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Bella's Point of View

Things had been interesting at EXPRESS lately. Not only had Kate been a total crazy bitch over everything, but she had hired eight new people. She was complaining that nothing was getting done right and there was a system to her madness, yet it was always about the new employees. However, it was her fault as well as management for not training them. They basically threw them into our crazy dysfunctional family and set them up to fail. The only new people that were accepted and praised for their good job were Maggie, Rose, Alice, James, and Edward.

Edward, however, was held at a much higher level. Kate as well as the other managers and employees practically melted at the sight of him. He was definitely eating that shit up. Don't get me wrong, I thought Edward was a perfect gentleman, but he was extremely over confident in everything.

"Ayy Swan's in the house," Riley yelled throughout the small kitchen.

"You know it," I played around with him.

He wrapped his arm around my shoulders and looked deep into my eyes. "How's it going? What did you do today?"

I rolled my eyes in response and laughed at him. "Good. I sat at my desk taking my last final," I responded.

To most new people it seemed that Riley and I were closer than friends. Riley and I were really close, but it has always just been a strong friendship between the two of us. We both knew each other's family background stories and bonded with one another.

"Do you close tonight?" he inquired.

"No, I don't. What's the plan for tonight?" I asked.

"Awesome!" He fist pumped. "I'm trying to get the gang out for some late night breakfast at Denny's! Maybe even invite some of the newbies," he explained.

"Hmm sounds fun, whose going so far?" I quickly clocked myself in a looked at the position I was in tonight.

"Edward, Jess, Jasper, Alice, Jacob, and Rose might join," he listed the people off.

"I'll be there," I said with a smile.

As I spotted my name on the computer and moved my finger across the screen to see what position I was on tonight, Edward interrupted me. "Hey partner." He lightly jabbed his elbow at me.

A little school girl giggle escaped me as I stared at his dark green eyes. "Partner? Does that mean we are working the front together tonight?" I asked, arching my perfectly shaped brow.

"You know it," he said excitedly taking my hand and leading me the way, not that I was complaining. I had a nice view of his perfect ass.

Edward set up the desk as I turned on the open sign and unlocked the front doors. Friday's were probably our busiest nights, and we were immediately hit with young crowds, hoping to get a table tonight since we don't allow reservations on Friday's.

While Edward was getting everyone's names down, I was running back and forth directing each party to their designated table of the night. The night was only getting started and I was exhausted.


"I knew you'd be back here," the smooth velvety voice whispered in my ear.

I turned my head slightly to the left with a coy smirk on my face. "You think you know me so well, don't you?"

I went back to organizing the back for tomorrow morning as Edward continued to talk to me. "I wish, but you got that sexy mysterious vibe."

I placed the last box on the shelf and turned around, not realizing how close he really was. My back was pressed against the white tiled wall, trying to allow some space between us. My brown eyes stared into his darkening green eyes.

"You think I'm mysterious and sexy?" I asked breathlessly.

A chuckle escaped his lips before his crooked smile widened. "You are sexy as hell, Bella Swan." He leaned away, standing taller before leaving me in the back.

Placing my hand over my chest, I tried to calm down my racing heartbeat. Edward Cullen was definitely way too charming for his own good.


"Yo Swan! You coming?" Riley yelled, while waiting for me as I grabbed my purse.

I quickly shut the locker and laughed at him. "Always so damn impatient," I whispered under my breath.

He laughed at me as we both walked outside. "So is Jess still not coming tonight?" he asked.

"No, her mom said she needed to stay in tonight, something about a family breakfast she has to go to in the morning."

"Oh well, at least some of the gang is going." How Riley was always so optimistic was beyond me.

"We carpooling or what?" I asked.

"You already know you're driving, Swan!" he cried with excitement.

I don't know why people liked me to always be their chauffer. I had a nice MINI Cooper, but I was a fast and scary driver. Riley loved going in my car. He was the one who taught me how to drive stick shift and loved to tell me how much I was burning my clutch.

