AN: Okay, so this chapter is a tad shorter than normal, but you finally get your lemon. So, consider this your warning. It's not *overly* graphic, but it's definitely not a "fade-to-black."
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"I can think of a few things..."
Bella's heart started to race and she felt heat sear her belly.
"I can think of a few things myself," she whispered back in a breathy tone. A corner of his mouth quirked up and he pushed his erection against her center, causing a groan to erupt from her throat. Edward's lips placed hot, open mouthed kisses across her jaw and down her neck. Desire, hot like a knife, shot through her veins.
"Edward," she gasped. "Can we move to the bed?"
Without a word, his hands found their way down to cup her bottom and he walked carefully over to the bed, before depositing her gently.
Bella reached out for him and pulled him to stand between her legs. She nervously looked up into his heavy-lidded eyes and bit her lip. She was tired of stopping and ready to move forward.
"I want you," she said softly. "Please let me have you."
His eyes widened in surprise and a gentle smile formed on his face. "Anything you want, Bella," he responded quietly. "I'll give you the world; anything within my power. All you have to do is say the word, and it's yours."
"I just want you."
"Are you sure? You've waited this long, and I don't want you to regret anything," he responded with his voice full of sincerity.
She nodded. "I'm sure. I've been waiting for you."
His hands grasped the hem of his shirt and pulled it over his head, exposing his bare chest with a smattering of reddish hair. Her hands shook slightly as she fingered the button on his jeans and slid the zipper down slowly. His breath hitched as her hand brushed his hard length. Hearing that little noise inspired confidence in Bella. She pushed his jeans down, brushing her nose purposefully against his boxer-clad manhood and caused him to groan.
He stepped out of his pants, kicking off his shoes and socks as well. His hands slid down her bare arms and then back up, bringing the silky material of her camisole with him. She slid backwards onto the bed, resting her head against the pillows and held out her hand. His fingers entwined with hers as he crawled onto the bed and laid down beside her. Her heart was pounding, but she was eager to experience this with him.
"I love you," he whispered before pressing his lips gently against hers. One of his hands traveled with feather-like softness, down to her breast and cupped the weight of it in his palm. Her nipple puckered against the pad of his thumb and she lifted her leg over his hip, aching for friction. He smiled against her lips, pleased with her body's reactions to his own. He pinched her nipple lightly and she gasped.
"Edward, please," she begged, though she had no clue what she was even begging for.
"Ssh, let me make you feel good, Bella. I promise to make this special for you."
She felt tears prick her eyes as she gazed into his, which were shining with love and sincerity. His lips pressed against hers once again, this time, his tongue swept across her bottom lip, seeking entrance. She opened her mouth slightly and soon found herself lost into the kiss' intensity. She was so caught up that she barely noticed both of his hands sliding her shorts and underwear down her legs.
When she laid bare before him, she felt a flush work its way up from her chest. They may have had some seriously intense make out sessions before, but this was the first time she was completely naked before his eyes. He smiled down at her and brushed a few strands of hair behind her ear.
"You are the most beautiful woman that I've ever seen."
His hushed words were whispered with such sincerity and adoration, that she had no choice but to believe them. He leaned forward and rained kisses down her neck and across her chest, as his fingers began their exploration of the moist heat between her legs. His mouth latched onto one of her nipples at the same his fingertips brushed again her clit. Bella arched her back and let loose a cry of pleasure. After a few moments of his seemingly expert touch, her orgasm washed over her as he body shook and blood rushed to her head.
Edward slid his boxers off and kicked them to the floor, before settling between her legs. She felt his tip slide across her clit and she gasped, the sensation overwhelming.
"Edward, please! I need to feel you," she whimpered.
He hissed as he brushed up against her wetness and then froze in his place. She looked at him, confusion written across her face.
"Condom?" he asked, sheepishly. "I didn't come here expecting this, Bella."
Her eyes widened and she shook her head. "No, I don't have one, but I get the shot. For female reasons," she clarified with a pink blush tinging her cheeks. "We should be fine."
He swallowed thickly and nodded. "I- I haven't been with anyone in a long time, and I've been tested since."
She smiled and reached up to brush her hand against his cheek. "I know, Edward. It's alright."
He leaned down and kissed her as he lined himself up against her. "This will probably hurt at first, so you have to tell me if you want me to stop, okay?"
