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For the Love of the Game-Chapter 20
Coming home from Forks was harder than I had originally thought. I had realized how much I missed hanging out with my dad. Plus now I had two more people I could visit, Carlisle and Esme. They were two of the nicest, kind-hearted people I had ever met. As we were leaving they told me I was welcome in their home whenever I was in tow, with or without Edward. I was truly at a loss for words. They almost seemed too good to be true, but at times so did Edward. I guess it must have run in the family.
Now that we were returning I had to worry about moving into Edward's apartment. This was going to be a big change for me. I was looking forward to it, but I hadn't lived with anyone but my dad since I got out of college. I'm definitely going to be out of my comfort zone here, but no matter what I know that Edward will help me through it. Once the All-Star break was over, the Mariners were in town for a three-game series before hitting the road for a 10 games in 11 days road trip. He wanted me to travel with him again, but I wanted to get myself situated at his apartment first.
I was so bummed that I was going to have to go on the road right after Bella would be moving in with me. We had talked about her maybe flying out near the end of the trip so that way she could at least spend some time with me. I couldn't have been happier though. At this time in my life, I was about to have the woman that I loved move in with me. We would be able to wake up in each other's arms and hopefully this will lead to me making her Mrs. Edward Cullen, and then having miniature Bellas and Edwards running around.
Tonight I had a game, it was the first game since we got back from Forks, I was hoping Bella would be there, but she had spent all day moving some of her boxes into my apartment and unpacking her necessities. She told me she would do her best to get there as I kissed her goodbye before I headed to the ballpark.
After I had arrived, Emmett and Jasper (who I congratulated again on his wonderful All-Star game) asked me how my trip to Forks and I told them all about it, and how as we were speaking Bella was moving all of her stuff into my apartment. They were excited for me, but warned me that we were moving a little fast and that maybe we should slow things down a bit, but I reassured them, that there were things that Bella and I just weren't ready for in our relationship and moving in with each other wasn't one of those things. Normally I get text messages from Bella before every game and there was a long while that I thought I wasn't going to get one, but as I was getting ready to head out on the field my phone buzzed on the shelf of my locker. The message read, There's a surprise for you sitting out in the stands…Me. xoxo B. I was so happy that she could be there, I knew she would do her best, but I also wanted her to be situated at home too.
I had unpacked my boxes from the day, the ones that I felt I would need the most and got ready to go to the game. I told Edward I would do my best to get down to Safeco Field to watch him play, but I didn't know how much time I would need to get situated at home. It ended up being less than I thought. Before the game, I called Charlie and told him that I wanted him to come down after the Mariners were on their road trip so that way we could go to a game together and he could see where Edward and I were living. That trip made me miss home so much more.
Before the start of the game I know that Edward waits for a text message from me, so once I was in the stands I sent him one, letting him know that I was there and that we wouldn't have to meet at Starbucks after the game, or even at home. Home. It was nice to be able to call Edward's apartment home. I was worried about how fast our relationship was moving, but we were always communicating with each other, so I decided to talk to him later tonight about some things that were on my mind about our relationship.
Edward had another fantastic game, which didn't surprise me. I think I made him love baseball again. I gave him a purpose to play. That's more pressure than I would ever need, but if he's happy than so am I. I'm just excited to get back to school and share all my Mariners stories with my new students this year. What would they think when they find out that I am dating Edward Cullen, a Mariner himself. I can just picture jaws dropping thinking about it. What surprised me was that Edward didn't make the All-Star team. He was one of the best center-fielders in the game I would have at least thought that he would have been taken as a reserve player, but its okay because I got to spend those days with him in Forks with our parents.
When I saw Bella in the stands I sent her a smile and played with all my heart. Every game I played for her. After the game was over and we were at home relaxing, Bella said she wanted to talk to me about some things. I was worried at first that she wasn't happy, but then I saw the smile on her face and knew that it wasn't anything bad.
"Edward, I was thinking that we might be taking our relationship too fast. I mean we just met on Opening Day which was 4 months ago."
"I know Bella, but with you I don't know what to do. I just want to be with you all the time. Sometimes I even picture what our future would be like. Married with kids and a house with a picket fence and a dog."
"You really picture our future?"
"Of course I do. Don't you?"
"Every time I daydream."
"Then you know that this is right. I'm not going to push you to do anything that you don't want to do and I know that you're going to do the same for me. I'm not worried about the pace of our relationship because with you by my side I feel like I can conquer anything."
"Why do you always do that?"
"Dazzle me and know exactly the right thing to say to make me feel better."
"It's my job as your boyfriend to make you feel better."
"Well thank you. I'm glad we talked about all that stuff, I was thinking about it today while I was unpacking."
"Are Alice and Rosalie coming over tomorrow to help you move more of your things?"
"Yep. I'm excited to spend more time with them and get to know them a little bit better. I think we might be going to the game and sitting in the "wives and girlfriends" section, so I won't be in my usual seats."
"I don't like it when you sit there, but at least you'll be there."
"I don't like sitting there either; I might have to extend my number of seats from two to three so that way all of us girls can sit out there. I have a perfect view of you and the dugout. Alice can have a nice view of Jasper and Rosalie can catch any home-runs that Emmett hits."
"Sounds like you have it all figured out."
"I might want to change my package um tomorrow."
"Whatever you want as long as you're happy."
"By the way, I wanted to let you know that my dad is going to come to a game when you guys get back from your road trip. Our trip home made me miss Forks and my family way too much."
I looked at the clock and realized that we had been up for a lot longer than I expected us to be. "Bells, I think it's time for us to go to bed. We both have crazy, hectic days tomorrow. And you can't hide another yawn from me."
"Alright Edward let's go to bed. Together for the first time at home."
"I love it when you call this home."
"I do too; now let's go to bed, after all it was your suggestion." We both laughed as we headed to bed to get some shut eye before the next day.