Just Two Kids...
"Hey mom," I greeted my mother brightly and pulled her into a warm embrace. I pulled away to let her inside then shut the door.
"Dad didn't come with you?" I asked as I made my way to the kitchen and Renee went to the dinner table.
"No, he went fishing with Harry Clearwater," she replied dryly, "You know how he is about fishing." I chuckled softly while making us some hot tea.
"Is he coming over for dinner later?"
"No, we were actually going to go have dinner with Carlisle and Esme," she said with a bright smile. Renee had always loved the Cullen's; ever since she first met them almost twenty-five years ago.
"You always hang out with them," I chuckled quietly as I poured the tea into two cups.
"Well, we've known each other years before they had children and even before you were thought of! And they are family..." she ranted on in a defensive tone.
"I know mom but your just using that as an excuse to see them more," I replied while setting our drinks on the table and took my seat opposite of Renee, "If we weren't family you would still find any excuse just to see them," I laughed when she frowned at me but I knew she wasn't angry with me because she cracked a smile.
"So," she began after she took a sip of her tea, "How are you and Edward?" I didn't reply right away but instead I smiled when I heard his name.
"I take that as a good sign." she giggled softly. I glanced up at her to see her shaking her head at me with a smirk playing on her lips. She sighed with a pleasant smile on her face then said, "I always knew you loved him; even when you were a little girl! You looked at him like he was the only person you wanted to look at for the rest of your life; like the stars that shine in the sky..."
"Pretty lights," I added with a bright smile and she simply sighed in agreement. "Hey mom?" I asked with smirked playing on my lips.
"Mmmm?" she asked as she took another sip of her tea.
"Could you tell me the story of how it happened?" She looked at me from her cup with a knowing smile on her face. She set her cup down on the table, took a deep breath, and straightened herself in the chair; getting herself ready to tell me the story that I've heard over a hundred times. The story of my life.
"Well," she said, "it all started when you were seven and he was nine..."
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"Tag! Your it!"
"Aww, that's not fair! Your the fastest!" I whined.
"I know!" Edward said with a triumphant smile plastered on his face. I frowned at him and walked away from our little game of tag.
"I'm going inside! I should have listened to Alice! She knew this would happen!" I yelled over my shoulder.
"If you tell on me that I was being mean to you, I'll beat you up! And there's nothing you can do about it because I'm bigger than you!" he yelled back and I ran inside the house.
Alice had warned me that Edward would win and I would lose but me being stubborn, I didn't listen. Rose on the other hand stayed with her in the house and they played with each other's hair while the boys and I went outside to play tag. I went inside the Cullen's house and slammed the door shut, causing my parents and Carlisle and Esme to look at me.
"Sorry," I mumbled, "I'm just angry with Edward," I said his name bitterly, "He can be so mean sometimes. He didn't even try to make me feel better that I lost!" I ranted on while I grabbed some water. I looked back them to see Charlie and Carlisle smiling.
"Why are you two smiling?!? Edward hurt my feeling and you think it's funny?" I whined.
"One day you two will grow up and fall in love." my dad said with a warm smile on his face.
My mother smiled and rolled her eyes, "Oh, my, my, my," she sighed.
"Yup. You two will get married and have children! And we'll all be a big family." Carlisle said pleasantly.
"Eww! Why would I fall in love with Edward?" I said while crunching my face up as if I smelled something bad.
"Well, honey, right now you may think that because your young but when your older you will understand. Maybe your daddy's right; you could fall in love with him," Esme comforted me, "Or maybe you'll fall in love with someone else," she added when I faked a gag.
"I don't think I'll ever fall in love with Edward," I murmured. They laughed and smiled at me while I made my way to Alice's room. They were on the bed- laying on their stomachs- looking at each other with big smiles on their faces and talking animatedly about something I didn't catch. When I sat on the bed next to them they stopped talking and looked at me with knowing smiles.
"You lost?" Alice asked with a smirk on her face.
"Yeah," I said with a big frown on my face, "But who cares; your brother's a big Meany" I spat. They laughed together in harmony and threw their heads back in amusement.
"Told you so," Alice said."
"Yeah, yeah, yeah," I growled, "So...what were you two talking about before I came in?"
"About who we like," Alice smiled brightly and I looked over at Rose who was smirking at her.
"Who do we guys like?" I asked with curiosity burning in me.
