Disclaimer: It grieves me to say that my initials start with D. and not S. therefore I'm not Stephenie Meyers and I do not own anything Twilight.
11. Acting, babies and closure.
"So you know what your part of the plan is?" I asked Bella and she bit the bottom of her lip.
"Yes but I still think your insane, there is no way that I'm going to be able to pull this off." She said pacing across the office floor.
"Bella you have to stop thinking of yourself as a weakling, you are the strongest person I know and you can do this." I said stepping in front of her and pulling her close, as I hugged her I rubbed soothing circles on her lower back trying to get her to relax.
"Well that makes one of us, I'm not an actress and there is no way that I can pull off something like this. She's going to see right through me." I snorted and looked down into her big doe eyes.
"Bella you give her way to much credit, you are actually implying that she has a brain." She gave me a weak smile.
"Well what does that say about your taste in woman, you were engaged to her and now you are engaged to me." I smiled back and gave her cute nose a kiss.
"That my taste in women has improved a lot. Besides she has nothing on you, you are my best-friend and I love you; that's way better than a controlling relationship." She sighed and buried her face in my chest. The fragrance of her strawberry scented hair made me a little lightheaded and I had to force myself to concentrate on our plan.
"Still, I don't see why Jane can't just tell her to back the hell of. Or we can get grandmother to do it, I'm sure she will be more than happy to help you out. Or we can even get Alice and her gift from Satin ruler, I'm sure she will be happy to find a new place to probe that thing." I chuckled as I pictured Alice storming into the office with her pink little I heart New-York ruler, slicing and dicing the air.
"Bella, Jane and I have no relationship whatsoever. Grandma might be able to scare her with the back the fuck of routine but that will just piss her off even more believe me I've been down that rode one to many times before. Plus she looked tired from the trip back so as she said, go tell her to shut the fuck up and to listen to what you have to say. Plus you should remember that a Swan doesn't take shit from anyone." I said smiling at the thought about the little blunt woman that meant so much to Bella.
"As for Alice, Tanya already has something stuck so far up her ass I don't think her ruler would do any good." My last comment brought out a little nervous laugh from her.
"So remind me when must I come into the office?" She asked and I sighed in relief. For the plan to work Bella needs to be as calm as possible and right now that was my only priority.
"About ten minutes after Tanya and I have been alone." I said and Bella hugged me tighter.
"What if she tries seducing you or starts stripping naked or something?" I hugged her tighter and kissed the top of her head.
"I am not that easily seducible and if she strips naked we'll catch everything on the security camera and threaten to post it on Youtube if she doesn't leave us alone." She sighed and stepped out of my embrace.
"Ok then why don't we do that, it seems a lot easier than the plan you and grandma came up with." I rolled my eyes and quirked an eyebrow at her.
"You would so easily get your hands dirty in a blackmail scandal?" I asked and she halted her pacing to glare at me.
"It's only a scandal of other people find out and right now that seems highly unlikely so yeah I would." She started pacing again.
"Bella you have to do this, this is the only way that she is going to stay out of our lives. I wouldn't have asked you if there was any other way but your grandmother is right. All we have to do is tell her to get the fuck out f our lives and then we can live happily ever after." Bella smiled and it lit up her whole face.
"You know that grandma's version of happily ever after is with her meddling into our lives every chance she gets." I smiled not mentioning that I don't mind Grandma's meddling.
"Most probably but don't let us worry about the future now, the present still needs a lot of work." She sighed and then shaking her shoulders as if finally deciding something she walked up to me.
"You behave yourself you hear." Then she kissed me, I pulled her close just as there was a knock at the door.
"Sorry to interrupt you but it is time Bella." Jane said from the doorway and Bella sighed again.
"I still don't think that I can do this." She said and I gave Jane a look that said I needed some help in this. She nodded and took a few steps into the room.
"Of course you can Bella, after all you have something she never had and that is what is going to get you through this." Jane said softly but it did have the calming effect on Bella that I had hoped for.
"What I'm almost nine-months pregnant?" Bella asked and Jane chuckled a little.
