I do not own any of these characters, the only thing that's mine is the plot.
When he heard steps coming down the hall towards him, he focused on making his face look sad once more.
"Edward," Bella said, voice full of concern.
He let out a mental cheer that it was her and not that ditz Jessica. He looked up at her slowly and using his same downcast tone of voice said, "Bella, I'm so lonely"
Bella frowned, taking a seat next to Edward, turning so she could face him, crossing her legs and placing her hands in her lap.
"I'm very sorry to hear that Edward," she began, "But I confess, I'm also a bit confused. From what I've noticed you seem to be getting along well with people on the unit. I know you have at the very least been playing chess with Jasper, so I assume you have some sort of relationship with him…"
She trailed off, encouraging him to continue with her eyes.
Though he was smirking internally, externally Edward let out a heavy sigh and somehow managed to appear as though his eyes were welling up, "I don't know if I can say it right, but I'll try."
Bella nodded her head, encouragingly.
"I'm trying, I really am, I just," He cracked his voice for effect, "have a hard time connecting with other people. I don't feel like I can really talk to them. Everything is so fake"
It was easy to believe what he was saying, because to his credit, he wasn't really lying. The words came so naturally to him, "I don't know how to let people in. I feel like I just drive everyone away because they think I'm crazy."
Bella's face softened, "Edward, I'm sure that you don't drive everyone away, and I assure you not everyone thinks you're crazy. I can understand having a hard time trusting people and not wanting to be vulnerable, but I think you're making more of a connect than you think you are."
" You're the only one I can talk to," Edward said softly, his gaze focusing on the floor in front of him, "You're the only one I feel comfortable with. And even you think I'm crazy."
Bella reached over and put her hand on the arm of Edward's chair, "I don't know what gave you that impression, but I promise I don't think your crazy."
"Of course you do," he forced a sob, tilting his upper body towards his knees, "You work on a psych ward. You diagnose people with Schizophrenia. You make sure we take our pills. You think that there's something wrong with us, that we're not normal. Call our thoughts delusional, or paranoid, or say we're just hallucinating. Use whatever kind of labels you want, ultimately it all means the same thing, you think we're crazy. You think I'm crazy. But somehow you're still the only one I can turn to."
"Edward, I'm only help you. I want you to feel better. I want you to be able to take control of your life back," Bella said, leaning to try to and mirror Edward's positioning.
"I want to feel better," Edward muttered.
"That's all I want too," she responded, sitting back up.
Edward took a minute to smirk to himself, he couldn't keep his excitement in any more, but he quickly regained his sad composure and slowly turned his head towards Bella and allowing his eyes to well up again, a tear streaming down his cheek, "Please help me"
"Oh," Bella almost squeaked, taken by surprise by his reaction, "Of course," she said after quickly gathering her thoughts, "That's what I'm here for after all. What can I help you with?"
Edward sat up with carefully timed precision, maintaining his gaze on Bella's face the entire time, "I want to feel better. I want to be normal. I want to be loved and fit in with other people. I want to have a real life. Will you be on my side Bella?" He pleaded, "Will you help me be better?"
Bella smiled softly at him, and that was all the response he needed. He knew she was falling right into his trap. If only he knew how she'd been dreaming about him, he would have cried out in glee.
Bella was excited, she felt as though she was finally getting somewhere with Edward. She could feel his turn around coming. She made her way off the unit in a speedy pace. It was past her normal time to clock out and she wanted to end her day on a high note, besides which she was ready to go home.
After having a relaxing evening and a good night's sleep, Bella arrived at work the next morning with a smile on her face and a chipper attitude that could rival Alice's upbeat daily tempo.
"You're in an awfully good mood this morning," Nessie commented at the time clock, "Did you get laid?"
Bella snorted and the familiar warm tingle of a blush rushed to her cheeks, "Yeah right, and pigs are flying now. I barely have time to shower let alone date."
"Who said anything about dating? I only asked about getting laid," Nessie smirked and did a little hip wiggle.
The heat on Bella's face got warmer, " I'm not that kind of girl. Unless you count getting tangled up in my comforter and drooling on my pillow getting laid, then yeah, I totally got laid," she rolled her eyes, " Honestly, I just woke up on the right side of the bed this morning."
"Sure, sure," Nessie conceded, putting her non-coffee laden hand up, "Whatever you say Bella. I'm just glad to see you in a good mood whatever the cause. You guys have been so overworked."
"Thanks. It feels good, I'm just enjoying it while it lasts, Lord knows that I'll be back to pulling my hair out soon enough," Bella smiled as they parted ways, heading to their respective work spaces.
After morning rounds, Bella spoke with Carlisle, recounting her interaction with Edward the previous evening, and sharing her hope for his future improvement.
"Hmm, that does sound promising," Carlisle nodded, jotting down some notes quickly, "Let's just hope it's genuine. I think I'll order some lab work to check his medication levels, see if that's making an impact."
"Of course," Bella agreed,"I'll keep you posted with anything else that comes up"
When she walked onto the unit, Edward was waiting for her in the day hall. He jumped up out of his seat, as he noticed her approach. Bella had to bite her cheek to prevent herself from breaking out into a smile.
"I'd like to talk to you about our conversation from last night. That is if you have time," he added shyly.
"Of course. I have a meeting with Alice to prepare for our group in a bit, but I certainly have time for you right now."
"Well, I want to thank you first and foremost, but I also want to apologize. I'm so embarrassed by my behavior"
Bella waved her hand, "There is nothing for you to be embarrassed by. No worries. And you're welcome, but all I did was listen."
"You're too modest. It was more than that. You made me feel comfortable when I was feeling particularly vulnerable. And now I'm feeling more, I don't know, hopeful I guess."
"That's great news!" Bella beamed, " And you're the modest one. It takes a lot of guts to ask for help, and you're the only one who can work towards change. I'm just here to support you."
"Thank you," Edward said softly. He opened his mouth to speak again, but someone down the hall started calling Bella's name, "You better go and see what they need. I can talk to you later."
"Later," Bella nodded before making a move to head down the hallway. When she peeked at him over her shoulder as she made her retreat, she couldn't help but smile to herself. Her reaction only further cemented Edward's sense of self satisfaction.
Okay, not the longest update, but an actual update! Let me know what you think :)