A/n: Sorry it's taken so long…but now I'm updating to make it all better!
I kind of had an authors block on how everything is going to play out but I guess I'm just going to figure it out as I go…
I knew I had to do something.
I had to go over and probably physically drag the two guys over to Rose and Alice. As much as I didn't want to do anything, I felt like I had to because of everything that they have done for me, and I couldn't let them pass an opportunity like this up because I knew they wouldn't go over there themselves. They were just to chicken and would let themselves believe admiring from a distance would be just fine for them. But I knew they would regret it later if they did.
I also kind of just wanted to see the gorgeous guy up close…
I took a deep breath to boost up my confidence, I barely had any because I was surrounded by insanely beautiful people and I was just ordinary ole' Bella. But then again, I wouldn't get as much attention which was a good thing.
I looked straight at Emmett and Jasper and started forward. But they barely noticed me coming because they still had their eyes glued to Rose and Alice. But the looks on their faces weren't the ones that just screamed "Damn, I'll tap that fine ass!" , but were ones of true admiration and love. Which was sort of strange since this was probably the first time they have seen them besides, maybe, in a magazine or something like that.
As I got closer I noticed that I was getting really close to the gorgeous guy, but it wasn't because I was walking towards him since I was still a good ten feet away from where all of the guys were standing in the first place, and I was only about five feet away from the bronze-haired beauty.
Now I could see him in detail and if I thought the sight before of him from a distance took my breath away, then I should definitely be suffocating right now. He was beautiful! He had the most striking features. Bright, emerald green eyes and soft lips. His chiseled jaw and nose just made those more amazing and prominent.
And his beauty just made the confidence I had boosted myself up with a minute ago pop like a balloon shoved up against a bed of sharp nails. It made me want to run home and hide behind all of the designer clothes that Alice had forced into my closet. But I knew I couldn't and I knew I had to at least get the guys numbers for them.
Then I remembered my hood was down and my beautiful scar was on display. (Feel free to load that last sentence up with tons of sarcasm.) My scar was hideous and I hated it, it was just another sucky reminder of that day.
And I didn't want to give the amazing man in front of me even more reason to look down on me. Because he was probably just to tell me to tell my friends to back off because his friends are happily married and don't like girls screaming at them.
So I put up my hood and kept looking towards where Rose's and Alice's lovers were standing. They still had those weird looks on their faces and hadn't moved a muscle during the whole about 10 minutes of first noticing each other. I was hoping to just sneak past this Greek god and make my way over to his friends to get their numbers, I wanted to avoid all contact possible with him…..But my plan didn't go that well.
When I was almost right next to him I took a shaky breath and tried to walk past him. I almost smiled to myself when I thought I had escaped his presence, but then I felt a strong hand on my arm. It gave me a weird tingling sensation up my arm and I yelped as he spun me towards him. None of his movements were rough at all, they were smooth and gentle. My decision to avoid all contact possible with him was definitely not going well.
When we were facing each other I tried to avoid looking directly at his face. But when he started talking I didn't really have a choice.
"Hey," He said in a friendly way sort of like he knew me.
I reluctantly looked up at him and I was los in his eyes and in his beautifully sculpted features. He was absolutely stunning and he wasn't even trying…
"Um, uh…hi," I finally managed to get out.
"I'm Edward Masen 'slash' Cullen," he said as he held his hand out to me. I hesitated a minute before taking his hand into my own.
"Bella…Swan. Bella Swan." I said feeling a stronger tingling in my hand. It was like I was being electrocuted…but in a good way.
Edward chuckled and let go of my hand. When he let go I felt something was missing without his touch. It was freaking me out since I just met this guy literally just a second ago.
"So what were you going to do with my friends over there?" He asked gesturing towards Emmett and Jasper.
"Oh, um, well. Emmett and Jasper are sort of the subject of my two best friends stalking…" I said awkwardly.
