Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight or Pizza Hut...however I do own the other characters...at least I wish :D
Wow I hadn't realised it had been so long since I had last updated so as soon as my last exam was over I dedicated myself to writing this! Believe it or not, I have actually been having exams all this time! I'm so so sorry you had to wait but thanks for all the reviews from the last chapter!!! Hopefully, I'll be able to update more frequently from now on :D To make up for it I decided to move things along a bit – you'll see what I mean later on! Oh and if you get a chance then look up the 'Stories of Epicness' by 'TheLemonWedges.' It's an account a few of my friends and I set up and I've contributed loads of chapters so it'd be great if you could read them :D They're all humour except not many people have read it yet so we're not sure whether to continue. Thanks! Ok enjoy and please review at the end XD
I stood by Edward's Volvo and sighed contentedly. The couples had managed to sort everything out in Pizza Hut and had decided to somewhat 'bury the hatchet.' Obviously they'd agreed not to tell their parents about their relationships seeing as the grudge was between the adults after all so they may not be so liberal in their thinking. Otherwise, they'd continue just as normal, factoring in their siblings this time. Now that there was no more need for secrecy, Emmett had decided to travel back to the academy with Rosalie in her glossy red BMW convertible and Alice was going to take the train with Jasper, seeing as he didn't have a car of his own. That left me with Edward, a thought that was slightly petrifying and equally thrilling at the same time. Petrifying because I knew that I'd end up slipping up somewhere along the way and embarrassing myself, as I usually did when left alone with Edward. Thrilling because I relished every second I had with him and an hour - or an hour and a half if we were lucky enough to hit the rush hour – seemed like a gift from heaven.
"Bella!" Alice ran up to me, handing her luggage to Edward meanwhile. He'd agreed on taking their luggage back. "We're going to make a move now, the train leaves soon. I'll see you back at school!"
"Okay, bye Alice!" She pulled me into a hug and squealed.
"I can't believe this has all worked out so perfectly! Emmett and Rose have been together all this time and there was me freaking out about the possibility of him finding out about Jasper!" She grinned.
"Yep, who would have guessed it?"
"Why did I not figure this out earlier? I must admit, I have to give Emmett some credit for keeping this a secret for so long. Things rarely get past me. Speaking of which, I want to know everything about what happened between you and Edward when we get back!"
"Err...nothing happened Alice." I felt my cheeks fill with colour.
"Yeah, yeah whatever...I'll get it out of you soon enough. Plus, who's to say something won't happen yet? You still have a couple of hours!" She smirked at me.
"Please don't make this any worse for me than it already is..." I narrowed my eyes at her.
"You're loving it really!"
"Ready, Bella?" Edward asked, strolling up towards us. I started at his voice and Alice nudged me in the ribs, grinning.
"Err...yeah...sure..." I mumbled. Edward looked at the two of us suspiciously for a second, then shook his head, dismissing whatever thought he had had.
"I'll be off then! Have fun!" Alice backed away smiling. She winked as Edward opened the car door for me, then turned and linked arms with Jasper as they made their way towards the train station. I pretended to fiddle with my seatbelt as Edward sat down in the driver's seat and set up the SatNav.
"I thought you knew your way back?" I raised my eyebrows at him, trying to break the silence.
"Kind of, but I want to avoid the motorway because of rush hour so I need it for the side roads." Edward grinned.
"Oh..." I flushed, slightly because I was hoping that we would get stuck in rush hour in order to prolong our time together. Maybe we weren't on the same wavelength after all. He started the engine and pulled back out of the station pick-up point, waving to Emmett and Rosalie; they said were going to make a quick detour before heading back. I tried to keep my eyes fixed on them, it wouldn't be long before I'd get caught up in Edward's presence and by then I'd be far gone.
"So..." Edward began, as we headed towards the M25.
"Yep?" My head snapped up immediately - a reflex. Edward seemed to notice my eagerness and chuckled softly.
"How did you like London?" He asked.
"Apart from thinking I was going to die for the major part of yesterday and having enough shocks to give me a heart attack many times over, including today, pretty good I'd say!"
"I still need to get Alice back for that..." Edward pursed his lips.
"She meant well," I offered. I definitely knew she meant well.
"She did?" Edward looked at me questioningly. Damn. I knew I was going to dump myself in it eventually.
"Err...probably..." I smiled nervously.
"And how would scaring the life out of you mean well?" I wished I'd never said anything.
"Alice gets carried away with her little schemes. You should know that." I avoided answering the question directly. Hopefully, he'd eventually get the hint.
