Chapter 5 – A Shared Man

Opening a club like this had long been a dream of Emmett's, and I was thrilled to be able to partner with him on it. Tanya wasn't thrilled with the idea of me being co-owner of a club. In her mind, it was below our social standing, and thus, she was not overjoyed at being here tonight. Yes, Tanya is a bit of a snob, but she's also smart, loving, caring and sexy as hell. I was shallow enough when we first met to just want her on my arm strictly for her looks and what she could do for me and my career. As we got to know each other, I realized there was a depth to her I really liked. She gave her time and money to worthy causes, and while she did the "ladies who lunch" thing, she spent more time in philanthropic endeavors. I truly loved with my wife. We had great conversations, lots of things in common, and the sex was out of this world. The things that woman could do to me with a look were incredible.

Imagine my surprise when I met Bella. I wasn't looking for her and tried to stay away from her, but when she walked up the stairs into the lounge I felt her before I ever saw her. I didn't have a choice but to look up to find out where the electric hum was coming from. It was like gravity was pulling me to the stairs. When Bella stepped off the stair case, I felt like the wind had been knocked out of me. She was absolutely stunning, and the shade of blue she was wearing made her skin almost sparkle and her mahogany hair shimmer. She looked right at me, and our eyes just locked. Her eyes were the warmest shade of brown I had ever seen. After what seemed like an eternity, but what really only seconds, I broke the trance I was under and shifted my gaze back to Tanya.

"Looks like Em's new girlfriend is here," I stated, so she wouldn't wonder why I had been so focused on the stairs. I'm not sure why I felt the need to cover up the few second interaction I had just had. I didn't even know the woman's name; she was just a random stranger in my club.

"Give them a few minutes, and we'll go over and meet her." Tanya offered. She loved Emmett and Alice both and was protective over them. Emmett never had luck with the ladies. Okay – he often GOT lucky with the ladies; he just didn't have luck when it came to finding one to do more than spend the night with. He had been raving about Rosalie for some time and was thrilled that not only was she drop dead gorgeous, she could talk circles around most people when it came to cars and sports. He felt she had been cut out of mold just for him. And maybe she was.

Tanya and I sat in comfortable silence for a bit while I drank my water and she finished her wine. The hum of the current I'd felt since the brunette walked upstairs was still flowing freely through the room. I just couldn't get her soul-baring eyes out of my head, and I knew she was up here somewhere. I looked across the table at my wife and gave her a smirk when she ran her heel-clad foot up the inside of my leg and up and over my knee. The wine was getting her a little frisky.

She smiled at me and whispered, "Let's go meet this new girl, so you can take me home and fuck me, Edward." My wife, I loved it when she was naughty. It was always very, very nice.

I stood up quickly, hoping the massive erection she had just given me wasn't too obvious. I put my hand on the small of her back and walked behind her to hide the tent in my pants. "You will pay for this my love," I said playfully. "I just wish it was just as obvious when you are turned on as this is." I ground my cock into her for emphasis. The little devil ground right back, and I moaned.

We had been so involved in our flirting that I barely registered the fact that Emmett was introducing us to everyone. I shook everyone's hand and mumbled the appropriate greetings when he turned to introduce the last person at the table.

"And this lovely lady is Bella Swan, Rose's roommate." He was grinning.

I felt like the air had been sucked out of my body. I looked down to see the brown-eyed beauty and mentally slapped myself for not coming over here earlier and then I mentally slapped myself for having those thoughts with my wife standing with me.

"Hello, Bella, it's very nice to meet you." I managed to get out somehow. Our hands touched, and the electricity I felt humming in the room shot straight through me.

I couldn't be certain, but I thought she felt it as well. She sounded as if she were a little nervous.

"Nice to meet you, Edward," she said as she looked into my eyes. "And you as well, Tanya." She turned to Tanya, and I felt a little disappointment in the fact that she noticed Tanya. This was very disconcerting as I loved my wife and was happily married.

I'm not sure what crawled up Tanya's ass at that moment, but she didn't even acknowledge Bella. Yes, she could be a snob, but she was happy that Emmett had found someone, and I didn't really expect her to be rude. It didn't seem to bother Bella though. She just shrugged her shoulders and rolled her eyes at Tanya's blow off. I couldn't help myself and let out a loud guffaw. Usually Tanya's cold shoulder seemed to shake people up. Tanya was the girl everyone wanted to know.

Even though I was sporting serious wood after the little grinding Tanya and I had done before, I convinced Tanya to stay for little longer. And we joined the little group, and I got to watch Bella interact with everyone. She was so confident and fun, and suddenly, I was questioning all my choices in life. I realized, after a moment, that I was much harder now than I was when Tanya ground her ass into my cock as visions of mahogany hair splayed across my pillows took over my brain. Damn, what had gotten into me? I loved my wife.