"No I was talking more along the lines of you possessing Edward's heart but I guess that works to." Bella smiled and turned back to me.
"You behave ok; I don't want to come back in here dragging her off of you." I smiled and she gave me another kiss before she padded out of the room with Jane by her side.
"You know I can't even believe that I ever thought that Edward was going to leave me for you." I heard her say as they walked out of the office to the room next door. Ok the plan is in motion, now it is only up to me to keep Tanya off of me long enough so that Bella can put her in her place. My phone vibrated suddenly and I took it out to glance at the message Riley had sent me.
The witch had just landed, one minute.
I smiled and placed the phone back in my pocket. Exactly one minute later the office door burst open and in walked one of Hollywood's most beautiful blondes.
"Oh Edward I have missed you so much." She twitched her way over to me (it still boggles my mind how she can walk straight while she twitched her ass all over the place) and throwing her arms around me gave me a hug. Her sweet intoxicating perfume engulfed me and I had to stifle a sneeze.
I couldn't help but compare her to exactly how different she was to the natural smell that always surrounded Bella. Her hair that reached to just under my chin and it was hard and stiff, she must have emptied a can of hairspray on it again. After she was done clutching me to her, a bit over possessively, and without her noticing that I didn't hug her back she stepped back still smiling at me.
"You are such a naughty boy for not returning any of my phone calls Edward." She said in her little whiny high school girl voice that I hated so much.
"Let me just remind you that we are no longer together. We are something of the past, I have moved on. Don't you think that it is time for you to move on to?" I asked firmly and her smile faltered for a second before she was her radiant self once again.
"Do you really think that, that little whore you picked up could ever be as good as me in bed?" She asked her voice laced with hate.
"No, Bella is not as good as you in bed…" A small satisfying smile spread across her face. "She is ten times better than you will ever be." The smile disappeared and she glared at me.
"I know you better than anyone Edward; you will never be satisfied with someone like her at your side. She will never understand you like I do. I now your hearts most inner desires, I understand what it is to date a superstar; I understand all the things that take up so much of your time. I can support you in ways that she can't and the media won't label me as someone who had to get pregnant to get you to marry them." I waited for her to stop venting, before I spoke as softly and as controlling as I could.
"Tanya she is not expecting my child. I am not marrying her because I got her pregnant. I am marrying her because I love her. She doesn't control every little aspect of my life like you did. No that is not true she does control it because ever since she walked back in my life I have done nothing more than eat, drink and breathe Bella. Everything I do is to make life better for her, to make our future more secure. She has been my best friend and she knows me better than anyone else. She has known me when I was at my worst and she has known me when I was at my very best." I said and I could see that I had finally struck a nerve. I glanced at my watch; Bella will set in motion the final part of the plan in three minutes.
"But I love you Edward, I always have and I always will. Do you find a twisted pleasure in parading around with her on your arm? You broke my heart Edward, I think about you every minute of every day. I can barely concentrate at my work. Please give us another chance, leave that silly commoner behind and let's get back to being Hollywood's golden couple. You know that, that is where you belong." She said stomping her foot like a little girl.
"Why are you acting like a child?" I asked ignoring the beginnings of what was promising to be a very big headache.
"Why are you being so stubborn? You know I am what you want." She countered pouting her lips and squeezing her boobs forward as if that was going to convince me to go back to her.
"Tanya all of that was very seductive….once. But I've finally grown up and realized that infatuation is not love. And I would rather own nothing and have everything than own everything and have nothing." She looked confused.
"What is that supposed to mean?" Just then Bella walked into the office. She didn't even look at Tanya as smiled at me.
"Don't worry about it to much; he didn't know what that meant either until recently so I'm sure that if you give it some thought it will come to you. Hello sweetie." She said as she stopped in front of me. She reached up and kissed me full on the lips, it was soft and lingering and yelled only one thing…. I was hers.
"Who the hell are you?" Tanya asked in her little bitch voice. This was usually where everyone scattered to get away from her. Bella smiled up to me and finally turned around to face her.
"Isabella Swan, Edward's fiancé. And you are?" She asked and I was glad her voice didn't falter. Tanya looked at her like she was some escaped lunatic from an asylum.