"Holy shit! You know their names?!" His reaction sort of shocked me but I guess it was normal since we obviously had never even seen each other before.
"Uh, yeah. That's all Rosalie and Alice talk about…and I was kind of wondering if I could get their numbers for them, since they are too afraid to do it them selves."
"Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a minute. Do you mean Rosalie and Alice as in Rosalie Hale and Alice Brandon talk about and stalk Emmett and Jasper?" He asked looking back towards the girls and then to me again, his eyes wide with shock.
"Um…yes. They don't stop talking about them and they are sort of obsessive and sorry about the screaming a second ago." I said and felt a stupid blush crawl its way up into my cheeks.
"No way! And don't be sorry. Trust me Emmett is screaming like a little girl inside right now too. And Jasper's not far from it." He said with a dazzling smile. But I was confused as to why Emmett and Jasper would be like that too.
He saw the confused look on my face and chuckled. Then he started to elaborate.
"Well they are the same way about Rosalie and Alice. Alls they do when we aren't out on a call is talk about them and go through all their magazines. I mean we barely have enough money to be here shopping because of all the magazines they buy." He said the last part with sarcasm.
I was shocked and happy and exited all at the same time. This was great! They really had a chance now. They could be happy and I felt like it was karma coming to repay them. They took me and cared for me when they could have turned me down and sent me out to one of my great-aunts or uncles. It was the best feeling ever and I really needed them to meet each other.
"Are you okay?" Edward's voice rang through my thoughts and I looked up at him, confused.
"Yeah, I'm fine. Why?" I asked and then I felt something warm roll down my cheek. These stupid tears just won't leave me alone!
"Oh, sorry. I'm okay." I said before he had the chance to tell me I was crying, which I already knew.
"Alright, well, um, would you and your friends like to have dinner somewhere with me and the guys? So we all can have a chance to get to know each other?" He suggested
I didn't even have to think about my answer because I knew I wouldn't let myself pass up the opportunity. But I didn't want to go out in public because you never know what Alice might do. Knowing her she would either scream or faint in the middle of a restaurant.
"YES!! I mean, yeah. That would be great. We could all go to our house and have dinner; I don't want Alice to cause a scene if we went somewhere public." I said with a laugh.
"That would be fine…um we have a couple more hours on shift but, we get off around two so we are available later tonight, if that's okay with you all?" He asked and I noticed his eyes kept flickering to the left occasionally and then back to me. It was sort of odd…until I realized why he was doing it.
My hood had slid back since we had been talking and he could see my scar. I got self conscious and flipped it back up as fast as I could and I was really nervous all of the sudden. We were getting along and everything and I really hoped he didn't think I was a freak or something. I looked back up at him and he looked really guilty and I didn't know why. It's not like it was his fault I had this goddamned scar on my face.
"Um…uh…yeah, so do you want my number and address and stuff?" I asked hesitantly hoping he hadn't decided to not come now.
"Yeah. I'll give you mine too. Do you have a cell phone on you?" He asked as he pulled out a nice looking cell phone from his pocket.
My old phone had melted along with everything else that was in my room but Alice and Rose had gotten me a new one. It was nice enough, and I was thankful for what I did have.
"Yeah, hang on a sec," I said as I pulled it out of my back pocket.
I opened it up and went to my contacts and pushed the button to add a new contact. I typed in 'Edward Cullen' and handed my phone to him. He apparently had done the same thing on his phone and bumped into my hand with his. We both smiled and took our phones from each other. He had typed in 'Isabella' in the name box and that confused me. I didn't remember ever telling him my whole name and he didn't put my last name either. But I just went on to assume it was common for someone to have Isabella for a whole name if they call themselves Bella. So I typed in my number and saved it as my mobile phone. I was 146th contact and my confidence took another blow. He was probably only my 10th contact. Which was pretty sad. I sighed and handed the phone back to Edward.
He gave me mine back too and he spoke up again.
