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Chapter 13: Attack of the Killer Pixie


So comfortable. A bit warm, but so comfy.

I peeled my eyes open and was shocked by a pair of ice blue ones gazing back at me. They had a huge grin on their face. They were bouncing. I raised my head in confusion. I blinked a few times and my eyes came into focus.

Alice. A very hyper Alice.

"Morning, Alice," I mumbled.

"Ohmigod, Bella! You do realize that you are not alone," she said with a grin, her high-pitched voice cutting through my ears like a knife.

I turned my body and saw Edward's sleeping face. His hair was flopped down on his forehead. He had his arms wrapped my waist and he held me close to his body. He was shirtless and I took the opportunity to gaze at his form. His chest was muscled. He had a six pack and his shoulders were broad and strong. I grinned at the sight before me. Then, I remembered we're not alone.

Alice was bouncing on the edge of my twin bed. Crap…

I shot out of bed like a bullet. Edward was a bit thrown. He looked befuddled and confused. He opened his eyes part way and gazed at me with a sleepy grin. He looked at his sister and sat up very quickly. He realized his state of undress and blushed. Edward pulled the blanket over his bare chest as he ran his hand over his face and shook his head.

"What did you two do last night?" Alice sang, smiling impishly.

I looked at my tiny roommate with my jaw hanging open. "Nothing, Alice. Absolutely nothing," I clarified. I looked down at my body and realized that I was in my clothes from last evening: jeans and a tank top. I reached over to the edge of the bed and handed Edward his shirt. He took it greedily and slipped it over his shoulders.

"Well, I'm going to go work out for a little bit. I'll see you two later. Bye, big brother. Bye, Bella," Alice squealed as she danced out of the room.

I watched as Alice left and blinking quickly. I felt Edward grab my hand and he dragged me back into my bed. He pulled me too his still bare chest, with his shirt unbuttoned and mumbled that it was too early. He pulled the covers over our heads and held me close.

"I'm supposed to be the one with morning issues, silly," I giggled.

"I have no issues with the morning. I have issues waking up to my sister in my face," he grumbled, nuzzling my hair.

"You did fall asleep in our room, Edward," I said.

"Minor technicalities. She is crazy in the morning. No one in their right mind should be that chipper in the morning; it's nauseating, wrong and makes absolutely no sense," he whined. "Waking up with you however is not. I love having you in my arms. If dealing with my evil, sprite of a sister is the consequence. I'd do it again in a heartbeat."

He ran his hand through my hair and gave me a chaste kiss on my forehead. There is no way he's kissing me on the mouth now. I have some serious morning breath and that shit is nasty. I extricated myself from his grasp, not wanting to leave the Edward/Bella burrito but I needed to address the nastiness I had going on in my mouth.

"Where are you going, beautiful?" he asked with a pout.

"To fix this," I replied pointing to my head. "And to brush my teeth. I have an extra toothbrush. I'll leave it next to the sink when I'm done."

Edward scrunched his nose and realized what I was talking about. He nodded and I scampered to the bathroom. I ran a brush through my hair and took out my contacts. My eyes were red and nasty. I put on my glasses, brushed my teeth and found an extra brush for Edward. I walked out of the bathroom feeling less gross and gave him a shy smile. His face nearly split into two when he smiled. He had buttoned his shirt, but left it untucked. He looked a bit rumpled but still was devastingly handsome. He walked up to me and gave me a warm embrace. I melted into his arms.

"I'm going to quickly brush my own teeth. Don't move, beautiful," he said as he dashed into the bathroom. I chuckled and made my bed. After I did that, I put on my hoodie from yesterday and sat down on my bed. I was flipping through a magazine that Rose left on her desk when Edward came out of the bathroom. He ambled back to my bed and lay down facing me. I ran my fingers through his soft hair and combed it out of his eyes. "I love you, Bella."

"I love you too, Edward," I replied quietly. "Thank you again for last night. This has been the best birthday I've ever had. You've made it truly special."

"I hope to make every birthday special, Bella," he said reverently. "So, what do you want to do today?"

"I have to write a paper for psychology, do some reading for U.S. History, and some workbook pages for Italian. I probably should do those things before I can play with you, baby."

He jutted out his bottom lip in an adorable pout. "So responsible. Well, I am going to run up to my room and shower. Do you mind if I bring down my books and study down here with you? We can divide up the U.S. History reading and get through it faster."