"Uh-huh? Do I want to know?"
"Nope. Trust me, you really don't." I bit my lip.
"Okie-dokie then." Edward lips curved into my favourite crooked smile and almost instantly I forgot what we were talking about. I tore my eyes away from him to focus on the road, for fear I wouldn't be able to look away later. I noticed we were turning off the main road onto a small, winding country lane surrounded by woods. I hadn't realised that the SatNav had been making a noise at all up till now. It told us in a posh English accent to turn left in another 500 yards.
"Do you think everything will turn out okay?" I wondered aloud, refusing to spend the entire journey in silence.
"With Emmett and Alice?" Edward asked.
"I'm sure it will. They're both pretty good at making friends and I'm sure it won't take long for them to get with the other's partner. Emmett and Jasper have been playing on the same football team for a while now so that'll give them somewhere to start and as for Alice, well she'll probably take Rose shopping or something," He grinned. "It'll work out. As long as they keep it from their parents, which shouldn't be too hard, they'll be absolutely fine." He smiled. "I'm glad it worked out this way."
"Yeah me too..."
"So I was wondering..." Edward turned left as instructed. "Would you like to.....huh?" The car suddenly jolted and slid to an abrupt stop. "What!?" He stared at the dashboard in shock. "No! This can't be happening!"
"What is it?" I leaned over and saw that the fuel gauge read 'full.' "If it's not the petrol then what?"
"I don't understand," Edward fiddled about with the gearstick. "The electrics are fine, it's a relatively new car...dammit!" He reached for the door handle. "I'd better go check it out." He opened the door and stepped out into the cool night. I undid my seatbelt and followed as he lifted up the bonnet and inspected the engine. Edward checked the water and oil levels then dipped a small rod into the fuel tank. I decided I'd do what I could to help by taking a look around the car. It was then that I noticed the small rip in the side of one of the tyres.
"Err...Edward? I think I found your problem..." I mumbled. Edward leant down beside me and traced the rip with his finger.
"My tyre punctured! Damn!" He smacked his head in frustration. "My poor Volvo..." He stroked the bumper affectionately. Men and their cars....
"Can't you replace the wheel?" I suggested.
"They don't supply spare wheels with Volvos," Edward sighed.
"You could call Emmett; I'm sure they're not far away."
"I suppose...." Edward pulled out his mobile. "Why me?" He squeaked.
"Battery's run out..." Edward slumped against the wheel. "Have you got yours?"
"Err..." I reached for my pocket, then stopped half way as I remembered why I wouldn't have it. "Alice took it earlier; she said she'd forgotten hers!"
"How can one person be such a pain?" Edward grumbled.
"Quite easily, if you're Alice."
"So it seems..."
"So what do we do?"
"I suppose all we can do is wait. I don't know this area and the SatNav doesn't record lanes as small as this in detail so there's no point in moving - we'll just get ourselves lost. We'll have to wait for someone to come along and give us a lift."
"I'm sorry," He smiled at me apologetically.
"It's not your fault," I assured him. "You can never completely trust country roads. You probably drove over an animal trap or something."
"Yeah," He chuckled. "I'm never trusting these kind of places with my beautiful Volvo again."
"Of course not," I shook my head. "We might as well sit inside then, better than freezing out here." Just as I began to get up, I felt a cool hand slide over mine. My breath caught in my throat.
"Bella, wait a second..." Edward looked up at me, then as I sat back down, he lowered his eyes and released his hand. If I hadn't known him better, I'd say it looked as if he was blushing. "There's something I wanted to talk to you about."
"Yes?" I whispered, growing slightly suspicious.
"Last night...it was something you said."
"Go on..." I tried to remember saying anything last night that would put him in such a position. Nothing in particular came to me.
"Well technically you didn't say it, not consciously at least. I'm not sure where to begin...I suppose, are you aware that you talk in your sleep?" Edward looked up to measure my expression. "I'll take that as a no." Edward sat impassively, allowing me to comprehend what he had just said. Not a word came out. I sleep-talked!? No one had ever mentioned this to me before; then again the first person I had ever shared a room with was Alice. My head spun as I realised the possibilities of what he could have heard. I had a pretty good idea but the thought was too embarrassing to dwell on.
"What...what did I say?" I managed to squeak.
"Ummm, well… I mean, it's not like it's your fault or anything and it probably didn't even mean anything so I won't hold it against you..."
"Just tell me, Edward." I'd rather have it over and done with instead of having it come out later.
