Author: Jazzy's Southern Girl PM
Bella is single mom of two year old Skylar. His dad James balied before he was born. Now Bella, fresh out of law school has to find a way to balance work and her son. But what she didn't count on was Edward, her partner, to add another thing,love.AHRated: Fiction T - English - Drama/Romance - Bella & Edward - Chapters: 11 - Words: 11,849 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 56 - Follows: 67 - Updated: 12-25-11 - Published: 06-05-10 - id: 6027385
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It's been a while since I've updated so I tried to do a long one. My Christmas present to those who have read and reviewed faithfully and any new readers. Plz read and review.
Disclaimer: Stephanie Meyer owns it all. Except Skylar he's all mine and the plot belongs to me as well.
"Jameson Hunter." I said aloud slowly thinking where I knew the name from.
"Yea, his name is Jameson Connor Hunter he also goes by…" Edward continued to speak but I stopped listening.
My head was spinning with all the conflicting thoughts swirling inside. It couldn't be him. There's no way he could be the same person. But my mind told me what my heart wanted to deny.
"James Hunter." I said in defeat.
"Yeah, how did you know?" Edward asked slowly.
"Because, James Hunter is my…" I was cut off as the door opened revealing someone I never thought I would see again, hoped I would never have to see again.
"Hello, Isabella." James said as his eyes took in the shocked looked on my face. "Bet you thought you'd never see me again."
"One can only hope, James." I said hatred filling my voice.
"Aw, I missed you too, pretty girl." James cooed at me.
"Feeling's not mutual." I sneered.
"Bella, how do you know him?" Edward said confused.
"Well, James this is Edward my partner who will be helping me to send you to rot in jail. I said gesturing to Edward, "Edward, this is James, my abusive ex-boyfriend.
"You mean he's…" Edward trailed off looking at me and shooting glances at James.
"Yes," I sighed, "James is Skylar's father."
I stood there staring at the reason I ran from my home, my friends, my past, and my family. I couldn't believe that after all I had done to ensure my son and I never saw this bastard again he pops up in the least expected place.
"I told you before Isabella, the kid's not mine." James yelled.
"Deny him all you want," I said while glaring at him, "He's better off without you for a father."
"Whatever Isabella, you're just upset because you miss me so much" He said coming towards me.
"I think you need to stay where you are." Edward stated firmly placing himself between James and me.
"Maybe you should mind your own business." James said stepping closer to Edward.
Edward was taller than James by at least head and he easily outweighed him, however, James is crazy and don't put it past him to have a weapon.
"Edward," I said putting my hand on his shoulder. "Please just let it go, for me?"
"Alright, let's just get this over with, you and I still need to talk." Edward said leading me back to where we were to sit with Angela.
James and his lawyer sat opposite of us at the long table. His lawyer, Victoria Greene, was a pale woman with fiery red hair and striking green eyes. However, her eyes were not inviting and warm like Edward's; her eyes were cold and hard almost like a snake's.
"Well, Mr. Cullen I think we both know that this case will never stand up in court." Victoria stated with a smirk.
"I beg to differ, Ms. Greene, with the evidence we have collected it should be an open and shut case." Edward stated calmly.
"The rape kit, which shows a positive match to your client, the photos of the wounds on both parties, the witness from the alley," Edward listed off, "All of this evidence doesn't really work in your client's favor."
"What witness?" James screamed standing up.
"The witness who saw you running from the alley seconds after the attack." Edward stated calmly. "Why don't you sit back down so we can discuss this?"
"Are you offering a deal?" Victoria asked when James was seated.
"Attempted murder and rape charges can be 25 to life…," I started.
"That's not a deal!" James yelled standing once again.
"I'm going to ask you to sit one more time next time you'll be escorted out and the deal is off the table." Edward said raising his voice.
"As I was saying that is the normal sentence, however we are willing to drop the charges down to battery and sexual assault which can is a sentencing of 10 to 15 years, no chance of parole." I stated looking at James's face slowly become red with fury.
