My Best Friends Father
Bella's been in love with Alice's father for years. Alice's father just might return those feelings. Will Alice's plan to bring them together work? Watch as they find each other and discover that there are no limits in love. All human,AU,AR, First Fanfic
Disclaimer: SM owns Twilight, Pepsi owns Dr. Pepper, Levi's own Levi brand.
"Dad, do you have an hour for lunch to talk out an idea I have?" It had just been my dad and I for as long as I could remember, and he had never turned down a dad/daughter lunch request.
I was just nervous that's all. I know this is going to work out, yes, this will absolutely be perfect. I hyped myself up. But I was still a little worried; I don't want anyone to get hurt by my meddling.
"Sure sweetie, how's that little café on the corner by my latest work site, at around noon, sound? I can take about an hour."
"Great dad, I'll have a table for us when you get there. Love you."
CALL ME AFTER YOUR STUDENTS ARE ALL GONE!
I checked my text from Alice again. Wondering what she could be up too now. Very rarely does she text me while I'm in class with my 2nd graders. She knows how chaotic my day is from 8:00am until 2:30pm, when the last of my kids gets on the bus.
Glancing at the clock, and reading 2:10. I quickly focus on the little boy who is putting his coat on upside down.
"Joseph, honey, let me help you with that. The hood goes on your head, not your tush." I smile at him as we get the coat turned around.
"What's a tush Ms. Swan?" Expecting the question, I turn to answer Gracie. "Tush is another word for your bottom, honey." I work not to laugh as she puzzles over this answer.
"Everyone should have their coats on and their backpacks zipped. Cody, don't eat your glue, put that back in your desk. Everyone go ahead and get in your line. Bus riders need to be on the left, everyone else on the right. No, Lucas, which hand is your left hand, that's it. You need to get in the left line. Perfect."
At this time of the day, I'm usually focused entirely on getting all of my kids to the correct place to get them home, but the text from Alice has me sidetracked. Shaking my head, I focus again "Alright Laura, you can head on out to the buses. Keep in a line and remember inside voices." I counted each head as they went through my door, and then followed my class down the hallway.
"Mrs. Parks, here are my bus students, there are 18 today." I handed off my bus students and lead my pickup students to the gym. Of my 22 students only four were pickups, so it never took long before they were all headed home with a parent.
I would normally stay and chat with the other teachers for a few minutes after the students were gone, but I was curious as to Alice's text, so I hurried back down the hall toward my classroom. My only detour was when I ducked into the teachers lounge and snuck through the main office to evade the ever persistent Coach Harris. Our schools very own self-proclaimed "ladies man." Evidently I was next on his list. And yes, I had been told that he does actually have a list, which he calls, wait for it…"List of Ladies".
I still haven't decided if I think this is creepy or just sad. At least I think it's only the "List of Ladies" it could be the "List of Ladies and Lads." I imagined Coach Harris chasing Mr. Lawrence, the shy first grade teacher around the school hallways.
It's not that the Coach isn't handsome or funny, in his own way. It's just that I'm not interested, at least I'm only interested in one man, and he is extremely unavailable. I hope that Coach Harris loses interest in a few weeks, as is his usual tendency.
Quickly glancing down the hall, I dashed into my classroom and closed the door, breathing a deep sigh of relief at my near miss. I quickly put my room back into order and gathered my things and hurried out to my car to call Alice, glancing over my shoulder every few seconds checking for Coach Harris.
"Alright, what is so important that you texted me while I was in class?" I asked as soon as she picked up.
"I have the perfect solution, you will love me for this, it is absolutely perfect, you'll never guess." Alice sounded excited, but I had no idea what she was talking about.
"GREAT! Umm, a perfect solution for what exactly, Alice?"
"A place for you to stay until you can move into your new apartment, of course." She sounded as if that should be obvious.
"Really! How much for the lease? They do lease by the month right? Is it nice? I am NOT going to live in a dump, Alice. It had better be nice, and clean. If there are mice, I am SO not going to live there." I shuddered. Mice, I hate mice.
"Bella! Jeez woman. I'll meet you at your hotel in 10 minutes and explain everything then."
"Okay Alice, get us a table in the lounge, I could seriously use a Dr. Pepper about now."
"Why? What happened, you only drink Dr. Pepper when…okay, you drink Dr. Pepper all the time. But anyways, what's up?"
"Two words Alice. COACH. HARRIS." I could hear her laughing on the other end.
"You're next on the Looovely Laaadies List! Hahahahahaha!"
"Alice! Shut up! It's not funny. Now I'm going to have to sneak around the hallways trying to avoid him. He somehow must have found out I was single, hopefully he'll move onto his next target quickly. Okay, I'm pulling into the parking lot, I see your car. I'll be in there in a second."
I pressed the end key and dropped my phone into my purse. I could see Alice sitting at a table looking out the window so I made my way over to her without stopping at the hostess stand.
