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Chapter 26: Sapphires and Supper

EPOV

Why am I hearing bells? I didn't drink that much. I shouldn't be hearing random bells! What the fuck?

I slowly opened my eyes to my bright dorm room. Bella was on her stomach with her arm thrown over my body. I poked my head up and looked around the room. We were still alone. I heard the bells again.

Seriously? What the hell is that? Oh, it's a phone. I'm such an idiot.

I extricated myself from Bella's warm body. I just wanted to stay cuddled up with her all day. I rooted around on my desk, looking for my phone. I found it and picked it up.

"Hello?" I mumbled groggily.

"I'll go with you, Edward."

"Alice, what the hell are you talking about? It's too early for cryptic. It's too early for chipper," I said as I yawned.

"Oh, sorry, Big Brother. I know that you want to go shopping for something special for your girl. I need to go to the mall anyway. So, I'll go with you," Alice chirped.

"How…how did you? How did you know, Pixie?" I asked, dumbfounded. "I was toying with the idea, but hadn't really committed to it."

"It's a gift. Consider me omniscient," she giggled. "Jasper and I should be back to Emerson by elevn. We can go to the mall and then out to lunch. It's been too long since we've hung out, Edward."

"You got it, Pixie. See you in a little bit," I said, a smile spreading across my face.

"Bye, Edward."

I turned back to my bed and stared at the brown-eyed beauty gracing it. She was so perfect. Her mahogany curls were spread out on my pillow. Her heart shaped face was resting on her tiny hands. Her soft lips were slightly puckered, almost awaiting a kiss. My t-shirt had ridden up on her body and the dimples on her lower back were visible, along with her perfect ass. My dick was getting harder as I stared at my beauty, straining in my underwear.

Yes, I have a serious case of morning wood.

I stalked back into my tiny bed in my room. I lightly ran my fingertips across Bella's soft, pink cheek. The corner of her mouth curved up into a half smile. She fluttered her long-lashed eyes. She finally opened them and her beautiful coffee-colored eyes met mine. I continued running my fingers along her face, tracing her striking features. "You are so beautiful, Bella."

"Edward, I really think you need to get your eyes checked. I'm not beautiful. I'm quite ordinary," she replied, her voice thick with sleep. She huffed and snuggled deeper into my pillow.

"Ordinary, my ass. You. Are. Beautiful. Inside. And. Out," I said, punctuating each word with a kiss. I leaned over her back and blew a raspberry onto the exposed skin on her back.

She shrieked. "Edward, that tickles! Stop it!" My face spread into a wicked grin and I wiggled my fingers. I attacked her back with my hands and she screamed. "EDWARD! Seriously! Stop it! I have to pee! If you keep it up, I'm going to wet the bed!"

I laughed and stopped my tickle attack. She hopped up and ran into the bathroom, glowering as she walked past me. A few moments later, she came back out and padded to the bed. She pushed me back onto the bed, straddling my legs. She had a slight frown on her face.

"What's wrong, beautiful girl?" I asked as I moved my hands to her face. "What's with the frown?"

"I have a ton of homework to do. Being sick caused me to fall behind in my classes. I have two papers due for Intro to Education: a research paper on a current educational strategy and its effectiveness and my final reflection on my observation hours. I have to work on my huge psychology paper. I have almost all of the research done and I need to plan it out. I have to go to the language lab and do some work for my Italian class. Finally, study for the music theory midterm and U.S. History midterm. There is not going to be enough time to do all of this shit," she grumbled.

She dropped her head on my shoulder. I wrapped my arms around her tiny body, kissing her neck. She whimpered quietly.

"I've got a bunch of work to do, too. Not as much as you. I have to put some finishing touches on my biochem lab report, graphs and stuff. I have about a handful of problems for calculus and studying for the midterm there," I replied sympathetically. "How about this, you spend this afternoon doing your education and psychology stuff. I'll work on my homework and we can study together for theory and U.S. history."

As I was talking, my phone beeped from my desk. I patted Bella's legs and she crawled off of me.

Mom and Dad called. Want to bring Bella home for dinner tonight? I'm bringing Jas. – A

Hold on – E

"Alice just texted. My presence has been requested at Chez Cullen. Would you like to come? Alice is bringing Jasper," I said with a crooked grin.

"Do you want to ask Rose and Em?" Bella asked.

"I don't see why not."

