As promised, another chapter (Sunday two-fer)
Edward dropped me off at my dorm on Sunday night, and I was completely euphoric. I spent all weekend at the Pi house with him; we mostly sat in his room and talked.
Monday after classes, I practically skipped over to the Kap house and found Rosalie studying in the dining room.
"Wow Bells," she said. "You're in a good mood, what's up? Did you meet someone?"
I was still afraid to talk to Rose about this because I wasn't 100 percent sure that she wouldn't tell Emmett, but I decided to throw caution into the wind.
"Well, since you asked, I did meet someone; not recently or anything, but we've finally started dating."
"Is it…it's not Edward is it?" She asked, putting her book aside.
"Yeah, it is," I replied shyly; it was still unreal to think that I was actually dating him.
"Bella, I want you to promise me you'll be careful with this, OK?"
"What do you mean? I thought you liked Edward."
"I do, Bella, he's such a great guy," she said. "But, he's also 21 and he has a lot more experience than you. I just don't want you to get hurt or end up doing something you'll regret."
I nodded, "I know you want what's best for me, but you also have to trust that I'll do the right thing on my own. I'm not a little girl anymore."
"Are you saying this to appease more or are you practicing for when you talk to Emmett?" she asked.
"A bit of both I guess."
She laughed and stood up to hug me, "I do trust you, sweetie; and I am happy for you. I'm glad you've found someone who makes you happy."
"Thanks," I said, hugging her back.
"So," she began as she pulled away, "I assume you're going with him this weekend, right?"
"Going where this weekend?" Samantha asked as she walked into the room.
"Oh, she's going to the Sig Pi retreat this weekend," Rosalie said.
"Cool, with whom?" She asked, waggling her eyebrows at me.
"Edward Cullen," I said.
"Oooo Bella!" She giggled. "He's so hot, good going girl! Is it just a friend thing or are you two dating now?"
"Um, he asked me to be his girlfriend this weekend," I said.
"About time," she replied. "You've been spending enough time with him, I was wondering when he was going to finally ask you out."
"It was that obvious?"
"I'm afraid so," she laughed. "Every time I saw you two together, you were looking at each other like a couple of lost puppies."
I felt my face start to heat up as she and Rosalie laughed. Samantha put an arm around me and led me into the kitchen.
"Well, I guess this means we have to go shopping before the weekend," she said.
"You need to get a dress to wear on the retreat," she said. "Every year they have a big, fancy dinner, so you need to look fabulous. And, with a new boyfriend and all, I think we need to go all out."
"I don't really have any money to get a new dress," I said.
"Don't worry about that, Bells," Rosalie said. "We'll take care of you."
Wednesday afternoon, the three of us drove across the state line to Moscow, Idaho to find a dress at the Palouse Mall. We stopped at a Macy's and I was a bit overwhelmed by how into the process the other two girls were.
They refused to let me look at a price tag as we wandered the racks and found an array of pretty dresses. I wanted to stick to blue, I kind of think it's my best color, but Rosalie and Samantha kept pulling dresses that were pink, red and every color in between.
"Really, pink?" I asked. "How about this one? It's nice and safe."
I grabbed a dark blue chiffon dress with a high neckline. Samantha took one look at it and scoffed.
"Please Bella? Do you really picture Edward drooling over you in that thing? You need something smashing."
"Like this," Rosalie said as she held up a salmon-colored dress that looked like it wouldn't leave much to the imagination.
"I don't know, Rose, I do want something that will make Edward go crazy, but I don't want something that will make Emmett burst a blood vessel from his colossal, inevitable freak out."
"Try it on, and if it's too revealing we'll find something else," Rosalie said as she handed me the dress.
"Find, but I'm taking this one too, just in case," I said as I grabbed the blue dress and ran to the dressing room before either one of them could stop me.
I did end up getting the dress Rose picked out, it was just too good; and I pretended not to notice when the cash register read $315. We went back to the Kap house and I left the dress with Rosalie for safekeeping.
"Where were you three?" Victoria asked as we walked in. She gave me here dirtiest look; I've come to the conclusion that she thinks I'm trying to replace her somehow.
"We went to Moscow to find a dress for Bella," Samantha said. "She's going to the Sig Pi retreat with Edward."
"Humph," Victoria said with disdain. "Well, how nice for you."
"Oh, that reminds me, I said I'd make some cookies for Emmett tonight," Rosalie said as she got me away from Victoria as quickly as possible. "Want to help, Bells?"
"Sure," I said. "I just happen to know the recipe for his favorite cookies by heart."
"Excellent, you take the lead on this one."
"OK, I know how hopeless you are in the kitchen," I teased.
"It's true, I'm no homemaker."
"That you aren't," I said. "Can I go change first?"
