|Illusion of Innocence
Author: ttharman PM
He thought she was innocent, she thought he hung the moon, together they are a force to be reckoned with. Can he be everything she wants and needs or will he break her heart along the way? Possessive/Tattward/Olderward Banner made by Soapy Mayhem. Written for jonesn353402. **COMPLETE**Rated: Fiction M - English - Romance/Drama - Bella & Edward - Chapters: 33 - Words: 84,302 - Reviews: 2,305 - Favs: 947 - Follows: 1,430 - Updated: 05-17-13 - Published: 09-11-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8517405
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SM owns all Twilight, just not my ideas...
The events depicted in this story are fictitious. Any similarity to any person, living or dead is merely coincidental.
This is dedicated to jonesn353402 she asked me for a tatt/older/possesiveward, I wrote this for her. She is awesome, check out her stories, so love you A.
"The concert has been cancelled; something about snow."
"What?" I turned to look at Jake, "Are you fucking kidding me? I've been looking forward to seeing this band forever. This totally sucks! What are we going to do now?"
"Well, seeing that I've wanted you to get a piercing forever now, how about we go see Cullen at Slave to the Needle?" my best friend begs. "Come on, Bella. Don't chicken out on me now. It'll be fun, consider it an early birthday present from me to you."
"Fine, let's go before I change my mind," I say with a smile. He knows I've wanted a navel piercing forever, so I'm excited.
Jake's told me a lot about Cullen. Well, as much as one guy would tell you about another one. I know he's older, has been separated from Tanya, his girlfriend of ten years as of a couple years ago, and he has a six year old daughter. He's been tattooing and piercing since 'the dawn of time,' according to Jake. Cullen's only twenty-eight, so it's hard not to roll my eyes when Jake says this.
"All right, Belly-boo, let's get going."
Jake and I have been friends for years. We met when I was a freshman and he was a junior. My father, Charlie, was always working back then, and since he was a single dad, I spent a lot of time with Jake and his family. Charlie wasn't too keen on the idea of me hanging out with Jake alone because he's older, so even these days, we have to sneak around if we don't want to hang out without his family. We spend so much time together, that sometimes people think we're dating. That makes us laugh. Jake's my best friend, my partner in crime and nothing more. We don't think of each other in that regard. We went on one date, but it was like being out with my brother… so no, we're just friends. He is, however, quite protective, almost to the point of nauseating.
As we pull into the parking lot of Slave to the Needle, I have butterflies in my stomach. I'm not scared really, just excitedly nervous as Jake opens the door and we walk in. That's when I see him with those piercing dark green eyes, unruly shaggy hair, labret piercing and colorful tattoo sleeves on his arms. I damn near fall over on the spot. He has to be one of the most gorgeous guys I've ever seen.
I must have a dumbstruck look on my face, because Jake nudges me in the arm. "Bells? Bells?" he says, looking at me with that stupid smirk. Yeah, he's so getting paid back for this one.
"Bella, Cullen. Cullen, Bella," Jake says. I nod my head and shake his hand; but not a single word comes out of my mouth. I can't form a sentence to save my life.
"Bella, the pleasure's all mine," the god says to me in a voice that's like liquid gold.
I am completely fucked.
As Cullen walks me around, he shows me the different navel rings available and explains the sizes in gages and whatnot. I try to listen, honestly I do, but my mind keeps going back to his voice, as my eyes take in his ass. I hear a chuckle and immediately my eyes meet his, he laughs and I want to die from embarrassment.
"So Bella, have you decided on what you want other than my ass?" Cullen asks me while giving me a crooked smile that makes my panties wet.
"Umm, how about this purple one with the black bead? Jake told me it's better to do it a little bigger."
"Isn't bigger always better?" he says with a smirk. "Actually though, Jake would be correct. Speaking of which, I had no idea he had such a beautiful girlfriend. No wonder he keeps you hidden."
"I'm not Jake's girlfriend or anyone's girlfriend for that matter," I tell him. "Jake's my best friend, but nothing more. He's more like a brother to me."
Cullen holds his hands up like he's surrendering, that adorable smirk still plastered on his face. "Okay baby doll, I was just asking. I know if you were my girlfriend, I'd keep you well hidden."
The looks, his words...and I'm gone. He's completely swept me off my feet and I just walked in. This isn't going to be good. I don't date. Well, I've never been a serial dater, and I haven't had many serious relationships either, at least not since Riley and I broke up. I've gone out on dates, just not anything serious. In the past, I was more of a love them, leave them kind of girl. I wasn't a slut, though. I'd only ever had sex with one person, but there is something about Cullen that I want. I can already feel how much I'm drawn to him.
As we walk into my house later that night, Jake looks at me and the look on his face is priceless. "Bella," he says, "he's not good for you, stay away from him. Cullen has issues."
"Okay, Jake, whatever you say," I nod, knowing that won't be my intention whatsoever. I'm hooked on Cullen. Cullen won't even know what hit him by the time I'm done, I'm sure of it.
