|Home is Where the Heart is
Author: TheOneThatGotAway1 PM
Bella just moved to her childhood city with her two little girls excited to be able to live in a home so close to family and have her kids grow up like she did. But soon reality kicks in when she connects with her old crush cater Edward Cullen but with old feelings come and her job advertising his business things become way more complicated than anyone thought.Just fixed chps!AHRated: Fiction M - English - Romance/Drama - Bella & Edward - Chapters: 6 - Words: 17,993 - Reviews: 74 - Favs: 65 - Follows: 168 - Updated: 09-08-12 - Published: 07-02-12 - id: 8279099
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A/N:Welcome everybody to another fic that I've started. This is kind of spin-off of my other story I deleted called How I Stopped Kissing Frogs, the story was a total mess and I couldn't think of anything to contuine it and left every one hanging so here it is with the same prologue but different plot, you will be able to tell after you read the summary.
I've fixed chapters and how they panning out but I've already wrote about three chapters that go along with the new version that will be up sooner or later this week or next week.
So please enjoy the story and I will put up teasers of Fictionators later this month for the next chapter and look at my other story Boy meets Girl with high school-ward and -ella and please leave comments I'm always looking for improvment or courage to keep writing.
And I have to thank my beta Ashley! She is amazing and keeps me going even if I make way to many errors and just can't stand them!
Check her story after reading and reviewing mine ;) Partly Parson's her name on the website is thedreamofanangel
Before I forget: I do not own anything. I'm not Stephanie Meyer and I did not come up with all these charcters only the personality,Eloise and Aurora.
Home is Where the Heart is
Bella just moved to her childhood city with her two little girls excited to be able to live in a home so close to family and have her kids grow up like she did. But soon reality kicks in when she connects with her old crush cater neighbor Edward Cullen but with old feelings come and her job advertising his business things and being neighbors become way more complicated than anyone thought with her ex-boyfriend and father of her children come she has to choose between the old crush to start something new or go to the guy who broke her heart but gave her something she can't quite describe.
Three years before
"Shh…shhh" Trying to calm down my little girl, bouncing her up and down.
Our little girl.
She looked so tired from her sobbing. I rocked her back and forth in a soothing motion I wanted to shelter her in my arms from all the bad in the world. Finally her big brown eyes drifted slowly shut and her breathing evened while I hummed, rocked, and smoothed her beautiful sandy blonde hair.
The dark night made me realized it was still time for slumber but not for this household as two people were awake and a baby was sobbing her little head off. Only one slept. Only one tiny soul as she slept with her baby sister crying, her father up scrabbling around the house grabbing all his belongings and her mother trying to hold myself together, trying not to cry for the man I once love that wants to leave just like my own mother did when I was four.
I couldn't understand why people in my life kept leaving was a sick feeling, a feeling I never wanted to feel again after Renee left so many years ago. I didn't want to feel my stomach drop and I didn't want to feel like I'm about to blow out fire from my nose and mouth from anger. I never wanted this for me or my girls. I didn't know what kind of hatred I put out in the world but I didn't deserve this karma.
My feet made little noises as I walked out of the nursery, I saw the light from the bathroom on and I saw his back turned toward me. His blonde hair went to his mid neck, his red Florida State University rose up as he bended to grab his razors and shaving cream I bought yesterday from Costco.
"Why do you have to leave? Leave me alone?" I asked, loud enough for him to hear but to quiet so I don't wake up Aurora. "Bella, we went over this! This life isn't for me, it never was..." He said, loudly making Eloise gives a little yelp.
"Shhh" I shushed.
"Don't tell me to 'shhh'!" James shouted. He never yelled at me like that. Not even when we were having a rough time with money after we had Aurora. "I wasn't talking to you! I was calming the baby down! "He grunted and went into our bedroom putting his shaving stuff in his worn down leather suitcase.
"Don't leave me like this! Don't leave me having to explain to Aurora daddy left. It's not fair, not fair to anyone of us!" I said, feeling the sobs vibrate as it build up in my chest
"Bella, it's not fair if I'm not happy. This situation isn't fair period." He spoke loudly, startling Eloise who started crying again. I rubbed her back and tried to soothe her while trying all my might to keep myself together.
