved in sex rings!" Esme shouted at me. Just tell me what the hell is going on!" "I am going back to the library. but into this world in general! You've raised him to be a failure. you just keep looking for the worst!" I said angrily. You give a child freedom and next thing you know. "I thought I told you never to call my son a failure! He's brilliant and he'll grow up to be great!" I shrieked at her. could you be anymore naïve?" Rosalie threw her hands in the air. Edward looked ready to go after him." We all looked at Edward in shock. "Where are his manners Bella? Hm? He needs that not just to fit into high society." Esme commanded him. they're on drugs. "He could be doing anything!" "I trust my son. Jasper's right. "I can't believe you all. "Of course he is."No. he's a responsible young man. just let him go and clear his head. they run to the library to do a little light reading.77 - . I don't think I will." "Because when kids are upset. He won't do anything stupid." I defended him. Jasper finally sighed. he won't get himself into trouble. This time Jasper had to hold me back. He won't do anything wrong. "He's not a child. he picked me up and carried me . "Edward no. "He's fine mom. go find him. He's just upset right now." Masen pushed Edward out of the way and ran down the street." I told him. Honestly Bella. "Edward. I don't control him because he's a person! He's a good kid. he's a young adult." She said simply. "I know my son. "Let him go? Out on his own?" Esme demanded. Him disobeying a direct order from Esme was unheard of. he is a sixteen year old boy! He could be doing anything and you're all talking about trust? You can't let a child make there own deceasing!" she screamed. "What the hell is wrong with you? Does Masen really seem like the kind of guy to end up in a sex ring? Let alone drugs? He isn't stupid." Jasper was finally starting to calm down.
Esme's baiting you." I looked up to see Edward standing next to Jasper. I'm not a parent and I've never been involved in anything like this before. I took a few deep breaths to calm myself down. "I just can't live like this! My son is afraid. . Masen will be an open target. He's special." I twisted my hands in my hair. Tell me what to do!" I pleaded. I really wish that I could offer you some sort of advice but I really have no idea how to tackle this situation. alone and terrified. I don't know what to do. he's afraid. And he loves you more than anything." I tried to yank my hand from his grasp. "I don't know Bella. I'm afraid." Jasper ducked out of the room. I moved to stand but Edward grabbed my hand. I heard Edward telling his family to leave. Edward stood up to his full height and looked me in the eye. I can't stand to see him this way." he whispered. "I really am a bad mother. "Don't do anything you'd regret. I don't know what to do anymore.to the back room." "Bella. I plopped down onto the floor. You are engaged. "Stay with me. The only way my mother can get a hold on him is through you. I'm angry." He snapped his fingers. I spent the entire day with Masen…he's one heck of a kid and you raised him to be that way. he ran away from me Jasper. I don't know what I'm doing Jasper. she's trying to get you riled up so you go down. but he'd do anything for you Bella because you raised him. He set me down on the floor and patted my head. He'd never admit it but he really is scared. Edward nodded at him. "You are in no way a bad mother." He sat down on the floor with me. We cannot do this." He said rather sullenly. they didn't seem hostile towards each other. For once. "She makes me so angry sometimes." "No. Really special. Now was not the time to fight. You get an assault and she'll snatch Masen like that. "You aren't alone in this anymore. I just. Yes. "I'll leave the room. all at the same time! I just. I'm confused.78 - . this is more so between you two.
" "Your fiancé will be angry." "There isn't. I want to fix this." "Don't do this Edward." "I'm not going to." "There is no us." "I think you should leave.79 - ." "I don't care." "I'm not some cheap hooker Edward. You can't just call on me whenever you want to." "I know that."I lost you once Bella. This was getting us nowhere." "I say there is." "I won't loose you again. "Bella I still care about you." "Bella." "There's us. Edward just smiled at my expression. I've made mistakes." ." "There is nothing to fix." "Do you?" "Bella please." "Edward." I pursed my lips." "I'll call Jasper.
I threw my arms around him. something inside me broke. Nothing about this is wrong. The moment his lips touched mine. "This is wrong…" I said once we came up for air. My breath hitched. "Never say that Bella."We both know you're bluffing." .80 - . threaded my fingers in his hair and held him close. He stroked my cheek with his thumb for a few seconds before leaning in. He wrapped his arms around me and didn't let go. I was frozen. there was no avoiding the inevitable." He reached forward to cup my face.
dripping water onto the floor. his cheeks flushed. He had been crying. I leaned my head onto his shoulder and closed my eyes. "Honey please I hate to see you so upset. I realized. I hadn't even realized it was raining. His eyes were red. I knew it would hurt a lot more than before.Chapter 13 Chapter 13 BPOV I sat with Edward for the longest time. and part of me wanted to stay right where I was. Just the two of us together. Just then. looking cold and damp. Masen stood their. He rested his chin on the top of my head and sighed. ignoring the wet fabric." He said while trying to pull away from me. The closer I got to him. the library must have closed hours ago. tell me what's wrong." He shrugged. My eyes shot open to see who it was. the more pitiful he looked. "Masen. "Really. like nothing was wrong with the world. I knew I would be I so much pain. "Where have you been. Masen still had not returned from the library and I'll be honest. I pulled him to my chest. "Nothing happened. I was starting to worry. so free. grabbing his shoulders." I begged him. what's wrong?" I demanded. "It was closed when I got there so I just went to the park. He wasn't one to stay out late unless he had a real reason to." I clutched the front of his jacket with . I'm tired. I just needed to clear my head. what happened while you were gone.81 - ." He whispered. the front door opened. I hoped I wasn't dreaming because if I was. moving to stand. I think I'll go to bed now. the only way I can fix the problem is if you tell me." I said quietly. "I mean it Masen. I felt so young again. Part of me wanted to g loom for him. when I woke up. You have to tell me what's wrong. holding tight. I'm your mother. you can trust me. wrapped in Edward's arms. it's nothing for you to worry about.
I wouldn't let him escape me without knowing what was really going on." He wouldn't turn to face me." "Lying in your bed for a week constitutes a problem." I rubbed his arm softly. Edward and Jasper both care about you. I prayed that he was right. I couldn't stop whatever was hurting him so badly. "You finally visit every site in the universe?" I said lightly one day.all the will I had. He wouldn't talk to me no matter how much I prodded. I've seen you sick before ." "I know something's wrong. "Just let go. I kissed his cheek. He's just not feeling approachable right now. he hadn't touched it in over a week. Days came and went and Masen still didn't get better. "I see the sass is slowly starting to return. We want to help you. I know something happened." He pushed my hands away and left for his room. The computer was starting to gather dust. That was beyond strange. comforting hand on my shoulder. dripping the entire way. I felt like I was watching his destruction. I sighed deeply and sat down on the end of the bed." I smiled slightly. He just sat in his room for hours at a time. he'll be better soon." Edward placed a warm. I can't just stand by and watch. "There's nothing wrong mom. there's nothing to say. We just want you to get better. Of course he wasn't. "Bella. "Won't you tell me what's wrong Masen? I care about you. I had never felt so helpless. I hadn't heard him get up. I covered my mouth with my hands trying my hardest not to cry. like something on the inside was consuming him and I couldn't stop it. you'll get him back Bella. what am I supposed to do. I'm just not feeling well.82 - ." He smiled at me and kissed my forehead. "Why does something always have to be wrong? Maybe I'm just feeling lazy. I missed it. "Something's wrong Edward. I need a little rest. He just shrugged and laid his head back down on his pillow.
Masen could be an asshole. If I hated you. They wish I was never born so their perfect image wouldn't be tarnished. it's because they've always been jealous of you. they hate me and you know it. "Who hates you?" I demanded." "What's wrong with your attitude?" "You don't know how it feels to be hated by everyone you meet." "No. you would have been out this house along time ago." "Maybe I'm trying to change that. from the union they never approved of. That's not your fault at all." I smiled and pinched his cheek. "And what about Jasper? He doesn't hate you at all. You're a lot meaner when you're sick. "Change what?" "Maybe I'm trying to change my attitude.83 - . he had a certain charm that usually won people over." He whispered. ." "I broke you and Edward up.Masen Swan and this isn't it. But no one could ever hate him completely. Masen could be an asshole. He actually seemed relieved. I'm the root of all your problems. that was a well known fact." I leaned kissed his cheek again. you're my son. You've never caused me problems and I honestly don't think you ever will. "Everyone. I'm proud of you. When people don't like you hun. Edward's family doesn't like you because you came from me." Now that caught me." "Mom. that was a well known fact." "Hun. Other people are just pricks." Now that caught me. You were just the one that finally motivated me to leave him. you know how to spice up life. to get away from people that would never love me." "You don't know how it feels to be hated by everyone you meet. Edward's family broke us up. I love you. You're a wonderful guy and they'll never be able to see that because of me. I'm gonna be honest." "What the hell? Masen. I've always loved you. Sometimes I think even you do. But no one could ever hate him completely you are hun. "You're special and you're my son. That doesn't mean that they won't ever love you though.
I am going to make something for us to eat. "Does Esme even know you're here? Seems like she'd rather kill you herself. Someone knocked at the door and I stood went to answer it. I honestly just want to talk to you Bella.You know he's quite fond of you. we're in this together. I just need to take a couple deep breaths and relax. that I would do anything for him. I've just never had the time to come over here by myself. How could Masen think that anyone hated him? I told him every day that I loved him. I hope he's gotten better. maybe I'm just overreacting to things. depressed. I had left him open to Esme's harsh word's and criticisms. Had Edward's family affected him that much or had I just failed as a parent." he laughed lightly but it was enough for me. "I don't mean to be rude but what do you want Carlisle?" "Not to fight you. I'll call for take out. "Not sick." I groaned. Carlisle smiled wistfully and walked into my home. I had to have failed my son." I crossed my arms and sat down on the couch. Carlisle stood at the door." "Maybe you're right." I could here Masen talking on the phone in the other room. "Are you all ever going to leave me alone?" I asked half-heartedly. "Edward told me that Masen was sick.84 - ." He smiled slightly and hugged himself. "Fine. Don't worry. my mind still far away. I had gotten to hear his voice and goodness did it sound good. "Hello Bella. Just holler if you need anything. Your family has made both of our lives incredibly difficult. Thank you for that." "So you bring Esme and let her treat me like a dog." I sighed contentedly and left his room. My heart swelled at the sound. that's for sure. I'm gonna head into the kitchen. "Exactly. Any request?" "Yeah. That must have been what happened. for you not to cook." Carlisle commented. you go ahead and call. I think this whole Edward ting has thrown you off your game a little bit. I'd forgotten that he was just a child. Now." .
" He smiled happily. we had to force him to eat. She thinks I'm ruining her son's future. he wouldn't even leave his room. I don't like Tanya very much."You're probably right about that so no. what have I done to deserve this treatment? I don't understand how they could hate me so much. when you left Edward. I don't want anyone to get that impression because it isn't true. she doesn't know I'm here right now. I really don't understand her way of thinking myself. they won't have to deal with any of this. Edward doesn't even know I'm here. And someone without manners seems to upset her even more." "There's no good to see in her. Personally. I really don't mind his attitude. Why doesn't anyone understand that?" "Esme does understand that you love him. He loved you. ." "But why. He was so despondent. I hold the key to destroying her reputation." "That can't be true Carlisle." "You know Esme won't just let me go. She just can't see past your social status." He sat down next to me and sighed. This is hurting him. he's still a child. I care about him too much. I do love Edward." "You mean Masen. but I would never want to take away his future." "Well that isn't my fault. he still loves you. I guess Esme just can't handle that dedication to someone other than her who isn't wealthy.85 - . "Things have gotten quite complicated lately. I want to be able to help but I don't if there's a way for you to get out of this unscathed." "I believe it. if they stay away from Masen. they just want Edward to stay away form you." "Yes I mean Masen." Carlisle shook his head." "I thought you saw the good in everyone. I'm afraid the stress is tearing our family apart." "Bella. Genius or not. "I'm not sure how I can help you Bella. I find it quite amusing. I do. For months. he lost himself. Alice and Rosalie like her don't they?" "No.