"That sounds good. How about we both take a shower, get breakfast and then get our study on."

"How about we shower together and conserve water," Edward suggested as he waggled his brows.

"Tempting, Cullen. Very tempting, but no. You shower in your room and I shower here," I giggled.

He pouted again. "Spoilsport."

"I'm not a spoilsport. You just want to see me naked!" I laughed as I swatted his arm.

"And that's a bad thing because…" he replied as he gestured with his hand, quirking a brow.


"Admit it. You're curious as to what's below the belt," Edward challenged.

"I am but I don't want to use the dorm showers as a place for our little experiment. That's just gross!" I squealed. "I am curious to see your tattoo. I would never have pegged you as a tattoo type of guy."

"I got it over spring break last year. It hurt like a son of a bitch, but I like it. I also liked what you did to it," Edward said suggestively. He leaned into my ear, "I'm getting hard just thinking about it."

"I'm getting wet thinking about it, too," I said. As soon as the words left my mouth, I blushed furiously.

Filter? Hello? Where are you?

"Ugh, Bella. You can't say stuff like that and not expect me to jump you," Edward groaned.

"What's stopping you?"

Brain! What the fuck?

"I'm going to go before I start ripping off your clothes and have my wicked way with you. I'm pretty certain my sister would NOT enjoy that show. I'd personally love it, but do I want Alice seeing that? Hell, to the no!" Edward gracefully hopped off of the bed and grabbed his jacket and vest from my desk chair. I scooted off of the bed and tried not be upset with his words. He turned and looked at me. He ran his fingers across my cheeks.

"Bella, I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings. When…no. If we have sex, I want it to be special for you. I don't want it to be 'having sex' or 'fucking.' I want to make love to you. I want to cherish every inch of your body. I also want you to know that you will be the last woman I ever make love to," Edward said gently.

I raised my eyebrows at his admission. Does he want to marry me? Seriously? We've been together for a minute and he's ready to talk marriage.

"I love you so much, baby," he finished as he kissed me on my jaw and languidly moved closer to my lips. When he reached my lips, he angled my head so he could deepen the kiss. All too soon, he pulled away with crooked grin. "See you in a half hour or so, beautiful."

"I love you, Edward. See you in a little bit."

Edward, Alice, Jasper, Emmett and I headed to the cafeteria after our showers. We got our breakfasts and hung out. Right before we headed back to our rooms, Alice started bouncing in her seat. Edward put his arm around her shoulders to try and restrain her. It wasn't happening.

"Alice! Why are you doing an impression of a Mexican jumping bean, sugar?" Jasper drawled.

Alice looked at Edward with a hopeful smile. They were definitely up to something. Edward rolled his eyes and nodded at Alice. She clapped and squealed.

"We're going out for Bella's birthday tonight! I made reservations for eight people at La Bella Italia. After we are going to this club in downtown and dancing our little hearts out," she screeched.

I was floored. I was wholly unprepared for this revelation. I gaped at Edward. He gave me a contrite grin and leaned in to whisper in my ear, "I was only expecting dinner with all of us. Not the dancing."

"You knew?"I squeaked.

He nodded with a tentative smile. He then turned to his sister, "Alice, you do know that we are only six people?"

"Five," I corrected.

"No, six, baby. Rose said she'd be back in time for your dinner. I talked to her yesterday while you were being attacked by a killer pixie," Edward explained.

"You're BOTH wrong. I ran into Angela, our RA, and she is coming with her boyfriend, Ben. Ben Cheney, I think his name is," Alice said.

I was shocked. I was floored. I was….I don't even know what emotion it was. "Alice!" I admonished.

She looked at me sweetly and came to sit on my lap. I was ready to throw her spritely ass out the window. She gently ran her hands down my face. "Bella," she nearly whispered, "You only turn 19 once. I want to make it special."

"But…you…how…shit…Edward…ARGH!"I sputtered.

"Is she speaking English, Edward?" Emmett asked in a stage whisper. Edward chuckled and shook his head no.

"If my translation is correct, I'm the shit?" Edward responded. I looked over Alice and glared at my boyfriend. "Or not."

I shook my head and pulled off my glasses. I rubbed my eyes. I couldn't believe this was happening. I felt a pair of hands pull my fingers away from my eyes. I opened my eyes and looked at my evil midget roommate. She raised a perfectly arched brow. "You. Will. Have. Fun. End of discussion. Reservations are at 8. We need to get ready beginning at 6:00."