"Hand me my phone. I'll text them to find out," she said as she bounced on the bed. I picked up her phone, which I had on my desk. I plugged it in to charge. Bella quickly tapped out a message to both Rose and Emmett. Nearly instantaneously, they replied. "They're cool."

"Great. I'll text Alice and let her know," I replied as I quickly texted my sister. She replied with a smiley face.

"Can I borrow a pair of shorts, Edward? I don't want to walk back down to my room wearing just your shirt. That would not look too good," she giggled.

"I personally like you naked as a jaybird," I growled, nibbling on her earlobe.

"Edward," she warned.

"Ugh, fine. Take away all of my fun," I grumbled as I pulled a pair of basketball shorts from my dresser. "Pack a bag for tonight. We'll probably end up staying overnight. Bring your laundry, too."

"Yes, dear," she teased. She pulled on my shorts. I don't know why but she looked incredibly sexy wearing my clothes. I felt my cock, who had finally calmed down, jump back to life. I took a sharp inhale of breath and Bella turned to look at me. She was bending over, picking up her costume and shoes. "What, baby?"

"I like you in my clothes," I said seductively. "Further shows the world that you're mine."

"I like wearing your clothes. They smell like you," she said, looking at me through her insanely long eyelashes. "I do need to go, though. I have a ton of work to do and since we're going to Chez Cullen, I have less time to do what I need to do. I love you so much, Edward."

"I love you, too. I'll send you a text when we're getting ready to go," I said, enfolding her into a hug. I leaned down and placed a soft kiss onto her lips, my tongue licking her bottom lip. She groaned and patted her hands on my chest.

"See you later, handsome. Ciao, bello," she said as she breezed out of my room. I gave her a wistful smile as she left. As soon as the door clicked shut, I went to my dresser and pulled out some clothes. I walked to the bathroom to shower.

Perhaps to address my morning wood. Isabella Swan is too sexy for her own good.

After my shower, I worked on my biochem lab report. I was almost done with it and just needed to add some graphs and tables. I created them and inserted them into my report. I saved it to my flash drive and emailed it to Eric. He was always willing to help out with my calculations and to verify my report. I pulled out my calculus book and calculator. I worked through the assigned problems and reviewed the information in the chapters that would be covered on the midterm. I was almost finished with my calculus work when my phone chirped on my desk.

Let's go, Green-eyed Freak. I need your muscles to carry all of my purchases – A

Where are you? – E

My car, waiting for your lanky ass – A

Be down in a few, Pixie – E

I put my calculus book away and grabbed my jacket. It was quickly getting colder. You could taste the snow in the air. There was actually a chance of some measurable snow tonight. I also picked up my wallet and phone. I dashed down the stairs into Alice's car. I pulled open the door and slid into the passenger seat.

"So, what are you thinking of for Ms. Bella?" Alice asked.

"You are so subtle, Pixie," I chuckled.

"I know you, Edward. I'm guessing you are thinking jewelry," she said with a sardonic grin.

"I am thinking jewelry. I want to get her a promise ring. Not an engagement ring, obviously. However, something to show that I promise to propose. I want to get something with a sapphire, as it's her birthstone," I said with a smile.

"She'll love it. How much?" Alice asked.

"I don't care. I received some money from my trust when I turned eighteen. I put it into my checking account and it's been sitting there for a while," I explained.

"How much is in the account, Edward?" Alice pressed.

"My checking account or my trust account, Ali?" I replied. Money was something that I was never comfortable talking about with anybody. The only people who knew the actual amount in my trust fund was Esme and Carlisle. My mother and Carlisle both came from money, as their grandparents, my great-grandparents did well in the stock market.

"Whatever you're comfortable sharing, Edward. I know you don't like to talk about it," she said with a wave of the hand.

"Do you promise not to tell anyone? Not Jasper. Especially not Bella. This is something I want to discuss with her. I don't want her to hear how much I'm worth from her roommate," I said, giving Alice a pointed glare. She has a tendency to be loose-lipped.

"Edward, I promise. I wouldn't want to hurt you or Bella. You're my only brother and she's my best friend. I don't want to drive a wedge between the two of you," she said, reaching across the console to squeeze my knee.

"Okay. I have currently in my checking account approximately $50,000. That was my first pay-out from my trust fund. It was supposed to be for my education. However, my sperm donor paid my tuition. At least he's good for something. I'll get a larger pay-out when I turn twenty-one in June," I began.

