S Meyer owns all things Twilight. I'm just an unoriginal mooch.
About a week ago, my life went into a tailspin. Well, not a tailspin really. I went from wanting Mike to commit to me to being dead set on breaking up with him. Normally, that would be slightly depressing, and it would have been, being that I basically wasted five years on someone who just wasn't on the same page with me. I skipped past that whole phase thanks to Edward. He came into my life and turned it upside down in one weekend. It was instant. I just… felt it. Whatever it was, I knew the second I touched him that I'd been waiting for him for my whole life. I thought it was the same for him.
Now, just a short time later, it was apparently never there for Edward, and he didn't want me anymore. Queue depressive sulking. I sulked for about three hours. Then six shots of rum and two beers later, I was making out with my old high school "boyfriend" on my couch. Still technically with Mike, still cold from my sudden loss of light in Edward, and still wishing that I was spending my night butt naked in bed with him. Not the way it works in my life. Never as simple as I'd always assumed and planned it out to be. Now here I sit with my hands working my way down Jake's pants.
Holy freakin' built! Whatever this kid's been doing the past eight or so years, well, bravo, Jake. Bravo.
"Bella? Bella… wait."
Jake pulled away and eased my hands away from him.
"Rejection number two tonight." I meant to think that, not say it. Oops.
"What? No, I'm not… I mean… do you really want to do this?"
I sighed and squeezed my eyes shut. My head was foggy from the alcohol still, but oddly enough, I felt slightly more sober. Soberer? No, more sober. Yeah, that's right. Jake slid out from underneath me and sat up on the couch.
"No, Jake, don't say it. I get it. Beer goggles and shit. It's cool. We're cool." I sat up, trying to shake the fog from my brain as I ran my hands through my hair.
"What? No, it's not that at all! I'm barely tipsy anymore. And Bella, you're beautiful. You know that, and anyone who has ever made you feel otherwise is shit. Look at me. You are everything any guy could ever want, and as amazing as that just was… I can't let you do this right now."
"How gentlemanly of you."
"Shut up, Swan. Seriously, I want to help you out right now and be there for you, but I don't think this is what you need. You know this isn't what you need. And I don't think it's what you want either."
I let out a frustrated laugh and shook my head. Billy raised him well.
"I'm sorry, Jake. I have no idea what I need or want right now to tell you the truth."
"Well, what if we just… sit here and watch some movies and just… talk? Be… friends?"
"You sure you're not rejecting me?"
"Uh, definitely not. But I don't want to show you the proof of that right now. I don't want you regretting anything, though. It's okay."
I smiled at him and kissed his cheek. "Wanna watch Step Brother's?"
"You seriously have that? Haha, wow. I definitely want to watch it."
I laughed and got up to put the movie in after turning off the stereo and grabbed two bottles of water from the fridge.
"You could have totally gotten some tonight and you flat out cockblocked yourself." I joked.
He rolled his eyes, "sure, sure. Watch the movie, kid."
I smiled and turned to face the tv ask Jake put his arm around my shoulder in what I knew was a platonic gesture. He was warm and comfortable, and safe.
"Is this okay?"
"Mhm," I shook my head and leaned into him. The next thing I knew, I was drifting off.
"I fucking tried to stop her, Alice! She ripped her hand away and… she was just… I thought she would have ended up going to your room. I should have gone after her."
"Damn fucking straight you should have gone after her! Regardless of where she was going to end up, you should have considered the alternative that maybe she would try to drive back home and something might happen!" I've never seen Alice so pissed off in my life.
"Yeah how dumb are you? Why the hell did you just blow up on her like that?" Alice was definitely scary, but she had nothing on Rose.
I looked over at Emmett, then trained my eyes on the floor. "I don't know."
"Bullshit! You better hope like hell that she gets home okay or you won't have a dick to fuck girls over with!" With that, Rose and Alice stormed into Alice and Jasper's bedroom. Jasper shrugged and gave me a sympathetic smile, then followed the girls.
