This was going to be amazing. That was the only thing that was able to go through my mind as I walked around my new apartment. It wasn't really my apartment, seeing as Edward pays the better portion of the rent. Still, I live here, and I just can't wait for the up-and-coming year. Alice, Edward's sister and my best friend, was supposed to come live with us, but Jasper beat us to the chase of asking her. For three years they have been dating, so I guess we couldn't say we didn't see it coming. Jasper is a really nice, sweet southern gentlemen; to say I was happy for Alice would be an understatement.
I'm sure it's obvious that I'm not dating anyone. If I was, I wouldn't have moved into an apartment, in Pittsburgh, with Edward. WE have been friends since middle school; inseparable since then. When I would have sleepovers with Alice, it was a given that Edward was invited too. Our parents had no problems with this, either. They knew we weren't doing things. Lately, as in these past few years, I've started to feel differently about Edward. We've become so close that I couldn't see myself living without him. I think I'm starting to fall for him…but I don't want to get ahead of myself now.
I've only ever had one boyfriend; Mike Newton. He was just a short-term high school fling encouraged by Alice. She figured it was best to get myself our into the world of boyfriends and kisses. It was only when i had dated Mike that I realized he wouldn't ever be like Edward, and that no one would ever be enough for me. Edward had a few girlfriends through the years, but the worst was Lauren. He had dated her for all last year, and each day it got worse and worse for me to handle. He told me, one night, that he was going to sleep with her; she would be his first time, a spot I would have killed to have. I cried all night after he told me. The next day, he found our she had been cheating on him for a few months. He was a wreck, so I invited him to sleep over my house that night. I held onto him as he cried, and helped him get to sleep. We bonded that night; he had let his guard down completely. I felt like I could share anything with him so I was more than egar to move in with him.
"Humph!" I let out a grunt as I was partially tackled from behind.
"How excited are you?" Edward said, his breath tickling my ear.
"Extremely. We should celebrate." I told him. I patted his forearm and walked out of his grip. I went into the kitchen to start making lunch.
"What do you have in mind," He asked smirking, "I know how much you love those clubs."
"You know it. I thought we could grab take-out and wine to relax at our new apartment. Later on, we could invite Alice and Jasper over."
"Sounds good to me." Edward pulled out his phone and started to call Alice. He stepped out of the room to talk to her while I finished making the grilled cheese sandwiches. He came back in as I was placing chips on the plates along with the sandwiches.
"Thank you." He reached over the counter to kiss my cheek. It was just a friendly gesture that he did quite often, but I still blushed wildly. He sat back down and began to eat.
"What time are they coming over?" I asked him as I sat in the stool next to him.
"Nine, but Alice wanted to come over a little earlier to drop something off for you."
My face drained of color.
"You can't let her play Barbie Bella. You know that's the only reason she wants to 'drop something off'. Please!" I begged him, shaking his arm vigorously.
"Oh, you'll be fine. She won't hurt you…well; you'll make it out alive." He grinned crookedly at me. I got up and stomped away.
"Wait," He grabbed me by the wrist and yanked me back, "I'm sorry. I promise if you survive this time, I'll have a special treat for you." He whispered the last part in my ear with a chuckle.
"What kind of treat?" I asked with the color coming back into my cheeks.
"A good one."
"IT better be. I'll go shower before she gets here." I told him as I turned to head down the hall. He tapped my butt lightly, and just winked when I glared at him. When he did things like that, I was crazy enough to believe he might like me back.
My shower took long than I expeted because the warm water felt so good. I even shaved my legs twice to ensure that I didn't miss a part. When I got out, I heard the door open, and Edward greet his sister. I was about to sneak quietly back into my bedroom when I heard Alice shriek.
"You get right back here!"
I trudged back into the room, clad in only a towel.
"Don't kill her Alice, please." Edward said.
"Have faith in me, I'm only here to help." She replied before adding, "I'll be in your room, if you're not there in five minutes it'll only be worse for you."
"You don't seriously think I'm going to sneak her out of the house in just a towel! Bra and underwear maybe…" His smirk and comment caused him a hard slap on his arm from my hand that wasn't holding the towel. I glared at him as Alice walked away.
"I've got to go pick up dinner and your treat. Play nice. I'll be back around five." He smiled, opening the door.
I feared what awaited me back in my room, but I knew I had to get there before she made it more painful than need-be.
"Oh Bella, you're going to love what I picked out for you." She handed me clothes and ushered me to the bathroom. I started putting on the clothes as we caught up.
"How's Jasper?" I asked.
"He's great. You have to come see our new apartment, it's wonderful. We have these neighbors, Emmett and Rosalie, and they are so funny. Emmett is always cracking jokes and Rosalie is really nice once you get to know her. I invited them to come tonight, I hope you don't mind."
"No, that's fine. Tonight will be fun." I looked at myself in the mirror. I had a black, form-fitting silk top on that sunk dangerously low on my chest. I was also wearing dark skinny jeans. I didn't look half bad.
