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"Hi Edward! I'm so looking forward to tonight," Rosalie cooed at me. If it wasn't for the malevolent gleam in her eye I may have thought she was flirting with me.
"Hold up," Jasper interrupted. "You guys know each other?" He asked confused, waving a hand from me towards Alice and Rosalie.
"Uh, sort of. Edward knows our other friend – Bella – a little more than us," Alice supplied, giving me a sympathetic smile.
"Bella? You're friends with –"
"Yes. They are. Thank you, Jasper," I cut him off before he made a complete dick out of me.
"So, are we going to stand around here all night like idiots? I'm hungry and sure have got a hankering for steak," Rosalie grinned at our obvious discomfort. "Come on Alice," she said, grabbing Alice by the arm and steering her into the restaurant.
"Dude," Jasper hissed as we followed the girls at a safe distance. "Is this for real? Alice and this Rosalie chick are Bella's, as in Bella-Bella's, best friends?"
"Yes," I sighed. "I worked out in the car that your Alice was her Alice but thought Bella would be the one with her, not fucking Rosalie."
"You don't like Rosalie?" He asked, arching an eyebrow at me.
"No, I don't." I said brusquely, under my breath as we drew up next to the girl's and were shown to a table.
Alice and Rosalie migrated towards seats next to each other, and Jasper and I, being the gentlemen we are, pulled out their chairs for them to sit on. Alice looked up at Jasper blushing and muttered a muted 'thanks', while Rosalie snorted and said at normal volume, "and who said chivalry was dead?" in an obviously sarcastic voice. Fuck, tonight was going to be so much fun.
We'd barely sat down before Alice had her phone out and began hammering on the keys at a rapid pace.
"Who are you texting?" Rose enquired. I saw Jasper's attention focus on Alice's answer and knew he must have been curious too. To be honest it was kind of rude that she was texting someone, after all she was on a date with Jasper. Not that he'd have called her out on it though; he was already too pussy whipped.
"Nobody important," Alice replied smiling up at us. I didn't miss the fact that her smile seemed to grow a little when she looked at Jasper, nor his in reply to hers. These two were sickening.
"God, you two are sickening," Rosalie said with obvious disgust. Fuck, I didn't like the fact that I was operating on a similar wavelength to this woman. She was a bitch! "Think you two can pull yourselves away from each other long enough to look at the menus? I wasn't joking when I said I was hungry."
Conversation, mostly supplied by Alice, began while we decided what to order and gave our requests to our waiter. His eyes seemed particularly drawn to Rosalie but given the fact I was less than interested in her I couldn't have cared less. He was eyeing me with some suspicion, obviously assuming I was her date as Jasper and Alice were clearly attached, but I just shrugged and went back to looking at my menu.
By the time he'd left our table Alice had shot-off another super-speed text and flung her phone back into her tiny purse. She was considerably more...energetic, once she'd got rid of her phone and was working really hard to keep talking. I was a little bit confused by her behaviour but when she had to take a pause in order to have a drink of water it became obvious why she'd been trying to keep conversation on her.
"So, Edward," Rosalie had begun, taking advantage of Alice's momentary pause. "You're pre-med right?"
"Yes..." I said warily.
"Rosalie," Alice hissed in a warning tone at the same time I replied.
"What, Alice? I'm only trying to work out why our friend Edward here would be taking a Lit class if he was pre-med," she said, looking at Alice before turning back to me with a smirk on her face. "Why is that Edward?"
"Maybe I'm interested in Literature?" I replied coolly. Apparently this was the wrong thing to say because the smirk on the she-devil's face just grew.
"Maybe... but we both know that isn't true, don't we? It couldn't have anything to do with a 'beautiful brunett' could it?" She asked with extra emphasis on the 'beautiful brunette' bit.
Fuck! How the fuck did she know? Maybe she really was a she-devil...
"Uh..." I stuttered, losing my calm facade for a moment.
"I know you!" Jasper suddenly cried, staring at Rosalie. "You're Royce's girlfriend! He bought you to our party!"
"You're Royce King's girlfriend?" I exclaimed, unable to hold back my laughter. "Jesus Christ..."
Royce King was the biggest fucking jerk I'd ever met. He was extremely rich but had absolutely no modesty about it and treated everyone around him like shit. I also knew his last few girlfriends and was well acquainted with the type of woman he went for. I'd thought Rosalie was a bitch, I hadn't realized she was a gold-digger as well. Anyway, Royce was just a grade A tool and although I may have found Rosalie slightly intimidating up to this point, now I knew this about her there was no way in hell that she was going to scare me. Hence my laughter.
"And what, may I ask, is so funny?" She asked, rounding on me, barely containing her anger.
"Oh, nothing, nothing," I said airily, waving my hand. "I'd just given you a little more credit than to be with someone like Royce King."