"So…what about your address?" he asked and I thought about it for a minute.
"Well, you can just call me and tell me when you guys are ready to come." I said and he nodded.
"So maybe around five or so? Is that a good time?" He suggested and he glanced at Rosalie and Alice.
I looked at my watch and saw that it was twelve-thirty. And I laughed to myself.
"Yeah that's fine, but I don't know how Rose and Alice will feel about having only about five hours to get ready." I said and looked up at him.
He laughed a deep laugh and shook his head.
"I'm not kidding." I said in a very serious voice. And he stopped laughing.
"Um…" he started but it was time to go because part of me really wasn't kidding about them getting ready.
"Well, I have to go so I guess I will see you, Emmett, and Jasper later…" I said and looked up into his eyes.
"I wouldn't miss it." He said with so much sincerity, it gave me butterflies in my stomach.
"Bye," I said as I was about to turn.
"Bye Bella," He said and walked back over to the guys who were still standing there motionless. I knew they must've broken a world record. It was like they were statues.
I turned on my heel and walked back over to the girls, who seemed to be hyperventilating. I smiled at them.
"Come on girls! You only have five hours to get ready!" I said as I stopped in front of them.
"FIVE HOURS?!?!?!" They both screeched at the top of their lungs in unison.
I laughed to myself. "Yup."
I turned around to see Edward standing there laughing like it was nobody's business. I gave him a pointed look that said "I told you so".
I was stuck with the duty of unpacking all the groceries because as soon as we got home Alice and Rose just decided to throw all the groceries in the kitchen and rush to go get ready. I told him the whole story in the car and Alice almost wrecked the car when I told her they were coming to our house. The only part I left out was that the guys were stalking them back. I decided to let them figure it out on their own and just see how awkward things might get.
At the moment I was trying to clean up the haphazard array of grocery bags that was all over the kitchen floor. It was a good thing I was the one who carried in the bags that had the bread and eggs in them because if I didn't then it would have been a disaster.
Once I had all the bags up and everything was put away in its right place I gathered up all the empty bags, put half in the recycle and the other half in the cabinet to have if we need them for something later. My mom always did that so it sort of rubbed off on me.
I started cleaning up the kitchen a little bit before I cleaned myself up. I washed the dishes and wiped down the counters. When I was finished I shuffled my way into my room.
Alice and Rose were fighting about what to where and how to do their hair and whatnot. It was amusing to hear them fight over something as stupid as hair. But then again they fought over a one calorie difference between cheeses earlier. It was ridiculous.
When I got in my room I took off my hoodie and sat on my bed. I really needed my cat right now. He used to lay on my lap and purr while I petted him and told him everything about my life. I wanted to tell him about Edward now, and how I got tingles when we touched, which sounds so cheesy but it was actually real. I picked up my little picture frame and took in everything about it. How happy we looked and how carefree we were. We were a really great family and we did almost everything together. I really needed them right now. I just wanted to hear their voices again. I wondered if I called my house phone if it might go to our voicemail. So I tried. It skipped right to the voicemail of course but the recording was all static-y and broken. It only gave me bits and pieces of their voices. I hung up and threw my phone at the ground. And of course my eyes started to leak and I started to sob. I was glad that Alice and Rose were too busy yelling at each other so they wouldn't hear me, because the last thing I needed was for them to be all over me with hugs and their own tears. I just couldn't handle that.
I put the picture down and attempted to wipe the tears of my cheeks and pull myself together. I got up and walked into my bathroom. I didn't bother looking at myself in the mirror, and just stripped off my clothes and hopped into the shower. I washed and conditioned my hair and scrubbed my body down. I decided to shave because I was starting to get grossed out by my lack of shaving in the past couple of days… Then I just sat in there for a couple more minutes and let the water try to soothe my tense muscles and just help me relax.
I finally decided I had been in there long enough since the water was starting to get cold, so I turned it off and stepped out of the shower. I wrapped a towel around my body and got some lotion and rubbed it on my arms and legs and chest.
