A/N: Well, here it is! The first chapter of the sequel to It Happened One Weekend and It Happened One Weekend, EPOV. If you haven't read either of those stories, I strongly suggest that you do before reading this one. For those of you anxiously awaiting the sequel...I hope I've done you justice and look forward to hearing from you! I've tried a new format with alternating between Bella and Edwards POV. Please let me know if you like the alternating POV or if you'd rather I write each chapter from one single POV.
Without further ado...I give you Life Outside The Bubble.
*DISCLAIMER* I own nothing Twilight.
It's morning already? I roll over and slap the snooze button on my alarm clock and roll over attempting to go back to sleep. I had nothing to look forward to today. Just another summer da....HOLY SHIT!
Realization comes crashing down on my head. Today is the first day of school and I'm with Edward. I get to see him just over an hour! I whip the covers off and frantically start grabbing up everything I need for my shower.
I open my door and haul ass for the bathroom. Just as I reach the door, it flies open and Rosalie fills the frame. As predicted, she doesn't look happy. She only goes to school for two things, attention and Emmett. Since Emmett won't be there this year, that only leaves her with attention to fuel her ego. This means an extra half hour in front of the mirror every morning. I guess that would be enough to piss anyone off.
"If you want a ride to school, you'd better be ready to leave in an hour and I wouldn't suggest taking a long shower..there isn't much hot water left." she growls.
I roll my eyes at her. "I don't need a ride to school. I already have one, but thanks anyway.". I attempt to get around her and into the bathroom, when her arm flies out and blocks my path.
"And just who are you riding to school with? I talked to Emmett last night and he said Alice wasn't getting her car back for school.".
I shove her arm out of my way, "None of your fucking business" I spat before slamming the door in her face.
I got exactly five minutes of luke warm water before it started running cold. I make a mental note to start taking my showers at night...my nipples can't handle this cold water bullshit.
Twenty minutes later and I am dressed and ready to go. I opted for my favorite pair of bleached out worn jeans and black v neck long sleeved fitted tee with a white camisole underneath. I topped the look off with my favorite zip front black Volcom hoodie and black and white converse. I pulled my hair up into a messy ponytail and applied a little mascara and lip gloss...simple. Just the way Edward likes it.
I bounce down the stairs and head toward the kitchen. Just as I am about to pour myself some cereal I get a text from Edward.
On my way. Need to go in early and get schedule. Be there in 10. ILY~ E
I can't help the stupid smile that spreads across my face. I get to see my Edward in ten minutes. I quickly shoot him back a text.
Ready and waiting. I miss u. ILY~B
I go to shove my phone back in my pocket, when it goes off again.
I let out a little giggle and go to grab my bag. I actually find myself skipping down the hallway to my room. Only Edward could have this effect on me. I could already that today was going to be a great day!
I'd hardly slept at all last night. I pretty much just laid in bed and thought over my options. Giving up Bella wasn't an option...period. So the only option I had left was to go against my parents wishes and blow off Jessica.
The fallout from such an act wouldn't be pretty. I know my dad will threaten to cut me off financially and probably take away my car. But that isn't really a big deal. I can always get a job and I don't really need a car. Jasper has his own ride and would gladly take me anywhere I needed to go. The only thing they could do that would hurt me, is take away my time with Bella. Something I can almost promise would happen too.
It doesn't matter though. They can't force Jessica on me and would make damn sure to hold my ground and show them that. I love Bella, I can't turn my back on her now.
I look over at the clock and realize that I get to see Bella in a little more then an hour. I've been up, showered and ready to go since 5:00 a.m. Now I am just fighting the urge to drive over to her house and see her.
Looking for a distraction, I head down to the kitchen to grab some breakfast. I was sitting at the island eating a bowl of Coco Puffs, when my mom came in.
"Good morning, Edward. I didn't expect to see you up and around this early. Are you nervous about school?".
I just rolled my eyes at her. I wasn't in the mood to rehash all this. She'd find out soon enough that I wasn't going to bow to them and date Jessica.
"Don't be nervous. You'll have Jessica to show you the ropes. You'll be friends with half the school before lunch time. If you'd like I could call Mrs. Stanley and tell her you'll pick Jessica up for school. It would give you a little extra time to get to know one another.".
