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Well, some of you asked me if the previous chapter was the last one. No, there are going to be two or three chapters more. :( I enjoyed writing this, although I'm sorry I didn't have more time to update regularly. Thank you for your reviews.
Thanks to my awesome beta, Sunray16.
My eyes fluttered open and I gasped, blinking back tears – I did that when I had nightmares and this one wasn't a sweet one either. Where was I? I looked around, trying to remember what had happened before I'd fallen asleep. Edward was here or... maybe it was just a dream. My heart tightened as I considered the thought.
But I touched him and kissed him and... my imagination must be exhausted. I wondered if Alice had actually called me or if it was just another part of the dream. I sighed in frustration.
I was kind of thirsty and I couldn't sleep right now, after having that nightmare again, so I decided to go in the kitchen to get a glass of water. I jumped out of bed and opened the door.
I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a gorgeous, shirtless, bronze-haired man sleeping on my couch. He looked so endearing with his lips slightly parted, his hand under his head and his long legs tangled in the sheets. My face broke into a huge smile and I walked over to stare at him. His long lashes were almost touching the soft, pink skin of his cheeks and my hand reached over to grab a strand of his hair and take it off his forehead. He sighed and stirred a little.
I stood up, ready to go in the kitchen, when he caught my wrist. I turned around and he was smiling at me through sleepy eyes. My breath caught in my throat and I struggled to fill my lungs with air.
"Where do you think you're going?" he asked huskily, making his voice ten times sexier than it was already.
"Kitchen. I was thirsty," I croaked and he propped himself up on his elbow, yawning. "Do you want some water?" I asked as he released my wrist and nodded groggily. I giggled at how adorable he looked.
I gave him his glass of water while I sipped from mine. "What time is it?" he asked.
"Four in the morning, I guess." I shrugged. "Sorry for waking you up. That wasn't my intention," I apologized while his eyes twinkled evilly and his smile turned smug.
"Were you watching me sleep?" he whispered.
"Well, um, I was worried...you might be cold," I said simply while blushing. He chuckled. His hand caressed my flushed cheek and I melted into his touch. I felt like a silly schoolgirl.
"That's weird. Yesterday, it was the first time I saw you and, strangely enough, I know you're lying right now." He flashed me a crooked smile and my body turned into jelly. I had to use his hands to support my weight.
"Ok, I was watching you sleep. But I'd been standing there for only two minutes." He chuckled, pulling me closer to him. "And I was leaving anyways…before you woke up. I was close to making a step toward the kitchen when..." I rambled and he pressed his finger to my lips, highly amused by my outburst.
"Bella?" he whispered and then I realized how close our faces were – merely a few inches apart. I could feel his hot, delicious breath on my face. I raised my eyebrows questioningly. "You don't need to explain everything to me," he continued and leaned over to kiss me.
I closed my eyes when I felt his soft lips against mine. The proximity of his body did weird things to me, so I unwillingly pulled away, smiling apologetically at his confused expression.
"I have morning breath," I squeaked and he laughed. I rolled my eyes, blushing. "Can I sleep here with you? I still think this is a dream."
My heart made a flip flop inside my chest when he eagerly stretched his arms out for me. I jumped into his embrace, resting my head on his chest, and breathing in his delicious scent. He buried his face in my hair and kissed his way down my neck.
It was kind of uncomfortable because the couch was so small, but my twisted mind told me it was nice because we could be closer to each other.
The next thing I knew, it was morning and I was on the floor while Edward's head dangled dangerously over the edge of couch. I relaxed my stiff muscles and wondered how the hell I fell down? Now I was a sleep walker too?
I yawned loudly and then Edward's eyes shot open and to me. I blushed, realizing how awful I must look, but his expression wasn't one of disgust. It was of surprise.
"Bella? How did you get there?" he asked and I shrugged, confused.
"I don't know." And I thought I was clumsy while being awake.
He stood up, but his bones cracked and I grimaced. I guess my bed would have been better. Oh well...
