A/N: As always I own nothing.
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Chapter 13: Sharing
It took Emmett almost an hour to pick an outfit that morning. He was going to be spending the whole day with Bella, taking a look at the venues and he wanted to look good. For once he didn't have to wear a suit and tie, and he couldn't wait to see what outfit she had picked for the day. The woman knew how to dress. His mind went back to the day before when she was wearing the flats and a soft smile made its way to his lips.
It wasn't the sexiest outfit she had worn by far; but there was something about it that made him feel all warm inside. It was almost like being back in high school again.
He laughed out loud while pulling a military style shirt out of the closet and shook his head to clear his thoughts before they started to get R rated.
Bella took a deep breath as she was getting out of bed. Today she would be spending the day with Emmett. Sure, driving around New York and sampling food was part of their job, but the way things were going, she had a feeling it was going to end up being less than professional.
She sighed as she looked at herself in the mirror. It was a great outfit; a pretty peach and black lace camisole, skinny black jeans and some Jimmy Choo flats she adored. Before she could grab her accessories there was a protest thought.
"Tell me you're joking"
Bella narrowed her eyes at Jasper through the reflection in the mirror.
"Well? You don't make a comment like that for nothing"
Jasper took a sip of his coffee and walked deeper in to the closet,
"Darling, you're going to be spending the day getting in and out of a car and walking around. Emmett specifically said to wear something casual-"
Bella started protesting and Jasper shushed her,
"Babe, I hate to break it to you but that's not casual,"
At her glare he relented, "Okay, so it's casual. But it's the sort of casual that you wear when you're going to grab lunch or drinks with your girlfriends, or when you're spending the day shopping at an upscale boutique mall strip."
Bella started to speak again and he shushed her, earning another glare from her.
"Just, wear something comfortable; simple. Imagine you're spending the day with me!"
Bella sighed, "Fine! But it can't be too dressed down. I mean, it is still a work day"
Jasper smiled and handed her his mug, "All I'm saying is wear jeans. If you wear a nice coat it'll give it a more…serious look"
After going around her closet several times and walking by about a dozen isles, Jasper hung his picks behind the changing screen.
"By the stars in your eyes, I see you approve"
Bella took another sip from his coffee and smiled. To be honest, she had been looking for an excuse to wear that coat. It was pretty light and therefore perfect for the current weather. The boy knew what he was doing. "You've done well Mr. Whitlock"
Jasper smiled and took his mug back, "Go on, get ready and I'll have your to go cup ready. Emmett called a couple minutes ago to say he's on his way to pick you up"
Bella's eyes widened and Jasper laughed as he walked away, shaking his head at the look of panic that crossed her face for a moment.
Bella looked at herself in the mirror, smiling at the reflection. Jasper was right, as usual, and this outfit was better suited for the day ahead of her. While she still wasn't completely happy with wearing jeans for a work day, the cream and silver silk top went very well with the tweed jacket. According to Emmett, she was still not allowed to wear heels so she settled on a pretty and comfortable pair of cream flats, and finished accessorizing with a gold charm necklace and miu miu sunglasses. After one last twirl to make sure everything was in its place, she grabbed her bag and made her way to the kitchen to meet Jasper.
Emmett pulled up to Bella's house and whistled. Jasper was not lying when he said that Bella's house was nice. It was a veritable mansion, but it somehow managed to look cozy at the same time. He got out his car, inspecting his surroundings while he made his way to the front door.
Bella had heard a car pull up and before Jasper could move was already making her way out the door, which is why she ended up colliding with her boss. Emmett laughed and held her close for a moment longer than necessary (not that either one of them minded) before setting her back on her feet.
"I see you're adhering to my 'no high heel' rule"
Bella laughed ruefully and shook her head, "Well, we are spending most of the day walking, so why fight it"
Emmett smiled and nodded, "Ready to go?"