I pick up my bowl and spoon and deposit them loudly in the sink. "Don't bother. I have to be there early and I need a chance to talk with Bella.".
"It's really unfortunate that you have to let Bella down, Edward" she sighs. "But it's better that it happen now instead of later on. Hopefully she can settle with just being friends.".
"Friends?" I snort. "Trust me when I tell you she's not the one that will be settling with being friends.".
"Edward..." she started, but I cut her off.
"I can't do this with you now. I have to go." I left her there in the kitchen and went back to my room to get my bag, phone and car keys. Jasper sticks his head in my room and lets me know that he's driving himself and Alice to school and that he'll meet me there. I am actually rather relieved, I needed the few minutes until I got to Bella's house to clear my head.
I got in my car and quickly typed out a text letting Bella know that I was on my way.
On my way. Need to go in early and get schedule. Be there in 10. ILY~ E
Before I was even able to get the car started, my phone chirped with an incoming message.
Ready and waiting. I miss u. ILY~B
I couldn't help the smile that crept on to my face. This is why I knew I was making the right decision, Bella loved me and missed me. I owed it to her to fight for us. Of course my dick also read the text and had to have his say, 'She's ready and waiting...schhhawingggg!'.
I hit reply and decide to keep it short, sweet and light.
It seems like in no time at all and I am pulling up in front of her house. I beep the horn once and then get out and lean against the passenger side to wait for her. Never having gone to public school before, I wonder if I'm dressed too casually. I threw on some black jeans, my Doc's and a fitted dark gray long sleeved tee. My hair is the untameable mess it always is. Somethings can't be helped.
All my fears about the way I'm dressed disappear when I see Bella come out the door, bounce down the steps and practically run into my arms. She looks beautiful and I feel complete having her in my arms again. Last night was the longest eight hours of my life.
"Jesus Bella, I missed the shit out of you.".
She squeezes me tighter and threads her fingers in my hair, "Mmm, I missed you too.".
She pulls back from me and kisses me softly, but passionately. God, I love her lips...so soft and warm. I can feel the kiss beginning to deepen, so I regretfully pull back from her.
"Sorry love, but if we don't leave now, we may never get there." I chuckle as I reach back and open the car door for her. She gives me the most beautiful smile and gently kisses me once more on the lips and then ducks into the car.
Watching Edward walk back around the front of the car, I am instantly wet. The way his body fills out his clothes is sinful. His tee is perfectly fitted to his torso and the way he has the sleeves pushed up to just below his elbows, shows off his strong forearms. I suddenly have a sinking feeling that I am going to be girls off of him with a stick.
This realization makes all my insecurities float to the surface. What if he decides he likes the attention and doesn't want me anymore? I know he says he loves me, but he hasn't met anyone else here. What if he realizes that he can do better?
By the time Edward makes it back in the car, I am in the middle of a full fledged panic attack. My eyes are filling with tears, my breath is coming in short gasps and I'm sweating profusely.
Edward takes in my appearance and instantly freaks out. He grabs my face in his hands forcing me to look at him. "Bella, love. What's wrong? Fuck Bella, your lips are turning blue...I need you breath, baby.".
I let out a big gust of breath and the sobs are unleashed. I reach over the console and grab onto Edward tightly and try to talk my way through it.
"I'm s...s...s...orry. I'm jus...jus...just freaking o...out" I pathetically stutter.
Edward is frantically rubbing my back trying to comfort me. "Shhh, it's OK. Just breathe love." he chants over and over again.
After about five minutes my breathing slows and the sobs have stopped. My lips are pinking up again and I can finally talk without sounding like a stuttering fool.
"I'm sorry about that." I whisper into Edwards ear while he's still holding me. The car hasn't moved an inch from the curb in front of my house and I can see Rosalie peeking out the curtains trying to see who came to pick me up. Thank god for the Volvo's blacked out windows.
"It's fine, Bella" he coos. "But if you don't mind my asking...what brought that on? One minute you were fine and then in the 30 seconds it took me to get back in the car you had completely lost it.".
I pull back from him and sit with my back against the door. "I don't know" I shrug.
Edward leans over the steering wheel and shoves his hands in his hair out of frustration. "Bella, I really can't handle these games right now. Something was bothering you, you know what it is and you don't want to tell me. But if you value my sanity at all, you'll just bypass all the bullshit of me having to pull it out of you and spill it already.".