I wiped the fog off of the mirror so I could see myself and I grabbed my burn ointment that Carlisle had prescribed me with. I had to put it on everyday and it was kind of tapping on my last nerve. But I didn't want it to turn all scabby and gross.
When I was done with everything in the bathroom I walked back out into my room and went into my closet. I found a pair of skinny blue-jeans and a cobalt blue tank-top. I had had a pair of matching ballet flats that were more like slippers to me. I went over to my mirror and started to blow-dry my hair so it would look okay and cover up my scar a little bit since I wasn't going to wear a hoodie because Alice would personally kill me for not being presentable in front of her future husband.
When my hair was done I let it fall around my shoulders so it covered up nicely. Then I put on a necklace and a couple of bracelets and walked over to my bed again. I picke my phone off the floor when I saw it flashing.
I had a missed call from 'Edward Cullen'. I started to panic. I didn't know what to do. I was pretty sure I was supposed to call like any normal person. So I did.
"Hello?" I heard a velvety voice ask.
"Hi, it's Bella. Did you call?" I answered like an idiot. Of course he called!
"Yeah I did. Its four forty-five so I was wondering if it was okay if we could come over now?" He asked.
"HOLY SHIT! Oh my God! I totally lost track of time and I was in the shower! I cant believe this!" I yelled into the phone.
"Whoa, calm down. What's wrong?" he asked and I felt so bad.
"I forgot to make dinner! I'm so sorry! I'm such an idiot!" I said frantically into the phone because I knew I was letting Rose and Alice down now.
"You're not an idiot An-Bella. We can go pick something up. Do you guys like Olive Garden?" He asked and I noticed he was about to call me a different name but I just forgot about it.
"Oh my gosh! Thank you so, so much! Yes, we like anything! I'm really sorry and I will totally pay you back…!" I said apologetically.
"No, its fine, really! We will be there in about twenty minutes…But I need directions first…" He said and he sounded embarrassed for some reason.
"Oh yeah, um, it's 4539 Thistle Drive. It's the first left after the Forks Country Club. It's a big yellow house; it's kind of hard to miss." I explained to him and he chuckled at the last part.
"Okay well,- excuse me for a second." He said. And then I listened to what was going on in the back round which was odd.
"EMMETT! I swear to God if you don't stop with the whip cream I'm going to kill you!" Edward yelled.
"I'd like to see you try Eddie-boy! Bring it on baby!" I heard a big voice answer back which I was guessing was Emmett.
"If I find any of that on the couch or on the floor, so help me God, I will rip each and every one of your fingers off, cover them with whip cream and shove them down your throat and we'll see how amusing whip cream can be then!" Edward yelled again and I was getting kind of freaked out.
"Okay, sorry about that Bella. We will be there soon with everything, see you later." He said apologetically.
"It's okay, and thank you! Bye Edward!" I said and hung up the phone.
I ran out of my room and yelled to Rose and Alice that they only had 20 minutes left and I started to do some last minute cleaning and tried to put away anything that might be to girly for the male eyes to see, and/or embarrassing. . Because the last thing I needed was three guys to see a magazine that was filled with naked guys and that was Rose's and Alice's thing. Not mine.
Once all that was accomplished I got down some margarita mixes, just in case somebody wanted one. I set the table and just as I put the last plate down, the doorbell rang and I heard Rosalie and Alice's shrieks of anticipation and excitement and I felt the butterflies start up in my stomach.
I went up to the door, and turned the knob.
A/n: OKAY!! LONG CHAPTER!! I got my brain to work now and I know what is going on now!! I know what's going to happen! Yay for me!
Okay now if you want Edwards POV of this chapter then tell me please, because if you don't want it of the beginning, I'm just going to do the second half and switch to Bella's POV. Alright, now that my butt is officially numb I think I'm going to go to bed. Its one o'clock in the morning.