Bella Swan is an 18 year old college freshman ready to have a good time and discover herself…
Edward Cullen is a 30 year old pediatric surgeon and a single dad of a 4 year old little girl who already has his life established and isn't searching for or expecting love to ever come his way again…
…but sometimes life has other plans.
I do not own character names, just the plot :)
"Hurry the fuck up, Bella!" I heard Rosalie yell from somewhere in our two bedroom apartment.
She was my roommate and one of my two best friends. My other best friend was Alice Brandon and we were all three students at Washington State University. They were both juniors and I was the baby…I was the freshman. It was finally Friday after a horrible week and the three of us were going out to the club that night to dance and blow off some steam.
"I can't find my shoes!" I yelled back.
I stumbled around my room, tossing around clothes, and searching desperately for my silver heels. I jumped and yelped in surprise when a moment later Rosalie and Alice came bursting through my bedroom door.
"What the hell Bella? You already have shoes on." Alice said.
"These shoes don't look right with this dress; I want the silver ones…"
Rosalie groaned in frustration and left my room to return a minute later holding some silver heels of her own.
"Here" she said as she tossed them to me. "Wear those…they're almost the same as yours."
I kicked off the black heels that I had on and the slid on Rosalie's silver ones.
"Okay, now get your sweet ass out of this apartment before the fucking club closes" Rosalie answered.
"There's a bunch of creeps here tonight" Alice yelled over the loud music an hour later. "Where are all the hotties?"
"Seriously" Rosalie yelled back. "Not that I'm not having a good time grinding up and you two hot bitches, but I'm ready to find a man to take home tonight!"
I rolled my eyes at both of them. Out of the three of us, I was definitely the only one who didn't need a man. Any time we went out it seemed like the whole time they were hunting for dick while I was just trying to enjoy myself with my girls.
"Woah, totally just locked some serious eye contact with a possibility over there…" Alice said excitedly.
"Where?" Rosalie asked her.
"Over there…over by the bar…"
I didn't even look in the direction of the guy she was pointing out.
"Oh damn, there's a group of them!"
"Jackpot!" Alice yelled enthusiastically.
"Let's go introduce ourselves." Rosalie suggested.
"Hell yeah!" Alice agreed.
I sighed and followed behind them as they took off in the direction of I assumed their said prey. I had no interest in meeting these guys but I wasn't going to stand in the middle of the dance floor alone looking like a fool. Don't get me wrong, I love guys, but the losers that I had seen hanging around this place left me with no interest for meeting guys at clubs. I preferred to pick up boys at classier places like Starbucks or school.
"So…" Rosalie cooed sexily as she approached a group of six guys. "Which one of you fine gentlemen are going to buy me a drink?"
A tall, muscular, meathead looking guy with light brown hair was the first one to oblige to Rosalie's request and then she was quickly absorbed in flirting with him heavily.
The next guy that a laid eyes on was rather skinny with blond curly hair. Eww, totally not my type. I was surprised when I saw Alice approach him with a seductive smile. Was that the guy she had pointed out? Well, to each his own I suppose…
I sighed and decided I might as well check out the remaining four guys. It was becoming apparent that my friends would be preoccupied the rest of the night and there didn't seem to be any harm in finding someone to talk to.
Option number one was way too drunk. He had his beer held up in the air and was singing along to a Lady Gaga song while swaying his hips around. Maybe he was just a douche bag but either way I wasn't interested. Option number two was simply just too short. I heard option number three mention a wife and after confirming his marital status by the ring on his finger, I decided to go ahead and move on to option number four.
Number four was tall, toned, and delicious looking. He had dark brown hair with an auburn tint to it that was one hundred percent run-my-hands-through worthy.
That was the first time I saw Edward Cullen.
We locked eye contact quickly and before I could think of something to say he spoke with a sexy smile.
"You look less than thrilled to be led over here by your friends."
"You could say that…" I replied with a smile that I hoped was as sexy as his.
"I'm Edward" He said as he extended his hand to me.
What's up with the business-like introduction?
"I'm Bella" I said as I shook his hand.
"Is this supposed to be girls night out?" He asked.
"Not really…just a night out after a bad week." I said with a shrug. "What about you? This looks like it may be a boys night out."
"Sort of…it's a bachelor party" He gestured towards the drunken guy, indicating that he was the bachelor.
"Well he certainly seems to be having a good time"
"Indeed, he does"
I looked over to see Rosalie and her guy taking a round of shots.
"Seems like he's not the only one of your friends that knows how to have a good time…" I said to Edward.
He glanced over at Rosalie and then looked back at me.
"Doesn't seem like your friend is complaining"
"Rosalie? She's on a whole different level…I would be surprised if your friend could even keep up with her…"
"Oh Emmet can hold his own." Edward laughed.
A moment later the two of them took off to go dance, soon followed by Alice and the dude she seemed to be so into. I was hoping that Edward would follow suit and ask me to dance, but I had no such luck. Maybe he just needed a hint.
"I love this song" I commented.
"Can I buy you a drink?" He asked. Fail on my part.
"Uh…no I'm okay, thanks…I'm driving."
A long awkward silence ensued after my obvious attempt at getting him to ask me to dance and his failure to do so. Thankfully, only a few moments later I was approached by an averagely cute guy that I had seen there a couple times before.
"Would you like to dance?" He asked.
I gave Edward's lame ass a farewell smile and then strutted my shit to the dance floor.