I'm taken aback for a second by his harshness, but when he sits back in the seat and turns his head to me, I am able to take a closer look at him. He looks exhausted, like he didn't sleep a wink all night. Our separation must have been harder on him then I thought.
"I'm sorry" I relent. "I just started thinking about how good you look today and then I thought about how I was going to have to beat girls off you with a stick. Then I thought that maybe you'd want the attention, since you don't know anyone besides Alice and I. Then that snowballed into you realizing that you can do better then me...and I just can't lose you, Edward.".
The hard lines of his face soften after my confession and he brings one hand up to cup my cheek. "Oh Bella, when are you going to realize that there is nothing better than you?".
I smile and can feel happy tears stinging my eyes. It's all there in his gorgeous green orbs...he loves me. I launch myself at him and lock my lips with his. He chuckles at me, not having expected the ambush.
"Um Bella" he mumbles against my lips. "I'm glad you're happy, love. But we really need to get to school so I can meet my counselor and get my schedule.".
I pull back and sit down in my seat, fastening the seat belt. "Yeah, lets go. I need to talk to Mrs. Cope anyway about the advanced placement test.".
Edward reached over and grabs my hand, bringing it to his lips and kissing my knuckles, "Thank you again for agreeing to take the test. You can't imagine how happy that makes me.".
With that, he puts the car in gear and we are speeding off toward Forks High...let the games begin. Bella's back, bitches and she brought Adonis with her!
After Bella's break down a few minutes ago, I realize how fragile her feelings really are. She's self conscious and doesn't see herself very clearly at all. Which is going to make telling her about Jessica that much harder. But I can't keep this from her, I'm going to have to be gentle and reassure her that she owns me...heart and soul.
I reach over and turn down the stereo. "Bella, we need to talk before we get to school.".
Bella shifts in her seat so she is looking directly at me, "About what, Edward?".
I look over into her wide brown eyes and I see love and curiosity in them. I realize I am on shakey ground right now and that if I don't play my cards right, she could very well bolt from the car and never want to see me again.
I inhale deeply and settle on just telling her the truth. "Well, my parents came home last night and talked to me. They told me about their trip to Seattle and some of the people they met there. It turns out that they met Mayor Stanley and his family.".
"Jessica Stanley's dad?" she interrupts.
I can already tell by her tone that she doesn't like where this is going. I slow the car down some, suddenly in no hurry to get to the school.
I turn and look her in the eyes, "Yes and Jessica was with them.".
Bella inhales a gasp and I see her swallow thickly against her emotions. "It's not what you think Bella. My parents set it up so Jessica would meet me in the parking lot this morning and then show me around and introduce me to the people.".
"And that's it?" I can already here the repressed anger in her voice.
"No" I sigh in defeat. "While they were in Seattle my mom went shopping with Jessica and her mom to pick out a dress for the back to school dance, that my mom said I would take her too.".
"STOP THE FUCKING CAR!" Bella screams.
I quickly pull the car over and park in the Thriftway parking lot a couple of blocks away from the school. I throw the car in park and hit the child proof locks so Bella can't bolt from the car.
"Hear me out, Bella! My mom told her I would take her! I wasn't even there and had agreed to nothing. They just came home and told me all this last night.".
Bella's eyes are glued straight ahead looking at nothing and her voice is eerily calm. "Unlock the fucking door and let me out, Edward. I can't deal with this right now.".
I slam my fist into the steering wheel making her jump. "No, you are not running away from this, Bella. Not until you hear me out! If you heard what I said, I said my parents made those arrangements, not me!".
I see a tear trickle down her cheek, "Did you tell them about me?" she says softly. "Did you tell them that we were together?".
"Yes." I can't keep my voice from breaking.
She nods her head acknowledging my response and looks down at her hands. I can tell by her body language that I don't have to tell her what my parents thought of that. "You need to let me out of the car now, Edward. I'll walk from here.".
I reach out and touch her cheek. "Please don't leave me, Bella. I wasn't going to meet up with Jessica and I am definitely not going to take her to that dance. I promised you I'd fight for us. Please give me the chance.".