"Christ, Alice! Two hours to get ready? You're not going to attack me with the curling iron again are you?" I whined.


"Oh, thank God," I said as I relaxed into the chair.

"The straightening iron," she said with a wicked grin.

I pushed her off of me and put my head in my arms. "Fuck."

The whole table erupted into laughter. I felt Edward rub his hand on my back as he laughed. I sat back up and put my glasses on and grabbed my tray. I stood up and stomped back to deposit my tray to get cleaned. I needed to get out of there. I was almost out of the cafeteria when I heard Edward call my name.

"Bella! Baby! I'm sorry. If you don't want to go out, we don't have to. Please don't be mad at them. Blame Alice," he panted.

"You're partly to blame, too," I snapped. I realized I was being too harsh. "Sorry. I don't mean to come off as sounding like a bitch. I just abhor, loathe, and HATE surprises, especially when they involve me."

"You're not being a bitch. You were thrown for a loop. I apologize. I do mean it that we don't have to go out. We can stay back and watch Shawshank Redemption."

"Edward, I'll go out. However, file it under future reference that I hate surprises," I said.

"Got it and it's filed. Let's head back to Patterson. If my watch is right, you only five hours before Alice attacks you with a straightening iron. What the hell is that?"

"Your guess is as good as mine, Edward. I haven't a fucking clue," I replied with a sardonic grin.

"It sounds like an implement of torture," he said as he scrunched his nose.

"If Alice is wielding it, it probably is. Thank you though for going through all the trouble to make my birthday special. I know that Alice didn't do this on her own. A certain green-eyed hottie probably put the idea in her head."

"I merely steered her in the right direction. She did the rest by herself," he replied as he laced his fingers with mine. "You think I'm hot?"

"Fishing for compliments, Cullen?" I teased.

"No! Definitely not!" he said. He rolled his eyes, "Okay, maybe." He gave me a tiny smile, a bit of insecurity there.

"Let me be brutally honest, Edward," I said as I pulled him to a stop. I put my hands on his face. "You are the most gorgeous man I'd ever set eyes on. You have insane sex hair, piercing green eyes, and a great body. However, that is not what attracts me to you, or love you. It's your heart and your mind. You are the kindest man I've known. You are loving and generous. You're also incredibly intelligent and talented. The looks are a bonus. It's the whole package that makes you hot."

Edward stared at me. His eyes shone with tears. His cheeks became pink and he brought his hand to my cheek. "That has to be the most wonderful thing anyone has said to me. You never cease to amaze me, Bella. What did I do to deserve you?"

It was now my turn to blush. I ducked my head and shrugged. "I meant every word, Edward. You are incredibly special. I'm blessed to have you in my life."

"I'm the blessed one, Isabella." He leaned in gave me a reverent kiss. In this kiss, I felt all of the emotions that I tried to convey in my heartfelt confession. I could feel the love and passion that he poured into this kiss. He pulled me into a tight embrace and nuzzled my hair. "My beautiful Bella."

He pulled away and we continued our trek back to Patterson. We headed up to my room. We hunkered down for a few hours of studying. However, there was a dramatic shift in our relationship. This was truly deeper than either one of his had ever experienced. I thought I would be scared, but I wasn't. I was excited. The smile on Edward's handsome face indicated that he was excited as well.

xx LC xx

"Okay, Edward. You need to leave," Alice said with tone that could not be argued with. Rose giggled from her bed. She had come back about an hour ago.

"Jeez, Alice. Rude much?" Edward teased.

"We need to get ready for our night out on the town. As much as you love Bella, she's going to get sick of your skinny ass if you're ALWAYS here."

"I love your ass, Edward. Nice and firm. You can stay as long as you want," I retorted.

"Thank you, baby. It's the thigh master. Works wonders for the ass. I love your ass too, Bella. I think I'll stay for a bit longer," he said as he laid his head in my lap.

"Funny. Hysterical. You two should go on the road," Alice snapped.

"What do you think, baby? Should we become standup comics?" Edward asked, looking up at me from my lap.

"Why not?"

"Edward!" Alice whined.

"Alice!" Edward mimicked. He lifted his head and looked at her. She was begging and pleading with the looks that she was giving him. "Oh, fine. Meddlesome, evil sprite."