"Look man, I'm nervous as shit that she's out there alone and messed up right now. I'm sorry, I know I told you to end it… but… I mean, what'd you say that set her off like that?"
"Emmett, she wouldn't have believed me if I just kept saying I couldn't do it anymore. I had to… lie. I had to make her believe that it was just… over. I told her I didn't want her anymore. I fucking glared at her like she just killed my mother or something. I know I wasn't good enough for her… I was being selfish."
"Shit, man. What are you gonna do if she tells Mike something?"
I looked at Emmett with surprise in my eyes. What the? "You're not going to tell him?"
"Hell no I'm not, that's not my place. But he and Bella have a lot of history, you gotta let them work it out."
"Emmett, she's been planning on breaking up with Mike for a while now. She decided on her own. That's why I hadn't ended it. Somehow it just happened, and we never… we planned on just… being together. After she ended it with Mike, I was sticking around. You do know I was being fucking sarcastic when I said she was an easy lay, right?"
"So everyone knew, huh?"
"That's what I understand."
"I knew Bella was going to end it. I heard Rosie talking to Alice about it a few weeks ago. I guess that was around the time she decided. It still doesn't mean you guys should have done that shit. Cheating is just fucking wrong, regardless of the situation. And I did expect more of you. I expected more of the both of you. But maybe if someone would have fucking told me what was going on, I wouldn't have threatened you like a jackass if you didn't end it now. Wow, this shit's crazy."
"Tell me about it." I rubbed the back of my neck and stared at nothing, focusing only on the twisting pain in my stomach, knowing Bella was out there alone.
"You love her."
"Bella. You love her."
Fuck, do I? It was the worst kind of hurt telling her we wouldn't work out. It was all a lie. I wanted nothing more than to spend the weekend wrapped up in nothing but her, then go home for more of the same. But now… I don't know if I can have that back.
"I uh… ha, yeah. I do. I fucking love her." Stunned by my own realization, I took a seat on the arm of the couch and basked in the feeling. I fucking love Bella Swan. It was just 24 hours ago that I was pretty positive that I would love her, someday. After losing her, I knew. I couldn't live without this woman. But now, I might have to.
"Fuck it. Emmett, I'm sorry. I know cheating is wrong… but what I felt with Bella… I don't care. If she even feels half of what I feel, I'll take it with open arms. We need to go. I need to go. Now."
"We're going?" Alice squealed from the doorway.
"If I'm ever fucking left out of the loop again, I'm going apeshit on all of you. Let's go, kids. Edward, you're refunding this, right? I'm just kidding. But seriously…?"
"Oh my God, yes I'll give you all refunds plus more. Shit, whatever the hell you want. I just need to talk to Bella."
"Yay! Let's go! Pack pack pack! We're leaving!" Alice clapped her hands and ran into the bedroom to gather her things, and we all followed suit. I couldn't run fast enough down the hallway. I needed to get home as fast as I could. I just hoped I didn't royally fuck things up too much.
I opened my eyes to the bright sun through the window with the Step Brother's title screen song playing. I moved my body around a little and didn't feel sick and didn't have a headache. Good sign. I stretched a little more, then grabbed Edward's arm and draped it over my stomach.
Excuse me? That's not… oh yeah.
"I'm sorry I'm still here, I think I slept through the movie."
"No problem, I fell asleep in the beginning. Hopefully your back doesn't hurt like a bitch today from sleeping in that position."
"Eh, not too bad." He stretched and arched his back, letting me see a portion of what seemed to be a fucking… 24 pack of abs. Seriously, what has this guy been doing?
"Um… coffee? There's a Starbucks two blocks over."
"Definitely could use some coffee."
"Okay, I'm gonna go change real quick then we can leave."