Bella nodded eagerly, "Would you like for us to take my suv? I mean, not that your car isn't nice but…it's kind of a long drive…and…"
Emmett shifted his gaze to the convertible. Not the smartest choice considering his size and the length of the trip. He wondered what she would say if she ever saw him pull up in his jeep. He smiled and ran a hand through his short cropped hair laughing a bit, slightly embarrassed.
"Yeah…I left in a hurry this morning; didn't even think about it. But you're right. Your car would be more comfortable."
Bella handed the keys over to him, and scoffed at his look of surprise. "Oh, please. Don't think I haven't noticed. It's not coincidence that every time we've had to go somewhere you end up driving. Go on, I trust you with my baby. But I think it's only fair I'm navigator."
Emmett felt something warm make its way to his chest as she gave him a cheeky smile, and nodded his head, smiling back as he held the door open and helped her in to the car.
The butterflies in her stomach would not settle and were actually starting to get on her nerves. Every time she thought they were settling, he would either touch her or give her another heart stopping smile and she'd be right back where she started.
They had stopped at a Starbucks and were now making their way to the farthest restaurant in the list while absently sipping on their drinks. She was deep in thought about the butterflies and their murder plan when he interrupted her thoughts.
"So you never told me how you managed to get a Vanilla Bean for me in the middle of the night."
Bella smiled and raised her eyebrows, something he found entirely too adorable. "How long have you been thinking about that?"
Emmett looked at her for a second before setting his sight back on the road and the massive traffic jam ahead of them. "I haven't given it a lot of thought. I'm just curious. There are no Starbucks in the area opened later than 8 or 9. So how'd you do it?"
Bella smiled, "I made it."
Emmett furrowed his eyebrows in confusion, "No way."
She smiled and turned sideways on her seat while absently sipping on her drink, "Dad owns a couple of stores in the area. Franchising is a hobby for him. There's one close to your building, so I stopped by and made one. You sounded like you needed comforting."
Emmett shook his head in amazement, "You got that impression from a 45 second conversation?"
"I got that from experience. Jasper has a room in my house."
He looked at her in confusion, "What does that have to do with anything?"
Bella sighed, "Jasper has been living with Alice for a while now, but he still has his own space in my house. The tone of your voice, I've heard it before; about a dozen times already. Wanna know what happened the last time I heard Jasper sound like that?"
He raised his eyebrow and Bella continued,
"He moved back in. The kind of desperation in your voice…it comes from deep frustration. Things are not going according to plan, but it's not for lack of trying. Jasper loves Alice, and he's been fighting for her…but you can't change people; and as much as I would like to be bright and shiny and optimistic about this, the fact of the matter is that sometimes love is not enough."
Emmett was quiet for a moment, taking it all in. After some contemplation he decided to go in the slightly more lighthearted route, succeeding in avoiding the love part of her speech. "Are you saying that I'm going to end up like Jasper? How can you make such a comparison when you haven't even met Rose?"
Bella sipped the last of her drink before stopping at the air bubbles, "I don't have to meet her to know. I saw the mess she left in your apartment and that speaks volumes. Now, as fascinating as this discussion is,-"
He nodded and took the empty cup from her hand, replacing it with his own one. "I know, I know. How about we change the subject?"
She was looking down at the cup in her hand like it was a rare planet, "Bella, it's called sharing."
He gave her such a silly look, she couldn't help but smile and it kind of dazzled him for a moment. "Go on, take a sip. It won't kill you. Now tell me something."
Bella cautiously took a sip, feeling a high school girl kind of thrill of sharing the straw, and smiled slightly. "Tell you what?"
He smiled, as he changed gears and moved along the highway, "Anything. No offense but I always do most of the talking. You know pretty much all that there is to know about me and the only thing I know about you is that you like high heels and the czar's chocolate nougat parfait. Oh, and that you must be pretty badass since you can drive stick."
A/N: Hope you guys liked it. And if not, there's still more to come, so I maybe I'll be able to redeem myself. Thanks for reading!