"Well for your information I'm not with him," she seethed.
"You're not?" I asked, my laughter cutting out. She was starting to look really angry and my feelings about her not scaring me anymore were rapidly evaporating.
"No. Let's just say I got a glimpse of the real Royce King and realized what a huge fucking jerk he was," she spat.
Well my estimation of her went back up with that. She was still a bitch, don't get me wrong, but at least the girl had standards. She could obviously look after herself as well, if you catch my drift?
"Calm down, Rosalie," Alice urged from beside her.
"I am calm," she said through gritted teeth, before continuing in a normal tone, "I just don't want people to think I'm associated with a low-life like him."
"I don't blame you," I said, taking a drink from my glass of wine.
"Yeah, me neither," Jasper agreed. "The guy's a douche. What did you see in him in the first place?"
"No idea," she sighed. "Anyway, that's enough about me. Though if you recognized me from your party then you might be able to remember what I may have overheard from this one?" She asked, nodding her head at me.
Yeah, I love it when people talk about me like I'm not here. It's fucking awesome.
"Ah..." Jasper sounded, his face lightening in realization.
"What?" I demanded, rounding on him. "What's Blondie talking about?"
Rosalie snorted at the nickname, non-concerned because she clearly had something big on me.
"Do you not remember anything that you were saying at the party the other night? The one we had at your place?"
"Jasper I was completely fucked, what do you think?"
"Think really hard..." he said, while Rosalie started cackling again and Alice kept bouncing up in her seat, looking towards the door.
"Fine," I huffed.
Emmet and Jasper, beer pong, vodka, more beer, more vodka, Victoria's there, lots of people, more beer, me, had an essay to write, essay, lit theory, beer, Bella -
"HA! Memory caught up with you has it, Eddy?"
"What have you told her?" I asked Rosalie, not bothering to try and worm my way out of it.
"Oh, nothing much. Just how you were whining, more than a little pathetically might I add, about how the 'beautiful brunette' in your 'stupid English class' would never want to talk to you. You know, once she found out about you stalking her."
"I do not stalk her," I replied adamantly. I could feel my face turning red through anger and embarrassment. Had she actually told Bella that I stalk her? Fucking hell.
"Following her to lectures that you don't need to go to? I don't know what planet you live on Eddy, but here on earth that's called stalking," she said with that familiar smug look.
"I already said, I don't stalk her," I said again. It made no difference, she wasn't listening to me.
"You know, you could just talk to her. Stalking is a little extreme Eddy, even for me."
I was going to kill her. The urge to kill had never possessed me before, but at this moment in time I totally understood why people did it.
"Hey Alice," Rosalie continued, shifting her attention to her friend. "Remember that creepy guy that used to walk up your street all the time? That had a kind of humpback walk? The one I caught looking up through your window?"
"He was not looking through my window! But yes, I know who you mean. Can we forget he ever existed please?" Alice replied, shuddering delicately.
"He was so looking through your window, I SAW HIM! But, whatever, I digress," she said, looking back at me. "My point, Eddy, is that nobody likes a stalker. Just ask Alice." She finished, shrugging her shoulders and looking at me triumphantly.
"Rosalie, stop it. Play nice," Alice said, looking firmly at her so-called best friend.
"Dude," Jasper whispered to me from the corner of his mouth. "I told you that you should have just spoken to the chick months ago."
"Shut the fuck up, Jasper." I hissed.
What the fuck was I going to do? Rosalie had told Bella that I fucking stalked her, which I still refuse to say I did. I stumbled across her by complete accident and then it was too late to turn around without looking like a complete idiot. Okay, I may have gone a little far on my quest to find out her name but whatever.
That's not stalking, it's called being stealthy. Not to mention resourceful.
Besides I'd already spoken to her now! I was completely ready to talk to her today at the English Office too, but I hadn't bumped into her. Wednesday was going to be the day. I'd finally talk to her, ask her out or...something. But no. Rosalie had ruined that for me because Bella was now going to think I was some weirdo that followed her around and watched her through her window. I knew I couldn't wait until Wednesday now. I'd have to find Bella, stat, and explain myself.
"Oh thank God," Alice breathed out.
"What?" Rosalie asked, before glancing towards where Alice was looking. "Ohhh," she groaned, "what the hell Alice? I was enjoying myself!"
"Exactly, that's what I was afraid of!"
Confused, Jasper and I turned in our seats to look at what Alice had evidently been waiting for.
And there stood Bella. She was wearing a dark blue strapless dress, with her long brown hair in waves around her face. Fuck she was so gorgeous. And now that she was here we could get rid of Rosalie and I could try and fix whatever damage had been caused. Excellent.
I started smiling to myself because seeing her here I couldn't not smile.