I jumped up and ran into my bedroom. I left the door open while I changed, he couldn't see in anyways unless he was at the door. But, I didn't think he'd try to look. I felt so calm and protected around Jake, not in the big brother sort of way, but… just… friends? I'm so wordy. Definitely need a coffee. The weather was still pretty warm considering the time of year, that means I get my iced coffee.
I grabbed my bag and we headed out.
"I don't know how I managed to be wrinkle-free right now. Awesome."
I smiled up at Jake and we continued on our way to Starbucks.
After we got our drinks and found a table, a few of Jake's friends walked by and said a quick 'hello.' His one friend, Embry, made a remark about a walk of shame, since Jake was still wearing the same clothes from last night. Oh how wrong he was.
"Iced Coffee? You weirdo. Coffee's supposed to be hot."
"That's so not true, Iced Coffee's are incredible. I only wish that it was warm year round so I could drink them all the time. Don't hate the drink, Mr. Non-fat Vanilla Latte. That's like water."
"Hey Bells, gotta watch my girlish figure." He wiggled his eyebrows and I snorted out a laugh. He was still the same teenaged boy, but all wrapped up in man. Jake's personality is something I'm happy to see he hasn't lost.
We finished up our drinks and strolled around for a little bit. We talked about our jobs and what we've been doing for the past few years. I told him about my current "boyfriend" who couldn't commit if his life depended on it, and my current… well… Edward… who found my heart then ripped it apart. Shit!
"Oh my God! I haven't looked at my phone since I got in last night. Alice is gonna kill me."
I fished into my bag and found the loyal crackberry. Only one text. From Alice. That's strange.
Hey, call me when you wake up! Hope you were okay last night. Love you! –Al & Rose
I guess that counts for two of them. Maybe Edward didn't say anything. He had to have said something though, why else would I have taken off like that? Oh well, I was safe, all is well.
"Hey I think I'm gonna head over to my place and shower and stuff, get a little work done. Let me know if you get bored and wanna hang out later or just talk. I hope you feel better Bells."
I pulled him into me and hugged him tight. "Thank you for everything Jake. It's so great to be able to catch up again. I'll definitely let you know what's going on tonight. Thanks again."
"No problem, later Bells!" He kissed my cheek and set off in the other direction, and I found Alice's number to call her as instructed. It was 10am, of course she'd be up.
"Bella! How are you this morning?"
"Hey Alice, I'm… good."
"You're good? Seriously, are you okay? I'm glad you made it home alright."
"Yeah I'm fine. I was just out getting some coffee."
There's a short pause and Alice says nothing.
"So… what's up?"
"Have you talked to Edward?"
"Oh, okay. Well… Bella do you wanna talk about it?"
I heard some muffled voices and Alice letting out small protests.
"Yeah, sorry um. Hey I need to get going. The massage lady is going to kill me if I don't disrobe now. Call me or text me later okay? Feel better!"
Okay, that was the weirdest call from Alice ever, and that's saying a lot. Ah, I could go for a massage right now.
I made my way back to my apartment, unpacked, showered, then did some work for Monday. I was so ready to get back to work. So ready to be on track with some normalcy.
Around 4:00 I texted Jake to see what he was up to. We ended up making plans to go grab some food and drinks at the lounge with some of his friends. I texted Alice and Rose to let them know what I was doing in case they called and I didn't answer.
It ended up being a pretty nice night. Jake's old friend Sam and his wife Emily moved to Weehawken about a year or so ago, and Sam was in our graduating class, so it was nice to see another familiar face.
We said our goodbye's a little after midnight and Jake walked tipsy old me back to my place.
"That was a lot of fun. Sam's almost as big as you! What have you guys been doing?"
"Working out? Being healthy, to an extent? I don't know, what kind of question is that?" Jake laughed and shrugged his shoulders.
"It's not a question I guess. It's just so weird to see you two grown up."
"Okay, have you looked in the mirror lately? You did some growing too."
"Yeah, I don't feel like it. Just feel like same old Bella who can't hold it together."
