A/N: So it's literally taken me a while to update, and I know you guys must literally hate me by now, but I do have some good reasons why I haven't posted a new chapter in almost two months! One reason, I had two weeks left in England with my family and friends and those last two weeks were literally filled with going here, going there, doing this, doing that! It was a busy time and when I was at home it was me sleeping everything off. Reason number two, I traveled back over to the US of A (woot woot) and now I'm back in New Mexico trying to get my life back on track. That includes finding apartments, a job, registering for school etc., Good news is, got the job, got the apartment (still have to move in since I just got it on Friday), and school had started for me on Thursday! I'm excited to go back. Now that things have settled for me, I'm ready to start posting new chapters for this story and get it over and done with so I can post this new story that I have been writing in my notebook. I'm anxious to see how you guys will react to that, but anywhos...I'm done rambling about boring old me, so here's the new chapter! Enjoy and don't forget to review! Thanks!
Song for this Chapter: Box Car Racer - There Is
I do not in anyway own these characters. They belong to the wonderful Stephenie Meyer! The characters are just living in my story. Also, the restaurant, Serafina, does not belong to me either. It is a real restaurant located in New York and very popular (number one with best food in NYC), I just wanted to make this story as surreal as I could. Thank you!
7. Deals and Charades
Emmett didn't waste his time on picking me up after two words were mentioned over the phone - "stripper's club." In fact, I believe Emmett was setting a World Record on how fast he could make it to Serafina's.
I wasn't too sure either, but it also seemed as though he was driving faster to the club too. I noticed this since Emmett had us already in the back parking lot of the club before we could even start a conversation over why we were actually going back.
The smile on Emmetts face after turning off the ignition made me actually wonder what was going on in his mind. then that mid second thought vanished into million's of tiny pieces, since a red flag was waving back and forth in my head reminding me that I truthfully didn't want to know. I sighed and opened the door to get out of the car.
I began to walk to the familiar door that I came to over a week ago for my birthday, unwillingly. I saw the same bouncer standing next to the door with his arms crossed and resting on his chest. I froze mid step because for once in my life I think I found a man with bigger arm muscles than Emmett.
I turned back toward the car to look for Emmett, but instead I found him to my right looking at me like he had a question.
"What's up Edward?"
"That man," I pointed, forgetting everything about manners, "is just a tad bit intimidating." I mumbled under my breath hoping Emmett heard every word. I didn't want the bouncer to hear me, even though I know he knows we were talking about him thanks to my finger pointing.
My words though, didn't seem to bother Emmett. He smiled and started to walk towards the bouncer. I hesitated, wanting to say his name to bring him back by my side, but again I was afraid to be too loud and making the bouncer mad enough to think of beating me up.
I mean I had muscle's and I knew how to defend myself if anything ever happened, but defense classes never did prepare you for guys that were literally huge.
Then I saw Emmett began to talk to the guy. I just stood there shocked and I kept trying to keep my face as blank as I could. Showing no emotion helped.
They both were smiling at each other while talking, the big guy actually started pointing at me now which made me feel all of a sudden self concious. Then he waved a hand for me to come over. I swallowed hard, but saw Emmett was waiting for me as well.
I walked and made sure I stood firmly next to Emmett's side as the bouncer looked me up and down. I would swear that I felt a trickle of sweat fall from my forehead to the ground, but that could have just be me being scared.
"Edward," Emmett said, breaking my trance of thoughts, "this is Talley. Him and I get together on occasion to go and work out with one another."
Those words connected in my head and all the fear inside of me vanished within seconds. "Oh, nice to meet you Talley."
"I can say the same Edward." He smiled at me and I couldn't be too sure, but I would have sworn he winked at me.
"Thanks." Is all I could really say.
"Well Talley," Emmett changed subject quickly, "can we go in now?"
Talley took his eyes off of me and looked over at Emmett. "Of course, go right ahead."
Emmett and I said our thanks and walked through the door.
"By the way," Emmett said bringing my attention off of finding Bella, back to him. "Talley thinks your 'sexy.' "
"Yup. Claims you have the perfect thin body that he's been looking for. He said if you ever decide to go gay, then call him." I looked at Emmett with disbelief that he actually thought of telling me this. I was about to reply when I heard a man on the speakers announcing the next dancer.
"Please welcome, Miss Ginger." I sighed. Knowing that it wasn't Bella made my situation better.
"Emmett, go sit down and I'll meet you there in a second okay?"
"Yeah bro, of course." Emmett was already watching Miss Ginger from the back so he didn't question what I was going to do while he was watching away.
Now my mission was back on the rise. I went back to the door that I remembered last time where Bella was, but found the name plate to be different. I looked around and found a tall guy standing by.
"Hey, I was just wondering if you know where Bella is?"
"Bella? She's two doors down." The guy threw his thumb back showing me the way. I was about to start walking, but his hand quickly stretched out to stop me. "Woah buddy. Where do you think you are going?"
I looked at him in disbelief. "I need to speak to Bella."