"Alright, out with it, what is the perfect solution for my living arrangements for the next couple of weeks?" I asked as I sat down at the table, and drank from the glass of Dr. Pepper Alice had ordered for me. "I just can't afford to live in a hotel indefinitely on a teachers pay." When Alice took a deep breath, I knew this was going to be one of her crazy ideas.
"Alright, promise to hear me out before you say anything."
"Okay, but just to listen, I'm not agreeing to anything at this point." I made sure to make that clear; she could be very sneaky when she wanted to be.
"I know you need to get out of the hotel, I hate it that you can't just come and stay with me, but there just isn't room now that the Major and I are together."
"Alice, you guys just got engaged and are finally settled into your apartment, I'm not going to encroach on you, even if you did have the extra space." I thought it was endearing the way she called him "the Major" as if that was his name. I knew it had something to do with how they'd met, but I have yet to pry the entire tale from her.
"I know, I know. I just want to help. Hence my fantastic plan. Okay, just remember that you promised to hear me out first." Alice cocked her eyebrow until I nodded my head.
"Yes! I said I would." I rolled my eyes at her dramatics.
She waited a few seconds before she finally said, "I think you should consider staying with my dad until you can move into your apartment. The rent would be low, you wouldn't have to pay any utilities or food, and he has a pool and a great patio gri…"
"No." I said softly, cutting her off. I closed my eyes, fearing what was to come. "No Alice, I can't do that." I knew she would keep listing off reasons why this was a great idea, but there was just no way I could do this. So I was very surprised when she said my name softly, not trying to further expound upon why this was the perfect solution.
"Bella. Bella, look at me." She said softly.
I clenched my jaw and looked up at her.
"Bella, you know I love you, right?"
"I know that, we've been friends for years, I know I can count on you. Why?" Now I was worried, but Alice grinned once, but still spoke softly to me.
"Bella, how in the world would you expect me; your best friend, who loves you more than life, not to know that you're in love with my dad?"
I sat shocked speechless, then dropped my head into my hands. "Oh God Alice, I'm so sorry. I tried my hardest to… I don't know, turn it off or talk myself out of it."
I looked up, trying to explain how I could have done this to her. "I was sure it was just an adolescent crush, but every time I came around it just got stronger. Oh God, I'm so, so sorry. I didn't want to do anything to hurt you, you were all I had. But I couldn't stop it from happening. Then I hoped that maybe I just loved him like a dad, since my own parents were not really parents. I mean, you and he were the only ones who showed up at my college graduation, when my own parents didn't even make the effort." I felt a stupid tear run down my face. "But he isn't my dad." I whispered, my face burning at my meaning. I stood quickly, "Alice, I'm so sorry, I hope you can forgive me." I turned and walked quickly to the lobby, ignoring Alice's call for me to come back. I took the elevator to my second floor room, laid down on my bed and finally let the tears fall. I'd lost my best friends and the man I had tried so hard not to love.
I should have known she'd follow me, as persistent as she is. How she got a key to my room, I really don't want to know. But just minutes after I had lain down she was pulling me into a warm hug.
"Bella, calm down, stop crying. I don't hate you, jeez, you're my best friend." Alice rubbed my back until I pulled myself back together.
"How could you still want to be here, knowing this, Alice? He's your DAD, for crying out loud. Do I need to be more specific?" I was getting angry now, and I glared at her when I pulled away. "I'm in love with your father, as in; I'm IN LOVE and all it entails!" I mean really, did she really want me to go further?
"Really Bella, so you want to go to bed with him, you aren't the first. I mean, I'm here and all." She smirked at me. And that just pissed me off more.
"Shut up Alice. Yes, I…crave him." I ground out, hating to admit it even to myself. "But it's so much more than that." I walked over and looked out the window toward the small park next to the hotel. "I want to wake up next to him in the mornings, I want to see his eyes light up when he gets excited about a new project, I want to get irritated at him for leaving the towel on the floor after his shower, I want to lean on him when we watch a movie, I want to share how exciting it is to be a teacher when my students' eyes light up with understanding." I turned to face Alice. "I want to live life with him, I want to share life with him and I want to grow old with him."
Alice sat on the bed with tears wetting her cheeks. The next thing I know, I have an arm full of my best friend.
"Bella, I've know for 6 years that you loved my dad. But you have no idea what it means to me to know that you are in love with him." She took a deep breath. "That's why I think you should stay at his house."
Before I could reject her idea again she went on.
"Because I am pretty sure he has feelings for you too, Bella."
I did the one thing any self respecting woman would do. I started hyperventilating.
"I'm only saying that I know he is very aware of you. Since you graduated from college I think he has been becoming more and more aware of you. Maybe it was the transition into adulthood, who knows. The last time we all met for dinner he watched you almost the entire time, and that was only 3 months ago. I know after my mother left, he went out a little, but he hasn't dated anyone in years. At least see what happens, you can't keep living like a hermit. If living there is awful, the Major and I will make room for you. Please, at least give it a chance, give him a chance."
