**I really hate to admit this, but Stephenie Meyer, not me, is the owner of Twilight**
A/N: Sorry this is later than usual. I took a tumble down my porch steps and hurt my leg pretty bad. So I've been high on pain killers for most of the weekend. I'm good now, so lets continue with the story.
As usual, I am going to send a huge thank you and huge hugs out to my beta, collab writer and friend CullenSweetheart! I fiddled around with this chapter after she worked her magic on it, all mistakes are mine! :-)
When morning came, I was still wrapped in Edward's arms. I turned my head just enough to look up at his sleeping face. With a contented sigh I snuggled closer to him. A moment later his arms tightened as his eyes fluttered open and he glanced down at me with a smile.
"Mmm, morning." He said as he stretched.
I smiled back at him and kissed his jaw as he wrapped his arms back around me and kissed my forehead. "I kinda love waking up with you beside me like this." He whispered with a smile.
"Mmm I kinda love it too." I sighed wrapping my arms around his waist. "But, we should get up soon. I have to run home for a bit and you need to get some groceries for dinner tonight."
He glanced at the clock and saw that it was almost 10. "I guess you're right. What should we have? Steak?"
"Up to you, it was your idea."
We climbed out of bed and while Edward had his shower I made a pot of coffee. I was pouring myself a cup as Edward walked into the kitchen. He poured himself a cup as we talked about what he should buy for dinner and what time he could expect me back. Rosalie and Jasper were not expected until 6, so I told him I would be back with Alice around 430. I had to get some homework done andI knew I wouldn't be staying the night again because I had my early class the next morning.
I made it home by 11. I knew Alice was at work until 2, so I had the apartment to myself for a few hours. I showered and put on some yoga pants and a loose tank top and dug into my homework. Just before 2 my cell rang. I didn't recognize the number, but it had a Washington area code, so I knew it was someone from home.
"Jacob? Why are you calling me? How did you get my number?"
"Um, I kinda swiped Leah's cell last night and got it out of her contacts."
I sighed, I didn't talk to Leah often, partially because she's Jacob's cousin, but I didn't want to hold that against her, she was a nice person.
"So, back to my first question, why are you calling me?"
"I miss you."
"Uh huh, that's nice. Still doesn't explain why you're calling me. "
"Um, well. I know you are graduating this year and I wanted to come up and support you through that and maybe talk about things."
"Why would you want to do that? We aren't even friends anymore. We have nothing to talk about."
"I would like to be, and I was hoping that after all this time you could have found it in your heart to forgive me and maybe we could try again. I still love you Bella."
I snorted, "Seriously? Have you hit your head or something? You really think after you cheated on me and broke my heart that I would ever want to try again? " My phone vibrated with a text. I pulled it away from my ear to see the message.
Grocery store success. Chicken it is. I love you. Hurry back. ~E
I smiled and then heard Jacob protesting what I had just said.
"Bella, I was stupid. I didn't want to hurt you. I know I did, but I didn't want to."
"That is all fine and dandy, but taking you back has not been an option for me from the second I walked in on you and Lauren. I've moved on and I'm happy."
"How could you be happy up there? You're in a strange city, in a different country and you're alone."
I scoffed. "Strange city? Um, I have been up here for almost 4 years. Not so strange to me anymore, it hasn't been for quite some time and I am not alone. I have my two best friends and my boyfriend."
"Boyfriend? Leah never mentioned a boyfriend."
"I haven't talked to Leah in several months. So how would she know if I have a boyfriend or not?" I said shaking my head at the nerve. I didn't know if Leah had encouraged him to call me or not, if she had, I think it was time to re-evaluate that friendship.
"She didn't tell me that. Why don't you talk to Leah more often, wasn't she one of your best friends?"
"Not that it is any of your business, but she was, we lost touch after I moved, it happens."
"S0, you re-connect when you move back. You're Canadian boyfriend won't follow you down here and we can start again."
I had to laugh at that one, really loud.
"What's so funny? I think we could be better than ever. When you come home we could pick things up again, fix what went wrong."
"Jacob, first, we will never be getting back together. Second, I don't have to worry about my Canadian boyfriend following me or not, because I am not moving home. I don't know if I'm staying in Calgary, but I know I'm not moving home."
"What do you mean your not coming home? Do your parents know? I'm sure Charlie's impressed that you're not coming back to Forks. You're staying because of this guy aren't you?