"Once I'm done here, well, let's just say that I don't anticipate these clothes staying on too long tonight." She smiled, picking up her curling iron and getting started on my hair.
"Alice!" I said, "You know we're best friends. You know he doesn't like me like that!"
"Okay, you tell yourself that next time he stares at your ass."
"Oh, cut it, he does not stare at my ass!"
"He sure will when he sees it in those jeans. You are so welcome."
"Yeah, whatever. I don't want to push thinks with him when we just moved in together. I know, also, that I couldn't bear it if he rejected me." I told her, getting a little down on myself.
"The day will come when you both will realize how meant to be you guys are."
I mumbled a "yeah, yeah" as she finished my hair and makeup. It wasn't a long process because Alice is a master at this kind of thing. I was done within twenty more minutes.
"Well, my work here is down. I'll be back around nine with Jasper, Emmett, and Rosalie. Bye, I love you." She said as she hugged me and walked to the door.
"I love you, too." I told her, getting off the chair and walking into the living room.
I didn't know how much longer Edward was going to be out, so I wasn't really sure what to do with myself. I settled for flicking through the television stations to try to see if there was anything on to hold my attention. I had settled into some show about doctors when I heard the front door opening.
"I'm home! And I've brought food!" Edward said as he walked in with two bags in his hands, which he set on the counter in the kitchen.
"Smells good." I said as I went over to him and started pulling boxes out of the bags, "What'd you bring me?"
"A little of this, a little of that. I got spaghetti, fettuccini alfredo, and salad with a couple of breadsticks."
I grabbed two plates and set them on the counter. Edward began loading his plate up as I poured out two glasses of red wine. I set the glasses on the small dining table before I started making my plate. Once I had a little bit of each, I joined him at the table.
"This all looks so good." I told him as I began eating.
"I did good, didn't I?" He asked, looking for praise I'd guess.
"Oh yes. I'm very proud of you." I said, reaching over to pat his head. He just rolled his eyes and smiled.
"You look incredible, did I tell you that?" He always knew what to say to make me blush. I knew he was being sincere, too, because he couldn't stop staring at me.
"Thank you. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Alice invited her new neighbors, Emmett and Rosalie, over tonight."
"Alright. What are we going to do tonight?"
"I figured I'd set out some snacks and we could just all sit and talk. Or, there is always that extensive movie collection that you insisted on bringing."
"Sounds like a plan to me." He finished his glass of wine, and went back to the kitchen to refill it. He came back with the bottle, adding more in my glass before his.
"Are you trying to get me drunk?" I teased him. He knows I don't have a very high tolerance for alcohol; I was normally limited to one glass a night.
"It's always more fun when you're drunk." He winked at me.
"Haha, I'm sure it is. Are you finished with your plate?" I asked him as I stood up with mine. He handed it to me and followed me as I walked into the kitchen to get the plates washed up.
"Do you want your treat now?"
"Of course." I told him as I set the plates in the sink.
"Hold on one second, go in the living room and I'll bring it to you."
I looked at him skeptically for a second before I did as he asked. I was only sitting there for a couple of minutes before he came in and joined me on the couch. He smiled and handed me a dessert plate with the best looking cheesecake on it.
"You did not." I said, looking at the plate in shock. It seemed like ages since I've had cheesecake.
"I did so." He replied, handing me the plate. I set it down and practically jumped on him.
"Thank you!" I screamed, throwing my arms around his neck. He patted my back a couple of times and chuckled.
"Thank you, it seems you've taught me a new trick. Anytime I want a girl on me I'll just hand them cheesecake."
I rolled my eyes at him and dug in. It tasted so good, it was ridiculous.
"Mmm, this is so yummy." I said, closing my eyes and smacking my lips. I opened my eyes and saw him looking intently at me; his green eyes were vibrant.
"Can I try some, please?" He asked, not tearing his eyes away from mine.
Instead of answering him, I scooped some onto my index finger, and reached it out to him. As he went to suck on it, I moved it away from him and smeared it all over his cheek.
"You did not just do that." Edward looked at me, incredulously.
"I just did that." I told him seriously. He had this mischievous glint in his eyes, and before I knew it, I was launched backwards on the couch, his hands flying all over my sides.
"No, Ed...ward….please….I…m sorry!" I choked out, barely able to breathe. He stopped but his hands still held me in place at my sides. He leaned down and I immediately thought he was going to kiss me. I tensed up in excitement. When I thought our lips were about to touch, he ducked his head down next to my cheek to rub the cheesecake that was on his cheek onto mine.
"Two can play that game, sweetie." He whispered in my ear as he hopped off me chuckling.
I just sat there in awe, until I heard the doorbell ring.
If what just happened was a sign of how the rest of the night was going to go, then it was going to be one hell of a good time.
AN: this is my first fan fiction that I'm actually putting on this website. Please tell me what you think about it, any critizism is welcome!