"I'm not sure we should be doing this, Brad," Beth said to me as I pulled my car into the parking lot of La Cantina. We had left Jenna at our parent's house so we could carry out my plan. I was thankful I had heard Bella's ass of a boyfriend suggest this place to her as they were leaving otherwise I would have had to prolong my revenge.
I turned to face Beth, confusion etched onto my face. "What do you mean, B? You were just prepared to help me. This is the girl who took my heart, broke it in two with a knife, stomped and spit on it and then set it on fire! I just want to show her what that pain feels like." She snorted.
"Okay, I get that she hurt your feelings by not liking you back, but I doubt the injuries to your heart are that serious. Do your really want to ruin her relationship like this? That's a little selfish, don't you think?"
"Selfish? Are you kidding me? I'm doing this for the both of us, B!"
"And what makes that so? How is ruing this girls relationship going to benefit me? What do I get out of this?" I sighed. I knew Beth. If anyone was selfish here, it was her. The only reason she was having second thoughts was because she didn't think she was getting something out of this. I had known all along that she wouldn't do this solely to help her brother. She just wanted one thing and she was just waiting for me to confirm that she could have it. "I know you want Cullen, and you can have him."
"Finally! That's all I was asking for." I rolled my eyes. "All I need for you to do is break them apart and then he's yours."
"Can I have him while I'm splitting them up?" she said hopefully. "Yes, Beth," I said in exasperation. "Seducing him is actually part of the plan. Goodness, don't you listen?! Just, get close to him and stir up some old feelings. Make that bitch feel like she might be losing him. Then, when she really feels like something is wrong, we bring out the secret weapon. Just go work your magic."
"That, I can do." She smiled and stepped out of the car.
"Really, Edward, I'm fine and if you ask again, I'm going to make you take me home. We are out to enjoy ourselves, not to concentrate on anyone else. Maybe we can talk about it later."
"Alright, Bella, if that's what you want I'll do it; I just want you to enjoy yourself tonight." I smiled, thanking him. Since we had left the bookstore, Edward had been bugging me constantly about whether or not I was upset about the Brad incident. I had told him I wasn't. Of course I had been lying, but I didn't want Edward to make a big deal out of it, but just because I hadn't told Edward about how I felt, didn't mean I hadn't been thinking about it.
I couldn't remember a time I had felt so bad in my entire life. In fact, I don't think I ever had been made to feel that bad. Brad had brought me to a new low, calling me out of my name, and insulting me beyond belief. Sure I could see where he was coming from; being upset about someone you liked not feeling the same, but he had no right to say those things about me.
I wasn't just upset about how he had treated me though. I was also upset by the fact that I had just lost a friend. I had been happy when Edward had taken me back to my apartment before dinner and Rose had been waiting there with a dress for me. Edward had given her his credit card to find me something restaurant appropriate. I guess I should have figured I wouldn't be wearing sweats to dinner. She'd also done my hair for me which was nice. I usually hated this kind of stuff, playing dress up, but it had been nice to get my mind off of the Brad thing.
"Hey there; I hope you guys are enjoying yourselves tonight. Are you ready to order?" The waitress had come by and broken my reverie. I had gone back to paying attention just as Edward finished ordering for the two of us. It was amazing how he knew me so well already to know what I would have ordered myself. "What are you smiling about?" Edward asked me. Until he had mentioned it, I hadn't even known I was smiling. I knew the reason though. "Because you are so amazing…"
He smiled. "Its funny, I was just thinking the same thing about you." I smiled brighter and was about to respond but was interrupted. "Edward, is that you?! Oh my goodness! I haven't seen you in so long!" What the hell was she doing here? "Beth? Holy crap! What are you doing here?" Thank you!
Edward jumped from his seat and embraced Beth in a big hug. I couldn't help but notice she hugged him a little tighter than necessary. "What are you doing here, Beth? Edward asked again once they had separated.
"I lost my job out in Boston. I had to move back so my parents could help me out a little."
"I'm sorry to hear that." The waitress came back to drop off our food and then was gone again. "Yea, it sucks, but what can you do? I'm dealing with it. But anyway, I'm meeting a friend here, so I hope to see you around, Edward. Enjoy your dinner."
"You too, Beth," he said looking after her, seemingly spellbound. He sat back down and seemed to remember just as he did so that I was still here. "Oh shit––crap. Bella, I'm so sorry, I forgot to introduce you." Yea, I noticed…
"It's alright Edward. You were just happy to see an old friend."
"Yea, I was. I haven't seen her in so long." Mhmm, I had heard the first time, thanks. "Sorry about earlier though. I really forgot." I just gave him a tight smile and went back to eating. I wouldn't make a big deal out of it. Just ignore it… Just ignore the fact that your boyfriend and the father of your child forgot to introduce you. That was easier said than done. "Let's just get on with dinner, alright?"