My breathing was slowly evening out until I could breath properly again. "So let me get this straight. You don't mind that I'm in love with your dad? And if I do stay at his house, and he by some crazy chance returns my feelings, you don't mind that we would very likely, and willingly I might add, be having…Seeexxx." I drew out the last word.
"Right, I love my dad, and I want him to be happy. I think you could both be happy together. However, and I mean this seriously. Should you have s-s-sex with my da… him." She seemed to have trouble getting it out. "I really don't want the intimate details. Seriously, and I really mean that Bella. So, will you give it a chance?"
She waited while I thought about it.
I thought back over everything I had just told her; would I be willing to fight for a chance to share a life with him? Yes, I would. I just had to get over the fear of being rejected or hurt. I'd lived long enough in this lonely state, even if nothing came of it, the companionship would be welcome. I really did like him as well. He's funny and kind and compassionate, I always treasured the time I spent in his company. Before I could back out of it I spoke. "Yes, I'll give it a chance. Wait, does he have any idea about how I feel?"
"Too late, you said yes. And well, I might have hinted that there was some interest on your part but he doesn't know you're in love with him, if that's what you mean. That is something you should choose to share with him when you're ready. I talked to him at lunch today about you staying, he was all for it." Alice grinned. "You just need to call and let him know what time you'll be there."
She handed me my phone. "I programmed the numbers in for you, his cell and his home."
"Now? You want me to call now?!"
"Of course, you could be saving $200, if you went ahead and left the hotel today." She pointed out to my practical side.
Crap, $200 was a lot of money for a teacher, and if I was being honest with myself, I really wanted to hear his voice, and seeing him would be even better. I had been careful in the past about limiting my contact with him. I thought that I was keeping everything from Alice; I didn't want to jeopardize our friendship or the little bit of time I did get to spend with him. I dialed his home number, not sure if I was hoping to get ahold of him or not.
"Hello?" He answered on the second ring. My heart was pounding, from my nerves as well as from the sound of his voice. I turned on my "teacher voice" as Alice calls it, trying to sound professional, hoping that would help.
"Hello, Mr. Brandon. This is Isabella Swan; I'm a friend of Alice's." I stopped to take a deep breath.
"Hi! Yeah, I saw Alice at lunch today; we wished you could have been there. What can I do for you?" His deep voice sent chills down my spine, he sounded interested though.
I decided to just dive right in. "Alice may have mentioned that I need a temporary place to stay until my new apartment is available. She thought you might be willing to let me rent one of your rooms for a week or so. I was just calling to see if that would work for you." I had run out of things to say. I didn't want it to sound as if I was inviting myself, especially if she was wrong and he didn't want me there. My heart was pounding in my chest as I waited for his reply.
"Of course! I'd love to have you stay here if that helps you out. When do you need to be here? You and Alice could come over for pizza tonight if you haven't already had dinner." As he spoke he did sound enthusiastic, I hoped it was for me and not the extra rent money.
"I'll have to check with Alice, oh and, what would you be asking for rent?" I held my breath, waiting for a number that would be out of my range, still worrying that he didn't really want me there.
"Oh, I don't know, we can work something out, maybe you could fix dinner once or twice while you're here and we'll call it even." I heard a growl when he said that, I wondered what he was doing, watching TV or maybe playing with the dog.
I turned the phone away from my face, "Alice your dad wants to know if we want to have pizza at his house for dinner?"
"If he's buying, absolutely!" She laughed and sent me a thumbs up.
"I heard her answer; I'll see you all in, what? About 2 hours?"
"That sounds great, that'll give me enough time to pack up here, if you don't mind a new roommate tonight?" I questioned apprehensively one last time.
"That sounds…perfect. Tell Alice to drive the speed limit. See you in a little while. Bye Isabella." He said softly.
"Bye." I whispered.
I stood stunned; this was actually going to happen. I put my suitcase on the bed and began folding my clothes. Alice pulled my clothes from the drawers, stacking my shirts and pants making room for my "teacher clothes" finally getting my panties and bras and setting them on the top of the other clothes. Alice stepped back and looked me up and down for a few seconds.
Lifting her eyebrows she asked "Are you wearing teacher underwear?" She said it as if teacher underwear was a crime against nature.
"I like to be comfortable at school, besides he isn't going to be seeing my underwear tonight anyway."
"If I was a good friend I would panty-raid all your teacher undies." I just rolled my eyes at her and zipped my bag closed.
"I've got to go checkout of my room. I'll meet you at your dad's house." I stopped just before the elevator. "Alice, please don't tell him the things I said." She nodded her head slightly before the elevator dinged and we stepped aboard and got off on the ground floor.
I headed to the checkout desk, "Meet you there, your dad said to drive the speed limit!" I called as she went through the door laughing and waving at me.
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