Small Town Southern Living

by CrazedCullenLover (a.k.a. Kitti)

A/N: Howdy ya'll! I'm back with another story. I hope you enjoy this one because it should be very authentic. Yes, I'm from the South, so I know what it's like down here. Anyway, I'll let you read now.

Disclaimer: I don't own Twilight and I never will. I'm not sayin' it again.

Full Summary:

Edward Cullen has just found out that his girlfriend of two years has been cheating on him with his best friend while they were out celebrating his twenty-first birthday in downtown Chicago, Edward's hometown. He's heartbroken and when his parents find out, they ask him to visit them in their vacation house… in Alabama. In a tiny suburban town about twenty miles away from Greenville, Alabama to be exact. With a population of 859, this is the smallest town that Edward has ever been to and he's not happy about it. He convinces himself that it will be good for him to get away from the big city… supposedly. But while in Alabama, Edward meets a sweet southern girl by the name of Bella Swan. Will she help him get over his broken heart or will he continue going through life with it left in pieces? All Human. AU. Edward and Bella.

Soundtrack: Brokenheartsville by Joe Nichols

Chapter 1: Brokenheartsville

(Edward's POV)

"Come on, Edward. Let's go," my friend James called.

"I'm coming," I called back as I locked my door (I was staying in my parents' house) and ran out to jump into his car. I slid into the back where I was greeted by a pair of lips that I knew very well. I kissed Tanya back and smiled at her when we broke apart.

"Happy birthday, babe," she said as she kissed me again.

"Thanks," I said as I pulled her against my side. "So where're we going?"

"You'll like it. It's this new club that opened a few months back," James told me. I nodded and waited as we made our way through the Chicago traffic.

And yes, it's my birthday and I'm now officially twenty-one and legal. I was spending my birthday with my girlfriend Tanya and my best friend James. My parents were on vacation right now with my sister Alice in some rinky-dink town in Alabama. I didn't hold it against them for being away on my birthday, they deserved a vacation.

We finally pulled up in front of a brightly lit club and I pulled Tanya out of the car and towards the entrance with James following close behind. We made our way into the club and James led over to a private room that he had reserved for the occasion. Some of our other friends were waiting for us there. They all wished me a happy birthday and then we all dispersed into the club.

"Come on, babe. Let's go dance," Tanya said over the music that could be heard through the walls of the room.

"Alright," I said, giving in to her request. She pulled me from my seat and dragged me out into the mass of dancing people.

Tanya and I danced for a little while and then she told me she was thirsty. I told her that I would get her something and then I made my way through the crowd and towards the bar. It took the bartender a while to actually get to me so that he could ask me for my drink, so when I finally got her drink it had been almost twenty minutes.

I went out onto the dance floor where I had left Tanya and I couldn't find her, so I went to look for her in the room that we had rented and she wasn't there either.

I walked out of the room and scanned the dance floor one more time and then I saw a flash of strawberry blond hair in the back corner, so I moved in that direction. I maneuvered my way over to the back corner and when I got there I stopped dead in my tracks.

Pressed up against the wall and kissing my best friend was Tanya. She was all over him, just like he was all over her. "Tanya?" My voice just barely came out of my mouth.

She looked up and gasped when she saw me. James turned around and his eyes widened we he saw me. Tanya pulled away from James and came towards me. "Edward, babe. It's not what it looks like. I---" I held up my hand to tell her to stop.

"I don't want to hear it. I know what I saw," I told her. It felt like I was freezing from the inside out. She opened her mouth again to try to say something, but I cut her off again. "Thanks, guys. Best birthday ever."

I turned on my heel and made my way through the masses of people and out the door. I pulled out my cell phone and called a cab.

The cab pulled up in front of me and I climbed in and told the cabdriver my address and off we went.

After I got back to my house and had paid the cabdriver, I walked slowly up the sidewalk to my front door and unlocked it without thinking about anything.

My brain wasn't comprehending what had just happened. Tanya and I had been dating for almost two years now and James had been my best friend for most of my life. What did I do to deserve this?

I went straight to my room and climbed into my bed, not even changing into my pajamas. I laid down in the darkened room and pulled the covers over my head and tried not to think about anything.

The next morning, I was woken up by the sound of the phone ringing shrilly through the house. I was going to just let it ring, but it never stopped, so I got out of bed and answered it.

