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Chapter 16: All Good
When you have been somewhere different for a while, you see the place where you were once familiar with in a new perspective. Walking into the living room, I instantly realized that the house was somewhat cold. The whole room was perfectly arranged, in other words, not a single hair was out of place. I knew that Esme liked to keep things neat and tidy, but the atmosphere was never this cold before. Carlisle looked like he hadn't slept in a thousand years. His eyes were hollowed and dark rings had formed under his eyes. Being at Bella's, I came to the generalization that it was filled with positive thoughts, and although it wasn't as organized as Carlisle's house, it looked much better than this place. There was no sign of personal touch to the house. Everything looked as if it had appeared in a catalogue.
Carlisle gestured for us to sit on the love seat. I held my hand out to Bella, guiding her to the seat. He quickly ran upstairs to ask Alice and Emmett to join us.
As we sat down, I wrapped my arm around her and pulled her close. I need her as close as possible. I was going to need all the strength I had, at that very moment.
After a few moments, Carlisle came down with not only Alice and Emmett, but also with Rose and Jasper. Everyone piled up in the living room, taking up the various seats available to them.
"Everyone," I cleared my throat. "Firstly, I want to apologize to you all for my behavior earlier. I wasn't thinking clearly." I looked down, scared to look at them in the eyes.
After Bella talked to me, I came to realization that maybe I have overreacted and was very disrespectful towards Carlisle, which hit me hard. Carlisle is my father, and I knew I have hurt him, deeply, even though I would never do so intentionally.
"It's alright, Edward. We forgive you. I know things are pretty tough at the moment." Alice reached her hand out and placed it over mine.
I gave her a tight smile. I knew for a fact that the others, apart from Carlisle, were still angry at me, and they deserved to be.
"Emmett," I began," I'm sorry for treating you the way I did. You were nothing but a great brother to me since… ever."
"And you, Jasper. You are a great lad who has always looked out for me. Thank you." I felt my throat tightening and my eyes started to watered. God! I feel like an emotional pussy.
"Rose, I'm not mad at you for what you did anymore. I'm not going to say it was right, but what's done is done. Thank you for everything you've done for my family. You were always on my side whenever Esme decided to go on a 'rampage'."
"Alice, my dear sister, thank you for being the best sister a brother could have." I squeezed her hand.
"Most of all, Carlisle, Dad, thank you for everything. I could never thank you enough. Yes, there are times when things weren't so smooth sailing, but hey, we all made it in one piece," I joked. "You are the reason why I am who I am," I said sincerely. Even though Carlisle didn't seem like a big part of my life because of all the time he spent hiding away from Esme, he was still my father. He gave me opportunities, he sent me to a great school, and he influenced the way I am. I could never hate him, no matter what.
Looking up, I could have sworn that we were in a soap opera show. Each pairs of eyes were clouded with tears, staring intensely at me.
"Finally, I want to tell you how much I love every single one of you, so much. You will always hold a special place in my heart," I paused, taking in a deep breath.
"This is one of the hardest decisions I've ever made, but I have to, for me. I'm moving out," I finally said after all my rambling. I couldn't help it. I didn't know if I'd ever get to say it again. My days were numbered. Bella had made me realize that there's no use keeping things that you want to tell others till the day you know you were going to die.
"What?" Emmett choked out. The rest just looked shocked, staggered maybe.
"I'm moving in with Bella," I said in a matter-of-fact tone. Nothing could affect my decision. It had already been made. For god's sake, Bella said yes!
"Edward, this is your home," Carlisle spoke up, clearly upset by my revelation.
"I know, Dad. But I just want to spend the rest of my time in a happy place. I'm not saying that you all make me miserable, but I just need to get out. I hope you understand what I mean," I said in a firm voice. I could not explain to them how much this place was hurting me. As I'd said, I had forgiven them, but it still hurt nevertheless.
"Ok. Shall we get packing then?" Alice clasped her hands together, smiling at me. She gave me a tiny nod, acknowledging that she understood what I meant. Have I mentioned how much I love my sister?
"Let's go!" Emmett was the second one to jump up. I think he was still confused by the whole ordeal, but was following Alice's lead because he would do anything for his little sister, even though he may disagree.
And so, it began. No one questioned my decision after that. We just packed, packed and PACKED! We ended up sleeping in my room for the night. And when I mean 'we', it meant all of us! I think Carlisle took the bed because he was the first one to fell asleep and because he's an old man, even though he would hate to accept the fact.
By the end of the week, I have officially moved in to Bella's condo, thanks to the help from my family. Surprisingly, they were really supportive. Tonight, Alice was hosting a goodbye party for me, at the Cullens' house.
"Bella," I called out. Bella had been in the damn bathroom for nearly an hour. If she didn't come out in the next ten minutes, I was breaking in.
I had been worried about Bella all freakin' week. She had been acting all secretive, and avoiding my questions. I really wonder what the fuck is up!
I was ready to break the damn door down when it creaked open. There she was, in a stunning navy dress. I know it sounds cliché, but god, she took my breath away.
"That good huh?" Bella said as she came closer.
All I could do was nod, and so I did, nod that is.
Suddenly, Bella pulled me by the shirt and her mouth was instantly latched onto mine.
Damn! Feisty Bella!
"So this is what you've been keeping from me all week?" I mumbled between kisses.
"Mmmm. Surprise?" Bella giggled.
She sure knew how to surprise me. I thought it was something big, something like a surprise pregnancy.
God knows how long we were making out in the hallway for, but Bella slowly ended the kiss. I was ready to carry her to our bedroom and ravish her all night long, but my fantasy came to a brutal end when Bella said, "I know what you're thinking, and if you do that, you'll ruin all of this," she gestured her hand up and down her body. "Which took hours of making, so no. And if you don't listen to me, boyfriend," she narrowed her eyes, "you're not getting any tonight." She gave me an evil grin, before she walked to the door, grabbed her coat and walked out of the place.
I was gob smacked. Who know Bossy Bella would make my boys so excited. I would be silly not to run after her, as if it's impossible to do so in the first place. So, I quickly grabbed my belongings, locked up the condo, and ran after Bella.
You have no idea, Bella. If I could, I would follow you anywhere, even into the dark.
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