One year later
I awoke as usual in the strong arms of my husband. Things had changed a lot since I was released from the hospital, he had been extra sweet.
"Edward, honestly, I'm fine, I don't need you to open every door or help me up the stairs all the time." I insisted.
"I know, but I want to." That was his usual response to everything.
I turned over and sighed against my new mattress. The old one had just lost all favor after I found out what had been done on it. Seth had informed Edward of my nightly escapades downstairs to which I left him all alone. Edward had immediately gone out and bought a new mattress.
"Sweetie, get up, you have to go to work this morning after all." I kissed his nose and pulled myself from his arms. Breakfast wasn't going to cook itself. Seth was enjoying the tenth grade having survived the duration of my hospital visit on audio lessons. Yet, he still remained the undeniable top dog in his class.
"I don't understand why I can't just stick with the audio lessons, they work so well with me. there's no real reason to stick me back in school." He kept telling me.
"Seth, social interaction is a very important part of school and life in general, you need to be around other kids." I reminded him.
"Why? If I stay here all the time, I can help you with the house and things will go smoother. The doctor did say that you need to take it easy for a while." He took the dish from my had and began to wash it. This was becoming a routine thing, the tow of us doing house work together I kissed his cheek ad we went to work. Sure, having him home all the time would have been nice but I couldn't hold him back any more than I already had.
"Bella." Edward sat up[ in the bed and rubbed his eyes.
"S'bout time you woke up sleepy head." I kissed his cheek and rushed down stairs. The kitchen and dining room were clean just like a good wife keeps her home, just like I was expected to.
"I don't have to work today you know, you could have slept in." Edward yawned from the top of the stairs.
"Well then, looks like it's you, me, and the kids all cooped up in here today. I smiled at him before moving to the kitchen to start breakfast.
It was rare that I freaked out on him anymore, I had no reason to. He came home on time and Tanya got fired with her nursing license revoked. It was a win, win, win situation for me at least. I was brought out of my memories by and earsplitting cry from upstairs.
"Strange, he usually sleeps through the night and morning doesn't he?" I shrugged. James's sleep schedule varied depending on how he was feeling on a certain day.
"I'll go get him before he freaks himself out too much." Edward kissed my forehead and raced up the stairs,
"I am not riding with you!" I screamed.
"I have my permit mom." Seth insisted as Liz packed a bag.
"No. you'll kill me, yourself, your sister, and your new brother." I crossed my arms.
"So you want to have the baby here? Mom, just come on, I know how to drive!"
"Mom get in the car, dad's gonna be mad enough that your water broke all over his favorite chair but it's gonna be worse if you have the baby on it to and he's not here. We have to get to the hospital and Seth's the only one here who's not pregnant and has the faintest idea how to drive." Elizabeth pulled me up and tried to get me to go outside, I still refused to budge.
"I'd rather have the baby here than run the risk of driving with an inexperienced driver." I snapped.
"I have driven before, just never in an emergency setting." Seth dragged me out to the car and put me in the backseat.
"We should call your father so he could have an ambulance on standby." I said weakly.
"We are not going to die." He stated the car and we were off. I think I just about broke Elizabeth's hand by squeezing it so much.
"Mom, calm down, we're going to be just fine." She held my hand just as tight while Seth drove. She was just as frightened as I was.
"Don't worry baby," she cooed to my stomach, "we'll make it in time so nothing happens to you."
"Seth! Turn left!" I screamed suddenly.
"We're taking a short cut." He said warily taking a sharp right.
"We're gonna die. Oh my god we are going to die on this road." I put my face in my hands and almost cried. This was going to be just awful.
"Don't worry mom, we'll get there, James is going to be just fine." It had been Seth that came up with James's name. Edward wasn't fond of it to say the least. He didn't want to have to explain to anyone that his son was named after my former divorce attorney. I thought it was cute name for a baby boy.
We made it the hospital and in record time without dying. Edward was shocked to see us but even more shocked to find that his baby was coming then. He and Angela rushed me to the maternity ward where for the first time, I had brown haired baby. James was one of the cutest babies I'd ever seen and he fed off all the attention anyone would give him.
"You are the cutest little baby." Esme crooned. James giggled and patted her cheek with his tiny hands.
"Wow, someone else thinks he's cute, shocking." Seth rolled his eyes, earphones already in his ears. He was determined not to leave the hospital again though Edward kept on him about getting outside so he didn't make himself sick again.
"You're brother can't help himself, he's just naturally adorable." I laid back down.
"You'd better hope you're this attractive when you get older because high school girls will chew up and spit you out." he said.
"Seth, leave your brother alone."
"I'm just telling the truth, mom."
"Well, right now the truth is unnecessary, he's just a baby after all." Esme passed him back to me and I nuzzled his cheek. He reached back out for the flowers James himself had sent, this time, bluebells, lilacs, and violets.