"Hello?" I said grumpily into the phone. I wasn't in the mood to be courteous.

"Edward?" I heard my mother's voice say from the other side of the line. "Is everything all right?" she asked, sounding concerned.

I grunted into the phone, avoiding the question. She seemed to notice that I didn't want to talk about it, so she changed the subject. "How did your birthday go, dear? Did you have fun?"

I barked out a harsh laugh. "Oh yeah. Boatloads," I said, my voice sounding monotone.

She was quiet for a moment. "Honey, will you please tell me what happened? I don't like hearing you sound like this."

I sighed. I knew that my mom only wanted to help me, but I wasn't sure that I could talk about it yet, so I told her half the truth. "Tanya and I broke up last night," I told her quietly.

She gasped. "Oh, honey. I'm so sorry. Are you okay? Do you want to talk about it?"

I shook my head and then I realized that she couldn't see me. "Um, not right now. Maybe later," I said, just wanting to calm her down.

"Okay, if you're sure." She still sounded very concerned.

"I'm sure," I said, wanting to drop the subject and she did.

"Well, the reason I called was that I wanted to ask you something and I want you to think it through before you make your decision," she said. As soon as she said that, I knew that this was going to be something that I wasn't going to enjoy.

"And the question was?" I prompted her. I might as well get this over with.

"I was wondering if you might consider coming down here for a little while," she suggested gently. She knew that I've never been out of the city and there's a reason for that. Small towns have never been my thing and I really didn't want to start right now.

"I don't know, Mom," I said slowly into the phone.

"It might be good for you to get out of the city and we all miss you terribly," she said, still trying to convince me. "And Alice really wants you to meet Jasper." Jasper was Alice's boyfriend who she had met a year ago when she went down to our southern vacation house with our parents last year. He lived in the tiny town that the house was near. Alice goes to school down there, so she gets to see him regularly.

I knew she was trying really hard to get me to come down there. "I still don't know. Alabama? I'm not really feeling it, Mom," I said, trying not to sound to harsh about it. I didn't want my mom to have to feel as bad as I did right now.

"Oh, please, honey. Just for a little while. If you don't like it after a few weeks, we'll buy you another ticket back to Chicago." Now I knew that she really wanted me to come down there.

I sighed and gave in. "Fine. I'll come for a few weeks, but no longer than that." I made sure that she understood that last part. I didn't want to have to be down there for too long.

"This'll be good for you, Edward. I know it will be," she said. I knew that she was smiling on the other side of the phone.

"I'm sure it will be an interesting experience," I said, sarcasm dripping from every word.

"Now don't be like that, Edward. You might come to find that you might actually like it down here. It's a lovely place," she scolded gently.

I sighed. "If you insist. Well, if you want me to be there anytime soon, then I've got to pack. I'll see you in a few days, I guess."

"Alright, dear. I love you, honey. Oh, and your plane ticket is in the desk in the study," she told me.

I had to smile a little bit. It's like she already knew that I would be coming for a visit. "Alright, Mom. Love you, too. Bye."

"Bye, dear," she said before she hung up the phone. I hung up the phone and trudged back up to my room. I looked around my room and saw a picture of Tanya and I on my nightstand. I walked over to it and placed it facedown without even looking at it again.

I knew that my parents would be expecting me within the next two days, so I started gathering up clothes and other things that I would need for my trip.

It took me about two hours to pack everything that I would need for the trip. I gathered my suitcase and I grabbed my ticket and made my way to my car and piled everything into the back and then I drove towards the airport.

A few hours later, I was in the air and flying towards the Birmingham International Airport in Alabama. I leaned back in my seat and looked out my window. Maybe my mother was right and this would be good for me. I sighed. I could only hope.

Here's to the past, they can kiss my glass.
I hope she's happy with him
Here's to the girl, who wrecked my world,
That angel who did me in.
I think the devil drives a Coupe de Ville.
I watched 'em drive away over the hill,
Not against her will, an' I've got time to kill,
Down in Brokenheartsville.
Brokenheartsville - Joe Nichols

A/N: Well, I hope you guys liked that. Review and tell me if I should continue this story. I have a feeling that this might be a pretty good story. Please review and tell me what you think.

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Until later then,

Peace out, girl scouts!

Kitti :)