She nodded nervously and he grasped her hip with one hand as he pushed in slowly. She felt herself stretch as he filled her up. A sharp twinge and burning made her wince when he buried himself fully inside her warmth. He became still and looked anxiously for signs of distress in her face, but her face was blank and her eyes closed.
"Are you okay?" he asked worriedly.
She opened her eyes and smiled a watery smile. "I'm fine, please don't stop."
He began to move slowly, lovingly and she wrapped her legs around his waist. Pressure started building inside of her and any discomfort she felt was soon replaced by pleasure. His thrusts became erratic and a drop of sweat slid down his cheek and splashed against her chest.
"Shit," he gasped, "Bella, I can't-"
He groaned loudly and his body shuddered as he found his release. His arms shook with weakness and he rested his head against hers.
"I'm sorry," he whispered. "It was too much. I couldn't hold off."
She smiled serenely and pushed the damp hair off of his forehead.
"It was perfect, Edward. I'm glad I waited for you."
His eyes opened, bright with tears and he kissed her swiftly and hard. "Thank you," he spoke quietly against her lips.
He rolled gently off of her and walked silently to the bathroom. Bella closed her eyes and listened to the sound of water running in the bathroom. A few moments later, she opened her eyes when she felt his hand brush her face. She looked up at him, and he smiled tenderly.
"Come on, let's take a shower. The warmth will help ease any muscle aches."
She tentatively placed her hand in his and let him lead her to the large shower. They took turns washing each other before stepping out and toweling off. Bella blushed as she took in their clothes strewn on the floor next to the bed. She picked them up and set them off to the side before throwing on a fresh pair of pajamas. When she turned around, Edward was already in a pair of sleep pants, holding out a bottle of water and a few pills in his hand.
"Advil," he replied to her inquisitive look. "I want to make sure you're not sore tomorrow."
If it were possible, her heart would have fallen a little bit more for him. She swallowed the pills quickly and then wrapped her arms around him.
"I love you," she whispered against his chest.
"I love you, too, baby. Let's get some rest, okay? Our ball of energy will be up early and excited to see you," Edward chuckled.
Bella smiled ear to ear. "I missed him- both of you, so much. I'm glad you came here."
"So am I, Bella. I hate being apart from you," he whispered before claiming her lips in a gentle kiss, before leading her to bed. They curled up together and sleep found them almost instantly.
The next morning Bella awoke sprawled out on her stomach with one of Edward's arms thrown across her back. She turned her head to watch him sleeping peacefully, the sun playing with the copper highlights in his hair. She sighed and smiled, thoroughly sated and rested, even though she had only had about six hours of sleep.
A loud banging on the door sent her heart racing. Ignoring Edward's sleeping form, she pulled out of his embrace quickly and scampered across the bed. He sat up and sleepily rubbed his eyes, wondering what the hell was going on.
Bella flung the door open, not bothering to look out the peephole and swept her surprised son into her arms. He laughed and squeezed her tightly, wrapping his legs around her waist. She walked into the room, smattering kisses across Jack's face as he continued to giggle.
"Huh, I see it runs in the family," Edward muttered in a sleep-filled gravelly voice.
Bella stuck out her tongue at him playfully.
"Okay, okay, okay," Jack responded breathless from laughing. "Stop, or I'll pee on you, Mom!"
She immediately dropped him on the bed as if she were burned. "Eew, gross, Jack!"
Edward hid a smile behind his hand, but Bella caught it and hit him with a pillow. Fifteen minutes and two deceased pillows later, the three of them collapsed together on top of the bed, exhausted.
"So, what do you guys want to do today?" Bella asked once they had caught their breath.
Edward shrugged and smiled. "I don't care. I've never been here before."
Jack looked up at his father with wide eyes. "Really? It's awesome. We've been here twice for Mom's book stuff."
The boy looked up at Bella and grinned. "Mom! Can we take him to the big toy store? And the zoo? And the hot chocolate place? Oh, how about the ice skating rink?"
"Whoa, Little Bit, take a breath," Bella laughed lightly. "I'm sure we can check some of those places out, but I don't think the skating rink is up and running in August."
His face fell slightly. "Oh," he said in disappointment.
"Maybe we'll come back over Winter Break, how does that sound?"