"I like Jasper," Alice replied; not a hint of shame in her voice, "He's so nice and pretty." she said dreamily.
"Jasper? Your twin brother?" I asked Rose in awe. They both nodded with big smiles on their faces and Alice squealed in delight.
"I thought Rose would get mad but I knew that she would understand because I understand that she likes Emmett." she smirked at Rosalie. I turned to see Rose smile with confidence; the way she always did.
"Emmett is so funny and silly; he can always make me happy," she smiled warmly. I smiled at my two best friends and they smiled back but then Alice turned to me with a question boiling inside her.
"So...who do you like?" she asked with a bright smile and Rose's curiosity flared too because she sat up crossing her legs like they taught us in class.
"Umm...I don't know..." I murmured, "How do you know when you like someone?"
"I don't know," Alice replied; her perfect face knitting together in concentration, "you just know that when your with him you get happy and excited. And all you want to do is spend all your time with him cause you can't stop thinking about him. At least that's how I feel about Jazz."
"Oh, well I don't know. I think a lot about Edward I guess but most of the time it's because I'm always angry with him. But he does make me happy when I play with him even if he is a big Meany."
"My mom says that when a boy is mean to you it's because he likes you," Rose said with a shrug.
"And I think Edward does like you because he's always talking about you to mom and dad. And Emmett tells me that he talks about you all the time with Jasper and him. Plus, he's my twin brother so I feel what he feels." We all laughed at that but quieted down after a moment.
"Really though? He likes me?" I asked with a smile creeping up on my lips.
"Ooh, you do like him! I can see it!" Rose said with a bright smile, making me blush scarlet. We giggled and laid ourselves on the bed but our laughter stopped abruptly when Esme called us.
"Girls, dinner is ready!"
"Okay, mommy! We're coming!" Alice's yelled back, "So this is the plan," she continued with a gleam in her eyes, "We are each going to ask the guy we like to kiss us!" she squealed. I gaped at her and glanced at Rose to see an evil smirk set on her lips.
"Alice, I can't do that." I said in a panicked voice.
"Yes you can. Just dare him to kiss you and then run away." she smiled.
"Run away?" I was very confused. They both simply nodded their heads and high-fived each other.
"Why are we going to dare them to kiss us then just run away? There is point to that!"
"Bella if he leans in to kiss you that confirms that he likes you!" Rose explained. I thought about it and decided to go with it despite the butterflies in my stomach.
"Fine, but if something goes bad I'm blaming you!" I threatened.
"You have the right to be angry with us if anything goes wrong," Alice said in a monotone but then squealed in delight.
"Girls?" my mother's voice called us.
"Coming!" I said as we got up and headed down stairs.
"We'll do it any time after dinner." Alice said right before the dinning room came into view.
"Let's do it," Rose said with excitement.
"Fine," I sighed.
Everyone was already sitting down and eating Esme's home-made pizza. The parents were sitting down at the dinner table and the boys were sitting down on the couch watching some boring action TV show. We grabbed our plates and went to join the boys. Alice went to sit next to Jasper on the big couch and Rose followed her, sitting next to Emmett. The only seat left was next to Edward on the smaller couch. I made my way over to him slowly and sat down; never taking my eyes off my pizza. I picked at the crust and popped some pieces into my mouth looking anywhere but never letting my eyes land on Edward, so I settled on the TV. I wasn't paying attention to what was happening; all I knew was that we were watching a TV show that held no interest for me. There was big explosive sounds and people fighting but I didn't care for it. I risked to peek at Edward and found him watching me; I quickly looked away, blushing red. I looked over at him again and he looked up at me right when he felt my gaze on him. This time he looked away with embarrassment but he smiled softly. He looked at me again but he looked a little concerned.
"Are you still upset with me about what happened outside?" he asked softly.
"No, I forgive you."
"I really am sorry I said I was going to beat you up. I only said it because I was scared you would tell my parents. I was never going to touch you..." he ranted on his apologies.
"I forgive you, Edward. Don't worry. I am not angry with you." I smiled at him and he smiled back.
"So what did you, Alice and Rose do upstairs?" he asked with curiosity.
"Umm," I wasn't sure if I should tell him everything we talked about but I wonder if Alice or Rose would get upset if I said too much.
"What? You can't tell me?" he smirked.
"It's just I'm not sure if I can tell you everything. I'm trying to see if there is something I can tell you." I mused.