" I tugged at my shirt. "Now for the real reason I'm here. Someone who was just as will to accept him as I was. Edward and Masen did it too. "I ordered food so you don't kill us all. whose side are you on?" I asked him. I really wish I did. I don't know if we can all coexist together and not hurt him."I just want everyone to get along and Masen to be happy. I'll be setting your house on fire and dancing on the ashes with Esme's head on a stick. Masen. I leaned back into the couch and thought. my wife will be over soon enough. Whatever happens happens.86 - . laptop in his hands." Carlisle shrugged. Edward's a pansy. "So in other words. I beamed at him. "So. I am hoping that both you and Edward end up happy." "That image will forever be engraved in my head." He nodded to Carlisle and leaned on the arm of the couch. we're having a small social function and she wants you to be on your best behavior. I think you're the only one who can teach him how to grow up and stand up to his mom." Carlisle couldn't help but grin." He sighed and ran a hand through his hair. I wondered if all Masen men did that. He isn't going to stand up to anything. At least Masen had found one other person to add to his growing group of frined. he seemed better." Masen came walking out of his room for the first time in days. She wants to invite you to come over. "I wish I knew what to tell you. "I'm Switzerland. . However." "Yeah right.
I'd been on dates before." I called back." I pleaded with him. I had finally given up on my hair.Chapter 14 Chapter 14 BPOV I stood in front of my dresser with a nervous expression glued to my face. I sighed again and looked myself over. Just come on. "You said that half an hour ago. Sure. years since we'd just been alone together sharing a private moment. I wasn't a total recluse. I could hear Edward outside with Masen. mom. Masen was already there waiting for us. "Hey Edward. Edward took my hand and guided me to the family room. why didn't I own a peie of clothing actually worth wearing? "C'mon mom. God." I waved shyly. still pacing nervously. Edward's getting antsy. "Bella!" Edward beamed when he saw me. regretting that I had turned back into a little girl in high school. Tell him I just need a few moments to get myself ready. He's not gonna buy it again. the quicker you two leave. I took in a deep breath and opened the door. the quicker I can have the house to myself." I heard Masen say through the door. just letting it fall loose over my shoulders. taking my hair again.87 - . "I'm coming. I don't want him to wear a hole in our floor. I couldn't believe that I was actually going through with this." "So you can watch your copy of planet earth for the millionth time?" I snapped. . "I'm sure what you've got on his fine." "Can't you please stall him for me? I have to find something decent to wear. What did he have to be anxious about? I was the ugly duckling here. But it had be years since I'd gone out with Edward Masen.
"Goodbye Masen." "Yeah…that about covers it. "Don't worry mom! I know you're the responsible one." "And remember. He was still frozen from the words that had come out of Masen's mouth. not drugs. just don't let him trick you." Edward said.88 - . be sure to be back before the streetlamp come on. ."Now now kids. You might end up having another baby like me and that's the last thing we want now isn't it?" "Masen. hugs. "Well goodness. "As you wish love." Edward smiled broadly and opened the door to his Volvo for me. don't burn down the house. don't have unsafe sex. this is one of the few times I get to actually have some fun. just remember that Edward and I will be back soon-" "Jasper is next door if I need him. Now c'mon." "Can we split the check?" I asked. Now get along so I can invite my hoes over. I pushed Edward out the front door. I will strangle you if you don't shut up!" I could feel my face heating up." He leaned back on the couch and smirked that same old mischievous smirk. "I'm paying for it Bella. Don't burn my house down." I sighed deeply. "You know? I think I'd rather smoke weed than be hugged. he was still smirking at me." he winked and I smacked my forehead. you'd know a lot about that one wouldn't you Edward? Oh. "Did you hear what he-" "Yes I heard. sex is a sin. pulling him playfully away from the house." "Masen. cut it out. I have a special treat for you. Masen. and yeah. don't open the door for anyone. end of discussion." I laughed. "C'mon Edward.
why don't you trust me? I can look after Masen just as well as you or Jasper."You're being unreasonable." "I don't give a care. you aren't invited. I'll be there. God Bella. "Bella." . there was nothing to worry about. "So what's this about Esme holding a dinner party?" I asked. pushing the now empty bowl of lobster bisque away from me. "I mean it Edward. no. "He doesn't have to attend if he doesn't want to of course.?" "Then neither is Masen. "Yeah.89 - ." I leaned back into the smooth leather seat and smiled. you Esme doesn't want you there." I rolled my eyes and looked away from him. she always does." He said bluntly." he said quietly." "Esme insist." "Of course we'll be attending. did not return my glee." He waved his hand as if it were no big deal." I smiled happily at him. "Bella. it's some big deal and the whole family is required. "Esme will run right over you Edward. I don't want him anywhere near your mother without me or Jasper. "What do you mean?" I asked. I was with Edward. The earlier nervousness was slowly starting to disappear. "She is not going to run over me." Edward persisted. Edward however. I won't let anything happen to him. I'm not throwing him to the wolves all by himself." I crossed my arms and glared at him." Edward smiled as if that were enough. "Is Jasper going?" "No…. "He won't be by himself. She insisted that Masen be there as well.
I can't accept that. still smiling. "When you told her you were with me…" "She doesn't know." "I thought she would be upset. I'm almost sure my . You said it yourself." I said still confused. not wanting to make a scene. I just don't think Masen trust you enough-" "Oh please. This is going to be good for him. it's only reasonable that she come. That's just the way it happens to be.90 - . "Well of course. she and her father are greatly respected within my family." I wanted him to drop it." He said sarcastically." I watched him nervously." I wanted to yell at him. "I'm all Masen has Edward. "I know you can be a good father Edward." "I do trust you Edward. "Bella please. "Yes. I'm just really finicky about Masen and his comfort and he won't be comfortable around Esme and Rosalie without me. watching and controlling my son's every move. "Bella. "And he tells me to stop hiding under my mother's skirts." he grabbed my hand. I settled for a whisper however."So you trust the neighbor but you don't trust me. waiting for him to explain." I tried to explain." "I know that Edward." He shrugged. I just don't want Masen there by himself. I really want this. not with your mother breathing down your neck. you mean you don't trust me enough with our son. you want us to spend more time together. I'm his father. Why won't you give me the chance to prove that I can be a good father?" he begged. I'm all he's ever known and I'm sorry that we rely on each other so heavily. I'm trying to make this work. "I understand that but she and Tanya have-" "Whoa…Tanya's going to be there?" I stopped him immediately. no one does. Excuse me if I don't approve. "What do you mean? Why would she be upset?" he laughed.
" "No. "What the heck are you doing here?" I wasn't usually that impolite. Come near me again and I will shoot you. I mean really. JPOV I rubbed my temples angrily. What the heck was Masen doing? Why was he banging on the door? Finally I jumped up." "You aren't going to let me do anything! Stay away from me Edward. "I was going to tell her after the party. and opened my front door planning to go next door and tell him to shut up." I jumped in the taxi and slammed the door. I would rather walk than ride home with him. the time for talking is over. "You cheating jerk! How dare you! I can't believe that you're trying to make me the other woman." I waved my hand to hail a taxi down.jaw hit the table." Alice Masen was standing on Bella's porch. "What the-" "Oh god it's you. you two are in a relationship. You're the only woman. "Bella please!" he stopped at the manager's desk and left the money for our brief meal. Stay away from me Edward. "I am not going to let you take a taxi home. "You are not the other woman. . Tanya is technically still your fiancée which means technically." "You should have told her before you asked me out tonight. My dad left me his gun. Adding me means that I'm the other woman. "I can't believe you!" I wasn't whispering anymore. I didn't care. you should have told her before you decided to kiss me! Edward. that I'm stealing her fiancée! No! Edward no!" I wanted to slap him. I wasn't going to let him see me cry. I mean it." I shoved him away from me. "Stop Bella! I'm trying to talk to you." "Oh cut the BS Edward.91 - . I love you. heck. You lied. how dare you!" I grabbed my purse and stomped out of the building with Edward in hot pursuit.
"I'm not stupid! I see the way you look at her."I need to fit Masen with his tux for mother's gathering. Why would I even want to have sex with her? We're just good friends. you all just won't give her the chance to show you that. insulting where I come from." I was honestly in shock." She said indignantly. I didn't want to deal with her anymore." She sneered. She gasped. "What? Where the heck did you get that? I've never even been in Bella's bedroom before. "How dare you-" "No." I shrugged my shoulders and went close the door. He has to look nice. You just can't barge over to people's houses without any warning. at least I wasn't raised on a stupid farm in the middle of Texas. but I don't love her. And for your information. Didn't mommy dearest teach you some manners?" now I was just being mean. "That's why you call first." "Bella is my friend.92 - . "At least I'm not a two foot tall witch. I felt my face grow hot with anger." She said as if it were a big deal." I growled at her. She's a great person and a great mother. I wasn't even raised on a farm!" "Well you sure act like it! Everyone knows you're screwing around with Bella. Who knows when Bella will be back?" . Yeah. why did she get me so riled up? "I guess I'll just have to wait until Bella get's home so I can fit him. God. looks like I came all the way here for nothing. how dare you! You come up here thinking you're all high and mighty. it's against Bella's rules to let people in while she isn't home. "Wait!" she grabbed the door." she said accusingly. "What Alice?" I sighed deeply. "He isn't going to let you in." I informed her. "Well. "I don't want to wait out here all night. I love her.
" "Don't be so coy Jasper. is my accent to thick for ya? GET OUT. I'll even tell her that you stopped by just so she'll wait. AN: I know I've been offline lately. and come back tomorrow.93 - . I won't be here long. I should call the cops." She looked around. She made it through the first round. My guess is you don't get many. I have to!" She pushed her way into my house. My Great Aunt. (who I was close to) was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Haven't been in the right headspace to write."Then get in your car. "What the heck do you think you're doing." she ignored me and sat down on my couch. I knew I had to update though because I didn't want you mad at me. I stared at her as if she were crazy. I will not be insulted in my own house. drive home." "But you won't. after the funeral is over. "Get the hell out of here. Now you have an excuse to have a very pretty girl in your house. she'll be here for sure and you won't miss her." She smiled but didn't move. I silently begged for Bella to get home fast. but not the second. I need to do this tonight." I tried to close the door again. It's soon so I should update soon. I haven't even been able to think about this story. I hope I get the chance to update soon. maybe. "Do you not understand English. That way. "No. .
You can stand her for that long. Don't get your granny panties in a bunch. "One of the Masen's is in my apartment and I want her gone. I just want you out of here okay? I don't see why that's so hard for you to understand. I'll be there soon. "It is not what you think. "I am in a taxi on my way home. "She is not my girlfriend.94 - . "Because there's only one that gets the super calm Jasper Whitlock riled up." "Hush. Can't you tell your cab driver to step on it? I really want her out of my house." She snapped. Don't loose your head." ." "We are not having sex!" I shouted at her." "Oh. "Fighting with your girlfriend?" I heard Alice ask from the front room. Bella was on the other line. so she's just the friend with benefits. crossing her legs. Can't you wait outside on the porch or something." "How did you know which one I was talking about?" I asked exasperatedly." She hung up the phone.Chapter 15 Chapter 15 JPOV "Where are you?" I hissed into the phone." I could hear the smirk in her voice. she said specifically that she won't leave until you get here and get rid of her for me." "Jasper. "Listen." She smirked mischievously. get over yourself. I will be there in about fifteen minutes. "I think thou dost protest to much.