I turned back in my seat and looked at Rosalie's disgruntled face. Ha.
However, Rosalie looked from me to Bella and back again and the smile on my face started to vanish as the smile on hers grew.
"Actually..." she began, seemingly talking to herself, "I can still work with this."
"Rosalie, no –"Alice began, sharply.
Rosalie just smiled at me with an evil glint in her eye and shouted, "Hey Bella! Come pull up a chair between me and Eddy here. We were just having a lovely chat, weren't we?"
This earned her a glare from Alice. Clearly Alice had text Bella when she realised who Jasper had brought along with him and had expected Rosalie to fuck off when Bella turned up. Unfortunately it wasn't to be.
"Were you now?" I heard Bella say in a tight voice as our waiter re-emerged and hastily added a place for Bella on the side of the table. I noticed his eyes lingering on Bella, much the same way they had with Rosalie, but this time I didn't shrug when he glanced at me. I gave that motherfucker a class A cold eyed stare. He got the message and hastily retreated.
Wow, Edward. You've hardly spoken to the girl and you're already staring down the other men. That's not weird or possessive at all.
"Um, hi," she greeted me, her cheeks colouring slightly as she looked at me.
"Hey," I replied. My voice came out sounding kind of breathless and weird so I hastily cleared my throat (Rosalie found this very amusing) and asked how her hand was.
"Oh, yeah, it's fine. Well, it's not fine I had to have five stitches, but, uh, yeah. Yeah it's good," she said in a rush. Her cheeks darkened another shade and she took a deep gulp of the glass of wine Alice had poured for her when she sat down.
Was I making her nervous? I'd be pretty nervous too if I was sitting next to a guy that stalked me.
"Five? Jeez, that's kind of impressive in a klutzy way," I said, smirking at her. I was trying to put her at ease and it seemed to do the trick.
She laughed and replied, "Yeah well, what can I say? It's a talent. Lucky you were there really. You might have noticed but I'm not so good with blood and it was handy having somebody around that knew what they were doing."
"Yeah, real handy," Rose interjected. "It's almost as if you knew we were going to be there..." She trailed off with a pointed look at me.
I laughed nervously before saying, "Well I'm only glad I could help. Maybe try not to cut yourself open with anything tonight though? We wouldn't want our date cut short after all." I threw that last bit in and gave her my best smile to see her reaction.
She started smiling back at me and opened her mouth to say something before Rosalie interrupted and said, "Nope, we wouldn't want that, would we Eddy?"
"Rosalie," Bella said in a sweet voice that I knew wasn't her own, despite our limited time speaking together. "Isn't there somewhere else you'd rather be right now?"
"Not at all, Bella dear," she replied, completely ignoring Bella's huge hint. "They do the best steak here. Do you not know me at all?"
"Of course I do," she said at normal volume before muttering under her breath only just loud enough for me to hear, "that's the problem."
I laughed out loud before hastily turning it into a cough when Rosalie glared at me.
Thankfully Alice and Jasper decided to come out of their bubble at this point and conversation started to travel around the table as it would during any normal meal. Alice had calmed down a great deal since Bella turned up and aside from dropping a few coded hints about stalking, Rosalie behaved herself for the rest of the meal.
"You study engineering?" Jasper asked in obvious surprise when Rosalie told us her major. To be honest I don't know why he was so shocked. Despite being the devil incarnate, Rosalie was obviously intelligent and I could picture her building a car or some shit with perfect ease.
"Yeah, I do. Why, have you got a problem with that?" She replied to him in a cold voice.
Jasper turned a shade paler and looked towards Alice for, what I assumed, was help. Unlucky for him she merely shrugged and carried on eating her grilled chicken. Yeah, not nice when Rosalie turns on you, is it motherfucker? Let's see how you like it.
"Uh, no. No of course not! I was just surprised that someone like you would be doing a degree like that," he stuttered out. As soon as he said it Alice, Bella and I all winced. Poor Jasper clearly had no idea.
"Someone like me? And what is 'someone like me' supposed to study?"
I was starting to feel bad for the guy. He really didn't mean any offence by what he said and he was just digging himself deeper here. My sympathy for him must have shown on my face because I felt Bella knock her leg against mine under the table and when I looked up at her she winked at me.
It was totally hot.
But yeah, Bella's wink let me know that Rosalie was just messing with Jasper and I started to see the funny side of it.
"Oh, so you think I shouldn't even be in school? That I should study nothing at all? Alice if your new boyfriend has a misogynistic view like this then I may have to re-think my approval of him." This time I could see Rosalie trying to fight off a smile. Jasper, however, was panicking more and more.
"Look, Rosalie, I didn't mean to upset you. I think it's awesome that you're studying engineering! Like, seriously. We should have more engineers! Everyone needs engineers, right?" He glanced nervously at Bella, Alice and I for our approval and none of us could hold it up any more. We all burst out laughing.
