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Chapter Fourteen: Date Night
We stayed at the horse ranch for about an hour so that Edward and Alex could help Steve feed all the horses. Alex looked completely exhausted from the day, though he would never admit to a defeat like being tired.
Edward said it was time for us to go, because we had somewhere else to be. I was honestly intrigued to see what he had planned, because so far, he was doing an awesome job at keeping both Alex and me interested.
Though he didn't really have to do much to keep me interested.
"It was really nice meeting you, Ms. Bella," Steve said walking us back to the car. I smiled at him.
"It was great meeting you, too, Steve."
"I hope to see you around more; hopefully, he doesn't mess things up with you," he chortled causing Edward to glare at him. I laughed rubbing Edward's arm as I looked up at him.
"I doubt he'll mess up, he's doing an amazing job so far," I replied with a grin. He smiled at me placing a kiss on my forehead. Steve returned our smiles and turned his attention to Alex.
"It was nice meeting you, too, Sir Alex; hopefully, I get you back here soon and teach you how to ride like I taught Edward," he said. Alex grinned looking up at him.
"I going to be a cowboy," he replied, then he got a puzzled look on his face. "Why are they called cowboys if they ride horses and not cows? Why not call them horseboys?" he asked, and then he burst into a fit of giggles. "That sounds silly," he said shaking his head. I laughed opening the back door so that he could get into the car.
"Come on, bud, in the car," I said knowing if I didn't get him in the car soon he'd start asking Steve a million more questions.
"Bye, Mr. Steve. Thank you for letting me feed your horses."
"Any time, Alex. Be good for your mom, she's a special lady."
"She's the bestest Mommy ever," he replied making me smile. Then he placed his hand against his mouth. "…except for when she make me eat veggies—dos are nasty," he said and I was sure he thought he whispered. Both Steve and Edward laughed and I simply rolled my eyes.
"Come on, bud," I said. He waved bye to Steve and the horses before finally climbing into the car. I got him buckled into his booster seat, and then closed the door. "It was really nice meeting you, Steve."
"You, too, Ms. Bella," he replied with a genuine smile. Edward pulled my door open before my hand even touched the door handle. I smiled at him before climbing into the car. He shut the door behind me and I watched him say goodbye to Steve.
"Mom, where we going next?"
"I'm not sure, Alex."
"But this is your car."
"Yes, it is my car, but Edward is driving, remember? He planned this entire day for us," I replied looking back at him. He nodded looking out the window, then he turned and looked back at me.
"Is Edwood going to be my step dad?" he asked, catching me completely off guard. Hell, I didn't even know he understood the whole step parent thing.
"He would only be your step dad if we got married?"
"Are you going to marry him?"
"Um—right now Edward is just my boyfriend."
"What is he to me then?" he asked, and I was so happy Edward was still talking with Steve and not in the car for this little conversation.
"What would you like him to be to you?" I asked, only because I honestly wasn't sure how to answer his question. Alex tapped his chin meaning he was in deep thought. Nervously, I waited for him to make his decision.
"I think he would be a cool step dad, but since you're not married to him, he could be my DadFriend."
"Yeah, cuz he's your boyfriend so he should be my dadfriend," he replied as if that should have made sense to me without explanation being needed. I went to reply just as Edward climbed into the car.
"You two ready for the next part of our day?" Edward asked looking from me to Alex.
"Yup!" Alex shouted. I nodded sitting there nervously, because I just knew Alex was going to bring up the dadfriend thing to Edward. I wasn't sure how Edward would react and I sure as hell hope it didn't scare him off. It was one thing dating a single mother, but once the child started to get attached the way Alex was getting—it became more than just dating.
"Where are we going next?" I asked seeing that the sun was already starting to set. He smiled at me and then looked back at Alex.
"I was thinking we could go to Dave & Busters—have some dinner, play some games, win some tickets," he replied looking almost as excited as Alex.
"Yeah!" Alex yelled from the backseat. I smiled turning in my seat.
"Okay, but just so you know, Edward, I'm the queen at every racing game in the place," I retorted. He smirked at me starting the ignition. We were soon on our way. The moment we arrived, Alex went on and on about what games he wanted to play.