"Aren't you supposed to be a southern gentleman?" she questioned with a mock southern drawl. open the door!" "Get off my porch Alice!" I yelled at her. I had looked Tanya up on the internet. and I'm always really sarcastic when I'm upset. She stood in front of me. "No. a smile on her face. Please. I plugged my ears.95 - . where's that southern hospitality?" she mocked me again. "Thank you. I kicked open my front door and dropped her on the porch." I growled. "Jasper! Jasper please open the door. That was it. slow tears trailing down my cheeks." I closed my eyes and sighed deeply. My cell phone vibrated in my pocket." she strolled past me quickly and then went back to her seat. BPOV I looked at the window of the cab. Open the door. "Get the hell out of my sight you pint sized bitch. There was no way I could handle her sober. "C'mon. That was what he. expecting it to be Jasper again. I couldn't believe that he would do this to me! What was he thinking? Was he even thinking at all? Maybe he was ashamed to be with me. "Oh. I'm just really upset right now. "Make one more crack about my heritage and I will pick you up and throw you into the street with oncoming traffic going at full speed. he had heard me cry before. all busty and blue eyed. . Please." She shouted. I had officially had enough. I heard her banging on my front door. scooped her up and through her over my shoulder." I crossed my arms and grabbed a beer from my mini fridge. After about five minuets. I walked right over to her. I opened it without thinking. I'm sorry for insulting you. Maybe that's why he hadn't told anyone. I opened the door. She was beautiful. "I'm already starting to regret having you back in here you arrogant little bitch." With that. I slammed the door in her face. wanted that was what he deserved.
Just leave me the hell alone. "Please leave Alice. I'm just. now one of the Masens could see my shame. I am so sorry. "I don't thinks tonight's a good night for Masen's fitting." I shut the phone. He smelled like cinnamon and Heineken. I was so worried you wouldn't." "Leave me alone Edward."Bella! Thank God you picked up. Strangely enough. I love you. I checked the caller ID. I pulled my knees up to my chin and then cried some more." "How could it not hurt me Edward." I waved her off. Jasper came out onto his porch. "Yeah. he looked attractive to me. I'm not some piece of ass you can have your way with and then throw to the side. "You aright miss?" the driver asked. He pulled up to the house and I paid him. how could he be so freaking stupid!" I screamed." Forget the slow tears." Great. "Listen to me Bella. Damn I was confused. He was using me.96 - . tears running down my face. Almost immediately. "What happened?" Alice demanded like she cared about me. I told you. "LEAVE ME ALONE!" I shouted at the phone knowing all to well that he couldn't hear me. my phone began to ring again. it was Edward. Don't call me again. That seemed to make it hurt even more. God…how much wine did I have at that restaurant? . "You alright?" he asked when I got up the walkway. god. the floodgates had officially opened. I didn't think it would hurt you so much. "Bella I-" "Oh good you're…oh my. his cheeks flushed with anger. grabbing at Jasper's shirt. just broke up with my boyfriend." Jasper took hold of my shoulders and pulled me close to him." I whispered. "Yes. I really don't feel like dealing with anymore drama tonight.
I shivered and clutched him closer. "C'mon Bella. When you wake up. not willing to question. He opened the door for me and led me inside. please I need you. holding him as close as possible."Okay…" Alice looked between us. I locked my lips with his. I needed to hurt Edward just as much as he had hurt me. "You're not yourself Bella. looking at the two of us one last time. let's get you inside. 'Stop it Bella! Stop it!' my rational brain screamed at me. "Don't leave me Jazz." Jasper whispered in my ear.97 - . You're drunk. breathing in his scent. "Sorry to bother you. I needed something to fix me. my brain was screwed up." I pressed my cheek flat against his chest. . Suffice to shay I didn't listen." he shoved me lightly. Let me go." he whispered. Things had been happening so fast. "I'm gonna leave okay." she hopped off the porch and ran down to her car. I'll come over to check on you tomorrow." he tried to pry my hands from his shirt. I wasn't going to wake him up when he actually looked at peace. Go to sleep. "Please Jasper. "Bella please. I knew I was drunk. Let me go. By then." "Only if you come with me…" I threaded my fingers in his hair and leaned up to kiss his lips." "No Bella. Jasper walked me back to my room and the let me go. I don't want that anymore. What was wrong with me? Where was my head? "Go to bed Bella. My hand traveled down his pants to the buckle of his belt. I don't want to be alone. Let go. the smile gone from his face. almost frightened. you will be rational again. I grabbed the front of his shirt and yanked him into my room." He told me as he kissed my cheek. Masen was asleep on the couch. I was drunk from the wine and from my emotions. "Please Jasper! I need you!" I grabbed at his pants.
" Edward hissed at him. "It isn't what it looks like Masen. I need to put Bella to bed so she can sleep the drunken stupor off. Edward stood in the doorway. No need to act for me. why can't I?" I hiccupped. "Listen Edward. "She's drunk and upset. What the hell was wrong with me? "I said I was sorry-" "Wait. I laughed lightly. She'll be coherent tomorrow. "So you're taking advantage of her?" "Oh shut up Edward!" I laughed drunkenly and grabbed Jasper's crotch. "Bella please." Jasper tried to explain. She doesn't know what she's doing. You wouldn't even tell your fiancée that you didn't want her anymore. If anyone is acting it's you." Jasper lifted me into his arms and threw me onto the bed. go ahead." Edward seethed. "Let me guess. a look of hurt painted on his beautiful face." Jasper hissed at me. "Bella stop." Jasper said. Maybe you're ashamed to be with someone so low on the social scale. Go to sleep.98 - . you were just tucking her into bed. I'll leave you two to whatever you were doing before I came in. "So you like it rough huh. tears pouring down my face." Jasper hissed at me. "No." I pulled away from Jasper to see who had spoken. you haven't told anyone about you and Bella yet?" Jasper demanded of him." Edward pleaded with me."I thought you two weren't sleeping together." "Shut up Bella. "No. "Oh shut the hell up Edward. Edward gets to whore around." I laughed even more. Maybe you should come back later. "Who asked you into this?" .
You say you love her but you won't fight for her." "Where's Jasper?" "He's going home. Please try to sleep. I think you should leave my mom alone." "Yeah…right after I escort Edward out."No need to ask. Are you really that sick Edward? What more will you do to mess with her." Jasper grabbed Edward's arm and led him out of my bedroom. All the excitement must have woken Masen up." He kissed both my cheeks and then tucked me in. the sleep he had prayed ." "But I miss him. not wanting a fight to break out over me. mom. "I love you mom. "You're a child Edward. "Go to sleep mom. You've been very bad tonight. you aren't fighting for your son!" I just knew Jasper was going to hit him. "I love you mom. Go to sleep. "Where's he going Masen?" I asked. You don't know how to be a man. "I am fighting for her! Don't you dare say I'm not. You need to rest." I whispered back. She needs her rest." Now that was unexpected.99 - . "Please help me put mom to sleep. Do you know what that would do?" he demanded. I looked between the two of them nervously." He laid down next to me and kissed my cheek." "Then prove it. "I love you too Masen. I couldn't remember the last time Masen had slept in the same bed as me. You do realize that if you don't fight for Bella." He wrapped his arms around me." He looked to Jasper. "Be a freakin' man Edward. He had been so little." "That's the alcohol and the loneliness talking mom. huh? No wonder she came home so freaking jacked up! I was blaming it on alcohol but really this is all you!" "I can't just waltz up to my family and tell them I'm dating Bella. I love you too.
Please keep me in your prayers.100 - . Marilyn! .for finally taking me over. This is still a BXE and AXJ story. I just love throwing curveballs. thank you for your love and support about my Great Aunt. Now don't throw things at me. Also. We laid her to rest last Saturday and I'm trying to find peace. Another tidbit. my goal for this story is 300 reviews so hit that button and review! Much love to you all.
smile plastered on his face.101 - . I huffed angrily. What was I going to do? "Are you awake mom?" Masen's voice came from outside my bedroom door. I practically assaulted you and I am so sorry. I'm coming out now. Jasper was there. I hadn't even known he was cooking for me." I said taking a bite of the pancake. heck. "Jazz. down the hall and on to the kitchen. "Never said I was. Much to my horror (and embarrassment). mostly with myself. "You didn't have to do this Jasper. my best friend and neighbor." I shuffled my feet hesitantly. "Yes. it's not fine. "Good morning star shine. It's no big thing. what had happened last night? I tried to think. God." I jumped off and immediately regretted moving so quickly.Chapter 16 Chapter 16 BPOV My head throbbed painfully when I woke up the next morning. I even had a few drinks last night." He handed me a plate. "The Earth says hello. It's fine. "No. you aren't my mother." He said. Suddenly. I can't believe what I did. I just figured you could use a nice healthy breakfast and of . I hadn't even noticed that he wasn't with me anymore. My head throbbed even more. all of the events of the day before started rushing through my head. How would I be able to look him in the eye ever again? He probably thought I was some whore who had just wanted to get in his pants the entire time. I took slow steps out of my bedroom. I was just-" "Bella! It's fine! You were drunk. looking at him from under my lashes." He continued to grin. They were delicious of course. I-" "You don't have to say anything. Oh my God? What the hell had I been thinking? I had practically molested Jasper.
I mean. It's really something that I could never hope to avoid. "But you love him still. I really don't know what to do with him." He set two aspirin and a glass of water in front of me. You still love him. I can't help but be worried about you. It's just." Jasper looked at me seriously. "So what are you going to do?" "What do you mean?" I reached for the butter and then slathered some onto my stack of pancakes. "I know that you care but part of me is thinking that maybe I rely to heavy on your judgment." ." he said while resting a hand on my shoulder. Jasper." It wasn't a question. I can't tell you what to do. It's nowhere near that simple. I want to trust him but I can't. I know for a fact that I'm in love with Edward. this whole situation has messed with your head. I mean.102 - . I can't just stop loving him. What are you going to do about the entire Edward thing? I'm worried about you. some of these. "That is absolutely absurd. you're in a delicate state of mind. "You are too good to me. I want you to be happy but that doesn't even seem possible whenever he and the Masen clan come around. "Yes. He would want to be with you with or without the judgment of others.course." I sighed distractedly and ate another bite of the pancake. He just can't seem too make up his mind. I love him. This is something I have to figure out on my own and if I get hurt. I'm not your father. Whether he loves me or not is what remains to be determined." I told him. "You know what I mean." I swallowed the pills down greedily. I'm going to be honest Bella. even after all that he's done to you. Edward's either messing with you or he really loves you and he's just too ashamed to admit it. well. he wouldn't deny you. I've always loved Edward. desperate to get rid of the pain. "I have no idea. don't get me wrong." He shrugged his shoulders. He's just so fickle all of the time. lesson learned." "That's the problem I'm having with whole situation. if he really cared. Maybe you only think you're in love with Edward when you really aren't at all. "I'm just not sure that's what's best for you.
" "Now hold on." "Goodness gracious. "So wait…. I figured you wouldn't want to go without Jasper and I to go with you. I am brilliant. he'll be on the exact same side as you. I'm sure I'll need it." he smiled crookedly at me and I had to take a step back. the action was innocent enough. "Most likely. I already know what he'll say. "What? Oh no." He was trying so hard to get me to listen to him. He looked so much like Edward. I stood up and took the now empty plate to the sink. . Still. Masen would fight me tooth and nail on the entire Edward situation. Do you realize how much of an opportunity this is?" "Oh…yeah." I said rather glumly. I don't care about that at all. I'm not hurting anyone who actually matters after all. you hate them just as much as I do. "What does Masen think of this new development? No doubt he's not too happy about it." I could tell he was trying a new tactic. You'll just have to write me up for a few extra appointments afterwards. "I haven't talked to him about it yet. Now let me have my fun. Oh. You're setting yourself up for heartbreak. I knew jasper understood.I've been invited to a premier party and you said no?" Masen asked his jaw almost hitting the table."You know it won't be that simple." I said. a grim smile on my face. "Yeah. using Masen against me. Don't you realize that this is the prime opportunity to screw with Esme's head? The fact that you won't be there ensures that Esme won't be able to place the blame on you because it'll be all me." "Are you kidding? Of course I want to go. He was right about one thing." I chided." I kissed his cheek lightly before I knew what I had done. there might be some science people there. "I can do this Jasper.103 - . this a big deal for Edward's family-" "Oh stow it mom.