"Oh you're holding up just fine. You never appreciate the smooth road unless you go over a few bumps right? You'll get it right, don't worry."
We arrived outside of the building, and I was surprised to see that the doorman was inside tonight. I guess the alcohol had warmed me up a bit.
"Thanks again for tonight, Jake. I had a blast."
"Anytime, Bells. Let's not go back to being strangers again, huh?"
"Definitely not." He smiled and I reciprocated. I'm not sure if I was warm because of his smile, or if it was still alcohol induced. I'm going with alcohol.
"Hey Bells, can I just… try something?"
"Just… something. Trust me."
Suddenly, Jake put his hands on my waist and pulled me closer to him and slowly started to lean his head towards mine. Are we seriously doing this again? Still, I didn't stop him. He leaned closer until his lips slowly molded onto my own. Slightly opened mouth, barely any tongue, and I really had to pee. We both pulled away at the same time and he stared at me as if he were waiting for something. I don't know if this is what he's looking for but…
"That was… interesting. Not bad though! Not bad at all! Just…"
"Wasn't right, was it?"
"I don't think… I don't know? Maybe?"
"You won't hurt my feelings, cause I'll be honest, it was weird as shit. Don't get me wrong, you're a good kisser, and I wasn't grossed out by kissing you. Not at all. I just wanted to see if last night was just… I don't know, Captain and hormones… or something else."
"I felt like I was making out with Alice."
"You know what that feels like?" Jake raised his eyebrows and smirked.
"Shut up, jackass, you know what I mean."
"Looks like we both would have regretted last night."
"Yeah, I think so. Thanks for that, then."
"My pleasure. Go on up there. I'll text you when I get to my place. Thanks for coming out tonight Bells. We need to do this more often."
"Oh for sure. Thanks again, for like, the 50th time. I'll talk to you later."
We shared a brief hug and he lightly tousled my hair, then we parted. How could I have not felt how awkward kissing him was last night? Was I seriously that drunk? Wow.
I got into my apartment and threw some sweats on, then checked my phone for anything from Alice or Rose. Just one text.
We miss you! Call me tomorrow? –Rose
Dinner. Right. Cause that won't be awkward at all.
Sounds good. Miss you too –B
I slid my phone onto the charger and laid in bed. Alone. I stretched my arms over my head and came in contact with a piece of paper. Sitting up, I pulled the paper from under the pillow and opened it. It was the note that Edward left me yesterday morning. Not even 48 hours ago. I crumbled the paper and threw it at the wall. Not even 48 hours later and here I lay. Slightly intoxicated, emotional, and alone. I threw the covers up over my head and prayed I fell asleep quickly.
"Who is it?" Rose asked anxiously from the kitchen.
I looked at my phone and saw that it was Mike calling.
"Uh… it's Mike."
Rose rolled her eyes and went back to doing the breakfast dishes.
Mike and I were friends, but he never just called to say "what's up". Interesting…
"Hey, man. What's up?"
"Hey Emmett, just getting in from Pittsburgh."
"You're back? I thought you weren't coming back until next weekend?"
Rose's eyes snapped up at me. I shrugged my shoulders.
"No, my dad's doing fine. I told you I was coming in, remember? Tonight at dinner? Uh… proposing to Bella?"
"Holy shit, I completely forgot about that! Oh yeah, uh… wow. Long weekend I guess."
"Totally understandable. How was Jersey?"
"It was good. Relaxing. We just got in, too. We all wanted to have some down time before the dinner."
Rose was now sitting next to me attempting to hear Mike. I hadn't told anyone about the dinner. Oops.
"Oh okay, cool. So just the Olive Garden at six then, still good for that?"
"Yeah, Olive Garden at six. Still good."
Rose threw her arms in the air and mouthed "what the fuck?" I still just shrugged. Should I warn this guy that uh… chances are good that Bella's gonna say no?