I had to make him promise to finish all his dinner before there was any playing. Like breakfast, he wanted to sit alone, so that meant Edward and I sat together.
Believe me, I was not complaining.
"Can I have your fastest food?" Alex asked the waitress when she came over to our table to take our order.
"Uh?" she giggled.
"I need food fast so I can play da games; Mommy said I have to eat first," he replied pouting and she smiled at him.
"I'll make sure to tell the cook to cook fast for you, cutie," she told him. He smiled at her and I shook my head because in that moment, he looked so much like his father it was almost sickening. "Do you want me to tell him to cook your mommy and daddy's food fast, too?" she asked and before I could open my mouth, Alex said…
"Edwood isn't my daddy, he's my dadfriend. My daddy lives in Seecattle."
"Seattle, bud," I said correcting him and refraining from making any eye contact with Edward. I know this was stupid being so nervous about this. I mean I know he said he cared about us, but this was more, and I was hoping it wasn't more than he bargained for.
"Oh well—um, what would the two of you like?" the waitress asked, thankfully changing the subject. Edward and I ordered our food and the waitress walked away. Alex sat at the table coloring on the placemat they gave him when we were seated.
"Dadfriend?" Edward whispered into my ear. I cut my eyes up at him to see that he was grinning. "Relax, you're about to chew your lip off, and I really wouldn't want that, seeing as how much I like kissing you," he said pulling my bottom lip from between my teeth.
"He asked me what you were to him since you were my boyfriend. He asked if you were his step dad, and I said no because we weren't married," I practically mumbled wanting to kick myself for being so damn nervous about having this conversation.
"And you came up with dadfriend?"
"Oh no, that was all Alex," I giggled shaking my head. "He said because you were my boyfriend it meant you were his dadfriend," I answered. He didn't say anything for a minute as he watched Alex coloring on the placemat, then he looked back at me and a smile grew on his face.
"I like it," he replied cheerfully, then his smile dropped. "Wait... do you have a problem with him referring to me that way?" he asked nervously. I hadn't really thought about it, I was so damn worried that Edward would be freaked out by it I never even thought about how I felt about it.
Hell, I wasn't even sure what the phrase really meant, only Alex really understood that. I ran my fingers through my hair and looked at Edward. I could tell that he was now worrying.
"I don't mind, I'm just worried about how attached he's getting to you," I whispered so only he heard me. This was one time I was so happy that once Alex started focusing on one thing he was completely oblivious to everything else around him.
"I would never hurt him or you."
"I know not intentionally, but if you ever decided that you know—this isn't for you…I don't want you feeling obligated to stay around because of him," I said looking away from him. I didn't have to look at him to know he ran his fingers through his hair.
I felt him move closer to me, his left arm now resting behind me, his right arm on the table in front of me playing with my fingers. His thigh was pressing against my leg, the heat of how close we were now sitting burning into me like hot coals. His forehead pressed against my temple, his breath washing over my neck and ear.
"I have no plan of going anywhere. I know this is all fast and sudden, and you're worried that for that reason, eventually I'll want to walk away, but it won't happen. I even understand that it's because you're a single Mom that you're so scared about how fast this is all moving; how serious our feelings are for each other so soon, but trust me when I say it's only because we belong together," he whispered in the deepest, most sexy damn voice I've ever heard come from a man.
Slowly, I turned so that I could look at him. Our noses touching because he was sitting just that close to me. "I'm crazy about both of you," he breathed, and my heart was pounding in my chest like an alarm.
I licked my lips, pulling the bottom one in between my teeth out of habit.
"Mommy, Edwood, look at my picture," Alex said getting our attention. Reluctantly, I looked away from Edward and smiled at Alex's picture.
"That's amazing, bud, you're getting so much better at staying in the lines," I said with a smile. He grinned obviously happy I noticed.
"Do you like it, Edwood?" Alex asked, and it was then I realized that Edward was still looking at me. He put on a huge grin looking at Alex's picture.
"Yeah, little man, you think I could have it for my locker at the station?" Edward asked him. I never thought Alex's smile could grow as large as it did at that moment.
"Of course!" Alex shouted. "There is games on here, too. Mommy, can I play these games before the food comes?" he asked looking at me with his big grey eyes shining in excitement.
"Yes, those games you can play before dinner," I answered.