I jumped to my feet, stretching a little. I didn't want to go to work. I need to call Maggie to tell her I'm very sick.
"So, what are we doing today?" he asked as a huge smile broke across his face and he reached to wrap his arms around my waist.
It felt too familiar to be in his arms, like it was the most common thing that had ever happened to me. It felt like...home.
He pulled my face up and kissed me tenderly, but I succeeded in getting out of his embrace before he could deepen it. He looked shocked and a little hurt at first, although he tried to hide his disappointment, but his eyes told me everything. I smiled innocently and tapped his nose once.
"I need a shower first," I giggled and I thought I saw him sigh in relief. "And brush my teeth." He laughed this time and I suppressed a shiver at the sound of it. Music to my ears...
I got in the bathroom and turned on the water. I took my pajamas off and let the warm water wash my body. I was so caught up in my thoughts that I didn't hear the front door open or the squeals and screams that followed. I didn't even hear the bathroom door open and close, until I turned around and saw a hand reaching to pull the curtain away.
I let out a blood-curdling scream, and hid behind the curtain, poking my head out and glaring at... Alice? What the hell was she doing in here? Other than scaring me shitless.
"What the hell, Alice?" I screamed.
"What the hell, Bella?" she quoted me and giggled. I frowned. Couldn't she have waited for me outside? I was just taking a shower.
"What do you want? I'm kind of naked, you know. And why did you sneak in like a thief and scare the crap out of me?" I asked angrily, but she didn't seem fazed by my attitude.
"That's Edward," she said rather calmly.
"Yep, that's him." But although I tried to play it cool, a huge smile broke across my face. Seeing my reaction, she squealed, bounced up and down, clapped, and launched herself at me. My eyes widened and I shook my head vehemently.
"Alice, no..." I started, but I couldn't finish, because her tiny arms were wrapped around the curtain, that was wrapped around my body. She squealed in delight while I screamed in horror as I realized we were falling back and that the water was still running.
We fell into the bathtub with a loud thud and Alice burst out laughing as I tried to use the curtain as a shield.
"Alice, what the hell? Look what you've done!"
I scowled, but seeing her soaking wet, my body started shaking with loud laughter. We were both gasping for air a few seconds later when someone opened the bathroom door.
"Bella, what..." Edward started, but he trailed off when he saw us both in the tub. Oh my God, please, let me die. My cheeks flushed as I looked over myself, to see if there was anything showing. I sighed relieved, although I felt like a squished tomato. What was he thinking right now about me and Alice? She was still on top of me after all. Oh no...
"This can't be happening," I whispered to myself, embarrassed.
Alice was laughing, her tiny form shaking with loud snorts as she tried to catch her breath. She looked pretty hilarious, but having Edward in the doorway, staring at us with wide, shocked eyes, wasn't a good thing.
"Um, sorry…I didn't...I mean, I was...sorry," he stammered before he quickly closed the door.
I bit my lip nervously. Oh God. What a way to start a day.
"Alice, breathe. Although you scared and irritated the shit out of me, I don't want to have you on my conscience." I scowled as I showed her the door. "Now, out. We'll talk about it later when I'm fully dressed and I don't look like a drowned cat."
"Ok, we'll talk about it later," she squealed as she closed the door behind her.
Turning off the water, I brushed my teeth and wrapped a towel around my body.
I could still hear squeals coming from my room and then a deep velvet voice telling Alice something. I blushed again as I remembered the way Edward had caught us.
Sighing, I poked my head outside. The both of them turned around to look at me, but Edward's cheeks flushed and he smiled apologetically.
"It's ok, Bella. I told him everything. He knows that you're not bisexual and that between us, it isn't any kind of romance." Alice laughed as I blushed even more. Crap. It was one thing blushing with note-Edward around. Now it was very embarrassing. Alice laughed. "I was just kidding, Bells. You're so tense."
I glared at her. Edward cleared his throat awkwardly and when I looked at him, he winked.