"Again, that isn't any of your business. But yes, my parents are aware. And no, the decision to stay was made before I even met Edward. And, on that note. I have to go. I have homework. Oh, and Jacob, lose this number."
I didn't even wait for reply. I just hung up and immediately replied to Edward's text message.
Only a few hours and you're already pining for me? How sweet. LOL I love you too, I'll see you in a couple of hours. ~B
I smiled at my message and contemplated calling Leah to tell her that her cousin had been snooping in her phone. But decided against it and dug back into my homework. I had already made a pretty decent dent in what needed to be done so I wasn't planning on doing much more. Which was fine because half hour later Alice came bouncing in.
"Bella! I didn't think you would be here! I thought for sure you would be at Edward's taking advantage of your alone time." She said with a wiggle of her eyebrows. I laughed and slapped her on the arm.
"Ha ha. I've been home since 11; I needed to get some work done. I can't believe finals are only a couple weeks away. We need to be out of here in 45 minutes. Dress will be extremely casual, but you may want to make that pretty but casual. Edward's manager, Jasper, is going to be there and I think you will like what you see." I said and then laughed when her eyes went wide.
"Ohh is he cute? What does he look like?"
"He is a tiny bit shorter than Edward, dark blonde hair, blue eyes. Ali, he is what you would call beautiful! Plus, he is so nice and Emmett's in love with his sister!"
"Ohhh who's his sister?"
"Rosalie, Edward's publicist."
"Ohhh, and she's gonna be there too isn't she?"
"That she is! Now you go start getting ready. I am going to wrap up this homework before we take off."
I finished up what I was working on, changed into some more presentable clothes and we took off. I filled Alice in on the call from Jacob and she was just as shocked as I was. What nerve and why now? We pulled up outside Edward's just after 4. We had stopped on the way to pick up some beer and a bottle of wine. It wasn't much and I was sure that Edward, Rosalie and Jasper had had better.
Edward answered the door with a big smile on his face as he pulled me in to his arms for a tight hug. I felt him kiss the top of my head as he whispered "I missed you."
I smiled and looked up at him. "I missed you too."
He lightly kissed my lips and I sighed.
"Okay you two. Now is not the time." Alice was giggling behind me.
Edward laughed. "Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Hi Alice. Come in. How are you?"
We spent the next hour talking in the kitchen. I told Edward about the call from my ex. I could see him tense just slightly.
"Why would he call you after all this time?" He asked trying to sound casual, but I could hear something else in his voice. Was my Edward jealous?
"I honestly don't know. I barely talk to anyone at home other than my parents and my friend Vanessa. So I don't even now why I crossed his mind now."
"You don't think he will come to grad, do you?" Alice asked from across the table.
"He'd better not. I told him flat out No. If he shows up, I will be pissed and so will my Dad. He didn't like Jacob when I was dating him, he liked him even less after he found out why we broke up."
Edward cocked an eyebrow. "What did happen? You never really told me."
I sighed and started the long-winded story.
"My best friend in high school was Lauren Mallory. We were complete opposites. I was the short, shy mousy brunette bookworm, she was the tall, outgoing blonde cheerleader, but we clicked. We were friends from the first day of high school. I started dating Jacob during the summer before junior year. She started dating Mike Newton around the same time. The four of us were inseparable. But right at the beginning of senior year, Mike and Lauren broke up. So, it was just the three of us. Christmas that year my parents and I went to Portland to spend the holiday with my Grandma Swan. We weren't supposed to be back in Forks until New Year's Eve, but Mom caught the flu so we headed home a few days early. I didn't text or call Jake or Lauren to let them know. I wanted to surprise them with their gifts. I went to Lauren's first but her Mom said she had taken off with Jake about a half hour before. So I went out to La Push. Jake's Rabbit was in the driveway, so I knew they were there. No one answered the door when I knocked. It was unlocked, so I let myself in just like I had been doing for two years. I walked into the living room and there they were. Both bare assed naked, Lauren on Jacobs lap and his face in her boobs. They didn't notice me right away, not until I gasped and then they looked up, both shocked. I didn't even give them a chance to say anything. I bolted. I was crying so hard that I barely made it home. Dad was there when I got there and I barely got the story out before they both showed up at my house trying to apologize. Dad was livid. He was almost to his gun cabinet before Mom stopped him. Anyway, apparently Jake and Lauren "fell in love" just after she and Mike broke up. So they had been screwing around behind my back for almost 4 months."
