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I always wondered if I'd ever see Edward Cullen again. I would seek him out whenever I'd be with Bree and her friends. I looked for him during her graduation ceremony and was sorely disappointed every time I never found him.
I thought maybe I'd run into him at the Thriftway, or maybe he'd be visiting his dad at the hospital in one of my epically klutzy moments. But I never expected it to be the first day back from spring break.
In my classroom.
As my teacher.
I had gotten to the room early, nervous that I would be in the wrong one, since the TA had sent three room change emails since I registered for the class. I switched between doodling in the margins of my notebook and taking sips from my venti iced caramel macchiato to waste time before class began.
A stack of books dropping to the table brought my attention to the front of the class when I was gazing into the dazzling emerald eyes I had admired in my childhood.
I suddenly panicked and wondered if I could escape the room without anyone noticing. The piercing ring through the sound system made decision for me.
"I'm Edward Cullen and this is section AB for PSYCH 101. If you're looking for an add code stay after and I'll see what I can do."
I looked down at my schedule and furrowed my brow in confusion. I had the right section but Edward was definitely not listed as my TA.
Someone's hand shot up at the front of the room and Edward's melodious laugh rang out throughout the room.
"Um, it says on my schedule that section AB is supposed to be taught by Whitlock?"
Edward gave a smirk that made it seem like he was hiding something.
"Don't worry, you're in the right room."
And just like, it seemed like the entire room sighed in relief.
"Jasper got stuck in Texas and wasn't able to get back in time. I'm just filling in for the day."
I said a silent thanks to whoever was listening as I tried to hunch down in my seat and hope he wouldn't recognize me.
"Here's your syllabus, I assume you all can read so we don't have to do that whole, out loud thing and then you can take off."
The papers were handed out to the students on the left side of the room and I tapped my foot nervously as they were shuffled from person to person.
As people started to stand Edward cleared his throat.
"Oh! Let me just get attendance and then you all can go."
I slammed my head into my open palm, garnering the attention of the students beside me. I waited anxiously as names were called and watched as Edward kept his head focused on the sheet in front of him as people called out "here" or "present." Until he got to my name.
Edward's head shot up and he glanced around the room quickly before his eyes settled on my face. The look of shock and recognition passed over his features before he shook himself and continued on.
"Okay thanks guys, Jasper will be back on Wednesday… check your email cause he might send something out."
I picked up my coffee cup and notebook and stuffed it under my arm.
I was almost out the door when I felt a hand at the crook of my elbow.
I spun around slowly and smiled nervously.
"It is you," he breathed in amazement.
"Yep." I wanted to face palm myself again for being so articulate. And I cursed myself for sleeping in, since it meant my hair was up in a messy bun and I had threw on a ratty UW t-shirt, shorts and flip flops before racing to campus.
"Wow. You're-- all grown up."
This time I couldn't help rolling my eyes. Until I saw Edward's gaze lingering at my chest. I gave a silent thanks for finally growing some curves and that the years of metal in my mouth had paid me with beautifully straight teeth.
"Of course I have Edward, it's been six years."
I turned to toward the door and muttered, "I need to get to class."
Edward's laugh halted my movements and I spun around in confusion.
"Bella, your next class wont be for at least a half an hour."
"Do you want to get some coffee?" he asked and I couldn't help watch as he ran his hand through his disheveled hair.
"I, uh, um --" I stammered before holding up the half full plastic cup in my hand.
"Oh right," he laughed. "Well, where is your next class?"
I thought for a second before realizing being in the vicinity of Edward Cullen had fried my brain and it would be faster to get the stupid schedule out of my notebook.
"Um, it's in Thomson over by the HUB."
The blinding smile Edward gave at my response made me weak at the knees.
"Walk with me then? We can catch up a little bit."
We walked out the doors and trekked leisurely down the brown brick pathway of the quad.
"So this is your first year?" he asked curiously.
