Hi all. Here's a super short into to the story. M for language, though I don't think there's any in this chapter. Definitely cursing, sexxors, and other nonsense in later sections.
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SMeyers owns all characters as they came from her head. Too bad no lemons did...
It had been 7 years since I had seen Edward Cullen. I was finally at a point where I thought if I saw him I could remain calm; I would neither hurl towards him fruitlessly punching him until I felt better, nor would I turn into a blubbering mess and cling to his legs begging him not to leave again.
No, in the past 7 years, I had come into my own. I had gone from a hyper-fragile 17 year old who clung to the hope of a maybe-someday with her ethereal ex boyfriend who had left me in the middle of the forest after declaring that the past year had been a lie to someone stronger; a 24 year old woman with a great job in a great city, living in a great apartment. Oh did I mention that a great boyfriend was also in the picture?
His name is Seth. He was one of Jacob's friends from the reservation. He and I used to goof off with the group, but lost touch when we both went off to different colleges. He went to Florida State to experience the land of sun and humidity and I moved down south to go to Berkeley. We ran into each other during the winter break before graduation, and I am not ashamed to admit that my jaw dropped when I saw him. He was no longer then tall chunky, baby-faced friend of Jacob; he had matured into a lean but muscular grown man. He had even grown since I had last seen him, and stood at 6'5. My tiny 5'3 petite frame completely disappeared when he wrapped me up in a warm hug. We spent the following few months catching up with the guys from the res that had all already either moved back home or were on holiday from university too. However as the days went on, we began spending more and more time alone, and by the time winter break was over, he and I were meeting up hours before heading to the res to hang with everyone, just to talk and exchange horror stories from college.
New Year's Day 2 years ago
Seth and I were sitting on my front steps, enjoying the snow that both of us had grown to miss from a distance, but had grown to hate being in all over again in the 3 weeks we'd been home. His hand reached for mine which rested on my bent knees. His fingers entwined with mine and I smiled.
The first couple weeks of being home had been hard, as they always are. My past chokes me here. I drive by the turnoff that led to our meadow each time I head to the reservation. I drive by our high school regularly on the way to the only grocery store in down. Taking day trips over to Port Angeles is just a reminder of the romantic date nights we had and the first night he confessed he didn't have ability to stay away from me.
However, the past few days had been the first time I had been home and not thought of him once. Instead my thoughts were filled with Seth's smile, his warm hugs, his genuine laugh.
As we sat there, holding hands, he stared directly above him, up at the sky and sighed. "Bells, I'm going to say something and it's going to freak you the hell out, so I don't want you to overreact or go fucking girl-crazy on me, ok?"
I turned to face him, but he didn't return the gesture; he continued to stare up at the night sky.
"Well since I am a girl, that may be difficult, but I'll try," I answered, grinning.
He cleared his throat, and swallowed hard. "Well, the thing of it is, is that I kinda think, or feel… no think. I think you're really fucking hot Bells. And funny, and I think it's the cutest thing ever when you pretend to be pissed off and squint your eyes and bunch up your lips. But hell, when you do that all I can see is those lips and wish I could kiss them."
I smirked. "So why don't you?"
He head turned so fast I thought he was going to pinch a nerve or something. His eyes were wide in shock, and I raised a brow.
"For reals Bells?"
My smile broadened.
That was the first time anyone other than Edward kissed me, and the first time I let myself believe I could have a normal human life.