Alice stuck out her tongue at her brother as he gathered his books. He ruffled her hair and stuck out his tongue at her. "Bye, baby. Love you."

Please don't leave me with the evil pixie!

"Bye, Edward," I said in a pathetic tone. "Love you too. Don't go."

"Oh gag me! Bella shower, now. Edward go. We'll see you later," Alice commanded. She stomped over to my bed and dragged me out of it. She pointed at the door and Edward skulked out. She handed me some clothes and a towel and shoved me into the bathroom. When I got into the shower, I looked at the pile of clothes that she handed me. It was a teal blue bra and panty set. No, panties would be too much for this. It was barely a thong. I walked back to the bedroom.

"Alice! Seriously?" I fumed.

"You don't want a VPL," she stated simply.

"What the fuck is VPL?" I asked.

"Do you not read Cosmo? Visible Panty Line. Duh," she replied with a roll of the eyes. She shoved me back into the bathroom. Once I was in and the door was closed, I flipped her the bird.

"I saw that, Swan!"

Damn evil sprite.

I took a quick shower and put on the scandalous underwear that Alice handed me. I grabbed my robe from the hook in the bathroom and walked back into the bedroom. Rose got up and strode into the bathroom. I pulled a brush through my wet hair. I walked to my bed and saw an outfit on it. There was a black pencil skirt, a teal blue blouse with ruffles. I gawked at Alice. She just smiled sweetly as she motioned me over to her desk chair. I rolled my eyes and walked over to her. She pushed me down and began drying my hair. As she worked, I fiddled with the charms on my bracelet. I was truly amazed at Edward's thoughtful gift. For only knowing each other for a few days, he knocked this present out of the park. Alice finished drying my hair. She lightly grabbed my wrist and looked at the bracelet.

"This is beautiful, Bella. Did you get it for your birthday?" Alice asked.

"Yeah. Edward got it for me," I replied.

"Shut the front door! Seriously?"

"You sound surprised, Ali."

"I am. I never thought my brother could get such a thoughtful, meaningful gift. My parents and I are lucky to get a card for our birthdays," she said with a tight grin.

"I doubt that. He seems so attentive."

"Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating. However, this is beautiful and I am surprised that Edward got it for you. I really must love you."

"He does. And I love him."

"Good, I'm glad." Alice pulled out this weird contraption and attacked my head with it. She took sections of my hair and she pulled. She pulled forever it seemed. When she was finished, she took some small bottle and squirted some stuff into her hands and ran her fingers through my hair. "Your hair is done. Get dressed while I hop in the shower. Wear the same shoes you wore last night."

Rose was curling her hair when I began getting dressed. I pulled on the skirt under my robe. I then took off my robe and put on the blouse. I figured I would do my makeup. I put some eye shadow on to give my eyes a smoky feel. I also put on some pink blush, a layer of lip gloss and some mascara. I grabbed a silver necklace and put it on along with a pair of dangly silver earrings.

"So, Bella. How was your date last night?" Rosalie asked.

"It was fabulous. We went to an Italian restaurant called Baci's. We went there on our first date. Edward got a private dining room. I had seafood marinara and he had lasagna. It was really good. Edward gave me this gorgeous bracelet for my birthday and he said that he loved me."

"I could tell that you two are very much in love. He's over the moon for you, Bella. I also knew that he got you the bracelet. He showed me while Alice was finishing up with you last night. It's perfect. However, what happened after dinner?"

"We came back here. I changed. I needed to get out of the dress and heels. I hate heels. I asked him to pick out a movie. We got about halfway through the movie before we started making out. Things got pretty hot. We ended up falling asleep together and Alice woke us up this morning."

Rose gave me a knowing smile. She went to put on her clothes and make up. Alice lithely danced back into the room and went to her closet. She pulled out some clothes and placed them on her bed. Alice got ready and Rose did the same.

I grabbed my cell phone and went out into the hallway. I decided to give my father a call.


"Hey Charlie! How are you doing?" I asked.

"I'm good, baby girl. Happy Birthday. I was on a job and couldn't use my phone," Charlie explained.

"Thanks, Dad." I replied quietly.

"Did you get my package? I sent you some presents. I'm also certain that Renee did the same."

"Uh, no. I haven't gotten my mail in a few days. I'll swing by the mailroom on Monday. I just wanted to say hi and that I miss you, Dad."

"I miss you too. How are things going with Edmund?"