He was just a stubborn as I was and he was set on having his fun. not answering my question. Chances are Esme will be watching you like a hawk anyways." I sighed nervously and looked over Masen. I take no blame. "You actually expect me to say yes don't you." I heard her mutter. but I'm not getting yelled at because of you. Might a swell tell her that she was going to get to dress Masen." I said once I came to." "Mother expects only the best tailoring. My cheeks flared in . Do you actually know what you're doing?" I snapped at her." He batted his eyelashes sarcastically. Man. "So you don't approve. "You are your mother's child." I heard Alice's annoyingly high voice come from behind me. Just one more pin and you'll look simply dashing. "Then seems like you should have expected this. I'm aware of the fact. It's all in the genes." He stood and stretched his arms above his head. I look fine."It still doesn't seem like a good idea." She said quietly." I pulled away from her and stepped off the stool." I picked up my cell phone and dialed Alice's number. "Fine. She always hated being dressed." She grabbed her sewing kit." "It would please me very much mother dearest. "Ungrateful little bastard. "How could I say no to such a pretty face? Just don't go overboard okay." Alice pulled back at the jacket." I crossed my arms at her. MPOV "Hold still now.104 - . Why didn't I have control over my son? "So…I can go right?" he asked tentatively after a few seconds. "Well mother can back the hell off." he looked all too pleased with himself. "Oh Edward will not pleased with this. I get to be bad and look good doing it. "You've been saying that for the past hour. "You should probably call Esme and tell her I want the tux. "I look fine.
If I were bell. there was the incident but that was a drunken moment of well…what ever it is drunken adults go through. You're only a total bitch towards him when mommy dearest is around. My views on the striking of a woman were slowly starting to change. "You wouldn't always be upset if you were a better person." "Don't talk to me about being a better person. What goes on between my mother an I is our business and none of yours. She flamed both in anger and embarrassment. she and Jasper are not sleeping together. "I am not flustered. I was quickly getting bored with her. this is just too much handsomeness to keep solely to . I have yet to have a conversation with you were you don't insult me repeatedly. It's not like I ask to put up with you and your family. even if I don't say anything about it. Sure. You do realize for my mom to be a golddigger she would have actually had to stay him and then have me. I can see practically everything in that tiny brain of yours.anger. secondly. "That is not true!" "Genius remember? Very little gets by me. I'm not as naive as you believe me to be Miss Alice.105 - . "Okay…that makes no sense. no need to get flustered." She put her hands on her hips. the sleeves were just long enough to annoy Esme yet not annoy myself. "Doesn't bother me when Edward says it. having had my fill of the pint-sized menace." I chuckled. you are obviously a pint sized idiot if you think that's what's really going on here. "You sure about that? Besides. Okay…" She said gloomily." I rested my head on my palm and watched the wheels in her head begin to turn. "Then tell daddy dearest he should have kept his package under wraps. "I think I will go get some lunch." I shrugged. I've seen the way you look at this so-called man next door. I wouldn't put up with you. "Well…I am not an idiot!" she said defiantly." I glared at her." I looked at myself in the mirror. doesn't bother me when you say it. Anyway. "This is not my brother's fault! None of it is! Your mom was a golddigging whore! She's doing the same thing to that man next door!" she screamed.
I'm feeling quite famished myself. can you invite Jasper?" "Why don't you do it?" "Cause that would look suspicious. a wry smile twisted on her face." "No. I considered if for a few seconds." she said quietly. I had always been my mother's opposite." "Are we going to discuss this until I concede?" "Yes. "Fine. I already know you like him." "Then I guess I should retrieve him. I pulled on mu regular clothes and walked out of the room." Alice asked.myself. "Let me help you. I as just…thinking." I shrugged." I sighed in aggravation and then froze. "Just don't annoy me. "What's wrong." She offered. "You're always thinking. She was quick to follow. "You can call him by his name." I said. . For some reason. It was strange how a tiny sound could make me feel so weird. we had very few things in common. I'm hungry and I'm not willing to wear this much longer. "Maybe you could invite your friend next door. you look upset." I began to take the tux jacket off and she immediately stopped me. Do you know how much she paid for this thing?" "No and frankly. "Maybe I should accompany you to lunch." She said sarcastically.106 - . it was the same sound my mother made when she was upset. that troubled me. "Nothing's wrong. mother will bite my head off. I don't care." freed of the constraints." she began to remove the jacket with care. Wait here.
Edward's woman. There were just so many different emotions coursing through my brain that I didn't even know what to feel anymore. I waited calmly for him to knock on the door promising myself that I wouldn't freak out. just as beautiful as he was. I was pretty sure that Masen wouldn't care either way. jealousy coursing through me due to her curves in all the right places. anxious to be over and done with the situation. Edward was supposed to be coming over to speak with me and I was practically pulling my hair out. I jumped to my feet and raced to the door. and I was upset. I still couldn't really face Jasper without feeling embarrassed so there was no hiding behind him this time. . "Oh. She was perfect for him. They framed an angular face with crystallite blue eyes right in the center leading down to a narrow nose and strong determined lips. I was going to have to speak to Edward on my own. Sure. "Yes.Chapter 17 Chapter 17 BPOV Masen had gone to his fitting alone. let her into my house. I guess I should. easily putting mine to shame. I've been meaning to talk to you. She was extremely pretty with light strawberry blonde hair that fell over her shoulders in waves. I was intimidated by just looking at her. against my better judgment. shocked to see who stood there." So this was her. She looked me over quickly and critically before she spoke. He could fend off Alice's heckling by himself. I considered getting my bottle of tequila from my liquor cabinet but decide against it. I had no idea who she was." I stood back and. Edward would make his choice and I would deal with it. I was still extremely angry.107 - . I was embarrassed. "Hello." I couldn't say much more. My name is Tanya Denali. When that fateful moment came. I took a deep breath and swung the door open. "Aren't you going to invite me in?" she gestured lightly to my house. I would have to do this sober to prevent any further accidents.
"Um…" I had no idea what to say to that. He isn't ready for that kind of family commitment yet. Clearly. I didn't respond. I'm just being honest. "You were right to leave. you are not getting in the way of that. if Edward had known you were pregnant. She laid something on the mantle. why don't you keep yourself and your little bastard son out of my life? Edward proposed to me on his own. "You seem sensible Bella. "Confused?" I asked dumbfounded. you seem to think that Edward is leaving me for you. this is the home of the famous Isabella. I've heard so much about you from Esme and Rosalie. I've waited for this moment my entire life and you're little family isn't going ton screw it up. I'd merely wanted someone sane to talk this whole situation out with."So. "That's his number." She kicked a few shards of glass away from her red painted toes. shattering the glass before spearing the broken frame with her heel. "I'm not trying to be mean. You just seem a little confused." "I think you should leave." "Tanya-" I tried to interject. His name is Jacob or something." She picked up one of the pictures." she suggested looking through her purse. I just pointed to the door. "None of it good I guess. You aren't his taste Hun. I always assumed they were just blowing the whole thing out of proportion. She meant business. he would have gone running and either way." She smiled her fake smile again. "Be smart Bella. You could go see him if you really want a guy friend." She gave my house one last one over and then . Rosalie gave it to me. That is not a fact. So. None of it good. But you don't seem too bad to me. we're getting married. she wasn't the one to go to. without any influence from anyone else." "No. I heard that guy down at Emmett's shop might be interested. praying she would leave me alone. Edward could never want you. and threw it on the ground.108 - . "Yes." I closed my eyes and waited for her response." She smiled but it didn't reach her eyes. "Poor thing." She looked around at all the pictures of Masen and me. we would have ended up together.
"Hello?" I said still confused once I had answered the phone." I tried to explain to him. I don't think I could take it. "Bella please. Nothing made sense . "Bella. We were finally going to set things straight." I broke my heart to say it. I just think maybe you should go home to your fiancée. Why do you keep insisting on fighting me on this?" Edward was getting angrier by the second. What was I going to do. I'm coming over and there's nothing you can do to stop me. Moreover.A. traffic is a lot worse than I thought it would be. now even I was using Masen as an excuse. I know I haven't been the easiest to work with right now. I stood there in shock for a few moments. I should be there I a few minutes. there's no hurry. Is everything okay Bella?" he asked. I'm breaking off my engagement with Tanya tonight. "Masen and I will get along just fine by ourselves. Remember what I said hun. trying to keep my voice calm. Things are just so complicated. I planned to talk to her after I finished talking to you. I'm sorry I'm late. "Because you'll change your mind the second you and Masen get into a fight or he uses the wrong fork at one your things. it'll be on and I don't want to be caught in the middle Edward. I only want you.109 - . I love you Bella. "What? No. After a few seconds of thinking. You and I were meant to be. "Hey Bella. then you and I could be together. his tone suddenly changing from nonchalant to worried.walked to the door. She loves you." "What are you talking about? I thought we discussed this Bella. my phone rang. I had officially met the wife to be. Maybe you shouldn't come at all. "No." I said." It was Edward." Great." She waved and then left. " "That's not a good idea Edward. Tanya should still be in L. "Yeah. "Goodbye Bella." the phone line went dead. you said it yourself. you know she only wants the money. She wants to be with you. I had Esme breathing down my neck and Edward claiming he wanted to be with me. But I know I want to be with you. I heard you fiancée's in town.
I smiled mischievously to myself." "Sure Jazzy?" I mimicked his southern drawl. I'm not going to pretend that computers are cheap. I didn't plan to make Jasper like her of course. I don't work cheap. "Hello all." I smirked sinisterly at her. I knew Jasper would never fall for Alice. Even I wasn't so romantically challenged as to see that they weren't compatible in the least bit. you'd better cough up some serious dough." I tapped my fingers impatiently on the linoleum tabletop. something mommy dearest would say I could do with ease. What good would that do either of us? She wasn't right for him. Damn. It's not like I wanted to damn Jasper for the rest of his life. you might call me a user. That makes you a total user you know. I wished my mom was with us. you're rich. I had to come up with something to get myself out of this. this could work in my favor.110 - . . Jasper had gone to the restroom. Jasper had indeed picked up on her feelings for him. "How'd I know you'd be difficult?" she spoke more to herself than to me. MPOV "I don't see why you require me to get the guy you like. I knew that I couldn't stop those feelings but. I could just tell her that he was playing hard to get. you're just going to have to deal with me. Nah honey." I said to Alice. I'm not denying it. Other than the fact that we were using each other. "We're practically family aren't we?" "Ha! That's rich. Alice and I had nothing in common. I was broken from my train of though by Jasper's curios stare. we might have actually been able to have an intelligent conversation. I knew that I was in love with Edward. but she didn't have to know that. Alice was just easy cash." Jasper said as he came back and sat down. and he knew me almost as well as my own mother. He grimaced when he saw Alice looking at him with one of her poorly concealed romantic looks. you want my services. I rolled my eyes. not noticing the longing stares that followed him. "I'm a difficult person to work with alright.anymore. he wasn't a slow as Alice. but hey. "Can I talk to you in the Masen? In private. I didn't even know how I had gotten myself into the situation. Heck. all it would take was just a little manipulation on my part. god.