Cullen may think I'm innocent, but I'm not. I've been around the block a time or two, and I know the signs. I felt him. I felt his stare, and as I looked up at him I saw the smoldering look in his eyes. He wants me, I know he does. His mouth may tell me no, but his body says quite the opposite. Now I just have to get his mind and body on the same wave length.
I know Jake says to stay away, but that's the thing, I can't...Cullen already owns me, even if he doesn't know it yet.
As I'm getting ready for school on Monday, my phone chirps with a new text message.
How's the navel? Still hurt like a bitch? - C
All I can do is smile; somehow he got my number and texted me. Me, Bella Swan. I knew my magic had worked. If he wasn't interested, then he never would have said anything to me, and I would've been just like any other customer that walked through the door.
It's good, still hurts like a bitch though. Do u need to look at it again? - B
I figure sending him that text may help my chances of seeing my godlike man again. Anything to see him again.
Sure, come by later, the shop opens at 3. Going to bed now, we'll talk later. -C
Sweet. I know this will be all I will think about when I am in class today...bitches be jealous. Sucky thing is, I can't even mention this to Jake, because he already warned me about him.
As I pull into the school parking lot, Lauren and Jessica came walking up, "Bitches, what's up?" I say smiling to my girls, "Sorry I didn't see you guys at all this weekend, though I do have some interesting things to share," I say, as lifting lift my shirt showing them my navel.
"I can't believe you even did that, WTF? What did your parents say?" Lauren babbles, her words tumbling into each other in lightning speed.
"They haven't seen it, nor are they going to. I have three months tops before we graduate, and then I'm outta there. I'm moving in with Jake, it's been decided. But that's not even the best part. Cullen, the guy who did it, is a god. He is the hottest thing I've ever seen in my life."
"Oh, Bella has a new boy toy," Jessica said smiling. She knows me so well, once I have my sights set on someone, it's all over.
"Well, he did tell me to come by the shop later so he can look at it. So that says something right there, right? If he wasn't interested in me, then he wouldn't have gone through the trouble of contacting me. I just need to play it cool and smart. I mean he's older and not some high school guy," I say smiling.
"Whatever, Bella. When have you ever had a problem getting any guy you wanted?" Lauren says to me, while checking her lip gloss as we walk to class.
"Well, I haven't and I have my sights set on him. But guys, please don't say anything to Jake. He gave me the 'I don't approve' warning already."
"Warning? Jake acts like he owns you sometimes, Bella. Does he not realize you guys aren't dating, nor will you ever?" Jessica pipes in as we walk into homeroom.
I shrug. Jake is protective of me. I know that he never wants me to get hurt.
School drags on for what seems like forever. When the last bell rings I can't get out of the parking lot fast enough.
"Where's the fire, Swan?" Mike Newton yells as I'm am practically running to my car. I ignore him; he's an ass anyway. I'm pretty sure he has a crush on me, but Jessica likes him, so yeah... it's not going to happen.
As I walk into Slave to the Needle, I realize there's no one up front, so I walk to the back where Cullen's booth is, thinking maybe he's back there. Nope, nada. But then I hear voices so I know there's someone here, somewhere.
Just as I turn to look, in walks Cullen with the most beautiful girl. She has dark hair, dark eyes and he has his arm around her. Well, shit, I guess I completely read the signs wrong and he really is with someone. Fuck, this sucks. I really felt like we connected this past weekend. I guess he must have too, because the moment he sees me he smiles, walks over, and kisses me on the cheek. The girl with him doesn't look too happy and purses her lips together in disapproval.
"Bella, I'm so glad you could make it. I was hoping to see you today. Hey, I want you to meet someone. Emily this is Bella, Bella this is Emily," he says, smirking at the both of us as we stare at one another. It's almost comical, like waiting to see who is going to mark him as their territory first.
Since I just met him, I don't feel comfortable around him, let alone anyone else. Emily doesn't waste any time however. She walks up to shake my hand and says, "the girlfriend."
"Ex girlfriend." Cullen's quick to say, smiling at me after he says it.
Well that explains why she's all territorial. I just want to hang out with him a bit. Feeling uncomfortable, I explain that I want him to look at my navel and then I'll be on my way.
I figure I can hang out another day, preferably one when she isn't there.
As he walks me to the door, he turns and says, "I'm so sorry about Emily, she isn't taking the breakup well, and I just can't say no to her. Forgive me?"
Forgive him? As he looks at me with those green eyes, I think I could forgive him for just about anything he would ever ask of me.
"Sure, maybe I can stop by another day and we can chat or something?"
"Excellent. See you soon, beautiful."
I know for certain, Cullen's going to be a bad habit.
My wonderful Beta is Sunsetwing, she makes sure my commas and tenses are right. I tend to butcher both and she still loves me regardless. Eternally Edward's Girl is my awesome pre-reader, she kicks major ass and I love her immensely.
Thank you for taking time to read and review. I plan on posting once a week on Wednesday's.