"Yeah, he's going to be a ladies man when he grows up, I can already tell." Seth sat down and laughed.
Edward came back down the steps with James in his arms.
"Um Bella, your pancakes are burning." I jumped up and turned around. Sue enough, smoke was rising from the skillet.
"Daydreaming much?" Seth came down the steps as well and hoisted his backpack onto his shoulder.
"I forgot I was cooking." I admitted.
"Wow mom…that's weird for you." he kissed my cheek and scrunched his nose up at the burnt pancakes before grabbing the cereal box on top of the refrigerator.
"How did you forget you were cooking?" Edward asked feeling my forehead.
"I was remembering things, got lost in the times."
"What times? You're only 34." Seth said through a mouthful of Golden Grams.
"Just thinking." I took James from Edward and cradled him against my chest.
How was I supposed to find my classes? There was no map in the brochure for Forks High School.
"Do you need help?" I whipped around to see the most beautiful eyes ever. Gorgeous hair like his should have been illegal, and his voice…
"Yes, I have no idea where I'm going, I'm knew."
"I thought so, you ad that deer in headlights look new students always get." He looked over my schedule quickly and pointed me in the right direction.
"The biology lab is right over there. I'm headed that way to, want me to walk you there?" I nodded quietly and we walked together. At the time, I had no idea that I was dealing with Edward Masen, that I was staring right into the younger face of my husband.
"Don't be afraid, the first day is always the toughest. I'm Edward by the way." He extended his hand.
"Bella Swan." I took his hand loosely before yanking it back. He'd shocked me.
"Well that was odd." He laughed shakily.
"Yes…" Edward Masen…my love…my heartbreaker and everything in between. With one simple touch, everything began.
"I love you." I whispered.
"I love you too." he kissed me lightly before tickling James. I'd thought that our relationship had ended with his betrayal but I was wrong. There was no end for Edward and I. I stroked James's hair and realized, there were only new beginnings in our future…and I was looking right at one of them.
So, this is the end for The Good Wife. I hoped that you liked it, really I do. I accept flames and constructive criticism. Also, I am looking for a beta because I just can't seem to stop making errors. Anywho, this is a preview my newest story that I haven't come up with a title for. PM with your ideas.
"Good morning Ms. Swan." several people greeted me in turn that morning. They addressed me formally just as always. That was because in my office, I was the top dog. It hadn't been a pretty rise to the top but soon I had made my name among the biggest business owners in the country. Swan Enterprises was one of the most successful businesses of the 21st century and of that, I was proud of.
When I look back at high school, I can't help but wonder what was wrong with me. I was tiny and afraid, the usual target for bullies. Tears stayed with me through the 7 years of junior high and high school.
'Bella, don't fret. When you get older, you'll be the one on top, rich, and powerful. It'll be them asking you for a job,' My mother always told me.
I never believed that. What sense did it make? Me, a business owner? At the time, it seemed simply ludicrous.
But look at me now. I'm rich, I'm beautiful, and I could have any man in my bed, any time I wanted.
'Why do you even come to prom, It's not like you could possibly get a date, or a decent dress for that matter.' Why had I been so weak, so unwilling to defend myself. Where was the Rottweiler that now existed?
'I pity the man who marries you!'
'Dude, you actually think she'll get married?'
'Good point! No one would even look at you Swan. You're just a fat ugly who!' Edward Masen. How could I hate someone so much? He was the only one I could never find in my extensive searches. Maybe he'd died. Painfully I'd hoped. I'd grown out of that ugly duckling phase and into something totally knew. My long mahogany colored hair grew and shined even more. I lost weight and soon, I had my own set of curves. I wondered what Edward Masen would have said if he could have seen me at that moment.
"Ms. Swan?" My secretary's voice came through the speaker on my desk.
"Yes, Alice?" I smiled. Alice Cullen was a very bright woman and incredibly helpful at times. She was one of the few people on the planet that I actually respected.
"We have a new applicant. He's experienced to say the least." She said. I could hear the implication in her voice. She liked him.
"Send him in Alice." I'd been looking for an assistant. Alice couldn't do all the work herself. Running a company definitely wasn't easy.
"That's the problem; he's not actually here right now yet. You see, he's in the process of a move and will be here tomorrow to actually interview for the job". So he was coming all the way here in hopes for a job? A very daring move. I'd been known to show no mercy when it came to applicants and I was sure this one would be no different.
The day came to a close and I left my office, Alice talking a mile a minute.
"I mean, is he really committed? Seems like someone who's really committed would have proposed by now. What do you think Bella?" She asked. She was talking about her boyfriend again. Apparently she didn't know if he really loved her anymore.
