Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight or any of the characters.
It was almost 2pm when I heard the bell on the door ring, and as I looked up I had to smile. "Hello, tuna on rye, no crust." He would come in at least two times a week for the last two months and order the same thing every time.
"Yes please, and a bottle water, too…that predictable, huh?" he said with a little chuckle.
Wow! How could just one little chuckle make my heart flutter so hard? I blushed and gave a little chuckle myself and started making the sandwich. This man was so gorgeous and had a wonderful smile that could melt my heart everytime that I saw it.
"For here or to go, see not predictable?" I said looking up in his 'I can have any woman I want' green eyes. Oh my, I could feel the blood running hot in my body just looking at his eyes, no doubt that my entire face was probably rose red by now.
He gave me a wide smile and said "to go today please, I have to get back to work."
"Hmmm….all work and no play" I mutter to myself and placed his sandwich in the bag and rang up his order. After he paid and we said "thank you" to each other, he turned and started for the door. I watched him walk away wishing I could just say 'hey, how about you and me tonight go to dinner, and then watch a movie at my place and see where that could lead' but that would be the brave and bold thing to do, and everyone knows that Bella has never been either.
Just before he reaches the door he turned around and smirked "maybe next time I'll surprise you" and then exited.
"Go get him killer!" Emmett whispered in my ear and made me jump ten feet in the air and scream. "Emmett!"
I gave him a hard punch in the arm and started laughing. "You nearly gave me a heart attack. I don't see why it is so hard for you to just let me know you're here in a calm and peaceful manor?"
He started laughing "where would the fun be in that? Besides you should see the drool rolling down you chin, that is priceless." I ran my fingers across my face to see if it was true, bad mistake because that only made him laugh harder. "Bella, I love you, only you can make my day go so GREAT" and gave me a Big Bear hug.
"Can't…..breathe…..Emmett" I gasped as he held me and then quickly let go and kissed the top of my head and laughed. "You know it's not nice to laugh at the women you love all the time? Not to mention to make fun of her tortured heart from a man she has no idea what his name is, other than 'tuna…on rye…no crust'" I said locking the door to end another day at the 'Deli on the Main'. On Emmett's days off from work he would always come downstairs from our apartment to have lunch with me and then we would put everthing away.
He shrugged "I don't get it, why don't you just ask him what his name is and go from there?" He was making a ham and turkey with swiss cheese sandwich with lots of pickles, I never really understood what his deal was with all the pickles. "What would you like to eat today, honey?" he asked still with a big grin on his face.
I walked around the counter to start cleaning up "nothing today, I had a late breakfast, sugar bear." Now we were both grinning at each other and he headed to a table to eat his lunch.
After we finished cleaning the deli, we went up stairs and my phone rang "Hello"
"Bella, its Alice, I was calling to see if you and Emmett wanted to go to dinner tonight? And before you start to say no, do remember that it is Friday night and you don't need to stay home and write." She always knew that if I wasn't running the deli then I was in my room writing my book, or at least trying to write a book. "Besides, if you tell me 'no' that only leads to one thing and we all know in the end I always get my way." I could hear the smile on her face when she said this.
I sighed hard "So what you are saying is if I say 'no thank you' you will come over and make my life hard, right?" I said with a frown on my face. I knew that if we went out that she would want to go to the local night club and to top that off she would want to come over before hand and make me over, but if I didn't go she would only make things worse on me till I gave in.
Emmett walked over and took the phone from my hand and laughed "Alice, we would love to go out with you tonight and I promise that I will do my best to have her in a good mood before we leave the apartment" and handed the phone back to me and walked to his room.
Why do I have friends that always think that I need to go out to have fun? "Listen Alice, I will go out tonight but I don't want to stay out to late this time, ok?" Last time we went out we stayed out till 3am and both of them had just a little too much to drink. When we went to the all night diner down the road to get something to eat, they would not stop singing and I just knew the waitress was going to call the cops and we were going to go to jail.
"Ok, I will do my best to have you home and in bed at a reasonable hour" giggling the whole time. "I will come over at about five thirty and start the 'make over session' and then we will go get a bite to eat before we hit the club. See you in a little bit, Bella. Bye" and she hung up the phone before I could say 'You said dinner, not clubbing'.