"Please. What I'm trying to say is. I could cut you a percentage if that's what-" "Have you no shame? You're toying with her emotions!" Jasper scolded me. I am not guilt tripping you.111 - . seems like the pink princess needs to be knocked off her pedestal. "What are you scheming? I can see the little wheels in you head turning round and round. your mom doesn't like Esme. Once her heart is broken.I followed him out of the booth and walked towards the men's restroom." I hissed her name." I tried to tell him." "I'm sure I won't. I get to move on to Esme and break her as well. "Do what you want Masen. I don't like Esme. "Do you think Aunty Alice will buy me something sweet if I ask nicely Jasper? This meal is on her of course. "This is not the way to handle things Mase. Hopefully I'm doing a better job." "Are you trying to guilt trip me because mom's tried that. it doesn't work." He sighed deeply and stuck his hands in his pockets. Maybe I just need to stop being lazy. it's time to level the playing field. Also on the update. I'm not sure anyone likes Esme but just because you don't like someone doesn't me that you can mess with them without consequences. You don't like Esme. fresh inspiration and the first chapter of that will most likely be in the next chapter of this story. you'll feel bad about it later. I have an idea for a new story. She can't have anyone she likes. "Alice likes you. she's a total bitch. Hmm…have I forgotten anything…nope! Much love readers! . I don't feel guilt. "No." AN: Okay so I've been trying to update more regularly. She called you white trash Jasper. Anyway." I shrugged and headed back towards the table. I'm gonna let her think it'll work for the right price. summer's coming up and I'm a free woman all except for golf practice (wish me luck with the new season). heck. I know my material well but I'm having trouble with my motivation to write. you can't just screw with people Masen. you just need to see the facts Masen. I know your upset and this is all some psychological ploy to hide the hurt inside and the therapist in me wants to help you and or refer you to a mental hospital but that won't help anyone right now." His eyes searched my face. she wants me to get you to show her affection. He stopped me there.
I had always treated her like a china doll. She had always been strong and raising Masen by herself had only mad her stronger. I am confronting Tanya tonight and you and I will be together. the door swung open." I hooked my left arm in crook of her knee and held her close. My Bella had been crying. "I thought I told you not to come tonight. I pushed through the door and snatched her into my arms. and ran up the pathway to her house. don't cry. Her eyes we red. I am never going to leave you. I am always going to be here for you. "You knew I was going to be here anyway. It had been so long since I'd seen her so vulnerable. She clutched me closer as I carried her to her room. let me take you to bed.Chapter 18 Chapter 18 EPOV I stopped my car outside of Bella's house. that I didn't want to be with her anymore. I banged on the door and waited. Much to my dismay. I'm here. pamper her. "C'mon. as she deserved to be pampered. . locking her arms around neck. I could tell this wouldn't be easy just by how she'd sounded on the phone. Before she could speak. I needed to get rid of Tanya soon so I could take care of her." I kissed her again and again and again. I loved her. oxygen was still a necessity. She was still miserable and I had no idea what to do about it. I smashed my lips against hers. "Bella. I loved her so much. I needed her to know that I loved her. my mission now seeming more important than ever. like she would break at any second. She stilled for a few moments before responding to my touch. She was still sure that I could never want her. Seeing her so broken just didn't seem to fit. I jumped out of the car. forcing me to pull away from her. I love you Bella. he voice trembling as id she was going to start crying again. I needed her to believe that she meant everything to me. I never want you to have to run from me.112 - . She squeaked in fear at my sudden roughness towards her. her hair wild with sadness. This time. you're tired. my angel looking back at me. don't cry." she whispered. Edward." I felt her nod against my chest and I sighed. Soon after. She began to cry suddenly.
her grip on my shirt finally slackening." She ran over and hugged me. "I don't want to marry you any more Tanya. Maybe now. I figured. Bella is the farthest thing from a slut. practically dead to the world. tucking the ring into my pocket. You've always been smart. I was excited. "What are you doing Edward?" she demanded. quickly growing angry. I would find Bella one of her own when things finally quieted down. but at the idea that Bella and I could be together forever.113 - ." I said softly. "Oh Edward! That's just wonderful! No need to call. she was sleeping like a rock. "Well aren't you happy?" My mother beamed at me from the couch. I don't think I ever did. She looked confusedly at me. "This is about her isn't it? This is about that little slut and her bastard son. I'm sorry it has to come out this way but. "I am so proud of you for making the right choice Edward. or I was going to come to you. I stood up and stretched my limps." I walked into my house with a goofy grin on my face. "Tanya. She threw a what she must have thought was a seductive at me and threw her arms around my shoulders. I refuse to marry you. I would officially be free. "Yes. I decided to leave her a not saying I would call her later that night with the good news. I already called Tanya up here myself. I decided my own fate. he caramel colored hair pulled up in a bun." I was still smiling. waiting for you. Not at the prospect of breaking up with Tanya. "Hey mom. "Surprise! I thought I'm come and see you since you'd been here for so long. She's in the kitchen. we need to talk.After about an hour." I strolled into the kitchen to see Tanya standing there. I need to call Tanya and finally set thing straight with her. I really . either you were going to come to me. I chose to keep it simple and just come here. Tonight. God Edward. She looked shocked for several moments. removed to diamond engagement ring from her finger." She leaned in to kiss me but I pulled away." I took her hand in mine and with great care. I don't love you. I'd be willing to give you that!" she was screaming now. Masen and I could finally get along and I could be the father that he always deserved. Let it go! Do you want children? We can have children Edward. "Tanya please don't call them that.
One major problem. I never have. "Tanya please. "You swore to me that Edward would choose me over her! You lied to me." She grabbed my arm. Calm down. like there's nothing in the world that could possibly bring me down. Then he can't run away. Edward will . Edward will marry you and you'll live happily ever after without that little worm in your lives. I've already hatched my little plan. He will never want me back. We have a child together. "That's the easy part honey. I feel whole. I was going to see Bella myself and tell her the good news. Better yet. shouting at Esme." she screamed. I thought that I could make myself love you if we built a family together but I can't. this is about Bella. Edward is a family man. When I kiss her. She could be with me." "You are choosing her over me. You just tell Edward that your pregnant. I love her and she loves me. I didn't mean to. He will always do the right thing even at the cost of his own happiness. APOV When I got back to the house Edward was already gone. a gentleman." I released her hand and began to leave the kitchen. You love the lavish of way living. "And just what do you propose." I took her hand in mine. Forget the phone call. "I love you. "I'm sorry that I led you on." Tanya pointed out. I can't go on pretending anymore. Tanya was in tears.114 - . She had planned on Edward leaving Tanya for Bella. I'm not pregnant. we could start our own music empire. he's got a family to look after." "No you don't.don't appreciate you talking about the woman I love in that manner." Esme stood up and took Tanya's hand. I don't feel that way when I kiss you. Think of the career we could have together. You and Edward will be together. What is wrong with you? Have you ever looked at me Edward. I adore both of them. Yes. I adore her Tanya. announce it at my party tomorrow night. He needs his father in his life. you'll just miscarry after the wedding. That that's the reason you really came. "It's simple darling. Maybe I could take her as my guest to Esme's party. "Um. for now forever. you love the money." "Exactly." My mother's smile didn't falter.
they wouldn't be around for much longer anyway. warming her muscles I assumed. . It's a bit on the sweeter side than this one. Who cares if it was messy. the husband's home. "Aren't pregnant women supposed to stray away from stress? You sure seem to be stressing to me.115 - . "Besides. "Right now. "What the hell Bella?" my soon to be ex-husband Mike Newton demanded as he walked up the pathway to our home. she had always been the rougher one. Trust me. "Ow!" I jumped back and grabbed my foot. Anyway." I hissed kicking the barrel. and waited. "You know. this is what I'm talking about." She said looking over her reflection in the bat. done that. looks like our party's about to end anyway sis. you should be resting." My sister Renesmee said while twirling a steel baseball bat in her hands. getting just a bit more of my mother Renee's rebellious streak than I did. Out of the two of us. still probably just as heavy cause you know I loves me the drama. Would you put that thing away!" I demanded of her as I came past again." AN: I've decided to end this chapter here because I can't go on without adding another 2 whole chapters and you know I love to keep you waiting. here's the preview of my next story. I really couldn't care less. "See. "Blame him. someone's gonna call the police on a domestic disturbance charge. She just sighed.never be the wiser. stretched out her legs." She sighed again and stood up. been there. Kisses! IFW Chapter 1 BPOV I threw another load of his clothes into the barrel that sat in front of my house before going back for more." She picked up her bat and gave it practice swing. if you don't stop this.
watching with sick glee as the fabrics caught fire. "Liam! I've been waiting for almost 15 minuets. smiling toothily at me. "What are you doing!" he demanded. maybe you should move just a little bit faster. blonde hair flopping as he ran. gaping at the barrel in horror."Don't you what the hell me! How dare you! I mean really. My lawyer will call you in the morning. lover boy. you are just being paranoid!" he shouted right back! "Then tell me why I opened my email this morning to find a very high resolution video of the two of you getting it on in your office. I have never slept with Jessica. knowing that she could be quite violent when necessary." Nessie stepped down from the porch to come stand by my side. get out and don't come back!" "Now you listen here-" "No no." I turned on my heel and walked back into the house. Mike backed off immediately. my sister right behind me." He said.116 - . "I was commin' momma. "Well next time. "We're getting a divorce Mike. Renesmee grabbed my shoulder and held me back." Renesmee said a smirk on her face. "I told you to stop letting that demon into my house!" he shouted at me. You can't lie to me this time Mike. I will not be humiliated again. I'm freaking pregnant and you're off sleeping with your secretary? How am I supposed to explain that to our child?" I screamed at him. "You get out Mike. We are on a . when are you going to grace me with your presence?" I shouted up the stairs of my small two story home. "What are you talking about. Within seconds. "She's my sister!" "I don't care who she is to you! I don't want to see her on my property!" "Oh put a sock in it Mike. he came racing down the stairs. make one wrong move and this bat goes up your ass." I lit the match hastily and threw it into the barrel. No one is taking you seriously here.