His face lit up again as he nodded eagerly. "That sounds good. That tree is so cool!"
"Ok, then. Let's get a move on and see some of the Big Apple."
After three hours of exploring, Bella, Jack and Edward settled into a cozy table at Serendipity 3 for lunch. Thankfully Bella had thought to call ahead to reserve a table for lunch, so they didn't have to wait too long to be seated. Edward looked over the menu and rubbed his face in thought.
"So, what's good here, guys?" he asked.
"The food's ok, but you want to make sure you get a frozen hot chocolate. Those things are awesome," Jack explained.
Bella smiled and shook her head. "The boy speaks the truth, Edward. I'd take his advice."
A moment later, a girl with short brunette hair and pretty green eyes bounced over to their table. She smiled and introduced herself as their waitress, Brittany, pulling out a pad of paper as well as a pen. After their order was placed, she took their menus and bounced away once again. When she came back a short while later with their drinks, she patted Jack on the shoulder after placing his frozen hot chocolate in front of him. The boy stilled and blushed.
"Th-thanks," he muttered.
Bella looked at Edward, who grinned cheekily and shrugged. Bella shook her head. She definitely wasn't ready for her son to be interested in girls.
After lunch, they decided to take a cab to the Central Park Zoo. After entering the small, but beautiful zoo, Jack dragged his parents straight to the Sea Lions exhibit. Bella and Edward held hands with smiles on their faces as they watched Jack's enthusiasm. When he had his fill of the Sea Lions, they continued to explore. As they passed a pond with Black Necked Swans, Jack grinned and pointed.
"Look, Mom! Swans like us!"
Bella glanced at Edward out of the corner of her eye, gauging his reaction, but the smile never fell from his face. After a minute, Jack turned to his parents with a thoughtful expression.
"Can I ask a question?" he asked, tentatively.
"Sure, Little Bit," Bella replied with a kind look.
Jack leaned back against the railing and eyed his parents carefully before speaking. "Well, now that we know where I came from, will my name change?"
Bella blinked, surprised at the question. "What do you mean, Jack?"
"I mean that my name is Jackson Charles Swan now, but I was born as Jackson Carter Cullen. Will my name change back?"
Edward gave his son a thoughtful look and walked over to squat down so that he was eye-level with the boy. "It depends, Jack. That's something that your Mom and I need to talk about. Do you want to change your name?"
Bella held her breath, unsure of what she actually hoped his response would be.
Jack's face scrunched up in thought. "I don't know. Can't I keep both?"
Edward barked out a laugh at his son's ability to think outside of the box. "What, like Jack Swan-Cullen?"
Jack shrugged. "Maybe. I don't know."
Edward stood up and put his hand on Jack's shoulder. "Like I said, your Mom and I need to talk about it first. We'll see what happens."
Satisfied with that answer, Jack continued back onto the Zoo path. Edward reached for Bella's hand and pulled her close.
"Was that okay?" he asked. "I mean, I guess we need to be on the same page with this stuff, right?"
Bella nodded and grinned. "Yeah, that was the perfect answer. We do need to talk about stuff like that, and I guess the sooner the better."
"Or we could just wait and change his name when we decide to get married," he replied casually.
She stopped in her tracks and looked up at him in shock. "Say that again?"
His eyes twinkled with mirth. "I said, we could wait to change his name for when we get married."
"Bu-but," Bella began to stutter, "We've only know each other like two months! How can you think about marriage?"
Edward smiled down at her. "Bella, you're the one that I've been waiting for. I can't picture myself with anyone else for the rest of my life. It may not be soon, but my heart knows what it wants."
She felt tears prick her eyes and hugged him tightly. "You're such a sap," she sniffed.
"Says the woman who's sniffling," he chuckled.
She smacked him on the shoulder. "Shut up," she laughed, before turning to catch up with Jack. After exploring for a little while longer, they made their way over to the Children's Zoo. As they wandered through the Petting Area, a young woman with light brown hair and light blue, almost silver eyes smiled and started to talk to Jack.
"Hiya! I'm Lauren, and I work here. Would you like to pet some of the animals?" she asked brightly.
Jack nodded, his eyes filled with excitement.
"So, what shall we do next?" Edward asked as Jack made his rounds petting the various animals. Bella let out a loud laugh as she saw him jerk away from a goat that licked his face.