"You know I don't know why you hate going out? It is Friday and it seems to be the only time you ever leave the house at night anymore." Emmett said walking over to the couch and sitting down to watch TV. "Bella, you need to get out there and start living your life again."
The tears started to puddle in my eyes when he said the last comment and I wanted to run to my room before he saw. But before I could even turn to walk away he was up off the couch and had me in a hug. "I'm sorry, I know that you hate to talk about him, I just wish that after all this time that it would get a little easier for you to start over."
This only made the tears start to run down my face. "Emmett, I'm trying."
"I know, and you have done so well too, but I think that we should start going out just a little bit more, if not to a club at least to dinner and maybe to local gatherings and meet new people. At least that would be a start to another healing process." He pulled me from his chest to see if I was still crying and then gave me a kiss on my forehead and pulled me to the couch to sit next to him. "Listen, you know that I love you and you know that I will never let you down but there will come a day that I might meet the right woman, God help her." This brought a big smile on his face and he gave my hand a squeeze.
I couldn't help but laugh "God help her is right." I sat back on the couch and grabbed a tissue. "You know that if you ever did find someone special that I would be very happy for you and would never ask you to stay here with me instead of being with her. But you should also know that without you I would have never gotten where I am today, with the deli and my healing process after the breakup." My eyes started to tear up again and he put an arm around my shoulder. I took a deep breath "I know that it has been nine months and I should at least go out and have fun with my friends but sometimes that just reminds me of him more and I start to miss him again." Him, why do I miss a man that promised me forever and than left me for another? If it hadn't been for Emmett and Alice I would be still be living with my mom and trying to figure out what to do with my life.
He handed me another tissue and said "Ok, let's just take this new step slow and go out twice a week and see what happens. I will see when I'm off next week and set a few things up for us to do. We will start to have new and exciting adventures together." He gave me a big squeeze and looked into my eyes and I nodded at him to let him know that I will try to take small steps to our new adventures. "Good, now if you don't mind I think I will go take a shower and figure out what 'come and get me girls' shirt I will wear tonight." He started laughing and got off the couch and started to walk to his room.
Laughing at him I said "watch out what you wish for, killer, you remember the last one that 'came and got you' never would stop calling you, sugar bear." He froze and then turned around and scowled at me, then turned back around to go into the bedroom.
"I don't mind going to dinner and having a few drinks tonight but I don't feel up to going out afterwards." I said to Jasper as I was walking into the living room where he was watching football on the TV.
"I never said that we had to go to a club afterwards, I just think that we should at least start to get to know all the locals and at least get to know the town we are living in now. Besides we have been here for almost three months and all you do is work and then come home, you need to go out and have a little fun." He turned back to the TV and had a big smile on his face that only told me that we were going to a club afterwards if he had to drag me there by my ear.
Taking a deep breath a sat down in my chair "ok I will go out tonight but please do not try to set me up with any of the girls that are there. If you find one that has a girlfriend with her please don't try to push her friend on me." I always seem to be put in a bad position when this happens because I don't want to be with anyone but at the same time I don't want to hurt anybodies feelings.
"Don't worry ladies man; I will do my best to keep them off you tonight." I could here the laughter in his voice when he said this. He got off the couch and started for his bedroom and then turned around with another big smile. "We will have a good time tonight and one day you will see that moving here was for the best, for both of us." and went into his bedroom.
My older bother always had a way of making things seem better than they really were. I wish that I could be so optimistic about moving to a town where we knew no one. We grew up in Seattle, and now we were trying to set up a small practice in Port Angeles. So far things were going good but the stress was starting to way on me and that is why Jasper wanted me to go out and unwind. My work life was coming together but my personal life was still one big mess. I guess it would help if I would at least go out and enjoy myself instead of staying home and stressing on how I can make our practice better.
"Hey daydreamer, get up and get ready or all the good fish will be taken before we get there" Jasper said standing at his bedroom door.
"Oh no you said that we were going for drinks and dinner, nothing about fishes" this made us both laugh out loud. "Ok, ok I'll get up, take a shower and get dressed but I will not be fishing tonight, not unless it's in a boat and we are on the lake." I said getting out of my chair and walking toward my room to get ready.