"It's Edward, Dad. He's fine. He took me out for my birthday yesterday. We went to this Italian restaurant and we were in a private dining room. It was so romantic, Dad."

"I'm glad that Edward is taking care of you. He seems like a fine young man."

"He is, Dad. I really care for him," I whispered.

"Anyhow, I do have some news for you regarding Jacob. We got you a restraining order. A copy is in your package that I sent you. It's only valid in Washington State, but I wanted you to have a copy. When you come home, he can't come within 500 feet of you."

"That's a relief. Thank you for doing that for me, Dad."

"Not a problem, Bells. Are you going out tonight? You can't spend the entire weekend in your dorm room," he teased.

"I'm going out to dinner with, Edward, Emmett and their roommate Jasper, my roommates, Angela and her boyfriend, Ben. After dinner, we're going to a club in town."

"You dancing? Oh good lord. Have fun with that, Bella," he laughed.

"Thanks," I said dryly. "I got to go. We have reservations at 8 and need to finish getting ready. I love you, Dad."

"Love you too, baby girl. Have fun and stay safe."

I hung up my phone and went back into my dorm room. Alice and Rosalie were both almost ready. Rose was wearing a pair of black dress pants that made her legs look a million miles long. She also wore a pair of black boots. On top, she was wearing a red blouse with a black leather jacket. Her hair was curled and pulled off of her face. Alice was wearing a skirt, like me. She had on a bright purple shirt. She had some funky jewelry on and a pair of black ankle booties with insanely high heels.

"Wow! You look great! Both of you," I said.

"Thanks, Bella. You look beautiful as well," Rose replied.

"Outfit fabulous. Hair great. Make up not so much. Come here and let me touch you up," Alice demanded.

I grumbled. "You know you are very pushy, don't you Alice?"

"Yes, but my brother will definitely like it. Sit," she said as she pointed to her desk chair. I sat down with a grunt and Alice went to work on my face. As Alice was working on me, there was a knock on the door. I grabbed a mirror and saw the improvements that she made.

I look exactly the same. Good Lord!

Rose answered the door and ushered the guys in. Angela and her boyfriend Ben were close behind. The guys were dressed in black. They all were wearing ties, but that was the only difference in their outfits. Angela was wearing a black dress with a pair of heels and purple accessories. Her hair was straight and her glasses were gone. I looked at my group of friends and smiled. I was truly happy to have such good friends and to find them so quickly.

You are one lucky girl. Enjoy it, Swan!

Edward walked up to me and gave me a heated kiss before he slipped behind me and wrapped his arms around my waist. He looked amazing. His pale skin contrasted with the black of clothes. He was wearing a pair of black jeans, a black button up with a black white tie. I wriggled free from his grasp and went to my closet. I dug around in it and pulled out his black leather jacket that he lent me last week. It had no longer had his clean smell. I wanted him to wear it tonight. I handed his jacket to him and he gave me a smirk.

"Am I getting this back permanently?" he teased.

"Nope. Only temporarily," I countered. He shook his head and pulled it around his shoulders.

"Okay, so here's the plan, kids. We're taking two cars. Edward, Bella, Angela and Ben in Edward's soccer mobile," Alice began.

"Alice! It's not a soccer mobile," Edward whined. "My car has moxie and cajones!"

"Whatever, Edward. The soccer moms around our town all drive that exact same car. It's a damn soccer mobile."

"Evil little sprite," he mumbled. I elbowed him and gave him a kiss.

"As I was saying before the soccer mom got his thong in a twist, we're taking two cars. Jasper, Rosalie, Emmett and me in my Audi," Alice explained.

"Actually, Alice, Ben and I are going in his car. I have to be back for rounds at one. The club is open to at least three. We need to head back before you," Angela said. "Someone was willing to split their rounds with me so I could go."

"Okay, we'll take three cars," Alice relented begrudgingly.

"I'll go with Edward and Bella, if you don't mind, Alice," Rose said.

"Whatever you want to do, Rosalie. We gotta book it. We're already behind schedule. I don't want to be late," Alice said as she clapped her hands. "Let's boogie!"

We all poured out of our dorm room and headed to the parking lot. Edward was being a consummate gentleman that he was, offered his elbow to Rosalie. She gave him shy smile and took it. He also offered me his other elbow and we walked out to his car. We piled into the Volvo and pulled out into the darkness.