I changed into a pair of Rosalie's pink shorts and a t-shirt so I wouldn't get flour all over my nice clothes. I was combining the dry ingredients with the butter/sugar mixture when I heard some voices come in through the front door. It was Emmett and a couple of other guys, so I decided to just keep my head down and concentrate on my work. I added the last bit in and let the mixer run to mix everything together.
Suddenly, I felt a hand on the small of my back, "Working hard?"
I turned to Edward with a smile and he kissed me on my forehead.
"Hey, what are you up to? Get tired of the Pi house?"
"Just haven't seen my girl in a while."
It was about 5 p.m. by the time I got out of my last class, and when I got home the boys were already restless.
"Come on, man, are we gonna go eat or what?" Asked Mike Newton, a sophomore. That kid really gets on my nerves sometimes.
"Hang on," Emmett said, rolling his eyes. "We're going to go to the Kap house and pick up the girls and then we'll go. Besides, Rose owes me some cookies."
"Hey, keep your personal life to yourself," Jasper quipped as he walked into the room.
"Shut up," Emmett said. "Come on, whoever's coming better get a damn move on."
We piled into Emmett's Jeep and my Volvo to drive over to the Kap house. I was willing to put up with a car full of loud, obnoxious underclassmen messing up my leather seats if it meant that I got to see my Bella again.
As we walked in, she was standing in the kitchen with her back to me in front of a mixer. She was wearing a pair of incredible short pink shorts and a white shirt; I walked over and fought the urge to reach out and grab a handful of her cute, little backside. I opted to put my hand on her back instead.
"Working hard," I asked, trying to sound sexy.
She turned to me with that sweet smile and I almost melted right then and there.
"Hey, what are you up to?" She asked after I gave her a kiss. "Get tired of the Pi house?"
"Just haven't seen my girl in a while," I said as I put my arms around her.
"Are you guys going out to dinner with us?" Rosalie asked, interrupting our moment.
"I need to change first," Bella said as she wiped a bit of flour off of her shorts.
"Hey," Newton said. "We aren't going to have enough room if every girl goes with us."
"Looks like you're walking then, Newton," I said.
He flipped me off and continued to flirt shamelessly with some freshman girl – I think her name is Jessica. I turned back to my angel and beheld her adoringly.
"You don't need to change, you look beautiful."
"I'm not going out in this, it's just what I'm wearing to make cookies," she laughed. "I'll be two minutes."
She ran upstairs and Rosalie followed; they took a bit longer than expected, but when they arrived, Bella was wearing some jeans and a cute, blue top. I guessed that Rosalie had had some input on the wardrobe change.
"You look so beautiful," I said as I nuzzled her nose with my own.
"Cullen! What the hell are you doing?" Emmett yelled as he walked into the foyer.
"Emmett," Rosalie warned, "Calm down."
"Stay out of this, Rose," Emmett said as he walked towards me with an intense glare. "I want to know why my best friend is over here putting the moves on my sister."
"Em, Bella and I are dating; we haven't been together long, so that's why we haven't told you yet – it's still new to us."
"I don't care how new it is, I want it to be over…now!" Emmett said.
"Emmett, stop it! You can't tell me who I can and cannot date!" Bella said. "I'm 18."
Emmett took a deep and ran a hand over his face, "Are either one of you even considering how I might feel about this situation? You're my sister and he's my best friend – do you see the position this puts me in? What if you two break up? I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place, then."
"Are you considering how we feel, Emmett?" Bella asked. "We really like each other, and if we were to just try and ignore our feelings for your sake, we'd be miserable. Is that what you want? Do you want me to be miserable?"
"You could be happy with someone else, Bells," Emmett said.
"You're right, Em; she probably could," I said as Bella gave me a look of disbelief – I winked at her to let her know I had a plan. "But…I couldn't be happy with anyone else. So, as long as Bella is happy being with me, then I am going make damn sure I'm there for her – no matter how she needs me."
Emmett stood back and looked at me for a moment, "You really like my sister that much, Cullen?"
"More than that," I said.
He turned back to Bella, "And you would really be miserable if you couldn't see Ed?"
"Yes," she said. "I'd be down right inconsolable."
Emmett chuckled and shook his head, "God damn, my sister and my best friend. Well, you two better know what you're doing."
Sig Pi retreat (part 1)
We left right after school on Friday and drove for five hours to get to the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson. It was so beautiful, though, that it made the long trip worth it. And my company was even better looking than the scenery.
I tried to take my bags out of the back of the car and carry them to our room, but Edward wouldn't let me.
"No," he said. "You go on ahead, I'll take care of these. We're in room 311."
He handed me the key card and I followed Rosalie inside, our rooms would be right by each other.
"Great," I said unenthusiastically. "I'm guessing Emmett will be thrilled that he can check in on us at any time."
Rosalie smiled as she put her card into the reader on the front of the door; I did the same and walked into a gorgeous room with two queen-sized beds.