"You call 10 to 15 years in jail a deal?" James yelled throwing his chair backwards as he stood.
"James I think you need to calm down!" Victoria yelled trying to regain control over her client.
"No, you need to shut up and do your job because that's the worst deal ever." James yelled at Victoria.
"I think you and your client need to discuss this more before we reconvene the offer stands until tomorrow afternoon." Edward said as I guided Angela outside to the lobby where Benjamin, the security guard, escorted her to her car. "If I don't hear from you tomorrow by noon Ms. Greene the deal's gone"
"And what happens if I don't want the deal." James sneered.
"Then we will see you in court." Edward stated firmly.
"James, we can discuss this later…" Victoria started.
"Screw you and your deal, I'll take my chances in court." James yelled throwing the waiver paper on the table.
"You understand this means that the deal is done since you have signed this paper you acknowledge and accept the sentence that may occur in the succession of a case?" Edward stated calmly taking the papers. "This means if you go to trial and you lose you will possibly receive 25 to life in prison, no chance of parole."
"I'll take my chances in court, let's go Victoria." James yelled as he stormed out of the office.
"See you soon Mr. Cullen, Ms. Swan" Victoria said as she followed after James.
After Victoria had departed with James I sat in my chair looking over the files and pictures of what James did to this poor woman. How could this monster be the person I thought I loved? How could he be my sweet boy's father? How could I not see this when we were dating? This could have been me? My thoughts ran wild with the possibilities that could have happened if I stayed with James.
"Bella, are you alright?" Edward's voice said interrupting my rampant thoughts.
"No, not really," I said shakily. "I just learned that my son's father is a rapist."
"Bella, you couldn't have known he would do something like this." Edward said trying to console me.
"I should've known he would escalate from just abuse, but I never thought he was capable of doing something like this." I said as I closed the file.
"Hey, this is not your fault." Edward said firmly as he lifted my chin to look at him. "He did this on his own you don't own his guilt, this is not your fault, do you understand me?
"Yes, it's just scary knowing this could've been me a few years back." I said slowly standing as he did.
"Look you and I still need to talk about some things why don't you come to my house and we can talk." Edward said locking up the office.
"What about Sky?" I asked.
"You know you are more than welcome to bring him along with you." He said as we came to where we were parked.
"Okay, what time do you want me there?"
"I'll come by at six to get you, I'll cook us dinner at my house and we just talk alright?"
"Alright, see you at six." I said as I got in my car.
When I arrived home after picking Skylar up from daycare I quickly put Skylar in the bath and dressed him. After I had him dressed in his pajamas for the night, laying him on the bed before taking a quick shower before dressing myself in jeans and a t-shirt. As I finished doing my hair and applying minimal make-up Skylar woke up, and the doorbell rang signaling Edward's arrival.
"Hey, you ready to go?" He said after I opened the door to let him in.
"Yeah, just let me grab Sky's baby bag and we can go." I said grabbing the bag while juggling a sleepy Skylar on my hip.
"Here let me take him," Edward said grabbing him and letting his head rest on his shoulder, "Oh, and don't worry about a car seat I bought one earlier on my way home from work.
'Thanks, you really didn't have to do that I could've just used the one from my car." I said as he strapped Skylar on before closing my door and getting in the driver's seat.
"It's really no problem I need one anyway just in case we ever ride in my car." He said as he pulled out of the driveway.
As we pulled out I noticed a black SUV sitting across the street in front of my house. It didn't look like a car I was familiar with; maybe it was someone visiting Alice and Jasper. I decided to brush it off but not before taking a quick glance at the license plate as Edward drove the short length to his house. When we arrived at Edward's house he carried Skylar into the family room and laid him down on the couch. The house smelled delicious and as I walked toward the kitchen my stomach growled reminding me that I hadn't eaten today.