"Tanya Denali." She said sounding a little confused to why she had to introduce herself in the first place.
"You say that as if it is supposed to mean something." Bella said in her sweetest of voices, it caught Tanya of guard.
"Surely you have heard of me, Edward has certainly told you about his ex-fiancé." Bella shrugged.
"Oh he might have mentioned that he had some famous ex-girlfriend but we had better things to do than discuss his utter long list of ex-girlfriends." Bella made her sound so unimportant than Tanya turned beat red.
"Do you have any idea who you are talking to? I am the number one actress in Hollywood and people would dream just about meeting me not to mention actually talk to me." Bella yawned and shrugged again.
"People dream about vacation homes and fancy cars too. Now I'm only going to say this once and you better listen well. Edward is with me and if you so much as try to meddle in our relationship I will melt that fake nose right of your face. Do we understand each other?" Bella asked her the warmness absent from her voice.
"How dare you? You have no idea with who you are messing with, Bella." Bella held up her hand.
"No, you don't have any idea who you are messing with. You might be more popular than me, you might be sexier than me, heck you might even be stronger than me. But are you even a tenth of pissed of as I am. So I say again don't fuck with me. Take your fake nose, your fake smile and your fake boobs and get the fuck out of our lives." Bella said the words so calmly that you wouldn't even say that she was threatening her.
Tanya however seemed to get the message because for the first time I have known Tanya she was completely speechless. "Edward don't come running back to me when your little fling is over because I won't be waiting." Tanya said and I shrugged.
"Just make sure the door doesn't slam you sagging ass on the way out." I said and she huffed, she spun around on her eight inch heels and twitched out of the room.
"How the hell does she even walk straight like that?" Bella asked turning around to face me with a big triumphant smile on her face.
"I asked myself that question ever since I met her. You were absolutely great love." I said kissing her.
"It was easier than I thought, when I heard her ask you to come back to her something inside of me just stood up, but I said some mean things to her, does that make me a mean person?" She asked and I just chuckled.
"Bella you where never mean you just say things like they are and don't care what other people think about it. That is way I love you so much." She smiled at me and flicked the end of my nose playfully.
"And you are still a jackass and that is way I love you so much."
Two weeks later, in the wee hours of the morning:
"Excuse me coming trough, make way for a very old lady. Thank you now where is my great grandchild?" I looked up as my grandmother walked into my hospital room.
"Mother would you stop making a fool out of yourself. The only thing that is old about you is your view of life." Grandma smiled at my mother.
"It's nice to see you to Renee." She said and then when my father moved uncomfortably she acted all surprised to see him by my mother's side. "Charlie, don't you have some police station to run?" She asked and he sighed.
"Even commoners can take a day of from work." He said friendly as if she didn't insult him at all.
"Mother be nice or leave." My mother said angrily.
"I thought I was nice, I haven't told him that, that shirt needs to be burned and that his stupid moustache reminds me of a raccoon's tail." She said and I interrupted before they could begin to attack each other
"Can you two stop bickering; this is supposed to be about me." I said and that focused grandma's attention back on me.
"Of course dear, don't you think that his shirt needs to be burnt?" She asked innocently.
"Grandma, do you want to hold your grandson?" I said changing the subject firmly.
"Of course I would." She said and gently took the infant from me. "Oh look he has your eyes. Did you decide on a name?" She asked kissing the top of his head.
"Anthony, Seth Cullen." Edward said proudly from where he sat next to me on the hospital bed. I smiled up at him, he surprised me a little. During the birth he was right there next to me, holding my hand and urging me on even though I'm sure I must have broken his hand from clutching it so hard.
"Where is Uncle Emmett's little bundle of joy?" Emmett asked bursting into the room clutching a humongous white polar bear and about ten blue balloons. It's a boy jumped of the balloons in big white letters.
"Right over there." Edward said jutting his chin in Grandma's direction.
"Seems you recovered from your little fainting incident pretty well?" I said and Emmett's smile faltered for a split second.