"Yep. You're a grad student?"
Edward nodded as we walked around the group huddled in the middle of the walkway.
I took a few surreptitious glances Edward's way and couldn't help but marvel at his appearance. His shoulders had broadened and I'm sure he'd added a few inches to his frame, though it seemed like so much more. His face had matured, his jaw line sharpening and covered in a light stubble, but he was as gorgeous as I remembered.
As I chanced another looked over at Edward, I stumbled on a raised brick in the path and braced myself for a fall. But it never came.
"Same ol' Bella," Edward murmured in amusement.
I huffed in annoyance. "I've gotten better, I'll have you know."
A smile played on his lips as he gave me a placating nod.
"This is my favorite part of campus," I said suddenly, attempting to break the silence between us.
"Yeah. I mean besides the uneven bricks, that are out to get me… It's pretty all year round but with the cherry trees in bloom, it's especially…" I took a breath and attempted to control my nervous chatter. "It's pretty."
"It is," he replied softly.
The rest of the walk, Edward and I spoke of the campus and the weather and it wasn't until we had sat down at a table that he brought up the subject we were both likely thinking of.
"So, um, how is Bree?" Edward stammered nervously.
"She's great," I replied and couldn't help but laugh. Edward's eyebrow shot up in question and I took a sip of my coffee before speaking.
"She's as flighty as ever… She dropped out of school you know? She was down at Berkley but she took her tuition money, got an apartment and I don't even know what she does."
Edward shook his head, but a smile graced his lips.
"Charlie was pissed for a really long time. But school wasn't for her and she has a job and a place to live. She's happy."
After acknowledging the pink elephant in the room I felt so much lighter, except for the fact that Edward had asked me here and he was barely speaking.
I bit my lip and waited for him to speak.
"I'm sorry," he said with an exhale.
"Excuse me? What for?"
"For being this socially inept asshole."
I laughed. I opened my mouth to speak but he started rambling.
"I was just so surprised to see you. I mean, I saw your name on the list and then I saw you. And you're just, you're beautiful Bella. Stunning. And now I feel like a creeper because I knew you when you were little. But you're certainly not little anymore…"
I couldn't help the laugher that escaped me and I had to reach out and touch Edward on the arm to stop his practically incoherent speech.
He took a deep breath and suddenly I felt his hand take mine and our fingers intertwined.
"Will you go out to dinner with me?"
I couldn't stop the grin from taking over my face. I made him wait it out for a second and I tried to school my face into a mask of indifference.
"Well that depends."
"On?" he asked nervously as his hand squeezed mine.
"Well…In high school-- Did you um, did you sleep with my sister?"
Edward eyes widened in surprise and he pulled his hand away from mine.
"No Bella--no," he stuttered as he shook his head.
I gave his foot a quick tap with my own and laughed. "I didn't think so, I just wanted to check."
He exhaled in relief and raised his eyebrows expectantly.
"Yes Edward, I'll have dinner with you." I reached the pocket of my shorts and handed him my cell phone.
"Here," I said as I handed over my phone. "Put you number in."
He entered the numbers and handed it over. I hit 'send' on his name and a few seconds later heard the chirp of his phone.
"Now you have my number."
I cleared the screen on my phone and my eyes widened when I took in the time.
"I have to go! My class starts in five minutes."
Edward nodded and I stood wondering how we should say goodbye. A handshake seemed too formal and stuffy, but we had sat here comfortably holding hands after only being reacquainted for less than an hour.
Before I could over think it, I leaned in quickly and pressed my lips to the corner of his mouth. I pulled away before he even had a chance to react. I waved with my free hand and gave him a smirk.
"See you later Edward."
The smile never left my face the entire day. And when my phone beeped later that night with a message from Edward I realized my face hurt from smiling so much. But I didn't care. Because I finally knew what Edward Cullen smelled like. And what it was like to kiss him.
And I couldn't wait to do it again.