"C'mon short stuff. Rosalie was waiting for me outside with her daughter Brittany. there was still a smile on his face. little Liam Swan was only five years old. My son." He scrubbed at both his cheeks. I would soon fall asleep. You'll be just fine. Brittany's here. "But I don't want to go momma." "Rose is right. let's move it. "Trust me. making sure to buckle him in securely. I might have grabbed up my son and ran right out that door." "But I'm not momma. trying to get me to yield to his sweetness. "You know how I feel about education. can't I go to work with you and Aunty Rose?" he batted his eyelashes sweetly at me. If I had known what was going to happen." I quickly ran a hand through his hair. ." He clutched my leg in fear. He was like me. You should be excited. "Momma! That's gross. he was starting kindergarten. I was excited but I still didn't want to be late on the very first day. I looked in my rearview mirror to see that he had already fallen asleep. straightening it quickly. ready to enjoy this new chapter in all of our lives." I pushed him out the door and down the walkway to my truck. "You will be. "Who's ready for school?" she laughed at the two kids expressions. probably leaving the state. He awoke with a start. you'll love it when you actually get there.117 - . She smiled and waved at me as I pulled my little boy from the car. I loaded him into the backseat of my car. You two are friends!" I smiled at him. "Yes hun.schedule after all. time to get out of the car and go to school." I leaned down and kissed both his cheeks quickly. "Are we here already there Momma?" he said sleepily." we walked into the school together as one small group. if I kept my eyes closed for more than a few minuets. It didn't take long for us to get to the elementary school. It's a good thing that I was blissfully unaware. I took his hand and led him up the stairs to the front of the school where Rosalie was waiting.
she would smile and wave. my heart lifting. nothing was going to go awry and no one was going to ruin it for me. However. 'Maybe she's finally warming up to me?' I thought with a smile. Rosalie and Alice sat with each other. seemed upset. "Well hello beautiful. she couldn't stop smiling. I knew that voice.118 - . raising my son and such. "I have someone I want you to meet!" she snatched me up quickly and led me across the ballroom and thrust me into the arms of some guy I didn't know." "Oh you know. leaning against his shoulder. tracing the lines of my hand with his finger. I could see that warning in her eyes. Still. "Then why come at all?" I laughed softly. This night was perfect. silently cursing Esme for trapping me with this man. I heard you might need a shoulder to cry . She was happy about something. purposefully making Esme look bad." Edward commented. I brushed the thought from my mind and took another sip of my wine. "Why don't you and I dance? It'll be fun. Everything was finally falling into place. Alice however. there was still the matter of Masen. She kept trying to pull Edward aside so she could speak with him. There was a part of me that just wanted to grab him up and run away together.Chapter 19 Chapter 19 BPOV Edward held my hand securely under the dinner table. "Hello Jacob. you never come by anymore. It made me feel so complete. Every time I looked at her." I said warily. "How are you." I tried to pry myself from his grip. both of them smiling and waving at me whenever they got the chance. "Bella!" Esme shouted grabbing my hand. I looked up to see the guy from Emmett's auto shop. "I've always hated coming to these things. so whole to have his hand in mine. I live a pretty busy life." Crap.
she and Esme were the one's still trying to get Tanya and me together. "Where are you going Bella?" she asked sweetly. humming a sweet tune all the while. "Hello Jane…" I offered trying not to be rude. "Edward!" I cringed at the high ringing voice that met my ears. so free in a long flowing blue dress." I pried myself from his arm and began to walk away. EPOV It'd been a long time since I'd seen Bella glow. I sighed and turned to face them. "Jacob. his shoulders locking. . "Why is he so afraid of me?" "Maybe you're coming on just a bit too strong Sylvia.on tonight. "Oh my god. "Edward!" great. what is she talking about?" I asked to no one in particular." He pulled me close. she knew it was one of my favorite colors on her. "I'll never understand that girl. ignoring the grimace on my face. maybe I should go. "Oh my god. "Masen!" my son froze." I muttered placing my hands on my hips and shaking my head. Aro was with her two.119 - . "Maybe we should just grab Edward up and head out. Edward might be waiting for me to get back. She looked so happy. get the heck off of me!" he immediately shoved her away and ran out of the ballroom. Jane was Tanya's mother. Esme was on me in a second. what are you doing here?" Sylvia wrapped her arms around his shoulders. I don't think he wants to be alone all night. He'll come around eventually. "You should be dancing with Jacob." She shrugged and skipped away. I'm doing you favor honey. I hadn't even noticed him. "What does Esme ever mean?" Masen was standing next to me." She winked at me." I took his hand and we started to walk back to the table. "A favor.
"Hello you all. we'll be together forever!" "Tanya. I could clearly tell apart my Bella. why wasn't I aware? I was suddenly surrounded by sounds of applause. She ran blindly from the ballroom. I didn't believe it for a second. "Surprised. no matter what. "Bella!" I shouted once I'd gotten out of the ballroom. "Ladies and gentlemen. In the background. "Why ever not? We're so ecstatic. I want you and only you. we have to talk!" "Stay away from me Edward!" she growled. Tanya what-" "I'm so thankful to have a man like Edward standing by my side. her head in her hands." "No. surprised at what?" I said suddenly feeling left out." I said hesitantly. "Come back. I froze." I said quietly. What was I missing. I had no idea! We can work this out. I'm pregnant!" she shouted with glee." Her voice was quiet. I could hear the sobs in her voice. "No Edward. she needs you now more than ever. And why in the world was she so happy? I heard someone tapping on a glass and turned to see Tanya." she began. when had this happened. "Excuse me. I only want you. Pregnant? What in the world.120 - . We can still be together!" I grabbed her arms and pulled her to me. We can't be together. I wasn't expecting to see you tonight. "Bella please. people slapping me on the back. I know you're all so excited because Edward and I are getting married next month. You'll be so surprised. ladies and gents. tearing myself away from the inquiring minds. what in the world are you going on about?" "But we aren't going into this alone. she's pregnant. I sighed. that's what . She smiled and gestured for me to join her. I don't car how much I have o pay in child support. "Getting married. shock coloring her face." "Do you want another Masen on you hands Edward? Without a father." Jane winked at me. "You need to go be with you fiancée Edward.
Poor Esme didn't know that she had messed with the wrong family." MPOV I watched Tanya float around. He'll be happy. and I was about to make my final move." "There is no working it out Edward. I will never want anyone else. It was like a chess game." I grabbed her shoulders and pulled her to me. That child deserves a family." "I love you. "Masen!" I was snapped from my thoughts to see that Tanya had finally reached ." she pulled herself from my arms and began the long walk out of the mansion. Esme has never liked me. He was beginning to respect you as father and now I fear he never will. I can't. did you think I was as oblivious as my parents were? No no my friends. let me work this out with you. I am sick of fighting. "I love you but I can't take this anymore. "Bella c'mon! Don't you want to fight for us. You have a family to look after and I've got mine. but he loves you. I can't continue to put Masen and myself through this. Esme Masen would never know what hit her.121 - . He maybe a brat sometimes Edward. looking like the biggest fools to ever be born. you'll be happy. "I love you. I swear I will break. she and Tanya would be standing alone.will happen. I had figured out this plot long ago. I love you but I just can't do this anymore. I won't do this to my son anymore. so will Rosalie. treated me like I'm nothing better than the gum on the bottom of her shoe. What she'd clearly forgotten was the fact that I was Masen Swan. beating on my chest. I have no more fight left in me!" she shouted. "Please. I'm willing! I just want you. Esme will love him or her. if you leave me again…I don't know if I'll be able make it. What. "Edward please. showing off her nonexistent tummy. "What Edward?" she looked over he shoulder at me. When I was done. I can't do it anymore Edward. believing she had backed me into a corner. I can't continue to do this." I grabbed her face between my hands. It's over. If I bend anymore." She kissed my cheek. Bella. Here's your second chance. a loving home. "Bella!" I called. I've been fighting for you since the day we met. Esme thought she could finally declare and early checkmate.
I would rip the smiles clean off both their forces." I helped her up and walked her down to the driveway before realizing that Edward had driven us. "Wait for Esme and Tanya to go inside. "Hello Tanya. let's get out of here." "Yes of course. "Oh yes. Maybe we can set up play dates in the part so I can teach him quadratic functions! It'll be so exciting." I handed her a small package. "Not yet." she began to open before I stopped her. a fake smiled plastered on my face to match hers. "Good. don't want to walk home." I greeted her. I knew she preferred vodka or tequila but right now. Sylvia would get what I needed to me." she patted me on the back. It was time to go find my mom and get out of there. I found my mother sitting on the outside of the Masens mansion. "C'mon mom. I promise it'll all work out. "Yes Masen? Have you finally decided to talk to me?" she quirked a blond eyebrow. sipping from a wine bottle. I tapped my fingers on the table as she walked away. My work was done for now.me. You'll know what to do with it when you get there. I was gonna wipe that smile clean of her face. You know what to do. a smirk tugging at my lips. He's on his way." I waved her off. Yes. "I agree. "Sylvia!" I waved towards her. gesturing her over." I leaned against one of the fancy cars littering ." I said sarcastically. "Don't get too excited." She hiccupped. "Edward!" she ran off to go find her supposed man. "I already called Jasper. it'll be quite fun. trust me they will. This has got be exciting for you!" she screeched. she was a smart girl. "Are you excited? Your father's getting married and you're getting a new baby sibling. Forget wiping. You can sneak into the ladies parlor can't you?" "I am a lady. She huffed quietly and took off for the parlor.122 - . She would never be happy again when I was through. I'm quite thrilled. she would take anything.
" I patted her back. nothing get's by him. "I promise I'll make everything alright. I really don't. sometimes they're actually important. he's the most intelligent character in this entire story. I love him so much. -IFW . "Love never makes sense mom. Why do we keep getting torn apart." AN: You all thought Masen was in the dark. You'll never have to worry. not while I'm around. I'm probably be doing a drawing of him as well (like I did for Cam in Karma) older and more mischievous. Not this one…but some of them. I really hope you all actually read my author's notes. What have I been doing." She was crying. why do I deserve this.the front yard. He's a very hard person to figure out. Please. I promise I'll make it alright though. "I don't understand.123 - .
There were dark circles under his eyes. I gulped. no matter. sorry. "I have to go Alice.' I thought grimly. "But what of his other son. his face paler than I ever thought possible for him. Her hair was pinned up in an elegant bun. I'll admit. effectively ruining their relationship. 'And you knew all alone…' I thought woefully. the family is arriving. I got rid of his mom and I can get rid of him. his face more gaunt than ever. She was wearing a long gold silk gown with two much cleavage showing to be considered tasteful.124 - . to drive her away from Edward." My mother laughed. come on. . I thought the groom was supposed to be happy on his wedding day. I remembered how hard she had tried to get rid of Bella. This was my last chance and I hadn't had a single moment alone with him. She purposely made sure that Bella's life was as miserable as possible so she would just want to get away. this chapter contains extreme drama! Chapter 20 One Month Later APOV "Edward please!" I tried to stop him for the umpteenth time that day. Masen should be much easier. They laughed together heartily. you can't keep following me around. a grimace painted on his face. "Alice. 'Not if you're being trapped into marriage. She called in all of Edward's jobs. keeping him out as late as possible to ensure that they spent no time together.Chapter 20 AN: Enter with caution." He brushed past me. what will happen to him?" Jane asked while looking over her perfectly manicured nails. Edward was a mess. "Oh. "This is important!" "I'm sure it can wait!" Edward walked into the groomsmen's parlor." My mother swept me away into the women's parlor to greet Tanya's parents.
blood." I squeaked. MPOV I strolled into the church looking confident. "You will not ruin this for me. I'm always one step ahead of the game. he'll do the right thing." "And that's why he'll never know. They needed the truth." I tried to open the door only to have it snapped from my grasp." I whispered. I've earned the right to finally be taken care of and Edward is going to do it. "She could have us killed? We could die if this little plan of yours doesn't work." she said to me. They deserve to finally be happy. "Mind over matter my dear. How had I not noticed that she was so evil? "If he finds out. hard to earn money to raise this family. excitement coursing through me at lightning speed. you know that." "Yes ma'am. They'll be happy.125 - . I know that. "Alice. suddenly terrified of the woman that had raised me. My negativity was not what Edward and Bella needed at the moment. Be a good girl Alice. not while he's in love with another woman." She assured me. His heart belongs to Bella. still attached to my arm. he will never forgive you. Esme won't get one over on me. this is for the greater good. we all know that. Edward's a good boy. "Now you see here little lady. "No. Too bad I didn't know what good was anymore. the pretty floor cover in tears and quite possibly. tears spilling down my cheeks." I smirked at the wedding guest. making Edward feel special. Pampering you like a little princess.I shook my head to clear it of those thoughts. Edward will eventually fall in love with Tanya and they'll be together. squaring my small shoulders to tell her I was serious. "I still can't believe we're doing this Masen. I'm not sure I'm willing to die for you. I just couldn't wait until all hell broke lose. You do realize that Esme is a powerful woman right?" Sylvia asked." "Please." I . No go clean your face." she hissed while grabbing my arm. I've worked hard to take care of two. I'm telling Edward. The smile dropped right off her perfectly powdered face. "Mom. I can't go through with this. "He'll never forgive any of us." I stated clearly.
