A/N: Yea, I won't be long... I know you've all been patiently waiting!
Just need to let you know that this weeks chapter's song lyrics are meant to be background noise... They aren't being sung or even thought of.

THANKS AS ALWAYS TO OUR MASTAH BETA - Dandiegoose!

Beware it's gonna get a bit limey from here on in...

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: There's two of us, one of her... and she's still wealthier.


My head is throbbing, I taste blood in my mouth and as my memory comes back to me, I force my eyes open in a panic.

"Bella!" I call, because I lost sight of her before James attacked me when my back was turned, which is just a coward move.

"My knees are weak, my head is spinning around"

I try to sit up, but a strong hand holds me down, "E, don't get up too fast," Emmett tells me.

"Baby! I mean… I need to find Bella! I need to make sure she is okay!" I try to get up again, but Emmett is no match for me.

"She's a bit shaken up, but she is fine...James on the other hand," he begins, shaking his head.

"What happened to that scoundrel?"

"Jasper and I took care of him. Just try to relax."

"I'm fine," I insist, although I can feel that I have a fat lip. We don't have time to waste; we have shows to do and can't afford to fall behind schedule. Emmett's strong hand is still on my shoulder unrelenting as I try again to get up. I give him a stern look, "Emmett I want to get off this floor, and I'm asking you to let me up. Please."

Emmett sighs, and moves his hand, extending it to help me up. "Where is my girl?" It's not really meant to be a question; it's more of a demand.

"I guess that love has turned me upside down"

"She's in the ladies dressing room backstage. She's a bit mad you put her on the spot like that and made a scene. I'd give her a few to calm down."

"I appreciate your opinion, Emmett, but I didn't ask for it." I walk past him, toward the dressing room across from mine.

I knock softly on the door. "Baby, can you come talk to me, please?" I plead.

"E... I can't right now."

"Please come out and talk to me," I ask her again.

But she is silent.

"Bella if you don't come out here, I'm gonna have to come in there."

"You can't come in here, E. It's the ladies dressing room."

I chuckle at how she underestimates me. "I hope everyone is decent, I'm coming in!" I announce.

With one hand over my eyes, the other one reaching for the door knob, I push the door open slowly.

"Now, Bella, I know you aren't happy I put you on the spot to do that song tonight."

"E, you have to get out of here!" Rosalie yells at me.

"Not without Bella." I state matter-of-factly.

I hear heels clicking across the wooden floor, a huff, and a hand that is definitely my girl's, gripping my forearm as she leads me out. Once I hear the door click shut, I remove my hand from my eyes.

She is so adorable. Her hands are on her hips, her hair is down in loose curls and she has on a short silk robe and high heels.

"Wipe that smile off your face, E." She sounds so serious. I know she is, but I can't help it. I try not to laugh but it escapes my tightly closed lips.

"Thought I'd get hurt, but gee, it's turning out well"

"I'm sorry," I try to tell her, but I can see her annoyance growing.

She looks away, and I'm not sure if I'm about to get slapped or kissed. When she looks back at me she breaks out in laughter with me.

"Don't ever do that to me again on stage! No more surprises up there," she points her finger into my chest.

"Cross my heart," I tell her, making a cross over my heart with my finger.

"Are you okay?" she asks gently touching my cut lip. "I was so worried. I got so scared when I saw the look in his eyes, that I ran away. I know I shouldn't have but…"

"He didn't ever hurt you, did he?"

Bella looks down, "He pushed me around a few times," she admits quietly. I almost punch the wall in my haze of anger but I stop myself. I know that would only make her scared of me.

"Baby," I control the need to call him every name in the book and express the desire to pound his face with my fist.

I pull her into me, and hold her in my arms. I try to control myself when I feel her breasts against my chest.

This is no time to get excited... I remind myself. It's almost impossible with Bella. I can feel that she has no bra on and my mind goes right to the gutter.

I take an unsteady breath, stroking her hair and trying to think about things that are far from sexy, like my father.

"You know I would never hurt you, that I'll always protect you," I whisper to her.

"I know," her small arms squeeze me tighter. "I feel safe with you."

I glance around. I can hear Emmett and Jasper packing up equipment. I want more privacy then this hallway has to offer, so I lead her into a few steps across the hall into the guy's dressing room.

She seems a little nervous, "It's okay." I assure her, my hand cupping her face. "You are the most beautiful girl I have ever laid eyes on, you leave me in awe."

She closes her eyes as I stroke the apple of her cheek.

She licks her lips, and I yearn to taste her mouth. Slowly, my mouth descends onto hers. Her lips are so soft. The hand that was once on her angelic face now grasps the side of her neck, the other sits low on her hips.

I want to be a gentleman, but my hand has a mind of it's own as it slowly inches over the swell of her bottom. I brace myself for the possibility that she may back away or even slap me across the face for my brazen moves.

I'm pleasantly surprised when she moans into my mouth, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, beneath the silk of her robe, she's bare.

I walk us toward the sofa. I don't have the willpower to stop. "If you want me to stop, you're going to have to say so," I breathe heavily, as I pull her with me onto the couch.

She answers me with another hungry kiss. I run my hand up the back of her leg, she rocks her hips against me and my hand feels the skin beneath the robe.

There is no way this will stop, unless she asks me to. "You feel so good, baby," I tell her, quickly moving her beneath me.