"It's okay. I can see it's not for me to know," he replied with disappointment.
"I'll ask them later if I can tell you," I said then patted his hand. He looked at my hand for a moment then he averted his eyes to me before he looked down at his plate.
We finished eating Esme's delicious home-made pizza and helped cleaned up. Once we were done, my parents said it was time to leave. They walked us outside to our car but my parents stopped to chat a little before we left. Alice was talking to Jasper softly and they walked over to a near by tree. Rose and Emmett sat on the porch together talking in whispers. Which left me with Edward again. I sighed and walked closer to the car which was where he was standing; he was looking at the night sky and smiling softly.
"It's pretty isn't it?" he murmured; never taking his eyes off the stars.
"Yeah," I whispered but I was too nervous to notice anything. I glanced at him and I felt my stomach fill with the butterflies from earlier. Nervous didn't even cover how I was feeling; I thought I was going to faint from all the anxious emotions. But I cleared my mind, took a deep breath swallowed my fears, and turned to face him.
"Hey, Edward?" I asked; my voice shaking with anxiety.
"Yeah?" he said still glazing at the sky.
"Umm...do you want to play truth or dare?" He turned to me then and looked at me curiously. I smiled at him in reassurance and he smiled back.
"Sure, who first?"
"You first," I encouraged him with a smile.
"Truth or Dare?" he asked with a smirk on his perfect face.
"Truth," I smiled. I always chose truth.
"Shocker there!" he said sarcastically; causing us to laugh loudly.
"Is it true that Mike Newton asked you out yesterday at lunch?" he asked locking eyes with me. The way he looked at me made me feel warm and tensed. He really wanted to know my answer and I was afraid of what his reaction would be.
"Yes, it's true," I replied; never breaking eye contact with him. My answer seemed to upset him a little but I wasn't sure because he asked a new question.
"What happened? What did you say?"
"Well, I was getting out of line in the cafeteria and I was walking over to where I usually sit- with Alice and Rose- but on the way over there Mike Newton stopped me. We started talking about what we learned in class but then he just sort of asked me if I wanted to be his girlfriend, interrupting what I was saying," I paused to take a deep breath but Edward grew impatient.
"What did you say?" he asked in a panicked voice.
"I told him the truth. That I didn't like him and that I didn't know how you knew you liked someone." I murmured.
"And what did he say?"
"He just said that he would talk to me later and that's it." I smiled at him but he just stared at me for a moment.
"Oh," is all he said. I stared back at him for a while but remembered I was on a mission.
"Okay, it's your turn now. Truth or Dare, Edward?" he was brought back to the present; replacing his dazed look with an evil smirk.
"Dare," he said confidently.
"Ooh shocker there," I said while shaking my hands in sarcasm. He chuckled while flexing his arms to show that he was tough, causing me to laugh loudly.
"Okay, mm..." I pretended to think about my dare; trying to buy sometime, "I dare you to kiss me!" I said trying to sound confident like him and Rose. Right when the words left my mouth his face went from playful to shock; he was gawking at me and he didn't look away. His staring was making me self cautious but I pushed myself to be confident and smiled at him the best I could.
"What?" he whispered in shock.
"You heard me," I smiled, "I dare you- Edward Cullen- to kiss me. Not so tough now, huh?"
I was saying anything I could to make myself look like I was being tough and confident and I think it was working. So just to push my limits, I walked closer to him slowly. When I was in front of him I could hear his breathing was sallow. I closed my eyes and puckered my lips; tauting him. He then took a deep breath and I felt him lean closer to me. I opened my eyes and saw that his eyes were closed and his lips were puckered as well. This was my cue to leave but now that I was in this situation I didn't want to run away. I was too happy to know that he did like me! I wanted to kiss him and I wasn't afraid, but I knew what I had to do. I used all the strengthen I had to runaway and it took everything in me not to go back and kiss him. I ran to my parents then and to my relief we were leaving. I looked back at Edward to see his confused and hurt expression.
"Bye, Edward! I'll see you tomorrow," I waved at him with a bright smile. He looked over at me with a confused expression but then he recovered and smiled back at me. Once I got into the car and he thought I wasn't looking at him any more, I saw that he was still confused. Poor Edward, I sighed. My parents said their final good-byes then got into the car and drove away. All the while, I smiling hugely because Edward liked me, Bella Swan! And I would see him tomorrow and hopefully everyday for the rest of my life.