"How much will you get in June?" she asked quietly.

"Nearly a million dollars. I'll get about the same every other year until I turn thirty-five. At that point, I get the remaining amount in my trust," I said, giving her a wary look.

"Holy fuck, Edward. I knew Carlisle and Esme were rich, but not that rich," she breathed.

"That isn't their money. This money left for me from my mom. I have about twenty million dollars in a trust in my name," I explained.

"Wow. I'm speechless," Alice said as she pulled into the mall parking lot. She gripped the steering wheel and blinked a few times. "Well, I guess I know where I'm taking you for Bella's ring. I know the exact thing she'd love. Let's roll!"

Alice scrambled out of the car and strode to the mall. She led me to a posh jewelry store located there. She pulled my arm to a display case with a bunch of rings. A young saleswoman approached us.

"Hello. My name is Lisette. Is there something that you are looking for today?" she asked kindly.

"I'm looking for a promise ring for my girlfriend," I said with a smile.

"Are you his girlfriend? If so, you're a lucky girl," Lisette said.

"Ew. No. He's my brother. I'm just giving him advice on what his girlfriend will like," Alice said as she scrunched her nose.

"Sorry about the confusion. You don't look like siblings. I didn't mean to assume," Lisette fumbled.

"No big deal. We're adopted. That's why there is not familial resemblance," I laughed, trying to put her at ease.

"Got it. So, are you looking for diamonds? Gemstones? White gold? Yellow gold?" she inquired, smelling a sale.

"I'm looking for a sapphire ring, possibly with diamond accents. White gold or platinum," I replied.

"This way," she said as she indicated to a display case near the back of the store. There a number of beautiful rings. I immediately saw the ring that I wanted for Bella. It had a large oval shaped sapphire. On the sides of the ring were diamond baguettes and smaller round diamonds. It was set in white gold. I pointed to it and Lisette smiled. She pulled it from the display case and handed it to me. She prattled about the quality of the sapphire and total carat weight of the diamonds. Alice was hanging on my arm, bouncing on her toes. She pulled me down to her and whispered into my ear that the ring was perfect. I gave Lisette a smile and said that I wanted it. She also showed me a matching pendant and earrings. I also decided to get those for Bella. I would give her the pendant and earrings for Christmas and then the ring I'd present to her on New Year's Eve. Lisette wrapped up the jewelry and I paid her. She seemed a bit hesitant when I whipped out my debit card.

If she only knew how much I was toting around in my checking account. I can easily afford this.

She totaled up the jewelry and ran my card. To her chagrin, it went through with no problem. I signed the slip, also getting an extended warranty on the jewelry. She handed me the bag with my treasures. She said that when I was ready for the engagement ring, she'd be happy to help me. I had exquisite taste.

Alice and I left the jewelry store and she proceeded to drag me all over the mall. She said she needed a ton of new clothes as her current wardrobe was SOOOOOOOOOOOO last season.

Her words, not mine.

Alice did manage to finagle to buy me some clothes. She insisted that I needed to get a few pairs of new jeans, some sweaters and button up shirts. By the end of the mall excursion, I felt like a pack mule with all of the bags that I ended up carrying. We also went to lunch at Rob's Garage in the mall. I asked her about her relationship with Jasper and her feelings mirrored what he had told me about Alice being his 'lobster.' I was happy that they were together. Alice and Jasper really seemed to complement each other. Jasper, who was normally very calm, negated Alice's hyperness. As we were walking out of the restaurant, I pulled Alice into a hug, kissing the crown of her head.

"Whoa, Edward! What's that for?" she said as she returned the hug.

"For being an awesome sister. Thanks for offering to come today to find Bella's ring. I love you, Ali," I said, pulling away.

"I love you too, Edward. I'm so happy that you and Bella are together. Since you've met her, you smile more, seem happier and I love being around you when you're like that. Not Grumpward," she replied.

"Was I really that bad?" I asked while we walked out to Alice's car.

"Yeah, Big Brother. I know that you were dealing with the doctor issue and turning to Tanya didn't help matters. You were pretty much a bitch," Alice confirmed.

"A bitch? Alice, I'm not a girl."

"I know that, Edward. However, you were moody, cranky and not fun to be around. You were a bitch. Trust me," she said as she rolled her eyes. "I like you better now. Much better."

