After we left the diner, I took Bella and Kailee to the park, so Bella and I could talk and Kailee could play. I had no idea what it was when I came to Bella. I felt so protective of her and I've only known her less than a week.

"Edward, I'm so sorry that you have been dragged into all this. I never meant for anybody to find out." Bella said as she played with her hands. I started to notice this whenever she got nervous.

"Bella, it's okay, I'm glad that I could be there for you…there is something I need to tell you." I said nervously. I had no idea about how to do this, but here went nothing…

"That blonde lady back there, with Jacob, was Kailee's mother." I said as I sighed.

"That Lauren girl?" Bella asked stunned.

"I haven't seen or talked to her since she walked out when Kai was three. She signed over her rights as a mother." I said as I looked out towards my beautiful sweet daughter. Lauren had no idea what she was missing. I couldn't imagine what it would be like no to have Kailee in my life.

"Oh Edward, how could she do that? Kailee is so sweet and adorable." Bella said as she as looked towards Kailee also. I could see how much Bella loved that little girl already. Bella tried to make Kailee happy when I was late to pick her up from school. I knew that Kailee loved Bella too, from the way she talked about her.

"Daddyyyyyyyyyyy, Bellaaaaaaaa! LOOK!" Kailee yelled at us as she did the monkey bars all by herself. I smiled proudly, as did Bella.

"Good job, baby." I said as Kailee waved at us and ran over to the sand box.

"I know, I look at Kai every day and I couldn't picture life without her. It pains me that Lauren could do that. I hate seeing Lauren grow up without a mother, but she does have Rose and Alice. Even if they do teach her how to get her way and going from being sassy too sweet in less than a minute." I said. I felt like I was rambling. I looked over at Bella and gave her a smile. She smiled back. I felt like I could tell this girl anything and everything, and for some strange reason I wanted to know her approval that I was doing okay.

"Edward, I think- " Bella started but stopped herself.

"Hey, it's okay, you can tell me anything." I encouraged as I put my hand on top of hers.

"I want to press charges against him." Bella said very nervously. She looked as tears came to her eyes.

"I think that is a very good idea." I said. I squeezed her hand and she squeezed back.

"But I don't think I can, I mean what if he comes after me. What if that only makes him madder then he already is. What if…if…" She started crying.

"What if what?" I asked her, afraid of what she might say.

"Well he said that if I ever told the cops that he would kill me." Bella said as she lost it. She started sobbing. I did the only thing I knew what to do when girls cry. I put my arms around her and pulled her close.

"Bella, I won't ever let him hurt you. I promise, it will be okay." I said into her hair. I rubbed soothing circles on her back and let her cry.


Over the next few weeks Bella and I just got closer. She went back to teaching that next Monday after everything happened. She came over at least once a week and babysat Kailee when I had to work shifts at the hospital, or had a class of some sort. I could honestly say that she was one of my best friends.

The day after she told that she wanted to press charges I took her to the police station. She told me how her dad use to be the chief of police here until he got killed in the line of duty three years before. I could how much she missed him just the way she talked.

I held her hand as she gave her report and told her everything was gunna be okay after it was all said and done. After we left the station, Bella and I went to pick up Mexican food for us, Kailee, Alice and Jasper.

My sister was being great through this whole ordeal. I knew she loved Bella already and wanted her to be safe. She and Jasper were always willing to watch Kai if they weren't busy. I knew that they were trying to have a baby of their own but it was hard for them. Jasper was an up and coming lawyer. He loved helping the underdogs. He mostly helped kids that were in bad situations.

Alice was on her way to be a fashion designer. She mostly designed for kids and babies. I had to say she was very good at her job. Her designs were girly and fun. I knew that all the girls at Kailee's school were wearing her stuff.

"Penny for your thoughts?" Bella said once we were in the car. I must have been thinking for a long time.

"I was just thinking about Alice and Jasper and how much they loved you already." I said honestly.

"I love them. I feel like Alice is the sister I never had and Jasper is just great. I know he really loves Ali a lot. That's all the really matters, I hope one day I have someone who loves me that much." Bella said. If only she knew how much already was feeling for her. It was crazy. We've known each other for barely three months and she already knew everything about me.

"You will, you're a great catch." I said as she blushed. I loved making her blush and knowing that I could.

"Mr. Cullen, are you flirting with me?" Bella said after she recovered.

"Why, yes Ms. Swan, I am." I said as she giggled. I reached over and grabbed her hand. Our relationship was, well, it was complicated. I knew she wasn't ready for anything yet, and she was still jumpy around me sometimes. We did cuddle when we watched movies and we held hands. To her I guess I was being a good friend, to me I loved touching her and being close to her.

When we got to the apartment I grabbed the bags of food and closed the door. I handed Bella the keys and she unlocked the door.

Kailee heard us and she ran up to Bella and hugged her legs.

"I missed you Bells." Kailee said as she loosed her death grip on Bella.

"Hey, what about Daddy?" I asked her.

"Oh, Daddy I missed you. But I see you every day." Kai said as she ran back to Alice and Jasper.

"Hey guys, we brought food." Bella said to them as she got the plates out. I just looked at her. I made me happy to think that she was comfortable here.

"Great, I'm starving. Edward doesn't have any food." Jazz said as he took a plate from Bella.


Over the next few hours Kailee, Alice, Jasper, Bella and I watched movies. Around 9 Alice and Jazz left after putting Kailee to bed.

"I had fun today." Bella said as she stood to leave.

"Me too… Bella, I,.." I couldn't find the words to say what I needed to so I did the only thing I could.

I kissed her.

It was everything I thought it would be and more.