"Okay, great. See you guys there. Tell Rosalie I said hey. Later."
"Will do, see ya."
I hung up and Rose was in my face.
"What the fuck is going on?"
"I'm sorry babe, I was supposed to let you guys know. Mike's planning this… thing… for dinner tonight."
"This thing? How long ago did he tell you?"
"Damnit Emmett! I'll be surprised if Bella even comes, let alone be in the mood to see Mike. She wanted to do this on her own terms, now she has to act all nice and lovey dovey a day after you flip out on Edward?"
"Babe I'm sorry! I forgot! And if you remember, I didn't know that there was anything going on!"
"I know, I know, I'm sorry but… why does he even want everyone to come to dinner? He missed us that… oh. Oh! Oh fuck, Emmett, is he…?"
"What! He can't! Oh my God, you know she's going to say no, right? Shit! I need to call Alice."
"Okay, but none of us can do anything about this! We're just supposed to tell Bella we're going and he's just meeting us there. How do we cancel this and get around it?"
She thought about it for a minute. "You're right… we can't do anything. It's not even like we can tell him we're not going. He'll get Bella somehow anyway."
"Call Alice. Let her know."
"This weekend was supposed to be nice. Now we're in a damn soap opera."
She dialed Alice's number and put her head in her free hand. I understand the confusion. Maybe even more so now that I'm just getting fucking caught up with all this bullshit.
"Hey, Al. Problem. Apparently Mike's back. He wants us all to meet for dinner tonight. All of us."
I couldn't hear what Alice was saying, but I'm guessing she was going off on the same rant that Rose just had.
"Yep, everyone. He told Emmett on Thursday, Emmett forgot. But that's not the big issue. He's fucking proposing."
This is gonna be fun.
"They're coming over."
"Aw, Jasper misses his boyfriend."
"Shut up jackass."
"You love me."
I put my arm around her and kissed her forehead. I never thought that we wouldn't be the couple causing the chaos.
I didn't know what to do anymore. I wanted to give her the night to calm down, and hopefully have it hit her that I was lying my ass off. Plus, I didn't know what the hell to say to her. I'm a dumbass? I don't deserve you? Emmett was right, she didn't deserve the… dramatics. But fuck, I love her… Mike or no Mike… I can't lose her.
I went over the next morning, but she wasn't home. I couldn't try to call her. I knew she wouldn't answer. I kept telling myself she was probably jogging or doing something… just clearing her head. Later on, Alice told me that Bella had texted her to say she was meeting some people for dinner and drinks. At least she wasn't locked in the bathroom, avoiding the world.
I couldn't get any sleep that night. I wasn't going to bother her while she was out, and I wasn't going to freak her out by waiting by her door until she came home. I was exhausted, but my mind was wide awake.
It was midnight, but the nice thing about the city was that you could walk around at any hour and not look creepy. Everyone was out at midnight on a Saturday night, except I was trying to get tired enough to fall asleep. I should have stayed in. Maybe not. Maybe seeing it was best. I can't say for sure. What we don't know won't hurt us, right? Ugh, I don't know.
I rounded the corner on my way back to my apartment when I saw her. She was kissing that fucking… Jack… Jake… whatever the fuck his name is. He was touching her, his hands, his mouth. I wanted to kill him. My blood was boiling. I watched them break the kiss and smile at each other. Well that was fucking quick. She moved on faster than anyone I've ever seen. She didn't appear to be drunk or anything either. She was… happy. Here I am, thinking she needed time to clear her head, and hoping I could have her back and make her happy again.
I took the alley to my street so I could avoid crossing her path. I was too late. I definitely didn't expect that.
My phone started to ring, breaking me from my thoughts. Of course, Alice.
"Edward, hey… have you talked to her?"
Ha… right. "No, I didn't."
"What? Why not?"
"Okay, fine. Look, you need to come over to Rosalie's. There's an issue."
Issue? Bella. "Is she okay? What's wrong?"