"Sure thing," he said with a smile. The rest of the night went fine, but it wasn't as great as when it had started. I had a suspicion that Edward's mind was elsewhere and I also kept feeling like I was being stared at. When I got the feeling again, I started looking around the restaurant and spotted Beth looking directly at me. She was still alone. When she had noticed I had seen her looking, she smiled and got up, and began walking to Edward and my table. Of course he noticed immediately. "Hey, I thought you were having dinner with a friend of yours," he said.
"Yea, he never showed up. I guess I'm flying solo tonight. So, goodnight." She turned to walk away. "Wait," Edward called after her. What was he doing…? "Why don't you just join us for dinner?"
"Oh, no, I couldn't impose. I would feel horrible." Strange that she didn't sound like she would feel that badly about it. "No, please. It would be great to catch up."
"Well if you insist." Apparently, he did. She signaled for a waiter to bring an extra chair and she sat down. "So, it sucks about your job," Edward said. "Its good to have you back though. I know your parents missed you."
"I missed them too. Plus, I just missed Chicago, you know? It has so many great things in it." Her eyes gleamed a little when she said that and she looked pointedly at Edward. "Yea, there are a lot of great things in Chicago," I said, feeling like I had to make myself known or else I would be forgotten…again. Edward seemed to remember I was here as I spoke.
"Oh, I'm so sorry; I'm being rude. Beth, this is Bella, my girlfriend. Bella, this is Beth. She used to live down the street from my family and me." I nodded. "Hi Beth," I said with a smile, trying to be polite to Edward's friend.
"Hello, Bella." Her greeting was quick and unenthusiastic and then she turned back to Edward. "We also went out for a year. Remember, Edward?" she asked.
"I must have forgotten to mention that."
"How could you forget something like that that Eddie?" she said. "Yea, how could you forget something like that?" I added. That didn't seem like something anyone would forget. Edward shrugged. "It was just a teenage crush, right Beth?" I smiled; I liked that answer. "Well I think it was a little more than that, Edward." She turned to me. "We were each other's firsts." Goodbye smile.
"Now I'm really curious as to how you forgot about having dated someone for a year. Let alone your first!"
"Bella, really, you're getting too worked up over nothing. Yes we dated for a while––"
"A year," I interjected. "Fine, a year. But that doesn't mean anything now. Right Beth?"
"Of course. Edward is absolutely right. All I'm looking for with Edward is friendship." They both looked at me expectantly. "Alright then. I guess I was overreacting a little."
"See," Beth said, "Everything is a-ok now." She looked at her watch. "Wow, guys I really have to go."
"Do you really? We were just catching up." Goodness, Edward, don't sound so happy about it… "Yea, I really do. But look, you can call me and we can do some more catching up on Tuesday." She gave him a card with her number on it and embraced him in a hug again. She turned to me and opened her arms for a hug. It caught me off guard, but I hugged her back anyway. "So I'll see you Tuesday Edward?"
He nodded. "Congrats on the baby, by the way guys," she said eyeing my small bump. "Thanks," we said in unison. "You're around 25 weeks, right?" I narrowed my eyes at her. "Eighteen."
"Well you could've fooled me. Bye now." She smiled and walked towards the door and out of the restaurant.
"So that was a nice night, huh?" Edward asked as he opened the car door for me later that night. "Yea, I guess. It depends on what perspective you're looking at it from though." He looked at me confused as he started the car. "What do you mean, love? I thought it was nice. Don't you like when we go out?"
"Of course I like it when we go out. That wasn't just us in there tonight though."
"What are you–– oh. Were you upset because of Beth? We already told you, we're just friends."
"That's not what's bothering me… I know you may only see her as a friend but I think she still sees you as something more."
"She does not. Beth is just nice like that. She always has been."
"Yea, sure. She still likes you Edward. I hope you're not going with her on Tuesday."
"Bella, you're doing it again. Of course I'm going with her on Tuesday because it's not going to be anything but a friendly gathering. Don't be so jealous; it's just your hormones playing with your mind."
"You have to be kidding me! I'm not even going to address the hormone comment. And she was sending you so many signals, Edward! Not only that, but she was being a total bitch to me, rubbing your old relationship in my face."
"What are you talking about? She was being so nice. She hugged you and she even congratulated you on the baby."
"She called me fat!"
"Call me deaf, but I don't think I heard that. I think you just need to take a step back from it all, Bella. You're blowing this way out of proportion." During the drive home, I thought about what had transpired over dinner and the conversation Edward and I had just had. Maybe he was right. Was I over analyzing things?
Looks like Beth is causing some trouble in paradise…
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