After about an hour, Tanya was ready to go, and we said our good-byes. Tanya was in a pissy mood because I asked her to stay. For a few minutes, I was afraid she'd noticed me staring at Bella. After a few snarky comments about the club, she apologized for being such a bitch and assured me she was just past tired at this point, and the wine she was drinking had given her a headache. So much for getting any of that sexy little ass tonight.

"Babe," I said as I walked her to the bedroom to tuck her in. "I think I should go back over to the club to see if Emmett needs any help. It's still early in club time, and he's so distracted by Rosalie that I think I'd feel better being there." I was mystified that that just came out of my mouth. I'm not sure where it came from because I, honestly, hadn't even thought about going back. Of course, I thought I'd be buried balls deep in Tanya by now. She kissed me and told me she was sorry she wasn't any fun tonight but that she'd make it up to me in the morning. My dick twitched a little at that.

I drove back to the club and sighed as I made my way back in. I felt the same pull from earlier; she was still here. My dick was hard before I took another step. I was lost in thought when I felt a jolt through my body. I looked down, and there she was: beautiful, sexy Bella.

"Exx-cuse me," she stuttered out. "I was waving goodbye to my friends and should have been paying attention where I was headed."

"Well, hello again, Bella," I purred. All of a sudden, I had an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. 'Damn it, Edward,' the angel said. 'Tanya, Tanya ,Tanya,' she kept repeating. Maybe she thought if she kept repeating her name in my head, I'd be okay. 'Yeah – keep telling yourself that dipshit.' The devil piped up.

"Edward, it's nice to see you again so soon," she said as she looked up at me through her lashes. Sexiest. Thing. Ever.

"You aren't leaving are you, Bella? I was hoping to spend a little more time with you, get to know you a little better." I gave her a crooked smile, the one that maked Tanya's clothes fall off. The Devil was large and in charge. 'Damn Devil, go back to hell. He loves Tanya," the shrinking angel whispered.

"Well, Rose is ditching me in favor of Emmett, and since I've been drinking, I can't drive, and I don't want to wait too late to take a cab home. I don't like being in cabs alone." She was rambling and it was fucking adorable. The angel was losing this battle.

"Well, it just so happens, I have not been drinking and would love to take you home." I know my eyes were filled with lust and that my words came off a little more forward than I intended it to. The devil was definitely winning this battle-not that the angel ever had a chance.

"That would be very kind of you, but I don't want to put you out."

Of course she'd be worried about inconveniencing me.

"Bella, I assure you, it is no problem, and in fact, I insist. As one of the owners of this fine establishment, I can't have you leaving here alone -it's not safe." I smirked.

"Well, Edward," she began, "as much as I appreciate your offer, I really must insist on going home alone. I really do not know you, and something tells me you are probably more dangerous than any cab driver I might meet."

Oh yeah, she feels it to. She's flirting-a little, and she's right; I am dangerous.

She walked outside, and I continued to try to talk her in to letting me take her home. It was still early, and there weren't many cabs outside yet. After about 15 minutes, she turned and began walking down the street.

Oh, hell no. I was getting pissed. "Bella, you sure as hell can't walk home!"

She said something about it not being that far, but these streets could be dangerous, and there was no way I was letting her walk.

"Bella," I said somewhat exasperated. "This is ridiculous. I know we don't know each other well, but I do know your roommate is important to my brother, making you important to my brother, and by default, important to me."

There, played the protecting you for my brother and your roommate card. She had to agree. But no, she continued walking. Fuck, I couldn't let her walk. I was taking her home and that was that. Even the angel agreed, her walking was a bad idea.

"Bella, I WILL drive you home. You can come willingly, or I will throw you over my shoulder and carry you." I knew I pissed her off and was screwed – or at least I hoped so.

"What the hell is your problem, Edward? You don't own me! You are married to a fabulously hot woman, and I am a grown woman who is fully capable of taking care of myself."

Damn, she's even sexier when she's pissed.

"Bella." I think I actually moaned her name. "For some reason, I feel protective of you, and I meant what I said: get in my car, or I'll put you there…your choice."

She turned to walk away from me, and true to my word, I threw her over my shoulder and carried her to my Volvo.

I told her to keep her ass in the car and ran over to get in the driver's seat. The electricity that I felt earlier in Eclipse was flowing freely in the car. I had never met anyone that caused that kind of reaction before, and I knew it was too late to stop this. I tried to remind myself that I had a wife waiting at home.

As I climbed in the car, she was hurriedly reaching for the door handle to escape.

"Edward," she spit out, pissed. "What you just did is so far out of my comprehension. I do not even know you, yet you feel compelled to throw me over your shoulder like a caveman and force me to get into your car. I don't know if you are aware, but my father is a, cop and this," she was waving her arms around "is kidnapping! I'm getting out of this car now, and you are going to go home – TO YOUR WIFE!" She was shouting. Yup, she was pissed.

"Bella." I interrupted sounding almost desperate. "I know we don't really know each other, but you can't deny you feel it. I see it in your eyes." I knew this was wrong, but I silently prayed she'd give in to. I had to have her, even for just one night.