" I grabbed the door and shook it as hard as I could." "No. I had to remain in my element after all. "Oh hell no. Don't judge me. knowing they had no idea that life as they knew it was about to end forever? I was the one holding all the cards this time. I have to let him know that I'll always be here for him. "C'mon!" Sylvia snapped at me. clearly shocked to see her. "I know but I have to see Edward. "I know but-" she didn't get to finish her sentence on account of Sylvia suddenly shoving her into the janitor's closet. "Masen!" she cried. With that one little flash drive. Then…a slow smile crept across my face. "I promise I'll be back mom! I promise!" I shouted as we ran. we have to get upstairs now!" she grabbed my hand and pulled me away from the closet. effectively ripping me from my wonderful daydream." she smiled at the thought. "Mom! What are you doing here? I thought you weren't coming." I tried to deter her. He's a jerk remember.pulled the flash drive out of my pocket relishing in how right it felt in my hand. Have you ever held a gun? Knowing that you hold someone's life in your hands. Then mom had to go and screw it up. I had all the power in the world. Why strain myself when I could just blow the door down? I fished three batteries out of my back pocket . We raced down the hall and up the stairwell at the back of the church. If we're gonna save your dad." I finally pulled back to stop and think. "MASEN!" I was so grounded when this was all over. it can't be. "Let's go!" she shook the door handle at the top of the staircase. I could play god even if it was only for a few seconds." I stuttered out. "It's locked Masen. I was the one with the detonator. we aren't getting this door open anytime soon. "No you can't! you can't at all.126 - . Her untimely appearance had thrown one hell of a monkey wrench into my plans. Tanya's pregnant. I checked it yesterday. "We don't have time and you know it.
It seemed like the baby. Tanya threw open the doors in a gaudy strapless gown. Miss Tanya will begin. I would be a good father to this baby. why was I marrying her? 'Bella's right. We looked so happy but I knew the truth behind every photo. she would kill me. EPOV I was terrified. I stiffened my shoulders and waited for my future to begin. he was much too hateful to want anything to do with me. there was part of me that wanted Bella to come charging trough that door." Tanya grabbed my arm laying her head on my shoulder. Cringing as the wedding mach began. They were still all lies. Why couldn't I just say the word no? It was just one little word. This was the start. regardless of its mother. . pure unavoidable lies.' I had failed to build a relationship so late in Masen's life.' I thought. I looked into the audience carefully analyzing each face. we are gather here today to unite in holy matrimony. They were all my mother's friends. Maybe marriage wouldn't be so bad. It wouldn't take long at all. I looked up at the screen that was shuffling through pictures of Tanya and I for everyone to see. her rich associates. "And now these two will exchange their vows.127 - ." I hadn't even been paying attention. maybe he just hated me that much. Still. I should have known how to say it by then. like they could tell how badly Tanya would screw up my life. I would carry her away and we would be happy. I could feel my mother's eyes boring into my back. even my father smiled wistfully at me. It was like they could see my damnation. What was I doing. Still there were two faces I didn't see. I had at least thought Masen would have come. daring me to speak up. how much she wanted to be with me. something that confused me greatly. no matter how they were projected. "Dearly beloved. The pictures were being projected from a machine in the very top room of the church. The door was almost always locked. I didn't understand why it was white. would have grown much more considering how long it had been since we'd slept with each other. Hell.(something I never left the house without) and some copped wire from the other. Her stomach had grown only slightly. 'This is my second chance. I had specifically asked my mother to make sure he got an invitation. Maybe he was just as angry as Bella was. this young man and this young woman. telling me how much she loved me. I would never be free. wasn't white for women who remained celibate until marriage? Anyone with eyes could tell that there was no way Tanya had done such a thing. It was still a smile. If I said anything.
I will always love you just like I know you'll always love me. What if he decides he just doesn't care in the end and decides to stay with the girl he already has?" Jane asked." "Edward?" the priest asked me." "Don't you worry about what your son will think if he actually finds out about this?" Jane asked. That however wasn't what I was focused on. Something about being a single mother herself.128 - . You have made me so happy in the few months that we've been together. It's way too hot. He'll feel like he owes Tanya and he'll marry her. I was in love. I promise to always be honest and faithful to you. the screen lighting up once again." Esme patted Tanya's back lightly before stepping away to examine her handiwork. from the first moment I saw you." Tanya said scratching at something hidden beneath her dress. he's a gentleman. I cannot keep wearing that thing. Tanya. Unlike the previous slides. she'll try to drive Edward to be with Tanya. taking a nice long drag from her cigarette. "Excellent. He'll never know the difference. "That is so much better. She didn't wait for a response before she unbuckled the fake baby belly and slid it out from under her dress. pictures of Tanya and I. I get's itchy." Esme stood and came to help her adjust the straps. Bella's too sweet. It's almost time for the six month belly by the way. "I hate wearing this thing Esme. this will all be over soon. I could hear their voices wafting through the speakers that had once projected our wedding march. . I could literally feel her anger. then Edward won't be able to get away. "Sorry sweetie." "Please let me take this thing off! I'll slip it back on before I go see Edward again."Edward. "Do you really think Edward is buying this whole thing Esme. "Only after you're married. this was a video of my mother. There was no audio at first but within seconds. Before I could speak. and Alice in the women's parlor at our home. Jane. We really have nothing to worry about. to always stay by your side. "He won't. When can I miscarry?" she put air quotes around the word miscarry. anyway. No matter what. the projector ringed to life. lighting herself a cigarette. "Who turned the projector back on? What in the world?" My mother stood up.
"You-You did this!" Esme screeched. Edward's feelings don't really matter all that much to me." I smiled at him. some twisted convoluted way…Masen had just referred to me as his dad. "Guilty as charged. definitely some of my best work. no one spoke as I walked down the aisle. "You were going to ruin your life with that girl. it'll be me. you need Tanya!" she shouted. sick of it!" "Oh please Esme." Masen swaggered into our circle. on several occasions." I spat. "Edward!" Alice came running towards me." she whispered. "Edward!" she cried."Of course not. a smirk twisted on his face. "No. . you're the queen of bitches. I should have listened. ripping the bowtie from my neck. The silence in the church hall was deafening." The screen went black. Part of me wanted to hate her for being apart of this whole scheme in the first place. All you've ever done is bitch about that girl. because in some weird way. "Edward-" "Cold hearted bitches go to hell mom." I granted. "Masen?" "If anyone takes you down daddy-o. you wouldn't listen to me. However.129 - . I don't need her and I don't need you. she had tried to warn me. my mother broke the silence. "You're right. "Now you know what I've been trying to tell you. running towards me as fast as her off white heels could take her. "How could you do this to me?" I demanded. Finally. throwing my bowtie at her. I was sick of it Edward. I pulled my arm from Tanya's grasp and stumbled down from the altar." He winked at me." "Then looks like you'll be going first.
Maybe I hadn't failed after all. .130 - .
she's so far above me that some days. he just continued to smirk at her. "You can't be in love with that woman! She's not like us Edward." I said thoughtfully. I wondered if Bella had come with Masen. tried to tear me away from the woman I love. you have to understand. . Him. she would let you be happy with someone on your level. I can't believe you would sit up there and lie. "I'm sorry but I don't believe any of the words coming out of you mouth anymore Tanya. Now it actually makes sense. It's time for me to grow up and be a man. I never have. "Masen didn't ruin anything. she doesn't fit into our world. I don't want to marry you. I can barely see her. he ruined our perfect wedding day!" she shrieked at Masen.Chapter 21 Chapter 21 EPOV Masen and Alice stayed by my side as I tried to face the rest of my family and my would-be bride. that little bastard. I shouldn't have put the idea in your head. I wanted no part of this. revealing a." Tanya had ripped off her veil. extremely heavily made up face. please believe me.131 - . saying your honest and loving. If she really loved you. the family that I could have. whether it's been by my parents or by a particular circumstance. She wouldn't be forcing that little brat on you. You tired to trick me into marriage. Esme forced me into it! it was her idea all along. Bella isn't below me. Please. I never have. I would do anything to reclaim her heart. he saved my life today Tanya. The decision has always been forced upon me. I have no idea what possessed me to propose to you in the first place. if my little fantasy of her coming to my rescue would come true. "Halleluiah! It's about time you finally realized that you nimrod. I would have much appreciated the veil stay on. Funny. you wouldn't believe how many people have said that to me in the last few months. Maybe she had driven him and his little girlfriend to the church. I do not love you. "Edward please. It's time for me to take a stand and start running my own life. How long have I been trying to explain that concept to you?" Masen laughed next to me." I growled at her. You wanted to be with her. I just wanted to be with you so badly and you wouldn't give me the chance.
"Why not? What about the baby. It was all a trick so that I would marry her. oh someone help me!" Masen yelled in fear." "Fine. now it's time for you to save mine!" he pushed me in front of him like a human shield. you can kill Masen. Maybe you can tell me why you look such a mess while you're at it. She wore a pair of loose fitting blue jeans that only slightly hugged her waist and a fitted long sleeved t-shirt. "You're just going to hand me over to her? You're going to throw me to the wolves? I'm your son. strands of it falling over her face. "WHAT?" Masen looked horrified. move!" she grabbed my shoulders and tried moved me away from Masen so she could get at him." I said. I'm never going to get to drive a car." I said politely." I reasoned. She definitely didn't look like she had come for the wedding. her eyes still wild and angry. "Would you care to tell me why your foot is a mop bucket love? I don't think that's . Even I knew not to get in her way when she was furious. Masen uncovered the truth and now we're not getting married. She stepped back and crossed her arms. "Someone call CPS. She must have been expecting one hell of an explanation. I'd forgotten how attractive Bella was when she was angry with someone other than me. "I saved your ass. You are doing a really bad job. aren't you going to help her take care of it? How much does she expect you to pay in child support a month?" she demanded."MASEN!" the boy froze. "Bella please. allow me to explain what's going on. "Not now Edward.132 - . she's going to kill me! I'm not gonna live to go to college. clearly not pleased. watching her eyes spark with confusion. I could tell she had done her hair in a rush. that was the voice of a very angry Bella Swan. I think she forgot that I was so much bigger than her and therefore she couldn't move me. Then if you wish." She commented about my clearly rumpled state. "Hello Bella. you look simply radiant today. There's really nothing more to it than that. I knew that voice as well. it's your job to protect me. "There is no baby Bella. "Tanya and I aren't getting married." It was then that I looked down to see that her left foot was in a mop bucket. trying to appease her.
Esme. "Okay! It's official! I am going home and going to bed." I had never seen my father look so upset before. "Alice!" . "Yes." Bella huffed sarcastically. she's the woman that he loves. Some days I even thought he might be just a little bit afraid of her. "Bella isn't just a girl.the fashion statement you want to make. Masen got it on videotape.. The whole thing was a setup? Tanya was never pregnant? Esme lied?" she inquired. this is my poor attempt at making a fashion statement. "How?" she asked him. "What?" I shrugged at her. "So wait. He had always been the calmest member of the family. "About Edward's wellbeing. why can't you just let this go?" Bella was still confused." She grabbed Masen's arm and led him out of the church. "Aren't you going to go after her. Can't you just accept that and move on? The quicker you get over that fact. She shoved me hard on the shoulder to show her displeasure. My dreams make more sense than this crap.." "Yes Edward. the quicker our families can heal. "Please. All he seems to care about is that girl. "Well?" Alice asked of me. I guess I was wrong about that. especially with my mother." I assured her. analyzing each.let me get this straight. "Does a magician reveal his secrets?" Masen winked at her." He took her hands and held them. "What were you thinking Esme?" he demanded once he reached us. Clearly she did not understand what was really going on.133 - . pledge your undying love or some of that shit?" she shoved me towards the door. I turned to see Carlisle running up the aisle with Rosalie and Emmett in tow. He can't seem to do anything about it himself. She looked from face to face.