"Wow," I said to myself as I looked around. "This is the nicest hotel room I've ever been in."
"Did you say something?" Edward asked as he came into the room with our stuff.
"I was just saying that this is the nicest hotel room I've ever stayed in."
He smiled, "You're an easy woman to please."
He took another look around the room and frowned, "I don't think I requested this room, though."
"Really? What did you request?"
"Well, I called them last week and asked for a room with one king-size bed, not two beds."
"This will be OK," I said.
"No it won't," he said as he started out the door. "Not when it's not what I wanted."
I sat on the bed and waited for Edward to come back. After ten minutes, I decided to turn on the TV; just then, he came back in and started grabbing our bags.
"Come on, they're moving us up to the next floor."
"But, aren't they're only executive suites on the top floor?" I asked.
"Yeah," he said a bit sheepishly. "Since they screwed up our reservation, and there's no place else to put us, we get one of the suites."
"Wow, I'm impressed Cullen."
"I do live to impress you," he smiled.
We walked back to the elevator as Emmett and Rosalie were coming out of their room.
"Where are you two going?" Emmett asked. "I thought you were in 311."
"Not anymore," Edward said. "I got us a suite – room 402."
"Freakin' Cullen! You always manage to get upgrades, don't you?"
Edward just smiled as the doors closed. Once we got into our new room, I was in awe all over again.
"So, strike my previous statement – THIS is the nicest hotel room I've ever stayed in," I said.
This room had a fireplace and a plasma screen TV, plus an amazing view of the Columbia River. Edward was putting the suitcases in a closet as we heard a knock on the door.
Emmett barged in as soon as Edward opened the door. "You didn't think we were just going to let you two enjoy this nice place alone, did you?"
"I guess not," Edward said as he let Rosalie in and closed the door.
"So, are you guys ready for dinner," she said as she took in the room.
"I am," I said as I grabbed my purse and started towards the door.
We went to the restaurant in the resort and sat at a table with Jasper and his date, a Delta named Kari, and Samantha with her boyfriend, Eric. As we were waiting for our dinner to come, I noticed James staring at me from another table. He was seated next to a girl with strawberry blond hair who was also staring at me. I turned to Edward, "Do you know who the girl is over there with James?"
Edward looked over and his face suddenly went white as a sheet. I guess he knew her.
"Who is she?" I asked, not sure if I wanted to know the answer.
"Um, her name is Tanya," he said quietly as he took a swig of beer.
"Where do you know her from?"
"She used to be a Kap," Rosalie said. "She got kicked out."
"Why didn't Tanya get kicked out?" Emmett quipped. "She did everything but blow the dean, I'm pretty sure."
"And that's just because Dean Smith is a woman," Jasper said. "And Tanya only swings that way when she's drunk."
"She's just bad news," Edward said. "I don't know why James would bring her."
"I think I have a pretty good idea," Jasper said.
We enjoyed the rest of our meal in silence and ordered some dessert.
"Bells, I'm off to the bathroom, want to join?" Rosalie asked.
"Sure," I said as I left my purse with Edward and walked with Rose to the ladies' room. Once we were in there, Rosalie used one of the stalls while I stood in front of the mirror and made sure my hair was behaving. Suddenly, Victoria and that Tanya girl walked in – I thought I had sensed an evil presence approaching.
"Hi Bella, have you ever met Tanya?" Victoria asked.
"No; hi, I'm Bella," I said as I turned to acknowledge her briefly.
"Bella here is Emmett Swan's sister, she just pledged with us," Victoria said.
"And she seems to enjoy the company," Tanya said in a voice that sent chills down my spine, and not in a good way. "Particularly Edward Cullen's."
"Indeed," Victoria said. "They're the latest hot couple."
"For now," Tanya quipped.
"Shut up you two," Rosalie warned as she came out of her stall. "I know what you're trying to do, so just stop. Edward isn't the same as he used to be, and Bella knows this."
"Same as he used to be?" I asked.
"Ahhh, he didn't tell you?" Tanya asked in a baby voice. "He's had sex with just about every girl in Kap house."
"He has not," Rosalie said. "Sure, he had his bad moments, like sleeping with you, but he is a one-woman man now."
"Cheetahs don't change their spots," Tanya said. "Edward will always be a horn dog."
"If you'll excuse us," Rosalie said as she grabbed my arm. "We're leaving before we are contaminated by the likes of you."
Rose pulled me back to my seat, but the words of Tanya and Victoria were stuck in my head. And Rose didn't necessarily disagree with the whole 'Edward is a horn dog' part.
Has he slept around a lot? I need to get to the bottom of this.
OK, I know I've had some sort of shopping scene in all of my stories so far, but I tried to keep this one short. They're just so much fun to write, though! And there you have it, your Sunday two-fer!