She started climbing out of the car.

I was almost begging. "Please, Bella, please." I leaned over the console. "Just let me get you home. I know I'm married, but I feel pulled to you, and I can't live with myself if something were to happen to you."

She just stood there looking thoughtful for a moment and then I saw the look I was hoping to see – she was giving in.

"Fine, Edward," she quietly mumbled. "You can take me home."

I breathed a sigh of relief. "Thank you, Bella."

The ride home was quiet, save the electric hum present in the car with us.

She was the one who finally broke the silence. "Turn right up here. That's my building."

I was battling with myself. I could have driven her to the door and let her get out, gone home, woken Tanya up, and fucked her nine ways to Sunday. I should have done that. But when I turned in to the parking lot, I saw a parking place and pulled in; I was tired of trying to resist her. She was just too tempting.

"Edward, thank you for the ride home. You really don't need to get out. I can make it safely from here." Her voice was shaky, and she was pleading with me to put a stop to it.

But I just couldn't stop. I had to try to find out if this was real or just an illusion.

"Bella." My voice was breathless. "I'll just walk you to your door, and I'll go. I promise."

That was just the first of many promises to her that I would end up breaking.

She sighed, resigned. "Fine, Edward."

We walked quietly into the building, both of us obviously battling with ourselves. We stepped into the elevator, and she pushed the button to take us to the eighth floor. We weren't touching, but I could feel the electricity flowing freely between us. The elevator doors opened, and we stepped out. I tried to stay in the elevator. I really did, but it was almost impossible.

"Thank you, Edward," she said quietly. "It was very gentlemanly of you to make sure I got home."

"Bella, I can be called a lot of things right now," I said as I made a decision that would change me forever. "But a gentleman is not one of them." And with that, I kissed her, hard.

The next couple of hours flew by. We fucked hard, and we made love slowly. Neither of us could deny there was something deep between us. The feeling of sliding into Bella was indescribable. The way her tight wet pussy gripped my cock; the way she moved under me and over me. She was a firecracker in bed and had no problems telling me what she needed. I would give it all to her.

I was brought back to reality when a very familiar ring tone sounded. Fuck, I groaned internally. I crawled out of bed and quickly made my way to the other room, looking for my pants so I could get my phone out of the pocket. Spying them by the door, I ran over and answered the phone.

"Hi, love!" I said into the phone. Fuck – she had to know – I sounded so out of breath. Shit - what time was it? I located the VCR, and the clock said 3:00 am. FUCK! I was going to be in trouble.

I was hoping against hope that Bella stayed in her room and wouldn't hear me. Tanya had woken up and gotten worried since I wasn't home yet. Queue the guilt. The Angel, who had been beaten into submission by the devil earlier, was standing on my shoulder looking smug.

"No, sweetheart. I just gave a couple of people a ride home. I'll be heading home to you shortly."

I turned in time to see Bella walk back into her room. Fuck! Could I have screwed that up any worse? First, I cheated on my wife then I Bella heard me on the phone.

"I love you to, baby – see you in a bit." I tried to keep my voice down, so Bella didn't have to hear. Yes she knew I was married, but the last few hours were so much more than a one-night fling. I knew I shouldn't have done it, but I had to see Bella again. I got dressed quickly and went into her room. She wasn't there and then I noticed the closed bathroom door. I hoped I could salvage something here.

"Bella, are you okay?" I asked through the door.

"Edward, I'm fine – just cleaning up a bit. If you need to go, I understand," she said with too much emotion in her voice. Fuck she heard it all, and I hurt her. The devil that had appeared on my shoulder earlier quipped 'She knew you were married.' The angel's halo must have been held up by devil horns because she told the devil to shut the fuck up.

"Bella, I can't leave without seeing you." I was begging.

Finally, she opened the door and tried, unsuccessfully, to smile. "I'll walk you to the door." Her voice was quiet.

When we got to the door, I leaned down and kissed her softly.

I whispered on her lips, "When can I see you again?" I had to see her again. I knew it was wrong, but I needed her in my life.

She was hesitant, and I couldn't blame her, but I could not let her go. I was a selfish creature. I kissed her again.

"Bella, I don't know what this is, but I need it. I need you like I need the air to breath. Please, please we will figure all of this out, but you have to give us a chance. You felt it all as deeply as I did. Please, Bella." My eyes searched hers for the answer. I had it the second I looked into them. She needed this to.

I handed her my phone and asked her to program her number in. Without a word she entered it and handed the phone back to me. I kissed her softly once more and walked out the door to go home to my wife.

A/N

I'm calling this complete. I will post the remaining chapters as a sequel. I originally intended to end after the last chapter but fell to the fears of not having a HEA. Edward's POV fits with the intent but gives you an insight into how he felt. It makes it tougher to read, knowing he loved Tanya. IMneverHO.