Disclaimer: None of this is mine, nor will it ever be (sigh). I like to play with the characters that Stephenie Meyers created and make them do pervy things or become angels with a bad attitude.
Up next will be Bella and some cute student time, as well a meeting with Mrs. Cope. Plus, Edward is going to take Bella out on a date. She's never had that and he's going to show her what she should have had.
I was an anxious mess as Edward drove us to school. It was a combination of what we'd done that morning with Edward's warm hands on my body, showing me what it was like to have a say in what happened to me. His touch was tender, reverent and hot. It made something within me stir and I didn't know what that was. I was so used to having my choice taken away and touch to be forceful, hurtful and never with my consent.
I was also panicking because Riley was still out there. According to Edward, Riley was fired and there was an active arrest warrant out for him, but he wasn't just Riley anymore. He was Riley, with Satan buried deep within him.
It freaked me the fuck out.
"Bella, I can feel your fear. I promise you that you won't be hurt," he said, reaching across and twining our fingers together.
"Edward, Carlisle told me what happens when those arrows …" I whispered.
"Please, don't worry about that. I won't be so easily killed," he snickered, shooting me a wink. I growled, trying to pry my hand from his. "Hey, stop. We're okay. You're okay."
"I can't lose you," I said, tears welling and threatening to spill down my cheeks.
"You won't, pretty Bella," he said, cupping my cheek and wiping his thumb under my eyes. He pulled into the school, parking next to Alice's car she was driving. "There will be extra protection surrounding you and me." I arched a brow. He pointed to the forest behind the school. "Look at the tallest tree." I did, narrowing my eyes and I only saw leaves. "Human eyesight is not as sharp as mine, but there's an angel in there. One of my first trainees, Seth." I looked again and saw the flash of a wing. "You see him now?"
"A little," I said.
"He's not the only one," Edward said, putting the car into park and pocketing the keys. "They're just hidden in plain sight." I furrowed my brow. He pointed out a new teacher's aide and another woman parked across the street.
"How do you know?" I asked.
"Carlisle gave me back my full powers. I can sense when an angel is nearby. It's a warmth that spreads over me," he said, helping me out of the car. He carried our bags while I held our lunches. We walked into the school and to our classrooms. Inside, Mrs. Cope was waiting for me in my room and Edward stood taller, bristling at her presence. "She wants to talk to you."
"Anything bad?" I asked, blinking up at him.
"I don't know," he replied. "I'll be right next door. If you feel like something's off …" He handed me my bag and I could tell that he wanted to snuggle me. I love you, pretty Bella. With a nod, he left and went next door.
"Mrs. Cope?" I muttered. "Is everything alright?"
"I wanted to apologize," she blurted out, wringing her hands. "I know you said that Riley did something to you, but I didn't realize …"
"Mrs. Cope," I said, holding up my hands, "I'm trying to get past all of this and talking about it is something that …" I trailed off. "With the kids coming and sensitive nature of what happened to me, I would prefer to not continue this conversation."
"Understandable," she nodded. "However, I'm so sorry for … Riley has been placed on administrative leave, pending a full investigation. However, with the arrest warrant, it's unlikely he'll be allowed back on school property."
"I should hope so," I replied, coldly. "He should have never been allowed on school property once I told you my concerns." Mrs. Cope flinched at my tone. "Now, I have to check on my notes from Alice, who subbed for me. I need to set up the room for the day."
"Of course," Mrs. Cope muttered, scuttling past me and to the door. "If you ever want to talk …"
I set my bag on the desk chair, seeing neat piles of completed work. "Thanks, but no thanks," I said. "Excuse me." Again, Mrs. Cope flinched, but she left. I saw that Alice did an amazing job with my kids, getting through my lessons for the day. It made setting up for the day easy and I wrote out the agenda on the board. My handwriting looked shaky and I was close to a nervous breakdown. Alice breezed in, taking the marker from my hand. "Alice …"
"Just go to the bathroom and take a moment," she said, hugging me.
I nodded and did as she asked. I washed my hands and tossed my hair up until a loose ponytail, feeling overheated. I drank some water before going back to my room. Alice had finished setting up my agenda and laid out the worksheets for my spelling lesson. "Thanks, Alice."
"No problem," she said. "I'm in here all day. If you need to step out …"
"I need to do my job," I said, gritting my teeth with determination. The bell rang and I blew out a breath. "My job is to love these kids."
"And you do it. The kids adore you," she whispered. She got up and reached into my desk, pulling out heavily decorated card. "They wanted to make this. During art time, we created this for you." I sat down, looking at bedazzled, sparkly card that said 'We miss you, Ms. Swan! Love you so much!' I opened it, seeing individual notes from each of my students and I choked back a sob. Each one of these little lives, they were impacted by me. "Wow …"
"They were adamant on making a card, Bella," Alice smiled.
Screams and giggles from the kids broke our reverie. "Thank you," I whispered.