"You said you...err...liked...me...err...a lot..." Edward looked at me from under his lashes. I would've denied it but I knew that my blush would end up betraying me so there was no point in looking like an idiot. I'm sure Edward could have guessed anyway.
"And those were my...um...exact words?" I let my hair fall in front of my face to conceal my wildly glowing cheeks and tried to take deep breaths. My chest threatened to explode with the pressure.
"More or less; except you did mention the errr…'L' word," I could see Edward was trying to repress a smile and this made me even more self-conscious. He must have thought I was a complete weirdo - I'd only know him for four days! In fact, I hadn't even realised myself that my feelings had grown so strong. As far as I was concerned, it was just a crush. Apparently, my sub-consciousness had other ideas...
"'s OK, Bella," Edward grinned at me. "I'm kind of glad in a way. I wasn't completely errr..sure… if you liked me and umm…well, it was nice to know."
"Nice? Awkward is more accurate! Wait! Oh my gosh – did anyone else hear!?" Just when I thought I had calmed down; I began hyperventilating again.
"Nope, just me," Edward reassured me. "Emmett was snoring away and Alice was long gone; I take ages to get to sleep. Especially on those mattresses, I had this one spring sticking up just under my back. Talk about uncomfortable!"
"That's not so bad then, I guess." My heart rate settled once again, though I was still painfully aware of the situation I had gotten myself into. I walked away from the car and stood with my back to Edward, staring at the darkness of the woods beyond. It was much easier to imagine I was alone this way. I still felt too embarrassed to look at Edward after what he'd told me. Suddenly, I felt his arms snake around my waist and his head rested against mine. A shiver ran down my spine at his touch and I instinctively snuggled towards him. I realised what I was doing and edged away again, which only caused him to tighten his grip.
"I'm really glad you said what you did, Bella," Edward whispered into my hair. "You don't need to hide your feelings from me. I'm not." Confused, I turned round to face him and suddenly realised how close he really was to me. His hazel eyes bored into mine, melting my soul, and I completely lost my train of thought. I felt a sense of security in his arms, just as I had in the London Eye the day before, though this time, he was the one moving closer. Our faces were a matter of inches apart and I could feel his breath on my face. He hesitated for a moment then leant towards me and pressed his lips softly against mine.
Then, out of nowhere - before I could gather my thoughts enough to respond - the headlights of a car swept over us and we jumped apart. The silver car came to a standstill metres in front of ours and the driver stepped out. As he came into the light I thought that he looked slightly familiar.
"Nathan?" Edward shielded his eyes.
"Edward?" Nathan, Edward's team mate from school, walked towards us.
"It is you! What are you doing here?!" Edward stepped forwards and punched him on the shoulder playfully.
"I could ask you the same thing!"
"Still, this is a lucky coincidence. We both meet on some random country lane about 40 miles away from school! Plus, my car tyre's punctured so we needed a lift back."
"Wow, I see what you mean! Yeah, of course I'll give you a lift. It's just Chris in the car apart from me."
"Chris is here too?" Edward peered through the windshield of Nathan's car. Another figure waved and stepped out. Chris also greeted Edward and they too discussed the obscurity of the situation.
"So who's that you're with?" Chris asked, staring straight at me. I'd been hiding in the shadows, trying not to draw attention to myself.
"Bella Swan, right?" Nathan guessed.
"Yep," I went to stand by Edward. "Hey."
"Hi," Nathan raised his eyebrows at Edward, then nudged Chris in the side. "We'd better get your car sorted then. We could tow it back for you."
"Thanks, mate." Edward went to the boot of his car with Nathan and Chris and pulled out a coil of rope. "Alice is really pushy when it comes to being prepared for the worst," Edward explained. They attached the front of Edward's Volvo to the back of Nathan's car with the rope and as soon as they were sure it was secure, they returned to the car. Edward and I sat in the back seats, though this time I took it upon myself to keep my eyes strictly on the road as I assessed what had happened before Edward's friends had turned up. Edward's kiss had certainly taken me by surprise as well as shooting our relationship to a whole new level. I was glad obviously that they had come though the timing could have been a little bit better. I heard the purr of the engine as we began our trip home...
Ok there it is! Thanks for reading :D Please please PLEASE review! Even the smallest comment would be greatly appreciated! I would love to know what people think of this chapter in particular and how to improve in the future. I'm not that good at super romantic stuff so it'd be great to have an idea! Thanks again XD Oh and thanks to Esie-muffin (Sneha) for editing this for me and making it ten times better :D