"How far is the restaurant from here?" Rosalie asked from the backseat.

"It's about forty-five minutes away. We'll have to hop on the highway to get there. It's close to where Alice and I grew up. We actually go there a lot as a family."

"I sincerely hope that you are a better driver than Alice. I aged thirty years the one time I was in the car with her. Sheesh!" Rose said with an eye roll.

"She is horrible on the road. She also has the worst case road rage I've ever seen. She can make a sailor blush with all of the curse words that fly out of her mouth. I like to drive fast but I have a spotless record. I can almost sense when there's a speed trap or safety control," Edward replied.

"How come you didn't drive, Rose?" I asked.

"I didn't want to cross the mad pixie. Besides, my car is in the shop back home. My little Beemer is sick and needed some love and attention. I wanted to work on it but I had my dad drive me back here."

I nodded in understanding. Edward smoothly got onto the highway and we sped along to La Bella Italia. We spent the ride in a comfortable silence. Edward had his IPod set up in the sound system and listened to that. A little less than hour, we arrived at the restaurant and went inside.

We were ushered to a small dining room and handed our menus. The waitress came and took our drink orders. Emmett and Ben both ordered a beer and the rest of us got pop or water. Alice made the decision that we were going to have this meal family style. She ordered a variety of foods and we all shared from the massive servings that were brought out. After we ate our fill of dinner, the wait staff came out with a birthday cake with nineteen candles on it. Edward, Alice, Rose and Jasper all looked at each other and began singing happy birthday. In four part harmony. Ben also joined in to add a fifth part. I guffawed at them before I blew out my candles. The waitress took the cake away and cut it up for us. We all enjoyed a delicious piece of cake.

Before we left, Alice started bouncing. Jasper held her down and mumbled, "Mexican jumping bean."

"You have to open your presents before we go, Bella!"

"Presents! Oh, Christ!" I retorted.

Alice dashed behind a curtain in the room and pulled out several gift bags. She placed them in front of me. I opened up the first bag and it was from Jasper and Emmett. I pulled out a black t-shirt. I turned it around and it was Breaking Midnight shirt with rhinestones.

"You're part of the band, now. You got to have a shirt," Jasper drawled.

"Thanks, guys," I said sincerely as I put it back into the bag. I turned to the next bag. It was from Alice, Rosalie and Angela. I peered inside and pulled out an envelope. It was a gift certificate for a day at the spa: massages, pedicures, manicures, the whole works. Also in the envelope was a coupon for a "girl's day."

"Wow! This is awesome. I've never been to a spa before," I mused.

"You'll love it. You have to use the coupon the same day you go to the spa because we're going with you," Alice responded.

There was one more bag on the table. I reached inside and pulled out a small box. I opened up the box and there was a gift card to my favorite bookstore. I was confused though.

"It's from our parents," Edward explained. It was like he read my mind and answered my question.

"Oh. Tell them thank you," I said quietly.

"You can tell them next Friday. After your time with Garrett, my parents were insistent that they meet you," Edward said with crooked grin.

As I was opening up my presents, Alice had settled the bill and we headed out to the club. It was a short walk from the restaurant. We got to the club, Eclipse, and there was a line. Alice confidently walked up to the bouncer, whispered in his ear and he gave her a smile. He stepped aside and ushered us in. As I passed, he said "Happy Birthday."

Spoiled, meddlesome pixie. But I love her!

We walked into the dark club and were overwhelmed with pulsated sounds and flashing lights. We walked further into the club and headed to the back. Alice strode into the VIP section of the club and we followed suit. Emmett and Ben went to the bar and got some drinks. Angela and Rosalie sat down and were talking on a couch. Jasper pulled Alice into his lap and began cuddling with her. Edward and I sat down on a small loveseat. He wrapped his arm around my body and pulled me close.

"Have I told you that looked beautiful tonight, Isabella?" he purred.

I shook my head as I drew my bottom lip into my teeth. I looked at him and his normally bright green eyes were darkened with excitement. He moved his hand down my arm and lightly squeezed my hip. He leaned closer to my ear and sucked right below it. "I really wish that I could have you all to myself, right now. You are absolutely gorgeous. I love you, Bella," he crooned.

I'm melting! Melting! Watch out for the puddle of Bella goo on the floor.