Alice popped the trunk and I put our bags in her car. Alice was texting by the rear bumper, keys hanging from her fingers. I snatched the keys and got into the driver's side.

Christ, she's short. My knees are in my ribcage.

"Edward Anthony Masen Cullen! Get out of my car. I'm driving home!" she screeched as she pulled on my arm.

"Nope. You snooze, you lose, Pixie. Besides you really do drive like a freaking maniac," I said. Alice glared at me and stomped to the passenger side of the car.

"You suck, Edward."

"Love you, Pixie."

I turned the car on, after I moved the seat back and drove us back to Emerson. It was about a quarter after three and we needed to get on the road. At a stoplight, I pulled out my phone and dialed Bella.

"Hello?"

"Hey beautiful. Alice and I are on our way back from running some errands. Can you and the rest of the gang be ready to go by four?" I asked with a grin.

"Yeah. I actually managed to get a lot done, homework-wise. I was afraid I'd have to bring my laptop to your house, but I got my two papers done for education and a basic framework for my psychology paper done. I missed you, baby."

"I missed you too, my beautiful girl. I would have rather spent my afternoon with you in bed than in a mall with my sister," I teased. That earned me a sharp smack on the chest by the sprite. "She even bought me some clothes. I felt like a Ken doll." Another smack.

"I feel like a Barbie doll whenever Alice attacks me with her beauty products. She's still playing with her Barbies, but now we're life-sized and have real genitalia," Bella giggled.

"Oh, God! Bella! There is a line and you just crossed it, beautiful," I cried.

"What? It's true! I'd be very traumatized if you just had a flesh-toned pair of briefs and no cock. Seriously, Edward."

"I'm traumatized by this conversation. On that note, I'll see you soon. Love you, perv," I guffawed.

"I'm your perv. Love you too."

We got back to Emerson and loaded up the cars. We were taking both my car and Alice's car. Alice and Jasper were driving together. Emmett and Rosalie were driving with Bella and me. During our shopping excursion, I texted Emmett and told him to bring his laundry, like I had told Bella. It's so much nicer to use an actual washer and dryer than the industrial ones in the dorm. I tried to do my laundry at home as often as I could because it made my clothes feel better. Maybe I'm a pansy-ass, but I like my clothes to soft and smell good. My OCD-like tendencies are out in full force.

We had Bella and Emmett's laundry in my trunk and Rose decided to bring hers. It was in Alice's car. It'll be a busy night at the Cullen Family Laundry. We had two laundry rooms so it wouldn't be that bad.

As we drove to my parents' home, I asked Emmett, "So, where did you end up last night?"

"Actually, I was in Bella's room."

I saw him give a sidelong glance to Rosalie. Rose gave him a small smile and grabbed his hand. He brought up Rose's hand and kissed it.

Rose and Emmett? Really?

"I actually slept in Isabelly's bed. Rosie felt bad for me being kicked out of my room because two horndogs needed to get it on. So, I stayed with her," Emmett replied.

"That explains it. I was wondering why my bed was smelling like boy," Bella giggled.

"I hope you don't mind, Bella," Rose said quietly.

"No, I don't mind. As long as no funny business happened on my bed," she replied as she turned to face her brother.

"Nope. No funny business. That all happened on Rosie's bed," Emmett laughed. Rosalie smacked across the back of the head.

"You are such an ass, Emmett. There was not any funny business. Period. Okay, perhaps a kiss, but that was it!" Rose retorted.

"Ohmigod! A kiss!" Bella squealed. Yeah, I may need to convince Bella to curtail her Alice time…that was a bit like my sister. Jesus!

"Damn it, woman! I think I lost my hearing in my right ear," I teased.

"Sorry, baby. Spill it, Hale," Bella said as she looked at her roommate.

"After the party, you guys went to Edward's room to do, you know. Emmett and I hung out in our room. We watched a movie. I was on my bed and Emmett was on the floor in front of it. I got up about halfway through the movie to go to the bathroom. I pulled a 'Bella' and stumbled over my own feet. I ended up falling into Emmett's lap," Rose said.

"Thank goodness you didn't sprain anything. I would have had to turn into Super-Athletic-Trainer Man. I would take care of you, Rosie," Emmett said sweetly.

