Dinner with the Cullen's! Can Round 2 go any better for Bella?

Chapter 20

BPOV

I had dozed off in the living room while waiting for Emmett and Rosalie to finish with the Jeep. Esme had gently woken me up and encouraged me to go back upstairs to the guest room.

I immediately took up her offer, not aware that I was as tired as I was until that moment.

As soon as my head hit the pillow I let the warmth surround me and drifted off to sleep.

It felt like only a short moment later I was awoken, but as I looked out toward the windows I noticed how the sky had seemed to have darkened from this afternoon.

"Bells? Bella."

"Em?" I questioned not sure if I was truly awake or still dreaming.

"Yeah."

"What's wrong? Did you fix the jeep?" I asked, scooting back and propping myself up against the pillows of the bed.

"We'll we've finally dried it out enough for the engine to start over, but it's still raining. We've been waiting out the rain, but it still hasn't stopped. We can't move it from the garage without the ignition getting wet."

"What does that mean?"

He let out a sigh and I immediately worried.

"Rosalie is going to drive me over to dads right now."

"Were not leaving then?"

"Umm, not today."

I nodded my head, resigned to my fate.

"But first thing tomorrow morning I'm taking the Jeep over to a shop in Port Angeles."

"It'll probably rain."

"One way or another I'm going to fix the Jeep, Bells."

"Okay," I said halfheartedly.

"I'm going to take off then. I called dad already and explained. Esme told me to tell you that dinner should be ready soon. I brought your luggage back up in case you needed anything."

"Thank you."

"I'll call you tomorrow morning."

He turned around to head out of the room; I stopped him, remembering something.

"Wait, Emmett!"

"What's wrong?"

"Nothing, it's- you just reminded me of something."

"What is it?"

"My phone's dead, it's been dead since I got here. It seems like Alice packed everything for me, except my charger."

"Alright, mine's in my bag inside the Jeep. Let me go get it for you."

I nodded my head, content that I'd finally have a useable phone.

I could finally call my mom.

When Emmett brought me his charger I immediately connected it to my phone. While it charged I took a much needed shower, seeing as I had been too happy to leave this morning and had completely skipped one.

I couldn't help but to feel more alive and refreshed once out of the shower, but I quickly realized that sleeping almost the whole day was going to cause me to be awake half the night.

I had barely left the room, making my way downstairs when I ran into Esme by the staircase.

"Oh good! I thought I was going to have to drag you down there."

I chuckled uneasily, after all her daughter had dragged me here. Alice had to get here enthusiasm from someone, right?

Esme seemed to have noticed my discomfort.

"Bella, I would never!" she exclaimed.

I laughed at her panic stricken expression and she quickly joined me.

We entered the kitchen still chuckling, only coming to a stop when we caught the stares of all the others around the table.

Alice seemed to look relieved. Carlisle looked handsome as always and Edward looked curious with a hint of amusement. It seemed like Jasper was joining us tonight since he was there alongside Alice.

"What's so funny?" Alice questioned.

"Bella thought I was going to go crazy on her like you did," Esme said straightforwardly.

The room seemed to go even quieter than it had when Esme and I walked in. I stood frozen beside Esme, not believing she had just said that.

It was Jasper who let the first cackle and it was quickly followed by Carlisle. Within seconds everyone seemed to be laughing, well everyone but Alice.

"That wasn't funny, mom."

"Lighten up Alice, everyone else is laughing. Come Bella, let's sit."

I took the chair next to Edward, seeing as that was the only one left.

I glanced around the table, but stopped when I glanced at Carlisle. His clear blue eyes were staring right at me.

"Bella, you look better."

Did I look that bad the last time I had seen him? It could be possible, seeing as if his daughter had kidnapped me that day.

"No headache, no dizziness, still no concussion," I responded.

"Good, good," he responded with a smile on his face.

I felt a smile break across my face. I couldn't help it.

It seemed like he and Esme could put a smile on my face with just a glance. They were just happy people who smiles were contagious. Alice had certainly gotten that from them.

Edward coughed from beside me, causing me to turn around and look at him.

"Are you alright?" I questioned, seeing as that was the polite thing to do.

He turned red before my eyes.

Holy shit he was choking!

I started to pound on his back, not knowing what else to do.

For a brief moment I considered moving him from the chair to the floor. CPR could help, right? I quickly dismissed that thought, though. I'd probably injure both of us trying to move him.

He'd go from chocking to suffering a concussion.

I stood up and really put effort in slapping his back. He seemed to cough even more and for a brief moment I thought it was actually helping, but then he started to wave his hands around frantically.

Was he having a seizure? Shit! I automatically stopped.

As soon as I stopped he stopped coughing.

"Jesus! Are you okay?" I huffed out, out of breath.

I must have whacked him good.

His face grew even redder if possible and he quickly stood up and left the table.

Shit! Crap! Fuck!

I looked around the table to find four shocked, gaping faces staring right at me.

"Umm," I mumbled.

"Shit, B that was hilarious!" Jasper's cackle was once again heard around the table.

Esme shot an apologetic glance in my direction before standing up from the table and going after Edward, I presumed.

I looked down at the table, "I didn't mean-I thought he was-crap," I wailed.

"Bella, it's okay. We know we were just trying to help," Carlisle reassured me, fighting back his own smile.

"He wasn't choking, was he?" I half questioned.

No one responded, but I still knew the answer.

It was a moment longer before Esme returned.

"He's alright. Just a bit embarrassed," she said toward Carlisle, but I knew she was telling me as well.

I understood. I was currently dying of mortification.

"It's okay, Bella. We all make mistakes," Alice added. Her voice wasn't cruel, but sympathetic.

I nodded, not saying anything, but I understood what she was trying to get across.

I picked at my food more than I ate. I didn't feel right eating when I had practically forced Edward away from the table.

Esme caught my eye more than once during dinner, but she would only give me kind smiles and knowing glances.

I awkwardly smiled back once and her smile only grew.

Well alright then.

After I helped Esme clean up I made a quick dash into my room.

I didn't want to bump into Edward without a memorized apology; otherwise I would only stumble and stutter my way through, embarrassing myself more.

I wasn't in the room for more than a minute before I heard the vibration of my phone.

It had charged enough for it to power on by itself and now it was notifying me of all my missed messages.

I ignored the text messages and went straight to my contacts, selecting the person I needed to speak to before pressing talk.

This chapter was so much fun to write! I hope you enjoyed.

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