"Wanna play tic-tac-toe, Edwood?" he asked.
"You're on, little man," Edward said picking up one of the crayons given to Alex. I watched as the two of them played about three games of tic-tac-toe. Edward letting Alex win two of them.
When they started on their fourth game, I pushed my fingers into Edward's hair at the back of his neck and pressed my lips against his ear.
"We're super crazy about you, too," I informed him. He turned looking at me, a grin on his face that could have rivaled Alex's grin from earlier. I watched his eyes drop to my lips and then move back to meet my eyes.
I nodded understanding his unasked questioned. Instantly, his mouth was on mine. I tried to hold in my moan when I felt his tongue enter my mouth, but it was damn near impossible.
I had to chant repeatedly that my son was sitting at the table just to keep from climbing into Edward's lap. I think I heard someone clear their throat, but I wasn't sure I until I heard Alex.
"They do dat a lot; it's kind of gross but they like it."
Laughing, Edward and I pulled apart and saw that the waitress had returned with our food. I felt my blush fill my cheeks as Edward moved away from me much to my disappointment.
The waitress placed our food on the table blushing as well, probably embarrassed that she had to interrupt us. We started eating, Alex practically stuffing the food down his throat.
"Alex, slow down before you choke," I told him.
"Okay," he said talking with a mouthful of food.
"Little man, you shouldn't talk with food in your mouth. Girls don't like it," Edward said with a little knowing look on his face. Instantly, Alex closed his mouth. I looked between the two of them feeling like I was missing something.
"What am I missing?" I asked.
"Sorry, baby, can't tell you. I've been sworn by the bro code to keep it secret," Edward answered, and then kissed my temple before going back to his food. Alex smiled at him as he finished chewing his food.
I shook my head already knowing I wasn't getting anything out of either of them. Jake, my brother CJ and Charlie had taught Alex all about the bro code. It was the one and only time Alex actually kept a secret.
Worst part was because I was a girl, I couldn't use the bro code to get him to keep his little mouth shut about things like B.O.B.
After we finished eating, we went to go play all the arcade games. Watching Alex run around I knew he would be knocked out the moment his head hit his pillow. I was certain of it.
It didn't take long for us to end up with about two large cups worth of tickets. I was currently watching Alex and Edward trying to shoot basketballs into the moving court. I felt my cell phone vibrate in my pocket and I hoped like hell it wasn't Alice calling to bug me again.
I groaned when I saw who it actually was. I tapped Edward's shoulder pointing to my phone so that he knew I was going somewhere quieter. He nodded probably having seen Sam's name on my phone.
"Hello," I answered walking toward the bathrooms.
"Hey, are you busy?" Sam asked.
"No, we're at Dave & Busters; what's up?"
"Really? What made you go there? I thought you hated that place?" he asked, and I rolled my eyes at his lame attempt of acting like he knew me.
"I never said I hate this place; I just don't like coming here with you," I replied.
"Are you still pissed at me?" he asked and I rolled my eyes again.
"I'm used to your shit, Sam. The person you'll have to start asking for forgiveness is our son. He's getting older and he's not stupid," I answered needing him to really understand that.
"Yeah, I know that. He asked me why wasn't I around more like Jasper is for Maria," he replied. I couldn't say I was surprised; Alex had asked me that very question before.
"He wants you around more."
"What about you?"
"It doesn't matter what I want, he wants you around and you're his father. I hate how he's getting hurt with your little pop-up visits, but I'll never keep you away from Alex, you know that."
"I know; I couldn't have picked a better Mom for Alex if I tried," he replied. I inhaled not in the mood for whatever he was heading toward.
"Did you call to talk with Alex?" I asked.
"Yeah, but I wanted to talk to you, too."
"My contract with the Seahawks is actually up at the end of this season. I've been talking to my agent and he's going to look into me joining a team that's closer to the east coast," he said surprising me. I knew how much he loved playing for the Seahawks. I mean, he had the opportunity to trade after Alex was born and he turned it down.
"Alex would love if you were closer; what brought on this change of attitude?" I asked leaning against the wall.
"Aside from my son being pissed at me, and the fear of him calling another man Daddy— my father, we've been talking more."