"Let's go," I said in an annoyed tone. I quickly started the car, as he got his seatbelt on and took off.

"Woo! I smell clutch! Poor Betty." He laughed and patted his leg at the mention of me hurting my car, Betty.

"Shut up! Betty is just fine," I said, taking a sharp right turn onto the next street.

Riley's phone made a loud noise indicating he had a text. "Aww man, Rose can't make it."

"Did she say why?" I asked, taking another sharp turn.

"No, just that she can't make it." He pouted.

"Cheer up, boy. Edward, Jasper, Alice, and Jacob will be there," I told him as I pulled up into the parking lot in front of Denny's.

We both got out seeing Jacob and Jasper waving at us through the window where they were already seated. I laughed at the two of them.

The hostess smiled at us, and Riley quickly pointed toward the rowdy boys and she smiled. Jacob, Jasper, and Alice were all sitting next to each other. My heart churned at the sight of three menus and no Edward. As hard as it was to admit to myself, I had a crush on Edward Cullen.

"Where's Ed?" Riley asked Jasper.

"I don't know, he said he would be here," he said, just as his phone started ringing.

"Hey man where you are?" he spoke into the phone.

"Oh, no we haven't ordered yet…Yeah the next light…Okay see you soon," Jasper ended the conversation and smiled at us.

"The fool went to the wrong Denny's." He laughed.

"Did you remember to tell him this specific one?" Alice asked in a snappy tone.

Alice was a nice girl, but there were things I knew about her relationship with Jasper that definitely changed my perception of her.

"Shit! Maybe, not." Jasper snickered, taking a drink of his water.

"What? They have a Mango shake! Sold!" Jacob closed his menu and started motioning for the waiter.

"Aye look this fucker is finally here," Jasper shouted loudly into the empty restaurant. His immaturity was seeping through.

"You can't cuss with ladies present," Edward scoffed.

"Oh, sit next to Bella. She wants you to sit next to her." Jasper's laugh turned into a groan as I kicked his shin to shut him up.

"Does she now?" The confidence was oozing out of him. "I don't mind sitting next to her at all." He took the seat next to mine, purposely brushing his thigh against mine.

The waiter came over with water for Edward and took our order as he decided what he wanted.

As we waited for our food, there was a little chatter about crazy customers of the night, we were mostly shit talking about the complaints we were given by Jane, Irina, and Kate. Alice worked a lot during the lunch hour, so she didn't know what crazy nights were like, when our managers were on high stress alerts.

A few minutes later the waiter came over, handing me my strawberry shake and everyone else their respective orders.

"And the six stack of Chocolate pancakes with extra chocolate chips," he said handing them to Edward.

"I'm just a big kid," Edward said quickly digging in before staring at my small shake.

"Seriously, that's all your having?" he motioned toward the glass.

"What's wrong with that?" I asked slightly offended.

His tongue wrapped deliciously around another piece of his pancake before answering me. "Nothing that just can't be fulfilling as my kiddie plate."

"Don't be fooled." I took another sip.

"Want a bite?" he asked with a mouthful.

"No thanks, I'm good." I told him, instantly regretting it.

"Here," he demanded, holding out his fork with a small piece of pancake.

I hesitantly opened my mouth and ate the piece, needing water as soon as I swallowed. "Wow that's rich," I said with a dry throat.

"You know what they say, Chocolate is always good for you." The way he stared into my eyes and his other hand running up my bare thigh, made me realize he was definitely not talking about his pancakes.

"Do I sense some sexual tension?" Jacob asked tearing us away from our little bubble, earning a laugh from Jasper.

I turned back to gauge Edward's face, only to find him staring at me. He licked his lips seductively, making me gasp. He laughed at my reaction and put his arm around my shoulders, pulling me closer to him, and going back to finishing his dinner.

My shake was long forgotten as his hand softly caressed my barely covered shoulder. Things were definitely heating up between us.

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