I was on a fucking roll that night. It seemed like right when I was done with one guy, a new one would ask me to dance. After a while I was starting to sweat and my feet were starting to hurt from so much dancing.
"Do you know what time it is?" I asked the guy that I was with at the moment. I had given Alice my cell phone since she was wearing jeans with pockets and I had no other way of telling time.
"One thirty" He answered. The club closed at two so I knew I should probably go ahead and track down Alice and Rosalie.
"Thanks for the dance, but I need to get back to my friends"
It took me about five minutes to find Alice, who was surprisingly still with the same guy she had gone after earlier.
"Alice" I called to her. "Twenty five minutes till closing, are you ready to go?"
"Yeah, okay" she called back.
"Where's Rose?" I asked.
"I don't know, haven't seen her since I last saw you…"
"Well come with me to find her so that I don't have to look for you again too."
She gave her number to the guy she had spent most of the night with and then followed me back into the crowd to find Rosalie. We circled around that place for a good ten minutes before I started to get frustrated.
"Where the hell is she?" I asked rhetorically.
"Let's check the bathroom" Alice suggested. We did as she said but there was still no sign as Rosalie. "I'll call her" Alice said.
When we emerged from the ladies room and back out onto the dance floor, Edward's face caught my eye. Maybe he could help.
"Hey" I called out as I walked up to him.
"Oh, uh, hi Bella."
"Where is your friend Emmet?"
"I don't know I haven't seen him since we were talking earlier, why?"
"Because I think Rosalie is still with him and I can't find her anywhere."
"She's not answering her phone" Alice informed me.
"Oh, well I don't know where they are." Edward answered me.
Is that all you have to say? My friend is missing and you're not even concerned?
"Obviously not, but she is with your friend…" I answered.
"You don't know that she is still with him and even if she is, I'm not responsible for him."
"Well you're not leaving this club until I find her. That dude may have led her off somewhere and you might be the only way I have of tracking him down."
"I think you need to calm down." Edward said.
"Don't tell me to calm down. My best friend is missing in a bar." I said with some serious attitude.
"They are probably just dancing."
"Even, worse…" I started, ignoring him. "The last time I saw her she was with some shady ass guy that could be having his way with her right now!"
"I don't appreciate you insinua ting that my friend is a date rapist."
"How do I know he's not? I don't know anything about him or you. You could be his wingman, trying to distract me while he leads Rosalie off into some dark ally."
"You're being ridiculous."
"Give me your phone" I said to him.
"Excuse me?" He said in confusion.
"I want to go looking for her and I need to put my number in it in case you find them first."
"Uh…okay" He took his phone out of his pocket and handed it to me.
I programmed my number into it and then sent myself a text so that I would have his number as well. I handed it back to him and then walked off back towards the dance floor without saying another word to him. I didn't want to listen to him talk anymore and I felt like I was just wasting time standing there and not looking for Rosalie.
The bar started to get emptier and emptier as the minutes went by and she was still nowhere to be found. At a minute past two I was starting to panic.
"Bella, your phone is ringing." Alice told me.
I turned around and took my phone from her and then flipped it open.
"Hey, it's Edward"
"Did you find them?"
"Yeah, I finally got a hold of Emmet"
"Well where are they?"
"They uh…apparently decided to go out to the back seat of his car awhile ago."
"Fucking slut…I'm going to kill her"
"Your friend had Emmet tell me that she would meet you back at your car."
I snapped my phone shut without bothering to say goodbye.
"Are you seriously that mad at me?" Rosalie asked as we walked through the front door of our apartment.
"Yes, Rose, I am. I don't think you understand how badly I was freaking the fuck out." I slammed the front door behind us.
"Well there was no need for that…"
"No need for that? Rosalie, you don't just leave your friends at a bar to go roll around in the back of a car with some guy you don't even know and not even tell anyone where the fuck you were going!"
"Look, I'm sorry…" She tried to follow me to my room but I slammed the door in her face.
I threw my shit down on my desk and sighed. I was so tired and pissed off that all I wanted to do was go to sleep. I kicked off Rosalie's shoes, peeled my dress and my bra off, and then climbed into my bed and burrowed under the warm covers. I was half asleep when I heard my phone vibrate on my desk. I considered ignoring but it would just bug me not knowing who it was as I tried to fall asleep. I pushed the covers back and stumbled around in the dark until I found it. I took it back to bed with me and didn't open it until I was snuggled up again.
"Hey, did you get home with your friend alright?"
It was a text from a number I didn't recognize but I assumed was Edward. I checked the last received call from the same number and confirmed my suspicion.
"Ya we r fine."
Not like he cared. He was a royal asshole about the whole thing.
"I'm sorry if I was being rude earlier. I realize in hindsight that you were just very worried about your friend."
Okay what was up with the whole texting in such proper English thing? It reminded me of my dad.
"Its cool. Dnt worry about it"
"I'd like to try and redeem myself. Can I take you out to dinner tomorrow?"
Did he seriously just ask me out? Well…he did have the decency to apologize to me and he was extremely good looking.
"Sure I guess so"
Did I really just agree to go out with a guy that I met at a club?
"Great. Does seven work for you?"
"Ya seven is fine"
"Where can I pick you up?"
"Westwood apartments. #324"
"Sound good. I'll see you tomorrow Bella"
Well this should make for an interesting Saturday night.