"No, she's fine. Just… come on."
"On my way."
An issue? What's the issue? She said that Bella's okay… I don't know what I would do if something happened to her. If she ended up inviting that bastard to her place and he… no. I can't think that. She's okay.
I practically ran to where they were. Whatever the issue was, it clearly involved Bella.
"What's going on?"
"Okay, Edward, listen… Mike's back." Alice said as I walked through the door.
All of this boiling blood shit can't be good for my blood pressure…
"What'd he do to her?"
"Calm down, he didn't do anything."
"Jasper? What's going on? What do you mean yet? What the hell is going on?"
"Emmett?" Rose spoke. Ha, Emmett. He threatened me unless I ended it with Bella, and now he has the answers this is?
"Edward… Mike's back…"
"Yeah, I got that part."
"Right… so… he want us, all of us, to meet him for dinner. He has this whole… plan, thing."
"I'm not going to dinner. I'm not going anywhere near him. Bella's not going to want me there anyway."
"Edward, you're going. Listen, he's asking him to marry her tonight. Proposing. And we don't know what to do…"
"Simple. Tell him to fuck off."
"You know we can't do that man. We can't cancel on this because he's going to ask her, regardless."
"Bastard better not think of asking her unless we're there."
"No, Alice. Bastard better not think of asking her at all." Alice rolled her eyes and sat down heavily on the couch. She was just as frustrated… they all were. Jasper was rocking back and forth on his feet and Rose was pacing.
"Right, so we all talked. We all have to be there for Bella when she says no. When. Not if. Look, I'm sorry for what I said to you. I didn't know what was going on, and I didn't know that Bella pretty much went into things with you willingly."
"Of course it was fucking willingly, I wouldn't force her into anything. It just happened, we –"
"I know! I know, you guys really felt something. I get that. But the first order of business is to just let this happen now. Bella's going to end it anyways, right? So, tonight… I guess tonight is when it'll happen. We just wanted to warn you so you don't do something ridiculous like jump him and rip his head off. Alice is going to let Bella know about dinner now, so you can't go try to talk to her before dinner. Bella's a big girl, and if we tell her what's going to happen tonight, you know she won't come. So you're staying here until dinner."
"What? I'm not going to go try to talk to her. Trust me, I'm the last person she wants to see. She's definitely over this anyways."
"What are you talking about?" Rose asked. I'm surprised she's been quiet this whole time.
"I couldn't sleep last night. I went for a walk, and I turn a corner and I see Bella kissing that jackass from the club the other night. The kid from her high school."
"What? The kid that cheated on her with Skanky McSkankerson? Fuck no, she wouldn't!"
"Yeah, Rose is right… are you sure you saw Bella? You sure you're not just torn up and seeing shit?"
"No Alice I'm not fucking seeing shit! She was kissing him, and smiling. It's done and over. I'll come to dinner tonight, whatever. But don't worry, I won't ruin the big surprise."
Why am I going anyways? Cause you're a masochist, you dumbass. Clearly.
"It's too early to drink, I need a cigarette and caffeine. Am I allowed to go get coffee, or should I be put on a leash?"
"Damnit, Edward. Don't be emo. Yes, you can go get coffee. Then go home and get ready, then come right back here."
"Yes, ma'am." Never did I think my little sister would be ordering me around, especially regarding… women problems.
I walked heavily from the building down the street. Aren't there any smaller coffee shops around? Everywhere you turn… Starbucks… fucking Starbucks.
I walk into the store down the street and bump into… well… Skanky McSkankerson herself.
"Hey! Edward, what's up?"
I forced a small smile, "not much. You?"
"Oh, not much. You look awful, long night? Haha, you definitely need some coffee."
I look awful? You look like shit on a good day, you bitch.
"Yeah, that's why I'm here."
I moved past her to the line and she followed me. I rolled my eyes and wished something else would catch her attention. Fucking leave me alone!
