A/N: This story picks up a little over two years from the end of Learning to Live. This story will not make sense unless the first two stories are read. Now on to Part 3!
Lessons in Life
Chapter 1: Sleeplessness
I looked up at the white ceiling willing myself to sleep. The clock only read nine o'clock, but it was late for me. Yet, I hated falling asleep without Edward by my side. It just didn't seem right. However, it was becoming more and more common. Our schedules didn't match the way they once had.
We were now juniors at the University of Washington, and I was completing a major in English Literature while Edward was a Biology major. His goal was to get into Medical School, and become a doctor like his father. We both had a lot of work to do, and not enough time to do it in.
I worked full-time for a bookstore/coffee shop and attended school in the afternoon. Edward didn't have a job, but he volunteered in his dad's hospital. He was also busy preparing to take the MCAT. We barely saw each other during the weekdays, and weekends were becoming harder and harder to make time.
I hated going to sleep early, but I really had no choice. When you started working at five am, you learned how to go to sleep. If not you were going to be cranky and exhausted. During our first year and a half, Edward humored me by reading in bed while I slept. I would snuggle into him, and he would play with my hair. We didn't have much work, and some nights we were able to just talk or make love.
On most nights now, Edward was forced to stay in the library to almost midnight. It wasn't by choice, but I understood the need. He had study groups, and as much as I hated to admit it we distracted each other.
I was really looking forward to Christmas Break, because that would mean that for two weeks we didn't have to worry about school. But it was only early October; we still had almost three months to wait.
I rolled over to his side of the bed breathing in his heavenly scent. I missed having him hold me, and I missed his gentle touches. It had been almost two months since we had been intimate. I officially hated school. I loved my classes, but I hated all the work that came along with it. It just wasn't fair.
I gave up trying to sleep, knowing I would regret it the next morning. I grabbed a book of my nightstand, not really paying attention to the title. It really didn't matter; it was a classic anyhow. A book I had reread at least five times. I was going to wait up for Edward, since it was Thursday I knew he wouldn't be too late.
My head was filled with a million things. My professor had entered me in a literary analysis competition by submitting a sample of my writing. He hadn't given me all the details, but had assured me that I had a chance of winning. The prize always changed every year, but it was always well worth it.
I really didn't think I had a chance of winning. I did have a 4.0 GPA, and I did work relentlessly to make every essay and assignment flawless. However, you had to be a genius to win one of those competitions. I didn't stand a chance, but everyone had pushed me to apply. So I was awaiting the results.
"You're still awake." Edward said with a smile as he walked in with his hands and backpack filled with books.
"I missed you." I answered with a huge smile as he threw everything on the floor before crawling on the bed towards me.
Our lips met in a searing kiss. His hands held my cheeks as mine disappeared into his hair. It had been a long time since we had been able to kiss that way. My entire body sang in pleasure as I felt his body pressed into mine.
"I love you, Bella." He whispered as he placed kisses all around my face. "Don't ever forget that."
"Edward." I managed to say before his lips were back on mine our tongues dancing together.
I wanted more. I wanted so much more. Yet, I knew we couldn't it was almost eleven and I had to be up at four. Edward slowed his kisses, his beautiful green eyes looking into my own.
"I've missed you." I whispered touching his face.
"I have to, my love." He replied rolling off me with a deep sigh. "I wish we had more time."
"I do to." I said into the silence.
"Do you work this weekend?" He asked in a hopeful tone.
"I work Saturday, but not Sunday." I answered, but it still didn't make a difference. He had study groups all day Sunday.
"You have the morning shift Saturday right?" He inquired turning to look at me. I could tell that his head was turning trying to come up with ideas.
"I start at from five to one." I replied.
"I'll pick you up at one, and we'll go out Saturday night, and spend all day Sunday together." He added with a huge smile. "It'll be just the two of us. No books or schedules. Just you and me."
"But what about your study group?" I asked loving the idea, but I knew that the MCAT was only a few months away. "Your test is in January."
"I can miss one day. Besides you're more important than any test. Bella." He continued running his fingers through my hair.
"If your sure." I stated.
"Positive. Now go to sleep." He urged as he began to hum my lullaby. I sighed in contentment closing my eyes. It felt wonderful to be in his arms.
It seemed like the only time I ever got with Bella was when she was asleep. I would get home extremely late, but I always took a few minutes to just watch her sleep. I loved her dearly, and I hated that we had such little time together.
She had insisted on finding a job, and was committed to help with the house expenses. My parents didn't accept her money, but she went around it by always buying groceries. It wasn't much of a contribution, or so she thought, but she said she needed to pay for something. She also went out of her way to help my mom around the house.
She woke almost everyday at the ungodly hour of four am to be at work by five. She enjoyed being surrounded by books, and refused to quit. I had stopped insisting on it, because I knew it was getting her angry. She wanted to contribute to the family.
I was doing great at school, but that took a lot of work. I was preparing to take the MCAT, and had many projects to do for my classes. I had lab hours to complete and even attended study groups a few days a week. In between all of that, I was volunteering at the hospital. I had a very full schedule.
However, I knew from the moment I had walked into our room that something had to change. I didn't know how to rearrange our schedules, but I couldn't stand to be so close yet so distant. I was going to cancel the study group for Sunday, and pick up Bella at her job. It still gave me time to do my volunteer hours on Saturday morning.
It was going to be difficult to get everything done by the weekend, but I was determined. I needed to spend some time with Bella. I missed just talking and laughing. I missed spending time with her. I missed everything about her. It was almost painful.
Bella had fallen asleep with a smile on her face. I gently wiggled free from her hold to go change. I was exhausted, and I had to be at school early. I was going to get some work done early.
I stripped down to my boxers brushing my teeth before crawling into bed. My arms instinctively wrapped around Bella's waist. She was wearing one of my shirts, and it took a lot of self-control not have her at the moment. She was incredibly sexy when she wore my clothes.
I kissed her softly closing my eyes. The weekend couldn't come soon enough.
A/N: This chapter's main purpose was to set up where they are. There will be more details of what has happened during the two years in later chapters and throughout the whole story.
One of my readers asked about Bella's parents. I haven't forgotten about them, and they will be in the story. You will see how Bella and Emmett have dealt with everything.
I also want to make something clear from the beginning. I am a Team Edward girl all the way. Please keep that in mind as you read this story. I am not scaring you guys off, but there will be more drama in this story. No relationship is perfect, and everyone has issues. Nobody is cheating on anybody, but I did want to everyone to know this from the beginning. You will see what I mean as we progress.
Next Chapter: Bella at work and the start of their date (that should be up tomorrow)