I got the story out without a tear shed. I was proud of myself. Edward wrapped his arm around my shoulder. "I'm sorry he hurt you. What did you do for the rest of the year?"
"I think I did the opposite of what everyone was expecting. I realized rather quickly that I didn't love Jake. Yeah, we'd a good couple of years together, but it was never love. So I held my head high, ignored them as they went public at school, and made some new friends. Vanessa and I had always been friends, but after that we hung out more and I think other than my parents she is the one I keep in touch with the most. Even though it's not that often. I haven't spoken to Lauren since just before high school ended."
"Well, if he shows up at your Grad, I will not hesitate to kick his ass. And besides, you're mine now." Edward said with a smirk.
"Yours huh?" I laughed. Alice snickered.
"As a matter of fact, yes. I love you, you love me. So that makes you mine, and me, yours." He smiled as he rubbed this thumb across the back of my hand.
"You love each other?" She asked with wide eyes.
I snickered at the look on her face and Edward wrapped his arm around my shoulder. "Of course I love her. Why wouldn't I?" He laughed.
"Eeeep, you two are so perfect for each other! I'm so happy for you." Alice gushed.
"Okay, okay. Enough with the heavy shit. Lets get dinner going. Everyone else is going to be here in just over an hour."
Edward gave me a grin pulling me to my feet and gave me a quick kiss. An hour later everything was ready to go, the grill was hot and ready for everyone to arrive so that we could cook up the chicken Edward bought.
Jasper and Rosalie arrived first, right at six. I was pulled in for a hug from each of them. It was then that I knew I had been accepted into Edward's small circle of friends and it almost made me giddy. I introduced them both to Alice.
I watched as Alice's eyes grew wide as she took Jasper in. She stammered slightly as she shook his hand and said hello. But she was quiet. Jasper looked a little lost himself. He seemed to be as taken with Alice as she was with him. I looked at Edward and both of us grinned at each other.
"I think we may have inadvertently created a match." I whispered to him when he came to stand next to me.
"I think you're right. Should we be worried?" He whispered back.
"I hope not." I said with a giggle. Rosalie was standing off to the side slowly shaking her head and smiling. Jasper was still holding Alice's hand from her greeting. I snickered again and Alice noticed. She broke out of her stupor and glanced at me. Her cheeks flushed with embarrassment.
"Um, Bella, let's go finish getting things ready in the kitchen." She said quickly as she grabbed my hand and dragged me into the next room.
"Oh. My. God." She whisper yelled at me, "Bella, I think I'm in love. I am so gonna marry that man!" She said with conviction. I laughed loudly as I pulled the chicken out of the fridge.
"Oh Ali, let the guy at least ask you out for a coffee before you start picking out your color scheme." I smirked at her. "Edward, I've got the chicken ready for the grill" I called.
He came in the room and took the platter from me. He glanced at Alice and his grin spread. Then he leaned over to me. "Jasper has lost it. If I didn't know better I would think he was already thinking of what they are going to name their children." I laughed again.
"Alice has already picked a china pattern." He barked out a laugh and headed to the back yard and the grill. Jasper followed him out and smiled at Alice as he walked by. Rosalie was close behind.
"Well, that was interesting" She said looking over at Alice.
"Hi Rosalie, so you're Edward's publicist? That sounds interesting." Alice stammered out.
"Oh no sweetie. I want to know what the hell just happened between you and my brother. That was some weird shit. And please call me Rose."
"Uh, well, I don't know exactly what happened there. But I think I am going to marry your brother. I hope you don't mind." Alice said almost shyly.
Rosalie just laughed and slung her arm around Alice. "Well from the look on my brother's face, I think you may just be right about that. Welcome to the family!" I laughed again and then heard a bang at the front of the house. Then I heard Emmett yell from the front door.
"Yo, let's get this party started. I brought beer!"
"Em, jeez man, indoor voice!" I yelled back.
"Sorry B. Is there room in the fridge for these? " He asked as he came in the room with a case of Heineken. Then he caught site of Rosalie. "Ah Miss Hale. A pleasure to see you as always." He said with a huge smile.
"Mr. McCarty. I didn't realize you were going to be here. I would have made myself scarce." Ohh ouch. It seems Emmett's affections for Rosalie were not returned.