"Yeah I would love coffee right about now… but I can't have caffeine anymore. Well, not for nine months at least."
Her words shocked me. They shouldn't have, nine months… must mean she's pregnant. But as promiscuous as I assumed her to be, you'd think she'd be on the pill or something. Dumbass doesn't know how to take pills normally.
"Nine months, huh?"
"Yep! I'm having a baby."
"Well uh, congrats? Who's the lucky guy?" Do you even know?
"Thanks, and funny you should ask… well here's where you come in to play actually."
Whoa whoa… hell no bitch, I never touched you. Yeah, she's probably not claiming that. Breathe, Cullen.
"You help me, I'll help you. I know what's going on with you and Bella."
She reached into her pocket and pulled out her phone, clicked a few buttons, then held the screen to my face. It was a video of Bella and I dancing at the club and… touching… kissing.
"Why are you recording videos of stuff like that at clubs? Voyeur?"
I tried to let out a laugh to turn this into a joke. But it wasn't a joke, the bitch was blackmailing me. Was she?
"Not at all… I just needed some ammo. Here's the deal, I give you a little bit of information, and you tell the appropriate people. In the end, I get what I want, and you get Bella."
"You get what you want? I don't understand, what does this video have to do with what you want?"
"Edward, Mike is the father. Bella's Mike. So, that said, you tell Bella, and she leaves Mike. Then, Mike has no choice but to come back to me. He already knows, but he's just so in love with her. I'm willing to leave her infidelity out of this and expose his… all if it means him opening his eyes."
Well, regardless, Mike won't have Bella after tonight. But no matter what happens, I won't either. She waved the phone in front of my face, showing the confirmation to delete the video. I don't know what I'm going to do. Bella doesn't want to see my face, let alone hear what I have to say about her fucking lying cheating boyfriend who is about to propose to her… but at the same time, Jessica was right. Bella wasn't faithful to Mike, and I wasn't sure if their infidelity to each other canceled everything out.
I shook my head and sighed… "delete it. I'll see what I can do."
She smiled and deleted it, "thanks Edward. I'm glad I ran into you. I have to go now, though. Thanks again!"
I cringed as she squeezed my arm when she left. Bitch. Pregnant bitch. Pregnant. It just hit me. That fucking jackass really got her pregnant. Then he refused her in every way after she told him. Fucking irresponsible prick. I made up my mind; I won't tell Bella about this, but I'll tell her scary friend Emmett. If he wanted to break my bones after hearing about Bella and I, I can't imagine what he'll want to do to Mike. I may not have Bella after tonight… but setting Emmett loose on Mike would help… only in the slightest.
I got my coffee and hurried over to my place to get ready, then tried to hide the maniacal grin that was surely plastering my face as I made my way back to where everyone else was.
How do I tell them? I should just ease into it. Let it come up itself.
I knocked once and opened the door. Jasper and Emmett were watching tv, and Alice and Rose were painting their nails in the kitchen.
"That fucking dickhead!" I swore I made up my mind to ease into it… but this shit needed out.
"Excuse us?" Alice asked, looking startled by my burst.
"Mike. He's a fucking dickhead. I just ran into Jessica at Starbucks. She's pregnant! Mike's the dad."
"What?" Everyone said in unison.
"That asshole was cheating on Bella?"
"Well, Rose… yes but I'm really not one to comment on that considering, uh… Bella and I… but the thing is, she told him. She told him and he just… rejected her. Yeah, he cheated on the most… amazing, incredible, beautiful woman in the world –"
"Hey!" Rose and Alice both cut me off.
I just rolled my eyes and continued. "But she told him and he basically wrote her off, then told her that he's staying with Bella."
"Okay, you know, I always had a funny feeling about those two. Even still, that doesn't mean that Mike won't help take care of the baby, it just means that he doesn't want a relationship with Jessica."