I whimpered at his words and gnawed on my lip. He pulled my lip from my teeth. "I want to bite that lip, baby." He leaned in and kissed me. He brought my bottom lip between his own teeth and began nibbling. My hands instinctually went to his hair and I responded to the kiss with fervor. I could feel his grip get tighter around my body. I thrust my tongue between his soft lips and he gave a soft groan. I dropped one of my hands and brought it down to his thigh. I lightly rubbed his leg, inching closer to his growing erection. He removed his hand from my hair and stopped my exploration. He pulled away and his eyes were fiery.

"You are a dangerous creature, Isabella," he growled.

"When," I replied.

"What?" he asked, his brows furrowing.

"Last night you said if we have sex, we're going to make love. I'm letting you know that it will not be 'if,' it'll be when. It's not happening tonight, but it will," I said fervently.

"Oh my God, Bella. I love you so much," Edward replied as kissed me deeply.

"I love you, too. I can't wait until 'when,'" I responded as I leaned my head on his chest.

"Me neither, baby."

Our little love bubble was burst when Alice grabbed my hand and dragged me to the dance floor. Rosalie and Angela were right behind us. We got out to the middle of the dance floor and moved our bodies. We danced with each other in a tight little circle. We shook our hips and threw our arms above our heads. It was great fun.

As we were dancing, I felt a body behind me. I shot a look over my shoulder and a big, beefy guy with dark hair was trying to grind with me. I tried to inch away from the big guy and get closer to my girls. He was having nothing of it. He wrapped his sweaty arms around me and he thrust his package in my ass. I was panicking. Frantically, I looked for Emmett, Jasper, Edward or Ben. I caught my eyes with Ben and shot him a look of pure fear. He caught on and tugged on Edward's sleeve. I struggled against the huge man. He just held me tighter, burying his nose against my neck. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw all four guys rush onto the dance floor. Emmett got to my "friend" first and forcefully tapped him on the shoulder.

"Back off, buddy. She's having a good time. Aren't you sweetheart?" Beefcake asked as he tried to nuzzle my hair, nipping at my ear. I shoved his face away, unsuccessfully.

"Oh no, buddy. She's not having a good time. Can't you see she's trying to push you away?" Jasper snarled.

"What are you going to do about it, slim? It's not like you can kick my ass or anything. Come on baby. Let's go back to my place. I can show you a good time." He grabbed my hips and shoved his arousal into my butt

"No. Leave me alone, you ass," I screeched. I saw Edward and he had a look of terror and anger.

"Let. Her. Go," Edward seethed. "There are four of us and one of you."

Beefcake let me go and got into Edward's face. He was a good half a foot taller than Edward and easily had a hundred pounds on him. Emmett took this opportunity and grabbed Beefcake into a wrestling hold. He quickly fell to his knees. Emmett looked at Edward and gave a nod toward Beefcake. Edward curled his right fist and coiled his arm back to punch Beefcake. He connected with his nose and it immediately started bleeding. I could smell the blood and I began to get lightheaded. Jasper saw me sway on my feet and put his arms around my waist.

"Edward!" he cried.

Edward's head snapped up and saw me get woozy. I vaguely remember Edward sneering at Beefcake before he picked me up, bridal style and carried me back to the VIP section of the club. He sat us down on one of the couches and grabbed a bottle of water.

"Here, drink this, baby," Edward said with anxiety lacing his tone. I weakly took the bottle of water and downed half of the bottle. My head was still pounding and I still felt dizzy. I leaned over my knees and tried taking deep breaths. Edward rubbed my back and shoulders. The others came back to the VIP section and I could barely hear Edward talking to them. I was still trying to calm my racing heart, my dizzy head and wrap my mind about what happened.

I sat back up and saw the worried faces of my friends. I gave them a weak smile. Edward handed me my water bottle and I took a sip.

"Are you okay, Bella?" Ben asked.

"Yeah, I will be. I don't react well to blood or violence. Give me a minute or twenty," I joked.

"We got that asshole kicked out of the club. Edward broke his nose, we think," Emmett said proudly. He grinned at Edward and offered his fist. Edward gave him a fist bump with his left hand. The rest of the group scattered to other various parts of the VIP section.

I turned and looked at Edward. He was still incredibly panicked. I reached up and caressed his cheek. He closed his eyes and leaned into my touch. I noticed that he was cradling his right hand. My gaze hardened and I reached for his right hand. He tentatively handed it to me. His knuckles were all bruised and I was afraid that he broken something.