Bella turned and looked at me. We sat just staring at each other for a few minutes, before she leaned over and wrapped her arms around my neck. I closed my eyes and breathed a sigh of relief and then I felt it. Her hand slid down my back and then I heard the click of the doors unlocking. She released her hold on me and quickly stepped out of the car.
"I'll see you at school, Edward." and then she turned and walked away.
Getting out of that car was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I didn't want to go, but I just needed space so I could clear my head and think.
I know this isn't Edwards fault. He warned me what his parents were like. He even told me that they probably wouldn't approve of our relationship. I guess I just didn't take what he said seriously. It never even occurred to me that his parents wouldn't want him to be happy with a girl of his choosing.
Sure he had told me about the whole Tanya situation, but he wasn't seeing anyone at the time and he had no other prospects, so I guess I underestimated the harm of his parents pushing him at someone he didn't want.
But now I'm part of the equation and it hurts like hell. They've never even met me and they have already convinced themselves I am not good enough for him. Granted he didn't come right out and tell me what their reaction to the news of our relationship was, but he didn't have too. His guarded posture said it all.
As I walked I kept thinking. I thought over our weekend together and everything that was said between us. He tried to make me see what the reality of his life really was. He prepared me for this. Yet when the chips were down, what did I do? I got out of the fucking car. Suddenly my thoughts shifted to my mom. She couldn't deal with being a wife and a mother. Instead of learning to cope and deal, she bailed on us.
Suddenly I was stopped dead in my tracks. I bailed on Edward. I couldn't cope with what his parents had done and I selfishly ran from him...just like she ran from me.
My feet started moving in an all out run before I could finish processing my thoughts. All I knew is that I had to get to Edward. None of this was his fault. He said he was willing to fight for us and I still got out of the car.
I sprinted the last two blocks to the school and didn't trip once. I don't know how desperation made me more lithe and graceful, but it did. I turned the corner into the parking lot and saw Edward leaning against the drivers side of the Volvo with his head in his hands. He looked so...broken.
Out of the corner of my eye I saw Rosalie with Jessica Stanley and Lauren Mallory. The three bitches were making a bee line right for Edward...FUCK THAT!
I sprinted across the parking lot and caught up with the Bitch Brigade when they were just a few feet from Edward. I called out his name and watched as his head snapped up in my direction. I ran full speed towards him and the biggest most breath taking smile erupted across his face when he saw me.
Not bothering to detour around them, I ran straight in Jessica's back and tossed her to the side, so she fell into Rosalie. Seconds later I was home...safe in Edwards arms.
"I love you" I chanted. "I'm so fucking sorry. I love you so much.".
His returning hug was bone crushing, "I love you too, baby. Don't you ever run from me again.".
Then he picked me up and planted a heated and deep kiss on my lips, murmuring his love for me the whole time.
Eventually he set me down and put his arm around my shoulders, "Come on, love. Lets go see about my schedule and your test.".
We started for the offices when we were stopped by Jessica, Lauren and Rosalie. "Edward? But your mom said..." Jessica started, when she was cut off by Edward.
"Jessica, my mom made commitments she had no right to make. I'm with Bella. I'm in love with Bella and that's not going to change anytime soon.".
Rosalie half laughed, "You're in love with Bella? This is a joke, right? No one likes, let alone loves, Bella.".
Edwards grip on my shoulder tightened with irritation. "Bella might not have a legion of people following her, Rosalie. But the friends she does have, are true friends. I think she's happier with that. Especially when she has you as an example of how having tons of people who just put up with you, can make you a bitter and resentful bitch.".
"This isn't over, Edward Cullen. Your mom gave me her phone number." Jessica fumed. "She told me to call her personally if you gave me any trouble. Don't think for a second that I won't do it, Edward. You have no idea who you're messing with.".
"Go ahead and call my mom, Jessica. I could really give a flying fuck. Do me a favor and tell her I said hi and that there isn't a trust fund big enough to make me want to date you.".
With that Edward grabbed my hand and pushed past the three slack jawed bitches and strolled off towards the school. It was a small victory for us, but I know there are bigger battles to come.
Well? How'd you like it? I know it's not what some of you were expecting, but I had to OD on the angst a bit so I would continue to have a story to tell. Lots of twists and turns planned. I'm excited to see what people thought...both good and bad.
Thanks for reading,