Rose smiled at Emmett and patted his cheek. "Anyway, I was on Emmett's lap and we just stared at each other for a moment. Emmett's face then broke into a dimply grin and I relaxed in his arms. I realized that I could trust him. I reached up and pulled his face to mine and we kissed. It was very sweet, gentle and kind. It was unlike any kiss that I got from Royce."

"It was incredibly special to me too, Rosie. You can trust me. I'd never hurt you. Ever," Emmett said with a sincere smile. He leaned over and kissed Rose on the cheek. She tensed up at first and relaxed at his touch.

"Awwwwwwwwwww, Emmett. You really are a big teddy bear. I'm so happy for you guys," Bella exclaimed, bouncing in her seat in an Alice-like fashion.

"We're still taking things slowly," Rose further explained. "However, I really like the direction where things are going." Rose turned and looked at Emmett. She leaned forward and lightly brushed her lips over his. She pulled away and gave him a shy smile. He just beamed.

The rest of the car ride was pretty quiet. Rose and I talked a bit about our dance thing for Express. She was going to kick my ass. She was trying to explain what my part of the duet was going to be and I was at a loss. Bella was sniggering in the front seat at my dilemma. I reached over and poked her in the side. She swatted my hand away and glared at me.

Bella and Emmett talked about their plans for Christmas. They both were planning on spending Christmas in Washington with Charlie. Bella toyed with the idea of going to see her mom. However, in an earlier conversation during the week, it was decided that Bella would spend Easter with her mom. I was inwardly panicking as they were talking. I had purchased an airline ticket to visit Bella. I was leaving New York on December 26th and staying through January 3rd. I had purchased a ticket for Bella to come back with me and spend some time with me and Alice after the first of the year. I had yet to tell her or Emmett. I figured I needed to do so and do it soon.

We pulled up to my home and got out of the car. "Sweet Baby Jesus, Cullen. You live here? Fuck," Emmett said, awe lacing his tone.

"Yes, I live here, Emmett. Come on in and let's meet my parents," I said, ushering them inside.

"I'm afraid I'll break something," Emmett hissed to Bella.

"I felt the same way my first time here. Just relax, Emmett," Bella soothed.

Carlisle and Esme were in the front foyer. Esme immediately embraced Bella saying that she missed her. Carlisle did the same. He raved about the chili that she left for them. He was practically begging her to make some more. I introduced them to Rose and Emmett. Emmett greeted them in his usual, outgoing way. Rose was much more reserved.

Alice and Jasper, who had left before us, still had not arrived. I can only imagine what they were doing. I rolled my eyes at the thought.

I grabbed Emmett, showing him where to put his stuff. We gathered our bags and laundry baskets. We put the laundry into the laundry room and brought the bags upstairs. Rose was staying in the guest room that Bella was originally going to be staying in her first night at my parents' house. Emmett was staying in another guest room close by. Alice and Jasper would be in Alice's room and obviously Bella and I would be together. By the time we dropped off the bags, Alice and Jasper had shown up. Jasper's hair was a little disheveled and Alice's shirt was on backwards.

That's what I thought.

They dashed upstairs and dropped off their things. Esme and Carlisle insisted I give Rosalie and Emmett the tour. I showed them around the house. Emmett got really excited when he saw that we had a hot tub and a pool. The hot tub could feasibly be used, the pool not so much. We headed downstairs to the basement where we had a game room. Emmett challenged me to a game of pool. I told him that we could have at it after dinner. Rosalie and Bella snickered at Emmett's antics. Bella called him an eternal child. I can see why now.

We headed upstairs to the kitchen where dinner was almost ready. Esme had made some beef stroganoff and vegetables. We all settled down at the table and tucked in to dinner. Emmett ate like a horse. He had many, many helpings of my mom's cooking.

After dinner, we moved into the family room. "So, Bella and Emmett, what are your plans for Thanksgiving?" Esme asked.

"We're stuck on campus. Neither one of us can afford a plane ticket back home so we get to hang out in good old Patterson," Emmett said sadly.

"That's nonsense! Edward! Alice! I'm surprised you didn't invite them to have Thanksgiving with us," Esme admonished.

"It was never brought up. We'd love to have you come and celebrate Thanksgiving with our family," I said lacing my fingers with Bella's. "I'm sorry I didn't think to ask you sooner."

"It's okay, Edward. I would love to celebrate Thanksgiving here. However, I insist on helping in the preparation of the meal. It's the least I can do since you've been so generous in offering us the opportunity to stay," Bella said.