"Edward," I sighed. "Emmett, can you get some ice from the bar?" Emmett rushed off to get the ice.

"I'm fine, baby," Edward said as he open and closed his fist. He hissed in pain.

"Fine, my ass. It may be broken," I admonished. Emmett returned with the ice in a plastic bag and he handed it to me. I gingerly placed it on Edward's knuckles. He winced at the temperature. I gently brushed the hair out of Edward's face and laced my fingers with his other hand. "Thank you for helping me, baby."

"I'd die for you, Bella. When I saw what that fucker was doing to you, I was ready to kill him," he whispered.

"I'll let you in a little secret. I'm a danger magnet. If something bad is going to happen, more often than not, it'll happen to me," I teased pathetically.

"Then you're stuck with me for the rest of your life," he said gently. "I was so scared, baby. I didn't want you to get hurt."

"I think I found someone who rivals Emmett in the protectiveness department," I said with a forced smile.

Emmett snorted as he put the ice on Edward's hand. "You've definitely proved yourself tonight, Cullen. You are worthy to date my sister. You did good, bro. I never knew a music geek like you had such a strong right hook."

"Pure adrenaline," he said weakly.

"You want to go, Edward?" I asked.

"Yeah. However, can you reach in my right pocket? You're going to have to drive," he said with a painful wince.

"I get to drive the soccer mobile?"

"It's not a soccer mobile, Bella. Don't start," he said with a pointed glare.

"I didn't start. I'm just continuing. Blame Alice," I joked.

"Funny, Swan. Text my sister and let her know that we're leaving. Rosalie will have to get a ride from Alice or Ben. Use my phone."

"Why? Do you want me just to put my hands in your pockets and feel up your ass and your junk?"

"That would be nice. Much better than dealing with a throbbing hand. It doesn't matter what phone you use, just let her know that we're leaving," Edward said with a grimace.

I pulled out my phone from my wristlet and sent a text to Alice and Rose.

Edward's hand is jacked up. We're heading back to Emerson. Call if you need anything. Thank you for a fun time tonight. Love you both – B

Edward put on his jacket and he nodded down to his pocket. I reached in and pulled out his car keys. I grabbed my presents and purse and we walked back to his Volvo. I opened the door for him and he settled into the passenger seat. I slid into the driver's seat and adjusted the mirrors and seat. After I got them to where I liked them, I backed out of the parking spot. We drove to Emerson. Edward reached across the console and grabbed my right hand and laced my fingers in his with left. We held hands until we got to Patterson where I parked and we headed up to my room.

"I'm going to go change, baby. I'm staying with you tonight. I need to hold you," he said gently.

I nodded and I went into my room. I quickly changed into a pair of sleep pants and a tank top. I went into the bathroom and I scrubbed my face and pulled my hair into a low ponytail. I finished my nightly routine by brushing my teeth. I walked out into the dorm room and saw Edward on my bed. He was wearing a pair of flannel pants and an Emerson t-shirt. He was still cradling his right hand. He held open his arms and I snuggled against him. I pressed a kiss against his chest.

"Sleep, baby. If your hand is still bothering you tomorrow, I'm dragging you to the hospital. Got it, Cullen?" I smirked

"Yes, ma'am," he said sleepily with a mock salute. I got up and got him an icepack from our freezer and put it on his hand. He grumbled and I pushed him back onto my bed.

"Thank you again for taking care of me, Edward."

He idly traced circles on my back as he held me. "I'd do anything for you, Bella. I love you. I'm so in love with you. You don't need to thank me. However, thank you for taking care of me."

"I'd do anything for you, Edward. I love you so much," I said fervently. "We need to sleep, though. I'm tired, you're tired and injured. Let me warn Alice and Rose, first.

I scrambled out of bed and grabbed my phone. I tapped out a quick message to inform them that we had a guest in our room. Alice and Rose replied immediately saying that they expected it. I crawled back into bed and snuggled up to Edward. He pressed a kiss to my forehead and held my tightly.

"I love you, my Bella," he said sleepily.

"I love you too, Edward." Despite the drama at the club, this was one of the best birthdays I'd ever had. I nuzzled Edward's chest and he hummed in contentment. I closed my eyes and drifted to sleep, incredibly happy to be in my love's arms.

A/N: Things should pick up after this chapter. I have the story planned out and I just need to get my booty in gear. Thank you for all of the comments and faves.

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