"The guy's probably thinking about it, I mean, have you brought it up, snuck a few wedding magazines around the house where you know he'll find them?" I asked. That's what I had done in my first marriage, big mistake. James wasn't necessarily the best choice for a person like me, too controlling.
Still, I go a beautiful son out of our union, and full custody. The abuse charges had definitely ruined his chances of that.
"Are you sure that would work, I mean, I don't want to scare Jasper away or anything." She said suddenly.
I stopped dead. Jasper? I'd know that name for a long time. Till, I moved my feet again. Jasper Whitlock was a long way away from here. What chance did a country boy like him have with a city slicker like Alice?
I fell to the ground as Edward, Jasper, Emmet, and Rosalie laughed.
"Nice job Swan! Can't you work with your own two feet?" Edward snickered.
"No, poor thing's just an itty bitty baby." Rosalie said in a babyish voice. I slowly rose to my feet and within two seconds, Edward had pushed me back down.
"Geez Swan, you just keep falling down!" he laughed.
I stood shakily, level to all of them. "You think this is over? This is no over! Just wait, one day, I'll get even." I ran out the door and never looked back.
I opened my eyes to find Alice staring at me in a very peculiar way. She was worried about me.
"Just thinking about Cameron." I said lightly.
"Oh, it looked like something serious had happened." She said with a small smile.
"No, nothing like that." I brushed off her worries and walked into the late night coffee shop.
Cameron was at his grandmother's which left me some free time to myself. I hardly ever went out unless it was business related or had to do with my son. His passion lied solely with the cello, his favorite instrument.
"Want me to order?" Alice asked with a smile effectively snapping me out of my trance.
"Yes, that would be very nice." I said happily. Alice scampered up to the register and ordered us something to eat. I sighed and looked out the window to see a group people coming in.
"So we finally get to meet her?" one of them asked. He was a big burly guy with curly black hair and dimpled cheeks.
"Yeah, Alice should be here if I'm not mistaken, this is where she said." The man next to him said. He was tall and muscular though not as much as the first and had pale blonde hair.
It was only then that I noticed he said Alice. She danced back over to the table before noticing him and running into his arms. So much for our girl's night out.
I looked up to see the blonde haired woman looking at me curiously from across the room. I flinched. Her eyes were a piercing blue and incredibly beautiful.
I ducked my head down when I saw her approaching me. She was smiling quizzically and then sitting down across from me.
"Have we met before?" She asked.
"I don't believe so." Like that, bossy Bella was back in control and the shy Bella had to jump in the backseat.
"Really? It seems like I know you, like I've seen your eyes before." She pointed out once again looking me over. As she said it, I began to recognize her to. It was like it'd seen her before.
"Brown's a very common color," I said instinctively.
"No, I know I've seen you before/ your face isn't one that's easy to forget." She tapped her lip inquisitively and looked me over again.
"Where have I seen your face?" she asked herself quietly. I took in them soft blonde waves, the unnatural beauty and the crystal blue eyes, then I knew…
"Rosalie Hale." I said calmly, wringing my hands in my lap. Part of me wanted to reach across and grab her throat, the other part wanted to run scared.
"Yes! Now what is your name?" I didn't reply, I laid the bills down on the table and left.
"Bella?" Alice was chasing me.
"Do you want to loose your job Ms. Brandon?" I hissed at her.
"Wha-what? What is going on, what did I do?" she demanded.
"You, you have ruined everything! Everything I've built for myself is going to be flushed down the toilet the moment you get involved with that man!" I screeched. It was irrational. Why was I blaming Alice for my own personal demons?
"I don't understand, you've barely spoken two words to him, Jasper is a good man!" she defended him.
"He's a liar, and he's downright mean. Him and all his friends." I hit the beeper on my car, I wasn't going to deal with anyone else's shit tonight.
"Hey." I spun around ready to yell again when I was met with the prettiest apple green eyes. Still, pretty didn't matter at the moment.
"Who the hell do you think you are?" I demanded.
"That's not important, what's important is that you're yelling and screaming at my sister when you have no reason to. I don't know who you think you are but you better find out quick." He snarled.
"Excuse me sir but are you threatening me?" the CEO came out in my voice.
"I would never threaten a woman." He said snidely.
"Why, how chivalrous of you." I shot him the bird and climbed in my car, I would deal with Alice on my turf.
"Edward, leave it." She said. My head snapped to his face again. I could recognize the others loosely but Edward looked completely different. His whole being had changed. His hair was still messy but now, it was actually an attractive disarray of different shades of bronze.
"Edward Mason." I whispered. He looked to me confusedly.
"Yes, and you are?" he snarked. It was then that I was reminded of how much of a pig he was.
"Figure it out." I hit the gas, effetely kicking up water and mid in his face.