"I did not faint, I slipped on the floor and hit my head, a little blood and guts do absolutely nothing to me." I chuckled, and rolled my eyes in synchronization with Edward.
"You are Edward's manager are you not?" Grandma asked him when he placed the bear on a chair and tied the balloons to the end of my bed.
"I am but I'm also one of his and Bella's oldest friends plus I have heard a lot about you Granny, and I must confess that I'm a little afraid of you." He joked as he came to stand beside her to peek at Anthony. It was like looking at David and Goliath. Grandma was so small and he was just so big.
"Good, it's better to be afraid than to be brave and foolish. Do you want to hold him?" She asked and he looked at her fear stricken.
"I might hurt him." She chuckled.
"Don't be foolish boy; babies are made of the best glue on earth. That is why they don't fall apart; here just support his neck." She helped him take the baby in his arms, he gently placed his one hand under his neck and his other was supporting the body.
"He is so small." Emmett said sounding all mushy and I swore I saw a tear in the corner of his eyes.
"You did absolutely great Bella." Edward whispered in my ear before kissing my head.
"Where are your parents Edward?" Emmett asked sitting down on the end of the bed, cradling Anthony as if he was a bomb that was going to explode if it was jostled the wrong way.
"They left to go get coffee for everyone; they'll be back anytime now. Anthony is like a love magnet, nobody can stand to be away from him to long." I rolled my eyes; the love magnet included his very proud father.
"Is it all over, did I miss everything?" An exited voice asked from the doorway. Alice was standing there in a grey winters pajama pants with pink hippos all over it. An old NYU T-Shirt rounded of what I guessed was her pajamas. Her hair was standing in total disarray.
"Fell out of bed did we?" Emmett teased but Alice just ignored him when she saw what he was holding. She walked over to him her eyes only fixed on Anthony, she smiled a big warm smile when she finally gazed down on him.
"Love magnet" Edward muttered under his breath.
"Oh Bella he is magnificent." She exclaimed her eyes shining brightly.
"Well I'm glad you think so because Edward though that you and Emmet would like to be his Godparents." Both of their heads snapped up.
"Well we know it's weird to choose a non involved couple but we thought that you two won't mind. Emmett you will have to stop acting like a child of course and Alice you'll have to restrict your ruler use on misbehaving children but we don't think there is anyone better fitted to be his Godparents than the two of you." Edward said quickly and they looked at each other.
"I get to throw all his birthday parties and you buy all the expensive gifts, I guess we can share him over the weekends." Alice said business like and Emmett just stood there with tears running down his face.
"Whatever you say, Tinkerbelle." Emmett said causing all of us to laugh.
"Bella are you feeling ok?" Alice asked finally doing her best friend duty.
"I'm fine Alice, just a little tired and worn out." She nodded and fixed her attention back on Anthony.
"Do you think making them Godparents was such a good idea?" Edward asked softly looking at their possessiveness.
"Who wants coffee?" Esme asked walking into the room balancing crappy hospital coffee on a tray.
"O dear I think we might need to go get more coffee." Carlisle said as he spotted all the people that was now crowding the room.
"Well Edward I think that between loving parents, doting grandparents, a crazy Great grandmother and possessive Godparents Anthony is going to do alright." I said smiling watching my family proudly from me bed.
Two months later:
"Just wait here, Mrs. Cullen. He'll be here in a few minutes." The guard said and left me beside a cold steel picnic bench. One of those with the seats attached to the tables. I glanced around at the other visitors and guards in the visiting room if that was even what this place is called. The door to the prison part of the room was unlocked and Jacob strolled in. He looked older and tired; his eyes scanned the room as if he was afraid something or somebody might attack him. When he spotted me he relaxed and that evil little scowl reappeared around his mouth.
The guard un-cuffed him, said something to him to which Jacob just nodded and then he strolled over to me.
"My, my, my Bella. You were the last person I expected to see here. Where is that pretty face lover-boy of yours?" He asked and sat down on the table. I sat down across from him.
"Edward is at home, he understood that facing you was something that I had to do for myself." Jacob glared at me.
"Why all of a sudden do you care about me? You are the reason why I'm rotting in this hellhole." I shook my head not in denial but in amusement.