I stare in her eyes as she pants under me, making another one of her gorgeous faces, a face that only I get to see. It stirs something deep inside of me.

"I don't think I can stop, even if I wanted to." I admit, burying my face into the side of her neck as my fingers tangle in her silky hear, sucking, kissing and growing more and more hot for her.

I keep letting my other hand move slowly above her knee as my mouth moves closer to her chest.

As my tongue darts out against her collar bone, I swiftly hitch her leg up, so she can feel what she is doing to my body.

"E," she moans.

Being with her feels so amazing. "Bella," I feel her breast over the robe. Her heart beats against my hand.

With my other hand, I push some hair off of her face. "I love you."

"I slipped, I stumbled, I fell"

She pushes me back, biting her lower lip. She stops breathing, and then unties her robe letting it fall open slightly, finally taking a breath.

I swallow nervously as I absorb her naked form; I'm the one not breathing now. I take in every detail I can, like the strawberry birth mark on the left side of her rib cage, a few inches below her breast. With an unsteady breath I kiss it, her hands in my hair.

"I love you," she finally says back. I feel like I have waited centuries to hear those words fall from her lips. Her hands go under my t-shirt, and I help her take it off.

Soft, wet kisses pebble across my chest as she lifts her head up to explore my body.

I finally get the courage to taste her chest. I feel myself getting nervous wondering if we are about to go all the way.

If she's ever been all the way...

I don't have to wonder long. The door swings open; Jasper and Emmett seem to be a bit on edge, "E! Dude…" Jasper begins, then stops when he sees our state of undress, both of them quickly turn around to give Bella some time to cover up.

"Sorry," I mouth to her, because I truly am. I shouldn't have put her in this position to begin with.

Bella pulls her robe closed, and we sit up. She ties it tightly around her.

"Didn't mean to..." Jasper begins, "but Tanya called."

I grab my shirt, and put it on inside out.

"She's having the baby." Emmett finishes.

I have to get back home. I promised her she wouldn't have to do it alone. "Cancel all the shows for the next week, I gotta get back to her."

"Excuse me," Bella says softly, standing up... I had almost forgotten she was still there. I assume she is just uncomfortable and embarrassed. I walk her to the door. Her head is down as she walks out of the room.

I rush to get everything packed up so we can get on the road. I hope we can make it home as quick as possible. I don't know much about having babies, but I promised her I'd be there waiting before she was done. I warn Emmett not to tease Bella about earlier. Jasper has more tact than that, but Emmett... he's not as socially graceful.

I don't want Bella to be anymore uncomfortable about it than she obviously already is. She has been so quiet and unwilling to look any of us guys in the eyes.

Everyone is about to get in the car, I have my guitar in the case; it's the last thing I load in the van. Bella is standing quietly by the passenger door of the van, wringing her hands.

I kiss her cheek, and then open the door for her. "Ready?"

"I think I should just stay here," she squints up at me.

"Why would you stay here? Don't be silly." I motion for her to get back in the car.

"I mean... if we were doing shows... but I have nothing back there."

"Baby, you have me. Now get in the van so we can go."

"You're going to be busy with Tanya and the baby." she looks away. I can see the hurt in her eyes.

"Bella, Tanya is like a sister to me. Don't make this into something it's not."

"I just don't want you to worry about me, or feel like you have to take care of me."

"Then get in the car... so I won't have to worry about you. I want you to be apart of this with me. I want my family to meet my girl. Now, please stop being so stubborn and get in the car. I don't think this baby is gonna wait for me."

She tries to hide her smile, then nods, and climbs into the van. I can't control half the things I do, so I have no idea what overcomes me when I slap her ass.

She looks so good in those blue jeans.

Two hours into the ride, she glances back at Jasper and Emmett, both of them snoring.

She looks over at me. I take her hand and kiss the top of it, my eyes smiling at her as I watch her.

"One crazy kiss and bam I head for the skies"

She pulls her hand back, to tuck a strand of hair behind her ear. But her face doesn't look like the happy go lucky Bella I know, "Are you sure nothing is wrong?" I ask her.

"Have you... been… with many women?" she whispers.

"You mean... have I slept with many women?" I ask, unsure of how I feel about the question and the honest answer I have to give her.

"I guess that love is like a cake of ice

You skate along but then you can never tell"

She nods her head, chewing the inside of her cheek.

"Ah, many? No. A couple... yes." I admit to her. "What… I mean… you…?"

"No." she shakes her head. "Before you... I only ever kissed a few boys."

Relief floods me that I'm the only one to ever be that close to her. I want to kick myself that she can't say the same for me.

It's in that moment I realize I never want to be with another woman the rest of my life. Bella Swan is the only girl for me, and I know without a shadow of a doubt, the girl I'm going to marry is by my side and if she will have me. I'm the luckiest guy in the world.

"I slipped I stumbled I fell"


A/N: So was it worth the wait? HUH?

I know... some heavy stuff to leave you guys with but... it'll make sense with the next chappy.

Thanks for riding on this train with us... I forsee another 6 or 7 stops (don't hold me to it)

MzB's Recs (since Robicorn has been unable to read)

When Life Gives You Lemons: Eat Them by DreamersDaze (Mandy Pants)
Story ID: 6656388

Dog Tags & T-Shirts by LoveLikeWoah (EdwardsLove82 & WoahNow)
Story ID: 7063253

Little Miss by Hottygurl7 (Missy Fanfic)
Story ID: 6976888

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