"I want… I want… to hang out with all you guys in peace!" I blurted out idiotically.

No! Why did I just say that? She then lowered her head.

Is she disappointed in me? Did she know what I wanted to say?

A few seconds later though, she raised her head again with a smile on her face.

"It's about time, Dufus! She was so out of place in our group!" she said, laughing.

I tried to search her face for any trace of sadness or disappointment, but I couldn't find anything even close to it.

"Yeah," I said, "I needed to get her off my back so I could enjoy a great summer with all my friends!" I finished off, half-heartedly.

Then she hugged me. She was so small. She fit perfectly inside my embrace.

Suddenly there was a giant uproar.

"WHOO-WHOO!" Emmett boomed from where he was.

"Wow, Edward! You're on fire today!" Rosalie yelled to me.

I quickly let go of Bella and stepped behind her.

"This is great!" Jasper chanted.

I started mouthing "stop it" and "no" to my friends.

Alice was about yell something at us, but Jasper quickly grabbed her and whispered to her. Thank goodness he understood!

Alice started looking sheepish and yelled, "Ah, yeah… good job, ah, dumping Tanya, Edward!"

Nice save, I thought sarcastically.

Before things got even more awkward I shouted, "Rope swing, anyone?"

"Yeah!" everyone cheered simultaneously. They all started running towards the rope, except Bella, of course.

"Come on, Bella." I sort of pleaded at her; I wanted to get past all this awkwardness.

Luckily for me, she either didn't know what was going on or she was playing along for my sake. I know she wasn't dumb, but it is so farfetched that I randomly would gain feelings for her over night.

"I'm only coming to watch, Edward." She said to me.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah… we'll see." I said, loosening up again.

Just as we arrived; Emmet swung past us, let go of the rope, and did cannonball into the water.

Everyone cheering; Rosalie quickly followed him in, diving off the rope.

I slyly watched Bella out of the corner of my eye. She was so beautiful when she laughed. The sound was hypnotizing and her perfect pearly teeth warmed my heart. I don't want anyone else.

Finally when Alice and Jasper had jumped, it was my turn. After much pleading, Bella still refused to try.

Exhausted, I decided to jump. Making sure I didn't hit her, I told Bella to step back a pace.

I ran as fast as I could with the rope in hand and pushed myself off the edge. While swinging in the air, I heard a sound even more beautiful than Bella's laugh.

"Edward," Bella yelled to me, "I love you!"

Letting go of the rope, the last thing I saw were those stunning deep brown eyes of her. I saw love.

Underneath, my mind was swarmed with thoughts. Did that just happen? What do I say? Is she joking? No… she couldn't have. Her eyes looked so true.

Then I remembered… I had to breathe. I quickly then swam back up to the surface. Everyone was looking at the water in excitement… except Bella. She looked surprised; at herself perhaps.

What do I say? I should be charming! Ummm…

"I love you too, Bella!" I yelled up to her.


Then in a matter of seconds, Emmett came up from behind her, threw the rope into her hands, and pushed her off the edge.

The love and surprise quickly left her eyes as she flew across the lake.

"Let go!" April called.

Olivia still looked uncertain.

"I'll make sure your safe!" I shouted up to her.

She looked me intensely in the eyes, and then let go. She didn't come down the most graceful and she screamed… but I thought she was magnificent.

While she flew past me into the water, I couldn't have been happier to have her next to me.

Was this the girl that just yesterday I would have thought of only as a friend?

She then submerged. Her hair was everywhere, you couldn't see her eyes, but there was no way to miss that smile.

I quickly swam next to her and moved all the hair from in her face, as she wiped her eyes.

"Did you have fun?" I asked, looking at her dazzling complexion.

"No," she said, "Emmett is a dead man." She finished, her face still glowing.

"Why are you happ…" I started.

Then she did something I wouldn't have even dreamed of her doing. Okay, I almost actually had.

She grabbed the back of my neck, pulling herself closer, and kissed me.

"Edward, I love you." She said quietly, ducking her head.

"Bella." I whispered, making her lift her head up to look at me.

"You are the best friend I've ever had; I love you too." I said chuckling, cupping her face with my hands.

"Kiss me." She said simply.

And with that, I did.

"WHOO!" We broke apart to the loud cheering of our friends.

"Come on Edward, let her go, and both of you get over here!" Rose said, smiling hugely.

Once we got to the edge, we were attacked by our friends.

"Bella! Details! Come on! No, no, no! You guys stay here; girl talk!" Alice said giddily.

Before she left, I quickly pulled Bella to me and gave her a chaste kiss.

"I love you." I whisper in her ear.

"I love you too." She whispered back, right before getting whisked off.

I watched her walk away from me with the two giggling girls.

Emmet bumped me to knock me out of my daze, and Jasper just rolled his eyes before they both walked off.

What a perfect day. I can't wait for my dream to come true one day.