"That's good to hear," I replied hoping this wasn't like all his other attitude changes that lasted for a few months. "I'm all for you moving closer, but understand this, Sam, if you come here planning on trying to fight me for custody of Alex, I will fucking fight you until there is nothing left in me, do you understand?" I warned.
"One, Bella, we always promised to keep the courts out of us raising Alex; plus, I would never take him from you. I could never hurt you and especially not him like that."
"I know what we agreed, but I don't want my relationship with Edward to suddenly change your mind. We're getting pretty serious and so I'm warning you. I don't want to drag Alex through a custody battle, but if you try taking him, I will ruin you and your career."
"You're getting serious with this guy?" he asked sounding surprised.
"Yes, I really like him, so does Alex," I answered. I heard him inhale and then exhale.
"I'm happy for you," he said surprising me.
"Yeah, really. You deserve to be happy after I ruined your life."
"You didn't ruin my life; you gave me the best thing I never knew I wanted," I replied and he laughed.
"It's true; I wouldn't trade Alex for anything," I replied. He was silent on the phone for a moment, and I almost thought he had hung up until he cleared his throat.
"I'm sorry," he suddenly said.
"That night," he said, and I knew he was referring to the night we slept together. "You were drunk after that dick cheated on you. I always had a thing for you, Bella. You just seemed to never notice me. I took advantage of the situation that presented itself that night, especially after I dared you to kiss me. I knew you never turned down a dare. Anyway, I'm sorry for that; I was a fucking dick," he said and I was actually speechless.
"Um…thank you," I replied and he laughed.
"Bella, I think Alex is ready to go," Edward said damn near scaring me out of my skin, walking up to me with a tired looking Alex leaning against his legs.
"You ready to go, bud?" I asked him. He just nodded his head. "Okay, let's go cash in these tickets. Here, your dad is on the phone," I said handing him the phone. I watched the look on Edward's face but he didn't say anything.
"Hi Daddy," Alex said with sudden excitement. While Alex talked to Sam, we cashed in the tickets and let Alex pick out what he wanted. He wasn't paying much attention to anything Edward and I picked up, because he was too busy telling his dad all the things we had done today with Edward.
"You okay?" Edward whispered into my ear. I turned looking up at him. I cupped his face knowing he was probably worried Sam said something to upset me.
"Yup, because I'm here with my two favorite people," I replied with a smirk. He returned my smile, but I could tell he didn't believe me. Alex handed me back the phone and I saw that Sam had already hung up.
"Daddy said he was going to move closer to us!" Alex exclaimed in excitement. I cursed under my breath because I didn't want Sam telling Alex that until it was final. I just smiled at Alex and asked him what he wanted out the gift shop.
We left Dave & Busters to finally head home. Alex was asleep in the car in a matter of minutes after Edward pulled out of the parking lot.
"Sam's moving closer?" Edward asked after a few moments of silence.
"That's what he claims."
"How do you feel about that?"
"It would be great for Alex, if he actually plans on being around for him," I answered looking out the window.
"Do you want him to be around?" Edward asked, and I looked at him with a brow raised because I couldn't tell what exactly he was asking.
"Of course I do," I answered and I watched disappointment pass on Edward's face. Now I knew exactly what he was asking. "I want him around for Alex, not me," I clarified a little pissed, he obviously thought I meant for myself.
"He wants you, Bella."
"It doesn't matter because I don't want him."
"He's moving closer to get you back," he said and I watched his hands tighten on the steering wheel.
"He never had me in the first place; can we drop this please," I said not wanting to talk about this anymore.
"He's going to use Alex like some pawn, watch. Let you see him as a good dad and…"
"…I'm not having this discussion right now," I said shaking my head. I especially didn't want to have this discussion with Alex only inches away from us. "We'll talk once we're home and Alex is in bed," I told him.
For the rest of the ride home the car remained quiet aside from Alex mumbling in his sleep. Edward pulled my car into my driveway and climbed out before I did. He opened the back door and took Alex out of the car.
I climbed out and headed to the front door. Edward was right behind me holding a still sleeping Alex. I unlocked the door and cut off the alarm. He took Alex straight up to his room. I followed behind him so that I could get Alex in his pajamas. Edward placed Alex down on the bed.