"Chill out Jasper! Jeez. You're not as fun as Eddy here. At least he fights back," she said, grinning at me. Could it be? Had I gained Rosalie's seal of approval? "Then again, Jasper hasn't committed any federal offences, so..."
"What?" Bella said sharply, looking at me but I could see she was smiling. She continued in a teasing tone, "Is there something you're not telling us?"
"Nope," I laughed, tentatively. "I've no idea what Rosalie here is talking about." I'd explain the situation to Bella properly later, but not now in front of everyone.
"Yeah, I didn't mean anything by it, just that Jasper having no federal offences was a good thing," Rosalie shrugged. Yeah right. "You know, we don't want to stumble across a stalker, or computer hacker or anything like that."
For some reason Bella stiffened at this comment. Perhaps she was remembering the fact that I was her supposed stalker, but computer hacker? Maybe Rosalie was just weird.
"Computer hacker?" Jasper asked in a confused tone, saving me the trouble.
"Yeah. We wouldn't want somebody secretly finding out everything they could about us would we?" She smiled.
"No, I guess not. Anyway..." He trailed off moving conversation in a different direction.
To be fair, the evening ended up being pretty successful. The food was awesome and the company was even better. I managed to talk to Bella one-on-one a fair few times throughout dinner as well and was relieved to find out I wasn't just attracted to her on a physical level. I mean, my stal- observations of her over the last however many months had already pretty much confirmed that in my mind, but still. It was nice to know for sure.
In fact my attraction for her just grew to new levels throughout the night. She was obviously beautiful, but she was also intelligent, funny and really fucking interesting as well. Her relationship with Alice and Rose bordered on hysterical many times over the evening, the three of them were constantly teasing each other and making each other laugh but at the same time you could tell they were really fucking loyal to one another and for all of their jesting I could still feel Bella and Rosalie studying Jasper carefully. I was pretty sure Rosalie and Alice were looking at me the same way. And I didn't mind one bit. So long as I passed whatever criteria they had and was allowed to take Bella out by herself. Even thoughBella didn't strike me as the type to blindly follow what her friends thought I still knew how important the 'Best Friend Test' was.
I didn't want to fail it.
We started to wrap things up and despite protests from the girl's (aka Rosalie) Jasper and I paid the bill.
"Thank you," Bella blushed at me, as we made our way out of the restaurant. By this point Jasper and Alice had wandered off ahead of us and Rosalie was shouting on her phone to someone.
"Don't mention it," I grinned down at her. "Besides, I'd quite like to count this as an actual date."
"Ugh, do we have to?" She groaned.
Uh, say what now?
She must have noticed the expression of my face fall because she quickly continued, "Shit. No. I didn't mean it like that. I just meant that I'd rather if, you and I, you know. Oh god, I'm such an embarrassment."
"Oh!" I said, realization dawning on me. "No, I'd rather we were on our own too! Just, I'm glad you turned up instead of me having to be Rosalie's date all night. Not that there's anything wrong with Rosalie," I added hastily, "just that I prefer you. Obviously."
It was my turn to blush and groan in embarrassment. Thankfully Bella just linked her arm with mine and we made our way into the parking lot.
"Good," she chuckled. "If I found out you were actually after Rosalie all this time I'd be pretty pissed, I'm not going to lie."
"After all this time, huh?" I smiled at her, bumping her hip with mine.
"Well –" She began.
"Edward! Is it okay if you catch a ride from Rosalie or Bella? It's just that I drove here and Alice didn't and we want kind of want to head over to Mama Joy's for some pancakes before it shuts."
"Uh..." Well, fucking thanks Jasper. Talk about putting me on the spot.
"That's fine," Bella chirped suddenly from next to me. I looked at her and her cheeks were turning red again. It was really fucking cute. "Come on, I'm parked over the other side," she said, motioning with her head to the left of the parking lot.
"Oh, thanks. You sure that's okay?" Extra time with Bella. Alone. Thank you God.
"Totally," she nodded. "See you guys later!"
She grabbed my hand and started pulling me really quickly towards her car.
"Where's the fire?" I jokingly asked her, not bothered at all that she seemed as keen as I felt to get alone.
She rummaged in her purse for her keys before looking back up to face me.
"Do you want to say goodbye to Rosalie?" She asked, lifting one eyebrow.
My nervous glance towards the door of the restaurant was all the confirmation she needed.
"Yeah, that's what I thought," she said laughing, as she pressed the button on her keys unlocking the car before opening her door. "Get in the car, Eddy."
A/N: I would like to say thank you to my best friend who is always my inspiration for Rosalie. I also hope this chapter hasn't made her want steak too badly.
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