AN: this is a oneshot for Irish Froggy's "The Mike Challenge". it's just a short scene that happens sometime between New Moon and Eclipse, i guess. Mike doesnt actually appear in the story, but he's a popular topic of conversation. again, this is a one shot, so there will be no other chapters. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters that appear in this story. got it? good.

The Trouble with Mike...

I was dead silent as Edward drove me home from work. It was late Wednesday afternoon and Edward had just returned from a short hunt. I prayed that he didn't know what had happened in his absence, but I could never be sure with Edward.

He looked at me curiously as he pulled up in front of Charlie's, questioning my silence no doubt. He voiced my thoughts just then.

"What's wrong, Bella? Why are you so quiet?" Edward asked worriedly.

I shook my head, knowing my speech would betray me, one way or another. But it was too late; a striking shade of scarlet had spread through my cheeks, giving away my embarrassment.

I could tell Edward was stifling a chuckle as he spoke, "What happened?"

I tried my best to avoid his smoldering gaze, but his eyes soon found mine, pleading with me. I sighed in defeat as I tried to assemble my now scattered thoughts.

"Well, you see...it's Mike..." I trailed off, still hesitant about telling him. After all, Edward could be so unpredictable sometimes, especially when he was upset. For all I knew, he would go and raid the Newton's Olympic Outfitters!

"What did Mike do this time?" I could tell, despite Edward's efforts, that he was trying to hide the anger in his voice. This just made me more reluctant. But it was impossible to refuse with Edward's smoldering golden eyes, and his breath fanning my face.

"Well, for the past couple of days, while you've been gone, Mike's been...well, he's been showing off lately, I think. He talks to me every spare second he has and constantly says things like 'Oh, Bella, do you want to go for a ride in my new car?' or 'Do you want me to take you to dinner in Seattle?'" I lowered my voice as I tried to imitate Mike's boasting.

"And?" Edward urged on.

"And then today he asked me if I wanted to go to his house. He said no one was home and that we could watch movies on his new big screen T.V. He also mentioned that his parents wouldn't be back until tomorrow morning." I couldn't stop the color in my cheeks from going brighter as I told Edward what had happened. I, of course, edited. There was absolutely no way that I was going to mention that, when he had invited me over, Mike had cornered in the back of the store, closer than he should ever have a right to be.

Edward's lips puckered as he mulled this over in his mind. Different emotions flashed across his perfect face: anger, frustration, and...jealousy? He spoke then, trying very hard to hide the anger behind his voice, "Did he say or do anything else?"

I tried my best, but still, my cheeks became even more red, if that was possible, and I found myself meeting his gaze, enjoying that he was so close, only centimeters away. And then I gave in with a long sigh. "He had me cornered at the back of the store where no one could see. And I think he was trying to seduce me..." I stopped there, wishing to say no more.

For the next few minutes, all that could be heard was my breathing, and silence.

Finally Edward spoke, his voice unintentionally harsh. He spoke so low that it was barely audible to my ears. "I swear, one of these days, I'm going to murder that damn Newton kid."

AN: hope you all liked it! and you know...i do love reviews...

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