"You're a guest, Bella. That would be ridiculous," Esme chided.

"Please, Esme?" Bella asked, with a pout.

"You can help some, but not a lot," she said with a grin. "How about you Jasper and Rosalie. What are your plans for Thanksgiving?"

"I was hoping to hang out here, Mama C," Jasper drawled. He walked over and held Esme's hand, kissing her knuckles. "I can deep fry the turkey."

"Of course you can stay here, Jasper. However, no deep frying the turkey. That is a sacrilege to the holiday," Esme giggled.

"Yee haw! Thanks, Mama C!"

"Rosalie?" Esme pressed.

"My family is actually going to be on a cruise over the Thanksgiving holiday. Due to school, I won't be able to go, so I'm like Bella and Emmett. Stuck in Patterson," she replied.

"Then, it's settled. You all are going to be here for Thanksgiving. It'll be so much fun!" Esme said, clapping her hands. "When are you all released from school?"

"We have classes on Monday and Tuesday and then we're off for the rest of the week," I explained.

"Fantastic. How about you kids plan on coming to Chez Cullen on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, the girls and I can go shopping for all of the Thanksgiving necessities and begin preparations. Oh! This is going to be so wonderful," Esme crooned. "Isn't it Carlisle?"

"Definitely. I'm so happy all of you are able to come and celebrate with our family. I'll definitely need the man power to lug out all of the Christmas decorations on Friday. Esme decorates the house to the hilt. Edward and I are her minions, moving boxes around, hanging garland and stringing lights. It'll be pleasant to have more muscle to do the work, right Edward?"

"Hell, yeah. Erm. Yes," I floundered.

"Edward. Language," Esme chided.

"Oh come on, Mom. You've heard worse. You've said worse," I shot back.

"Just because I've heard and said worse doesn't mean that's appropriate in this house, Edward Anthony," she scolded. "Watch. Your. Language."

"Yes ma'am," I replied, scowling.

"Ooooh, Edward. You got told by Mama C! Burn!" Jasper snickered.

"Shut it, hick," I said as I chucked a pillow at his head.

We spent a few hours just hanging out with my parents. About nine in the evening, they decided to head upstairs to bed. We went downstairs and hung out in the game room.

"Alright, Cullen! Pool time! You and me," Emmett boomed.

I rolled my eyes. Jasper and the girls went to sit on couches in the basement. Emmett began organizing the balls on the table and I grabbed a couple of pool cues.

"I play the winner!" Jasper said from the couch.

I let Emmett break and he quickly downed two solids. He managed to pocket two more balls before I had the opportunity to play. I managed to get in three striped balls before missing. My heart really wasn't into the game. I just wanted to sit and cuddle with my Bella. Emmett ended up beating me and I was fine with that. Jasper hopped up at the end of our game and he and Emmett went to town. I grabbed Bella's hand and dragged her to a chair in the basement, settling her on my lap. I buried my nose into her soft hair and inhaled deeply, relishing her scent.

"Are you sniffing my hair, Edward? If so, that's a little weird," she giggled.

"You smell good, baby. It's the strongest, well, you know." I waggled my brows. She rolled her eyes. "Your hair is a close second," I said, brushing her hair off her neck, kissing it.

"What are you talking about? I'm confused, Edward," she replied, a frown crossing over her features. I quickly glanced down to her lap. Her eyes widened and her cheeks tinged pink with blush. Then she smacked me. "You are such a perv, Edward. I swear you have sex on the brain."

"You say that like it's a bad thing," I admonished. "It's a beautiful thing when it's with you, il mio cantante."

"I feel the same way, Edward," she replied, brushing an errant hair off of my forehead. She leaned in and brushed soft kisses along my cheeks and my nose. She finished with a soft kiss on my lips, lightly tugging on my hair. "I love you, handsome."

"I love you more, beautiful."

"GAWD! Get a room!" Emmett bellowed by the pool table. I quickly held up my middle finger, flipping him off. Bella hopped off my lap and stomped to where Emmett was standing. She motioned for Emmett to come closer to her. Like an idiot he did and Bella smacked him across the back of the head.

"You are an ass, Emmett McCarty Swan!"

Alice and Rose giggled at their interaction. I stifled a guffaw. Bella walked back to our chair and settled back onto my lap, flipping Emmett off.