"Don't thank me. Thank your babies," Alice said, hugging me again. "I'll go to your duty post. You pull yourself together and be ready for your cherubs." I nodded and read each sweet note from my students. I kept it together, placing the card on my desk proudly, but my emotions were just underneath the surface. As the kids came in, they were overjoyed that I was back and I plastered on a smile. I accepted hugs from my students and after the pledge, began the day in earnest.
By the end of the day, I was exhausted, both mentally and physically. Being in front of my students was needed, but knowing that they loved me as much as they did to create that card, was nothing short of amazing. I kept it on my desk as a reminder. I was grading the students' spelling pre-tests when Edward came into my room. He looked so handsome in a pair of black dress pants and jade green button-down. "Hey," I said, putting my pink pen down. "You ready?"
"It looks like you're still working. I can wait," he replied, grinning crookedly. "Or I could help?"
"There's a stack of math worksheets that need to be graded," I said, pointing to the pile of papers next to me. Edward got up and picked up another colored pen. It was green. "No red?"
"No," he chuckled. "It's got such a negative connotation." He worked through the papers quickly, his mind obviously able to process everything faster than humans. He finished the stack and picked up the science worksheets, grading those as I finished the spelling pre-tests.
"It must be nice to have all that extra brain power," I snorted. Edward blushed, giving me a crooked smirk. "Thank you for your help."
"You're welcome," he said. He leaned forward, taking my hands and staring into my eyes. "Bella, our situation is quite unique, but I want to give you back something you never had."
"You can't give me back my virginity," I deadpanned.
"In my eyes, you are a virgin," he said, his eye darkening and his body moving closer to me. "But, I want to give you a first date."
"A first date?" I asked.
"I want to take you out to dinner, to some cheesy movie and maybe, if I get the balls to do it, hold your hand or steal a kiss," he said, grinning adorably. "Would you accompany on a date, Ms. Swan? This Friday?"
"A date?" I blushed, my heart stammering in my chest. "Will I get flowers?" His responding grin was blinding as he nodded. "Who will grill you to ensure that your intentions are noble? Play the overbearing father?"
"Carlisle," he said, cocking his head to the side. "He feels protective of you." I nodded. "So, will you do me the honor of joining me on a date on Friday evening?" He bowed gallantly.
"Yes," I giggled.
"Good," he beamed, picking up my bag and helping me into my coat. "Come on, pretty Bella. You have a date with a bath tub and I'll rub your feet."
"Ooooh, that sounds better than that date," I snickered.
"Trust me, our date will be unforgettable," he said, twining our fingers together. "As the woman on my arm is unforgettable, beautiful, kind, sweet, smart, funny …"
"Stop," I breathed, ducking my head.
"Exquisite, snarky, loving …" he continued, dragging me out of the school and into the car. "I could go on all night."
"Please, don't," I said, uncomfortable with the positive praise. "I'm not …"
"You are and I will tell you until you start believing it, Bella," he said, cupping my cheek and staring into my eyes. His own jade orbs were swirling with undying love. "May I kiss you?"
"Before our first date?" I quipped. He snorted, sounding like a pig. "I kind of need to feel your lips, Edward. So, yeah, you can kiss me." He smiled crookedly, dipping his head and brushing his lips against mine. I sighed against his mouth and melted against his body. Our kiss was too short, but just exact balm I needed to soothe my soul after today. He helped me into the car and drove us back to his home in Forks.
Edward groaned as we got closer to his home. "The foot massage may have to be postponed, Bella," he grumbled.
"Damn! I was looking forward to that," I chuckled.
"Alice is waiting for us and she wants to do something called 'girl talk'?" he said, parking his car. "And Carlisle is asking to meet with me, too."
"How can you tell with Carlisle?" I asked.
"It's a feeling. In here," Edward said, pressing to his heart. "It's quite urgent, it would seem."
"And girl talk?" I whimpered. "Meh …"
Edward barked out a laugh. "Alice said she'd give you a pedicure, but she wants to help plan what you're wearing for our date," he smirked. I blinked to the house and saw Alice waving excitedly from the front window. I made a face. "I'll be back as soon as possible, pretty Bella. I swear."
"You better," I grumbled.
"I promise," he said, helping me out of the car and handing me our bags. He shrugged out of his jacket and his wings spread wide from his body. I whimpered, seeing the sheer power of him. "I love you and enjoy your girl talk."
"That's like saying enjoy drinking battery acid," I snarked.
"Um, ew," he laughed, kissing my forehead. "Have fun."
He took off and Alice was by my side in a moment with Felix barking happily. "Bella, I have the cutest dress for you …" she squealed, tugging me into the house.
When did my laugh turn into a chick flick, Edward? I deadpanned to him. I heard his laughter on the wind. Asshole.
A/N: So, what do you think? Yay? Nay? Leave me your thoughts! Thanks for reading! ;-)