"If you walk out that door you have no right to try to steal these girls from me, you hear?" I said, my lips were pursed. He stood frozen half way out the door as the words flew my lips
"Mommy! Mommy!" I heard the sweet voice of my daughter, my northern light. She sounded panicked.
"I think it explains that these girls will stand by your side no matter what" He whispered, he sounded heartbroken as he picked up his leather suitcase.
"Don't leave yet. Please?"
He shook his head grabbing a pair of leather sandals from the coat closet. "I can't…I'm sorry. I'm so sorry for the pain I'll leave behind" He came to me and kissed the top of my head and Eloise as well.
"Tell A that I love her okay?" I looked down biting down on my bottom quivering lip, nodding my head and walked away, walked away from the situation and walked toward my daughter's room. I opened it letting James out of my life
"Mommy, I baf fream" I smiled sadly at my daughter; her light brown hair went down in waves. I sat down next to her in her small bed with little Eloise in my arms. "Why don't you tell me about it? Someone told me it helps "She nodded starting her story about someone taking Eloise away from her, and then she got a shot from the doctor. I giggled at her imagination.
"Poppy C tell you that its help?" I nodded running my hand through her hair. "Poppy C a very smart" I giggled thinking about my father saying that James was trash and wasn't right for me, so many years ago. How was I going to break it to him that James left me with two children to fend on my own without a 'told you so'?
"He sure is." I heard the front door shut close, I took a big shaky breath and released it. I was going to be alone and I was going to raise my girls the right way from now into forever, I thought as I kissed my little girl's head and felt the wetness come pouring out from my eyes.
Chapter One: Moves & Returns for Her
The beautiful ending of summer sun finally set after a long day of moving. The mixture of purple, peach and pink lay across the sky and I couldn't help but fall in love all over again with this house. I was finally home after three years.
It feels strange being back in Winter Park after years in Tallahassee trying to get my degrees in business and advertising. Trying to raise two little girls on my own and working night and day at the diner that was across the campus trying to keep up with bills and getting the needs that Aurora and Eloise need.
But now I was home. I was where I belonged with my girls, my dad that lived down the block and my sister Rosalie that lived in Baldwin Park just three minutes away. It was as if pieces of a giant puzzle were finally coming together and I couldn't be more thrilled for Aurora to start kindergarten at my elementary school Brookshire and I couldn't wait for Eloise to be able to have friends that lived so close to each other.
The scenery for our home was completely different than our apartment back in Tallahassee. Where there were kids that cursed at such a young age and the crime rate wasn't the best. But now I was going to help my kids grow in the place where Rosalie and I got our roots.
I cocked my head toward the staircase and tried to listen for some sort of signal that my kids were okay but there was just silence. I knew that my five year old Aurora and my three year old Eloise must be exhausted from the four drive from Tally
I walked upstairs and saw the girls asleep in Aurora's twin bed that hardly fit both of them along with their stuff animals. Eloise's long curly blonde hair was up .Aurora's light brown wavy hair framed her face around the pillow as she held her sister.
I stepped forward and kissed both of my girls on the forehead before stealing my laptop and walking to my room. My dark brown hair falling from its tall ponytail as I sat down on the carpet with a big sigh of relief. I felt ever part of my twenty-three year old body relax as I lay there, my body aching from the long day of driving and putting some parts of the house together, but from the pain and aches I felt pride. Pride that I finally did what I wanted to do. Find a home, a job and just have my kids sleep in peace.
I know had something that Aurora, Eloise and I had something of our own.
We were finally here.
The next morning I woke up with Eloise snuggled against my side and Aurora's feet in my face. The girls must have snuck from the room at some period of the night and came to sleep with me. It hasn't been like this since James left. It was a struggle to get Aurora to sleep in her own room afraid that I would leave too.
I wrapped my arms around Eloise and smiled as I closed my eyes. I was at my
peaceful place knowing I was with my girls. I brushed my lips on Eloise's forehead. Even though the relationship between James and I were doomed from the minute we had Aurora, this was the best gift he could give me-our beautiful mixture of both of us daughters.