"Quit being anti-social, guys. Let's talk, or something," Alice whined from the couch. She pulled the puppy-dog pout and directed it toward Jasper. In a nanosecond, he crumbled. He quickly forgot his pool game with Emmett and went to sit with Alice. Emmett huffed at his forgotten game and sat on the floor by Rose's feet.

"Okay, Pixie. You wanted to talk. What do you want to talk about?" I said, lightly scratching Bella's back. She nestled back against my chest, rubbing her tiny hands along my belly.

"How about twenty questions?" Alice asked with a gleam in her eyes.

"What's that?" Bella asked.

"We all take turns asking questions and go around the room answering them. They can be completely innocent or not," Alice explained. "If you don't answer, you have to do a dare."

"Are we in middle school, Alice? You used to play this when we were younger," I chuckled. "I remember your friends all screaming and giggling at all hours of the night while you played."

"That's because they all drooled over you, Edward. My friends thought you were hot," Alice admitted. "Come on, guys! It'll be fun."

I rolled my eyes and nodded. Bella shrugged. Emmett and Rose shared a look and nodded yes. Jasper would do anything for Alice.

"Okay, I'll start. What's your major?" Alice said, settling into Jasper's lap.

"Business," Rose answered.

"Athletic Training," Emmett continued.

"Music Education," Bella and I responded together.

"History," Jasper said.

"Fashion Merchandising," Alice concluded. "Rose, you ask the next question."

"Okay. Any place that you want to visit, if money was not an option? And why?" Rose questioned.

"I'd like to go on a hiking excursion in the mountains. Specifically, the Appalachian Mountains," Emmett replied. "I want to wrestle grizzly bears."

Rose looked at Emmett incredulously. He turned back and gave her a dimply smile.

Only Emmett would want to wrestle grizzly bears.

"I would love to go to Italy and tour the world famous opera houses," Bella said with a wistful smile. "If music education doesn't pan out, I'd go into singing professionally. Try to audition for an opera company. It would be nice to see where opera had its heyday."

"I'd love to backpack across Europe, stopping in Italy to see those opera houses," I said giving Bella a squeeze. "Also, going to the famous cities where the Classical composers were born, traveling down the Moldau River, and bumming around the pubs in England where the groups like The Beatles got their start."

"If possible, I'd go back in time to the Civil War era to see what it was like," Jasper responded. "It was such a turbulent time in history, but also one of the most beautiful."

"That's easy. I'd love to travel to New York and Paris for fashion week and go to all of the fashion shows," Alice chirped.

"I'd travel to Hawaii and just spend the rest of my life there because this cold nonsense sucks," Rose said with a smile.

"Amen to that," Jasper agreed. "Why did I come to upstate New York for college?"

We all chuckled at Jasper's comment. I quickly brushed my lips across Bella's. "I love you, beautiful."

"I love you too, Edward. What was that for?" she asked.

"Just because," I replied giving her a crooked grin.

"Enough, you two. It's truly nauseating watching you suck face," Emmett said with an eye roll. "My turn! Run off your firsts, that you are comfortable with. First kiss, first love, first fuck…you know."

"God, Emmett, you are so crude," Bella admonished. "First kiss was Jason Brach in the second grade."

"Isabelly, that doesn't count. First REAL kiss," Emmett whined.

"Oh, fine. That was Jacob. First love and first 'fuck' were both Edward," she replied with a blush. "However…never mind."

"What is it Bella?" Alice inquired.

Bella ducked her head and hid behind her hair. I knew she was blushing. I think I understood what she wanted to say. We didn't fuck. We made love. "Our connection is deeper than just fucking," I explained. "That would be too crude to say. Making love is more apt." Bella nodded against my shoulder, still hidden by her hair.

"That's so sweet. And nauseating," Emmett gushed sarcastically. "Your turn, Cullen."

"First kiss was Maggie O'Boyle in ninth grade. It was awful. She tried to shove her tongue down my throat, gagging me. My first sexual experience was with Irina Sullivan. We were both in high school and it happened on choir tour. She was a senior and I was a junior. She had a crush on me and we did 'it.' She ignored me the rest of the time and wouldn't talk to me for the rest of the school year. No meaning there. My first and only love is Bella. She's also the only one I've ever made love to and will be the only one I'll make love to," I said with a gentle squeeze to Bella's ass. Bella turned and gave me a sweet kiss, gently rubbing her hand across my cheek.