"You see, there's a problem with that. I'm her...what would the appropriate word be? Manager? Boss? One of those...but, no one goes in to see Bella without going through me."
I sighed and felt a numbing pain begin to stretch throughout my head. Me trying to get to Bella was becoming more stressful than I'd ever imagine. "Okay. Well what if you - what is your name again?"
The tall guy smirked. "Jacob."
"Okay, Jacob. What if you take me over and ask if she wants to talk to me. It's rather an urgent message." I thought that maybe if it seemed as though there was an emergency to be told for Bella, than maybe Bella's 'boss' would let me see her. I crossed my fingers behind my back, just in case.
Jacob turned his head back in the direction that he told me Bella was, then turned his head back at me and nodded once. "Fine. Let's go."
Jacob swiftly turned and walked forward in the hallway. It wasn't such a long walk, like he said 'two doors down.' He knocked on the door that had Bella's name plate on it and yelled out her name. Within seconds Bella had the door wide opened, her eyes glaring up at Jacob.
"What do you want Jacob?" She asked with more anger than curiosity. To tell the truth, the anger in her eyes and voice looked flattering on her and the urge to take her there was hard to suppress.
"Shut your pipe Swan. This guy has some urgent news for you." Again I saw his thumb being thrown in my direction, allowing Bella to notice my presence.
Her eyes looked me up and down and I began to wonder if she would run again, but if so, this time I would be able to chase after her unless Jacob got in the way. But my worry soon left me after seeing the anger leave Bella's eyes.
"Come on in Edward." She opened the door wider so I could walk in, but she still stood her ground in front of Jacob. "And you, leave me alone!" She then slammed the door on Jacob and turned the lock that I knew wouldn't keep Jacob out long if he truly wanted to come in.
Bella brushed by me to go sit back at her vanity. She was putting pearls up on her ears so they could match her long pearl necklace. I stood there for a few seconds wondering if she was going to start this conversation or if I'd have to. After more silence on her behalf, I decided to start.
"Why did you run?"
I saw her hand drop fast, but just as fast as it dropped it was back up to her ear. "I can't be who you want me to be Edward. You think I can just stop doing what I do and let you take care of me?" I was about to say something, but she continued quickly. "I know your kind. The ones where you will get married and claim your love for your wife, but have office romances and secret affairs on business trips, believing that your wife is okay as long as she has the money and thought up love from you. I can't do that Edward. I can't depend on you and then get wounded. It's happened too many times before, and I sure the hell am not allowing it to happen again."
"But, I'm not like that." I couldn't find more words to say. All the things I had built up for this argument disappeared at her hurt from past relationships. Any man who would cheat or not want Bella was a fool, and the tears that fell from her eyes told me there were many of them.
"Of course your not Edward. Just like how all the other's weren't right? If you haven't noticed, I've heard it all before. And none of it was true. So do you really think I'm going to believe your nonexistent shit?"
"What I want you to believe is the truth," my voice raised into a yell since anger flared through me after Bella's false accusations of me. "If you truly believe that I couldn't give you what you want, which includes my love for you, then you truly are the fool. Just in case you haven't noticed, I fell for you so fast that I have to have you. There is no other woman who can match up with you. And trust me I've tried, but it's all about you in my head dammit!"
I saw her eyes grow wide and her body turned in her chair to look at me. The tears that had fell were dried on her face, and her red lips were parted as her chest rose and fell quickly. "Did you just say you love me?"
Her words shocked me more than I thought they could. I know I didn't say the word love, but I know I said something quite close to it. Love was a large word, and yes I felt it for Bella, but I knew that we both weren't ready for such a commitment.
"Bella I do have deep feelings for you. I can't say love now, but I can say that if we continue with a relationship that soon it could turn into love."
"What if I want a relationship, but with no love."
I smiled at her words, because now I knew she was actually thinking of being with me. "Well I can try it out, but if I fall in love with you, you can't be mad."
"Would you be mad if I don't share the same love for you?"
"It might tick me off once in a while, but as long as I have you by my side I can handle it."
Bella then stood up allowing me to see she was wearing a baby blue lacy bra and thong set, and baby blue high heels to finish off the racy outfit. She seductively walked over to me with a half smile on her face. I had to admit that seeing her like this for me was making me grow harder in my pants.
When she was standing in front of me she grabbed my tie out from my jacket and tug it down hard, making my neck and face jerk downward. She leaned her head up to mine and allowed my lips to meet hers. It was chaste and quick, yet it made my heart flip.
"Okay Mr. Cullen. You got yourself a deal then. You can have me all you want, but you have to try not to fall in love and most definitely not allowed to have other affairs." Bella was looking deep into my eyes and I felt that I had to do the same but deeper and harder.
"Deal." I said quickly.
Bella turned her head to look around the room. I was about to ask what she was thinking, but it was as though she knew my question already. "Help me get the stuff that I need."