The August sun streamed in my room and I had to blink for a few seconds so my eyes could adjust to it. I had no clue what time it was since I haven't even started unpacking my room or had the time to look for a clock or radio. All I had time to unpack was the girl's, the living room and the kitchen. I looked at the watch that was still on my wrist and saw it was seven in the morning. I had things to unpack and I still had to get my office ready so I could start work bright and early after I sent Aurora to school and Eloise's settled with breakfast in her stomach and activities to do.
I looked down and saw Eloise's beautiful hazel eyes staring silently had me. She wore a big toothy smile at me and I kissed her forehead. "Good morning, honey" I whispered not wanting to wake up my oldest. Her smile grew bigger, like her cheeks were going to hurt any minute.
"Mommy! "She wrapped her arms around my neck as she spoke quite loudly, making A squirm. "Did you get scared and wanted to sleep with mommy last night?" Eloise nodded sitting up and getting off the bed.
"Where are you going Elle?" My two-year old was very active. She never wanted to stop for a minute. She got that from me.
"Dress!" She whispered and opened the bedroom door and ran down the stairs. I gave a little giggle as I sat up and leaned over to wake up Aurora. I kissed her hair and shook her a little. "Come on Aurora, sweetie. It's time to wake up. We have brunch with Poppy C and Auntie Rosie" She moaned, her eyes still shut as she turned to the other side, away from me and the sun.
"Honey, come one" I shook her on her shoulder until she squinted her eyes and looked confused.
"Mommy?" I nodded and kissed her cheek. "Yes honey, come on let's get you a bath and get dress. We have things to do and people to meet" I joked and she smiled weakly before sitting up and hugging me.
"Morning, mommy" She spoke against my neck, rubbing her back I greeted her with a 'morning' and got her up and in her bathroom to get her situated for a shower and got Eloise in my bathroom to give her a bubble bath. She splashed water around and played with her toys as I unpacked my make-up and perfume in the towel closet and drawers.
After twenty minutes of their baths I got them dressed and their hair done and let them play in their room with their Barbie dolls I hopped in the shower letting the hot water untighten my shoulders. I put on a sleeveless ink-block dress and pink ballet flats before putting on my make-up and pinning my bangs away from my face.
"Girls, are you ready?" I walked into the girl's room seeing them playing tea party. They looked up and nodded happily. They jumped up and ran to downstairs to the garage. Laughing and grabbing my purse I got them in their car seats before driving to my dad's house, my childhood home. White one story house with black shutters, it was simple but yet help so many stories to it. The green lawn with flowers that the girls planted a month ago for 4th of July was still in full-bloom and still growing.
The driveway held my dad's Winter Park Police cruiser and my sisters red BMW. The door opened as Rosalie walked out and the girls squealed and made it that much harder to get them out of their seats.
"Rose? Can you help please" She laughed and nodded going around the other side of the car and helping Aurora out of her seat. "Aunt Rosie!" Eloise squealed, hopping out of the car running around in her purple polka dot summer dress and hugged Rose's legs.
"Princess Eloise!" She picked her up and placed her on her hip and kissed her as Aurora hopped out of the car and hugged her waist.
"How was the trip?" Rosalie asked with a big grin on her face. She always loved her nieces and spoiled them rotten, to rotten for my liking. I smiled and grabbed Aurora's hand.
"It was… long" I trailed and walked into the house. Charlie hasn't changed much since Rose and I left his little nest five years ago. There was still the fire place where pictures of Rose and me as little girls sat as well as baby pictures of Aurora and Eloise in their grandpa's arms. The walls were still a mint green and he still had the same old Pottery Barn brown leather couch that Grandma Swan swore would last forever with the price.
"Bella? "My dad's dark and deep voice called from the kitchen. I walked swiftly to the kitchen and saw my dad putting eggs on five plates. "Daddy!" I hugged him and smiled. My dad always had my back. Between being pregnant and not married and trying to stay in school and juggle between studies, kids and jobs. He was one of my rocks and my biggest fan.
"Bells, you scared me when you didn't call me when you got here last night "He clung to me for dear life as I rested my chin of his shoulder.
"Sorry Dad, I wanted to get the girls settled and everything" He nodded and grumbled kissing me on the cheek. Eloise still sat perched on my sister's hip and was playing with the ends of her beautiful blonde hair and Aurora ran to her grandfather hugging him as he gave a big wet one on her cheek and then a raspberry.