"Jacob the only one to blame for your current situation is yourself. But I didn't come here to insult you I came here to say that in spite of you I'm happy." The hard look on his face disappeared and he looked down at the table.
"We were happy once too." He said so softly I had to strain to hear him.
"Yes we were but things change and apparently people change to." He breathed deeply and then he looked up and jutted his chin in the direction of my hands.
"I see that you are married, sorry I missed the special wedding feature in the paper." I glanced at the small diamond ring on my ring finger.
"There was no special feature. Edward isn't in the entertainment business any more. We had a small private ceremony about a month ago." Jacob looked up at me and there was a sad look on his face.
"Is he treating you right, there is none of that jackass bullshit like the last time you were friends?" I shook my head and smiled.
"Edward worships the ground I walk on and he will always be a jackass." He nodded and smiled to.
"Good, then I'm glad you are finally happy. Listen I've done a lot of thinking and I'm sorry about…..you know…what I did. I'm going for counseling sessions and they are trying to help me with my rage issues." I nodded and smiled at him.
"That's good Jacob." He looked out the window.
"You know, I never thought my life would turn out this way. I thought you and I would get married, have some kids and grow old together sharing the same pillow. Now I have nothing and every day is a battle to keep your pillow to yourself. But I was wrong to hit you and this is my punishment. I know that now." He looked back at me and I recognized my best friend in those sad eyes.
I knew that I could do what I was talking myself out of dong while I was driving over here. I opened my handbag, one of the ones Alice bought me in London apparently it is the latest fashion, and took out a small photo pushing it towards him. He looked down at it almost studying it. Finally he looked up. "He's got your eyes." He said stroking the outline of a two month old Anthony.
"He's got your hair." I said and Jacob looked at me in shock.
"What did you just say?" He looked at the photo more closely.
"He's yours Jacob; I was about two weeks pregnant when you beat the crap out of me…." Shame flashed across his face. "He is your son." He just kept looking at me. "His name is Anthony, Seth Cullen and Edward and I decided that we were going to tell him who his real father is when he is old enough to understand." He looked at me and there was a determined look on his face.
"Don't tell him who his father is. Please, I don't want him to know. I won't be part of his life. Not that I actually can be since I got a life sentence and all." He added and smiled at his pathetic joke.
"Why, he can come and visit you if he wants." Jacob shook his head.
"No, he is going to have Edward as a father and I would rather he have a jackass as a father than a man who almost beat his mother to death." I looked at him and I knew that deep down he was afraid that his son would be ashamed in having a father like him.
"Jacob Black your time is up." A guard announced at the door and Jacob looked up at me.
"Bella please don't tell him about me, I would appreciate it if you kept me up to date about him as he goes through school and all that." Jacob stood up pushing the photo towards me.
"Keep it, and I'll send you more photo's as he grows up." He nodded and took the small photo. He slipped it in the front pocket of his shirt and as the guard reached him he placed his hands behind his back.
"Thank you for coming Bella and thank you for doing this for me." Once he was cuffed the guard took him away. As I walked out of that cold room and made my way back to the car I knew that I could finally live my life with Edward in peace. Jacob had no hold on me anymore.
In time who knows he might change his mind about meeting his son.
In time Best friends can become assholes.
In time assholes can become friends.
In time best friends who became assholes can change into the man you loved with all your heart.
In time assholes who became friends can become assholes again.
In time I've learned that family doesn't just exist out of parents but it exists out of a teddy bear like manager/friend, a demonic ruler slashing fashion crazed friend and throw in a crazy old grandmother into the mix and you have the best family anyone can ask for.
Most of all I've learned that in time…..anything is possible.
An/ Sorry for only updating now, I was super busy with work last week, suffered through a cold and almost broke my knee in a netball match so I was in no mood what so ever to write. Anyway as you must have realized by now this is the last chapter, don't ask me what Jacob is doing back in the story….it was like something possessed me while I wrote and when I was myself again he was just there. But I think she needed some closure with him to fully move on with her life. Oh and since almost every reviewer loved grandma so much she is in this chapter as well.
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