Bella glared playfully at me. it's walking right out that door.134 - . "Yeah. "You think you're so strong but I loosened it. "Can you help me kind sir?" "Oh gag me!" Masen cried making vomiting noises. "So…would you like to join us for dinner?" she asked after a few minuets. I was in luck. Maybe they hadn't left yet. She hoisted herself into the driver seat." I shrugged at her. we stood awkwardly next to each other. I remember always trying to get her to buy something different. "Of course I would Bella. I had never been more thankful for that tank." she laughed. Bella was having trouble with the door to her truck. After a few moments. ."Go. There's your happily after. "Not if she's cooking! You don't want to kill him do you mom?" Masen shouted from the truck. He opened his door and climbed in the truck. leaning against her truck. "Maybe you should have opened the door when I asked you to." I ignored him and swung the door open with ease. Now about that door. "Maybe you two shouldn't flirt in public. you've got a family waiting for you right out there." "Of course you did Bella. "Oh Masen…" Bella shook her head at him and laughed even harder. "Need a strong arm?" I snuck up behind her playfully placing my hand over hers." Masen had officially been disturbed." "Maybe you're right…" I grinned at her and took off. I laughed with her. the darned thing is always getting stuck again. you deserve to be happy for once and you were always happy with her." Bella stuck her tongue out at him.
" I kissed her forehead hoping to soothe her anger. "I guess you knew the truth all along?" I raised my eyebrows at him." She said obviously annoyed. smiling in contentment. She relaxed against me almost instantly. I immediately jumped out of the truck. In case you didn't notice. I would have been fine. "I know. you can go start the pasta that I have in the pantry. We did belong together." Bella giggled at him." "Jasper! Why didn't you tell me what was going on?" Bella yelled at him. . "Looks like I was wrong." I looked up to see Jasper watching us. I don't think my stomach could handle that. "I think I could handle some fun." When Bella stopped in front of her home. "You didn't have to do that Edward. You and the asshole do belong together. starting an extramarital affair so soon Edward." Bella sent him on his way. Your marriage will never last if you're already fooling around." She pulled me into the truck with them. before we get all mushy. rushing to open the door for her. "Well of course. You look like you could use some fun away from your would be bride. but I'm not about to take any unnecessary chances. She leaned against my shoulder. a mischievous glint in his eyes."Well come on lover boy. I lifted her down from the step. "Fine. careful to set her down gently. can I go inside? I don't really want to watch you two flirt anymore." "I've been telling you that sense the beginning Jasper. "Wow. "Because you would have ran off and told Edward and Tanya and Esme would have never gotten what was coming to them. This just proves that you should listen to me more often." he smiled at her." Masen clutched his stomach. "Um. Masen doesn't exactly have a car. I'm the one that drove him to the church.135 - .
but I don't trust Masen with an open flame. I scooped her up in my arms and carried her up the steps and into her house. I knew we were going to be okay." Before she could respond. "I love you Edward. Okay. "I love you too Bella.136 - ." I swore to her. I'll post the link to my pic of Masen and soon as I finish it. Bella didn't answer him. I don't know about you."Let's go eat Bella. not a chef!" Masen shouted from the doorway. "Are you two coming? I'm a robotics specialist. I don't think I've forgotten anything else. always will. Always have. Much Love! -IFW ." she whispered after a few seconds. so the next chapter will most likely be the epilogue. She just clutched my shirt even closer. She nuzzled herself against me with care.
I know that you will either love it or hate it. I know I haven't updated in a while. it had only enhanced his appeal.Epilogue Hey Guys. As I said. Please give me your thoughts on it. I've spent all my free time watching Criminal Minds and sleeping. "You're humming again. It only seemed fitting that I come to watch. -IFW Epilogue BPOV I hummed dreamily while waiting for Masen to arrive. He was such a busy young man. There were those times when I missed the sarcasm. I finally decided that I should update in order to prevent you all form killing me because I do not wish to do. "Do you know what time Masen's getting in?" he inquired quietly. it keeps me calm. Give it a chance before you shoot up my house. His vibrant green eyes still held the same amount of mischief as they always had. I'm putting the link to Masen's picture on my profile." He explained as if it were the simplest thing in the world. He had a job. he was making his own food. "I like to hum. I much appreciate the criticism." I tried my hardest to cover the smile that twitched at my lips. School got out a few days ago and frankly. "I'll never understand a single one of your thought processes. and yet he still managed to criticize my cooking. it had almost hurt to see him leave the nest…almost. watching waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to much Criminal Minds so it's going to be out there. Also on the update I've started a new story but I'm quite frightened as to how it will be received.137 - . . Time hadn't hurt him at all. "You always seem so happy when you're in here and I like to see you happy. the little jabs that we fired back and forth in order to keep each other entertained. I don't believe that there will be an in between." I stopped stirring the pot on the stove to turn and look at Edward. By the way why are you in here?" I quirked an eyebrow at him.
" He snorted suddenly indignant." Edward shrugged." I said in awe." I winked at him."No. breathing out a sigh of relief. encrypting files. running programs. "Right. "Get some sleep Mase. He'll show up when he feels like it. Suddenly. I had given up on trying to make it from scratch after so many failed attempts. "Out like a light. Masen's reappearance had reminded me of a question I wanted to ask. dinner's tomorrow afternoon. Masen did actually show at a reasonable hour. It was a lost cause however." Edward smiled at him. Some things never change. upgrading firewalls. "Strangely enough. I almost squealed when I saw him come through the door. My brain is fried from staring at computer screens all day long. "Aren't the holidays like meant for family or something?" he sat down on the couch with a thud. I guess it's to be expected now that he's back on his home turf. And my apartment isn't all the nice. seeing as Masen had already fallen asleep." I embraced him. it was as if he never left." Masen groaned. I'm glad you're home though. Believe it or not. He leaned his head back further onto the couch. I'm a critical ally of both the FBI and the CIA. None of that makes sense to me honey. Edward actually had the gall to laughed in my face. "You look beat. "God I'm tired. blacking out systems of terrorist. running my hands along his back to make sure that he was really with me. yada yada yada. . He hugged me back gently before moving away." I shrugged at him and went back to stirring my gravy. I was done trying. I did. "Oh ha ha. "He is working hard. Maybe punctuality was becoming one of his things. "Miss me mother dearest?" He said in that same sarcastic drawl.138 - . They would just have to deal with gravy from a store brand mix. For your information. are they working you that hard in that nice apartment of yours?" I teased.
She was miserable for the longest time. and Alice." Edward jumped up to join me at the counter."Did your mom call?" I asked quietly. We got along a lot better considering that Esme had practically disowned her. "I could do a lot of things. you've been at it for hours." I commented while passing Masen the cranberry sauce. I just wasn't going to cook on Christmas day. Edward." I was tired." he smiled demurely at me. Masen. "Yeah. Jasper had been right there with a . Don't strain yourself. I told her to go to hell." "I like it when the family is all together. "What about Carlisle?" "He said he's coming by to see Masen a little later in the day. It had happened on more than one occasion. the others would just have to make it themselves." "She's your mother." "I have to finish cooking. unable to understand hen her mother had left her." I touched his shoulder lightly. Yes. I blushed a bright red. I didn't want to be the one that had torn them apart. "Fine. Edward certainly wasn't about to give anything over to his mother. "You could talk to her. Jasper. I want to be here with you. "I thought you'd never ask. he wouldn't speak to his mother. Alice was included in that. but you aren't just going to sit there and do nothing.139 - ." "When's the last time you talked to you mother." "I'm not straining myself. Our family consisted of myself. "Go on to bed Edward. "C'mon Bella." I grinned at him. I just don't want to deal with any of her crap anymore." Edward yawned loudly. I was done. If anything was missing. you get to help me cook. Even with my coercing. Bella?" "Touché. I should be there in a few hours. that was my break and once I was done. Get some sleep before people actually start showing up. she asked if we wee coming home for Christmas this year. then maybe I'll be able to get some sleep." I'd be lying if I said the family had healed from the day Edward and Tanya almost got married. Sometimes I thought the rift would never close between them.
" he responded shortly. never thought id hear those words come out of your mouth.refreshing cup of 'I told you so' and a shoulder to cry on. "Can't we talk about something happy for once? I really don't want to discuss my mother when we could be having such a lovely conversation.140 - . you always lose. that shut him up quickly. So it is true. "How could I forget? She just showed up and started screaming about how I was corrupting her daughter. I wasn't just going to stand there and be insulted though." "Don't know. There was a polite affection between the two of them. God. "He should be getting soon." I asked Edward. that woman is crazy. "You'd think I would have learned that by now. "Don't challenge your mom Masen. "How is the wicked witch of the west? I haven't heard much about her in the last couple of years. It's not your fault she attacked you. don't care. I want to make sure there's a plate left for him." Masen laughed with him. Who saw that coming? "Please don't go all mushy on me. mommy dear wasn't able to hold on to her kids." I topped of Edward's glass. He has to get away from Esme first. . "Didn't you two have a shouting match on your porch?" I laughed. "When are you getting married?" I asked coyly." "Lost two kids and still a bitch. "When's Carlisle getting in." Alice muttered. It's was so stupid." Masen voice didn't hold the same edge." Alice shrugged her shoulders." Jasper took a swig of his wine. "Wow. "It's a shame. I'm glad you aren't like that mom. I don't think I could take it. she's lost two kids for a stupid reason." Masen winked at me." "Understandable. How ironic." Jasper laughed.
"Um. I don't deserve any of them." "I don't deserve it. "I'm not staying." "You weren't ready to let go. was determined to make you his. you just needed to learned to let him go. Bella. I knew that but I could never understand why. I stared at her in shock."True. I knew I had to put a stop to it." she rubbed her forehead lightly. She thinks she's better than everyone and yet she seems to be suffering the most out of all of us. he had always been mine. I'm not really very intimidating. I had to stop it." I stood up and walked to the door. I couldn't let someone steal that away from me." "You aren't at fault for loving your son Esme. "You've done a good job with Masen. Esme was with him. It's quite the conundrum." "It's alright Esme. Come on in. I'm just here to talk to you. "He practically worshiped you. why he felt so much for you. He adores you." "You have Carlisle." Masen said thoughtfully." I was still staring at Esme as if she had two heads." "I don't expect you to. just say what you need to say." I touched her shoulder." I tried not to take offense. I'll go let him in. A knock interrupted his thoughts. I have nothing. I think Esme's amusing." she greeted me stiffly." I was antsy. He loves you no matter what." . Carlisle was waiting for me but he wasn't alone. "I guess you could say that. Edward adores you." "I still don't like you. such an insignificant little girl. talking to her by myself had always been a fear. "I've been trying to work up the courage to do this for months. He'd become my life. hi? I'll go let the others know that you're here. She hadn't stepped foot in my house in years. Then Jasper snapped Alice up and next thing I know. "Hello Bella.141 - . better than I could have ever done." I confirmed. "That's got to be Carlisle. Edward was mine. "I had to so the same thing.
"I'm glad that you're okay. "I hope I do. "What did she want?" he asked. It's a woman thing. crisis averted. "Maybe I'll tell you one day.142 - . let's just say we've come to a consensus. No need to worry." She waved feebly at him and left."Mom?" we both looked towards the doorway." He kissed my forehead gently." Carlisle shrugged. "Alright. I get first slice of pie. "You get used to it. "If any of you touch that pie." Edward looked to Carlisle for help. Agreed? Agreed." Masen ran out of the room. Edward appeared confused." He smiled. I'm going to cut your hands off. we were going to be just fine. "Hello honey. For now. . Yeah." I shouted. the rest of us on his heels. I'm already on my way out the door.
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