"Okay, Jas. Spill it," Emmett boomed.

"First kiss was Charlotte Perleson. It was okay. We knocked noses, but her lips were soft. My first sexual experience was with Maria. My first love was also Maria. Or so I thought. My opinion has since changed. My first true love is Alice. I love you, sugar," Jasper drawled.

"I love you too, Jasper," Alice said quietly. "Uh, first kiss was Jimmy Karson in 8th grade. My first sexual experience was with Danny McDougal. Um, ew. My first love is Jasper."

"Okay, Rosie. You're next," Emmett said, rubbing soothing circles on her leg.

"First kiss was Brian Mueller in 8th grade. I'm not comfortable sharing my first sexual experience, though most of you know what that was. I am not counting that. So, for all intents and purposes I'm a 'virgin.' I also haven't had my first love yet, but I'm getting closer to realizing who it is," Rose said with a smile. She ran her hand through Emmett's hair and traced her fingers down his cheek.

Emmett shivered and kissed her hand. "My first kiss was Brittany Morgann in 7th grade. I was experienced for my age. My first sexual experience was with Brittany's sister, Tiffany in 9th grade. I'm in the same boat with my first love but I know who it is."

"Awwww, Emmy," Bella gushed. "If you had one 'freebie' in regards to sex, who would you want to sleep with?"

"Hmmm, Angelina Jolie. She's hot," I replied. Bella glared at me. "You're hotter, though."

"Penelope Cruz," Jasper said with a seductive smile.

"Johnny Depp," Alice chirped.

"I agree with you, Ali," Rose said. Alice got up and slapped a high five to Rose's hand.

"I'm with you, Cullen. Angelina Jolie."

"Robert Pattinson. He kind of looks like you, Edward," Bella said, kissing my cheek.

"What? He does not. His hair is all kinds of wrong and he has no ass," I responded defensively.

"I agree with the ass, but his hair is total sex hair, like yours," Bella giggled.

"You are so sleeping on the couch in my room, evil woman," I growled. Her eyes narrowed and she smacked me behind the head. I gave her a playful glare and then kissed her nose. She huffed and turned away. "If you could meet anybody, living or dead, who would it be and why?"

"General Custer. He's my hero," Jasper said with stars in his eyes.

"Versace. He's taken away from us too soon. I loved his designs. Also, Alexander McQueen," Alice replied.

"Hmmm, I'm not sure. I've always wanted to meet The Donald. He has such a shrewd mind," Rose said.

"Walter Payton. He was my hero growing up. He was such an amazing football player," said Emmett.

"I've met him. Eleazar Santiago. He's awesome at what he does and I'm thrilled to have him as a teacher, advisor and mentor," Bella said quietly.

"It's not necessarily meeting someone. More like a reunion. I'd love to spend more time with my mom. She'd absolutely love you, Bella. I really wish she could have met you," I said as I ran my fingers along the curve of her jaw. She leaned in and kissed me. "I love you, beautiful."

"Okay, lovebirds. Favorite city in the United States," Jasper said.

"New York City," both Alice and Rose said.

"Seattle," responded Bella and Emmett

"Chicago," I said.

"Atlanta," replied Jasper.

We continued the game for another hour or so. Bella was getting heavier on my lap and I could see her eyes were at half-mast. The rest of the group had similar expressions on their faces. We gathered our things and headed upstairs to bed. Bella went into my bathroom and changed into a pair of pajamas. I pulled out a pair of flannel pants and pulled them on. I crawled into bed and burrowed myself into the mound of pillows. Bella emerged from the bathroom a few moments later. She was wearing the shirt that I gave her last night and a pair of flannel pajama bottoms. She had on her glasses and her hair was pulled into a messy bun. She sleepily got into bed after she took off her glasses. I held my arms open and she cuddled against my bare chest. She pressed a kiss right above my heart and wrapped her arms around my waist. I gently ran my fingers through her hair until her breathing evened out. I kissed the crown of her head. "I love you so much, beautiful. Thank you for being with me." I shut my eyes and slowly drifted to sleep, holding my love in my arms.

A/N: Okay, a bit of fluff. Anyhow, I hope you are liking what you are reading. If you are, please leave a review. Up next will be some lemony goodness, Edward and Rose's dance rehearsal, and a trip to Toronto.

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