Sad to say, but Bella did not hear the rest of Edward and Tanya's conversation. Remember that Edward walked away and Tanya followed her and invited him to go to the balcony to talk. As for Bella, she remained hidden at the restroom.

On with the story my dears…

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Chapter 24 Shattered

BPOV

She's just an employee

Edward's words kept playing back in my mind as I made my way into crowd towards the door.

He was right, I'm just an employee; nothing more. All those feelings of love were a lie that I forced myself to believe in. How could Mr. Perfect love someone like me? I'm just an employee and he is my boss.

I made a move towards the front door to make my quiet exit from Edward's place. I didn't even bother saying good-bye to Mrs. Cullen. I just wanted to get out of there as soon as I can.

I was half way through the hallway towards the elevator when I hear Edward's door open. He came running towards me, with a worried look in his eyes.

"Bella, why are you leaving?" An Adonis stood in front me trying to catch his breath. I wanted to make myself believe that those words were said to make me stay, but I knew I was only deceiving myself.

"Mr. Cullen, I'm sorry something came up. I need to go." I replied without looking into his eyes.

"What? Wait, Mr. Cullen? Is there something wrong? I mean I haven't even made my announcement yet.. and… we didn't even get to talk."

"Uhmm… I'm sorry. I really have to go." I hurriedly tried to escape as tears started to form around my eyes.

"But Bella, wait! I need to tell you something! Bella… I…." He sounded so desperate, but I could not and should not be held back. I decided to cut him off before he could even finish what he wanted to say. I forced a big bright smile and faced him.

"I'm getting married! I'm getting married with… Jake. Thank you for all your help. We worked things out. As for the announcement, I already know that you're going to London. Don't worry about the Mason deal. I'll make sure I get it done before you leave. I don't want to cause you any delay."

"You're what? Wait, Bella… I want you to come with me to London. I…" Whatever Edward wanted to say, I didn't want to hear it. I just want to disappear and not see him again.

"I'm sorry, Mr. Cullen, but as far as the memo goes, I believe that your mother only wanted me to be your assistant here in New York. Good-bye." I turned my back and walked away.

TPOV

"Tanya, did you see her? Have you seen, Bella?" Edward asked with a big grin in forming in his mouth. The last time I saw him sincerely smile like that was when he was still with Sarah. He is truly in love.

"I saw her walk towards the front door. She looks like she was leaving. Did you guys talk?"

"Not yet! She's leaving? Why?" Panic quickly started taking over him as he rushed towards the door. I run after him to see what was wrong. I might not have a chance with him, but he is still my friend.

When I reached the door, I saw Edward and Bella having a conversation.

"I'm getting married! I'm getting married with… Jake. Thank you for all your help. We worked things out. As for the announcement, I already know that you're going to London. Don't worry about the Mason deal. I'll make sure I get it done before you leave. I don't want to cause you any delay."

"You're what? Wait, Bella… I want you to come with me to London. I…"

"I'm sorry, Mr. Cullen, but as far as the memo goes, I believe that your mother only wanted me to be your assistant here in New York. Good-bye."

With that Bella turned her back and walked away. Edward just stood still completely devastated. He slowly lifted his right hand and touched the area in his chest that will forever have a mark. I wanted to scream at him and tell him that Bella was obviously lying! She was blushing and diverting eye contact the whole time, but I knew Edward would not listen. I would just have to take things into my own hands.

EPOV

After everyone left for the night, I quickly grabbed a bottle of beer from the fridge. I was emotionally exhausted. I planned everything, but it just turned into dust. She's getting married, and what's worse is the fact that she's getting married to that douche.

I guess its game over, Cullen. Without even noticing, tears started falling from my eyes. I promised myself never to cry for another woman, but Bella was different. She was the one who opened my heart that I protected all these years. Her smile, the way she would blush and her heavenly laughter made me complete. She was everything to me.

I threw the bottle of beer at the wall and saw the glass shatter, just like my hope of having Bella beside me for all eternity.

I stayed up all night thinking things through. When Sarah and I broke up, I tried my hardest to hold on to her; selfishly thinking that I was the only one that could truly make her happy. I won't be making the same mistake with Bella. Even though I wasn't even given the opportunity to tell her that I love her, I would do what's right. I'll show and let her know that I love her by being happy if she is happy; even if it means losing her. I would try to make things easy for her. I'll act as if nothing happened, and be happy for her.

What will Tanya do? Any guesses? Be posting another chapter later.