She turned to Edward and shrugged. "How about the toy store he wanted to go see? We went to FAO Schwarz last year when I was here for a signing. He was bummed that he didn't get a chance to try the big keyboard they have."
Edward nodded. "Sounds like a plan. Should we head out once he's finished here?"
Bella agreed and turned back to watching her son having a great time.
The store was crowded, which was to be expected on a summer weekend.
"Wow," Edward murmured, looking around the busy store. "This place is amazing."
"I know!" Bella laughed. "It's a kid's ultimate fantasy. Right, Jack?"
When her question was met with silence, Bella turned around, looking to find out why he hadn't responded, but he was nowhere in sight.
"Jack?" Bella called anxiously. Her head whipped from side to side frantically. "Jack!"
She squeezed past a few people and craned her neck around a display.
"Jack?" she called, her voice growing more frantic, her breath starting to become erratic.
She turned to Edward with wide, frightened eyes. "Where is he, Edward? We haven't even been in the store five minutes!"
Edward looked around, starting to panic himself. He had already lost his son once, he couldn't live through it again.
"Shit! I don't know! He was here just a second ago. Come on, let's find someone to help us look."
Edward's hand squeezed hers tightly as he pulled her towards the customer service department. The crowd was heavy with people and her heart pounded in her chest painfully. She pulled her hand away and started to push through the crowd, heading back towards where she last saw her son.
"Bella, wait!" Edward called, but she was too far gone in desperation to listen.
She stopped for a minute and tried to think clearly, but her mind raced frantically. What would Jack most want to see in this store?
Immediately thinking of the answer, Bella tore off towards the escalators. She moved as fast as she could, pushing and squeezing through small space in between people, trying to get upstairs quickly. When she reached the top she started to rush through the large crowd in front of the giant piano, but someone grabbed her arm, somewhat roughly.
Bella turned her surprised eyes on a short, black haired woman, with dark eyes.
"Excuse me, Miss," the woman started in a steady voice, "you can't push through the crowd. You're making a scene."
Bella seethed with anger and pulled her arm out of the woman's grasp.
"Look," Bella stopped to look at the woman's name tag. "Sondra, I'm trying to find my son."
The woman sighed and rolled her eyes. "Miss, you need to calm down," she spoke with an authoritative voice. "Pushing and causing a potential accident isn't going to find your child quicker."
Her head whipped around to see Edward quickly closing the distance between them. "Did you find him?" he asked breathlessly.
She shook her head and the tears that had been on the edge of her lids fell in fat drops.
"Mom! Hey, look at this!"
Her head turned quickly and saw Jack waving from his spot dancing across the piano. She collapsed against Edward in relief, letting out a sob.
"Ma'am," Sondra said quietly, "Could you please step to the side? You're blocking the flow of traffic." Her expression softened and she smiled slightly. "Can I get you anything? Do you need to sit down?"
Bella stepped to the side and shook her head no, refusing to remove her eyes from Jack. Edward wrapped his arms around her and let out a sigh of thanks that Jack was safe. When his turn on the piano was finished, he made his way over to his parents, gazing at their expressions in confusion.
"Mom? Why are your eyes red? Were you crying? What's wrong?" he asked in quick succession.
Bella reached for him and squeezed him as tightly as she could. After a few minutes of rocking back and forth slightly, she pulled back and leveled him with a stern glare.
"Jackson Swan, you will never, never do that to me again, are we clear?"
His eyes widened, unused to hearing that tone in his mother's voice. "What did I do?"
"You wandered away from us without saying anything! In a packed store, no less! Do you have any idea what could have happened to you?"
He grimaced and shook his head. "I'm sorry, I should have said something, but why didn't you call my phone?" he asked, pulling his Firefly glowPhone.
"I- I," Bella stuttered before closing her mouth with no response. She had honestly not even thought to call his phone. "I don't know. I was worried, and I panicked. I'm sorry, but you seriously can't do that to me again, kiddo. I think I've shaved ten years off of my life."
She hugged him tightly one more time before passing into his father's arms. For the rest of their visit to FAO Shwarz, Jack didn't stray from his mother's side, understanding that she was still upset. The rest of the evening passed quietly hanging out with Esme at the hotel until bedtime came, when everyone fell asleep quickly, drained from their emotional day.
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