I sighed in relief as my phone began to ring, something to distract me from the never ending paperwork that I was forced to do and couldn't hand off to Hayden.
"Hello?" I asked looking up at the clock, 12:02AM.
"Hi sweetie!" my mother said wide awake and chipper.
"What are you doing awake?" I asked.
"More like what are you still doing at work?" she asked, that stern motherly tone coming to life.
"Well unlike you, you don't get to pick what hours you work." I said, my mother was an interior designer and did her own schedule.
"So Edward how are things with your wife? Thinking of children anytime soon?" she asked with a delighted laugh, I scrunched the piece of paper in front of me into a wad. The same emotions filling my body as the first night Bella left.
"Bella…is gone." I sighed, dropping my head down onto my desk.
"What do you mean she's gone? Like you two got a divorce?" she asked in disbelief.
"We just split up, not an official divorce." I said running a hand roughly through my hair.
"I'll bet those crazy work hours are what drove her away, I don't blame her. Edward when you get married it's a commitment! Absolutely everything should come after your wife, she should always come first!" she scolded, is this all of what she really wanted to say to my father?
My father is also a doctor and is never home, she is always alone because he is always at the hospital working. She probably feels just like Bella did….unappreciated, alone, and so much more.
"I have to go, goodnight Esme." I said about to hang up.
"Wait, I called to ask you something!" she said quickly.
"And what would that be?" I asked.
"Come to dinner tomorrow or um today I mean. Jasper and Rosalie are bringing their spouses, Emmett is bringing his girlfriend, and Alice would love to see you. She hasn't been able to get a hold of you but she is opening her own little boutique! Oh it'll be so grand." She said happily.
"I'll see if I can make it and call you later, okay?" I said.
"Alright, goodnight Edward." She sighed.
"Goodnight." I said quietly then hung up, carefully un-crumpling the paper.
As I tried my best to flatten it my eyes wandered up my desk and landed on the only picture on my desk.
It was of Bella in my Volvo, it was the night I brought her to meet my family. I missed her so much…
Her big brown eyes, wavy luscious hair, and looking at the picture made me teary eyed it was the only memory I had left of her.
If only I could turn back time and give her what she deserves; a husband that loves her unconditionally, one that shows that he loves her, and one that is much better of a husband than I was.
I looked at the mountain of papers on my desk, I had to finish these but I was so tired.
They didn't have to be done until Friday though…so maybe I could cram it in on Thursday. That's what I would do.
I pulled on my coat, locked my office, and then trudged out into the lobby more than ready to be home.
"Heading home early?" Hayden asked, quickly falling in step with me as I entered the cool night.
"I guess it is early, I haven't worked at the hospital for one single day and went home at night for…" I said trailing off, how long had it been?
"Much too long Dr. Cullen." She said finishing my sentence as we approached my car.
I liked the new Hayden, amazing how fast she had changed though.
"I'll be in tomorrow at 7:00 sharp. There is a meeting with Mr. Howard at 8, right?" I asked.
She nodded, that would probably be the most important meeting of my career.
Mr. Howard was the founder of the hospital and was coming to talk to me about being nominated for the Top 100 Doctors in the U.S. It was a huge honor and I was being nominated for 25th place, but I was also up against 3 other outstanding surgeons.
"Well, goodnight." I said then got into my car and headed home. As soon as I got home I took a shower, changed into some pajamas that hadn't been worn in months, and went to bed.
It felt amazing to actually sleep peacefully.
But it wasn't so amazing that I was the only one in there.
This house felt foreign to me…I hadn't been here in days.
Except for a few candles in the living room the house was dark.
"Edward?" I heard a small voice ask innocently.
I flicked on the lights and saw Bella curled up in a ball on the couch, why was she awake at 4AM?
"What are you doing awake so early?" I asked dropping my bag down and sitting beside her.
"I've been waiting for you for 3 days." She said her voice weak.
"I'm sorry I haven't been able to come home." I said, wrapping my arms around her tightly.
"You are hardly ever home…the things you give me are amazing but it can't fill the empty space in my heart. I-I don't know how much longer I can do this." She cried, burying her head into my chest.
"We'll get through this together, only 3 more years and we can…we can move to somewhere warmer like Florida or Arizona! You just have to be patient love; it will all come in good timing. I promise." I whispered, kissing her softly on the lips praying she would follow through to her promise of marriage and stay with me for the whole ride.
"Your right." She smiled, grabbing my hand and pulling me towards our bedroom.
Riiiiing, riiiiing, riiiiing
What was that noise?
I slowly opened my eyes and found my phone lying next to me on my pillow, blaring into my ear.
"Hello?" I asked groggily.
"Where are you?" hissed Hayden.
"What are you talking about?" I asked, still pretty out of it.
"It is 8:15 and Mr. Howard is not pleased! He is a very busy man and cannot afford to be waiting for long, where are you?" she asked, irate.
"I completely forgot…" I said but strangely…I wasn't worried. I didn't care whether I kept them waiting or not which really wasn't like me.
It must have been that dream, it gave me a new lease on my current life.
I left my wife behind for this repetitive routine that didn't even bring me happiness and it was finally setting it, this isn't how I want to spend the rest of my life.
"Edward? Dr. Cullen are you still there?"
"I'm not coming in today. Or tomorrow I'm resigning." I said my stomach in knots as I said this.
"What? You can't resign after everything you have built for yourself here. Your money will run out and you will lose everything and if you quit now you cannot come back." She said menacingly.
"Okay, it's been a pleasure working with you Hayden. I'll come in later to collect my things and fill out the paperwork." I said then hung up.
When my father found out he was going to have a heart attack but this wasn't his life, it was mine.
I ran a hand through my hair then walked into the kitchen.
I stood near the window for a long time, watching the rain pour down from the grey sky.
I couldn't believe I was leaving all of this behind but I did now it wasn't for nothing. I had to get Bella back.
I looked at the clock and it was 8:30.
I had nothing better to do so I pulled on my jacket and headed out to go gather my things.
It was very quiet in the car s I turned on the radio and the song that was on, it was like a miracle song.
It was the solution to my problems; I would take the lyrics and make them reality.
And no doubt it would get Bella back into my arms.
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