I was in bed editing a book for one of my authors while Edward was asleep next to me. There was a peaceful silence but Edward's cell started ringing breaking the silence. Although it startled me, I quickly answered it before it could ring again and wake Edward up.
He had been working long shifts lately and it took a toll on his body. So this sleep was much needed and I didn't want him waking up anytime soon.
"Hello?" I said hesitantly.
"Hello Isabella, why are you answering my son's phone?" My mother-in-law, Esme said coldly. I couldn't think of a reason as to why she would be calling Edward at this hour.
Edward's family was never fond of me, for a reason I don't know. Every since the first day they met me they had an instant hate.
"Baby, don't be nervous." Edward said soothingly as we drove to his parents.
Edward and I had been dating for a year now and I was just meeting his family. It's not that he didn't want to introduce me because he wasn't sure if we'd last. 3 months into the relationship we knew that we'd get married one day. Edward said the reason I haven't met them is because his family is so judgmental and he was afraid it would put stress on a relationship that wasn't ready for it yet.
"How can I not be? You said so yourself, your family is judgmental." I said nervously.
"They are, but no matter what they say my feelings for you won't change." Edward said confidently.
We arrived at his parent's house a few minutes later. Their home is big and beautiful, it was evident that someone rich lived here.
After one knock the door swings open, revealing a middle aged man and women dressed in semi formal attire.
Edward hugged his parents then introduced me, "Mom and Dad, meet Bella, my girlfriend."
"It's nice to meet you Mr. and Mrs. Cullen." I said stretching out my hand to them.
They shook me hand with a curt greeting.
"Well Edward, now I realize way you kept her away for so long. She's poor and unworthy of this family." Esme said rudely.
I was shocked at her bluntness. How can you say something like that right in front of me?
"Mother! I kept her away because of how judgmental you guys are and obviously I did the right thing, based on how you're acting now." Edward said angrily, pulling me close to him whispering an apology.
"I don't want her in my home." Esme shot back.
'If you don't want her then you don't want me." Edward took my hand and led us out.
"That gold digging bitch is already taking my son away from me!" Esme exclaimed to her husband I assume.
That accusation brought tears to my eyes. I'm not with Edward for his money; I didn't even realize how rich he is until 6 months into our relationship.
End of flashback
"He's asleep, I didn't want him to wake up." I said calmly into the phone.
"It's only 10, why would he be asleep?" Did she really think I'm lying?
"He's had a long day at work. Can I take a message?" I ask politely. No matter how mean the Cullens have been to me I've always tried to be nice in return.
"No, I was just calling to see what Edward was doing for Christmas." Esme said.
"Ok, well we were talking about it a while ago. We don't have anything planed yet." I told her.
"I didn't want to know what both of you were doing, I asked what Edward was doing. You should make your own plans." She said rudely.
"Ok." Was all I could say? I don't know why I agreed without putting up a fight with her.
After a short silence she said, "Oh, by the way change your last name."
"Excuse me?" I asked because I wasn't sure if I heard her right.
"You're not good enough to be a Cullen," She explained.
I was so dumb-founded. How could she say that? "Wh-what?"
"Bella, you just don't fit in our family. Edward could have done better." I always knew I'm not good enough for Edward I mean let's face it, he's a Greek god and I'm just plain Jane Bella. But by some miracle he loves me and I love him. The only problem was that his family hated me.
I didn't know how to answer her. I would never change my last name just cause Esma said so. All I said was "ok" in a near whisper, and then I hung up.
When I woke up I noticed Edward wasn't next to me. So I got up to look for him. I found him in the kitchen making breakfast.
"Morning," I said, as I hugged him.
"Good Morning, love." He whispered in my ear. When he pulled away he look into my eyes for a while. Then said, "Your eyes are red, have you been crying?"
I didn't know how to respond so I just turned my back to him and walked to the breakfast bar.
"Bella, who were you talked to last night?" He asks worriedly.
I didn't see the reason to lie so I said, "Your mom."
"What did she say?" He asked annoyed.
After I explained everything she said, the anger on his face was evident.
"What did you say?" He asked about changing my last name.
"I said ok." I answered.
"Bella, I am not leaving you for Christmas and you are sure as hell aren't changing your last name!" He said angrily.
"Edward, they're your family, I don't want you to lose touch with them because of me. I think you should go, I'll be fine at home." I said, with tears running down my cheeks.
"Bella! No! You are not spending Christmas pregnant and alone." He yelled.
I didn't take my pregnancy into consideration when I told him to go without me. This being our first Christmas with me being pregnant I felt that it would be more special if we spend it together.
"We're married, so technically we're one," Edward continued to say. "Which means if my family doesn't welcome you into their home, then they don't welcome me either." He said completely claim now.
I just nodded with tears still flowing. He walked up closer to me and wiped my tears with his thumb, then kissed me deeply.
"Edward, why does your family judge me based on my social statues?" I asked through my tears after he pulled away from the kiss.
"I don't know, love." He pulled me into a hug. "But we'll go for Christmas and show them that no matter how much they hate you, I still love you."
I looked up at his face with my eyes wide from shock. His mother said I'm not welcomed, how could he have me go and get verbally bashed from his family?
"Don't worry love, I won't leave your side." I just nodded and rested my head on his shoulder.
A/N: This is the edited version on this story. I made it a little longer and with the flashback I showed more background with the story. I also corrected many mistakes throughout the chapter. I hope you like it!