I shook my head and began to walk over to her vanity of jewelry and cosmetics. About ten minutes later Bella had two big suitcases filled with all of her things she wanted to keep. She sighed loud and I turned to look at her. She wasn't wearing the racy outfit that I came to first see her in. Instead, she wore a frilly white skirt with purple flower details sewn into it, and her purple t-shirt and high heels matched the rest of the outfit. I smiled, she was sexy, but she had a way to embed sophistication into her look.
Bella bit on her lower lip as she looked around one more time. "Yup."
"If you keep asking questions I may just have to get your ass kicked out of here." I chuckled at her answer and opened the door.
I grabbed one of the large suitcases and began to walk down the hallway, and I heard Bella's shoes clicking in the hallway to allow me to know that she was following suit. I turned the corner to get to the back door, but instead rammed into something hard and almost fell back.
"Shit." I said out loud.
"Sorry." I heard a familiar husky voice say. I looked up and found that Jacob was standing there like I'd first came to see him. The clicking noise stopped after the corruption and I found Bella on my left side looking up at Jacob.
"Hey Bells, what's going on?"
"Jacob, I'm sorry, but I'm quitting." I noticed her voice was a bit meek compared to the tone she would give me at certain times, but personally who wouldn't be a bit intimidated of a guy who was over six foot five?
"What are you talking about Bells? You can't quit!" He began to move his body around me, but I placed myself in front of Bella to protect her just in case something went wrong.
"Jake, I can't keep living this life style. I need an out and this is my out." I turned my head to find her pointing at me. Something inside of my gut was telling me that her doing this was not smart. I wanted to glare at her so bad, but I fought back to motion. Instead, I looked back up at Jacob who was looking down at me.
"Who the hell do you think you are taking my income?" Jacob pointed his finger at me and started to poke it to my shoulder. My body would jerk back a bit every time he touched me.
"Oh, so I was just income to you Jake!" Bella yelled out, and I knew this was bad. I did not intend there to be an argument over something like this.
"You and I both know it Bells that we were both in this for the money. Now that this guy," his finger back at pointing at me, "came along and makes you think it's alright to ditch me after we said we were in this together!"
"Jake, it's not like you don't have the other girls! And we never had a total agreement on this type of situation. Plus! You said I could bail out anytime I would like. Are you going back on your word?" Bella was now glaring at him with her hands on her hips. Jake shuffled his right foot for a few seconds as he looked into her face.
"Ah, Bells. You know that you can leave anytime you'd like. Just not like this, and especially not with him."
"You don't even know him!" Bella shrieked and that feeling of a headache grew wider.
"What is going on here?" A new voice interrupted the argument and awkwardness of this whole situation, and as soon as I realized who it was I grew calm. There stood Emmett with his arms crossed over his chest, allowing the view of large muscles bulging from his shirt.
"Who are you?" Jacob questioned towards Emmett. I looked over to him and saw his typical smirk on his face.
"I don't think that matters. What does matter is that this pretty lady right here is angry." Emmett moved over to Bella and placed his arm around her waist. A sudden feel of jealously surged me and I mentally cursed at Emmett through my thoughts. Then I saw him wink at me. Ah, so this was his plan.
"Dude, step away from her." I yelled at Emmett, trying to play on with the whole situation. Bella stood there gawking at all three of us as she tried to remove herself from Emmett's grasp.
"I think she's going to go with me if you don't mind. Or do you?" I saw him glare at me while putting up his fist to my face. I put both of my hands up in a "I surrender" stance. Emmett then turned to Jacob giving him the same look. "Do you mind tall guy?"
Jacob looked at Bella than at Emmett. "You aren't going to pimp her are you?"
Emmett opened his mouth and then shut it quickly. "Never would I do something so horrible to a beautiful lady." This answer seemed to satisfy Jacob a bit since he nodded his head. "Good, now if you don't mind this pretty lady and I got places to go." I looked at Bella who looked at me as though she was scared. I gave her a wink and her face took over a confused look.
"Go with him Bella. You'll be happier that way." I told her softly to give her the hint. She nodded and grabbed her suitcase. Emmett came up to me and grabbed the one out of my hands. I turned to watch them both walk out of the back door and I sighed to continue the game of charades.
"I guess I lost her."
"Psh. You never even had her. Move on." Jacob said then turned and walked away. I smiled at myself and said 'sucker' as I continued walking out the back door as well.
When I reached Emmett's car I hopped in finding Bella in the back with her bags, smiling at the both of us.
"You guys are ridiculous! I didn't even get to finish the fight with Jake."
"Hun," Emmett started, "there is no way I would be able to stand there and watch you yell at a tall guy like him, not knowing what his next move was."
"I could have taken him." I heard Bella mumble under her breath. I chuckled at her response.
Emmett turned on the car and left the parking lot. He started going to my apartment, letting me know that things were going to be better since I'd have Bella in my life now.
A/N: I hope you guys don't consider that as a cliff hanger, it's just kind of a transition to the next chapter. Tell me what you think about this whole chapter. Did you like or not? Did you want to see a fight scene or are you happy about the peacefulness amongst it? I'm all open to opinions!