"I'm going to go get the stuff out of the car," he whispered starting to walk away. I stopped him by grabbing his arm. He didn't look at me at first, but turned slowly and I saw the insecurity in his eyes.
"We'll talk downstairs," he said, and then placed a kiss on my forehead. He walked out of the room and I hoped we would be able to salvage the rest of our night. Today was entirely too perfect to let it in with so much tension between us.
I changed Alex into his pajamas and tucked him in. I headed back downstairs and found Edward standing out on my porch. I walked outside and stood next to him.
"I'm sorry for snapping at you; I was being a bitch," I said looking down at my hands. "It's just the last thing I wanted to do was get into it about Sam while Alex was so close."
"You weren't a bitch, and I'm sorry for bringing it up, especially with him in the car," he replied. We stood there for a little while longer in silence. Only the sound of cars passing by. I needed to make sure he understood that I didn't want to be with Sam.
"You believe me when I say I don't want to be with him, don't you?" I asked looking up at him now. Edward didn't look at me though, he just continued to look out toward the street.
"I'm worried that once he starts coming around more, you'll change your mind," he answered, and I had no idea where this insecure Edward was coming from, but I didn't like it. I stood in front of him and pulled his face down so that he was looking at me.
"I. Don't. Want. Him. I. Want. You, only you," I said hoping he saw how much I meant that. I pushed my fingers into his hair and stepped closer to him. "I've never wanted to be with someone as much as I want to be with you, despite the fact that it makes no sense how crazy I am about you after only two months."
"Two and a half," he replied and I grinned at him.
"If Sam is moving closer to be closer to me instead of our son, then he will be in for a rude fucking awakening because it will blow up in his face. I only want to be with you, morning, noon and night. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week," I informed him. He wrapped his arms around my waist pressing his body closer to mine.
"You'll get sick of me."
"Ask Jake, you'll be sick of me first," I replied, and he laughed shaking his head in disagreement. "Can I ask you a question?" I asked running my fingers through his hair. It always felt so damn soft.
"Why are you worried about me wanting to be with Sam, despite me telling you I don't want him?" I asked. He inhaled a deep breath stepping away from me. My hands slipped from his hair. He took my hand and walked over to the chair I usually sat in when I was outside. He pulled me onto his lap.
"A few years back I was dating this woman, she had a little girl. She swore all the time she was over her daughter's father," he started to explain, and already I knew where this was going. "I believed her until I came by her house one day and caught her having sex with him in her kitchen."
"She's an idiot, but I can't say I hate her," I said after a few moments of silence. He looked up at me with a brow raised.
"Because if she didn't mess up, I wouldn't have you now," I replied turning so that I was straddling his lap. A grin spread across his face as he looked at me. I wrapped my arms around his neck and placed a soft kiss on his lips. "She was stupid, and I won't make her mistake. The only person I want to have sex with inside of my kitchen and anywhere else for that matter is you," I said in the most seductive way possible.
In a flash his mouth was on mine. This kiss was deeper than all the ones we've shared today, and I was thankful because I knew he had been holding out on me. His hand gripped the back of my head, positioning my face to allow him a better angle. I moaned when I felt his hand pressing into my lower back causing me to grind against him.
I felt him growing under me, and my god, how I couldn't wait until we were ready for that next step in our relationship.
"Fuck, baby, you can't say shit like that," he breathed against my mouth once we pulled apart to breathe.
"It's the truth; I don't want you doubting that ever again," I replied pulling his lip into my mouth. "I just want to be with you."
"I just want to be with you, too," he replied placing kisses along my neck now.
"Get a room and stop giving the neighbors a show!" I suddenly heard Emmett shouting from across the street. Laughing, Edward and I pulled apart.
"I think it's time for me to go home."
"I don't want you to; remember, twenty-fours a day?" I pouted, and he laughed kissing me.
"I know, baby, and I would really love to stay, but if I do…" he said looking at me. I knew what he was going to say and he was right.
"Fine, I'll talk to you tomorrow," I said getting up from his lap. He pulled me back down and kissed the hell out of me until I was delirious.
"We can make out like horny teenagers for a little while longer," he mumbled against my mouth causing me to laugh. Eventually, we stopped when Emmett and Paul started making porn music noises loud enough to be heard by the entire neighborhood.
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