"My beautiful grandbabies give me a hug" Eloise struggled to get out of Rose's arms but she succeed when Rose set her down and ran to her Poppy C. "Poppy!" She squealed making all of us chuckle. Rose and I went into the living room as dad had one on one time with the girls.
"So how's the boyfriend?" I asked taking a sip of coffee that she gave me as we walked out of the kitchen.
"Broke up, he had this weird fetish" She gave me a look of disgust as I laughed uncontrollably. "Where do you find these guys?" I asked. This is Rosalie's tenth try on finding a guy to be serious with and it wasn't in the best interested with Rose. She shrugged.
"The bar" Rolling my eyes I took another lungful sip.
"What about you Ms. Busy-body?" She asked. I almost choked on my steaming hot coffee."Um, me dating?" She nodded and started typing furiously on her iPhone.
"That doesn't go in my plans at the moment" I wiped my mouth as she rolled her eyes at my statement. "What's up with you and plans? It's pretty obvious you can't stick to them" She was right. I tried so hard to stick with my plans but they don't luck out. That's how I got knocked up at eighteen and knocked up at twenty.
"Bweakfast ready, mommy!" Eloise yelled from the dining room. I got up and looked at Rosalie who was still texting. "Who are you texting lovely Rosie?" She blushed.
"This guy who works at the practice. He's a pain in my ass but super cute" She dropped her phone in her Fendi purse and got up as we walked to the dining room. The girls were seated on either side of each other. I sat down next to Eloise knowing she would have the most trouble eating her breakfast.
"Eloise your turning how old two months from now?" Dad questioned as a tease. "For! "Eloise yelled taking a bite from her eggs and held up four chubby fingers.
"Do you know what you want? "Eloise nodded and shouted out 'baby doll'. She's been begging for an American girl doll. She wanted one just like her big sister. She played with my old baby doll but if Eloise is anything like a two year old she wanted her own things.
Rosalie then started talking about the Art Festival that was held in Park Ave every year. It was in October was she heard from Lauren Mallory who we used to go to high school with knew one of the artist.
"You should take the girls to get their library cards Bells. "Dad spoke cleaning up the room as the girls went to play with Rose in the play room. I shrugged.
"I guess, but I'm super swamp with trying to get the house together and Aurora starts kindergarten tomorrow" It's hard handling things with two little girls. As the years go by it seems it gets to become more of a struggle.
"Well, maybe I can take the girls today and you and Rosalie can get the house set up" I was about to protest having my dad handle with two little girls seemed way to complicated and a challenge but then realization hit me and dad has dealt with this since Mom walked out on us when we were at the age of five and six.
"Okay, but promise the girls are on their best behavior and don't take them for ice cream" He chuckled and nodded. He kissed my cheek and went to the playroom. "Girls do you want to hang with grandpa for the day" The girls nodded and started yelling answers.
After about thirty minutes Rosalie and I were walking out of the house after I gave the girls kisses and hugs and told them to be on their best behavior for their Poppy C. After that Rose and I met at the house and started putting everything together starting in the steady and then proceeded to my room and outside where my dad bought the girls a play set that would be on the left right next to the pool.
The day came to an end as soon as the girls came home around seven. Their tummies were filled to the prime and were ready to knock out as soon as they entered the house. Rosalie and Charlie left as soon as the girls went upstairs. I got them bathed and dress before they lay in their beds. Eloise fell asleep as soon as her head hit her pillow.
"How was your day, sunshine?" I asked, tucking in Aurora who let out a yawn.
"Good. Poppy C got us cards to check out books. He also took us to get smoothies." Aurora's eyes twinkled at her exciting day.
"That's great honey. Well you need to get some sleep you have a big day tomorrow." I smoothed her hair and gave her a kiss on her forehead before turning off the bedside lamp.
She hummed in response. "I love you sleeping beauty" I spoke before giving her one more kiss in the dark.
"Love you too, mommy" She gave me a big kiss on the sleep before closing her eyes and fell asleep.
I went to my room and got ready for bed and decided to watch the news. This was exactly what I wanted in life. Being able to hang out with family and have Sunday brunch. Having the girls stay with dad without a cause of travel.
As soon as the weatherman talked about the forecast for tomorrow I fell asleep with a smile on my face.
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