"I hope you don't mind I made mushroom ravioli." Edward said bring out two plates and wine glasses.
"No, I love it actually." I said as he set down the glasses returning back to the kitchen.
"That's a good thing to know." Edward said returning with a wine bottle, "Do you prefer red or white?"
"Perfect, that's what I brought out." He said taking his seat.
We sat talking quietly as we ate; I asked him more questions about his childhood and other things about what his family is like.
"So… Bella what's the story behind you and James." Edward asked apprehensively.
"We dated throughout my senior year of high school and my first year at college."
"What happened to make you move all the way to Miami?"
"It's a really long story." I sighed.
"We have all the time in the world." Edward said moving closer to me.
(Flashback Bella's POV January 1, 2010)
"James I have something to tell you." I said excitedly.
"Just a minute babe," James said finishing whatever he was working on the computer "What's up baby?"
"I'm pregnant." I squealed excitedly.
"You're kidding right?" He said slowly.
"Why would I kid about this James, I'm serious." I said annoyed with his reaction.
"I can't believe you would do this to me… to us." He said with a disgusted and hurt tone.
"Do what to you?" I said confused.
"I can't believe you would cheat on me after all these years." He said with venom filling his voice.
"I can't believe you would accuse me of cheating on you." I said hurt at his accusation, "I love you how could you say I would do that to us."
"Just stop trying to hide it; I've always known you were a whore." He yelled in my face.
"I can't believe you would say that to me." I yelled at him angry now.
"I should've known all those times you were at your "study groups" you were screwing other guys I just thought you loved me more than that." He said walking away from me.
I picked up the first thing I could grab and threw it at his head. It smacked him right in the middle of his back. He stopped but didn't say anything, and then suddenly he turned around his face red with fury. I had never seen James's anger this high or directed at me. He walked back towards me and I stood there waiting for him thinking we were going to talk. To my surprise he grabbed me and shook me by shoulders yelling that I was a whore and the baby couldn't possibly be his. I broke free and ran from him, but he caught up and dragged me back by my hair. I pulled free again and turned to push him away accidently slapping the side of his face. I tried to apologize but I quickly found myself on the ground; still feeling the sting on my cheek from his hand meeting my face. I thought he would stop and apologize but he just kept hitting me even after I used my arms to cover my face. I curled up in a ball as he started to kick me, praying he would stop and not hurt my baby. After a while I became numb and must have lost consciousness because the next time I woke up was in the hospital with my dad sitting in my room. The doctor told me I was lucky he didn't kill me and my baby because of the severity of the beating I had trouble moving for awhile.
"After two weeks in the hospital my dad and I packed up to Seattle and I finished college and moved out here." I said with a sigh. "And until now I haven't heard or seen James."
"Wow, you've been through a lot for being so young." Edward said still slightly in shock.
"Yeah, I'm thankful everyday that I get to spend my days with my son." I said looking over at a sleeping Skylar on the couch.
"Bella, I want you to know that even though we haven't known each other for a long time I've grown to really care about you and Sky." Edward said grabbing my hand."
"Edward, I care about you too and I didn't mean to offend you when I called you my friend at dinner I just didn't know what to really call you." I said hurriedly. "What do want me to be to you?
"I know it sounds really juvenile but I was hoping you would be my girlfriend." Edward said looking down shyly.
"Edward, I would love to be your girlfriend." I said grabbing his hand.
Edward started to lean in closer to me and as our lips almost touched… his phone rang.
"I'm sorry it's Alice, I have to answer." He said looking at the caller id.
"Yes Alice?" Edward said slightly exasperated.
I could hear Alice's frantic voice and then Jasper's calm voice came through. Edward walked away and talked to them for a minute before coming back with an anxious expression on his face.
"Bella, I'm going to tell you something, but you have to promise you won't freak out." Edward said slowly
"What is it Edward?" I said apprehensively.
"Someone broke in your house." And then everything went black.
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