"Fuck that! That piece of shit cheated on Bella, and here I am thinking he's some awesome guy… You don't fucking hurt Bella. Well, Edward, your little thing doesn't count cause –"
"Anyway Emmett, I think we all agree that Mike's an asshole, but I'm glad you're on board now. But Edward, what the hell are we supposed to do now? We can't do anything about this just as much as we can do anything about the impending proposal."
Alice's mention of the proposal made me cringe. The first time someone asks Bella that question… I wanted it to be me. It had to be me. That ship has sailed.
"I have no idea what to do, but Jessica wanted me to tell Bella about this. Obviously, I can't. But I had to agree that I would, she had a video of Bella and I on Thursday night. She wants Mike."
"Eww, creeper," Rose spat.
Emmett responded the way I hoped he would. "No, you won't tell Bella. We won't need to. After she rejects the bastard tonight and leaves after the night is over, I'll corner the little asshat and beat the living shit out of him. Or just scare him. Either way, he'll get the message, and Bella doesn't get hurt… even more."
"Emmett's right, we can't tell Bella about the baby thing. She's been feeling so down lately… not married, no family. She probably thinks she's not worth something to Mike. I mean, Rose, do you remember the look on her face when we found out you were pregnant that day? She looked so… lost."
"What did she say about dinner tonight?" I asked Alice. I couldn't hear more about Bella thinking she's worthless. Bella was heaven and earth combined, and for her to think any less of herself is just… it's wrong.
"She said she's in."
"Okay, I'm gonna hang back a minute or two. I don't want to make her feel weird on the way over."
"Okay, that's fine. So, the plan is… just… don't do anything. Right? Just let it play out… then keep an eye on Emmett later so he doesn't go to jail for murder?"
We all agreed, laughing a little at Alice trying to find humor, even though Emmett just may do something to Mike that would warrant jail time. Wow, just about a week ago, things were so simple. Things weren't about to get any easier, either.
Alice had just called me asking if I was wanting to meet up for dinner later on, and she was oddly calm. She never asked about the falling out with Edward, she didn't ask about my weekend, nothing. That was unusual for Alice, but maybe she's just taking a page from Rose's book and keeping out of it.
She didn't say if Edward would be there, but odds are, if I was going I would assume he'd stay behind. This is going to be the weird part. He's Alice's brother, friends with Emmett and Jasper… do we have to divide our friends' time between us? Eventually this will be something we all laugh at someday, but for now, it's going to be extremely awkward.
I felt my phone vibrate in my hand, and my immediate thought was to throw it out the window. I already told Alice I was going, so now she probably wants to come pick out my clothes. Looking at the screen, I noticed it was a text. From Jake.
Hey Bells, what are you doing for dinner?
What is it with people and dinner today?
Hey, I'm actually heading to Olive Garden in Times Sq. with Alice and them. Around 6. Wanna join?
Alice wouldn't be mad about a few extras, little Miss Party.
Sure, it'd be Embry & Quil, guys from yesterday, Sam & Em too, if that's ok?
The more the merrier. I'm thinking we're sans Edward tonight, too.
I was slightly relieved, but deep down, I just wanted to see him for some sick reason. Cause you're a masochist.
Ah, gotcha. Well hey, we'll have fun. Meet you there. Later kid.
I slid my phone onto the charger and headed into the shower. I was happy that Alice picked something calm like the Olive Garden. I wasn't in the mood to be all "little black dress" tonight. They'll be lucky if I don't stumble into work in a hoodie and sweats tomorrow. Ah, I have a feeling I'm going to need a few drinks tonight.
AN: Sorry for the long delay. I have no idea how, but I got mono, and I was stuffed in bed for what felt like a year. Although, being a big kid and having a big kid job has its perks for sure… totally got paid the entire month and a half I was out because apparently I get full medical emergency leave. Yeah, useless info… my bad. Let me know how you liked this chapter. Spoilers for reviews.. Okay, thanks for reading!