"Oh Rosie, don't be like that. I'm still sorry I spilled that wine on your sweater. I swear it was an accident. I would never intentionally do that. Especially to you,"
"Do. Not. Call. Me. Rosie. And that was my brand new WHITE Dolce cashmere. Not just any sweater and it was RED wine!" She hissed before she stomped out of the room.
Emmett glanced at Alice and I with a huge grin on his face. "Man I love that woman!" He said as he followed her out.
Alice and I both started laughing as we gathered the rest of the food to take to the backyard. I saw Edward's eyes light up with a smile when I stepped outside and I couldn't help but smile back. Alice and Jasper had almost the same reaction but they were shy about it. Emmett was trying to get Rosalie to talk to him, but he was failing miserably.
While we waited for the chicken to cook, Rose, Edward and I discussed if and when we wanted to take our relationship public. I had been thinking about it and I didn't mind sooner rather than later. Edward wanted to wait as long as possible. Rose agreed with me.
"Edward," Rose started with a hint of authority in her voice, "You know how the vultures at the rags are. I personally think we should put out a release the week of Bella's graduation, that way there will be no speculation as to why you are there."
"But then the paps will swarm the school. I don't want to do that, not only for Bella, but for all the other people graduating that day. It's not fair to her nor to them." Edward protested.
"So we release it the day of the grad, after the ceremony."
"Bella, what do you think?" Edward asked me.
"I think Rose is right. The longer we wait, the more chance of someone from the paparazzi getting a shot of us together, or for them to cook up some story of you with someone else. In fact, according to one entertainment site I was on this morning, you're in a relationship with your co-star Tanya Denali."
Edward snorted at that. "Yeah, my very GAY co-star, who also has a live-in girlfriend."
"Tanya Denali's a lesbian? Wow." That was a shock cause I had seen her in several movies and she was always the romantic female lead.
"Yes she is, and she is very open about it." Rose replied. "So that one will be squashed rather quickly."
"Either way, I think that we should say something before they try to cook up anything else. The sooner we get it out, the sooner the hype of your new relationship dies down."
Edward sighed in defeat. "Fine, but nothing goes out until AFTER you walk that stage. I want nothing to interfere with you getting your diploma."
"Alright then, after we eat we will discuss what we want released and I will get something prepared in the next few weeks for you both to look over. It will be simple and straight to the point."
We both agreed. Edward pulled the chicken off the grill and the six of us settled in to eat. The rest of the evening was fun. Jasper asked Alice if he could take her to dinner before he went back to California on Wednesday and she happily agreed to Tuesday since she didn't have to work. Emmett tried to do the same with Rose but she rebuffed him and even ignored him for most of the evening. It was extremely funny to watch because Em could barely take his eyes off of her. He was so far gone it was comical.
By ten that evening everyone was ready to head their separate ways. I had class in the morning and Edward had to be on set really early. Jasper and Rose were the first to leave after Jasper made sure he and Alice had exchanged numbers. Emmett left next after he swore he was wearing Rosalie down and that she was going to say yes the next time he saw her. Alice went to wait in the car while I said goodnight to Edward.
"I'll miss you." He said as he pulled me in for a hug.
"I'll miss you too. But you will see me this week right?"
"I hope so. I'm not sure when yet. But I will make time for you. It might be late though, do you mind if I just show up at like ten one night?"
"Anytime baby, just let me know so that I can make sure I am actually up." I said as I kissed his chin.
"Okay." He gave me a long lingering kiss and sighed.
"I will text you tomorrow as often as I can."
"Sounds good. I have my usual classes from eight to noon, and will be in the library after that."
"Okay, tell Alice to drive safe. I love you."
"I love you too."
Alice and I were home half an hour later and I think I was asleep before my head hit the pillow. I dreamt that Edward and I were being chased by thousands of people with cameras, but I wasn't scared because his arms were around me the entire time.
A/N: So Jacob makes an appearance and we find out what happened to end that relationship! But Edward has nothing to worry about! I love that Emmett is in love with Rose, but she won't give him the time of day. Maybe he will wear her down? Haha
Drive By Flirtation by njwriter62 - Bella is a literary agent who likes her Monday morning Starbucks – one Monday morning she gets cut off at the entrance to the drive through by a shiny Volvo. The driver of the Volvo feels bad and pays for her coffee. It is the start of an amazing romance. I read this in one night. Such a great story, extremely low on the angst and just a smidge of drama. I really enjoyed it.