"I guess you need to change. I'll be in the living room," he said.
I opened the door, giving Alice the cold shoulder and took some clothes out of my wardrobe. I knew she was still giddy about the whole Edward thing, but she did embarrass me in front of him.
"How long has he been here?" she asked. I shrugged. She apparently understood my mood and apologized, although she didn't sound very sorry. "Ok, ok. I'm sorry. I was too excited. When I opened the door and he was there, staring at me wide-eyed, I pinched myself to see if he was real." I chuckled, because her words mirrored my own reaction. "And then, everything got blurry. I was in the bathroom. God, Bella, you should have called me to tell me you had an Adonis in your apartment."
I rolled my eyes and looked at her, amused. "I thought Jasper was enough?"
"Of course, but that doesn't mean I'm blind," she wiggled her eyebrows. "He sure is gorgeous and I must tell you something. You know how to pick the guys, Bells. I'm surprised." she giggled and I scowled.
"A little credit, would you?"
"So, tell me everything. Have you kissed, touched, had sex, something, anything? Come on, spill, or else I'm going to die from curiosity," she bounced on my bed.
"Yes, we did kiss." I sighed, remembering how cute and sweet and breathtaking it was. "He kissed me and it was so...I can't even describe it in words. Magnificent, sweet, the list goes on." Now I was smiling like an idiot. She giggled. "The best day of my life."
"My Bella has a boyfriend. So, did he tell you what happened to his mother?" Her voice turned serious.
I grinned. "She's okay, Alice. She's going to be all right." Well, she didn't need to know that I found out about Esme from Emmett and Rose two days ago. "The treatment took a while, but now it's over."
"You do realize that boy waiting for us in the living room has waited for you for two years, right?" She asked and I sighed, nodding. I couldn't stop the smile from lighting up my features and, this time, I was the one squealing. "He really loves you."
"As I love him," I whispered.
"EEEEE," she yelled again. I clapped my hand over her mouth and rolled my eyes.
"Don't tell me Jasper gave you coffee?" I asked rhetorically.
We walked in the living room and found our breakfast on the table and a smiling, proud Edward behind it.
"What's this?" I asked in a daze.
"Your breakfast, love." He wrapped his arms around my waist, leaning in to press his lips to mine. Alice sighed in the background and we broke the kiss. "A little privacy, please?" He teased her as she stuck her tongue out at him. "That's what I thought."
I chuckled and pecked his lips once. "You'll get used to it. She's like this all the time, so don't worry. Act like she's on adrenaline rush. It keeps the weirdness away."
Edward's arms tightened around me as he laughed with me. Alice rolled her eyes, although she was smiling.
"Let's eat, alright? Or else, I'm going to put dirt in your food," she chirped. I looked at Edward who was smiling, amused. I sat between Alice and Edward.
"I don't know why, but I sense you're kind of serious about the threat." Edward mumbled under his breath and Alice kept her chin high and grinned smugly at me.
The food was delicious. I found myself moaning after my first bite and Edward raised his eyebrows, his eyes darkening slightly.
"It's really good." I shrugged, grinning at him.
"Glad you like it," he whispered in my ear huskily, sending a shiver down my spine.
"So, Edward, I want to ask you something." Alice cleared her throat and we both looked at her. Now what? He nodded at her, silently telling her to go ahead. "Well, you know I'm getting married soon. And Bella is my bridesmaid. So I was wondering if you'd like to be Jasper's best man."
I sighed. "Wasn't Jasper supposed to ask him that?" I pointed out.
"He doesn't need to bother. As a good fiancée, I feel like it's my duty to ask for him."
Edward looked surprised by that. He blinked twice. "You're sure he won't mind?"
"Is that a yes?"
"I...don't...know." he whispered.
"Please, Edward? Besides, I'm sure he'll be happy to know you're his best man, after you introduced us to one another a while ago." she winked at him and I giggled. Right, Cupid Edward.
He chuckled. "Well, ok. If you're both ok with it, then yes."